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  • Holder on the hot seat: Senators demand answers on U.S. fugitives in Cuba

    01/23/2015 11:25:07 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 23, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    A group of Senate Republicans pressed Attorney General Eric H. Holder on Friday to explain the administration’s policy for U.S. fugitives in Cuba, including a convicted cop killer, following President Obama’s announced normalization of relations with the communist island nation. “As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, do you support the normalization of relations with Cuba without the return of fugitives from justice for prosecution who have the blood of Americans, including law enforcement officers on their hands?” said the three senators in a letter to Mr. Holder. The letter was signed by Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz...
  • Eric Holder’s Replacement

    01/12/2015 5:11:07 AM PST · by AU72 · 6 replies
    NRO ^ | January 12, 2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    David Vitter believes that Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s attorney-general nominee, might be even more dangerous than Eric Holder, the man she will replace if confirmed. The Louisiana senator met privately with Lynch this week in his capacity as a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He tells NRO that Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, is quieter and more restrained than Holder, which he worries will deflect attention from some of the Justice Department’s more outrageous actions and policies. Vitter’s warning about Lynch should not be taken lightly. While he previously said that Holder...
  • Rob Maness Launches GATOR PAC in Louisiana with Help From Ted Cruz, David Vitter, Bill Cassidy

    12/17/2014 5:23:16 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | 12/16/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness has launched Gator PAC, a political action committee which the group says “will work to inspire and recruit conservative activists and citizen leaders who are committed to accountability in government, constitutional principles, certainty and prosperity.” "Running for office was never about me, and it never will be - it's about us, our country and becoming an active voice for conservative solutions," Maness said in the release about the launch of the PAC, provided to Breitbart News ahead of its public release. "The reality is Washington D.C. is a swamp, career politicians are the Gators...
  • How Big Is the Ted Cruz Caucus? (very interesting analysis)

    12/14/2014 5:28:21 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 54 replies ^ | 12/14/14 | Steven Dennis
    It’s a question that will prove crucial next year when Mitch McConnell takes the reins of a new Senate: Just how big is the Ted Cruz caucus? Three votes on the “cromnibus” late Saturday night suggest it could be as large as 22 senators — a dangerously high number for McConnell — or as few as a handful. Let’s break down the three votes — on filibustering the $1.1 trillion package, on Cruz’s point of order aimed at targeting the president’s immigration action, and final passage. The high-water mark for the Texas Republican came on his point of order vote,...
  • Source: Senate GOP Refuses to Strategize Against Obama

    12/02/2014 3:45:21 PM PST · by mojito · 73 replies
    NRO ^ | 12/2/2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Senate Republicans had no appetite for discussing how to thwart President Obama’s executive orders on immigration during the conference’s weekly lunch, according to a source familiar with the meeting. Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah) and Senator David Vitter (R., La.) tried to broach the topic, but were ignored. “At different times, Lee and Vitter stood up and tried to begin a discussion about what the plan was and asked leadership about what their strategy was to deal with the spending bill and respond to Obama executive amnesty, and the reply was always an effort to try to change the subject...
  • 2016 retirements could complicate Dems' comeback plans (RATS Boxer, Reid - OUT!)

    11/30/2014 8:30:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats hope to take back control of the Senate in 2016, but their plans could be complicated by potential retirements. The two Democratic senators most likely to retire are Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who represent both sides of the party’s ideological spectrum. Boxer, whose fourth term expires at the end of 2016, has a paltry $149,000 in her campaign account, less than almost every other senator facing election next year. As the nation’s most populous state, California is expensive to cover with advertising. If Boxer decides to run for reelection, she would face a major fundraising...
  • Senator: Emails Reveal EPA, Green Group in ‘Beyond Cozy’ Relationship

    10/14/2014 7:17:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies ^ | 10/14/2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    Republican lawmakers say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enjoys a “beyond cozy” relationship with a liberal environmental action group that seeks to reshape national energy policies in a way that would hurt American businesses and families. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., the top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, told The Daily Signal that the Natural Resources Defense Council played an “absolutely inappropriate” role in drafting the EPA’s new carbon emissions plan. “The EPA has been one of the least transparent agencies I have ever seen, but it’s become apparent that their lack of transparency is to hide the...
  • GOP senators knock EPA power grab

    07/10/2014 8:45:42 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies ^ | July 10, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to quietly assume power to garnishing paychecks of accused polluters ran into firm opposition Thursday from top Senate Republicans. The senators objected to the new rule proposed by EPA, saying it would put too much power in the hands of “an agency prone to regulatory abuses.” “While we recognize the government’s legitimate interest in efficiently and effectively pursuing delinquent debt, EPA’s new wage garnishment procedures provide an agency prone to regulatory abuses with even more power over individual Americans,” wrote Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican and ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works...
  • Vitter Says He'd Consider Medicaid Expansion

    06/16/2014 12:58:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    WHLT ^ | Jun 16, 2014 | Melinda Deslatte
    Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, running to be Louisiana's next governor, is leaving the door open to a possible expansion of the state's Medicaid program to cover more of the working poor, as allowed under the federal health care law. Vitter said Monday that he's not opposed to the expansion if Louisiana can improve the performance of its Medicaid program and if the expansion doesn't draw state resources away from other spending priorities like higher education.
  • EPA Chief Promises To Go After Republicans Who Question Agency Science

    04/29/2014 7:39:39 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 79 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-28-2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy has issued a warning to Republicans who continue to question the integrity of the agency’s scientific data: we’re coming for you. McCarthy told an audience at the National Academy of Sciences on Monday morning the agency will go after a “small but vocal group of critics” who are arguing the EPA is using “secret science” to push costly clean air regulations. “Those critics conjure up claims of EPA secret science — but it’s not really about EPA science or secrets. It’s about challenging the credibility of world renowned scientists and institutions like Harvard University...
  • Ted Cruz, Veteran of 9 Supreme Court Arguments, Says First Amendment on Trial Today

    03/25/2014 6:49:43 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Heritage - The Foundry ^ | March 25, 2014 at 9:52 am | Rob Bluey
    Ted Cruz has argued nine cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in his lifetime, more than any other current member of Congress. Today, as a U.S. senator from Texas, Cruz is making a different kind of argument—one in the court of public opinion.On his Facebook page and in a statement released by his office, Cruz has declared his support for the families who own Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties in their First Amendment challenge of an Obamacare mandate.Oral arguments in both cases take place today at the Supreme Court.>>> Q&A: Tough Questions on Religious Freedom, Abortion Drugs“The Supreme Court...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz rallies religious freedom activists at the Supreme Court in support of Hobby Lobby

    03/25/2014 6:01:55 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MARCH 25, 2014 AT 2:13 PM | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, surprised freezing religious freedom activists who had spent the morning rallying in support of Hobby Lobby's Supreme Court appeal."God bless you for being here today!" Cruz said Tuesday, after wading into the crowd and stepping up to the podium.Activists cheered Cruz's arrival after spending several hours standing in the snow in front of the court during oral arguments inside."Thank you for being here in this beautiful weather from God," Cruz added as the crowd laughed.Cruz reminded activists that the United States was founded by people who fled religious oppression and enshrined religious freedom in the Constitution."There...
  • Justices Hear Case on Health Law’s Contraceptive Rule

    03/25/2014 4:48:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 25, 2014 | By ADAM LIPTAK
    In an argument that touched on medical science and moral philosophy, the Supreme Court on Tuesday wrestled with whether corporations may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception to their workers based on the religious beliefs of the corporations’ owners. --snip-- Hobby Lobby told the justices that it had no problem offering coverage for many forms of contraception, including condoms, diaphragms, sponges, several kinds of birth control pills and sterilization surgery. But drugs and devices that may prevent embryos from implanting in the womb are another matter, the company said; its owners believe those would make the company complicit in...
  • Sotomayor, Kagan: Hobby Lobby Should Drop Insurance, Pay Penalty and Let Employees Use Exchange

    03/25/2014 12:27:37 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 121 replies
    CNS News ^ | 03/25/2014 | Penny Starr
    During oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday which focused on whether the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan suggested employers who have moral objections to birth control should not provide health care coverage for their employees Chief Justice Roberts interjected that this was in opposition to what Hobby Lobby presented in its lawsuit. “I thought – I thought that part of the religious commitment of the owners was to provide health care for its employees,” Roberts said and Clements agreed. “Well, if they want...
  • Cruz, Cornyn Join Hobby Lobby in Obamacare Legal Fight

    03/25/2014 12:25:31 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Bob Price
    The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will begin hearing oral arguments in two high profile cases regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. The two cases are Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius. These two cases deal with the religious freedom aspects of the ACA and how it applies to individual businesses. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas offering his continuing support for the two companies who have taken the federal government to court. "The Supreme Court has the opportunity to affirm our...
  • Hobby Lobby case fuels bigotry: Column (Gay Epis Bishop strikes again)

    03/25/2014 12:00:46 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    USA Today (title and link only) | March 24, 2014 | Bishop Gene Robinson
  • Supreme Court signals support for corporate religious claims

    03/25/2014 11:43:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/25/14 | Lawrence Hurley - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared poised on Tuesday to open the door to companies' religious-based objections to government regulations as justices weighed whether business owners can object to part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law. It was unclear whether the companies objecting to the regulation requiring them to provide insurance coverage that includes contraception would win overall, but a majority of the nine justices seemed ready to rule that companies had the same religious rights to object as individuals do. In one of the biggest cases of the year, the court heard an extended 90-minute oral argument,...
  • EPA Officials Obstructed Fraud Investigation

    02/26/2014 7:07:06 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 21 replies
    The Washington free Beacon ^ | 2-26-2014 | CJ Ciaramella
    February 26, 2014 EPA Officials Obstructed Fraud Investigation Blocked probe of senior official who cost taxpayers nearly $900,000 CJ Ciaramella Several Environmental Protection Agency employees obstructed an investigation into the mismanagement that allowed a senior EPA official to bilk taxpayers for nearly $900,000, the EPA Inspector General said in a letter to Sen. David Vitter (R., La.) released Wednesday.EPA employees threatened Inspector General investigators, refused to cooperate, and handed out non-disclosure agreements to other employees to keep them from being interviewed, EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins Jr. wrote in response to a request for information by Vitter on the case.“Over...
  • Vitter’s Running For (Louisiana) Governor In 2015

    01/21/2014 7:53:43 AM PST · by abb · 38 replies
    The Hayride ^ | January 21, 2014 | Scott McKay
    He said he was going to make his decision this month, and he has. From the e-mail which is going out to his list this morning… Dear —-, Since you are such a long-time friend, I wanted you to be among the first to know, directly from me. After much thought, prayer, and discussion with Wendy and our children, I’ve decided to run for Governor of Louisiana in 2015. Let me first assure you, this decision will in no way limit the critical work I’m doing today in the U.S. Senate. Representing you and your family will continue to be...
  • Carr calls on Senator Alexander to Co-Sponsor the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

    11/08/2013 11:35:53 AM PST · by don-o · 8 replies
    Joe Carr for Senate ^ | November 8, 2013 | Joe Carr
    Nashville, TN – Today, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham introduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The legislation currently has 33 cosponsors – but Senator Alexander is not one of them. Conservative Senate candidate Joe Carr called on Senator Alexander to change his stance and add himself as a co-sponsor. “I’m strongly pro-life and believe it’s imperative the Senate pass this important piece of legislation. When Senator Graham announced his co-sponsors and Senator Alexander’s name was missing, I was disappointed. I am hoping Senator Alexander will change his stance and add himself as a co-sponsor. This legislation is too...
  • Vitter 'will be back' with push against Hill's healthcare subsidies

    10/17/2013 8:31:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies ^ | October 17, 2013 | Elise Viebeck
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) vowed to continue his campaign against subsidized healthcare for Congress after it was ignored in Wednesday's fiscal deal. Speaking on Fox News, Vitter said he would use "every opportunity" to push for a vote on his measure to stop the government from contributing to health insurance premiums for lawmakers and staff. "I guarantee you [my proposal] will be back," Vitter told "America's Newsroom." "I'm not going away and this issue is certainly not going away." Vitter's campaign has angered many on Capitol Hill. The Louisiana Republican argues that Congress should deny itself the traditional benefit of...
  • Durbin: GOP fight over staffer insurance contributions is ‘pathetic’

    10/15/2013 2:33:35 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies ^ | October 15, 2013 | Ramsey Cox
    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said it was “pathetic” if Republicans have shutdown the government and threatened defaulting on federal debt over whether congressional staffers get an employer health insurance contribution. “That’s it? That’s what this is all about?” Durbin said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “We’ve shutdown our government and risked defaulting on our loans over whether our employees are going to get employer contribution? That’s pathetic.” Lawmakers are at an impasse on how to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government, which has been shut down for more than two weeks. They are also working against an...
  • How Low Can You Go? DC's Limbo Principle

    10/06/2013 7:07:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | October 6, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    The feud between Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and David Vitter, R-La., doesn't have the import of the federal government shutdown, but it does shine a light on the Beltway's partisan rancor. If there is a lesson for Washington politicos from this mud fight, then it is this: Don't try to be clever. There will be blowback. The story begins when Democrats were pushing President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, inserted language into the bill to require that Congress and staff get their health insurance through Obamacare exchanges. Grassley's amendment didn't explicitly address the government's contribution --...
  • Louisiana Republicans say 'no negative impact' from shutdown ahead of tropical storm

    10/04/2013 2:21:54 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies ^ | October 04, 2013 | Justin Sink
    Republicans lawmakers from Louisiana are insisting that the government shutdown will not impact the region's preparedness ahead of the expected landfall of Tropical Storm Karen on the Gulf Coast. The storm, which has maximum winds of 50 miles per hour according to the National Hurricane Center, is expected to slam the Gulf Coast late Saturday or early Sunday morning. Forecasters believe Karen could intensify to hurricane strength before then. That's led to questions about the government's preparedness for severe weather. According to The Times Picayune in New Orleans, at least 2,000 federal workers have been furloughed in the state, including...
  • Harry Reid: David Vitter trying to get elected governor

    09/24/2013 4:08:41 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies ^ | September 24, 2013 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took another swing at Sen. David Vitter on Tuesday over the Republican’s relentless push to ban Obamacare subsidies for lawmakers and their aides. Vitter, whose name is floated as a potential candidate for Louisiana governor in 2015, plans to file an amendment to the government funding measure that would block the federal health-care assistance to Hill lawmakers and staffers, as well as to the president and administration appointees. Reid jabbed at Vitter’s latest effort — and his gubernatorial ambitions — in a news conference with reporters on Tuesday. “He can keep pushing this,” Reid said....
  • Vitter calls for ethics probe of Reid, Boxer, claims 'bribery'

    09/13/2013 3:05:31 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | Published: Sept. 13, 2013 at 4:18 PM
    A Senate Republican requested an ethics investigation of Democrats who hinted they may use his personal scandal to fight his effort to defund part of Obamacare. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., has been demanding a Senate vote on a proposal to repeal federal contributions to help pay for healthcare coverage for members of Congress under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. The provision was included in the 2010 legislation by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
  • SCANDAL: EPA Official & Colorado Power Broker Resigns Following Transparency Inquiry

    03/01/2013 7:10:33 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | February 28, 2013
    A huge story involving a key power broker in Colorado Democratic politics flew under the radar of the Colorado press last week – and ours too. Jim Martin, formerly the head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 8, which includes Colorado, resigned from his post last Friday. According to Fox News, his resignation comes just three weeks after Louisiana’s Republican Senator David Vitter questioned his use of a personal email address to conduct official business. An EPA spokesperson cited “personal reasons” for Martin’s resignation. Vitter noted Martin may face a congressional probe for using his personal email address to circumnavigate...
  • VITTER: Endangered Species Act’s hidden costs

    02/08/2013 9:06:39 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | Sen. David Vitter
    Respect for private property at riskAt least you have to give President Obama high marks for creativity in his latest attempt to curtail freedom and individual rights. Specifically, I’m talking about Mr. Obama’s assault on private property rights through the abuse of the Endangered Species Act. I strongly support protecting endangered species. No one I know wants to see a species go anywhere near extinction. The far-left environmentalists in the Obama administration, however, have gone way beyond this by settling litigation with their allies in environmental groups behind closed doors. Through these secret settlements, they are advancing a much more...
  • Vitter wants answers on Brazil drilling loan; Paul wanted answers too

    03/22/2011 2:19:36 PM PDT · by Crush · 31 replies
    The US Report ^ | 22 March 2011 | Kay Day
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) wants answers from the US taxpayer supported Export-Import bank about a $2 billion loan to Brazil for offshore drilling. Vitter’s home state is suffering under a moratorium imposed by President Barack Obama. Vitter said Louisianians “are frustrated” and he wants to know “why permitting domestically is nearly stalled…” Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) had questions about ExIM—nine years ago when he asked Congress to reject the reauthorization of ExIm for “economic, constitutional and moral reasons.” Vitter sent a letter to Fred Hochberg, Ex-Im president, on March 17. Vitter asked Hochberg to identify all US companies that have...
  • Zoning the ocean

    04/17/2012 8:10:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4-17-12 | Audrey Hudson
    President Barack Obama has an ambitious plan for Washington bureaucrats to take command of the oceans—and with it control over much of the nation’s energy, fisheries, even recreation in a move described by lawmakers as the ultimate power grab to zone the seas. The massive undertaking also includes control over key inland waterways and rivers that reach hundreds of miles upstream, and began with little fanfare when Obama signed an executive order in 2010 to protect the aquatic environment. “This one to me could be the sleeping power grab that Americans will wake up to one day and wonder what...
  • David Vitter fundraising group targets 14 seats in the Louisiana Legislature

    08/04/2011 7:59:44 PM PDT · by topher · 2 replies
    Times-Picayune [] ^ | August 4, 2011 | By The Associated Press
    ... The Senate seats targeted by the Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority are open because of term limits, including the district currently held by the Senate president. But a list Vitter provided to The Associated Press shows some of the targeted House seats in the Oct. 22 election have first-term Democratic incumbents the group wants to oust. "I don't want to jinx it, but I feel very good we're going to increase our margins," Vitter said in an interview with AP. While the state Republican Party has inserted itself in races where GOP candidates are battling, Vitter said his...
  • (Democrat Controlled) Senate rejects GOP oil drilling plan

    05/18/2011 6:05:39 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 29 replies
    cnn ^ | 5/18/2011 | cnn
    The Senate rejected a Republican measure Wednesday to expand offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. coastal waters, signaling a continued partisan stalemate over energy policy and, more specifically, how to respond to rising gas prices. The bill was defeated in a 42-57 vote. Sixty votes were required for passage. Five Republicans -- Alabama's Richard Shelby, Louisiana's David Vitter, Maine's Olympia Snowe, South Carolina's Jim DeMint, and Utah's Mike Lee -- voted against the bill.
  • Vitter to Salazar: Permitting Logjam Continues – Address Big Obstacles

    11/22/2010 9:58:19 AM PST · by deadpelican · 4 replies
    The Dead Pelican ^ | Nov. 22, 2010 | Chad E. Rogers
    (Washington, D.C.) – Senator David Vitter today told Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that the drilling permit logjam continues and will only end when several big picture issues are directly and concretely resolved by the Obama Administration.
  • [Louisiana Senate race] Melancon, Vitter exchange fire

    10/29/2010 6:44:44 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 8 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | October 29, 2010 | Jan Moller
    Louisiana's U.S. Senate candidates tangled over illegal immigration, the federal deficit and the role of money in politics Thursday during their final face-to-face meeting of a campaign that has grown increasingly nasty and personal as Election Day nears. The hour-long debate between Republican incumbent David Vitter and Democratic challenger Charlie Melancon featured some of the strongest attacks of the campaign, as Melancon repeatedly accused Vitter of hypocrisy and panelists pressed the senator on whether he broke the law when he committed a "serious sin" involving a Washington, D.C., prostitution ring. Vitter refused to go beyond his previous statements about the...
  • New Orleans Times-Picayune election recommendations

    10/29/2010 6:37:49 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 9 replies
    This newspaper makes the following recommendations for Tuesday's ballot. CONGRESS U.S. Senate David Vitter Much of Sen. Vitter's first term in the Senate came in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaches that left 80 percent of New Orleans under water. The senator fought hard to hold the Army Corps of Engineers accountable and to get recovery resources for South Louisiana, including vital funding for coastal restoration. He was a leader in the push to finally close the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, the corps-built waterway that contributed to the devastation during Katrina. He also played an important role in...
  • Hiding NASA Decline

    04/01/2010 5:16:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1,206+ views ^ | April 1, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Climate Change: The agency that put Americans on the moon can't tell you the temperature that day. It isn't returning to the moon, but it will fix the brakes on your car. Two senators want to know what's going on. The scandal unfolding at the nation's space agency is worse than the climate scandal, where researchers with Britain's Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia manipulated, destroyed and doctored climate data so that it supported the preordained conclusion that climate change was an imminent threat caused by man. If there is any doubt, just ask NASA. E-mail messages...
  • The Coming Climate Dictatorship

    11/12/2009 5:54:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 1,923+ views ^ | November 12, 2009
    Control: The House and Senate climate bills contain a provision giving the president extraordinary powers in the event of a "climate emergency." As chief of staff Rahm Emanuel says, a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. If you thought the House health care bill that nobody read has hidden passages that threaten our freedoms and liberty, take a peak at the "trigger" placed in the byzantine innards of both the House-passed Waxman-Markey bill and the Kerry-Boxer bill just passed by Democrats out of Sen. Barbara Boxer's Environment and Public Works Committee. As Nick Loris of the Heritage Foundation points...
  • Vitter amendment on census falls in Senate vote (Count Illegal Aliens in Census)

    11/05/2009 11:46:51 AM PST · by trumandogz · 35 replies · 1,516+ views ^ | 11.5.09 | Jonathan Tilove
    Sen. David Vitter's bid to require the 2010 Census to ask all respondents about their citizenship was killed today when the Senate voted to invoke cloture and end debate on the Commerce spending bill without having to consider the Louisiana Republican's amendment. The Democratic leadership, which had been trying to block the Vitter amendment since early October, eked out a victory with the bare number of votes needed to invoke cloture, prevailing 60 to 39. Vitter's Democratic colleague, Sen. Mary Landrieu, who had been caustic in her criticism of Vitter's measure, voted with the majority. Vitter intended the citizenship count...
  • Investigate [Louisiana Senator] Vitter, legal group is told

    09/30/2009 6:37:17 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 15 replies · 765+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | September 30, 2009 | Bruce Alpert
    WASHINGTON -- An ethics watchdog group is asking the office that oversees Louisiana's lawyers to investigate whether Sen. David Vitter, R-La., should be disciplined for his 2007 admission of a "very serious sin" after his phone number appeared on a list compiled by a Washington prostitution ring. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said its filing is related to Vitter's recent request for a Justice Department investigation into ACORN, the community activist group with headquarters in New Orleans. Staffers in four ACORN offices around the country have been caught in a video sting giving advice to a couple pretending...
  • Vitter Wants To Bar Federal Funding of ACORN

    09/14/2009 11:55:14 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 60 replies · 2,477+ views ^ | 09/14/09 | 99,5fm
    Republican David Vitter says no federal funds should go to the New Orleans-based ACORN organization. Vitter has introduced an amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill that would bar any federal money in that approrpriation from going to ACORN. "It's certainly not news to anyone that ACORN has been the subject of some controversy over the past year, and last year's presidential election brought to light evidence of ACORN chapters engaging in fraudulent voter registration activities," Vitter said. "They are currently under federal investigation and this is simply not the sort of organization that should be funded...
  • [Louisiana] Senate race gets personal early

    09/08/2009 6:38:10 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 12 replies · 1,324+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | September 7, 2009 | Jan Moller
    BATON ROUGE -- More than a year before Louisiana voters head to the polls in what promises to be one of the most closely watched U.S. Senate races in the country, the rhetoric already is heating up between incumbent Republican David Vitter and his Democratic challenger, Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville. The standard political playbook says incumbent politicians should ignore their opponents as long as possible, as mentioning them by name only gives them free publicity. But Vitter, who is seeking a second term after becoming Louisiana's first Republican senator since Reconstruction in 2004, turned that theory on its head during...
  • [Louisiana Senator] Vitter on the attack

    08/24/2009 9:15:12 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 7 replies · 799+ views ^ | August 21, 2009 | Jeff Crouere
    While [Senator David] Vitter is holding a series of town hall meetings across Louisiana, [Democrat Congressman Charlie] Melancon is deciding whether to challenge the incumbent Senator. If he runs, Melancon will have to deal with the relatively low approval rating for the Democratic Party’s top official, President Barack Obama, in Louisiana. Undoubtedly, he will find as many issues as possible to oppose the Obama administration. Melancon also faces a financial disadvantage against Vitter and will have a challenge matching the Senator’s fundraising success. To raise Democratic Party funds, Melancon recently attended a gathering in Martha’s Vineyard. Vitter wasted no time...
  • AUDIO: Sen. Vitter: Climate Change Is "Ridiculous Pseudo-Science Garbage"

    08/14/2009 11:01:39 AM PDT · by ianschwartz · 13 replies · 765+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 14, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    The Hill: Vitter openly mocked an assertion by his Senate colleague Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who said she can feel a change in climate as manifested by increased turbulence in her plane flights. "Unfortunately, that's sort of the ridiculous pseudo-science garbage that's so common on the left on this issue," Vitter said in an interview with a conservative news radio syndicate. "The real truth is getting out there, and I think citizens are really starting to push back."
  • Health care forum with [Louisiana] Sen. David Vitter in Elmwood is jammed

    08/11/2009 6:26:38 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 6 replies · 897+ views ^ | August 10, 2009 | Mark Waller
    Constituents packed into a health care forum hosted by Sen. David Vitter today in Elmwood, where Vitter took audience questions mostly criticizing President Barack Obama's reform push and stated his own opposition to the plans. "I think there are problems and issues with the health care system that need improvement," Vitter said during the forum. "I want to focus specifically on those problems, and I don't want to throw out the baby with the bath water. I completely and unalterably oppose the Obama administration plan." Vitter said Obama's reforms - creating a new government health plan option that competes with...
  • Sen. David Vitter Welcomes Angry Mob to Health Care Forum Special

    08/09/2009 7:10:40 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 24 replies · 3,433+ views ^ | 08/08/09 | Carol Forsloff
    David Vitter, Senator from Louisiana, spoke at a town hall meeting on health care at Louisiana College in Pineville on Saturday. After the prayer, a minister referred to Vitter as doing God’s work as Vitter welcomed those called “an angry mob.” Louisiana College is a Baptist-run college in North Louisiana. The town hall meeting was held in what is normally the place of worship on the campus, as folks found Bible hymnals in the shelving in front of each pew. People expressed their anger and frustration at the meeting, chaired by Vitter who spoke of his concerns before introducing other...
  • [Louisiana Senator] Vitter Out to Combine and Conquer

    07/29/2009 12:48:17 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 14 replies · 379+ views ^ | July 29, 2009 | John Maginnis
    It has been two years since Sen. David Vitter was linked to a Washington, D.C., prostitution ring, and there is a year to go to the qualifying period for his 2010 re-election bid. While he has no declared challengers yet, he already has started picking fights with his two targeted opponents, Congressman Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, and President Barack Obama. A recent statewide poll showed only 44 percent approved of Vitter's job performance to 38 percent who didn't, hardly stellar marks for an incumbent. Only 38 percent said they would vote to re-elect him compared to 45 percent who wanted to...
  • Race for Vitter's [Louisiana] Senate seat is wide open

    07/21/2009 6:48:49 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 8 replies · 490+ views ^ | July 20, 2009 | Paul Murphy
    NEW ORLEANS – The race is more than a year away and there already seems to be a long list of candidate's lining up to challenge Louisiana Senator David Vitter's re-election. Hanging on to the job figured to be a slam dunk for Vitter, if not for his brush with a Capitol Hill call girl scandal. His telephone number appeared in the phone records of the woman dubbed the "D.C. Madam." Vitter said he admits his race for re-election next year will be difficult for him and his family. "I'm sure it will be, but we're fully prepared for that...

    07/15/2009 6:45:36 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 11 replies · 592+ views ^ | July 13, 2009 | Jeff Crouere
    One politician who is certainly not happy with the Sanford scandal is U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA). The story once again puts a spotlight on the Republican elected officials who have admitted to involvement in sex scandals. Vitter only confessed to a serious sin and never divulged the details of his relationship with the D.C. Madam; however, just the linkage is a negative connotation for Vitter. When the Sanford story was initially reported many national media outlets showed Vitter’s picture along with tainted Republicans such as former Florida Congressman Mark Foley and former Idaho Senator Larry Craig. Vitter will certainly...
  • No More Tax Money for Tax Cheats

    05/18/2009 7:19:08 AM PDT · by NetRight Nation · 16 replies · 758+ views
    NetRight Nation ^ | May 18, 2009
    ACORN, the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now, has achieved well-earned infamy for its unrelenting efforts to corrupt America’s political system. The hard-left group is now under investigation for electoral fraud in 12 states during the most recent election cycle alone. And it’s malfeasance dates back at least to 1998, when its Project Vote contractor was arrested in Arkansas for falsifying 400 voter registration cards. Little wonder that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) each are fighting hard to bar ACORN from receiving any further federal funding until the organization has cleared its name. In the...
  • Porn Star Stormy Daniels To Run Against Sen. David (DC Madam Scandal) Vitter (R-LA) (Video)

    05/08/2009 11:00:22 PM PDT · by DrGop0821 · 16 replies · 1,920+ views
    Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) appeared on the list of the "DC Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey. Porn star Stormy Daniels is challenging him in a Louisiana Senate race. Times Online reports: It is a US Senate race to savour, pitting a porn star named Stormy — the proud winner of the 2007 Golden G-string award — against a Christian family-values Republican shamed after being caught cavorting with prostitutes. In these gloomy days of global recession and soaring unemployment, the Louisiana Senate race is brightening the lives of many, courtesy of Stormy Daniels, who set off on a “listening tour” of her...