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  • Obama has held more re-election fundraisers than previous five Presidents combined....

    04/29/2012 8:50:56 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies
    Obama has held more re-election fundraisers than previous five Presidents combined as he visits key swing states on 'permanent campaign' By Toby Harnden PUBLISHED: 07:41 EST, 29 April 2012 | UPDATED: 10:06 EST, 29 April 2012 Barack Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than all five Presidents since Richard Nixon combined, according to figures to be published in a new book. Obama is also the only president in the past 35 years to visit every electoral battleground state in his first year of office. The figures, contained a in a new book called The Rise of the President’s...
  • Mitt Romney: Supports Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants (Sep 6, 2011)

    04/29/2012 8:48:54 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies ^ | Sep 6, 2011 | Mitt Romney
    MITT ROMNEY: "But my view is that those 12 million who have come here illegally should be given the opportunity to sign up to stay here..." So much for another lie by Romney that he is the toughest on Illegals
  • State's immigration tide shifts back to Mexico

    04/29/2012 8:34:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | April 29, 2012 | by: ALLIE SHAH and PAM LOUWAGIE
    Sales of suitcases and duffel bags are brisk at Las Petacas Luggage on E. Lake Street in Minneapolis. Owner Santos Jimenez Hernandes says he sells lots of luggage to people on their way back to Mexico. "The majority of the people are telling me that they've had problems with immigration," he said. Signs of the change are evident in Minnesota, where the number of Mexican-born immigrants has "leveled off some" over the past five years and is now around 60,000, according to estimates from State Demographer Susan Brower. Brower said her sense is that the number of jobs has declined....
  • Hundreds Of Protestors Take New York By Storm In Fight Against ‘War On Women’

    04/29/2012 8:32:21 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    Hundreds Of Protestors Take New York By Storm In Fight Against ‘War On Women’ April 29, 2012 11:04 AM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) - Hundreds of protesters marched on Saturday in New York City against what they say are setbacks to equal rights and reproductive rights for women. Saturday’s march against the “war on women” was one of dozens around the country. Protesters marched from Washington Square down Broadway to Foley Square. They chanted “Not the church, not the state, women must control their fate.” Brenda Reiss says she was taking part in the protest because of efforts in several states...
  • Obama: 'I was born in Hawaii,' wink, wink (taunts Trump, complements press on digging up truth)

    04/29/2012 8:14:03 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 209 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | April 29, 2012 | Drew Zahn
    Barack Obama opened last night’s White House Correspondents Dinner – an annual chuckle-fest with D.C. reporters and pop culture celebrities – with a pair of jokes and a wink about his supposed Hawaii birthplace. He began with more veiled joke alluding to April 28 of last year, when the White House released to the press a copy of his purported long-form birth certificate, a move prompted in part by calls from Donald Trump to see evidence of Obama’s eligibility to be president. “My fellow Americans, we gather during a historic anniversary,” Obama said. “Last year at this time, in fact...
  • Obama's Senior Swindle

    04/29/2012 7:55:20 AM PDT · by Innovative · 7 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 7, 2012 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    The most politically brazen feature of Obamacare has always been its looting of Medicare. About half of Obamacare's costs are to be covered with money taken from an already nearly bankrupt program for seniors. Anticipating a senior revolt, the administration took action. It ran millions of dollars' worth of taxpayer-funded TV ads .... But the administration didn't stop there. Instead, it launched an $8.35 billion "demonstration project" to postpone the vast majority of Obamacare's Medicare Advantage cuts until after what Obama likes to call his "last election." In truth, this isn't really a demonstration project at all. It's something closer...
  • TN GOP targets 'frivolous' lawsuits - Tennessee GOP warns filers they could face high fees

    04/29/2012 7:52:30 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Nashville Tennessean | 4/29/12 | Duane W. Gang
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  • Democrats tax the rich -- and help some get richer

    04/29/2012 7:35:12 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/29/12 | Dan Walters
    One hears a lot of noise these days in and out of the Capitol about "the 1 percent" – those at the top of the income pecking order – and the moral imperative to levy higher taxes on them to support public services. The narrative from left-wing activists and their political allies is that those at the top have rapaciously gathered more wealth while the poor get poorer and those in the middle class struggle to keep afloat. We'll hear a lot more in the coming months because Gov. Jerry Brown and his fellow Democrats in the Legislature are beating...
  • Are We Still Serious About Our Republic

    04/29/2012 6:40:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | April 29, 2012 | Austin Hill
    "...Are you serious?"Those are three simple words that form one simple question. And the question has led us to this moment in time. Recall in October of 2009, when then-Speaker of the U.S House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi was asked about the formulation of the Obamacare bill, and she asked that very question of a reporter. “Madam Speaker,” a reporter from said to her, “where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?” Ms. Pelosi seemed surprised. Her indignant “are you serious?” response was followed with a slight bit of nervous laughter,...
  • Court balance in play this election

    04/29/2012 6:40:28 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 82 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 27, 2012 | Brian Calle
    The stakes in this year's election are higher than normal because the next president may have the unusual opportunity to impact the ideological direction of the Supreme Court, untypical of any one presidential term. During the next presidential term, starting in January 2013, of the nine Supreme Court justices, "three of the justices will be in their 80s," notes Clint Bolick, author of the new book, "Two-Fer: Electing a President and a Supreme Court." "[W]hoever is elected in November may have the rare chance to reinforce or alter the courts balance," he said. And with Supreme Court rulings like Citizens...
  • Open Carrying of Firearms(MO)

    04/29/2012 6:20:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 28 April, 2012 | NA
    The Washington City Council is considering a ban on open carry of firearms. Police Chief Ken Hahn has asked the council to pass an ordinance that would prohibit people from openly carrying a firearm in the city. There is no need for anyone other than a law enforcement officer, or the military, to openly carry a firearm in the city. We do have in Missouri a law that permits the carrying of a concealed weapon as long as a permit is obtained. To obtain a permit, the process includes a degree of training in the use of the firearm. The...
  • Young Voters: Obama’s a Cool President, and You’re a Broke Clod Living with Mommy

    04/29/2012 6:14:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | April 29, 2012 | Doug Giles
    Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s show this past week and did a slow jam with Fallon and his house band—a brilliant move by the Entertainer-in-Chief. I thought it was both funny and smart. From a comedy perspective, it was well-written and well-performed by Obama, Fallon and The Roots. In terms of cleverness, it was shrewd in that the young people who watch Jimmy’s show probably don’t—or won’t—follow the manifold ways BHO has hammered the U.S. through his policies, and the majority of them love to laugh. Ignorance + a Funny Bone = Ripe Pickings for the President. So, from a...
  • Lyons: Facts don’t bother pundits(Zimmerman/Martin)

    04/29/2012 6:05:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 33 replies ^ | 28 April, 2012 | Gene Lyons
    Almost from the beginning, there were two aspects of the “George Zimmerman as racist assassin” story that made little sense. First, who calls the police, then murders a total stranger in cold blood knowing that the cops are minutes away? Panic seemed likelier than malice. Second, how does a 28-year-old man with a desk job catch a fleeing 17-year-old high school athlete, anyway? I say “almost,” because like most Americans, I responded to the Trayvon Martin tragedy as President Obama did — in sorrow, and with pity for the immense dignity of the young man’s parents. They and their son...
  • A Plumber To Snake The DC Drain

    04/29/2012 5:58:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | April 29, 2012 | Derek Hunter
    Some people enter the public consciousness willingly; others accidentally. But how one gets there has little to do with how one handles it once the national spotlight begins to shine. Some step up. Some melt like an ice sculpture on a hot summer day. Because the spotlight doesn’t turn you into something you’re not; it accentuates who you are. Similarly, progressives argue money corrupts politics. Not so. Money may be the means through which corruption is conducted, but honest people never seem to find themselves in those situations. They never have to walk away from bribes because the bribes...
  • Largest Donor to Obama Super PAC Calls Mormonism a 'Cult'

    04/29/2012 5:54:21 AM PDT · by Internet Walnut · 87 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Apr 28, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    Bill Maher, the largest donor to President Obama's super PAC, called Mormonism a "cult" on his HBO show last night, and said that donating money to that religion doesn't count as charity because it's "bulls---."
  • Happy Anniversary Harry Reid (It's been 1,096 days since the Democrats passed a budget)

    04/29/2012 5:43:00 AM PDT · by BlueBerrier0341 · 7 replies
    Teaparty Nation ^ | 4-29-12 | Judson Philips
    Today is an anniversary for Harry Reid and the Party of Poverty. It is a day they are going to ignore and they will hope that Americans ignore too. What is the Harry Reid anniversary and why should we rub it in their faces?
  • 'Buffett rule': An exercise in hypocrisy

    04/29/2012 5:04:45 AM PDT · by BlueBerrier0341 · 17 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 4-28-12 | Jason Lewis
    Its namesake and others seek higher taxes while dodging them themselves.Sometimes, it's all just too much to take. The president himself has admitted, if not in so many words, that the so-called Buffett Rule is little more than a gimmick. Bringing in $4.7 billion per year won't do much to solve $1.4 trillion dollar deficits. And, the administration concedes, this latest attempt at soaking the rich does little to spur growth.
  • Running on empty: As the Obama presidency goes, so goes the campaign

    04/29/2012 5:04:00 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 37 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3:28 AM, April 29, 2012 | by Peggy Noonan
    There is every reason to be deeply skeptical of President Obama’s prospects in November. Republicans feel an understandable anxiety about Mr. Obama’s coming campaign: It will be all slice and dice, divide and conquer, break the country into little pieces and pick up as many as you can. But it still matters that the president doesn’t have a coherent agenda, or a political philosophy that is really clear to people. To the extent he has a philosophy, it tends to pop up furtively in stray comments and then go away. This is to a unique degree a presidency of inference,...
  • Early Elections May Help Netanyahu Get Rid of (Ehud) Barak

    04/29/2012 4:42:32 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/4/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    If Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu calls early elections, Ehud Barak, a thorn in the coalition’s official backing of Judea and Samaria, could be left out in the cold. The trigger for possible elections later this year is the movement for changing the military draft system, whose critics have targeted exemptions or shorter terms of service for young men studying Torah. The Prime Minister said Sunday he backs military service for all Jews and civilian service of Arabs, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with leaders of the “suckers’ rally” that has staged a week-long demonstration opposite his office. Protest leaders said...
  • One Chance (Vomit Alert)

    04/29/2012 2:16:00 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | Barry's Youtube Page
    Video at link
  • Rick ok with new Romney hire

    04/29/2012 1:29:05 AM PDT · by svxdave · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/29/2012 | Charllie Mahtesian
    In another sign that Republicans are uniting behind Mitt Romney with an eye to November, Rick Santorum's national campaign manager has signed on as Romney's deputy national director of coalitions. The Union Leader reports today that the Romney camp reached out to New Hampshire-based activist Mike Biundo not long after Santorum left the race for a post that will involve coalition-building with key conservative coalitions such as "tea party activists, evangelicals, the pro-life community and the Second Amendment community." Santorum has yet to formally endorse Romney, and his camp has been careful to note that a scheduled May 4 meeting...
  • The Mob in Mobile: The roosting of the Trayvon Martin chickens.

    04/29/2012 12:46:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4.25.12 | Quin Hillyer
    MOBILE, Ala. -- Last Saturday night at 8:20 p.m., when the white Matthew Owens was beaten into critical condition by a mob of dozens of black neighbors, Al Sharpton and the New Black Panthers got what they wanted: a white victim, any white victim, in payback for the killing of Trayvon Martin. May God have mercy on their miserable souls -- because the rest of us should shun them mercilessly from all decent society. Delmar Drive is one of those long, long blocks, the equivalent of probably four long city blocks without a single cross street, which sometimes gets wedged...
  • Palin Endorses Mourdock, KO’s GOP Establishment Group’s Plans in Indiana

    04/28/2012 10:43:17 PM PDT · by tennmountainman · 44 replies ^ | Tony Lee
    At 2:51 p.m. eastern time on Friday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who many in the Republican establishment try to dismiss as being irrelevant, endorsed Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock on her Facebook page over establishment Republican incumbent Richard Lugar. Four hours later, at 6:36 p.m. eastern time, Politico ran a story about how the “American Action Network,” previously described as the establishment cavalry, would be pulling out of the Indiana race.
  • California Governor's Mansion has a black cat mystery to solve

    04/28/2012 8:22:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The tour guides at the old Governor's Mansion in Sacramento are trying to solve a mystery, one that involves a black cat. One of the guides, John Casey, is the grandson of former Gov. Pat Brown, the last governor to live in the Victorian mansion at 16th and H streets, and therefore the nephew of the current governor, Jerry Brown. Casey was given the black ceramic cat by his aunt, former Treasurer Kathleen Brown, with a story that Pat Brown used it to denote whether his conversations with reporters at the mansion were on or off the record. If the...
  • Jimmy Kimmel Headlines 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner (video)

    04/28/2012 8:13:15 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 16 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | April 28, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    Comedian Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner. -- FULL VIDEO
  • Lawyer: Angela Corey missed deadline to release evidence

    04/28/2012 8:02:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    WKMG-TV ^ | April 28, 2012 | Sean Lavin, Assignment Editor
    SANFORD, Fla. - As controversy over the $200,000 George Zimmerman raised on PayPal took center stage Friday, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey's decision to ignore legal questions raised over whether she's obeying Florida's public record law went largely unnoticed. But the issue of whether Corey has the legal right to continue preventing the public from seeing the evidence she says proves Zimmerman committed the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin seems to be coming to a head. The special prosecutor's office on Friday refused to make that evidence public -- even though an attorney fighting for the public's access insists Friday...
  • President Obama Addresses The 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner (video)

    04/28/2012 7:31:34 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 29 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | April 28, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    President Obama addresses the 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner at the Washington, DC Hilton hotel.
  • J. Christian Adams: You Are Up Against Liars and Destroyers

    04/28/2012 7:24:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | April 28, 20102 | Katie Pavlich
    DOJ whistleblower and author of Injustice J. Christian Adams, gave a battle cry to attendants at the 2012 True the Vote Summit working against voter fraud Saturday afternoon. Adams is the man who exposed the radical racial agenda of the Obama Justice Department after Attorney General Eric Holder refused to prosecute members of the New Black Panther party for intimidating voters outside of a Philadelphia polling place with a billy club in 2008. He also published photos of President Obama marching with the New Black Panther party before he moved into the White House. Notable quotes from his speech: “What...
  • Tea Party Battles GOP Establishment In Texas Senate Race

    04/28/2012 6:12:26 PM PDT · by reformedcrat · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4-28-2012 | Tom Thurlow
    Enter the Texas Tea Party's favorite GOP Senate candidate, Ted Cruz. "These bureaucracies," Cruz recently e-mailed me, "must be reined in. Instead of allowing the people to participate in the democratic process, the bureaucrats create the rule and then declare that it will benefit society, sidestepping the constitutional legislative process. That's why we must re-establish the proper role of the federal government. To do that, we need new leadership in the U.S. Senate." Read more:
  • Blacks in South L.A. Have A Bleaker Jobs Picture Than In 1992 [Except Millionaire Maxine Waters!]

    04/28/2012 5:23:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 24 replies
    LATimes ^ | April 27, 2012 | Ricardo Lopez
    Blacks in South L.A. Have A Bleaker Jobs Picture Than In 1992 Median income in South Los Angeles is lower now than during the 1992 riots, and the unemployment rate has reached even more dire levels. By Ricardo Lopez April 28, 2012 Two decades after the L.A. riots brought pledges of help to rebuild South Los Angeles, the area is worse off in many ways than it was in 1992. Median income, when adjusted for inflation, is lower. Many middle-class blacks have fled in search of safer neighborhoods and better schools. And the unemployment rate, which was bad at the...
  • The Government’s Backward Approach on Student Loan Disbursement (Part 1)

    04/28/2012 5:10:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 28, 2012 | by Michael Janati
    For the first time in history, Americans owe more money on student loans than they do on credit cards.  At one trillion dollars and on the rise, the behemoth government takeover of the student loan industry has set into motion a new financial crisis. The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA), a bill attached to the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “ObamaCare”), was signed into law by Congress on March 30, 2010.  Essentially, the legislation scraps the bank-based program, and substitutes that with a direct-lending program, where students are required to take out loans through their financial aid office that...
  • FREE -- ALMOST (DRUDGE) (Will Obama cave)

    04/28/2012 5:08:05 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    Drudge ^ | April 28,2012
    Blind dissident makes daring escape... Takes refuge in US embassy... Strains US-China relations ahead of next week's visits... State Dept. 'silent'... CHEN SPEAKS OUT.. advocacy_for_chen_guangcheng_dates_back_years
  • Petraeus as GOP VP candidate?

    04/28/2012 5:07:24 PM PDT · by Andy from Chapel Hill · 61 replies
    What does FR think about CIA Director David Petraeus as the GOP VP candidate?
  • Romney shakes up the strategy, tones down rhetoric

    04/28/2012 4:52:22 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Saturday April 28, 2012
    WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney's Etch A Sketch moment is at hand. Now that he's the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Romney is shifting away from the "red-meat" issues of abortion and immigration and instead holding more events highlighting his appeal as a regular guy. He will favor more intimate settings, like the Ohio classroom, and a schedule that calls for fewer public appearances as the campaign hopes to show a softer side of the former Massachusetts governor who struggles at times to connect with average Americans. That's a dramatic difference from Obama, who feeds on large crowds and has...
  • Romney shakes up the strategy, tones down rhetoric

    04/28/2012 4:52:23 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 45 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Saturday April 28, 2012
    WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney's Etch A Sketch moment is at hand. Now that he's the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Romney is shifting away from the "red-meat" issues of abortion and immigration and instead holding more events highlighting his appeal as a regular guy. He will favor more intimate settings, like the Ohio classroom, and a schedule that calls for fewer public appearances as the campaign hopes to show a softer side of the former Massachusetts governor who struggles at times to connect with average Americans. That's a dramatic difference from Obama, who feeds on large crowds and has...
  • Woo hoo!! Let's keep her going!! [FReepathon thread XV]

    04/28/2012 4:50:22 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 534 replies
    Click here to pledge your support! ^ | April 28, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    Howdy everyone!! This FReepathon thread is for FReepers who believe in and support our pro-life, pro-family, pro-limited government conservative causes, enjoy reading and participating on FR, think it's a worthwhile endeavor and would like to help us keep it going. I retired the previous thread as it was being used by posters who obviously do not agree with our purposes here and or no longer enjoy participating on FR or no longer believe it is worthwhile. Hopefully, they'll respect us enough to stay off this thread. If they no longer enjoy FR, no longer respect us, etc, then perhaps they...
  • Conservative Candidate Fights RINOs in NC 13th District Primary

    04/28/2012 4:48:23 PM PDT · by Mustachistan · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4/28/12 | Rich Stowell
    WASHINGTON, April 28, 2012—In the 2010 midterms, voters sent two black Republicans to the House. Allen West (FL-22) and Tim Scott (SC-01) were the only two of a field of 32 to make it, and are currently the only African American Republicans in Congress. Bill Randall was in the field with West and Scott, and is coming back for a second try this year in North Carolina's 13th district. "The district has been redrawn, and now it is more favorable for a Republican," Randall said in an exclusive interview with the Washington Times Communities. North Carolina holds its primary on...
  • Bill Clinton to appear at fund-raiser with Obama on Sunday

    04/28/2012 3:51:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | April 28, 2012 | CNN Staff
    (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton will appear Sunday alongside President Barack Obama at a fund-raiser for Obama's re-election effort, a campaign official told CNN. The fund-raiser will take place in Virginia at the home of former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe. More than 500 supporters will attend a reception with the two presidents, and 80 will attend a dinner at the house, the campaign official said. Tickets for the reception started at $1,000 a person and tickets for the dinner were $20,000 a person.
  • How Apple Sidesteps Billions in Global Taxes

    04/28/2012 3:38:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 28, 2012 | by Charles Duhigg
    RENO, Nev. — Apple, the world’s most profitable technology company, doesn’t design iPhones here. It doesn’t run AppleCare customer service from this city. And it doesn’t manufacture MacBooks or iPads anywhere nearby. Yet, with a handful of employees in a small office here in Reno, Apple has done something central to its corporate strategy: it has avoided millions of dollars in taxes in California and 20 other states. Apple’s headquarters are in Cupertino, Calif. By putting an office in Reno, just 200 miles away, to collect and invest the company’s profits, Apple sidesteps state income taxes on some of those...
  • Arizona Right to Life Backs Jeff Flake for Senate Seat

    04/28/2012 2:56:01 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | March 9, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    The statewide pro-life organization Arizona Right to Life today announced it has endorsed Jeff Flake, a pro-life Republican congressman who is seeking the seat of retiring Senator Jon Kyl, who is pro-life. The Arizona Right to Life Political Action Committee said it endorsed Flake based on his strong pro-life voting record, which the National Right to Life Committee ranks at 98 percent. “AZRTL is proud to endorse Congressman Jeff Flake for U.S. Senate,” said Michelle Clements, president of Arizona Right to Life. “During his 12 years in Congress, Rep. Flake maintained a stellar pro-life voting record, consistently voting to protect...
  • A response to Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown on oil "subsidies"

    04/28/2012 2:55:39 PM PDT · by reaganator · 25 replies
    Senator Sherrod Brown's recent comments on reducing the federal budget deficit; > > "Cut $20 billion in spending by ending taxpayer-funded subsidies to the five biggest oil companies." $20 billion is a ridiculous amount to cite. The figure the other Democrat Socialist Statists use when demagoging this fabricated issue is around $4.3 billion in so-called government "subsidies". > > Senator Brown and President Obama talk about huge "subsidies" as if taxpayers are signing billion dollar checks to oil and gas companies. But oil companies do not get subsidies. Rather, like every other business, they are allowed to take tax deductions...

    04/28/2012 2:12:19 PM PDT · by Jerome Hudson · 9 replies
    big Government ^ | 04/28/2012 | wynton Hall
    The U.S. Federal Reserve estimates that of the 12 million American homeowners who have negative equity, 3 million--or 1 out of every 4--are borrowers with FHA-insured loans.
  • Barack Obama 'Making History' Again

    04/28/2012 1:47:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 28, 2012 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    America has had 43 presidents, but only a handful of them are considered truly great. First, of course, is the humble general and commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, George Washington, and certainly right behind him is Abraham Lincoln, who saved the Union and whose actions led to the abolition of slavery. Then there was foundational figurehead Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence and doubled the size of the country; a surprising wartime leader named Harry Truman whose bold decision brought the end of WWII; and the incomparable Ronald Reagan, communism-buster and Cold War victor. Now, after just three...
  • Easy Things You Can Do to Prevent Voter Fraud

    04/28/2012 1:25:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | April 28, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Happy Saturday Townhall readers! I'm in Houston, Texas today for the Second Annual True the Vote National Summit. I'll be posting throughout the day about the content of the sessions and speeches on the issue of voter fraud. To start things off, here is a list of easy things people can do to not only prevent voter fraud.   -Get involved with True the Vote and your local voter intergrity groups -Get trained as a poll watcher -Help train new poll watchers -Go through voter registration data rolls, matching obituaries to voter rolls “No representation without respiration” -Verify registrants -Consistently...
  • Justice Department Working With Radical Leftist Groups to Steal Elections

    04/28/2012 1:12:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | April 28, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    HOUSTON, TX- Judicial Watch is the largest non-profit government watchdog group in the country with a mission dedicated to prosecuting corruption. Headed by President Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch is armed and ready for election 2012 and the upcoming battle against voter fraud. Since the Obama administration came to power in 2009, Judicial Watch has filed more than 300 Freedom of Information Act requests with the Obama Administration. “It’s about time they are afraid of us,” Fitton said. “We just seek to enforce the law.” The Obama administration is no stranger to scandals; Fast and Furious, Solyndra, GSA, Secret Service, Black...
  • NM governor's grandfather not an illegal immigrant, became a US citizen in 1942

    04/28/2012 12:46:28 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 28 replies
    Newser ^ | Apr 27, 2012 4:03 PM CDT i | BARRY MASSEY |
    (AP) Ever since taking office last year as the nation's first Hispanic female governor, New Mexico's Susana Martinez found her family tree scrutinized over whether her grandfather was an illegal immigrant. Documents obtained by AP, however, show that he was lawfully admitted to the U.S. as a permanent resident in 1918 and became a citizen in 1942, something not even Martinez knew and a discovery that removes a potential trouble spot for someone talked about as an attractive Republican vice presidential prospect for Mitt Romney. Martinez was surprised at the news, ... The first-term governor insists she's not interested in...
  • Cantor-allied Young Guns Network urges non-Republicans to vote in Lugar race

    04/28/2012 11:51:23 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 55 replies ^ | 4/27/12 | By MAGGIE HABERMAN
    I reported the other day that the Young Guns Network, a group led by two former top aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, is spending $100,000 in the primary between Sen. Richard Lugar and state treasurer Richard Mourdock in a bid to protect the Indiana incumbent - and here's what some of that mail looks like. A lit piece that the YG Network dropped focuses, as they'd said it would, on energy policy - but it is targeted to non-Republicans, as it reminds voters that Indiana's GOP primary is an open one in which Democrats and independents can vote....
  • Paul Ryan Suddenly Decides That He Hates Ayn Rand

    04/28/2012 11:29:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 88 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/27/2012 | Dan Amira
    Yesterday, Ryan claimed that Ayn Rand's philosophy "reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview." But in 2005, Ryan said, "The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand," and in 2003, he claimed that he gave out copies of Atlas Shrugged as Christmas presents. And those two examples are really only the tip of the Rand-love iceberg. Is this how you impress Mitt Romney? By proving that you can flip-flop as egregiously as
  • Chen Guangcheng, Chinese Dissident, Went to U.S. Embassy for Protection, Friends Say

    04/28/2012 10:55:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, April 28 | Keith B. Richburg
    The U.S. and Chinese governments maintained their official silence Saturday on the whereabouts of the blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng, but local and overseas activists said the two sides were locked in a delicate diplomatic negotiation over the fate of the dissident who fled from house arrest last Sunday and is thought to be in Beijing under U.S. protection. The activists interviewed — some of whom were involved in helping Chen evade authorities for a week here in Beijing — said they believed Chen did not intend to seek political asylum but was sheltering in a U.S. diplomatic compound for protection...
  • ElBaradei gets behind new Egypt party

    04/28/2012 10:22:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    al-Reuters ^ | Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:35am EDT | (Additional reporting by Ali Abdelati; Writing by Tom Perry Editing by Maria Golovnina)
    Mohamed ElBaradei and other prominent Egyptians on Saturday launched a party which he said would one day govern the country, offering a new choice to voters seeking alternatives to Islamist parties that now dominate parliament. Though ElBaradei pulled out of the race for Egyptian presidency in January, his role in the new Dustour Party shows the Nobel Peace Prize winner and political liberal still aims to play a leading role in the future of the country of 80 million. … ElBaradei has been a prominent figure in the Egyptian reform movement since he returned to Egypt in 2010 and challenged...