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  • NH Poll: Walker Ties Up Jeb in Crowded Field

    03/30/2015 11:02:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 30, 2015 | Michael Warren
    A new poll of New Hampshire GOP primary voters from the Boston Herald and Franklin Pierce University finds Jeb Bush and Scott Walker are tied at 15 percent support, with a slew of other likely candidates close behind in the first presidential primary of the cycle. Here's the Herald on the implications of the survey: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has lost his front-runner edge in New Hampshire, not because GOP voters are sick of the Bush family but because conservatives are roundly rejecting him, a new Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald poll shows. Bush is tied with Wisconsin Gov. Scott...
  • Reid says whistleblowers lobbing accusations at him are ‘a bunch of whiners’

    03/30/2015 2:28:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | David Sherfinski and Stephen Dinan
    "An inspector general called them courageous, but Sen. Harry Reid said Friday that the government whistleblowers who accused him of using political pressure to try to win special treatment for a Las Vegas casino were “a bunch of whiners.” ........[Homeland Security Inspector General John] Roth said the special treatment was brought to his attention by more than 15 whistleblowers — an extraordinary number, in Mr. Roth’s judgment — who believed Mr. Mayorkas was caving to political pressure. “That so many individuals were willing to step forward and tell us what happened is evidence of deep resentment about Mr. Mayorkas‘ actions...
  • Wisconsinites sue over rail expansion for crude oil

    03/30/2015 1:45:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Wisconsin Gazette ^ | March 26, 2015 | Lisa Neff, Staff writer
    Still, Margolis said, “the reality is there’s no way to safely transport the highly volatile crude from the Bakken oil field in North Dakota or the heavy crudes from the Alberta tar sands. Instead, these extreme fossil fuels should be left in the ground.”Days after the fiery derailment of an oil train near Galena, Illinois, nine Wisconsin citizens went to court to challenge an expansion of a rail system for oil trains in their community. The train had just passed through Wisconsin before the derailment. Their focus was on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ decision to permit the filling...
  • 'He died while smoking, drinking whiskey and telling lies' - obituary to fisherman

    03/30/2015 12:28:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 30, 2015
    Full title: 'He died while smoking, drinking whiskey and telling lies': Hilarious and heartfelt obituary to Alaska fisherman, 60, published in local paper by adoring daughter ".........The obituary goes on to tell the story of Malcolm's life, starting with his upbringing in Kirkland, Washington. At the age of 19, Malcolm left his home state for Dutch Harbor, Alaska in order to realize his life's calling to 'yell at deckhands on commercial fishing boats.' For forty years, Malcolm worked as a boat cook, mechanic, deckhand, captain and boat owner catching crab, halibut, black cod and salmon - mostly out of the...
  • Jeb Bush and Scott Walker Point G.O.P. to Contrary Paths

    03/29/2015 11:25:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 29, 2015 | JONATHAN MARTIN
    "...Mr. Bush, a privileged scion who married a Mexican woman and boasts of being bicultural, reflects his polyglot adopted hometown, Miami, and state. He is telling Republicans, in effect, that they must accept a changing country: that the path to the presidency will be found through appealing to voters who may not look like them, and with a standard-bearer whose state and immediate family resemble tomorrow’s America.Mr. Walker, a small-town minister’s son who met his wife, a Milwaukee native, at a Wisconsin barbecue joint, is a product of one of the most politically and racially polarized regions of the country,...
  • Scott Walker's partner in power [Tonette]

    03/29/2015 10:14:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 29, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    A Scott Walker presidential campaign may end up being one of the easier things Tonette Walker has had to endure. The Wisconsin first lady has experienced poverty, becoming a young widow and losing other close family members, the lonely period of cynicism and despair that followed, a whirlwind romance to the much younger future governor, and death threats from a nasty labor fight. Those that know the Walker family describe Tonette as “tournament-tested” and “unflappable,” and say the political and personal travails she has faced will leave her well-equipped to deal with the rigors of national campaign and the next-level...
  • Board overseeing Wisc's for-profit schools fights for its life [EAB looks like a shakedown outfit]

    03/29/2015 2:43:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Wisconsin Watch ^ | March 29, 2015 | Madeleine Behr and Kate Golden
    David Dies fears that if Gov. Scott Walker succeeds in eliminating the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, the for-profit schools it oversees will ramp up practices that could harm students. “If you basically throw the rule book out, I can guarantee you that they will take advantage of their ability to market and recruit as aggressively as possible,” said Dies, the board’s executive secretary. The proposal to eliminate the EAB is part of Walker’s proposed 2015-17 budget. Since its unveiling in February, Dies has been trying to persuade state lawmakers to reject the idea. Dies said his small agency is already...
  • Remembrance of Clintons Past - "They have no capacity for embarrassment."

    03/29/2015 1:01:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 29, 2015 | George Will
    <p>An abscess of anger seems to gnaw at Hillary Clinton, but the reasons for her resentments remain unclear. The world’s oldest party, which governed the nation during two world wars and is the primary architect of America’s regulatory and redistributive state, is eager to give her its presidential nomination, in recognition of . . . what?</p>
  • Republicans Expect Long, Expensive Presidential Battle - no heir apparent

    03/28/2015 2:45:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Houston Mirror ^ | March 28, 2015 | VoA
    WASHINGTON - Senator Ted Cruz of Texas kicked off in recent days what is likely to be the longest, most expensive and perhaps most contentious Republican Party presidential battle in history. Cruz has been lagging in the national polls and hoped that his early announcement would give him some momentum as conservative activists around the country begin to focus on the fight for the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2016. Cruz hopes to build on his support among Tea Party supporters and expand his appeal to evangelical Christian voters, hence his decision to announce on the campus of the nation's...
  • Senator Ted Cruz's Contradictory Position on Illegal

    03/28/2015 1:04:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 28, 2015 | Allan J. Favish
    [BIG SNIP] ".....Sen. Cruz is America’s last hope for a credible border. By that I mean a border that is controlled by the citizens of America, not the citizens of other countries. I mean a border that is controlled primarily for the benefit of citizens of America, not the citizens of other countries. I mean a border that is controlled by an American population that appreciates and welcomes immigrants, but only when they come here legally, and in numbers that are conducive to their assimilation into the American value system that is based on the principles expressed in our Declaration...
  • Scott Walker suggests being an Eagle Scout has prepared him to be commander in chief

    03/27/2015 11:23:46 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Capital Times - Your Progressive Voice ^ | March 27. 2015 | Jessie Opoien
    The Boy Scout Motto is "Be Prepared." Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as a teen, has taken that motto seriously. His Eagle Scout status has him so prepared, he indicated this week, he's ready to serve as commander in chief of the U.S. military. The Republican governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate spoke on Wednesday at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Phoenix, Arizona. The event was closed to press, but video of Walker's conversation with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt was recorded by the opposition research group American Bridge and released by the...
  • Jeb and Walker’s Immigration Double-Talk

    03/27/2015 12:25:52 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 68 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 27. 2015 | Ruben Navarrette Jr.
    Scott Walker and Jeb Bush were bound to collide sooner or later. It turned out to be sooner. As the son of a Baptist minister, and the son of the 41st president of the United States, these two were destined to be the odd couple of the 2016 election. Walker is running against the establishment and the Washington elites. Bush embodies both. Walker will need at least $100 million to compete in the GOP primary, and more if he makes it to the general. Most of the Republican donors who write those kinds of checks are on Bush’s speed dial....
  • On Immigration, Cruz Aims for Middle Ground

    03/27/2015 12:39:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 84 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | September 13, 2013 | Julián Aguilar and Jay Root
    Asked about what to do with the people here illegally, however, he stressed that he had never tried to undo the goal of allowing them to stay. “The amendment that I introduced removed the path to citizenship, but it did not change the underlying work permit from the Gang of Eight,” he said during a recent visit to El Paso. Cruz also noted that he had not called for deportation or, as Mitt Romney famously advocated, self-deportation.When it comes to immigration reform, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has made it abundantly clear what he opposes: giving citizenship to people who broke...
  • Scott Walker Lands Former Senator as National Security Expert for 2016 Race

    03/27/2015 12:19:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ken McIntyre
    What were Talent’s first impressions?“I found him to be exactly what he appears to be: He’s very down to earth, he has an air of confidence about him but there’s no arrogance with it. I like that. He’s just a regular guy.”Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has added one of Washington’s leading advocates of military readiness to the ranks of advisers helping prepare him for a likely campaign for president. Jim Talent, who represented Missouri in both the House and Senate before becoming a fellow at The Heritage Foundation, confirmed Thursday that he has joined Walker’s budding national security and foreign...
  • Walker Denies Remarks Indicating Change in Immigration Stance

    03/26/2015 11:48:53 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 26, 2015 | Jason Horowitz and Patrick Healy
    Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a possible candidate for president in 2016, told a private gathering of New Hampshire Republicans this month that he supported a pathway to legal status — but not citizenship — for undocumented immigrants in the United States, according to the chairwoman of the state’s Republican Party. The chairwoman, Jennifer Horn, described Mr. Walker’s statements on Thursday after The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post reported that Mr. Walker had endorsed eventual citizenship for those immigrants, which many Republicans oppose. A spokeswoman for Mr. Walker, Kirsten Kukowski, disputed those reports about Mr. Walker embracing a...
  • The Hillary backer who will pose problems for her 2016 bid

    03/26/2015 12:16:14 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2015 | Bob Cusack and Molly K. Hooper with Alexandra Oliveira
    An unlikely critic of Hillary Clinton could pose significant problems for the Democratic front-runner for the White House. Dan Metcalfe, who previously oversaw the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) at the Department of Justice, has been publicly ripping Clinton for her exclusive use of a private email account during her time as secretary of State. But the soft-spoken academic who resembles Santa Claus maintains he’s not looking to derail Clinton’s anticipated 2016 bid. To the contrary, he says. Metcalfe notes he is a registered Democrat and will vote for the former first lady if she runs for...
  • New Poll has Gov. Scott Walker Opening Up Large Lead in 2016 Iowa GOP Caucus Race – 3/24/15

    03/26/2015 11:29:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | March 26, 2015
    Gov. Scott Walker has opened up a large lead in the battle for the 2016 Iowa GOP Caucuses, according to a new poll from Opinion Savvy. Walker holds a 15-point lead, more than doubling the support of his nearest competitor, Dr. Ben Carson: 2016 IOWA GOP CAUCUS POLL – Opinion Savvy (3/24/15) Scott Walker 29% Ben Carson 14% Jeb Bush 12% Mike Huckabee 11% Ted Cruz 7% Rand Paul 5% Marco Rubio 5% Chris Christie 5% Donald Trump 3% No opinion/Other candidate: 9.7% Walker now has a 7.6 point lead in our average of 2016 Iowa Caucus Polls.
  • Walker’s “Think Locally, Act Globally” Standard of Foreign Policy Experience [Kilgore Slams Palin]

    03/26/2015 11:15:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ed Kilgore
    Conservative gabber Hugh Hewitt interviewed Scott Walker on foreign policy issues yesterday, and the ensuing headlines involved Walker’s commitment to nullify any U.S.-Iran nuclear deal “on day one” if he is elected. But a different item caught my attention: the Wisconsin governor seems to be side-swiping his Republican rivals in his rather unorthodox claim that only someone with executive experience can be trusted to know his ass from page eight on foreign policy and national security issues. Speaking of Obama, he said: [T]he unfortunate reality is this is what happens when you put someone in office who’s never led before....
  • Jim Talent to Scott Walker's team

    03/26/2015 10:45:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    KWCH 12 ^ | March 26, 2015 | Erin McPike
    Former Sen. Jim Talent, R-Missouri, is joining Scott Walker's nascent presidential campaign as a leading adviser on foreign policy and defense, sources familiar with the move and Talent told CNN.... It's a big get for the Wisconsin governor as he draws up a campaign plan and team: In the coming election cycle, foreign policy figures are expected to loom especially large given the increased frequency of threats brought by ISIS and other terrorist groups. Talent was a foreign policy adviser to both of Mitt Romney's presidential bids, and nearly every major potential GOP hopeful this cycle has courted him. Talent...
  • Germanwings co-pilot was certified by FAA

    03/26/2015 10:20:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2015 | Keith Laing
    The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that authorities believe was deliberately crashed in the French Alps was certified by U.S. aviation officials. The co-pilot, 28-year-old Andreas Guenter Lubitz, was granted status as an airman by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Jan. 6, 2012, according to the agency’s online database. French authorities have accused Lubitz of locking the captain of Germanwings Flight 9525 out of the cockpit and intentionally crashing the plane, killing all 150 people who were on board. The FAA certification lists Lubitz as a “private pilot (foreign based)” who is proficient in single engine landings and gliders....
  • This Year's Hottest Destination for GOP Candidates Is the Mexican Border

    03/26/2015 10:11:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | March 26, 2015 | Tim Murphy
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will visit the US-Mexico border on Friday with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Walker, who is considering a run for president, is aiming to bolster his credentials as a critic of President Obama's immigration policies. A photo wouldn't hurt either. The Mexican border is now an almost mandatory pit stop for Republican politicians (especially presidential aspirants) looking for the aura of on-the-ground experience on immigration. Sure, talking to a rancher, staring across a river, and visiting a detention facility in McAllen for 30 minutes might not offer much of a big-picture perspective. But that hasn't stopped lawmakers...
  • The Cairo-Madison Connection [Noam Chomsky's take on Scott Walker and the WI protests]

    03/26/2015 8:50:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Web Citation ^ | March 11, 2011 | Noam Chomsky
    On Feb. 20, Kamal Abbas, Egyptian union leader and prominent figure in the Jan. 25 movement, sent a message to the “workers of Wisconsin”: “We stand with you as you stood with us.” Egyptian workers have long fought for fundamental rights denied by the U.S.-backed Hosni Mubarak regime. Kamal is right to invoke the solidarity that has long been the driving force of the labor movement worldwide, and to compare their struggles for labor rights and democracy. The two are closely intertwined. Labor movements have been in the forefront of protecting democracy and human rights and expanding their domains, a...
  • Rick Perry and Scott Walker get more impressive with time

    03/26/2015 7:56:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 26, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin
    ....A month or so ago,there were legitimate questions as to whether Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was up to speed on foreign policy and could project the gravitas we expect of presidential nominees. In an interview with Hugh Hewitt, he seemed a far cry from the candidate at CPAC. His answer on the Taliban trade and news of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion charge was solid...... Likewise,he explained why he prefers the term “safety” and gave an apt overview of what is happening in the Middle East:Safety is something you feel inside your chest, you feel in your heart. And I...
  • Welcome to Roseland, on Chicago's south side, where Obama first promised hope and change

    03/26/2015 7:23:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | John Breslin
    EXCLUSIVE: Welcome to Roseland, on Chicago's south side, where Obama first promised hope and change - and where just days ago a gun battle left a 77-year-old great grandfather dead and his two-year-old neighbor in critical condition Welcome to Roseland, on Chicago's south side, the poverty plagued neighborhood where Barack Obama became politicized and starting forming his ideas of hope and change as a community organizer. And this is where just days ago a gun battle between two rival street gangs erupted that left a 77-year-old great grandfather dead, his kindergartner great-grandchild nursing a bullet would to his left arm...
  • Are we serious about fighting Islamic fundamentalists or not?

    03/26/2015 6:49:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 26, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin
    The news brings us a daily reminder of why the Obama administration is inept and lacking in basic common sense when it comes to its most important tasks: defeating the Islamic State and keeping Iran from getting nuclear weapons and dominating the region. The last, I think it is clear, is not even a problem to be addressed. The administration appears content to work in tandem with Iran in Iraq, let the Houthis depose the elected government in Yemen (where they have, according to news reports, looted intelligence files “exposing names of informants and plans for U.S.-backed counter-terrorism operations”), leave...
  • Germanwings Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Plane, Says Prosecutor

    03/26/2015 5:21:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 385 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 26, 2015 | Robert Wall and Inti Landauro
    The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 appears to have deliberately crashed the plane after he was left alone in the cockpit, according to a French prosecutor. The captain was intentionally locked outside minutes before the A320 crashed into an alpine mountain ridge, French Prosecutor Brice Robin said Thursday. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, a 28-year-old German national, was silent throughout the plane’s descent and was alive at the point of impact, according to the prosecutor. Mr. Robin’s conclusions are drawn from the plane’s cockpit voice recorder, recovered at the crash site in the French Alps late Tuesday and analyzed by French accident...
  • Scott Walker on Bowe Bergdahl: They knew about this when they put lives at risk to rescue him

    03/26/2015 4:48:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 26, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    ....“When I think about this desertion charge, the thing that gets me the most frustrated is this administration gave up five Taliban, five Taliban for this guy, and I can’t, I mean, logic tells you all this information that they’re bringing against the sergeant now isn’t something that just happened since then,” Mr. Walker told radio host Hugh Hewitt. “This is stuff they knew about when they put American soldiers’ lives at risk to try and rescue him. And they gave up five Taliban leaders in return for a guy who now is going to be charged.” Sgt. Bergdahl was...
  • Obama International Airport? Emanuel floats idea of renaming O'Hare, Midway

    03/26/2015 2:51:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 25, 2015 | Bill Ruthhart
    Could Mayor Rahm Emanuel be thinking about renaming Chicago’s airports, perhaps after President Barack Obama? Emanuel brought up the airports' names during a candidate forum Wednesday night at Chicago State University. The topic came up as the mayor fielded a question on why he quickly proposed, then abandoned efforts to name a new North Side high school after Obama and the South Side’s Stony Island Parkway after the late Arthur Brazier, a revered African-American civic leader who founded the Woodlawn Organization and was pastor of the Apostolic Church of God for 48 years. "We have to, in some way, whether...
  • John Kasich's different kind of evangelism

    03/26/2015 1:25:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Union Leader ^ | March 25, 2015 | Drew Cline
    “I am a servant of the Lord. I am a servant of the Lord. He has opened doors all of my life. The Lord has. He has pushed me over the mountain this time. I don’t know why, but I have no doubt that he has.” Ted Cruz could not have said it better during the official launch of his presidential campaign on Monday. He could not have said it at all, in fact, because uttering those words would have made him guilty of plagiarism. They were spoken by Ohio Gov. John Kasich during his first inaugural address in 2011....
  • Greg Abbott, Scott Walker to Tour Texas-Mexico Border

    03/24/2015 11:55:22 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | March 24, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    Likely 2016 presidential candidate Scott Walker is headed to the Texas-Mexico border on Friday, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will be there to show him the ropes. Walker's trip is part of a swing through Texas that will take the Wisconsin governor to Houston on Saturday. He is the keynote speaker at the Harris County GOP's Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, which Abbott is also slated to attend. "Gov. Walker looks forward to taking a close look at U.S. border security with Gov. Abbott," AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Walker's Our American Revival PAC, said in a statement. "While President Obama has failed...
  • FEMA to deny funds to global warming skeptic governors

    03/24/2015 12:58:24 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 24, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Warmist efforts to shut down scientific skepticism – the very heart of the scientific method – have escalated from mere rhetoric to mobilizing the financial might of the federal government to punish those who dare doubt the orthodoxy. Even though the computer models that have failed to predict actual outcomes must be continually rejiggered, they are proclaimed to be “settled science,” and doubters are to be punished. Now, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is preparing to financially punish states whose governors are regarded as heretics. Philly.com reports:
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson slams GOP climate deniers: “I thought as a nation we were above this”

    03/24/2015 12:19:41 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 108 replies
    Salon ^ | March 24, 2015 | Lindsay Abrams
    Popular astrophysicist and anointed spokesperson for science Neil deGrasse Tyson is not impressed by the recent antics of Republican leaders, from Sen. Ted Cruz’s directive that NASA stop focusing on Earth to Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s reported ban on the term “climate change.” “I don’t know if our country has any precedent for emergent scientific truths to be debated on political grounds,” he said during a live appearance in Sarasota, Florida, referring to the aforementioned censorship. “I’m astonished by that. Astonished and disappointed. I thought as a nation we were above this.” Tyson, who is the director of the Hayden...
  • Science Museums Urged to Cut Ties With Kochs

    03/24/2015 2:12:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | JOHN SCHWARTZ
    Dozens of climate scientists and environmental groups are calling for museums of science and natural history to “cut all ties” with fossil fuel companies and philanthropists like the Koch brothers. A letter released on Tuesday asserts that such money is tainted by these donors’ efforts to deny the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change. “When some of the biggest contributors to climate change and funders of misinformation on climate science sponsor exhibitions in museums of science and natural history, they undermine public confidence in the validity of the institutions responsible for transmitting scientific knowledge,” the letter states. “This corporate philanthropy...
  • Troubling Attacks On Public Higher Education [WI, AZ, NC]

    03/24/2015 1:56:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 24, 2015 | Thomas Ehrlich and Ernestine Fu
    ".....John Dewey,a great philosopher of the last century,stressed this key point. Democracy should be the goal of education,he wrote,and education for democracy requires a community of learning in which members learn from each other. Educational institutions should be shaped to nurture communal values,abilities,and understandings. This can happen only if students are constantly collaborating with others both within and outside their places of learning. In the process,a democratic community of learning is created that provides education for a lifetime of civic engagement.These are truths for all institutions of education,but particularly for colleges and universities. Those institutions have unique roles in our...
  • Traitors to Their Class [poverty pimp attacks those who work hard and succeed]

    03/24/2015 12:49:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | Timothy Egan
    You probably know from his weepy reminiscences that the speaker of the House, John Boehner, once worked as a bartender and a janitor, and took seven years to get out of college. Maybe you’ve heard that Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is a preacher’s son who churned out burgers and fries at McDonald’s. And you had to catch that bit from Senator Joni Ernst about putting bread bags over her shoes while growing up kind of poor in rural Iowa. People from humble beginnings often carry an extra load of empathy through the success of their later lives, a sense...
  • NRA disputes report that questions if Scott Walker is 'pure' on gun rights

    03/23/2015 11:59:20 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 23, 2015 | Eddie Scarry
    Bloomberg Politics is drawing fire from the National Rifle Association over a recent story claiming there is a potential rift between likely presidential candidate Scott Walker and the Second Amendment advocacy group. A recent Bloomberg Politics article floated the idea that Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely presidential candidate as well as a favorite of gun rights activists, may not be as "pure" as other White House GOP hopefuls, citing a 1995 bill that failed in the Badger State's legislature. The NRA also says Bloomberg's reporter failed to contact the group for comment. "Now that Walker is preparing to...
  • Supreme Court turns away challenge to Wisconsin’s voter ID law

    03/23/2015 8:30:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2015 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a challenge to Wisconsin’s voter ID law, which it had previously kept from going into effect before November’s elections. The court’s decision not to review a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the law was a victory for Gov. Scott Walker (R) and perhaps other states that have tightened voting procedures to require additional identification.
  • Report: Clinton emailed aides’ private accounts about Benghazi

    03/23/2015 7:14:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 23, 2015 | By Ben Kamisar
    Hillary Clinton emailed with her top advisers at the State Department about the 2012 attacks in Benghazi on their own personal emails, despite repeated assurances that she contacted employees on their official addresses, The New York Times is reporting. Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills and Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan, as well as senior aides Huma Abedin and Philippe Reines, all occasionally emailed Clinton with personal email addresses of their own, the newspaper reported. The news comes as Clinton continues to face controversy related to her exclusive use of a private email address while at the State Department. Clinton's...
  • New Natural Resources chief looks to overhaul federal land policy [energy, grazing, state run]

    03/23/2015 6:07:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 23, 2015 | Zack Colman interviews Rep. Rob Bishop (UT)
    Rep. Rob Bishop has a radical plan for changing public land policy, and it starts with an experiment in his home state of Utah. The Republican is known for shaking things up with his dry sense of humor and occasional belligerence toward Obama administration officials. Easily identified by his three-piece suits and coiffed white hair, the new House Natural Resources Committee chairman is trying to turn his panel from a legislative backwater into a driver of reform. Washington Examiner: With the Land and Water Conservation Fund, I hear a lot about how the states need more control. But how can...
  • Scott Walker responds to Cruz prez announcement… by bashing Jeb Bush!

    03/23/2015 2:00:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 127 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | March 22, 2015
    Now that it’s been confirmed that Ted Cruz is running for president, it’s time for everyone to weigh in, and Scott Walker was one of the first to be asked about the announcement on Fox News. Walker was very gracious to Ted Cruz, while jabbing at Jeb Bush yet again by saying we need a fresh face to combat Hillary’s haggard decrepit visage. Watch.. [comments start at 6 minute mark] [full interview with Fox runs around 8:00] While Cruz will almost certainly get a bump for being the first candidate to declare his campaign, Walker is still ahead in the...
  • The Sounds of Science - global warming scientists initiate "More than Science" movement

    03/22/2015 5:11:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    Weekly Monthly ^ | March 21, 2015 | By D.R. Tucker
    For nearly thirty years, climate scientists have been the targets of character assassination by the fossil-fuel industry’s hired guns. They’ve been mugged on the streets of public discourse, pounded by the fists of demagoguery and smear. Their lives have been upended in an effort to have their research suspended. They’ve been kicked, slapped, whipped, tripped, and called every ugly name in the book. Now they’re fighting back, in a bold and innovative new campaign known as More Than Scientists. This campaign provides an inside look into the lives of the climate scientists whose extensive research led to the scientific verdict...
  • Interesting Scott Walker OP at Wiki got "speedy deletion" treatment w/ link to work prod discussion

    03/22/2015 2:33:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    March 21, 2015 | vanity
    An good example of opposition foot soldiers getting out the propaganda. Someone on the Walker team seems to be monitoring this opposition work:Scott Walker presidential campaign, 2016 "Note to administrators: this article has content on its talk page which should be checked before deletion. [A defense of the offending, deleted Wiki page.] An interesting dynamic going on. If I've characterized this incorrectly or inadequately, please help flesh this out.
  • Crew 151 Mark Iranian-Persian New Year at MDRS

    03/21/2015 10:56:05 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Mars Society ^ | March 21, 2015 | M Stoltz
    Mohammad Iranmanesh, a member of Crew 151 currently participating in a two-week field rotation at the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah, unfurled the flag of Iran, alongside the American flag, to help mark a "Happy Nowruz" (Iranian-Persian New Year). Stressing the importance of international cooperation on space exploration, MDRS crew member Iranmanesh said "Mars has no borders, right?" The crew also made a bit of Internet history over the weekend when they tweeted the picture of the Iranian flag at MDRS to wish Anousheh Ansari, the first female space tourist to fly to the International Space...
  • The Left’s real choice in 2016: Why it doesn’t need Warren to run to take over party and -- America

    03/21/2015 10:58:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Salon ^ | March 21, 2015 | Mike Conrad
    The left’s real choice in 2016: Why it doesn’t need Elizabeth Warren to run For all the talk of needing to primary Hillary, here's how liberals really take over the party -- and America Disheartened progressive Democrats face the prospect of a 16-year gap between the last closely contested presidential primary in 2008 and what would likely be the next one in 2024. Elizabeth Warren isn’t running. Hillary Clinton is and she starts out with very large leads in the early states. But hope is not lost. The choice facing progressives is not and never has been to somehow make...
  • Dismembering the Sabbath in Wisconsin

    03/21/2015 2:27:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | March 20, 2015 2:50 PM | Ed Kilgore
    You’d think Wisconsin Republicans would reward themselves with some rest after pulling off—via a great deal of misdirection from Scott Walker—the enactment of a southern-style “right to work” law banning union shop agreements reached via voluntary free-market contract negotiations. But no: as The Nation’s Moshe Marvit explains, Badger State GOPers are back with a bill to revoke the right to a day off after seven days of labor. The new bill, which is being sponsored by Republican Van Wanggaard in the State Senate alongside [Rep. Mark] Born in the Assembly, would add a provision to the “day of rest” law...
  • Scott Walker Hones His Image Among Republicans for Possible Presidential Race

    03/20/2015 3:50:32 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    New York TImes ^ | March 20, 2015 | PATRICK HEALY
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Out on the presidential campaign trail, Gov. Scott Walker has left “Wiscahnsin” back home in Wisconsin. He now wants to strengthen the economy, not the “ecahnahmy.” And while he once had the “ahnor” of meeting fellow Republicans, he told one group here this week that he simply enjoyed “talkin’ with y’all.” The classic Upper Midwest accent – nasal and full of flat a’s – is one of several Walker trademarks to have fallen away this month after an intense period of strategizing and coaching designed to help Mr. Walker capitalize on his popularity in early polls and...
  • Obama phones France as Iran talks hit snag [Surrender Monkeys only want symbolic easing]

    03/20/2015 3:16:21 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 20, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama spoke to French President Francois Hollande on Friday to discuss the nuclear talks with Iran, which have reportedly hit a snag over the question of easing sanctions. The two leaders discussed the nuclear negotiations, as well as the conflict in Ukraine, according to the White House. “The presidents reaffirmed their commitment to achieving a long term comprehensive deal that fully and verifiably addresses the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, while noting that Iran must take steps to resolve several remaining issues,” the White House said in a statement. A round of talks in Switzerland concluded Friday...
  • Senator Bob Corker: Iran bill will beat Obama veto

    03/20/2015 3:11:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 20, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Legislation requiring congressional review of any Iran nuclear deal will get the 67 Senate votes needed to overcome a presidential veto, Sen. Bob Corker predicted Friday. The Tennessee Republican said despite “drama” around the issue in recent weeks, he believes his legislation will be successful. “I believe ultimately we will have a veto-proof majority to make that happen,” Corker said during a speech at the Republican National Lawyers Association’s 2015 National Policy Conference. The Foreign Relations Committee is expected to mark up Corker's bill next month, after a deadline for negotiators to reach a framework for a final deal. The...
  • Obama steps up Iran charm offensive

    03/20/2015 1:10:40 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | m | David McCabe
    The Obama administration is turning on the charm, as it aims to secure the framework of a nuclear deal with Iran before a negotiating deadline later this month. In the last week, both President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have taken time to recognize Nowruz, the Persian New Year, as has Secretary of State John Kerry, who on Friday morning sent condolences to the Iranian president over his mother's death. Obama used his annual Nowruz message, which was released Thursday evening, to implore the Iranian people to “speak up for the future we seek.” “A nuclear deal now can...
  • DOJ defends Clinton from subpoena - "It's sheer speculation she withheld work-related emails"

    03/20/2015 12:57:39 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 20, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    The Justice Department is defending former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from a motion to subpoena her private emails under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). “Such action is unnecessary and inappropriate under FOIA,” DOJ officials wrote in a legal briefing filed Thursday. Officials were responding to a case launched by Larry Klayman, the founder of the conservative watchdog group Freedom Watch. Klayman is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., to subpoena Clinton’s computer server where she housed the private email address she used while serving in the State Department. Clinton has turned over 55,000 pages of...