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  • TRUE COLORS TIME (or Don't Let Newt Down)

    04/16/2012 8:01:20 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 66 replies
    Vanity | April 16, 2012 | True Believer Forever
    TRUE COLORS TIME If you listened closely to Sarah tonight on Levin’s program, she was pretty much endorsing Romney. I suspect she will hold her cards, won’t jump into the fray until the convention, where she will get maximum exposure for her particular agenda. And then she will play the good citizen role and support Romney. I’ve been worried about her since she showed up so ungraciously during the summer to rain on the parade of some of the more conservative candidates… The same applies to her as everyone else... Not fighting, not helping Newt right now, is the same...
  • Newt to NRA: Right to Bear Arms is a Human Right

    04/16/2012 7:28:05 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    Newt.org ^ | April 13, 2012 | Newt Gingrich
    Appearing before the National Rifle Association annual meeting this afternoon, Newt Gingrich called for a new United Nations treaty that would give the right to bear arms to every person on the planet. This proposed treaty would counter the United Nations Small Arms Treaty currently supported by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. After Gingrich’s speech concluded, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox came out on stage and said “The Gingrich Treaty…I like that.” The Daily Beast noted that Newt’s reception from the crowd of 5,000 people was more enthusiastic than Governor Romney’s. If the Republican presidential nomination were decided by the...
  • Herman Cain Flops on Gingrich Endorsement, Says, ‘Let’s Get On With This’

    04/16/2012 7:36:45 PM PDT · by VinL · 72 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4-16-12 | Dover
    Less than two months ago, Herman Cain, who was out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, stood on a stage in West Palm Beach, just three days before the Florida primary and told the crowd, “I hereby officially and enthusiastically endorse Newt Gingrich for the president of the Unites States.” Gingrich had just come off a sweeping win in South Carolina, had the fundraising dollars pouring in and a financial safety net in billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson. But on Monday Cain walked back his endorsement of Gingrich saying, “With all due respect, let’s get on with this, OK?”...
  • Taxes Prompt More Americans to Renounce Citizenship

    04/16/2012 6:43:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 92 replies
    Reuters/CNBC ^ | 4/16/12
    A year ago, in Action Comics, Superman declared plans to renounce his U.S. citizenship. "'Truth, justice, and the American way' — it's not enough anymore," the comic book superhero said, after both the Iranian and American governments criticized him for joining a peaceful anti-government protest in Tehran. Last year, almost 1,800 people followed Superman's lead, renouncing their U.S. citizenship or handing in their Green Cards. That's a record number since the Internal Revenue Service began publishing a list of those who renounced in 1998. It's also almost eight times more than the number of citizens who renounced in 2008, and...
  • Millionaires from Mass. join call to raise their tax rates

    04/16/2012 4:17:09 AM PDT · by GQuagmire · 63 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | April 16, 2012 | Callum Borchers
    Philippe Villers was a little boy in 1940, when his family escaped from Paris only hours before the Nazi invasion and immigrated to the United States. From the harrowing flight of a wartime refugee, Villers went on to earn degrees from Harvard and MIT and to cofound Computervision, a former Fortune 500 company that made him rich. “This country has been good to me,’’ Villers, 76, said. “I’d like to do my part to give back.’’ As part of his effort to give back, Villers has made an unusual request to the federal government: Raise my taxes, please. Villers is...
  • Obama Calls Romney’s Stance on (Enforcing) Immigration (Laws) ‘Very Troublesome’

    04/16/2012 3:47:31 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 27 replies
    abc ^ | 4/15/2012 | By Mary Bruce
    President Obama, on a three-day trip to South America, attacked GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney’s stance on immigration reform today, saying his support for Arizona’s tough immigration law is “very troublesome.” “We now have a Republican nominee who said that the Arizona laws are a model for the country … and these are laws that potentially would allow someone to be stopped and picked up and asked where their citizenship papers are based on an assumption,” Obama told Univision during an interview in Cartagena, where the president is attending the Summit of the Americas.
  • CNN Poll: Gender gap and likeability keep Obama over Romney

    04/16/2012 4:41:23 PM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 16 Apr 2012 | CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser
    (CNN) - President Barack Obama holds a nine-point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney thanks in part to the perception that the president is more likeable and more in touch with the problems facing women and middle class Americans, according to a new national poll. A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday also indicates a large gender gap that benefits Obama, but the public is divided on which candidate can best jump-start the economy.
  • Here are your presidential choices as it stands today

    04/16/2012 10:47:55 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 651 replies
    April 16, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    Here are their positions on some major issues important to conservatives based on their actual records in government or past boasts. Issue Obama Romney Newt Advocated that abortion s/b safe & legal in America y y n Defended Roe v Wade as settled law y y n Advocated for abortion for underage girls without parental approval with judge's ok y y n Supported planned parenthood y y n Introduced $50 taxpayer funded abortion y y n Supports homosexual agenda y y n Better for homosexuals than Ted Kennedy y y n Ok with homosexuals in Scouts y y n Ok...
  • Republicans reject 'Buffett rule' in the Senate (51 to 45)

    04/16/2012 4:37:19 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 117 replies
    latimes ^ | April 16, 2012, 4:18 p.m. | Lisa Mascaro
    Reporting from Washington— Republican-led opposition blocked the 'Buffett rule' from advancing in the Senate, turning back an election year effort by President Obama to slap a new tax rate on those earning beyond $1 million a year. Nearly all Republicans voted against the measure, a potentially risky move at a time when 60% of voters support the measure, according to a recent Gallup poll, as a way to ensure wealthy Americans pay their fair share of taxes. Democrats are likely to revive the effort in coming months. “Continuing to allow some of the wealthiest Americans to use special tax breaks...
  • Iran’s nuke ‘victory’ (Zero OKs Iranian Enrichment)

    04/16/2012 9:36:37 AM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/16/2012 | Amir Taheri
    ‘An important reversal of America’s position!” is how Tehran’s government-mouthpiece daily Kayhan described the outcome of the latest talks between Iran and the 5+1 group of nations on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. The 5+1 team (the permanent members of the United Nations’ Security Council plus Germany) was led by European Union foreign-affairs spokeswoman Catherine Ashton. High Council of National Security Secretary Saeed Jalili led the Iranian team. The talks, held in Istanbul on Saturday, supposedly tried to persuade Tehran to comply with UN Security Council resolutions it has ignored for years — the key demand of which is that...
  • On "Tax Day"

    04/16/2012 6:37:14 PM PDT · by hocndoc · 7 replies
    WingRight.org ^ | April 16, 2012 | Beverly Nuckols, MD (hocndoc)
    How’s your tax return? A lot of hope, no change? Did you over-pay and get back money – without interest – you could have been using all year long? Did you underpay and now have to scramble to make a payment — or face fines and interest that the IRS sure won’t pay you if the tables were turned? Or are you one of the lucky few who had to make “quarterly estimated tax payments” in addition to your tax return? Yes, that’s right: if you look like you might owe more taxes than most people, the IRS forces you...
  • Aides soft-pedal Romney remarks to donors

    04/16/2012 5:47:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    AP via SacBee ^ | 4/16/12 | DAVID ESPO and ALAN FRAM Associated Press
    PHILADELPHIA -- Mitt Romney's aides soft-pedaled his latest tax pronouncements on Monday, insisting he wasn't tipping his hand when he told donors privately that he might seek to end the tax break for mortgages on second homes and curb other deductions for the wealthy as part of tax reform. "He was just discussing ideas that came up on the campaign trail," said former Sen. Jim Talent of Missouri, a frequent campaign surrogate. The remarks, made at a closed-door fundraiser in Florida and overheard by reporters, did not mark any "change in policy," Talent said on a conference call with reporters....
  • Despite Obama charm, Americas summit boosts U.S. isolation

    04/16/2012 9:49:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 16, 2012 | By Brian Ellsworth
    President Barack Obama patiently sat through diatribes, interruptions and even the occasional eye-ball roll at the weekend Summit of the Americas in an effort to win over Latin American leaders fed up with U.S. policies. He failed. The United States instead emerged from the summit in Colombia increasingly isolated as nearly 30 regional heads of state refused to sign a joint declaration in protest against the continued exclusion of communist-led Cuba from the event. The rare show of unity highlights the steady decline of Washington's influence in a region that has become less dependent on U.S. trade and investment thanks...
  • G.O.P. Lawmakers and Romney Face a Delicate Tango

    04/16/2012 8:12:04 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 15, 2012 | JONATHAN WEISMAN and JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    WASHINGTON — If Mitt Romney is considering a quick pivot to the center as he heads into the general election, he will find an imposing impediment: fellow Republicans in the House. As Congress was set to reconvene on Monday, House Republicans said Mr. Romney could go his own way on smaller issues that may help define him as separate from his Congressional Republican counterparts. But, they said, he must understand that they are driving the policy agenda for the party now. “We’re not a cheerleading squad,” said Representative Jeff Landry, an outspoken freshman from Louisiana. “We’re the conductor. We’re supposed...
  • Obama raises $53M for campaign, Dems in March

    04/16/2012 6:06:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 16, 2012
    (AP) WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama raised a combined $53 million for his campaign, the Democratic Party and other campaign funds in March, his campaign said Monday as it prepared to face Mitt Romney and a rejuvenated GOP in the general election. Obama has collected nearly $350 million since the start of the campaign last year, representing a boost in campaign cash compared with recent months. He has raised about $127 million for his campaign, the Democratic National Committee and other campaign funds since the beginning of 2012. Romney had raised about $75 million through the end of February and...
  • Obama Camp, Sensing Shift, Bets on a Long Shot in Arizona

    04/15/2012 7:02:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 15, 2012 | by Adam Nagourney
    PHOENIX — President Obama’s re-election campaign is dispatching workers across Arizona’s college campuses and Latino neighborhoods this spring, registering as many new voters as they can in an organized, three-month effort to determine whether they can put this unlikely state into play for Democrats this November. By any measure the obstacles are considerable: Arizona has voted for precisely one Democratic president since Truman was in the White House. Yet Mr. Obama’s aides said in interviews that they thought it was possible they could move the needle of history by winning in 2012 a state that analysts believe is heading Democratic...
  • BREAKING: David Axelrod Endorses Mitt Romney for President

    04/15/2012 10:30:03 AM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 20 replies
    Red State ^ | 04/15/2012 | Eric Erickson
    Breaking news with a hat tip to Kevin Eder for highlighting it for me: David Axelrod, Chief Strategist for President Barack Obama, endorsed Mitt Romney for President on Fox News Sunday this morning. He told Chris Wallace, “The choice in this election is between an economy that produces a growing middle class and that gives people a chance to get ahead and their kids a chance to get ahead and an economy that continues down the road we’re on.” That is precisely right and precisely what Mitt Romney’s campaign has been telling people. Good to see David Axelrod agrees. I...
  • Foul Play: War on women is real [by Sen. Barbara Boxer]

    04/15/2012 6:29:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | April 12, 2012 | Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
    Suppose it’s the championship basketball game and one player is committing foul after foul. Each time, he denies he’s committed any offense. Eventually, he fouls out. But even as he heads to the bench, he’s protesting that he did nothing wrong. That’s what we’re seeing today from Republicans who claim there is no “war on women.” The Republican National Committee chairman likened it to a “war on caterpillars.” But whether it’s sports or politics, denials don’t change the facts. So let’s look at them. House Republicans have introduced more than 30 bills that would restrict a woman’s reproductive health care....
  • Secret Video of Obama at the end of Last Night's Budget Negotiations....

    07/14/2011 10:21:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/14/11 | wafflepwn
    It really went down this way. Really...
  • Secret Document: Only 4% of NEA Dues Dollars Dedicated to ‘Improve Teaching’

    08/31/2011 3:18:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/31/11 | Kyle Olson
    It looks like the National Education Association is not putting its money where its mouth is. In its mission statement, the nation’s largest teachers union asserts that “we will focus the energy and resources of our 3.2 million members on improving the quality of teaching, increasing student achievement and making schools safer, better places to learn.” But a secret union document reveals that the NEA’s commitment to “improv(ing) teaching and learning” works out to a paltry $7.44 per member every year. This is according to a document obtained from an internal source of the Indiana State Teachers Association, one of...