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  • U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Awards Nearly $1 Billion for California High-Speed Rail

    11/27/2011 10:25:17 AM PST · by mdittmar · 61 replies
    U.S. Department of Transportation ^ | November 22, 2011 | U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
    Building First Segment Will Employ More Than 100,000 People over Next Five Years WASHINGTON - U.S.  Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today awarded a $928.6 million grant to the California High-Speed Rail Authority for initial construction of California High-Speed Rail. Construction will begin next year in Fresno, creating tens of thousands of jobs in California. “California’s population will grow by 60 percent over the next 40 years,” said Secretary LaHood. “Investing in a green, job creating high-speed rail network is less expensive and more practical than paying for all of the expansions to already congested highways and airports that would be necessary to accommodate the state’s...
  • Gingrich 'prepared to take the heat' with talk of amnesty ("Let's be humane in enforcing the law")

    11/22/2011 7:54:13 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 660 replies · 1+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 2011-11-22 | Kim Geiger
    <p>“I do not believe that the people of the United States are going to take people who’ve been here for a quarter of a century … [and] separate them from their families and expel them,” Gingrich said during a discussion about illegal immigration and border security. “I do believe we should control the border. I do believe we should have very severe penalties.”</p>
  • Newt Gingrich was a lobbyist, plain and simple

    11/20/2011 6:56:38 PM PST · by Fred · 122 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 112011 | Tim Carney
    When Newt Gingrich says he never lobbied, he's not telling the truth. When he was a paid consultant for the drug-industry's lobby group, Gingrich worked hard to persuade Republican congressmen to vote for the Medicare drug subsidy that the industry favored. To deny Gingrich was a lobbyist requires an Obama-like word parsing over who is and who isn't a lobbyist. Gingrich stated last week on Fox News, "I do no lobbying of any kind. I never have. A very important point to make. I have never done lobbying of any kind." But the facts contradict that claim. First of all,...
  • Obama Was Early Investor In LightSquared, Refused To Establish Blind Trust

    09/19/2011 4:51:47 PM PDT · by blueyon · 64 replies
    patdollard.com ^ | 9/19/2011 | Ed Morrissey – Hot Air:
    Earlier this week, Eli Lake reported that the four-star Air Force general in charge of US Space Command told a Congressional panel that the White House pressured him to change his testimony to favor a company that shelled out donations for Democrats. LightSquared wants to press forward on a project that the military fears will create serious interference with GPS systems, and General William Shelton was going to address those concerns with Congress before the White House tried to push him into saying a few nice words on behalf of their sponsor. A reminder: The four-star Air Force general who...
  • Gingrich says he will 'run on ideas'

    08/11/2011 7:14:32 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 11, 2011
    AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is bristling at suggestions that his presidential campaign has been hurt by a number of resignations by his staff. In a Republican presidential debate in Iowa, Gingrich scolded Fox News Channel anchor Chris Wallace for asking a "gotcha question."
  • Gingrich soldiers on, suggests immigration plan (AMNESTY for Illegals)

    05/20/2011 6:40:27 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 76 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/19/11 | Kay Henderson
    Newt Gingrich, whose campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has gotten off to a rocky start, risked fresh controversy on Thursday by suggesting that some illegal immigrants living in the United States "may have earned the right to become legal."
  • Gingrich Will Star In Democrats' Anti-Ryan Medicare Attacks

    05/19/2011 10:10:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    By the time they're done with him, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will look like a leading Democratic spokesman as the party moves quickly to harness his attacks on Republican plans to change Medicare. According to party sources, they plan to use Gingrich's assault on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's plan in a bid to knock down every Republican who voted for it. "By calling Paul Ryan's budget 'radical' and 'right-wing social engineering,' Newt merely echoed criticisms millions of Americans across the political spectrum have voiced at house Republicans' budget for weeks now," says Ryan Rudominer, a Democratic consultant...
  • GOP Rep. Ryan swipes at Gingrich: 'With allies like that, who needs the left?'

    05/16/2011 8:38:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/16/2011 | Michael O'Brien
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) took a swipe Monday at Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich after the former House Speaker criticized hiss proposed Medicare reforms. "With allies like that, who needs the left?" Ryan told guest host Raymond Arroyo on conservative talker Laura Ingraham's radio show. Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, defended his 2012 budget proposal that includes significant reforms to Medicare. Gingrich on Sunday distanced himself from Ryan's plan, which would transform the program into a voucher-based system for Americans under the age of 55. "I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing...
  • Gingrich reaction: Republicans livid, accuse former speaker of hypocrisy in attack on Ryan

    05/16/2011 6:58:24 AM PDT · by libstripper · 36 replies
    Wshington Examiner ^ | May 16, 2011 | Byron York
    This morning Republicans are just beginning to assess the damage that former House Speaker and current presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has done to the GOP budget plan currently before Congress. On "Meet the Press" Sunday, Gingrich denounced House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan's plan to restructure Medicare, saying, "I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering. I don't think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate."
  • Gingrich To Launch Campaign Next Week

    05/01/2011 3:20:12 PM PDT · by StatenIsland · 63 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 1, 2011 | Tim Alberta
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich plans to officially enter the presidential race early next week, he told Hotline On Call before Saturday's White House Correspondents Dinner. "I'll be in by the 10th or 11th," Gingrich said, without elaborating on where or how he would announce his candidacy. Gingrich had previously hinted that his announcement could come this week, telling reporters in Philadelphia on Thursday, "I would just say to folks who are really curious: Watch Facebook and Twitter in the next week. I think you'll have all the information you need." But Gingrich walked back from that statement on Saturday,...
  • 'A deep-rooted hatred of the British': How Israelis 'armed junta' in Falklands conflict

    04/20/2011 8:08:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 76 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 20th April 2011 | Mail Foreign Service
    'A deep-rooted hatred of the British': How Israelis 'armed junta' in Falklands conflict Israel secretly provided arms and supplies to Argentina during the Falklands conflict, according to revelations in a new book. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin had such a deep-rooted hatred of the British that the Jewish state covertly became the biggest supplier of military equipment to the Argentine military junta. Gas masks, radar alert systems, air-to-air missiles and fuel tanks for fighter bombers were sent from Tel Aviv to arm General Galtieri’s forces. The most audacious deal involved supplying 23 French-built fighter aircraft – Mirage IIICs – which...