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  • Political class: A man you loathe broke your rules, beat you, and you’re not handling it well

    01/16/2017 8:51:36 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/16/17 | Dan Calabrese
    Meltdowm At some point we have to get past this. At some point, Donald Trump and his team are going to get down to the business of governing, and whether they like it or not, the Beltway crowd will have no choice but to discuss the new system in health care, or the budget, or our operations against ISIS, or energy policy. They won’t want to. They only want to carp about how their world is crashing down around them and they don’t like it. But most of the country is already wildly disinterested in this melodrama, and there’s going...
  • Time To Regroup: In the Bubble

    11/20/2016 5:38:09 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-20-2016 | MOTUS
    Rasicst - /ˈrāsəst/noun: racist; plural noun: racists a person who believes that a particular race is superior to another. adjective having or showing the belief that a particular race is superior to another. Two things: first, to paraphrase a progressive Hillary supporter motif, I can’t believe we still have to discuss this s**t. You know, after the historic first black presidency and all.Minus the War on Women and Racism, Hillary didn’t really have a platform – yet it was Trump who was accused of not having “positions” on important issues.Secondly, if you continually misuse words by pretending they mean...
  • Don’t Let the 43 Republicans Who Voted for Obama’s Transgender Agenda Spin Their Vote

    05/30/2016 11:09:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 5/27/16 | Ryan Anderson
    On Wednesday, 43 Republican members of Congress joined the Democrats to vote for President Barack Obama’s transgender agenda. Now they’re trying to spin their vote. These 43 Republicans voted for the Maloney amendment, which ratified Obama’s 2014 executive order barring private businesses who do contract work for the government from engaging in what the government considers to be “discrimination” on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity” in their private employment policies. As I pointed out in an earlier Daily Signal article, “discrimination” on the basis of “gender identity” can be something as simple as having a bathroom policy...
  • How Donald Trump Kept Marco Rubio at Bay in Virginia

    03/01/2016 11:06:32 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 15 replies
    Fortune ^ | March 1, 2016 | Justin Sullivan
    It looks like Rubio carried the state’s wealthy northern suburbs, and Trump took the rest. (SNIP) Rubio’s strongholds overlapped heavily with those that lifted Barack Obama to his second straight win in the state in his 2012 reelection race.
  • RNC sees leverage over Trump

    02/25/2016 11:59:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 76 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/25/16 05:14 AM EST | Daniel Strauss
    Donald Trump has steamrolled toward the Republican nomination by lambasting all things political establishment, and now that establishment thinks it can convince their insult-wielding front-runner he needs them. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus has begun stating in private meetings that the party has sway over its at times unwelcome front-runner because it has tools Trump will need to use to win a general election -- voter data and field, digital and media operations that a nominee typically inherits from the party infrastructure. Dangling access to these resources, Priebus thinks he can help steer Trump toward partywide policy goals and...
  • The Beltway Brigade and Donald Trump

    08/28/2015 10:02:32 AM PDT · by mononymous
    Mononymous1/Wordpress ^ | 8/28/2015 | Mononymous1
    Trump's teleprompter challenge trips up White House By Susan Crabtree • 8/26/15 3:53 PM White House press secretary Josh Earnest got a little tongue-tied Wednesday after being asked what he thought of Donald Trump's suggestion that teleprompters ought to be outlawed. Veteran CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller asked him if such a uniform ban would affect the president "adversely." Since the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama has been known for his reliance on tele-prompters to deliver speeches and often rambles without one. "I don't have any … well … that's a tough one to respond to," Earnest admitted amid some...
  • UVM study: Washington DC Sinking Into Sea

    07/28/2015 8:57:40 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 59 replies
    University of Vermont ^ | July 28, 2015 20:42 GMT | Joshua E. Brown
    New research confirms that the land under the Chesapeake Bay is sinking rapidly and projects that Washington, D.C., could drop by six or more inches in the next century—adding to the problems of sea-level rise. This falling land will exacerbate the flooding that the nation’s capital faces from rising ocean waters due to a warming climate and melting ice sheets—accelerating the threat to the region’s monuments, roads, wildlife refuges, and military installations. For sixty years, tide gauges have shown that sea level in the Chesapeake is rising at twice the global average rate and faster than elsewhere on the East...
  • Louisiana Democrats' best hope to beat David Vitter? Vote Republican

    05/20/2015 4:55:19 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies ^ | May 16, 2015 | Robert Mann
    Last week, I argued that Sen. David Vitter – the undisputed leader in this year's governor's race – should be nervous because of our electorate's long history of punishing frontrunners and promoting also-rans. (SNIP) Democrats have a clear choice: send Edwards into a runoff that he almost certainly cannot win – or back a moderate Republican, who could defeat Vitter. If Democrats have any power left in Louisiana politics, it is electing moderate Republicans. That's not a goal that will launch Democratic activists out of bed each morning but it's about all the power the party has left (in statewide...
  • Remove The Crying Cheeto

    01/04/2015 1:35:25 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 141 replies
    Original Content | 1/4/2015 | By Laz A. Mataz
    John Boehner epitomizes all that is wrong with the Republican Establishment. Boehner has thwarted every plan to overturn or ameliorate the most heinous aspects of Obama's neo-tyrannical rule. These days, I like to call Boehner Crying Cheeto. That is because he is an odd orange- or yellow-color, and cries at the drop of a hat. Boehner started, seemingly, on the right track. He was helpful in engineering the Contract with America in 1994, which helped propel Newt Gingrich to the position of the Chairman of the House. He quickly turned, however, and was involved in an unsuccessful attempt to unseat...
  • Conservative Activists Launch Anti-Boehner Website

    01/04/2015 3:30:20 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 1/4/15 | Dave Urbanski
    On the heels of Texas Republican Louie Gohmert’s announcement Sunday that he’s officially a candidate for Speaker of the House, conservative activists have launched a website aimed at getting present Speaker John Boehner voted out. The FreedomWorks website explains its position under the title “Speaker Boehner Has Got to Go”: It’s time for a new Speaker of the House. John Boehner has been Speaker of the House for four years. And in those four years he has betrayed conservatives and cut backroom deals to give President Obama exactly what he wants. We can’t accept a Speaker of the House who...
  • Whistling Past the Junkyard: The Establishment’s Attempt to Make Jeb Seem Inevitable

    01/04/2015 3:37:03 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 21 replies ^ | 1/4/15 | C. Edmund Wright
    For several weeks now, the mainstream Jurassic media has been up to their old psychological warfare tricks, and naturally, the Republican establishment is falling for it hard. They always do, and this includes “the architect,” Karl Rove. This time it’s the media’s attempt to get Jeb Bush the Republican nomination for President in 2016. Articles that fawn over Jeb, either from a formidability standpoint or in the vein that he’s a “reasonable” conservative are everywhere. There has also been a release of meaningless polls touting Jeb’s strength atop the potential Republican field. These have all surfaced from many of the...
  • Is the fix in? Has the establishment GOP already chosen the Republican nominee?

    01/04/2015 3:40:06 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 57 replies ^ | 1/4/15 | Nick Sorrentino
    It is truly amazing is how hostile the leadership of the Republican Party is to the people who actually make up the Republican Party. I can tell you first hand that the establishment GOP types dislike the libertarian/conservative coalition aka The Tea Party at least as much as the Democrats do. Probably more. Why? Because the libertarian/conservative coalition is a real threat to their power. Do you honestly think that the GOP as it is currently constituted wants to reduce the size of government? Not a chance. A d this is why the party has been moving since 2012 to...
  • When the Right Turns on America (Beltway Getting Nervous)

    05/20/2014 12:05:51 PM PDT · by mojito · 55 replies
    Commentary ^ | 5/19/2014 | Peter Wehner
    Speaking to the National Rifle Association’s recent annual conference, NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre, in describing America, said, “Almost everywhere you look, something has gone wrong. You feel it in your heart, you know it in your gut. Something has gone wrong. The core values we believe in, the things we care about most, are changing. Eroding. Our right to speak. Our right to gather. Our right to privacy. The freedom to work, and practice our religion, and raise and protect our families the way we see fit.” He went on to say this: "There are terrorists...
  • War Begins: Slandering Conservatives has Started [Empire Strikes Back in No. Virginia Campaign]

    12/20/2013 8:41:45 AM PST · by Moseley · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | December 20, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    The attacks have begun. The Republican establishment in the U.S.A. has now actually started the shooting war in the 2014 primary elections they have been threatening against conservative candidates for Congress. “Hopefully we’ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them,” said former Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio. His new political group, Defending Main Street, plans to raise $8 million to defeat tea-party candidates and elect moderate Republicans instead. “We’re going to be very aggressive and we’re going to get in their faces.” LaTourette was a close ally of moderate Republican Speaker John Boehner in...
  • Jerk of the Week - Establishment Republicans

    10/13/2013 6:55:39 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 8 replies ^ | October 13, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    It behooves all Americans to stand up for what they believe in, and this intestinal fortitude is expected from our elected officials. Alas though, many of those lack any backbone at all and are quite happy to "go along to get along." Normally, we pick some clinically insane progressive liberal to be our Jerk of the Week, but to be fair, we should pick out all those, no matter where they claim to lie on the political spectrum, who are willing to let our rights and liberties be eroded over time. Our choice for Jerk of the Week honors is...
  • The Road Less Traveled

    10/01/2013 1:48:42 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Bethesday Magazine ^ | September 2013 | Eugene L. Meyer
    Driven on the Intercounty Connector lately? No? You’re not alone. Many haven’t. The 18.8-mile highway—the first stretch of which opened two and a half years ago after great hype and amid great controversy—is the road less traveled. Traffic counts are well below early projections, and revenue from tolls—needed to pay off the bonds that were sold to build the road—is far less than originally anticipated. The initial estimated cost of $1 billion has ballooned to $2.4 billion—or as much as $4 billion if you include interest payments. Consequently, all tolls on Maryland highways, bridges and tunnels have been raised in...
  • Review of “This Town” (Who is Governing This Country?)

    08/05/2013 12:11:55 AM PDT · by ClaytonP · 6 replies
    Foseti ^ | 7-26-2013 | Foseti
    This book purports to explain how Washington really works. In a sense it does – though only by omission.The book is a chronicle of the most noticeable people in DC – the most “important” politicians, lobbyists, reporters, consultants, etc. From this viewpoint, you get great insight into what these people are doing. Unfortunately, you therefore get absolutely no insight into anything else.For example, 10% of the book is devoted to Tim Russert’s funeral. This sort of event is extremely important to these people. A few pages are devoted to David Axelrod shaving his mustache. Also an incredibly important event, apparently....
  • LA Times: Sarah Palin's vulgar tweets: Not funny or effective (w/Poll to FReep)

    04/29/2013 3:22:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Los Angeles Times' LA Now ^ | April 29, 2013 | Robin Abcarian
    Sarah Palin reared her head in American airspace this weekend. As the country’s media, entertainment and political elite gathered in Washington, D.C., for the annual roast that is the White House Correspondents Dinner, Palin could not resist lobbing darts from afar. “Yuk it up media and pols,” she tweeted. “While America is buried in taxes and a fight for our rights, the permanent political class in DC dresses up and has a prom to make fun of themselves. No need for that, we get the real joke.” She panned the event again in a second tweet: “That #WHCD was pathetic....
  • I-270 gridlock cries out for solutions

    01/08/2013 6:40:13 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 7, 2013 | Ari Ashe
    WASHINGTON - Interstate 270 is considered one of the most choked roads in the Washington region, but solutions for the gridlock are few and far between. Figures from the Maryland Department of Transportation show about 114,000 cars use I-270 daily, and that number is expected to jump to 200,000 in the next 10 to 15 years. "Everyone who is familiar with 270 knows it is jammed up in the morning rush hour and evening rush hour," says Gus Bauman, who studies transportation and funding and who chaired a Maryland Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding. One proposal to ease congestion...
  • Massive Anti-Obama Rally Planned for Inauguration Day

    nspired by concerns of unemployment, the economy, Benghazi, and matters of foreign policy; organizers are promoting a “Massive Anti-Obama Rally @ Obama’s Inauguration Day.” Their goal? 500,000+ protesters armed with signs identifying the reason for their participation in the rally. The invitation expresses the following: “If you are unsatisfied with President Barack Obama’s reelection win and you further feel that he will ultimately destabilize America completely, then let us join together with bold Anti-Obama signs clearly stating our main grievances…
  • Chris Wallace and the Beltway Insiders

    10/28/2012 12:15:35 PM PDT · by AdaGray · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10/28/2012 | AdaGray
    We've been right about the academia elites, the Jurassic media, the elitistconservative pundits, the establishment, the "obama foam" class, and Occupy and union thugs, too. This includes anybody who makes his living from government -- and the reporting thereof.
  • Break the Jam: Leaders Urge Study Of Fast Lanes Over Legion Bridge

    09/19/2012 10:35:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Germantown Patch ^ | September 18, 2012 | Erin Donaghue
    State transportation officials should study dedicated travel lanes for vans, carpools and buses on a congested seven-mile stretch of the Capital Beltway that includes the American Legion Bridge, Montgomery and Fairfax leaders urged Tuesday. HOT lanes for toll payers and high-occupancy vehicles are planned for the Beltway in Virginia from the Springfield Interchange to just north of the Dulles Toll Road, and set to open later this year. But Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner and Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova pointed out a seven-mile gap in dedicated high-occupancy travel lanes between the northern terminus of the planned...
  • See the Speech That Got a Standing Ovation in Congress Today (Mike Kelly delivers again)

    07/26/2012 9:15:46 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/26/2012 | Mytheos Holt
    Representative Mike Kelly, speaking on the House floor today, managed something very rare in the history of the institution – he got a standing ovation. Applause is usually forbidden in the house, but Kelly‘s blistering attack on regulatory red tape and Washington’s culture of control was apparently so powerful that several of his fellow house members couldn’t resist showing their support, clapping, standing up and shouting “USA! USA! USA!” Would you applaud this way? See Kelly’s speech below and decide for yourself:
  • Insight: Top Justice officials connected to mortgage banks (More DC "Incestuous" Relations)

    01/20/2012 7:48:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 20, 2012 | Scot J. Paltrow
    .S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department's criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who's Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows. The firm, Covington & Burling, is one of Washington's biggest white shoe law firms. Law professors and other federal ethics experts said that federal conflict of interest rules required Holder and Breuer to recuse themselves from any Justice Department decisions relating to law firm clients they personally had done work for.
  • While in Congress, Gingrich co-sponsored 418 bills with Pelosi

    12/07/2011 6:29:55 PM PST · by Fred · 37 replies
    By Alex Pappas--The Daily Caller ^ | 120611 | Alex Pappas
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Newt Gingrich has taken heat on the campaign trail from conservatives for filming a 2008 commercial on climate change with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. But that was hardly the first time the Republican presidential candidate and former House speaker collaborated with Pelosi. Gingrich co-sponsored 418 bills in Congress with Pelosi during the 12 years they served together in the House, according to the Library of Congress’s THOMAS database. Gingrich was in Congress from 1979 to 1999. Pelosi has served since 1987. As a matter of comparison, House Speaker John Boehner, who has served in Congress...
  • Gingrich Redux?

    11/15/2011 2:14:39 PM PST · by Fred · 61 replies
    NRO ^ | 111511 | Katrina Trinko
    Newt Gingrich is winning over Republicans. Over the past few months, the former House speaker has charmed primary voters one debate at a time. The once underdog — dismissed as a has-been when he first announced his run and the laughingstock of the race after he accumulated $1 million in debt this summer and was abandoned by almost his entire political team — has compellingly mixed historical insight, warmth toward his fellow GOP candidates, and rancor toward the media into a formula that has propelled him to the top of the polls. But is Gingrich the savior the GOP has...
  • Why I Am Done Defending Herman Cain

    11/13/2011 3:07:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 161 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | November 11, 2011 | Mary Kate Cary, former Bush 41 speechwriter
    People have been asking me all week if conservatives will stick with Herman Cain, but I think he's got a bigger problem than the conservative vote. A lot more women than conservatives vote, and the women I've talked to are finished with him. There's a new CBS poll which says that 38 percent of female Republican primary voters are "less likely to back him" now that more accusers have come forward. Among all registered voters, CBS reports that Cain has lost support among women since last month—from 28 percent in October to 15 percent now. My sense is that 15...
  • Insiders: Romney Is Top GOP 2012 Contender, Daniels Second (Beltway love these guys, should you?)

    01/06/2011 12:48:14 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 68 replies
    National Journal ^ | Thursday January 6, 2011
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney continues to hold the pole position for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination in the latest National Journal Political Insiders Poll. But the surprise runner-up to Romney was the two-term Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who moved up from fifth place when the last ranking of the potential GOP White House contenders was conducted a year ago. Romney's assets and liabilities are well known and haven't changed much since last January. He has a national network of political and financial supporters left over from his unsuccessful run for the 2008 Republican nomination, a command of economic issues...
  • Who Killed Chandra Levy? Murder in the Beltway

    10/18/2010 3:27:59 PM PDT · by proud2b4family · 8 replies ^ | 10/18/2010 | Robin of Berkeley
    I recently asked two liberal friends "Who killed Chandra Levy?" I was referring, of course, to the 24-year-old congressional intern who went missing in DC in the summer of 2001 after a morning jog. (A dog-walker discovered her remains over a year later.)
  • Patton Boggs buys Breaux-Lott (biggest lobbying firm getting)

    07/02/2010 10:44:44 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 7-2-10 | Simmi Aujla
    Washington’s biggest lobbying firm has acquired the Breaux-Lott Leadership Group, a smaller firm started by two former senators in 2008. Patton Boggs, which reported $78.1 million in lobbying revenue in 2009, counts among its clients Halliburton, Bristol Myers Squib and the Mars candy company. Breaux-Lott, started by former Louisiana Senator John Breaux and former Senate Majority Trent Lott and their sons, represented Chevron, Diageo and Goldman Sachs. “I think they’re at a point where they need to continue to grow,” Managing Partner Stuart Pape told POLITICO. “They need the substantial additional resources that we can provide, and that’s why the...
  • Poll of GOP “insiders”: It’s time for Palin to go away

    12/11/2009 4:23:47 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 90 replies · 2,465+ views
    Hot Air ^ | Dec.11, 2009 | Allahpundit
    Given the conventional wisdom that “elitist” derision towards her only makes her supporters support her more adamantly, you’d think savvy Beltway consultants who don’t like her would keep that fact to themselves. And yet. Here’s their answer to the question, “Which voice in your party would you most like to mute?” That’s among “political” insiders, i.e. consultants. Among senators and congressmen polled, she finished second behind “no one,” tied with Michele Bachmann and Glenn Beck, among others. These insiders are the same people, mind you, who earlier this year voted her seventh among Republican governors with the brightest political future...
  • Boom-Times in the Beltway (Federal Employees are making off like bandits during these hard times)

    12/11/2009 11:52:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies · 1,267+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2009 | Daniel Foster
    Even as federal employees' salaries are growing robustly, the president's pay czar Kenneth Feinberg has imposed new limits on executive compensation at AIG, Citigroup, General Motors, and GMAC, all recipients of government bailouts. Salaries will be limited to $500,000 in cash, and bonuses will be tied to "real achievement of objective goals." Chris Edwards at CATO—who has done quite a lot of independent analysis of federal pay—puts this story in context and adds some juicy details from his own data. Most remarkably, there are fully 383,000 federal workers earning six-figure salaries and 22,000 earning salaries of over $170,000. And these...
  • Is John Muhammad Still Breathing?

    11/10/2009 6:43:56 AM PST · by Haiku Guy · 62 replies · 2,428+ views
    Vanity | 11/10/09 | Myself
    Looking for Update... Is John Muhammad breathing? What is the schedule? Maybe a "Live" Thread, For a bit of irony As the day goes on...
  • Inside the Beltway

    07/20/2009 8:37:27 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 1 replies · 529+ views
    The Washington TImes ^ | 7/20/09 | Jennifer Harper
    Who will save America? "Americans will save America," says Newt Gingrich.
  • Is The Beltway GOP Irrelevant?

    04/28/2009 9:05:33 AM PDT · by Al B. · 42 replies · 1,048+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 28, 2009 | Scott rasmussen
    To be relevant in politics, you need either formal power or a lot of people willing to follow your lead. The governing Republicans in the nation's capital have lost both on their continuing path to irrelevance. The disconnect between D.C. Republicans and Republicans throughout the country has been growing for nearly 20 years, but it became more intense and noticeable during the waning years of the Bush administration. Perhaps the final straw was the $700 billion bank bailout plan pushed through Congress last fall despite strong voter opposition. For all the furor unleashed this spring by congressional Republicans about President...
  • Why is being a "Washington insider" derided by so many in the media? (foreverfree's vanity)

    11/13/2008 7:18:01 PM PST · by foreverfree · 5 replies · 392+ views
    foreverfree's vanity | 11/13/08 | foreverfree
    On another, sports oriented board (that has a sub-board for non-sports issues) there was a thread about the pres. election, and someone on that thread commented how in 2000, McCain was lauded as a "Washington maverick" (and I've never understood that label re anyone, either) but in 2008 he was derided as a "Washington insider", opening the door for Obumma. I post there sometimes (using my FR handle) and asked on that thread why "DC insider" is such a bad label. I'm still waiting for a response there. Maybe FReepers can explain, huh, pleeze?ff
  • GOP candidates enjoy DC disconnect

    09/26/2007 10:14:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 116+ views
    The Hill ^ | September 27, 2007 | Sam Youngman
    The 2008 Republican presidential candidates have been told from the outset why they will fail in a quest for the presidency. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s positions on gun control and his personal history were supposed to disqualify him for Southern, evangelical Republican voters. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would suffer a similar fate because of his religion and his evolving views on gay rights and abortion. When former Sen. Fred Thompson (Tenn.) formally entered the race earlier this month, a series of gaffes on the Southern campaign trail hinted that he might not be the savior of...
  • 'Beltway Madam' Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Racketeering, Money Laundering Charges

    03/09/2007 10:52:03 AM PST · by Zakeet · 23 replies · 1,107+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 9, 2007
    The so-called "Beltway Madam" pleaded not guilty to federal racketeering and money laundering charges in federal court Friday. Prosecutors say Deborah Jean Palfrey, 50, ran a call-girl service in the Washington, D.C. area for 13 years, taking appointments from her California home and dispatching women to luxury hotels in Washington and Baltimore. They say the service promoted prostitution. [Snip] Palfrey, who was indicted last week, is threatening to release her little black book of 10,000 clients on the Internet to pay for her defense. She writes on her Web site that "consideration is being given to selling the entire 46...
  • Life within the beltway; meet the clueless leaders

    06/15/2006 9:51:48 PM PDT · by coffee260 · 9 replies · 630+ views
    Hernando Today Online Edition ^ | Jun 16, 2006 | COL. DONALD J. MYERS
    So many stories and reports talk about the politics and mystique inside the beltway of Washington, D.C. For the majority of our population, it is unknown what is meant. As a Marine officer, I spent some time in that environment and I think that I can help explain it. There is no mystique; it is liberalism at the extreme. I recall a former Marine officer who had spent four years in the Corps and risen to the rank of First Lieutenant, and a few years later was elected to Congress. He attended a reception at the commandant of the Marine...
  • Scary Movie 5, just in time for fall!

    05/11/2006 5:04:25 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 4 replies · 755+ views
    Laura Ingraham E-Blast | May 10, 2006 | Laura Ingraham
    SCARY MOVIE 5, JUST IN TIME FOR FALL! When I was a kid I loved watching those cheesy horror movies like Friday the 13th or Halloween. My friends and I would sit around and invent ludicrous story lines for the mother of all horror films. Well, I have an idea for a film that could roll out in the fall of 2006. Here's the plot--Imagine a Congress that: (1) seriously considers impeaching the President; (2) launches countless investigations into the "bungled" war on terror; (3) votes against any judicial nominee who believes in originalism; (4) raises the estate tax; (5)...
  • Mythology of the Minimum Wage

    05/03/2006 12:06:45 PM PDT · by Marxbites · 24 replies · 944+ views
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | May 03, 2006 | DW MacKenzie
    The economic case against minimum wage laws is simple. Employers pay a wage no higher than the value of an additional hour's work. Raising minimum wages forces employers to dismiss low productivity workers. This policy has the largest affect on those with the least education, job experience, and maturity. Consequently, we should expect minimum wage laws to affect teenagers and those with less education. Eliminating minimum wage laws would reduce unemployment and improve the efficiency of markets for low productivity labor.
  • Stopping the Meltdown - What Beltway Republicans Need To Do

    04/10/2006 7:32:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 700+ views ^ | 4/10/06 | Carol Platt Liebau
    These are not easy times in which to be a Republican; it’s impossible not to be disheartened by a lot of what’s coming out of Washington. Just this week, Republicans in the House of Representatives failed to vote on a budget because Jerry Lewis and other Republicans on the Appropriations Committee objected to measures that would have controlled spending. All but 18 House Republicans voted against the First Amendment and in support of a bill to regulate 527’s (themselves a creature of the free speech-unfriendly McCain-Feingold campaign finance law). Republicans in the Senate were unable to vote on an immigration...
  • TAKING THE PLUNGE -- In Three Congressional Races, Air America At Issue

    02/17/2006 6:19:03 PM PST · by chuckpez · 7 replies · 658+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | February 17th, 2006 | Brian Maloney
    Into elective office, is talk radio really an effective stepping stone? With a number of others diving head-first into Congressional campaigns this year, probable 2008 Minnesota US Senate candidate Al Franken apparently isn't the only one with ties to the medium. In addition, several have at least indirect connections with liberal radio network Air America. And at the center of their fledgling 2006 candidacies, some are fighting off talk radio-related controversies. While relatively little attention has so far been paid to these hopefuls, that should change as political silly season shortly kicks off. A scorecard: ........................snip................
  • K Street keeps growing

    02/14/2006 8:03:28 PM PST · by Marius3188 · 1 replies · 187+ views
    The Hill ^ | 15 Feb 2006 | Jim Snyder and Jeffrey Young
    Lobbyists had a banner 2005, the year before simmering controversies involving Jack Abramoff and former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.) boiled over outside the Beltway and brought new pressures on Capitol Hill to keep lobbyists at arm’s length. Early returns on end-of-year revenues show strong growth all along Washington’s lobbying corridor. Several well-known firms reported a revenue jump greater than 20 percent, including Barbour Griffith & Rogers, Quinn Gillespie & Associates, the Federalist Group and the Livingston Group, as a series of policy and legislative efforts brought new business to K Street, from Social Security reform to a national energy...
  • MAKING NEWS - Washington Post Itself Becomes An Issue

    01/22/2006 2:42:54 PM PST · by chuckpez · 1 replies · 238+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | January 22nd, 2006 | Brian Maloney
    If you thought the point of a major daily paper was to report news, not make headlines, then recent events at the Washington Post may seem a bit odd. First, the strange new fascination with adding reporters to the airwaves continues, where "Washington Post Radio", covered here previously, apparently finds some newsroom staffers with stars in their eyes. Especially brilliant points from Dave Hughes at DCRTV: Posties Prepare To Be Radio Stars - 1/21 - DCRTV hears that a number of Washington Posties are running around the newspaper's downtown DC HQ preparing themselves for their new radio careers ....................snip..................
  • One Bullet Away

    01/08/2006 7:04:34 AM PST · by serendepitylives · 19 replies · 1,099+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 01/08/2006 | salena zito
    One bullet away By Salena Zito TRIBUNE-REVIEW We Americans stopped raising warriors and started raising young people who have more baggage than Paris Hilton at a Louis Vuitton sale. Even our cowboys now are marginalized in movies about forbidden love...As for those who think our young people should not join the military, think again: The all-volunteer, professional U.S. military does not serve one policy or one president. The military doesn't make policy, or even comment on policy. It executes policy. Our troops take an oath to the Constitution, not to an administration. This country needs its best and brightest in...
  • POST-HASTE Washington Post Needs Broadcasters, Art Bell News, David Lee Roth Watch

    01/06/2006 6:32:42 PM PST · by chuckpez · 5 replies · 465+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | January 6th, 2006 | Brian Maloney
    Thanks to a help-wanted ad placed today, we're getting a slightly better sense of how "Washington Post Radio" will sound once on the air. Sure enough, they do realize they'll need qualified broadcasters to get through each day. What in the world, however, are they going to talk about? Will it simply come down to rehashing the headlines every ten minutes? And since they've indicated it's an attempt to steal away liberal NPR listeners, how will this format accomplish that goal? ................snip...........................
  • MSM FIGHTING BACK? - "Washington Post Radio" Set To Debut On AM Dial

    01/05/2006 3:23:37 PM PST · by chuckpez · 7 replies · 314+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | January 5th, 2006 | Brian Maloney
    Try placing a year on this scenario: a crusty, old-line newspaper teams up with an equally risk-averse broadcasting outfit, to provide a full time outlet for reporters to discuss their stories on the AM radio dial. What era do you think we'd be talking about here, the fifties? At best, the sixties? How about 2006! Yes, the Washington Post, notorious print media fossil, has teamed up with Bonneville Broadcasting to provide "Washington Post Radio" on 1500 AM, until now home to WTOP-AM news radio. Secondarily, its programming will also be heard on 107.7 FM, with its very limited signal reach.....................
  • How they got caught: After lobbyist broke up, ex-fiancee told of illicit dealings to FBI

    01/03/2006 8:18:28 PM PST · by summer · 47 replies · 1,772+ views
    from a liberal site | Jan 3, 2006 | Jason Leopold
    Emily J. Miller, former Communications Director for Tom Delay -- Scanlon ditched her to marry another woman; she then talked to the FBI Michael Scanlon found himself at the center of one of the biggest political scandals in Washington history as a result of cheating and lying—but not the type involving the numerous clients he was paid to lobby Congress for, former coworkers and friends of his ex-fiancee say. Scanlon was implicated in the Abramoff scandal by his former thirtysomething fiancee, Emily J. Miller, whom he met in the late 1990s while working as communications director for former House Majority...
  • Romance on Hill made official [Connie Mack & Mary Bono]

    01/03/2006 9:15:11 AM PST · by summer · 79 replies · 6,719+ views
    The Desert | Dec. 14, 2006 | Cindy Uken material cannot be posted [on FR] due to copyright complaint However, here's a link to the article.