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  • Media offers questions, advice to top Obama campaign strategist

    10/05/2012 9:15:38 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/04/2012 | Neil Munro
    Surrounded by whooping Republicans and suddenly unfavorable data, chief Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod called in the media cavalry today.And several reporters on the 11:15 a.m. phone conference promptly offered questions that bordered on advice.“Axe, I’m not sure you can hear me, David,” said NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, when she was invited to ask a question Oct. 4.We are going to hold Gov. Romney accountable for the things he said last night … as I hope you will make him justify those claims, because we need a honest and a genuine and realistic plan to move forward as a country …...
  • Egypt: Christian Children Arrested for 'Insulting Religion'

    10/04/2012 5:16:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/10/12 | Elad Benari
    Two Coptic Christian children, aged 10 and 9, have been arrested for insulting religion in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Beni Suef, Ahram Online reported on Wednesday. According to the report, the two children were arrested on Tuesday after the imam of their local mosque filed a complaint against them. By order of the prosecution the two boys, Nabil Nagy Rizk and Mina Nady Farag, are now being held in the Beni Suef juvenile detention pending further investigation on Sunday, said the report. Ibrahim Mohamed Ali, the village imam, has accused the children of tearing up pages of the Koran....
  • Conservatives: Jobs data is phoney

    10/05/2012 7:53:22 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies
    Conservatives: Jobs data is phoney By: Kevin Robillard October 5, 2012 09:51 AM EDT The release Friday of unexpectedly positive jobs numbers immediately touched off a conspiracy theory among conservatives, who suggested the data was being manipulated. “Chicago style politics is at work here,” Florida GOP Rep. Allen West wrote on his Facebook page. “Somehow by manipulation of data we are all of a sudden below 8 percent unemployment, a month from the Presidential election. This is Orwellian to say the least and representative of Saul Alinsky tactics from the book ‘Rules for Radicals’- a must read for all who...
  • Live Thread: C-SPAN airs dueling Obama (10:50 a.m. EDT) and Romney (11:40 a.m.) rallies 10/5/12

    10/05/2012 7:52:54 AM PDT · by kristinn · 11 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | Friday, October 5, 2012
    President Obama Campaigns in Virginia & OhioFairfax, VA & Cleveland, OH Friday, October 5, 2012 On Friday, the President will deliver remarks at universities in both Virginia and Ohio. He'll speak at a campaign event in Fairfax, Virginia, and then in the afternoon, the President will travel to Cleveland, Ohio for another campaign event before returning to Washington, DC. The first event on Friday morning in Fairfax will be held at George Mason University's Center for the Arts Concert Hall and is expected to start around 10:50am. In Cleveland, the President will speak to supporters at Cleveland State University's Krenzler...
  • Mrs. Obama: ‘Barack Has Done a Phenomenal Job Working Around a Congress...'

    10/05/2012 5:41:32 AM PDT · by opentalk · 33 replies
    CNSnews ^ | October 4, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    "[Y]ou can have a president you love, but if you don’t have a Congress that’s willing to work, you know, you wind up stalled in so many ways,” First Lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday on Tom Joyner’s radio program. “And I think that Barack has done a phenomenal job working around a Congress that has never been willing to help move the country forward on so many different issues,” she said. “But I think he’s done everything humanly possible to get things passed around the margins. But, you know, just imagine where this country will be when we have Barack...
  • Email shows State Department rejecting Libyan embassy security assistance

    10/05/2012 7:06:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/05/2012 | Rick Moran
    Recall that the State Department has denied that there were any requests for additional security.ABC News: ABC News has obtained an internal State Department email from May 3, 2012, indicating that the State Department denied a request from the security team at the Embassy of Libya to retain a DC-3 airplane in the country to better conduct their duties. Copied on the email was U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in a terrorist attack on the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya,  Sept. 11, 2012, along with three other Americans. That attack has prompted questions about whether the diplomatic...
  • Jack Welch tweets conspiracy theory over better-than-expected jobs number

    10/05/2012 6:43:44 AM PDT · by montag813 · 25 replies
    Marketwatch.com ^ | 10-05-2012 | MarketWatch
    <p>Friday’s better-than-expected jobs report sparked stock futures and conspiracy theories.</p> <p>The U.S. added a scant 114,000 new jobs in September, but the unemployment rate fell below 8% for the first time since President Barack Obama took office in a potential jolt to the election.</p>
  • Welch: "These Chicago guys will do anything"

    10/05/2012 6:21:25 AM PDT · by pabianice · 10 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/5/12 | Welch
    Commenting upon the unbelievable job numbers released this morning, Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, caused a stir after the numbers were released, tweeting "Unbelievable jobs numbers...these Chicago guys will do anything...can't debate so change numbers." ...The greatest losses came in manufacturing, which fell another 16,000...
  • Judge: Florida Voter Purge Can Go On

    10/05/2012 6:27:09 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 21 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Thursday 10-04-12 | Patricia Mazzei
    A federal judge in Fort Lauderdale ruled Thursday that Florida’s purge of potential noncitizens on the voter rolls can go on. U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch said federal law does not prohibit the state from removing voters who were never lawfully eligible to register in the first place. Florida has identified 198 voters as potential noncitizens — among an estimated 11.4 million registered voters — and sent the names to independent county elections supervisors for their review. A coalition of liberal-leaning voting-rights groups had asked the court to halt the purge, arguing in a hearing Monday that federal law...
  • Employment Situation Summary Table A.Household data seasonally adjusted (Unemplymt falls to 7.8%)

    10/05/2012 5:59:21 AM PDT · by xzins · 78 replies
    Bureau of Labor Statistics ^ | 5 Oct 2012 | BLS
    Employment Situation Summary Table A. Household data, seasonally adjusted HOUSEHOLD DATA Summary table A. Household data, seasonally adjusted[Numbers in thousands] Category Sept.2011 July2012 Aug.2012 Sept.2012 Change from:Aug.2012-Sept.2012 Employment status Civilian noninstitutional population 240,071 243,354 243,566 243,772 206 Civilian labor force 154,004 155,013 154,645 155,063 418 Participation rate 64.1 63.7 63.5 63.6 0.1 Employed 140,107 142,220 142,101 142,974 873 Employment-population ratio 58.4 58.4 58.3 58.7 0.4 Unemployed 13,897 12,794 12,544 12,088 -456 Unemployment rate 9.0 8.3 8.1 7.8 -0.3 Not in labor force 86,067 88,340 88,921 88,710 -211 Unemployment rates Total, 16 years and over 9.0 8.3 8.1 7.8 -0.3...
  • Karl Rove: Can We Believe the Presidential Polls?

    10/04/2012 9:21:41 PM PDT · by Senator Goldwater · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 3 October 2012 | Karl Rove
    In the past 30 days, there were 91 national polls (including each Gallup and Rasmussen daily tracking survey). Mr. Obama was at or above the magic number of 50% in just 20. His average was 47.9%. Mr. Romney's was 45.5%. There were 40 national polls over the same period in 2004. President George W. Bush was 50% or higher in 18. His average was 49%; Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry was at 43.8%. An Oct. 4, 2004, story in the New York Times declared the Bush/Kerry race "a dead heat" and asked "whether Mr. Bush can regain the advantage." Mr. Bush...
  • Obama argues anti-Romney case — not pro-Obama ----won’t defend his own record

    10/04/2012 10:06:19 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Oct. 4, 2012, 12:54 a.m. EDT | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    Commentary: President says he’ll fight but won’t defend his own recordWASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — President Obama entered the first debate of the 2012 general-election campaign having been president for just a few months short of four years. He focused primarily not on his record as president but on his interpretation of Mitt Romney’s proposals — which Romney vigorously defended.Obama never claimed that, based on his record, he deserves four more years. Rather, he said that he’s been fighting “every single day on behalf of the American people, the middle class, and all those striving to get into the middle class.” He...
  • HHS Awards Another Multi-Million-Dollar Obamacare PR Contract

    10/04/2012 11:07:55 PM PDT · by Snuph · 1 replies
    Heritage.org ^ | 10/04/2012 | Lachlan Markay
    News of this latest PR contract comes on the heels of criticism from congressional Republicans over efforts to market Obamacare through popular television shows. “Americans’ hard-earned money should not be taken by government to subsidize Hollywood and insert propaganda into the popular culture,” a group of lawmakers said of that effort.
  • Mitt Romney's 10 Best Lines, Quips, And Quotes From The Debate

    10/04/2012 9:45:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 5, 2012 | John Hawkins
    While Barack Obama was playing golf and going on vacation, Mitt Romney was getting an education in the debate school of hard knocks from Professor Newt Gingrich. While Obama was being asked fluff questions by his supporters in the mainstream media, Mitt Romney was facing a hostile media that wanted to rip his head off his shoulders. While Obama was being endlessly complimented for reading stale, barely updated speeches from 2008 off a teleprompter, Mitt was desperately trying to sell himself to audiences that had been told he was a cross between J.R. Ewing and one of the Replicants from...
  • The Cleveland Clinic, cited as a "model" by Obama, is actually illegal under Obamacare

    10/04/2012 4:20:17 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 28 replies
    wyblog.us ^ | Oct 4 2012 | wyblog.us - NOT MY BLOG - H.G!
    The Cleveland Clinic is owned by doctors. But thanks to Obamacare it's illegal for doctors to own hospitals. Section 6001 of the health care law effectively bans new physician-owned hospitals (POHs) from starting up, and it keeps existing ones from expanding. It has already halted the development of 24 new physician-owned hospitals and forced an additional 47 to struggle to meet the deadline to complete construction, according to the Physician Hospitals of America (PHA). You couldn't build the Cleveland Clinic today if you wanted to.
  • Senate Panel: Homeland Security Data Centers Mainly Terrorize Citizens

    10/04/2012 10:55:17 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    dailytech ^ | - October 3, 2012 7:33 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Report finds that while the centers may lead to civil liberties violations, they don't do much to catch terroristsIn a new 146-page report released by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation, a bipartisan panel of senators calls into question the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) claims that so-called "Fusion" data centers have successfully been employed to stop terrorists. I. Surprise! The Fed. Government Wasted Taxpayer Money on Abusive Scheme While the DHS claimed that the centers were used to stop the Afghan immigrant Najibullah Zazi's 2009 plot to bomb the New York subway, the Senate "could identify nothing that uncovered a terrorist threat,...
  • Early voting statistics (NC,IA,OH et al)

    10/04/2012 11:07:46 PM PDT · by Ravi · 13 replies
    Spreadsheet ^ | 10/5/12 | community
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  • Biden Chomps at Bit for His Turn at Debate

    10/04/2012 10:50:26 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 46 replies
    National Journal ^ | October 4, 2012 | Rodney Hawkins
    Like the Democratic ticket’s campaign slogan, Vice President Joe Biden was all fired up and ready to go on Thursday as he attempted damage control in the wake of his boss’s widely panned debate performance the night before. But, attempting to draw a contrast on tax policy with the Republicans, Biden let slip the two taboo words in any presidential campaign: “raise taxes.” “We’re gonna ask — yes — we’re gonna ask the wealthy to pay more," Biden told a boisterous crowd of over 600 people here, adding with sarcasm, “My heart breaks, come on, man.” Building on the thought...
  • Obama: I didn't debate "the real Mitt Romney"

    10/04/2012 2:05:09 PM PDT · by Justaham · 119 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/4/12
    a rally in Denver on Thursday, President Obama argued the "spirited fellow" he met on stage at the first presidential debate the night before wasn't "the real Mitt Romney."
  • Biden: 'Yes, We Do' Want to Raise Taxes By a Trillion Dollars

    10/04/2012 1:21:39 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 22 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 4, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    Vice President Joe Biden, speaking earlier today in Iowa said, "Yes, we do" want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yc2zBmOmNE&feature=player_embedded"Obama and Biden want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars. Guess what? Yes, we do," said Biden.
  • CU-Boulder prof's updated forecast still gives win to Mitt Romney

    10/04/2012 12:54:11 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 20 replies
    Boulder Daily Camera ^ | Oct. 4, 2012 | Brittany Anas
    With the presidential election a little more than a month away, political science professors from the University of Colorado have updated their election forecast with more current economic conditions and are standing by their prediction that Mitt Romney will win. The professors -- Kenneth Bickers of CU's Boulder campus and Michael Berry of CU's Denver campus -- project that Romney will earn 330 of the total 538 Electoral College votes. President Barack Obama is expected to receive 208 votes, which is down five from the initial prediction that the professors announced on Aug. 22. “We continue to show that the...
  • US Dollar Falls After August Factory Orders Slumps By Most Since 2009

    10/04/2012 12:39:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Daily FX ^ | 10/04/2012 | Tzu-Wen Chen
    THE TAKEAWAY: U.S. factory orders plummets in August by most since January 2009 > Demand likely to remain weak amid global slowdown and weak business spending > USDJPY bearish New orders to U.S. factories plunged in August by the most since January 2009, as a sharp slump in transportation weighed on manufacturing activity. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, orders for factory goods declined 5.2 percent in August, following a revised gain of 2.6 percent the previous month that was lower than the 2.8 percent growth initially reported. The consensus forecast of 66 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News had...
  • Reid misquotes Romney to make immigration attack

    10/04/2012 12:15:14 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Oct. 4, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has become the chief attack dog against his co-religionist Mitt Romney, but on Wednesday that attack went even further when his official Senate office released a statement that attributed a quote to Mr. Romney, even though he said the exact opposite. Mr. Reid's release quoted the Republican presidential nominee's staff as telling the Boston Globe that Mr. Romney would "not honor deportation exemptions" that President Obama has granted under his new non-deportation policy. But that phrase doesn't appear in the Globe's article. In fact, the newspaper said Mr. Romney's staff specifically "said he would honor...
  • The Election May Be Decided Before November 6

    10/04/2012 12:02:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 4, 2012 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The presidential debates start October 3 and extend to October 22. But who wins or scores in the debates will have no influence on tens of thousands of Americans who will have already cast their votes for president and are not permitted to change their minds. In 2008, 31 percent of voters cast their ballots prior to Election Day, and the count was more than half in some battleground states. The percentage is expected to top 40 percent this year since early voting is now allowed in 32 states and began in Iowa on September 27. In 2008, John McCain...
  • George Zimmerman Is Suing NBC For Making Him Look Like A Racist

    10/04/2012 6:07:28 AM PDT · by blam · 33 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-4-2012 | Abby Rogers
    <p>The man accused of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is attacking media giant NBC for its damning edit of his 911 calls.</p> <p>Back in April, the "Today" Show aired a segment featuring a selectively edited version of the calls that made it seem like Zimmerman targeted Martin solely because the teen was black.</p>
  • Axelrod Begs the Media for Help

    10/04/2012 11:22:57 AM PDT · by maggief · 45 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 4, 2012 | Nathaniel Botwinick
    On Morning Joe, David Axelrod asks the media for help taking down Mitt Romney.
  • Despite Threats, U.S. Cut Security in Libya Before Attacks

    10/04/2012 12:04:13 PM PDT · by mojito · 7 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10/4/2012 | Eli Lake
    In the six months leading up to the assault on the United States consulate in Benghazi, the State Department reduced the number of trained Americans guarding U.S. facilities in Libya, according to a leading House Republican investigating the Sept. 11 anniversary attacks. The reduction in U.S. security personnel increased America’s reliance on local Libyan guards for the protection of its diplomats. This is the latest charge from Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican leading a House investigation on the Benghazi attacks, regarding alleged security defects in Benghazi. Chaffetz said the information comes from whistleblowers who have approached the House Committee...
  • Romney’s strong debate performance a potential boost for Scott Brown

    10/04/2012 12:02:49 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 4, 2012 | Noah Bierman
    Senator Scott Brown has tried to distance himself from Governor Mitt Romney during this election, but Brown could get an important boost from Romney’s debate performance Wednesday night. Romney’s dismal poll numbers in Massachusetts have been Brown’s biggest hurdle, so anything that makes Romney even slightly more competitive in the state could help Brown in a tight election against Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren. Most observers have crowned Romney the victor of Wednesday’s debate, though it’s uncertain what impact that will ultimately have on the presidential election..... Warren on Wednesday night worked to align herself with Obama, sending frequent tweets cheering...
  • Debate Ratings: Fox News Tops Cable News For First Debate, As More People Tune In Than 2008

    10/04/2012 11:39:08 AM PDT · by AFPhys · 31 replies
    TV Newser ^ | October 4, 2012 | Alex Weprin
    More than 58 million people watched the first Presidential debate last night between President Obama and Mitt Romney, up substantially from the first debate in the 2008 election cycle, which had 52.4 million viewers.Fox News was the most-watched cable news network during the debate, and will likely be the most-watched network on TV, though final broadcast numbers will not be released until after 4 PM.Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, Fox and CBS are all up from the same debate in 2008, while CNN and ABC are down. In the adults 25-54 demo, FNC and MSNBC are up compared to 2008,...
  • Turkey's parliament authorises military action in Syria

    10/04/2012 5:37:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/04/12
    4 October 2012 Last updated at 12:31 GMT Turkey's parliament authorises military action in Syria Turkey's parliament has authorised cross-border military action against Syria, if required by the government. The bill, which was passed 320-129, gives the government authority for one year to send troops into Syria or carry out strikes against Syrian targets. Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said the priority was to act in co-ordination with international bodies. Turkey has been firing at targets inside Syria, in retaliation for the deaths of five civilians. Two women and three children died in Akcakale or on the Turkey-Syria border in...
  • Networks, AP cancel exit polls in 19 states

    10/04/2012 8:37:02 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 48 replies
    washington post ^ | 10/4 | cohen and clement
    Breaking from two decades of tradition, this year’s election exit poll is set to include surveys of voters in 31 states, not all 50 as it has for the past five presidential elections, according to multiple people involved in the planning.
  • Poll: Uncommitted voters give Romney debate victory

    10/04/2012 10:19:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/04/2012 | Rick Moran
    I guess you'd have to be brain dead not to give the win to Mitt, but how about this surprise. CBS: More good news for the GOP nominee: 56 percent of those polled said they viewed Romney in a better light after watching the debate. Eleven percent said their opinion of him dropped, and 32 percent cited no change in opinion. Perhaps most promising for Romney, whose upper-class income has helped stifle his ability to relate to the "average American," the percentage of those polled who said they felt the former Massachusetts governor cares about their needs and problems spiked...
  • New super PAC ad features stuttering Obama from debate (Great ad!)

    10/04/2012 8:48:28 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/04/2012 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama’s demand that debate moderator Jim Lehrer give him more time to respond to Mitt Romney is now the clincher of a new super PAC ad telling voters that Obama is “out of time.”
  • Obama: 'Everybody's Getting a Fair Share'

    10/04/2012 8:23:53 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 12 replies
    In President Obama's closing statement at last night's debate, he seemed to make a remarkable slip. "All those things are designed to make sure that the American people, their genius, their grit, their determination, is -- is channeled and -- and they have an opportunity to succeed. And everybody's getting a fair shot. And everybody's getting a fair share," Obama said, before quickly correcting himself and adding.
  • Was this Obama's Jimmy Carter moment? President's woeful debate compared to 1980 TV disaster

    10/04/2012 8:23:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 4, 2012 | Toby Harnden In Denver and Hugo Gye
    Was this Obama's Jimmy Carter moment? President's woeful debate compared to 1980 TV disaster that handed Reagan victory Barack Obama has been savaged over his performance in last night's presidential debate, with one commentator even suggesting that he was less effective than the hapless Jimmy Carter. Even those who have been the President's most enthusiastic cheerleaders in the past lined up to denounce the evening as a 'disaster' for Mr Obama, and worried that Mitt Romney's resounding win would allow him to turn around his struggling campaign. Prominent Obama fans denounced the President as 'off his game', saying the debate...
  • Here's the RNC's New Attack Ad Targeting Obama's Debate "Smirk"

    10/04/2012 8:14:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 68 replies
    Slate ^ | October 4, 2012 | Josh Voorhees
    Well, that didn't take long. About 12 hours after last night's debate wrapped up the RNC went live with an online video attacking what it's calling President Obama's debate "smirk." Here was the blast that went out to reporters (via the Washington Examiner): "Good morning, we're out with a new video 'Smirk' highlighting the president's debate performance where he was visibly uncomfortable as he struggled to give Americans answers on how he'll turn our country around with another four years.
  • 12 Obama Debate Lies And Counting…

    10/04/2012 7:02:25 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 13 replies
    GOP ^ | October 4, 2012
    At Last Night’s Debate, Obama Had Trouble With The Facts LIE #1: OBAMA SAYS HIS PLAN REDUCES THE DEFICIT BY $4 TRILLION THE CLAIM: Obama: “I’ve Proposed A Specific $4 Trillion Deficit Reduction Plan.” OBAMA: “I’ve proposed a specific $4 trillion deficit reduction plan. … The way we do it is $2.50 for every cut, we ask for $1 in additional revenue.” (President Barack Obama, Presidential Debate, Denver, CO, 10/3/12) THE FACTS: “Virtually No Serious Budget Analyst Agreed With This Accounting.” “But virtually no serious budget analyst agreed with this accounting. Obama’s $4 trillion figure, for instance, includes counting some...
  • Byron York: Team Obama struggles as Romney wins big

    10/04/2012 12:55:17 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | October 4, 2012
    DENVER -- Just seconds after the presidential debate ended here at the University of Denver Wednesday night, Mitt Romney's advisers and surrogates rushed to the press room to take reporters' questions and tout their man's performance. They were eager, happy, and ready to talk because they believed their man scored a clear win in his first face-off with President Obama. After a few minutes of interviews, and the arrival of still more Romney surrogates, some reporters looked around and asked: Are there any Democrats here? Where are the Obama advisers and surrogates eager to speak for the president? It took...
  • Romney goes on offense, forcing Obama to defend record

    10/04/2012 12:28:07 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct. 3, 2012 | Dan Balz and Amy Gardner
    An energetic Mitt Romney launched a series of attacks against President Obama here Wednesday night, calling into question the president’s record on the economy, health care and the deficit, and arguing that he would take the country in a fundamentally different direction. Obama sought to parry Romney’s criticisms, charging that his presidential rival favors a top-down approach to the economy that would reward the wealthiest Americans at the expense of the middle class and that the details of the Republican’s proposals don’t add up. But he found himself on the defensive repeatedly during their first debate, held at the University...
  • Mitt Romney aggressive, confident in first debate

    10/04/2012 12:12:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | October 4, 2012 | Alex Leary
    Mitt Romney, needing a strong showing in the first presidential debate Wednesday night,delivered a commanding one,helped by a flat rival who was forced to defend the past. Over 90 minutes, before tens of millions of TV viewers,the Republican nominee clashed with President Barack Obama on taxes,the future of Medicare and how to create jobs. He portrayed Obama as a failure,unable to lead the country out of a still-struggling economy. "We know that the path we're taking is not working,"Romney said. "It's time for a new path." Obama was defending himself the moment he walked on stage. "Four years ago we...
  • Michelle: 'Barack Has Done Phenomenal Job Working Around Congress'

    10/03/2012 3:53:10 PM PDT · by Justaham · 51 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/3/12
    MICHELLE OBAMA ON The TOM JOYNER MORNING SHOW: Well, we’re understanding that, you know, you can have a president you love, but if you don’t have a congress that’s willing to work, you know, you wind up stalled in so many ways. And I think that Barack has done a phenomenal job working around a congress that has never been willing to help move the country forward on so many different issues. But I think he’s done everything humanly possible to get things passed around the margins. But, you know, just imagine where this country will be when we have...
  • OBAMA DISMISSES “NONVIOLENCE” IN 2002 VIDEO

    10/03/2012 2:22:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10/3/2012 | John Hayward
    Over at Patterico’s Pontifications, another controversial Obama video has been unearthed. This one covers a 2002 speech Obama delivered at a church on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As Patterico sums it up, “by and large it is a nice speech by a rising politician,” but “there are a few times when the mask slips, a little.” Here is the passage that has been raising eyebrows today: The philosophy of nonviolence only makes sense if the powerful can be made to recognize themselves in the powerless...
  • Abortion Survivor to Blast Obama Record in TV Ad During Debate

    10/03/2012 2:08:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Life News ^ | October 3, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    A woman who survived a botched abortion will be featured in a television commercial criticizing President Barack Obama’s abortion record that will air during tonight’s debate.The Women Speak Out PAC, a project of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, announced that its television ad highlighting Barack Obama’s extreme abortion record will air during tonight’s presidential debate. The ad features abortion survivor Melissa Ohden and exposes President Obama’s opposition to legislation to provide equal treatment to babies born alive after a failed abortion.The ad will run on KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver, Colorado costing $25,000.“Tonight voters across the country, including...
  • Romney-Ryan ticket cashes in on Fast and Furious, using AG Eric Holder to solicit donations

    10/03/2012 1:55:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    Albany Times Union ^ | October 2, 2012
    The mainstream media hasn’t covered Operation Fast and Furious too closely, but as far as Republicans are concerned the botched “gun-walking” operation is money in the bank. In an email to Republican “friends,” GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan called for Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation, while soliciting donations. Ryan says Holder has “misled Congress and entirely botched the investigation of the Operation Fast and Furious debacle — yet he still leads our nation’s Justice Department.” Because President Obama won’t fire Holder, Ryan suggests that voters fire both of them this November. To help, Ryan requests that email recipients “donate...
  • Sensitive documents left behind at American mission in Libya

    10/03/2012 1:31:35 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct. 3, 2012 | By Michael Birnbaum,
    BENGHAZI, Libya — More than three weeks after attacks in this city killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, sensitive documents remained only loosely secured in the remains of the U.S. mission here on Wednesday, offering visitors easy access to delicate details about American operations in Libya. Documents detailing weapons collection efforts, emergency evacuation protocols, the full internal itinerary of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s trip and the personnel records of Libyans who were contracted to secure the mission were among the items scattered across the floors of the looted compound when a Washington Post reporter and a...
  • Bishop E.W. Jackson: “It’s time to end this slavish devotion to the Democrat Party”

    10/03/2012 12:02:50 PM PDT · by yoe · 23 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | September 25, 2012 | Bishop E.W. Jackson
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  • Chicago's Susan Crown, Influential Obama '08 Supporter, Campaigns for Romney '12

    10/03/2012 10:59:55 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 21 replies
    Breibart ^ | 3 October 2012 | Jasmine Velasco
    Businesswoman and philanthropist Susan Crown, a former Obama supporter and a member of one of Chicago’s most influential families, told an audience of over 300 women and men, “In the midst of the Obama administration, I became profoundly disappointed, disillusioned and actually a little angry.”
  • Splendid idea: Lehrer lobbied to ask gun control questions

    10/03/2012 6:51:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 2 October, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Presidential debate moderator Jim Lehrer is being lobbied hard to ask questions about gun control and violent crime during Wednesday’s debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and that just might be a splendid idea with unintended consequences for the president and his anti-rights supporters. That may not play well in Seattle, where the Seattle Times has offered one of the most tepid endorsements ever to grace its editorial page, recommending that voters re-elect the president. The Brady Campaign is trying to add momentum to the effort by publishing a letter from families of Batman massacre victims in Aurora, Colo....
  • Al Qaeda Responsible for 4 Attacks on U.S. Embassies in September

    10/03/2012 10:03:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10/03/2012 | Thomas Jocelyn
    On and around September 11, 2012, al Qaeda attacked multiple American assets around the world. The attack that has received the most attention is the deadly attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. But the U.S. consulate in Libya was not the only diplomatic facility assaulted by al Qaeda-affiliated groups in September. Terrorists with ties to al Qaeda’s senior leaders, including al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, were involved in at least three other U.S. embassy sieges in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, and possibly elsewhere. A timeline of these assaults is...
  • Private Sector Added 162,000 Jobs in September, ADP Says

    10/03/2012 8:01:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/03/2012 | Kathleen Madigan
    Private businesses in the U.S. added 162,000 jobs last month, according to a national employment report released Wednesday by payroll processor Automatic Data Processing Inc. and the consultancy Macroeconomic Advisers. The U.S. nonmanufacturing sector, meanwhile was busier than expected in September, according to the Institute for Supply Management. The number of private jobs added in September was more than the 153,000 expected by economists. The August estimate was revised down to 189,000 from the 201,000 reported last month. The ADP survey tallies only private-sector jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' nonfarm payroll data, to be released Friday, include government workers,...