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  • Obama Making Personal Phone Calls To Senate Dems Begging Them To Vote Against Keystone Pipeline…

    03/08/2012 10:24:44 AM PST · by opentalk · 21 replies
    Weasel Zippers/Politico ^ | March 8, 2012 | Weasel Zippers
    Via PoliticoPresident Barack Obama is intervening in a Senate fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline and personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction, according to several sources familiar with the talks.The White House lobbying effort, including phone calls from the president to Democrats, signals that the vote could be close when it heads to the floor Thursday. ..
  • Panetta: ‘International Permission’ Trumps Congressional Permission For Military Actions (video)

    03/08/2012 9:36:52 AM PST · by Signalman · 18 replies
    conservativebyte.com ^ | 3/8/2012 | Conservative Byte
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta appeared at a Senate Armed Services Committee congressional hearing, where he said “legal basis” was needed to initiate a no-fly zone over Syria. (video at link)
  • House Expected Today to Pass Bipartisan JOBS Act

    03/08/2012 6:12:50 AM PST · by bizlawnews · 6 replies
    WASHINGTON, March 8 (LID) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday is expected Thursday to take up the bipartisan-supported Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The legislation — outlined in H.R. 3606 — is aimed at helping fledgling companies to more easily raise capital, proponents said.
  • Your doctor could be Obama (She was right)

    03/07/2012 11:29:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Dickinson Press ^ | March 8, 2012 | Nat Hentoff
    Ever since Sarah Palin’s end-of-life counseling “death panel” remarks exploded into national consciousness in 2009, I have researched the real power ObamaCare will have to overrule your doctor’s decisions about what’s best for your health care. Forget death panels. Starting in July 2014, if Barack Obama is still president, a 15-member board that he selects with Senate confirmation — the Independent Payment Advisory Board — will be in charge of deciding when to reduce government spending per capita (for each person) on health care. Opponents such as Congressman Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., who is also a doctor and the co-chairman of...
  • New York State Congressional Lines : The Special Master's Redistricting Plan

    03/06/2012 12:16:38 PM PST · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | March 6, 2012 | BY CELESTE KATZ
    Update: One observer notes to me, "[Rep. Bob] Turner and [Rep. Maurice] Hinchey are gone. [Rep. Gary] Ackerman doesn't really have a district either, but there are seats he could run for." (Don't say we didn't warn you about a possible consolidation of the regions represented by Ackerman and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy. Also, we've known since January that Hinchey's hanging it up after this Congress.) It also looks to me like the Rangel seat (NY-15) is majority Hispanic, but looks nothing like the highly calibrated Washington Heights/Bronx/Queens map advocated by those who signed on to this letter. And by the...
  • Reminder: Bob Kerrey Cast the Deciding Vote for the Clinton Tax Hike

    03/06/2012 11:44:35 AM PST · by 92nina · 4 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-03-02 | Kristie Shu
    Bob Kerrey looks to be a challenging replacement for Ben Nelson in the Nebraska 2012 senate race, so constituents need to be reminded of his left-leaning track record. Most prominent was his August 1993 deciding vote in favor of Clinton’s 1993 tax hike, which he himself declared as the “biggest tax increase in the history of the country.” “Kerrey helped lead the fight to unravel Ronald Reagan’s bipartisan Tax Reform Act of 1986 when Kerrey supported first George H.W. Bush’s 1990 tax increases and then Bill Clinton’s 1993 tax increases,” stated Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Both...
  • MittvMitt: The story of two men trapped in one body (DNC attack on UNELECTABLE Mitt is Devastating)

    03/06/2012 8:24:17 AM PST · by xzins · 88 replies
    http://www.mittvmitt.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=K9njHHyRI7g (half a million hits and climbing)
  • Rep. Donald Payne Dies

    03/06/2012 7:13:20 AM PST · by nuconvert · 32 replies
    Rep. Donald Payne, a New Jersey Democrat first elected to Congress in 1988, has died after a battle with colon cancer. He was 77. Payne just went public with his illness last month. At the time, he vowed to fight the disease, saying his doctors “expect my full recovery, as do I.” But as his condition deteriorated, he was flown from Washington to New Jersey in early March on a medical transport. He passed away on Tuesday, according to news reports confirmed by a congressional aide.
  • The Commodity Empire

    03/05/2012 11:38:48 AM PST · by Razzz42
    Armstrong Economics ^ | March 4th, 2012 | Martin Armstrong
    Most people do not realize but there is a Commodity Empire that is run by New York’s biggest banks/Investment Banks that are in a continued struggle with the Federal Reserve over the right to retain the power of their commodity trading empires. They control the storage warehouses, storage tanks, and silos constituting hard assets worth multi-billions of dollars. But it also gives them inside information regarding inventories and the ability to manipulate the prices by moving inventory back and forth to unreported warehouses or to London. ----------------------- Page 2----------------------- At the center of this power struggle has been the issue...
  • Florida congressman sleeps in office to 'cut back' on expenses

    03/05/2012 10:31:53 AM PST · by ruralvoter · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/5/12 | Geneva Sands-Sadowitz
    Rep. Rich Nugent (R-Fla.) said his decision to use his congressional House office for the duel purpose of a bedroom was a "financial decision." "We wanted to cut back our expenses. Living up here in D.C. I'm only up here typically three nights a week and then we're off quite a bit, too, back in the district, so it was a financial decision," said Nugent in an interview with The Shark Tank, a news organization that covers Florida politics, which was uploaded to YouTube Sunday. Nugent, the former Hernando County sheriff, said that sleeping in his office was a "personal...
  • The Dagger at Defense

    03/05/2012 12:01:26 AM PST · by Innovative · 1 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 5, 2012 | Robert Samuelson
    It turns out that "budget sequestration," portrayed as an evenhanded way to spur bipartisan negotiations over budget deficits, is actually a dagger aimed at defense spending. So: the sequestration now scheduled for next January means about another $500 billion in military cuts over the decade. These are in addition to the $487 billion in defense reductions already in the BCA and billions of earlier cuts ordered by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who ended some major programs including the F-22 stealth fighter. Nor do these cuts count the automatic reductions occurring from withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan. Even without sequester,...
  • Obama: Tell Congress to stop $4B 'giveaway' to oil companies (Solyndra not mentioned)

    03/04/2012 1:35:57 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/03/12 | Amie Parnes
    Obama: Tell Congress to stop $4B 'giveaway' to oil companiesBy Amie Parnes - 03/03/12 06:23 AM ET President Obama called on Congress Saturday to stop using federal dollars to subsidize the oil industry and put an end to a so-called "taxpayer giveaway." Saying that every year $4 billion in taxpayer money goes to subsidizing the oil industry, Obama urged lawmakers to put an end to corporate welfare. "I don't think oil companies need more corporate welfare," Obama said in his weekly address. "Congress should end this taxpayer giveaway." He asked Americans to "email, call or tweet" their representatives to tell...
  • 18-term Rep. Norm Dicks says he will not seek re-election

    03/02/2012 3:41:01 PM PST · by Baynative · 42 replies
    KOMOnews ^ | 3/2/12 | Twitter staff (whatever that is)
    WASHINGTON - Democratic Rep. Norm Dicks, a former UW football player who cast a giant presence over state and national politics for decades, announced Friday he'll retire at the end of the year after 18 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Obama lied on START treaty – suckered congress

    03/02/2012 2:29:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    us action news ^ | 3/2/12 | Michaela Bendikova at Heritage Foundation
    According to Rebeccah Heinrichs, an adjunct fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget request reveals that “that the president has utterly failed to make good on his promises” on nuclear modernization and missile defense. During the ratification debate on the New Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty (New START), President Obama promised to modernize the U.S. nuclear infrastructure, claiming that such investment is “essential to facilitating reductions while sustaining deterrence under New START and beyond.” However, the Administration failed to include in its budget the additional $4.1 billion that was promised for the nuclear weapons...
  • ObamaCare survival could depend on Roosevelt "New Deal" Supreme Court

    02/29/2012 9:29:41 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/29/2012 | Doug Book
    In 1942, one of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal Supreme Courts ruled that an Ohio farmer named Filburn was NOT permitted to raise the amount of wheat he wished on his own farm, for the purpose of feeding his own family. And for 70 years this and a handful of similar, overreaching decisions by the Court have resulted in the wholesale abuse of a power granted Congress in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, namely the “Commerce Clause.” (1) In the Wickard v Filburn case, the Court opened to Congress the nearly unlimited power to exercise legislative authority relating to...
  • Trashing Tricare...Obama to cut healthcare benefits for active duty and retired US military

    02/27/2012 1:42:26 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 37 replies · 10+ views
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/27/2012 | Bill Gertz
    The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits untouched. The proposal is causing a major rift within the Pentagon, according to U.S. officials. Several congressional aides suggested the move is designed to increase the enrollment in Obamacare’s state-run insurance exchanges. The disparity in treatment between civilian and uniformed personnel is causing a backlash within the military that could undermine recruitment and retention. The proposed increases in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by Congress, are part of the...
  • Times Square bomb hero to run for Congress ( NY challenge R Nan Hayworth)

    02/27/2012 2:16:19 AM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal online ^ | February 26, 2012 | AP
    NEW YORK — A Times Square vendor who alerted police to an attempted car bombing in 2010 is announcing his candidacy for Congress. Duane Jackson said his brush with terrorism and celebrity taught him that it made sense to get involved. The 59-year-old Navy veteran plans to announce his candidacy Monday morning in Buchanan, in Westchester County north of New York City. The Democrat hopes to unseat freshman Republican Nan Hayworth in New York's 19th Congressional District. On May 1, 2010, Jackson noticed a suspicious SUV abandoned by his cart, strapped with explosives that were smoking but never detonated. He...
  • Inhofe writes book on 'hoax' of global warming

    02/25/2012 8:06:48 PM PST · by Innovative · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Tulsa World ^ | Feb 25, 2012 | Jim Myers
    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe years ago declared man-made global warming a hoax and more recently declared victory over his opponents in that long-running debate. Still, the Oklahoma Republican believes his work is not done. Next week, the senator said his plans for the book's introduction include interviews with several broadcast personalities known for being on the other side of the debate. Published by WND Books, which described it as a coup de grace to the global-warming movement, the book is titled "The Greatest Hoax," with the subtitle "How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future." Next week, the senator said,...
  • Attempt to block MetroRail funding fails

    02/24/2012 11:27:32 AM PST · by The Pack Knight · 3 replies
    Houston Chronicle @ chron.com ^ | February 8, 2012 | Stewart M. Powell
    WASHINGTON - The committee chairman described it as a "food fight," an after-midnight bout as Republican Congressman Blake Farenthold tried to jimmy legislation to block federal money for Metro to build or extend the University and Uptown light rail lines. In the end, his effort failed. But the wrangling in the wee hours last week spotlighted the countless little-noticed struggles that take place across Capitol Hill as lawmakers try to steer taxpayers' dollars toward projects they favor – and away from projects they oppose. In this case, the stakes were potentially the future of Houston's light rail system and the...
  • Bad Week For Freedom

    02/24/2012 1:02:04 AM PST · by Shane · 3 replies
    The Burning Platform ^ | February 14, 2012 | Jim Quinn
    With each passing week it seems this country spirals further into the depths of a frightening dystopian fantasy reminiscent of Huxley and Orwell’s dark world of isolation, fear and government brutality portrayed in their masterpieces Brave New World and 1984. I keep speculating whether it’s me that’s crazy and not the things I’m witnessing on a daily basis. The President signs the National Defense Authorization Act, passed by an overwhelming majority of Congress, which allows the government to imprison American citizens indefinitely without charge. And there is barely a squeak from the docile masses as they are soothed by Obama...
  • Obama Signs Payroll Tax Cut and Unemployment Benefits Extension

    02/23/2012 3:30:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Accounting Today ^ | February 23, 2012 | Michael Cohn
    President Obama has signed into law an extension through the end of the year of the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits, and the so-called “doc fix” to prevent Medicare physician reimbursement rates from plunging. Obama had pushed for the extension, arguing that it would provide the average taxpayer with an extra $40 in a typical two-week paycheck. The payroll tax cut was in effect last year, cutting Social Security and Medicare withholding taxes 2 percentage points, from 6.2 to 4.2 percent. However, Congress was only able to agree last December on how to extend the tax cut for another two...
  • Kelo Needs Congressional Correction

    02/23/2012 12:17:51 PM PST · by 92nina · 3 replies
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2012-02-22 | Paul Petrick
    Last month, the House Judiciary Committee passed the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2011, H.R. 1433. This bill would suspend federal economic development funds for two years to any state or municipality that expropriates private property via eminent domain for a private purpose. H.R. 1433 enjoys the bipartisan support of Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) as well as more than two dozen other co-sponsors. If enacted, this legislation would strike at the heart of the 2005 Supreme Court decision Kelo v. City of New London. This ruling allowed government entities to expropriate private property at...
  • Should Threats Against Legislators Have Stricter Penalites?

    02/23/2012 8:03:26 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/19/2012 | Jack Spencer
    A bill introduced in the Michigan Legislature would outlaw death threats against public officials or their immediate family members. But even before it was formally introduced, questions arose: Why just public officials? Why not everyone? Public officials are defined in Senate Bill 943 as the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, directors of state executive branch principal departments, members of the state Legislature, and justices and judges of the state judiciary. People elected or appointed to these posts but not yet serving are included as well. Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, the bill sponsor, defends limiting the scope of...
  • Will Generation 'Gimme' Work for the American Dream? Eye-opening insight into America's youth

    02/21/2012 10:34:12 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 22 replies · 1+ views
    This is just plain sad. These kids are in for a rude awakening. For some it's too late...they've already been indoctrinated into socialism, Marxism et al......
  • House Committee Misses Chance to Question Sec. Napolitano on Immigration Enforcement

    02/20/2012 11:11:28 AM PST · by OddLane · 5 replies
    Numbers USA ^ | February 20, 2012 | Jonathan Osbourne
    The House Homeland Security Committee hosted a hearing Wednesday afternoon called “An Examination of the President's FY 2013 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security” with DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. The Congressmen in attendance were Peter King (Committee Chairman) of New York, Lamar Smith of Texas, Dan Lungren of California, Mike Rogers of Alabama, Michael McCaul of Texas, Bennie Thompson (Committee Ranking Member), Loretta Sanchez of California, Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, Henry Cuellar of Texas, Yvette Clarke of New York, Laura Richardson of California, Danny Davis of Illinois, Chip Cravaack of Minnesota, Patrick Meeham of Pennsylvania, Scott Rigell...
  • Voice of 'Black' Reason

    02/20/2012 3:20:39 AM PST · by BeauGalt · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | Kevin Jackson
    Mr. Jackson is a voice of reason, in a sea of confusion, and rabid racism...
  • Sarah Palin was right

    02/18/2012 4:57:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 18, 2012 | David Merritt, former CEO, Center for Health Transformation
    In the summer of 2009, when the outrage over the Democrats’ emerging health care reform bills was at its height, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was excoriated by the left for saying: “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.” The roiling debate over the HHS decision to mandate...
  • The History of American Debt:1775-2011

    02/18/2012 1:31:18 PM PST · by orthodoxyordeath · 3 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | August 8, 2011 | Matthew Monos
    Standard and Poor downgraded the credit rating of the USA from AAA to AA+. Add in the fact that they downgraded the credit of institutions such as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae for being too reliant on government (shocker!), are mulling downgrades of Britain and France, and said they might downgrade the USA again in a few months if the situation doesn't improve, and we're looking at financial free-falls worldwide. This of course has prompted a renewed interest in American debt, since the S&P said that was the main factor in this downgrade. In fact this morning John Chambers, Managing...
  • Chairman Kline Takes on Failing Education

    02/17/2012 11:30:12 AM PST · by 92nina · 5 replies
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-02-17 | [Staff]
    No Child Left Behind is an example of why the 'one size fits all' mentality is an improper way to govern. Placing standardizations as well as allocating specific resources at the federal level is not working. Our education system is decaying. With increasing costs and decreasing scores it is clear that reform is necessary to ensure that the future of our nation have the knowledge and skills to compete in a global economy. Chairman Kline of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee is sponsoring two pieces of legislation to address this issue. The two bills reform federal education...
  • House Republicans Rollback Obama's Pro-Union Regulations

    02/17/2012 9:58:35 AM PST · by 92nina · 5 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-14 | Christopher Prandoni
    After a yearlong fight, House Republicans land a blow against the politicized National Mediation Board (NMB). After assuming office in 2009, President Obama appointed two pro-union members to the three member NMB, the federal agency that oversees union-employer relations in the transportation industry. Effectively controlling the board, Obama’s Democrat appointees rewrote long-held election law to make it easier for unions to organize transportation workers. While the National Labor Relations Board’s nefarious activity has received much publicity, Obama’s regulatory overreach began with the NMB. Since the National Railway Act’s was ratified in 1926, a union needed to receive a majority of...
  • GOP likes Kelly for Giffords special

    02/17/2012 6:24:56 AM PST · by CanadianYankee · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/17/12 | DAVID CATANESE
    Republicans favor Jesse Kelly as their candidate for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' Arizona House seat, according to a poll released first to POLITICO. A Wenzel Strategies survey, paid for by Citizens United Political Victory Fund, shows Kelly is ahead of his nearest GOP primary challenger by close to 25 percentage points in the special election. The poll, taken Wednesday and Thursday of this week, puts Kelly at 43 percent to State Sen. Frank Antenori's 18 percent and sports commentator Dave Sitton's 10 percent. Twenty percent aren't sure. The poll included 700 respondents and has a 3.68 percent margin of error....
  • Congress Releases Details on Payroll Tax Cut and Unemployment Extension

    02/16/2012 11:34:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Accounting Today ^ | February 16, 2012 | Michael Cohn
    House and Senate negotiators have released a conference committee report spelling out several of the provisions of the payroll tax cut extension legislation, which also extends unemployment benefits and the “doc fix” for Medicare reimbursements for physicians. The bill would extend the 2 percentage point cut in Social Security and Medicare withholding taxes to 4.2 percent through the end of the year. The payroll tax cut provision would put a full $1,000 in the pockets of the typical American family over the course of 2012, according to the office of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. Under current law,...
  • Great news: Deal struck on extending temporary tax cut that hasn’t boosted the economy at all

    02/16/2012 9:55:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/16/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Yeah, I know I'm supposed to feel all warm and fuzzy about the fact that Democrats and Republicans didn't play this out to the 11th hour, like they do with every other dispute these days. We're supposed to cheer because the system worked and it produced a bipartisan result in a year that will see precious few of them. Too bad that it sucks money out of an already-ailing trust fund while delivering none of the economic impact promised when we tried it last year:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Congressional negotiators resolved all differences on an agreement to extend...
  • Congressional negotiators reach deal on $150 billion economic plan

    02/16/2012 1:27:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 16, 2012 | Paul Kane
    In a pact early Thursday morning, congressional negotiators gave final approval to an economic plan worth more than $150 billion that would extend a payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits. A key roadblock was overcome when the lawmakers agreed to require new federal workers to contribute more to their pension plans, clearing the way around 12:30 a.m. for a majority of the House-Senate conference committee to begin signing the deal. The pension provision represented a concession to key Maryland Democrats who, even after prodding from President Obama, did not grant their support until current federal workers were shielded from the...
  • Unequal Protection Under the Health Care Law

    02/15/2012 11:16:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 15, 2012 | Hal Scherz
    One of life's minor annoyances occurs when someone receives preferential treatment because of his wealth or perceived power. Many people have experienced this firsthand when a "VIP" comes into a restaurant and jumps ahead while they've been waiting for a table. This offends most Americans because it is contrary to our sense of fair play. It divides people into elites and everyone else. This is where we are heading with health care. Don't think so? Well, on October 11, 2011, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) declared that PSA screening for prostate cancer in healthy men was no longer...
  • An agency-by-agency guide to Obama's budget

    02/14/2012 11:06:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    President Barack Obama has proposed a $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal 2013 that aims to slash the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years but still envisions growth in the government's major health benefit programs. The agency-by-agency breakdown: ------ Agency: Agriculture Spending: $154.7 billion Percentage Change from 2012: 4.8 percent increase Discretionary Spending: $23 billion Highlights: Obama's budget envisions savings of $32 billion over 10 years by cutting some farm subsidies, such as eliminating direct payments, which are made regardless of price and crop yield. Other subsidies are paid only when prices dip or a farmer's revenue drops....
  • Constitutional One Man Rule

    02/14/2012 5:15:15 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 33 replies
    There is a political landmine in our Constitution. As with the real thing, which can lie dormant for many decades and eventually kill non-combatants, Article II Section 3 grants a power that could unintentionally injure our liberties 220+ years later. No American President has exercised this power.1 However, for a president hostile to our traditions, who invokes the Constitution when it serves his purpose and ignores it when it does not, this potentially explosive clause could, under certain circumstances provide the legal basis for one man rule. From Article II Section 3: “ . . . and in Case of...
  • Issa takes step toward holding Holder in contempt of Congress

    02/14/2012 3:02:45 PM PST · by Fast Moving Angel · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 14, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    On Tuesday Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House committee on Oversight and Government Reform, took a major step toward holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to provide subpoenaed documents and other information about Operation Fast and Furious.
  • Protecting Life and Religious Liberty and Standing Up To Activist Judges

    02/14/2012 12:34:11 PM PST · by Kansas58 · 3 replies
    Newt Gingrich website ^ | 1/1/2012 | Newt Gingrich
    Combat judicial activism by utilizing checks on judicial power Constitutionally available to the elected branches of government. (Read an extended white paper on restoring the proper role of the judicial branch here.)
  • House to Pass Payroll Tax Relief for Rest of 2012

    02/14/2012 8:50:19 AM PST · by 92nina · 9 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-13 | Ryan Ellis
    The U.S. House this week will vote on H.R. 4013, a bill which will continue payroll tax relief for the remainder of 2012. In all of 2011 and through February of 2012, the Social Security payroll tax rate nominally paid by employees has been reduced by two percentage points, from 6.2% to 4.2%. For someone earning $50,000 annually, this has reduced their FICA tax by $1000 over the year. Americans for Tax Reform is supportive of this extension of payroll tax relief: Now is not the time for workers to see their take-home pay decline because their taxes went up....
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • Brotherhood lawmaker: US aid to Cairo 'assured'

    02/13/2012 10:59:52 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/12/2012 | OREN KESSLER
    Senior Muslim Brotherhood official tells 'Al Hayat' if the US cuts aid to Egypt, it would be violation of 1979 peace accords. US aid to Egypt is guaranteed by the Camp David Accords, and stopping it would be a violation of that treaty, a high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood lawmaker said Sunday. Essam El-Erian, who also serves as chairman of the Egyptian parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said that should aid from Washington be cut, the Brotherhood would consider changing the terms of Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel. El-Erian told the London-based newspaper Al-Hayat the US needs to understand that “what was...
  • 52% Say GOP Agenda In Congress Is Extreme

    02/13/2012 7:13:59 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 122 replies · 1+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Feb 12, 2012 | Rasmussen Reports
    While positive ratings for Congress remain at an all-time low, more voters than ever see the Republican agenda in Congress as extreme. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 35% of Likely Voters say it would be more accurate to describe the agenda of Republicans in Congress as mainstream, while 52% feel extreme is a more accurate description. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure.
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives' Employers

    02/13/2012 6:48:12 AM PST · by redstateone · 8 replies
    BigGovernment.com ^ | February 13, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    In his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives...
  • Gingrich: If it comes to a shutdown, the GOP should stick to its principles

    02/11/2012 10:50:08 PM PST · by JediJones · 114 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/25/2011 | Newt Gingrich
    The Washington establishment believes that the government shutdown of 1995 was a disastrous mistake that accomplished little and cost House Republicans politically. The facts are exactly the opposite. While the shutdown produced some short-term pain, it set the stage for a budget deal in 1996 that led to the largest drop in federal discretionary spending since 1969. The discipline imposed by this budget — overall spending grew at an average of 2.9 percent a year while I was speaker of the House, the slowest rate in decades — allowed us to reach a balanced-budget deal in 1997. ...the balanced budget...
  • Democrats Failure To Pass Budget Is Illegal

    02/10/2012 5:45:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 10, 2012
    Leadership: Two top Democrats in Congress say the legislature doesn't really need to pass a budget. Excuse us, but passing a budget isn't optional; it's required by law. Is this the future of rule under the Democrats? House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is tired of passing budgets as the law demands. He thinks Congress can just keep spending money without any sort of budget. "The fact is, you don't need a budget," he said last Tuesday. "We can adopt appropriations bills. We can adopt authorization policies without a budget. We already have an agreed-upon cap on spending." Actually, "the fact...
  • FBI Announces that Americans Are Now a Threat to America

    02/10/2012 8:27:20 AM PST · by opentalk · 39 replies · 1+ views
    RLC ^ | February 7, 2012 | Dave Nalle
    Following the pattern of other provocative statements about potential domestic terrorist threats from the Obama Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a statement exposing the threat of “hundreds of thousands” of “sovereign citizens” who can turn violent “at the drop of a hat” during encounters with the police. Citing three specific cases in three years and a trend of an increase in arrests of believers in individual sovereignty from 10 to 18 cases per year, mostly for non-violent crimes, the FBI declared law enforcement to be “inundated” with threats. This may be the most exaggerated and offensive...
  • America's police state: The drones are coming

    02/10/2012 8:31:56 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 51 replies
    Pittsburgh live.com ^ | February 10, 2012
    America's police state: The drones are coming Friday, February 10, 2012 A new federal law accelerating domestic use of government aerial surveillance drones brings America frighteningly close to an Orwellian police state. President Obama is expected to sign the FAA Reauthorization Act, which expedites approval for federal, state and local police to use these drones. The Federal Aviation Administration's existing case-by-case approach is chilling enough -- it's being sued over its refusal to disclose publicly which agencies use drones and how they're used. Still, it's known that the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection arm uses drones domestically....
  • (Shortened Title) STOCK Act Won't Stop Millionaire Congress Picking Winners and Losers

    02/10/2012 6:00:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2012 | John Ransom
    The House yesterday passed a new "reform" measure aimed at curtailing the practice of trading on securities with inside information amongst members of Congress and their staff. Suprise! Some members of Congress were arriving in Congress and becoming rich on the experience. Ever wonder how people go to Congress and become millionaires? The publication last year of a new academic report cleared up for us at least one way the millionaires' club known as Congress benefits.A report from four scholars, Alan J Ziobrowski; James W Boyd, Ping Cheng; and Brigitte J. Ziobrowski, titled Abnormal Returns From the Common Stock Investments...
  • Republican Military Hero Will Announce Her Run For Congress Today

    02/09/2012 2:29:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/2/12 | Jim Hoft
    Colonel Martha McSally was a pilot in the United States Air Force. She was the first American woman to fly in combat since the 1991 lifting of the prohibition of women in combat. McSally is also the first woman to command a USAF fighter squadron, the 354th Fighter Squadron (354 FS) based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. in 2001 Martha McSally successfully challenged the military policy that required US and UK servicewomen stationed in Saudi Arabia to wear the body-covering abaya when traveling off base in the country. .....