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  • Rick Santorum’s daughter Bella in the hospital again

    04/06/2012 7:56:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/06/2012 | Tina Korbe
    Some news just snaps all other news into perspective. The Santorum campaign sent out a statement today requesting prayers and privacy for their family, as their youngest daughter, Bella, is in the hospital. Hogan Gidley, National Communications Director, said: “Rick and his wife Karen have taken their daughter Bella to the hospital. The family requests prayers and privacy as Bella works her way to recovery.” Rick Santorum had already announced a brief hiatus in campaigning. This is the second time this year that Bella, who suffers from a chromosomal condition called Trisomy 18, has had to be hospitalized. In January,...
  • What Do Women Want? (If the GOP nominee wants to win the presidency, he must find out)

    04/06/2012 7:37:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/06/2012 | Anne Sorock & Frank Miniter
    “Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.” — William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing, III.i _________________________________ President Barack Obama took 57 percent of the women’s vote in the 2008 presidential election (men split their vote 50–50 between Obama and John McCain). But can Obama win the women’s vote again? For clues to how women are likely to vote in the 2012 presidential election — and why some candidates are resonating more than others — we turned to a new technique now being used by some marketing companies. First, we should put the polls in context. Obama’s campaign team knows...
  • Schultz's Dem Guest: 'Take Out' Republican 'Occupiers'

    04/06/2012 7:16:24 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    So much for civility. With Ed Schultz goading her on, a Dem state senator from Ohio referred to Republican elected officials as "occupiers" and urged women among other things to use their "passion" to "take out" the "right-wing occupiers." Nina Turner, the state senator in question, used language that would have caused an MSM outrage had a Republican used it to call for people to "take out" Dem "occupiers." View the video here.
  • A Nation of Candor? The conversation Eric Holder doesn’t want us to have about race

    04/06/2012 6:55:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies
    City Journal ^ | 4 April 2012 | Harry Stein
    On February 18, 2009, less than a month into President Obama’s supposedly postracial presidency, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder commemorated Black History Month by declaring America “essentially a nation of cowards.” The reason: “We, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race. . . . If we are to make progress in this area we must feel comfortable enough with one another, and tolerant enough of each other, to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us.” Holder’s words left many commentators flabbergasted. Too little discussion of race? Race has long been...
  • Housing secretary pushes mortgage write-downs

    04/06/2012 6:54:06 PM PDT · by blueyon · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/6/2012 | Reporting by Margaret Chadbourn; Editing by Richard Chang)
    The Obama administration wants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which finance the bulk of U.S. mortgages, to start reducing loan balances for troubled borrowers, but with safeguards to prevent them from purposely defaulting to obtain relief.
  • ‘America Is Better Than Glenn Beck’: College Textbook Includes Anti-Beck Writings

    04/06/2012 6:44:09 PM PDT · by blueyon · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4/6/2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    “Today’s Tea Party adherents are George Wallace legacies.” “[Glenn] Beck is an ignorant, divisive, pathetic figure.” If those sentences sound to you like they’re straight out of the op-ed pages of the Washington Post and the New York Times, you’d be right. But they can also be found in a college textbook assigned to students at a community college in Texas. America Is Better Than Glenn Beck: Anti Beck Writings in College Textbook“Read, Reason, Write: An Argument Text and Reader” is a critical reading and analysis book assigned to freshmen at Lone Star College-University Park in Houston. Its 10th edition...
  • “Demagoguery” is not too strong of a word to describe Obama’s speech

    04/06/2012 5:56:36 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 23 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 5, 2012 | National Review
    In President Obama’s address to the Associated Press Luncheon on Wednesday, he claimed that he is preventing disaster. Republican congressman Paul Ryan’s proposed budget cuts would still allow publicly held debt to increase by $5.5 trillion over the next ten years, but to Obama, they mean Americans will be dying from starvation and defenseless from hurricanes and other natural disasters. “Demagoguery” is not too strong of a word to describe Obama’s speech. Two million mothers and young children will be left without “access to healthy food.” Violent crime will soar and illegal aliens will flood across our borders because of...
  • A Know Nothing: What else besides the Constitution does Mr. Obama not know?

    04/06/2012 4:08:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4.6.12 | Ben Stein
    Here, in outline form, is why the pronouncements from President Barack Obama, warning the Supreme Court to not overturn Obamacare are so chilling: 1. The President supposedly went to Harvard Law School, graduated from same, was Law Review President of the Harvard Law Review at Harvard Law School. Then he supposedly taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago. Those are powerful law schools. Yet he obviously knows little of how the Constitution works if he thinks it would be rare or startling for the Supreme Court to overrule a law passed by Congress. Judging whether or not a law...
  • At UK, Clarence Thomas talks about his upbringing, Supreme Court

    04/06/2012 3:40:24 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 7 replies ^ | April 5, 2012 | By Jennifer Hewlett
    His joking remarks gave his audience little doubt about his political views. After congratulating the University of Kentucky men's basketball team for winning the school's eighth NCAA national championship this week, Clarence Thomas, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, told a capacity crowd Thursday night at UK's Memorial Hall: "Maybe in this type of environment, we could redistribute some of those." When asked whether he read The New York Times every day, Thomas replied, "Oh, God, no!"
  • Asia's balance of power: China’s military rise

    04/06/2012 3:33:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    The Economist ^ | Apr 7th 2012 | Masthead Editorial
    There are ways to reduce the threat to stability that an emerging superpower poses NO MATTER how often China has emphasised the idea of a peaceful rise, the pace and nature of its military modernisation inevitably cause alarm. As America and the big European powers reduce their defence spending, China looks likely to maintain the past decade’s increases of about 12% a year. Even though its defence budget is less than a quarter the size of America’s today, China’s generals are ambitious. The country is on course to become the world’s largest military spender in just 20 years or so...
  • Polarizing Preachment From A Partisan Pulpit

    04/06/2012 2:59:24 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 2 replies
    Righting Our Consent Newsletter | April 6, 2012 | Claudia Roazen
    The President has intoned more vapid vitriol as his campaign for re-election proceeds into the dog days of summer. He slyly misinforms his base of supporters that fall into two categories of loyalty: One is the loyal leftist believers who sit listening to the President fully aware of his exaggerated, factual falsehoods, but care little about accuracy as they enjoy the sport of tongue-lashing the political right. The other group contains the clueless minions that do not know enough about their country’s governmental system to spot the myriads of misstatements and mischaracterizations by the President, swallowing his words as unadulterated...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 4-6-12

    04/06/2012 2:46:41 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 23 replies ^ | 4-6-12 |
  • White House celebrates Easter with celebrities, athletes and yoga

    04/06/2012 2:36:13 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies
    White House celebrates Easter with celebrities, athletes and yoga By Jonathan Easley - 04/06/12 04:32 PM ET Actress Julianne Moore, singer Janelle Monáe, and tennis player Andy Roddick will be among the guests at the 134th annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House on Monday. The event is centered around the first lady’s Let’s Move initiative, which promotes healthy, active lifestyles for children, and will include a yoga garden, obstacle course, instruction from players and coaches on professional sports teams, and healthy eating tips from celebrity chefs. According to an administration press release, more than 30,000 people from around...
  • Montgomery Blair Sibley, Petitioner v. United States District Court for the District of Columbia

    04/06/2012 2:28:16 PM PDT · by plenipotentiary · 29 replies
    Supreme Court ^ | April 4, 2012 | Sibley
    No. 11-1185 Title: Montgomery Blair Sibley, Petitioner v. United States District Court for the District of Columbia Docketed: March 29, 2012 Lower Ct: United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Case Nos.: (12-5040) Decision Date: March 6, 2012 ~~~Date~~~ ~~~~~~~Proceedings and Orders~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Mar 28 2012 Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due April 30, 2012) Mar 28 2012 Motion to expedite consideration of the petition for a writ of certiorari filed by petitioner. Apr 4 2012 Motion DISTRIBUTED for Conference of April 20, 2012.
  • Was RNC in Tank for Romney?

    04/06/2012 2:23:15 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | April 6, 2012 | Kenneth P Vogel
    "Critics, including supporters of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich and even neutral Republicans, argue that the national party took steps that helped tilt the contest toward Mitt Romney — an allegation that the RNC rejects but is taking very seriously. The list of specific grievances ranges from issues that even the party acknowledges are legitimate to those that they dismiss as desperate fixations from Romney’s flailing rivals. An operative for one of Romney’s GOP rivals said, “I know this sounds like Watergate conspiracy theory stuff, but it is all connected. It’s the same sort of establishment crowd who all have...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Friday, April-6-2012

    04/06/2012 2:21:04 PM PDT · by Fudd Fan · 33 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Ron Paul says he won't quit race

    04/06/2012 2:19:26 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/6/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, on a three-day campaign swing in California that has attracted overflow crowds, said Thursday his withdrawal from the race is "not going to happen" - and he isn't certain he'll support Mitt Romney should the former Massachusetts governor win the party's nomination. The Texas congressman, in a meeting with The Chronicle's editorial board, said there may be some "excitement" ahead, including the possibility of a "brokered" convention. Paul, asked whether he would back Romney if he secures the 1,144 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination, said, "We haven't gotten that far yet. I have...
  • And They Wonder Why Voters Are Angry

    04/06/2012 2:06:49 PM PDT · by upchuck · 97 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | April 6, 2012 | scott rasmussen
    As Mitt Romney assumes the role of presumptive Republican nominee, polls suggest a competitive general election matchup between the former Massachusetts governor and President Obama. Typically, both candidates poll in the mid-40s, while 10 to 12 percent remain uncommitted to either side. Among these uncommitted voters, Rasmussen Reports polling shows that just 22 percent approve of the way the president is handling his job. Seventy-two percent (72 percent) disapprove. As for intensity, just 2 percent strongly approve, and 40 percent strongly disapprove. At first glance, this seems like good news for Romney. These uncommitted voters will be difficult for the...
  • Why don’t Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum just quit?

    04/06/2012 1:30:41 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 6, 2012 | Jonathan Renshon, Jennifer Lerner and Philip Tetlock,
    [SNIP] ...For candidates such as Santorum and Gingrich, a loss would be highly public. When you’re the exciting new candidate, you’re likely to focus on the endless possibilities, and optimism rules the day. But when the polls turn against you, the fear of failure starts to weigh more heavily. Despite whatever they go on to do, the stigma of losing can be nearly impossible to shake. For example, a Los Angeles Times headline last summer read “Failed presidential candidate Al Gore attacks winning candidate Obama over his environment policies.” The story had nothing to do with campaigning, yet Gore was...
  • Bashir: Conservatives Cool With Slaves Building White House But Can't Accept Black President There

    04/06/2012 1:24:00 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 96 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The odious Martin Bashir is at it again. On his MSNBC show today, Bashir suggested that conservatives, racists that they are, were happy to have slaves help build the White House, but can't accept a black president living there. View the video here.