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  • Bundy Ranch Connection? Dixie Leavitt Founder of Leavitt Group Enterprises & Harry Reid

    "Born August 27, 1929 and reared on the family farm in Bunkerville, Nevada."
  • Liberal Pundit Sally Kohn Sings Kumbaya to Fox News.

    04/18/2014 8:33:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | April 18, 2014 | Eric L. Wattree
    In her Article, “What I Learned As a Liberal Talking Head For Fox News,” for The Christian Science Monitor, Sally Kohn indicated that while working for Fox News, she had what can best be described as an epiphany. She said, “For a radical progressive who once harbored negative stereotypes about folks on the right, it was a turning point for me: Though Sean Hannity or Sarah Palin and I disagree profoundly on politics – they’re personable, kind, and human. If you want to persuade people, you can’t demonize them.” . She went on to say, “And no one will even...
  • Martinez and the War on GOP Women

    04/18/2014 7:42:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    One of the Obama administration’s favorite themes is the idea that Republicans have been waging a “war on women.” Though Democrats may overestimate the appeal of this canard, the notion that troglodyte conservatives seek to send American women back to the 19th century has become a form of conventional wisdom, especially in the liberal mainstream media. But though that war is a piece of fakery rooted in the confusion between political liberalism and gender equality, there is little doubt about the reality of another war on women: the one that is being waged by left-wing ideologues against any female Republican...
  • After Voting With Him 97% Of The Time, Heidi Heitkamp Helps Other Democrats Campaign Against Obama

    04/18/2014 6:59:18 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    You really have to admire the chutzpah. In her 2012 campaign, Senator Heidi Heitkamp worked long and hard to brand herself not as a liberal Democrat, but as an “independent” who would “stand up” to President Barack Obama. Such rhetoric was necessary in a state where Obama lost by more than 20 points, and Heitkamp herself won by just a few thousand votes. It’s hard to imagine Heitkamp being in the US Senate now had she not campaigned so hard against Obama. But she did, and she won, and then spent her first year in the US Senate voting with...
  • GOP Congressman Says Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Reward Law Breakers

    04/18/2014 5:34:14 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Hunter Walker
    Republican Iowa Congressman Steve King responded after an organization backed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg launched an advertising blitz against him Friday. King issued a statement saying the commercials, which were paid for by Zuckerberg's pro-immigration reform group FWD.us, show the Facebook chairman and CEO wants to "reward people for breaking our laws" in order to bring in talent for his company. "I am under attack by billionaire Mark Zuckerberg because I am one of the few who will stand up and tell the truth about amnesty," King said in his statement.
  • Groups urge Boehner on immigration reform

    04/18/2014 5:20:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Eric Schwartzberg
    Ohio faith leaders and members of the immigrant community rallied Thursday evening at The Square @ Union Centre to call on House Speaker John Boehner to “Do the Right Thing” on immigration reform. “Every day that he’s waiting … every day that immigration’s not passed, more families are separated,” Fabiola Arce of the Intercommunity Justice & Peace Center told the crowd. “The children are put into foster care and I just don’t understand how they can break up families like that when they have hard-working parents here.” Arce, a Xavier University graduate and teacher at DePaul Cristo Rey High School...
  • Sibelius not running for Senate, HHS confirms: Report

    04/18/2014 4:02:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Tom Howell Jr.
    Despite rumors in Democratic circles, departing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering a Senate run out of Kansas, an agency spokesman told the Associated Press.
  • PHILLIPS: Where is the conservative establishment?

    04/18/2014 3:41:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Judson Phillips
    Republicans, at least in theory, are better off than liberals. Republicans generally don’t manage to lose by repeating the same old mistakes. Instead, Republicans manage to find new, unique and very creative ways to lose. House Speaker John Boehner has told business leaders and others on a couple of occasions he is going to get immigration amnesty done this year. In one instance, he said he was “hellbent” on getting it done. Amnesty will, of course, destroy the Republican Party. That is why the Left loves it. Corporatists who want amnesty for low wages don’t think beyond the next quarter’s...
  • Harry Reid DOUBLES DOWN,..calls supporters “domestic violent terrorist wannabes”

    04/18/2014 3:40:44 PM PDT · by Mariner · 135 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 4/18/2014 | Unattributed
    Earlier today Harry Reid was asked to explain why he called the supporters of Cliven Bundy domestic terrorists. He said the following: Bundy doesn’t believe that the American government is valid, he believes that the United States is a foreign government. He doesn’t pay his taxes. He doesn’t follow the law. He doesn’t pay his fees. And if anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed — 600 people came in, armed. They had practiced, they had maneuvered, they knew what they were doing. They...
  • Critics rail against liberal bias for commencement speakers

    04/18/2014 3:18:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Valerie Richardson
    This year’s Democratic commencement speakers outnumber their Republicans counterparts by more than 2 to 1, according to a survey by Campus Reform. In what critics describe as another example of liberal bias on campus, 56 Democratic officeholders, appointees and operatives are slated to speak this spring at university graduation ceremonies. Only 26 Republicans are scheduled to deliver college commencement addresses, the study found. “This proves how liberal our nation’s universities are. There is a severe bias against conservative viewpoints and an unwillingness to offer true diversity of thought,” said Caleb Bonham, editor-in-chief of Campus Reform, which pushes for greater conservative...
  • U.S. ground troops going to Poland, defense minister says

    04/18/2014 3:13:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Fred Hiatt
    Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday. Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details. There will also be intensified cooperation in air defense, special forces, cyberdefense and other areas. Poland will play...
  • How Obama Can Use Executive Actions to Improve Our Democracy (Barf Alert)

    04/18/2014 3:06:46 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 24 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 18th, 2014 | Michael Waldman
    With Congress paralyzed, President Obama has promised to use his “pen and phone” to overcome the ongoing dysfunction and get some work done. And the White House has already acted several times to help improve America’s economy. But such policies, no matter how valuable, will achieve little if we do not fix our broken democracy. Allow me to suggest some ideas for how the president can do just that. First, some historical context. Presidents have long acted within their authority, from Jefferson’s purchase of Louisiana without consulting Congress to Lincoln’s freeing the slaves by proclamation. In recent decades, at a...
  • Kansas Speech by Michelle Obama Draws Complaints

    04/18/2014 2:51:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 18, 2014 | By JOHN MILBURN
    Given their druthers, some Kansas high school students and their parents said they would rather keep their graduation day just a family affair instead of expanding the guest list to include first lady Michelle Obama. The district announced that Obama was speaking to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision that made school segregation unconstitutional.
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM,Ray Charles Friday,April 18,2014

    04/18/2014 2:48:04 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | April 18, 2014 | Mark Levin
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  • House Democrats Pass Recall Survival Bill, Republicans Call It Unconstitutional

    04/18/2014 2:34:59 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 10 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | 18 apr 2014
    DENVER — House Democrats approved on a 37-28 party-line vote Thursday a bill aimed at improving their odds in recall elections over the objections of Republicans, who argued that the measure violates the state constitution. Senate Bill 158 redefines Election Day as the day that early voting begins, which would allow county clerks enough time to mail out ballots before a recall. Last year’s historic recalls were conducted as walk-in elections, prompting some Democrats to blame “voter suppression” after two Senate Democrats were ousted. Democrats said the bill was intended to “harmonize” recall voting with last year’s sweeping elections overhaul...
  • After Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next?

    04/18/2014 1:34:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 17, 2014 | Jonathan Allen
    Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada desert. He was part of a 1,000-strong coalition of armed militia-men, cowboys on horseback, gun rights activists and others who rallied to Cliven Bundy's Bunkerville ranch, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, in a stand-off with about a dozen agents from the federal Bureau of Land Management. The rangers had rounded up hundreds of Bundy's...
  • Russia's new culture policy a weapon against West

    04/18/2014 1:33:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 63 replies
    AFP ^ | April 18th, 2014 | Maria Antonova
    Moscow (AFP) - The Kremlin is preparing a new culture policy for Russia focusing on its distinctive civilisation and traditional values, which observers say has political ends amid Moscow's standoff with the West. At the end of four hours of questions Thursday in his annual call-in, President Vladimir Putin waxed philosophical on what it means to be Russian.
  • Report: Chicago's Top Cop Cooking the Books on 'Declining' Crime Rate

    04/18/2014 1:09:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Since the beginning of 2014 Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy have been touting a declining crime rate in the Windy City, but according to a new report by Chicago Magazine, they may be cooking the books. "City leaders manipulated crime statistics to create the appearance of a rapidly decreasing rate of crime."
  • BLOOMBERG'S NEW CAMPAIGN: TAKE GUNS FROM WOMEN IN ABUSIVE HOUSEHOLDS

    04/18/2014 1:03:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 16 Apr 2014 | AWR HAWKINS
    For all Michael Bloomberg's talk about simply wanting to secure expanded background checks, his newest gun control group "Everytown for Gun Safety" is on a broader mission to take away the guns women in abusive homes could use for self defense. In an April 16th tweet posted at 6:42 a.m, Everytown came out against guns in homes where someone is abusive. They did so without recognizing that the gun may be the only thing that gives the victim of abuse a fighting chance of survival. The tweet said: "The presence of a gun makes it five times more likely domestic...
  • Progress, Challenges As Medicaid Rolls Swell in Wash.

    04/18/2014 11:47:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Lisa Stiffler, The Seattle Times
    Washington state has blown past its targets for signing up new Medicaid participants under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The program’s ranks have grown roughly 25 percent in the past six months, helping fulfill one of the act’s key goals to provide health care to nearly all Americans. But with enrollment success comes the challenge of serving more people in a $10 billion program that’s already stretched thin in places. Some of the new enrollees haven’t seen a doctor in years and need help navigating the health-care morass. Medicaid patients already struggle to get care in parts of the state...
  • Rachel Maddow Cautions Fox News That They Are Playing With Fire By Hyping Bundy Story

    04/18/2014 10:53:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | April 17, 2014 | Justin Baragona
    On Wednesday night’s broadcast of The Rachel Maddow Show, host Rachel Maddow discussed the recent events surrounding Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy in detail. Not only did she address the standoff between Bundy’s supporters and federal agents, she placed this incident in the context of recent history. On top of that, she reviewed all of the coverage Bundy has received from the conservative media and contended that these ‘journalists’ are ‘playing with fire.’ Below is video from the show:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Maddow began her show by contrasting the recent events surrounding Bundy and his supporters, who state that they do not recognize the...
  • Tea Party Express chairman resigns to target Mitch McConnell

    04/18/2014 10:53:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 4/18/14 | Joel Gehrke
    Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer resigned Friday to join the campaign of Matt Bevin, who's challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the May 20 Kentucky Republican primary. "I've wanted to move in a different direction for a while, but also wanted to make sure that any change I make was also a positive change for the conservative movement," Kremer wrote in a Facebook post. “As one of the only remaining members of the original tour, Tea Party Express has been a huge part of my life and I am proud of the historic work we accomplished — like...
  • Cut the Tea Party Movement from the Ground Up (Dems, Rove/GOPe & the NAACP conspire)

    04/18/2014 10:20:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    IREHR ^ | February 12, 2014 | Leonard Zeskind, president
    Recently Sen. Charles Schumer made a groundbreaking speech outlining a Democratic Party strategy aimed at the Tea Parties. For the first time, a major figure in the liberal political universe sought to both explain the Tea Parties’ appeal to tens of millions of adult Americas and to project a strategy to break the Tea Party base away from its leaders—at least in the context of election campaigns. Mr. Schumer’s was wrong in his description of the Tea Party movement, however, and his proposed strategy was little more than a campaign statement that would do little damage to the Tea Parties....
  • Federal appeals court gives Walker win on Act 10 (Wisconsin)

    04/18/2014 9:27:04 AM PDT · by UB355 · 12 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 4/18/2014 | Jason Stein
    Madison — Dealing unions their latest loss in court, a federal appeals court Friday upheld Gov. Scott Walker's tight limits on collective bargaining for most public employees. The ruling by the three-judge panel upheld a September decision by U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison that the law known as Act 10 does not infringe on the rights of government workers. "Act 10 does not violate the First or Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. We therefore affirm the district court's judgment in favor of the state," the ruling reads. .
  • Al Gore dupes 9000 people in Hawaii, insults the rest

    04/18/2014 9:20:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 4/18/2014 | Anthony Watts
    The story below is from from Honolulu Civil Beat, who covered a political rally on April 15th by Gore to 9000 people in Honolulu’s Stan Sheriff Center. It is a 12,500 seat sports auditorium where his voice was amplified by, his slideshow enabled with, and his persona illuminated by and made comfortable with air-conditioning, all made possible by the “dirty energy” electricity generated by fossil fuels that he railed against.
  • Cruz More Than Doubles Fundraising in 2014's First Three Months

    04/18/2014 8:36:05 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 10:08 AM | Drew MacKenzie
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has more than doubled his fundraising efforts in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2013, according to the Houston Chronicle. Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, raised $887,344 in the year's first three months while he only took in $363,760 during the same period in 2013 when he first arrived in the U.S. Senate as a tea party favorite set on changing the ways established GOP members work in Washington. The senator, who is in the midst of paying visits to the early presidential caucus and primary states of...
  • CUMMINGS’ “MCCARTHYISM” CHARGE IN LERNER HEARING IS BOGUS

    04/18/2014 8:32:48 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4-18-2014 | M. Stanton Evans
    April 18, 2014 CUMMINGS’ “MCCARTHYISM” CHARGE IN LERNER HEARING IS BOGUSM.Stanton Evans Five plus decades after he left the national scene, Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-Wis) remains the target of inaccurate charges by leftward elements in Congress and the press corps.The latest example in this vein is the uproar over IRS official Lois Lerner, who took the Fifth Amendment before the House Government Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), concerning hostile treatment of conservative groups seeking tax exemptions,. Having proclaimed her innocence of wrongdoing, Lerner then refused to discuss specifics, pleading possible self-incrimination. This led Issa and his GOP...
  • The NO Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,WOR AM,April 18,2014

    04/18/2014 8:32:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 113 replies
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  • Whether They Like It or Not, Every Member of Congress Receives a Monthly Copy of Hustler

    04/18/2014 8:28:11 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 27 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 04/17/2014 | By Lina Batarags
    Every year since 1983, Hustler founder Larry Flynt has sent 535 copies of his monthly magazine to Capitol Hill – one edition for each member of Congress. Only members of the executive branch are exempt from Flynt’s routine mailing list. The magazine and its array of naked women, vulgar comics and articles ranging on topics from politics to sex, arrives in the mail in a plain manila envelope. It didn’t take long for Congress members to complain about receiving the adult magazine: they first complained about the mailings in 1984, prompting the U.S. Postal Service to ask the U.S. District...
  • Voting against Bushes is an act of love

    04/18/2014 8:27:16 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/17/14 | W. James Antle III
    A popular online dictionary offers four definitions for the word “bushed.” The first is “overgrown with bushes.” The second is “exhausted, tired out.” The third is a Canadian colloquialism meaning “mentally unbalanced as a result of prolonged residence in a sparsely inhabited region.” Each of these definitions seems to describe the Republican Party’s feeling about the Bush family. If that’s not true and the GOP nominates Jeb Bush for president — the third Bush since 1988 — then perhaps the fourth definition applies: “unable to find one’s direction; lost; confused.” There’s a case to be made that George H.W. Bush...
  • Report: Boehner 'Hellbent' on Passing Amnesty This Year

    04/18/2014 8:22:31 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 46 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 4/18/14 | Tony Lee
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is "hellbent" on passing amnesty legislation, and other GOP leaders are signaling to donors and lobbyists that they also want to pass legislation this Congress, even though attempting to do so would depress the GOP base and create divisions within the party ahead of 2014's midterm elections that could give Republicans control of Congress.
  • Pete Peterson: A Conservative Idealist, Winning in California

    04/18/2014 8:19:02 AM PDT · by cotton1706
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/17/14 | Joel Pollack
    Amidst the general gloom about Republican electoral fortunes in California, past and present, came some good news last week: Pete Peterson, director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University, is leading the race for Secretary of State by double digits. Moreover, Peterson was ahead even before rival State Sen. Leland Yee (D) was hit with federal charges of corruption and gun-running. No one was more surprised than Peterson himself. His campaign, which he says has raised about $175,000 so far, had not done any polling yet. And yet he was not only ahead of...
  • Ben Carson: Americans 'Being Played' by Those Who Seek Division

    04/18/2014 8:17:32 AM PDT · by kindred · 22 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 04/17/14 | Todd Beamon
    Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson said Thursday that Americans are "being played by those people who want to divide, conquer and control." "The trend you can see in our society is if you are pro-life, then you're anti-woman," Carson said at a town hall meeting entitled "Religion in America," sponsored by local news station CBS12 in West Palm Beach, Fla. "If you're pro-traditional marriage, then you're homophobic. If you're a white person — and you say something against a progressive black person, you’re a racist. "We have gotten to this point to where we just like to label people...
  • ATF Adding More NFA Branch Staff, Reducing Backlog, Re-Designing eForms System. Again.

    04/18/2014 8:11:53 AM PDT · by Joe Brower · 15 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 4/16/14 | Nick Leghorn
    ATF Adding More NFA Branch Staff, Reducing Backlog, Re-Designing eForms System. Again.By Nick Leghorn on April 17, 2014 The Truth About Guns TTAG has just received the following email from the ATF about the current status of the National Firearms Act branch, the group responsible for approving the paperwork needed to own fun stuff like silencers and short barreled firearms in the United States. The long and the short of it is that they’ve hired yet more staff and they are finally making a dent in the backlog of paperwork, but it’s going to be a long slog ahead until...
  • House Republicans Might Pass Immigration Bills After All, Just as They Always Planned

    04/18/2014 8:09:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 4/17/14 | Phillip Bump
    Remember earlier this year when House Republicans said they would deal with immigration reform once the primaries were over? Well, according to The Wall Street Journal, House Speaker John Boehner told a group of donors that they'll pass bills addressing the issue this summer. Related Stories House Republican leaders holding up immigration reform: Obama Reuters Cantor says Obama 'not sincere' on immigration reform MarketWatch Immigration reform 'love': Did Jeb Bush comment change shape of 2016 race? Christian Science Monitor Rand Paul has a plan to win over the country Yahoo News Bishops seek immigration reform during border trip Associated Press...
  • Immigration reform vote in House looks inevitable

    04/18/2014 7:54:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 4/18/14 | Rick Moran
    Speaker John Boehner has told donors and industry groups that the Republican House is going to take up immigration reform before the November election. Not. Kidding. Wall Street Journal: Many lawmakers and activists have assumed the issue was off the table in an election year. But Mr. Boehner said at a Las Vegas fundraiser last month he was "hellbent on getting this done this year," according to two people in the room. A spokesman for Mr. Boehner didn't dispute the account but said no action is possible until President Barack Obama proves himself a trustworthy partner to Republicans. Rep. Bob...
  • Harry Reid: Cliven Bundy and supporters are ‘domestic terrorists’

    04/18/2014 6:53:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/18/2014 | Robby Soave
    While many have condemned the strong-arming and pseudo-military tactics of the Bureau of Labor Management in its standoff with Cliven Bundy, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, reserved his criticism for the Bundy family and their many supporters — which he labelled domestic terrorists.Reid’s comments came during a live interview with Steve Sebelius, a columnist for the Las Vegas Review Journal. Reporter Jon Ralston, who attended the event, tweeted Reid’s statements regarding the dispute between Bundy and the BLM: “What happened in Mesquite was domestic terrorism.” @SenatorReid— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) April 17, 2014 Reid was referring to the...
  • New York the latest state to sign compact to end electoral college

    04/18/2014 6:32:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2014 | Rick Moran
    Governor Cuomo has signed off on the National Popular Vote Compact, giving New York's 29 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. SILive: Count New York in. The Empire State has joined the National Popular Vote compact with legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. States that have signed on to the interstate agreement will award electoral votes for president to the candidate who receives the majority of the national popular vote. "With the passage of this legislation, New York is taking a bold step to fundamentally increase the strength and fairness of our nation's presidential elections,"...
  • Report: Boehner 'Hellbent' on Passing Amnesty This Year

    04/18/2014 6:28:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/18/14 | Tony Lee
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is "hellbent" on passing amnesty legislation, and other GOP leaders are signaling to donors and lobbyists that they also want to pass legislation this Congress, even though attempting to do so would depress the GOP base and create divisions within the party ahead of 2014's midterm elections that could give Republicans control of Congress. According to the Wall Street Journal, Boehner told donors at a Las Vegas fundraiser in March that he was "hellbent on getting this done this year." After he met with President Barack Obama at the White House in February, Boehner said...
  • We're Coming for You, John Boehner

    04/18/2014 6:26:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    politico.com ^ | 4/17/14 | Richard Viguerie
    I've been a GOP insurgent for 50 years. And I'm not done yet. he GOP has been hijacked. That’s right, hijacked. Over the past 100 years, an elite progressive minority has taken the Republican Party far afield from its conservative platform and the interests and values of its grassroots conservative base. I’ll admit that, in the aftermath of the disappointments of the 2012 elections, conservatives like me are angry. We are angry at being blamed for Mitt Romney’s defeat, when we argued from the beginning that he was a Big Government establishment politician and that if he ran a content-free...
  • The United States of SWAT? Military-style gov't units wreaking havoc on non-violent citizens.

    04/18/2014 6:21:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/18/2014 | John Fund
    Regardless of how people feel about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management over his cattle’s grazing rights, a lot of Americans were surprised to see TV images of an armed-to-the-teeth paramilitary wing of the BLM deployed around Bundy’s ranch. They shouldn’t have been. Dozens of federal agencies now have Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to further an expanding definition of their missions. It’s not controversial that the Secret Service and the Bureau of Prisons have them. But what about the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office...
  • The Zealots Win Again: The Left Uses Full Disclosure Rules to Suppress Free Expression

    04/18/2014 6:19:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/18/2014 | Charles Krauthhammer
    <p>The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit.</p> <p>On the one hand, of course money is speech. For most citizens, contributing to politicians or causes is the most effective way to augment and amplify speech with which they agree. The most disdainful dismissers of this argument are editorialists and incumbent politicians who — surprise! — already enjoy access to vast audiences and don’t particularly like their monopoly being invaded by the unwashed masses or the self-made plutocrat.</p>
  • Rand Paul Hates Mitch McConnell So Much That He Is Refusing to Publicly Support Him

    04/18/2014 5:47:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    politicsusa.com ^ | 4/17/14 | Jason Easley
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) hates Sen. Mitch McConnnell so much that when a constituent asked him why he supports McConnell’s reelection campaign, Paul refused to answer and told the questioner to talk to him privately. According to the Glasgow Daily Times: After addressing about 30 people who turned out to hear him, the senator opened the floor for questions. One constituent asked him why he came out in support of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville. Paul declined to answer the question publicly, saying he would speak with her in private and explain his reason for supporting the senior senator. The answer...
  • GOP candidates share their hopes of defeating Graham (snippets from their debate)

    04/18/2014 5:09:42 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    Five South Carolinians seeking the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate clearly have one thing in common: They don't approve of the Republican incumbent, Lindsey Graham. Those candidates – Det Bowers, Richard Cash, Bill Conner, Benjamin Dunn and Nancy Mace – spent more than two hours in a debate sponsored by the Aiken Republican Club on Wednesday. The media maintains that Graham will win in a landslide, but he actually is fighting for his political life, said Mace, a small-business owner. “We know the truth,” she said. “He can't even muster the support of 50 percent of the people in...
  • Yes, IQ Really Matters

    04/18/2014 3:45:02 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 77 replies
    Slate ^ | 4/16/14 | David Z. Hambrick and Christopher Chabris
    Critics of the SAT and other standardized testing are disregarding the data. The College Board—the standardized testing behemoth that develops and administers the SAT and other tests—has redesigned its flagship product again. Beginning in spring 2016, the writing section will be optional, the reading section will no longer test “obscure” vocabulary words, and the math section will put more emphasis on solving problems with real-world relevance. Overall, as the College Board explains on its website, “The redesigned SAT will more closely reflect the real work of college and career, where a flexible command of evidence—whether found in text or graphic...
  • Wherein Black People Have To Go To School With Confederates

    04/18/2014 3:41:38 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 47 replies
    Above The Law ^ | 4/15/14 | Elie Mystal
    After the Civil War, Robert E. Lee accepted a position as president of what was then called Washington College. By all accounts, he served the school well and had a nice end of life. After his death, Washington College was renamed Washington & Lee. Today, many black people attend the university that bears Marse Robert’s surname, so I guess we won. But a group of black law students at Washington & Lee Law School is getting really sick of the university’s consistent, stars-and-bars waving support of Lee’s legacy and the whitewashing (no pun intended) of what that legacy represents. They’ve...
  • Does Traditional College Debate Reinforce White Privilege?

    04/18/2014 3:33:09 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 52 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 4/16/14
    It used to be that if you went to a college-level debate tournament, the students you’d see would be bookish future lawyers from elite universities, most of them white. In matching navy blazers, they’d recite academic arguments for and against various government policies. It was tame, predictable, and, frankly, boring. No more. These days, an increasingly diverse group of participants has transformed debate competitions, mounting challenges to traditional form and content by incorporating personal experience, performance, and radical politics. These “alternative-style” debaters have achieved success, too, taking top honors at national collegiate tournaments over the past few years. But this...
  • Progressives Don't Grasp the Constitution

    04/18/2014 2:13:56 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 21 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | April 12th, 2014 | George Will
    In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America’s way of allocating political power. The Constitution, however, was adopted to confine that power in order to “secure the blessings of” that which simultaneously justifies and limits democratic government — natural liberty. The fundamental division in U.S. politics is between those who take their bearings from the individual’s right to a capacious, indeed indefinite, realm of freedom, and those whose fundamental value is the right of...
  • New York joins campaign to end Electoral College role in presidential elections

    04/18/2014 12:11:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6:45 AM | Glenn Blain
    New York has joined the campaign to effectively end the Electoral College’s role in determining winners of presidential elections. Under the National Popular Vote Compact, which Gov. Cuomo signed off on Tuesday, the state has agreed to award its electoral college votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the national popular vote. Currently New York’s electoral colleges votes go to the winner of the state’s popular vote. …
  • The Tea Party Radio Network

    04/17/2014 10:48:08 PM PDT · by scott55 · 2 replies
    http://www.politico.com/ ^ | 4/17/14 | KENNETH P. VOGEL and MACKENZIE WEINGER
    Glenn Beck worked the crowd like a preacher at a rally this month in Louisville, Ky., declaring that God had responded to conservatives’ prayers by sending a slate of tea party candidates to wrest control of the Republican Party from Mitch McConnell. But there was a more earthly benefit to the arrangement that brought Beck to the rally. It was organized by the tea party nonprofit group FreedomWorks, which had endorsed the candidates — and which has paid more than $6 million in recent years to have Beck promote the group, its initiatives and events. ..............