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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
    Kentucky.com ^ | 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
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  • 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 FreeRepublic.com! 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.
  • Obama to Make Supreme Court Campaign Issue

    04/06/2012 12:58:28 PM PDT · by sreastman · 15 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/6/2012 | Jay Sekulow
    by Jay Sekulow, Faith Issues There's no question about it. President Obama's warning to the Supreme Court about ObamaCare has accomplished one thing. He has assured that the Supreme Court will be front-and-center in the upcoming presidential campaign. It will be a campaign issue. A political issue. The president's chastisement of the Justices is extraordinary. Going well beyond expressing his opinion about whether ObamaCare will survive the constitutional challenges, the president unleashed what can only be seen as a tactic to intimidate - to influence - the high court. The president argued that declaring ObamaCare unconstitutional would be "unprecedented" and...
  • War On Children: Liberals Attack Scott Walker's Kids

    04/06/2012 12:49:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4/6/12 | John Sexton
    The left seems to have a really hard time leaving the kids of Republican politicians out of their fits of rage. Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker gave an interview to David Brody of CBN News in which he talked about the anger directed at his teenage sons and also his elderly parents: I had thousands of people bussed in front of my home in Wauwatosa where I've got two high school sons living, and I've got parents in [their] 70s. At one point last year, my 16 year old and my mother in her 70s were at a grocery store and...
  • 'Women Are Not An Interest Group,' Obama Says

    04/06/2012 11:23:49 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 14 replies
    'Women Are Not An Interest Group,' Obama Says By Mary Bruce | ABC OTUS News – 1 hr 5 mins ago Email Print As the fight to woo female voters in 2012 intensifies, President Obama today argued that women should not be relegated to a political interest group, and he highlighted the crucial contributions women make to the economy. "There's been a lot of talk about women and women's issues lately, as there should be. But I do think that the conversation has been oversimplified," the president said at a White House forum on women and the economy, two key...
  • Conservatives ally for a reset of election expectations (RINOs: we shouldn't seek conservatives)

    04/06/2012 11:21:33 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 98 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4/4/2012 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Some influential conservative thinkers have concluded that Mitt Romney’s struggle to ignite voter enthusiasm reflects a more serious problem for Republicans in setting unrealistic expectations for their presidential nominee. Calling their alliance Project Liberty, the newly formed group says the former Massachusetts governor cannot beat President Obama unless tea party members and the GOP’s activists — including conservatives on the Republican National Committee — adjust their mindset about insisting on a fully formed, ideologically reliable candidate as their standard-bearer.... Project Liberty backers have concluded that Mr. Romney will not win the White House on the basis of something he is...
  • Your 2011 Federal Taxpayer Receipt

    04/06/2012 11:13:39 AM PDT · by Sopater · 8 replies
    White House ^ | White House
    In his 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama promised that, for the first time ever, American taxpayers would be able to go online and see exactly how their federal tax dollars are spent. The receipt launched that year and, now, we’ve updated the tool to reflect current spending. Just enter a few pieces of information about your taxes, and the taxpayer receipt will give you a breakdown of how your tax dollars are spent on priorities like education, veterans benefits, or health care. As a taxpayer, you have a right to know how your government invests your tax...
  • Does Romney have a 14-Million-Man Army ready for General Election? (Vanity)

    04/06/2012 10:54:37 AM PDT · by no dems · 149 replies
    April 6, 2011 | no dems
    Another FReeper, in another posted comment, just this week, stated that his Mormon neighbor was obsessed with getting a Mormon, Mitt Romney, elected President of the United States. That statement has "stuck in my craw" ever since I read it; which begs to question: If Mitt Romney is the GOP Nominee for POTUS, will the 14 million Mormons in the U.S. mobilize for him during the General Election? Hmmmmm....... Just wondering. The Mormon Church not only has a lot of "foot soldiers", but they know how to "mobilize". They've done it for decades. Do not underestimate RINO-Rom in the GE....
  • Scott Brown on National Right-to-Carry Legislation

    04/06/2012 10:53:50 AM PDT · by pabianice · 27 replies
    Office of Sen. Scott Brown (via email) | 4/6/12 | Brown
    Thank you for contacting me regarding the National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 822). I value your input and strive to keep you updated on the important issues facing us today. On February 18, 2011, Representative Cliff Stearns introduced the National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act. This legislation would allow any person with a valid state-issued permit to carry a concealed firearm in any state that issues concealed firearm permits, or that does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms. As you may know, I support the individual right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S....
  • Fox News smacks anchor for tweeting WND video

    04/06/2012 10:36:28 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 32 replies
    wnd.com ^ | April 5, 2012 | Staff
    Responding to criticism from the left-wing watchdog site Media Matters, Fox News Channel management says it “addressed” a “mistake” by a news anchor who asked her Twitter followers to weigh in on a claim by an insider in Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign that the Obama camp threatened Chelsea Clinton’s life if her parents exposed what they knew about Obama’s presidential eligibility. Weekend and early morning anchor Heather Childers distributed the message with a link to a blog that picked up on a WND story that featured a video interview. In a statement to the website Mediaite, Fox News Senior Vice...
  • Only 15% Think Supreme Court Limits Government Too Much

    04/06/2012 10:35:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 06, 2012
    Obama cautioned the U.S. Supreme Court this past week about overturning his national health care law, just 15% of Likely U.S. Voters think the high court puts too many limitations on what the federal government can do. In fact, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that twice as many--30%-- believe the Supreme Court does not limit the government enough.
  • Durbin Says We Must Buy Hybrid Cars Because Of Tornadoes: "It's Your Money Or Your Life" (video)

    04/06/2012 10:32:32 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 49 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | April 6, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    Sen. Dick Durbin reacts to the tornadoes in Dallas, Texas earlier this week. Durbin calls for more laws regulating carbon output while he sends a dire warning that we must convert to hybrid cars or lose our life. Durbin says we must spend money now to fix the problem. "It's your money or your life," he said a press conference. "We are either going to dedicate ourselves to a cleaner, more livable planet and accept the initial investment necessary or we're going to pay a heavier price in terms of loss of human life, damage and costs associated with it."
  • Effort underway to turn Texas into winner-take-all state

    04/06/2012 10:24:08 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 6, 2012 | Caroline May
    An effort to shake up the GOP primary race is underway in the Longhorn State. The outcome could set the course for a brokered convention by keeping front-runner Mitt Romney from securing enough delegates to win the presidential nomination outright. David Bellow, a member of the State Republican Executive Committee, told The Daily Caller that he believes there is enough support among committee members to call an emergency SREC meeting to vote to change Texas’ primary from a proportional system to winner-take-all delegate state. According to Bellow, the effort has support from the necessary 15 SREC members to petition and...
  • South Carolina Tea Party Leader Says She Doesn’t Know Anyone ‘That Does Not Despise Mitt Romney’

    04/06/2012 10:19:20 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 32 replies
    mediaite ^ | January 5th, 2012 | Nando Di Fino
    It’s no secret that Mitt Romney isn’t exactly a darling of the Tea Party, but Karen Martin, the head of the Spartanburg County, S.C., chapter, did not mince words when speaking to NPR’s Frank James about just how little they care for him. “There’s no Tea Partier that I talk to in the state or nationally that would want to promote Romney,” Martin said. “Other than the people that have come out publicly and endorsed Mitt Romney and the people left over from his 2008 campaign, I do not personally know anyone that does not despise Mitt Romney and doesn’t...
  • KISS Frontman Gene Simmons Denies He’s Endorsed Mitt Romney

    04/06/2012 10:14:07 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 7 replies
    mediaite ^ | 4-5-12 | James Crugnale
    Despite his supportive comments on Fox & Friends Thursday, KISS lead singer Gene Simmons vehemently denied he had endorsed Mitt Romney. On Friday morning, Simmons published a wildly expressive tweet, emphasizing in capital letters that “I HAVE NOT ENDORSED MITT ROMNEY FOR PRES.” Simmons went on to write a long screed on his official website lamenting how the media had taken his words out of context and reiterated he had not endorsed anyone, and didn’t understand why anyone cared who he voted for anyways.
  • The big March jobs miss — and why the real unemployment rate sure ain’t 8.2%

    04/06/2012 10:07:40 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 2 replies
    AEI ^ | April 6,2012 | James Pethokoukis
    Recall that back in 2009, White House economists Jared Bernstein and Christina Romer used their old-fashioned Keynesian model to predict how the $800 billion stimulus would affect employment. According to their model—as displayed in the above chart, updated—unemployment should be around 5.8% today. But the true measure of U.S. unemployment is far worse: 1. If the size of the U.S. labor force as a share of the total population was the same as it was when Barack Obama took office—65.7% then vs. 63.8% today down from last month—the U-3 unemployment rate would be 10.9%. 2. But what if you take...
  • Allen West Accuses CNN's Kyra Phillips Of Leading Him ‘Into A Rabbit Hole’ With Questions

    04/06/2012 10:01:38 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 17 replies
    mediaite ^ | 4-6-12 | Noah Rothman
    CNN Anchor Kyra Phillips hosted Rep. Allen West (R-FL) where he weighed in on the rumors that he is on a short list for vice president, the Trayvon Martin killing and President Obama’s health care law in the Supreme Court. The illuminating interview became heated when Phillips asked West to weigh in on gay marriage rights, at which point West accused Phillips of leading him down a “rabbit hole.”
  • California sues Orange County over $73.5 million in property taxes

    04/06/2012 9:25:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/6/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    California state officials sued Orange County on Thursday to recoup $73.5 million in property taxes, . . . County has withheld property taxes this year that normally pay for K-12 schools and community colleges – money that the county believes is its own.
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - GOOD FRIDAY, April 6, 2012

    04/06/2012 8:15:15 AM PDT · by IMissPresidentReagan · 60 replies
    The EiB Network ^ | 04/06/2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    AND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable little fuzz ball, the highly-trained broadcast specialist, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have, from behind the golden EIB microphone, firmly ensconced in the prestigious Attila-the-Hun chair at the Limbaugh Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies, serving humanity simply by showing up, and he’s not retiring until every American agrees with him, do NOT doubt him, with shrieks of joy at the mere mention of his name...
  • Santorum’s campaign releases their delegate count: Romney 571, Santorum 342

    04/06/2012 7:41:42 AM PDT · by Qbert · 38 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | April 5th, 2012 | The Right Scoop
    This is interesting. There’s a lot of issues as to how this will be handled at the convention by the RNC as they explain below, but their numbers certainly look better than the media’s counts. I’m sure they will be analyzed quite at bit in the coming days: The Media’s Delegate Math is Wrong There are a couple of fundamental flaws with the delegate counts that the media keeps that reveals that this race is much closer than they report: 1)      Florida, Arizona, and quite possibly Puerto Rico will be proportional rather than Winner Take All.  They broke RNC rules...
  • Jobless Claims Keep Getting Revised Up [56 of last 57 weeks, Obama's numbers have been wrong]

    04/06/2012 7:33:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | 4/5/12 | Eric Morath
    News Thursday that the U.S. Department of Labor revised upward its weekly initial jobless-claims number for the previous week didn’t cause much of a huge stir on financial markets, but it represented the latest in an unusual string of adjustments to the closely followed data. The Labor Department has now revised upward its first estimate of seasonally adjusted claims in 56 of the past 57 weeks, a Dow Jones analysis of claims reports found. Revisions to government data occur on a regular basis but it is uncommon for numbers to nearly always be restated in the same direction.
  • Tyler Perry Pulled Over, Says Racial Profiling

    04/06/2012 7:18:52 AM PDT · by And2TheRepublic · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 5th, 2012 | Andrew Chow
    Tyler Perry's April 1 Facebook post about police pulling him over was no April Fool's joke: The highest-paid man in entertainment is accusing a pair of white Atlanta police officers of racial profiling. Four days later, Perry's post boasts more than 117,000 "likes," 21,000 comments, and 12,000 shares. Atlanta police have launched an internal investigation, E! News reports. Perry's predicament began when he admittedly made a left turn from a far-right lane -- a trick his security detail taught him, to make sure he wasn't being followed, Perry explained on Facebook. Two white Atlanta police officers pulled him over, but...
  • Obama's female forum: Just in time for campaign? [JOKER pretends to care about women]

    04/06/2012 7:07:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    CBS ^ | 4/6/12
    The White House will host a forum on women and the economy, just as the latest political buzz focuses on the growing gender gap in America. It's the talk of cable news - whichever Republican candidate President Obama faces starts from behind with one of the most important group of voters: women.
  • Andrea Advocates For Planned Parenthood

    04/06/2012 6:27:40 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is it the role of a "correspondent," as opposed to a pundit, to advocate on a controversial subject? Apparently Andrea Mitchell thinks it's just fine. On today's Morning Joe, Mitchell, NBC's chief foreign affairs correspondent, twice spoke in defense of Planned Parenthood. She claimed to distinguish PP's role in providing abortions from the screening services it offers women, and criticized the decision of the Texas state government to prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving federal screening funds. But funds being fungible, Mitchell was effectively advocating for all of Planned Parenthood, including its role as the nation's largest abortion provider. View the...
  • Congressman's Audience Demands Obama Investigation

    04/06/2012 6:13:52 AM PDT · by TexasVoter · 32 replies
    Center for Western Journalism ^ | 04/05/2012 | Daniel Noe
    Tom Ballantyne Jr., author of “Oh Really, O’Reilly?“, went to a meeting of the Red Mountain Tea Party in Arizona on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Although cameras were not allowed into the meeting, Tom was able to sneak in a recording device. In the video Ballantyne asks Arizona Republican Congressman (and Senate hopeful) Jeff Flake about his views on ForgeryGate, the controversy revolving around Barack Obama’s forged birth certificate and selective service card that the mainstream media on both sides seeks to hide. The results aren’t pretty…
  • Job Growth Loses Steam (Unexpectedly Bad!)

    04/06/2012 5:54:00 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 72 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/06/12 | Josh Mitchell etal
    WASHINGTON—U.S. job growth slowed in March, and the labor force shrank, signaling that the economy could be losing momentum.Jobs outside of agriculture grew by 120,000 last month—half the number that the economy added the prior month—the Labor Department said Friday, marking the first time since November that job growth fell below 200,000. The unemployment rate, obtained by a separate survey of U.S. households, ticked down a tenth of a percentage point to 8.2%, but the drop resulted in part from fewer Americans seeking work.Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires expected a gain of 203,000 in payrolls and for the jobless...
  • NFP Big Miss: 120K, Expectations 205K, Unemployment 8.2% (Election time number crunching)

    04/06/2012 5:51:53 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/06/12 | Tyler Durden
    March NFP big miss at just 120K. Unemployment rate declines from 8.3% to 8.2%. [SNIP] The unemployment rate drops to 8.2% for one simple reason: the number of people not in the labor force is back to all time highs: 87,897,000.
  • The Muslim Brotherhood’s Charm Offensive in Washington

    04/06/2012 5:51:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 6, 2012 | Jacob Laksin
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - The Muslim Brotherhood’s Charm Offensive in WashingtonPosted By Jacob Laksin On April 6, 2012 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment Khairat al-Shater, Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate. The Muslim Brotherhood’s American charm offensive got off to a rough start this week. Members of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Brotherhood’s political wing, arrived in Washington D.C. this week for a series of meetings with U.S. officials, media, and think tanks, with the purpose of presenting a moderate image of the Brotherhood and allaying fears that it will impose Sharia law and...
  • Germany to impose tax on the young to help the old

    04/06/2012 5:22:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | April 4, 2012 | Bruno Waterfield
    Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats have drafted proposals forcing all those over the age of 25 to pay a proportion of their income to cushion Germany against a looming population crisis. The German Chancellor's ruling party is seeking extra sources of cash to pay for soaring pensions and bills for social care costs at a time when Germany's "baby boomer" generation is ageing amid a decline in the birth rate.
  • Social Darwinism? 'Radical’ Ryan Budget Spends 46% More than Clinton Did

    04/06/2012 5:13:16 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/6/2012 | John Merline
    Even in a city known for hyperbole, the attacks by Democrats on Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan stand out. It’s “bad news in every single direction,” said New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney, and “extreme and divisive,” according to Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado. President Obama went furthest, saying in a speech this week that Ryan’s “draconian cuts” would “impose a radical vision on our country.” So does Ryan’s budget proposal live up to this radical billing? Not at all. That is, not unless you’d call Obama’s Democratic predecessor, Bill Clinton, an even more extreme radical.
  • RNC neutrality challenged on Romney

    04/06/2012 2:08:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | April 6, 2012 | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    The Republican National Committee was supposed to play the part of umpire in the GOP presidential primary, but some Republicans are grumbling that the committee wasn’t just calling balls and strikes. 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. For example,...
  • Gingrich speaks at 9-12 Delaware Patriots meeting

    04/06/2012 1:47:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    WGMD - DELMARVA | April 5, 2012 | Andrew Koch
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich capped his busy Thursday of cris-crossing Delaware by speaking at the 9-12 Delaware Patriots’ Sussex County chapter in the Millsboro Fire Hall. With several candidates for local and statewide offices in attendance, ranging from Glen Urquhart to Tom Kovach, Gingrich outlined his platform and vision for putting America back on the right track. He interacted with the audience from the podium, rolling with shouted remarks from attendees, and even referring to an Android tablet a man in the front row was using to talk about innovation through technology to make the government more efficient. He...