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  • Dems turn risky health vote into manhood contest

    03/05/2010 3:51:46 PM PST · by RatherBiased.com · 28 replies · 1,170+ views
    With their backs to the wall, Democratic leaders are preparing a complicated plan to pass their national health care bill. Standing in the way are Democrats who oppose the bill, whether on principle or out of fear that voting for a wildly unpopular measure will spell defeat for them in November. If you think House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is going to let them off easy, allowing them to kill the party's top policy priority in more than a generation -- well, that's not gonna happen. Democrats who are considering voting against the bill are about to experience arm-twisting, threats, and...
  • Eric Holder stonewalls Congress on terror lawyers

    02/23/2010 1:04:48 PM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies · 414+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 23, 2010 | Byron York
    A number of lawyers who work on terrorist issues at the Justice Department represented terrorist detainees before joining the Obama administration. At a hearing three months ago, Sen. Charles Grassley raised the possibility of a conflict with Attorney General Eric Holder. Grassley, a senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, posed three simple questions: Who are they, who did they represent, and what are their duties at the Justice Department today? At the time, Grassley knew from press reports that two high-ranking department officials now working on detainee issues had previously worked for detainees: Principal Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal...
  • Health care: Dems just don't have the votes

    02/23/2010 1:20:08 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 63 replies · 1,586+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/23/10 | Byron York
    Now that the White House and Democrats are making a last push to pass their so-far-unpassable national health care bills, the only thing that matters is whether they can get 217 votes for victory in the House and 50 votes (plus the vice-president's tie-breaker) for reconciliation in the Senate. Good policy doesn't matter. Bad policy doesn't matter. All that matters is votes. The White House and Democrats have lost sight of the essential insanity of the process -- desperately searching for corners to cut so they can pass an enormous re-ordering of the American economy that Americans don't want --...
  • U.S. Atty Gen. Holder admits 9 Obama Dept. of Justice appointees worked for terrorist detainees

    02/22/2010 9:48:41 PM PST · by BIOCHEMKY · 38 replies · 1,398+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | Feb. 19, 2010 | Byron York
    Attorney General Eric Holder says nine Obama appointees in the Justice Department have represented or advocated for terrorist detainees before joining the Justice Department. But he does not reveal any names beyond the two officials whose work has already been publicly reported. And all the lawyers, according to Holder, are eligible to work on general detainee matters, even if there are specific parts of some cases they cannot be involved in. Holder's admission comes in the form of an answer to a question posed last November by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley. Noting that one Obama appointee, Principal Deputy Solicitor General...
  • South Carolina Mulls 2012: Romney? Palin? Huck?

    02/20/2010 8:43:04 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 540+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 20, 2010 | Byron York
    South Carolina Mulls 2012: Romney? Palin? Huck? By: BYRON YORK Chief Political Correspondent February 19, 2010 South Carolina is a lovely place, and its attractions bring thousands of tourists each year, but lately it's been getting a special class of visitor. Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator who harbors presidential ambitions, has been here in recent weeks. So has Sen. John Thune, the South Dakota Republican, whose name is sometimes whispered by the Great Mentioner. Mike Huckabee, former GOP presidential candidate and current talk show host, will be here soon. And so will Haley Barbour, the Mississippi governor who many...
  • White House: People who criticize us are helping al Qaeda (Re. Brennan op-ed)

    02/09/2010 6:50:50 AM PST · by maggief · 14 replies · 433+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 9, 2010 | Byron York
    In a brief op-ed in USA Today, White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan charges that critics who question the Obama administration's decision to grant Miranda rights to accused Detroit bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab are "serv[ing] the goals of al Qaeda." "Too many in Washington are now misrepresenting the facts to score political points," Brennan writes. "Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda."
  • Why the Media Ignored a Scandal

    02/09/2010 4:02:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,206+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2010 | Byron York
    Two weeks before the 2008 Iowa caucuses, the National Enquirer published a detailed story reporting that Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards had had an affair, and that the woman involved -- campaign videographer Rielle Hunter -- was pregnant, and that Edwards had arranged for an aide to falsely claim to be the father, and that Hunter and the aide and the aide's family were being taken care of financially by a wealthy Edwards supporter. It was, to say the least, explosive. At the time, Edwards was a serious contender in the Democratic presidential race, so when the story was published,...
  • Obama: 'She insisted she's going to be buried in an Obama t-shirt' (video at source)

    02/05/2010 1:57:39 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 61 replies · 1,152+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Feb. 5, 2010 | Byron York
    Yes, those are the words of the president, last night at the Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Washington. After listing his administration's accomplishments and vowing that "our most urgent task is job creation," Obama pledged to keep fighting for a national health care system. "We knew this was hard," Obama said. And then he described a letter he received from a campaign worker who suffered from breast cancer and has since died: I got a letter -- I got a note today from one of my staff -- they forwarded it to me -- from a woman in St. Louis...
  • Who are the 300 terrorists held in U.S. prisons?

    02/04/2010 8:14:03 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 10 replies · 581+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2-5-2010 | Byron York
    Who are the 300 terrorists held in U.S. prisons? By: Byron York Chief Political CorrespondentFebruary 5, 2010 "The Bush administration used the criminal justice system to convict more than 300 individuals on terrorism-related charges," writes Attorney General Eric Holder in a new letter to Republican critics in Congress. The letter is part of the Obama administration's aggressive defense of its decision to grant full American constitutional rights to al Qaeda soldier Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the accused Christmas Day bomber. That defense boils down to one sentence: Bush did it, too.Republicans on Capitol Hill object. They argue that one of the...
  • Has Obama become bored with being president?

    01/28/2010 10:26:20 PM PST · by SirJohnBarleycorn · 94 replies · 2,531+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/29/10 | Byron York
    This is about the time Barack Obama becomes bored with his job. He's in his second year as president, and he's discovered that even with all the powers of office, he can't do everything he wants to do, like remake America. Doing stuff is hard. In the past, prosaic work has held little appeal for Obama, and it's prompted him to think about moving on. snip According to the book, the majority leader invited Obama to his office for a talk. "You're not going to go anyplace here," Reid told Obama. "I know that you don't like it, doing what...
  • Abdulmutallab interrogated for less than an hour; White House defends handling of terrorist case

    01/24/2010 8:58:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 527+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/24/10 | Byron York
    The White House is not disputing a report that FBI agents questioned accused Northwest Airlines bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab for just 50 minutes before deciding to grant him the right to remain silent and provide him with a court-appointed lawyer -- a decision that led Abdulmutallab to stop talking and provide no more information. The news came in an Associated Press reconstruction of Abdulmutallab's first hours in custody. The AP reported that Abdulmutallab "repeatedly made incriminating statements" to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who originally took him into custody. Then Abdulmutallab made more statements to doctors who were treating...
  • Lawmakers to Holder: Who decided to give Miranda rights to accused Detroit bomber?

    01/21/2010 1:14:03 PM PST · by pissant · 63 replies · 2,534+ views
    Wash Examiner ^ | 1/21/10 | Byron York
    All seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have signed a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder seeking to learn who made the decision to treat Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the accused Christmas Day terrorist bomber, as a criminal suspect rather than an enemy combatant. On the same day he tried to detonate a bomb aboard a Northwest Airlines plane in Detroit, Abdulmutallab, who was trained by al Qaeda in Yemen, was informed of his Miranda right to remain silent and given a government-paid lawyer. He then refused to cooperate with U.S. authorities. The letter is signed by GOP Sens. Jeff...
  • Massachusetts: Coakley ad 'patently false,' Brown threatens legal action

    01/17/2010 9:45:06 AM PST · by dano1 · 72 replies · 5,366+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/17/2010 | Byron York
    Representatives of Massachusetts Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown say Democratic candidate Martha Coakley has until Tuesday to retract an incendiary campaign mailing or Brown will take legal action. At issue is a Coakley flier charging that Brown would have Massachusetts hospitals turn away all rape victims, a claim which a Brown spokeswoman called "a lie," "patently false," and "atrocious." "The campaign is calling on Martha Coakley and [Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman] John Walsh to retract the false statement," says Tarah Donoghue, a spokeswoman for the state Republican party who is speaking on behalf of the Brown campaign. "We're going to...
  • 'Bottom has fallen out' of Coakley's polls; Dems prepare to explain defeat, protect Obama

    01/16/2010 6:08:00 PM PST · by pietraynor · 36 replies · 2,078+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 01/15/10 | Byron York
    Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. "I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. "If she's not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout," the Democrat says. "So right now, she is destined to lose."
  • Massachusetts: 'Bottom has fallen out' of Coakley's polls; Dems prepare to explain defeat

    01/15/2010 7:42:02 PM PST · by Signalman · 20 replies · 1,151+ views
    WashExaminer ^ | 1/15/2009 | Byron York
    Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. "I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. "If she's not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout," the Democrat says. "So right now, she is destined to lose."...
  • Massachusetts: 'Bottom has fallen out' of Coakley's polls

    01/15/2010 6:57:01 PM PST · by FrdmLvr · 42 replies · 1,874+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1-15-10 | Byron York
    Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. "I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. "If she's not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout," the Democrat says. "So right now, she is destined to lose."...
  • Massachusetts: 'Bottom has fallen out' of Coakley's polls

    01/15/2010 11:28:14 AM PST · by GOP_Lady · 36 replies · 2,070+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01-15-10 | Byron York
    Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. "I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. "If she's not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout," the Democrat says. "So right now, she is destined to lose."...
  • 'Bottom has fallen out' of Coakley's polls; Dems prepare to explain defeat, protect Obama

    01/15/2010 6:38:53 AM PST · by moose2004 · 188 replies · 6,199+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 1/15/10 | Byron York
    By: Byron York Chief Political Correspondent 01/15/10 7:10 AM EST Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. "I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. "If she's not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout," the...
  • Obama's latest homeland security fiasco (Byron York on the case)

    01/07/2010 9:47:37 PM PST · by pissant · 6 replies · 1,037+ views
    Wash Examiner ^ | 1/8/10 | Byron York
    For a while, it seemed the nomination and confirmation of Erroll Southers to head the Transportation Security Administration would be a routine affair. Southers' resume included time at the FBI, the California Office of Homeland Security, and the Los Angeles airport security force. Qualified nominee, quick confirmation -- right? Wrong. As the new year begins, the Southers nomination has become the latest Obama confirmation mess, raising questions not only about the nominee but the White House's selection process. And despite Democrats' daunting 60-vote majority, quick confirmation might not be in the cards. The reason: a growing feeling among Republican senators...
  • White House: No matter what, we're sending Gitmo prisoners back to Yemen

    01/03/2010 9:01:58 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies · 1,993+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Jan. 3, 2010 | Byron York
    As Susan notes below, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging the Obama White House not to go forward with plans to send a number of Yemeni terrorists now being held in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility back to their home country. But the Obama White House insists it will continue to send those Gitmo inmates to Yemen -- a country now recognized as a hotbed of terrorism so dangerous that the U.S. has decided to close its embassy there. On Fox News Sunday, top White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said the administration "absolutely" intends to keep sending Guantanamo...