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  • Conservatives Are Winning

    10/02/2014 10:10:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706
    I sometimes jokingly refer to myself as 003, which means I have been active at the national level of the conservative movement longer than every living conservative except for two others. 002 is Dr. Lee Edwards, Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and 001 is the first lady of the conservative movement, Phyllis Schlafly. I say this to emphasize the fact that I know what it's like for the conservative movement to be on hard times, and 2014 is a time to be encouraged and optimistic. I strongly disagree with my friends at the local, state and national level who...
  • Miller faces ethics complaint in AG’s race

    10/02/2014 9:45:18 AM PDT · by redreno
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 10/02/2014 | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — An ethics complaint has been filed against Secretary of State Ross Miller on allegations that he used an online election portal to unfairly gain support for his candidacy for attorney general. The Web portal was set up by his office for military and overseas civilian voters to participate in the Nov. 4 general election. The complaint dated Sept. 29 was filed by Kirk Lippold, a retired U.S. Navy commander of the USS Cole who at one point had sought the 2nd Congressional District seat when it became vacant after Dean Heller was appointed to the U.S. Senate....
  • Poll finds Israelis don't trust Obama, Abbas

    10/02/2014 9:39:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | October 2, 2014
    Following a week in which Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of genocide and US president Barack Obama's administration condemned Israel for building in its capital, a poll broadcast Thursday found both unpopular among Israelis. A Panels poll broadcast on the Knesset Channel found that only 27 percent of Israelis consider Abbas a worthy partner for peace talks. Sixty-three percent said he was not a worthy partner. Asked whether they trusted Obama to manage US policy in the Middle East, 74% said not and 21% said yes. Only 25% said they would characterize the president as a "true friend...
  • Conservatives and ‘Line in the Sand’ Issues

    10/02/2014 9:32:07 AM PDT · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 9 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 2 Oct 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    Earlier today I had an exchange with a reader – who I respect a great deal – who doesn’t agree with my Twitter argument about the folly of conservatives staying home and not voting this cycle (or any cycle, really). His Republican governor agreed to expand Medicaid coverage, as permitted under the Obamacare law, and he finds that a deep betrayal. I can’t argue with that. If the issue of expanding Medicaid is your line in the sand – and there are good reasons for that! – then you have every right in the world to say, “I can’t vote...
  • IRS Erased Key Records in Lawsuit, NetJets Says

    10/02/2014 9:29:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 1, 2014 | by John Fund
    There may be a pattern involving the IRS losing e-mails and other key computer records. For months, the House Oversight Committee has been pursuing the lost e-mails of Lois Lerner and other figures in the IRS tax-exempt organization scandal. Now, the private-jet company NetJets is claiming in a lawsuit that as part of its tax dispute with the agency the IRS “wiped clean a number of computer hard drives containing emails and other electronic documents that the Government was required to produce.” NetJets sued the IRS in 2011, claiming that it improperly applied a ticket tax on users of its...
  • Michelle Obama warns Senate control, impeachment, rests on 'few hundred votes'

    10/02/2014 9:29:24 AM PDT · by W. · 30 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 10/2/2014 | Paul Bedard
    Quote:"If you think folks who work 40-50 hours a week shouldn’t have to live in poverty in the wealthiest nation on Earth and if you don’t want women’s bosses making decisions about their birth control, then you need to step up right now."
  • Obama to Take Unilateral Action on Immigration One Week After Midterm Elections?

    10/02/2014 9:17:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 10/2/14 | Guy Benson
    We've been talking about this inevitability for weeks now, so the only 'newsy' item in this Buzzfeed story is the alleged timeline, which the White House is disputing. President Obama has every intention of expanding his DREAM Act-style power grab to millions of adults who entered the country illegally -- he just knows that doing so before voters go to the polls would further endanger a bunch of Democrats up for re-election. Solution: Don't rethink the unpopular idea; delay it until the opportunity for an electoral backlash passes. That political Rubicon looms in 34 days. If reporter Adrian Carrasquillo's sources...
  • Target of secret John Doe probe is fighting back and speaking out (WI)

    10/02/2014 8:50:58 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-2-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — On the eve of the one-year anniversary of sweeping raids in Wisconsin’s politically charged John Doe investigation into conservative activists, Eric O’Keefe, one of the targets of that probe, is going public in a big way. Speaking at length for the first time O’Keefe, a director of the conservative Wisconsin Club for Growth, tells Wisconsin Reporter he was shocked by the prosecutors’ tactics: predawn, paramilitary-style raids on the homes of conservatives, and the confiscation of their papers and electronic equipment. “We ran a meticulous political operation; not only did we comply with Wisconsin’s laws — we were...
  • republican oberweis courting votes in african-american community

    10/02/2014 8:49:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    ABC CHICAGO ^ | 9/30/14 | Charles Thomas
    In the race for the Illinois United States Senate seat, Republican challenger Jim Oberweis is reaching out again to the African-American community in Chicago, which has traditionally voted Democratic. State Senator Oberweis says he cannot win the U.S. Senate seat without votes cast by African Americans, so he's pulling out all the stops to get his share.
  • 'Darth Vaders' To Vie For Ukraine Parliamentary Seats

    10/02/2014 8:43:01 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | October 02, 2014 | Carl Schreck
    Sixteen Darth Vaders have made an imperial march onto the ballot in Ukraine’s upcoming parliamentary elections, the latest and most expansive appearance of the “Star Wars” villain’s name and likeness in the country’s political life. All have been registered by Ukraine’s Central Election Commission for the October 26 ballot, a snap election announced by President Petro Poroshenko in August. Seven of the "Darth Vaders" are with the Internet Party of Ukraine, which advocates technological improvements to eliminate bureaucracy, while the other five are running as independents. Ukrainian political activists have used the “Dark Lord” of the legendary science-fiction series in...
  • Obamacare may hold the key to saving the U.S. from Ebola

    10/02/2014 8:38:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 2, 2014 | By Laurie Garrett, Foreign Policy
    Fear of Ebola has been climbing steadily in the United States since Tuesday's announcement that a Liberian traveler in Dallas, Thomas Eric Duncan, was diagnosed with the disease. America's special vulnerability to Ebola is its limitations on access to health care. In times of contagion, societal risk rises with every uninsured or underinsured individual who struggles to work or go to school with a fever, and avoids bankrupting visits to health providers. One doesn't need to have a political position up or down on "Obamacare" to recognize and solve this.
  • None Can Call It Treason

    10/02/2014 8:37:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 10/1/2014 | Larry Kudlow
    ....The Left demonizes David Koch and his brother Charles for their free-market views, their political donations, and the fact that they run a substantial energy company. Harry Reid has made a new career of it, calling them “un-American.” But on the platform that morning were liberal Democrats Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney. Ms. Maloney was particularly gracious when she said, “There is hope for the world when Koch and I can agree on something. On this we agree 100 percent.” Now, contrast that with the arrogant, intolerant, petulant, radical-left environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Last week, at the People’s Climate...
  • Can It Happen Here?

    10/02/2014 8:34:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Can it happen here? It is happening in Europe where French polls show that the National Front's Marine Le Pen would win the election for president if elections were held tomorrow. Something like it has happened in Italy where an anarchist comedian, the happily named Beppe Grillo, garnered 25 percent of the vote last year. Most spectacularly, it almost happened in the United Kingdom last month. What am I talking about? An election in which the lowly voters overcome the professional pols and vote their minds. Now there is evidence that it can happen here. In the United...
  • George W. Bush: Jeb 'wants' presidency

    10/02/2014 7:23:11 AM PDT · by maggief · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 2, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Former President George W. Bush said Thursday that thinks his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), wants to be president. "I think he wants to be president, I think he'd be a great president. He understands what it's like to be president," Bush said in a Fox News interview. "He's seen his dad, he's seen his brother. He's a very thoughtful man and he’s weighing his options." The Bush brothers met in Dallas on Wednesday, and the former president said he was "pushing" his brother to run. "He, of course, was saying 'I haven’t made up my mind,' and...
  • Liberals as Low Information Voters

    10/02/2014 7:20:58 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 17 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 29 Sep 2014 | Roger L. Simon
    For several years now we have heard much of the plague of “low information voters” — those legions of the supposedly ignorant who walk, clueless on the issues, into our polling places, casting their votes for candidates the details of whose programs are as familiar to them as quantum mechanics. But we may have a more significant problem. There are a number of people who are at least somewhat cognizant of quantum mechanics to whom the details of the issues of the day are just as unfamiliar — the modern liberal intelligentsia. I’m not talking about the punditocracy here, the...
  • Pat Roberts is in big trouble, but he’s not a goner yet

    10/02/2014 6:57:38 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 76 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 1, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    A new poll out Wednesday from Suffolk University and USA Today confirms something we kind of already knew: Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is in a remarkable amount of trouble. The poll shows independent Greg Orman leading Roberts 46 percent to 41 percent with Democrat Chad Taylor now off the ballot. It has plenty of bad news for Roberts, but also some reasons to believe his goose isn't cooked just yet. Below, we're recapping three ominous signs for Roberts, and three reasons for hope. (And it all comes with the caveat that one poll shouldn't be taken as gospel.) First, the...
  • The Apocalypse Caucus Is Going To Have A Lot More Company (no bias here!!)

    10/02/2014 6:49:39 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | 10/2/14 | Seth D. Michaels
    If Republicans take over both houses of Congress this fall, some observers have said, it’s an opportunity for the GOP to “show they can govern,” and GOP leaders like Sen. John Cornyn insist that Republicans will be “responsible adults” if they win. But it’s not up to GOP leadership. It’s up to the Apocalypse Caucus. Since the GOP takeover of the House in 2010, the pattern has become depressingly familiar: policy after policy getting dragged to the right, totally unnecessary crises and last-minute near-crises, performative belligerence as an end in itself, all driven by a large and increasingly powerful right...
  • Amid a Flurry of Other News, Ferguson Story Quietly Looms Over Election

    10/02/2014 6:40:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | Matt Towery
    News cycles come and go. And with lapses in Secret Service protection for President Obama and the first appearance of the Ebola virus in the U.S., it seems like ages ago since protesters were clashing with police in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. But here's guessing it will become a potential election changer in some states by November. The case in which an African-American man, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a local policeman in August is filled with conflicting stories as to whether Brown was threatening the officer or trying to surrender. But one thing is for sure:...
  • Rand Paul backs use of abortion-inducing drug as ‘birth control’

    10/02/2014 6:35:07 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 15 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/1/14 | Ben Johnson
    Rand Paul has said he had no objection to using the morning after pill as a form of “birth control.” The junior U.S. senator from Kentucky and likely 2016 presidential hopeful responded to a question on the topic yesterday at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. A woman asked, “If life starts at conception, should medicine that prevents conception like Plan B be legal?" Paul replied, "I am not opposed to birth control, That's basically what Plan B is.” “Plan B is taking two birth control pills in the morning and two in the evening, and I am not...
  • Growing evidence that Obama’s decision to wait on immigration is hurting Democrats

    10/02/2014 6:31:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 10/2/14 | Ed O'Keefe
    Less than a month after President Obama announced he would delay using his executive authority to reform immigration laws, there is evidence that the decision is doing exactly what he hoped to avoid: hurting Democrats. Activists in key states say it is increasingly difficult to register would-be Latino voters who would vote for Democrats because of unhappiness over the decision. Poll numbers for Obama and Democrats have also dropped farther among Hispanics than the population at large. One group has even launched a campaign against four Democratic senators who backed a GOP proposal to bar Obama from taking any executive...
  • ISIS on the trail: New Mexico Senate candidate stands by web video showing James Foley’s killer

    10/02/2014 6:17:23 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    New Mexico Republican Senate candidate Allen Weh says he didn’t intend to make national headlines with the release of a provocativeWeb video that used a frame of video of American journalist James Foley’s killer – a move his critics called “offensive.” But now that he is in the spotlight, Weh told “Power Players” he has absolutely no regrets over his controversial entrance onto the national stage. “I'm not a politically correct guy in a lot of ways, that's one thing,” Weh said. “This town may not be ready for me. I will call a spade a spade.” Standing by the...
  • D.C. workers collect unemployment payments while on city payroll, IG finds

    10/02/2014 6:07:03 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 10/2/14 | Mark Flatten
    Getting a job with the District of Columbia does not mean you have to give up your unemployment checks, a new investigation found. The DC Department of Employment Services, or DC DOES, cannot show it has done much to ensure city employees stop collecting unemployment insurance payments once they get hired, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Department of Labor’s inspector general. DC DOES is responsible for preventing unemployment fraud in the city. Since 2011, there have been repeated allegations of fraudulent activities at DC DOES, including creating false claims and providing unemployment benefits for relatives. Many of...
  • NC: NRSC Ad: Hagan Is "A Nice Woman, But Not An Effective Senator"

    10/02/2014 6:01:52 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    The NRSC released this ad featuring N.C. women who can't think of anything Sen. Kay Hagan has accomplished in the past five years. As one says, "she's a nice woman, but not an effective Senator."
  • Rove to GOP Candidates: Be Bold and Clear About Principles

    10/02/2014 5:57:09 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 45 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 10/2/14 | Elliot Jager
    Momentum is with Republican candidates ahead of next month's midterm elections. "To close the sale" GOP candidates need to emphasize growing the economy, securing the country, and reforming healthcare, writes veteran strategist Karl Rove in The Wall Street Journal. At the national level, Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, will unveil on Thursday the party's 11 "Principles for American Renewal." It is up to local candidates to apply this thematic framework in their campaigns in a way that speaks to independent voters and energizes Republicans, writes Rove. The national committee has laid the groundwork for victory, he says....
  • The ‘Do It for Bob’ Republicans

    10/02/2014 5:54:23 AM PDT · by Maceman · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | October 2, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    Why is the GOP struggling? This was supposed to be a “wave” election. The money isn’t coming in, says Karl Rove in a cautionary column titled “Why a GOP Senate Majority is Still in Doubt.” Races that were supposed to be push-overs are suddenly nail-biters. Kansas, that reddest of red states, is in turmoil over incumbent Republican Pat Roberts. In North Carolina, Thom Tillis, the candidate the GOP establishment assured was just the candidate to take Democrat Kay Hagan’s Senate seat, is now behind in the polls. The wave election that was once seen as a certainty is now seen...
  • Israel 'too Jewish' for New York Times

    10/02/2014 5:52:23 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 10/2/14 | Richard N. Weltz
    Israel has been a Jewish nation since biblical times, although having seen its population driven out and dispersed by Romans, Greeks, and various other invaders and conquerors over the millennia. Israel is populated overwhelmingly by Jews. Israel is the world’s only country to offer automatic citizenship to all Jews. Israel is the country whose flag bears the Magen David, (Star of David) and whose official symbol is the traditional Jewish menorah (seven-branched candelabra). This is the nation snarkily termed by New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren in the Wednesday edition, “what the Israeli government likes to call the...
  • Jewish Conservative Closes Gap in NY First Congressional District

    10/02/2014 5:50:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 10/2/14 | Karin McQuillan
    Earlier this fall, pundits were predicting only modest Republican gains in the House. Suddenly there is talk that Republicans could win the highest number of House seats since Truman. This latest report doesn’t even mention one of the tightest congressional races in the country, where Republican candidate Lee Zeldin has closed a ten-point gap in one month. Real Clear Politics is still listing New York’s First Congressional District, encompassing eastern Long Island, as a toss-up. But with half of undecideds negative on the Democrat incumbent, and Obama’s disapproval at 62%, it seems voters are ready for a change. The pollsters...
  • SCF's Cuccinelli: Rob Maness Has a Shot at Landrieu's Senate Seat

    10/02/2014 5:34:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 10/1/14 | Cathy Burke
    Senate Conservatives Fund president Ken Cuccinelli says tea party-aligned GOP candidate Rob Maness "clearly" has a shot at winning the key U.S. Senate race in Louisiana. The deep-pocketed conservative group plans to boost Maness with radio and TV ad busy ahead of the Nov. 4 election in which vulnerable incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is fending off a fierce challenge from Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, as well as Maness, USA Today reports. A Real Clear Politics polls average shows Cassidy up more than 4 points over Landrieu in a primary that if no candidate is able to get 50 percent,...
  • Obama seeks to restore trust with disappointed Latinos

    10/02/2014 5:34:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 2, 2014 | By Richard Cowan
    After enraging Latino voters last month by delaying promised immigration reforms, President Barack Obama is expected to assure Hispanic-American lawmakers on Thursday that he is on their side and help is on the way. Obama, who for the past two years missed the annual gala held by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, will return to the group and reiterate his ongoing commitment to immigration reform, according to a White House official. The official, who asked not to be identified, said Obama also will say he intends to fix as much of the U.S. immigration system as he can by using his...
  • Mississippi Supreme Court set to hear Chris McDaniel's election challenge this morning

    10/02/2014 5:31:21 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    JACKSON, Mississippi -- A dispute over a Mississippi Senate primary is moving into the state Supreme Court. Justices hear arguments Thursday -- it is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. -- as challenger Chris McDaniel tries to revive his lawsuit that sought to overturn his Republican primary loss to Sen. Thad Cochran.
  • Thad Cochran : 41 yrs in office: 11 million $'s: Barely walks, barely talks

    10/02/2014 5:25:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    Finally, after much ado, ok not really much ado...it gets started and the 1st gentlemen that speaks mentions some of Thad's accomplishments so here goes... •Some 2-lane road that was an accident waiting to happen he brought 5 millions dollars to the state to make it bigger and stuff and.... •I-269 International Trade Corridor that will connect to Collierville...and some other neat stuff I wasn't really paying attention to and we should help Thad Cochran to keep helping us ...you know, bring home the federal dollars which is why the GOP spent every penny they could muster to keep the...
  • Why Boehner is wooing Jeb Bush (birds of a feather)

    10/02/2014 5:19:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 10/2/14 | Scott Wong
    It’s been a yearlong courtship, but no one quite knows if it will pay off. For the past year, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has been wooing his longtime friend Jeb Bush to jump into the 2016 presidential race, even as he has shunned potential Tea Party rivals like Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky. ADVERTISEMENT Boehner stepped up his lobbying efforts this week, singing the former Florida governor’s praises in a pair of media interviews. The Speaker’s preference for yet another Bush White House run is partly political, partly personal. He sees Bush as undeniably the...
  • Opposing John Boehner for Speaker Could Come With Repercussions

    10/02/2014 5:17:00 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | 10/2/14 | Melissa Quinn
    Conservatives planning to buck the status quo and oppose the reelection of John Boehner as House speaker have received a warning shot. Sources on Capitol Hill say dissenters could be stripped of their committee assignments should they fail to support the two-term speaker. There havenÂ’t been any public challenges to Boehner, though reports have surfaced that Republicans who vote against him on the floor would be punished. The process will play out after the Nov. 4 midterm elections when the Republican conference holds a closed-door vote for majority leader, majority whip and conference chair. Those roles are currently held by...
  • Obama's back-to-basics speech: Economy is better than you think

    10/02/2014 4:50:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 10/2/14 | Linda Feldman
    CHICAGO — Just over a month until Election Day, President Obama is returning to a theme he hoped to make a centerpiece of the midterm campaign: the economy. Multiple crises overseas, the resignation of the Secret Service’s director after eye-popping threats to presidential safety, and the first case of Ebola in the United States have all kept Mr. Obama in a reactive mode. But in a speech Thursday at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., the president will go on the offensive and highlight the strides the economy has made since the near-economic collapse he inherited in 2009. He will also...
  • Three years later, Pentagon unit still hides Internet voting test results

    10/02/2014 3:29:28 AM PDT · by drpix · 8 replies
    mcclatchydc.com ^ | 10/1/14 | Greg Gordon
    A nonprofit watchdog group is suing an obscure Defense Department unit over its failure for three years to disclose the results of testing on the security safeguards of Internet voting systems that are increasingly being used to cast absentee ballots. {This} Pentagon unit, the Federal Voting Assistance Program, has effectively bankrolled many states’ shift to online voting, disbursing tens of millions of dollars in grants for the purchase of equipment that includes Internet balloting options... {T}he Federal Voting Assistance Program said it expects to release the results in 2015 {after the 2014 election}.
  • The ‘Do It for Bob’ Republicans (well worth the long read!)

    10/02/2014 3:29:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    spectator.org ^ | 10/2/14 | Jeffrey Lord
    Why is the GOP struggling? This was supposed to be a “wave” election. The money isn’t coming in, says Karl Rove in a cautionary column titled “Why a GOP Senate Majority is Still in Doubt.” Races that were supposed to be push-overs are suddenly nail-biters. Kansas, that reddest of red states, is in turmoil over incumbent Republican Pat Roberts. In North Carolina, Thom Tillis, the candidate the GOP establishment assured was just the candidate to take Democrat Kay Hagan’s Senate seat, is now behind in the polls. The wave election that was once seen as a certainty is now seen...
  • Rock the Vote Wants Young Voters to ‘Care Like Crazy’ About the Midterms

    10/02/2014 3:07:22 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    time.com ^ | Oct 2, 2014 | Maya Rhodan
    Rock the Vote launched a $250,000 ad buy Thursday in five states where tight battles for statewide and national offices are playing out, including North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The ad grab is part of the organization’s efforts to get young voters to the polls this election season—part of its trademark mission to make doing one’s civic duty look cool. The organization has also been working to register over 1 million millennials to vote–often soliciting the help of celebrities including Miley Cyrus. Though the ads are running in states with tight races, non-partisan organization says its less interested...
  • Howard Dean: Worries Over Obama Skipping His Intel Briefings Is More or Less Birtherism

    10/02/2014 2:50:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/1/2014 | Bryan Preston
    As the Islamic State rose to become the terrorist mass that it is today, President Barack Obama ignored warnings and reportedly skipped about half of his presidential daily briefings. He downplayed the threat, calling ISIS “jayvee.”Those briefings that the president reportedly skipped included “specific” intelligence about ISIS and its capabilities even before the 2012 election. <-- PJM_300_by_250_middle --> At that time, Obama was publicly campaigning on having “decimated” “core al Qaeda” and sent it “on the run.”So was Obama reading his briefings or not? It’s an important question that aims directly at how the president is performing his duties. Obama...
  • Texas appeals court upholds [Tom] DeLay reversal [decade-long battle]

    10/01/2014 10:46:12 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 1, 2014 | MICHAEL GRACZYK,
    HOUSTON (AP) — The highest criminal court in Texas refused Wednesday to reinstate two money-laundering convictions against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, ending a nearly decade-long criminal case against the one-time GOP heavyweight. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld a ruling last year from the 3rd Court of Appeals that tossed the Republican's 2010 convictions for money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Travis County prosecutors had argued in June before the Austin-based Court of Criminal Appeals that the convictions be reinstated in what they called a scheme to influence Texas state elections. "We agree with...
  • Kansas court says Democrats need not provide nominee for U.S. Senate race

    10/01/2014 10:21:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 10/01/2014 3:53 PM | Dave Helling
    A three-judge panel in Topeka ruled Wednesday that Kansas Democrats need not nominate a candidate for the 2014 Senate race. The ruling is expected to help independent Senate candidate Greg Orman’s campaign against incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Chad Taylor, the Democrat nominated for the seat in August, dropped from the race Sept. 3. The Kansas Supreme Court later ruled the withdrawal followed state rules. …
  • Meet Chad Grimm: Illinois’ Libertarian gubernatorial candidate, better choice than Quinn and Rauner!

    10/01/2014 8:36:20 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 42 replies
    WGN TV ^ | October 1, 2014 | Steelers6
    In the race for governor, it’s not just Republican versus Democrat — there’s a new voice trying to elbow in. WGN’s Courtney Gousman talks to the Libertarian candidate fighting for your vote in November, Chad Grimm.
  • LA Sen Candidate Cassidy Pledges Opposition to Amnesty

    10/01/2014 7:14:19 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Louisiana Senate candidate and current Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) expressed his opposition to increased guest workers, and support for securing the border before any further immigration reform was pursued in addition to repatriating the unaccompanied minors and family units that have recently crossed the border on Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Laura Ingraham Show.” “I sent a letter to the Speaker a year and a half ago saying we should pursue immigration reform in a stepwise process. First, secure the border, secure the border, secure the border [and] take care of visa overstays... We are on the record, you have to...
  • Voters Strongly Oppose Legal Rights, Government Benefits for Illegal Immigrants

    10/01/2014 6:25:11 PM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    The Obama administration yesterday announced that it is spending $9 million to provide lawyers for some of the young illegal immigrants who flooded across the border earlier this year, but voters strongly believe these illegal immigrants do not have the same legal rights U.S. citizens do. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of Likely U.S. Voters say the new illegal immigrants should not have the same legal rights and protections that U.S. citizens have. Just 19% disagree. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure. (To see question wording, click here.) Seventy-one percent (71%) say these illegal newcomers should...
  • Rubio, Paul back Enzi's 'Penny Plan'

    10/01/2014 5:46:03 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/28/14 | Molly K Hooper
    ...GOP Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) are co-sponsors of Sen. Mike Enzi’s “Penny Plan,” formally titled “One Percent Spending Reduction Act of 2014.” “If we just stopped spending one cent out of every dollar that we spend currently, and according to [the Congressional Budget Office], they say that would balance the budget in three years,” the Wyoming Republican Senator told The Hill.
  • Sources: Wolf to endorse Brownback

    10/01/2014 5:27:37 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | David M. Drucker
    Vanquished Republican Senate candidate Milton Wolf is expected to endorse Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback before the midterm elections, GOP sources said Wednesday. Brownback, a Republican, faces an unexpectedly tough re-election bid in usually deep red Kansas, and the GOP has worked hard to unite the party in the aftermath of a bitter Senate primary. (SNIP) National Tea Party endorsements have poured in for Roberts, among them pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson and talk radio host Laura Ingraham. Expected to roll through Kansas and endorse Roberts this month are Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, as well...
  • U.S. Patient Aided Pregnant Liberian, Then Took Ill

    10/01/2014 5:12:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 1, 2014 | By NORIMITSU ONISHI
    Mr. Duncan had direct contact with a woman stricken by Ebola on Sept. 15, just four days before he left Liberia for the United States, the woman’s parents and Mr. Duncan’s neighbors said. The family of the woman, Marthalene Williams, 19, took her by taxi to a hospital with Mr. Duncan’s help on Sept. 15 after failing to get an ambulance, said her parents, Emmanuel and Amie Williams. She was convulsing and seven months pregnant, they said. Turned away from a hospital for lack of space in its Ebola treatment ward, the family said it took Ms. Williams back home...
  • Ted Cruz is the new Sarah Palin (Here it comes)

    10/01/2014 4:22:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Week ^ | October 1, 2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    The Texas senator stands for conservative principles. Unfortunately, that's all he does with them.Is Ted Cruz good for conservatives? Or is it the other way around? The answer matters a lot, because it's not impossible that this guy could be the next GOP presidential nominee. A close adviser to Texas' junior senator told National Journal that there is a 90 percent chance the Tea Party star will run for president in 2016. "And honestly, 90 is lowballing it." Cruz denies that he has made plans past the midterms. But boy, he sure does look like a man preparing for a...
  • 60 Percent of Voters Want Obamacare to Be Repealed

    10/01/2014 4:19:11 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 19 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 1, 2014 | Jeffrey Anderson
    A new poll finds that three-fifths of likely voters support the repeal of Obamacare. A large plurality — 44 percent — wants to see Obamacare repealed and replaced with a conservative alternative. A much smaller group —16 percent — wants to see it repealed but not replaced. Less than one in three respondents — 32 percent — would like to keep Obamacare, whether in its current form or in amended form. So, with a conservative alternative in play, 60 percent of Americans support repeal, while only 32 percent oppose it. LOG.WSmith.16-11.ObamacareLogo McLaughlin & Associates asked 1,000 likely voters: “Which comes...
  • Immigration Expert: Obama Admin Responsible for Letting Ebola Patient Into U.S.

    10/01/2014 4:14:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | October 1, 2014 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    President Barack Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and Secretary of State John Kerry are directly responsible for allowing Ebola into the United States, the Center for Immigration Studies Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan told Breitbart News. Vaughan points to federal law--the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)--which she notes gives the administration “broad authority” to bar non-citizens like Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient allowed into the U.S., from entering the country. The administration took no steps pursuant to that federal law, however, to block people like him from...
  • Did climate change create modern man? Ancient temperature shifts made us more intelligent

    10/01/2014 3:59:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 1, 2014 | By SARAH GRIFFITHS
    Our most ancient ancestors were battling climate change to survive droughts, freezing and flooding. And now a growing number of scientists believe that shifts in the Earth’s climate are responsible for creating some of our most distinctive characteristics. Their research suggests that large evolutionary leaps, such as the development of our bigger brains and ability to create and use complex tools, coincided with periods of volatile climate change.