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Gas Pump Sticky Note Campaign Makes Its Way to Grocery Stores
The Sticky Note Campaign is making deliveries in Georgia Supermarkets now. Super-Charged with Conservative ideals REAL Americans all over the country and even an awakened Democrat or two are now participating in this grass roots initiative. Its not a partisan issue either, no one can afford these rising prices at the gas pump or the grocery store.

Debt ceiling: More Democrats threaten to vote against raising borrowing limit
The tension is the latest illustration of how the tea-party-infused GOP is driving the debate in Washington over federal spending. And it shows how the debt issue is testing the Obama administration’s clout as Democrats, particularly those from politically competitive states, resist White House arguments against setting conditions on legislation to raise the debt ceiling.

Pump Prices Jump to $3.91 on Tightening Supplies
A series of severe storms caused power outages that temporarily shut down seven refineries in Texas, Alabama and Pennsylvania this week. The shutdowns aren't expected to last more than a few days, but 750,000 to 1 million barrels a day of production a day has been halted intermittently.

Obama Administration punishes reporter for using multimedia
White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news.

Three Convicted in Terror-Related Cases Later Granted U.S. Citizenship by Obama Administration
...three individuals were among “defendants where the investigation involved an identified link to international terrorism but they were charged with violating other statutes [not directly related to terrorism], including fraud, immigration, drugs, false statements, and general conspiracy charges,”

Feds sting Amish farmer selling raw milk locally
t’s a battle that’s been going on behind the scenes for years, with natural foods advocates arguing that raw milk, as it’s also known, is healthier than the pasteurized product, while the Food and Drug Administration says raw milk can carry harmful bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria.

Could raw milk get you in hot water?
Strict liability laws, unlike other criminal statutes, don't require any intent, or fault, on your part. It doesn't matter if you didn't mean to break the law. It doesn't matter if you never even heard of the law you're accused of breaking. The prosecutor doesn't have to prove you had intent. They only have to prove you committed the banned act.

Fresh, Unprocessed (Raw) Whole Milk: Safety, Health and Economic Issues
DANGERS OF PASTEURIZED MILK: Many studies have linked consumption of pasteurized milk with lactose intolerance, allergies, asthma, frequent ear infections, gastro-Intestinal problems, diabetes, auto-Immune disease, attention deficit disorder and constipation. During a period of rapid population growth, the market for fluid pasteurized milk has declined at 1% per year for the past 20 years. Fewer and fewer consumers can tolerate pasteurized (and ultrapasteurized) milk

Dem Congressman: Obama Uninformed About Oil and Gas Industry
For every CEO of a major company, there are literally thousands of blue collar jobs that are affected by his administration's energy policy. It is a policy that is very inadequate and has left so many on the gulf coast unemployed. Americans are tired of empty rhetoric on both sides and want a real plan. If the President doesn't want to stand up and be a leader, then his silence would be appreciated from people who are trying to find solutions."

Attorneys General Battle NLRB Over Boeing Plant
"This complaint represents an assault upon the constitutional right of free speech, and the ability of our states to create jobs and recruit industry. Your ill-conceived retaliatory action seeks to destroy our citizens' right to work," the letter from the attorneys general reads.

Mitch McConnell Doubles Down on Harry Reid
If Harry Reid wants to pin down every Republican senator on entitlement reform, McConnell is determined to use this procedural motion to pin down the Democrats on raising taxes. The only question is, will it work?

Obama Being Abandoned by Dems and Voters
The potent coalition of liberals and moderates that vaulted Obama into the presidency is crumbling around him as both factions, including Democrats and independents, rebel against his actions — or inaction.

Anti-Gun Protesters Prepare to Invoke Rep. Giffords at NRA Convention
When the National Rifle Association gathers for its annual convention in Pittsburgh, gun control advocates will try to make sure Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is on people’s minds, even if she’s hundreds of miles away watching the space shuttle launch in Florida.

House Republicans mull plan to hike debt ceiling every two months
“It is the only leverage that we have over a Senate and a president that is seemingly unconcerned about the over-spending,” said freshman Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), who said he would not support any bill that allows borrowing past Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. “I would support a much shorter time-frame.”

GOP bill would require birth certificates from presidential candidates
“This legislation has never been about one candidate,” Posey wrote. “It’s been about addressing something that’s come up at least seven times before. With its passage, this won’t be a distraction for anyone in the future.”

Senators Ask White House to Abandon Executive Order Limiting Political Speech
“We urge you not to issue the draft EO,” the letter states. “To ensure that taxpayers receive the best value for federal contracts, government procurements must be conducted in a manner that ensures a fair process. Your proposed EO does not appear to advance that goal.”

Dems Strip Unions of Bargaining Rights?
The 111-to-42 vote followed tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states. But unlike those efforts, the push in Massachusetts was led by Democrats

Oklahoma Senate OKs bill targeting illegal immigrants
The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would create criminal penalties for undocumented immigrants who work in Oklahoma and those who smuggle them into the state. It would also give police officers more authority to question citizenship status of suspects.

Obamanomics: GDP Slows to 1.8%, Inflation Surges, Jobless Claims Rise
The U.S. economy hit the brakes in the first three months of 2011 as higher prices, especially for gasoline and food, squeezed spending by Americans. Separately, the number of idled U.S. workers filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly jumped last week, the latest sign that the labor market remains weak.

Obama Sending Panetta to Pentagon, Petreaus to CIA
The moves cement a planned drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan in July and allow Obama to replace Gates, a Republican, with a Democrat with partisan credentials. That appointment also diminishes speculation that Petraeus might become a Republican presidential challenger in 2012.

Top 10 States with Worst Debt Trouble and 10 best
Of the top 15 states with the worst debt troubles every one listed is a Forced Union state other than Mississippi and Louisiana. These states are outliers because they have assumed larger debt due to rebuilding after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Of the top 15 states with the least debt troubles, all but 4 (New Hampshire, Montana, Colorado and Indiana) are Right-to-Work states.

Bill Whittle Exposes Barack Obama’s Family History
I was aware of some of this, but not all of it. Bill Whittle exposes Barack Obama’s family history. His mother, father, grandparents, etc. Nearly everyone who raised Obama was a Marxist. It’s an utter disgrace that the media chose not to investigate any of this stuff.

White House Releases Obama's Long-Form Birth Certificate
"We do not have time for this kind of silliness," Obama said. "We've got better stuff to do. I've got better stuff to do. We've got big problems to solve."

Government can't do anything about gas prices? Then why did this happen in 2008?
Notice what happened on July 14, 2008? Oil prices suddenly plummeted from their historic high of $145 a barrel. Why? Because that was the day President George W. Bush signed an executive order lifting the moratorium on off-shore drilling in the eastern half of the Gulf of Mexico and off the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Overnight, the price per barrel of oil plunged, and that plunge was reflected at the pump soon thereafter.

No charges for man who leaked surveillance program
The DOJ informed Thomas Tamm’s attorneys that he will not be prosecuted for the leak that then-President George W. Bush called a breach of national security.

Obama Admin Suing Arizona Again...and South Dakota
The National Labor Relations Board has told state officials that it will soon file federal lawsuits against Arizona and South Dakota in seeking to invalidate those states' constitutional amendments that prohibit private sector employees from choosing to unionize through a procedure known as card check.

America's Third War: An Informant's Story
"The American public is being led to believe that we have a drug war and border war and a terror war that are all being successfully prosecuted, and that is absolutely not the case,"

Obama administration attempting to force out CEO
In other words, the government has decided to arbitrarily decide on punishment without any due process in regard to the individuals involved. The Obama administration wants the power to dictate to the private sector who can and cannot run firms that do business with Washington. I’m not sure even Ayn Rand predicted that in Atlas Shrugged.

Govt Creates Poverty for American Indians
The government has made most Indian tribes wards of the state. Government manages their land, provides their healthcare, and pays for housing and child care. Twenty different departments and agencies have special "Native American" programs. The result? Indians have the highest poverty rate, nearly 25 percent, and the lowest life expectancy of any group in America. Sixty-six percent are born to single mothers. Nevertheless, Indian activists want more government "help."

Now Law: Kansas Requires Proof of Citizenship, Photo ID at Voting Booths
The new Kansas law requires photo ID from all in-person voters at every election. People submitting mail-in ballots must include either a copy of their photo ID or the number from the photo ID card. The law also requires proof of citizenship – a birth certificate, for example — for new voters who register on or after Jan. 1, 2013.

Syria to Join UN Human Rights Council, Despite Unleashing Death and Brutality on its Citizens
And despite calling for an independent investigation into the crackdown, which has left hundreds dead, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apparently won’t do much about blocking Syria’s path to the human rights group.

Cantor: Tax reform could mean businesses pay higher rates
The No. 2 House Republican acknowledged that such reforms could mean higher overall tax obligations for certain industries and entities, a shift that Cantor defended as eliminating "crony capitalist" benefits in the tax code.

Debt-limit standoff: 10 things to watch
Attracting enough “yes” votes for passage will be extremely challenging for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner

Left Seeks to Discredit Palin
The attackers hope to gain acceptance of extreme rumors and conspiracy theories about Palin that the mainstream media have debunked. One of the activists is Sherry Whitstine, a neighbor of Palin’s in Wasilla. “We’re at a tipping point, where her character and her lack of ethics will be revealed on the national stage,” Whitstine said.

Norquist: Coburn ‘Lied His Way Into Office’
"Coburn said on national TV today that he lied his way into office and will vote to raise taxes if he damn well feels like it, never mind what he promised the citizens of Oklahoma. Senator Coburn knows perfectly well that the pledge is not to any organization but to the citizens of his state. He lied to them, not to Americans for Tax Reform.

Ryan Budget Has Obama Running Scared
“If President Obama believes that Paul Ryan’s budget was a political loser, he would stand to the side and let it sink,” Norquist said. “Instead, he rushed out to pretend to have something similar and yet we haven’t seen anything in writing yet from Obama.”

Obama’s Sordid Past Back in the News
There is an old saying in politics: “What’s old is new.” And with a presidential election around the corner, some of Obama’s sordid connections are now back in the news and being investigated with renewed fervor.

Campaign Manager Gives ‘Sneak Peek’ at Obama’s 2012 Re-Election Strategy
“We’ve got to assume every single day that we need to build something new, better, faster and sleeker,” he said in the video message e-mailed to supporters and posted on Obama’s campaign website. “Republicans are going to be fired up to take on President Obama.”

Gas Prices Top $1-a-Gallon Higher than Year Ago; Media Don't Blame Obama
In fact, per gallon prices are more than $2 higher than when Obama took office Jan. 20, 2009. Yet the president has been nearly exempt from criticism on the issue of rising prices, despite a six-month drilling moratorium and more regulatory hurdles for industry.

America Deserves Libya Explanation
Mr. President, your hesitation and vacillation in the Middle East breed uncertainty. It’s symptomatic of the puzzling way you govern. See, uncertainty is one of the factors over which you have control, and I would think you’d want to eliminate that additional element that helps breed problems...

Obama’s Energy Sec. wants $7 to $9 Unleaded gas prices
I think Obama ran for office in the wrong country because beyond food, wine, tourism and other Euro products the majority of us don’t envision Euro anything. Especially $7 gas. When unleaded hit $3 a gallon many people began to cut back on spending because they spent a fortune just to commute to work and travel daily.

Appeals court set to hear Obama 'birther' case May 2
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California will hear arguments on May 2 in the case of Wiley Drake v. Barack Obama. The court decided late last week it would hear 20 minutes of arguments from both sides. No specific date has been set for a decision.

Americans depend more on federal aid than ever
A record 18.3% of the nation's total personal income was a payment from the government for Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, unemployment benefits and other programs in 2010.

Supreme Court Rejects Request for Expedited Hearing on Health Law Challenge
The justices offered no explanation for why they decided against granting the case. It was petitioned under the court's Rule 11 that allows the justices to hear cases "of such imperative public importance as to justify deviation from normal appellate practice."

EPA Rules Force Shell to Abandon Oil Drilling Plans
Shell Oil Company has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits. The move has angered some in Congress and triggered a flurry of legislation aimed at stripping the EPA of its oil drilling oversight.

Christie v. Court: Is threat for real?
"I've got to wonder what a nonelected justice of the Supreme Court - in the case that's supposed to be talking about constitutional issues - is doing bringing up any tax and advocating the raising of any tax . . . and then also declaring how that money should be spent once it's raised," Christie said. Albin, he added, is a "perfect example of how unelected lifetime judges in our state have lost their sense of place in our democracy."

Democrats: A Legacy of Racism to the Present Day
Democrats love calling conservatives racist. Especially when it comes to Obama's eligibility. Think Obama should demonstrate his eligibility for office? You're a racist. The funny thing is, that only ONE political party in America has a racist history - the Democrat Party.

Obama Told Marine He Was Born in Kenya
The man I met was about 18, thin, Mulatto, told me he was born in Mombassa, raised overseas, was living in Hawaii and hadn’t yet been to many places in the world outside of those places, mostly, hadn’t been to the mainland of America for any long time period if at all. And he openly told me he wanted to be President.

Protecting Soros: Obama's Dishonest Oil Price Investigation
Oil is a global market, and it's denominated in dollars. What that means is that, whenever anyone, anywhere, buys oil, they are doing so on the basis of its price in dollars. Right now, there's no shortage of oil. Obama and the left wing are lying about that.

… bad news for Boeing
The NLRB says Boeing is free to do business there — but its second production line has to run in Washington. This is a gross intrusion by the NLRB. The disastrous, unintended message to a major U.S. employer: Keep your mouth shut and find another country to do business.

IMF bombshell: Age of America nears end
The International Monetary Fund has just dropped a bombshell, and nobody noticed. For the first time, the international organization has set a date for the moment when the “Age of America” will end and the U.S. economy will be overtaken by that of China. And it’s a lot closer than you may think.

Military patrols start in downtown Columbus, GA?
Starting at 10 o'clock Friday, two senior non-commissioned officers from Fort Benning will be on courtesy patrol. The soldiers will be wearing arm bands that read, "Courtesy Patrol."

Hawaii senator questions Obama's true birth father
The lone Republican in the Hawaii State Senate told a radio interviewer today he believes "the real issue" stopping Barack Obama from releasing his long-form birth certificate is something the president has to hide, perhaps even the name of his actual birth father.

WH Fails to Release Easter Proclamation
The White House also failed to release a statement marking Good Friday. However, they did release an eight-paragraph statement heralding Earth Day. Likewise, the president's weekend address mentioned neither Good Friday or Easter.

WaPo Columnist Admits 'Obama Has No Plan to Balance the Budget'
His recent budget speech at George Washington University was a telling model of evasion, contradiction and deception. He warned that by 2025 present tax levels would suffice only to pay for “Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security and the interest we owe on our debt. .?.?. Every other national priority — education, transportation, even our national security — will have to be paid for with borrowed money.” He noted that businesses may not invest in a country that seems “unable to balance its books.”

WI School Employee Threatens Business For Selling Gas to GOP Official
It started Tuesday when a woman called Dick Hiers's Northeast Standard gas station after she thought she saw Senator Joe Leibham there. Her call was caught on the answering machine.

DHS Can’t Account for 10 Libyan Men It Caught and Released Inside U.S.
Eight of these 10 Libyan men were detained in states that border on Canada or Mexico—two in Seattle, Wash.; two in San Diego, Calif., two in Houston, Texas; one in Detroit, Mich.; and one in Phoenix, Ariz.

Hannity Special: 'Behind the Bias'
Hannity Examines ‘Double Standards’ in American Media Coverage.

Airport passenger screener charged in distributing child pornography
Transportation Safety Administration Officer Thomas Gordon Jr. of Philadelphia, who routinely searched airline passengers, uploaded explicit pictures of young girls to an Internet site on which he also posted a photograph of himself in his TSA uniform.

Union Bosses Proclaim: 'Forget About the Law'

How high gas prices will impact the economy this Easter
Average gas prices at the pump have skyrocketed (“necessarily”?) in the past month, going up more than 30 cents per gallon. In a period where wage growth has been flat or negative, the sudden shock of higher fuel prices and their related inflation in food prices have put a big dent in the disposable income of many households.

Washington state legislature considering electric-vehicle fee
After years of urging residents to buy fuel-efficient cars and giving them tax breaks to do it, Washington state lawmakers are considering a measure to charge them a $100 annual fee — what would be the nation’s first electric car fee.

A catfish bridge to nowhere
Even though seafood is inspected by the Food and Drug Administration, there is a move to have foreign catfish put under the purview of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) inspection regime. While this may sound benign, it is a move that could drive up prices, add layers of bureaucracy to an industry that doesn’t need it and burden taxpayers with yet another expensive bureaucracy.

Past House GOP Tactic Proves Useless to Democrats
Now that Republicans are running the House, Democrats have tried to stymie the GOP agenda by relying on the tactic, known as the motion to recommit. But they've failed on every one of their 23 attempts this year.

GOP Kingmakers Wipe Tea Party Seats Off Map
House freshmen from several GOP-majority states are in danger of Tea Party,redistricting,House freshmen,endangered seats,Republican establishment,National Journallosing out in a political realignment that rewards more connected veteran representatives. It may be cold comfort to tea partyers that the hostile redistricting process proves their point: They really don’t belong to the political establishment.

RNC Pulls in More Money Than DNC in March
The RNC garnered $7.2 million in March, compared with $6.7 million for the DNC, according to filings at the Federal Election Commission. To be sure, the Democrats prevailed for the first quarter as a whole, with the DNC taking in $21 million, compared with $18.1 million for the RNC.

The Laura Ingraham Show – Rep. Allen West says Obama displays “third world dictator-like arrogance”

Al-Qaida Confirms Involvement in Libya
According to Abi Mohammad, Al Qaida is fighting alongside the Libyan rebels in numerous cities and, in the town of Dernah, has already formed with its allies an Islamic Council,

Who Pays America's Tax Burden, and Who Gets the Most Government Spending?
Government spending targeted at the lowest-earning 60 percent of U.S. households is larger than what they paid in federal, state and local taxes. In 2004, between $1.03 trillion and $1.53 trillion was redistributed downward from the two highest income quintiles to the three lowest income quintiles through government taxes and spending policy.

Issa threatens contempt charges in gunwalker probe
Rep. Darrell Issa has tired of waiting for the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to respond to his subpoenas in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s probe of the ATF gunwalker scandal. In a letter today to ATF’s director, Issa warned of contempt proceedings if the DoJ and White House continue their refusal to comply with subpoenas, and pointedly explained why the DoJ’s current investigation isn’t germane to the issue.

WH tried to keep S&P from issuing bond warning
In the wake of the bond warning issued by Standard & Poor’s yesterday, some have argued that the controversy helps Barack Obama in demanding adoption of his deficit-reduction plan. However, today’s report by the Washington Post shows that the White House itself disagreed, as it tried to convince S&P to stay silent on American debt. The new information gives ammunition to Republicans.

Welfare Reform Tackles Debt Crisis and Unemployment
Also, Rep. Jim Jordan (R.-Ohio) introduced the Welfare Reform Act of 2011, which is an overall restructuring of the entitlement program. Jordan’s bill would cut redundancy of the 77 federal welfare programs, cap overall spending on the programs, and mandate work requirements.

Federal Borrowing on Pace to Hit Debt Limit in Less Than Week
As set in a law passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama on Feb. 12, 2010, the legal limit on the national debt is $14.2940 trillion.

Google and Obama’s Corporatism
A classic example of corporatism is the recent news reports that Steven Westly a major contributor to the Obama campaign and a promoter of “alternative energy,” received half-billion dollars in federal aid for his venture capital firm. The Center for Public Integrity discovered that since Westly raised the money for Obama, four companies in the portfolio of The Westly Group, his venture capital firm, received $510 million in loans, grants and stimulus money from the U.S. Department of Energy. And, the report added, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, on the White House’s recommendation, appointed Westly in August to the 12-member Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board.

Holy Week, holy Shariah? Part 1
There's no mystery that radical Islamists intend to use the freedoms in our Constitution to expand the influence of Shariah law. But, still, too many Americans don't know or understand how it threatens the very fabrics of our republic. So I've decided to do a series on how Shariah is seeping into American society

Former SEIU Official Appointed by Obama to Investigate Union Corruption, Cuts Number of Investigators
Obama’s “overseer” of union financial reporting and disclosure at DOL’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS). This Obama appointee is a former director of the now-defunct Pacific Northwest Labor College, a former SEIU union employee , a fomer IUOE union employee, and former director of the University of Wisconsin School for Workers. Lund’s appointment means that he is now in charge of investigating financial mismanagement and irregularities by the very labor union officials he has trained for decades

Libya rebels will receive $25 million from U.S.
Dismissing concerns over possible links between Libyan rebels and al Qaeda, the Obama administration has notified Congress it is providing $25 million in nonlethal aid to the rebels’ effort to drive Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s regime from power.

Otter Signs Order Banning Health Care Reform
Otter said Wednesday that while he is among the strongest opponents of the insurance reform, the bill passed by state lawmakers in the 2011 session would require Idaho to forego the creation of an insurance exchange. Otter said that would open the door for the federal government to step in and develop the system. The executive order allows the state to develop its own "health care solutions."

Senators’ Chinese junket is shrouded in secrecy
Ten senators, coming off a tough legislative session, plus spouses, staffers and military escorts, landed in the Middle Kingdom on Monday to begin a fine tour to Hong Kong, Chengdu, Xian and Beijing. The Senate news release calls it an “informational trip throughout China,”

The Left BETRAYED by Obama’s Crass Re-Election Gambit
But this alleged move to the center, or to the right, is as unsubstantial as fairy dust. Obama’s putting on an act, again – it’s his wildly successful election persona. And it is a necessary “evil” he must endure in order to have a clear playing field in 2012. Does anyone really think that the man behind the biggest lurch this country has ever made toward socialism is really modifying his ideology? Of course not. He is merely attempting to stay in the game. He can’t win it if he’s not in it.

Obama administration considers moves to limit anonymous donations
Administration critics, including the powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are seizing on the White House’s draft executive order, in particular, as evidence of an attempt to use executive power to punish or silence political adversaries, while rewarding supporters.

Obama Misstates Cause of Minn. Bridge Collapse--Falsely Blames Insufficient Federal Spending
Obama on Tuesday misstated the reason for the 2007 collapse of a Minnesota bridge carrying an interstate freeway over the Mississippi River, inaccurately blaming it on insufficient federal spending on transportation. He can't open his mouth without a lie emitting from it.

Michigan: Police Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops
The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations. "Complete extraction of existing, hidden, and deleted phone data, including call history, text messages, contacts, images, and geotags," a CelleBrite brochure explains regarding the device's capabilities. "The Physical Analyzer allows visualization of both existing and deleted locations on Google Earth. In addition, location information from GPS devices and image geotags can be mapped on Google Maps."

Thin-Skinned WH Bans TX Reporter from Future Interviews?
The problem: The reporter's questions weren't particularly difficult, but they were clearly not what Obama was expecting. The result was a viral video that depicted Obama as angry when faced with tough questioning. And it unveiled some of the degree to which the White House would like to control its message.

CONFIRMED: Feds Ordered Not to Arrest Illegals Coming From Mexico
“Upper management has advised supervisors to have agents ‘turn back South’ (TBS) the illegal aliens (aka bodies) they detect attempting to unlawfully enter the country … at times you even hear supervisors order the agents over the radio to 'TBS' the aliens instead of catching them,” one San Diego border agent wrote in an email to Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever.

FactChecking Obama’s Budget Speech
Obama misrepresented the House Republicans’ budget plan at times and exaggerated its impact on U.S. residents during an April 13 speech on deficit reduction. He said "poor children," "children with autism" and "kids with disabilities" would be left "to fend for themselves." That, too, is an exaggeration. The GOP says states would have "freedom and flexibility to tailor a Medicaid program that fits the needs of their unique populations." It doesn’t bar states from covering those children.

Five Reasons Not to Count Sarah Palin Out for 2012
The conventional wisdom inside the Beltway is that Sarah Palin’s relatively low profile means she’s peaked, she’s over, she’s not running for President. I’m not so sure. In fact, I think all signs point to Palin laying the tracks for a run. Here are five reasons not to count out a Palin candidacy:

Chile votes down PEU collective bargaining
We can thank the public-sector unions in Wisconsin for one thing — they gave a great example of why right-to-work principles in the public sector matter. That lesson reached around the world, as Chile demonstrated this week. Chile’s legislature rejected an effort by the Left to amend their constitution to allow for PEU collective bargaining and strikes, but it was a close call

Durbin breaks from Dems on Social Security
Durbin criticized a resolution put forward by Sen. Bernie Sanders, a liberal independent from Vermont, that says Social Security should not be cut under a deficit reduction plan. Durbin said he would not vote for such a resolution.

New Black Panthers Plan Massive Egypt-Style Protest & Boycott of ‘Non-Blacks’
The New Black Panther Party, the racist and radical black power group, has a big day ahead of it this coming Saturday. According to its website, it’s planning a massive 60-city “showdown.“ And the day of rage will include a protest of ”non-black” businesses.

Obama Sends Passover Wishes to Israel…by Touting Spirit of Muslim Uprising
In his annual message, prior to his third straight participation in the Passover Seder, President Obama stated, “The story of Passover…instructs each generation to remember its past, while appreciating the beauty of freedom and the responsibility it entails. This year that ancient instruction is reflected in the daily headlines as we see modern stories of social transformation and liberation unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa.”

AFSCME Union Threatens to ‘Weaponize’ Government Jobs
It’s becoming clearer that the “public service” mentality is quickly slipping way from government employees, if it didn’t hit the exits a long time ago. Instead of government employees serving the public, it’s clear now their belief is that the public exists to serve them. And if the public doesn’t step up, there will be hell to pay.

Where the Tax Money Is
The President will continue targeting the middle class for tax increases to pay for an entitlement state on autopilot, while claiming he only wants to tax the rich. Oh, and we almost forgot: Happy Tax Day.

Gov’t handouts exceed taxes as percentage of average household income for first time since 1936
In February, households received more than $2.3 trillion in income support from unemployment benefits, Social Security, disability insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits, education assistance and other cash transfers of government funds to individuals. In the same month, households paid $2.2 trillion in income, payroll, and other taxes. The difference was about $150 billion, equivalent to more than 1 percentage point of overall personal income and about four times the amount Republicans and Democrats agreed to cut from government spending through Sept. 30.

Sarah Palin Steps Into Wisconsin, Points to Left Field, and Hits a Grand Slam
If Sarah Palin’s not running for president, what a terrible waste that would be of the single best stump speech I’ve heard since, well, Palin’s ’08 convention speech, which just happened to be the single most electrifying political moment of my adult life. A thrill didn’t just run up my leg that night, it ran up everything in me that’s American, and today in Madison, WI, it happened again. Surrounded by an obnoxiously hostile, astro-turfed, pro-union crowd that tried and failed to drown out her message with obnoxiously hostile astro-turfed noise, the former Alaskan Governor took the fight directly to the growing pile of Obama’s failures in the most effective way we’ve heard yet from a potential GOP challenger.

S&P Affirms US AAA Rating, Cuts Outlook to Negative
The last time the United States was placed on a negative watch was in January 1996. Moody's made the call at that time, after congressional Republicans refused a vote on the U.S. debt ceiling, a topic that is once again at the center of debate in Washington. "What the S&P is doing is making a political judgement and it's one we don't agree with, and it appeared to me that Moody's and some others don't agree with that judgement," Goolsbee said.

FEC Launches Audit of Obama's 2008 Campaign
FEC spokespeople would not confirm the audit of Obama's 2008 bid or say why the agency used its discretion to launch its investigation. But the decision came in the wake of Republican allegations of illegal contributions, as well as dozens of letters from the agency questioning transactions that appeared out of compliance with campaign finance laws.

Budget-Cutting Process Reveals U.S. Overpaid UN by Millions for Its Share of Peacekeeping Expenses
The $377 million in U.N. cuts is a comparative drop in the bucket compared to the roughly $6.35 billion that the U.S. sent to the U.N. in 2009, according to the last comprehensive set of figures compiled by the Obama Administration.

BRICS Make Move to Shove Dollar Aside
One key influence is the annual expansion of China's trade volume with other core countries by 40% in 2010 — and the buoyancy looks set to continue. The BRICS' state development banks, including the China Development Bank, agreed to use their own currencies instead of the dollar in issuing credit or grants to each other — and they will also phase out the dollar in overall settlements and lending among each other.

Detroit Moves Against Unions
Mr. Bobb, already an emergency financial manager for the struggling and shrinking public school system, is getting further authority under a measure signed into law March 17 that broadens state powers to intervene in the finances and governance of struggling municipalities and school districts. This could enable Mr. Bobb to void union contracts, sideline elected school-board members, close schools and authorize charter schools

Arizona rancher urges Congress to improve border security
“We have been burglarized twice. Many of our neighbors have suffered similar loss of security and property. Our losses have been great and our sense of security in our own country has been severely damaged,” Chilton said. “The Border Patrol must control the border at the border so that citizens’ civil rights, property rights and human rights are protected. Ranchers along the border cannot have peace of mind until the border is secured.”

Ex-Gov. Johnson: Fed Policy Like a Madoff Ponzi Scheme
“This country is bankrupt, we’re on the verge of financial collapse,” Johnson warns, adding that politicians’ intolerance for “short-term pain” has the nation staring down “the ultimate financial crisis, which is the virtual meltdown of the financial markets. “Unless we fix this, we’ll all be left with nothing,” Johnson says.

Coburn: Lawmakers Must Risk All to Cut Debt
“What the country needs to hear from the leaders in Washington is that we understand how big this problem is and that we’re willing to lose elections to do what’s best for the country and that’s what’s not happening now.”

GOP Reshapes Nation's Agenda State by State
The dividends are apparent after only a few months in office, and they go well beyond the spending cuts forced on states by the fiscal crunch and tea party agitation. Republican governors and state legislators are bringing abortion restrictions into law from Virginia to Arizona, acting swiftly to expand gun rights north and south, pushing polling-station photo ID laws that are anathema to Democrats and taking on public sector unions anywhere they can.

Obama's Increasing Federal Debt $1,148 Per Month Per Household—Enough to Buy a Car or Pay Tuition at State College
Given that the Census Bureau estimated in March that there are 117,538,000 households in the United States, the $3.6461 trillion increase in the debt under Obama works out to $31,020 per household.

Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise (again); Inflation Pressure Grows
New claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, bouncing back above the key 400,000 level, while core producer prices clumbed faster than expected in March, government reports showed on Thursday.

Republicans could win 60-seat supermajority in Senate...
The 2012 Senate class includes 23 Democrats and only 10 Republicans, and the stunning imbalance means that Democrats will be on the defensive throughout the cycle unless the political environment shifts dramatically to their party.

GOP Leadership Aide Compares Budget Dissenters to Hanoi Jane
"Upon rereading the email I sent this morning. I realize I stepped over the line. I sincerely apologize, my email was not approved by anyone in our office or Mr. McCarthy. Please speak to me personally if you'd like to discuss further."

AP poll shows 6 in 10 Americans want spending cuts, not tax hikes
Barack Obama tried to make the case for tax hikes yesterday as a means to close the budget deficit and reduce debt, but a new poll from the Associated Press shows that new taxes will be a tough sale. Voters prefer spending cuts to tax hikes by a 62/29 margin, a much more significant divide than between those who believe their tax levels to be fair or not:

The president also called for undoing the Bush tax cuts for upper-income taxpayers, and for canceling other tax cuts many of them receive such as the mortgage interest deduction — which he called “spending reductions in the tax code.”

Paul Ryan on Obama's Speech: 'Excessively Partisan, Dramatically Inaccurate, and Hopelessly Inadequate'
What we heard today was not fiscal leadership from our commander-in-chief; we heard a political broadside from our campaigner-in-chief. “Last year, in the absence of a serious budget, the President created a Fiscal Commission. He then ignored its recommendations and omitted any of its major proposals from his budget, and now he wants to delegate leadership to yet another commission to solve a problem he refuses to confront.

Obama’s Approval Drops Below 50 Percent Among Poorest Americans; No Longer Enjoys Majority Approval In Any Income Class
“Americans' optimism about the future direction of the U.S. economy plunged in March for the second month in a row, as the percentage of Americans saying the economy is ‘getting better’ fell to 33% --down from 41% in January,”

CBO Says Budget Deal Will Cut Spending by Only $352 Million
A Congressional Budget Office analysis of the fiscal 2011 spending deal that Congress will vote on Thursday concludes that it would cut spending this year by less than one-tenth of what both Republicans or Democrats have claimed.

Tea partiers weigh debt filibuster
The founding members of the new caucus – freshman Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and second-term Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) – are each considering whether to mount a filibuster to block an increase of the $14.3 trillion national debt ceiling.

Arizona Senate approves 'birther' bill
The Arizona Senate has approved a revised bill requiring presidential candidates to prove they are U.S. citizens eligible to run for the office.

18,460 dead people on Ohio voter rolls
The secretary is asking county elections boards to purge those who are deceased from the statewide voter database. Husted said in a statement Tuesday that the integrity of voter data is critical from a cost, quality and confidence standpoint.

West to critics: Beware whom you target
"I find it interesting that in all of these instances, the media simply dismissed the incidents," West said. "One might wonder — is it open season on a principled black conservative?"

Some Senate Dems willing to consider Social Security reforms
Several Democratic senators are separating themselves from their leadership and encouraging President Obama to cut Social Security benefits by raising the retirement age in order to keep the entitlement solvent.

Pennsylvania now “souring” on Obama?
Pennsylvania’s looking like it could be a very tough state for Barack Obama in 2012. His approval rating there is only 42% with 52% of voters disapproving of him, and he’s within the margin of error in the state against 3 potential Republican opponents, a far cry from his double digit victory there in 2008.

Gov. Brewer Defiant After Legal Setback for Ariz. Immigration Law: 'I'm Not Giving Up
The bottom line is this has been a long, hard battle for Arizona. And we bear the brunt of everything that takes place here with the drug cartels and the illegal immigrations, the drop houses, the crime. Now we have to stand up for the people of Arizona and for the people of America.

Two ObamaCare programs, four czars eliminated in budget cuts
Four czars and two ObamaCare programs ended up getting the axe in the funding bill. That’s not a bad start. Here are the dollar figures stated in the summary for each department, in billions for apples-to-apples comparions:

Chicago school to kids: You can’t bring lunch from home
At Little Village, most students must take the meals served in the cafeteria or go hungry or both. During a recent visit to the school, dozens of students took the lunch but threw most of it in the garbage uneaten. Though CPS has improved the nutritional quality of its meals this year, it also has seen a drop-off in meal participation among students, many of whom say the food tastes bad.

Obama Used Budget Tricks to Save Favorites
The full details of Friday's agreement were released overnight Monday. They reveal a lot of one-time savings and cuts that officially "score" as cuts to pay for spending elsewhere, but often have little to no actual impact on the deficit.

Calif. Teachers Federation Endorses Convicted ‘Cop Killer’
Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former member of the Black Panther Party, was convicted of shooting, multiple times, Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. He reportedly confessed to the crime and was given the death penalty. Instead of recognizing Abu-Jamal’s conviction, the federation believes he is innocent and a civil rights hero.

Wal-Mart Goes ‘Back to Basics’: A Cautionary Tale for the Left
The failure, in large part, can be pinned to Leslie Dach: a well-known progressive and former senior aide to Vice President Al Gore. In July 2006, Dach was installed as the public relations chief for Wal-Mart. He drafted a number of other progressives into the company, seeking to change the company’s way of doing business: its culture, its politics, and most importantly its products.

Obama's Impeachable Offenses
Instead of living up to that oath, President Obama has actively attempted to subvert, ignore, and completely destroy large parts of the Constitution. I believe the President of the United States is well aware of what he is doing, and it is completely intentional. Listed below are what I believe are impeachable offenses and the list continues to grow.

Ann Barnhardt HAMMERS Lindsey Graham
There are a hundred things I would like to say to Lindsey Graham right now. Fortunately, Ann Barnhardt says them all for me.

Here's The Real Reason The GOP Caved On NPR And Planned Parenthood
I am ready for a big fight, the kind that will change the arc of history. And, I’m hoping that when it comes to issues like the debt ceiling, ObamaCare, and the 2012 budget, House Republicans will take the lead, draw a line in the sand and not back down from the fight. The debt ceiling, 2012, and repealing Obamacare. That's where the fight is, and there's no rest from now til then, with the debt ceiling just days away from being breached.

Wall Street Journal: The Tea Party’s First Victory
Obama opposes spending cuts right up to the time he calls them historic. This is getting to be a habit. President Obama ferociously resists tax cuts, trade agreements and spending cuts-right up to the moment he strikes a deal with Republicans and hails the tax cuts, trade agreements and spending cuts as his idea. What a difference an election makes.

Holder Intruding in Wisconsin Supreme Court Election?
Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin is asking for a federal investigation into the surprise discovery of 14,000 votes in Waukesha County for the Wisconsin Supreme Court race.

Obama: Raise Taxes to Cut the Deficit
Obama will lay out his plan for reducing the nation's deficit Wednesday, belatedly entering a fight over the nation's long-term financial future. But in addition to suggesting cuts—the current focus of debate—the White House looks set to aim its firepower on a more divisive topic: taxes.

Violent SEIU Mob Arrested After Charging Troopers in Washington

Obama Has Stopped Trying to Detain or Interrogate Terrorists
He's considered one of world's most dangerous terrorism suspects, and the U.S. offered a $1-million reward for his capture in 2005. Intelligence experts say he's a master bomb maker and extremist leader who possesses a wealth of information about Al Qaeda-linked groups in Southeast Asia. Yet the U.S. has made no move to interrogate or seek custody of Indonesian militant Umar Patek since he was apprehended this year by officials in Pakistan with the help of a CIA tip, U.S. and Pakistani officials say.

Union Thugs Intimidate 16 Year Old Worker
Union thugs in San Diego are going after a 16 year old girl working at Albertsons grocery, demanding she join the union and pay dues. But Danielle Cookson isn’t having it. It’s this kind of forced unionism that is just one of many things about unions that disgusts me…and millions of other freedom-loving Americans.

Confirmed: Obama in real trouble in Florida
But the really bad news belongs to Obama. He can win without Florida in a general election, but it won’t be easy, especially if he loses Ohio and Wisconsin, which at least seem possible. An approval rating of 42% or 43% with majority disapprovals are not numbers that will win the state, and he’s running out of time to turn those around.

Progressives ponder why tea party is kicking their butts
By the time I finished reading this lengthy, plaintive missive by Richard Esko at the Huffington Post, I will confess that I’d actually begun feeling sorry for him. Observing the conclusion of the recent budget battles and viewing them as a disastrous loss for the progressive movement, Mr. Esko casts about for an answer to what seems to be the question of the day: How does the evil Tea Party keep kicking our butts when our ideas are so wildly popular and clearly superior? And he thinks he’s found some answers.

IRS pressing for rule that would see capital flight from US
Cato’s Dan Mitchell shines a light on a new effort at the IRS to increase revenue by taxing interest payments on foreign capital deposited and invested in the US. Congress passed a specific rule blocking that kind of taxation, but short-term thinking in the administration and at the IRS has the agency looking for any revenue it can find. The problem, as Mitchell points out for the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, is that the long-term effects would be disastrous for the American economy and could create a collapse in an industry we just finished bailing out:

Pelosi: When will Republicans take back their party and force it to share my values?
Remember, this is who House Democrats wanted in charge of the caucus after she delivered them to total destruction in November. They could have started new with Hoyer or an up-and-comer, but she was too “effective” to spare. Which, I guess, explains why she’s hundreds of miles away from the House floor tonight. Values.

Gov. Walker Vows: Unions Won't Steal Prosser Election Win
On Friday, Gov. Walker visited Newsmax and its CEO, Christopher Ruddy, at the company's West Palm Beach, Fla. headquarters. In his exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV — part of a national tour to drum up national support for his dramatic fight against public unions who are seeking recall elections of Walker allies in the Wisconsin legislature — the Republican governor says there is no way any legitimate recount would result in a victory for Prosser's liberal opponent.

Dems Lie on Default Risk
“This has been exposed as a political ploy, not a real concern, by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., who has introduced legislation that would instruct the federal government to pay debt obligations first,” he writes on Politico. “It would avoid any threat to the American government's creditworthiness. The Democrats have opposed this for transparent reasons: they want to borrow more. …

Minnesota Schools Use Taxpayer Dollars to Fund ‘White Privilege’ Seminar
Minnesota schools — like many across the country — are facing tight budgets these days. The school board recently announced almost $7 million in cuts and 94 teachers are slated to lose their jobs. But, as the Star Tribune’s Katherine Kersten points out, “there’s always room for in the budget for white guilt.”

FBI Opens Secret Document ‘Vault’
“The Vault” is not just the figurative name for the new cache of documents. It is the official name the FBI has given to, as the Salt Lake Tribune explains, a “revamped FBI website for documents that have been released through the Freedom of Information Act and have been recently or often requested.”

House Republicans Cheer Leader Cantor saying:
"We Will Not Leave Town Until We Cut Spending &
Get Our Fiscal House In Order!"

Prosser gains lead over Kloppenburg as vote tallies adjusted
Numbers from Waukesha County alone give Prosser a net increase of approximately 7,500 votes. 11,000 additional votes went to Prosser compared with only 3,000 for Kloppenburg.

Senate and President Obama to Blame for Partial Government Shutdown
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will get special blame, primarily because he has not allowed a full and fair debate on H.R. 1, the long-term spending measure that that would cut $61 billion from the budget for the remainder of this fiscal year.

Obama: I’ll Shut Down the Government and Suspend Military Pay
Rather than accept a few billion in budget cuts (read rounding error), President Obama has signaled his willingness to shut down the federal government. (Yah!) For those keeping score at home, any government shutdown that happens is on Obama’s plate. He is the President. All on him.

Winnebago County vote-count change alters Supreme Court race
Winnebago County's numbers say Prosser received 20,701 votes to Kloppenburg's 18,887. The AP has 19,991 for Prosser to Kloppenburg's 18,421. The new numbers would give Prosser 244 more votes, or a 40-vote lead statewide.

ACORN Pleads Guilty to Voter Registration Fraud in Nevada
ACORN itself was named as a criminal defendant for allegedly running an illegal voter registration scheme called "21," or "Blackjack," which paid ACORN workers bonuses based on the number of voters they registered in Nevada during the 2008 election. This is the only case in the country in which ACORN itself was named as a felony defendant, and it has since filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Trump sends investigators to Hawaii to look into Obama
That's according to Trump himself, who, in an interview with NBC, warned his investigators just might uncover "one of the greatest cons in the history of politics and beyond." "I have people that have been studying it and they cannot believe what they're finding," Trump said an interview that aired Thursday Morning.

Pelosi To Headline Soros 'Change The World' Event
Now, it's been a little over a year later and the group he funded is making King George’s wish come true – bringing together a whole slew of important people to discuss how to change the global economy. In Soros speak, that means “establish new international rules” and “reform the currency system.” Read more:

Pelosi Exposed as Fraud in Conference Call With Bloggers
“We couldn’t have our own proposal on Social Security because it would confuse the public.” Pelosi said that so doing would have meant Dems were “conceding there must be some big problem.”

Reagan Lawyer Drafts Obama Impeachment
Fein's articles of impeachment discuss the run-up to the Libya conflict and conclude, "In all of this, President Barack Obama has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States."

Election Fraud Allegations Fly in Close Wisconsin Supreme Court Race
On an estimated more than 10,000 ballots in Dane County, Wisconsin, where the state capital Madison is, voters selected only a pick in the Supreme Court race, while leaving even the hotly contested mayoral and county executive choices blank. That raises red flags for election experts like Scott St. Clair of the Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank.

Rasmussen: 48% Prefer Tea Party to Congress
The poll finds that 48 percent of Likely U.S. Voters say that when it comes to the major issues facing the country, their views are closer to the average tea party member as opposed to the average member of Congress.

Dems Seek Fundraising From Shutdown Threat
"House Democrats are exploiting our financial crisis and using it for political gain, while Republicans are addressing it as an American challenge that calls for placing our nation and our economy ahead of partisanship," National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Joanna Burgos said in a statement.

Congress makes first major dent in health care law
The changes are complex and don’t affect the fundamental operations of the health law, but Republicans said they are symbolic nonetheless because they mark the first repeals of significant provisions from Democrats’ key achievement under Obama.

Boehner's office says no deal was reached in White House talks
Boehner told Obama that his conference will not be "forced to choose between two options that are bad for the country (accepting a bad deal that fails to make real spending cuts, or accepting a government shutdown due to Senate inaction)," the readout said.

Payback: Group says it has enough signatures to force recall election for Wisconsin fleebagger
A moral victory, if nothing else. And it really might be nothing else: This guy won reelection three years ago with 67 percent of the vote, so tossing him out in a recall election will be unlikely. But who knows? Without Obama at the top of the ticket for Democrats and with the locals (hopefully) irritated at the fleebaggers’ fleebaggy ways, 51/49 to remove isn’t impossible.

Obama’s Own Guy: This Spending is 'Cancer' That Will Destroy America
The potential shutdown comes on the heels of a Treasury Department report showing the country is spending at an alarming rate, and Erskine Bowles, the co-chairman of President Obama’s budget committee, calling the nation’s deficit a “cancer” that could “destroy this country” if nothing is done.

GOP budget blueprint would cut spending by $5.8T within decade
The budget includes major reforms to Medicaid and Medicare but largely leaves Social Security alone. And on Medicare, big reforms would not be introduced for more than a decade, meaning Ryan’s budget would cut Medicare spending by comparatively little for a decade.

House GOP freshmen call on Reid to pass spending bill or resign
"With all due respect, if you do not plan to fulfill your responsibilities as Senate Majority Leader, perhaps it is time to step aside," the letter stated.

Rand Paul outsmarts, embarrasses
slow-witted Democrat

On Wednesday, Paul, with little notice, attached an amendment to the small-business re-authorization bill. The amendment, which chastises President Obama for his actions in Libya, urges members to adopt the president’s own words as “the sense of the Senate.”

Ex-CIA Operative: Obama Never Properly Vetted
Obama’s background remains nearly a blank slate. His school records, from kindergarten to law school, remain hidden. The story of his financial support is hidden — his private elementary and high school in Hawaii, his international travel, his graduate and undergraduate tuition and living expenses, and more. And these are just the beginning of the Barack Obama vetting failure.

‘Project Gunrunner’ Update: Rep. Darrell Issa Subpoenas the Federal Government
Rep. Darrell Issa, the California Republican who is Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told CBS News that he has subpoenaed documents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) regarding Project Gunrunner. The ATF, which is in the Justice Department, has so far refused to release information about the “gunrunner” controversy

U.S. Gov't Spent More Than Eight Times Its Monthly Revenue
After the disbursements made to pay off the $705.3 billion in loans that came due in March, three of the other top four federal spending items for the month were entitlements programs. The other top item was payments to defense contractors.

Obama Announces Reelection Bid
"We're doing this now because the politics we believe in does not start with expensive TV ads or extravaganzas, but with you -- with people organizing block-by-block, talking to neighbors, co-workers, and friends. And that kind of campaign takes time to build," Obama wrote in the e-mail.

60% of U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan Have Occurred Since Obama Was Inaugurated in 2009
At least 858 U.S. soldiers have died in the Afghanistan war since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009. That equals 60.13 percent of the 1,427 American soldier fatalities so far in the ongoing 10-year war in that country.

Showdown: 41 Senate Democrats vow to filibuster budget if it defunds Planned Parenthood
Forty-one senators have pledged to filibuster any bipartisan spending bill that includes an amendment to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood, threatening an impasse with House conservatives. The group, led by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), includes thirty-nine Democratic senators and two Independents, Sens. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) and Bernie Sanders (Vt.)…
Dems: The Party of NO.

Gitmo alumnus, two other Islamists at head of Libya’s rebellion?
The presence of Islamists like these amid the opposition has raised concerns, among some fellow rebels as well as their Western allies, that the goal of some Libyan fighters in battling Col. Gadhafi is to propagate Islamist extremism. …

ObamaCare backfires as reform
Medicaid’s reimbursements to providers are so unrealistically low that providers can’t afford to take on many Medicaid patients. For those that do, doctors shift costs to private insurance by keeping their rates higher than necessary where they know they can collect. As ObamaCare crowds out insurers, providers will lose the ability to recoup those losses, and they will instead refuse to take Medicare and Medicaid patients altogether.

Voters Say GOP More 'Mainstream' Than Dems
Voters continue to view the Republican agenda in Congress as more mainstream than the agenda of the Democrats. But only one-in-four voters think the average member of either party shares the same ideology they do.

Senators Want to Punish Koran Burning
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Congress might need to explore the need to limit some forms of freedom of speech, in light of Tennessee pastor Terry Jones’ Quran burning, and how such actions result in enabling U.S. enemies. "I wish we could find a way to hold people accountable. Free speech is a great idea, but we're in a war," Graham told CBS' Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” Sunday. But burning the American flag or the Bible is ok.

Obama's plan to buy more public land draws GOP fire
"I think we should take care of what we have before we acquire more land," said Washington state Republican Rep. Doc Hastings, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. "Most people would say let's maintain what we have before we acquire more of it, I don't care what it is. ... To me, it's a pretty straightforward solution to oppose it."

Holder Flip-Flops, Blames Congress
AG Eric Holder, saying 'I know better' than Congress, begrudgingly says he has referred case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, suspected 9/11 mastermind, to the Pentagon for military trial.

DeMint: Balanced Budget Worth Career Sacrifice
"Agreeing on the right policy is not enough to save our country," DeMint wrote in an email to backers of his Senate Conservatives Fund. "Republicans also have to be willing to fight to enact that policy, even if it means sacrificing their political careers."
He should be Speaker of the House

Obama Budget Could Fuel Gas Tax
“Well, what his budget put forward, Neal, was they assume $435 billion in revenue to fund transportation, but they don’t specify where it comes from,” Thune told Fox News’ Neal Cavuto Monday. “It’s phantom revenue — it’s a lot like the phantom leadership that we’ve been getting from this administration, particularly on these budget issues.

Obamacare Paid Out $2 Billion to Corporations
A little-known provision in the Obamacare legislation has sent $2 billion to corporations, unions and state public employee systems to subsidize health coverage for retirees. At the current rate, the government could blow through the entire $5 billion budgeted for the program before it is set to end.

Can Medical Marijuana Mix With Concealed Guns?
Willis is not only packing a concealed handgun permit in her wallet, she also has a medical marijuana card. That combination has led the local sheriff to try to take her gun permit away.

The Depressing Jobs Chart That Puts the Numbers in Perspective
Well will you look at that…employment peaked in 2007. Now what happened in 2007 that could have done that??? Oh, thats right! 2006 elections which gave democrats a majority in both houses. Funny how employment seems to tank whenever the democrats get any real control of congress.

Could Samantha Power (Mrs. Cass Sunstein) Be the Next Secretary of State?
Obama initially headhunted Power in 2005, after reading her book. After a long meeting, Power decided to take leave from her Harvard professorship to work for the then senator. Her position in shaping Obama’s Libya policy has received much media scrutiny, including from Bloomberg which also noted her activist role.

GOP bill to defund Libya mission picks up another Dem backer
Rep. Marcy Kaptur has co-sponsored a Republican bill to defund the Pentagon's Libya operations until Congress authorizes them.

Cartels threaten to kill Texas Rangers, ICE agents
The cartel members planned to use AK-47 assault rifles to shoot the agents and rangers from across the border, the bulletin said. It did not name which drug cartel was involved.

Alaska to Consider Lowering Drinking Age for U.S. Troops
"It's outrageous that a member of our military can be subjected to the horrors of war but can't legally have a beer or smoke a cigarette," Lynn wrote in his blog Monday. "Any soldier who braves military combat and risks their life for our country should be treated like an adult -- in every sense of the word."

Rangel: Obama Needed Congressional Authorization for Military Intervention in Libya
Obama did not have the constitutional authority to use military force in Libya without Congressional approval. Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) added that he would “like to believe” members of Congress are looking into whether or not the President’s action is an impeachable offense.

Project Gunrunner: Obama's Stimulus-Funded Border Nightmare
Buried in Barack Obama's failed trillion-dollar stimulus program was a $10 million bloody border racket that has now cost American lives. This goes far beyond the usual waste, fraud and abuse underwritten by progressive profligacy. It's bloodstained government malfeasance overseen by anti-gun ideologues -- and now anti-gun ideologue Attorney General Eric Holder will "investigate."

Foreign Banks Tapped Fed’s Secret Lifeline Most at Crisis Peak
The biggest borrowers from the 97-year-old discount window as the program reached its crisis-era peak were foreign banks, accounting for at least 70 percent of the $110.7 billion borrowed during the week in October 2008 when use of the program surged to a record. The disclosures may stoke a reexamination of the risks posed to U.S. taxpayers by the central bank’s role in global financial markets.

Bosses at bailed-out Fannie, Freddie were paid millions
The companies, whose fates are to be decided by Congress this year, paid a combined $17 million to their chief executives in 2009 and 2010, the two full years when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were wards of the state, the report found.

Federal Agents Told to Reduce Border Arrests, Arizona Sheriff Says
Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever told that a supervisor with the U.S. Border Patrol told him as recently as this month that the federal agency’s office on Arizona's southern border was under orders to keep apprehension numbers down during specific reporting time periods.

Alert Issued After Security Incident On Camp Pendleton
According to a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) alert issued to high-ranking Camp Pendleton officials, someone reported hearing hateful comments and terrorist threats from three men at a gas station in Oceanside Saturday.

The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus filed a lawsuit Monday against the state of Georgia seeking to dissolve the city charters of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Milton and Chattahoochee Hills. Further, the lawmakers, joined by civil rights leader the Rev. Joseph Lowery, aim to dash any hopes of a Milton County.

Uncovered: New $2 Billion Bailout in Obamacare
Investigators for the House Energy and Commerce Committee have discovered that a little-known provision in the national health care law has allowed the federal government to pay nearly $2 billion to unions, state public employee systems, and big corporations to subsidize health coverage costs for early retirees. At the current rate of payment, the $5 billion appropriated for the program could be exhausted well before it is set to expire.

Pentagon Art: $600,000 Gurgling Toad Sculpture
A $600,000 frog sculpture that lights up, gurgles "sounds of nature" and carries a 10-foot fairy girl on its back could soon be greeting Defense Department employees who plan to start working at the $700 million Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. this fall. That is unless a new controversy over the price tag of the public art doesn't torpedo the idea.

US Servicewomen Encouraged to Wear Headscarves in Afghanistan
In an effort to get closer to the local population, American female soldiers stationed in Afghanistan are being encouraged to wear a Muslim headscarf when interacting with civilians. But some question whether the practice constitutes cultural sensitivity or a form of appeasement that is degrading to U.S. soldiers.

Senate Democrats rule out 'ridiculous' EPA, NPR policy riders
Reid told reporters during a Friday conference call that an agreement on 2011 spending levels would not include any riders affecting the Environmental Protection Agency.

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