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  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 3 June 2012

    06/03/2012 4:55:11 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 138 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 3 June 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows June 3rd, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Ed Gillespie, Romney campaign adviser; Steven Rattner, who led Obama's auto task force.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Govs. Deval Patrick, D-Mass., and John Kasich, R-Ohio; Kevin Madden, adviser to the Romney campaign; Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.FACE THE NATION (CBS): David Axelrod, adviser to the Obama campaign; Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas; former Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa.THIS WEEK (ABC): Stephanie Cutter, President Barack Obama's re-election deputy campaign manager; Eric Fehrnstrom, adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential...
  • Pro-Walker Marine veteran dragged out and arrested at Bill Clinton-Barrett Rally in Wisconsin

    06/01/2012 7:13:15 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 174 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 1, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    A pro-Walker Marine vet got into a few confrontations at Democrat Tom Barrett’s rally today with Bill Clinton in Wisconsin. The Franklin Center has video. They couldn’t handle the truth. So, union cops were called in and dragged him out of the rally and arrested him. They didn’t like what he was saying. The Marine is predicting a 10 point win for Scott Walker. I second that.
  • WH on disastrous jobs report: Problems in the labor market won’t be solved “overnight,” you know

    06/01/2012 1:30:14 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 77 replies
    Hot Air ^ | JUNE 1, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Anyone want to try defining “overnight” for me, just so that we have a rule of thumb going forward? On Inauguration Day, I would have accepted “2009″ or even “his first two years in office” as plausible answers. Instead, five months out from election day, somehow dawn still has yet to break. His braintrust is now actually on the cusp of arguing, in all seriousness, that it’s unfair to judge him on what’s happened in the jobs market over the course of his entire first term. What do you do when America’s just taken an economic gut punch, with a...
  • Judge Revokes Zimmerman's Bond

    06/01/2012 11:50:10 AM PDT · by Lurker · 220 replies
    WLS AM Chicago ^ | 1 June 2012 | Unknown
    ORLANDO, Fla. (WLS) - Prosecutors asked a judge Friday to revoke the bond of the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Prosecutors said in a motion that 28-year-old George Zimmerman and his family misled them about his finances when testifying during a bail hearing that allowed him to be released from jail on a $150,000 bond. Prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda asked for the revocation during a hearing to help determine if prosecutors and the defense can stop the public release of certain documents in the case. During the bond hearing in April, Zimmerman's relatives testified they...
  • Walker leads by 7 heading into Tuesday's Wisconsin recall

    06/01/2012 10:57:41 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 49 replies
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) enjoys a 7-point advantage over Democratic challenger Tom Barrett among likely voters in Tuesday's recall election.
  • Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran

    06/01/2012 10:46:13 AM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1 June 2012 | DAVID E. SANGER
    From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program. Mr. Obama decided to accelerate the attacks — begun in the Bush administration and code-named Olympic Games — even after an element of the program accidentally became public in the summer of 2010 because of a programming error that allowed it to escape Iran’s Natanz plant and sent it around the world on the Internet. Computer security experts who began studying the...
  • Feds order Florida to halt ongoing push to remove ineligible voters from rolls.

    06/01/2012 10:00:35 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 125 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 1, 2012 | AP
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla – Federal authorities are demanding that Florida halt its push to remove ineligible voters from the voter rolls. In a move that comes just months before the state could play a pivotal role in the 2012 presidential election, the U.S. Department of Justice contends that the state is violating federal law in its effort to identify and remove ineligible voters. The state's effort has already come under fire from local election supervisors who belong to both political parties, as well as Democratic members of Congress and voting rights groups. Chris Cate, a spokesman for the Florida Department of...
  • US Creates 69,000 New Jobs, Unemployment Rate 8.2% (Up from 8.1%)

    06/01/2012 5:33:07 AM PDT · by NE Cons · 154 replies
    CNBC.COM ^ | 6/1/12 | Jeff Cox
    The American jobs engine hit stall speed in May, with the economy adding just 69,000 new jobs while the unemployment rate climbed to 8.2 percent. Photo: Sturti | Vetta | Getty Images -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As another summertime swoon looms, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that job creation missed economist estimates for 158,000 new positions, and said labor force participation remains near 30-year lows though incrementally better than last month. In May, stocks suffered through their worst month in two years, and the job-creation figures only added to the gloom. Stock market futures indicated a sharply lower open for Wall Street,...
  • Nancy Reagan endorses Romney's bid for president

    05/31/2012 9:56:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 392 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 31, 2012 | AP
    The widow of President Ronald Reagan says she is firmly behind Romney. And she says that her "Ronnie" would have liked Romney's business background and what she calls his "strong principles." In a statement issued after the Romneys' visit, Mrs. Reagan said she believes that Romney has the experience and leadership skills that, in her words, "our country so desperately needs."
  • Obama Tells Donors Health-Care Fight May Loom After Court Rules

    05/31/2012 8:44:05 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 51 replies
    link only due to copywrite
  • U.S. House Rejects Bill to Ban Gender-Based Abortions

    05/31/2012 5:33:17 PM PDT · by Jean S · 59 replies
    Bloomberg | 5/31/12 | Derek Wallbank
  • Breaking News:John Edwards found not guilty on one of six counts

    05/31/2012 1:37:01 PM PDT · by edpc · 33 replies
    ABC News via Yahoo ^ | 31 May 2012 | ABC
    Edwards not guilty on one count, mistrial on 5 other counts. Just headline for now on Yahoo. Pending video conference at link.
  • Polls Show Tight Race in Colorado, Iowa, Nevada

    05/31/2012 12:55:39 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 18 replies
    President Obama and Mitt Romney are running neck-and-neck in three key battlegrounds -- Colorado, Iowa and Nevada -- according to a new slate of NBC News/Marist polls of registered voters. A majority of voters in each state feel optimistic about the state of the economy, and say the worst of the storm is in the rearview mirror...
  • Combative Romney Team Hits Obama Coast-to-Coast

    05/31/2012 12:21:51 PM PDT · by kristinn · 106 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Thursday, May 31, 2012 | Byron York
    it intends to fight the guerilla warfare of a presidential campaign with a new aggressiveness and combativeness. The first signal came in Boston, where top Obama adviser David Axelrod organized an anti-Romney event on the steps of the Massachusetts state house. The event, which Team Obama wanted to keep under wraps until shortly before it happened, was to feature remarks from Axelrod and Democratic state officeholders who would attack Romney's record as governor from 2003 to 2007. But it didn't work out as planned. First, word of the event leaked last night, and the Romney campaign quickly scheduled an event...
  • First time in 5 1/2 years: Half of all voters trust GOP on economy.

    05/31/2012 12:35:14 PM PDT · by sunmars · 25 replies
    For the first time in five-and-a-half years of regular tracking, half of voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats when it comes to the economy, the issue they rate by far as most important to how they will vote. Voters now trust Republicans more on six of the 10 major issues regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports, Democrats more on two, and they're tied on two.
  • John Edwards Jury Reaches Verdict

    05/31/2012 11:35:47 AM PDT · by sean327 · 83 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 31, 2012 | MAT MENDEZ
    After a lengthy deliberation, a North Carolina jury has reached a verdict in the John Edwards mistress-and-money trial. The verdict is expected to be read shortly. The jury began deliberating on May 18 after a month of testimony, which at times sounded more like a steamy soap opera than a trial on the intricacies of campaign finance rules. Charged with six counts of violating federal campaign laws, Edwards was accused by the government of soliciting nearly $1 million from wealthy backers to finance a cover up of his illicit affair and illegitimate child while running for president in 2008.
  • Boston appeals court finds federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional

    05/31/2012 7:21:25 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    An appeals court has ruled that a law that denies a host of federal benefits to same-sex married couples is unconstitutional
  • U.S. 1Q GDP Growth Revised Down to 1.9%

    05/31/2012 6:29:23 AM PDT · by scooby321 · 29 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 5/30/2012 | Fox Business
    U.S. economic growth was a bit slower than initially thought in the first quarter as businesses restocked shelves at a moderate pace and government spending declined sharply.
  • Romney takes lead in Ohio : Rasmussen Romney 46%, Obama 44%

    05/31/2012 6:18:14 AM PDT · by sunmars · 64 replies
    Mitt Romney has inched ahead of President Obama in Ohio, taking the lead in the key battleground state after the president has led there for several months. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Ohio Voters shows Romney with 46% support to Obama’s 44%. Six percent (6%) like some other candidate, and five percent (5%) remain undecided.

    Developing. Analysts expect to see 370K weekly claims. That would exactly be in line with last week's 370K. The number is one of the best high-frequency predictors of the economy and the market, so this is big. If this stays tame, it will do a lot to assure that things aren't deteriorating too badly. UPDATE: The number is 383K, a miss from an upwardly revised.
  • SpaceX Dragon Splashdown Live Thread (ISS Departure: 6:00 AM EDT, Splashdown 11:42 AM EDT)

    05/30/2012 6:31:00 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 82 replies
    05/30/12 | Kevin Davis
    Well it was a good first mission.. Now for the ultimate test. Can they send humans into space with no problems.
  • GOP groups plan record $1 billion blitz (Meanwhile Dems running out of cash)

    05/30/2012 3:33:27 PM PDT · by AmonAmarth · 92 replies
    Politico ^ | May 30th 2012 | MIKE ALLEN
    Republican super PACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives – including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November’s elections for the White House and control of Congress, according to officials familiar with the groups’ internal operations. That total includes previously undisclosed plans for newly aggressive spending by the Koch brothers, who are steering funding to build sophisticated, county-by-county operations in key states. POLITICO has learned that Koch-related organizations plan to spend about $400 million ahead of the 2012...
  • Our FReepathon is over the top!! Congratulations, everyone!! Great job!! Thank you all very much!!

    05/30/2012 1:57:23 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 465 replies
    Click here to pledge your support! ^ | May 30, 2012 | Jim Robinson
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  • Planned Parenthood targets Romney with new swing-state ad buy blitz (and so it begins)

    05/30/2012 10:40:07 AM PDT · by LUV W · 72 replies ^ | May 30, 2012 | Fox News
    Planned Parenthood, endorsing President Obama Wednesday morning, went after Mitt Romney out of the gate with a new ad buy in crucial swing states accusing the Republican candidate of undermining women's rights. Read more:
  • Pending Home Sales Unexpectedly Slide in April

    05/30/2012 7:43:30 AM PDT · by mykroar · 66 replies ^ | 5/30/2012 | Reuters
    Contracts to purchase previously owned homes unexpectedly fell in April to a four-month low, undermining some of the recent optimism that the housing sector was touching bottom. The National Association of Realtors said on Wednesday its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed in April, fell 5.5 percent to 95.5, its lowest level since December. Economists polled by Reuters had expected signed contracts, which lead existing home sales by a month or two, to rise 0.1 percent after a previously reported 4.1 percent gain. The housing market has been one of the U.S. economy's weakest links as it recovers...
  • Romney Secures 88 Texas Delegates, Clinches Nomination

    05/29/2012 6:33:59 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 286 replies
    New York Times ^ | 29 May 2012 | AP Projection
    Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has now secured at least 88 of the 155 delegates at stake in the Texas Primary, bringing his secured delegate total to 1174, 30 more than necessary to win the majority of the delegated needed for the GOP nomination. With 4% of Texas precincts now reporting, Romney has consistently maintained or increased a 60 point lead over his nearest competitor, Congressman Ron Paul. In the contested race for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, David Dewhurst is holding a 48% to 31% lead over his nearest rival Ted Cruz in a nine person contest.
  • Poles Demand Obama Apology For "Polish Death Camps" Comment

    05/29/2012 5:12:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 158 replies ^ | May 29, 2012 | Rosie Gray
    The president referred to “Polish death camps” while awarding a posthumous Medal of Freedom to Polish professor Jan Karski, a hero of the anti-Nazi resistance. Poles believe they're blamed unfairly for the Nazi Holocaust, and the Foreign Minister led the outrage in a late night tweet. The remark, which barely drew notice in America, is all over the Polish news today. On the country's largest television station:
  • CNN Contributor Erickson and Family Targeted in Latest 'SWATing' Attack

    05/29/2012 8:25:32 AM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 58 replies ^ | 5/28/2012 | breitbart.cem
    Erik Erickson, editor-in-chief of and a CNN political contributor, reports that he is the latest conservative to be "SWAT"ed. Local police received a call from an individual claiming to be Erickson, stating that an accidental shooting had occurred at his home. Says Erickson, "Tonight, my family was sitting around the kitchen table eating dinner when sheriffs deputies pulled up in the driveway."
  • US military denies parachuting into N.Korea (update)

    05/29/2012 4:31:48 AM PDT · by EBH · 39 replies
    AFP ^ | 5/29/12
    The US military Tuesday vehemently denied a media report that special forces had been parachuted into North Korea on intelligence-gathering missions, saying a source had been misquoted. Current affairs magazine The Diplomat quoted Brigadier General Neil Tolley, commander of special forces in South Korea, as saying soldiers from the US and South Korea had been dropped across the border for "special reconnaissance" missions. But Colonel Jonathan Withington, public affairs officer for US Forces Korea, said some reporting of the conference had taken Tolley "completely out of context". "Quotes have been made up and attributed to him," he said, denying that...
  • Mitt Romney Campaigns in Colorado & Nevada; Clinches GOP Nomination

    05/28/2012 9:15:30 PM PDT · by AmonAmarth · 89 replies
    C-Span ^ | May 28th 2012
    Mitt Romney will officially clinch the Republican nomination for President when he secures the 1,144 delegates required to become the party's nominee in the Texas primary later tonight. Romney will also campaign today in two western battleground states, Colorado and Nevada. The former Governor will begin the day in the northwest Colorado town of Craig where he will hold a rally at Alice Pleasant Park and is scheduled to talk about the economy and energy policy. According to the Craig Daily Press, the owner of Deer Park Inn sent the Romney campaign a video called ”The Perfect Storm Over Craig,...
  • Romney Won't Repudiate Trump On Birther Issue

    05/28/2012 8:01:27 PM PDT · by rocco55 · 82 replies
    AP ^ | Steve Peoples
    Did Trump recently state that Obama was "born in Kenya and raised in Idonesia" ? SAN DIEGO (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney isn't taking a position on supporter Donald Trump's return to the controversy over where President Barack Obama was born. Romney said Monday evening that while he doesn't agree with all the people who support him, he appreciates their help to get him at least 50.1 percent of the vote in November. Romney's comments come about 24 hours before appearing at fundraiser in Las Vegas that Trump is hosting. Earlier this week Trump again stated that Obama...
  • US commandos parachuted into N. Korea: report

    05/28/2012 4:07:47 PM PDT · by EBH · 81 replies
    AFP ^ | 5/28/12
    US and South Korean special forces have been parachuting into North Korea to gather intelligence about underground military installations, a US officer has said in comments carried in US media. Army Brigadier General Neil Tolley, commander of US special forces in South Korea, told a conference held in Florida last week that Pyongyang had built thousands of tunnels since the Korean war, The Diplomat reported. "The entire tunnel infrastructure is hidden from our satellites," Tolley said, according to The Diplomat, a current affairs magazine. "So we send (South Korean) soldiers and US soldiers to the North to do special reconnaissance."...
  • Veterans Give Romney Big Lead Over Obama (58% to 34%)

    05/28/2012 6:57:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 113 replies
    Gallup ^ | 05/27/2012 | Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, NJ -- U.S. veterans, about 13% of the adult population and consisting mostly of older men, support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for president by 58% to 34%, while nonveterans give Obama a four-percentage-point edge. These data, from an analysis of Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted April 11-May 24, show that 24% of all adult men are veterans, compared with 2% of adult women. Obama and Romney are tied overall at 46% apiece among all registered voters in this sample. Men give Romney an eight-point edge, while women opt for Obama over Romney by seven points. It turns out...
  • Bob Schieffer Laughs Out Loud After Playing Video of Obama Bragging About His Accomplishments

    05/27/2012 5:28:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 115 replies
    News ^ | May 27, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    CBS's Bob Schieffer certainly wasn't in an Obama-loving mood Sunday. CBS's Bob Schieffer certainly wasn't in an Obama-loving mood Sunday. Having asked the President's senior campaign adviser "Whatever happened to hope and change" early in the program, the Face the Nation host in a subsequent segment laughed out loud after playing a clip of Obama bragging about his accomplishments on 60 Minutes last year (video follows with transcript and commentary):MRC TV video playerBOB SCHIEFFER, HOST: I want to play a little something for you. I think one of the lessons that probably all of us recognize is that if you--...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 27 May 2012

    05/27/2012 4:52:19 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 108 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 27 May 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows May 27th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Catholic archbishop of Washington. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich; Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md.; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.; Ed Gillespie, adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign; Robert Gibbs, adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.THIS WEEK (ABC): Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.; former New York Mayor Rudy...
  • As Predicted Democrats Abandoning Obama

    05/26/2012 4:05:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 230 replies ^ | May 26, 2012 | John Ransom
    Love is always being able to tell liberals I told you so. Ok, I don’t know if it’s love exactly, but man it sure does feel good.A few weeks ago, after West Virginia’s Democrat governor and US Senator both refused to endorse Obama for reelection in 2012, I wrote:Scores of Democrats running for reelection will defect from Obama before the campaign is done. And scores of Democrat voters will reject him too. Why? The same reason voters will likely vote to kick Obama out of the White House: self-interest, if not outright self-defense.      Democrat Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West...
  • Dragon arrives at space station in historic 1st

    05/25/2012 8:45:26 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 183 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 25 May 2012 | MARCIA DUNN
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The privately bankrolled Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station for a historic docking Friday, captured by astronauts wielding a giant robot arm. It succeeded in making the first commercial delivery into the cosmos. U.S. astronaut Donald Pettit used the space station's 58-foot robot arm to snare the gleaming white Dragon after a few hours of extra checks and maneuvers. The two vessels came together while sailing above Australia. "Looks like we've got us a dragon by the tail," Pettit announced from 250 miles up once he locked onto Dragon's docking mechanism. "You've made...
  • Woo hoo!! Working on the last $5k!! We can do this!! Let's get er done!! [FReepathon XXXI]

    05/24/2012 10:04:52 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1,288 replies
    Click here to pledge your support! ^ | May 24, 2012 | Jim Robinson
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  • Weekly Jobless Claims Fall Slightly

    05/24/2012 6:42:07 AM PDT · by John W · 49 replies
    Reuters via FOX Business ^ | May 24, 2012 | Reuters
    New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits fell slightly last week, government data on Thursday showed, suggesting the labor market continues to expand at a moderate pace. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 370,000, the Labor Department said. The prior week's figure was revised up to 372,000 from the previously reported 370,000. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims unchanged last week. Claims have barely budged in the past four weeks indicating a marginal improvement in the pace of job creation after April's disappointing 115,000 gain in nonfarm payrolls.
  • Under Obama: 30 Worst Months of Employment Over The Past 25 Years

    05/24/2012 5:14:38 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 40 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 5-23-12 | jeffrey anderson
    The federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes monthly tallies for the employment-population ratio. That stat shows something rather straightforward: Among those who are living in America and are free to pursue employment, what percentage are employed? (The bureau excludes those who are under 16 years old, are active-duty military, or are — in the bureau’s own words — “inmates of institutions (for example, penal and mental facilities, homes for the aged),” from its tallies.) Over the past quarter of a century (a total of 300 months), dating back to May 1987 and the Reagan administration, here are the 30...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Obama's DOJ Forces University to Allow 38 Year Old Male To Use Women's Restrooms

    05/23/2012 5:42:21 PM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 153 replies
    A letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) caused the University of Arkansas at Ft. Smith (UAFS) early this month to reverse policy and allow a 38-year old anatomically male-student permant use of women's bathrooms on campus despite opposition from female students.The university made the reversal on "advice of counsel" after receiving a letter the DOJ sent in response to a complaint that a single, self proclaimed "transgender" student filed with the DOJ's Civil Rights Division. "Because of the stance we took, the individual filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Justice," Mark Horn...
  • Hewlett-Packard To Lay Off 27,000 Employees; 2Q Profit Down 31%

    05/23/2012 2:05:15 PM PDT · by matt04 · 131 replies
    Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) unveiled plans to lay off 27,000 employees as the technology giant also reported its fiscal second-quarter earnings slumped 31% amid relatively flat revenue in its personal computer business and lower sales in its printing segment. However, shares were up 7% at $22.46 in recent after-hours trading as earnings beat the company's expectations and as the company raised its full-year view. The company said it plans to lay off about 8% of its workforce by the end of fiscal 2014. Its restructuring plans are expected to generate annualized savings of between $3 billion and $3.5 billion by 2014,...
  • Abol Fotoh: Egypt's next president? (twisted CNN: Islamist "moderate," his radicalism - "hawkish")

    05/23/2012 1:36:14 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | May, 23, 2012 | Paul Cruickshank
    Abol Fotoh: Egypt's next president? By Paul Cruickshank, CNN The religious pragmatist who might be Egypt's next president By Paul Cruickshank, CNN May 23, 2012 -- Updated 1814 GMT (0214 HKT) (CNN) -- Abdelmonen Abol Fotoh, an independent moderate Islamist candidate for the Egyptian presidency, and one many tip to become the country's first freely elected leader, if he gets through this week's first round of voting, has been a busy man these last weeks. The Egyptian Erdogan? ... No friend of Israel One of the most striking features of Abol Fotoh's campaign has been his strongly worded depiction of...
  • "Pro-Choice" Americans at Record-Low 41%

    05/23/2012 3:33:14 AM PDT · by iowamark · 45 replies ^ | May 23, 2012 | Lydia Saad
    The 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as "pro-choice" is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009. Fifty percent now call themselves "pro-life," one point shy of the record high, also from May 2009. Gallup began asking Americans to define themselves as pro-choice or pro-life on abortion in 1995, and since then, identification with the labels has shifted from a wide lead for the pro-choice position in the mid-1990s, to a generally narrower lead for "pro-choice" -- from 1998 through 2008 -- to a...
  • Obama Trails Romney in Florida Poll [Ignored by Florida Media]

    05/23/2012 4:45:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 78 replies
    National Journal ^ | 5/23/12 | Steven Shepard
    Mitt Romney now leads President Obama in the race for Florida's 29 electoral votes, a significant reversal from earlier this spring, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released early on Wednesday. Romney leads Obama overall, 47 percent to 41 percent, the poll shows. Two percent of voters prefer another candidate, 7 percent are undecided, and 3 percent said they would not vote. Three weeks ago, in another Quinnipiac poll, the two candidates were statistically tied, with Romney at 44 percent and Obama at 43 percent.
  • Hawaii verifies Obama's birth records to Arizona (update on Posse w/Okubo)

    05/22/2012 10:28:04 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 96 replies
    SFGate ^ | May 22, 2012 | OSKAR GARCIA
    The state of Hawaii has verified President Barack Obama's birth records to Arizona's elections chief after a nearly three-month back and forth that Arizona officials said could have ended without the incumbent's name on its November ballot. Joshua Wisch, special assistant to Hawaii Attorney General David Louie, told The Associated Press late Tuesday that the matter is resolved after Hawaii gave Arizona the verification it was looking for. Arpaio said health officials in Hawaii refused to talk to his deputy and posse investigator on Monday, though an assistant attorney general came out to talk to the investigators. "They won't have...
  • Hawaii Verifies Obama’s Birth For Arizona Secretary Of State

    05/22/2012 9:14:44 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 215 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | May 22, 2012 | Nick Martin
    A Hawaii official announced late Tuesday that the state gave Arizona’s top elections official the verification he wanted showing President Barack Obama was indeed born there in 1961. The announcement came just hours after Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett backed away from his threats to keep Obama off the November ballot and apologized for embarrassing his own state with a conspiracy theory-fueled investigation into whether the president was really a natural born U.S. citizen. It also followed weeks of back and forth between Hawaii and Arizona, with Hawaii officials saying they weren’t sure Bennett was qualified to be investigating...
  • Obama loses more than 40 percent of Kentucky primary voters to ‘uncommitted’ option

    05/22/2012 7:02:56 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 65 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 05/22/12 | Aaron Blake
    President Obama lost more than 40 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Kentucky Democratic primary to the “uncommitted” option — the latest example of the incumbent president failing to win votes in an uncompetitive primary. With 99 percent of precincts reporting in the Bluegrass State, Obama led “uncommitted” just 58 percent to 42 percent. Obama trailed in more than 60 Kentucky counties. It was just the latest episode of the president taking less than 60 percent of the vote in a primary this year. He ceded 41 percent of the vote in West Virginia to an incarcerated man in Texas...
  • RNC Catches Obama Campaign In Booker Lie, Coverup (video)

    05/22/2012 5:29:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies ^ | 5/22/12 | staff
    In a blistering new ad, the Republican National Committee catches the Obama Campaign lying to the press about their influence in strong-arming Newark Mayor Cory Booker into taking back his criticism of President Obama's attack on Bain Capital.
  • Chief Investigator in John Doe Has Recall Walker Sign in Yard, Blue Fist Union Icon in Window

    05/22/2012 6:49:29 AM PDT · by chickadee · 14 replies ^ | May 21, 2012 | Brian Sikma
    The chief investigator in the high-profile John Doe investigation into former Milwaukee County employees who worked for now-Governor Scott Walker has a Walker recall yard sign in his front lawn, and a pro-labor “Blue Fist” icon poster on the front door of his home. The news could call into question the present impartiality of the probe at a time when Democrat gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett and his allies have begun to use the issue as a top talking point.