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  • The New Swing States - video at link

    05/25/2012 8:51:00 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 2 replies
    Add PA, MN, NJ, WA to the list? http://www.dickmorris.com/the-new-swing-states-dick-morris-tv-lunch-alert
  • Forget Bain ó Obamaís public-equity record is the real scandal

    05/25/2012 8:34:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 24, 2012 | Marc A. Thiessen
    Despite a growing backlash from his fellow Democrats, President Obama has doubled down on his attacks on Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital. But the strategy could backfire in ways Obama did not anticipate. After all, if Romney’s record in private equity is fair game, then so is Obama’s record in public equity — and that record is not pretty. Since taking office, Obama has invested billions of taxpayer dollars in private businesses, including as part of his stimulus spending bill. Many of those investments have turned out to be unmitigated disasters — leaving in their wake bankruptcies, layoffs, criminal...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,WABC AM,May 25, 2012

    05/25/2012 8:28:04 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 153 replies
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  • Soros Funded Domestic Terrorist Brett Kimberlin Whose 'Job' Is Terrorizing Bloggers Into Silence

    05/25/2012 8:26:04 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 10 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 25, 2012 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Be prepared to enter an alternate universe bizarre beyond any stretch of what you thought even possible. And then keep reading, because this may be one of the most important exposes published on The Blaze to date. It will explain in frightening detail what it means to speak the truth at the expense of losing all you hold dear. And will reveal how easy it has been for one convicted domestic terrorist ó backed by George Soros and Barbara Streisand alike ó to use the U.S. legal system, as well as less desirable channels, to silence those who have dared...
  • Exclusive Audio: 'Progressive' Meghan McCain, January 2010: 'Tea Party Fringe' will Fizzle

    05/25/2012 8:22:50 AM PDT · by bigbob · 11 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 5-25-12 | Meredith Dake
    Meghan McCain went on MSNBC's "Politics Nation" with Al Sharpton to whine about how Republicans don't like her because she's a "moderate Republican." "Many people in the Republican party treat me like I'm a freak... mutant," she lamented. She claimed that an extremist, hateful far-right excludes her because of all of her hip, young, moderate views. She shared Sharpton's view that she represents a new voting block of young women who won't be interested in the "scary" party that has developed. But Meghan McCain hasn't always been a "moderate" Republican. In January 2010, she was a "progressive" one.
  • Motley Crue bassist is over Obama

    05/25/2012 7:55:27 AM PDT · by no dems · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | May 7, 2012 | Caitlin McDevitt
    Nikki Sixx of MŲtley CrŁe isnít feeling good about President Obama anymore. The heavy metal bandís bassist was an Obama supporter but now says POTUS has been a disappointment. Knocking Obama for keeping up with celebrities, Sixx tweeted on Saturday, ďOur president is commenting on Kanye, having Lindsey at his party and failing our economy. I used to believe in him but it's time for change!Ē
  • Carney: Obama Fiscal Restraint (What A Joke!!!)

    05/25/2012 7:49:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | Fritz Pfister
    The WSJ MarketWatch said: ďSales of existing homes rose 3.4% in April and distressed activity tapered off as the slow housing market recovery took further root.Ē More like a root canal. Home sales still languish well below a healthy level of six and one half million at an annualized rate of 4.62 million. Then the home builders reported new home sales were up 3.3% to a pace of 343,000 when 750,000 is considered healthy. Yes sir, theyíre closing back in on the 1.5 million highs! Why such a snailís pace of improvement? Michelle Meyer U.S. economist for Bank of America...
  • Senate Dems Ready for 'Paycheck Fairness Act' Fight (Lilly Ledbetter redux.)

    05/25/2012 7:46:20 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 11 replies
    http://www.weeklystandard.com ^ | May 24, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    After the Lilly Ledbetter Act passed in Congress and was signed into law, President Obama and Senate Democrats were self-congratulatory. We passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- the first bill I signed -- so that equal pay for equal work is a reality all across this country," Obama said, praising himself and his colleagues. "We are very proud of legislation we have passed Ö to guarantee gender pay equity with the Lilly Ledbetter law," Democratic senator Ben Cardin said, offering himself and Democrats more praise. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, also a Democrat, likewise offered congratulations to herself: "I am...
  • Whites Are Minority in Texas: Texas officially a 'Majority-Minority' State

    05/25/2012 7:44:17 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 61 replies
    Houston News/Michael Berry Show ^ | May 25, 2012 | KTRH staff
    With more than half the population being a non-white 55.2 percent, Texas joins New Mexico, California, Hawaii, and Washington D.C. with a "majority-minority" status, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Majority-minority is a legal term used to describe a U.S. state that has a racial composition of less than 50 percent white. The Census Bureau defines individuals who are considered 'white' as non-Hispanics who have family origins in Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz grilled on CNN

    05/25/2012 7:41:32 AM PDT · by AmonAmarth · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | May 25th 2012 | MJ LEE
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz found herself under fire Friday for President Barack Obamaís attacks against Mitt Romneyís record at Bain Capital, as the DNC chairwoman was grilled during an appearance on CNN about the ďhypocrisyĒ of the presidentís campaign strategy. ďWhy is it not hypocrisy for the president to take campaign donations from private equity when heís attacking private equity and making that a central part of his campaign?Ē CNNís Christine Romans asked the Florida congresswoman. Wasserman Schultz shot back, ďThatís not just comparing apples and oranges. Itís comparing apples and coconuts.Ē ďAccepting a contribution from a particular person involved...
  • George F. Will: Diversity politics trips up campaign to reclaim Ted Kennedyís Senate seat

    05/25/2012 7:38:37 AM PDT · by AmonAmarth · 16 replies
    National Post ^ | May 25th 2012 | George F. Will
    Blond, blue-eyed Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor is seeking to regain Ted Kennedyís old Massachusetts Senate for the Democrats and who cites ďfamily loreĒ that she is 1/32nd Cherokee, was inducted into Oklahomaís Hall of Fame last year. Her biography on oklahomaheritage.com says she ďcan track both sides of her family in Oklahoma long before statehoodĒ (1907) and ďshe proudly tells everyone she encounters that she is Ďan Okie to my toes.íĒ It does not mention any Cherokee great-great-great-grandmother. A DVD of the induction ceremony shows that neither Warren nor anyone else mentioned this. The kerfuffle that has earned Warren...
  • Another Obamacare Debacle

    05/25/2012 7:11:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    The Affordable Care Act Ė aka: ObamaCare Ė contained an "incentive" for Small Business Owners who did not provide health care insurance for their employees to add the benefit. Like much of the rest of the legislation that the Democrats just had to pass so we could find out what was in it, that provision appears to be yet another bust. With their rose-colored glasses on the Obama Administration projected that 4 million small business owners would take the bait and start providing health care insurance benefits for their workers. The government run Small Business Administration's estimate was a tad...
  • The ĎGay Marriageí Spin

    05/25/2012 7:04:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | Rebecca Hagelin
    The American people are not stupid. Recently President Obama announced he‚Äôd discovered a new conviction in favor of homosexual ‚Äėmarriage‚ÄĚ (conveniently timed to maximize his standing at a $15 million Hollywood fundraiser among the liberal glitterati). It was nothing more than a blatant attempt to fire up his base, particularly young liberal and independent voters: if they don‚Äôt vote, Obama loses big-time. But the American people are not buying into his pandering. A CBS/ New York Times poll found that 67% of all Americans believe Obama‚Äôs announcement was ‚Äúmostly for political reasons.‚ÄĚ Just 24% thought his decision came ‚Äúmostly because...
  • Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Which President Is the Biggest Spender of All?

    05/25/2012 6:58:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchelll
    A financial columnist named Rex Nutting recently triggered a firestorm of controversy by claiming that Barack Obama is not a big spender. Hereís the chart he prepared, which certainly seems to indicate that Obama is a fiscal conservative. Not only that, it shows that Republicans generally are the big spenders, while Democrats are frugal with other peopleís money.In some ways, these numbers donít surprise me. Iíve explained before that Bush bears a lot of blame for the big expansion in the burden of government this century, and Iíve specifically pointed out that he deserves the blame for most of the...
  • Filings raise more questions on Warrenís ethnic claims

    05/25/2012 6:35:56 AM PDT · by pabianice · 16 replies
    Boston Fishwrap ^ | 5/25/12 | Carmichael
    Elizabeth Warren has not proven she has a Native American ancestor, instead saying she based her belief on family lore. US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has said she was unaware that Harvard Law School had been promoting her purported Native American heritage until she read about it in a newspaper several weeks ago. But for at least six straight years during Warrenís tenure, Harvard University reported in federally mandated diversity statistics that it had a Native American woman in its senior ranks at the law school. According to both Harvard officials and federal guidelines, those statistics are almost always based...
  • Overreach by Unions in Wisconsin

    05/25/2012 6:34:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    The Wisconsin recall election of Republican Gov. Scott Walker is not going quite like the unions and the Democratic Party expected. Back in 2011, many pundits thought that the governor had overreached when he took on public employee unions, restricting -- though not eliminating -- collective bargaining rights. But he did so because he inherited a state in dire financial shape with a deficit of $3.6 billion and public employee pensions and benefits that threatened to bankrupt the state. When a Republican-controlled legislature tried to pass legislation to rein in the abuses, Democratic representatives literally fled the state to...
  • Hillary for Spare Tire

    05/25/2012 6:20:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | Suzanne Fields
    Hillary Clinton has gone through more reincarnations than Shirley MacLaine, who insists that when she was a Moorish girl in the ninth century, she had an affair with Charlemagne. Hillary has no such exotic tales in her past -- Bubba is exotic enough -- but she has gone through a number of roles for women who no longer stay home and bake cookies. She was not content to stay home to be a first lady, and was perceived as a "co-president" before her disastrous scheme for reforming health care put a humiliating end to that. She was elected senator from...
  • Justices Uphold Retrials Even After Juries Reject Charges [Women on SCOTUS vote to free baby killer]

    05/25/2012 6:08:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 5/25/12 | Adam Liptak
    The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a criminal defendant may be retried even though the jury in his first trial had unanimously rejected the most serious charges against him. The vote was 6 to 3, with the justices split over whether the constitutional protection against double jeopardy barred such reprosecutions.
  • Romney Woos Senator Rand Paul

    05/25/2012 6:00:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/25/2012 | Robert Costa
    Sources close to Senator Rand Paul tell National Review Online that Paul and Mitt Romney had a private meeting on Wednesday. Details of the topics discussed are hazy, but Paul ó the son of Texas congressman (and presidential candidate) Ron Paul ó reportedly found the meeting productive. The one-on-one conversation in the nationís capital lasted 30 minutes. Sources say the tone was cordial but it wasnít meant to be an exchange of pleasantries. The Kentucky Republican focused his questions on policy. Senator Paul is one of the GOPís rising stars. Many of his fatherís followers are wary of Romney, the...
  • 'Austerity' Talk Is Just Political Cover for More Government Spending

    05/25/2012 5:59:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    President Obama, new French President Francois Hollande and other political leaders have called for less "austerity" as a way to help the troubled economies on both sides of the Atlantic. That's the polite way of saying they want more government spending and larger deficits. But U.S. voters have a fundamentally different view. Sixty-one percent believe that cutting government spending is what those ailing European economies need. Just 20 percent agree with the political leaders. Not surprisingly, American voters think that the same prescription is needed closer to home. Most believe cuts in government spending help the economy and an increase...
  • Elizabeth Warren: Mom says I'm Native American (Still sticking to the lie)

    05/25/2012 5:55:29 AM PDT · by AmonAmarth
    Politico ^ | May 25th 2012 | MJ LEE
    An exasperated Elizabeth Warren told reporters Thursday that sheís certain about her Native American roots ďbecause my mother told me so.Ē Surrounded by a group of reporters, the Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate was repeatedly questioned about why she hasnít produced documentation to prove that she is part Native American. After several minutes of grilling, Warren said, ďI am proud of my family and I am proud of my heritage.Ē ďAnd does it include Indian background?Ē one reporter asked, according to the first report by masslive.com that was aired on several local Boston TV stations.. ďYes! Yes!Ē Warren said. ďHow do...
  • Colin Powell Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

    05/25/2012 5:50:52 AM PDT · by AmonAmarth · 20 replies
    BET ^ | May 24th 2012 | Joyce Jones
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell isnít yet ready to endorse a presidential candidate, but on Wednesday evening, he endorsed same-sex marriage. Powell, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1993 when ďDonít Ask, Donít TellĒ was implemented, said in an interview on CNNís The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer that he has ďno problemĒ with marriage equality and speculated that most Americans are prepared to adapt to changing times. ďAs I've thought about gay marriage, I know a lot of friends who are individually gay but are in partnerships with loved ones. And they are stable...
  • Politico Lets Obama Off Unemployment Hook: 'Bad Numbers Beyond His Control'

    05/25/2012 5:37:38 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If between now and Election Day unemployment numbers improve, particularly if they dip below the 8% barrier, you know President Obama, with an MSM assist, will be out there pounding his chest about the number of jobs "he created." But when the unemployment numbers remain weak? Well, that's not Obama's fault. Just ask Mike Allen of Politico. On today's Morning Joe, trying to explain Obama's early campaign stumbles, Allen declared that certain factors, including the bleak job numbers, were "beyond the control" of Obama. View the video here.
  • Obamish

    05/25/2012 5:32:57 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 5-25-12 | Keith Riler
    It has taken some time and work, but our president has invented a new language. "Obamese" and "Barackish" aren't quite right, so let's call it "Obamish." Obamish uses English, but it does so to confuse most listeners while really communicating with only a few. Obamish is a language based on lies -- but, when it's effective, it's a language that establishes plausible deniability around the implementation of politically risky, far-left policies. Obamish is an arrogant language, premised on a need-to-know custodial view of the governed. Paul Kengor claims: Obama and Axelrod are geniuses at coming up with words and phrases...
  • Filings add to questions on Warrenís ethnic claims

    05/25/2012 5:25:49 AM PDT · by bjc · 8 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 5/25/2011 | Mary Carmichael
    But for at least six straight years during Warrenís tenure, Harvard University reported in federally mandated diversity statistics that it had a Native American woman in its senior ranks at the law school. According to both Harvard officials and federal guidelines, those statistics are almost always based on the way employees describe themselves. ... The administrator responsible for Harvard Law Schoolís faculty diversity statistics from 1996 to 2004, the period in question, was Alan Ray, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation who, like Warren, has fair skin, blue eyes, and Oklahoma roots. But Ray, now president of Elmhurst College in...
  • Columbia cops arrest state representative for DUI, weapons possession

    05/25/2012 5:04:22 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 10 replies
    thestate.com ^ | 25 May 2012 | Noelle Phillips
    Columbia police officers arrested a state representative Thursday for driving under the influence of alcohol and the unlawful carrying of a pistol after he was stopped for speeding. S.C. Rep. Ted Vick, D-Chesterfield, was released from the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on personal recognizance bonds for the charges. He also was given a ticket for speeding. Vick, 39, is one of several candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for South Carolinaís new 7th congressional seat. That primary is scheduled for June 12. Vick was stopped at 1:12 a.m. Thursday on Devine Street by a Columbia police officer who had pulled...
  • Obama Is Not That Bright

    05/25/2012 5:04:00 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 41 replies
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/ ^ | May 25, 2012 | Jack Kelly
    Barack Obama is the smartest man with the highest IQ ever to be elected to the presidency, historian Michael Beschloss told radio talk show host Don Imus in November of 2008. "So what is his IQ?" Mr. Imus asked. Mr. Beschloss didn't know. He was just assuming. Many shared that assumption. Adjectives frequently applied to Mr. Obama are "smart" (278 million hits on Google), "intelligent" (62 million) and "brilliant" (24 million). There is little evidence to support it. Mr. Obama went to Harvard, but so did George W. Bush, who some liberals consider dumber than dirt. The president won't release...
  • EDITORIAL: The Not-So-Free State (Maryland)

    05/25/2012 4:59:12 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2012 | The Washington Times
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a quarter-billion dollarsí worth of tax increases into law on Tuesday. The move is meant to keep the stateís ever-expanding budget on a path toward growth. ďGrowthĒ is the last thing the private-sector economy is going to see in the Free State. According to the latest Labor Department figures, Maryland lost 6,000 jobs in April, the largest such drop in the nation. Unless the General Assembly and the governor begin to rethink their free-spending ways, Maryland soon will be in the fiscal hole like California and Greece. Like a good Democrat, Mr. O'Malley has taken...
  • Blacks help push Maryland toward gay marriage

    05/25/2012 4:38:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2012 | David Hill
    The nationís changing views on same-sex marriage and new support from black leaders could put Maryland on track toward becoming the first state to cast a public vote in favor of gay marriage, according to a poll released Thursday. The survey from liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling showed 57 percent of Maryland voters would vote for gay marriage if it is put to referendum this fall and just 37 percent would vote against it ó a stark departure from past polls by the firm and other groups that have shown Marylanders to be almost evenly divided on the issue. More than...
  • Barack Zelig-Gump (Laugh of the day at the expense of the phony president.)

    05/25/2012 4:34:39 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 13 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5/17/2012 | Jeffrey Lord
    A presidential chameleon re-writes White House history: Obama and LBJ's credibility gap. Ahhhh, the remarkable life of Barack Obama. As told by -- Barack Obama. Who can forget the moment when he first ate a dog? His startling confession that he had pushed a girl? Or his confession of how he would get through the day: "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford itÖ" America's first drug-abusing president. What a memory. One would think that dipping back some 50 years ago to Mitt Romney's alleged and unproven behavior in Öyes, high schoolÖwould now seem...
  • Another taxing problem for Elizabeth Warren

    05/25/2012 4:17:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 5-25-12 | Howie Carr
    If thereís any politician that infuriates me more than a carpetbagginí, recipe-stealing fake Indian, itís one that unloads her imported BMW 528i just before announcing her candidacy, and then doesnít even bother to pay the automobile excise tax on her campaignís new Ford Escape. Yes, Comrade Warren, Iím talking about you. A BMW ó how tenured Harvard Law is it? Sheíd owned it since early 2000, but it had to go. After all, sheís a ďfight-ah,Ē as her new TV ad says. So adios BMW and hello used 2008 Ford ó hybrid, of course ó which is registered to her...
  • Florida Democrats break with Obama on Castro visa issue [Ignored by Florida Media!]

    05/25/2012 4:14:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 5/25/12 | ERIKA BOLSTAD AND MARC CAPUTO
    Floridaís top Congressional Democrats broke with President Barack Obama on Tuesday over his administrationís decision to issue Fidel Castroís niece a visa to attend a conference this week in San Francisco. The opposition of Sen. Bill Nelson and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz came just hours after Republicans had blasted away at the visa decision ówhile failing to acknowledge that Republican President George W. Bushís administration had allowed Mariela Castro to visit the United States three times a decade ago.
  • The unraveling myth of Watergate

    05/25/2012 4:01:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 71 replies
    Human Events ^ | 5-25-12 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    It was, they said, the crime of the century. An attempted coup d'etat by Richard Nixon, stopped by two intrepid young reporters from The Washington Post and their dashing and heroic editor. The 1976 movie, "All the President's Men," retold the story with Robert Redford as Bob Woodward, Dustin Hoffman as Carl Bernstein and Jason Robards in his Oscar-winning role as Ben Bradlee. What did Bradlee really think of Watergate? In a taped interview in 1990, revealed now in "Yours in Truth: A Personal Portrait of Ben Bradlee," Bradlee himself dynamites the myth: "Watergate ... (has) achieved a place in...
  • The facts about the growth of spending under Obama (Surprisingly decent analysis)

    05/25/2012 3:47:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | 5/25/2012 | Glenn Kessler
    ďI simply make the point, as an editor might say, to check it out; do not buy into the BS that you hear about spending and fiscal constraint with regard to this administration.†I think doing so is a sign of sloth and laziness.Ēó White House spokesman Jay Carney, remarks to the press gaggle, May 23, 2012†The spokesmanís words caught our attention because here at The Fact Checker we try to root out ďBSĒ wherever it occurs. †Carney made his comments while berating reporters for not realizing that ďthe rate of spending ó federal spending ó increase is lower under President...
  • Quinn & Rose - Americaís Morning Show - May 25, 2012

    05/25/2012 2:58:21 AM PDT · by sneakers · 16 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house nĎat, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show at: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.640whlo.com/main.html (Akron, OH) (airs later from 9-12) http://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • George Soros and Other Lefty Moneybags Types Aren't Primarying Lousy Old Democrats Because ...

    05/25/2012 2:18:11 AM PDT · by Kukai · 8 replies
    Reason.com ^ | May 24, 2011 | Matt Welch
    Former Reasoner David Weigel has an interesting article up that seeks to answer why there aren't any Club For Growth/FreedomWorks/Tea Party/Paulista-style primary-election challenges to the worst of the Democratic Party's status quo (like, say, the execrable Dianne Feinstein). This section in particular is unintentionally revealing: Two months ago, Progressive Insurance founder Peter Lewis left the Democracy Alliance, a lefty donor coalition. Earlier this month, billionaire George Soros made his first 2012 political donationsó$1 million each to America Votes and American Bridge 21st Century. Thatís $23.5 million less than he gave to liberal groups in 2004. According to David McKay, chairman...
  • Hawaii State Registrar does not verify authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate

    05/25/2012 2:01:59 AM PDT · by Kukai · 94 replies
    WashingtonTimes.com ^ | May 24, 2012 | Alan Jones
    The ďVerification of BirthĒ letter sent by the Hawaii State Registrar Alvin T. Onaka Ph.D to Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett fails to respond to the fundamental question asked by Mr. Bennett in a March 30, 2012 letter to Hawaii Department of Health officials: Whether or not the image of President Obamaís ďlong formĒ Certificate of Live Birth, posted on the White House web site on April 27, 2011 is a ďtrue and accurate representation of the original record in your filesĒ. The official whose signature appears on the ďVerification of Birth,Ē as well as the copy of President...
  • How Europe Could Sink Obamaís Election ChancesóAnd What He Can Do About It

    05/25/2012 1:15:21 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    The New Republic ^ | May 24, 2012 | William Galston
    Europeís Greek tragedy has now entered its final act, with potentially fateful consequences for the global economyóand for Barack Obama, whose reelection may hinge on the decisions of Germany in the coming weeks. The 2012 election will pivot on the publicís evaluation of the presidentís economic stewardship, and a perceptible decline in the U.S. growth rateówhich a badly handled Greek exit from the Eurozone would causeócould easily spell the difference between victory and defeat. Obamaís fate, then, may well lie in Angela Merkelís hands. That doesnít mean, though, that thereís nothing he can do about it. What are the economic...
  • Quietly, the Republican Party is embracing gays

    05/25/2012 1:15:11 AM PDT · by Bratch · 33 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | May 15, 2012 | Curtis Tate
    WASHINGTON ó A quiet transformation is taking place in the Republican Party, which has begun to embrace openly gay candidates Ė and among gay Republicans, who now feel more comfortable speaking out in a party that may have accepted them but didnít always show it. While differences still exist, the party is on the cusp of a generational shift in which the longtime foes of gay rights are replaced by younger party leaders who are more accepting. ďItís an exponential change from a few years ago,Ē said former Republican Rep. Jim Kolbe. ďItís happening, and itís going to continue to...
  • Obama Calls Romney Speech 'A Cow Pie of Distortion'

    05/24/2012 10:45:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 64 replies
    MSNBC ^ | May 24, 2012 | Kristen Welker
    Obama Calls Romney Speech 'A Cow Pie of Distortion' By Kristen Welker DES MOINES, IA Ė President Barack Obama delivered one of his most direct attacks against Mitt Romney here Thursday night, painting Romney as an out-of-touch corporate raider. At this event, held before an enthusiastic crowd of 2,500 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Obama reminded the crowd that Romney said ďcorporations are people,Ē while stumping in Iowa last August during the Republican primary. The president said there may be value in Romneyís experience in corporate buyouts, ďbut itís not in the White House.Ē He also noted that the former...
  • The Top 20 Reasons To Vote For Barack Obama In 2012 According To Liberals

    05/24/2012 10:05:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | John Hawkins
    1) You even have to ask who you should vote for? What are you, some kind of racist? 2) Obviously Republicans hate women like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann! Wait, bad examples...ahm, let's see, they kill female babies, put women's faces on pinatas and beat them, and degrade women by drawing them with penises in their mouth! That's still us? Geeze, uh...war on women! Move on to the next item! Hurry, hurry! 3) Mormons are scary! Ooooh, magic underwear! Multiple wives! They probably hate black people and were behind something or another awful that happened 150 years ago! 4) Obama...
  • (Muslim) Brotherhood claims lead as Egypt (presidential) vote count begins

    05/24/2012 9:53:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Updated 07:53 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2012 | HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press, MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press
    The Muslim Brotherhood quickly staked a claim Thursday for its candidate to advance to a runoff vote, saying its exit polls showed him leading in Egypt's landmark presidential election to succeed ousted leader Hosni Mubarak. As vote-counting began, exit polls by several Arab television stations also suggested the Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi was ahead of the pack of 13 candidates. The reliability of the various exit surveys was not known, and a few hours after the end of two days of voting, only a tiny percentage of the ballots had been counted. But the swiftness of the Brotherhood's claim showed its...
  • Obama's Land of the LOST

    05/24/2012 9:39:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    What's green and blue and grabby all over? President Obama's new pressure campaign for Congress to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). The fight over LOST goes back three decades, when it was first rejected by President Ronald Reagan. He warned that "no national interest of the United States could justify handing sovereign control of two-thirds of the Earth's surface over to the Third World." According to top Reagan officials William Clark and Ed Meese, their boss believed the "central, and abiding, defect" was "its effort to promote global government at the expense of sovereign nation states --...
  • We Got Your Euro Zone President Right Here

    05/24/2012 9:30:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | John Ransom
    Ok; Iíll admit that shipping Obama off to be president of Europe isnít a very original idea. But still it bears repeating at this critical time because: 1) I donít like Old Europe very much; 2) Under socialists it just got older; 3) Obamaís work is done here and the Mothership looks like it ran out of ďgreenĒ fuel on 2008; and 4) Europeís response to their reckless spending problem happens to beÖBEGGING for more reckless spending. And I canít think of anyone Iíd rather see steward Europeís newest, bestest, reckless stimulus plan than our first King-of-the-World: Barack Hussein Obama....
  • Drones Pose a Threat to Americans' Privacy: Pressure is mounting to normalize the use of drones...

    05/24/2012 8:18:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies
    Reason ^ | May 23, 2012 | Gene Healy
    Pressure is mounting to normalize the use of drones in the United States. "Don't drone, me, bro!"óthat's one way to sum up Charles Krauthammer's heated reaction to last week's news that the Federal Aviation Administration had loosened restrictions on local police departments' use of surveillance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. "Stop it here, stop it now," Krauthammer exclaimed on Fox News's "Special Report" Monday, "I don't want to see it hovering over anybody's home. ... I'm not encouraging, but I am predicting that the first guy who uses a Second Amendment weapon to bring a drone down that's been hovering over his...
  • Jeffrey Neely, who organized lavish GSA conference, leaves agency

    05/24/2012 8:18:42 PM PDT · by South40 · 14 replies
    WaPo ^ | 5/24/2012 | Timothy R. Smith
    Jeffrey E. Neely, the embattled General Services Administration regional commissioner who planned a lavish employee conference in Las Vegas that cost more than $800,000, left the agency Thursday, a GSA spokesman said. Neely, the public buildings commissioner for the Pacific Rim region, had been on administrative leave since early April after an inspector general inquiry found rampant waste and abuse associated with the 2010 event. At the time of the conference, Neely was acting regional commissioner.News of the overspending led to the resignation of GSA Administrator Martha Johnson and the firing of her two top lieutenants. Nine other employees were...
  • Obama Campaign Gets Wise to GOP Twitter Tricks (Obama ducks hard Qs in #WHChat forum)

    05/24/2012 8:00:05 PM PDT · by kristinn · 7 replies
    The National Journal ^ | Thursday, May 24, 2012 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Twitter is, traditionally, where politicians can go for quick, spontaneous interactions with constituents, as it's truly a democratic forum -- tweets by the people, for the people, arrive in real time. But those expecting such a spontaneous exchange with President Obama when he announced a seemingly impromptu Twitter Q&A on Thursday night were sorely disappointed to find the questions cherry-picked earlier by White House staff. At 4:28 p.m., Obama sent out a rare personal tweet from the White House Twitter account, soliciting questions from followers for what many thought was a sudden interest in public debate over his To-Do List...
  • Employee behind lavish Las Vegas conference out at GSA (Jeff Neely, ex-GSA Regional Director)

    05/24/2012 7:55:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    The L.A. Times ^ | May 24, 2012 | Morgan Little
    Employee behind lavish Las Vegas conference out at GSA WASHINGTON -- Jeff Neely, the regional director responsible for much of the General Services Administrationís highly controversial $823,000 conference in Las Vegas in 2010, is no longer employed by the agency, a spokesman said. "GSA is in the process of completing its review of activities associated with the Western Regions Conference and pursuing all available avenues for appropriate disciplinary action against those responsible. Jeff Neely was placed on administrative leave based on his involvement in the WRC. As of today, heís no longer employed with GSA,Ē Deputy Press Secretary Adam Elkington...
  • King gift to Obama draws fire from rivals

    05/24/2012 7:41:57 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    The Kennebec Journal ^ | May 24, 2012 | Colin Woodard
    Independent U.S. Senate candidate Angus King is being criticized by Republican candidates for contributing to President Obama's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Do you believe a political candidate can successfully run as an independent while if he or she also has donated to a party or Democrat or Republican candidate? Angus King, Independent candidate for the U.S. Senate, right, speaks to former Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler at an event in April. King has come under fire for purchasing tickets to an Obama fundraiser before Olympia Snowe withdrew from the race. King, who has declined to say which...
  • Throw out the cliches

    05/24/2012 7:38:37 PM PDT · by ancientart · 2 replies
    Aberdeen American News ^ | May 24, 2012 | Art Marmorstein
    Political writing tends to be bad writing, noted George Orwell in his 1946 essay ďPolitics and the English Language.Ē Too often it's a tool for deception and obfuscation rather than clear communication. Orwell criticizes particularly those who rely on political catch phrases devised by others, throwing their minds open and ďletting the ready-made phrases come crowding in.Ē It's an easy way of avoiding the hard work good writing demands, says Orwell. Catch phrases ďwill construct your sentences for you - even think your thoughts for you, to a certain extent - and at need they will perform the important service...