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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
    buzzfeed.com ^ | 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...
  • US EMBASSY IN PAKISTAN UNDER SIEGE

    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...
  • CONFLICTING POLLING AS SCOTT BROWN AND ELIZABETH WARREN HEAD INTO TONIGHT’S DEBATE

    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...