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  • Boehner: '1-in-3 chance' GOP could lose House

    04/23/2012 4:11:17 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 23, 2012 | staff
    "But there's a one-in-three chance we could lose," Boehner said. "I'm being myself -- frank. We've got a big challenge, and we've got work to do."
  • Why stay? President, Congress should just go home until after the election

    04/23/2012 8:49:33 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 6 replies
    Why stay? President, Congress should just go home until after the election By Judd Gregg - 04/23/12 05:44 AM ET The president is in full campaign mode. So is Congress. The federal government has been put into a holding pattern until the November elections. Like “Major, Major, Major” from “Catch-22,” it appears that although everyone in Washington is still there, no one is actually there. This being the situation, one might ask — Why don’t they all go home? They could leave Washington to the pundits and lobbyists. President Obama could go back to Chicago and campaign from there, reconnecting...
  • Bold Tea Party Conservative VS D.C. RINO Insider (Indiana)

    04/22/2012 2:15:25 PM PDT · by Syncro · 16 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | April 21, 2012 | Amy Kremer
    Dear Friends,There are only 20 days left until Tea Party Express-endorsed State Treasurer Richard Mourdock faces Obama’s “Favorite” Republican, Senator Dick Lugar, in the Indiana U.S. Senate Primary. This is the first Tea Party vs Establishment battle of the cycle and we MUST send a powerful message to the powers-that-be: WE THE PEOPLE WILL NOT BE SILENCED! . . There is timid career politician and then there is Sen. Dick Lugar. He not only refused to join republican Senators in challenging Obamacare, he voted to confirm liberal activist judges like now Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor – these justices...
  • Who Is Really Behind The Curtain?

    04/22/2012 11:33:05 AM PDT · by Razzz42 · 16 replies
    ArmstrongEconomics.com ^ | April 22, 2012 | Martin Armstrong
    I was speaking with some people on Capitol Hill who are becoming alarmed at what is starting to appear to be a hidden oligarchy behind eliminating all constitutional rights and converting the United States into the new East Germany. The authority to indefinitely detain American citizens without any trial, lawyers, charges, or anything as they did to me until the Supreme Court told the government to respond, passed with flying colors. Obama said of he would never use it against Americans. Then why sign it? Several states are now taking matters into their own hands. Virginia has become the first...
  • End U.S. Global Taxation to Boost American Tech Investment

    04/20/2012 10:02:56 AM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-04-19 | [Staff]
    This week, the Greenlining Institute released a study slamming tech companies for keeping a substantial portion of their assets overseas. According to the study, American tech firms held $430 billion in cash off American shores, an increase of 21 percent since last year. All told, $1.4 trillion in assets are held overseas, and the tech sector represents about 30 percent of it. Assuming the study’s numbers are accurate, it’s completely understandable and it’s justified. The blame should not be laid at the feet of tech companies, but at the feet of the IRS. The U.S. is the only nation in...
  • Congress Is About To Pass A Bill That Restricts Traveling, Driving And International Banking

    04/20/2012 9:35:55 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 78 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 19, 2012 | Simon Black
    [Snip]...As part of Senate Bill 1813 (known as MAP-21), Congress has inserted language that would oblige the Secretary of State to revoke or deny a passport to any U.S. citizen who the IRS Commissioner deems as having "seriously delinquent tax debt."...For starters, in what may be one of the most depraved Big Brother moves on record, section 31406 of the bill makes it mandatory for "black box" event recorders to be installed in every new passenger vehicle starting with model year 2015.
  • Rep. Schakowsky introduces WORK Act allowing low-income moms the option that Ann Romney got

    04/19/2012 4:34:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 14 replies
    4/19/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Rep. Schakowsky (D) has introduced a bill, the WORK Act, Woman's Option to Raise Kids, giving federal assistance that would supplement TANF benefits (for the first 3 years), because under current law a woman (poor or not) raising kids does not have her work raising kids counted as real "work." Dems are attempting to use Ann Romney's words against her. Ann Romney said that staying home and raising kids is "work." and Dems are countering that by saying that it shouldn't be just people like Ann Romney that should get to stay home and "work." Schakowsky believes that poor women...
  • Why Conservatives Have Lost the Political Battle for America’s Soul

    04/19/2012 12:14:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Tea Party Economist ^ | April 18, 2012 | Gary North
    This was posted on one of GaryNorth.com forums. The battle for America’s political soul is always fought on the battlefield of federal politics. That’s why conservatives lose, generation after generation.” Dr. North, would you please elaborate on this, why you believe the battle for America’s political soul is fought in Federal politics and why it is that conservatives continue to lose, generation after generation? From the time of the ratification of the United States Constitution, American politics shifted to the national level. One of the things that I realized late in my career, even though I had been trained as...
  • Happy Tax Day Welcome To America - The Land not of the Free – but of Economic Slaves

    04/18/2012 4:21:30 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 4 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | April 17th, 2012 | Martin Armstrong
    I have been warning that as we approach 2016, government are so desperate for cash, they will destroy everything we once cherished about Democracy and Freedom. There is a secret bill winding its way through Congress. The way Congress operates is so corrupt it is just off the charts. Senator Barbara Boxer introduced the "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act" (or "MAP-21" as it's now called), to reauthorize funds for federal highway and transportation programs. Then all sort of tiny provisions are inserted so the press only talks about the headline, not all the countless provisions inside...
  • Hunters win in vote about dead polar bears

    04/18/2012 8:24:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 17 April, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    House Republicans on Tuesday rode to the rescue of 41 hunters who shot polar bears in Canada at least four years ago but have been unable to bring their trophies back into the U.S. because the bears were subsequently declared an endangered species. Powered by gun-rights and hunting advocates, the House voted 262-155 in favor of letting the dead bears into the U.S. - with backers citing everything from Second Amendment priorities to the fact that two of the hunters caught up in the situation were wounded American troops. “They were in Iraq, in that heated area. The one dream...
  • Constitution Party National Convention to Meet in Nashville (Starting today, Wednesday 18 April)

    04/18/2012 7:07:43 AM PDT · by xzins · 113 replies
    The Constitution Party ^ | 17 Apr 12 | CP
    04/17/2012 Constitution Party National Convention to Meet in Nashville Amidst Unprecedented Voter Dissatisfaction with Obama and Romney Constitution Party National Chairman, Jim Clymer, announced the 2012 National Convention of the Constitution Party which will be held April 18-21 in Nashville, Tennessee. “American voters who support limited, constitutional government, traditional American values, the protection of American jobs and preservation of individual liberty can take heart! They will not be limited to a difficult choice between Obama and Romney as the one likely to be the least threat to their life, liberty, property and other interests. The Constitution Party will be offering...
  • Jesse Kelly picked as GOP candidate in Ariz.'s CD8

    04/18/2012 3:58:06 AM PDT · by CanadianYankee · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 18 April 2012 | WALTER BERRY
    Voters in southern Arizona's 8th Congressional District on Tuesday night chose Republican Jesse Kelly to face former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber in a special election to replace the wounded ex-congresswoman.........
  • [Since they booted Newt out] Republicans Gone Missin’

    04/17/2012 11:29:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Red State ^ | April 17, 2012 | littletboca Diary
    Republicans gone missin’ again – in 2010 they received an injection of new blood energetic men and women ready to “take back our Country. But, the Old Republican Establishment gave them a grand welcome and shot them in the foot every time they stepped forward with a substantial idea that would strengthen our Nation’s foundation. What the freshmen didn’t know is the Old Republican Establishment has been around for a long time and they’re happy basking in the sun, playing golf and living high on the hog off of taxpayer’s money. They actually black balled the freshman stars like Paul...
  • Constitutional Authority House Rule XII Largely Ignored

    04/17/2012 10:41:51 AM PDT · by Sopater · 6 replies
    New American ^ | Thursday, 19 January 2012 | Bob Adelmann
    All new legislation offered by members of the House of Representatives since January 3, 2011 is required to include, under House Rule XII, a reference to the constitutional authority under which the bill is presented. Most of the bills offered since then show either the members’ lack of understanding of, or blatant disregard for, the purpose of Rule XII: to tie the proposed legislation to the enumerated powers under the Constitution. The rule states:A bill or joint resolution may not be introduced unless the sponsor submitted … a statement citing as specifically as possible the power or powers granted to...
  • Report: Democrat-controlled Senate laziest in 20 years

    04/16/2012 12:47:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 16, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    For those who need proof that the Senate was a do-nothing chamber in 2011 beyond the constant partisan bickering and failure to pass a federal budget, there is now hard evidence that it was among the laziest in 20 years. In her latest report, Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson revealed a slew of data that put the first session of the 112th Senate at the bottom of Senates since 1992 in legislative productivity, an especially damning finding considering that it wasn’t an election year when congressional action is usually lower. For example, while the Democratically-controlled Senate was in session...
  • iPhone app projects user household tax payments for federal deficit

    04/13/2012 4:31:30 PM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/12/2012 | Staff
    U.S. taxpayers can now use their iPhone to compare how much different plans to tackle the federal deficit would cost them in their yearly income taxes. Debt Bomb — based on the U.S. tax code and publicly available data from the Congressional Budget Office and other government sources — allows users to project how a raise in taxes would cost in their personal income taxes over the years. In order to make a projection, users input basic income tax data — modeled after what a household pays in taxes — into the app. “Debt is going to be one of...
  • What If the Government Rejects the Constitution?

    04/12/2012 7:14:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 155 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 12, 2012 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    What if the government never took the Constitution seriously? What if the same generation -- in some cases the same human beings -- that wrote in the First Amendment, "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech," also enacted the Alien and Sedition Acts, which made it a crime to criticize the government? What if the feds don't regard the Constitution as the Supreme Law of the Land? What if the government regards the Constitution as merely a guideline to be referred to from time to time, or a myth to be foisted upon the voters,...
  • Allen West: Half the Democrats in Congress are Communists

    04/11/2012 9:16:13 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 72 replies
    Allen West: Half the Democrats in Congress are Communists By Daniel Strauss - 04/11/12 10:24 AM ET Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) says he's heard that almost half of all the Democrats in Congress are secretly part of the Communist Party. He offered no names or proof of his accusation. West told almost 100 Floridians in Palm City on Tuesday that "he's heard" as many as 80 Democrats in Congress are members of the Communist Party, according to the Palm Beach Post. The freshman Republican, an outspoken conservative and Tea Party favorite, is a longtime critic of the Democratic Party. At...
  • Obama's Histrionic Hypercriticism of Paul Ryan's Budget

    04/04/2012 12:05:40 PM PDT · by 92nina · 5 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-04-03 | Hugh Johnson
    President Obama was hypercritical of Paul Ryan’s budget today, claiming that it is “thinly veiled social Darwinism.” We decided to take another look at Rep. Ryan’s budget and compare it against the President’s plan to tax his way out of a spending hole. President Obama's Plan Paul Ryan's Budget President Obama claimed in his speech today that the Ryan Budget, “Would increase health care costs and shift the burden to America's seniors.” The Ryan Budget repeals Obamacare tax hikes by eliminating the entire Obamacare law.  This includes repealing the 20 new or higher taxes which have taken or are about...
  • Obama signs insider trading bill, wants more curbs on Congress

    04/04/2012 12:00:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/4/12 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama called on Wednesday for stricter controls on lawmakers to confront "the corrosive influence" of money in Washington as he signed into law an insider trading ban he said was needed to help restore trust in the U.S. government. The Democrat, who is running for re-election in November, said the STOCK Act he signed at the White House made plain that members of Congress using non-public information to improve their personal investment portfolios were breaking the law. Enforcement of the core stock trading disclosure provisions will begin in July. He also called for more restrictions,...
  • Harry Reid loses procedural ruling on budget vote (Time for the Rats to put up a budget proposal)

    04/04/2012 4:48:23 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/3/2012 | By SCOTT WONG
    The Senate’s chief referee has issued a key ruling against Majority Leader Harry Reid, POLITICO has learned — a move expected to bring unwanted election-year pressure on the Nevada Democrat to act on politically dicey budget bills. Newly appointed Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, whom Reid recommended for the job, has decided that last summer’s deal on the debt ceiling and spending caps does not preclude the Senate from taking up other budget resolutions this year. The ruling could force vulnerable Democrats to cast tough votes that hurt them in November, a situation Reid and other leaders are eager to avoid as...
  • Online Privacy Hearing Pits Consumers and Congress Against Regulators

    04/03/2012 9:24:42 AM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-04-02 | [Staff]
    Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its report on consumer privacy (PDF), calling for “baseline privacy legislation” along with a strong self-regulatory framework for industry. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz then penned an op-ed reiterating his privacy strategy: Congress sets “clear rules of the road” – a sort of best practices regulatory model – while the FTC threateningly aims its regulatory firearm at companies, nudging them into accepting the Commission’s recommendations regardless of statutory authority. But at a House subcommittee hearing just days later, Congressional leaders rightly pushed back against the FTC. At a House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing,...
  • Early Outlook for '12 Cong. Elections/Dems House Hopes Could Run Aground in Great Lakes

    04/02/2012 1:19:18 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 1 replies
    Center For Politics ^ | March 29, 2012 | Alan I. Abramowitz
    In today’s Crystal Ball, Alan Abramowitz — whose election models are among the best in the business — provides an early look at what they tell us about the race for the House and the Senate. We suspect that these models are a little pessimistic for Democrats at this early point, although we agree with Alan’s conclusion, which is that Republicans are in strong position to keep control of the House and that they should at the very least cut into the Democrats’ 53-47 edge in the Senate. Forecasting models are an important tool in helping to predict elections, but...
  • Capitol Follies

    04/01/2012 11:35:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 1, 2012 | Clarice Feldman
    Scientists announced this week that they had found ten billion habitable planets in the Milky Way. The announcement was cheering, raising the possibility that there was some intelligent life somewhere in the universe in a week where it was clear there was hardly any in the Capitol. I'm talking about the three day argument before the Supreme Court on the 2,700 page wonk wet dream, ObamaCare. As you recall a Democrat Congress rammed this legislation down our throats on Christmas Eve led by Nancy Pelosi (soi-disant Catholic Theologian and Constitutional Scholar, San Francisco), aided by some high kicking and legerdemain...
  • After a long year, Congress grants itself an actual recess

    03/31/2012 3:34:30 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 30, 2012 | By Pete Kasperowicz
    The House and Senate left for a two-week break that, for the first time in a year, will not be punctuated by occasional pro forma sessions. Instead, both chambers passed an adjournment resolution this week, granting themselves an actual recess until they both return on Monday, April 16. .. Despite this battle, Republicans appeared to be put at ease enough to allow an official recess this Easter, in light of a deal that Senate leaders agreed to with the White House. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that as a result of these discussions, there would be "no...
  • (FREEPER) Afghanistan War Veteran Takes Fight to 7th US Congressional District Race

    03/30/2012 12:40:30 PM PDT · by kjenerette · 33 replies
    Afghanistan War Veteran Takes Fight to 7th Congressional District Race South Carolina, Thursday, March 29, 2012 - On Thursday, Katherine Jenerette, a US Army Paratrooper and a former US Congressional Field Representative, who just returnedhome eleven weeks ago from a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan, announced her bid for the newly formed 7th District Congressional Seat.  “I’m not the kind of person who sit’s on the sidelines when there’s a fight going on and work to be done for the people of our state, district and our country,” Jenerette said. “I’ve been places where you have to do...
  • Conservative Movement United Against Simpson-Bowles Budget Plan

    03/30/2012 10:29:29 AM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-03-30 | Ryan Ellis
    The House this week rejected the "Simpson-Bowles" budget by a 382-38 margin. Every major conservative group weighed in against the measure (full text, summary), which raises taxes over the next decade by $2 trillion, and is riddled with phony spending cut gimmicks and double-counting. Below is a summary of the united conservative movement opposition to this budget: Americans for Tax Reform Linked above Americans for Prosperity Dear Representatives, On behalf of the more than 1.9 million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I strongly urge you to support both Chairman Ryan’s budget resolution and the Republican Study Committee...
  • Paul Ryan's 'Groundhog Day'

    03/29/2012 7:34:35 AM PDT · by rhema · 2 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 3/28/12 | John E. Sununu
    Like Bill Murray's character in "Groundhog Day," Rep. Paul Ryan appears condemned to repeat the same experiences over and over again. When Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, unveiled his House budget proposal this month, you could almost hear strains of "I Got You Babe" - the song that awakens Murray day after day after day. And like the good people of Punxsutawney, Pa., the masses on Capitol Hill seem oblivious to his plight as he patiently treads the same ground one more time. Budget resolutions are required by law, though the Senate hasn't passed one in years. Big and unwieldy, they...
  • Congressional Black Caucus Chairman to ask Boehner to enforce House dress code across the board

    03/28/2012 8:36:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | March 28, 2012 | Chad Pergram
    WASHINGTON – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) plans to send a “friendly, hand-written” note to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) asking him to enforce the House dress code across the board, he told Fox News Wednesday night. Cleaver says he made the decision to contact Boehner after the incident where Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) wore the hoodie to the House floor today. Rep. Rush was escorted from the House floor because the House dress code prohibits hats. Cleaver says that some CBC members believe that Rush was unfairly singled out because the House routinely allows other members to...
  • MF Global executive refuses to testify before Congress (Assistant Treasurer Edith O'Brien)

    03/28/2012 3:16:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/28/12 | Sarah N. Lynch and Aruna Viswanatha - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A finance executive at MF Global Holdings Ltd invoked her right against self-incrimination as lawmakers heard from officials who played critical roles in the final days of the futures brokerage, when a huge and still unexplained shortfall in customer money surfaced. Assistant Treasurer Edith O'Brien, believed to have been involved in authorizing a $175 million transfer that may have included customer funds, three days before MF Global's bankruptcy filing on October 31, declined to testify on Wednesday. "On advice of counsel I respectfully decline to answer based on my constitutional right," she told subcommittee chairman Randy Neugebauer...
  • Geithner Admits Obama Was Part of Congress that Caused Economic Woes

    03/28/2012 9:22:53 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 5 replies
    Geithner Admits Obama Was Part of Congress that Caused Economic Woes Daniel Halper March 28, 2012 11:58 AM At a hearing today on Capitol Hill, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner blamed members of Congress (before 2008) for the economic troubles: When Geithner is reminded by a member of Congress that President Obama was a member of that congressional body, he's forced to admit, "Oh, I see you're point. That's a good point. He was a senator for two years. You're right." The member of Congress then says, "He had an opportunity to be part of the solution." Geithner replies, "That's true."
  • Dems: President should recess-appoint FEC commissioners

    03/28/2012 10:34:15 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/28/12 | Rachel Leven
    More than 30 Democrats called on President Obama to recess-appoint five Federal Election Commission (FEC) commissioners during the Easter recess next week. Chief deputy whip Peter Welch (D-Vt.) asked the president to “use his constitutional authority” to replace the commissioners. These commissioners’ terms have expired and the commission's deadlock is holding back further clarifications on significant issues coming out of the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court ruling. “Doing so [appointing new commissioners] will breathe life into this important agency and send a clear signal to those seeking to exploit an uncertain campaign landscape that the cop is back on...
  • Rep. Bobby Rush Kicked Off House Floor for Wearing 'Hoodie'

    03/28/2012 8:10:33 AM PDT · by kristinn · 101 replies
    The Hill ^ | Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | Peter Kasperowicz
    Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) on Wednesday morning was asked to leave the House floor after removing his suit jacket to reveal a "hoodie," then putting the hood of his sweatshirt on his head to protest the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida. A photo of Rush can be seen here. "Racial profiling has to stop," Rush said. "Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum." Rush also put on sunglasses. Rush quoted the Bible while presiding officer Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) repeatedly interrupted him, then asked the Sergeant at Arms to enforce the House prohibition on hats in...
  • Dem kicked off House floor for 'hoodie' in Trayvon Martin protest

    03/28/2012 8:26:53 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 52 replies
    Dem kicked off House floor for 'hoodie' in Trayvon Martin protest By Pete Kasperowicz - 03/28/12 10:45 AM ET Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) on Wednesday morning was asked to leave the House floor after removing his suit jacket to reveal a "hoodie," then putting the hood of his sweatshirt on his head to protest the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida. "Racial profiling has to stop," Rush said. "Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum." Rush also put on sunglasses. Rush quoted the Bible while presiding officer Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) repeatedly interrupted him, then asked the...
  • Grijalva, Dems file challenge to SB 1070 with Supreme Court - compare law to case of slain Fla. teen

    03/27/2012 7:21:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    tucsonsentinel.com ^ | March 27, 2012
    WASHINGTON – House Democrats invoked the name of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin on Tuesday as they filed a challenge to Arizona’s SB 1070, the immigration law to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court next month. The friend-of-the-court brief from 68 Democrats – including both from Arizona – argues that SB 1070 is unconstitutional because it pre-empts federal authority. Southern Arizona's U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva led the push for the brief. But much of the discussion at Tuesday’s news conference centered on Martin, the unarmed black teen killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer who said he was acting in...
  • Democrat wants ‘Marriage Act’ money diverted to Trayvon Martin probe

    03/27/2012 6:44:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 27, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    A House Democratic leader, pushing to end the chamber’s costly legal support of the controversial Defense of Marriage Act, Tuesday urged diverting that money to the Justice Department probe of the Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin that has become a civil rights cause. “We can spend some of that money and address ourselves to the issue in Florida where we could do some investigation and see if there are civil rights violations,” said Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., and a senior Democratic whip team member. At an appropriations subcommittee hearing Tuesday, Honda called on the GOP leadership to stop defending DOMA...
  • Democratic lawmakers blast police in U.S. teen killing

    03/27/2012 4:22:57 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 26 replies
    reuters ^ | 3/27/2012 | Donna Smith
    Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday blasted police handling of a racially charged case in which a neighborhood watch volunteer shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Florida, accusing local law enforcement officials of botching the investigation. The lawmakers, speaking at a congressional forum attended by the parents of the slain teenager, called for the immediate arrest of 28-year-old George Zimmerman, the white Hispanic who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26 in what he said was self-defense. Florida law enforcement officials have faced intense criticism in recent weeks from civil rights activists and others for not arresting Zimmerman, who remains at...
  • They KNOW--Congress knows he's a fake but they're too scared to really investigate

    03/27/2012 9:10:38 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 19 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/27/2012 | George Spelvin
    The abject failure and refusal of Congress to act in the Obama eligibility crisis continues to harm America and to threaten her citizens as anger, confusion, and doubt build over whether or not our sitting President is even eligible to hold office, let alone be elected to a second term. Their wait and see attitude is the pernicious blight staining everything else. When a 29 year old Iowa man took a trip to Africa to pursue his love of zoology, he was so overwhelmed by Kenyans asking him how he liked having a Kenyan citizen govern the United States, patriotic...
  • F-35 Fighter Costs: Six Ways To Make A Bargain Seem Unaffordable

    03/26/2012 8:53:06 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 4 replies · 40+ views
    Forbes Online ^ | 03/26/2012 | Loren Thompson
    The X-35 Joint Strike Fighter demonstrator performs flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The tortured path of the Pentagon’s biggest weapon program is beginning to look like a case study in poor management. The problem isn’t the F-35 fighter, which is making steady progress towards becoming the best tactical aircraft ever built. The problem is a federal acquisition culture that has grown so risk-averse it no longer cares about long-term consequences. That bureaucratic myopia will be in abundant display next month, when the Department of Defense releases updated cost estimates for the fighter program. The...
  • Sarah Palin: The Audacity of Obama’s Intentions Revealed

    03/26/2012 6:24:42 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 39 replies · 88+ views
    Sarah Palin's Facebook Notes ^ | March 26, 2012 | Sarah Palin
    Whoever chooses to merely dismiss the significance of today’s exchange between our President and Russia’s President should have their intelligence and patriotism questioned. Let this exchange be a warning to voters: President Obama will have “more flexibility” to weaken us if he’s re-elected in November. He was caught speaking candidly to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev before a “hot mic” today (and surely one must believe he didn’t know the mics were still on; surely he’s not so audacious as to purposefully broadcast his intentions), as reported by ABC’s Jake Tapper. Here’s the exchange: President Obama: On all these issues, but...
  • Museum of Government Waste

    03/23/2012 11:48:57 AM PDT · by MSSC6644 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Five years ago, we set out on a quest to try to get government funding for the ultimate ridiculous project: a museum of government waste. While this might sound like a joke, sadly, it’s not. Every year, your federal government spends billions of dollars on things like swine odor research, a museum of magic, and researching why chimps throw their own poop. So we thought we’d head to Washington and try to get our own piece of pork.
  • The Supreme Court Weighs ObamaCare

    03/22/2012 6:49:10 AM PDT · by american_steve · 12 replies · 3+ views
    The Wall Street Journal, DavidRivkin.com ^ | March 21, 2012 | David Rivkin & Lee Casey
    On Monday, the Supreme Court will begin an extraordinary three-day hearing on the constitutionality of ObamaCare. At stake are the Constitution's structural guarantees of individual liberty, which limit governmental power and ensure political accountability by dividing that power between federal and state authorities. Upholding ObamaCare would destroy this dual-sovereignty system, the most distinctive feature of American constitutionalism. ObamaCare mandates that every American, with a few narrow exceptions, have a congressionally defined minimum level of health-insurance coverage. Noncompliance brings a substantial monetary penalty. The ultimate purpose of this "individual mandate" is to force young and healthy middle-class workers to subsidize those...
  • Obama Bypasses Congress, Gives $1.5 Billion to Muslim Brotherhood

    03/21/2012 6:04:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies · 6+ views
    Big Peace ^ | 3/21/12 | AWR Hawkins
    During a trip through Colorado in December of last year, President Obama spoke of his intention to implement his economic policies with or without the approval of Congress. Said Obama, “And where Congress is not willing to act, we’re going to go ahead and do it ourselves.” It now appears that such a mindset applies not only to economic matters but to the distribution of foreign aid as well--in particular, foreign military aid for the Muslim Brotherhood, who now hold the reigns in Egypt. Congress has restricted and, in fact, halted military aid to Egypt until
  • Democrats to John Boehner: Don’t break debt deal

    03/20/2012 1:38:22 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    As if to underscore this point, Conrad separately announced that he intends to wait no longer and will file a formal budget deeming resolution Tuesday in the Senate setting the appropriations caps at the higher level called for in the debt deal. Under the BCA, that action alone gives Inouye’s panel the authority needed to begin moving ahead next month with the 12 annual appropriations bills which fund government operations. Unless the House alters its course, the two chambers will be again working from a different script, dashing hopes of a more orderly appropriations process this year. In this context,...
  • House Will Kill Obamacare's Medicare Rationing Panel This Week

    03/19/2012 12:53:59 PM PDT · by 92nina · 10 replies · 1+ views
    ATR ^ | 2012-03-16 | Ryan Ellis
    The U.S. House of Representatives this week will be voting on H.R. 452, the “Medicare Decisions Accountability Act of 2011.” This bill would repeal the Medicare rationing board known as “IPAB,” and is part of a full repeal of the jobs-killing Obamacare law. The harmful Obamacare law created a new and unelected government panel known as “IPAB.” The basic role of IPAB would be to institute price controls and rationing within the Medicare system. This is the same type of wrong-headed price controls attempted in socialized medicine systems throughout the world. It doesn’t work anywhere else, and it won’t work...
  • Sessions says Reid dodging budget debate to avoid tough votes

    03/19/2012 2:43:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/18/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Sessions says Reid dodging budget debate to avoid tough votesBy Pete Kasperowicz - 03/18/12 01:54 PM ET Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Sunday afternoon accused Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of avoiding debate on a Senate budget resolution in order to protect Democrats from making tough choices on how to trim spending at a time of fiscal crisis. "When Senator Reid said it's foolish to bring up a budget, what he really is doing is avoiding having his members have to confront — and in public, not in secret meetings, but in public, with votes —...
  • Read an excerpt from Grover G. Norquist and John R. Lott Jr.'s new book -- 'Debacle'

    03/18/2012 8:15:49 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 15, 2012 | John R. Lott Jr. and Grover G. Norquist Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/03/15/read-e
    Editor's note: FoxNews.com is pleased to present an excerpt from "Debacle: Obama's War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future " the new book by Grover G. Norquist and FoxNews.com contributor John R. Lott Jr. Chapter 3: The Stimulus Made Things Worse What Was Promised Matt Lauer: At some point will you say, “Wait a minute, we’ve spent this amount of money. We’re not seeing the results. We’ve got to change course dramatically?” . . . President Obama: Look, I’m at the start of my administration . . . And . . ....
  • 'Only' 20 million may lose health insurance coverage (ObamaCare)

    03/18/2012 1:11:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 17, 2012 | The Editors
    For many months after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- aka Obamacare -- became law, it was mainly the measure's conservative opponents who ruefully contemplated then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's remark that "we have to pass the health care bill so you can see what's in it." Opponents anxiously wondered if people might actually like what they found in the law once it was on the books. If that occurred, odds were good Obamacare would never be repealed. And there would be no stopping government takeovers of other major sectors of the economy. More recently, as revelations have accumulated...
  • Democratic Senators Issue Strong Warning About Use of the Patriot Act

    03/17/2012 6:10:25 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 33 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 16,2012 | Charlie Savage
    For more than two years, a handful of Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee have warned that the government is secretly interpreting its surveillance powers under the Patriot Act in a way that would be alarming if the public — or even others in Congress — knew about it.
  • Santorum: "I Was Basically Pro-Choice All My Life, Until I Ran for Congress" (1995)

    03/17/2012 11:01:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 232 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | December 1995 | Eric Konigsberg
    IN THE SUMMER OF 1989, Rick Santorum and a fellow associate at the Pittsburgh law firm of Kirkpatrick and Lockhart left work to drive to Three Rivers Stadium for the firm's annual softball game. Sitting behind the wheel, Santorum popped in a tape, and on came the reedy voice of a man lecturing as if to a classroom. “Listen,” Santorum said. “Newt Gingrich.” “Who the hell is Newt Gingrich?” the co-worker asked. Santorum explained that Gingrich was a congressman from Georgia, and that he was the guy to listen to if you were considering a future in politics. “At the...