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  • Gay Days 'predatory' tow-truck owner arrested (the witch hunt continues)

    07/26/2014 7:01:24 AM PDT · by spacejunkie2001
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 7/26/2014 | David Harris
    The owner of a towing company was arrested Friday and charged with illegally towing vehicles of people who took part in last month's Gay Days events in Orange County. Jason P. Combs, 44, owner of ASAP Towing, faces 29 counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle and other charges. Deputies allege he towed more than 100 vehicles June 5 to 9 from a parking lot at Westwood Town Center off International Drive, which is across the street from the event's host hotel, Doubletree by Hilton. Combs didn't have an up-to-date contract to tow vehicles or have proper signage notifying...
  • Why Democrats love all the ‘impeach Obama’ talk (+video)

    07/26/2014 6:31:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 07/26/2014 | Linda Feldmann
    When Dan Pfeiffer sat down for a Monitor breakfast Friday with reporters, the senior Obama adviser didn’t need to be asked about impeachment. He brought it up himself. GOP House Speaker John Boehner’s move to sue President Obama has “opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment at some point in the future,” Mr. Pfeiffer said. A few hours later, White House spokesman Josh Earnest also didn’t seem to mind talking impeachment, after a reporter brought up Pfeiffer’s comment. “There are some prominent members of the Republican Party who have articulated their support for articles of impeachment,” Mr. Earnest said...
  • I WILL Give a Woman a Drug to Induce Abortion—The New Hippocrates

    07/26/2014 1:16:27 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 4 replies
    First Things ^ | 7-25-2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    Will Doctors Be Forced To KILL? firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/07/will-doctors-be-forced-to-kill by Wesley J. Smith | 7/25/2014 | FirstThingsThe wailing and gnashing of teeth in some quarters over the modest Hobby Lobby decision has me worried. Apparently, many on the political port side of the country believe that once a favored public policy has been enacted, it immediately becomes a “right” that can never be altered or denied. More, once such a “right” is established for the individual, others should have the duty to ensure access—even at the cost of violating their own religious consciences.If such thinking prevails, medical professionals could be forced to...
  • GOP Faces 2016 Quandary: Why No Women Candidates?

    07/25/2014 6:58:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    RCP ^ | 07/25/2014 | Scott Conroy
    The wide-open fight for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination appears certain to showcase a range of credible candidates, who differ from one another in both style and substance. What the next crop of top-tier GOP contenders may not feature, however, is a woman. The Republicans taking discernible steps to build the foundations required for White House runs are all men. And for a party trying to close the gender gap, the prospect of an all-male lineup may pose a significant public perception problem. After the 2012 race saw President Obama defeat Mitt Romney by a double-digit margin among women, one...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Demands Answers On FAA Flight Ban To Israel

    07/25/2014 5:13:16 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    CBS ^ | July 25, 2014 5:15 PM
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Questions remain about the Federal Aviation Administration’s ban on flights to Israel earlier this week and whether it was based on safety or politics. One U.S. senator is vowing to block Obama administration diplomatic appointments until he gets answers.Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is blocking confirmation of ambassadors and other diplomatic nominees until the FAA explains why it blocked flights to Israel after a rocket landed a mile from the Tel Aviv airport.“The timing was such that this ban on flights from America was announced at the same time that John Kerry arrived in the Middle East;...
  • CNN/ORC Poll: Americans don’t want House Republicans to sue Obama over executive actions

    07/25/2014 3:36:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    A note of caution. Republicans in Congress and in the commentariat are fed up with this White House failing to faithfully execute the law, as is its constitutional charge. Regarding this administration’s selective enforcement of the laws passed by Congress – ranging from DOMA to DACA, from recess appointments made while Congress was in session to the delayed and selective implementation of the Affordable Care Act – the GOP is foursquare behind a proposal to sue the president over his flagrant abuse of authority. The public at large, however, is less than enthralled with the idea of suing President...
  • The Biggest Election of 2014: Bruce Rauner may take the governorship of America’s worst run state.

    07/25/2014 3:33:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/25/2014 | Stephen Moore
    If you want to know which individual political race has the biggest stakes in 2014, look no further than the Land of Lincoln. The Illinois governor’s race pits incumbent Pat Quinn, a Democrat, against upstart non-politician Bruce Rauner. Why are the stakes so huge? Because Illinois is arguably the worst-run state in America. It’s a blue state that has been run for many years by corrupt and bungling politicians including Rod Blagojevich, who went to jail for trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat, and Mr. Quinn, who has run the state’s finances into the gutter. This year shows no...
  • A U.N. with Standards: It’s time for an Alliance of Democracies.

    07/25/2014 3:31:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/25/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    As legend has it, Groucho Marx sent the Friars Club a telegram that read, “Please accept my resignation. I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member.” At least the Friars Club had standards. What to make of the United Nations? It has a single criterion for membership: existence. Admittedly, this is an unattainable standard for such fictional realms as Westeros, Erewhon, Kreplakistan, and numerous locales from the TV series MacGyver (Gnubia, Kabulstan, et al.). But if you’re a nation-state that actually exists, you’re a shoo-in, like Kate Upton trying to get...
  • Hamas-CAIR Protest in Miami: “We Are Hamas!”, oh Jews, the armies of Muhammad are coming!”

    07/25/2014 3:10:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | July 25, 2014
    FULL TITLE: Hamas-CAIR Protest in Miami: “We Are Hamas!”, Genocidal chants “Khybar, Khybar, oh Jews, the armies of Muhammad are coming!” Clad in the war garb of the jihad, the keffiye,h and chanting the Islamic death dirge, Khybar, Khybar, ya yahud, jaish Muhammad sayud.” The threat of Khybar is the threat of extermination harkening back to Muhammad’s annihilation of an entire tribe of Kews, the QurayaMuslims unmasked. Mosques unmasked.Jihad in America. CAIR-Affiliated Protest: “We Are Hamas!” By Danielle Avel, July 23, 2014Decked out in keffiyahs and stocked with vulgar posters, anti-Israel demonstrators have been descending upon cities across the United...
  • Dan Pfeiffer: White House Expects John Boehner To Try For Impeachment

    07/25/2014 2:33:12 PM PDT · by woofie · 27 replies
    Huff and Puff ^ | Posted: 07/25/2014 10:01 am EDT
    WASHINGTON -- One of President Barack Obama's top advisers said on Friday that he expects House Republicans will ultimately file articles of impeachment against the president. Dan Pfeiffer, a senior aide who has been with the administration since Obama first took office, told reporters that he anticipated that a lawsuit filed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over executive actions taken by the president on health care would ultimately not be enough to satisfy some of the more vocal conservatives in Congress. Pfeiffer added that coming executive actions surrounding immigration reform would only stoke the impeachment flames. "I think a...
  • Netherlands: Muslim protesters scream “Death to all Jews”

    07/25/2014 2:30:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | July 25, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    “A spokesman for Van Aartsen told local broadcaster Omroep West no boundaries had been overstepped.” Europe, under the influence of its massive influx of Muslim immigrants, seems eager to travel down the same road it took in the 1930′s. We have seen similar genocidal chants recently in France and Germany. Will European authorities at any point put at stop to this, or will they just continue with their policies of appeasement and surrender until it is far too late?“The Hague mayor urged to get tough after anti-Jewish chanting at rally,” Dutch News, July 25, 2014 (thanks to Fjordman): The Hague’s...
  • "No Need For A Rifle Or Shotgun In Boston"

    07/25/2014 1:57:31 PM PDT · by pabianice · 48 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | 7/25/14
    Massachusetts: This Wednesday, Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans went on Boston Public Radio to discuss how he wanted the anti-gun discretionary provision restored in Senate Bill 2265 so that he could strip law-abiding gun owners of their rights to possess rifles and shotguns in Boston. Completely out of touch with reality, Evans stated: “For the most part, nobody in the city needs a shotgun, nobody needs a rifle, and I don’t know a lot of people who are into hunting who, being lifelong residents, would actually want that who lives in the city, but, especially here in the city I...
  • Unhinged Chris Matthews Fumes Over Ted Cruz's 'McCarthyism'

    07/25/2014 12:35:16 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 30 replies
    In his never-ending obsession with Ted Cruz, Hardball’s Chris Matthews devoted the start and close of his program to rants against the supposed "McCarthyism" of the Texas Senator. Matthews objected to Cruz’s belief that the FAA’s short lived ban on air travel to Israel was political in nature. On the July 24 edition of Matthews’ program, the host wondered if Cruz was “trying to mimic the headline grabbing of the bad old days, or is he just so ignorant of what those tactics have done to this country that he's not aware of what he’s committing: the horror of McCarthyism...
  • American Generosity Spurred by Entrepreneurs

    07/25/2014 12:29:16 PM PDT · by Edmunds mom · 1 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | Scott Walter
    America isn’t just a bit more generous than your typical country. We’re an order of magnitude (and counting) more generous than most countries, including Germany and Japan. ... “American capitalism differs from all other forms of industrial capitalism” because it focuses "on both the creation of wealth (entrepreneurship) and the reconstitution of wealth (philanthropy). Philanthropy is part of the implicit social contract that continuously nurtures and revitalizes economic prosperity." ... nonprofits must learn that they are not in an “independent sector.” They are dependent not just on that abstraction known as the economy but also, horrors, on its heroic leaders,...
  • Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz: Don't Let 'Scandalous' Obama Run 'Roughshod' with Immigration Exec. Actions

    07/25/2014 12:04:10 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jul 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Thursday, Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), who have arguably been the two most influential conservatives in stopping amnesty legislation, urged their colleagues to put more pressure on President Barack Obama, so he does not unilaterally grant temporary amnesty to millions more illegal immigrants.  In a colloquy with Cruz on the Senate floor, Sessions said Obama's potential executive actions represent an "exceedingly grave threat that go[es] beyond anything we've ever seen in this country" and "threatens the very constitutional framework of our republic and the very ability of this nation to even have borders."He vowed that the...
  • Is Detroit's New Light Rail Line America's Greatest Boondoggle?

    07/25/2014 10:28:15 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 73 replies
    reason.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Jim Epstein
    A $137 million three-mile train is coming to a nearly deserted avenue in a bankrupt city. Growing up in the 1940s, Robert Fogelson remembers banging on the typewriter and peering out the window at his father’s office in a Manhattan skyscraper. Then "[my dad] would take us for lunch to a nearby Schraft’s, a chain of restaurants that was popular with housewives like my mother, who regularly went downtown to shop…to socialize ...or to meet my father for a play or a movie." Fogelson hadn’t decided yet what he would do with his life, "[b]ut I took it for granted,"...
  • Eric Holder’s Law Enforcement on Steroids

    07/25/2014 10:22:53 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 24, 2014 | Ethan Gaitz
    Controversies on American college campuses are becoming almost the norm now. And Eric Holder has inserted himself and the Obama White House right into the center of a debate regarding sexual assault on campus. obama and holder Sexual assault is no trivial matter and the White House should be commended for its proactive efforts to curb such harmful behavior. But, one of the primary steps U.S. Attorney General Holder has taken to address this issue goes beyond the pale. In a letter sent to the University of Montana (which was the subject of a recent article on the topic of...
  • Lawmaker to Push Bill Requiring Dinesh D'Souza's 'America' Be Shown in Schools

    07/25/2014 9:57:56 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    Hhollywood Reporter ^ | 7-25-14 | Paul Bond
    Florida GOP state senator Alan Hays said he’ll propose a bill mandating that students in the 1,700 Florida public high schools and middle schools are to be shown the film unless their parents object. A Florida state senator plans to introduce a bill that would make Dinesh D'Souza's docudrama, America, required viewing for most teenagers in the state, The Hollywood Reporter learned on Friday. Republican Alan Hays said he’ll introduce in November his one-page bill that simply states that students in the 1,700 Florida public high schools and middle schools are to be shown the film unless their parents object....
  • IRS IT officials testify in court that Lois Lerner’s emails may still exist

    07/25/2014 8:12:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    On Wednesday, House Republicans revealed that at least one Internal Revenue Service official believes that it is possible that the agency did not “recycle” all of the hardware and backup tapes on which were stored former IRS executive Lois Lerner’s missing emails. This development may contradict testimony from IRS Commissioner John Koskinen who told members of Congress that none of Lerner’s emails could be recovered. The claim came from Stephen Manning, an IRS IT official, and Todd Egaas, director of technology operations and investigative services for the tax collection agency. Both testified in the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C....
  • ObamaCare architect explained in 2012 video why only state exchanges pay subsidies

    07/25/2014 8:10:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    This week, Jonathan Gruber appeared on MSNBC to assert that the DC Circuit appellate court got the ObamaCare statute all wrong in its Halbig decision. Gruber, one of the key architects of the ACA and of the Massachusetts “RomneyCare” law that preceded it, insisted that the state exchange requirement for subsidy payment was purely accidental. “It is unambiguous this is a typo,” Gruber told Chris Matthews. “Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it`s a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the federal states.” Two years ago, though, Gruber gave...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz To Continue Blocking Appointees Until FAA Drops Flight Ban To Israel

    07/25/2014 8:05:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. The State Department criticized the Republican lawmaker. Cruz said he wouldn't release the holds until the Obama administration answers his questions about the FAA's prohibition, which went into effect Tuesday after a rocket landed about a mile from the Tel Aviv airport. The FAA ended the ban late Wednesday, after Cruz accused President Barack Obama of imposing an economic boycott of Israel while it is fighting the militant...
  • You’ve Got To See This Ted Cruz – Jeff Sessions Video

    07/25/2014 8:01:20 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    On Thursday, Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), whom our friend Tony Lee at Breitbart says “have arguably been the two most influential conservatives in stopping amnesty legislation,” engaged in a colloquy to urge their Senate colleagues to put more pressure on President Barack Obama, so he does not unilaterally grant temporary amnesty to millions more illegal immigrants. The colloquy is lengthier than most videos we share, but is well worth your time to watch and forward to your friends. Sessions said Obama's potential executive actions represent an "exceedingly grave threat that go[es] beyond anything we've ever seen...
  • Faithful John Boehner To Faithless Barack Obama: Checkmate? (interesting read)

    07/25/2014 7:45:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 36 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 7/25/14 | Ralph Benko
    House Speaker John Boehner’s proposed lawsuit against Barack Obama is causing a great deal of chatter in Washington. Political stunt, as Obama has called it? Or, maybe, checkmate, Obama? There is a quiet gap in the U.S. Constitution. There is no explicit mechanism to discipline a president who fails to carry out his Constitutional duties. This gap sat there, barely noticed, for centuries. Barack Obama, apparently, noticed it. He is exploiting it. That exploitation is a serious departure from Constitutional principle … whether or not one supports his policies, whether one is a progressive or conservative. John Boehner now is...
  • Franken vs. McFadden starting to get interesting

    07/25/2014 7:31:09 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    startribune.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Michael Brodkorb
    I wrote two weeks ago that Minnesota's sleepy election cycle might finally start to wake up, as the race between U.S. Senator Al Franken and businessman Mike McFadden's had started to generate some buzz with the national media. Last week the Star Tribune's Senior Political Correspondent in Washington, Allison Sherry, wrote that political analyst Stu Rothenberg, "altered his projection of the state's November Senate race, making it slightly more competitive, from 'Safe Democrat' to 'Democrat Favored.'" Now today, Larry J. Sabato of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics called Minnesota's U.S. Senate race, "The sleeper" (sound familiar?), adding: One...
  • Doctor ‘Saved Lives’ By Shooting Hospital Gunman

    07/25/2014 7:27:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/25/2014 | Chuck Ross
    Plotts had shot and killed a 53 year-old female case worker. He sustained several critical gun shot wounds himself from the gun of a hospital psychiatrist. The psychiatrist suffered a graze wound to his head. Plotts was taken into custody.
  • Instead of Immigration, Let’s Try Colonialism (The Party of Compassion needs to spread its wings.)

    07/25/2014 7:11:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    spectator.org ^ | 7/25/14 | William Tucker
    Democratic Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi visits shelters housing the thousands of children streaming across the border from Central America and says, “We’re all North Americans” and she’d like to take them all home with her. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont thunders that 9-year-old girls are being raped on the streets of Guatemala and that we must take them in to save them. And Democratic Congressman John Lewis of Georgia is even more generous. He says that there’s no sense in having borders anymore. America belongs to the whole world and we should open our doors to let everyone in. Democrats...
  • Newt Gingrich: ‘Turn the Pentagon Into a Triangle’

    07/25/2014 7:10:34 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 32 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 24, 2014 | Natalie Johnson
    Former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that he would like to “turn the Pentagon into a triangle.” “I always tell people I’m a hawk,” Gingrich said. “But I’m a cheap hawk.” Gingrich honored the 20th anniversary of his “Contract with America” by pointing conservatives back to a key point in his Republican blueprint, arguing that federal bureaucracy cannot simply be “fixed” but must be overhauled and replaced. The Pentagon, Gingrich stressed, must be included in this overhaul.
  • Ryan's Anti Poverty Plan

    07/25/2014 6:56:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-25-14 | The Editors
    President Obama famously accused Representative Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) of “thinly veiled Social Darwinism” for one of his budgets. It will take a special kind of cynicism to make that claim about Ryan’s new anti-poverty proposal. Obama’s partisans will no doubt find a way, but fair-minded observers will see a creative, thoughtful approach to a topic that’s often politically neglected. Ryan proposes and endorses a range of ideas to fix the safety net and address the root causes of poverty. He would offer states the option of an “Opportunity Grant” to replace, dollar for dollar, the amount of money they...
  • Senate Democrats brace for John Walsh fallout (plagiarizing Montana senator/candidate)

    07/25/2014 6:53:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Manu Raju and Burgess Everett
    Senate Democrats went into full-fledged damage control Thursday to protect embattled Montana Sen. John Walsh, a day after plagiarism revelations that imperil his election hopes this fall. Despite a mountain of evidence suggesting that Walsh may have obtained a key academic credential improperly, the party leadership, Montana Democrats and members of the rank and file closed ranks behind the appointed senator — arguing that voters should overlook a relatively minor mistake when weighed against his military service in Iraq and career serving his country. Or, as Sen. Jon Tester put it, “He’s a soldier, not an academic.” ) “It’s a...
  • Ravenel: “I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight” (Lindsey Graham opponent)

    07/25/2014 6:41:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    fitsnews.com ^ | 7/25/14
    EDISTO, S.C. – Lowcountry businessman and independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel issued the following statement today regarding polling data released by The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier and several television stations. “Like John Paul Jones said, ‘I have not yet begun to fight,’” Ravenel said. “I’m at ten percent and haven’t spent a dime getting my message out. By contrast Lindsey Graham has spent $5 million getting his message out in the last few months and his approval rating is only 39 percent. Meanwhile 44 percent disapprove of his performance – a number that’s only going to climb as...
  • Lindsey Graham: Leading, But Exceedingly Vulnerable

    07/25/2014 6:38:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    fitsnews.com ^ | 7/25/14
    LIBERAL INCUMBENT’S APPROVAL RATING IDENTICAL TO BARACK OBAMA’S SUPPORT Two-term “Republican” incumbent Lindsey Graham enjoys a big lead over three rivals in the race for the U.S. Senate in South Carolina – but the liberal Washington insider is “underwater” among voters in the Palmetto State, and likely to see significant erosion in his support as his opposition exploits his many vulnerabilities. According to a new poll released by The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier and a trio of South Carolina television stations, only thirty-nine percent of likely voters approve of Graham’s performance in office – compared to 44 percent who...
  • Poll Shows U.S. Senate Race In Kansas Getting Closer

    07/25/2014 6:31:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    wibw.com ^ | 7/24/14
    TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A new poll released by KSN-TV in Wichita shows the U.S. Senate race in Kansas could be close. The poll, conducted by Survey USA shows Democrat Chad Taylor within 5% points of three-term Republican incumbent Pat Roberts. The poll shows Roberts leading at 38%. Taylor has 33%. “This poll simply confirms what we’re hearing as we visit with real Kansans throughout the state -- they are ready for new blood,” said Taylor. “Our message isn’t being heard by raising million dollar war chests or polluting the TV with insulting campaign ads. I’ve abandoned the political playbook...
  • Flee Rather Than Stand Your Ground

    07/25/2014 6:22:54 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 6 replies
    The Daily Bell ^ | 07/24/14 | Wendy McElroy
    What Exiting Is and Isn't Virno believes a radical disobedience is needed to challenge the state's ability to command. This cannot be expressed through resistance to a specific law on the grounds, for example, that it contradicts a constitution. Such resistance is actually a vote of confidence in the state qua state; that is, such activists fight to enable a purer vision of state authority rather than against the idea of a state itself. A wholesale rejection is required. And, yet, revolutionaries who violently confront the state usually suffer one of two fates: they are slaughtered or otherwise broken or...
  • The Establishment GOP VS. Conservatives – Chris Christie Edition – As If More Evidence Was Needed…

    07/25/2014 6:19:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies
    The latest example of how establishment Republicans, “Decepticons”, are diametrically opposed to conservative principles comes directly from RGA President Chris Christie. But before we get to Christie, let’s just recap the last few months. The establishment GOP party refused to support Republican Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia. Establishment class Mitch McConnell and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donohue, announce their three priorities: ◾Full implementation of ObamaCare without removal. ◾Amnesty for Illegal Aliens wrapped in “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”. ◾Full implementation of Common Core federal control over education. McConnell, the CoC and NRSC then formulate the plan. The CoC then publicizes the...
  • Republicans jump to Astorino's defense (New York candidate for governor)

    07/25/2014 5:49:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Several Republican governors eyeing runs for the White House in 2016 are rallying behind the New York gubernatorial candidate spurned by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in an early sign of pre-primary jockeying. Christie, who chairs the Republican Governors Association, raised eyebrows when he said this week he had no plans to campaign for GOP candidate Rob Astorino, who is running an uphill challenge against Democratic incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Christie said he doesn't "invest in lost causes" during an RGA trip to Connecticut Monday. But Astorino, who is in Aspen, Colorado for the RGA's summer...
  • Rob Astorino to Chris Christie: ‘Consider stepping down’ from RGA

    07/25/2014 5:46:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/22/14 | Maggie Haberman
    The Republican running against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted Chris Christie on Tuesday for dismissing his race as a lost cause — and suggested the two Northeastern governors are in cahoots as they deal with the fallout over the Bridgegate scandal. GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino made the comments at a news conference in Manhattan, which fell a day after Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said he doesn’t invest in “landslides” or “lost causes.” Astorino said that if the New Jersey governor “is unable to help a Republican candidate for governor, then maybe he should consider...
  • Milton Wolf’s bus tour rolls into Liberal (the town, not Roberts)

    07/25/2014 5:34:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    leaderandtimes.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Robert Pierce
    While there may be a political divide in America, few people would disagree there is trouble in this country, and like many, Dr. Milton Wolf knows something needs to be done. Wolf, who is running against incumbent U.S. Senator Pat Roberts in the Aug. 5 primary, was in Liberal Wednesday to discuss his views on what needs to be done in the nation’s capital. Many people have made the race out to be an attack on Roberts, but Wolf said this was never his intent of running. “I have voted for Pat Roberts for about as long as I can...
  • Roberts touts farm expertise as Wolf criticizes ad (keep those subsidies/payoffs flowing!)

    07/25/2014 5:30:03 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    sacbee.com ^ | 7/24/14
    TOPEKA, Kan. -- U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is touting his expertise in agriculture policy as he runs for re-election in the nation's leading wheat-producing state, and tea party challenger Milton Wolf's campaign accused him Thursday of trying to exploit geographical tensions with a new radio ad in western Kansas. The 60-second spot, which began this week and will run until the Aug. 5 Republican primary, says Wolf doesn't understand agriculture and can't be counted upon to defend federal subsidies for crop insurance. The ad describes Wolf, a Leawood radiologist, as living "right next to Missouri" and says he "just doesn't...
  • IDF Calls Out UN for Lying About Gaza Civilian Casualties ___ UNRWA blamed for civilian deaths

    07/25/2014 5:27:48 AM PDT · by dennisw · 6 replies
    freebeacon ^ | July 24, 2014 6:01 pm | BY: Adam Kredo
    However, in an unusual move late Thursday, multiple IDF sources rejected UNRWA’s claims and characterized them as outright falsehoods when reached by the Washington Free Beacon. “For two days we were trying to move people out of that school in particular and the Beit Hanoun area in general,” said an IDF official who was involved in the interactions between the IDF, UNRWA, and International Red Cross (ICRC) leading up to the incident. The official continued: “This morning we sought a cease-fire in the area and a humanitarian evacuation of civilians, but Hamas refused—because they wanted to keep civilians in the...
  • New poll shows Roberts barrrrely ahead of Democrat Taylor (electable establishment candidates?)

    07/25/2014 5:25:04 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    kansascity.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Steve Kraske
    Here’s why incumbent politicians hate competitive primaries: They only hurt poll numbers. A new poll from SurveyUSA for KSN-TV in Wichita showed Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts leading Democrat Chad Taylor in a November general-election matchup by 38-33 percent. Check that out again: 38-33 percent. Here’s a question: When’s the last time a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate has been within the margin of error in any race going back decades? Remember that no Democrat has won a Kansas Senate race since 1932. That’s the longest such streak in the nation. Independent candidate Greg Orman took 14 percent — that’s...
  • KSN News Poll shows Kansas Senate race heating up

    07/25/2014 5:21:27 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies
    ksn.com ^ | 7/24/14
    WICHITA, Kansas — The U.S. Senate seat held by Pat Roberts is up for grabs and the race is heating up because of a candidate who is not even on the ballot yet: Independent Greg Orman. It is only one of many results revealed in the latest KSN News Poll conducted exclusively for KSN-TV by SurveyUSA. Ahead of the Republican primary on August 5, Senator Pat Roberts leads conservative primary challenger Milton Wolf by 20 points. The margin of error is +/- 3.8%. It is down from a 33 point lead that Roberts had in June when the last KSN...
  • Huckabee endorses Roberts in Kansas Senate race

    07/25/2014 5:19:24 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    <p>TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has endorsed Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts as he battles an aggressive GOP primary challenge from tea party candidate Milton Wolf.</p> <p>Huckabee announced his endorsement Thursday. He described Roberts as a conservative warrior and said he's fought tirelessly for lower taxes and federal government spending.</p>
  • MISSISSIPPI State Supreme Court Turns Down McDaniel's Request for a Rehearing

    07/25/2014 5:16:48 AM PDT · by WKB · 39 replies
    NewsMS.com ^ | 07-24-14 | Chip Ward
    JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Supreme Court says they are not going to rehear State Senator Chris McDaniel’s request for unredacted poll books. He wanted to look at poll books in Harrison County without the voter’s personal information blacked out so he could distinguish between voters with similar names. Justices Michael Randolph, James W. Kitchens and David Chandler wrote in an attached letter that they supported McDaniel’s motion because “assuring the integrity of the electoral process is a matter of the highest priority,” but it was not enough to swing the decision. - See more at: http://www.newsms.fm/state-supreme-court-turns-mcdaniels-request-rehearing/#sthash.4BOroWnr.dpuf
  • Lamar Alexander in the Crosshairs (Will Tennessee’s longtime incumbent go down?)

    07/25/2014 5:16:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 8/4/14 | Michael Warren
    One name is ubiquitous at a July 22 rally for Republican Senate candidate Joe Carr, and it isn’t Joe Carr’s. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee senator Carr hopes to defeat in the August 7 primary, practically greets you the moment you turn into the parking lot at the Millennium Maxwell House hotel. Signs and posters line the driveway and the hallway into the ballroom, reading in big letters: “Beat Lamar.” The phrase also adorns stickers, buttons, even the name-tags for those of us in the press covering the event. The rally’s special guest is focused like a laser on Alexander, too....
  • No, Halbig Did Not Gut Obamacare because of a Drafting Error

    07/25/2014 12:05:25 AM PDT · by SteveH · 6 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 23, 2014 | Sean Davis
    ... Let’s take a step back to see how plausible that explanation is. There are two types of exchanges: state-established, and federally established. The statutory authority for state-based exchanges comes in section 1311 of Obamacare. The statutory authority for a federal exchange in the event that a state chose not to establish one comes from section 1321(c) of Obamacare. Right off the bat, we have two discrete sections pertaining to two discrete types of health exchange. Was that a “drafting error”? Then we have the specific construction of section 1321(c), which allows for the creation of a federal exchange. Nowhere...
  • Mississippi governor refuses to house illegal immigrants

    07/24/2014 8:04:03 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    WREG ^ | Dennis Turner
    The flood of children coming into the U.S. in the last several months is making national headlines. Nearly 60,000 unaccompanied children entered the U.S. illegally in the past year, most of them from Central America. Several states remain under consideration to house many of them, including Mississippi. (SNIP) He wrote President Obama about it, and explained “We simply do not have the resources, the location in which to house children who come here and do not speak our language, have no relatives in Mississippi.” Congressman Bennie Thompson also wrote the president, saying Bryant doesn’t speak for all Mississippians.
  • I Hate Ayn Rand — But Here's Why my Fellow Conservatives Love Her

    07/24/2014 7:25:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 101 replies
    The Week ^ | July 23, 2014 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    And no, liberals: It's not because they're greedy jerks who loathe the poor By Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry | Many of my fellow conservatives love Ayn Rand. And many of my liberal friends love to hate her. You can understand why progressives enjoy blasting Rand's presumably nefarious influence on the conservative movement. She makes for a convenient punching bag for progressives, because she embodies the caricatured version of what progressives imagine conservatives really think: that egotism and greed are good and that the parasitic weak deserve to be trod upon by the capitalistic powerful. And then there are people like me: Conservatives...
  • Obama urges Congress to tackle tax loopholes

    07/24/2014 7:07:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Rebecca Kaplan/
    Most of President Obama's West Coast fundraising trip has been spent raising money behind closed doors, but appeared publicly to the Los Angeles Technical College Thursday to push Congress to close loopholes for U.S. businesses that shift their residences abroad to avoid a higher tax bill. The president framed his remarks around the idea of "economic patriotism," a recurring theme he has used recently to encourage the idea of closing tax loopholes to help fund investments in education and job training.
  • WILL DOCTORS BE FORCED TO KILL?

    07/24/2014 6:51:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    First Things ^ | 7/24/2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    The wailing and gnashing of teeth in some quarters over the modest Hobby Lobby decision has me worried. Apparently, many on the political port side of the country believe that once a favored public policy has been enacted, it immediately becomes a “right” that can never be altered or denied. More, once such a “right” is established for the individual, others should have the duty to ensure access—even at the cost of violating their own religious consciences.If such thinking prevails, medical professionals could be forced to participate in the taking of human life, for example in abortion, assisted suicide, and...
  • Tennessee Tea Party Leaders: Lamar Alexander a 'Mushy Moderate'

    07/24/2014 6:29:11 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Charlie Spiering
    In Nashville on Thursday, about a half-dozen Tennessee Tea Party leaders gathered with the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund to denounce current Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander and promote his Republican challenger Joe Carr. “Lamar Alexander is not a conservative, Lamar Alexander has never been a conservative, Lamar Alexander will never be a conservative,” asserted Nashville Tea Party president Ben Cunningham. Cunningham explained that every six years, Alexander campaigns as a conservative but fails to fight for conservative values. “If he is re-elected, God forbid, he will go back to the Senate, he will serve for six years, he will warm...