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  • Rahm Emanuel : Massachusetts race was winnable (interview with Katie Couric)

    01/27/2010 3:23:32 PM PST · by maggief · 33 replies · 1,245+ views
    Politico ^ | January 27, 2010 | MIKE ALLEN
    White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, that he has no doubt the race for the late Sen. Edward Kennedys seat was winnable by Democrat Martha Coakley, but the White House was informed of her political peril too late. Couric, who was in Washington for the State of the Union address, asked Emanuel how a master political operative could have let Massachusetts go down in flames for the Democrats? I, was here at the White House, Emanuel replied. As soon as it was brought to my attention, or...
  • This Is Good Obama Bashes Scott Brown & His Truck Its a GM Truck

    01/18/2010 5:57:15 AM PST · by Justaham · 57 replies · 3,825+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 1-18-10 | Jim Hoft
    Republican Scott Brown has been running ads in Massachusetts where he is out driving around in his old pickup truck while campaigning for US Senator something Marcia Martha Coakley refuses to do. On Sunday Barack Obama slammed Scott Brown and his truck several times in his Bush-bashing campaign speech for Martha Coakley. Maybe Barack Obama didnt notice that Scott Browns truck is a GM truck.
  • Barney Frank: "She let it become a personality contest and that was a mistake"

    01/17/2010 12:46:01 PM PST · by truthandlife · 50 replies · 2,239+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1-17-10
    (Boston) Outspoken chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) has not held back on his feelings on the Massachusetts special election Senate race, and today is no different. Inside the gymnasium awaiting President Obama's remarks at a rally for Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, Rep. Frank tells FOX News' Carl Cameron about Coakley's campaign so far: "She let it become a personality contest and that was a mistake. Some of us complained about it and we think it's turned around." Previously Rep. Frank said a win by Republican State Senator Scott Brown in this race would...
  • What I Saw At the Napolitano "Revolution"

    01/10/2010 4:37:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,186+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2010 | Austin Hill
    Two terrorist attacks on American soil within les s than sixty days. Administration officials declare that the system worked after the Christmas day attack, only to be contradicted by the President days later. The President notes on December 29th that the Christmas day attack was carried out by merely an isolated extremist, but then declares on January 7 that we are at war, and that we must stay one step ahead of a nimble adversary," in complete contradiction of his Homeland Security Secretary and his own previous remarks. Oh, my how does Americas liberal media explain it all away? One...
  • Voting for Scott Brown and big government Republicans is a fatal mistake! (Barf Alert)

    01/09/2010 7:15:13 PM PST · by arkadyka · 308 replies · 5,136+ views
    Right Condition ^ | 10/09/10 | me
    Are you positively giddy over the prospect of Scott Brown winning in the upcoming Massachusetts special election? Are you currently supporting Scott Brown through time, money or both? Do you believe that limited government policy over the past thirty years failed, leading us to ever growing government? Are you partial to the Tea Party movement? If you have answered yes to all these questions then allow me to prove to you that your support for Scott Brown is a contradiction to everything you believe in and will hurt this country more than any rubber stamp liberal. Living in Massachusetts the...
  • Did State Department Issue Visa to Pantibomber?

    01/08/2010 12:51:31 PM PST · by hockeyfan · 30 replies · 1,384+ views
    The Politico ^ | January 7, 2010 | Josh Gerstein
    /snip/It's just a typo, and in fact, the DNI fixed it on its webpage shortly after sending reporters the statement. But it's an awkward slip-up on the same day the White House admitted that a typo prevented the State Department from realizing it had granted a visa to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. (Someone spelled his name wrong during a search.)
  • More Christmas Bombing Fallout: Hillary's Visa Problem

    01/07/2010 5:29:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 804+ views
    Big Government ^ | 1/7/10 | Richard Grenell
    President Obama came back to work this week after leaving the Presidency for his Hawaiian holiday vacation. Hawaii proved to be a restful retreat for the President, his team and the White House press corps who all took time off from their regular duties to enjoy the Hawaiian sun and ignore their responsibilities. But after 10 days of tropical silence, this week there is a sudden flurry of security reviews, media statements, ass-covering and more misstatements coming out of Washington from the Obama Administration. But we still dont know why the State Department didnt revoke the visa of a man...
  • Obamas Vacation Optics Axelrod and Co. Fail to Protect Presidents Image

    01/02/2010 6:08:15 AM PST · by kristinn · 116 replies · 5,305+ views
    Big Government ^ | Friday, January 1, 2010 | Kristinn Taylor
    Richard Nixon had advertising executive H.R. Haldeman; Ronald Reagan had image master Mike Deaver; Barack Obama has public relations guru David Axelrod.All three men understood the power of visuals in communicating the strengths of the presidents they served on the campaign trail and in the office of the presidency. I dont know where David Axelrod has been since President Obama began his ten-day Christmas vacation in Hawaii, but it is safe to say he is goofing off as much as his boss.(The Oval Office, December 29, 2009. Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)(AP Photo by Chris Carlson, December 31,...
  • Napolitano Draws Resignation Calls After Gaffes on Veterans, Canada (8 month old news)

    01/01/2010 8:44:22 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 39 replies · 1,297+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | 4/23/09 | Catherine Herridge contributing
    The outrage continues to build over a report from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's department that warned of the danger of right-wing "extremists," and she raised eyebrows again this week when she suggested that the Sept. 11 hijackers entered the United States through Canada. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is under fire for what critics see as a string of gaffes, with a small but vocal group of conservatives calling for her to step down. The outrage continues to build over a report from her department that warned of the danger of right-wing "extremists," and singled out returning war veterans...
  • Media blunders of 2009

    01/01/2010 6:23:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 659+ views
    Politico ^ | December 31, 2009 | MICHAEL CALDERONE
    Upheaval in the media world continued in 2009, with 15,000 newspaper jobs lost, some glossy magazines killed and Washington bureaus either cut back or shuttered completely. And yet, online outlets sprouted a few beefing up the ranks in D.C. while more journalists embraced Twitter, blogs and platforms that dont require ink on paper. While a number of this years more noticeable media blunders occurred through simple carelessness, some could be also considered growing pains in adjusting to changes in the media, such as reporters jumping the gun on Twitter, experimenting in video, cutting-and-pasting text from a blog or...
  • Nelson blunders Nebraskan reaction to health care vote

    12/30/2009 4:11:15 AM PST · by paltz · 23 replies · 2,293+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 12/30/09 | Kerry Picket
    A day before Sen. Ben Nelson (D - NE) voted for the passage of the Senate's version of the health care reform bill, the Nebraska Senator appeared confident before reporters that his vote would not hurt him back in Nebraska. Last week, The Washington Times asked him what he expected from his constituents, when he returned home after the Senate recessed for Christmas.: "Well, two types[of constituents]. Those who are saying very positive things about this legislation and those that have the opposite point of view. Theres nothing new about that."
  • Massive TSA Security Breach As Agency Gives Away Its Secrets

    12/08/2009 3:37:16 PM PST · by RDTF · 62 replies · 2,582+ views
    ABC ^ | Dec 8, 2009 | Brian Ross and Matt Hosford
    In a massive security breach, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inadvertently posted online its airport screening procedures manual, including some of the most closely guarded secrets regarding special rules for diplomats and CIA and law enforcement officers. In a massive security breach, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) inadvertently posted online its entire airport screening procedures manual, including some of the most closely guarded secrets regarding special rules for diplomats and CIA and law enforcement officers. The most sensitive parts of the 93-page Standard Operating Procedures were apparently redacted in a way that computer savvy individuals easily overcame. -snip-
  • Another Clinton backstabber goes down in flames: Obama fires Greg Craig for Guantanamo fiasco

    11/21/2009 7:16:39 PM PST · by Baladas · 34 replies · 2,124+ views
    Seattle Examiner ^ | 11/20/09 | D.K. Jamaal
    According to POLITICO, Obamas fans in the Beltway are shocked, shocked that he and his White House minions scapegoat White House General Counsel Greg Craig for Obamas failed promise to close Guantanamo in one year. The closing of Guantanamo as Obamas critics have long predicted aint gonna happen, because theres no place else to put the hardcore terrorists currently housed there. When Obama announced his dubious executive order closing Guantanamo by January 2010, the Kool-Aid drinkers were ecstatic. See? they said, This is why we elected him. We were so right. No, they were so wrong. It was...
  • "Hatoyama Vs. Obama -- The Scandal That Nobody Will Report" (Obama in Japan: My Translation)

    11/21/2009 9:18:54 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 110 replies · 6,830+ views
    Shukan Bunshun Weekly Magazine (Translated to English) ^ | 22 November 2009 (26 November 2009 Edition) | Shukan Bunshun Staff Writers
    "(Japan Prime Minister) Hatoyama Vs.Obama -- The Scandal That Nobody Will Report" (由紀夫 vs オバマ「書かれざるスキャンダル」)Reporters at the weekly Shukan Bunshun news magazine here in Tokyo, Japan have written a rather caustic report about President Obama's 23 hours in Tokyo last week, from a frank Japanese perspective, exclusively in the Japanese language, and released to the newstands just now. In that sense this is more or less an *FR Exclusive*. A number of eye-opening claims, pieces of information and details emerge about Obama's brief stay in Japan as part of his disastrous Asian trip--over and above the very controversial, near-"dogeza"...
  • ABC NEWS Why Was White House Website Riddled With Errors? (listed 700 phantom Cong districts)

    11/18/2009 3:12:19 PM PST · by Liz · 152 replies · 4,048+ views
    abcnews.com ^ | 11/18/09 | ABC NEWS
    Officials tell ABC News so far, they found 700 mistaken Congressional districts out of more than 130,000 stimulus grants. On Monday night, ABC reported on errors found on the website set up by the White House to track the number of jobs created or saved by the economic stimulus program. The website was riddled with reports of jobs in places that didn't even exist. That report prompted anger on Capitol Hill, and defensiveness at the White House. On Tuesday night's broadcast, ABC's Chief Congressional Correspondent Jon Karl took another look at the stimulus confusion (link) LINK White House Vows to...
  • PRUDEN: Obama bows, the nation cringes

    11/17/2009 4:29:50 PM PST · by EvilAgenda · 6 replies · 991+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, November 17, 2009 | Pruden
    From Article Some of the president's critics are giving him a hard time, and it's true that this president seems never to have studied much American history. Not bowing to foreign potentates was what 1776 was all about. His predecessors learned with no difficulty that the essence of America is that all men stand equal and are entitled to look even a king, maybe particularly a king, straight in the eye. Can anyone imagine George Washington, John Adams or Thomas Jefferson making a similar gesture of servile submission? Or Harry Truman? Or FDR, who famously served the lowly hot dog,...
  • Japan expert to ABC : Yes, Obamas bow made him look like an idiot

    11/15/2009 5:13:39 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 198 replies · 7,894+ views
    Hot Air ^ | November 13, 2009 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    So much of an idiot, in fact, that according to Tappers source, at least one Japanese paper isnt running the photo out of embarrassment. This tool actually groveled himself into a minor international incident. The good news for O-bots? It wasnt unprecedented. Nixon evidently made a modest bow to Hirohito in the early 70s. The bad news? Obamas handshake/forward lurch was so jarring and inappropriate it recalls Bushs back-rub of Merkel. Kyodo News is running his appropriate and reciprocated nod and shake with the Empress, certainly to show the president as dignified, and not in the form of a first...
  • White House Defends Obamas Bow to Japanese Emperor as Protocol

    11/15/2009 4:08:06 PM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 366 replies · 11,200+ views
    breitbart.tv ^ | November 15, 2009 | .breitbart.tv
    Politico: A senior administration official said President Barack Obama was simply observing protocol when he bowed to Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon arriving at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Saturday.
  • Obama's botched bow

    11/14/2009 7:10:22 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 72 replies · 3,167+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 13, 2009 | Thomas Lifson
    Bad enough that Obama bowed down to another head of state yesterday. Even worse, he did not bother to learn how one bows in Japan, and just winged it. I agree with Scott Johnson, Steve Gilbert, Andrew Malcom, and many others that the President of the United States should not be bowing before any head of state. But unlike these astute observers, I actually know a little something about the art of the bow in Japan, having lived in Japan four different times on a resident visa, taught East Asian Studies at Harvard, and counseled many hundreds of American, European,...
  • White House vs. Fox News: Blundering

    10/24/2009 12:51:52 PM PDT · by Stoutcat · 3 replies · 565+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 10-24-09 | Stoutcat
    As the war between the White House and Fox News escalates, it might be insightful to take a look back and see the path which led to Thursdays attempt by the White House to completely shut off Fox News. The first skirmish was back in August, when people were complaining about having received unwanted emails from the White House...
  • White House Misread Russia on Iran (Giving up our missile defense didn't impress Russia)

    10/18/2009 6:29:44 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 21 replies · 1,182+ views
    fox news ^ | 10/18/2009 | ap
    The Obama administration was elated a month ago when the Russian president said sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program could become "inevitable." Washington's reaction may have been significantly premature. Dmitry Medvedev's words were seen as a major Kremlin shift and one that would buttress U.S. attempts to combine renewed negotiations with Tehran and a united front that threatened Iran with punishing global sanctions for failure to come clean about its nuclear ambitions. The United States, Britain, France and Germany believe Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon behind the cover of what Tehran says is a program designed...
  • McCain Warns that Rejection of More Troops Would be "Historic" Error

    10/11/2009 11:08:29 AM PDT · by Baladas · 27 replies · 964+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 10/11/09 | Bruce Drake
    Sen. John McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, today urged President Obama to move with "deliberate speed" on a decision to increase troops in Afghanistan as his generals have requested, saying that to disregard their advice would be an "error of historic proportions." McCain said on CNN's State of the Union that Obama should back General Stanley McChrystal's proposal for an increase of 40,000 troops and resist a "half measure" aimed at placating political opponents of deeper U.S. involvement. " McChrystal, the top general in Afghanistan, warned last month that the conflict would likely end in...
  • Stimulus Spending Doesn't Work

    09/30/2009 6:24:11 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 18 replies · 1,266+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 09-30-09 | ROBERT J. BARRO AND CHARLES J. REDLICK
    Our new research shows no evidence of a Keynesian 'multiplier' effect. There is evidence that tax cuts boost growth. The global recession and financial crisis have refocused attention on government stimulus packages. These packages typically emphasize spending, predicated on the view that the expenditure "multipliers" are greater than oneso that gross domestic product expands by more than government spending itself. Stimulus packages typically also feature tax reductions, designed partly to boost consumer demand (by raising disposable income) and partly to stimulate work effort, production and investment (by lowering rates).
  • Why Obama Bombed on Health Care

    09/29/2009 7:11:41 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 39 replies · 2,206+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 30, 2009 | Holman W. Jenkins
    Someday this country will have a health-care debate that's not abject in its idiocy. It will involve a term used by Congressional Budge Office chief Doug Elmendorf, who has become a notoriety for harping on the word "incentives." The same word was used the other day by Warren Buffett, about what's missing from the health-care plan on Capitol Hill. We actually prefer the formulation of Duke University's Clark Havighurst, who speaks of restoring the "price tags" to health care. Now that's a concept that the public could actually make sense of. President Barack Obama made a "public option" his centerpiece...
  • Rookie Mistakes

    09/28/2009 2:32:01 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 756+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 28, 2009 | Aaron Gee
    The press is all agog over the President leading the UN security council which came out with extremely artfully worded resolution that endorses the eventual goal of "a world without nuclear weapons". That document is so carefully wordsmithed that the 2 most obvious violators of the UN's non proliferation treaty Iran and North Korea weren't mentioned by name. A vaguely worded document from an dysfunctional international agency and the press tells us how much progress is being made. The facts tell a different story, a story of a rookie in way over his head.
  • AP Accidentally Releases Employee Notes Regarding Polanski Extradition Story

    09/27/2009 8:06:00 AM PDT · by BCrago66 · 44 replies · 2,553+ views
    AP ^ | 09/27/09 | AP
    OK, can you do some more probing? New York will want to know frank's out today. i checked already, and so did zurich. they say the question is irrelevant. he answered me with the quote i used, about we knew when he was coming this time. he's been here many times in the past, we think. thx brad. aptn is aware, but unfortunately won't make it in time, but is hoping to catch tail end. i'm pushing out another writethru with some more background details before press conference. no surprise, new york is really hot on this. they particularly...
  • Chicago Olympics prospects dealt blow by Obama

    09/12/2009 7:25:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies · 1,696+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 9/12/2009 | Richard Baehr
    Obama screwed Chicago yesterday, saying Michelle would lead the US delegation in Copenhagen the day Olympic bid is decided for 2016 games on October 2. He used the excuse of work on health care reform. Some speculate he will fly in at last moment and create an even bigger buzz. But if he does not show, I think Chicago loses, a real kick in the rear to Daley, who has done much for him (starting with gift of Axelrod in 2004 senate campaign). I do not believe Chicago could lose if he were there, and looked delegates in the eye,...
  • White House source: We never asked Van Jones to fill out the vetting questionnaire

    09/07/2009 5:17:08 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 61 replies · 2,030+ views
    Hot Air ^ | SEPTEMBER 07, 2009 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    I dont believe them. Or rather, I dont believe that this is some innocent blind spot in the vetting process. An administration official said special advisers to the president, or czars, are not required to fill out the questionnaire that runs 7 pages and contains 63 questions. The entire questionnaire, the official said, is reserved for appointees who must win Senate confirmation Question 61 reads as follows: Have you had any association with any person, group or business venture that could be used - even unfairly - to impugn or attack your character and qualifications for government service? An administration...
  • Top officer says US bungling Muslim outreach

    08/28/2009 4:55:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 686+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/28/09 | Anne Gearan - ap
    WASHINGTON The U.S. military is bungling its outreach to the Muslim world and squandering good will by failing to live up to its promises, the nation's highest-ranking military officer wrote Friday. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said there is too much emphasis on telling the U.S. story and not enough on building trust and credibility. "We hurt ourselves and the message we are trying to send when it appears we are doing something merely for the credit," Mullen wrote in an essay published in a military journal. "We hurt ourselves more when our words...
  • Obama Misread His Mandate (How do you "misread" something that doesn't exist?)

    08/26/2009 12:24:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 1,208+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 16, 2009 | Jay Cost
    After a rough week for health care reform, Democratic leaders appear to be pulling back on their demand for a public option. It remains to be seen whether liberal Democrats, especially in the House where they are more numerous, will go along with this. But this is still a step in the right direction to get something passed this year. The public option was an overreach. The White House's erroneous belief that it could get it through the legislature - or at least that it could let four out of five congressional committees push it - was a misinterpretation of...
  • Veterans Wrongly Told They Have Fatal Disease

    08/25/2009 8:49:15 AM PDT · by edpc · 12 replies · 1,002+ views
    AP via Fox News ^ | 25 Aug 2009 | AP
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. Former Air Force reservist Gale Reid received a letter from the Veterans Affairs Department that told her she had Lou Gehrig's disease, and she immediately put herself through a battery of painful, expensive tests. Five days later, the VA said its "diagnosis" was a mistake.
  • Obama's Blunder (Going after the C.I.A.)

    08/25/2009 6:02:17 AM PDT · by kellynla · 68 replies · 2,354+ views
    REAL CLEAR POLITICS ^ | August 25, 2009 | William Murchison
    If the left wing of the left wing of the left wing in American life doesn't control most of the Obama farmstead's best and richest acreage, it could be time for new spectacles -- since things surely look that way. Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to go after the CIA has all the earmarks of policy designed to make left-wing hearts palpitate. What other purpose could it possibly serve? Not that of national security or common sense. I have written deliberately "go after the CIA," notwithstanding the demurral of newly appointed special prosecutor John Durham, which concerns the supposedly "preliminary"...
  • MacAskill's job on the line (Trouble in Scotland?)

    08/23/2009 1:25:58 PM PDT · by devane617 · 12 replies · 854+ views
    Scotland On Sunday ^ | 08/23/2009 | Tom Peterkin
    KENNY MacAskill's political career was on the line last night after the head of the FBI said that his decision to free the Lockerbie bomber had "made a mockery" of justice. FBI director Robert Mueller wrote to MacAskill to tell him he had given "comfort to terrorists" around the world as opposition MSPs planned to force a vote of censure that could result in his departure as justice secretary. Mueller called the release of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi "inexplicable and detrimental to justice" as international fury grew over MacAskill's decision to free the mass-murderer convicted of killing 270 people two decades...
  • The Strange Case of the Obama Meltdown

    08/20/2009 2:20:19 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 56 replies · 3,171+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 20 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Obama MeltdownSymptoms/Diagnosis/Prognosis Strange things are happening to the Obama administration and quickly so. His polls are diving and may not stop at 50/50, the most precipitous drop in approval of a first-year President since Bill Clinton in 1993 (cf. Hillary care). First, here are some of the problems the President faces: Symptoms and Diagnosis 1) Health Care. Health-care take overs and socialized medicine have terrified not just the right and conservatives, but the elderly of all persuasions who fear their shaky Medicare funds will be diverted to Obamas new plans. In short, they believe their care will be rationed...
  • ZOA - US Jews realizing their mistake on Obama

    08/19/2009 1:57:03 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 57 replies · 2,116+ views
    IsraelNationalNews.com ^ | August 19, 2009 | IsraelNN TV Staff
    (IsraelNN.com) Rubin Margules, a member of the Zionist Organization of Americas National Executive Board, told Israel National News that American Jews have begun to realize they made a mistake by voting for U.S. President Barack Obama. Margules, who accompanied former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on his trip to Judea and Samaria Tuesday, said Israel should learn to find alliances outside of the U.S. and act in its own best interests.
  • White House admits missteps on healthcare

    08/19/2009 12:32:29 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 40 replies · 1,384+ views
    thehill.com/leading-the ^ | August 19, 2009 | Sam Youngman
    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs conceded Wednesday that the Obama administration has made some missteps while promoting its healthcare overhaul, but warned doubters that the legislative debate is far from over. "I don't think anybody here believes we've pitched a no-hit game, or a perfect game," said Gibbs, who was bombarded again with questions about whether President Barack Obama will attempt to strip a public insurance option from the final bill or move the overhaul without Republican votes. "I think we just have to continue to be out there," he said. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on...
  • Spy Agency Fiasco (Panetta amateur hour at CIA, our safety suffers)

    08/18/2009 6:39:09 AM PDT · by milwguy · 14 replies · 1,270+ views
    daily beast ^ | 8/17/2009 | Joseph Finder
    Three former CIA directors have privately told their successor he had his facts wrong when he revealed an illegal assassination program, reports Joseph Finder, and his spies will suffer for it. according to a half-dozen sources, including several very senior, recently retired CIA officials, clandestine-service officers, and Cabinet-level officials from the Bush administration, the real story is at once more innocentPanetta was mistaken; no law was brokenand far more troubling: an inexperienced CIA director, unfamiliar with how his vast, complicated agency works, unable to trust senior officials within his own agency, and desperate to keep his hands clean, screwed up....
  • Obama losing the upper hand in health care debate

    08/13/2009 9:07:27 PM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies · 1,362+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/13/9 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    A president famous for his campaign skills has let the opposition define the debate on health care reform, the central issue of his party and his presidency. As Democrats faced raucous town halls across the nation this week, President Obama labored to squelch doubts about draft health legislation rather than tout its virtues. He must turn the debate around by next month, when Congress returns to Washington, many analysts say, or repeat the fate of the last Democratic president who tried to reform health care 16 years ago. "Obama has lost control of the debate, and when that happens, it's...
  • Ben Bernanke Was Incredibly, Uncannily Wrong (His Predictions)

    08/02/2009 8:11:46 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 20 replies · 1,841+ views
    Mises Institute ^ | 7/28/2009 | Lilburne
    We now have the diametrical opposite of the famous "Peter Schiff Was Right" video (a compilation of 2006 and 2007 clips in which Schiff, a financial expert who subscribes to Austrian economics, predicted the deep recession that would follow the bursting of the housing bubble). The new, opposite video is a compilation of the 20052007 prognostications of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. In it, Bernanke is shown to have been just as embarrassingly wrong as Schiff was uncannily right. Could their differences in economic understanding have anything to do with this remarkable dichotomy? I have transcribed most of the video,...
  • The Barack Backlash: How Obama's Presidency Has Gone From Deity To Doubtful

    07/31/2009 8:11:26 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 41 replies · 2,443+ views
    London Times ^ | July 31st 2009
    The Barack Backlash: How Obama's Presidency Has Gone From Deity To Doubtful MAX HASTINGS 01st August 2009 On Thursday night, the most powerful man on earth spent 55 minutes of his priceless time simply sharing a beer with a police officer from Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Harvard professor. This minutely orchestrated media event was designed to rescue Barack Obama from the most idiotic, yet nonetheless damaging, row of his presidency. The American people are convulsed, not with laughter, because the story touches the obsessive issue of racism. It began a fortnight ago, when Professor Louis Gates locked himself out of...
  • New Photos Released From Flyover Blunder : The Pentagon also released the flight manifest

    07/31/2009 9:14:09 PM PDT · by mojitojoe · 105 replies · 3,162+ views
    NBC NewYork.com ^ | 7/31/2009 | VICTORIA CAVALIERE
    Responding to dozens of requests from the public, the Defense Department has released 146 more photos from the infamous Air Force One flyover that struck fear in thousands of unsuspecting New Yorkers in April. The photos are posted right on the Pentagon's Website, defense officials said today. The Pentagon also released a heavily redacted flight manifest. The April 27 photo-op caused quite a fright in Lower Manhattan and New Jersey, as many people who had lived through the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks thought the city was again under siege. Workers poured out of office buildings as the planes buzzed the...
  • New Photos Released From Flyover Blunder

    07/31/2009 5:43:14 PM PDT · by shoptalk · 23 replies · 1,420+ views
    NBC New York.com ^ | Friday, July 31, 2009 | Victoria Cavaliere
    Responding to dozens of requests from the public, the Defense Department has released 146 more photos from the infamous Air Force One flyover that struck fear in thousands of unsuspecting New Yorkers in April. The photos are posted right on the Pentagon's Website, defense officials said today. The Pentagon also released a heavily redacted flight manifest. The April 27 photo-op caused quite a fright in Lower Manhattan and New Jersey, as many people who had lived through the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks thought the city was again under siege. Workers poured out of office buildings as the planes buzzed the...
  • Poll: Obama mishandled comments on race

    07/30/2009 9:05:18 PM PDT · by maccaca · 6 replies · 447+ views
    The poll was conducted Wednesday to Sunday, July 22-26. Among those interviewed on Wednesday and Thursday, 53 percent of whites approved of Obama's job performance. This slipped to 46 percent among whites interviewed Friday through Sunday as the Gates story played out. Obama made his comments the night of July 22 a Wednesday. In polling of racial minorities and Hispanics, Obama's approval with that group of respondents rose from 63 percent among those interviewed Wednesday and Thursday to 74 percent among those interviewed Friday through Sunday. Obama's overall job approval in the poll was 54 percent, down from 61...
  • Poll: Obama mishandled comments on race (Ya think?)

    07/30/2009 9:43:47 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 19 replies · 701+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 7/30/2009 | Staff
    WASHINGTON Americans are more likely to disapprove than approve of how President Barack Obama dealt with the racially tinged dispute between a white Cambridge, Mass., police officer and a well-known black Harvard scholar with disapproval especially strong among white voters, according to a poll released Thursday. The July 16 arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. for disorderly conduct in his own home sparked a national debate over racial profiling and police conduct. The controversy intensified after Obama last Wednesday said police "acted stupidly" when they arrested Gates, who is a friend of his. The poll by the nonpartisan...
  • Can We Get Barack a Membership to the History Book Club?

    07/24/2009 10:45:28 AM PDT · by paustin110 · 9 replies · 499+ views
    And So it Goes in Shreveport ^ | 07/24/2009 | Pat Austin
    In light of a series of blunders, errors, mistakes and downright lies about history, one has to wonder about Barack Obama's grasp of the historical narrative that should inform many of his decisions as leader of the free world. He doesn't seem to have that information.An early indication is the initial selection of location for a speech in Germany of the Brandenburg Gate which Angela Merkel found odd, her spokesman saying that she has "little sympathy for the Brandenburg Gate being used for electioneering and has expressed her doubts about the idea."............In June, CNN estimated Obama's reading pace to be...
  • President Obama steps on third rail of race

    07/23/2009 4:25:16 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 54 replies · 1,699+ views
    politico.com ^ | July 23, 2009 | BEN SMITH & NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON
    President Barack Obama has strained through his career in national politics to embrace nuance in all things, and never more than when the subject is race. But an off-the-cuff remark at the end of a news conference designed to further his health core agenda put him at the center of a familiar public melodrama of white cop and black victim in which big-city mayors never mind presidents tread with the greatest of caution. The White House spent Thursday trying to both defend Obamas words and to soften his position from the night before, when the president departed from...
  • McCain: Obama was wrong on stimulus either then or now

    07/12/2009 11:41:51 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies · 1,070+ views
    (CNN) President Barack Obama can't have it both ways on his economic stimulus package, the man he defeated in last year's election said Sunday. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, told the NBC program "Meet the Press" that Obama either got it wrong when he predicted the benefits of his $787 billion economic stimulus package in February, or he's wrong now in saying the stimulus is working as intended. "He's either not leveling now or he wasn't leveling at the time they passed the stimulus package," McCain said.
  • Obama Is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong About Honduras

    07/12/2009 3:57:14 AM PDT · by fiodora · 22 replies · 888+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 12, 2009 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Obama administration seems to have gotten just about everything wrong about the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. Wrong on the law. Wrong on the politics. Wrong on the foreign policy. On the law, Miguel Estrada, the brilliant attorney whose nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals was blocked by those who abhor a truly wise Latino conservative, actually has read the Honduran constitution. He finds that it specifies that it cannot be amended to change the limit on a single four-year term for the president. And it further provides that trying to amend the constitution constitutes treason....
  • Barack Obama Makes Basic Error Over Balance Of Power In Kremlin [We Got A Fool!]

    07/06/2009 11:55:10 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies · 1,620+ views
    London Times ^ | July 06, 2009
    July 6, 2009 Barack Obama makes basic error over balance of power in Kremlin Tony Halpin. President Obama has made his first mistake in Russia even before he arrives in Moscow today. His attempt to cast Vladimir Putin as yesterdays man and to drive a wedge between the Prime Minister and President Medvedev demonstrates a misreading of relations in the Kremlin. Mr Medvedev is in office but not in power and whether he becomes President in more than name depends on Mr Putins support and intentions. Mr Medvedev may represent a more accommodating face of Russia but this is only...
  • US President Barack Obama showed his cards too early

    07/06/2009 11:12:00 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 44 replies · 1,640+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 7, 2009 | Tony Halpin
    US President Barack Obama made his first mistake in Russia even before he arrived last night. His attempt to cast Vladimir Putin as yesterday's man and to drive a wedge between the Russian Prime Minister and President Dmitry Medvedev demonstrates a misreading of relations in the Kremlin. Medvedev is in office but not in power and whether he becomes President in more than name depends on Putin's support and intentions. Medvedev may represent a more accommodating face of Russia but this is only because Putin wants him to. Obama declared on Friday: "I think that it's important that even as...