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Agenda 21 Update: Family Farms Are Under Attack
In Late May, the DOT proposed a rule change for farm equipment, and if it this allowed to take effect, it will place significant regulatory pressure on small farms and family farms all across America – costing them thousands of dollars and possibly forcing many of them out of business. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), part of the Department of Transportation (DOT), wants new standards that would require all farmers and everyone on the farm to obtain a CDL (Commercial Drivers License) in order to operate any farming equipment. The agency is going to accomplish this by reclassifying all farm vehicles and implements as Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs).
CPAC balloting confirms GOProud out for 2012
But it had faced the loss of some participants over the past several years specifically because of its inclusion of GOProud. Some of the organizations whose leaders have raised concerns in recent years have included heavyweights such as the Heritage Foundation, Media Research Center, Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America.
So you say you want a revolution?
Today, anyone who suggests our government is out of control is labeled a right-wing extremist or even a domestic terrorist. Yet all the constitutionalists and tea partiers want to do is return our nation to the governmental restraints outlined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. We do not want a theocracy. We do not want an oligarchy. Is this too much to ask?
Hamas leader: Palestinian UN bid a 'scam'
"We are not going to recognize Israel. That is very simple. And we are not going to accept Israel as the owner of one square centimeter because it is a fabricated state."
State of Arizona breaks silence on madness in 'Nazi'-cop town
Normally, we do not release the results of an investigation until it has been completed. However, because this is a matter of unusual public interest, we are prepared to say that, based on review of a video of a July 10 meeting, there is reasonable cause to believe that there has been a violation of the Open Meeting Law, inasmuch as the public was excluded.
Outlines of Debt Compromise Emerge
In many respects, the deal will, if approved by all parties, resemble the contours of a short-lived pact negotiated last weekend by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Obama rejected that deal, forcing Congress to wrestle with other inferior legislative options throughout the week.
REID FILIBUSTERS OWN BILL!
"We would be happy to have that vote tonight," Sen. Mitch McConnell, Republicans' leader, offered. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid objected, even though the vote would occur on his own bill. He instead said the chamber would have to run out the full procedural clock, which means a vote in the early hours Sunday morning.
Washington Is Annoyed at Wall Street's Failure to Panic
"We were following the script from 2008. When the market collapsed after TARP failed, that spooked everyone enough to get them to fall in line. We thought the same thing would happen this week," he said. Instead, the market has just been on a quiet, non-panicked slide.
4.9% unemployment in Mexico vs. 9.4% in US...
"It's now easier to buy homes on credit, find a job and access higher education in Mexico," Sacramento's Mexican consul general, Carlos González Gutiérrez, said Wednesday. "We have become a middle-class country."
Report: Lawmakers make 3.4 times what the average working American earns
In addition to a salary of $174,000 per year, which by itself puts members of Congress among the highest-paid 5 percent of American workers, members of Congress receive more generous fringe benefits than typical American employees. In fact, congressional compensation including benefits totals around $285,000 per year.
Senate kills Boehner debt ceiling plan
The Senate voted down a House-approved bill to raise the debt ceiling, leaving the ball in the court of Senate leadership to produce a deficit reduction bill, with just days before the Aug. 2 deadline. The vote was 59-41
House to vote down Reid's deficit plan
The House will reconvene Saturday to vote on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) budget plan, and will vote on Reid's proposal under a suspension of House rules.
BOEHNER ROARS…'THIS HOUSE HAS ACTED!’….BALL’S IN REID’S COURT…OBAMA TWISTS IN THE WIND
With the U.S. moving perilously closer to default on its loans to cover years of deficit spending,the House on Friday narrowly passed Speaker John Boehner's third version of a debt-limit bill that includes a balanced budget amendment that secured the support of hard-line Republicans.
The no votes: 22 GOPers who balked Boehner
Speaker John Boehner pushed his debt-ceiling bill through the House Friday night with the support of 218 Republicans. Here are the 22 no votes:
Democrat 'Budget Plan': Attack the Tea Party and Misquote Reagan
The same we-won-the-election-and-elections-have-consequences lefties now cry out for "bipartisanship." Those who cheered the bulldog way that ObamaCare became law now want the resurgent Republicans to "reach across the aisle," "set aside partisan rancor" and "put the country first."
North Carolina Enacts Map Favoring GOP
Democrats currently have a 7-6 advantage in the state’s Congressional delegation, but it is almost certain to be substantially reduced during the 2012 elections. The new map significantly endangers Democratic Reps. Mike McIntyre, Larry Kissell, Heath Shuler and Brad Miller.
AWOL Soldier Arrested Over Concerns of Second Alleged Plot to Attack Fort Hoodc
Abdo was allegedly found with weapons and explosives at the time of his arrest, a senior Army source confirms to Fox News. He was arrested at around 2 p.m. Wednesday after someone called authorities to report a suspicious individual.
Obama 'Unpresidential,' 'Petulant' 'Dividing Us': Langone
"He is not acting presidential. He is behaving in a way designed in my opinion to divide us, to make us look at each other with skepticism, with suspicion. That is the end of America as we know it," he said. "The destruction he is inflicting by his behavior will carry on long after we settle the debt limit."
New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism
The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.
White House Prodding Rating Agencies to Endorse Reid Plan
“Sources close to the rating agencies are saying that the White House is trying to get the rating agencies to endorse a certain plan. The White House is trying to prod the agencies to accept the Reid plan, which gives them political cover. They’re trying to say Boehner’s plan creates political uncertainty in the market because it’s two increases.
All 53 Senate Dems sign letter to Boehner: Your bill will never pass
With the party of endless spending and entitlements unto death lecturing fiscal conservatives on how they’re leading the country into a credit downgrade. Perfecto.
New numbers, no surprise: Affordable Care Act anything but affordable
“Simply put, this report states the obvious, that Americans have known for more than a year – the $2.6 trillion law only makes the fundamental problem of skyrocketing health care costs worse,” said Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee.
‘Trouble for the West’ as Egyptians On Pace to Elect Muslim Brotherhood
“The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest Islamist group, is poised to win the largest share of the vote in parliamentary elections,” the Daily Beast writes, “the man who appears to have a clear shot at the presidency, Amr Moussa, has made his name criticizing Israel; and a large majority of respondents favor amending or revoking the cornerstone of regional stability, the Camp David Accords.”
The Immelt Way: WH Advisor on Jobs Moving GE X-Ray Business -- to China?
General Electric Co.’s health care unit, the world’s biggest maker of medical imaging machines, is moving the headquarters of its 115-year-old X-ray business to Beijing. The headquarters will move from Wisconsin amid a broader plan to invest about $2 billion across China, including opening six “customer innovation’’ and development centers.
Reid: House GOP debt plan doomed in Senate
Even as House Republican leaders work to retool their deficit reduction package, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the plan will not get a single Democratic vote in the Senate, dooming it to fail.
Shock Battleground Polls: Obama 'Could Lose in a Landslide'
In every reputable battleground state poll conducted over the past month, Obama’s support is weak. In most of them, he trails Republican front-runner Mitt Romney. For all the talk of a closely fought 2012 election, if Obama can’t turn around his fortunes in states such as Michigan and New Hampshire, next year’s presidential election could end up being a GOP landslide.
Uniformed Mexican Soldiers Cross Into South Texas
Almost three dozen uniformed Mexican soldiers in four military vehicles crossed the Rio Grande into South Texas without authorization Tuesday in an international incident U.S. officials were calling inadvertent.
DeMint: Obama's Budget Stance 'Frightening'
“He wants a showdown — he has pushed this thing up against the deadline. Republicans have given him the increase in the debt limit he wanted; all we’re asking is that we put the country on a path towards a balanced budget — but he says that’s extreme,” the tea party favorite said. “It is almost impossible to deal with him — he just gives speeches, and we can’t vote on a speech.”
Obama team threatens to veto Boehner debt plan
Obama administration today threatened to veto the two-step debt reduction plan put up by House Speaker John Boehner -- though they're pretty sure it won't come to that.
Obama Says Phone Congress ... But Lines Jammed With Americans Who Say 'Reduce Spending!'
One Senate Republican aide credited some of the increased phone traffic to Mr. Obama's speech but added that the callers to Republican offices aren't backing the president's approach. "The majority of calls that our offices have received have all been calls to reduce spending," the aide said.
Congressman: Obama Administration Still Banning Prayers
“The Obama administration continues to try to prevent the word ‘God’ from being used at the funerals of our heroes,” said. Rep. John Culberson (R-TX). “It’s unacceptable and I’m going to put a stop to it as fast as humanly possible.”
Issa: Obama admin intimidating witnesses in ATF gun probe
But after receiving subpoenas, at least two of the agents got letters from ATF Associate Chief Counsel Barry S. Orlow warning them to keep certain areas off-limits, including those still under investigation. Neither of the targeted agents was identified.
Soros Returns Capital, Avoids Dodd Frank
The reason? Under new requirements from the Dodd Frank act, hedge funds are required to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission by March 2012 if the fund continues to manage more than $150 million in assets for outside investors. The new requirements would call for funds to report information about the assets they manage, potential conflicts of interest, and information on investors and employees. The act allows an exemption for what the Commission considers "family office" advisers.
Rule by fear or rule by law?
What could the government be contemplating that leads it to make contingency plans to detain without recourse millions of its own citizens? The Constitution does not allow the executive to have unchecked power under any circumstances. The people must not allow the president to use the war on terrorism to rule by fear instead of by law.
Feds Silent on How Convicted Felons Bought Guns in 'Operation Fast and Furious'
In the latest chapter of the gunrunning scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious, federal officials won't say how two suspects obtained more than 360 weapons despite criminal records that should have prevented them from buying even one gun.
State Senate Race Looks To "Stir Up" Northern Virginia Conservatives
Three years later, has the “Rule of Law” resolution worked in Prince William County? “There’s no question about it,” replied Stirrup, who won re-election in ’07 with 63% of the vote, “There’s been a 41% drop in our hit-and-run accidents and our crime rate countywide is at a 16-year low.” Crime began to go down even before the law was implemented, he added, “because news of its coming convinced many non-citizens “to ‘self-deport themselves.”
End of the Line - Why the EPA Train Wreck Must be Stopped
Behind the scenes, while Washington and the United States focus on the debt crisis, President Obama’s EPA has been quietly implementing one of the most radical and costly policies of his administration. Ever since the failure of cap-and-trade, the administration has turned to the EPA to carry out its radical environmental agenda. Immediately after the 2010 election Obama was quoted saying “Cap-and-trade was just one way of skinning the cat; it was not the only way.” The EPA is in the process of completing and finalizing 30 major regulations and 170 major policy rules that would impose hundreds of billions of dollars of compliance costs on the economy, killing jobs and threatening the economic recovery.
More travel extravagances by Nancy Pelosi?
"These trips, known as CODELs, have exploded in number and cost. Speaker Boehner needs to reform this abuse of our military's assets. For all the recent talk about corporate luxury jets here in Washington, the American people might be surprised to learn the Air Force has an entire wing of luxury jets (in addition to Obama's Air Force One planes) for the use of congressmen and top administration officials," he said.
Dark days for America
The political class is destroying the nation's wealth at an alarming rate. Nowhere in history, ancient or recent, has a nation been able to spend money beyond its means the way we are, without doing severe damage to the people. The irresponsible fiscal policies of Greece, Spain, Ireland, Portugal and Italy are there for all to see, and yet we are headed inexorably down the same road.
Talks resume - briefly - at W.H.
Obama and the leaders are expected to work through the weekend to strike a deal to raise the debt limit before the Aug. 2 deadline after talks on a large budget deal collapsed.
Democrats in ‘volcanic’ mood
Facing a possible revolt from within Democratic ranks, White House officials immediately dismissed the notion that the president would strike any agreement with Republicans to implement significant spending cuts
CNN Poll: Drop in liberal support pushes Obama approval rating down
But drill down into that number and you'll see signs of a stirring discontent on the left," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Thirty-eight percent say they disapprove because President Obama has been too liberal, but 13 percent say they disapprove of Obama because he has not been liberal enough...
Grassley Suspects Botched Gun-Tracking Program Was Motivated by Desire to ‘Restrict Guns’
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says the Obama administration may have launched a failed gun-tracking operation along the Mexican border because “they don’t like the Second Amendment” and want to “restrict guns.”
Breathless: FDA Bans Asthma Medication
So we have to kill off children with asthma in order to protect the environment.... Remember, these same people think human beings are the problem. Soon enough it will be children with disabilities in general, then adults who have lived "long enough", then people who have "too many"children.... When one person is denied his God-given right to life then we all lose our freedom. Free people do not stand by and let this happen. Are you free or not?
Dems changed their tune
Among the Democrat senators voting for the 1997 BBA were Tom Harkin (Iowa) — the same Tom Harkin who now calls Tea Party voters in support of cutting and capping spending and passing a balanced-budget amendment a “cult fringe” of the electorate.
Study: Democrats Losing Support of Poor Whites
“A seven-point Democratic advantage among whites under age 30 three years ago has turned into an 11-point GOP advantage today. And a 15-point Democratic advantage among whites earning less than $30,000 annually has swung to a slim four-point Republican edge today.”
Deputy Attorney General James Cole Involved in 'Fast & Furious' Whistleblower Cover-up?
Information is now seeping out about the political whiplash that secured a confirmation vote for Cole in exchange for the DOJ’s release of documents to Congress. In a supremely ironic twist, the documents ransomed by Cole’s confirmation strongly suggest that Cole himself was involved in the cover-up of F&F.
Dem Poll: Weakened Obama would lose vote today
"There's a very good chance Barack Obama would lose if he had to stand for re-election today," said Dean Debnam, president of PPP. "This is his worst poll standing in a long time, and he really needs the economy to start turning around."
An executive order in the old Chicago tradition
Following a defeat in Citizens United, the Obama administration is making an unprecedented assault on free speech through a proposed executive order requiring federal bidders to disclose their political giving during the previous two years as a condition to being considered for a federal contract.
Speaker Boehner to Rush Limbaugh: There is NO deal
House Speaker John Boehner today on the Rush Limbaugh show adamantly insisted leaks of a backdoor budget deal are inaccurate. Boehner said he stands firmly by the plan the House passed Monday — “Cut, Cap and Balance” — and any discussions of backup plans have been just that … discussions of backup plans.
S&P warns on deal without meaningful deficit reduction
Standard and Poor’s warned that it won’t take just any kind of debt-ceiling deal to protect the credit rating of the US. A deal without “meaningful” deficit reduction will mean downgrading American credit within three months: In other words … the Gang of Six deal is pretty much a non-starter with S&P.
Congress taking another run at the NLRB
In another attempt to exert a bit of legislative oversight on executive branch rules which carry the force of law, Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) has introduced legislation known as, “the Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act.”
China building electromagnetic pulse weapons for use against U.S. carriers...
Portions of a National Ground Intelligence Center study on the lethal effects of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and high-powered microwave (HPM) weapons revealed that the arms are part of China’s so-called “assassin’s mace” arsenal - weapons that allow a technologically inferior China to defeat U.S. military forces.
DHS Video Characterizes White Americans as Most Likely Terrorists
A new promotional video released by the Department of Homeland Security characterizes white middle class Americans as the most likely terrorists, as Big Sis continues its relentless drive to cement the myth that mad bombers are hiding around every corner, when in reality Americans are just as likely to be killed by lightning strikes or peanut allergies.
U.S. Flag 'Primes' Voters Toward Republican Viewpoints
"A single exposure to an American flag resulted in a significant increase in participants' Republican voting intentions, voting behavior, political beliefs, and implicit and explicit attitudes, with some effects lasting eight months," reads the study titled, "Long-Term Effects of U.S. Flag Exposure on Republicanism."
Gang of Six plan is more smoke and mirrors
The document purports to "slash our nation's deficits" by $3.7 trillion over 10 years, but to get there it raises taxes $2 trillion now in return for mostly undefined spending cuts to be enacted somewhere off in an ill-defined future. Does anybody seriously doubt that the professional politicians will waste no time in adopting the tax increases, then find a hundred excuses for delaying the spending cuts and deficit reductions until they are a dead letter?
'Nazi'-cop town 'firing' officers, stops paying mayor
The state of Arizona is now investigating allegations of massive corruption among government officials in Quartzsite, Ariz., the town that's the focus of worldwide attention after police forcibly removed a woman from speaking at a town-hall meeting, and where the mayor today says he's not being paid and most local police officers are wrongly being fired and have been ordered not to leave their homes.
Warning To The West
(From a Former Muslim)
We have been lied to by the government and it could cost us our lives. The following excerpt should be a wake up call to ALL Americans. Please read the entire article and share it.
Warning To The West...From a Former Muslim
Meanwhile, Muslims are able to say with complete confidence:
American laws will protect us.
Democrats and Leftist will support us.
The UNO will legitimize us.
CAIR and MAB will incubate us.
The ACLU will support us.
Western Universities will educate
Mosques in the West will shelter us.
OPEC will finance us.
Moderate Muslims will fertilize us.
Hollywood will love us.
Koffi Annan will publish the politically correct sympathetic statements for
We will use your (West) welfare system.
We will take advantage of American kindness, gullibility, and compassion. When time comes, we will stab America in the back as we did on 9/11 and 7/7, the Islamic way. We will say one thing on the camera (Islam is the religion of peace) and teach another thing (Quran 8:12 Terrorize and behead the infidels wherever you find them) to our children at home.
Huge deficit-cutting bill sails through House
Defying a veto threat, the Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday night to slice federal spending by $6 trillion and require a constitutional balanced budget amendment to be sent to the states in exchange for averting a threatened Aug. 2 government default.
Heirs Lose Fight With Gov't to Keep Rare Gold Coins
A jury has decided that a set of rare gold coins found in a bank deposit box rightfully belongs to the U.S. government. Joan Langbord, the daughter of a Philadelphia jeweler, said she found the 10 coins in her father's bank deposit bank after he died.
New Terror Report Warns of Insider Threat to Utilities
A new intelligence report from the Department of Homeland Security issued Tuesday, titled Insider Threat to Utilities, warns "violent extremists have, in fact, obtained insider positions," and that "outsiders have attempted to solicit utility-sector employees" for damaging physical and cyber attacks.
Arizona starts raising funds for Mexico border fence
Steve Smith, the Republican state senator who sponsored the law, hopes to raise $50 million. Donations are being taken through a website -- www.buildtheborderfence.com --- which went live at midnight. "It's out. We're getting a lot of traffic and calls already, so it's doing pretty well," Smith said, adding that it had taken some $10,000 in donations in the first few hours of Wednesday.
Jim Jordan to Harry Reid: “Gang of 234? just showed you the way forward
Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has a message for Mr. Reid: The House showed the Senate the way forward last night, when it voted 234 to 190 to pass the RSC-initiated “Cut, Cap and Balance” legislation. The bill would cut spending by more than $100 billion in 2012, cap spending over the next decade and make a debt limit increase contingent on the dual passage and presentation to the states of a balanced budget amendment.
Report: Private sector job creation ground to a halt almost instantly after Obamacare passed
From the recession’s low point in January 2009 until April 2010, when Obamacare went into effect, the private sector created about 67,600 jobs a month. After the president signed PPACA into law, that number slowed to a meager 6,400 jobs a month — a more than 90 percent decrease or less than one-tenth the previous rate.
Obama officially threatens to veto Republicans' 'cut, cap and balance' bill
"It’s disappointing the White House would reject this common-sense plan to rein in the debt and deficits that are hurting job creation in America," Boehner said in a statement. "While American families have to set priorities and balance their books, this White House obviously isn’t serious about making the same tough choices.
ATF Chief Admits Mistakes in 'Fast and Furious,' Accuses Holder Aides of Stonewalling Congress
The head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has admitted that his agency, in at least one instance, allowed sales of high-powered weapons without intercepting them -- and he accuses his superiors at the Justice Department of stonewalling Congress to protect political appointees in the scandal over those decisions.
Front Yard Gardener Faces New Charges
Bass has now been hit with a new criminal charge for owning unlicensed dogs, clear evidence says Bass that she’s the victim of a vendetta. However, Bass’ dogs are fully licensed, the city is merely reinstating an earlier charge that Bass has already complied with.
Wynn CEO Goes On Epic Anti-Obama Rant On Company Conference Call
The guy keeps making speeches about redistribution and maybe we ought to do something to businesses that don't invest, their holding too much money. We haven't heard that kind of talk except from pure socialists. Everybody's afraid of the government and there's no need soft peddling it, it's the truth.
RNC Says Obama Fundraising Video 'Apparent Crime,' Seeks DOJ Probe
The White House counters that the Map Room is part of the “residence,” making it a perfectly legal venue, and that ample precedent exists for filming campaign materials on White House grounds.
Modern Poverty Includes A.C. and an Xbox
Congress is tying itself in knots figuring out how to cut spending and bring down a $14 trillion national debt. Lawmakers might well take a much closer look at the nearly a trillion dollars spent each year on welfare even though many recipients aren’t what the typical American would recognize as poor and in need of government assistance.
New rule for WH press corps: stop asking questions when you see the President
First Obama stomps out on the meeting yesterday because Cantor kept asking Obama questions, and now the entire White House press corps has to go into time out for the same reason. This may be the most thin-skinned President since Richard Nixon.
NPR pretty excited about new Voter ID laws
NPR can’t help itself and points out that free ID cards are available to all lawful residents of legal age who wish to vote. (Though the aforementioned spokesperson jumps back in to claim that making it to the DMV to pick up the free card is still too great an obstacle for “many.”) But it isn't too big of an obstacle for them to get to the welfare office.
SEIU ‘Intimidation Manual’ Uncovered Detailing Union’s Dirty Tactics
“It” is a new intimidation manual uncovered during a lawsuit against the SEIU*, one of the nation’s largest unions. In it, Vernuccio says, the SEIU’s dirty tactics are explained, including bullying employers by targeting them economically and advocating for breaking the law.
Obama: Public is 'sold' on tax increases in a debt-ceiling deal
Obama on Friday kept up the pressure on Republicans to agree to revenue increases in a deal to raise the debt ceiling, claiming 80 percent of the public supports Democrats' demand for tax increases. "The American people are sold," he said.
Congressman Takes It to Obama: 'Quit Lying!'
Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh accused President Barack Obama in a video released Wednesday of "lying" about the impact of not raising the national debt ceiling in the next three weeks and went on to ask, "Have you no shame, sir?"
Just 34% support tax hike to pay nation's debt...
As the Beltway politicians try to figure out how they will raise the debt ceiling and for how long, most voters oppose including tax hikes in the deal. Americans who earn more than $75,000 a year are evenly divided as to whether a tax hike should be included in the debt ceiling deal. Those who earn less are opposed to including tax hikes.
Illegal immigrant working inside nuke plant arrested
Cruz Loya Alvares was taken into custody by Sheriff Deputies Wednesday and interrogated by the Sheriff's Human Smuggling detectives. He was detained and deported in 2000 but paid a coyote for re-entry into the U.S. And last month, Cruz admitted that in June 2011, Mesa Police cited him for driving with a suspended license.
Reid Calls Tea Party Philosophy 'a Bunch of Garbage'
“I’ve been to a few court houses,” Reid said at a news conference on Thursday. Those in the tea party “seem to think they have an all knowing wisdom about the Constitution. In short, that’s a bunch of garbage. I don’t know how to say it more clearer than that.”
GOP announces vote on 18-month debt-ceiling plan
While Barack Obama went to the press for the third time in 17 days, John Boehner and Eric Cantor called his bluff in the House. The Republican leadership announced that the House would vote on a plan to raise the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion and matching cuts:
DeMint: I’ll use every tool I have to stop the McConnell plan
JimDeMint: I’ll use every tool in Senate to stop passage of “Plan B” blank check debt limit increase. No Republican was elected to give President Obama more power and that’s what this plan does. Every tool means three in particular: the hold, the filibuster, and withholding unanimous consent.
Update: California Governor Signs Bill that Mandates Gay History Lessons in Public Schools
Brown, a Democrat, signed the landmark bill requiring public schools to include the contributions of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender in social studies curriculum. The Democratic-majority Legislature had passed the bill last week on a largely party-line vote.
U.S. Officially Recognizes Libyan Rebels as Legitimate Government
More than 30 nations, including the United States, on Friday declared that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi‘s regime is no longer legitimate and formally recognized Libya’s main opposition group as the legitimate government until a new interim authority is created.
Boehner: Dealing With the White House 'Has Been Like Dealing With Jell-o'
Boehner explained that talks broke down over the weekend because, he said, the president backed off entitlement reforms so much from Friday to Saturday, “It was Jell-o; it was damn near liquid.” The Ohioan said that he believes the public supports the GOP line in the sand. “The American people want us to hang tough,” he said. White House officials “know they’re not winning.”
President Obama abruptly walks out of talks
On a day when the Moody’s rating agency warned that American debt could be downgraded, the White House talks blew up amid a new round of sniping between Obama and Cantor, who are fast becoming bitter enemies.
Atheists Sue Perry
The suit says the Republican governor, who is considering a run for president, is officially endorsing evangelical Christianity in violation of the U.S. Constitution by organizing and promoting the event as a state leader and on his official Texas governor's website.
State of emergency declared in Quartzsite, Ariz.
A state of emergency has been declared in the small western Arizona town of Quartzsite after a video of a woman being arrested during a public city council meeting went viral and prompted death threats to council members.
Issa, Grassley: DoJ Prepped Fast and Furious Witnesses
“They put a link on our computer, some kind of hard drive that I can click on and read things that have been produced,” McMahon said. When asked what the purpose of the drive was, he replied, “Just to refresh my recollection about what is out there.”
Obama Threatens August Social Security Checks in Debt Ceiling Gamble
President Barack Obama raised the stakes in the third straight day of budget talks Tuesday by warning that senior citizens and veterans may suffer first if the debt ceiling is not raised by Aug. 2. The comments came as top Republicans toughened their stance in the deficit reduction talks.
Mom jailed for raging on TSA agents over daughter's pat down; didn't want girl's 'crotch grabbed'
An overprotective mom's trip from Nashville to Baltimore took a brief detour to the slammer. Andrea Fornella Abbott, 41, was arrested at Nashville airport after she went wild on Transportation Security Administration agents for trying to give her daughter a pat down search. Nashville police said Abbot, from Clarksville, Tenn., shouted and swore at TSA agents, saying she didn't want her young daughter to have her "crotch grabbed." Notice the adjectives used in this story to describe mom's behavior and actions. This is how citizens exercising their constitutional rights and protecting their children are now viewed. Nutjobs all of us. Dangerous. In need of imprisonment.
Watch Out Parents: The State May Want to Take Away Your Obese Kids
It has happened a few times in the U.S., and the opinion piece in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association says putting children temporarily in foster care is in some cases more ethical than obesity surgery.
Feds Redirect Billions Intended for Small Businesses to Corporate Cronies
” . . . 61 of the top 100 businesses that received small business contracts during fiscal year 2010 were actually large firms.” The U.S. Census Bureau also reports small businesses are responsible for more than 50 percent of GDP, 50.2 percent of private sector employment, 90 percent of exports and 90 percent of innovations. Contracts have also been awarded to foreign companies including British Aerospace (BAE), Rolls-Royce and Thales.
Obama: Unneeded Income Belongs to the Government
I’m able to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income that I don’t need, while a parent out there who is struggling to figure out how to send their kid to college suddenly finds that they’ve got a couple thousand dollars less in grants or student loans.
Obama’s Waterloo: By overreaching, the president has positioned himself for defeat
The president is trying to lure House Speaker John A. Boehner into a trap. Should the Ohio Republican capitulate, this would violate the GOP’s promise to voters, enrage its base and give Mr. Obama a historic victory. Mr. Boehner, however, rightly wants nothing of it. He has definitively ruled out any tax increases. He is holding all the cards.
Paul Ryan Schools Sebelius at Hearing … Ouch!
“Giving seniors the choice, like we did with Part D, is a better way because what it does at the end of the day is it shows providers that, if you want to succeed, if you want to have business, you gotta outcompete other providers for that beneficiary’s business..."
US too dumb to know O is always right
His presidency is a spectacular failure, his historic mandate squandered by adherence to leftist ideology and relentless partisanship. His policies are crushing the prospects for growth and dooming the hopes of 24 million Americans who are unemployed or working part-time.
Issa investigates DNC donor meeting in WH
In what could be considered the committee’s sharpest probe to date of the White House, Issa sent a letter to Obama’s top lawyer Monday evening asking for a slew of documents relating to what the California Republican termed as “an array of potentially illegal fundraising behavior.”
McConnell, Boehner blast Obama over debt talks
"In my view the president has presented us with three choices," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., referring to efforts to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. "Smoke and mirrors, tax hikes, or default." "Republicans choose none of the above," McConnell said. "I had hoped to do good; but I refuse to do harm."
'Real solution' not possible as long as Obama is president...
Mr. McConnell said he concluded after the latest negotiations that the administration had "expressed a fundamental unwillingness" to agree to significant spending cuts. "But after years of discussions and months of negotiations, I have little question that as long as this president is in the Oval Office, a real solution is unattainable," Mr. McConnell said in a Senate floor speech
Top Dollar Donors Rush Back to RNC
In a sign that major Republican donors are growing eager to dump President Obama and the Senate Democratic majority, the biggest spenders of the GOP—those writing checks $15,000 and higher—have contributed $7.062 million in the first six months of the year, according the officials.
Obama's Tale About His Mother Being Denied Health Insurance Debunked
"Ann's compensation for her job in Jakarta had included health insurance, which covered most of the costs of her medical treatment," Scott writes. "Once she was back in Hawaii, the hospital billed her insurance company directly, leaving Ann to pay only the deductible and any uncovered expenses, which, she said, came to several hundred dollars a month." Scott writes that Dunham, who wanted to be compensated for those costs as well as for her living expenses, "filed a separate claim under her employer's disability insurance policy."
Rick Santelli Unleashes Another Tea Party Battle Cry!
Holder bragged about Operation Gunrunner in 2009
The problem with Holder’s feigned ignorance is that he gave a speech in Cuernavaca, Mexico, on April 2, 2009, in which he boasted about Operation 'Gunrunner” and told Mexican authorities of everything he was doing to insure its success.
Liberals to Justice Ginsburg: Hurry up and retire
...some on the left say that the focus on the personal is misplaced. Ginsburg needs to put self-interest aside and act for the good of the issues they believe in, Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy wrote recently. Kennedy said 72-year-old Justice Stephen Breyer should leave, too.
Angry Tea Party Stirring up GOP Revolt
Some analysts call such fiscal hawks "debt-ceiling absolutists." The absolutists say Uncle Sam must go cold turkey and swear off the spending binge that has saddled America with over $14.3 trillion in national debt. But labels aside, their influence within the GOP caucus is substantial.
Voters Don't Want Debt Ceiling Hike
Republican and independent voters are strongly opposed to any deal to increase the federal debt ceiling, and any GOP politician who dares to do so could be vulnerable to a primary challenge. But the real eye-opener in the poll is the stiff Republican and swing-voter opposition to a deal. Sixty-seven percent of GOP voters and 51 percent of independents think raising the debt ceiling is a bad idea.
House GOP set to repeal incandescent bulb ban
Sponsored by Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton, the bill would protect Americans’ ability to use the kind of light bulbs they want and not be forced to use mercury containing light sources such as compact fluorescent lights.
Even Dollar Stores Struggling In ‘Obama Depression’
More stores across the U.S. that offer deeply-discounted products are seeing their sales decline after years of growth amid America’s “Great Recession” — and one analyst said on Monday it’s another sign of even deeper downturn.
Obama's trillion-dollar tax hike would hit low- and middle-income families...
Call it eliminating an unfair break, or removing an unjust loophole, or even "taking a balanced approach." Just don't call it raising taxes. Obama is insisting he won't agree to "slash" benefits -- a vague word the White House refuses to define, thus leaving room for benefits to be cut without ever saying it.
“Operation Castaway”: Did ATF Sell Guns to Honduran Gangs Too?
The “Project Gunrunner” case is now pointing towards possible ATF sales of weapons bound for Honduras, including a reported 1,000 guns to members of the ruthless MS-13 gang. The program is called “Operation Castaway,“ and in reports it sounds remarkably similar to ”Operation Fast and Furious.”
ATF Tightens Gun Control in Border States
Amid ongoing probes of the ATF Fast and Furious scandal, the Obama administration announced Monday that they are asking gun dealers in four border states to report when they sell two or more semi-automatic weapons to an individual in a period of five business days. The government creates a problem and law abiding citizens lose rights. What a bunch of BS! Time has come to fight back, past time
Obama: Job Losses Prove Stimulus Worked
Three days after the U.S. Department of Labor reported that the national unemployment rate had ticked up from 9.1 percent in May to 9.2 percent in June, Obama said that the loss of jobs in the public sector is “evidence” that his $830-billion economic stimulus legislation worked. Idiot!
Chicago Liberals Want Conservative Books Banned
The authors of the books we offered to ban were Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, Andrew Breitbart, Ayn Rand, Michael Savage, Bill Clinton, Michael Moore, Karl Marx, Adolf Hitler and Barack Obama. While there were in fact less than two handfuls of individuals who did tell us they don't think any books should be banned, unfortunately there were a shocking amount of guests at this book fair who were quite open to the idea, and in fact lined up quite excited for the opportunity to voice their opinion.
The Food-Stamp Crime Wave
Millionaires are now legally entitled to collect food stamps as long as they have little or no monthly income. Thirty-five states have abolished asset tests for most food-stamp recipients. These and similar "paperwork reduction" reforms advocated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are turning the food-stamp program into a magnet for abuses and absurdities.
Gov. Brown’s Office to Conservative Californians: Leave the State!
Now, I don’t know about you, but saying that millions of residents should just leave the state if they don’t like California’s liberal laws, dysfunctional finances and horrendous business climate doesn’t really disprove the point that the Sacramento elite really and truly do not care about the Republican-leaning parts of the state or the people in them
Unions Turning on Obama in Debt Battle
The latest sign of dissent comes from the powerful AFL-CIO, a federation of 55 labor unions representing more than 12 million members; the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), with about 1.5 million members; and the Service Employees International Union, SEIU, with about 2 million members.
Majority Wants Cuts Rather Than New Taxes
Nine in 10 voters say it is important for Congress and President Barack Obama to reduce the nation's long-term debt, and a majority prefer spending cuts over increased revenues as the means of accomplishing that goal. There is strong agreement to reduce defense spending (60 percent), end some tax loopholes and preferences (85 percent) and to reduce discretionary spending outside of entitlements and defense (62 percent).
POTUS speaks down to American Public
"If you think it is hard now, imagine how these guys are going to be thinking six months from now in the middle of the election season when they are all up. It's not going to get easier, ti's going to get harder. So, wee might as well do it now. Pull off the band-aid. Eat our peas. Now is the time to do it. If not now, when?" President Obama said at his press conference today.
DeMint: Obama Intentionally Creating 'Panic' Over Debt Ceiling
I'm questioning what he's saying because we are not going to default. We've got enough tax revenue to pay our bills. It certainly will be disruptive if we continue on the track we're going right now. But we have enough assets and Social Security, Medicare trust fund to pay those benefits for several years if necessary. It's not ideal but we don't need to panic and rush into a deal. And the president is actually been burning the clock with these secret negotiations, pushing us up against a deadline so he can create this panic.
72% Favor Free Market Economy Over One Managed by the Government
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 72% of Likely U.S. Voters believe a free market economy is better than an economy managed by the government. Just 14% think a government-managed economy is better. Another 14% are not sure.
Obama 'Recovery' Weakest in 60 Years
A dismal June employment report shows that employers are adding nowhere near as many jobs as they normally do this long after a recession has ended. Unemployment has climbed for three straight months and is now at 9.2 percent. There's no precedent, in data going back to 1948, for such a high rate two years into what economists say is a recovery.
Republican mocks White House salaries
“Who would ever dream that paying people $175,000 in the White House would be a bargain compared to how much they’re paying to create private sector jobs,” Gohmert said. “[President Obama] has squandered so much money that you’ve heard the sucking sound coming from the private sector.”
Crossroads to Spend $20 Million to Target Obama on Economy
American Crossroads, the independent expenditure group that, together with affiliated Crossroads GPS, spent more than $40 million targeting Democratic candidates in 2010 is unleashing a brutal attack on President Obama's economic record far in advance of the 2012 election.
Obama To Unveil Gun Control Reforms In Near Future
The reforms, which are being crafted by the Department of Justice, come after a series of meetings with relevant stakeholders in the Second Amendment debate. But in a nod to the difficulties of getting legislation through a Republican-run House of Representatives, only executive orders or administrative actions -- and not an actual bill -- are expected to be handed to Congress.
Democrats Call Koch Bros for $$$
Letter to Senator Patty Murray, Chair DSCC: ...So you can imagine my chagrin when I got a letter from you on June 17 asking us to make five-figure contributions to the DSCC. You followed that up with a voicemail* indicating that, if we contributed heavily enough, we would garner an invitation to join you and other Democratic leaders at a retreat in Kiawah Island this September
Obama’s oil company tax proposal would jeopardize thousands of jobs
Ironically enough, the proposal would also eventually decrease government revenues. While, in the first five years, a $5 billion tax increase would generate an additional $3 billion in revenue each year, by 2020, it would result in an estimated $6 billion less in revenue, and, by 2025, an estimated $10 billion less.
Gun-Running Timeline: How DOJ’s ‘Operation Fast and Furious’ Unfolded
In this operation, which began in the fall of 2009 and continued into early 2011, the federal government purposefully allowed known or suspected gun smugglers to purchase guns at federally licensed firearms dealers in Arizona.
Woman faces 93 days in jail for planting garden in front yard...
"We thought we’re minding our own business, doing something not ostentatious and certainly not obnoxious or nothing that is a blight on the neighborhood, so we didn’t think people would care very much."
Dem Operative Indicted for Planting Bomb
A former Democratic political operative has been indicted by federal authorities for allegedly planting a bomb in a Clayton parking garage in 2008. The bomb went off, seriously injuring a Clayton attorney. Police believe he was not the bomber's intended target.
Rubio Takes on Obama, Dems: ‘We Don’t Need New Taxes, We Need New Taxpayers’
,,, people that are gainfully employed, making money and paying into the tax system. Then we need a government that has the discipline to take that additional revenue and use it to pay down the debt and never grow it again. That’s what we should be focused on, and that‘s what we’re not focused on.
Nancy Pelosi Says House Dems Won’t Support Obama on Proposed Debt-Limit Entitlement Cuts
Pelosi’s reaction comes after the White House has signaled that it is open to including both Social Security and Medicare in discussions to reach a conclusion to the partisan debt ceiling debate. Other Democrats, as well, are joining against the president’s inclusion of these elements.
Obama To Unveil Gun Control Reforms In Near Future
The reforms, which are being crafted by the Department of Justice, come after a series of meetings with relevant stakeholders in the Second Amendment debate. But in a nod to the difficulties of getting legislation through a Republican-run House of Representatives, only executive orders or administrative actions -- and not an actual bill -- are expected to be handed to Congress.
GOP Rep. Tim Scott Warns Of Obama Impeachment
Rep. Tim Scott said that if President Obama should invoke a clause in the 14th Amendment in order to bypass Congress and borrow beyond the debt limit, the Republican lawmaker would consider that an act worthy of impeachment.
Fact Check: Obama wrong on tax rates
According to The Tax Foundation’s Federal Individual Income Tax Rates History table, the top marginal tax rate is currently 35 percent. In 1992, under President George H.W. Bush the top marginal rate was 4 points lower than today’s rate at 31 percent. In 1988, under President Ronald Reagan the top marginal rate was 7 points lower than today’s rate at 28 percent.
ATF Director Says Holder Obstructing 'Fast and Furious' Probe
"If his account is accurate, then ATF leadership appears to have been effectively muzzled while the DOJ sent over false denials and buried its head in the sand," Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said in a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Eric Holder. "That approach distorted the truth and obstructed our investigation."
Fla. Legislator Proposes Caylee’s Law
The law would make it a felony for a parent or legal guardian to fail to timely report a missing child in cases where the parent knew or should have known that the child was possibly in danger.
Obama Threatens to Veto Deficit Reduction Package Without Extension of Debt Ceiling to After 2012 Election
The president argued for a third option, to seize this moment and go beyond that and try a third option, addressing new revenues and taxes, entitlement spending, defense spending, and discretionary spending, putting together a larger package that seriously addresses the deficit and steers the nation towards a more fiscally sustainable path.
EPA Funds Leftist Groups That Sue EPA and Force Punishing Restrictions on American Industry
One organization involved in the suit, the Environmental Defense Fund, has a long history of taking the EPA to court. In fact, a cursory review finds almost half a dozen cases in the past 10 years. The odd thing is that the EPA, in turn, has handed EDF $2.76 million in grants over that same period, according to an IBD review of the agency’s grant database.
SCOTUS Smacks Down POTUS
The U.S. Supreme Court said, "We have no authority to stay an execution in light of an "appeal of the President," presenting free-ranging assertions of foreign policy consequences, when those assertions come unaccompanied by a persuasive legal claim."
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam To Take Lead On Taxing All Internet Sales
Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that untaxed Internet sales are eroding Tennessee’s tax base and said he’s willing to take a leadership role among governors in urging Congress to pass a national approach to collecting sales taxes on goods sold over the Internet.
Communist Party USA Endorses Barack Obama and Democrats For 2012 Election
Obama just received a critical endorsement, The Communist Party USA. The Communist Party USA leader, Sam Webb, explains why he will continue to support Obama and Democrats in 2012. The Communist Party USA has consistently supported and infiltrated the Democratic Party.
ATF Gunrunner Project Funded by Stimulus Bill
.For an additional amount for ‘State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance’, $90,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2014. 40,000,000, for competitive grants to provide assistance and equipment to local law enforcement along the Southern border and in High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to combat criminal narcotics activity stemming from the Southern border, of which $10,000,000 shall be transferred to ‘Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Salaries and Expenses’ for the ATF Project Gunrunner.
Kyl: GOP Agrees to Up to $200B in New Revenues
"If you add up all of the revenues that we Republicans have agreed to, it's between $150 billion and $200 billion," said Senator Jon Kyl, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate.Meanwhile, House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor floated a possible tax compromise, saying Republicans could agree to closing some tax breaks in a budget deal as long as they were offset with tax cuts elsewhere.
Snowe, DeMint Call for Balanced Budget Amendment
The two warn that without "permanent, structural budget reforms" future Congresses will not be obligated to follow whatever agreement is reached on reducing the deficit and therefore they must be compelled to do so. "By amending the Constitution, Congress will be forever bound to match our nation's expenditures with our revenues," they argue.
Senate Democrats fuming over Obama's apparent move on Social Security
Democratic lawmakers said they were dismayed to read about Obama’s offer in the press rather than hearing it from the president himself. Their frustration is exacerbated by Obama’s snub of their invitation to speak to the Senate Democratic caucus Wednesday.
Van Jones getting cozy with Pelosi, House Dems
The House Democratic Caucus hosted communist revolutionary-group founder Van Jones just one day before he spoke to a student group funded by billionaire George Soros. "Why are Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrat Caucus seeking out Jones' counsel?"
'Nazi' police 'kidnap' woman at town hall
Mayor Foster, a retired Marine and former engineer for Wrigley Chewing Gum, is standing by Jones' account, and says the town council and police department are filled with corruption. "He's just an insane person, that chief of police," the mayor said of Gilbert. "He's a Nazi ... he's completely out of control. He thinks he's running the town."
Checklist: America meets 90% of Karl Marx's demands
We need to act now so everything we've worked our entire life to accumulate doesn't erode because of stupid public policy that we can't control in the short term. The government is marching us down the road to serfdom, but that doesn't mean we have to join the parade. Time is short - be wise, be bold, be courageous, wake up and ACT!
Mexican Cops Planting Drugs and Abusing Americans?
Those two men, Shohn Huckabee, 23 years old, and Carlos Quijas, 36, are being held in a Ciudad Juárez jail. They tell a different story about what happened that night. They say Mexican soldiers planted the marijuana in their truck. When they arrived at the military base, they say, they were blindfolded, tied up, hit with rifle butts, shocked with electricity and threatened with death
Obama EPA Launching a 'Flood of Government Mandates'
She is working under intense pressure from opponents in Congress, from powerful industries, from impatient environmentalists and from the Supreme Court, which just affirmed the agency's duty to address global warming emissions, a project that carries profound economic implicatio
Whoa! Democrats Pass Strict Voter ID Law In Rhode Island
The fight over Rhode Island's new voter identification law continued for three days after Governor Chafee quietly signed the legislation, with opponents saying they were led by the governor's office to believe they still had a fighting chance.
China Is Threat to US
"It’s about moving towards self-government," he said. "It’s about ending the welfare state that continues to try to make people who can take care of themselves dependent upon government largesse and the redistribution of wealth, because that will put us on a continued path towards decline".
Illinois Redraws Electoral Map To Suit Democrats
The new map should help Democrats and hurt Republicans in Illinois in 2012, and boost the Democrats’ hopes for retaking control of the U.S. House. But it’s creating an awkward situation for some of the people who live in these rural areas, who could soon find themselves represented by officials who live in a very different universe.
Militias and Mumbais
The United States is a living, breathing entity only because the Constitution and Original Intent are firm. If they were flexible, we never would have survived a generation. Here are a few key points of how the importance of the past is relevant now.
Tea party Democrats do exist
Is there such a thing as a tea party Democrat? The answer, it seems, is yes. Polls show the group exists, but determining its impact is difficult. What role the group could play in the 2012 elections is even murkier, except as a rallying cry for Republicans who say the movement is a bigger tent than it appears.
The Missing US Ambassador at the feast for Ronald Reagan
"Why is our ambassador not here on Independence Day? No excuse. How is it that America is not represented in this room by our ambassador? It is appalling that no representative of our government is in this room. This has the feel of petty partisanship."
No recession for Obama's 454 White House aides: They'll make $37,121,463 this year
The challenging Obama era and 9.1% national unemployment rate do not include the 454 people now helping President Obama do presidential things. This crowd is being paid a total of $37,121,463 this year. That's up seven staff members and nearly $4 million from 2008, the last year of George W. Bush's presidency.
Major teachers union endorses Obama's re-election
The nation's largest education union has endorsed President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.
Obama Thinks 'Tea Party Is Made Up of Toothless Hillbillies Coming Down Out of the Hills'
Michelle Bachmann wants the job to lead it there. She's eager to align herself with the Tea Party and says Democrats, as well as President Obama should fear for their job. "They want you to think that the Tea Party made up of toothless hillbillies coming down out of hills wearing red, white and blue but the fact is they should be afraid of Tea Party," says Bachmann.
Congressman Screams for Obama to Bypass Congress and Grant Amnesty
Luis Gutierrez doesn't want to bother with the Senate or the House to pass the Dream Act (because he knows it will never pass). Instead, at a rally, Gutierrez shreaked at the top his lungs yelling at the crowd and challenging Obama to bypass Congress on the Dream Act.
Reuters Bombshell: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduce Global Warming
Smoke belching from Asia's rapidly growing economies is largely responsible for a halt in global warming in the decade after 1998 because of sulphur's cooling effect, even though greenhouse gas emissions soared, a U.S. study said on Monday.
OKC Bombing Tapes Go Missing
... an FBI official offered no denials about the existence of video images captured by more than 20 surveillance cameras operating prior to 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, in the vicinity of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. Instead, he explained that officials at the bureau merely cannot find the tapes and raised the possibility that they "might have been misfiled and thus could be located somewhere other than in the OKBOMB file (though it would be impossible to know where)."
WH offers billions in cuts to Medicare if GOP will accept more tax revenues
Obama administration officials are offering to cut tens of billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid in negotiations to reduce the federal budget deficit, but the depth of the cuts depends on whether Republicans are willing to accept any increases in tax revenues.
Obama's Stimulus Disaster - Each Job Cost $278K
... figures from a report issued over the weekend by the president’s own Council of Economic Advisors. The program "did very little, if anything, to stimulate the economy, and a whole lot to stimulate the debt," the Standard contends.
DeMint: Tea Party Revolutionizing GOP, America
The South Carolina conservative maintains that he’d "rather have 30 Republicans who believe in the principles of freedom than 60 who believe in nothing at all. The quickest way for us to get back to majority is to do what we say we're going to do," he says. "And that is to support a constitutionally limited government."
Job-Killing FUTA Tax Finally Killed
Discussing the expiration of the FUTA surtax, Camp stated, "The death of any tax on jobs, no matter how big or small, is a historic moment and one to be celebrated. The fact that it has taken 35-years for this "temporary" tax to expire clearly illustrates the dangers of higher taxes, once in place, they are unlikely to ever go away.
Schumer says Dems are discussing whether WH can ignore the debt ceiling
Schumer (D-NY) acknowledged that President Obama may not need Congressional authorization to avoid a default on the national debt. But he noted, too, that the Constitutional debate on this question isn’t ripe enough yet for Obama to take an end run around Congress, even if Republicans refuse to increase the national borrowing limit.
Romney Backtracks to Appease the Left Wing Media
...when questioned by an NBC producer why he believes the Obama polices have hurt the America’s financial recovery, Romney did some back-tracking. "I didn’t say that things are worse," Romney said, speaking in front of the boarded-up Allentown Metal Works, a steel plant Obama once highlighted as benefiting from the stimulus.
Sen. Jim DeMint’s Retirement Freedom Act would decouple SS and Medicare
Apparently, thanks to rules issued by the Social Security Administration (rules issued without the benefit of public comment!), seniors’ Social Security benefits are presently handcuffed to Medicare Part A enrollment. That even though the Social Security Act and Medicare Act both state that enrollment in the entitlement programs should be voluntary. The Retirement Freedom Act would restore the voluntary nature of enrollment in these two programs.
Obama's Record Fundraising Comes Under Legal Scrutiny
President Barack Obama’s staggering second-quarter fundraising total, which some say could reach as high as $75 million, is expected to smash records and turn heads. But it also is drawing scrutiny from those who object that some of Obama’s fundraising techniques are questionable, and possibly even illegal.
Obama Administration Calls for Halt to Texas Execution
The Obama administration has taken the unusual step of asking the Supreme Court to stop Texas from executing a Mexican citizen convicted of raping and killing a 16-year-old girl. The administration says the court should delay the planned July 7 execution of Humberto Leal for up to six months to give Congress time to consider legislation that would directly affect Leal's case.
Obama Gives New Grant to ACORN; Did He Violate Federal Law?
Obama's Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gave a $79,819 grant to the largest branch of the ACORN tree, ACORN Housing Corp. (AHC). AHC filed papers last year legally changing its name to Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA). It's the same old organization with a brand new ACORN-free name.
NBC News Host Admits Pressure to Book More Pro-Obama Flacks
Jay Carney admits calling MSNBC yesterday to complain about Mark Halperin's crack that Obama acted like a "d--k." Did the White House press secretary take the opportunity of his call to pressure the show to bring on more pro-Obama flacks? The question arises because on today's show, Mika Brzezinski revealed that "we're getting hit a lot lately for not bringing on people who speak on behalf of the White House and really stick up for Obama."
49 House members demand probe of Kagan involvement in ObamaCare
The lawmakers also say that they believe the evidence so far made public already shows that Kagan must recuse herself from court cases involving the health care bill signed into law by Obama while she was serving as Obama’s solicitor general.
Study: Republicans more patriotic than Democrats
Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, a Harvard study confirms: Not only do Republicans celebrate Independence Day more intensively, but the celebrations, in turn, tend to solidify Republican beliefs.
ATF gunrunning weapons turning up in Phoenix crime investigations
If Americans think that the ATF’s gunrunning fiasco will only impact Mexico, think again. The same porous border that allowed the ATF and the Department of Justice to send a flood of illegal weapons south has already allowed for them to flow north as well. The ABC affiliate in Phoenix uncovers evidence that weapons from Operation Fast and Furious have been found in crime scenes in the Valley of the Sun, a situation that one ATF agent says will continue "for years to come".
Obama opened up an air war - on Republicans
The jet tax provision is not a serious issue ($3 billion over ten years?), and Obama’s repeated mention of it demonstrates he is not serious about deficit reduction. It just adds icing to the cake that it exists in law today only because of his signature.
Is George Soros Forging a Closer Alliance With the Muslim Brotherhood?
Consistently referring to Israel as the "stumbling block' to peace in the Middle East, Soros makes no bones about his hopes for the Brotherhood. He even heartily encouraged giving the Muslim Brotherhood a place at Egypt‘s table when the country’s streets erupted into flames of dissent earlier this year.
Clinton Admits We Are Now Reaching Out to the Muslim Brotherhood
"We believe, given the changing political landscape in Egypt, that it is in the interests of the United States to engage with all parties that are peaceful, and committed to non-violence, that intend to compete for the parliament and the presidency," Clinton told reporters at a news conference.
U.S. Adds Israel to ‘Promoter, Producer, or Protector’ of Terrorists List
The ‘specially designated country’ list is used by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to screen detained foreigners with an extra step, called a "Third Agency Check." Overall, the countries on the list are unsurprising, with two exceptions this year. Israel was not on the list in 2008, but now in 2011, it has been added. North Korea, on the other hand, was dropped from the list this year but was on it in 2008.
The Question Is Often Asked, What Would I Do If I Were President?
Some of us wonder what we would do if we were given the power to lead others? No one can know for sure until leadership is thrust upon them by circumstance, or sought out by riding a wave of ambition.
Debt Increased More Under Geithner Than Under Any Treasury Secretary in U.S. History
According to data from the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Public Debt, the national debt has increased $3,723,575,990,130.10 from Jan. 26, 2009 until June 30, 2011, Geithner’s entire tenure to date as Treasury secretary.
Obama Caters to ‘Special Interest Groups that Live Off the Federal Government’
...he’s just not doing the job. And frankly, there’s good reason because he’s got to satisfy a whole bunch of special interest groups that live off the federal government and, frankly, we’ve got to end that.
Obama's Amnesty for Illegals Sidesteps the Law Again
Large majorities of Americans in repeated polls want border security first, jobs for Americans first and "path to citizenship" last. Obama wants amnesty first to get the undocumented Democrats to the polls in 2012, has bullied Republican employers with workplace raids to get their support for amnesty, and will never secure the border any more than his immediate predecessor did.
House Dems Set to Demonize Gun Owners with Gunwalker Forum
Helmke instead seeks to shift the blame for the government’s deadly decisions onto the National Rifle Association (NRA), American gun owners, and the Republican and Democratic lawmakers who will not pass the laundry list of anti-gun legislation that has long been on the Brady Foundation’s list of legislative priorities.
Walter Russell Mead Takes On Al Gore, and Scores a Devastating Knockout!
Gore’s failures are not just about leadership. The strategic vision he crafted for the global green movement has comprehensively failed. That is no accident; the entire green policy vision was so poorly conceived, so carelessly constructed, so unbalanced and so rife with contradictions that it could only thrive among activists and enthusiasts
'Gunrunner' Whistleblower Vince Cefalu Speaks
Just a day after Rep. Issa warned the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to not touch the whistleblowers, they present termination papers to Agent Cefalu -- a 30-year veteran of the ATF.
Union curbs rescue a Wisconsin school district
The Kaukauna School District, in the Fox River Valley of Wisconsin near Appleton, has about 4,200 students and about 400 employees. It has struggled in recent times and this year faced a deficit of $400,000. But after the law went into effect, at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, school officials put in place new policies they estimate will turn that $400,000 deficit into a $1.5 million surplus. And it's all because of the very provisions that union leaders predicted would be disastrous.