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  • Medicare and Double Standards - An ObamaCare mailer tells some howlers

    05/28/2010 9:30:49 AM PDT · by MissesBush · 5 replies · 472+ views
    In the full-circle department, recall the moment last September when Senator Max Baucus and Medicare went after the insurer Humana for having the nerve to criticize one part of ObamaCare. It turns out those same regulators have different standards for their own political advocacy. This week Medicare sent a flyer to seniors, ostensibly to inform them of what ObamaCare "means for you." Many elderly Americans are worried—and rightly so—about where they'll rank in national health care, given that the new entitlement is funded by nearly a half-trillion dollars in Medicare cuts. They must have been relieved to hear that "The...
  • R2PAQ (‘Responsibility to Protect Al-Qaeda’)

    03/29/2011 12:36:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 28, 2011 | John Rosenthal
    The supposed “responsibility to protect” has taken America into a war on the side of the ultimate killers of innocents. (See also "Rebel Libya: ‘Brothers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, now is the time to defend your land!" on the Tatler.) In the absence of any evident national interest justification for bombing Libya, the Obama administration is said to have been motivated by the so-called responsibility to protect — or “R2P” per the wonkish English acronym. In American discussions, “R2P” has quickly come to be associated with Obama advisor Samantha Power. But “R2P” did not emerge full-grown from the...
  • Vitter wants answers on Brazil drilling loan; Paul wanted answers too

    03/22/2011 2:19:36 PM PDT · by Crush · 31 replies
    The US Report ^ | 22 March 2011 | Kay Day
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) wants answers from the US taxpayer supported Export-Import bank about a $2 billion loan to Brazil for offshore drilling. Vitter’s home state is suffering under a moratorium imposed by President Barack Obama. Vitter said Louisianians “are frustrated” and he wants to know “why permitting domestically is nearly stalled…” Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) had questions about ExIM—nine years ago when he asked Congress to reject the reauthorization of ExIm for “economic, constitutional and moral reasons.” Vitter sent a letter to Fred Hochberg, Ex-Im president, on March 17. Vitter asked Hochberg to identify all US companies that have...
  • President to celebrate Eid in New York

    09/08/2009 2:05:23 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies · 1,029+ views
    nation.com.pk ^ | September 09, 2009 | Maqbool Malik
    ISLAMABAD — President Asif Ali Zardari plans to celebrate the coming Eidul Fitr in New York and attend the UN General Assembly and Friends of Democratic Pakistan Summit. - President Zardari along with his entourage would celebrate Eidul Fitr in the USA where he has a scheduled meeting with US President Baraak Obama at FoDP summit on September 24.
  • Pakistan's president facing military anger over his U.S. ties

    11/26/2009 10:23:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 400+ views
    McClatchy News ^ | 11/26/2009 | Saeed Shah
    Suspicions by Pakistan's powerful army that the country's civilian leadership is growing too close to the United States are fueling a political crisis that analysts here believe threatens the survival of the government and could divert attention from the battle against Islamic extremists. Military officials believe that secretly taped conversations between Pakistani President Asif Zardari and his ambassador in Washington, prove that it was at Zardari's insistence that a $1.5 billion U.S. aid package passed by Congress in September contained several provisions that angered the Pakistani military. The military publicly protested the aid package last month. "The reaction (from the...
  • 2 Iraqis indicted on terrorism charges in Kentucky, charged with aiding al Qaeda in Iraq

    05/31/2011 3:23:08 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 16 replies
    latimes.com ^ | May 31, 2011, 12:14 p.m. | Michael A. Memoli
    The Justice Department announced Tuesday the indictment of two Iraqis currently living in Kentucky on terrorism charges that included an alleged plot to deliver explosives and Stinger missiles for use against Americans abroad. Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 23, were arrested in Kentucky on May 25, and a federal grand jury in Bowling Green returned the 23-count indictment the next day. Each faces life in prison if convicted of the charges. Alwan has been under investigation since September 2009. Over the last eight years, officials say, he allegedly has supported efforts to kill U.S. forces in Iraq,...
  • Obama Admin Reworked Solyndra Loan To Favor Donor [Republican Leadership Mum?]

    09/16/2011 8:04:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 57 replies
    AJC ^ | September 16, 2011 | MATTHEW DALY
    Obama Admin Reworked Solyndra Loan To Favor Donor By MATTHEW DALY The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Obama administration restructured a half-billion dollar federal loan to a troubled solar energy company in such a way that private investors — including a fundraiser for President Barack Obama — moved ahead of taxpayers for repayment in case of a default, government records show. Newly released emails show that the Obama administration was worried about the financial health of a troubled solar energy company even as officials publicly declared the company in good shape. An email from a White House budget official to...
  • Governor Palin to Reportedly Make an October Speech in South Korea

    08/31/2011 9:46:41 PM PDT · by ak267 · 30 replies
    C4P ^ | 8-31-2011 | Whitney Pitcher
    By Whitney Pitcher (C4P): Governor Palin will reportedly make a speech in South Korea in October. This will mark the third trip to Asia in just over two years for the Governor. She delivered two weighty policy speeches in her previous trips: one at a business convention in Hong Kong in September of 2009 and in India this past spring as well focusing on foreign, energy and economic policies. This upcoming speech seems to be another policy heavy speech as well.
  • The Hidden Hand (Very good piece on Iran's support of alQaeda)

    08/19/2011 6:43:59 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 15, 2011 | STEPHEN F. HAYES & THOMAS JOSCELYN
    The Obama administration finally highlights Iran’s key role in supporting al Qaeda On July 28, the Treasury Department designated six al Qaeda operatives involved in shipping money and men from the Persian Gulf to senior al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The move targets a node of the global terror network that is critical to its overall strength, freezing any of its financial assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting any transactions with the operatives. Of the many conduits for al Qaeda funds and personnel across the world, the U.S. government believes this one is the most important. “This network...
  • Meet the Republican Who Walked out on Obama's Speech-Hotair.com title

    09/11/2009 6:43:14 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 20 replies · 1,886+ views
    swamppolitics.com VIA Hotair.com ^ | September 10, 2009 | Mark Silva
    Shimkus walked on Obama: 'Frustrated' Rep. Joe Wilson, the South Carolina Republican who yelled at President Barack Obama during his address to Congress this week, wasn't the only one unhappy with what he heard. Rep. John Shimkus, a Republican from Illinois, walked out. "Congressman Shimkus was frustrated that the president was not offering any new ground and left with just minutes remaining in the speech,'' spokesman Steven Tomaszewski said today in response to our question about the late-speech walk-out.
  • You Misled!

    09/28/2009 10:41:35 PM PDT · by listera · 2 replies · 458+ views
    National Review ^ | 9/28/2009 | Michael F. Cannon and Ramesh Ponnuru
    It is a good thing that other congressmen did not follow Rep. Joe Wilson’s lead. If they yelled out every time President Obama said something untrue about health care, they would quickly find themselves growing hoarse.
  • Local Swiss bank probed [Cayman Islands]

    09/20/2009 2:04:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies · 613+ views
    Cayman Net News ^ | September 18, 2009 | Kerry Harvey
    A Swiss bank that used its Cayman Islands’ branch to engage in what a US federal judge has branded “predatory lending practices” is being investigated by the US authorities. Senior officials of Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, are facing claims that they pocketed millions of dollars by dishing out loans that were impossible to repay. On Tuesday, 15 September, 31 of the bank’s officials received subpoenas demanding that they hand over internal documents that explain why they loaned $375 million to the now bankrupt Yellowstone Club in 2005. The Yellowstone Club, founded by American tycoon Tim Blixseth, was once...
  • Bomber had half kilo of explosives inside his body

    09/25/2009 6:13:11 PM PDT · by traumer · 61 replies · 3,740+ views
    JEDDAH – Suicide bomber Abdullah Asiri had inserted around half a kilogram of explosives into his own body to carry out his failed assassination attempt of Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs, last week. As more details emerged of the events surrounding the attack that took place at the Prince’s home in Obhur, sources told Okaz newspaper Friday that Asiri’s mobile telephone was equipped with two SIM cards, one of which was used to speak to call members of the terrorist organization in Yemen, and the other to detonate the device located inside Asiri’s rectum...
  • Oy Vey, Obama (Jews leaving Democratic party)

    08/21/2010 3:47:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 153 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 20, 2010 | Charles M. Blow
    Is President Obama good for the Jews? For more and more Jewish-Americans, the answer is no. In a Pew Research Center report issued on Thursday and entitled “Growing Number of Americans Say Obama Is a Muslim” (tragic in its own right), there was another bit of bad news for Obama: the number of Jews who identify as Republican or as independents who lean Republican has increased by more than half since the year he was elected. At 33 percent it now stands at the highest level since the data have been kept. In 2008, the ratio of Democratic Jews to...
  • Zazi case sheds light on US plot, Pakistan connections

    04/14/2010 1:59:05 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 219+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | April 13, 2010 7:20 PM | Wes Bruer
    The continued cooperation of Najibullah Zazi with the investigation into his attempt to carry out terrorist attacks in New York City has led to the arrest of a fourth suspect, a Pakistani citizen, two days ago, and has shed some new light on the details of the case and the specific targets Zazi and his co-conspirators intended to hit. Few developments in the case have come out of Pakistan, where the fourth suspect, who has not been named, was arrested. Authorities say he will be extradited to the United States soon, but that "he may not ultimately be charged in...
  • Queens imam guilty of helping terror wannabe Zazi says 'I've signed my own death sentence'

    03/04/2010 5:22:34 PM PST · by STARWISE · 21 replies · 850+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 3-4-10 | John Marzulli
    A Queens imam pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to feds who were investigating whether he tipped off wannabe terrorist Najibullah Zazi that he was being watched. Ahmad Afzali faces six months in prison and deportation 90 days later under the plea deal - which he said amounts to an execution. "I just signed my death sentence," the Afghan national said outside court, explaining that he has no idea where he would go after leaving the United States. "I'm between a rock and a wall." Afzali lost his composure several times during the proceeding before Brooklyn Federal Judge Frederic Block, wiping...
  • Obama Requests That Paterson Drop Campaign

    09/19/2009 8:31:25 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 138 replies · 5,476+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9-19-2009 | By RAYMOND HERNANDEZ
    WASHINGTON — President Obama has sent a request to Gov. David A. Paterson that he withdraw from the New York governor’s race, fearing that Mr. Paterson cannot recover from his dismal political standing, according to two senior administration officials and a New York Democratic operative with direct knowledge of the situation. The decision to ask Mr. Paterson to step aside was proposed by political advisers to Mr. Obama, but approved by the president himself, one of the administration officials said. “Is there concern about the situation in New York? Absolutely,” the second administration official said Saturday evening. “Has that concern...
  • Kenya PM dropped from Obama luncheon

    09/19/2009 8:43:01 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 85 replies · 4,216+ views
    www.nation.co.ke ^ | 09/19/09 | NATION Team
    Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga arrived in the United States of America on Saturday night to news of cancellation of a luncheon with US President Barack Obama which had earlier been scheduled for later this week. The news followed a round of confusion over whether he would attend the luncheon, hosted by the White House for selected leaders from sub-Saharan Africa on the sidelines of the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. New York-based Kenyan ambassador to the UN Zachary Muburi-Muita told the Nation on Saturday night that the State Department contacted him on Friday to...
  • Sources say they've been notified key Blagojevich probe figure is dead (Christopher Kelly!)

    09/12/2009 1:57:04 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 106 replies · 5,790+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9-12-09 | Jeff Coen
    Two sources with knowledge of the situation told the Tribune today they have been notified that Christopher Kelly, a key figure in the federal corruption probe into former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is dead. The Cook County medical examiner’s office today confirmed that a body identified as Christopher Kelly was brought to the morgue from Stroger Hospital. The office would not provide any details, including his age, address and manner of death, because the family had not yet arrived at the office. Kelly’s attorney, Michael Monico, declined to comment today when reached by a Tribune reporter. Kelly is a former confidant...
  • U.S. to get tough on trade, labor infractions: Kirk

    07/15/2009 10:37:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 545+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/15/09 | Roberta Rampton
    PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The U.S. government will get tough with governments that don't live up to trade deals, including those with substandard labor practices, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk was set to announce on Thursday. The USTR and U.S. Labor and State departments will identify and investigate labor violations in countries with which it has free trade agreements and insist problems are fixed, instead of waiting for complaints to initiate enforcement, according to prepared remarks. "If they won't fix their labor problems, we will exercise our legal options," Kirk was set to say in a speech at a U.S. Steel...
  • Barack Obama plans 20,000 troop surge to boost Afghan effort

    11/27/2008 1:26:22 AM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 42 replies · 1,454+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 26 Nov 2008 | Alex Spillius
    The President-Elect's intention to shift the focus of the fight against terrorism to Afghanistan has been bolstered by Robert Gates agreement to stay on as Defence Secretary. Mr Gates is a strong believer in an Afghan surge, which would not only put thousands more boots on the ground but involve negotiations with malleable branches of the Taliban. It would also aim to boost co-operation with Iran and Pakistan where some elements have supported the anti-Western insurgency. The need for more US troops in addition to the 32,000 already serving, has been accelerated by the Afghan presidential election in September 2009,...