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  • Sean Penn helped secure release of U.S. hikers in Iran - after bringing plight to Hugo Chavez

    09/24/2011 3:16:24 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 65 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12:40 AM on 24th September 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    U.S. actor Sean Penn engaged in attempts to secure the release of two Americans freed by Iran this week, flying to Venezuela to ask President Hugo Chavez to intervene with Iran's leader, a source close to the release process said on Friday. Since Tehran freed Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer on Wednesday details have emerged about the efforts to win their freedom, which involved the United Nations, Iraq and Oman - as well as Chavez, who is a fiery critic of the United States. Venezuela's deputy foreign minister said on Thursday that Chavez brought up the case with his Iranian...
  • Poverty rate climbs to 27-YEAR High

    09/13/2011 9:56:46 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 9 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 6:36 PM on 13th September 2011 | By Mark Duell
    The number of Americans in poverty has jumped to an incredible 27-year high, with almost one in six people now falling into the bracket. More than 46 million people, or 15 per cent, are in poverty - which is up from 44 million, or 14 per cent, in 2009, the Census Bureau said. The report highlights the huge economic challenges facing President Barack Obama and Congress as they battle to save the U.S. economy.
  • Why Americans Hate Economics (fancy theories of macroeconomics defy basic common sense)

    08/19/2011 6:36:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/19/2011 | Stephen Moore
    <p>Christina Romer, the University of California at Berkeley economics professor and President Obama's first chief economist, once relayed the old joke that "there are two kinds of students: those who hate economics and those who really hate economics." She doesn't believe that, but it's true. I'm surprised how many students tell me economics is their least favorite subject. Why? Because too often economic theories defy common sense. Alas, the policies of this administration haven't boosted the profession's reputation.</p>
  • Gallup: Muslim Americans Give Obama 80 Percent Approval, Highest of Major Religions

    08/10/2011 10:36:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/10/11 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Eighty percent of Muslim Americans approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president, according to a newly released survey conducted by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center, a partnership between Gallup and the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi. According to the survey, 65 percent of Jewish Americans approve of the job Obama is doing; 60 percent of atheists, agnostics, and those of no religion approve; 50 percent of Catholics approve; 37 percent of Protestants approve and 25 percent of Mormons approve.
  • State Department urges Americans to leave Syria while commercial transportation is available

    08/05/2011 7:17:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    WASHINGTON — The State Department is urging Americans in Syria to leave the besieged country immediately while commercial transportation is still available. The Syrian government is clamping down on a rebellion in the city of Hama, the center of anti-government activity. Thousands of protesters across the country are marching, demanding solidarity with the people of Hama and demanding the ouster of President Bashar Assad. On Friday, the State Department urged U.S. citizens who must remain in Syria to limit travel and warned U.S. citizens not in the country to avoid traveling there for now.
  • The people who may save America

    08/03/2011 4:36:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Daily Republic ^ | August 2, 2011 | Jay Ambrose
    Some liberals inform us that conservative criticism of President Barack Obama is racially motivated, which is why they would no doubt be surprised that conservatives gathered in Denver recently gave some of their loudest cheers for presidential aspirant Herman Cain. Did they not notice he was black? Of course they did, but it didn’t matter. By the calculations of my own internal applause meter, they were at least meagerly less enthusiastic about the speeches of white Republican candidate Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and white Texas governor Rick Perry, whose hints he’ll run are about as subtle as his state is...
  • Americans cut spending for first time in 20 months

    08/02/2011 9:44:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/2/11 | Martin Crutsinger - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans cut their spending in June for the first time in nearly two years after seeing their incomes grow by the smallest amount in nine months. The latest data offered a troubling sign for an economy that is adding few jobs and barely growing. Consumer spending dropped 0.2 percent in June, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. It was the first decline since September 2009. Some of the decline was the result of food and energy prices moderating after sharp increases earlier this year. When excluding spending on those items, consumer spending was flat. Still, consumers also cut...
  • Obama's twitter barrage loses him 37,000 followers

    07/29/2011 11:44:01 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7:17 AM on 30th July 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    President Barack Obama alienated 37,00 twitter followers last night with scores of tweets urging followers to contact their local Congressman over the debt deal. With his approval rating sitting at an all-time low of 40 per cent amidst the debt crisis, tens of thousands of Americans unfollwed the President to avoid the deulge. The president’s staff sent a total of 118 tweets asking his followers to write their Republican lawmakers to demand a compromise on debt legislation. The first tweet read: 'The time for putting party first is over. If you want to see a bipartisan #compromise, let Congress know....
  • (budgetless/do nothing Dingy) Harry Reid ‘Tea Party Aren’t Real Americans’??

    07/27/2011 5:02:05 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Ironic Surrealism ^ | 7/27/11 | velvethammer
    Harry Reid ‘Tea Party Aren’t Real Americans’??On July 27, 2011 by velvethammer
  • Hot town, summer in the city: New York breaks record for hottest July 22 ever and DC feels like 120F

    07/22/2011 6:55:09 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12:52 AM on 23rd July 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Americans sweltered today in the scorching heat in what was officially the hottest day of the year in scores of cities across the country. The heatwave covered a million square miles, affecting 141million Americans. New York's Manhattan experienced the hottest ever July 22 recorded, with an overwhelming 104-degree temperature in Central Park. The Washington DC region continued to be smothered in heat and humidity with temperatures reaching 102 degrees but with a heat index of more than 120 - hotter than Death Valley at daybreak
  • 10 Signs That The Americans Have Begun Freaking Out About The State Of The Economy

    07/18/2011 7:15:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 84 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7/18/11 | Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse
    All over America, restlessness and frustration are growing. It has now been almost three years since the great financial crash of 2008, and yet the U.S. economy is still a complete and total mess. Click here to see the facts > In fact, there are all sorts of signs that things are about to get even worse, and the American people are just about fed up. Virtually every major poll, survey and measure of consumer confidence shows that the American people are becoming more pessimistic about the economy. Millions of hard working Americans that worked their fingers to the bone...
  • [Al Arabiya] Fundamentalists challenge wall between church and state

    07/10/2011 2:59:15 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | July 10, 2011 | Nathaniel Sheppard Jr.
    In the early days of America’s nascent republic, the founding fathers envisioned a secular government with a wall of separation between the affairs of church and those of the state. The First Amendment of the US Constitution stipulates that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...” and Article VI specifies that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” A growing number of Christian conservatives, apostolics and evangelicals, however, believe the founding fathers got it wrong, that devout Christians...
  • White House Says Americans Want a Budget Deal That “Spreads the Prosperity”

    07/05/2011 4:15:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 7/5/11 | Brian O’Connor
    Tax the rich, give to the poor with the White House choosing who wins and who loses. RCP - “Americans are not like — ‘I demand this, you know, I draw the red line here and I draw this in the sand.’ They just want us to get something done that’s sensible, that spreads the sacrifice and spreads the prosperity,” White House press secretary jay Carney said at Tuesday evening’s press conference.
  • IDF fears flotilla activists plan to use chemical weapons

    06/27/2011 3:13:27 PM PDT · by Never A Dull Moment · 49 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/27/2011 22:28 | YAAKOV KATZ
    IDF sources claimed Monday night that new intelligence information obtained by Israel in recent days shows that participants of the flotilla planning to break Israel’s sea blockade over the Gaza Strip later this week plan to kill IDF soldiers who board their ships. According to the information obtained by the IDF, some of the participants have prepared a number of sacks with sulfur, which they plan to pour on the soldiers as they board the vessels. “This is a chemical weapon and if poured on a soldier it can paralyze him,” an IDF source told The Jerusalem Post Monday night....
  • ICE agents warn Americans “to brace themselves for what’s coming”

    06/24/2011 3:43:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 79 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 6/24/11 | Dave Gibson
    In the wake of the recent memo from the Obama administration which announced “prosecutorial discretion” in dealing with illegal aliens, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents across the country have been speaking out what many of them are calling a “backdoor amnesty.” On Wednesday, ICE Union president Chris Crane told PRNewswire: “Any American concerned about immigration needs to brace themselves for what's coming. This is just one of many new ICE policies in queue aimed at stopping the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws in the United States. Unable to pass its immigration agenda through legislation, the Administration is now implementing it...
  • In Speech On Tough Times For Americans, Obama Brags 'I Have Better Plane' And 'Bigger Entourage'

    06/13/2011 3:34:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Imagine a Republican president, giving a speech on tough economic times in which he claimed that the plight of Americans who are hurting is what is on his mind every day as he walks to the Oval Office. Imagine that same Republican president, in that same speech, bragging that he has "a better plane" and "a bigger entourage" than when he was a candidate. Now imagine the howls from the MSM about such president's vainglory and insensitivity. President Obama gave just such a speech today.
  • NBC's Gregory: Are Americans Really 'Better Off' with 'Freedom'?

    06/13/2011 12:16:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 6/13/11 | Kyle Drennen
    While grilling former Pennsylvania Senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on NBC's Sunday Meet the Press, host David Gregory was skeptical of the idea that Americans should be able to choose their own health care plan: "They're better off with the freedom that they've got in the vagaries of the private insurance market?" Gregory was responding to Santorum's criticism of ObamaCare: "[Obama] doesn't believe Americans can actually make decisions for themselves, that he has to tell you how much money you're going to, you're going to spend on health care." After doubting the value of freedom in
  • Mort Zuckerman: For First Time Since Their State's Founding Israelis Feel Americans Aren't Behind

    05/22/2011 6:45:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 5/22/11 | Noel Sheppard
    Contrary to what NBC's David Gregory said Friday, U.S. News & World Report editor Mort Zuckerman believes that in the wake of President Obama's Mideast speech, "The Israelis do not feel they have the Americans at their back for the first time since the founding of the state of Israel." Such was said during a heated debate about the subject on PBS's "McLaughlin Group" (Snip) Mclaughlin: You know what that's called? That's called betrayal. Zuckerman: Yes, that’s exactly what they feel. The Israelis do not feel they have the Americans at their back for the first time since the founding
  • Is it Wrong to Celebrate Bin Laden’s Demise?

    05/02/2011 9:25:34 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 57 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-02-11 | Zazu
    The bleeding hearts at NPR (funded by you) are worried that Americans are celebrating the death of Osama Bin Laden (world hide and seek champion 2001-2011). “Is there moral philosophical justification for rejoicing over the demise of someone like bin Laden?” the article asks, the argument seems to be that no, indeed there is not. In fact the article goes so far as to draw parallels between those celebrating Bin Laden’s death, and those that danced on the streets of Gaza after the 9/11 attacks. Here are a few simple reasons why the good folks at NPR do not know...
  • Vacuuming Leadership

    04/30/2011 4:51:09 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 1 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 04-29-11 | Cultural Limits
    We Americans have been bemoaning a “leadership vacuum” in politics – and other matters – for some time now. Is there really a leadership vacuum, or has it been vacuumed away from us? Allow me to explain. In multiple parts of life, this author has been accused of “taking over” when a job needs to be done. It comes sort of naturally. In the last week, particularly in church choir, the leader has come out a few times (the first incident was upon request from the followers who were lost) and has gotten very frustrated with the number of people...
  • Americans hold dim view of U.S. economic outlook: (New York Times/CBS News) poll

    04/21/2011 8:14:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 79 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/21/11 | JoAnne Allen - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans are more pessimistic about the U.S. economic outlook than they have been since the start of the Obama administration and most believe the United States is on the wrong track, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll released on Thursday. The number of Americans who think the economy is getting worse jumped 13 percentage points in just one month, to 39 percent, the poll suggested. Just 23 percent said they thought the economy was improving, down 3 percentage points from the previous month. Seventy percent of respondents said the country was heading in the wrong...
  • Lawrence O'Donnell: Americans Aren't Rugged Individualists - They're Socialists

    04/13/2011 11:08:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 4/13/11
    Last November, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell proudly declared himself a socialist on national television. On Wednesday, "The Last Word" host took this a huge step further saying the whole idea that Americans are rugged individualists is an illusion because they're all really socialists (video follows with transcript and commentary): (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: From our first days as a nation, we have put our faith in free markets and free enterprise as the engine of America's wealth and prosperity. More than citizens of any other country, we are rugged individualists, a self-reliant people, with a healthy skepticism of too...
  • One in five American mothers have children with different dads

    04/01/2011 7:38:02 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:04 PM on 1st April 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    One in five mothers in America have children with different fathers, a new study shows. Researchers found that the trend was higher in minority groups and mothers with low income and education backgrounds. The data was taken over a 27-year period from nearly 4,000 U.S. women who had been interviewed more than 20 times. The study's author Cassandra Dorius said of the one in five figure: 'To put it in perspective, this is similar to the number of American adults with a college degree. It's pervasive.'
  • Frankfurt Shooting Suspect Had Links to Radical Islamists

    03/04/2011 6:22:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 24 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL * EUROPE NEWS * MARCH 3, 2011, 9:57 P.M. ET Frankfurt Shooting Suspect Had Links to Radical Islamists Suspect Had Contact to Radical Islamist Groups via Facebook By DAVID CRAWFORD, LAURA STEVENS and MARCUS WALKER FRANKFURT—The suspected gunman who killed two U.S. servicemen at Frankfurt airport Wednesday had links to Germany's radical Islamist circles, but German investigators say they currently believe he carried out the attack on his own. U.S. President Barack Obama said he is "saddened" and "outraged" by the shooting of a group of U.S. airmen in Germany. Video courtesy of Reuters Investigators suspect...
  • The Christchurch Earthquake, update and public service announcement (Vanity)

    02/24/2011 4:07:00 PM PST · by DieHard the Hunter · 33 replies
    DieHard the Hunter
    Folks, I have been in lurk-mode for about a year. However, the awful events in Christchurch NZ have prompted me to post this general update, for anyone in FReeperland who may be interested. By now, you will have heard the bare facts concerning the Christchurch earthquake, so I won't reiterate them here. The official death toll currently sits at just under 100, with expectations it may well rise to 300+. It is a terrible situation, one that New Zealand was never expecting. My beloved Guardian Angels NZ organization has 3 Lads in Christchurch. They are all OK, as are their...
  • unlike other countries, US not evacuating "non-essential" families in Lybia

    02/23/2011 3:21:11 PM PST · by bareford101 · 21 replies
    Voice of America ^ | February 22, 2011 | VOA
    The United States says it has not been able to move some of its non-essential diplomats from Libya, as governments send airplanes and ships to pick up their citizens stranded by Libya's bloody unrest. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Tuesday the United States was looking at various ways to move the diplomats, their families, and other Americans out of Libya. HE DID NOT ELABORATE ON WHY THE US COULD NOT DO SO ON TUESDAY.. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the safety and wellbeing of Americans is the highest U.S. priority. Meanwhile, Britain's foreign secretary says his country has...
  • Oprah says all Americans should respect Obama

    02/13/2011 4:15:33 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 77 replies
    Examiner ^ | February 13, 2011 | Marc Schenker
    Oprah says all Americans should respect Obama even if they oppose his policies. Appearing on MSNBC’s low-rated Morning Joe program on Friday, Oprah Winfrey became upset with the criticism that Americans have expressed towards Barack Obama for the last two years. As a result of this discontent, Oprah declared that her fellow Americans ought to respect Obama, lecturing Americans that they should knock off their criticism of him. Impressed and bedazzled by the authority and governance of Obama, Oprah also said that she was concerned and shocked at the level of criticism being directed towards him. She has the luxury...
  • Unemployed Americans Are Still Way to Optimistic

    01/30/2011 6:41:28 PM PST · by FromLori · 59 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1/28/2011 | John Carney
    "Despite today's nearly double-digit unemployment rate, 4 in 10 unemployed Americans expect to get a job in the next four weeks and one in three underemployed have the same expectations with respect to obtaining a full-time job." That's the finding of a new Gallup poll released yesterday. I guess it's nice that so many Americans remain upbeat in the face of our economic challenges. But this goes beyond upbeat into pure delusion. As Mish points out, there are around 14.5 million unemployed people. In order to employ 40% of them, businesses would have to create 5.95 million jobs. In December...
  • ObamaNet - Government issued Internet ID card required for all Americans

    01/20/2011 9:21:20 PM PST · by PrayAndVoteConservesInLibsOut · 7 replies
    ObamaNet - Government issued Internet ID card required for all Americans The government will be able to track every web site you visit, every keystroke you send, every purchase you make, every blog comment, and every Facebook and Twitter post. The Washington Times is warning that the White House cybersecurity adviser and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke are drawing up "ObamaNet," President Obama's mandate for what amounts to a national ID card for the Internet. President Obama wants to establish passwords for every citizen to centralize your personal information. Instead of logging onto Facebook or one's bank using separate passwords established...
  • President Obama as Americans' Counselor-in-Chief

    01/10/2011 7:26:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/10/11 | Gerald F. Seib
    This seems a good time to ask: Is it the president's job to make the country feel better? The question springs from two quite disparate sources. A new jobs report Friday showed an economy still not quite in full recovery, having both spawned and been slowed by a class of long-term unemployed Americans whose plight forms a social as well as an economic problem. Then, of course, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others were shot in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday, their only offense having been to show up for an utterly routine political event.
  • Many Americans still reentering the U.S. from Mexico and Canada without proper documentation ..

    12/27/2010 5:12:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 4+ views
    La Times ^ | 12/27/10 | L.A. NOW
    Despite new travel requirements, more than 2.3 million Americans reentering the country by land or sea from Mexico or Canada failed to produce a passport, birth certificate or other secure document to establish identity and nationality, a government review has found. Most people, including about 500,000 in California, were still allowed to pass through ports of entry without the approved documents or without being transferred to a secondary inspection post for a more in-depth examination, according to the report by the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security. Many travelers were allowed to pass after undergoing extensive questioning and...
  • Biden Says Gay Marriage 'Inevitable'

    12/24/2010 10:28:04 AM PST · by Mayr Fortuna · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Published December 24, 2010 | Associated Press
    Vice President Biden says U.S. attitudes are evolving on the issue of gay marriage and he thinks it's inevitable there will be national consensus.
  • Americans Oppose Pro-Abortion ObamaCare as Judge Rules

    12/14/2010 8:43:27 AM PST · by julieee · 1 replies ^ | December 14, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Americans Oppose Pro-Abortion ObamaCare as Judge Rules As a federal judge issued a ruling declaring a portion of the abortion-funding ObamaCare law unconstitutional because of the individual mandate, new polls show support for the law at low levels.
  • A small thing, but rekindled my hope in America.

    12/11/2010 10:45:47 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 25 replies
    Me ^ | 12/11/2010 | me
    Sometimes it is the little things that give you hope and this is one of those things. My daughter and I were at walmart today and we had to return an item. The line was long but we kind of kept to ourselves and were just talking to each other. Well, we noticed a woman returning some hair care products without a receipt. They would not let her return it without the receipt and she started to get angry and loud. The people in line were obviously trying not to look at her. As she walked away she yelled in...
  • Pray Tell: Americans Stretching the Truth About Church Attendance

    12/02/2010 8:39:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 12/02/2010
    A new University of Michigan study finds that Americans are much more likely to exaggerate their attendance at religious services than are people in many other countries. "Americans have long been viewed as exceptionally religious compared to other nations in the developed world," said Philip Brenner, a research fellow at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) and the author of the study. "But this study suggests that American religiosity may be exceptional not in terms of actual behavior, but rather in terms of identity. "In the U.S., and to a lesser extent in Canada, the gap between what we...
  • Howard Dean: Bring Back the Fairness Doctrine Because Fox ‘Makes Stuff Up’ etc.

    11/30/2010 8:31:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | November 30, 2010 | Rusty Weiss
    An audio clip from about two months ago has been uncovered by The Blaze which clearly demonstrates that, even with all of his opining and public speaking skills, there is a reason that Howard Dean’s most notable quote will always remain a timelessly incoherent scream.  Despite being a one-word definition of ignorance, Dean doesn’t mind discussing how to control the media in an effort to educate what he considers to be the ignorant masses – Americans. What would he do about the media? “I would bring back the Fairness Doctrine so you couldn’t have a spectacle of a Fox Flooze, which...
  • Bomb suspect to classmate: 'I hate Americans'

    11/28/2010 12:36:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    NBC News & MSNBC ^ | 11/28/10 | Staff
    Portland, Ore. - The Somali-born university student met with an undercover FBI agent in August at a Portland hotel and told him he had found the perfect location for a terrorist attack: the city's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Mohamed Osman Mohamud told the agent that he had dreamed of carrying out an attack for years (Snip) The case is the latest in a string of alleged terrorist plots by U.S. citizens or residents, including one at Times Square in which a Pakistan-born man pleaded guilty earlier this year to trying to set off a car bomb at a busy
  • Americans Learning to Submit

    11/27/2010 4:54:03 AM PST · by fuzzybutt · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 27, 2010 | Anthony W Hager
    In the George Orwell classic Animal Farm, there lived a horse named Boxer. He was strong, willing, and dependable. In fact, Boxer was so dedicated to his assignments and his leader that he often said, "Napoleon is always right," followed by his personal pledge to "work harder" toward accomplishing the state's goals. Boxer was a good, faithful horse. But his fault was his blind devotion to his leader and his willingness to sacrifice himself for Napoleon's grand schemes. Boxer never benefited from his loyalty or from Napoleon's phony promise of an easy future. When he was no longer useful, he...
  • Americans Look For A Return To Values

    11/26/2010 6:44:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorial ^ | November 26, 2010 | CARL ANDERSON
    The election is over, and its results leave no doubt that the American people want change. But correctly gauging just what that means will be key to the success of the new Congress — and government at every level. Certainly people want Washington's policies to help support and encourage economic recovery, but for most Americans, it's not just about dollars and cents. The sweeping anti-incumbent attitude and desire for change that characterized this election were not the result of an American people divided neighbor against neighbor, or red vs. blue. Where there is division is between a united American people...
  • Obama says many Americans 'hurting' over Thanksgiving, calls for bipartisanship

    11/25/2010 9:21:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/25/10 | staff
    President Barack Obama said many Americans were "hurting" and called for bipartisan politics to "keep the economy moving forward" in his Thanksgiving speech Thursday.In the weekly address delivered Thursday, Obama said Thanksgiving this year was "not the hardest ... America has ever faced." However, he said, "as long as many members of our American family are hurting, we've got to look out for one another."Obama urged Americans to remember US troops serving overseas this Thanksgiving, and to support those who were struggling amid harsh economic times at home.He also called on Republicans, Democrats and independents to "work together"
  • Buffett Tells ABC Rich Americans Should Be Paying `a Lot' More in Taxes (Does he pay the minimum?)

    11/21/2010 10:49:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Link only - Buffett Tells ABC Rich Americans Should Be Paying `a Lot' More in Taxes
  • 27% of Americans See US as "Unfair and Discriminatory"

    11/21/2010 5:45:20 PM PST · by therightliveswithus · 26 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/21/10 | Aurelius
    Over one out of every four Americans now see the freest nation on earth as unfair and discriminatory. In a poll released yesterday, 27% of people responded that the United States is a nation that is inherently flawed because it intentionally puts down or otherwise is prejudiced against certain (or all) people. This number is up from previous months and is the highest in over a year. Meanwhile, only 60% of Americans see the United States as "fair and decent." Another 13% are undecided. The poll suggests that many people's faith in the US has faded over the last two...
  • Nearly 1 in 5 Americans had mental illness in 2009

    11/18/2010 11:15:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/18/10 | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – More than 45 million Americans, or 20 percent of U.S. adults, had some form of mental illness last year, and 11 million had a serious illness, U.S. government researchers reported on Thursday. Young adults aged 18 to 25 had the highest level of mental illness at 30 percent, while those aged 50 and older had the lowest, with 13.7 percent, said the report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA. The rate, slightly higher than last year's 19.5 percent figure, reflected increasing depression, especially among the unemployed, SAMHSA, part of the National Institutes...
  • Does Anyone Remember The Years When The American People Were Opposed To Debt?

    11/17/2010 1:25:21 PM PST · by pinochet · 21 replies
    11/18/2010 | Pinochet
    I am old enough to remember a time when Americans hated being in debt, and looked down on people who were heavily in debt. People in those days used to say that, if you could not afford it, you did not need it. There was a core value among Americans, that people should live according to their means. Both Republicans and Democrats lived according to those values. New Deal Democrats believed in tax and spend, and supported top tax rates of 90 percent on the rich. Republicans opposed taxes and spending. But both parties were totally opposed to the idea...
  • Liberals Do Not Understand Americans… Period!

    11/12/2010 7:28:17 AM PST · by Lexluthor69 · 4 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 11-12-10 | J.D. Longstreet
    A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet My friend (and fellow blogger) Alan Caruba has authored a piece posted at his personal site, “Facts not Fantasy”, entitled: “Are Liberals Just Nuts?. You really should read it in its entirety. You will find it HERE. We have expressed our own opinion on the Democrats still not getting it, on the Republicans still not getting it, and on Obama’s completely missing the point of what the American electorate said in their rejection of Obama’s liberal-socialist agenda November 2nd. For me to express my opinion on this topic required two or three commentaries. I...
  • More Americans opt for high-deductible health insurance plans (Can't afford Commiecare™)

    11/08/2010 10:19:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11/09/10 | Duke Helfand
    More Americans opt for high-deductible health insurance plansRising costs lead to a nearly threefold increase in the number of workers covered by the policies since 2006. Health experts worry about consumers who forgo preventive care. By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times November 9, 2010 Looking to save money in a weak economy, Americans increasingly are turning to health insurance plans with low premiums and high deductibles — prompting doctors and health experts to worry that consumers may be skipping routine care that could head off serious ailments. Nationally, the number of workers with individual deductibles of at least $1,000 has...
  • Barack Obama's dumb 'Daily Show' Jon Stewart appearance and the President's diminishing brand

    10/27/2010 9:52:00 AM PDT · by LottieDah · 30 replies
    President Barack Obama should make the most of his "Daily Show" appearance on Wednesday night - charming the pants off Jon Stewart and the crowd, as he did when he showed up there two years ago. It's a terrific show, Stewart is a great interviewer and Obama makes good television. Then, the President should cancel all future trivial media appearances. While they may have kept him personally popular, in broad terms they've degraded the Obama brand. Obama's handlers were supposed to be smarter than this. They were supposed to use his celebrity strategically to advance his agenda. Instead, they've been...
  • McConnell: 'GOP Leadership United to Repeal Obamacare'

    10/21/2010 7:35:26 AM PDT · by kristinn · 51 replies
    Human Events ^ | Thursday, October 21, 2010 | Connie Hair
    Much back and forth has gone on this week over whether Republicans are committed to the repeal of the government takeover of health care known as Obamacare. The so-called mainstream media has gotten into the act in an effort to suppress Republican voter turnout. Having a great deal invested in the Obama façade they created, the media is once again in full protect mode trying to help Democrats avoid an out-and-out slaughter on Nov. 2. The only way to suppress GOP turnout is if disheartened voters believe their efforts to expel Democrats won’t make a difference in policy. And the...
  • Most Americans (54 %) believe Obama should be a one-term president: poll

    10/21/2010 11:00:36 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 19, 2010 | CLEMENTE LISI
    A majority of Americans don't think President Obama deserves to keep his job, a poll released today shows. With less than two weeks to go before the midterm elections, a survey conducted by Gallup shows that only 39 percent of Americans think Obama deserves to be re-elected in 2012. A staggering 54 percent think he should be a one-term president, the poll found. Earlier this year, between 46 and 48 percent of Americans said Obama should be re-elected. The survey also shows that Obama has averaged a job approval rating of 44.7 percent during the first seven quarters of his...
  • How low will he go? Obama approval hits yet another bottom and 54% now say, 'No second term'

    10/21/2010 8:39:02 AM PDT · by kingattax · 13 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10-21-10
    It's too late to back out now because President Obama is already racking up frequent flier miles on his Western campaign swing, allegedly to help out embattled Democratic senators. But a new Gallup Poll out this morning puts the top Democrat himself at his lowest approval rating ever and finds most Americans do not want the Real Good Talker to have a second term. Other than that, Obama should be a real help to Washington's embattled Patty Murray today and Nevada's embattled Harry Reid and California's embattled Barbara Boxer later, trying to salvage the large Democratic majorities in both houses...