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  • Ohio Gov. Kasich wants steeper ‘green energy’ mandates

    10/06/2015 6:01:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 5, 2015 | Jason Hart
    Ohio lawmakers looking to extend a freeze on state “green energy” mandates will have to find a way past Gov. John Kasich. Kasich immediately shot down as “unacceptable” a legislative study committee’s Wednesday recommendation the state extend its current two-year mandate freeze indefinitely. When Kasich signed Senate Bill 310 last year, he agreed to pause the phase-in of energy efficiency and alternative electricity generation mandates adopted in 2008 — and to create the Energy Mandates Study Committee, whose guidance he seems set on ignoring.
  • Jeb Bush Should Face Facts: It’s Time to Drop Out

    10/06/2015 6:01:18 AM PDT · by libstripper · 2 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Oct. 6, 2015 | Will Rahm
    Jeb, this isn’t working. You’re a bad candidate, and all you’re going to do now is damage the guy who can beat Trump. Is that what you want?
  • The Roots of Obama’s Catastrophic Foreign Policy

    10/06/2015 5:29:13 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 10-6-15 | The Roots of Obama’s Catastrophic Foreign Policy
    And why the catastrophes are so consistent. Russia’s armed intervention in the Syrian civil war is but the latest foreign policy disaster of Barack Obama’s tenure. Yet Obama has been nothing if not consistent. What many see as bungling, naiveté, or evidence of a plot to destroy America is simply the consequence of a particular view of interstate relations he has openly and frequently endorsed. Obama came into office chanting all the mantras of idealistic internationalism. In contrast to the caricature of George W. Bush as a unilateralist cowboy disdainful of diplomacy, Obama promised to “rebuild the alliances, partnerships, and...
  • Trump: 'I'm not getting out'

    10/06/2015 5:28:53 AM PDT · by onyx · 20 replies
    THE HILL ^ | OCTOBER 6, 2015 - 7:46AM EDT | Jesse Byrnes
    Real estate tycoon Donald Trump insisted Tuesday that he was nowhere near ending his 2016 White House bid, despite slipping a bit in some polls. ADVERTISEMENT "Not even a thought, not even 1 percent of the thought," Trump said during a phone interview broadcast on CNN's "New Day.""Why would I get out?" Trump asked, pointing out that he is still leading polls for the Republican presidential nomination. "I'm not going anywhere."Trump has suggested in several interviews that he may end his White House bid if he dropped into the low single digits, like several other candidates in the field."The...
  • Was Carly Fiorina slow to pay staff on her Senate campaign?

    10/06/2015 4:42:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | Last Updated October 5, 2015 | REBECCA KAPLAN
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is rebutting a Washington Post story that details a pattern of delayed payments to staff and contractors after her 2010 Senate campaign in California. According to the piece, Fiorina, the wealthy former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, waited until January, a few months before announcing her 2016 presidential bid, to settle most of the more than 30 invoices outstanding from her last campaign - a total of about $500,000. She was quicker to reimburse herself the $1.3 million she lent the campaign. Fiorina, when asked about the article Monday, dismissed it. "You know I don't think the...
  • Ted Cruz is toast: It’s not just that he won’t be president—his days in Senate are numbered, too

    09/30/2015 1:06:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    Salon ^ | September 30, 2015 | Sean Illing
    Rand Paul is right: Cruz's career in the Senate is "done for." Once he leaves, he can become a full-time grafter.I’m not sure when it started, but at some point the Republican Party ceded the business of governance to the Democrats. Maybe it began with the Tea Party movement or Fox News or the larger conservative media-industrial complex – I honestly don’t know. But it’s clear now that the GOP is no longer a legitimate governing party. A party that allows rank neophytes like Herman Cain and Donald Trump and Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina to run for the highest...
  • Donald Trump Interview w/Mark Levin; 10-5-2015

    10/06/2015 4:29:18 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 17 replies
    Robert Kraychik You Tube ^ | October 5, 2015 | Mark Levin via Robert Kraychik
    Donald Trump speaks with Mark Levin on his show.
  • Rose Unplugged Morning Show October 6 2015.

    10/06/2015 4:17:41 AM PDT · by GregB · 4 replies
    Rose is back! Formerly the “Rose” half of the Quinn & Rose Morning Show, she is back on the air and ready for the fight! Catch her on Pittsburgh’s 1250 AM “The Answer” WPGP, from 8AM to 10AM Monday through Friday or via live stream at, where you can also get the podcasts. Join us for real no-nonsense conservative talk with a passion that only Rose can deliver!
  • Trump wins bean poll at Cullman County Fair (Alabama) (Beans for Trump49% Carson27%)

    <p>Cullman County residents took to the fair this month to cast their support for Republican candidates for president, and billionaire Donald Trump won by a landslide.</p> <p>The Cullman County Republican Party conducted an unofficial poll of candidates; visitors stopped by the booth and dropped a bean in each respective candidates bowl. Trump came away with around 49 percent of the total beans cast, followed by pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 27 percent.</p>
  • Hillary Is About as Qualified To Be President as Paris Hilton

    10/06/2015 4:11:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | October 6, 2015 | John Hawkins
    The downside of being governed by idiots is that people start to think that any idiot can be president. Speaking of idiots, what exactly qualifies Hillary Clinton to be president? Is it that she’s a woman? Guess what, Paris Hilton is a woman, too! Is it that Hillary was a senator for five minutes and then became Secretary of State? Guess what, Paris Hilton has exactly as many significant accomplishments as a senator and Secretary of State as Hillary, which is zero. Is it that Hillary slept with Bill? Well, she has Paris beat there….probably. Who really knows at this...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: Allowing Syrian refugees into US is 'crazy'

    10/06/2015 3:49:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    AP/Stars & Stripes ^ | 10/5/15 | David Eggert
    Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz on Monday called the Obama administration's plan to accept refugees from war-torn Syria "nothing short of crazy," because he believes some are Islamic State terrorists. "There is a reason the director of national intelligence said among those refugees are no doubt a significant number of ISIS terrorists," the Texas senator told a crowd of hundreds in a Michigan campaign stop, using an acronym for the Islamic State group. "It would be the height of foolishness to bring in tens of thousands of people including jihadists that are coming here to murder innocent Americans."
  • Which Congressman Misses The Most Votes?

    10/06/2015 3:40:44 AM PDT · by Hanna548 · 18 replies
    Vocative ^ | 02/17/15 | Mike Spies
    Senator Rubio takes his responsibilities as both a senator and a father seriously. The vast majority of missed votes are when the latter duties take precedent, and he needs to be in Miami for family commitments.
  • Should we care if Kelly Ayotte is re-elected? (Nope!)

    10/06/2015 3:24:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 30 replies ^ | 10/6/15 | Ed Straker
    New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte is facing a tough challenge from Governor Maggie Hassan. Polls show that the two are virtually tied. The question I need you to help me with is...should we care? Polls have showed the popular Hassan running close with Ayotte in early matchups; Ayotte had a 3-point lead in an NBC News/Marist poll in early September. But Ayotte starts with a $5 million head start: The Republican will have raised $1.6 million in the third quarter, according to a campaign source. That's a slight uptick from the $1.4 million Ayotte raised in the second quarter. "Unfortunately,...
  • The Quinn in the Morning Show with Jim Quinn - October 6, 2015

    10/06/2015 2:50:12 AM PDT · by sneakers · 6 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 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.
  • NDP continues decline as Tories, Liberals battle for first in new Ipsos poll (Canada)

    10/06/2015 2:03:12 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    Global News ^ | 10/5/2015 | James Armstrong
    With just two weeks left in the federal election campaign, the Conservatives are now the top choice for voters, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted for Global News. But their lead is about as small as it can get-just one percentage point ahead of the Liberals. The poll, conducted between Oct. 2 and Oct. 5, surveyed 1,441 people online and found that 33 percent of decided voters would vote for the Conservative Party, while 32 percent would vote for the Liberal Party..... The NDP-once the clear frontrunners in the campaign-has dropped to third with 26 percent support...... Tom Mulcair's...
  • Trump's wet work against Rubio shows character assassination works

    10/06/2015 12:05:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    American Thinker The Blog ^ | October 6, 2015 | Ed Straker
    <p>Donald Trump is escalating his attacks on Sen. Marco Rubio with a special delivery for his rival: "Trump Ice Natural Spring Water."</p>
  • Florida candidate for U.S. Senate admits to sacrificing goat, drinking its blood

    10/05/2015 11:19:38 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | October 6, 2015 | By By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, AP Political Writer
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two years ago, Augustus Sol Invictus walked from central Florida to the Mojave Desert and spent a week fasting and praying, at times thinking he wouldn't survive. In a pagan ritual to give thanks when he returned home, he killed a goat and drank its blood. Now that he's a candidate for U.S. Senate, the story is coming back to bite him. The chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida has resigned to call attention to Invictus' candidacy in hopes that other party leaders will denounce him. Adrian Wyllie, who was the Libertarian candidate for governor...
  • Sanders: Many whites 'not sensitive' to the abuse black people face

    10/05/2015 10:52:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 5, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday said white Americans are often blind to the injustices that black people face when dealing with police. “Many white people are not sensitive to the kind of abuse that African Americans, especially younger African Americans, receive at the hands of police officers and police departments,” Sanders said, according to Ebony. “I think for most whites their experience with the police has been good or neutral because they don’t interact with the police as much as those in the black community,” he said. “One of the ongoing crises in America is institutional racism,” the 2016...
  • [ Salon ]Jeb is cooked: Why megadonors’ millions (probably) aren’t going to save Bush’s disastrous c

    10/05/2015 7:47:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Salon ^ | October 5, 2015 | Simon Maloy
    Team Bush argues they're built to go the distance in the primary, but that won't matter if Jeb has nothing to offer.The Jeb Bush “Don’t Panic, Everything Is Fine” campaign is up and running. With his poll numbers in decline, Jeb is rolling out endorsements and assuring reporters that he’s meeting fundraising targets and will have plenty of money to take the Jeb 2016 machine all the way through the primary season. The arc of Jeb’s campaign is following a very Bush-like trajectory – he started the nominating contest with a “shock and awe” strategy of winning the primary early...
  • Ted Cruz slams president for 'politicizing' Oregon massacre

    10/02/2015 11:39:22 AM PDT · by VinL · 40 replies
    BostonHereald ^ | 10/2/15 | Chris Cassidy
    Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz blasted President Obama’s remarks in the wake of an Oregon community college massacre that mass shootings are “something we should politicize” after a campaign stop here today. “It seems there is no tragedy the president isn’t willing to politicize,” said Cruz. “He in many ways is following the dictum of his former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said, ‘You never want to waste a good crisis.’ Literally as this madman, almost within minutes of ending his murderous spree, the president seized upon it to advance his partisan political agenda. That’s just wrong." Cruz called...
  • Trade deal looms large for 2016

    10/05/2015 9:40:01 PM PDT · by Mariner · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 5th, 2015 | By Peter Schroeder
    The 2016 presidential field is all over the map when it comes to a massive trade agreement recently struck between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations. Negotiators announced finalized terms for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Monday, concluding nearly six years of talks. Congress will have the chance early next year to vote on the trade deal, but the accord already looms large in the race to replace President Obama. The reaction from the 2016 field to the trade talks has been a complex one. Democrats have felt significant pressure from environmental groups and labor unions fiercely opposed to...
  • Bro-For-Hillary Caught Yawning During Speech Attacking The NRA

    10/05/2015 9:30:57 PM PDT · by D-fendr · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | Oct 3, 2015 | Tea Party
    Watch out NRA, Hillary Clinton’s coming for you! During a meeting with her supporters at Broward College in Florida today, a visibly angry Hillary Clinton promised “new effective gun control measures” if elected president — whatever that means — and a “national movement” to take on Republicans who “put the NRA ahead of families.” And we do mean Hillary was angry. Here’s the video along with excerpts she tweeted out. But check out the bro-for-Hillary at the 1:43 mark.
  • Clinton on offense in nationally televised NH town hall

    10/05/2015 9:28:55 PM PDT · by Mariner · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 5th, 2015 | By Jonathan Easley
    Hillary Clinton on Monday ripped Republicans for politicizing the Benghazi terror attack and declared herself the front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, displaying some of the fire Democrats believe has so far been lacking from her campaign. In a nationally televised New Hampshire town hall event broadcast on NBC’s “Today,” Clinton accused Republicans of exploiting the deaths of four Americans in the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, to score political points against her, crowed about her national and early-voting state polling leads and made impassioned liberal arguments for gun control and income equality. Clinton’s...
  • [October 2, 2015] Donald Trump Falls: Ben Carson Surges To Lead In Poll

    10/05/2015 8:48:37 PM PDT · by Mariner · 38 replies
    IBD ^ | October 2, 2015 | BY JOHN MERLINE
    Donald Trump has boasted that he's "leading every poll and in most cases big." Not anymore. The latest IBD/TIPP Poll shows him in second place, seven points behind Ben Carson. The nationwide survey found that 24% of Republicans back Carson, compared with 17% who say they support Trump. Marco Rubio came in third with 11% and Carly Fiorina fourth at 9%. Jeb Bush, once considered a prohibitive favorite, ranked fifth with just 8% support, which was a point lower than those who say they are still undecided. The IBD/TIPP Poll has a proven track record for accuracy, based on its...
  • Back to hardcore socialism (Great Britain and America)

    10/05/2015 8:22:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Gulf News' Thinkers ^ | October 5, 2015 | Professor Ian Buruma, Bard College
    The remarkable thing about Jeremy Corbyn, the hard-left outsider who stunned the British establishment by capturing the leadership of the Labour Party, is not his alleged lack of patriotism. Whether he wishes to sing God Save the Queen at public events seems a rather trivial matter. The remarkable thing about his brand of leftism is how reactionary it is. Corbyn is an old-fashioned socialist who would like to soak the rich and put transport and utilities back under state control. His rhetoric of class war suggests a complete break with mainstream social democracy. Postwar European social democracy was always a...
  • Imagine If the Bush Administration Bombed a Hospital in Afghanistan

    10/05/2015 6:27:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Rush ^ | October 5, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: As I mentioned earlier and as you may have heard, 19 people were injured, three killed, three children, when a hospital in Afghanistan was bombed, and it apparently was one of ours. I mean, we did it. And I mentioned that if this had happened when George W. Bush was president, that's all you'd be hearing about right now. You'd be hearing what a horrible, reprehensible country we have and military we have, and how the mission is unjust and the mission is unnecessary. This is a classic example. "This is not who we are," Obama would say and...

    10/05/2015 6:58:07 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 35 replies
    twitter comments via The Right Scoop ^ | 10-5-2015 | twitter comments copied by soopermexican
    El Trumpo was not too pleased with Romney advisor Stuart Stevens over his prediction about when the Donald’s campaign going down. So he did what he does – started a Twitter war: Political strategist Stuart Stevens,who led Romney down the tubes in what should have been an easy victory,has terrible political instincts! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2015
  • WaPo Editor Says Repeat After Me: 'A Gun-Free Society'

    10/05/2015 6:45:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | October 5, 2015 | Trey Sanchez
    "Doesn't it sound logical? Doesn't it sound safe?" Based on his latest column, it seems like Washington Post editor Fred Hiatt could get behind a rewrite of John Lennon's Imagine and release an updated version to reflect today's call for gun control. [Imagine] Prohibition… [Imagine] Mass buyback… [Imagine] A gun-free society... He liked that last line so much, he asked his readers to repeat it with him: "Let's say that once again: A gun-free society." Bliss, he thinks. Those words -- prohibition, mass buyback, gun-free society -- are what Hiatt says the NRA has rendered "unmentionable." And so he believes...
  • Ben Carson Promotes ‘I Am a Christian’ Trend After Tragic Oregon Shooting

    10/05/2015 6:40:09 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 12 replies
    townhall ^ | Oct 05, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Presidential candidate Ben Carson kickstarted a very popular trend this weekend with one simple, yet beautiful message. Yes, #IamaChristian.— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) October 2, 2015 The picture has now garnered over 1.4 million likes on Facebook and 7,400 retweets. Carson chose to boldly express his faith after the tragic mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The murderer, 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, demanded students stand and state their religion before firing, multiple witnesses reported. People of faith face persecution around the globe. Pastors are imprisoned in Iran and ISIS just murdered 12 Christians for refusing to...
  • First on CNN: Trump sent prank care package to Rubio (Spring Water)

    10/05/2015 3:08:22 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 182 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct 5, 2015 | Noah Gray
    Donald Trump is escalating his attacks on Sen. Marco Rubio with a special delivery for his rival: "Trump Ice Natural Spring Water." Trump has previously trained his fire on Rubio, claiming he has the worst voting attendance record in the U.S. Senate and that he sweats a lot. But CNN learned that the Trump campaign sent a "care package" to Rubio's Washington campaign office that contained a 24-bottle case of "Trump Ice Natural Spring Water," with Trump's face on it, two "Make America Great Again" towels and bumper stickers and a note reading, "Since you're always sweating, we thought you...
  • Phyllis Schlafly: GOP Establishment Scrambling For New Plan B

    10/05/2015 6:04:25 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 51 replies ^ | 10/5/15 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The Republican establishment designed the process to deliver the 2016 presidential nomination to a business-friendly moderate who avoids so-called social issues. The consultants who rewrote the party rules after 2012 are now trying to explain to their patrons what went wrong and how to fix it. Plan A, of course, was to assure the nomination of Jeb Bush, whose views are the perfect reflection of the Republican donor class. But despite many months of campaigning, $114 million of political funds raised through June 30, and two presidential debates watched by a record-setting average of 24 million people, Jeb Bush has...
  • Exclusive — Donald Trump Declares War On Obamatrade

    10/05/2015 5:48:37 PM PDT · by Iscool · 30 replies ^ | 10/5/2015 | Matthew Boyle
    GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is hammering President Barack Obama, his administration and Congress for completely failing the American worker when it comes to trade policy—whacking the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact with 12 Pacific Rim nations that the Obama just finalized in Atlanta as a deal that jeopardizes U.S. jobs.
  • Rush Limbaugh is right: Ted Cruz is most-principled candidate

    10/05/2015 4:42:56 PM PDT · by Isara · 119 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, October 5, 2015 | Steve Deace
    It seems to me the only principled reason to be a Republican would be to stop, thwart and defeat Leftist ideas you’re opposed to. Therefore, what better standard by which to judge Republican presidential candidates than by who is the most committed to actually defeating the opposition? And who might that candidate be in 2016? Well, according to the man from whom much of today’s conservative multimedia empire originates, that candidate is Ted Cruz. “If you’re looking for the Republican candidate who is the most steadfastly opposed to liberalism, whose agenda is oriented towards stopping it, thwarting it, and defeating...
  • A Textbook Case on Organized Internet Lynching ( by Senator Elizabeth Warren )

    10/05/2015 4:15:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Points and Figures ^ | October 5th, 2015 | Jeff Carter
    One of the dangers of the the social internet is the potential to destroy someone. We have seen it with liberals attacking conservatives over issues. But, rarely have we seen it when one group attacks itself. The Wall Street Journal has an editorial today about how a person at the Brookings Institution think tank was deliberately attacked by Senator Elizabeth Warren. What’s pretty clear is that it was organized behind the scenes and launched. It wasn’t random. You might have read about thought police in science fiction. They aren’t science fiction anymore. What was his crime? Using cost-benefit analysis, Robert...
  • Trump Declares War On Obamatrade: ‘Time To Send A Real Businessman’ To White House To End This

    10/05/2015 3:54:23 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/05/15 | Matthew Boyle
    GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is hammering President Barack Obama, his administration and Congress for completely failing the American worker when it comes to trade policy—whacking the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact with 12 Pacific Rim nations that the Obama just finalized in Atlanta as a deal that jeopardizes U.S. jobs. “The incompetence and dishonesty of the President, his administration and—perhaps most disturbing—the Congress of the United States are about to place American jobs and the very livelihoods of Americans at risk,” Trump tells Breitbart News in an exclusive statement reacting to the news that the president and his negotiators...
  • ‘Let Them Eat Rocks’ Suggests Socialist Pig in Venezuela

    10/05/2015 3:53:15 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies ^ | october 5, 2015 | joey clark
    And as bad luck would have it, we have Francisco Rangel, governor of the state of Bolívar, to provided us with an ample example of such absurdity in a single phrase. In response to widespread food shortages across Venezuela–a product of inflationary policies and price controls–Rangel had this to say to the struggling Venezuelan people: “Let them take away whatever they want. We are capable of eating a stick, or instead of frying two eggs, fry two rocks, and we will eat fried rocks, ” he said, “but no one can beat us.” I wonder if Mr. Rangel has any intention of following his own...
  • NV Assembly Majority Whip Jim Wheeler Endorses Ted Cruz for President (former Walker's NV co-chair)

    10/05/2015 3:17:43 PM PDT · by Isara · 14 replies ^ | 10/05/15
    HOUSTON, Texas – Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today received the endorsement of Nevada Assembly Majority Whip Jim Wheeler, who had previously endorsed Scott Walker and served as his state co-chair. This is the most recent of several endorsements Sen. Cruz has secured from former Walker supporters, including Nevada Assemblyman and Assistant Majority Floor Leader Ira Hansen, Nevada Assemblywoman Victoria Dooling, along with Julianne Thompson, Rachel Little, and Louie Hunter of Georgia and Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra.“I am thrilled to have Jim join our team in Nevada. His record as a principled leader and strong, conservative fighter will be invaluable...
  • Arne Duncan’s Dismal Record ( Common Core

    10/05/2015 3:16:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | October 5, 2015 | Frederick M. Hess
    On Friday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced he would be stepping down after nearly seven years on the job. This makes it a good moment to assess Duncan’s legacy, especially since his tenure has been shrouded by more than its fair share of puffery and overheated PR. This was predictable when it came to the usual Obama cheerleaders (Tom Friedman wanted Duncan to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state). But it also showed up at times as generous, even fawning, laurels tossed by the likes of David Brooks, Jeb Bush, Newt Gingrich, and Lamar Alexander. ... Duncan —...
  • Poll: Hillary Now Trails Trump, Jeb, Carly in New Hampshire and Iowa

    10/05/2015 2:51:43 PM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 05, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, two key nominating states and general election battlegrounds, have had quite a lot of exposure to Hillary Clinton through campaign rallies, meet-and-greets, and millions of dollars in television advertising. Democrat-leaners in the two early states have't been impressed; self-described Socialist Bernie Sanders has inexorably gained on her on Iowa, and has led in every major New Hampshire survey since August. NBC News is out with fresh polling data from the Hawkeye and Granite States that may stir additional consternation in Democratic circles. Iowa
  • “Nappy time!”: Donald Trump retweets offensive attack ad on “little RUBE” Marco Rubio

    10/05/2015 2:50:34 PM PDT · by Mariner · 157 replies
    Salon ^ | October 5th, 2015 | Scott Eric Kaufman
    On Sunday, Donald Trump re-tweeted an attack ad on “little ‘RUBE'” Marco Rubio that was, to put it mildly, in bad taste: “NEVER HIRE A BOY TO DO A MAN’S JOB” is the title, which floats above an image of an angelic-looking young child who is, presumably, Marco Rubio. He “seems like a nice boy,” the ad claims. “Well mannered but bought and paid for” by establishment Republican interests who “taught him all that fancy government stuff. ‘RINO RUBE’ repeats it well! Good boy!” Supporting the infantalizing of one of his opponents might seem unpresidential, but this is Donald Trump,...
  • Environmentalists stop grazing on monument ( Wild Earth Guardians - Colorado )

    10/05/2015 2:47:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | October 04, 2015 | Jim Mimiaga
    Two allotments delayed pending more studies. A coalition of environmental groups have forced public land managers to delay a grazing permit decision on Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Grand Canyon Trust, Western Watershed Project, Wild Earth Guardians, National Resource Defense Council, Wildlands Defense, the Sierra Club and Durango-based Great Old Broads for Wilderness collectively filed a 27-page protest against the proposed Flodine and Yellow Jacket grazing allotments on the monument ... they want the two allotments permanently closed to grazing ... The groups challenged a recent decision plan by the BLM to issue 10-year terms for the allotments, located...
  • GOP lawmaker calls for 40-hour congressional workweek

    10/05/2015 2:42:55 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/05/2015 | Cristina Marcos
    Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) wants the House schedule to more closely resemble a typical American workweek. Jolly, who is running for Senate, has introduced a resolution to change House rules so that the chamber must be in session for at least 40 hours a week while lawmakers are in Washington. “This 'try-nothing' Congress needs a reality check. A work week in Washington should be no different than a work week in every other town across the nation,” Jolly said in a statement.
  • Prosecutors say reckless endangerment charges in Freddie Gray case go beyond lack of seat belt

    10/05/2015 2:38:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | Kevin Rector
    Baltimore prosecutors argued in a motion this week that a series of actions by police officers contributed to Freddie Gray suffering a spinal cord injury in the back of a transport van. In response to a motion to dismiss charges of reckless endangerment against three officers, prosecutors said defense attorneys wrongly focused on the state's allegation that the officers failed to secure Gray with a seat belt. Attorneys for Lt. Brian W. Rice and Officers Edward M. Nero and Garrett E. Miller had argued that failing to place a seat belt on Gray does not constitute criminal negligence. But prosecutors...
  • Hillary: When I’m president, we’re closing the “gun-show loophole” whether Congress wants to or not

    10/05/2015 2:30:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 84 replies
    Hot ^ | October 5, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    If this sounds familiar, it’s because Obama took the same attitude towards executive amnesty. Either Congress could give him what he wanted by legalizing illegals or he’d give himself what he wanted by legalizing illegals unilaterally. The president no longer loses in our system of (giggle) separation of powers, at least if he has a complacent caucus from his own party in Congress that’s willing to defend him on every power grab at their branch’s expense. Hillary’s building on that precedent now, in the middle of a surprisingly tough primary campaign, to stroke one of the few political erogenous zones...
  • Sowell: Charlatans and Sheep: Part II

    10/05/2015 2:18:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 6, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the secrets of successful magicians on stage is directing the audience's attention to something that is attractive or distracting, but irrelevant to what is actually being done. That is also the secret of successful political charlatans. Consider the message directed at business owners by Senator Elizabeth Warren and President Barack Obama — "You didn't build that!" Assuming for the sake of argument that a man who owns a business simply inherited it from his father, what follows? That politicians can use the inherited resources better than the heir? Such a sweeping assumption has neither logic nor evidence behind...
  • Boehner announces schedule for House speaker vote

    10/05/2015 2:12:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/5/15 | Susan Ferrechio
    The House will elect a new speaker on Oct. 29, Speaker John Boehner announced on Monday. Boehner, R-Ohio, who will resign on Oct. 30, also pushed back votes for other GOP leadership positions in order to give Republicans more time to assess their options. The GOP was originally expected to vote on leadership positions this Thursday, Oct. 8. But now, Boehner said lawmakers would vote on other GOP leadership posts after the Oct. 29 floor vote for speaker. The House GOP is set to meet at noon on Thursday, Oct. 8, to select their pick for speaker. The victor will...
  • (from 2002) Defector: Iraq Could Have Nukes by 2005

    10/05/2015 2:04:58 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 7 replies
    cnn ^ | orig Aug 2002
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A former Iraqi nuclear engineer told a Senate hearing Wednesday that the country could have nuclear weapons by 2005. Khidir Hamza, who defected from Iraq in 1994, and other experts on Iraq testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the start of two days of hearings on the Iraqi threat to the United States and possible U.S. responses -- including a military attack. Citing German intelligence estimates, Hamza said Iraq had more than 10 tons of uranium and one ton of slightly enriched uranium. Hamza said that could give Iraq enough weapons-grade uranium to build three...
  • Bernie Sanders running stronger than Hillary Clinton against top Republicans in Iowa, N.H.

    10/05/2015 2:04:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/5/15 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont is running better than former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in head-to-head match-ups against top Republican presidential candidates in the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire, according to new polls. In Iowa, Mrs. Clinton trails former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina by 14 points (52 percent to 38 percent), she trails former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by 10 points (50 percent to 40 percent), and she trails businessman Donald Trump by 7 points (48 percent to 41 percent), according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll. Mr. Sanders, meanwhile, trails Mrs. Fiorina by 3...
  • White House: Obama Preparing More Executive Actions on Gun Control

    10/05/2015 1:55:43 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 12 replies
    The White House confirmed that President Obama was preparing a series of executive actions on gun control to match his recent passion on the issue after the latest mass shooting in Oregon. “It’s a high priority and will continue to be until we start to see more progress on this issue in this town,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today at the press briefing. Earnest said he would “quibble” with anyone who criticized the president for not voicing any specific gun control proposals during his press conference, asserting that the White House was working behind the scenes...
  • Stop and Think About This Headline

    10/05/2015 12:54:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Rush ^ | October 5, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Try this headline in The Politico: "Illegal Immigrants Could Elect Hillary." Now, stop and think about that: "Illegal Immigrants Could Elect Hillary -- How non-citizens decrease Republican chances of winning the White House next year." That's published with absolutely no concern for the fact that we are talking about noncitizens, people here illegally voting. In fact, it's written as though it's just a standard, ordinary, everyday facet of our elections and campaigns, that on Election Day, illegal immigrants are going to vote. "Noncitizens." It's the word in the subhead. "Illegal immigrants -- along with other noncitizens without the right...