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  • Weiner Enlarging Staff for Mayoral Run

    05/13/2013 7:18:19 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 104 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/13/13 | William Bigelow
    According to Politico, Anthony Weiner has hired one staffer in preparation for his run for mayor of New York City. Two sources said that they couldn’t tell Politico the staffer’s name or what position he/she will assume under the former Congressman.
  • U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens (Big Brother lives)

    12/13/2012 6:45:08 AM PST · by TonyInOhio · 62 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/12/12 | Julia Angwin
    Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal. Counterterrorism officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime. ~ snip ~ The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them. That is a departure from past practice, which barred the agency from storing information about ordinary Americans unless a person was a terror suspect or related to an...
  • The Case of the Missing White Voters (7,000,000 of them!)

    11/08/2012 7:32:38 AM PST · by TonyInOhio · 147 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 11/08/12 | Sean Trende
    One of the more intriguing narratives for election 2012 was proposed by political scientist Brendan Nyhan fairly early on: that it was "Bizarro 2004." ~ SNIP ~ The Election Day returns actually continued the similarities. George W. Bush won by 2.4 percent of the popular vote, which is probably about what Obama’s victory margin will be once all the ballots are counted. ~ SNIP ~ But most importantly, the 2012 elections actually weren’t about a demographic explosion with non-white voters. Instead, they were about a large group of white voters not showing up. ~ SNIP ~ In other words, if...
  • Barone: Going out on a limb: Romney beats Obama, handily (315-223, wow!)

    11/02/2012 2:34:59 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 103 replies
    DC Examiner ^ | 11/02/12 | Michael Barone (The Godfather)
    Fundamentals usually prevail in American elections. That's bad news for Barack Obama. True, Americans want to think well of their presidents and many think it would be bad if Americans were perceived as rejecting the first black president. But it's also true that most voters oppose Obama's major policies and consider unsatisfactory the very sluggish economic recovery -- Friday's jobs report showed an unemployment uptick. Also, both national and target state polls show that independents, voters who don't identify themselves as Democrats or Republicans, break for Romney. That might not matter if Democrats outnumbered Republicans by 39 to 32 percent,...
  • Who's Really Winning Early Voting? (Hint: Not Obama!)

    11/02/2012 8:44:25 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 13 replies
    The Atlantic Monthly ^ | 11/02/12 | Molly Ball
    With both parties spinning early-vote totals, here's the bottom line: Republicans are significantly improving on 2008 in several big early-voting states. ~ snip ~ The blizzard of numbers, of claims and counterclaims, can be so daunting it's tempting to just throw up your hands and decide there's no truth to be had, just spin. But an objective analysis of early turnout can provide valuable tea leaves for Election Day. In many states, election officials disclose how many Democrats and Republicans have voted thus far. We don't know who they're voting for, but in most states, this alignment is a good...
  • Democrats biggest losers since 2008 in swing states?

    11/02/2012 7:47:23 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 5 replies ^ | 11/02/12 | Ed Morrissey
    According to a new study by the liberal group Third Way, pollster assumptions in the swing states may be very, very wrong. While many pollsters — like CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac and PPP, just to name two — assume that the electorate model for Tuesday will be similar to 2008, the Third Way study on partisan registration in eight states shows something very, very different. In each of these states, Democratic registration has trailed that of independents and Republicans by significant amounts — and in six of the eight states, Democratic registration has declined, sometimes dramatically (via Politico’s Morning Report): In total, since...
  • Why Romney Is Likely to Win

    11/02/2012 7:06:54 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 10 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/02/12 | Jay Cost
    When I started making election predictions eight years ago, I had a very different perspective than I do today. I knew relatively little about the history of presidential elections or the geography of American politics. I had a good background in political science and statistics. So, unsurprisingly in retrospect, I focused on drawing confidence intervals from poll averages. Since then, I have learned substantially more history, soured somewhat on political science as an academic discipline, and have become much more skeptical of public opinion polls. Both political science and the political polls too often imply a scientific precision that I...
  • Early Ohio numbers promising for Romney

    11/01/2012 8:02:12 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 9 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 11/01/12 | Henry Olsen
    Barack Obama is clearly winning the early vote in Ohio. But careful analysis of the actual numbers so far suggest very good news for Mitt Romney. The Romney campaign claims the president is merely banking votes he would have received on Election Day anyway, so his early lead isn’t very important. They say their early voting strategy relies on targeting low-voting-propensity Romney supporters for early voting and leaving the others to turn out on Election Day. In other words, they claim Obama’s effort is merely harvesting votes while theirs is creating votes. This approach makes sense, but it’s hard to...
  • VIRGINIA EARLY VOTE: New numbers even more troubling for Obama

    11/01/2012 6:55:46 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 64 replies
    Twitter ^ | 11/01/12 | Dave Wasserman
    I've been following Dave Wasserman of Cook Political Report on Twitter. He has been updating the tallies of the early vote in Virginia, and what he is finding is more and more bad news for Obama:VIRGINIA EARLY VOTE: Today's new 10/31 numbers even more troubling for Obama. His best counties way off '08 paceVIRGINIA EARLY VOTE: Turnout down 13.6% in Obama '08 localities, vs. just 1.1% in McCain '08 (statewide down 9.2%)VIRGINIA EARLY VOTE 10/31: 185,489 ballots cast in Obama localities (214,783 by this pt. in '08), 115,908 in McCain (117,224 in '08)VIRGINIA EARLY VOTE: Even more worrisome for
  • Henninger: Romney's Secret Voting Bloc (Evangelicals will win Ohio for Mitt)

    10/31/2012 6:26:57 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 55 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/01/12 | Daniel Henninger
    You've heard about Mitt Romney's problems with the women's vote, the black vote, the Hispanic vote, the union vote and the young Democrats vote. But there's one major voting group that's fallen off the map since the primaries.The evangelical vote. When Mitt Romney's 2012 candidacy was gaining traction in the primaries, the conventional wisdom instantly conveyed that the evangelical vote, skeptical of Mormonism, would sink him. What if in Ohio next week the opposite is true? There and in other swing states—Wisconsin, Iowa, North Carolina, Florida—the evangelical vote is flying beneath the media's radar. It's a lot of voters not...
  • Rove: Sifting the Numbers for a Winner (Calls it for Romney, 51-48!)

    10/31/2012 5:08:58 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 49 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/01/12 | Karl Rove
    It comes down to numbers. And in the final days of this presidential race, from polling data to early voting, they favor Mitt Romney. ~ snip ~ In addition to the data, the anecdotal and intangible evidence—from crowd sizes to each side's closing arguments—give the sense that the odds favor Mr. Romney. They do. My prediction: Sometime after the cock crows on the morning of Nov. 7, Mitt Romney will be declared America's 45th president. Let's call it 51%-48%, with Mr. Romney carrying at least 279 Electoral College votes, probably more.
  • Romney super PAC goes up in PA (Expanding the map!)

    10/29/2012 7:31:07 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/29/12 | Jonathan Martin
    Mitt Romney’s super PAC, Restore our Future, is launching an 11th-hour ad blitz in Pennsylvania, POLITICO has learned. ROF is going up Tuesday with a $2.1 million ad buy across every Pennsylvania market, including pricey Philadelphia. The group will air a spot, “New Normal,” that lashes President Obama on the economy and is already up in other parts of the country. The late push for Pennsylvania comes as some internal GOP polling has shown the always-elusive Keystone State to be within a few points.
  • This is actually someone's house in Manassas, VA (check out this picture!)

    10/27/2012 12:44:44 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 34 replies
    Twitter ^ | 10/27/12 | Joshua Trevino
  • Virginia Early Voting Tallies Show Trouble for Obama (Cook Political Report data)

    10/24/2012 1:05:44 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 76 replies
    Dave Wasserman of Cook Political Report | 10/24/12 | TonyInOhio
    This is techinically a vanity post, but newsworthy, all the same. Dave Wasserman is one of the head number crunchers at Cook Political Report, and he has been tweeting results from Virigina's early voting period. The numbers look good for Romney and very, very bad for Obama. Here are a several of his tweets with the raw data:VIRGINIA EARLY VOTE: Up 18.8% in the 86 localities McCain won in '08, but up ONLY 4.4% in the 48 Obama won:, early vote up 9.4% across the board in VA vs this point in '08, but this 14% disparity very troubling...
  • Ohio Is Closer than You Think (Superb analysis!)

    10/20/2012 7:18:52 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 45 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 10/20/12 | Josh Jordan
    Just a few weeks ago, Ohio was a state that was considered almost every media outlet to be a solid lock for Obama. ThereÂ’s no need to rehash the actual headlines, but some even suggested Romney give up on Ohio and look elsewhere for a path to victory. Before the first debate, Romney was down 5.6 in RCPÂ’s Buckeye State average. Today he is down 2.5, cutting his deficit by more than half, presumably in large part due to his strong first-debate performance. Here are a few reasons why itÂ’s even closer than that: Democratic turnout advantage from 2008 probably...
  • Romney nearing 270

    10/19/2012 6:57:58 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 59 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/19/12 | Jennifer Rubin
    ~ intro paragraph snipped ~ Mitt Romney is now leading President Obama nationally in the RealClearPolitics average. He is over 50 percent in Gallup. No candidate over 50 percent in Gallup this late in the race has lost. His favorability rating (favorable to unfavorable) is higher than Obama’s. In electoral votes, when you average recent polling, he leads 206 to 201. Romney’s team is “done” ( i.e. feels it has comfortably) with North Carolina. Although polling is still mixed, the Romney team believes it is ahead in Colorado, Virginia and Florida. If you are counting electoral votes that puts Romney’s...
  • Obama advocates reintroducing assault weapons ban

    10/17/2012 6:25:33 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/17/12 | Matt Lewis
    President Barack Obama declared during Tuesday’s presidential debate that his goals as president include the reinstatement of a so-called “assault weapons ban” in the United States. As part of a plan to reduce street violence in cities — including in his own hometown of Chicago — Obama proposed “seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced.”This appears to be among the boldest pro-gun-control comments Obama has made as president, and the first time has has openly called for the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban. “So my belief is that, A, we have to enforce the laws we’ve...
  • Is Pennsylvania in Play (Three pollsters say: Yes!)

    10/11/2012 11:39:30 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 29 replies ^ | 10/11/12 | Guy Benson
    Pennsylvania has not voted for a Republican presidential nominee in 24 years, when George H.W. Bush carried the state narrowly in 1988. In subsequent cycles, the Keystone State frequently felt like 'the one that got away' for Republicans; polling would look close and tightening in October, only to go blue in November, thanks to Democrats' formidable firewall in Greater Philadelphia. This year, it appeared that Pennsylvania wouldn't even be in the conversation for the GOP ticket. Barack Obama won the state by double-digits in 2008, and numerous public opinion polls showed the president maintaining -- or even expanding -- his...
  • Huge crowd for Romney shocks officials in Ohio town (1,000 expected, 8,500 show up!)

    10/11/2012 10:48:32 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 46 replies
    The Standard-Examiner ^ | 10/11/12 | Rachel Lloyd
    SIDNEY, Ohio -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney received a warm reception on a cold evening at the Shelby County Fairgrounds Wednesday as he addressed a crowd estimated at more than 8,500 people, more than eight times the number expected to turn out. ~ snip ~ Chris Gibbs, chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party, said the event was a "huge undertaking" but was an undeniable success. "The Romney team was meticulous in organizing, and the ability to put on a production like this in such a short amount of time is fantastic," Gibbs said. Attendance far surpassed the initial...
  • Gallup Daily Tracking Poll: Romney 49, Obama 47 (Likely Voters)

    10/09/2012 10:07:54 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 32 replies
    Gallup ^ | 10/09/12 | Gallup
  • Obama, Romney Tied Among Likely Voters (47/47, National Journal poll)

    10/02/2012 5:31:14 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 7 replies
    National Journal ^ | 10/02/12 | Shane Goldmacher
    President Obama and Mitt Romney are deadlocked among likely voters as they prepare to square off in their first presidential debate, according to the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll. The survey showed that voters remain resistant to either Obama or Romney holding full control of the federal government. Obama and Romney each pulled in 47 percent support in the poll among likely voters. It is among the narrowest margins of several presidential surveys published ahead of the debate this week. Other polls have shown the president with a slim lead. In this survey, while the race is tied...
  • What John McLaughlin (pollster) Sees in the Polls Right Now (Must Read!)

    09/21/2012 6:31:56 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 135 replies
    Natiionla Review Online ^ | 09/21/12 | Jim Geraghty
    I reached out to Republican pollster John McLaughlin for yesterday’s piece on how undecided voters are likely to break, and he made some separate comments about polls, their impact on motivation for each side, and how the campaigns want to use skewed poll numbers to depress the opposition. How he’s defining likely voters right now: “For the most part we’re polling likely voters. It’s a loose screen. We keep people who say they’re only somewhat likely to vote. But the vast majority say that they are definitely or very likely to vote. They’re voting.” How campaigns try to sway polling...
  • Ryan sharpens Obama foreign policy attack in Ohio

    09/12/2012 5:42:34 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/12/12 | Peter Hamby
    In the second of his two campaign appearances Wednesday, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan sharpened his critique of President Obama’s handling of the unfolding crises in Egypt and Libya. “The administration sent mixed signals to those who attacked our embassy in Egypt, and mixed signals to the world,” Ryan told an outdoor crowd in Owensville, Ohio, in the heart of deep red Clermont County. “I want to be clear; it is never too early for the United States to condemn attacks on Americans, on our properties, and to defend our values. That’s what leadership is all about.”
  • "Horses**t" (Romney adviser on Dem demoralizing campaign)

    09/10/2012 6:54:52 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 119 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 09/10/12 | Rich Lowry
    I asked a top Romney adviser what he makes of reports that the Romney campaign knows it’s losing and that Ohio is slipping out of reach (PPP has a new poll with Obama at 50 in the state):“It’s horses**t. Nobody in Boston thinks we’re going to lose. We’re in a tight race. We had a 4-5 point bounce after our convention and it evaporated when they had theirs. Now they have a 4-5 bounce. It’s going evaporate in September. We feel good about the map. We’re up with advertising in Wisconsin and I think North Carolina is going to come...
  • Romney raised record $111.6 million in August

    09/09/2012 9:23:31 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 92 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 09/10/12 | Aaron Blake
    Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign announced early Monday that it raised $111.6 million during the month of August, its single best month of the campaign and the third straight month it has raked in more than $100 million. President Obama’s campaign has not announced its August fundraising totals yet, but he has been significantly outraised by Romney over the last two months.
  • The State of the Akin-McCaskill Race (Akin out of money?)

    09/07/2012 1:53:59 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 198 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 09/07/12 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    He’s in a money crunch:Todd Akin’s TV ads are, reportedly, being yanked from stations across the state because his campaign isn’t paying the bills. KOMU-TV in Columbia says it received half of the payment for an ad buy, and when it didn’t get the other half, it cancelled the rest of the ads. The station says its confirmed that other stations from St. Louis to Kansas City have been put in the same position. McCaskill, meanwhile, is running positive ads about how moderate she is. I imagine the tone of the race will change markedly if Akin stays in past...
  • Punk'd: DNC Convention Visitors Scoff Up MRC Goof 'Journalists For Obama' T-Shirts

    09/05/2012 6:12:17 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 31 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | 09/04/12 | Unattributed
    As we all know, journalists should not take sides. Reality is another thing, so the MRC created "Journalists for Obama" spoof t-shirts. The irony is many didn't seem to get the joke as evidenced by how quickly a DNC Convention zombie hoarde scoffed up the couple dozen or so given out for free by the MRC field team in Charlotte.
  • Poll shows Akin's slide in Missouri Senate race

    08/25/2012 5:19:39 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 66 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 08/25/12 | Kevin McDermott
    U.S. Senate challenger Todd Akin's support in Missouri has plummeted since his remarks a week ago about "legitimate rape" and pregnancy, putting him 9 points behind Sen. Claire McCaskill in a race he was previously winning, according to a new Post-Dispatch/News 4 poll.More than half of Missouri voters now view the Republican congressman unfavorably, the poll indicates, and fewer than one in five view him favorably.Akin's fall is especially dramatic among women. They were about evenly split between Akin and McCaskill in a similar poll at the end of July, but women now oppose him by almost 20 percentage points....
  • Huckabee digs in behind Akin

    08/23/2012 11:55:47 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 304 replies
    Politico ^ | // | Alexander Burns
    Todd Akin hasn't had many high-profile supporters with him in the trenches this week, but Mike Huckabee became an important and emphatic exception Thursday afternoon, sending a message to his own supporters accusing Republican elites of trying to drum a good man out of a winnable Senate race. Here's what Huckabee said in an email to his list this afternoon: Party’s leaders have for reasons that aren't rational, left [Akin] behind on the political battlefield, wounded and bleeding, a casualty of his self-inflicted, but not intentional wound.
  • Ryan Rally in Virginia Live NOW (intro by Artur Davis!)

    08/17/2012 12:57:14 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 37 replies ^ | 08/17/12 | TonyInOhio
    Paul Ryan rally from Springfield, Virginia on right now. He's being introduced by Artur Davis, former Dem who introduced Obama in 2008! The overflow crowd is overflowing the overflow room. :) Link:
  • Judge refuses to halt Pennsylvania’s voter identification law

    08/15/2012 10:24:49 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 55 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 08/15/12 | Unattributed
    HARRISBURG, Pa. — A tough new voter identification law championed by Republicans can take effect in Pennsylvania for November’s presidential election, a judge ruled Wednesday, despite a torrent of criticism that it will suppress votes among President Barack Obama’s supporters and make it harder for the elderly, disabled, poor and young adults to vote. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson said he would not grant an injunction that would have halted the law, which requires each voter to show a valid photo ID. Opponents are expected to file an appeal within a day or two to the state Supreme Court as...
  • A Romney first: over 40% of youth vote back him

    08/15/2012 7:19:44 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 71 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 08/15/12 | Paul Bedard
    For the first time since he began running for president, Republican Mitt Romney has the support of over 40 percent of America's youth vote, a troubling sign for President Obama who built his 2008 victory with the overwhelming support of younger, idealistic voters. Pollster John Zogby of JZ Analytics told Secrets Tuesday that Romney received 41 percent in his weekend poll of 1,117 likely voters, for the first time crossing the 40 percent mark. What's more, he said that Romney is the only Republican of those who competed in the primaries to score so high among 18-29 year olds. is...
  • Supreme Court Upholds Key Part of Arizona Law

    06/25/2012 7:50:07 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 93 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 06/25/12 | Jess Bravin
    The Supreme Court upheld a key part of Arizona's tough immigration law but struck down others as intrusions on federal sovereignty, in a ruling that gave both sides something to cheer in advance of November elections where immigration is a major issue. The court backed a section of the Arizona state law that calls for police to check the immigration status of people they stop.
  • Wall Street's vote: Romney by a landslide (Obama donors giving to Romney instead)

    06/13/2012 12:16:20 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/13/12 | Abby Phillip
    For three years, Wall Street’s been telling the world how much it can’t stand President Barack Obama. Now, thanks to campaign finance filings, it’s possible to put a price tag on just how much: Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and the super PAC supporting it are outraising Obama among financial-sector donors $37.1 million to $4.8 million.Near the front of the pack are 19 Obama donors from 2008 who are giving big to Romney. Ken Griffin, founder of the Chicago-based hedge fund Citadel, has accused Obama of engaging in “class warfare” and gave $2,500 to Romney’s campaign, plus nearly $1.1 million to...
  • Russia Is Sending Attack Helicopters to Syria, U.S. Says

    06/12/2012 12:00:49 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 117 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 06/12/12 | Unattributed
    WASHINGTON—The Obama administration says Russia is sending attack helicopters to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime and is warning about a dramatic escalation in the Arab country's 15-month conflict. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. was "concerned about the latest information we have that there are attack helicopters on the way from Russia to Syria." She said the shipment "will escalate the conflict quite dramatically."
  • Federal Reserve: Family Net Worth Fell Almost 40% Between 2007-2010

    06/11/2012 1:40:18 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 06/11/12 | Kristina Peterson
    Families’ median net worth fell almost 40% between 2007 and 2010, down to levels last seen in 1992, the Federal Reserve said in a report Monday. As the U.S. economy roiled for three tumultuous years, families saw corresponding drops in their income and net wealth, according to the Fed’s Survey of Consumer Finances, a detailed snapshot of household finances conducted every three years.Median net worth of families fell to $77,300 in 2010 from $126,400 in 2007, a drop of 38.8%–the largest drop since the current survey began in 1989, Fed economists said Monday. Net worth represents the difference between a...
  • Attorney General Holder appoints 2 prosecutors to oversee leak probes.

    06/08/2012 3:56:33 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 36 replies ^ | 06/08/12 | Unattributed
    BREAKING: Attorney General Holder appoints two prosecutors to oversee leak probes
  • Return of the Bradley Effect: What if ALL the Polls Are Wrong?

    06/06/2012 6:55:27 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 39 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06/06/12 | Roger L. Simon
    Many of us oldsters remember the Bradley Effect. Back in ye olde 1982, Tom Bradley, the longtime popular mayor of Los Angeles, a nice affable fellow in my recollection, ran for California governor against a fairly faceless guy named George Deukmejian. Most of the polls — including exit polls — showed Bradley with a significant lead. But Deukmejian won, narrowly. This was all put down to a form of covert racism. People didn’t want to admit they wouldn’t vote for a black man. As an ex-civil rights worker, I remember being hugely depressed by Bradley’s defeat. Times have changed. These...
  • "OK, we'll go"; D-Day, June 6th, 1944

    06/05/2012 9:39:24 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 22 replies
    Eisenhower National Historic Site ^ | 06/06/12 | Unattributed
    "At about 9:30 p.m. (21:30 hours) on the evening of June 4, 1944, Eisenhower called a meeting at his command post at Southwick House in Portsmouth, England. A storm with high winds and rain had forced a one-day postponement of the invasion, originally set for June 5. Eisenhower had learned from his meteorological staff that there would be a break in the weather and that the next day, Tuesday June 6, would be more favorable. He considered all the variables. General Montgomery, his ground commander, favored taking the risk. After a long silence, Eisenhower gave the command, "Okay, we'll go."
  • President Obama Has Outspent Last Five Presidents (US News!)

    06/01/2012 1:01:09 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 8 replies
    US News and World Report (amazingly) ^ | 06/01/12 | Elizabeth Flock
    President Obama has shelled out more in federal spending than the five presidents that came before him. A new chart by the Comeback America Initiative (CAI), a non-partisan group dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility by policymakers, shows federal spending by president as a percentage of GDP, and it doesn't reflect well on Obama. "There has been a dramatic increase in spending under the Obama administration," David Walker, Founder and CEO of CAI, told Whispers. "Most of it is attributable to year one of his presidency and the stimulus... but President Obama has continued to take spending to a new level."Federal...
  • Obama loses more than 40 percent of Kentucky primary voters to ‘uncommitted’ option

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

    05/21/2012 1:02:56 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 171 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 05/21/12 | Jennifer Rubin
    Given current polling, it is not surprising that Democrats in Wisconsin are freaking out. The Wall Street Journal reports: “With little more than two weeks until Wisconsin’s gubernatorial recall election, some Democratic and union officials quietly are expressing fears that they have picked a fight they won’t win and that could leave lingering injuries.” No one is bothering to claim a Scott Walker victory would be insignificant:The election has taken on significance beyond Wisconsin state politics: Organized labor sees the battle as a major stand against GOP efforts to scale back collective-bargaining rights for public-sector workers, as Mr. Walker did...
  • Voter registration down among Hispanics, blacks

    05/04/2012 11:10:39 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 37 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 05/04/12 | Krissah Thompson (Jim's cousin?)
    The number of black and Hispanic registered voters has fallen sharply since 2008, posing a serious challenge to the Obama campaign in an election that could turn on the participation of minority voters. Voter rolls typically shrink in non-presidential election years, but this is the first time in nearly four decades that the number of registered Hispanics has dropped significantly. That figure fell 5 percent across the country, to about 11 million, according to the Census Bureau. But in some politically important swing states, the decline among Hispanics, who are considered critical in the 2012 presidential contest, is much higher:...
  • Non-Farm Payrolls Rise Less Than Exepcted, Up 115,000; Unemployment Rate at 8.1%

    05/04/2012 5:33:55 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 97 replies
    CNBC ^ | 05/05/12 | Unattributed
  • Job Growth Loses Steam (Unexpectedly Bad!)

    04/06/2012 5:54:00 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 72 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/06/12 | Josh Mitchell etal
    WASHINGTON—U.S. job growth slowed in March, and the labor force shrank, signaling that the economy could be losing momentum.Jobs outside of agriculture grew by 120,000 last month—half the number that the economy added the prior month—the Labor Department said Friday, marking the first time since November that job growth fell below 200,000. The unemployment rate, obtained by a separate survey of U.S. households, ticked down a tenth of a percentage point to 8.2%, but the drop resulted in part from fewer Americans seeking work.Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires expected a gain of 203,000 in payrolls and for the jobless...
  • (Obama's) GSA Chief Resigns Over Outlandish Spending

    04/02/2012 1:50:52 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 71 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 04/02/12 | Daniel Foster
    General Services Administration head Martha Johnson has resigned along with two of her deputies, reportedly over an impending inspector general’s report detailing lavish spending on a Vegas conference for a handful of government employees:Organizers spent $835,000 on the event, which was attended by 300 employees. The expenses included $147,000 in airfare and lodging at the hotel for six planning trips by a team of organizers. Among the other expenses were $3,200 for a mind reader; $6,300 on commemorative coin set displayed in velvet boxes and $75,000 on a training exercise to build a bicycle.“When the White House was informed of...
  • New Huckabee Radio Show Moves In on Limbaugh's Turf

    03/18/2012 6:44:56 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 108 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/19/12 | Christopher S Stewart
    After decades as a dominant force in talk radio, Rush Limbaugh could be in for his biggest fight yet. But the threat isn't from activist groups who dislike his conservative politics. It is from one of his own: former Republican governor of Arkansas and onetime presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee. Starting April 9, Mr. Huckabee, a Fox News Channel commentator, will go head-to-head with Mr. Limbaugh in a syndicated radio program airing in the noon to 3 p.m. Eastern time, weekday slot.
  • Per person cost of federal high-risk medical plan doubles

    02/24/2012 11:11:05 AM PST · by TonyInOhio · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 02/23/12 | Sarah Kliff
    Medical costs for enrollees in the health-care law’s high-risk insurance pools are expected to more than double initial predictions, the Obama administration said Thursday in a report on the new program. The health-care law set aside $5 billion for a Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, meant to provide health insurance to those who had been declined coverage by private carriers. Since its launch last summer, nearly 50,000 Americans have enrolled in the program. The PCIP program will phase out in 2014, when insurers will be required to accept all applicants regardless of their health-care status.Those who have enrolled in the program...
  • Fake signatures may mean Obama didn't actually qualify in Indiana

    10/14/2011 11:49:16 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 36 replies
    The South Bend Tribune ^ | 10/13/11 | Erin Blasko
    SOUTH BEND - Minus suspected fakes, then Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama likely fell short of the number of signatures needed to appear on the 2008 Indiana primary ballot, and it's possible his opponent, Hillary Clinton, did as well, according to information obtained by The Tribune as part of an investigation into suspected ballot petition fraud. Trent Deckard, Democratic co-director of the state Election Division, in an e-mail Thursday told The Tribune Obama's 2008 petition for primary ballot placement in the state contained just 534 certified signatures in the 2nd Congressional District. Clinton's petition contained 704 certified signatures, he said....
  • New Study Underlines Unfulfilled Promises of Health Care Bill (Well, DUH!)

    09/29/2011 11:41:32 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 4 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News (Really!) ^ | 09/29/11 | Jake Tapper
    A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation underlines that many of the promises surrounding President Obama’s health care legislation remain unfulfilled, though the White House argues that change is coming. Workers at the Flora Venture flower shop in Newmarket, NH, remember when presidential candidate named Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., promised that their health care costs would go down if they elected him and his health care plan was enacted. On May 3, 2008, the president told voters that he had “a health care plan that would save the average family $2,500 on their premiums.”Last year workers at the flower...