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  • Democrats block GOP rewrite of immigration priorities

    09/21/2012 9:23:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/21/2012 | Steven Dinan
    House Democrats defeated the broadest immigration reform effort yet in this Congress, voting down a bill on Thursday that would have ended the random visa lottery and replaced it with a system rewarding high-tech foreign graduates from U.S. universities. The vote showed neither side is ready to break the stalemate that has foiled every major immigration bill for the past decade. This latest effort would have tried to rewrite the country’s immigration priorities, shifting away from random chance and toward picking skilled workers that Republicans said could boost the U.S. economy. “Unfortunately, Democrats today voted to send the best and...
  • What John McLaughlin (pollster) Sees in the Polls Right Now (Must Read!)

    09/21/2012 6:31:56 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 135 replies
    Natiionla Review Online ^ | 09/21/12 | Jim Geraghty
    I reached out to Republican pollster John McLaughlin for yesterday’s piece on how undecided voters are likely to break, and he made some separate comments about polls, their impact on motivation for each side, and how the campaigns want to use skewed poll numbers to depress the opposition. How he’s defining likely voters right now: “For the most part we’re polling likely voters. It’s a loose screen. We keep people who say they’re only somewhat likely to vote. But the vast majority say that they are definitely or very likely to vote. They’re voting.” How campaigns try to sway polling...
  • (Gov Rick) Perry: Obama Engaging in 'Spiritual Warfare'

    09/21/2012 5:29:16 AM PDT · by xzins · 42 replies
    News Max ^ | 20 Sep 2012 | Alec Weisman
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is accusing President Barack Obama of engaging in spiritual warfare and is urging Christian voters to “send a message to Washington that our nation is about more than some secular laws and activist courts." According to the Austin American-Statesman, the Republican made the claim in a conference call with evangelicals Tuesday, in which he warned that the "spiritual warfare," as he put it, "may be growing stronger as President Obama and his cronies in Washington continue their effort to remove any trace of religion from American life." He added, "It falls on us [as] Christian warriors,...
  • Maine Senator Bucks Republican Party on Gay Immigration Rights

    09/21/2012 2:42:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 9/19/2012 | Lauren Fox
    Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins again took a step outside of her party's box Wednesday on the issue of gay rights when she became the first Republican in the Senate to co-sponsor legislation that she says would give same-sex couples immigration rights equal to those of heterosexual couples. Collins, who's bucked her party before on gay rights issues, joined a long list of Democratic sponsors of the Uniting American Families Act. The bill would give same-sex couples the chance to sponsor their significant other for citizenship. "This legislation would simply update our nation's immigration laws to treat bi-national couples equally,"...
  • Scott Brown to Warren: How can we trust your character when you lied about being Native American?

    09/20/2012 7:09:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/20/2012 | AllahPundit
    Via BuzzFeed, five minutes of fun at the start of tonight’s debate. I agree with William Jacobson: In some ways, this is a tough subject for Brown to broach. To make the case effectively he's got to get into details about the debunked genealogy, her dubious explanations for identifying as Native American, and her insistence on doing so professionally at Harvard even though she didn’t meet the professional guidelines for it. That's hard or impossible to do in a 60-second opening statement; as it is, his argument that she's lying amounts to "c'mon, she obviously doesn't look Native American," which...
  • FHA Short-Sale Program may have Cost HUD $1 Billion in False Claims (Most Ethical Gov't Ever! alert)

    09/20/2012 3:11:52 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 8 replies
    Mortgage News Daily ^ | 9-20-12 | Jann Swanson
    Misuse of the FHA Preforeclosure Sale Program may have cost the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) over a billion dollars for claims that did not meet program according to an audit released this week by the HUD's Region 7 Office of Inspector General (OIG). OIG initiated the audit after noticing significant deficiencies in borrower qualifications during an audit of program claims at one large lender. The Preforeclosure Sale Program allows borrowers in default due to an adverse an unavoidable financial situation to sell their home at fair market value and use the proceeds to pay off an FHA-guaranteed...
  • 'The candidate of Yes We Can has become the President of No I Can't':

    09/20/2012 4:05:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Mail online ^ | September 20, 2012 | Toby Harnden In Sarasota, Florida
    Mitt Romney has seized on President Barack Obama's statement that he 'can't change Washington from the inside by telling him: 'He can only change it from outside? Well, we're going to give him a chance in November. He's going outside!' Speaking at a rally in Sarasota, Florida, Romney reacted swiftly to Obama's comment in a Univision television forum: 'The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside.'
  • Obama slammed on Fast and Furious in Spanish-language TV interview: Shouldn’t you ‘fire’ Holder?

    09/20/2012 3:46:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/20/2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Obama slammed on Fast and Furious in Spanish-language TV interview: Shouldn’t you ‘fire’ Holder? [VIDEO] Interviewers on the Spanish-language television network Univision grilled President Barack Obama about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal plaguing his administration in an interview Thursday. “You told me during an interview that you and Mr. Holder did not authorize the Fast and Furious operation that allowed 2,000 weapons from the United States into Mexico and they were in the drug trafficking [cartels'] hands,” Univision co-host Jorge Ramos asked Obama, according to a translator, during the interview. “I think that up to 100 Mexicans might have...
  • Romney Supporters Clash With Protesters In Florida

    09/20/2012 1:12:14 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies ^ | Sept. 20, 2012 | Zeke Miller
    SARASOTA, Fla. — Supporters and opponents of Mitt Romney faced off outside of the Republican nominee's rally here in an at-times-violent confrontation. As hundreds of Romney supporters lined the sidewalk outside the Ringling Museum of Art, a group of more than 20 protestors carrying an effigy of Romney marched in and confronted them as both sides chanted. One of the men leading the protest, organized by Occupy and Move-On according to demonstrators, repeatedly cut into the Romney line — drawing pushing and shoving. “Get a job, I worked my 50 years,” shouted one Romney supporter at the demonstrators. One man,...
  • Republicans move campaign staff out of New Mexico

    09/20/2012 1:18:30 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 69 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/20/2012
    Washington (CNN) - Republicans are moving three staffers out of Democratic-leaning New Mexico and shifting them to Colorado and Nevada, two states where the presidential race is more competitive. The Republican National Committee and Mitt Romney's campaign will continue to maintain staff and victory offices in New Mexico, a spokesman for the RNC said.
  • In a Tight Race, Obama Draws on the Levers of His Power

    09/20/2012 12:01:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 19, 2012 | Peter Baker and Eric Lipton
    For months, government lawyers and economists worked behind the scenes to develop a trade case against China. Then last month came a eureka moment: They confirmed the existence of a Chinese subsidy program for automobiles and parts that in their view violated international trade rules. They finished a complaint, circulated it among agencies and proposed a time frame for filing. That’s when President Obama’s political team took over, providing a textbook example of how an incumbent can harness the power of the office to bolster the case for re-election. Rather than leave it to the trade office to announce the...
  • Congressionally censured tax cheat tells Romney ‘Americans pay their taxes, unlike you.’

    09/20/2012 10:09:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/20/2012 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    Chutzpah, thy name is Charlie Rangel: "Nothing can be further from the truth than Gov. Romney's ridiculous remarks that nearly half of American people do not pay federal income taxes, they pay other federal and state taxes. The 47 percent figure cited by the Republican presidential candidate covers only the federal income tax and ignores the fact that people may pay a higher percentage of their income on a wide variety of taxes. Everyone pays taxes. Lower income persons pay state and local, property, excise and sales taxes. In fact, when all federal, state, and local taxes are taken into...
  • Cartoons Prompt French Closures (Fear of Islam Portends Beginning of End of Western Civilization)

    09/20/2012 8:54:55 AM PDT · by lbryce · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 19, 2012 | INTI LANDAURO
    France will close embassies and French schools in 20 countries on Friday, its Foreign Ministry said, amid fears of a backlash after a French magazine published a series of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. France said it would close its embassies as well as French schools in 20 countries on Friday, amid fears of backlash after a magazine published a series of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Inti Landauro has details on Lunch Break from Paris. Photo: Getty Images. French authorities said they feared the cartoons published Wednesday in satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo could cause more outrage in the Muslim...

    09/20/2012 8:49:55 AM PDT · by yoe · 30 replies
    Drudge ^ | September 20, 2012 | Various "reporters"
    IRAN: Hundreds chant 'Death to France,' 'Down with the U.S.'...IRAQ: PM condemns U.S. over YOUTUBE anti-Islam film...INDONESIA: U.S. consulate shut for second day amid protests...AFGHANISTAN: Hundreds chant anti-American slogans...(US EMBASSY IN PAKISTAN UNDER SIEGE)
  • (Rasmussen) Daily Presidential Tracking Poll: (Obama 47, Romney 45, 3% other, 4% undecided)

    09/20/2012 8:41:28 AM PDT · by xzins · 80 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | 20 Sep 12 | Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows President Obama attracting support from 47% of voters nationwide, while Mitt Romney earns 45% of the vote. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided. See daily tracking history. When “leaners” are included, it’s Obama 50% and Romney 47%. Leaners are those who are initially uncommitted to the two leading candidates but lean towards one of them when asked a follow-up question. Nine percent (9%) of voters now consider national security issues most important in this election. That’s up from five percent (5%) a week...

    09/20/2012 8:25:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Powerline ^ | 09/20/2012
    Following the Democratic Convention, intial polling suggested that Elizabeth Warren had taken the lead over Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race. More recently, a poll by WBUR/MassINC put Warren ahead by 5 points, 47-42. But now comes a poll by UMass Lowell/Boston Herald, taken during basically the same period as the WBUR poll, that puts Brown ahead by 50-44. The poll also shows, however, that Brown’s lead (assuming the reliability of the poll) is not as solid as its size suggests. Nearly one in three Brown backers say they could change their mind before Election Day, compared to just...
  • Pawlenty quits as Romney campaign co-chair

    09/20/2012 7:45:15 AM PDT · by Vaquero · 132 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9-20-2012 | Olivier Knox
    Tim Pawlenty quit as co-chair of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign on Thursday to become one of Wall Street's top lobbyists in Washington. Pawlenty, a former governor of Minnesota, will lead the Financial Services Roundtable. The move came with Romney's campaign struggling to find its stride with just seven weeks left before Election Day. Polls show the former Massachusetts governor running neck and neck with President Barack Obama in a contest both sides predict will be very close
  • Obama Continues to Snub Israeli Leaders, Refuses All NY Meetings

    09/20/2012 6:32:02 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 37 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | 9/20/2012, 3:26 PM | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Tensions between Israel and the current U.S. administration further deteriorated last week when President Barack Obama refused to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during his upcoming visit to New York, where he will address the UN General Assembly. The White House insisted that the meeting would not take place due to the president’s pressing “campaign obligations” which would take him out of New York. Obama has further snubbed Israeli leaders by refusing to meet with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who will also be in New York next week, WND news station reported.
  • U.S. factory, jobless claims data signal weakness

    09/20/2012 7:17:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 09/20/2012 | LUCIA MUTIKANI AND STEVEN C. JOHNSON
    U.S. manufacturing closed out its weakest quarter in three years this month and the number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits held near two-month highs last week, suggesting the economic recovery is failing to gain traction. Financial information firm Markit said its U.S. “flash”, or preliminary, manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index stood at 51.5 in September, unchanged from August. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. The index averaged 51.5 in the third quarter, below the 54.2 registered between April and June, for its worst showing since the third quarter of 2009. At 51.2, the output component was the lowest...
  • O eyes ‘blind sheik’ release (GOPers blast idea to appease Egypt)

    09/20/2012 6:05:29 AM PDT · by The G Man · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/20/12 | Josh Margolin
    The Obama administration is weighing the release of blind Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman — the spiritual adviser to the 1993 World Trade Center bombers — in a stunning goodwill gesture toward Egypt that has touched off a political firestorm, officials said yesterday. The Egyptian government “asked for his release,” an administration source told The Post — and Rep. Peter King (R-LI) confirmed the request is being considered. The White House, State Department and Justice Department each issued statements denying any deal is in the works, but, “There’s no way to believe anything they say,” said Andrew McCarthy, the former assistant US...
  • Nevada Senate: Heller (R) 42%, Berkley (D) 41% (Rasmussen)

    09/20/2012 6:06:46 AM PDT · by sf4dubya · 15 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | Thursday, September 20, 2012
    Nevada’s U.S. Senate race is now a virtual tie. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Nevada Voters finds incumbent Republican Dean Heller with 42% support, while his challenger, Democratic Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, gets 41% support. Four percent (4%) like some other candidate in the race, and a sizable 12% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) This is a marked change from July when Heller posted a 51% to 42% lead over Berkley. The Republican has generally had the lead throughout the year. Nevada now moves from Safe Republican to a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports...
  • Obama Replaces Stars On U.S. Flag With Campaign Symbol, Hawks It As A “Poster...."

    09/20/2012 5:28:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 80 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 19, 2012
    The Cult of Obama never ceases to creep me out. A poster to say there are no red states or blue states, only the United States: OFA.BO/gfHgXM— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 20, 2012 These are the two posters he’s trying to sell:
  • Viewpoint: Counter-insurgency lessons from Vietnam

    09/19/2012 6:31:44 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18 September 2012
    The rise in so-called insider attacks by rogue Afghan security forces has highlighted the perils of joint operations in counter-insurgency. But former US soldier David Donovan, who fought in Vietnam, says lessons learnt long ago have been forgotten. If you could feel the heat and sweat of the tropics. If you could hear the noise of battle and sense the fears. If you could put yourself on the other side of the world where you are the selectee of your government to advise and help a unit of foreign fighters defend their village. And if you and that unit are...
  • Tax penalty to hit nearly 6M uninsured people

    09/20/2012 5:00:06 AM PDT · by ETL · 22 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | Sept 20, 2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 6 million Americans — significantly more than first estimated— will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama's health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Wednesday. Most would be in the middle class. The new estimate amounts to an inconvenient fact for the administration, a reminder of what critics see as broken promises. The numbers from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office are 50 percent higher than a previous projection by the same office in 2010, shortly after the law passed. The earlier estimate found 4 million people would be affected in 2016, when the...
  • Report: Ambassador Stevens Said He Was on an Al-Qaeda Hit List

    09/20/2012 4:20:09 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 17 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Sept. 20, 2012
    American intelligence officials insist that the attack on the Benghazi consulate was not pre-planned, but a new CNN report says that Ambassador Chris Stevens had expressed concerns about the safety of the mission in the months before his death. According to "a source familiar with his thinking," Stevens was worried about the growing threat of al-Qaeda and other extremists in Libya and even mentioned that he was on a terrorist "hit list."
  • U.S. officials clarify administration description of two heroes in Libya attack

    09/20/2012 1:43:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Washington Guardian ^ | September 19, 2012 | John Solomon
    Ex-Navy Seals weren't part of ambassador's security detail but rose to occasion, officials now confirm The two former Navy SEALs killed in last week's attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi were not part of Ambassador Chris Stevens' official security detail but took up arms in an effort to protect the facility when it was overrun by insurgents, U.S. officials tell the Washington Guardian. The two former SEALS, Tyrone Woods, 41, and Glen Doherty, 42, were not employed by the State Department diplomatic security office and instead were what is known as personal service contractors who had other duties related...
  • Report: Terrorist Behind Ambassador Murder 'Ally of Sorts' to Obama Admin

    09/20/2012 12:49:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | September 19, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    Tonight, Bret Baier of Fox News reported that intelligence sources believe that the mastermind of the al Qaeda attack on our Libyan consulate is one Sufyan Ben Qumu. Qumu was a tank driver in the Libyan army; he was a drug addict and spent time in prison. From there, he fled to Egypt, then went to Afghanistan and joined up with Osama Bin Laden. He later joined the Taliban, and was captured in Pakistan, then turned over to the United States. Qumu was released from Guantanamo Bay in 2007 to the Qaddafi-led Libyan government, on the condition that Libya and...
  • Revealed: Ringleader behind 'al-Qaeda attack that killed U.S. ambassador was former Guantanamo...

    09/19/2012 10:57:52 PM PDT · by Justaham · 7 replies ^ | 9/19/12 | Michael Zennie
    Original title: Revealed: Ringleader behind 'al-Qaeda attack that killed U.S. ambassador was former Guantanamo inmate handed over to Libya by America' -------------------- A former al-Qaeda terrorist released from Guantanamo Bay is believed to be the leader of the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the US Ambassador, it was revealed on Wednesday. Sufyan Ben Qumu, who was reportedly once Osama bin Laden's driver, was let out of the US military detention center in Cuba in 2007 and turned over to the government of Muammar Gaddafi on the condition he be kept behind bars....
  • Obama campaign now selling its version of American flag, complete with ‘O’ logo

    09/19/2012 8:18:46 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 49 replies ^ | 9/19/2012
    Mission Accomplished? Are we in the new NAZI era now? Stars and Stripes are GONE.
  • What Mitt Romney Also Said: A Glimpse Of The Endgame?

    09/19/2012 4:55:16 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 30 replies ^ | September 19 2012 | Tyler Durden
    The import of the Romney statement is critical as it reveals just what the endgame may well looks like. In response to an audience question: Romney: [The] former head of Goldman Sachs, John Whitehead, was also the former head of the New York Federal Reserve. And I met with him, and he said as soon as the Fed stops buying all the debt that we're issuing—which they've been doing, the Fed's buying like three-quarters of the debt that America issues. He said, once that's over, he said we're going to have a failed Treasury auction, interest rates are going to...
  • Crisis, what crisis? Gallup poll shows Mitt Romney CLOSING to just one point behind Barack Obama

    09/19/2012 5:12:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | September 18, 2012 | Toby Harnden
    Mitt Romney's presidential bid has been gleefully portrayed as doomed after a series of supposed stumbles that have delighted Democrats. Voters, however, apparently view things rather differently. Romney has closed to just one point behind Barack Obama - a drop of six percentage points in a week for the President, according to the latest Gallup tracking poll released on Tuesday. Obama is now on 47 points and Romney 46.The survey was taken before the current furore over comments made by the Republican nominee in a fundraiser at Boca Raton, Florida in which he said that 47 per cent of Americans...
  • Fox News: Obama has edge over Romney in three battleground states (7 points in OH, VA, 5 in FL)

    09/19/2012 5:03:33 PM PDT · by Abiotic · 106 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9-19-2012 | Dana Blanton
    President Barack Obama has the edge over Republican Mitt Romney in three potentially decisive states in the presidential election. Obama tops Romney by seven percentage points among likely voters in both Ohio (49-42 percent) and Virginia (50-43 percent). In Florida, the president holds a five-point edge (49-44 percent). Obama’s lead is just outside the poll’s margin of sampling error in Ohio and Virginia, and within the margin of sampling error in Florida. The good news for Romney is that among voters who are “extremely” interested in this year’s election, the races are much tighter. Obama is up by just two...
  • IG Report on Fast and Furious Released

    09/19/2012 4:34:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Office of Senator Chuck Grassley ^ | September 19, 2012 | Senator Chuck Grassley
    Article For Immediate Release September 19, 2012 IG Report on Fast and Furious Released Senator Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, which has jurisdiction over the Justice Department, made the following comment after the Inspector General for the Justice Department released its long awaited report on Operation Fast and Furious.  Grassley first began investigating alleged gunwalking in January 2011 after whistleblowers came forward to alert Congress about gunwalking in Arizona.  The Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder initially denied gunwalking occurred. “At first glance, the Inspector General’s report reaffirms virtually everything that Congressman...
  • 43*: When Gore Beat Bush--A Political Fable

    09/19/2012 4:01:30 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 11 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/18/12 | Jeff Greenfield
    - At 5:00 p.m. on September 11, 2001, an ashen-faced but composed President Al Gore stepped into the East Room of the White House to deliver a televised address to the nation. With him were former presidents Clinton and Bush, as well as Texas governor George W. Bush—flown to Washington from Dallas on a military jet, his first visit back to the capital after the close race that lost him the presidency just months before.
  • 'Furious' report slams 'disregard' for public safety as DOJ officials quit

    09/19/2012 3:52:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies ^ | Sep 19, 2012 | Mike Levine
    A bombshell report released Wednesday on Operation Fast and Furious faulted a range of federal agencies for the failed anti-gunrunning program and accused officials in charge of a "disregard" for public safety. In the wake of the report, one Justice Department official resigned and another retired.  The sprawling report by the department's inspector general is the most comprehensive account yet on the deadly operation which allowed weapons to "walk" across the U.S.-Mexico border and resulted in hundreds of firearms turning up at crime scenes in both countries.  The report says Attorney General Eric Holder was not made aware of potential...
  • CRS report:# of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled after Obama suspended work requirement

    09/19/2012 3:10:14 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9-19-12 | Philip Klein
    Complete Title: CRS report: number of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled after Obama suspended work requirement Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law. But a new report from the Congressional Research Service obtained by the Washington Examiner suggests that the administration’s suspension of a separate welfare work requirement has already helped explode the number of able-bodied Americans on food stamps. In addition to the broader work requirement that has become a contentious issue in the presidential race, the...
  • White House dumps false cover story on embassy attacks?

    09/19/2012 1:38:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | September 19, 2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    For a week various Obama administration figures, including the White House press secretary, have insisted that the attacks on U..S. embassies in the Middle East were a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim video. But that excuse has not held up to even superficial scrutiny. The public certainly senses something is not right. Unlike the media, which is entirely obsessed with Mitt Romney’s remarks about the attacks, the public is troubled by President Obama’s handling or lack of handling of the crisis. The pictures of dead Americans and burned embassies strike a cord with Americans. So it is not surprising that...
  • Harry Reid: 'Mitt Romney May Be One of Those Paying No Federal Income Tax'

    09/19/2012 12:11:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 09/19/2012 | Daniel Halper
    On the Senate floor just, Senate majority leader Harry Reid tripled down and again accused Mitt Romney of not paying income taxes: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO
  • Andrea Mitchell: NBC Hasn't "Authenticated" Obama Redistribution Clip, Won't Air

    09/19/2012 10:42:07 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 118 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 09/19/2012 | Staff
    On her MSNBC program this afternoon, NBC News' Andrea Mitchell said the network would not air the clip of then-State Senator Barack Obama endorsing redistribution in 1988 because the network could not "authenticate" the clip. "Let's explain this redistribution issue because we have not authenticated this 14-year-old tape from Loyola College when Barack Obama was a state senator. So because we have not independently at NBC news and MSNBC authenticated it, we're not airing it," Mitchell said. "But the basic issue is they're accusing President Obama, as John Sununu said to be yesterday, of class warfare. That is trying to...
  • Obama's Four Gallons of Gas Minimum Mandate

    09/18/2012 9:33:08 AM PDT · by tapatio · 148 replies
    The latest mandate handed down from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is so ridiculous, even I was shocked. The EPA has now mandated how much gasoline you must buy at certain gas stations. Say hello to the Obama Administration’s four gallon minimum.
  • “Complete” video of Romney missing 1-2 minutes of remarks on the 47% (The Undoctored version)

    09/19/2012 8:28:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/19/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    The last 48 hours of media commentary has evinced an interesting, and entirely unsurprising, double standard, or perhaps triple standard. When undercover videos of ACORN and NPR by James O'Keefe or of Planned Parenthood by Lila Rose get published, the media immediately insinuates that they contain deceptive editing and demand that the full videos get released --- even though media organizations like the broadcast networks rarely if ever operate by that same standard. Mother Jones ripped O'Keefe at the time for not providing all of the video from his undercover exposé of NPR (via Breitbart): To the list of journalism's...
  • Monica's revenge: Lewinsky 'to publish secret love letters to Clinton revealing ...

    09/19/2012 6:41:17 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 248 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | September 19, 2012 | Lydia Warren
    Complete Headline: Monica's revenge: Lewinsky 'to publish secret love letters to Clinton revealing his insatiable desire for threesomes and how he trashed Hillary' Former White House intern, now 39, 'will detail encounters in new book' She 'will describe how he went on about his desire for threesomes' Clinton 'said he thought Hillary was also looking for love outside marriage' Lewinsky will also detail pain of ending pregnancy during scandal She is 'writing book out of revenge as she has struggled with relationships and jobs after the scandal while Clinton escaped unscathed' Monica Lewinsky is reportedly set to write a...
  • Mitt Romney stumbles, but don't count him out

    09/19/2012 2:25:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | September 19, 2012 | Adam C. Smith and Alex Leary,
    Mitt Romney should have at least as much money as Barack Obama for the closing 48 days of the presidential campaign. Polls show him neck and neck with the president in most of the key battleground states, including Florida. And voters overwhelmingly see the country heading in the wrong direction, while unemployment remains north of 8 percent. To hear many Republicans quietly grumble and pundits imply, however, the election is all but over and Romney blew it..... [snip of smorgasbord of anti-Romney reporting] .....Romney has not backed off his remarks, except to say he could have phrased them better. "We...
  • The Data Behind Romney's 47% Comments

    09/19/2012 1:53:58 AM PDT · by Innovative · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept 18, 2012 | Damian Paletta and John D. McKinnon
    According to the Census Bureau, 49% of Americans in the second quarter of 2011 lived in a household where at least one member received a government benefit. (The total population at the time was 305 million). That's up from 30% in the 1980s and 44.4% in the third quarter of 2008, a recent growth in part attributable to the bad economy of President Obama's first term.
  • Libyan President: Attack Premeditated, Al-Qaeda Involved, US Warned Beforehand

    09/18/2012 7:54:47 PM PDT · by Justaham · 52 replies ^ | 9/18/12 | AWR Hawkins
    Libya's highest politician says the United States government was warned about a pending attack on its diplomatic staff three days before it took place. Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif says his government received word of the pending attack and passed that information to US diplomatic officials no later than 48 hours before the attack.
  • Muslim Influence in Pentagon Prevails; Material on Radical Islam "Purged,” Outst...

    09/18/2012 6:42:25 PM PDT · by brityank · 53 replies
    Thomas More Law Center ^ | 18 September, 2012 | Thomas More Law
    Muslim Influence in Pentagon Prevails; Material on Radical Islam "Purged,” Outstanding Army Officer "Disciplined," TMLC Enters Case ANN ARBOR, MI – The Thomas More Law Center announced today that it is representing U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, a 1994 Graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point.  In April 2012, LTC Dooley, a highly decorated combat veteran, was publicly condemned by General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and relieved of his teaching assignment because of the negative way Islam was portrayed in an elective course entitled, Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism. ...
  • WSJ/NBC poll: Obama 50, Romney 45 (42D/37R/16I, or D+5)

    09/18/2012 6:15:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/18/2012 | AllahPundit
    The sample: 42D/37R/16I, or D+5. That’s not bad for an outfit that's had some truly dreadful samples so far this year, but it's still a few points bluer than election day is likely to be. The poll was conducted from September 12 to 16, too, which means it's missed the last few days of Obama's disappearing bounce. No telling what'll happen once the "47 percent" comments are priced in, but these numbers aren't remotely as bad as you'd expect from all the media shrieking over Romney's Libya comments last week. In fact, it's O who's taken a hit on foreign...
  • US slips in report's ranking of free economies

    09/18/2012 3:35:16 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 23 replies
    The United States’ reputation as home to one of the world’s freest economies continues to decline, according to an international report released Tuesday. The U.S. dropped to 18th worldwide, compared to 10th in 2008 and third from 1980 to 2000, the 2012 Economic Freedom of the World report found. The findings are based on information through 2010. “The U.S. is on the wrong track,” said co-author James Gwartney, a Florida State University economics professor. He says the 48-page report shows countries with the freest economies grew more rapidly and achieved higher income levels for citizens, while the United States' decade-plus...
  • Obama Camp: Romney’s Remarks Disqualify Him From Serving

    09/18/2012 2:10:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    Talk Radio News Service ^ | September 18, 2012 | Justin Duckham and Geoff Holtzman
    UPDATE 3: In an interview Tuesday afternoon with Fox News host Neil Cavuto, Romney discussed the remarks he made that have landed him on the hot seat this week. At one point in the interview, Romney said his statement about the roughly 47 percent of Americans that don’t pay federal income taxes was meant to differentiate his economic agenda from President Obama’s. “Frankly,” he said, “we have two very different views about America. The President’s view is one of a larger government. There is a tape that just came out today where the President is saying he likes redistribution. I...
  • Can Republicans Talk? (Sowell on speaking out on issues)

    09/17/2012 11:15:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 18, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    The first time I saw Chris Christie on television, shortly after he became governor of New Jersey, my immediate reaction was, "My Gosh! A Talking Republican!" It was almost like seeing a talking giraffe or a talking salamander. Technically speaking, Republicans do talk, but talking is definitely not their strong suit. Nor do they seem to have put a lot of thought into what they say or how they say it. The net result is that articulate Democrats can get away with the biggest lies, without any serious rebuttal from most Republicans. I have not heard any Republican official or...