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  • Right, left unite to blast McConnell over Patriot Act move

    05/06/2015 7:48:17 AM PDT · by GIdget2004
    The Hill ^ | 05/06/2015 | Julian Hattem
    A coalition of advocacy groups from all sides of the political spectrum has joined forces to warn against Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) plan to renew expiring portions of the Patriot Act without changes. Traditionally conservative organizations such as FreedomWorks and Gun Owners of America joined the American Civil Liberties Union, NAACP and dozens of other groups to warn the Senate majority leader against his “clean” reauthorization of the national security law. “In the absence of meaningful reform, it is unacceptable to rubber stamp reauthorization of an authority that the government has used to spy on millions of innocent Americans,” the...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Appeal Survives Scrutiny, Poll Says

    05/06/2015 7:19:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 5, 2015 | Jonathan Martin and Megan Thee-Brenan
    Hillary Rodham Clinton appears to have initially weathered a barrage of news about her use of a private email account when she was secretary of state and the practices of her family’s foundation, an indication that she is starting her second presidential bid with an unusual durability among Democratic voters. Americans now view Mrs. Clinton more favorably and more see her as a strong leader than they did earlier in the year, despite weeks of scrutiny about her ethics, a New York Times/CBS News poll has found. And nearly nine in 10 Democrats say the nation is ready to elect...
  • CBS’s O’Donnell to Gov. Haley: Does GOP ‘Have a Problem With Women Voters?’

    05/06/2015 7:15:39 AM PDT · by OttawaFreeper · 12 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 2015-05-06 | Jeffrey Meyer
    South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley sat down with CBS This Morning’s Norah O’Donnell for an exclusive interview that aired on Wednesday and the CBS anchor made sure to push the liberal line about whether or not the GOP has a “problem with women voters?”
  • Republican Congressman DeSantis to Run for Rubio Senate Seat

    05/06/2015 7:03:39 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05/05/2015 | BRENDAN FARRINGTON
    Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis will announce Wednesday that he's running for the Senate seat Marco Rubio is giving up to seek the GOP presidential nomination. Two advisers close to DeSantis confirmed his plans to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the announcement has not been made public yet. DeSantis, a favorite among conservative political groups, was elected in 2012 and overwhelmingly re-elected last year. He is a former member of the Navy Judge Advocate General 's Corps who was deployed to Iraq in 2007. He will enter the race by releasing a statement, the advisers said....
  • Hillary's painfully awkward 'outreach' to Hispanics

    05/06/2015 6:52:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/6/2015 | Rick Moran
    Hillary Clinton was in Nevada yesterday, talking to Hispanics on Cinco de Mayo about immigration reform, pushing amnesty and a path to citizenship. You can watch the C-Span video here. Note her awkwardness when she's reading her prepared remarks. And she doesn't seem very comfortable in front of her audience. Beyond that, Clinton has spent the last couple of weeks shoring up her base of support in the black and Hispanic communities. She will win both of those groups, but unless she can turn them out in numbers approaching those of President Obama, she will be in big trouble.
  • More Americans Are Comfortable With A Gay Presidential Candidate Than With An Evangelical One

    05/06/2015 6:27:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | May 5, 2015 | Janie Velencia
    More Americans feel comfortable with a presidential candidate who identifies as gay or lesbian than with one who identifies as an evangelical Christian, according to a new poll. The latest WSJ/NBC poll listed a series of qualities in a potential presidential candidate and asked respondents whether they'd "be enthusiastic," "be comfortable with," "have some reservations about" or "be very uncomfortable with" a candidate with each of those qualities. The results revealed that Americans are actually quite open to having a gay presidential candidate. Sixty-one percent said they would be either enthusiastic about or comfortable with a gay or lesbian candidate,...
  • Michigan voters defeat tax hike in debate over road funding

    05/06/2015 6:10:40 AM PDT · by don-o · 22 replies
    AP ^ | May 6, 2015
    <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers will be forced to consider yet another alternative to address Michigan's deteriorating roads after voters' resounding rejection of a ballot measure that would have increased taxes to pump $1.2 billion a year more into transportation infrastructure.</p>
  • Freshman GOP Sen. Tom Cotton Stirs Up Capitol Hill

    05/06/2015 6:07:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    wsj.com ^ | 5/5/15 | Kristina Peterson
    WASHINGTON—Freshman Sen. Tom Cotton’s temporary office is located in the less-than-desirable basement of the Russell Senate building, reflecting his rookie status. Like other junior senators, he performs his share of Senate chores, including presiding over the chamber. But the similarities end there. Among this year’s crop of 13 newly minted senators, Mr. Cotton, who served one term in the House, has emerged early on as the most vocal and polarizing newcomer, set apart by his headline-grabbing foreign policy. The Arkansas Republican’s tactics have drawn praise from his conservative supporters, but irritated some GOP colleagues when his moves have conflicted with...
  • Tom Cotton’s Procedural Move Interrupts Smooth Sailing for Iran Bill

    05/06/2015 6:02:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 5/5/15 | JENNIFER STEINHAUERMAY
    WASHINGTON — It was, for a moment anyway, the Senate in its platonic ideal. Bipartisan legislation to give Congress a voice in any nuclear agreement with Iran soared, over White House objections, through the Foreign Relations Committee and onto the Senate floor, a rare glide path to successful compromise. Then along came Senator Tom Cotton. Mr. Cotton, a first-term Republican from Arkansas, and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida employed a rare procedural move to push amendments to end Iran’s nuclear program and call for Iran to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, which appeared to be a transparent effort to undermine...
  • Barnicle: Clinton Cash Won't Hurt Hillary Because Impossible to Quickly Explain Scandals

    05/06/2015 5:38:33 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Timer ready? Go!: foreign countries and rich people gave millions to the Clinton Foundation and/or paid Bill big bucks to give speeches. In return, the State Department pushed policies favorable to them. And, stop! I timed that at exactly eleven seconds. On today's Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle made the absurd claim that the shady dealings described in Clinton Cash, officially out today, won't hurt Hillary much because they're too hard for Americans to understand. "I challenge you to explain in one or two minutes to, you know, anyone, what is going on here with the Clintons and all this foundation...
  • 2016 hopefuls split in budget vote

    05/06/2015 5:24:40 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/05/2015 | Jordain Carney
    Republican presidential hopefuls in the Senate split over their party's budget blueprint Tuesday, staking out different positions as they battle for the party’s nomination. Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) were the only Republicans to side with Democrats and vote against the joint House-Senate budget, which passed in a 51-48 vote. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), two other White House contenders, voted in favor of the budget, as did all 24 Senate Republicans up for reelection in 2016. The joint House-Senate budget agreement would balance within 10 years, boost funding for the Pentagon by $38...
  • Hillary's Armor

    05/06/2015 5:12:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2015 | John Stossel
    "This vast right-wing conspiracy," Hillary Clinton said, "has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced." That was the "feminist" first lady's response when her husband was accused of having sex with a 21-year-old. Bill was more lawyerly. He said things like, "It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is." The Wall Street Journal's Kim Strassel suggests that the Clintons must have a Scandal Manual: "The standard operating procedure never changes." Forty years ago, Hillary would have us believe that she wasn't just the wife of a man running for Arkansas governor -- she was...
  • McCain rules out immigration language in defense bill (Yup, he's up for reelection again!)

    05/06/2015 4:57:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 5/5/15 | Cristina Marcos and Martin Matishak
    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain on Tuesday shot down a proposal that would move toward allowing some illegal immigrants to serve in the military. The Arizona Republican, who is up for reelection in 2016, said there is no way he will accept provisions like those being pushed in the House related to President Obama’s deferred deportation program. “We’re not doing anything on immigration on the NDAA,” McCain told The Hill, referring to legislation that authorizes spending levels for the military. McCain’s opposition could be a death knell for two provisions in the House’s draft of the National Defense...
  • Poll: Bush trails most of GOP field in Iowa [Walker leads]

    05/06/2015 4:23:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    WPTZ ^ | May 6, 2015
    WASHINGTON (CNN) —Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may be the most popular Republican presidential hopeful nationwide, but he trails his rivals badly in the critical state of Iowa, according to a new poll released Wednesday.... The top Republican in Iowa is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who garnered support from 21% of those surveyed. Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are tightly packed for second place, each earned between 13% and 11% support. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who unveiled his campaign on Monday, tallied 7% of the vote....
  • Why Obama Will Just Keep Making the Middle East Worse

    05/06/2015 4:03:41 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 6, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    1]A few years ago it was the Muslim Brotherhood. These days it’s Iran. Next week it may be ISIS or Al Qaeda. Obama stands with the worst elements in the Middle East. That’s always been his philosophy. If the left had a foreign policy, it would be, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” But the wheel is a sword and it’s lubricated with blood. The squeakiest wheels and the bloodiest swords get the most grease from the State Department because they hate us the most. And hating us the most means that somewhere along the way we must have hurt...
  • Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin’s emails now face disclosure lawsuit

    05/06/2015 3:43:20 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-5-15 | Stephan Dinan
    The emails of Huma Abedin, the top personal aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, are now facing a disclosure lawsuit after the State Department failed to turn them over in response to an open-records request. Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that uses open-records laws to pry information loose, had filed a request to get a look at Ms. Abedin’s emails during her four years at the State Department. News outlets have reported that Ms. Abedin also used the private email server Mrs. Clinton set up to handle government business, but the status of her...
  • The Quinn in the Morning Show with Jim Quinn - May 6, 2015

    05/06/2015 2:40:58 AM PDT · by sneakers · 12 replies
    Jim Quinn is back! - and in better form than ever!! The Quinn in the Morning Show airs from 6:00am to 9:00 am, Monday thru Friday. To listen online, go to www.warroom.com and sign up (for a small fee). Or you can listen on the radio locally in the upstate NY area on 1040 WYSL Rochester, NY or 1480 WCNS in Latrobe, Pa. If you sign up online, be sure to choose the "auto-renew" option in order to have full access to archived shows and podcasts.
  • NJ Republicans prefer Walker, poll says

    05/06/2015 1:44:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Philadelphia Media Network ^ | May 6, 2015 | Maddie Hanna
    In the 2016 presidential race, a new poll shows New Jersey Republicans prefer a governor who isn’t theirs. Their choice would be Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. According to a Monmouth University poll released today, in a matchup between Walker and Gov. Christie, 44 percent of New Jersey Republicans would pick Walker, while 30 percent would go with their own governor. Three months ago, the state’s Republicans had favored Christie over Walker, 51 percent to 30 percent.
  • Scott Walker Wants to Make His Signature Wisconsin Issue a National Policy Fight

    05/06/2015 1:31:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    IJReview ^ | May 6, 2015 | Frank Camp
    Gov. Scott Walker wants to make the most public fight of his administration a national issue should he run for president. In an interview with Radio Iowa, the Wisconsin Republican made the case for a national “right to work” law: “As much as I think the federal government should get out of most of what it’s in right now, I think establishing fundamental freedoms for the American people is a legitimate thing and that would be something that would provide that opportunity in the other half of America to people who don’t have those opportunities today.”Currently, twenty-five states have right-to-work...
  • Leadership of Texas House forbids anti-toll amendments from being heard

    05/05/2015 10:17:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Terri Hall
    Yesterday, conservative lawmakers pushed to attach key toll road reforms to two transportation bills in the Texas House, but they were thwarted by Speaker Joe Straus and his parliamentarian Chris Griesel who would not allow them to present their amendments. Griesel told them the amendments weren’t ‘germane’ (or salient) to the bills, HB 13 and HB 20, and blocked Rep. Jeff Leach and Rep. Jonathan Stickland from even laying out their amendments. Straus and Griesel utilized the same technique as they did on a Stickland amendment to the open carry bill the week before. The two decided to reject the...
  • Iain Duncan Smith: Voting for Ukip and Nigel Farage is like writing Britain's 'suicide note'

    05/05/2015 9:59:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 5-4-2015 | Peter Dominiczak
    Voting for UKIP is like writing a “suicide note” which will “not be forgiven” if it denies Britain the chance to vote on whether to remain a member of the EU, Iain Duncan Smith warns today. In a heartfelt intervention just 48 hours before polling day, the former Conservative leader urges those considering voting UKIP not to jeopardise a decades-long campaign he has waged to change Britain’s relationship with Brussels. • Latest election polls for May 5 The Work and Pensions Secretary describes a vote for Ukip as “unfathomable” as it risks allowing a weak minority Labour government – backed...
  • Daily Show’s Jon Stewart on Garland: ‘Not Okay to Shoot Other People’ Even If They Offend You

    05/05/2015 9:53:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New York Times foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi on Sunday tweeted: Rukmini Callimachi ✔@rcallimachi Free speech aside, why would anyone do something as provocative as hosting a "Muhammad drawing contest"? The tweet came off of the news that police had killed two gunmen at a Garland, Tex., event showcasing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. SNIP In his treatment of the issue, the “Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart couldn’t resist throwing in some qualifiers regarding the First Amendment implications of the episode. AFDI, he noted, had given away $10,000 to the best entry in a “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest. SNIP “AFDI is a...
  • Cinco de Mayo: I’m Voting for Jeb

    05/05/2015 9:39:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 5.5.15 | Larry Thornberry
    SNIP I’m moved to declare, which will surely surprise most of my conservative pals, that I intend to vote for Jeb for president — of the Downtown Mexico City Rotary Club.
  • Alberta Elects NDP Majority Government; Ends Tories’ 44-Year Reign

    05/05/2015 9:19:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 5.5.15 | Aaron Goldstein
    My newest article yesterday weighed in on the Alberta election and posed the question, "Could Alberta Vote Socialist?" The answer is yes. Tonight, the people of Canada's most conservative province have elected an NDP majority government and thus ended the Tories' 44-year reign in power. That reign was the longest in Canadian history. The NDP have been elected or are leading in 54 of the 87 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. The Wildrose Party remains the Official Opposition have been elected or are leading in 20 seats.
  • Staten Island special election 2015: Dan Donovan wins Congress seat

    05/05/2015 7:38:42 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Republican District Attorney Daniel Donovan has won Tuesday's special election and is going to be Staten Island's new congressman. Donovan vied with Democratic Councilman Vincent Gentile and Green Party candidate James Lane for the seat. The final tally for the election is not yet available, but the Donovan camp declared him the winner of the special election on Tuesday night. The DA celebrated with supporters at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomfield.
  • Ted Cruz On Iran Nuclear Negotiations: 'This Deal Makes War A Certainty'

    05/05/2015 7:28:52 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 39 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 05/05/2015 | Jessica Schulberg and Ryan Grim
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Tuesday that if the nuclear deal with Iran being negotiated by the U.S. and five other countries is approved, the result will be war. "This deal makes war a certainty," promised Cruz, a Republican contender for president in the 2016 election.Cruz has repeatedly insisted that Congress require any nuclear deal with Iran to include recognition of Israel's right to exist. The Obama administration has held firm to the position that the negotiations should be narrowly focused on Iran’s nuclear program. The effort to tie the nuclear deal to Iran’s recognition of Israel...
  • Huckabee: The Biggest Big-Government Conservative - [12/11/2007]

    05/05/2015 7:22:52 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    Cato.org ^ | December 11, 2007 | Michael D. Tanner
    If you liked George W. Bush’s brand of big-spending, big-government conservatism, you’ll love Mike Huckabee. Most of the leading Republicans running for president show some support for Bush’s ideology, but no other candidate so completely embodies it.As governor of Arkansas, Huckabee dramatically increased state spending. During his two-term tenure, spending increased by more than 65 percent — at three times the rate of inflation.The number of government workers increased by 20 percent, and the state’s debt services increased by nearly $1 billion. Huckabee financed his spending binge with higher taxes. Under his leadership, the average Arkansan’s tax burden increased...
  • Preacher Huckabee throws first GOP-on-GOP punches of 2015, hitting Ted Cruz, Rand Paul & Jeb Bush

    05/05/2015 7:10:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | May 5, 2015 | David Martosko
    * Arkansas evangelical politician played hardball with early jabs at primary competitors * Hit Cruz for signing up for Obamacare, Paul for trying to run for Senate and President at the same time, and Bush for being part of a political 'dynasty' * Tech glitches plagued Huckabee's rollout, including a campaign website that flickered and failed and C-SPAN audio that went haywire * Slogans include 'Hope to Higher Ground' and the Eisenhower-throwback line 'I Like Mike'Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee threw the first punches on Tuesday against other Republican presidential candidates, ending a brief spring of comity among conservatives who...
  • Comer says woman's abuse, abortion allegations are untrue

    05/05/2015 6:44:44 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    WKYT ^ | 05/05/2015
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Republican candidate for governor James Comer has flatly denied he abused his college girlfriend and said his campaign was moving forward. Comer, one of four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor, scheduled a news conference Tuesday at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown to address the allegations. The news conference comes one day after Marilyn Thomas outlined several accusations in a letter to the Louisville Courier-Journal and threatened to bring down his campaign two weeks before Election Day. In a letter to the Courier-Journal, Thomas said Comer hit her and drove her to a medical clinic to receive...
  • FAIL: ONLY 18 PERCENT OF 8TH-GRADERS PROFICIENT IN US HISTORY

    05/05/2015 5:18:15 PM PDT · by yuffy · 44 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4 May 2015 | by DR. SUSAN BERRY
    Results of the “Nation’s Report Card” released this week by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show that only 18 percent of 8th-graders are “proficient” or above in U.S. history, and only 23 percent are proficient in civics. Despite hundreds of billions of dollars poured into education programs in the United States via the U.S. Department of Education, the “Nation’s Report Card” states that 8th-graders’ average NAEP scores in U.S. History, Geography, and Civics demonstrated no significant change since 2010 when students were last assessed. In geography, just 27 percent of U.S. 8th-graders performed at or above the proficiency...
  • ‘The attack in America is ONLY the BEGINNING’ – ISIS announces 6-month terror campaign

    05/05/2015 5:13:54 PM PDT · by yuffy · 104 replies
    therightscoop ^ | May 5, 2015 at 6:39 PM | Soopermexican
    A ‘message to the crusaders’ was posted on social media today, supposedly from ISIS terrorist Abu Ibrahim Al Ameriki, naming 5 target states, and saying they have 71 members ready to attack Americans. Here’s the account that posted it on Twitter: And here’s the full message: Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem “The New Era” To our brothers and sisters fighting for the Sake of Allah, we make dua for you and ask Allah to guide your bullets, terrify your enemies, and establish you in the Land. As our noble brother in the Phillipines said in his bayah, “This is the...
  • Texas Ranger Reports What He Saw INSIDE Military Train Used for “Martial Law” Exercises

    05/05/2015 5:12:23 PM PDT · by robowombat · 69 replies
    TPN ^ | May 5, 2015 | Colleen Conley
    By Colleen Conley A covert training operation by U.S. military special operations personnel, Jade Helm 15, is taking place in a several states this summer, spreading panic and conspiracy theories as to the true purpose of the mission. The two-month simulation spans much of the Southwest, requiring special forces from four branches of the military to carry out covert operations amid “hostile” territory in Texas, Utah and part of California. In at least one of those states, hostility toward the operation has begun a few months early. Online and at in-person meetings, many Texans have expressed suspicion and outright opposition...
  • Texas Dared to Defy Obama’s “MARTIAL LAW” Exercises… Look How the White House Responded

    05/05/2015 5:03:51 PM PDT · by robowombat · 67 replies
    TPN ^ | May 4, 2015 | Abbott Cruz
    May 4, 2015 By Staff Writer Abbott Cruz ‘Operation Jade Helm 15’ involves special operations units of the U.S. military working in conjunction with government and law enforcement agencies in several southwestern states. The operation has raised eyebrows across the country. Is it a test run for implementing ‘martial law’ in selected cities identified as “hostile” by the government? Conspiracy theorists think so. Or is it simply a run-of-the-mill training mission? Nobody seems to have access to enough detailed knowledge about the exercise one way or the other. Therefore, speculation has run wild. Many claim the exercise will be a...
  • Foreign Policy: Heilemann Horrified By Huck's Lack of Harvard or Princeton Degree

    05/05/2015 3:58:49 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    For all the good their Ivy League degrees did Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—when you consider the smoking ruin that is their foreign policy record—you'd think John Heilemann would have the good sense not to make an Ancient Eight sheepskin the sine qua non for a presidential candidate. But with his MSM elitism on full display, on today's With All Due Respect Heilemann had the chutzpah to suggest that Mike Huckabee doesn't clear the Commander-in-Chief bar because he lacks a degree from Harvard's Kennedy School or Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. Huck has simply picked up some foreign policy talking points...
  • Huckabee On Foul-Mouthed, “Trashy” Women at Fox News (just 4 months ago)

    05/05/2015 3:45:33 PM PDT · by drewh · 45 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 1/27/15 | 5 | By Joel Connelly
    The foul-mouthed women of Fox News were a disquieting element of doing his weekly show for the conservative cable TV network, ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told an Iowa radio interviewer. Huckabee is back courting the Hawkeye State — he won Iowa’s 2008 precinct caucuses — in preparing his second bid for the White House. The religious right champion quit his weekly show on Fox News to get ready for the 2016 Republican race. A Baptist preacher, Huckabee confessed to culture shock when doing his show in New York. “In the South, or in the Midwest, there in Iowa, you would...
  • Anti-Semitic Flier Promotes Donna Edwards in Senate Race

    05/05/2015 3:38:10 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/5/2015 | Alana Goodman
    An anti-Semitic flier supporting Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards’ Senate campaign in Maryland was distributed at a Prince George’s County budget council meeting on Monday, Jewish Insider reported on Tuesday.According to a copy published by Jewish Insider, the leaflet claimed that the “Israel lobby” was “undermining African American political power” in the state by financing black challengers to Edwards in order to split the vote and help elect her Senate primary opponent, Rep. Chris Van Hollen. (click on the image for full size) It also blasted Van Hollen for “sen[ding] 1.2 billion dollars in Maryland Federal taxpayer money to the Apartheid...
  • Hoping to highlight good works, Clintons find controversy instead

    05/05/2015 3:35:22 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 5, 2015 | Philip Rucker, Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger
    MARRAKESH, Morocco — Bill and Chelsea Clinton are convening foreign leaders here at a lush golf resort set in a palm grove this week to showcase their foundation’s charitable work. But the conference also highlights new controversies engulfing the Clinton family’s vast philanthropic enterprises as Hillary Rodham Clinton begins her presidential campaign. A liberal human rights organization and several Republican lawmakers, for instance, are criticizing the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation for accepting donations from a Moroccan government-owned mining company, whose seven-figure sponsorship of this week’s gathering came amid growing scrutiny of foreign-government donations. Meanwhile, some blue-chip companies that...
  • AZ POLL: Sen. McCain Under 50 Percent, Extraordinarily Vulnerable

    05/05/2015 2:29:00 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 48 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/5/15 | Michelle Moons
    Five-term incumbent Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has good reason to fear a primary challenge. Newly released data from liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling shows half of Arizona’s Republican primary voters disapprove of McCain’s job performance, and more than half would prefer a more conservative Senate candidate in 2016. After more than three decades in Washington, McCain earns merely 41 percent approval from Arizona Republicans and 36 percent from general Arizona voters, PPP finds. Just 37 percent reported a willingness to support the Senator in his 2016 re-election bid. In the days leading up to his re-election declaration, McCain and wife Cindy...
  • The Obama Administration Could Limit Secretive Political Ads Before 2016. Will It?

    05/05/2015 2:08:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | May 5, 2015 | by Dana Liebelson
    Congressional Democrats are pressuring President Barack Obama's FCC to require super PACs and other secretive groups that buy political advertisements to disclose their major funders in those ads. Along with consumer advocates and a former FCC commissioner, some Democrats contend that the agency doesn't need congressional authorization to force super PAC donors to reveal their identities. But it's unclear whether the agency's top dog will have the appetite to act in the face of stiff Republican opposition. Last week, House Democrats introduced the Keeping Our Campaigns Honest (KOCH) act, a not-so-subtle jab at the billionaire Koch brothers, whose political network...
  • 16-year-old voters head to polls in Hyattsville

    05/05/2015 1:53:22 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 40 replies
    MyFoxDC ^ | May 5, 2015
    HYATTSVILLE, Md. - 16-year-old voters headed to the polls in Hyattsville Tuesday for an historic election -- the first since the town changed its minimum voting age. The teens went to the polls to vote for elected offices in the city, including the mayor and ten council members. The minimum voting age was changed earlier this year after a public hearing and a city council vote. Hyattsville is the second city in the country to lower the voting age to 16 after Takoma Park did so two years ago.
  • Obama raises money for Democrats — and gridlocks traffic — in NYC

    05/05/2015 1:42:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 5, 2015 | By Aaron C. Davis
    NEW YORK — At the head of the table, wearing a massive diamond brooch, was the widow of the man who was once the country’s richest African American. A few seats down, there was Wendell Pierce of HBO fame in “The Wire” and “Treme,” and beyond that, Baltimore Orioles slugger Adam Jones. Taking the microphone Monday evening inside a luxury upper East Side penthouse in Manhattan was President Obama, thanking everyone for attending the $10,000-a-plate fundraiser. “It is wonderful to see so many old friends and a few new ones,” Obama began. After headlining far fewer party fundraisers following Democrats’...
  • Chuck Norris Endorses Mike Huckabee for President

    05/05/2015 1:31:52 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 119 replies
    hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 5/5/2015 | THR Staff
    Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, announced he would run for president of the United States on Tuesday and he already has the support of Chuck Norris. "I still believe Mike Huckabee is the most qualified,” Norris told the New York Times. “He has the moral clarity and experience to lead our great country forward.”
  • Parents reading to kids blasted as 'unfair'

    05/05/2015 1:29:27 PM PDT · by blueyon · 71 replies
    WND ^ | 5/05/15 | Joe Kovacs
    Does reading to your children somehow give them an unfair advantage over less fortunate children? A British philosopher is making that claim, and it’s causing ripple waves across the globe. A story on the website of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s website asks: “Is having a loving family an unfair advantage?” It raises the question: “Should parents snuggling up for one last story before lights out be even a little concerned about the advantage they might be conferring?”
  • Bill Clinton gave 542 speeches between 2001 and 2013. He made $104.9 million.

    05/05/2015 1:05:03 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 4, 2015
    Bill Clinton has been paid $104.9 million for 542 speeches around the world between January 2001, when he left the White House, and January 2013, when Hillary stepped down as secretary of state, according to a Washington Post review of the family’s federal financial disclosures. Although slightly more than half of his appearances were in the United States, the majority of his speaking income, $56.3 million, came from foreign speeches, many of them in China, Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom, the Post review found.
  • 2016 race: Why a Tea Party president is a real possibility

    05/05/2015 1:04:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2015 | Mark Meckler
    When the Tea Party began in 2009, even those of us at the heart of the movement couldn’t have predicted how it would permanently alter America’s political landscape. Just six years later, it’s undeniably at the heart of American politics in spite of countless attacks from the political establishment and from the national media. Because of the Tea Party’s strength and influence, candidates who call themselves conservative must prove their bona fides to successfully court any grassroots support at all. Sen. Ted Cruz is a great example. Clearly a Tea Party favorite, Cruz has stood strong in the Senate for...
  • Campaign On Bill's 'Gotta Pay the Bills': That's Him, We're Focused on Her

    05/05/2015 12:30:29 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Hillary's campaign didn't outright hurl Bill under the bus. Even so, the former prez might be feeling a bit too close for comfort to the underside of a Greyhound. Asked by Andrea Mitchell today to comment on footage of poor ol' Bill saying he would continue to give paid speeches because he's "gotta pay our bills," senior Hillary campaign official Amanda Renteria said "that's President Clinton. We are focused on her." Whatever happened to "two for the price of one?" View the video here.
  • Clinton team struggles against family legacy

    05/05/2015 12:30:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    CNN via WPTZ-TV ^ | May 5, 2015 | By Jeff Zeleny
    (CNN) —A month after launching Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy, with every moment of her announcement video and reintroduction tour to voters carefully crafted, her campaign team now finds itself consumed by fending off a familiar, yet far more elusive, adversary: The Clinton legacy. Aides to Clinton still insist she will run the race on her own terms without distraction from whirlwinds of controversy. Yet strategists acknowledge sufficient concern by an erosion of trust and credibility that they are forcefully fighting back. One way is through a new blog, "The Briefing," which is notably not devoted to Clinton's platform for 2016,...
  • Patience Roggensack said there's no doubt she is chief justice

    05/05/2015 12:21:49 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 5-5-15 | Patrick Marley
    Patience Roggensack said Tuesday there is no doubt she is the Wisconsin Supreme Court's chief justice and that she didn't want to fight with any of her colleagues — in the process, taking jabs at how the court has been run. The justice told conservative WTMJ-AM (620) radio host Charlie Sykes she had been meeting with top court staff in recent days and planned to allow them and other justices to have more input than they have in the past. ~snip~ Roggensack did not respond to interview requests from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week and did not immediately respond...
  • The Soft Corruption of Clinton, Inc. -- And How It Could Cost Democrats the Presidency

    05/05/2015 12:16:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | May 5, 2015 | by Miles Mogulescu
    If you're someone who wants to lessen the dominance of concentrated wealth over our political system, end the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington, significantly reduce income inequality and avoid foolish wars, do not be deceived that Hillary Clinton is your ally. Moreover, if the Democrats anoint Hillary as their nominee, there is a significant danger that public disgust at her soft corruption, and lack of trust in the veracity of her campaign pledges, could lead to a Republican becoming the next President. For their entire political careers, the Clintons have been servants of the oligarchy. Since President Clinton...
  • Hillary Clinton Takes Hit in WSJ Poll, but Holds Edge Over GOP Rivals

    05/05/2015 12:10:15 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 4, 2015 | JANET HOOK
    Democratic front-runner sees those with negative view jump to 42%; Bush draws most support on GOP side Hillary Clinton’s stature has been battered after more than a month of controversy over her fundraising and email practices, but support for her among Democrats remains strong and unshaken, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. In just seven weeks, a period in which Mrs. Clinton formally began her presidential campaign, the share of people with a negative view of her jumped to 42% from 36% in last month’s survey, and only a quarter of registered voters said they viewed her as...