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  • Rep. Hinchey won't seek reelection

    01/18/2012 1:42:34 PM PST · by freespirited · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 01/18/12 | Daniel Strauss
    Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) will not seek reelection next year, his office announced Wednesday. The ten-term lawmaker plans to formally make the announcement on Thursday in Kingston, New York. His decision follows his recent treatment for colon cancer and doctors have designated him cancer-free, according to his office. One of the most liberal members of Congress and a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, Hinchey, 73, was first elected to Congress in 1992. His district is comfortably Democratic but its lines may change when the state completes its redistricting process. During his first run for Congress in '92, Hinchey...
  • Judge denies Perry appeal, calls suit disruptive [Virginia ballot]

    01/17/2012 2:16:45 PM PST · by freespirited · 13 replies
    WTVR ^ | 01/17/12
    The United State Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit, has denied an appeal by Rick Perry and the three other plaintiffs’ who filed suit to get on the Virginia GOP primary ballot. The circuit judges today said that, “For the reasons expressed herein, the court denies the motion for the requested injunctive relief.” They cited the impending deadline to send out absentee ballots, by Jan. 21. In the ruling papers, the judges also said, “Movant had every opportunity to challenge the various Virginia ballot requirements at a time when the challenge would not have created the disruption that this last-minute lawsuit...
  • Slavery museum disputes $1.6 million shortage claim

    01/16/2012 12:27:25 PM PST · by freespirited · 16 replies
    Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder's slavery museum is disputing a claim by the city of Fredericksburg that the museum failed to account for $1.6 million in funds. As part of its efforts to seek federal bankruptcy protection, the United States National Slavery Museum is trying to stop the appointment of an examiner to review its finances. The museum also maintains that it be allowed to reorganize so it can eventually resume fundraising and seek tax-exempt status with Fredericksburg. Last month, an attorney for the city filed a motion as part of its efforts to collect more than $215,000 in delinquent...
  • The Worst White House Aide [Valerie Jarrett]

    01/15/2012 9:47:07 AM PST · by freespirited · 63 replies · 3+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 01/23/12 | Matthew Continetti
    If for nothing else, Jodi Kantor’s The Obamas will be remembered for an anecdote from 2010. After he spent hours disputing an allegation in the French media that Michelle Obama thought life in the White House was “hell,” press secretary Robert Gibbs encountered senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. She told him the first lady was unhappy with his work. Gibbs exploded in a rage, informing Jarrett that she didn’t “know what the f— you’re talking about” and that if Mrs. Obama was displeased, well, “f— her too.” Subsequent relations between the senior adviser and press secretary were strained. Gibbs told Kantor...
  • You can blame Mitt, but not for Bain

    01/12/2012 1:09:55 PM PST · by freespirited · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/12/12 | Steve Rattner
    I’m all in favor of piling on Mitt Romney for any number of reasons: his come lately embrace of hard right conservatism, his periodic malapropisms (“I like being able to fire people”) and above all, the nonchalance with which he displays a dazzling shortage of principles by incessantly flip-flopping on issues, sometimes the same day. But these latest salvos being fired at his service as the founder and head of Bain Capital go too far. Having spent nearly three decades on Wall Street, when it comes to Bain Capital, I feel equipped — some might say too equipped — to...
  • Gingrich also profited from private equity firm

    01/11/2012 1:42:51 PM PST · by freespirited · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 11, 2012 | Kells Hetherington
    Although Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has been in the news of late for attacking former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for his role at Bain Capital, it seems that Gingrich also had a paid role at a major private equity firm. From 1999 to 2001, Gingrich served on an advisory board for Forstmann Little, according to a New York Times report. Former Sen. Bob Dole and former Secretary of State Henry Kissenger also served Forstmann Little in similar capacities, a Gingrich campaign spokesperson told the Times. The Forstmann Little advisory board that Gingrich served on met twice a...
  • Gas Prices Continue to Rise

    01/10/2012 10:05:53 AM PST · by freespirited · 33 replies
    ABC ^ | 01/09/12 | Susanna Kim
    Gas prices are continuing to move upward with a gallon of regular at $3.38, up 8 cents from a week ago, the Energy Department’s U.S. Energy Information Administration said today. The weekly national average increased almost 30 cents from a year ago, and rose for the third consecutive week, adding to predictions that 2012 might be an uncomfortably expensive year for drivers across the country. Last year was a record year for gas prices but 2012 is forecasted to surpass its annual average. The real annual average for a gallon of regular gas last year hit $3.56, up from $2.90...
  • NRSC: Bob Kerrey To The Left Of Even Ben Nelson On ObamaCare

    01/10/2012 10:01:52 AM PST · by freespirited · 10 replies
    Insurance News ^ | 01/10/12
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- The National Republican Senatorial Committee issued the following news release: As former Nebraska Democrat Senator Bob Kerrey turned New York City resident returns to the Cornhusker State, Nebraskans may be surprised to learn where Mr. Kerrey stands on a wide variety of issues, including President Obama's $2.5 trillion healthcare bill. What Nebraskans will quickly learn is that not only does Mr. Kerrey support government-run healthcare, but that Kerrey is even more liberal than Ben Nelson on the issue because he supports the government-run public option. Even more remarkable is that Kerrrey once told a group of...
  • Michele Bachmann: No Matter What Happens in Iowa We're not Dropping Out

    01/02/2012 12:25:40 PM PST · by freespirited · 77 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/02/12 | Alex Pappas
    No matter what happens at the Iowa caucuses Tuesday, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said Monday she will not drop out of the race for president. During an appearance on MNSBC’s Morning Joe, Bachmann said her campaign has “already bought our plane tickets. We’re headed to South Carolina as soon as we’re done on Wednesday morning. We’ll be there. We’re going the distance.” Bachmann won the Iowa Straw Poll in August, but suffered a fall hard as the campaign season went on. The most recent Des Moines Register poll shows her in last place, with 7 percent. “This isn’t over,” she...
  • Iowa Caucuses: Ron Paul vs. the weather

    01/02/2012 9:39:20 AM PST · by freespirited · 7 replies
    Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, is likely to finish in the top-tier of Republican presidential candidates in the Iowa Caucuses on Tuesday, January 3rd. In fact, Mr. Paul predicted a “first or second” place finish in the Iowa Caucuses on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt.” However, political commentators like former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee have predicted that Mr. Paul will do better if the weather is bad. “If the weather is bad and it’s real tough to get out, Ron Paul would win,” Mr. Huckabee said on Fox News’ “Fox Sunday with...
  • Bachmann Defector Rejects Claim of Being Bought Off by Paul Camp

    12/29/2011 12:34:59 PM PST · by freespirited · 15 replies
    FOX News ^ | 12/29/11
    The former Michele Bachmann supporter who defected to the Ron Paul team this week said he was "never offered a nickel" by Paul's campaign, disputing the Minnesota congresswoman's claim that he was bought off. Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson, who was a Bachmann Iowa co-chairman before he resigned Wednesday and endorsed Paul, accused Bachmann of fabricating a story about a conversation they had before he bolted. Bachmann had said in a radio interview Thursday that Sorsenson told her he was offered "a lot of money" by Paul's people. "That's why he left," Bachmann claimed, repeating an allegation she made the...
  • GoDaddy's Reversal a Win for Customer Pressure [Drops Support for SOPA]

    12/25/2011 12:15:54 PM PST · by freespirited · 16 replies
    PC World ^ | 12/23/11 | Grant Gross
    Giant domain name registrar GoDaddy.com has pulled its support from the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act after owners of several websites announced they would take their business elsewhere. Negative feedback about SOPA from a number of customers forced GoDaddy to take a second look at the legislation, said Warren Adelman, Go Daddy's newly appointed CEO. Go Daddy has concerns about the free speech and Internet security implications of the legislation, but until now, has worked with lawmakers to address those issues, he said. "It's clear to us the bill's not ready in its current form," Adelman said Friday. "Looking at...
  • In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback puts tea party tenets into action with sharp cuts

    12/22/2011 3:23:23 PM PST · by freespirited · 12 replies
    Wapo ^ | 12/21/11 | Annie Gowan
    If you want to know what a Tea Party America might look like, there is no place like Kansas. In the past year, three state agencies have been abolished and 2,050 jobs have been cut. Funding for schools, social services and the arts have been slashed. The new Republican governor rejected a $31.5 million federal grant for a new health-insurance exchange because he opposes President Obama’s health-care law. And that’s just the small stuff. A new “Office of the Repealer” has been created to reduce the number of laws and regulations, and the Repealer is canvassing the state for more...
  • Tea Party Patriots leader arrested at airport for checking in lawful pistol

    12/21/2011 12:42:42 PM PST · by freespirited · 46 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/19/11 | Alex Pappas
    Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler was arrested at an airport in New York City on Thursday after he attempted to check-in a locked gun box holding his Glock 27 pistol and ammunition to a Delta Air Lines ticket agent. According to authorities and his attorney, Meckler, 49, holds a concealed-carry permit for the Glock 27 pistol at home in California, but not in New York where he was attempting to board the plane. As a result, he was arrested and charged with a felony. “Before leaving home, passengers should acquaint themselves with the weapon laws of the jurisdiction that...
  • Down the Newt Chute [New Iowa Poll]

    12/21/2011 11:13:47 AM PST · by freespirited · 29 replies
    We Ask America ^ | 12/21/11
    It’s becoming all too predictable.As soon as a GOP presidential candidate gains traction in Iowa, the bright lights hit him/her and they melt down like a cheap candle. The latest to follow the pattern is, of course, Newt Gingrich. Just 15 days ago, we measured Newt with a robust 30 percent. But everyone—including the merry elves at We Ask America—warned that Gingrich could soon travail down the Newt Chute due to the cyclical habits exhibited by GOP frontrunners and the former Speaker’s penchant for provocative barbs.Sure enough, Gingrich appears to be fading badly, but those who have dumped him seem...
  • Van der Sloot’s ‘angel’ pays his bills, made CD for him

    12/21/2011 10:53:19 AM PST · by freespirited · 46 replies
    MSDNC ^ | 12/21/11 | Michael Inbar
    Infamous accused killer Joran van der Sloot has yet to receive a visit from his own mother as he sits awaiting trial in a Peruvian prison, but an American stranger has made the 5,200-mile round trip to van der Sloot’s prison cell — three times. Not only that: 55-year-old Florida radiologist Mary Hamer has also helped foot van der Sloot’s legal bills; recorded a CD to raise money for his defense; sent him care packages, and written him missives that some might call love letters, but she insists are more spiritual in nature. “The more I know Joran, the more...
  • About that Iowa Poll Sample [PPP]

    12/20/2011 10:27:51 AM PST · by freespirited · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/19/11 | Jonathan Martin
    Without another Ann Selzer Iowa poll until the first of the year, the political class is now largely analyzing the caucuses through robo polls, internal campaign surveys and good old-fashioned anecdotal reporting.It's the first of these that gets the most attention - and sparks the most controversy.After the Democratic-aligned PPP - which has gotten some important races right -- posted their latest Iowa survey last night showing Ron Paul staking out a lead, the pushback quickly surfaced.At issue: whether PPP's sample is too heavy on Democrats and independents and is therefore skewing the results to make Paul seem stronger. (Any...
  • Two-Month Payroll Tax Holiday Cannot Be Implemented Properly, Experts Say

    12/19/2011 12:30:21 PM PST · by freespirited · 26 replies
    ABC ^ | 12/19/11 | Jake Tapper
    Officials from the policy-neutral National Payroll Reporting Consortium, Inc. have expressed concern to members of Congress that the two-month payroll tax holiday passed by the Senate and supported by President Obama cannot be implemented properly. Pete Isberg, president of the NPRC today wrote to the key leaders of the relevant committees of the House and Senate, telling them that “insufficient lead time” to implement the complicated change mandated by the legislation means the two-month payroll tax holiday “could create substantial problems, confusion and costs affecting a significant percentage of U.S. employers and employees...” The NPRC ... represents organizations that provide...
  • [Iowa] Occupy Moves From Obama's Office To New Spot [RAT Party Hdqtrs!]

    12/19/2011 11:35:32 AM PST · by freespirited · 4 replies
    KCCI ^ | 12/19/11
    Occupy Des Moines members said Monday that they have moved their protest from President Obama's campaign office to the Iowa Democratic Party headquarters. Protesters said they are "refusing to leave until Obama vetoes the National Defense Authorization Act and starts putting all the power of his office to bear on putting communities before corporations and people before profits." The Occupy movement had been camped outside the president's campaign office in Des Moines since Saturday. Occupiers said they want Obama to cut the U.S. military budget in half and "dismantle our U.S. military empire" to create jobs. Occupiers said they want...
  • Romney, Gingrich tied in new CNN poll

    12/19/2011 10:57:34 AM PST · by freespirited · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12/19/11 | Ed Morrissey
    Has Newt Gingrich lost momentum in polling for the Republican primary? Not in the latest CNN poll, although he may not have as much as Mitt Romney. According to their survey conducted from Friday to Sunday nationally, both GOP fronrunners have 28% of the respondents, leaving the rest of the field trailing badly. CNN reports this as Gingrich’s lead disappearing, which is true but a bit misleading: Newt Gingrich’s lead in the race for the GOP presidential nomination has evaporated, according to a new national survey. A CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday indicates that 28% of Republicans and independents who...
  • Farewell, plastic bags? You’ll have a lot of company

    12/19/2011 8:43:54 AM PST · by freespirited · 75 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 12/18/11 | Vanessa Ho
    With the Seattle City Council expected to vote on a plastic bag ban Monday, is it time to bid farewell to something Seattleites use 292 million of a year? The bill would banish single-use, carryout bags in not just grocery stores, but department stores, clothing stores, liquor stores, drug stores and home improvement stores. Customers would be able to buy paper bags from retailers for 5 cents each. Customers on food assistance would be exempted from that charge. With seven of nine council members sponsoring the bill – and support from environmental and grocery-store groups – the future doesn’t look...
  • Obama to let states decide benefit levels under health law

    12/18/2011 1:31:27 PM PST · by freespirited · 33 replies
    LA Slimes ^ | 12/16/11 | Noam Levey
    Seeking to defuse a potential showdown over a key part of the new healthcare law, the Obama administration moved Friday to let states, rather than the federal government, define which medical benefits insurance companies will have to offer consumers starting in 2014. That allows state leaders to retain more control of health insurance even as the law extends a new federal guarantee that all Americans can get coverage, even if they are sick. "This is significantly more state-flexible and friendly than many would have expected," said Alan Weil, head of the National Academy for State Heath Policy. It remains unclear,...
  • Des Moines Register Has Endorsed Mitt Romney

    12/17/2011 5:36:20 PM PST · by freespirited · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Des Moines Register | 12/17/11
    Can't post from Des Moines Register, but here is the link: http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/2011/12/17/23902/
  • Married couples at a record low

    12/16/2011 5:05:06 PM PST · by freespirited · 14 replies
    Wapo ^ | 12/14/11
    The proportion of adults who are married has plunged to record lows as more people decide to live together now and wed later, reflecting decades of evolving attitudes about the role of marriage in society. Just 51 percent of all adults who are 18 and older are married, placing them on the brink of becoming a minority, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of census statistics to be released Wednesday. That represents a steep drop from 57 percent who were married in 2000. Maryland is a little below the national average, at 50 percent, while Virginia is a little...
  • Dem lawmaker blasts ‘Professor Obama’ as arrogant, alienating

    12/13/2011 10:12:37 AM PST · by freespirited · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/11 | Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA)
    After observing President Obama for the last three years, it has become obvious to me that the president might prefer to be a university professor rather than do the job he holds today. While he might not realize that he feels this way, the evidence is very clear to those who work with or watch him closely. Let me be clear — I’m not trying to disparage professors. But anyone who wonders why the president is not crushing the weak Republican field only needs to examine how President Obama has behaved more like Professor Obama: ‘IDEA DISEASE’ In the president’s...
  • The real unemployment rate is 11 percent

    12/12/2011 11:54:23 AM PST · by freespirited · 17 replies
    Wapo ^ | 12/12/11 | Ezra Klein
    Typically, I try to tie the beginning of Wonkbook to the news. But today, the most important sentence isn't a report on something that just happened, but a fresh look at something that's been happening for the last three years. In particular, it's this sentence by the Financial Times' Ed Luce, who writes, "According to government statistics, if the same number of people were seeking work today as in 2007, the jobless rate would be 11 percent." Remember that the unemployment rate is not "how many people don't have jobs?", but "how many people don't have jobs and are actively...
  • Three Occupy D.C. members launch hunger strike

    12/09/2011 8:48:42 AM PST · by freespirited · 29 replies
    Wapo ^ | 12/08/44 | Maggie Fazeli Fard
    Three members of the Occupy D.C. group said they will begin a hunger Three members of the Occupy D.C. group said they will begin a hunger strike Thursday, ceasing all eating in support of “D.C. democracy” and full voting rights for District residents. But not until after breakfast. Adrian Parsons, Sam Jewler and Kelly Mears began their fast at noon at McPherson Square Park in Northwest Washington. Their last meal consisted of carrot juice, spinach juice, stir-fried vegetables and tofu. At a news conference Thursday afternoon, protesters said they will sustain their hunger strike until D.C. is granted full voting...
  • Occupy movement moves into neighborhoods

    12/07/2011 3:43:28 PM PST · by freespirited · 12 replies
    LA Slimes ^ | 12/07/11 | Walter Hamilton, E. Scott Reckard and Phil Willon
    The Occupy Wall Street campaign is moving from downtown to the suburbs. Chased from their encampments on Wall Street, Los Angeles City Hall and elsewhere, protesters are now taking their push for financial democracy to neighborhoods around the country. On Tuesday, they staged demonstrations at foreclosed homes in nearly two dozen states to draw attention to the effect of the housing collapse on American families. In California, a coalition of labor, housing and minority-rights activists gathered in South Gate, Riverside, Oakland and San Francisco, helping families move back into their foreclosed homes — and vowing to stay there to defend...
  • Some Democratic strategists worry about Gingrich’s potential appeal

    12/05/2011 10:57:35 AM PST · by freespirited · 61 replies
    Wapo ^ | 12/04/11 | Peter Wallsten and Anne E. Kornblut,
    Democratic strategist Jim Jordan says he and others in the party “passionately” want to face Gingrich. And from the right, conservative pundit Ann Coulter is warning that the former House speaker’s past extramarital affairs and other baggage make him a far less formidable nominee than Romney. But even as Gingrich’s sudden rise has filled many Obama supporters with cheer and some Republicans with dread, some Democratic strategists worry that the combative Gingrich presents some challenges for the Obama campaign that would not exist if Romney were the GOP candidate.... Gingrich could pursue a strategy that combines energizing the conservative base...
  • Gingrich leads in latest Iowa GOP poll

    12/03/2011 8:13:18 PM PST · by freespirited · 63 replies
    CBS ^ | 12/03/11
    Newt Gingrich has taken the lead in a poll of Republican voters in Iowa, followed by Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. Former House Speaker Gingrich received support from 25 percent of likely voters in the leadoff Iowa caucus, while Texas congressman Paul had 18 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had 16 percent in the Des Moines Register's Iowa Poll released Saturday. Gingrich's support stood at just 7 percent in the most recent Iowa Poll, conducted in late October. Businessman Herman Cain, who suspended his campaign today amid claims of sexual misconduct, was at 8 percent in the latest...
  • Police: Anti-Occupy protester beaten [Seattle]

    12/03/2011 1:04:22 PM PST · by freespirited · 9 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 12/02/11
    Police say a man who displayed an anti-Occupy Seattle sign near Seattle Central Community College was beaten on Friday. The 42-year-old man stood just north of the Occupy camp holding a sign that read "Occupy Somewhere Else, Not My School," according to police. At roughly 5:30 p.m., three to five men who disagreed with the sign walked over to the man and made their feelings known. The victim told police the men began taking verbal jabs at him and at one point used a dog to intimidate him. At some point during the argument, police say one of the men...
  • What the big drop in the unemployment rate means for Obama’s reelection

    12/02/2011 6:44:38 PM PST · by freespirited · 29 replies
    AEI Blog ^ | 12/02/11 | James Pethokoukis
      Despite a sharp drop in the U-3 unemployment rate last month to 8.6 percent from 9.0 percent, there was no triumphalism coming from the Obama White House this morning. As economic adviser Alan Krueger wrote on the White House blog about the November employment numbers: Today’s employment report provides further evidence that the economy is continuing to heal from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, but the pace of improvement is still not fast enough given the large job losses from the recession that began in December 2007. … The monthly employment and unemployment numbers are volatile and employment estimates...
  • Herman Cain 2012 drop-out decision: 'Leaning toward' campaign suspension

    12/02/2011 6:39:28 PM PST · by freespirited · 192 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/02/11 | Maggie Haberman & Reid Epstein
    Multiple sources familiar with the discussions told POLITICO Friday that Herman Cain is “leaning toward suspending the campaign,” in the words of one, who stressed no decision has been made. “He’ll probably get out, but nothing’s been decided,” another source said. The one-time leader in the Republican presidential polls is scheduled to address supporters at the opening of his Georgia state headquarters Saturday. He was set to meet with his wife Friday to discuss the future of his candidacy at the end of a week at which he and aides repeatedly said he was “reassessing” his candidacy. Cain himself has...
  • Gingrich Is Cozier With Iowa Evangelicals Than You May Think

    12/02/2011 11:09:41 AM PST · by freespirited · 11 replies
    Atlantic ^ | 12/02/11 | Jackie Koszczuk
    More conventional wisdom that needs dispelling this primary season: The adulterous and thrice-married Newt Gingrich will be unable to attract evangelical voters in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. While it's true that the former House speaker ultimately may fail to achieve the redemption he's seeking from Iowa evangelicals, it's also a fact that he has been quietly building bridges to that important segment of the caucus-going electorate for more than a year. And, he not only built the bridges, he paid for them. That could turn out to be Gingrich's greatest secret weapon against his rivals in the Republican caucus in...
  • Gingrich Is Uniting the Tea Party and Establishment

    12/01/2011 4:14:24 PM PST · by freespirited · 54 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/01/11 | Jeffrey Anderson
    The latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters — which shows Newt Gingrich with a 21-point lead over runner-up Mitt Romney — suggests that Gingrich is uniting the Tea Party and establishment wings of the Republican Party. The poll shows that among likely Republican primary voters who do not consider themselves to be members of the Tea Party, Gingrich is winning by 11 percentage points — 32 to 21 percent (over Romney). Among those who do consider themselves to be members of the Tea Party, he’s winning by 37 points — 47 to 10 percent (over Romney and Herman Cain). Among...
  • National Poll: Gingrich 45% Obama 43%

    11/30/2011 10:42:54 AM PST · by freespirited · 103 replies
    The Newt Gingrich surge has moved him to the top of the polls in Iowa, big gains in New Hampshire and now a two-point edge over President Obama in a hypothetical general election match-up. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters finds Gingrich attracting 45% of the vote while President Obama earns support from 43%. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided.
  • Tracking Iowa [Newt Way Up]

    11/29/2011 10:59:13 AM PST · by freespirited · 16 replies
    We Ask America ^ | 11/29/11
      Our last Iowa test came just after Herman Cain‘s past problems surfaced, but before many details or additional accusers were exposed. Since then, most of the other Republican candidates have plodded through the Hawkeyes’ cornfields and watched as Newt Gingrich quietly ascended back up the slippery rungs of the nation’s political ladder.Those who predicted Gingrich’s demise months ago have had to eat a bit of crow lately as the former House Speaker maintained a long self-induced binge of measured presence. While few question Gingrich’s keen intellect, even fewer believed he could control his penchant for occasional outbursts that pin...
  • Poll: Trouble for Ben Nelson if Bruning wins primary

    11/28/2011 7:02:04 PM PST · by freespirited · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/11 | Josh Lederman
    Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) would start his 2012 reelection race in a weak position if Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning wins the primary, according to a new poll. The survey by Republican firm Magellan Strategies put Nelson 6 points behind Bruning in a general election. But pitted against Don Stenberg, another Republican in the race, Nelson is in a statistical tie. He bests Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer (R) by 6 points. Another cause for concern for Nelson, who has not yet announced whether he will seek reelection, is his 36 percent approval rating, which dwarfs the 51 percent who...
  • Race to Replace Frank Could Be Competitive

    11/28/2011 11:12:20 AM PST · by freespirited · 16 replies
    RCP ^ | 11/28/11 | Sean Trende
    Rep. Barney Frank announced Monday that he will not seek election to a 17th term. While the seat will definitely lean toward the Democrats, the election to replace Frank will likely be somewhat competitive. Massachusetts lost a seat in the 2010 decennial redistricting. In addition to eliminating that seat, state Democrats wanted to shore up the party’s performance in the former 10th district, in southeastern Massachusetts. As such, Frank's district was changed fairly dramatically, and about half of it would have been new territory for him. In particular, the district lost some white working-class towns in the southern portion of...
  • Maxine Waters in line to take over from Frank on Financial Services

    11/28/2011 10:24:19 AM PST · by freespirited · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/11 | Peter Schroeder
    Wall Street executives already are bracing for the possibility that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) will take over as the senior Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee from Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). Waters is in line for Frank’s spot and could become chairwoman of the panel if Democrats retake the House. Frank will announce Monday that he will not seek another term in the House. The California liberal is seen as to the left of Frank, the architect of 2010’s Wall Street reform bill, on financial issues. While banks and other financial institutions often battled Frank, he was seen as...
  • Sen. Pat Toomey says Dems torpedoed debt panel to protect Obama

    11/28/2011 9:40:38 AM PST · by freespirited · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/11 | Jonathan Easley
    Supercommittee member Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) accused Democrats on Monday of torpedoing the deficit supercommittee because a success would have “stepped on” President Obama’s campaign narrative. Speaking Monday on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Toomey said there’s “something to” suggestions that Democrats had an incentive to see the supercommittee fail. “That goes to the asymmetry of the incentives and I think there was something to that,” Toomey said. “The president’s fundamental campaign message was to run against Congress - never mind the fact that half of Congress is controlled by the Democrats, but that’s his purpose, and certainly an agreement in this...
  • The Psychological Foundation of Obama’s Political Problems

    11/28/2011 9:30:07 AM PST · by freespirited · 24 replies
    New Republic ^ | 11/28/11 | Justin Frank
    In June 1985, Flora Lewis wrote in the New York Times that then-President Ronald Reagan said he had pounded the walls in frustration over the hostage crisis in Beirut. Given what we know about Reagan, it's not hard to believe that he would resort to such measures to express his rage. Now try to imagine Barack Obama similarly venting his frustration at the Republicans taking his agenda hostage for political gain. Hard to visualize, isn't it? That's no accident. Since being elected president, Obama has consistently displayed a cool demeanor, one that has confounded many of his former supporters. His...
  • Longshot Republican candidate mulls third-party run [Gary Johnson]

    11/26/2011 3:38:31 PM PST · by freespirited · 61 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/26/11
    Disgruntled former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson says he is considering leaving the Republican slate and running as a third-party candidate in the 2012 presidential election. "I feel abandoned by the Republican Party," Johnson, who has been left out of most of the Republican debates, told the Sante Fe New Mexican newspaper this week, saying he might seek the Libertarian Party's support. "The Republican Party has left me by the wayside," said Johnson, whose polling numbers have recently been so low that they are often not even being picked up by pollsters. "If I'd have been included in 16 of...
  • 25 Worst Internet Passwords

    11/20/2011 5:02:59 PM PST · by freespirited · 83 replies
    FOX News ^ | 11/20/11
    If “password” is your password, chances are you’ve been the victim of a hack attack. “Password” is the least successful, according to SplashData’s annual list of worst Internet passwords. The list, notes Mashable.com, is somewhat predictable. Sequences of adjacent numbers or letters on the keyboard, such as “qwerty” and “123456,” and popular names, such as “ashley” and “michael,” all are common choices. Other common choices, such as “monkey” and “shadow,” are harder to explain. As some websites have begun to require passwords to include both numbers and letters, it makes sense varied choices, such as “abc123″ and “trustno1,” have become...
  • National Cost of “Occupation” to Top $12 Million [and only 3621 arrests!]

    11/18/2011 9:02:47 AM PST · by freespirited · 19 replies
    Commentary ^ | 11/17/11 | Alana Goodman
    On the eve of the Occupy Wall Street protests, it’s useful to take a look at its legacy. There are plenty of ways to measure the depravity that we’ve seen during the past several months, but it’s simplest to focus on the following themes: arrests, assaults, death and disease – plus the financial burden that the rest of the country has to shoulder in order to clean it all up:Number of arrests: 3,621 (via Occupy Arrests )Number of deaths: 4 – one murder, one suicide, one suspected drug overdose and one mystery.Number of sexual assaults: At least seven that have...
  • November 18, 2011 Rediscovered 2004 Senate ad shows Obama pitching similar rhetorical themes

    11/18/2011 7:50:02 AM PST · by freespirited · 6 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/05/11 | Neil Munro
    A rediscovered video from Barack Obama’s 2004 Senate race shows him road-testing his current rhetorical techniques, pitching far-left policies, and depicting business and the marketplace as negative forces. “We all have a set of mutual obligations towards each other — we are our brother’s keeper, we are our sister’s keeper — and that those mutual obligations have to express themselves through government policies,” he said at the tail end of a soft-focus, five-minute autobiographical video entitled “Introducing Barack Obama” that he released during his 2004 campaign for U.S. Senate. They’re “the kind of values that I’ve been trying to promote...
  • A $553,000 piano controversy in Maryland? [Broke state buys 32 Steinways]

    11/17/2011 8:51:59 PM PST · by freespirited · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/17/2011 | Michael S. Rosenwald
    <p>Does Bowie State really need $553,000 worth of new pianos? More specifically, Steinway pianos, the crčme de la crčme of musical instruments.</p> <p>The Maryland Board of Public Works faced that question yesterday, when officials from Bowie State University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center came asking for 32 pianos either made or designed by Steinway.</p>
  • Widespread Protests Planned [Thursday, NYC]

    11/16/2011 7:05:46 PM PST · by freespirited · 39 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11/17/11 | Andrew Grossman
    The newly homeless Occupy Wall Street activists on Thursday plan a citywide day of demonstrations, an event that will test both the movement's resilience following its eviction from Zuccotti Park and the city's ability to deal with the decentralized protests. Protesters plan to start early. At 7 a.m., some say they'll try to march on Wall Street and disrupt the beginning of the work day. So far, a heavy police presence and a warren of barricades have kept protesters from holding serious protests on Wall Street. Others will gather in Zuccotti Park. In the afternoon, they're urging people to gather...
  • Occupy DC to march on Key Bridge Thursday

    11/16/2011 12:15:24 PM PST · by freespirited · 16 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11/16/11
    Occupy DC protesters plan to march on the Key Bridge Thursday afternoon. The protesters plan to arrive at the bridge around 2:30 p.m. and return to McPherson Square, where they have camped for the last two months, by 3:30 p.m., avoiding rush hour, according to Occupy DC's media team. An Occupy DC spokesman also said that protesters would stay on the sidewalk to avoid snarling traffic. A newly formed Occupy NoVa group is also planning to march to the bridge from Ballston to meet the Occupy DC group, but its march isn't scheduled to arrive at the bridge until 5...
  • Victim 1 Cried When Penn State Suspect Was on TV, Mom Wants More to Come Forward

    11/16/2011 9:51:26 AM PST · by freespirited · 44 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/16/11 | Kevin Dolak &Jim Avila
    The mother of the boy identified as Victim 1 in the Penn State sex abuse scandal said her son broke down in tears when he heard accused child molester Jerry Sandusky claim on television they were just "horsing around." When she asked her son why he cried, "He said, 'Because I'm afraid. I'm afraid he'll go free.'" The mom said she reassured her son that is not likely to happen. "There's other witnesses, probably more victims out there to come forward yet," she told her son, and she urged others with information to speak up. Her son is one of...