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  • Green ‘drivel’ exposed. The godfather of global warming lowers the boom on climate change hysteria

    06/23/2012 11:37:38 AM PDT · by OnAMission · 23 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 6/23/2012 | Lorrie Goldstein
    Two months ago, James Lovelock, the godfather of global warming, gave a startling interview to msnbc.com in which he acknowledged he had been unduly “alarmist” about climate change. The implications were extraordinary. Lovelock is a world-renowned scientist and environmentalist whose Gaia theory — that the Earth operates as a single, living organism — has had a profound impact on the development of global warming theory.
  • Fact Checker: Repeat Use of Debunked Claims Sinks Obama Ad

    06/23/2012 11:09:48 AM PDT · by kristinn · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, June 23, 2012 | Glenn Kessler
    SNIP The Obama campaign apparently loves to ding former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney with the charge of “outsourcing.” On several occasions, we have faulted the campaign for its claims, apparently to little avail. Now, all of the claims have been combined in one 30-second ad, with the added incendiary charge that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was a “corporate raider.” Let’s look anew at this material. SNIPRegarding the other claims, concerning Canadian electronics maker SMTC Manufacturing and customer service firm Modus Media, the Obama campaign tries to take advantage of a gray area in which Romney had stepped down from...
  • Anna Schwartz; economist co-wrote with Milton Friedman

    06/23/2012 5:12:32 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 9 replies
    Globe/NYT ^ | June 22, 2012 | Robert D. Hershey Jr.
    NEW YORK — Anna J. Schwartz, a research economist who wrote monumental works on US financial history in collaboration with Nobel laureate Milton Friedman while remaining largely in his shadow, died Thursday at her home in New York City. She was 96. Her death was confirmed by her daughter, Naomi Pasachoff. Dr. Schwartz, who earned her doctorate in economics at age 48 and dispensed policy appraisals well into her 90s, was often called the ‘‘high priestess of monetarism,’’ upholding a school of thought that maintains that the size and turnover of the money supply largely determines the pace of inflation...
  • House Republicans release final Holder contempt resolution

    06/22/2012 10:55:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/22/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Republicans release final Holder contempt resolutionBy Pete Kasperowicz - 06/22/12 06:22 PM ET Republicans late Friday released the final version of the resolution asserting that Attorney General Eric Holder is in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-walking operation. The crux of the resolution is just three paragraphs: "Resolved, That Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, shall be found to be in contempt of Congress for failure to comply with a congressional subpoena. "Resolved, That pursuant to 2 U.S.C. 192 and 194, the Speaker of the...
  • Former middle school principal arrested in Lealman crime spree (2 dead, 9 hurt)

    06/22/2012 8:43:37 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | 06/22/2012 | Jacquline Ingles, Gregg Burrag
    LEALMAN, Fla. - The former principal of a Tampa middle school was arrested Friday after a crime spree in Lealman left two dead and another nine injured. Officials say Anthony Joseph Giancola, 45, was involved in a fatal stabbing, an assault at a hotel, and hit five others with his car. The spree is thought to have begun just before 11:00 a.m. at a group home for the hearing impaired in St. Petersburg, where a man and woman were stabbed to death and two others were hospitalized with knife wounds. Justin Lee Vandenburgh, 32, was pronounced deceased on scene. 59-year-old...
  • Sorry, Washington Post, Romney didn’t get rich moving U.S. jobs overseas

    06/22/2012 7:21:21 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    AEI ^ | June 22,2012 | James Pethokoukis
    <p>But the WaPo seems more than a little fuzzy about the basics of how international business works — and the difference between outsourcing and offshoring.</p> <p>Or maybe this was a story just too politically juicy to properly check.</p> <p>But whatever the reason, WaPo World’s version of Romney’s business career at Bain Capital may not correspond with reality, via a source familiar with Bain’s activities as well as a detailed analysis of the piece.</p>
  • Gillibrand’s Challengers

    06/22/2012 5:37:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 45 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 22, 2012 | Harry Graver
    America loves its underdogs. And New York Republicans have to choose among three of them — attorney Wendy Long, congressman Bob Turner, and comptroller George Maragos, who are all vying for the Republican nomination and the long-shot chance to oust an incumbent Democrat, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.Recent polls have shown the senator’s lead over her three potential opponents to range between 33 and 42 points. This makes sense. In New York, registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans two to one, and no Republican has won statewide office since George Pataki was elected to his third term as governor in 2002.To boot,...
  • Obama to Hispanics on immigrants: I see my kids

    06/22/2012 5:09:40 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies
    AP ^ | June 22, 2012 | JIM KUHNHENN
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- President Barack Obama, in a strikingly personal appeal, renewed his call for an overhaul of America's immigration laws before a supportive Latino audience Friday. He portrayed rival Mitt Romney as an obstacle to measures that would give young illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.
  • Ryan Being Vetted for VP

    06/22/2012 4:38:54 PM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 76 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 22, 2012 | Robert Costa
    I’m reliably informed that Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Budget Committee chairman, has submitted paperwork to the Romney campaign. Sources confirm that he is being vetted for the vice-presidential nomination. Ryan, one of the GOP’s brightest young stars, is clearly a favorite of Romney allies. But some top Republican officials are wary of plucking him from the House, where he is the party’s most influential voice on fiscal issues. Earlier this week, Romney campaigned with Ryan in Janesville, Wis., Ryan’s hometown. Ryan previously stumped for Romney in late March and early April, ahead of Wisconsin’s Republican presidential primary.
  • Michelle Obama to lead U.S. delegation to Olympic Games opening ceremony

    06/22/2012 1:52:48 PM PDT · by Justaham · 61 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 6/22/12 | Olivier Knox
    First lady Michelle Obama will lead the official American delegation to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the White House announced on Friday. The group includes women's soccer Olympic great Brandi Chastain and basketball star Grant Hill, a member of the 1996 Olympics squad "This summer I'll be cheering on Team U.S.A. at the Olympic Games in London with this distinguished group of champions who truly represent the best of our country," the first lady said in a statement released by the White House. "Olympians and Paralympians are true American heroes and role models for all...
  • Kansas revokes doctor's license in abortion case

    06/22/2012 11:25:04 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 7 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 6/22/2012 | Associated PressBy JOHN HANNA | Associated Pres
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas regulators on Friday revoked the medical license of a doctor accused of performing inadequate mental health exams on young patients she then referred to the late Dr. George Tiller for late-term abortions. The State Board of Healing Arts ratified an administrative judge's earlier decision to strip Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus of her license. Neuhaus provided second opinions that Tiller needed under Kansas law to perform some late-term abortions at his Wichita clinic. Tiller, one of a few U.S. physicians known to perform abortions in the final weeks of pregnancy, was shot to death in May...
  • Report: Brian Terry Murder Suspect An FBI Informant

    06/22/2012 11:21:13 AM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 45 replies
    AZPUNDIT ^ | December 2, 2011 | Henry D'Andrea
    A new exclusive report from PJ Media reports that the suspect in the death of Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, may be an FBI informant. Brian Terry was killed as a direct result of the Obama/Holder botched Operation Fast and Furious. PJ Media reported: In the growing Fast and Furious scandal, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s death in Peck Canyon, Arizona was previously described as a chance meeting that led to a firefight: an illegal alien “rip crew” working for the Sinaloa cartel was hoping to find other illegal aliens and to rob them at gunpoint. Instead, they stumbled across...
  • Obama Celebrity Fundraiser Barrage Worries Some in Hollywood

    06/22/2012 6:31:26 AM PDT · by Innovative · 19 replies
    Hollyod Reporter ^ | Jun e21, 2012 | Tina Daunt
    Some of the president's most ardent entertainment industry supporters quietly tell The Hollywood Reporter that while they realize he needs to deploy all of his weapons to compete with deep-pocketed Republican super PACs, they fear the increasing reliance on stars and celebrity contests could backfire with swing voters and mobilize the right. Reaction was particularly strong to the $40,000-a-plate dinner co-hosted June 14 by Sarah Jessica Parker and Vogue editor Anna Wintour with guests including Meryl Streep, Aretha Franklin and Bravo's Andy Cohen. Critics say the tony, heavily promoted event­ -- Parker sent an e-mail to supporters promising the evening...
  • Great Recession took deep toll across U.S. states

    06/21/2012 9:41:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 21, 2012 | Susan Heavey
    The nation's recent recession had a "broad and deep" impact across the United States, but certain states such as Florida and California were particularly hard-hit, according to a report released on Thursday. The study, led by Yale University political science professor Jacob Hacker, found that while the U.S. Northeast was largely spared from the economic fallout in the years after the Great Recession, the U.S. South and West were hit harder. Researchers said their study is the first state-by-state look at the how the downturn affected economic security and household incomes. It was paid for by the Rockefeller Foundation, a...
  • Armed Services chairman won’t push to reinstate DADT if Romney wins

    06/21/2012 7:14:27 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 21, 2012 | Jeremy Herb
    House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said he doesn’t plan to try and reinstate “Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT), the former ban on gays serving openly in the military, if Republicans were to take the Senate and Mitt Romney won the White House in November. McKeon and other Republicans were opposed to repealing DADT when the Democratic-controlled Congress passed it in 2010, but McKeon said Thursday that he didn’t see a reason to re-start the fight over it. “We fought that fight, and I think right now it’s more important to get the things that our warfighters need,”...
  • Afghan Taliban gunmen attack popular Kabul lakeside hotel

    06/21/2012 5:14:58 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 6/21/12 | reuters
    (Reuters) - Afghan Taliban gunmen, some armed with rocket propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, have attacked a hotel in Kabul's popular Qargha Lake recreation area, triggering a gunbattle, Afghan police said on Friday. "Insurgents armed with RPG rockets, and heavy and light weapons, are inside the Spozhmai Hotel and fighting with security forces. We don't know their numbers and if there have been casualties," said Mohammad Zahir, head of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Kabul police. The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying wealthy Afghans and foreigners used the hotel to have "wild parties" in the...
  • Executive privilege claim opens new questions for lawmakers probing Fast and Furious

    06/21/2012 3:18:51 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 23 replies
    FoxNews ^ | June 21, 2012 | unsigned
    President Obama's decision to assert executive privilege over Operation Fast and Furious documents not only failed to delay contempt proceedings against Attorney General Eric Holder -- it raised a whole new line of constitutional questions and challenges about the power of the presidency.Republicans already are seeking more than 70,000 additional documents to answer their existing questions on Fast and Furious. The executive privilege claim opened up a new avenue of probing. The immediate question was whether the documents contained information so damaging that the president was willing to risk the bad PR by moving to lock them down. GOP lawmakers...
  • Discipline recommended for 7 U.S. troops in Qur'an burning

    06/21/2012 6:06:13 AM PDT · by Conservative Vermont Vet · 52 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | June 19, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. military investigation is recommending that as many as seven U.S. troops face administrative punishments, but not criminal charges, in the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base in Afghanistan in February, The Associated Press has learned. U.S. military officials said the classified report and recommendations for disciplinary action against the service members involved were delivered to the Pentagon more than a week ago. They have been turned over to the Army and Navy secretaries. No final decisions have been made. According to the officials, one Navy service member and as many as six Army soldiers...
  • Obama Orders Military 'Gay Pride' Celebrations;CinC Using Armed Forces for Political Fodder

    06/21/2012 9:13:01 AM PDT · by rhema · 39 replies
    Patriot Post ^ | June 21, 2012 | Mark Alexander
    "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indespensible supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. ... [L]et us with caution indulge the opposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of...
  • Obama Made Pre-Inaugural ‘Pledge’ on Stopping Guns to Mexico; Holder... Worked Issue From 1st Month

    06/21/2012 9:30:09 AM PDT · by Qbert · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 20, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Three and a half years before he invoked executive privilege in refusing to hand over to Congress internal Justice Department documents about Operation Fast and Furious--and just eight days before his inauguration--President-elect Barack Obama met with Mexican President Calderon over lunch at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C., and “pledged” that he would take action aimed at stopping the flow of guns into that country from the United States. Public statements from both Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano demonstrate that they were both personally working on this issue from their first month...
  • Pelosi: GOP attacking Holder to suppress voters

    06/21/2012 9:11:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/21/12 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top House Democrat says a committee vote holding the attorney general in contempt of Congress is part of Republican efforts to suppress votes in the upcoming elections. .. it is no coincidence that Holder is the official in charge of preventing voter suppression and enforcing civil rights laws.
  • C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition

    06/21/2012 8:53:52 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 21, 2012 | ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — A small number of C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey, helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms to fight the Syrian government, according to American officials and Arab intelligence officers. The C.I.A. officers have been in southern Turkey for several weeks, in part to help keep weapons out of the hands of fighters allied with Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups, one senior American official said. The Obama administration has said it is not providing arms to the rebels, but it has also acknowledged that Syria’s neighbors would do so....
  • Wealth implosion: It's not just housing

    06/21/2012 6:18:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 06/19/12 | Tami Luhby
    Wealth implosion: It's not just housing By Tami Luhby @CNNMoney June 19, 2012: 2:32 PM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Americans' net worth collapsed in recent years, but don't blame the housing market for it all. A CNNMoney analysis of new Census Bureau data shows that if you strip out the effects of the housing collapse, median household net worth still fell by 25% between 2005 and 2010. The decline was driven largely by the plummeting stock market, which devastated Americans' portfolios and retirement accounts. Overall, median household net worth declined 35% to $66,740 in 2010. The median worth of...
  • Job Openings drop 8 Percent; Private Sector Shoulders nearly all of the Pain

    06/21/2012 6:20:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    The CNBC headline says it all: "Job Openings Report Show Market is…Really, Really Bad" - not the stuff of which re-election campaigns are made. It is all about the newest JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey) report from the Labor Department that new job openings declined by 325,000 in April; an 8% drop in just one month.  New hires also declined in April by 160,000.  Nearly 9-out-of-10 of the decline in job openings was in the private sector that President Obama claims is "doing fine."  "The reading for April job openings offered by employers retreated sharply from its highest...
  • 'National security' amendment to nuclear law raises fears of military use(going nuclear)

    06/21/2012 6:46:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Asahi Japan Watch ^ | 06/21/12 | Akira Ozeki and Seiji Tanaka
    'National security' amendment to nuclear law raises fears of military use June 21, 2012 THE ASAHI SHIMBUN Supporters of an amendment quietly slipped into Japan’s nuclear power law saying it should contribute to "national security" are denying it could provide cover for military use of nuclear technology. The provision, which says nuclear safety should be guaranteed not only to defend lives, people's health and the environment but also to "contribute to Japan's national security," became part of the Atomic Energy Basic Law on June 20. Critics say the change to the 1955 basic law, known as the "constitution" of nuclear...
  • Obama's MurderGate: Fast and Furious Investigation to Continue Regardless of Contempt Vote

    06/21/2012 3:57:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    UPDATE 4:14 PM: Attorney General Eric Holder has been voted in contempt of Congress by the House Oversight Committee by 23-17. The vote came down after three Demcratic amendments to the contempt charge were voted down. An amendment introduced by Rep. Trey Gowdy rendering President Obama's invocation of executive privilege not applicable or relevant to this case at this time. The contempt charge will now move to the full House next week. Capitol Hill- Attorney General Eric Holder got a temporary lifeline from President Obama today just minutes before the House Oversight Committee started debate over whether to hold Holder...
  • Pelosi: Obama Should Raise Debt Limit Directly, Go Around Congress

    06/20/2012 10:10:19 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 79 replies
    TPM ^ | 6-20-12 | Brian Beutler
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has changed her public position on an issue that divided Democrats during the fight over raising the debt ceiling last summer. She now says that President Obama should use the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling by fiat — to preserve the country’s credit rating and avoid another economically harmful brinksmanship over the country’s borrowing limit. “I would like to see the constitution used to protect the country’s full faith and credit,” she told a handful of columnists at a roundtable. According to Matt Yglesias, “She didn’t offer a legal argument in favor of...
  • Denny's "Greatness" Commercial: WOW!

    06/20/2012 8:42:43 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 89 replies
    Denny's ^ | 2012 | Ad Agency/Denny's Marketing Dept.
    Please click here and watch this short, amazing commercial.I saw it tonight while watching Spike TV and could hardly believe my eyes and ears: a national corporation (and direct seller to the public) shows NO FEAR in support of the Second Amendment.Three huzzahs! to Denny's for the guts not to care if they lose gun-grabber's business.
  • Judge strikes down part of Chicago gun law as unconstitutional

    06/20/2012 5:32:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Jun 20, 2012 | NATASHA KORECKI
    A federal judge in Chicago on Tuesday struck down a portion of the city’s firearm ordinance, calling it unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan ruled in favor of a Chicago man who challenged a section of the city’s gun law after he was denied a permit because of a misdemeanor conviction. Der-Yeghiayan, in a 30-page ruling, called that part of the Chicago Firearm Ordinance “unconstitutionally void for vagueness,” and said it violated Shawn Gowder’s right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Gowder had filed a federal lawsuit challenging a portion of the ordinance...
  • Russia, Syria deny war games with China, Iran

    06/19/2012 1:39:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 6/19/12 | Joanna Paraszczuk
    Russian and Syrian officials dismissed as provocation on Tuesday Iranian media reports that Iran, Russia, China and Syria are to conduct joint military exercises in Syria next month. Iran's semi-official Fars News outlet, which has ties to the Iranian government, cited "certain unofficial sources" had confirmed the war games but did not say where those sources were from. (Snip) The Iranian and Arabic reports said the war-games were scheduled for less than a month's time.
  • NRA Applauds Passage of U.S. House Committee Resolution Recommending that the House Find Attorney...

    06/20/2012 4:04:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | June 20, 2012 | NA
    NRA Applauds Passage of U.S. House Committee Resolution Recommending that the House Find Attorney General Holder in Contempt of Congress Fairfax, Va. – The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform passed a resolution recommending that the House find Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. in contempt of Congress by a 23 to 17 vote. "The NRA fully supports this contempt resolution," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA's Institute for Legislative Action. "The American people – including millions of NRA members and tens of millions of NRA supporters – deserve the truth, and we will support any effort that...
  • Democrats to intercept Supreme Court ruling on immigration

    06/20/2012 11:43:35 AM PDT · by pabianice · 25 replies
    This article if from April. I didn't see it posted on FR. I am posting it upon news today on Fox that the Dems are preparing open warfare against a SCOTUS decision to back the Arizona law. Per Fox, Dems allied with open border La Raza types will use endless lawfare and intimidation to overturn this law if it is upheld by SCOTUS. =================================================== The Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday over Arizona’s immigration-crackdown law, but Democrats are already preparing for a potential loss by saying they’ll try to pass legislation stripping states of the power to enact their own immigration...
  • Obama In 2007: Executive Privilege Is "Subject To Abuse"

    06/20/2012 12:38:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 6/20/12 | staff
    "I think the issue of executive power and executive privilege is one that is subject to abuse and in an Obama presidency what you will see will be a sufficient respect for law and the co-equal branches of government that I hope we don't find ourselves in a situation in which we would have aides being subpoenaed for what I think everything acknowledges is some troublesome information out there," then-Senator Barack Obama told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in a 2007 interview.
  • Obama’s Despotism Takes Switchblade to U.S. Constitution

    06/20/2012 1:28:36 PM PDT · by Kfobbs · 11 replies
    Examiner ^ | June 20, 2012 | Kevin Fobbs
    The rule of law that safeguards all Americans is what our brave men and women have fought and even died on the field of battle for, and in one swift switchblade move, President Obama has decided that he will decide nearly a million illegal criminals will not have to abide by federal and state laws. Obama also practiced this same despotic action when he decided in February 2011to not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which congress passed in 1996, that barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage. But the despotic Obamarule did not stop there, because there...
  • Iran, Syria, Russia, China Plan Largest Middle East War Games Ever

    06/20/2012 1:05:48 PM PDT · by Syncro · 13 replies
    We Stand With Israel ^ | 6/19/1012 | Staff
    Friends, As of this writing world powers are meeting in Moscow with Iran's nuclear negotiators.  Most observers have given up on any real agreement or breakthrough coming through negotiation with Iran.  While nobody knows the outcome of this or any future talks, reports today say Russia and China, two of the world powers negotiating by the U.S side., are planning the largest ever war games with Iran and Syria.  This is a frightening development for Israel and to anyone paying attention to the diplomatic cushion Russia and China have provided the leaders of both Syria and Iran in their...
  • On Fast & Furious, "Blame Bush" is a Lie

    06/20/2012 12:08:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2012 | Guy Benson
    Throughout today's House Oversight Committee hearings on possible contempt charges for Attorney General Eric Holder, Democrat members repeatedly asserted and imtimated that the deadly gun-running program had originated under the previous administration.  Their clear aim was to muddy the waters on who is ultimately culpable for this blood-stained travesty, to suggest that Republicans are engaged in a shameless partisan witch hunt, and to feed the pliant mainstream media a handy alternate narrative as they begin to cover the controversy.  Katie documented why this variant of "Blame Bush!" isn't remotely applicable to Fast & Furious in her book, and former federal...
  • Spain's Economy On the Edge of Collapse as Protests Turn Violent

    06/20/2012 10:59:42 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 51 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 6/20/2012 | Hugo Duncan
    Europe plunged deeper into crisis last night as Spain lurched closer to needing a full-blown bailout to save it from collapse. The government in Madrid was forced to pay prohibitively high interest rates to borrow money on another bruising day for the single currency bloc. It raised fears that Spain is on the verge of becoming the biggest victim of the euro crisis so far – following the bailouts of Greece, Ireland and Portugal. Please read the rest at the source
  • Can the Democrats really be this out of touch?

    06/20/2012 10:40:16 AM PDT · by Syncro · 20 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | 06/20/2012 | Sal Russo
    Can the Democrats really be this out of touch? . First, President Obama makes the claim that "the private sector is doing fine" and now Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill appears to have 'one-upped' our disconnected President with her own outrageous and false statement. . U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said in an interview with the Quincy Journal that “the Senate passed a budget in August — in fact, we did better.”  Unfortunately for the Democrat U.S. Senator from Missouri, this claim is untrue.  . The Democrat controlled U.S. Senate has shirked their sworn duties and refused to address the fiscal...
  • Obama campaign requests outside Republican group disclose donors

    06/20/2012 4:42:53 AM PDT · by sunmars · 35 replies
    Democratic President Barack Obama's top campaign lawyer filed a complaint with the federal election regulator on Tuesday, demanding that the well-heeded and high-spending Republican advocacy group Crossroads GPS disclose its donors. This is the latest Democratic effort to slow down Crossroads GPS, run by former aide to President George W. Bush Karl Rove, which plans to spend some $300 million alongside its sister "super" political action committee to help Republican candidates ahead of the November 6 election, largely through advertising. Republican non-profit and "Super PAC" groups have been far outpaced their Democratic rivals in fundraising and spending, which expected to...
  • Obama asserts executive privilege in gun case

    06/20/2012 8:54:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 20, 2012 | Pete Yost
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege Wednesday to withhold documents a House committee is seeking in an investigation of a flawed gun-smuggling probe in Arizona. In a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., a Justice Department official said the privilege applies to documents that explain how the department learned that there were problems with the investigation called Operation Fast and Furious. At the start of a committee hearing, Issa called the president's action "an untimely" assertion of the privilege. The committee will vote on whether to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress for failing...
  • Issa pushes ahead with Holder contempt vote despite Obama intervention

    06/20/2012 8:48:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/20/2012
    Rep. Darrell Issa said Wednesday that he is pressing ahead with a committee vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, despite an 11th-hour move by President Obama to exert executive privilege over the Fast and Furious documents at the heart of the dispute. The announcement immediately touched off a caustic debate on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as Democrats accused Issa of prosecuting a "political witch hunt" and Republicans stepped up their criticism of Holder's "stonewalling" over the Fast and Furious probe. Even for Washington, the tone at the hearing was decidedly bitter and...
  • Grassley: DOJ Retracts Holder Gunwalking Statement to Senate Committee

    06/20/2012 8:44:57 AM PDT · by kristinn · 19 replies
    CBS News via Twitter ^ | Wednesday, June 20, 2012 | Sharyl Atkisson
    Sen. Grassley: DOJ retracts 2d statement made to the Senate Judiciary Committee. .. Sen. Grassley: At hearing last wk, Holder claimed his predecessor Mukasey, had been briefed about gunwalking in Operation Wide Receiver. Sen. Grassley: Now, the Department is retracting that statement and claiming Holder “inadvertently” made that claim to the Committee.
  • A Risky Rx for Your Digital Records

    06/20/2012 8:10:04 AM PDT · by shove_it · 25 replies
    Smart Money ^ | 19Jun 2012 | TANIA KARAS
    Lured by huge incentives, doctors are rushing to digitize your medical files. The move, though, might have some nasty side effects for patients. Few health care trends have gotten as much press of late as the mad rush into electronic health records. Physicians, driven by the promise of better care, cost savings and nearly $23 billion in new federal incentive payments, are racing to turn their scribbled medical records into digital files. Thirty-five percent of hospitals now use such systems, more than double the share two years ago, according to U.S. government figures. But for all the hype about electronic...
  • Live Streaming Link to Contempt Hearing on Holder (my title)

    06/20/2012 8:22:20 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 181 replies
    Congress US Government ^ | Today | Comittee on oversight and government reform
    Link to streaming live video feed on the contempt hearing on Holder and Fast and Furious.
  • House moves toward contempt vote after Eric Holder balks on gun documents

    06/20/2012 6:22:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 20 June, 2012 | Richard A. Serrano
    WASHINGTON -- Last-minute talks to stave off a House committee vote declaring Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress broke down late Tuesday, when the attorney general failed to provide subpoenaed documents for the panel's inquiry into the flawed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation run by the Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF. Mr. Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, met for about 20 minutes in an extraordinary bargaining session in the House majority leader's Capitol office. They emerged with Mr. Issa saying the attorney...
  • Professor fired after expressing climate change skepticism

    06/20/2012 6:39:47 AM PDT · by DFG · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/20/12 | Daily Caller
    Oregon State University chemistry professor Nicholas Drapela was fired without warning three weeks ago and has still been given no reason for the university’s decision to “not renew his contract.” Drapela, an outspoken critic of man-made climate change, worked at the university for 10 years. In the early years of his career, he published a number of textbooks, received a promotion to senior instructor and, in 2004, received a Loyd F. Carter award for outstanding and inspirational teacher. In 2007, Drapela began giving talks on his own climate change skepticism. He often and openly questioned the science behind man-made global...
  • Obama grants Holder request on 'Furious' documents as contempt vote looms

    06/20/2012 7:26:03 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 44 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 6-20-2012 | FOXnews
    DEVELOPING ... President Obama has granted an 11th-hour request by Attorney General Eric Holder to exert executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents, a last-minute maneuver that appears unlikely to head off a contempt vote against Holder by Republicans in the House. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to forge ahead with its meeting on the contempt resolution anyway.
  • Obama’s policy strategy: Ignore laws

    06/16/2012 9:08:05 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 16 Jun 2012 | STEVE FRIESS
    President Obama returned Friday to a trusted tactic — satisfying his political allies by not doing something. Conservatives were angry when Janet Napolitano announced the administration would stop deporting certain undocumented immigrants but they should have seen it coming. On issue after issue – gay rights, drug enforcement, Internet gambling, school achievement standards – the administration has chosen to achieve its goals by a method best described as passive-aggressive. Rather than pushing new laws through a divided Congress to enact his agenda, Obama is relying on federal agencies to ignore, or at least not defend, laws that some of his...
  • White House Readies Ramming Speed if Supremes Strike Down Mandate

    06/19/2012 5:06:37 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 91 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 19, 2012 | Chris Stirewalt
    "Legislatively we can't do a thing, and we are going to move full speed ahead (with implementation).” -- A Democratic “congressional official” talking to the Associated Press about plans in the Obama administration to proceed with the president’s 2010 health law even if the Supreme Court strikes down its central provision requiring all Americans to either purchase insurance or be enrolled in a government program. The looming Supreme Court decision on President Obama’s 2010 health law has Washington in a state of high anxiety.
  • London Games to be first social media Olympics

    06/19/2012 2:08:28 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 22 replies
    AP ^ | June 19, 2012 | n/a
    LONDON –  Tweet this: The London Games will be the first Olympics told in 140 characters or less. The London Games will be the most tweeted, liked and tagged in history, with fans offered a never before seen insider's view of what many are calling the social media Olympics, or the "socialympics." Hash tags, (at) signs and "like" symbols will be as prevalent as national flags, Olympic pins and medal ceremonies. Some athletes may spend more time on Twitter and Facebook than the playing field. Mobile phones have become smarter, laptops lighter and tablet devices a must-have for technology lovers...