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  • Newt May Score Upset Win in Delaware

    04/24/2012 3:15:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Newser ^ | April 24, 2012 | Rob Quinn
    (Newser) – Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and Delaware hold their Republican primaries today and while many observers have already heard the fat lady sing for Newt Gingrich, there may still be a twist or two left in the race. Gingrich has been spending a lot of time in Delware and he may be able to rally conservatives and jolt Mitt Romney by snatching a surprise primary win like the one Christine O'Donnell scored in 2010, Politico finds. Gingrich—who has had more penguin bites than primary wins since taking Georgia seven weeks ago—needs five wins to get on the...
  • Republican Primaries in Pennsylvania, Delaware, NY, RI, and Conn. Vote Gingrich or Paul

    04/23/2012 10:24:56 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 82 replies
    Fox News Primary Schedule ^ | April 23, 2012 | Steelers6
    Apr 24 Rhode Island Primary Results — Apr 24 Pennsylvania Primary Results — Apr 24 New York Primary Results — Apr 24 Connecticut Primary Results — Apr 24 Delaware Primary Results
  • Mitt Romney Starts Betraying The Conservatives He Coddled During The Primaries

    04/23/2012 9:44:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 47 replies
    Businss Insider ^ | April 23, 2012 | Michael Brendan Doughterty
    It was inevitable. Mitt Romney is going to sell-out conservatives in his party in order to win the general. And if he wins, he'll sell them out again in order to be re-elected.* Zeke Miller and McKay Coppins reporting for Buzzfeed have found the first issue on which Romney is trying to put some distance between himself and the conservative wing of his party. Allahpundit, one of the most perceptive conservative bloggers, also detects the hint of conflict between the GOP candidate and the GOP Congress. Mitt Romney told reporters today that he supports efforts to extend low interest rates...
  • TPX Radio Program Starts at 8 PM PT/11 PM EST (LIVE call in 8-11pm Pacific!)

    04/23/2012 8:46:27 PM PDT · by Syncro
    April 23, 2012 | Radio Personalities
    We have a great show tonight - this is the last show before the "Restoring the American Dream" Bus Tour starts!The Tea Party Express Hour starts at 8:00 PM PST and goes until 10:00 PM PST.  Listen live at 8:00 PM PST/11:00 EST here We really want to hear from Tea Party Express members and supporters and would love for you to call into the show and let us know what is on your mind. Last week, we had some great calls from around the nation.  > We will be taking calls from around the country on our studio...
  • Could Newt pull off a Delaware upset?

    04/23/2012 8:08:32 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 10 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 23, 2012 | Ginger Gibson
    Newt Gingrich has got a new hope: the tiny but dangerous state of Delaware. With Mitt Romney and the national press corps now focused on the general election, Gingrich is hoping to become the Christine O’Donnell of the 2012 race — rallying the state’s conservatives to pull off an upset victory over the more moderate candidate who never saw it coming. While Romney has ignored it, Gingrich has spent most of his time recently in Delaware, a state with only 17 delegates that will be awarded on a winner-take-all basis in Tuesday night’s primary races, which also include Pennsylvania, Connecticut,...
  • Google Books lists Bill Ayers as author of Dreams from My Father

    04/23/2012 4:40:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 23, 2012 | Thomas Lifson
    Google, which sits atop more data than anybody outside the NSA, is presenting Bill Ayers as the author of Barack Obama's purported first autobiography, Dreams from My Father. Follow this link and see it while you can. If it is gone by the time you read this, a screen shot of the page, and a close-up on the Dreams entry are provided for posterity...
  • Medicare funding runs short by 2024, trustees say

    04/23/2012 3:17:14 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | April 23rd 2012 | Jeanne Sahadi
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Highlighting the fiscal problems posed by growing health costs and an aging population, the trustees of Medicare estimated Monday that the program will only be able to pay a portion of promised benefits starting in 2024. That's the same year the trustees had estimated a year ago. Every year the Medicare trustees, who also oversee Social Security, release an annual report on both programs' long-term financial outlook. Unless Congress makes changes to Medicare, or overall health costs come down, Medicare will only be able to pay 87% of expected costs by 2024 and 67% by 2050....
  • 'Gaia' scientist James Lovelock: I was 'alarmist' about climate change

    04/23/2012 10:48:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 23, 2012, 10:35 am | Ian Johnston
    James Lovelock, the maverick scientist who became a guru to the environmental movement with his “Gaia” theory of the Earth as a single organism, has admitted to being “alarmist” about climate change and says other environmental commentators, such as Al Gore, were too. Lovelock, 92, is writing a new book in which he will say climate change is still happening, but not as quickly as he once feared. He previously painted some of the direst visions of the effects of climate change. In 2006, in an article in the U.K.’s Independent newspaper, he wrote that “before this century is over...
  • Carney: Keystone Pipeline Would 'Sacrifice American Sovereignty'

    04/23/2012 11:37:13 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 91 replies
    breitbart.com/biggovernment ^ | 4/23/12 | Whitney Pitcher
    In a press conference on Friday, White House press secretary Jay Carney responded to the recent new Keystone pipeline bill passed by Congress earlier this week, as theWashington Examiner reports: "It would be preemptively sacrificing American sovereignty" to approve the pipeline, White Hosue [sic] Press Secretary Jay Carney said, because a route for the northern portion of the pipeline has not been established. "The United States Congress -- a very important body, takes American security and sovereignty very seriously, or should -- is saying that we will, in advance -- blind -- approve a proposal for a pipeline, a proposal...
  • Iran: Obama Should Avoid Carter's Outcome (Worst, Most Ignominious Insult Imaginable)

    04/23/2012 11:37:21 AM PDT · by lbryce · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 23, 2012 | Reza Kahlili
    With Iran claiming victory over the West in the 5+1 nuclear negotiations last week in Istanbul, officials of the Islamic regime are again increasing the war rhetoric, vowing that they will not step back from their nuclear program. And in any military confrontation, Iran's response will be more devastating than imagined, it warned. At the same time, Iran is calling for the removal of sanctions, calling this the only viable option left for President Obama to save himself. "The only path left for Obama to avoid a big loss to the Republicans in the upcoming election is to compromise with...
  • White House clears staff in Colombia scandal

    04/23/2012 11:03:47 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/23/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    President Obama's chief counsel has concluded that no White House staffers in Colombia were involved in wrongdoing, press secretary Jay Carney said on Monday. Carney said the counsel looked into the actions of members of the White House advance team as a matter of "due diligence" and that "there have been no specific credible allegations of misconduct."
  • Shift on executive power lets Obama bypass rivals

    04/23/2012 7:16:30 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 72 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/23/2012 | Charlie Savage
    — One Saturday last fall, President Obama interrupted a White House strategy meeting to raise an issue not on the agenda. He declared, aides recalled, that the administration needed to more aggressively use executive power to govern in the face of Congressional obstructionism. -snip- But increasingly in recent months, the administration has been seeking ways to act without Congress. Branding its unilateral efforts “We Can’t Wait,” a slogan that aides said Mr. Obama coined at that strategy meeting, the White House has rolled out dozens of new policies — on creating jobs for veterans, preventing drug shortages, raising fuel economy...
  • Democrats Vote to ‘Force’ Unionization of Daycare Providers in CT

    04/23/2012 9:22:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/23/12 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Under the guise of granting higher wages and healthcare benefits to daycare providers and personal care attendants, Connecticut’s Democratic-led state House has passed a bill that will force these workers to collectively bargain with the state. However, the director of the Connecticut chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP)said on Friday that the measure, proposed as an amendment to another bill, will force daycare providers to unionize with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). According to JR Romano of AFP in Connecticut, the bill is “a direct assault on female business owners.” State Sen. Edith Prague (D- Working Families Party) and...
  • White House Communications Agency Under Investigation in Colombia Prostitution Scandal

    04/23/2012 9:40:59 AM PDT · by kristinn · 12 replies
    NextGov ^ | Monday, April 23, 2012 | Bob Brewin
    The investigation into the Colombia prostitution scandal has broadened to include the White House Communications Agency, Nextgov has learned. Laura Williams, a spokeswoman for the Defense Information Systems Agency, which manages the White House office that provides the president with secure communications, confirmed that one individual from WHCA is under investigation, but could not provide any more details at this time.
  • Adelsons give Gingrich super PAC another $5 million

    04/23/2012 5:58:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 23, 2012 | Aaron Blake
    .....many assumed the Adelsons had stopped funding the former House speaker’s campaign. The super PAC spent just $1.5 million in March, even though the month featured several Southern primaries in which Gingrich ostensibly could have performed well. But the fresh infusion of Adelson money came in after Super Tuesday on March 6, after primaries a week later in Alabama and Mississippi (where Gingrich placed a respectable second and the super PAC spent about $1 million combined) and just a few days before Louisiana, where the super PAC did spend some money. Because of the late nature of the donation, Winning...
  • An $8 billion trick?

    04/23/2012 4:16:38 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 22, 2012 | BENJAMIN E. SASSE & CHARLES HURT
    Call it President Obama’s Committee for the Re-Election of the President — a political slush fund at the Health and Human Services Department. Only this isn’t some little fund from shadowy private sources; this is taxpayer money, redirected to help Obama win another term. A massive amount of it, too — $8.3 billion. Yes, that’s billion, with a B. Here is how it works. The most oppressive aspects of the ObamaCare law don’t kick in until after the 2012 election, when the president will no longer be answerable to voters. More “flexibility,” he recently explained to the Russians. But certain...
  • Newt defiantly hangs tough in GOP race

    04/23/2012 3:18:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 22, 2012 | Jennifer Harper
    With 21 campaign events scheduled this week, persistent Republican hopeful Newt Gingrich does not appear willing to appease those who want him out of the presidential race. With wife Callista, Mr. Gingrich embarks on intensely local appearances in Delaware and North Carolina: he’ll frequent regional GOP luncheons, visit a library, an azalea festival and elementary schools. He’ll throw out the first pitch at a Gardner-Webb University baseball game and brave an appearance at the North Carolina Zoo — which has puffins but no penguins. The candidate was nipped by the latter last week during a zoo appearance; but that is...
  • N. Korea threatens to reduce S. Korean targets to ashes in minutes(Lee & media: Donga,KBS,MBC,YTN)

    04/23/2012 1:58:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/23/12
    (2nd LD) N. Korea threatens to reduce S. Korean targets to ashes in minutes SEOUL, April 23 (Yonhap) -- North Korea threatened Monday to launch special military actions to destroy key South Korean targets, further escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula following the North's botched rocket launch. "The special actions of our revolutionary armed forces will start soon to meet the reckless challenge of the group of traitors," the North's military supreme command said in an English-language notice carried by the country's official Korean Central News Agency. "Once the above-said special actions kick off, they will reduce all the rat-like...
  • LNG exports: A release valve for U.S natural gas

    04/23/2012 12:52:08 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    Reuters via The Globe and Mail ^ | Apr. 19, 2012 | Kevin Allison AND Christopher Swann
    It may be the beginning of the end of ultra-cheap U.S. natural gas NG-FT. Less than a week after prices dipped below a decade low of $2 (U.S.) per million British thermal units, American authorities approved the nation’s first big gas export plant in half a century on Monday. Assuming Cheniere Energy LNG-A can secure financing, its liquefied natural gas terminal will provide struggling producers a way out of the gloomy domestic market. That may eventually force U.S. consumers and chemical producers to pay more. But it should also create a more stable market. Global energy markets have been screaming...
  • Romney gaining conservatives' support, if not their hearts

    04/22/2012 7:06:08 AM PDT · by Innovative · 309 replies
    Washington Post ^ | apr 19, 2012 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Sandhya Somashekhar
    Mitt Romney was not his first choice for president, but conservative political activist Scott Magill has come to accept that Romney is now his only choice. So Magill is looking for reasons to get jazzed about the candidate he once dismissed. His list so far: Romney is a Republican who would sign into law legislation passed by a GOP-led House. Romney has started to hit the right talking points. If elected, Romney would have to listen to the conservative base - or risk its wrath at reelection time. Also, and perhaps most important, Romney is not Barack Obama. The conservative...
  • Displaced Wisconsin Dems want to Elbow Their Way into Minority Districts

    04/22/2012 4:54:26 PM PDT · by sgtyork · 15 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | 4/19/2012 | Brian Sikma
    With Wisconsin’s new legislative district maps nearly finalized, up to four incumbent Democrat lawmakers are preparing to move into newly redrawn majority-minority districts to insure they can retain their power in the state capitol. Mapmakers have updated or created several districts in the cities of Milwaukee and Racine that contain majority populations of minority ethnic and racial groups. The Federal Voting Rights Act requires states to insure that minorities have proportional representation in state legislative bodies. Compliance with this mandate means states must create legislative districts where the majority demographic is comprised of racial minorities. Democrat lawmakers Rep. Cory Mason...
  • I'm officially endorsing Newt Gingrich for President today.

    01/19/2012 12:41:04 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 744 replies
    Jan 19, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    <p>I'm officialy endorsing Newt Gingrich for president today. Was going to wait until after Florida, but see no reason to delay. We need Newt to win in South Carolina and Florida to stop any possible momentum building up for the establishment big government, statist, abortionist RINO!!</p>
  • Wildrose Party to win majority in Alberta election: final poll results (Conservative party)

    04/22/2012 6:01:58 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies
    Barring any weekend surprises, it looks like Wildrose leader Danielle Smith will be Alberta's next premier. Several polls have come out over the past 72 hours putting Smith's upstart Wildrose Alliance ahead of the governing Progressive Conservatives both in terms of popular vote and seat distribution in the provincial election. -excerpt- Regionally, according to the Abacus poll, the Wildrose Party has a commanding lead in Calgary with 44 per cent support followed by the PCs at 29 per cent, the Liberals at 13 per cent, and the NDP at 12 per cent. In Edmonton, the PCs continue to lead with...
  • Onslaught of Union Funded Attack Ads Hit Gov. Walker!

    04/22/2012 1:44:42 PM PDT · by Syncro · 20 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | April 21, 2012 | TPX Staff
    Onslaught of Union Funded Attack Ads Hit Gov. Walker! . The public employee unions have pledged to spent $60 million on their RECALL effort to viciously attack Gov. Walker and distort the truth about the success of his governorship.  In fact, they just dropped half a million dollars on TV ads this week alone! . . Gov. Scott Walker is Under Attack by a Barrage of Negative Union Ads and Needs our Support Today . With the June 5th RECALL election just around the corner, we need your support to defend Gov. Walker and combat the well-funded mudslinging from the...
  • Still the Land of Dreams: 150 Million Want to Immigrate to U.S.

    04/22/2012 1:17:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | April 20, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    It has become a cliché for politicians who want to provide some sort of pathway to U.S. citizenship to the estimated 11.2 million illegal aliens living in the United States to say that these illegal aliens will need to “go to the back of the line” first. However, there are already about 150 million adults living in countries around the world who would migrate to the United States if they could, according to a Gallup survey released on Friday. That does not count any children these 150 million would-be immigrants might want to bring with them to the United States....
  • The First French Official (Election) Results Are In

    04/22/2012 1:10:28 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge / Reuters ^ | April 22. 2012 | Tyler Durden
    8 pm has just passed in France, and all the polls are now closed, which means official preliminary data is now allowed - the first results from IPSOS are in, and are as follows: Francois Hollande: 28.4% (28.8% latest) - with victory virtually assured in the runoff round on May 6, it is now Hollande's election to lose. Could he? Yes - read here how Sarkozy can still catch up per DB. Nicholas Sarkozy: 25.5% (26.1% latest) - make the runoff round Marine Le Pen: 20.0% (18.5% latest) - extreme right: much better than expected as nationalism is back with...
  • Obama Sees Steep Dropoff in Cash From Major Donors

    04/20/2012 6:54:18 PM PDT · by lbryce · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 20, 2012 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and DEREK WILLIS
    President Obama’s re-election campaign is straining to raise the huge sums it is counting on to run against Mitt Romney, with sharp dropoffs in donations from nearly every major industry forcing it to rely more than ever on small contributions and a relative handful of major donors. From Wall Street to Hollywood, from doctors and lawyers, the traditional big sources of campaign cash are not delivering for the Obama campaign as they did four years ago. The falloff has left his fund-raising totals running behind where they were at the same point in 2008 — though well ahead of Mr....
  • [Connecticut] Bishops: Don't Make Catholic Hospitals Perform Abortions

    04/22/2012 11:10:14 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 28 replies
    ...[S]ome Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate said they'd favor the concept of a federal law requiring even Catholic hospitals to perform abortions. Now, the state's Catholic bishops are objecting. ...[They] issued a statement expressing their dismay after all five Democratic candidates said during Sunday's "Face the State" debate that they would support legislation forcing Catholic hospitals to perform abortions. "If it is their [the candidates'] position that our hospitals should be forced by law or regulations to provide abortions in spite of our teaching, it is unfortunate to note their readiness to violate religious liberty"... Here are some excerpts of...
  • Romney expected to dominate in Delaware but Gingrich "keeping the heat on"

    04/22/2012 6:48:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    UPI ^ | April 22, 2012 | NICOLE DEBEVEC
    Mitt Romney is dominating in northeastern states conducting primaries Tuesday, particularly since Rick Santorum has left the race, observers note. Santorum, who announced he was suspending his campaign two weeks ago, had seen his once-huge lead in Pennsylvania shrink steadily and had said winning the Keystone State was key to his campaign continuing. That said, Romney was expected to claim a huge number of delegates from Delaware, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island, even with Santorum in the race. Nothing's happened to change that expectation, except to possibly solidify it. RealClearPolitics.com's delegate count showed Romney with 656, Santorum with 272,...
  • Montana's Governor Schweitzer(D): "Romney’s father from ‘polygamy commune’ in Mexico"

    04/21/2012 4:44:33 PM PDT · by tuckrdout · 360 replies
    Helena Independent Record ^ | 4.21.12 | Mike Dennison
    .Gov. Brian Schweitzer, talking Friday to a national news website, said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney might shy from talking about his family’s Mexican roots because they came from a “polygamy commune” in Mexico. Schweitzer made the remark in an interview with The Daily Beast, a news and opinion website, after being asked whether Montana might be a swing state during this year’s 2012 election. According to The Daily Beast, Schweitzer said Montana likely would vote for Romney, but that Romney, a Mormon, might have trouble nationally because his father, George Romney, was “born on a polygamy commune in Mexico.”...
  • Watergate Figure, Christian Leader Chuck Colson Dead at 80

    04/21/2012 3:23:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    WTVR ^ | April 21, 2012 | Nick Dutton
    Chuck Colson, a Watergate-era “hatchet man” for President Richard Nixon who became an influential evangelical leader after serving time in prison, died Saturday afternoon, according to his website. He was 80. Colson suffered a brain hemorrhage in late March. Colson was the first Nixon aide to be convicted of Watergate-related charges in the 1972 scandal. After a short prison sentence, he reinvented himself as a Christian leader and founded Prison Fellowship, which calls itself “the world’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families,” with a presence in 113 countries. According to his official biography, Colson “admits he was guilty...
  • Why donate to Free Republic? How does Free Republic advance conservatism?

    04/21/2012 12:02:36 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 106 replies
    Click here to pledge your support! ^ | April 21, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    Maybe others can answer more concisely, but I believe we need a place where like-minded traditional conservatives can meet to discuss and advocate for our pro-life, pro-liberty, pro-constitution, pro-traditional American conservative values, principles and causes--without being hounded and attacked by leftists, "moderates" and other naysayers, doubters, doom & gloomers, malcontents or trolls who would either outright destroy our liberty and our way of life, surrender it, or otherwise nibble away at it in bits and bites. Free Republic has been just that for fifteen years!! We wholeheartedly and steadfastly believe in and defend our founding principles and our traditional American...
  • Adelson family gives more to pro-Gingrich super PAC (Under-reported!)

    04/21/2012 10:55:54 AM PDT · by VinL · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | 4-20-12 | Bohn
    The Adelson family continues to be the major benefactor behind the super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich's candidacy, Winning Our Future. While Nevada casino mogul Sheldon Adelson - who has donated $7.5 million to the group - did not give more in March, his wife Dr. Miriam Adelson contributed an additional $5 million last month, according to a report filed late Friday night with the Federal Election Commission. All totaled she has given $12.5 million and the family has given more than $20 million. The family's contributions to Winning Our Future are a major reason the group has been able to...
  • Trayvon Martin Shooting “DeeDee” Reveals The False “Truths”[Martin lawyers lying about girlfriend]

    04/21/2012 6:10:36 AM PDT · by kevcol · 264 replies
    ConservativeTreeHouse ^ | April 21, 2012 | sundancecracker
    A couple of things are certain: DeeDee and Trayvon did not talk for 400 minutes on 2/26 the day he was shot. DeeDee did not go to the hospital on 3/2 and 3/3 and that was NOT the reason for not attending the viewing or memorial. DeeDee and Trayvon were not Boyfriend/Girlfriend. They were close, platonic best friends. DeeDee was not devastated, destroyed, or an emotional wreck. She was sad that her best friend was shot. She notified others, including her cousin who is also a prolific tweeter, but did not know immediately who Trayvon was. DeeDee did not miss...
  • Black Students Beat Piñata Shaped Like White Woman (at the University of Memphis)

    04/21/2012 5:32:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 110 replies
    A piñata shaped like a white woman was strung up to a tree at the University of Memphis, then African-American students took turns beating it with a stick. Where is Al Sharpton when you need him? Isn’t this a shocking case of racism? No, actually it isn’t. Turns out the students involved were mere grade school kids, brought on campus for a special “Luau” party sponsored by the university. The piñata was supposed to represent a hula dancer. “We want to assure our community that no racial or gender animosity was intended,” said a university spokesperson. At worst, this...
  • Planetary Resources Co-Founder Aims To Create Space 'Gold Rush'

    04/21/2012 5:31:08 AM PDT · by KevinDavis · 49 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/20/12 | Brian Caulfield
    Earlier this year, entrepreneur and X-Prize impresario Peter Diamandis hinted he was about to unveil something amazing: a startup that will mine asteroids for precious metals. “Since my childhood I’ve wanted to do one thing, be an asteroid miner,” Diamandis told Forbes. “So stay tuned on that one.”
  • News of Drama in China Consulate Reached Obama

    04/21/2012 5:24:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    President Barack Obama was briefed on a former provincial police chief's overnight stay in a U.S. consulate in China in February while it was in progress or soon after it ended, a senior administration official said Friday, shedding new light on how significantly the U.S. viewed the encounter at the time. The 30-hour visit to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu by Wang Lijun, who had just been relieved of his job as police chief, rapidly spurred controversy in China and came just a week before Vice President Xi Jinping, who is expected to become China's next leader, paid a visit...
  • North Korea May Be Ready For Nuclear Test: Report

    04/21/2012 5:22:31 AM PDT · by Fennie · 7 replies
    The Times of India ^ | April 21, 2012 | AFP
    SEOUL: North Korea has apparently completed preparations for a third nuclear test, possibly within two weeks, after firing a long-range rocket this month, a newspaper report said on Saturday. South Korea's Chosun Ilbo said the information came from a government source. It relates to preparations for a test in the northeastern town of Punggye-ri, where the North carried out two previous nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.
  • Jon Corzine Still Bundling for Obama

    04/20/2012 1:50:35 PM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 12 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 20, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    Barack Obama's reelection campaign has released the most recent list of names of fundraising bundlers. On that list is Jon Corzine, the former governor of New Jersey and embattled money man, the former head of MF Global: Corzine, according to the Obama campaign, has once again helped raise more than $500,000. (He was likewise named a bundler in January, when the Obama campaign last released the names of their money men.)
  • After saying Obama on ‘similar path’ as Hitler/Stalin, Illinois bishop hit with IRS complaint

    04/21/2012 4:43:36 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 66 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | April 20, 2012 | Patrick B. Craine
    PEORIA, Illinois – After a fiery homily last weekend urging the faithful to oppose [Alleged] President Obama’s “radical pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda” at the ballot box in November, Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria has been hit with an IRS complaint from a national secularist lobby group. At a gathering of Catholic men on Saturday, the Illinois prelate had slammed Obama’s mandate forcing religious employers to cover contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs. The unprecedented attack on religious freedom, he said, signaled that the president “seems intent on following a similar path” as past dictators such as Hitler, Stalin, and Otto...
  • Santorum's Ala. delegates will unite with nominee IF..... Ala. GOP Chair warns Newt against division

    04/21/2012 3:20:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 108 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 20, 2012 | Phillip Rawls
    Rick Santorum, the winner of Alabama's Republican presidential primary, hasn't released his 22 Alabama delegates to support another candidate, but delegates said they expect to unite behind Mitt Romney if he locks up the GOP nomination. ....Santorum won Alabama's GOP primary March 13, picking up 22 delegates, compared with 13 for Newt Gingrich and 12 for Romney. Even though Santorum has suspended his campaign, the rules of the Alabama Republican Party bind his delegates to him until he releases them. Dean participated in a conference call with Santorum on Monday, during which the former Pennsylvania senator told delegates he has...
  • Romney backer balks, backs Gingrich in Delaware

    04/20/2012 12:48:16 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 20, 2012
    DOVER, Del. (AP) — The chairman of Kent County's Republican Party says he's switching his support from Mitt Romney to Newt Gingrich. Hans Reigle on Friday said he was throwing his support to the former House speaker because he "is the only candidate who has shown a willingness to meet and talk with Delaware voters for more than an hour."
  • New details in Fast & Furious

    04/20/2012 11:44:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    Tucson News Now ^ | Apr 20, 2012 | NA
    Congress has learned the most wanted man in the Fast and Furious investigation, Manuel Acosta, was allowed to traffic thousands of guns to Mexico. Only after the death of Border Agent Brian Terry south of Tucson was Acosta's operation shut down. He was arrested and released at least three times during the operation. That's why congressional investigators suspect the justice department is unwilling to talk about Acosta's possible role as an informant. Rep. Jason Chaffetz said, "We could have taken him in and prosecuted him anything. It's either total incompetence or maybe it's something a bit more coordinated that the...
  • North Carolina execution blocked on racial grounds (Black Perp ... White Victim ... Black Judge )

    04/20/2012 10:24:23 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 51 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 20, 2012
    In a landmark ruling, a North Carolina judge vacated the death penalty Friday of a convicted murderer, saying prosecutors across the state had engaged for years in a deliberate and systematic pattern of racial discrimination while striking black potential jurors in death penalty cases. In a 167-page order harshly critical of prosecutors, Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks said they "intentionally used the race of (jury pool) members as a significant factor in decisions to exercise peremptory strikes in capital cases." He ruled that discrimination was a factor not only in the case Weeks heard involving convicted murderer Marcus Reymond Robinson,...
  • Levon Helm and The Band: a rock parable of fame, betrayal, and redemption

    04/20/2012 8:48:15 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 41 replies
    The Christian Sciance Monitor ^ | 04-20-12 | Mark Guarino
    Levon Helm of The Band found an unlikely path back to fame after decades of disappointment. But by the end, the homespun singer from Turkey Scratch, Ark., had come full circle. In the eight years preceding his death Thursday, Levon Helm enjoyed the highest distinction that any music veteran could hope for: an audience that remembers. Two recent Grammy awards had brought a resurgence of interest in Mr. Helm’s career as the voice and drummer of The Band, one of rock’s most enduring groups. But it was only in 2004, when he began his homespun “Midnight Ramble” concerts, that he...
  • Coroner: Breitbart Died of Heart Failure

    04/20/2012 5:48:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 141 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4/20/12 | Breitbart News
    The office of the Los Angeles County coroner has completed its investigation into the death of Andrew Breitbart on March 1, and has confirmed that he died of natural causes, namely heart failure. Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey told Breitbart News that the final autopsy report would be released next week. A press release issued by the Department of Coroner (below) notes: "No prescription or illicit drugs were detected. The blood alcohol was .04%," a negligible amount. The press release concludes: "No significant trauma was present and foul play is not suspected."
  • Gingrich North Carolina Stops Called Off, Then On Again

    04/20/2012 6:32:53 PM PDT · by VinL · 111 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4-21-12 | Dover
    The Newt Gingrich campaign found itself in a state of confusion Friday night when reports surfaced that Gingrich would cancel all of his stops in North Carolina next week, fueling suggestions that Gingrich would be suspending his campaign. But the campaign says nothing is happening. Two people close to the Gingrich campaign told ABC News they were contacted and told all of Gingrich’s North Carolina stops had been canceled, although R.C. Hammond, communications director for the campaign, said there was a “communication glitch.” “There was confusion, but we will maintain our North Carolina schedule next week,” Hammond said. One person...
  • PA's Absentee Ballots Harbor Security Flaw

    04/20/2012 4:29:56 PM PDT · by Tamzee · 10 replies
    The Pocono Record ^ | April 20, 2012 | Beth Brelje
    Safeguards against tampering with election results are in place throughout the election process, but for Pennsylvania's absentee voters, a potential security breach exists. Printed on the envelope used to return completed absentee ballots is an "R" or "D," noting the voter's Republican or Democratic party affiliation. A person intent on influencing election results could weed out unopened ballots of one party. All they would need is access to the mails. That could happen in a college mail room or another origination point, at the post office, during delivery or when county mail is being sorted. The envelope marking is plain...
  • Reid Statement On March Unemployment Rate(Tea Party mentioned;)

    04/20/2012 3:04:51 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    Nevada Senator Harry Reid ^ | April 20, 2012 | Nevada Senator Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C. - Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after Nevada’s unemployment rate dropped to 12 percent in March: “The decline in Nevada’s unemployment rate is encouraging. Our economy is slowly recovering, but too many Nevadans remain out of work, which is why we must remain focused on creating jobs. Earlier this month I met with Nevada business leaders to discuss ways to increase domestic and international tourism.  Our state is known for world class entertainment, and we can create jobs by making it easier for visitors to travel to Nevada.  We must also strengthen our infrastructure by...
  • Pakistani passenger jet with 127 on board crashes

    04/20/2012 12:18:28 PM PDT · by Justaham · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/20/12 | ZARAR KHAN
    A Pakistani passenger jet with 127 people on board crashed into wheat fields Friday as it was trying to land in a thunder storm at an airport near the capital Islamabad. Sobbing relatives of those on the flight flocked to the airport, and officials said there appeared to be no survivors. Emergency workers used flashlights to search among the smoldering wreckage of the fuselage, smashed seats and body parts for any sign of life at the crash site, which was just a few kilometers (miles) from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport. One rescue official asked villagers to bring him sheets...