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  • Warning signs for Obama on path to electoral votes

    05/26/2012 7:43:40 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 26 | Thomas Beaumont
    Obama's new worries about North Carolina and Wisconsin offer opportunities for Republican Mitt Romney, who must peel off states Obama won in 2008 if he's to cobble together the 270 electoral votes needed to oust the incumbent in November. Iowa, which kicked off the campaign in January, is now expected to be tight to the finish, while New Mexico, thought early to be pivotal, seems to be drifting into Democratic territory. If the election were today, Obama would likely win 247 electoral votes to Romney's 206, according to an Associated Press analysis of polls, ad spending and key developments in...
  • Obama Campaign ‘Truth Team’ Conflates Smears with Criticisms, Citing Disputed Study

    05/26/2012 7:30:06 PM PDT · by kristinn · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | Saturday, May 26, 2012 | Jake Tapper
    An email from the Obama campaign encapsulates the problem when political campaigns seize the language of fact checkers, muddying the waters. In the note, sent later in the day today, Obama campaign deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter invites supporters to “report an attack” at the Truth Team report page. “Received a robo-call or an email forward full of falsehoods?” the page asks. “Found a misleading leaflet in your mail? Tell us about it, and help fight back against the attacks on President Obama and his record.” Cutter in her email hammers Mitt Romney for saying “Since President Obama assumed office...
  • FACT CHECK: Obama off on thrifty spending claim (Surprise! AP guts Obama on budget lies)

    05/26/2012 5:33:12 PM PDT · by kristinn · 8 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Saturday, May 26, 2012 | Andrew Taylor
    The White House is aggressively pushing the idea that, contrary to widespread belief, President Barack Obama is tightfisted with taxpayer dollars. To back it up, the administration cites a media report that claims federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since the Eisenhower years. "Federal spending since I took office has risen at the slowest pace of any president in almost 60 years," Obama said at a campaign rally Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. SNIP So how does Obama measure up? If one assumes that TARP and the takeover of Fannie and Freddie by the government as one-time budgetary...
  • Krugman: Scientists Should Falsely Predict Alien Invasion So Government Will Spend More Money

    05/26/2012 2:09:43 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    Krugman: Scientists Should Falsely Predict Alien Invasion So Government Will Spend More Money By Noel Sheppard Created 05/26/2012 - 4:15pm Last year New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman called for space aliens to invade earth so that the government would spend money to mount a defense thereby stimulating the economy. As aliens have yet to comply with Krugman's wishes, he advocated on HBO's Real Time Friday that scientists should get together and lie about an imminent attack to boost federal spending (video follows with transcript and commentary): PAUL KRUGMAN, NEW YORK TIMES: This is hard to get...
  • Analysis: A Romney pick for top U.S. court? Frontrunners emerge

    05/26/2012 2:08:35 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 96 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 19, 2012 | David Ingram
    Paul Clement, who served as U.S. solicitor general under President George W. Bush and is now a lawyer in private practice, is the favorite of many conservatives. Clement argued last month for the Supreme Court to strike down Obama's 2010 healthcare law, and he is defending laws that ban same-sex marriage and that target illegal immigrants. Clement, 45, would be "at the top of any short list right now," said Curt Levey, executive director of the Committee for Justice, a group that advocates for conservative nominees. Asked about Clement, Mary Ann Glendon, a co-chairwoman of Romney's Justice Advisory Committee, voiced...
  • Rep. McCotter may miss primary ballot because of signature problems (MI alert)

    05/26/2012 1:51:29 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 26, 2012 | Peter Schroeder
    Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) may not have collected enough signatures to make it on to the Michigan primary ballot, throwing his chances at reelection into question. The five-term lawmaker -- and one time longshot presidential candidiate -- announced Friday that he had been informed by his campaign that he may have submitted an insufficient number of signatures to garner a spot on the August primary ballot. McCotter said his staff will "thoroughly review" the petitions for their "sufficiency or insufficiency." Taking into account the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the campaign will announce their findings on Tuesday.
  • Escape from Hunger - A North Korean survivor story

    05/26/2012 1:50:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    city-journal ^ | 25 May 2012 | Daniel J. Flynn
    Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West, by Blaine Harden (Viking, 224 pp., $26.95) Explaining why socialism failed to gain traction in the United States, German academic Werner Sombart famously noted: “All socialist utopias came to nothing on roast beef and apple pie.” Fat and happy aren’t the ingredients for a socialist revolution. A century after Sombart’s observation, Shin Dong-Hyuk shows why starving and miserable aren’t the ingredients for keeping the people in a people’s republic: all socialist dystopias come to nothing on tree bark and barbecued rat. Shin’s amazing...
  • Barack Obama Was a Stoner Bully

    05/26/2012 1:46:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Dan Amira | 5/25
    When the Washington Post revealed recently Mitt Romney's past as a cruel boarding-school tyrant, conservatives cried foul. Where were the stories about Barack Obama's days as the entitled son of a governor? What was the media hiding? Finally, David Maraniss, in his upcoming Obama biography, Barack Obama: The Story, has found the dark truth of Obama's past. It turns out that Obama was a bully as well — someone who threw his weight around and terrorized even those closest to him. Barry also had a knack for interceptions. When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way...
  • The new aggressive Obama (Liar in Chief....)

    05/26/2012 1:27:48 PM PDT · by yoe · 3 replies
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  • Stakes high in Wisconsin's other recalls

    05/26/2012 1:09:11 PM PDT · by pabianice · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/26/12 | Bravender
    If Gov. Scott Walker keeps his seat, the state Senate could be Democrats' consolation prize. With both sides pouring millions of dollars into the Scott Walker recall campaign and the national focus firmly affixed on the Wisconsin GOP governor’s fate, it’s easy to overlook the consolation prize on June 5: the state Senate. Although they’re getting just a fraction of the attention and cash going into the top of the ticket race, the four Wisconsin state Senate recall elections on the ballot are nothing to sneeze at. Democrats need to flip just one of them to wrest control of the...
  • High Noon in Wisconsin: Governor Scott Walker hangs tough.

    05/26/2012 1:08:37 PM PDT · by rhema · 12 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/28/12 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Caledonia, Wis. Geeta Jensen had some exciting news: Governor Scott Walker was visiting Jensen Metal Products to announce the addition of 39 new jobs, part of a company-wide expansion accelerated by tax credits his administration had offered to encourage hiring. “It is an honor to have the governor of the state of Wisconsin visit us in this, our 90th anniversary year,” she said in introducing Walker, her slight Indian accent marking her words. “When Jungbert Jensen immigrated to Wisconsin from Copenhagen, Denmark, around 1911, and started making rain gutters and milk pails out of a garage in Racine, he never...
  • Lessons Learned from the Edwards Trial

    05/26/2012 1:00:27 PM PDT · by HIDEK6 · 5 replies
    The Rhino Times ^ | May 24, 2012 | John Hammer
    I learned something about political campaigns at the Johnny Reid Edwards trial last week. I knew that politicians lie, and I knew that people campaigning for politicians lie. What I didn't know is that all the people working for the campaign are lying to each other, or at least that was the case in the Edwards presidential campaign. Harrison Hickman, the pollster for the campaign who testified on Monday, May 14, said that the Edwards campaign wasn't a lot different from the other presidential campaigns he had worked for, and he admitted would send out polling information he thought was...
  • Lessons Learned from the Edwards Trial

    05/26/2012 1:00:09 PM PDT · by HIDEK6
    The Rhino Times ^ | May 24, 2012 | John Hammer
    I learned something about political campaigns at the Johnny Reid Edwards trial last week. I knew that politicians lie, and I knew that people campaigning for politicians lie. What I didn't know is that all the people working for the campaign are lying to each other, or at least that was the case in the Edwards presidential campaign. Harrison Hickman, the pollster for the campaign who testified on Monday, May 14, said that the Edwards campaign wasn't a lot different from the other presidential campaigns he had worked for, and he admitted would send out polling information he thought was...
  • President Obama Not Actually a 'Twoosh Master'

    05/26/2012 12:33:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 5/26/2012 | Andre Tartar
    In a video posted online yesterday, Obama took credit for tapping out a perfect, efficiency-maximizing 140-character long tweet (apparently, a 'twoosh') about green energy during a Thursday Twitter Q&A session. Hate to burst your bubble POTUS, but we see an extra space after 'wind' and an extra period right at the start. And isn't "bio fuels" all one word? So, really, it should only be 137-characters long. No twoosh for you!
  • NYT Keeps Readers In The Dark (that Scott Walker is Winning)

    05/26/2012 12:28:02 PM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 5/25/2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    Via Meadia has been watching the New York Times‘ coverage of the Wisconsin recall race with some bemusement. [....] Let us stipulate that in the view of the Times, Scott Walker is a skunk and a cad. And let us stipulate that everything bad in Wisconsin, all the ill feeling and all the turmoil is entirely because this sinister enemy of all that is noble and good has been riding roughshod over every decent principle in public life. But what Times readers will not learn from this piece is that the skunk is winning. Walker is overwhelmingly favored to win...
  • Judge: CalPERS can offer long-term care insurance to gay couples

    05/26/2012 12:04:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/26/12 | Dale Kasler
    In a major case involving gay rights at CalPERS, the nation's largest public pension fund has been ordered to offer its long-term care insurance program to same-sex partners of California workers. A federal judge in Oakland struck down portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that have prevented the California Public Employees' Retirement System from extending the insurance to gay spouses and domestic partners. In a ruling released Thursday, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken said the ban served no "legitimate governmental interest" and was apparently "motivated by anti-gay animus."
  • Obama Battles To Win Military Voters

    05/26/2012 12:00:25 PM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    MyFoxLA ^ | May 26, 2012 | NewsCore
    In the last few weeks, President Barack Obama has reached out to military voters with the aim of slicing away pieces of what has been a reliable part of the Republican base. The most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows that presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney leads Obama among military voters, but by eight percent. That single-digit difference is significant and it follows on the heels of other polls showing Obama performing well among veterans, particularly veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Warning signs for Obama on path to electoral votes- Seven States Viewed as Toss Ups

    05/26/2012 11:57:35 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    AP ^ | May 26, 2012 | By THOMAS BEAUMONT
    President Barack Obama faces new warning signs in a once-promising Southern state and typically Democratic-voting Midwestern states roughly five months before the election even as he benefits nationally from encouraging economic news. ... If the election were today, Obama would likely win 247 electoral votes to Romney's 206, according to an Associated Press analysis of polls, ad spending and key developments in states, along with interviews with more than a dozen Republican and Democratic strategists both inside and outside of the two campaigns.
  • Little-Known Democratic Challenger Emerges in Massachusetts Senate Race

    05/26/2012 11:54:51 AM PDT · by abb · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 26, 2012 | Abby Goodnough
    MIDDLETON, Mass. — As the lone Democrat seeking to challenge Elizabeth Warren in the Senate primary in Massachusetts, Marisa DeFranco has been ridiculed, admonished and, worst of all, ignored. But for the moment, Ms. DeFranco, an immigration lawyer with high energy and a scrappy band of volunteers, is enjoying a burst of momentum. She surprised party insiders by collecting enough valid signatures by the May 1 deadline — more than 10,000, gathered everywhere from town meetings to town dumps — to qualify for the Democratic primary on Sept. 6. If Ms. DeFranco clears one more hurdle — winning 15 percent...
  • Trump, Gingrich to Campaign With Romney

    05/26/2012 11:44:27 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4-26-12 | Staff
    Former candidate Newt Gingrich and billionaire businessman Donald Trump will join presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at a campaign event on Tuesday at Trump’s International Hotel in Las Vegas, according to CNN. Trump, who told Newsmax Wednesday that he is considering launching his own super PAC to produce anti-Obama ads, announced in February that he was backing Romney after his own flirtation with running for the White House. He even enjoyed a brief turn in the polls as the frontrunner. Romney's campaign is raffling a chance to have dinner with Trump for supporters. Playing off Trump’s popular television show...
  • Sen. Graham: Jeb Bush is best possible pick to be Romney’s running mate

    05/26/2012 11:43:16 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 104 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 20 2012 | The Hill
    Jeb Bush’s name keeps floating up in discussions about candidates to run on the ticket with Mitt Romney, despite Bush’s efforts to douse the talk. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says Bush would most help Romney. “He’d be an outstanding pick. It’s up to Gov. Romney but if I had to recommend a single person it would be Jeb,” Graham told The Hill.
  • The Vetting: Obama Decried 'Spread of Militarism,' Lauded Anti-Selective Service Group at Columbia

    05/26/2012 11:16:43 AM PDT · by James Thomas · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 26, 2012 | Charles C. Johnson
    In late 2008—long after the election—the media revealed a long-forgotten article written by Barack Obama while at Columbia. Obama wrote the March 1983 article, “Breaking the War Mentality,” about two campus groups, Arms Race Alternatives (ARA) and Student Against Militarism (SAM). Ben Smith of Politico (now at Buzzfeed) told readers that Obama’s views reflected the “very conventional campus liberalism of the time.”
  • Mark Steyn: The Facebook Caliphate

    05/26/2012 11:08:37 AM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 26, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    So how’s that old Arab Spring going? You remember — the “Facebook Revolution.” As I write, they’re counting the votes in Egypt’s presidential election, so by the time you read this the pecking order may have changed somewhat. But currently in first place is the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi, who in an inspiring stump speech before the students of Cairo University the other night told them, “Death in the name of Allah is our goal.” Like! In second place is the military’s man Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister and a man who in... --snip-- No one should...
  • What are the Tax Implications of the Zombie Apocalypse? (Death and Taxes and Zombies)

    05/26/2012 10:48:48 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    IO9 ^ | May 26, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    What are the tax implications of the zombie apocalypse? The only certainties in life are death and taxes, but how do you handle the taxes when death doesn't go quite as planned? Law professor Adam Chodorow takes a stab at estate planning for the undead in perhaps the only legal paper to cite both the Internal Revenue Code and Weekend at Bernie's II. Chodorow, a professor at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, authored the paper "Death and Taxes...and Zombies," which will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Iowa Law Review. Chodorow notes that, while the...
  • Awkward: Obamas to Welcome George W. Bush to White House Next Week

    05/26/2012 11:02:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2012 | Kate Hicks
    This ought to be fun. Barack and Michelle Obama will welcome The Most Evil Man in the World (or as he's known outside the Democratic Party, George W. Bush) and his wife Laura to the White House next week, for the unveiling of their official portraits. Of course, this comes as the current president is in full campaign mode, and W. occupies the role of Obama's eternal scapegoat. It'll be no minor miracle if Obama can make it through the unveiling without blaming Bush for something. Such ceremonies often bring together current and former presidents with rivalries, grudges or awkward...
  • Barack Obama is facing his Jimmy Carter moment

    05/26/2012 10:42:04 AM PDT · by Justaham · 27 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 5/26/12 | Tim Stanley
    As Mitt Romney closes the gap, it is 1980 all over again for the man in the Oval Office. Until recently, Barack Obama’s re-election was regarded as inevitable – in the same way that summer follows spring, or a monsoon follows a hosepipe ban. The president’s poll lead over Mitt Romney was strong, while the Republican’s character was assassinated by a primary fight that permanently spoiled the reputation of his party. To court the GOP’s conservative base, Romney was forced to adopt positions on abortion, contraception, health care and welfare that are thought to be unpopular among moderate swing voters....
  • Donald Trump May Create Super PAC Just to Defeat Barack Obama

    05/26/2012 10:34:42 AM PDT · by yoe · 12 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | May 25, 2012 | da Tagliare
    In many ways, I’ve never been a big fan of Donald Trump. I saw him as an arrogant snobbish extremely wealthy individual who had no concept what most Americans face in today’s society. However, my opinion of him has been changing over the past year. When he was contemplating a run for the White House, I was skeptical until I started to listen to some of the things he said and as much as I hated to admit it, he made sense. Trump also jumped up a notch in my opinion when he came out in support of Maricopa County...
  • Obama Breaks the First Rule of Lying Believably

    05/26/2012 10:23:42 AM PDT · by yoe · 32 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | May 24, 2012 | Tad Cronn
    The GOP has been “bamboozling” Americans and running up “wild debts,” the president told an audience in Denver this week. If you’re going to be a liar in a political campaign and get away with it, there are some ground rules that must be followed. Now it’s true that if you repeat a lie three times in public, it generally sticks. Especially if you have the help of sycophantic media to trumpet your lie far and wide, comment on what it means to the world, and so forth. Wording is also important, particularly phrased in the form of a question,...
  • Could Romney be testing Gingrich as a possible VP candidate via Meet the Press and Vegas with Trump?

    05/26/2012 9:41:57 AM PDT · by mitchell001 · 81 replies
    May 26, 2012 | Ralph Mitchell
    Sunday, Newt Gingrich will be on Meet the Press as a Romney surrogate. Tuesday, Newt will be campaigning with Mitt Romney and Donald Trump in Las Vegas. Could Romney be testing the Newt for VP waters? Nobody, gets TV news ratings like Gingrich. Nobody can be a campaign pitbull like Gingrich. Newt can sing many songs on TV news. The other GOP VP candidates are milk toast next to Newt. Is it possible?
  • Obama: 'I'm the twoosh master'

    05/26/2012 9:17:51 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 37 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 5/25/12 | LEIGH MUNSIL
    Move over, Ashton Kutcher — President Barack Obama is the new "master Tweeter." In an exchange at the end of this week's White House West Wing Week video, Obama jokingly refers to himself as the "twoosh master" after crafting a perfect 140-character tweet. Obama became the first sitting president to hold a Twitter question and answer session Thursday after a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa. During the session, he responded to a question from @jwarner180 on alternative energy sources using each of Twitter's 140 allowed characters, which he's told in the video is called a "twoosh," or "Twitter swoosh."...
  • Will the 1991 Biography Discovery Force Obama to Open the Hood?

    05/26/2012 9:15:05 AM PDT · by Menehune56 · 116 replies
    American Thinker | 5/26/2012 | Monte Kuligowski
    Three possibilities follow the bombshell discovery that Barack Obama was promoted in 1991 through 2007 by his professional agency as an author "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii." (1) Obama untruthfully presented himself as Kenya-born. (2) Obama untruthfully presents himself as Hawaii-born. (3) Obama had no knowledge that his bio contained the 16-year-old "error" which was corrected in April of 2007, when Obama was gearing up his campaign for the U.S. presidency.
  • Why gay is not the new black

    05/26/2012 7:50:31 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 21 replies
    One News Now ^ | 5-25-12 | Dr. Michael L. Brown
    Repeating what has been a rallying cry of gay activism for years, the cover of the December 16, 2008, issue of The Advocate announced, "Gay is the New Black: The Last Great Civil Rights Struggle." Last week, on May 19, headlines across the nation announced, "NAACP endorses gay marriage as 'civil right.'" So, is gay the new black? There are prominent black leaders who say yes, including Congressman John Lewis, who was active in the early civil rights movement. There are other prominent black leaders who say no, like Timothy F. Johnson, founder and president of The Frederick Douglass Foundation....
  • DSHS gives no-bid racism forum contract to Alinsky disciple

    05/26/2012 7:49:42 AM PDT · by Baynative · 3 replies
    The Olympia Report ^ | May 24, 2012 | Jeff Rhodes
    The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services this month awarded two “sole-source” contracts — including one to a disciple of self-described “radical” Marxist Saul Alinsky — in order to satisfy a “legislative mediation” requirement to acquaint the agency’s case workers with the concept of racism. The total value of the two deals is $52,000.~snip~ “This training,” the announcement notes, “is specifically customized to address issues and raise awareness concerning the relationship between racial disparity/disproportionality in the child welfare system and systemic and institutional racism.”
  • Gallup poll reveals interesting divide based on job classification

    05/26/2012 7:20:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/26/2012 | Rick Moran
    In a way, the fact that those in the professions - architect, doctor, teacher, engineer - support Obama while executives and business owners back Romney reveals how our economy has changed over the last few decades.Construction, mining manufacturing, farming, fishing -- these are traditional blue collar jobs. And Romney is blowing away Obama in those categories.Another big and growing category is retail sales persons. Here again, Romney has a wide lead over the president.The president leads among service workers and professionals. What these people might have in common is their membership in a public or private union or professional...
  • Obama’s high school pot-smoking detailed in Maraniss book

    05/26/2012 6:32:36 AM PDT · by EnigmaticAnomaly · 31 replies
    The Ticket ^ | 05/25/2012 | Olivier Knox
    Bill Clinton he was not. When it came to smoking pot, the teenage Barack Obama had rules. You had to embrace "total absorption" or face a penalty. When you smoked in the car, "the windows had to be rolled up." And he could horn his way in, calling out "Intercepted!" and grab the joint out of turn. Best-selling author David Maraniss' "Barack Obama: The Story" describes the future president's teenage antics, notably his copious marijuana smoking, details of which were published early Friday by Buzzfeed. While the book won't be released until June 19, vast sections of it were already...
  • TEXAS: Amnesty, race become issues in U.S. Senate campaign

    05/26/2012 6:06:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The Austin-American Statesman ^ | May 25, 2012 | Kate Alexander
    The Republican U.S. Senate race on Friday devolved into dueling recriminations and accusations of race-baiting in a last-ditch effort to sway voters before they tuned out for the holiday weekend. With Tuesday's GOP primary fast approaching, Ted Cruz pushed back against a radio ad released Thursday by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst that portrayed Cruz as a supporter of amnesty for illegal immigrants. Cruz, a tea party favorite, denied that he had backed amnesty when he served in two Hispanic leadership groups that were open to immigration reform. In turn, he said Dewhurst, who presides over the Texas Senate, had failed...
  • Romney’s Big Fat Wet Kiss to Keynesian Economics (RINO Mitt flops back to liberalism alert)

    05/26/2012 5:53:09 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | May 25, 2012 | Jonathan Chait
    Not that there's anything wrong with that! Keynes' theories remain the essential guide to understanding recessions. The real news in Mitt Romney’s interview with Mark Halperin, as Charles Pierce points out, is that Romney openly repudiated the central argument his party has been making against President Obama for the last three years: that he spent too much money and therefore deepened the economic crisis. Indeed Romney himself had been making this very case as recently as a week ago (“he bailed out the public sector, gave billions of dollars to the companies of his friends, and added almost as much...
  • Numbers don’t lie, but Democrats do

    05/26/2012 5:36:42 AM PDT · by Ken the bugman · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5-23-12 | Ann Coulter
    It’s been breaking news all over MSNBC, liberal blogs, newspapers and even The Wall Street Journal: “Federal spending under Obama at historic lows … It’s clear that Obama has been the most fiscally moderate president we’ve had in 60 years.” There’s even a chart! I’ll pause here to give you a moment to mop up the coffee on your keyboard. Good? OK, moving on … This shocker led to around-the-clock smirk fests on MSNBC. As with all bogus social science from the left, liberals hide the numbers and proclaim: It’s “science”! This is black and white, inarguable, and why do...
  • Are We Going Over a Cliff?

    05/26/2012 4:10:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2012 | John C. Goodman
    Did you know the economy is going to fall back into another recession in the first half of next year? That’s the sad news coming from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), in a report released this week. If current law remains unchanged, on January 1, 2013 American taxpayers will be hit with a whopping tax increase (mainly the expiration of the Bush tax cuts) and a major decrease in government spending (the result of last year’s budget deal) as well. All told, we’re looking at a $500 billion double whammy. But aren’t economists recommending the opposite medicine? Won’t higher taxes...
  • Brothers killed by clerk during robbery

    05/26/2012 3:38:48 AM PDT · by blueyon · 46 replies
    Wavy.com ^ | May 24. 2012 | Jessica O. Swink and Anne McNamara
    GATES COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) - The Gates County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the identities of two suspects involved in a store shooting. Officials say brothers Quinten Felton and Eddie Felton were shot and killed after an attempted robbery at Joppa Road Store located at the intersection of Acorn Hill Road and Hinton Road in North Carolina around 6 p.m. Tuesday. During the robbery, Sheriff Edward Webb with the Gates County Sheriff’s Office, says the store clerk was knocked to the ground, kicked in the back of the head, stomped on and kicked in the back of the ribs.
  • Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter short on signatures for 2012 bid to retain his seat

    05/26/2012 2:13:28 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    Mlive ^ | May 25, 2012 | David Eggert
    LANSING, MI -- Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter said late Friday he has been told that he may not have turned in enough valid voter signatures to qualify for the August primary ballot. "I have been apprised my campaign may have submitted insufficient petition signatures to appear on the August primary ballot as a candidate for the 11th Congressional District's Republican nomination."
  • Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter short on signatures for 2012 bid to retain his seat

    05/26/2012 2:12:50 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    Mlive ^ | May 25, 2012 | David Eggert
    LANSING, MI -- Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter said late Friday he has been told that he may not have turned in enough valid voter signatures to qualify for the August primary ballot. "I have been apprised my campaign may have submitted insufficient petition signatures to appear on the August primary ballot as a candidate for the 11th Congressional District's Republican nomination."
  • 'Catholic Voices' Reaches America Just in Time for a Full-Blown First Amendment Battle

    05/26/2012 1:09:45 AM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 5/25/12 | JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
    Launched in Britain, apologetics-training program seeks to give Catholics the skills to spread the faith while disarming opponents.   WASHINGTON — Media coverage of the Health and Human Services “contraception mandate” debate has intensified demand for appealing arguments that win minds and hearts, yet effective spokesmen and women for Catholic teaching are in short supply, giving an edge to those who spin the bishops’ position as a “war on women.” Enter Austen Ivereigh, a British Catholic journalist, community organizer and onetime spokesman for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the now-retired archbishop of Westminster. Troubled by the British bishops’ struggle to counter partisan...
  • Undercover US agents brought down our new Superjet: Russia’s extraordinary claim....

    05/25/2012 11:33:17 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    UK DAILY MAIL ^ | 5-24-12 | Will Stewart
    State's GRU military intelligence source says Russians are investigating theory crash was 'industrial sabotage Aircraft was on a demonstration flight aimed at securing lucrative orders when it slammed into a mountain killing all 45 passengers and crew Russian intelligence official claims US have 'special technology' capable of jamming signals from the ground or causing systems to malfunction Spy sources in Moscow today made the astonishing claim that a US undercover operation may have sabotaged a new Russian Superjet plane that crashed in Indonesia two weeks ago. The aircraft was on a demonstration flight aimed at securing lucrative orders when it...
  • When presidents were military men

    05/25/2012 10:16:29 PM PDT · by brityank · 72 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 25 May, 2012 | John Nagl
    When presidents were military men Article by: John Nagl , Special to the Washington Post | Updated: May 25, 2012 - 11:52 AMIn every presidential election since 1992, the candidate with the less distinguished military resume has triumphed. Bill Clinton defeated war heroes George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole; National Guard pilot George W. Bush beat Vietnam veterans Al Gore and John Kerry; and Barack Obama was decisively elected over John McCain, who had displayed extraordinary valor during years of captivity as a Navy pilot in North Vietnam. In 2012, we won't have the chance to test this trend:...
  • Obama’s Education Hypocrisy — Again

    05/25/2012 9:49:02 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | May 25, 2012 | Mona Charen
    MAY 25, 2012 Obama’s Education Hypocrisy — Again The president tries to kill a successful scholarship program. By Mona Charen If you were a child in the District of Columbia school system (51st in state rankings for academic achievement, first for school violence), you and your parents probably greeted the election of Barack Obama with great joy. If someone had suggested to you then that the president would attempt to torpedo the scholarship program that permits some District kids to attend the private schools of their choice, you might have thought you were hearing racist smears. But that is what...
  • FACT CHECK: Obama off on Thrifty Spending Claim (detailed debunking of Obama LIES)

    05/25/2012 9:07:57 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 26, 2012 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    The White House is aggressively pushing the idea that, contrary to widespread belief, President Barack Obama is tightfisted with taxpayer dollars. "Federal spending since I took office has risen at the slowest pace of any president in almost 60 years," Obama said at a campaign rally Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. A fairer calculation would give Obama much of the responsibility for an almost 10 percent budget boost in 2009, then a 13 percent increase over 2010-2013, or average annual growth of spending of just more than 3 percent over that period.
  • Obama Campaign Finding Itself In A Bad Bind On Bain

    05/25/2012 7:14:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 25, 2012 | Editor
    Campaign: President Obama claims Mitt Romney fixing lots of companies hurt the economy, while Joe Biden insists he's "not criticizing private equity firms" like Bain Capital. Call it "Schizophrenia We Can Believe In." The Obama campaign has been going after Mitt Romney's career as a company-fixer at Bain Capital with a vengeance. One Obama ad even featured a fired worker who says you can tell Romney doesn't care because of "the way he talks." But for all the supposed empathy Obama has for the "99%," more than 8% of them remain unemployed as we approach the end of the president's...
  • As Wisconsin recall vote looms, much more at stake than Scott Walker's job

    05/25/2012 7:01:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 25, 2012Townhall.com | ANDREW MALCOM
    You can have this long weekend off. But get ready right after for a ton of politics news about Wisconsin. June 5 is the election in Wisconsin, the unions' attempt to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker using Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Yeah, Yeah, yeah, you say. That's a re-run of the 2010 election. And you're right. It is. And the same result is likely, according to late polls. But this time much more is at stake. This time Wisconsin's election has become a symbol of the national struggle between Republicans and Democrats, between fiscal restraint and spending as usual, between...
  • Obama Doesn’t Want You to Attend – GRPC(Gun Rights Policy Conference)

    05/25/2012 6:14:58 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 24 May, 2012 | Alan Gottlieb
    BELLEVUE, WA --(Ammoland.com)- I would like to personally invite you to our 27th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC), which will be taking place September 28, 29, and 30, 2012 in Orlando, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport hotel. With new battles over individual rights in the age of terrorism, attacks on our gun rights from the UN, a number of Second Amendment cases in the courts and an important upcoming election, your attendance is critical. The theme of Elect Liberty is most important as we set the pro-gun rights agenda for the year to come. This year...