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  • Scott Brown’s Mitt Romney problem

    03/08/2012 9:23:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 8, 2012 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    When Republican Scott Brown stunned the political world in 2010 by winning the U.S. Senate seat held for 46 years by Edward M. Kennedy, it was former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney who introduced Brown at the joyous victory party in Boston. A few weeks later, still basking in the rock-star glow of that unexpected win, Brown returned the favor. He introduced Romney at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference as “one of the Republican Party’s bright lights” and “my very, very dear friend.” But now, as the two men anticipate tough general-election battles in the fall, their paths are beginning...
  • Tennessee shows relevance, keeps GOP nomination muddied

    03/08/2012 9:22:07 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/8/12 | Michael Collins
    WASHINGTON — If not for Tennessee, the slugfest for the GOP presidential nomination might already be over. Rick Santorum's solid victory over Mitt Romney in Tennessee in the Super Tuesday presidential primary enables the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania to stay in the race and all but guarantees that the bloody battle for the GOP nomination will drag on for weeks. "That's the most important take-away here: The race will continue, and Tennessee had something to do with that — for better or worse," said Anthony Nownes, a political scientist at the University of Tennessee. Romney walked away with the...
  • Fast And Furious: Congressional Pressure For Holder's Resignation Grows

    03/08/2012 9:21:56 AM PST · by opentalk · 11 replies
    Big Government ^ | March 8, 2012 | AWR HAWKINS
    It appears that as a result of Congressman Darrell Issa’s February 28 announcement that Attorney General Eric Holder and the DOJ were not complying with the investigation into gun-walking ties to death of Federal Agent Jaime Zapata, six more U.S. Reps have added their names to the list calling for Holder’s resignation. The six Reps, Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Pete Olson (R-TX), Mike Conaway (R-TX), Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), bring the total number of House members calling for Holder’s resignation to 109. And four of these six—Huizenga, Gardner, Olson, and Conaway—have also signed Rep. Paul...
  • Gallup Survey: Unemployment now up over 9%

    03/08/2012 9:21:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/08/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the official unemployment report for the month of February, but we have two previews this week to use as a gauge. First, the ADP report predicts a net growth of 216,000 jobs in the private sector, improved from last month’s ADP report and about in line with the official January results from the BLS: Employment in the U.S. nonfarm private business sector increased by 216,000 from January to February on a seasonally adjusted basis. The estimated advance in employment from December to January was revised slightly upwards to 173,000 from the initially reported...
  • Former Tennessee House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh won't seek re-election

    03/08/2012 9:18:33 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/8/12 | Richard Locker
    NASHVILLE – State Rep. Jimmy Naifeh of Covington – the son of Lebanese emigrants who served as House speaker longer than anyone in Tennessee history – announced on the House floor today that he won’t run for re-election this year after 38 years in the General Assembly. Naifeh, 72, a Democrat, was first elected to the House in 1974 and re-elected 18 times. The House elected him its speaker, the chamber’s presiding officer, for nine two-year terms from 1991 until 2009 when Republicans won a House majority. He’s remained an outspoken House member since then. Addressing his colleagues on the...
  • We’re Taking Obama’s “Abortion Mandate” To Court!

    03/08/2012 9:12:29 AM PST · by mgist · 10 replies
    Priests for Life ^ | 3/7/2012 | Fr. Frank Pavone
    We’re Taking Obama’s “Abortion Mandate” To Court! Here’s How You Can Show Your Support of Our Lawsuit! YOUR VOICE COUNTS! USE IT! March 7, 2012 Dear Friend of Priests for Life, As you already know, Priests for Life has filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against the horrifying “Abortion Mandate” in ObamaCare that will force abortion-inducing drugs (and other anti-life evils) down EVERYONE’S throats—starting August 1st of this year!! Our lawsuit is now underway, and it’s getting the close attention of the Obama Administration and the nation’s pro-abortion news media. They’re scared. So scared, in fact, that when a small...
  • Manhattan Moment: Whites hit hardest by public employee layoffs

    03/08/2012 8:46:47 AM PST · by Thunderballer · 13 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 12/6/2011 | Steven Malanga
    A story appeared in The New York Times last week claiming that the downsizing of government is having a disproportionate impact on the economic fortunes of blacks because they are overly represented in government jobs. The Times then editorialized that this disproportionate impact was reason to pause and reconsider further government downsizing. Yet the Times' story, repeating a theme that others have echoed, ignores actual government data on public sector employment, which shows something quite different. In fact, it is whites who are somewhat more overrepresented in government relative to their position in the broader population, and it is whites...
  • Members of Congress: This job sucks

    03/08/2012 8:28:13 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies
    Members of Congress: This job sucks By: Jonathan Allen March 7, 2012 11:38 PM EST For members of Congress, the thrill is gone. They don’t make national policy anymore. They can’t earmark money for communities back home. The public hates them. And perks little and big, from private jet travel to a little free nosh now and then, have been locked down by ethics rules. As they head for the exits this year, many leaving Congress say the prestigious job of being a congressman sucks now, and that’s why lawmakers young and old are trading in their member pins for...
  • Part of $11 Million in Stimulus Money to Buy Poor Job-Seekers Clothes, Helps Just 2 People

    03/08/2012 8:26:47 AM PST · by redstateone · 15 replies
    Big Government ^ | March 8, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    A portion of an $11 million grant to help 400 low-income Detroit citizens purchase "business attire" for job interviews helped exactly two people, a city audit reveals...
  • Harry Reid Signals He May Gut Insider Trading Bill

    03/08/2012 8:24:36 AM PST · by redstateone · 8 replies
    Big Government ^ | March 8, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    The bill spearheaded by Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer banning members of Congress from using nonpublic information to profit their personal investments may hit a wall in the form of Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). On Monday, Mr. Reid indicated that he may simply accept the watered down version of the STOCK (Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge) Act passed by the House instead of sending the bill to a conference committee to hammer out the significant differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. “There is a decent chance that we will just take the House bill. That would be...
  • Blasphemy and Free Speech

    03/08/2012 8:07:05 AM PST · by IbJensen · 13 replies
    Imprimis ^ | February 2012 Issue: Imprimis | Paul Marshall
    A growing threat to our freedom of speech is the attempt to stifle religious discussion in the name of preventing “defamation of” or “insults to” religion, especially Islam. Resulting restrictions represent, in effect, a revival of blasphemy laws. Few in the West were concerned with such laws 20 years ago. Even if still on some statute books, they were only of historical interest. That began to change in 1989, when the late Ayatollah Khomeini, then Iran’s Supreme Leader, declared it the duty of every Muslim to kill British-based writer Salman Rushdie on the grounds that his novel, The Satanic Verses,...
  • California enforces death penalty without penalty

    03/08/2012 8:06:48 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/8/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    While running for governor in 2010, Jerry Brown admitted he would "rather have a society where we didn't have to use death as a punishment." But because the Legislature and California voters approved capital punishment, "we've got to make it work." With 725 condemned inmates living on San Quentin's Death Row but no executions since January 2006, I asked Gov. Brown at a Chronicle editorial board meeting Tuesday if California's death penalty is working. "It's working according to the Constitution of the United States, I can tell you that," Brown answered. No, it's not working. The U.S. Supreme Court has...
  • Obama Digs In: 'Personally Lobbying Democrats to Reject' Keystone Pipeline (Senate to Vote Today)

    03/08/2012 8:06:13 AM PST · by katieanna · 79 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 8, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama is digging in on the Keystone XL pipeline. He is "personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction," Politico reports. The White House lobbying effort, including phone calls from the president to Democrats, signals that the vote could be close when it heads to the floor Thursday. The president is trying to defeat an amendment that would give election-year fodder to his Republican critics who have accused him of blocking a job-creating energy project at a time of high gas prices. The amendment, proposed by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), states that Obama would have no...
  • Secret Service agent: Clinton’s staff rude, Hillary aloof

    03/08/2012 7:47:30 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 7, 2012
    In a breach of tradition, a former U.S. Secret Service agent has self-published a book that savages the Clinton White House staff as arrogant and rude, suggests former first lady Hillary Clinton was aloof and charges that Bill Clinton endangered himself and agents for a “totally pointless photo op” on the South Korea-North Korea border. In several anecdotes, former agent Dan Emmett revealed that Clinton’s young staff had “fundamental traits of rudeness and arrogance” that teetered on the verge of being dangerous at times. “Most of these youngsters were from wealthy families, and many viewed Secret Services agents as the...
  • Undocumented Immigrant Asks Florida Supreme Court For Chance To Practice Law

    03/08/2012 7:44:29 AM PST · by Iron Munro · 25 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Thursday, March 8, 2012 | Jodie Tillman,
    He came to the United States as a fourth-grader who spoke only Spanish. He needed a year to learn English, then refused to let anything slow him down again. He became the 2004 valedictorian at Armwood High School in Seffner, an anthropology major at New College, a law student at Florida State University. He passed the bar exam last year on his first try. But when he applied for admission to the Florida Bar, José Godínez-Samperio was stopped in his tracks. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners refused to consider his application, instead asking the Florida Supreme Court to settle...
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Thursday, March 8, 2012

    03/08/2012 7:42:18 AM PST · by IMissPresidentReagan · 112 replies
    Quick post Hubby's grandmother is not doing well so off to see her. Please send prayers. She's a real gem!
  • 5 Ways Government Could Cut Gasoline Prices Quickly

    03/08/2012 7:41:05 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/08/2012 | John Merline
    When President Obama talks about today's sky-high gasoline prices, he almost always laments that there's little anyone can do in the short term to bring them down. "There is no silver bullet" is his common refrain, one he used again at his press conference on Tuesday. But as gasoline prices reach historic highs — they've shot up more than 28 cents a gallon in just the past month — the government could make a dent.
  • Should (CT) state government offer a retirement plan for private citizens?

    03/08/2012 7:25:10 AM PST · by matt04 · 12 replies
    The CT Mirror ^ | Keith M. Phaneuf
    State government should offer a retirement plan to the increasing number of people whose companies don't provide a pension or a 401(k) savings program, labor groups and other advocates this week told a legislative panel. The Labor and Public Employees Committee has raised a bill that would create a task force to study that concept and report back when the 2013 General Assembly session convenes next January. "Much of our membership is fortunate enough to have defined-benefit pensions, largely because we were able to fight for them at the bargaining table," Salvatore Luciano, a veteran state employee union leader, told...
  • Nobel Foundation rejects Peace Prize criticism

    03/08/2012 7:11:54 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 23 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 03/08/2012 | AFP/The Local
    The Nobel Foundation, which administrates the prestigious prizes in line with the will of Alfred Nobel, on Thursday rejected criticism of recent choices for the Peace Prize. "Despite that many lively discussions have been held on whether the chosen Peace Prize laureates fulfilled the prescribed provisions, the Foundation does not consider that the prize decisions made by the Norwegian Nobel Committee have entailed any such deviation," it said in a statement. Swedish authorities had asked the foundation to look into claims from Fredrik Heffermehl, a lawyer and author of the book "The Nobel Peace Prize: What Nobel Really Wanted," that...
  • Anonymous Not Anonymous Anymore to Hacked Off Drug Lords

    03/08/2012 7:06:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2012 | John Ransom
    Here’s a lesson to the Hackers for the 99%: You’re not anonymous once you get caught. And you’ll always get caught, because, um, the internet was designed by the Department of Defense. And that’s a group that doesn’t want anyone to remain anonymous for long.  In fact, they are so good at tracking people down-with extreme prejudice- that they can make sure a very large bomb fits in a very tiny place. But that’s not your biggest problem. No your biggest problem is that hubris led you to a confrontation with Mexican drug lords who have all sorts of contacts...