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  • Newt Gingrich: Big ideas for big debate tonight

    02/22/2012 12:29:28 PM PST · by Red Steel · 66 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/22/12 11:15 AM EST | MJ LEE
    Newt Gingrich promised ahead of the Republican presidential debate in Arizona on Wednesday night that voters will witness the return of “big solutions” Gingrich and that he plans to leave the negativity backstage. “I think you’re going to see the person I’ve been in 15 out of 17 debates, which is focus on the big solutions, talk with the American people and try to stay out of the kind of negativity that unfortunately has characterized way too much of this race,” Gingrich said on Fox News when asked what kind of candidate people can expect to see at the Mesa,...
  • Beyond the soundbites: Gingrich releases 30-minute energy ad (30 Minute Ad at Link)

    02/22/2012 11:07:42 AM PST · by Red Steel · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 1:35 pm on February 22, 2012 | Tina Korbe
    It’s as simple as simple can be — just a man, speaking against a blue background. But, in a cycle of 30-second ads, this one stands out for a different reason: It runs for 28 minutes and 59 seconds. It fits that it comes from Newt Gingrich, who has arguably been most stung by the work of skilled videographers at his rivals’ campaigns. While the Gingrich campaign has run its share of attack ads, too, those quick hits never seem to advance his cause in quite the way he’d like. He’s oscillated between a positive and negative approach to campaigning...
  • Poll: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum Nearly Even In Georgia

    02/21/2012 7:26:45 PM PST · by Steelfish · 95 replies
    Savannah Morning News ^ | February 21, 2012 | Larry Peterson
    Poll: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum Nearly Even In Georgia February 21, 2012 By Larry Peterson A new poll pegs Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum as nearly even in Georgia as its March 6 Republican primary approaches. Gingrich’s double-digit lead has dried up in less than three weeks, and experts say his White House hopes likely are over if he can’t carry his home state. In a Monday InsiderAdvantage Georgia poll of 711 likely primary voters, Gingrich, a former long-time Georgia congressman and House speaker, had 26 percent. Former Massachusetts governor Romney had 24 percent and former...
  • WH Senior Advisor: Unemployment Stimulates the Economy

    02/22/2012 7:57:35 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 115 replies
    Fox News ^ | Insanity in the form of Valerie Jarrett
    This evening, speaking at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said that folks getting and spending unemployment checks is a healthy thing . . . because it stimulates the economy: "Even though we had a terrible economic crisis three years ago, throughout our country many people were suffering before the last three years, particularly in the black community," Jarrett said. "And so we need to make sure that we continue to support that important safety net. It not only is good for the family, but it's good for the economy. People who...
  • Gingrich Campaign to Air 30 Minute Speech on Lowering Energy Prices In Advance of Super Tuesday

    02/22/2012 7:40:04 AM PST · by Marguerite · 65 replies · 2+ views
    newt.org ^ | February 22, 2012 | Newt Gingrich
    Newt 2012 announced that it will be purchasing 30 minute blocks of time in key cities between now and Super Tuesday to air a twenty-eight minute address by Newt Gingrich on the subject of lowering gasoline prices, creating jobs and achieving energy independence. “The answer to Governor Romney’s 30 second attack ads filled with garbage is a 30 minute address filled with substance,” says Gingrich Communications Director Joe DeSantis. “Newt’s message about lowering gasoline and other energy prices is resonating and the Obama administration is on defense over their policies hostile to American energy production, which are causing pain at...
  • Gingrich ramps up attacks on President Obama

    02/22/2012 2:37:24 AM PST · by Marguerite · 41 replies · 1+ views
    Foxnews ^ | February 22, 2012 | Newt Gingrich
    Newt Gingrich on his main opponent, president's energy policies, interview with Hannity Video: http://video.foxnews.com/v/1465196518001/
  • ObamaCare: Supreme Court may postpone ruling till 2016

    02/21/2012 11:55:07 PM PST · by STARWISE · 115 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | 2-21-12 | Dean Clancy
    This morning's newspapers report an ominous development in the ObamaCare litigation, now pending in the U.S. Supreme Court: The Court posted a seemingly minor but potentially portentous administrative change, which suggests it might postpone delivering a final ruling on the constitutionality of ObamaCare until the middle of 2016! Specifically, the high Court increased the time it will devote to hearing oral arguments on whether the health care mandate is a tax for purposes of something called the Tax Anti-Injunction Act (26 U.S.C. § 7421(a)). The historically lengthy oral arguments in the case, HHS v. Florida -- now expanded by 30...
  • UN atomic agency team 'denied access' to suspected Iran nuclear site

    02/21/2012 5:18:08 PM PST · by John W · 28 replies · 7+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 22, 2012 | AFP
    The UN atomic agency said Wednesday that "intensive efforts" by its team visiting Iran on the way forward failed, and that they were denied access to a key military site. "Intensive efforts were made to reach agreement on a document facilitating the clarification of unresolved issues in connection with Iran's nuclear programme," the International Atomic Energy Agency said. "Unfortunately, agreement was not reached on this document." The team requested access both during this visit and during a first trip in late January to the Parchin military site where it suspects suspicious nuclear activities are carried out, but Iran "did not...
  • Woo hoo!! This could be the 2nd to last thread or perhaps even the last thread of the FReepathon!!

    02/21/2012 4:01:07 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 928 replies · 4+ views
    Click here to git 'er done!! ^ | Feb 21, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    <p>Woo hoo!! This could be the last thread of our first quarter FReepathon!!</p> <p>We're now working on the new equipment fund. We're planning on replacing some of our aging and unreliable equipment and beefing up our system before the general elections. Hope to pay for half of it this quarter and the rest next quarter.</p>
  • Newt won't campaign in Michigan

    02/21/2012 1:55:37 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 89 replies
    Politico ^ | 2-21-2012 | EMILY SCHULTHEIS
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Newt Gingrich will not campaign in Michigan in advance of next Tuesday's primary there: Spokesman R.C. Hammond confirmed Monday night that the campaign is scrapping tentative plans to travel to Michigan at the end of the week ahead of the state’s Feb. 28 primary. Gingrich is spending Tuesday and Wednesday in the other Feb. 28 primary — Arizona — but that is mostly for the sake of Wednesday night’s debate, and his public schedule will be light.
  • Judicial panel says GOP should consider new election maps (Wisconsin)

    02/21/2012 1:14:24 PM PST · by Jean S · 37 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 2/21/12 | Patrick Marley
    In a surprise move Tuesday, a federal three-judge panel told Republican legislative leaders they should consider drawing new election maps taking into account challenges from Democrats and Latinos. The court gave the Legislature until 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to decide whether it wants to revisit the maps it approved last summer. If it does not, the trial challenging the maps will resume Wednesday. If lawmakers agree to take up the maps anew, the court would give them until mid-March to approve them. The order, coming just after the trial began Tuesday, sent the 16 attorneys in the courtroom scrambling to consult...
  • New Rasmussen poll shows Santorum leading Romney 38%-34% in Michigan primary race.

    02/21/2012 1:05:05 PM PST · by DestroyLiberalism · 93 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    The Michigan Republican Primary is just a week away, and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum is holding on to a small lead over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters in Michigan shows Santorum with 38% of the vote to Romney’s 34%. Well behind are Texas Congressman Ron Paul with 10% support and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at nine percent (9%). Only one percent (1%) prefers some other candidate in the race, while eight percent (8%) are undecided. The margin between the top two candidates is little changed from last...
  • Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Says He Might Give $100M To Newt Gingrich Or Other Republican

    Sheldon Adelson plays as stubbornly in politics as he does in business. So the criticisms that he’s trying to personally buy the presidential election for Newt Gingrich are met with a roll of the eyes. “Those people are either jealous or professional critics,” Adelson tells me during his first interview since he and his wife began funneling $11 million, with another $10 million injection widely expected, into the former speaker’s super PAC, Winning Our Future. “They like to trash other people. It’s unfair that I’ve been treated unfair—but it doesn’t stop me. I might give $10 million or $100 million...
  • RECALL ALERT: Judge denies Gov. Walker time to verify signatures (Action Alert!)

    02/19/2012 11:01:13 AM PST · by Syncro · 68 replies · 2+ views
    Tea Party Express ^ | February 19, 2012 | Staff
    Dear Loyal Supporters of Gov. Scott Walker, . You are not going to believe this one! . A Democratic appointed judge that was supported by AFL-CIO South Federation of Labor and the Madison Teachers Union has denied Gov. Scott Walker the time to verify the recall petitions submitted by the unions and liberal left that are trying to oust him. He essentially ruled that the Recall was inevitable and that we should not waste time actually verifying signatures. . . .. . We have been telling you that we are worried that this will not be a fair fight...
  • America on Verge of Economic Collapse Because of Obama's Cooked Reports

    02/18/2012 11:56:59 PM PST · by OneVike · 132 replies · 1+ views
    News Blaze ^ | 2/18/12 | Chuck Ness
    The Obama administration has released an economic report that claims everything is coming up roses, and it is making the rounds of the MSM's news outlets. Truth is, when you look into the numbers, it's rather easy to come to the conclusion that the economic reports are as screwy as the administration's employment numbers. In order to convince Americans that his economic measures are working, Obama is claiming there has been an increase in retail sales from December to January by a seasonally adjusted .4%. The administration goes on to explain that while the economy is moving in a positive...
  • Tax Foundation Rips Santorum Tax Plan (Grade: D+)

    02/18/2012 11:26:25 PM PST · by JediJones · 195 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/6/2012 | Kristina Peterson
    An antitax advocacy group zinged Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s tax plan, giving him a grade of “D+” grade and the dubious honor of proposing what “may be the worst idea of any of the Republican candidates.” ”The good news is Santorum has gotten more specific about his tax plan since last month when we gave him a D+,” economist William McBride wrote on Thursday. “The bad news is… he’s gotten more specific.” Mr. McBride said the biggest problem with Mr. Santorum’s proposal is the sharply different corporate tax rates he would establish. Mr. Santorum would halve the corporate tax...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 19 February 2012

    02/19/2012 5:10:01 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 151 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 19 February 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows February 18th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich; Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Reps. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.FACE THE NATION (CBS): GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Robert Gibbs, adviser to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul; Gov. Mitch Daniels, R-Ind.; Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.
  • Herman Cain rallies Georgia crowd for Newt Gingrich

    02/18/2012 12:05:52 PM PST · by Red Steel · 81 replies · 2+ views
    WaPo ^ | 11:21 AM ET, 02/18/2012 | Juliet Eilperin
    CUMMING, Ga.— Herman Cain may no longer be seeking the GOP presidential nomination, but he still has plenty of fans in Georgia. The erstwhile presidential candidate received a standing ovation at South Forsyth High School, where he introduced former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) at a county precinct meeting. “You know, I knew I had some friends in Forsyth County,” Cain said, as the crowd cheered. “But we’re here because we believe Newt Gingrich should be the next president of the United States in America.” “And contrary to what the mainstream, lame-stream, lapdog media want you to believe, he can...
  • Female Combat Pilot Wants to Kick Santorum 'in the Jimmy' for Remarks on Women

    02/17/2012 7:39:24 PM PST · by red flanker · 297 replies · 1+ views
    Fox Houston/FoxAndFriends ^ | February 17, 2012 | Fox Houston/FoxAndFriends
    A retired female fighter pilot running for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' open seat in Congress said Friday that Rick Santorum's recent remarks on women in combat make her want to "go kick him in the jimmy." Martha McSally, a retired US Air Force colonel and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, is running in Arizona's congressional special election as a Republican. According to her Facebook page, she was the first American woman to fly in combat since the 1991 lifting of a ban on women in that role. Appearing Friday morning on FOX News Channel's "FOX & Friends," she...
  • Rick Perry to Make 1st Appearance With Newt Gingrich at Arizona Debate

    02/17/2012 3:31:47 PM PST · by Red Steel · 100 replies
    abc ^ | Feb 17, 2012 5:37pm
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry will appear with Newt Gingrich for the first time at the CNN debate in Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 22, a spokesperson for Perry confirmed to ABC News. Perry will appear in the spin room with Gingrich after the debate. There are no other events planned, at this time. Perry endorsed Gingrich when he dropped out of the race on Jan. 19 but has yet to appear publicly with him.
  • Santorum: Freedoms are at stake in presidential election

    02/17/2012 7:48:38 PM PST · by FresnoRobert · 90 replies
    The Middletown Journal ^ | 2/17/2012 | Justin McClelland
    “We have to look at the root cause of why the economy is struggling as much as it is,” Santorum said. “Government intervention. Government regulation. Government taxation. Government is crushing and destroying the American spirit and the American free enterprise system.” Santorum said that government spending was impinging on personal freedoms and ultimately chipping away at what made the country great. “When the government gets as big as it’s gotten and starts to take over more of your life, then you get smaller as the individual, you get weaker, you lose control over your lives. You lose the rights that...
  • Gingrich to play up southern roots in Georgia campaign swing (Newt 43% Mittens 29% Santorum 12%)

    02/17/2012 12:40:44 PM PST · by Red Steel · 91 replies
    Fox ^ | February 17, 2012
    ATLANTA – The campaign trail in Georgia is getting crowded. With less than three weeks left until the state's March 6 presidential primary, candidates in the topsy-turvy Republican race are turning their attention to Super Tuesday's biggest delegate prize. Newt Gingrich will play up his roots when he returns to his old home state to campaign for two days, beginning with a rally in Peachtree City Friday night. Surging after a trio of wins in recent weeks, Rick Santorum will focus on his evangelical base, appearing Sunday night at a "God and Country" rally at First Redeemer Church in Cumming....
  • ARG Poll Michigan (Santorum 37%, Romney 32%)

    02/17/2012 10:35:13 AM PST · by TexasFreeper2009 · 40 replies
    American Research Group ^ | 2/17/12 | staff
    Rick Santorum continues to lead the Michigan Republican presidential primary. Santorum leads with 37% and is followed by Mitt Romney with 32%, Ron Paul with 15%, and Newt Gingrich with 10%. Santorum has gained 4 percentage points since a similar survey conducted February 11-12, 2012, Romney has gained 5 percentage points, and Gingrich has lost 11 percentage points since the last survey. Santorum and Romney are tied with 35% each among self-identified Republicans, followed by Paul with 15% and Gingrich with 13%. Among self-identified independents and Democrats, Santorum leads with 40%, followed by Romney with 27%, Paul with 15%, and...
  • Republican donor expected to provide $10 million to Gingrich SuperPAC

    02/17/2012 8:47:16 AM PST · by red flanker · 56 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 17, 2012 | Kevin Bohn
    Washington (CNN) - In a move that could again dramatically shake up the Republican primary race, billionaire and major Republican donor Sheldon Adelson is expected to donate an additional $10 million to the super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich, Winning Our Future, a source with knowledge of the donation told CNN. That contribution is expected soon, before the end of the month, the source said. The timing is important because Gingirch, whose campaign has been lagging, is hoping to do well in several of the upcoming Super Tuesday states that vote on March 6 to boost his effort. His allies will...
  • Gingrich to get another $10 million from casino backer - sources

    02/17/2012 8:46:23 AM PST · by VinL · 9 replies
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's faltering campaign is about to get another shot in the arm, CBS News has learned. Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson plans to give another $10 million to the outside group backing the former Georgia lawmaker who is running behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, a source close to Adelson told CBS News. Adleson and his family have already given $11 million to "Winning our Future," the super PAC backing Gingrich. The group, which bombarded the airwaves in South Carolina last month...
  • Numbers Suggest Santorum Could Be Romney's Worst Nightmare

    02/17/2012 5:48:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 143 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2012 | Scott Rassmussen
    In a campaign defined by Republican reluctance to embrace Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum has emerged as the latest not-Romney candidate to surge ahead. While it's impossible to predict what will happen in this volatile election season, the data suggests that Santorum might be more of a challenge for Romney than earlier flavors of the month. The latest Rasmussen Reports poll of the GOP race shows that Rick Santorum leads Mitt Romney by 12 points, 39 percent to 27 percent. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are far behind. In and of itself, that's nothing new. The man from Massachusetts has at...
  • GOP likes Kelly for Giffords special

    02/17/2012 6:24:56 AM PST · by CanadianYankee · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/17/12 | DAVID CATANESE
    Republicans favor Jesse Kelly as their candidate for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' Arizona House seat, according to a poll released first to POLITICO. A Wenzel Strategies survey, paid for by Citizens United Political Victory Fund, shows Kelly is ahead of his nearest GOP primary challenger by close to 25 percentage points in the special election. The poll, taken Wednesday and Thursday of this week, puts Kelly at 43 percent to State Sen. Frank Antenori's 18 percent and sports commentator Dave Sitton's 10 percent. Twenty percent aren't sure. The poll included 700 respondents and has a 3.68 percent margin of error....
  • German president Christian Wulff set to resign

    02/17/2012 5:39:32 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    India Times (Economic Times) ^ | 17 Feb, 2012, 03.37PM | none stated
    BERLIN: Angela Merkel's hand-picked choice for the ceremonial post of president was expected to resign on Friday in a scandal over political favours, dealing a blow to the German chancellor in the midst of the euro zone crisis. Christian Wulff, who has been under fire for months, was to give a statement at 1000 GMT. Merkel abruptly postponed a trip to Rome where she was to hold talks with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, and scheduled a news conference for after Wulff speaks.
  • ICE agent shootout leaves 1 dead, 1 wounded in Long Beach [Updated]

    02/16/2012 9:12:01 PM PST · by AnTiw1 · 51 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Andrew Blankstein and Robert Lopez
    A confrontation between law enforcement agents erupted in gunfire Thursday evening at the federal building in Long Beach, leaving two dead and one seriously injured, authorities said.
  • CNN Poll: Americans Oppose Obama’s Contraception Mandate By 50% To 44% Margin…

    02/16/2012 4:29:37 PM PST · by Qbert · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 2/16/2012 | Weasel Zippers
    Hasn’t the MSM been telling us Obama’s mandate was hugely popular? Washington (CNN) – Half of all Americans say they oppose the Obama administration’s new policy concerning employer-provided health insurance plans and their coverage of contraceptive services for female employees including those at religiously affiliated institutions, according to a new national survey. The push by the White House has been sharply criticized by Catholic Church officials, and many political pundits have said that the controversy could hurt President Barack Obama’s re-election chances with Catholic voters. But a CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday also indicates that the vast majority of Catholic...
  • Santorum Warns of Iran Attack on North Dakota

    02/16/2012 3:11:03 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 134 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/16/2012 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Rick Santorum made an odd comment in North Dakota on Wednesday. Praising the state for its energy production, he warned his audience that its success in the field might lead to terrorist attacks. CNN reports: Rick Santorum warned a quiet North Dakota audience Wednesday that their state’s booming oil industry positioned the region as a prime target for terrorism. “Folks, you’ve got energy here. They’re going to bother you
  • Romney, Santorum to Skip March 1 Debate

    02/16/2012 12:45:46 PM PST · by KansasGirl · 269 replies · 1+ views
    National Journal ^ | 2/16/12 | Sarah B. Boxer
    The front of the GOP pack will be absent at the March 1 debate in Atlanta sponsored by CNN and the Georgia Republican Party, CBS News/National Journal has learned. The Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum campaigns said they have decided to skip the debate, throwing into question whether it will happen as planned. "With eight other states voting on March 6, we will be campaigning in other parts of the country and unable to schedule the CNN Georgia debate," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. "We have participated in 20 debates, including eight from CNN." The 20 debates include one scheduled for...
  • Brock and the Glock: Armed men guarded Media Matters boss as he took $400,000 gun control donation

    02/16/2012 10:37:22 AM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 43 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 2-16-2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The recent revelation that the head of Media Matters walked the streets of Washington with a Glock-toting bodyguard may make it a little awkward for the group the next time it seeks a donation from a gun control advocacy group. Media Matters reportedly took more than $400,000 from the Joyce Foundation specifically earmarked to promote a $600,000 initiative on "gun and public safety issues." At the same time, Media Matters' gun-guarded boss David Brock reportedly obsessed over his own security. ....Brock reportedly told confidantes that he feared for his safety and needed hired guns to keep him safe.
  • Rasmussen Poll Ohio (Santorum 42%, Romney 24%)

    02/16/2012 9:36:15 AM PST · by TexasFreeper2009 · 128 replies · 1+ views
    Rasmussen ^ | 2/16/12 | staff
    Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum continues to ride his polling momentum into Ohio where he leads Mitt Romney by nearly two-to-one in the first Rasmussen Reports survey of Republicans in the state. The new statewide telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary voters shows Santorum picking up 42% of the vote to Romney’s 24%. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich draws 13% support, while Texas Congressman Ron Paul picks up 10%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.
  • Aping Rush Limbaugh's 'Operation Chaos,' Daily Kos Announces 'Operation Hilarity' to Vote for...

    02/16/2012 6:20:32 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 118 replies
    Aping Rush Limbaugh's 'Operation Chaos,' Daily Kos Announces 'Operation Hilarity' to Vote for Santorum By Tim Graham Created 02/16/2012 - 8:30am Please revisit all the liberals who called Rush Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos" effort urging conservatives to vote for Hillary Clinton "undemocratic" and worse. Because Daily Kos blog boss Markos Moulitsas announced on Wednesday "Operation Hilarity," urging liberals to turn out and vote for Rick Santorum to "keep the GOP clown show going!" "Rush Limbaugh and his ilk have had no problem meddling in our own contests. And if there's one thing Daily Kos is about, it's about fighting fire with...
  • Congressional negotiators reach deal on $150 billion economic plan

    02/16/2012 1:27:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 16, 2012 | Paul Kane
    In a pact early Thursday morning, congressional negotiators gave final approval to an economic plan worth more than $150 billion that would extend a payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits. A key roadblock was overcome when the lawmakers agreed to require new federal workers to contribute more to their pension plans, clearing the way around 12:30 a.m. for a majority of the House-Senate conference committee to begin signing the deal. The pension provision represented a concession to key Maryland Democrats who, even after prodding from President Obama, did not grant their support until current federal workers were shielded from the...
  • We need your help to keep FR online!! [Freepathon thread XXXIII]

    02/15/2012 3:24:29 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 598 replies
    Click here to pledge your support! ^ | Feb 15, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    We don't sell products or services on FR. We don't sell advertising. We don't charge membership dues. We are not a 501c non profit and therefore are not subject to government regulation. We pay all applicable taxes on our income and are free to speak our mind. Our operating costs are funded solely by donations from our readers and participants and that's the way we'd like to keep it if we possibly can. We are beholden to no one but our like-minded, pro-life, small government, strong defense, conservative grassroots membership!! The funds raised in these FReepathons go to pay our...
  • Rasmussen Poll National (Santorum 39%, Romney 27%)

    02/15/2012 9:30:10 AM PST · by TexasFreeper2009 · 123 replies · 1+ views
    Rasmussen ^ | 2/15/12 | staff
    Follow the bouncing ball. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum has now bounced to a 12-point lead over Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters finds Santorum with 39% support to the former Massachusetts governor’s 27%. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich follows from a distance with 15% of the vote, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul runs last with 10%. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) Just over a week...
  • Here we go: Romney Super PAC rolls out first Michigan attack ad against Santorum (Watch Videos)

    02/15/2012 7:09:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/15/2012 | AllahPundit
    Via BuzzFeed. As expected, they’re going hard after his fiscal heresies. I’m giving you Santorum’s new ad here too, which is noteworthy first because he touts his tea-party cred (ironic) and second because he’s now making electability a core component of his pitch. No other Not Romney has been in that position before — but the numbers do back him up, for now: One thing that has remained constant in the ever changing GOP Presidential race is that Mitt Romney is the strongest candidate against Barack Obama…at least until now. PPP’s newest national poll finds Romney trailing Obama by 7...
  • Lowest level of strategic review would leave Pentagon with fewer warheads than China

    President Obama has ordered the Pentagon to consider cutting U.S. strategic nuclear forces to as low as 300 deployed warheads—below the number believed to be in China’s arsenal and far fewer than current Russian strategic warhead stocks. Pentagon and military planners were asked to develop three force levels for the U.S. arsenal of deployed strategic nuclear warheads: a force of 1,100 to 1,000 warheads; a second scenario of between 700 and 800 warheads; and the lowest level of between 300 and 400 warheads. A congressional official said no president in the past ever told the Pentagon to conduct a review...
  • Gingrich's Main Backer Plays Two Angles (Report: Adelson after Rick)

    02/14/2012 5:07:46 PM PST · by VinL · 141 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2-14-12 | Mundy
    Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, by far the biggest financial backer of Newt Gingrich's presidential bid, is preparing to open his wallet again. But this time, the casino magnate appears to have more than one agenda. In a bit of political chess, Mr. Adelson is ready to not only directly support the former House speaker in the Republican primary, but to use his cash to push Rick Santorum from his position atop the latest national polls, according to people to have discussed the matter with Mr. Adelson. Enlarge Image ADELSON ADELSON Las Vegas Review-Journal/Associated Press Sheldon Adelson, shown with his wife, Miriam,...
  • US weighing steep nuclear arms cuts

    02/14/2012 4:08:40 PM PST · by rarestia · 107 replies · 2+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 14 Feb 2012 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is weighing options for sharp new cuts to the U.S. nuclear force, including a reduction of up to 80 percent in the number of deployed weapons, The Associated Press has learned. Even the most modest option now under consideration would be an historic and politically bold disarmament step in a presidential election year, although the plan is in line with President Barack Obama's 2009 pledge to pursue the elimination of nuclear weapons. No final decision has been made, but the administration is considering at least three options for lower total numbers of deployed strategic...
  • (Rasmussen Poll) Michigan GOP Primary: Santorum 35%, Romney 32%

    02/14/2012 11:31:26 AM PST · by TexasFreeper2009 · 110 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | 2/14/12 | staff
    Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, following his wins last week in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, has now jumped ahead of Mitt Romney in Michigan's Republican Primary race. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters in Michigan shows Santorum with 35% of the vote to Romney’s 32%. Well behind are Texas Congressman Ron Paul with 13% and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 11%. Only one percent (1%) prefers some other candidate in the race, while eight percent (8%) are undecided.
  • Obama Appeals for Public Outcry on Payroll Taxes (ACTION: Twitter #40dollars)

    02/14/2012 8:17:33 AM PST · by newgeezer · 44 replies
    ABC News Political Punch ^ | Feb 14, 2012 10:41am | Devin Dwyer
    Two months after successfully marshaling public support to extend a payroll tax cut for all Americans, President Obama today is attempting to do it again. At the White House this morning, Obama will showcase supporters who were among the thousands that spoke out online and over social media in December to pressure Congress to compromise. But the deal was only temporary. Taxes will rise on 160 million Americans at the end of the month unless lawmakers act again, and congressional negotiators remain at impasse. “Your voices changed the debate and reminded Washington what was at stake,” Obama says in a...
  • NYT/CBS poll shows conservatives consolidating behind Santorum

    02/14/2012 6:47:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 201 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/14/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Consider this a corroboration of Gallup and Pew, both of which have recorded a surge for Rick Santorum that makes him the national frontrunner — if not in each state. The CBS/New York Times poll shows Santorum gaining 14 points in a single month, eclipsing Mitt Romney by three points (still within the MOE), whose support stayed virtually unchanged from January. Almost all of the gain comes at the expense of Newt Gingrich, who dropped to fourth place behind Ron Paul among Republican primary voters: Rick Santorum has pulled slightly ahead of Mitt Romney in Republican primary voters’ preference for...
  • We need your help to keep FR online!! [Freepathon thread XXXII]

    02/13/2012 6:23:32 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 671 replies · 1+ views
    Click here to pledge your support! ^ | Feb 13, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    We don't sell products or services on FR. We don't sell advertising. We don't charge membership dues. We are not a 501c non profit and therefore are not subject to government regulation. We pay all applicable taxes on our income and are free to speak our mind. Our operating costs are funded solely by donations from our readers and participants and that's the way we'd like to keep it if we possibly can. We are beholden to no one but our like-minded, pro-life, small government, strong defense, conservative grassroots membership!! The funds raised in these FReepathons go to pay our...
  • Pro-Romney Group Buys $500,000 In Michigan TV Ads (Newt Targeted)

    02/13/2012 3:48:30 PM PST · by red flanker · 282 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 13, 2012 | Jeremy W. Peters
    Mitt Romney is getting some heavy air support in Michigan — the state where he was born and raised — as the “super PAC” supporting him invests almost $500,000 on television ads there. According to someone who tracks Republican media spending, Restore Our Future has committed just over $470,000 for commercials starting Tuesday and set to run through Feb. 20. That marks the group’s largest purchase yet in Michigan, where it will have spent more than $700,000 on ads by next week. The group said Monday that it would continue for now to run an ad called “Risk” that targets...
  • Moody's adjusts ratings of 9 European sovereigns to capture downside risks (negative on 9!)

    02/13/2012 3:27:17 PM PST · by dynachrome · 8 replies · 1+ views
    moodys.com ^ | 2-13-12 | Moodys
    Moody's actions can be summarised as follows: - Austria: outlook on Aaa rating changed to negative - France: outlook on Aaa rating changed to negative - Italy: downgraded to A3 from A2, negative outlook - Malta: downgraded to A3 from A2, negative outlook - Portugal: downgraded to Ba3 from Ba2, negative outlook - Slovakia: downgraded to A2 from A1, negative outlook - Slovenia: downgraded to A2 from A1, negative outlook - Spain: downgraded to A3 from A1, negative outlook - United Kingdom: outlook on Aaa rating changed to negative Please see the individual country specific statements below for more detailed...
  • Obama Campaign Launches "Truth Team"

    02/13/2012 12:46:22 PM PST · by lbryce · 129 replies
    CBS ^ | February 13, 2012 | Stephanie Condon
    President Obama's re-election team on Monday rolled out a campaign to recruit two million supporters to help debunk attacks on the president's record and hit back at his Republican rivals. Called the "Truth Team," the new effort will engage Obama supporters online and in person, encouraging them to communicate with undecided voters about the president's record. "People don't just want to hear from campaign statements or ads -- they want to hear from the family and friends they trust," Stephanie Cutter, Mr. Obama's deputy campaign manager, wrote in an email to supporters. Obama for America, the president's re-election team, will...
  • Court hears challenge to CA affirmative action ban

    02/13/2012 2:07:04 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 25 replies
    AP/CBS News ^ | Feb 13, 2012 | AP
    AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Backers of affirmative action asked a federal appeals court Monday to overturn California's 15-year-old ban on considering race in public college admissions, citing a steep drop in black, Latino and Native American students at the state's elite campuses. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeal heard arguments in the latest legal challenge to Proposition 209, the landmark voter initiative that barred racial, ethnic and gender preferences in public education, employment and contracting. The affirmative action ban has withstood multiple challenges since voters approved it in 1996, but advocates say their campaign to...