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  • VP Visit Causes Minimal Traffic Delays in Lynchburg

    11/04/2012 3:58:11 PM PST · by MNJohnnie · 5 replies
    WSET ^ | 10-27-12
    Lynchburg, VA - When a sitting Vice President who is up for re-election comes to town, you would expect traffic jams and delays to come with him. Folks in downtown Lynchburg say the VP's visit really didn't cause many delays. Officials kept downtown traffic running smoothly, although there were several streets blocked off. People at the event said they came fearing the worst, but were pleasantly surprised. On the Streets of Downtown Lynchburg, you may never have known the Vice President was in town. "Things seem pretty uneventful, a lot of people and not much hassle," said Hart Green, a...
  • Fact Check: Top Ten Worst Lies by Joe Biden in VP Debate

    10/12/2012 5:21:51 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 14 replies ^ | 10-12-12 | by Joel B. Pollak
    Once again, Joe Biden lied his way through a Vice Presidential debate--just as he did in his contest with Sarah Palin in 2008. This time, the media caught a few of Biden's worst "malarkey" moments--as did his opponent, Paul Ryan, when he could get a word in edgewise. Here are the top ten worst lies told by Biden during the debate: Update - Honorable Mention: "There's not one Democrat who endorsed his...plan." Biden lied--as Ryan pointed out, amidst the Vice President's interruptions--about the fact that Ryan had worked with both Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and former Clinton budget...
  • Obama and Romney now tied in presidential race: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    10/09/2012 10:55:41 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/09/2012
    Reuters) - Republican Mitt Romney has erased U.S. President Barack Obama's advantage in the presidential race and the two candidates are now tied among likely voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll released on Tuesday. With the November 6 election four weeks away, Romney and Obama each command 45 percent, the daily tracking poll found. Obama held a steady lead in the poll for most of September, but Romney narrowed the gap following a strong debate performance last week. Obama had been leading by 2 percentage points in the last poll on Sunday. Voters' personal views of Romney improved across...
  • Q2 GDP SLASHED TO 1.3%

    09/27/2012 7:53:35 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09-27-2012 | Sam Ro
    The third reading on Q2 GDP just came out and the report was ugly. The headline growth number was revised down to 1.3 percent on an annualized basis. Economists expected the number to be unchanged at 1.7 percent. "As we recently noted, you'll need to watch the rear-view mirror to see the recession come into focus," wrote ECRI's Lakshman Achuthan in an email to Business Insider. "The "third" estimate of the second-quarter percent change in real GDP is 0.4 percentage point, or $16.0 billion, less than the "second" estimate issued last month, primarily reflecting downward revisions to private inventory investment,...
  • Democrats’ Advantage in Voter Registration Slipping in Key States

    09/24/2012 1:57:47 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 22 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 09-24-12 | Jim Geraghty
    This news release – announcing that there are now roughly 20,000 more registered Republicans in Iowa than registered Democrats – suggests that Hawkeye state Republicans can crow about a dramatic turnaround, pointing out that back in January 2009, Iowa Democrats enjoyed a 110,000 voter registration advantage. In terms of how many voters are registered with each major party, Democrats continue to hold advantages in several key swing states, but in all of those states, their advantage is considerably smaller than it was in 2008. In Florida, as of last month there are 4,627,929 registered Democrats and 4,173,177 registered Republicans, which...

    09/14/2012 5:54:55 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 9 replies
    Classic ^ | 09-14-2012 | By Wayne Jett
    $480 BILLION ANNUAL DIRECT TAX ON SAVINGS Federal Reserve Goes All In for its Owners By Wayne Jett © September 14, 2012 The Federal Reserve announces its intent to create $40 billion monthly at the expense of existing savings and pay it to the big banks for mortgage-backed securities. This outrageous looting evokes what response? Applause, of course, and a little intellectual hand-wringing gives just the right tint of fair debate. Who continues to assign any credibility to the Federal Reserve’s announced policies, objectives and motives? No informed person, except those beholden to big banks (the Fed’s controlling shareholders), including...
  • Jihadis Threaten to Burn U.S. Embassy in Cairo (From 24 hours BEFORE the attacks!)

    09/14/2012 2:28:58 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09-10-2012 | Raymond Abrahim
    ihadi groups in Egypt, including Islamic Jihad, the Sunni Group, and Al Gamaa Al Islamiyya have issued a statement threatening to burn the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to the ground. According to El Fagr, they are calling for the immediate release of the Islamic jihadis who are imprisonment and in detention centers in the U.S. including Guantanamo Bay: “The group, which consists of many members from al-Qaeda, called [especially] for the quick release of the jihadi [mujahid] sheikh, Omar Abdul Rahman [the "Blind Sheikh"], whom they described as a scholar and jihadi who sacrificed his life for the Egyptian Umma,...
  • US median income lowest since 1995

    09/13/2012 8:48:56 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 12 replies
    FT Com ^ | 09-12-2012 | James Politi
    The median income of American households dropped to its lowest level since 1995 last year, extending its decline during President Barack Obama’s tenure and highlighting the depth of the damage to the middle class inflicted by the recession and weak recovery. According to annual data from the Census Bureau, median income adjusted for inflation – a closely watched measure of the financial health of average Americans – fell to $50,054 in 2011, or 1.5 per cent below its 2010 level and 4.1 per cent below its score when Mr Obama took office in 2009.
  • Household income drops for 4th straight year

    09/12/2012 10:18:50 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 13 replies
    The income of the typical American household fell last year for the fourth consecutive year, the longest sustained period of decline since the early 2000s. Americans are now poorer than they were in 1999 after taking into account how inflation erodes the value of the dollar. Median household income fell after adjusting for inflation to $50,100 in 2011, down 1.5% from a year earlier. The Census Bureau's annual income report is considered a key indicator of the economic health of the nation and its middle class. Median income is the true middle point of American households — half made more,...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (0 46 R 45)

    09/12/2012 9:01:23 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 20 replies
    Rassmussen ^ | 09-12-2012 | Scott Rassmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows President Obama attracting support from 46% of voters nationwide, while Mitt Romney earns 45% of the vote. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. The president received a modest convention bounce, but that's now gone. On the day the conventions began, Obama was up by two points. Now the numbers are essentially back to that starting point with the president leading by a point. See daily tracking history. When “leaners” are included, it’s Romney 48% and Obama 47%. Leaners are those who initially indicate...
  • LAMBRO: Obama on track to have worst job record since World War II

    09/12/2012 8:51:49 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 09-11-2012 | Donald Lambro
    ugust’s abysmally weak job growth proved yet again that President Obama’s economic policies are a miserable failure that will continue to undermine our country until he leaves office. The government’s report that the economy added just a minuscule 96,000 jobs last month came at the end of the Democrats’ defensive national convention, where the president, Bill Clinton and other party luminaries made extravagant claims that things will get better if Mr. Obama is re-elected to a second term. But analysts at the Federal Reserve Board, economists and business leaders say Mr. Obama’s declining economy is not going to get significantly...
  • Federal regulations increased 7.4% during Obama’s first three years

    09/11/2012 9:28:49 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 09-11-2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Want an insight on why we’re experiencing the worst recovery since the Great Depression? The US Chamber of Commerce points out that the Code of Federal Regulations has grown at a pace outstripping economic growth — and especially job creation — during the Barack Obama administration, expanding by 7.4%, with a good part of that growth in the first year: Over the past three years, the bound edition of the Code of Federal Regulations has increased by 11,327 pages – a 7.4 percent increase from Jan. 1, 2009 to Dec. 31, 2011. In 2009, the increase in the number of...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (Romney 48, Obama 45)

    09/05/2012 7:47:34 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 18 replies
    Rassmussen ^ | Wednesday, September 05, 2012 | Scott Rassmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 48% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns 45% of the vote. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. These updates are from nightly interviews and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. As a result, virtually all of the interviews for today’s update were completed before the prime-time coverage of the Democratic National Convention last night
  • White House says not worried about new jobs report

    09/04/2012 1:25:59 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 09-04-2012 | By: Steven Sloan
    Regardless of whether the unemployment rate rises or falls on Friday when new monthly figures are released, the White House will continue to make the same pitch to voters: the economy is moving in the right direction. “If you look at what the president has been saying for every jobs number for the past year or so, it’s almost exactly the same,” White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said today at a POLITICO luncheon here on the economy. “We’re moving in the right direction; we’re creating jobs.” “No matter what the number is, that’s how we’ll approach it,” he siad....
  • PPP: Obama up single digits in Colorado, Michigan

    09/04/2012 11:46:53 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 09-04-2012 | Alexander Burns
    he prolific Democratic polling firm has the president ahead, by tightening margins, in two swing states. Here's Colorado: PPP's first post-convention Colorado poll finds Barack Obama continuing to hold the lead over Mitt Romney in the state, 49-46. This is, however, the closest PPP has found the race in four Colorado polls this year suggesting that Romney may have received a modest bounce in the state. Last month we found Obama ahead by a 49-43 margin in Colorado. But in the wake of his selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate and the Republican convention Romney has consolidated the...
  • Israeli Ambassador Rebukes DNC Chair

    09/04/2012 10:47:33 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 62 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 09-04-2012 | Daniel Halprin
    The Israeli ambassador to America, Michael Oren, has released a statement rebuking the chair of the Democratic National Party. Earlier today, Phil Klein reported: Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed on Monday that Israel’s ambassador to the United States has accused Republicans of being “dangerous” to Israel by criticizing President Obama’s record. The Florida congresswoman made the charge at a training session for Jewish Democrats held by the Obama campaign here at the Democratic National Convention, aimed at teaching Jewish Democrats how to convince their fellow Jews to vote for Obama. Much of the session, which featured a...
  • Harry Reid's Son Representing Chinese Solar Panel Plant in $5 Billion Nevada Deal

    09/04/2012 8:10:58 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 25 replies
    briebart ^ | 09-04-2012 | Wynton Hall
    The son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Rory Reid, is the primary representative for ENN Energy Group, a Chinese energy company seeking to build a $5 billion solar panel plant on a 9,000-acre Clark County desert plot in Laughlin, Nevada. ENN scored big when Clark County commissioners unanimously voted to sell the Chinese company the public land for just $4.5 million, despite the fact that it was appraised at $38.6 million.
  • Barone: GM goes from bad to worse despite Obama bailout

    08/23/2012 5:14:53 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 08-21-2012 | Michael Barone
    Obama told a campaign event audience in Colorado earlier this month, "I said, let's bet on America's workers. And we got management and workers to come together, making cars better than ever, and now GM is number one again and the American auto industry has come roaring back." His conclusion: "So now I want to say that what we did with the auto industry, we can do in manufacturing across America. Let's make sure advanced, high-tech manufacturing jobs take root here, not in China. Let's have them here in Colorado. And that means supporting investment here." Was he calling for...
  • Fox News poll: Race for the White House tightens

    08/23/2012 3:54:43 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08-23-2012 | By Dana Blanton
    Less than a week before the Republican convention begins, the race for the White House is a virtual tie. According to a Fox News poll of likely voters, the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket receives the backing of 45 percent, while the Barack Obama-Joe Biden ticket garners 44 percent. The poll, released Thursday, is the first Fox has conducted among likely voters this year, which means an apples-to-apples comparison can’t be made to previous polls. Likely voters are eligible/registered voters who will most likely cast a ballot in this year’s presidential election. This is also the first Fox poll to ask...
  • Barack Obama the abortion extremist

    08/23/2012 1:32:44 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 08-23-2012 | Rich Lowry
    If NARAL has a man of the year award, it should go to Todd Akin. Not only did the newly minted Missouri Senate candidate express his position on abortion in the most discrediting way possible, he threatens Republican hopes to take the Senate. By throwing away a winnable seat, he could preserve a Democratic majority that will sooner desecrate the American flag on the Senate floor than restrict abortion in any manner. Predictably, the Akin flap has created a feeding frenzy. In recent days, the national political debate has seemingly telescoped down to the question of whether abortion should be...
  • Robert Gibbs and IPAB Members

    08/20/2012 2:35:51 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 4 replies
    Senator Jim Demint's blog ^ | 08-20-2012 | Jim Demint
    Robert Gibbs and IPAB Members Speaking on Fox News Sunday yesterday, Robert Gibbs was challenged about the composition of Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB. He said that the IPAB would be composed of “medical professionals. They are people that we trust to make medical decisions.” Actually, that statement is FALSE. Obamacare specifically states that practicing medical professionals may NOT comprise the majority of the IPAB’s membership --meaning economists and other potential bean-counters will by definition maintain a majority voting share on the board. Here’s the specific language from page 423 of the statute (emphasis mine): (iii) MAJORITY NONPROVIDERS.—Individuals...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (Ras: Romney 44, Obama 43)

    08/20/2012 9:50:52 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 29 replies
    Rassmussen ^ | 08-20-2012 | Scott Rassmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 44% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns the vote from 43%. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided. Today’s update matches the president’s lowest level of support since May. Yesterday was the lowest level of support for Romney since March. On a combined basis, today shows the lowest level of combined support for the two major party candidates since January 27. See daily tracking history.
  • Niall Ferguson: Obama’s Gotta Go

    08/19/2012 12:58:37 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 30 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 08-19-2012 | Niall Ferguson
    I was a good loser four years ago. “In the grand scheme of history,” I wrote the day after Barack Obama’s election as president, “four decades is not an especially long time. Yet in that brief period America has gone from the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to the apotheosis of Barack Obama. You would not be human if you failed to acknowledge this as a cause for great rejoicing.” Despite having been—full disclosure—an adviser to John McCain, I acknowledged his opponent’s remarkable qualities: his soaring oratory, his cool, hard-to-ruffle temperament, and his near faultless campaign organization. Yet the...
  • Chuck Todd Calls Biden’s Staff Influencing Pool Reports An ‘Outrage,’

    08/16/2012 1:51:27 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 23 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12:18 pm, August 16th, 2012 | by Noah Rothman |
    On Thursday, Chuck Todd, NBC News’ White House Correspondent and Political Director, called a Politico report which revealed that Vice President Joe Biden’s staff actively attempted to edit pool reports, which are used to inform reporters about events on the campaign trail, an “outrage.” He said that the system of distributing pool reports through political staffers may have to change as a result of Biden’s staffer’s behavior. RELATED: Biden’s Staff Tried To Influence Reporting On His Virginia Trip, According To Report Politico reporter Jonathan Martin, who originally reported the infraction by Biden’s staffers, said the attempted influencing of pool reports...
  • Paul Ryan Talks With Brit Hume in First Solo Interview Since VP Announcement 6pm EST

    08/14/2012 1:36:55 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08-14-12 | Fox News
    Get an inside look at the Republican vice presidential candidate’s next move as Brit Hume sits down with Paul Ryan in his first solo interview since the VP announcement.
  • U.S. Treasury increases auto bailout cost estimate

    08/14/2012 10:13:01 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | 08-14-12 | Unkown
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department has said the auto industry bailout will cost taxpayers $3.4 billion more than previously thought. Treasury now estimates the 2009 bailout will eventually cost the government $25.1 billion, according to a report sent to Congress on Friday. That is up from the last quarterly estimate of $21.7 billion. Since the $80 billion bailout of the auto industry, Detroit's big automakers have moved from crisis to profit. GM and Chrysler were put through government-funded bankruptcies that slashed costs and debt. Treasury has so far recouped about half of what was extended in grants and...
  • Romney: Ryan and I are on the same page with our budgets

    08/14/2012 10:04:12 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 08-14-12 | Unknown
    “I’m sure there are places that my budget is different than his, but we’re on the same page,” Romney told reporters at a press conference at an airport in Miami… Asked about how his plan differs from that of his running mate, Romney could not name specific differences on Monday. “Well, the items that we agree on I think outweigh any differences there may be. We haven’t gone through piece by piece and said, ‘Oh here’s a place where there’s a difference,’” Romney said. “I can’t imagine any two people even in the same party who have exactly the same...
  • A Pure Miracle (D-Day June 6th, 1944)

    06/06/2012 8:35:02 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 15 replies
    The Indiana School of Jornalism ^ | 06-12-1944 | By Ernie Pyle
    NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 12, 1944 – Due to a last-minute alteration in the arrangements, I didn’t arrive on the beachhead until the morning after D-day, after our first wave of assault troops had hit the shore. By the time we got here the beaches had been taken and the fighting had moved a couple of miles inland. All that remained on the beach was some sniping and artillery fire, and the occasional startling blast of a mine geysering brown sand into the air. That plus a gigantic and pitiful litter of wreckage along miles of shoreline. Submerged tanks and overturned...
  • Video: Hey, who’s up for $5-per-gallon gas?

    02/23/2012 12:36:17 PM PST · by MNJohnnie · 9 replies
    Hot ^ | 02-23-12
    n my neighborhood, we haven’t yet reached $4-per-gallon prices for gasoline, but we’re starting to approach that level. In California, they’ve been paying that price for quite some time. However, Nicholas Ballasly finds the highest price for gasoline right where it would be the most popular — Washington DC: As the national average price for a gallon of gas climbs past $3.58, one gas station in Washington, D.C. is charging drivers $5.00. No owners or managers were available at the Exxon station at 2708 Virginia Avenue in Northwest D.C. when The Daily Caller arrived to ask about the $5,00 price....
  • The New Gingrich

    11/23/2011 6:40:41 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 28 replies ^ | 11-23-11 | Paul Greenberg
    At press time, the leading non-Romney in the Republican presidential race was Newt Gingrich. It's not easy keeping up with who holds that distinction, it changes so rapidly. Is it Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry or Herman Cain today? Ring around the rosie, they all tend to fall down once they're closely examined. For the moment it's Newt. (It's hard to resist calling so familiar a figure on the American celebrity/scandal scene by his first name.) The former speaker and just about everything else is a master of the snappy comeback. Also the political kind. Call him this year's Comeback Kid....
  • Ron Paul's strength in Iowa shows it's too soon to write him off

    11/23/2011 6:05:37 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 30 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 11-23-11 | By Brad Knickerbocker,
    To most pollsters and pundits, any mention of Ron Paul typically comes with an implied asterisk. Whether they say it outright or not, they don’t think the Texas congressman has a chance of being the GOP presidential nominee. Too far outside mainstream, tea party, or born-again socially conservative Republicanism, they say. More libertarian than anything else. And yet Rep. Paul soldiers on, and you know what? As other candidates – Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain – dash forward hare-like only to stumble or be run over by the next new thing, Paul is the perpetual tortoise in the race,...
  • Newt had his chance, but he blew it: Why Gingrich won’t earn the 2012 GOP presidential nomination

    11/23/2011 5:22:45 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 189 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 11-23-11 | SE Cupp
    I was only 15 in 1994, when Newt Gingrich experienced his last great moment. (Well, before this one, where he’s surging in the polls, with his campaign having figured out how to run for President.) So I don’t really remember Newt’s glory days. I have interviewed him on many occasions, however, as far back as 2006 and as recently as last month, and every time we talk, I’m struck by how smart he is. Despite that, I can’t get past the nagging voice in my head telling me that no matter how good he would be at running the country,...
  • New Newt, old Newt, same Newt?

    11/22/2011 9:09:03 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 58 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11-18-11
    In his Nov. 17 Op-Ed column, Doyle McManus draws attention to Newt Gingrich's comeback and compares it with Richard Nixon's makeover in 1968. To that end, McManus offers a side-by-side comparison of the two Newts: Old Newt -- Angry Newt, the one who entered the presidential campaign last spring -- talked in apocalyptic terms about threats to American culture. Old Newt wrote about "a secular-socialist machine" led by the Democratic Party that "represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did." "If we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of...
  • Goldberg: Sizing up a Gingrich-Romney showdown

    11/22/2011 8:37:01 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 45 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11-22-11 | Jonah Goldbert
    Whether the matchup between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney is the final bout on the GOP primary card is impossible to know. The whole season has been more like professional wrestling than boxing, with weird characters sporting implausible hair appearing out of nowhere to talk smack and explain why they are the greatest in the world (I'm looking at you in particular, Mr. Trump). Still, let's assume for the moment that it's a Gingrich-Romney contest. It's quite a matchup. Romney has been brutalized for having too little personality, Gingrich for having way, way too much. Romney looks like the picture...
  • Being a Washington insider has made Newt Gingrich a wealthy man

    11/21/2011 10:02:23 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 44 replies
    Chirstian Scinece Monitor ^ | 11-18-2011 | By Brad Knickerbocker
    Of all the Republican presidential hopefuls, none has been a quintessential Washington figure longer than Newt Gingrich. After serving 20 years as a member of Congress, including two terms as House speaker, he did not go back home to Georgia, where he had been a history professor. Instead, he kept his hand in the political game, making lots of money in the process – much of it consulting for (or, as others suggest, lobbying on behalf of) major corporations. In recent days, the list of Mr. Gingrich's big-name clients has continued to grow: mortgage giant Freddie Mac, Microsoft, General Electric,...
  • When Did the GOP Lose Touch With Reality? (Epic Barf Alert)

    11/21/2011 8:48:45 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 24 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 11-21-11 | David "Worldest greatest idiot" Frum
    It’s a very strange experience to have your friends think you’ve gone crazy. Some will tell you so. Others will indulgently humor you. Still others will avoid you. More than a few will demand that the authorities do something to get you off the streets. During one unpleasant moment after I was fired from the think tank where I’d worked for the previous seven years, I tried to reassure my wife with an old cliché: “The great thing about an experience like this is that you learn who your friends really are.” She answered, “I was happier when I didn’t...
  • Rand Paul: Supercommittee Failure May Be Best Option to Force Spending Cuts

    11/20/2011 1:56:11 PM PST · by MNJohnnie · 20 replies ^ | 11-20-11 | Amy Woods
    Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said that, if the congressional supercommittee fails to reach a deficit-reduction agreement before Thanksgiving, that might be the best way to force the government to cut spending. "It's sort of like telling your children that, if you don't clean up your mess — or else," Paul said today on CNN's "State of the Union." "Really, maybe we need the ‘or else’ because Congress isn't behaving the way they should be behaving. Maybe sequestration is our only way we will get any kind of cuts." Sequestration, the term used for automatic spending cuts that will be...
  • Gingrich embraces Washington "insider" label (Video)

    11/17/2011 9:01:18 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 33 replies
    During an interview with CBS News Radio, Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich on Wednesday fended off questions about the hefty sums he received to give advice to mortgage company Freddie Mac.
  • Did Newt Gingrich Play a Part in Freddie Mac's Fundraising Scandal?

    11/17/2011 8:37:46 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | The Atlantic
    The Bloomberg Businessweek article about Newt Gingrich's $1.6 million Freddie Mac payday notes that he first interacted with the company in 1999, when his primary contact was Robert Mitchell Delk, Freddie Mac's chief lobbyist, and that "he was paid a self-renewing, monthly retainer of $25,000 to $30,000." That gig lasted until 2002. Interestingly, that was a time of scandal at Freddie Mac. Let's go to the Associated Press archives: Freddie Mac was accused of illegally using corporate resources between 2000 and 2003 for 85 fundraisers that collected about $1.7 million for federal candidates. Much of the fundraising benefited members of...
  • Gingrich takes the lead (Romney in third!)

    11/14/2011 11:04:20 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 95 replies
    PPP ^ | 11-14-11 | PPP
    Newt Gingrich has taken the lead in PPP's national polling. He's at 28% to 25% for Herman Cain and 18% for Mitt Romney. The rest of the Republican field is increasingly looking like a bunch of also rans: Rick Perry is at 6%, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul at 5%, Jon Huntsman at 3%, and Gary Johnson and Rick Santorum each at 1%. Compared to a month ago Gingrich is up 13 points, while Cain has dropped by 5 points and Romney has gone down by 4. Although a fair amount of skepticism remains about the recent allegations against Cain...
  • China keen market for oil sands, Oliver says

    11/11/2011 8:57:41 PM PST · by MNJohnnie · 9 replies
    CBC News ^ | 11/09/11 | y Margo McDiarmid, Environment Unit, CBC News
    Canada is counting on China to be a key investor in Alberta's oil sands projects and a big customer for crude that would flow through a proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline. Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver is half-way through his visit to China to drum up customers for the country's forestry and oil sectors. And he told reporters in a conference call from Shanghai Wednesday that he's spent a lot of time talking about increased Chinese investment in Alberta's growing oil sands. "On the oil sands our interests are aligned. China wants to diversify its sources of oil and we...
  • Cain, Gingrich Debate Lincoln-Douglas Style

    11/06/2011 5:48:34 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 66 replies
    C-Span ^ | 11-05-2011
    For those who missed it or want to see it again, here is a link to the video.
  • Cain did not sign settlement, accuser's lawyer says

    11/04/2011 9:21:37 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 370 replies
    CBS news ^ | 11-04-11 | Jan Crawford
    The settlement agreement between the National Restaurant Association and a woman who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment was reached in September 1999--and was not signed by Cain himself, according to Joel Bennett, a lawyer for the woman. Bennett, who has a copy of the settlement agreement, said four people signed it: the woman, two lawyers representing the association and Bennett himself. Bennett said the agreement was resolved relatively quickly, about two or three months after she complained.
  • Cain Squeaks Ahead of Obama in New General Election Poll

    10/18/2011 9:35:21 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10-17-11 | Fox news
    Businessman Herman Cain is leading President Obama in a new head-to-head poll, with seniors and independents taking a particular liking to Cain's unconventional candidacy. The survey from Rasmussen Reports showed Cain squeaking ahead of Obama in a hypothetical general election contest, pulling in 43 percent compared with Obama's 41 percent. The lead is within the margin of error. But Cain is the only Republican to have any lead over Obama in head-to-head polls conducted by Rasmussen over the past several weeks. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was trailing Obama 41 percent to 43 percent in a survey earlier this month,...
  • Cain Leapfrogs Romney to Vault to Lead in Poll

    What a difference a few debates can make. Herman Cain's star has risen steadily in the past two months, from a largely unknown CEO running for president to a top-tier candidate in the Republican field for 2012 -- and now voters even rank him above the presumed front-runner, Mitt Romney, in a poll released Wednesday evening. As GOP voters grow disenchanted with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and remain wary of Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, Cain, a onetime radio-show host and former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, catapulted into the lead in the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. Drawn by Cain's...
  • Poll: Rick Perry loses the tea party

    10/04/2011 6:48:05 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 101 replies
    Politico ^ | 10-04-11 | Alexander Burns
    The new Washington Post/ABC News poll confirms what the Florida straw poll showed last month: Rick Perry is bleeding support from activist conservatives. In the national survey, Perry’s share of the GOP primary vote has fallen to 16 percent – a tie with Herman Cain and 9 points behind Mitt Romney, who draws support from a quarter of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. Continue Reading Ron Paul is in fourth place, with 11 percent, followed by Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich tied at 7 percent. Rick Santorum takes 2 percent and Jon Huntsman takes half that. The apparent explanation for Perry’s...
  • Bill Clinton wants more credit

    10/01/2011 6:48:31 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 57 replies ^ | 09-30-11 | By JAMES HOHMANN
    Bill Clinton thinks he deserves more credit for reforming welfare and balancing the budget. “I go crazy every time I read the conventional wisdom,” he said Friday night at his presidential library in Little Rock, Ark. “So part of the Republican narrative is that I was ‘saved’ from myself by the election of the Republican Congress [in 1994] that ‘forced me’ to do welfare reform and ‘made the balanced budget possible.’” Clinton said reporters and commentators “keep saying this, overlooking all relevant facts.”
  • Book: Obama White House ‘Has a Real Woman Problem’

    09/17/2011 9:15:08 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09-17-11 | Fox News
    The Obama White House is a “hostile” environment for women even though they occupy many of the senior positions in the West Wing, according to a new book. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind interviewed more than 200 people, including President Obama, for "Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and The Education of A President," which will be released Sept. 20. The book portrays a White House in which Obama struggled with a divided group of advisers, some of whom he didn't initially consider for their high-profile roles. And top female advisers said they felt left out of key meetings or overpowered...
  • Exec Starts Group to Urge Trump 3rd Party Bid

    09/02/2011 12:27:25 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 29 replies
    NEWSMAX ^ | 09-02-11 | David A. Patten
    Michael Cohen, a Trump Organization executive, has confirmed to Newsmax that he has filed the necessary paperwork to create a non-profit group in California with the express purpose of urging billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump to throw his hat in the ring as a 2012 presidential candidate. Cohen, who provides political advice to Trump and works for his organization, confirmed to Newsmax that he has filed the necessary paperwork to establish the “Should Trump Run, Inc.,” organization. It is designed as a vehicle for Trump supporters to volunteer and donate money to encourage his candidacy, a mechanism that Cohen...
  • Obama Faces Tight Restraints in Crafting Jobs Plan

    08/30/2011 3:06:51 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | Published August 30, 2011 | Fox News
    President Barack Obama, hamstrung by budget cuts and a tight debt ceiling, is preparing a September jobs package with limited tools at his disposal to prime the economy and crank up employment. At a minimum, the president's plan will call on Congress to extend current payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits, spend money for new construction projects and offer incentives to businesses to hire more workers. But economists say that while that would eliminate some drag on the economy and maintain the status quo, it won't be enough to propel it to new heights.