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  • Brother testifies in favor of “Terri Schiavo Day”

    01/19/2012 6:51:47 AM PST · by BykrBayb · 21 replies
    Greeley Gazette ^ | January 13, 2012 | Matt Lacy
    Brother testifies in favor of “Terri Schiavo Day” by Matt Lacy – Bobby Schindler, the brother of Terri Schiavo testified on Tuesday in support of a New Hampshire bill proclaiming March 31 of each year as a day to remember Terri Schiavo. Schiavo, who spent 15 years on a feeding tube, became a focal point over the right to die issue and highlighted the need for individuals to have a living will specifying their wishes.. On February 25, 1990 Schiavo collapsed while at home. After being admitted to the hospital, doctors were unable to determine an exact cause of...
  • House GOP leaders get heat from rank-and-file ahead of debt vote (Adding to the $15.2 TRILLION)

    01/16/2012 4:09:22 AM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/16/12 | Erik Wasson
    House GOP leaders get heat from rank-and-file ahead of debt voteBy Erik Wasson - 01/16/12 05:00 AM ET House Republicans want to embarrass President Obama with a vote on the debt ceiling this week but they may get some heartburn courtesy of rank-and-file conservatives. House Republicans on Wednesday will vote to disapprove a request by Obama to add $1.2 trillion to the $15.2 trillion debt. The vote affords an opportunity to highlight multiple trillion-dollar deficits under the president’s leadership. Some conservatives members are angry however that the vote, like an earlier debt-ceiling increase in September, has no teeth and plan...
  • White House sends GOP (not the RATS?) another batch of Solyndra documents

    01/13/2012 4:33:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/13/12 | Andrew Restuccia, Ben Geman
    White House sends GOP another batch of Solyndra documentsBy Andrew Restuccia and Ben Geman - 01/13/12 05:38 PM ET The White House on Friday sent more internal documents to Republicans investigating the $535 million loan guarantee to failed solar firm Solyndra, arguing that the cache of emails should satisfy GOP investigators. The emails show senior White House aides discussing the need to coordinate messaging with the Energy Department and others ahead of Solyndra layoffs that occurred in early November 2010. Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have been pressuring the White House for weeks to release more Solyndra...
  • Good going, GOP House: Thanks for increasing the debt by $1 trillion in 10 months

    01/11/2012 6:24:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/11/2012 | Tina Korbe
    Yesterday, as the New Hampshire returns rolled in, I tweeted wearily, “I’d hoped for something different.” The incomparable Stephen Kruiser tweeted back, “You’re young. Get used to saying that if you plan on staying in the GOP.”That wisdom returned to me this morning when I read this from When the Republican-controlled House approved its first CR on March 4, 2011, the national debt was 14,182,627,184,881.03, according to the U.S. Treasury. As of the close of business on Jan. 9, 2012, the national debt was 15,236,506,139,986.86.That means the debt increased by $1.05 trillion over the past ten months.That equals approximately...
  • House Republican links Daley’s departure to Solyndra probe

    01/10/2012 3:19:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/10/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    The House Republican leading the investigation into the Obama administration’s $535 million Solyndra loan guarantee alleged Tuesday that White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley resigned in part because of the GOP probe into the failed solar company. “I understand his desire to leave the White House given the seriousness of this and other investigations marring the integrity and credibility of this Administration,” Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s investigative panel, said in a statement. Stearns, who is heading up a months-long Republican investigation
  • (RAT Jim) Moran Stages Another Attempted Democrat House Floor Caper

    01/10/2012 1:55:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 1/10/12 | Billy House, Kelsey Snell
    Moran Stages Another Attempted Democrat House Floor CaperBy Billy House and Kelsey Snell | National Journal – 6 hrs ago As House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and a group of other House members continued their trip through Latin America, Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., took to the House floor on Tuesday in the second Democratic effort since Friday to embarrass House Republicans for not being in Washington working on the extension of the payroll-tax holiday and unemployment insurance. But few Americans beyond the 25 people sitting in the House gallery saw what happened on Tuesday, which was much like what occurred...
  • Indiana House Dems end chamber boycott, GOP plans initial vote on divisive labor bill

    01/10/2012 1:42:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Indiana House Dems end chamber boycott, GOP plans initial vote on divisive labor billBy Associated Press, Published: January 9 INDIANAPOLIS — A divisive labor bill is back in Republican hands after Indiana House Democrats on Monday ended a three-day boycott of the chamber to stall the measure. Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said the right-to-work bill will get a committee vote Tuesday morning and could make it out of his chamber by the end of the week if Democrats continue to attend House sessions. **SNIP** Republicans want to make Indiana the first state in more than a decade to enact...
  • House liberals cheer proposed Obama administration immigration reform (Senators not mentioned)

    01/09/2012 5:50:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/08/12 | Mike Lillis
    House liberals cheer proposed Obama administration immigration reformBy Mike Lillis - 01/08/12 05:40 PM ET Several senior House liberals are cheering President Obama this week after his administration proposed new rules making it easier for some illegal immigrants to remain in the country while they apply for citizenship. "The President deserves credit for setting in place another essential building block through administrative action – moving us closer to a common sense immigration policy – that puts America, its families and its economy first," Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said Friday in a statement. The...

    06/07/2010 4:16:27 PM PDT · by Cindy · 84 replies · 103+ views
    OSINT.INTERNET ^ | June 7, 2010 | n/a
    June 07, 2010 I SUPPOSE IF I SUGGESTED SUMMARY EXECUTION I WOULD BE CALLED "HARSH"? SNIPPET: "U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe Note that he didn't just lift a video and send it to Wikileaks. He also stole and released 260,000 classified US State Department diplomatic cables."
  • Republicans block (out of order) Dem leader Clyburn from speaking on House floor

    01/06/2012 7:56:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/06/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Republicans block Dem leader Clyburn from speaking on House floorBy Pete Kasperowicz - 01/06/12 10:13 AM ET House Republicans on Friday morning blocked Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (D-SC) from speaking on the House floor during a brief pro forma session. After the daily prayer and pledge of allegiance, Clyburn rose to spoke, but presiding officer Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) said Clyburn was "out of order," and that no business was to be conducted during these pro forma sessions. Denham then gaveled the session closed. Republicans in late December prevented House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) from speaking on the...
  • (Indiana House RAT leader Patrick) Bauer Hints At New Walkout Over Right To Work

    01/04/2012 10:33:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Bauer Hints At New Walkout Over Right To WorkRepublicans Adamant To Push Bill Through UPDATED: 1:07 pm EST January 4, 2012 INDIANAPOLIS -- The leader of Indiana's House Democrats hinted Wednesday that party lawmakers may walk out for the second year in a row to oppose the same Republican "right-to-work" bill blocked last year by their five-week boycott. But some lawmakers seemed split on whether to make such a move. House Democratic Leader Patrick Bauer told The Associated Press that his caucus planned to meet Wednesday to debate how to handle the GOP proposal that would make Indiana the 23rd...
  • Did you miss the Christmas White House visitor log document dump?

    01/02/2012 1:02:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 1/2/12 | Michelle Malkin
    Did you miss the Christmas White House visitor log document dump? Share By Michelle Malkin • January 2, 2012 03:31 PM Yes, again. Those bulldozers are working overtime. Over Thanksgiving, I told you about the last batch of White House visitor logs quietly dumped over a busy holiday season. I noted MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s August 5 visit (along with several other prog media personalities). It was her fifth visit to Casa Obama; she didn’t respond to questions about what she and her pals discussed with the president. She does, however, have the audacity to blast others in the media...
  • House Democrats prepping for fight over proposed cuts to jobless benefits (Commiecare™ also arrives)

    12/26/2011 3:52:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/26/11 | Vicki Needham
    House Democrats prepping for fight over proposed cuts to jobless benefitsBy Vicki Needham - 12/26/11 07:15 AM ET House Democrats are critical of GOP proposals that make sweeping changes to the federal unemployment benefits program, but are holding back specifics on how they intend to work out those differences as both sides line up for a battle over extending jobless assistance. The two sides face a deep divide on what to include and how to cover the $200 billion cost of jobless benefits legislation that is expected to extend the policies through the 2012 elections. On the cusp of early...
  • Democrats believe payroll tax victory bolsters chances of taking House

    12/24/2011 12:51:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/24/2011 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats believe their chances of recapturing the House have improved significantly after what was widely seen as a GOP meltdown in the payroll tax debate. Democrats believe the messy fight has helped narrow the advantage Republicans have traditionally held on tax policy. Democrats have long espoused populist tax policy, with mixed results in recent years. Democratic strategists think that is about to change as high unemployment rates have given new traction to their proposals, which Republicans dismiss as class warfare. Tad Devine, a Democratic strategist, said he believes Democrats can recapture the House in part because of growing public resentment...
  • Senate passes two month payroll tax relief: at what cost?

    Far too often, Congress passes legislation without considering the real world ramifications of their actions. As you can see from the chart provided by Speaker Boehner which compares the Senate and House provisions, the Senate bill does little to help Americans who are struggling to make ends meet. Furthermore, as Charles Krauthammer points out in his Op-ed, this dreadful legislation creates so much work, and additional cost, that many businesses will struggle to implement this abbreviated tax cut. When I’m elected to the Senate, I will not compromise my principles to pass legislation that creates more problems than it solves....
  • RUSH: We Stand for Principle Over Politics and the Establishment Can't Stand It

    12/23/2011 1:56:05 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 23 replies ^ | December 21, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    We Stand for Principle Over Politicsand the Establishment Can't Stand It December 21, 2011 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: "House Democrats tried Wednesday to force a vote on the Senate’s two-month extension of the payroll-tax cut, but Republicans gaveled the House closed to prevent them from having a chance, as top GOP leaders huddled down the hall to try to figure a way out of the mess. The House was set to hold a pro forma session, but two top Democrats, Reps. Steny H. Hoyer and Chris Van Hollen, demanded to be recognized to try to force a vote on the...
  • Breaking: House GOP agrees to Senate’s two-month payroll-tax bill (McConnell’s blueprint)

    12/22/2011 1:50:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/22/2011 | Allahpundit
    Just across from National Journal. Our dumb national nightmare is over. House Republicans on Thursday crumpled under the weight of White House and public pressure and have agreed to pass a two-month extension of the 2 percent payroll-tax cut, Republican and Democratic sources told National Journal…The House will pass the two-month extension with a technical correction to the language designed to minimize difficulties businesses might experience implementing the short-term, two-month tax cut extension. In exchange, Reid agreed to appoint several Senate Democrats to start negotiating with the House on a full-year payroll-tax holiday extension, which is right in line with...
  • The House, Harry Reid, and the Payroll Tax (Why the House is right to reject the Senate bill)

    12/21/2011 6:34:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/21/2011 | The Editors
    Yesterday the House voted to reject a Senate plan for temporarily extending the payroll-tax cut and subsequently moved to recess, and they deserve credit for doing so. This move does not eliminate the possibility of extending the tax cut, which expires at the end of December: The House previously passed a bill extending the cut for a full year, and that bill is good policy. It doesn’t increase the deficit. It forces a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. And it’s President Obama’s major year-end priority. So why is the Democratic Senate blocking the bill’s path between Capitol Hill and...
  • Countrywide Probe is Chance for Ethics Committee to do 'Something Significant'

    12/21/2011 9:21:15 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 21, 2011 | NLPC Staff
    It appears that four current members of the United States House of Representatives received loans via the VIP program of Countrywide Financial Corporation. Once again the motives of the former giant mortgage institution have been brought into question. Where they trying to peddle influence with these loans? Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and he has been investigating the VIP program for a number years. Issa reportedly learned about the four loans after issuing a subpoena to Bank of America. Countrywide was purchased by Bank of America in 2008 and...
  • White House: Assad Does Not Deserve to Rule Syria

    12/21/2011 9:14:18 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/21/11 | ap
    The White House is renewing its call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down, saying his regime does not deserve to rule. The White House said Wednesday in a statement that Assad's regime has no credibility and has "flagrantly violated" its commitment to end violence. The statement said the Obama administration is deeply disturbed by continued reports of government-backed violence against the Syrian people. Witnesses said more than 200 people have been in killed in two days of violence this week. The violence came after Assad agreed to allow foreign monitors under an Arab League plan aimed at stopping...
  • House Seeks Full-Year Payroll Tax Relief Extension to Help Families & Job Creators

    12/20/2011 1:17:49 PM PST · by blueyon · 11 replies ^ | 12/20/2011 | Don Seymour on
    House Seeks Full-Year Payroll Tax Relief Extension to Help Families & Job Creators Posted by Don Seymour on December 20, 2011 Today the House of Representatives will seek to extend payroll tax relief for a full year to help families and job creators by moving to a formal conference committee that can resolve the differences between the House and Senate-passed bills. Early last week, the House passed a reasonable, responsible bill that extends payroll tax relief for a full year, reforms and extends unemployment insurance, and includes a two-year “doc fix” while also advancing bipartisan measures that support private-sector job...
  • Boehner Calls for Congress To Continue Work on Payroll-Tax Package

    12/19/2011 7:55:34 AM PST · by Eagle of Liberty · 14 replies
    NationalJournal ^ | December 19, 2011 | Major Garrett
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said on Monday the House will defeat the Senate’s two-month extension of the payroll tax and will seek a conference committee to resolve differences between the Senate bill and the House’s one-year extension of the payroll tax cut. “It’s time to stop the nonsense,” Boehner told a news conference. “Why do we have to go to the lowest common denominator?” Boehner said Senate Democrats must come back to Washington and admit that their bill is dead and cannot be resurrected. Boehner also noted that President Obama “has said repeatedly” that Congress should not leave Washington...
  • 'No Merry Christmas,' U.S. House Members Told

    12/18/2011 9:39:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/18/11 | Fox News
    Members of the House of Representatives are being told that no holiday greetings, including “Merry Christmas,” can be sent out in official mail. According to the Washington Examiner, members who submit official mailings for review by the congressional franking commission that reviews all congressional mail to determine if it can be "franked," or paid for with tax dollars, are being told that no holiday greetings, including "Merry Christmas," can be sent. "I called the commission to ask for clarification and was told no 'Merry Christmas.' Also told cannot say 'Happy New Year' but can say 'have a happy new year'...
  • John Dingell Deplores House Climate

    12/14/2011 4:59:59 PM PST · by SMGFan · 44 replies
    Rollcall ^ | December 14, 2011 | By Jonathan Strong
    “You’re talking to a guy who is really sad but also who is really angry,” Rep. John Dingell told Roll Call in a wide-ranging interview on the eve of the 56th anniversary of his 1955 entry to Congress.
  • House bars EPA from cracking down on farm dust

    12/08/2011 4:55:54 PM PST · by Gettin Betta · 21 replies
    The Hill via Drudge ^ | 12/08/11 | Pete Kasperowicz and Elise Viebeck
    The House on Thursday approved legislation Republicans said was aimed at ensuring the EPA cannot regulate so-called "farm dust." The House on Thursday afternoon approved legislation Republicans said was aimed at ensuring that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot regulate so-called "farm dust." The Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, H.R. 1633, which would prevent the EPA from issuing any new rule over the next year that regulates coarse particulate matter, or "nuisance dust," passed in a 268-150 vote.
  • Joe Kaufman Interview on Freedom Radio

    12/08/2011 12:10:05 PM PST · by HonestConservative · 7 replies
    Freedom Radio Rocks ^ | December 8, 2011 | Honest Conservative
    Listen to Joe Kaufman discuss Libya, Israel, Florida and Debbie W Schultz's future here: Learn more about Joe at Go to and here the entire show with Free Republic's fan Joyce Kauffman of 850 WFTL of Fort Lauderdale and Tim Sumner's National Security Update at . Go to our website and subscribe by hitting the iTunes button and never miss our show!
  • Holder heading to House hot seat, Fast and Furious grilling on the way

    12/07/2011 9:14:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/7/11 | Matthew Boyle
    On Thursday morning, Attorney General Eric Holder will appear before the House Judiciary Committee and he’s set to get grilled over Operation Fast and Furious. Fast and Furious was a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program overseen by the Justice Department. The operation facilitated the sale of thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartels via straw purchasers. Straw purchasers are people who legally purchase guns in the United States with the known intention of illegally trafficking them into Mexico. At least 300 people in Mexico were killed with Fast and Furious weapons, as was U.S. Border Patrol agent...
  • Pelosi and the Consequences of Throwing Stones in Glass Houses (the princess retreats - fast)

    12/07/2011 8:10:22 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/06/11 | Patricia Campion
    Pelosi and the Consequences of Throwing Stones in Glass HousesBy Patricia Campion | Yahoo! Contributor Network – 16 hrs ago **SNIP** Perhaps the rapid walk-back by camp Pelosi was inspired by a sudden fear Gingrich knows a lot about her too. That little trip she took to Syria in 2007, for example, where she violated the Logan Act. Despite White House objections then-Speaker Pelosi fly to Syria where she claimed to bring a message from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to President Bashar Assad saying Israel was ready for peace talks. The only problem was, as reported by the Washington...
  • White House denies reportsObama knew of ‘Fast andFurious’in 2010

    12/04/2011 10:07:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/4/11 | Matthew Boyle
    A White House spokesman pointed Friday to an account published by the left-wing advocacy group Media Matters for America in its denial of three online claims that President Barack Obama was briefed about the failed “Operation Fast and Furious” gun-walking program in 2010. According to recently released White House visitor logs, then-Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler was admitted to the White House four times in 2010 between May 7 and May 19. The Los Angeles Times has reported that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program was at its peak during May 2010.
  • White House withholding Solyndra records, House energy committee says

    12/02/2011 10:38:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/2/11 | C.J. Ciaramella
    Despite a subpoena, the White House is still withholding records related to the failed $535 million federal loan to Solyndra, Republican investigators from the House Energy and Commerce Committee said Thursday. In a letter to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler today, Republican committee Chairman Fred Upton and subcommittee chairman Cliff Stearns said the White House had not fully complied with the committee’s Nov. 3 subpoena for documents concerning the Solyndra loan. “[D]ocuments already in the Committee’s possession clearly indicate that you have numerous other documents in your possession which are responsive to the subpoena, but which have not been produced,”...
  • Additional budget cuts could force House committees to lay off staffers

    11/30/2011 7:14:48 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/30/11 | Debbie Siegelbaum
    Additional budget cuts could force House committees to lay off staffersBy Debbie Siegelbaum - 11/30/11 04:38 PM ET Lawmakers expressed significant concerns about the ability of House committees to maintain staffing levels and perform congressional duties as they stare down additional budget cuts. In July, the House approved the fiscal year 2012 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, instituting a 6.4 percent cut to leadership, committee and personal office budgets for the coming year. This is on top of a 5 percent cut committees already took in January 2011. On Wednesday, the Committee on House Administration heard testimony from the chairmen and...
  • Retirements hit Dem aspirations for a House takeover in 2012

    11/29/2011 4:11:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/29/11 | Josh Lederman
    Retirements hit Dem aspirations for a House takeover in 2012By Josh Lederman - 11/29/11 05:15 AM ET Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-Mass.) announcement Monday that he won’t seek reelection — coming on the heels of Rep. Charles Gonzalez’s (D-Texas) weekend announcement to the same effect — threw another stumbling block in the way of Democrats as they struggle to take back control of the House. Frank became the 17th Democratic member of the House to decide not to run for reelection next year, compared to just six on the Republican side. All six GOP members are departing to run for another...
  • Did you miss the Thanksgiving White House visitor log document dump?

    11/28/2011 11:35:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 11/28/11 | Michelle Malkin
    Just like clockwork, the Obama administration never misses an opportunity to unload thousands of records it hopes no one will ever bother sifting through during the holidays. On Black Friday, the White House released more visitor log info — trumpeting disclosures it has fought tooth and nail. I’ve started looking through the data. And you can, too, right here:
  • Want to See the Human-Sized Hobbit House That Costs Less Than $5,000 to Build?

    11/25/2011 9:24:01 AM PST · by TheDailyChange · 56 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 11242011 | Liz Klimas
    This is not some set left over from The Lord of the Rings. This hobbit house is an honest-to-goodness man-sized home. Not only does it fit a family of four, but it cost just over $4,650 to build.
  • Garland TX wants everybody's house keys

    11/22/2011 6:04:11 AM PST · by servo1969 · 62 replies ^ | 11/15/2011 | Garry Reed
    Garland wants to be your boss, your big brother, your nanny, your wet nurse and your house sitter all rolled into one. Heather Fazio, Texas Libertarian Party Membership Coordinator, issued the following Action Alert about Garland's city council meeting scheduled for November 14: Council is requested to consider the recommendation of the Building and Fire Code Board and the Plumbing and Mechanical Code Board to adopt the 2009 International Fire, Residential, Building, Energy Conservation, Plumbing, Mechanical, Property Maintenance and Fuel Gas Codes along with local amendments. What this means, Fazio explains, is that the city wants to make it mandatory...
  • VIDEO: House Foreign Affairs Chairwoman on the Obama Doctrine

    11/21/2011 6:23:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies ^ | 11/21/11 | Rob Bluey and Brandon Stewart
    Foreign policy takes center stage in Washington this week as eight Republican presidential candidates gather tomorrow evening at DAR Constitution Hall for a debate hosted by The Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute. It airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday on CNN. Last week Heritage hosted House Foreign Affairs Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) to discuss President Obama’s performance on matters beyond U.S. borders. We spoke to her about the Obama Doctrine, her concerns about U.S. policy toward Cuba and Israel, and why she is trying to reform the United Nations.
  • Democrats Have an Uphill Climb to Retake the House

    11/21/2011 5:21:15 AM PST · by MontaniSemperLiberi · 17 replies
    realclearpolitics ^ | November 21, 2011 | Sean Trende
    A recent spate of polls showing Democrats in the lead on a generic ballot has prompted speculation that they are poised to retake control of the House. Politico's Mike Allen recently gushed that there will be "100 seats in play. So it definitely can happen. I think the chances of it are underestimated around here. When you have 100 seats, and the sort of volatile environment you have here, [picking up] 25 is not as many as it sounds. Nobody expects it, nobody predicts it, but very possible." Taking back the House is doable for Democrats. But it is unlikely....
  • John Boehner betrays Americans with "Super Committee" sell-out

    11/20/2011 11:07:18 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 23 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/20/2011 | Doug Book
    Nothing is more maddening to conservatives than the ease with which Capitol Hill Republicans endlessly compromise away the rights, liberty and heritage of the American people and the best interests of our nation. On August 2nd the debt-reduction “Super Committee” was born of the Budget Control Act of 2011, its purpose to cut 1.2 trillion dollars from the federal budget over the next decade. If the handpicked Committee of 6 Republicans and 6 Democrats should fail to agree upon mutually acceptable legislation by November 23rd, automatic spending cuts will take effect beginning in 2013 (after the election, of course.) “Acceptable...
  • House passes concealed carry gun bill

    The House of Representatives passed a measure Wednesday that would make a permit to carry a concealed firearm from one state valid in any state that allows citizens to carry concealed weapons. The vote was 272 to 154. The National Rifle Association-backed measure had the backing of the vast majority of Republicans along with a coalition of pro-gun rights Democrats. A matching bill has not been brought forward in the Democrat-led Senate. But gun rights advocates have previously nearly-successfully attempted to attach a similar measure to unrelated legislation.
  • Energy Secretary Steven Chu On Solyndra: Everything Was ‘Proper’

    11/16/2011 12:05:30 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 17 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 11/16/2011 | Sean Higgins
    On the eve of his appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to discuss the Solyndra bankruptcy, the Energy Department has provided reporters with advance excerpts from Secretary Chu’s prepared statement. The remarks indicate that Chu will continue to defend the green energy loan guarantee program that gave the now-bankrupt solar panel company more than $527 million in taxpayer dollars.
  • GOP takes over Mississippi State House for first time since Reconstruction

    11/14/2011 6:35:54 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 16 replies
    The ^ | 11/14/11 | Jeff Amy
    JACKSON, Miss. — Republicans will control the Mississippi House of Representatives for the first time since Reconstruction. Though some counties were still counting absentee and affidavit ballots Monday, Republicans will hold at least 63 of the 122 seats when the Legislature convenes Jan. 3. Totals confirmed Monday show Republican Gene Alday defeated incumbent Democrat John Mayo in House District 25, putting the GOP over the top for control of the House. Also Monday, Perry County officials finished counting votes in House District 105, where Republican Dennis DeBar Jr. beat Democrat Dale Kimble and independent Latricia Cornelson in a seat formerly...
  • Sandusky's house located yards away from Lemont Elementary School

    11/12/2011 6:44:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Collegian ^ | 11/11/11 | Christina Gallagher
    Sandusky's house located yards away from Lemont Elementary SchoolBy Christina Gallagher Collegian Staff Writer November 11, 2011 at 7:43 PM A chain link fence separates Jerry Sandusky's State College home from the school-aged children who attend Lemont Elementary School. **SNIP** Throughout the week, Sandusky's secluded, humble residence has been shielded. Today, trash bags and tarps covered two first floor windows that once gave view to a bedroom window with a doll in the window. A carved jack-o-lantern and a potted plant sat to next to the front door. The door's side windows were also covered with paper. No one answered...
  • Redistricting throws U.S. Reps. Keating, Lynch into likely faceoff

    11/07/2011 12:00:33 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 11/7/11 | Chris Cassidy
    State lawmakers have finished a redistricting map that puts Congressmen William Keating and Stephen Lynch in the same district and creates a new district that includes Cape Cod and parts of the South Shore. The map, which will be officially unveiled at the State House later today, could prompt a face-off between Keating and Lynch. Keating, who has a summer home on the Cape, could also change his primary residence. Legislators believe they have also created “the strongest minority/majority district we’ve ever had in the Commonwealth” in a district that includes most of Boston, all of Somerville, Everett, Chelsea, and...
  • The White House Goes Dr. Strangelove

    11/06/2011 11:51:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/7/11 | James Lewis
    Get outtaheah, yabum! Get a job! That used to be the standard American answer to folks like the Occu-pishers of Wall Street. If you've ever wondered what "enfant terrible" means, check out the pics of the Progs, heroically pooping on the American flag. This is not a one-time incident. They keep doing the same thing. But then -- think about the U.S. soldiers who are risking their lives this very minute in the badlands of Afghanistan. What are they thinking? What effect does Obama's endorsement of the Progs have on their morale? Would you risk your life for people who...
  • Forty House Republicans sign letter encouraging Super Committee to consider new revenues

    11/04/2011 6:36:15 PM PDT · by mnehring · 55 replies
    I’m a day late on this but it’s too intriguing not to blog. You can read the actual letter, which is exceedingly tame, on Mike Simpson’s website. Among the signatories: …Ron Paul. The bad news? If this happens, some people might be paying a little more. The good news? We’ll never have to read another “time for a grand bargain” column from Tom Friedman again. Dude, I think we should take the deal. A group of 40 House Republicans for the first time Wednesday encouraged Congress’s deficit reduction committee to explore new revenue as part of a broad deal that...
  • Pelosi says Democrats can reclaim House majority in 2012 election

    11/03/2011 9:06:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
    Pelosi says Democrats can reclaim House majority in 2012 electionBy Associated Press Updated: Thursday, November 3, 1:05 PM WASHINGTON — Democrats have a chance of reclaiming control of the House in next year’s election, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. The California Democrat told reporters that the Republican-controlled House has not created any new jobs in the weak economy. She also says Democrats have raised more money than GOP candidates so far this year. “We have definitely put the House in play,” she said.
  • 132 House Dems oppose DOMA

    11/03/2011 11:44:36 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/03/2011 | Mackenzie Weinger
    Over 100 House members filed an amicus brief Thursday in support of a major challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, saying the provision denying same-sex married couples federal rights is unconstitutional and undermines the interests of Congress. The brief states the 132 House Democrats think the DOMA section defining marriage as a legal union only between one man and one woman "lacks a rational relationship to any legitimate federal purpose and accordingly is unconstitutional." "Many Members believe that Section 3 of DOMA violates the Constitution and should be struck down," the brief states. Under the DOMA provision in question,...
  • House conservatives unveil jobs agenda (“the exact opposite” of the rookie Hussein's ploy)

    11/03/2011 5:37:58 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/02/11 | Russell Berman
    House conservatives unveil jobs agendaBy Russell Berman - 11/02/11 03:49 PM ET An influential bloc of House conservatives unveiled a jobs plan Wednesday that one leader described as “the exact opposite” of the proposal President Obama is pushing. The Republican Study Committee plan combines a tax overhaul, reduced regulations and an expansion of domestic energy production. The architects of the proposal said they had no specific estimate of how many jobs it would create, but the panel’s chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), said they thought it would “create a lot more than President Obama has created.” “We think it’s a...
  • Alaska: Poster state for crony capitalism

    10/31/2011 10:24:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 28, 2011 | Joe Miller
    Crony capitalism thrives in Alaska, center stage held by the Alaska Native Corporations (ANC). From the pending shakedown of taxpayers through a wholesale land grab (S.730 and H.R.1408) to recent arrests of four people in one of the "most brazen federal contracting scandals in our nation's history," there seems to be no end to the scams, a consequence of an ANC system run amok. It's not enough that over $29 billion of taxpayer money has been transferred to the ANCs under the 8(a) minority no-bid federal contracting scheme. The state's seemingly permanent political class has recently orchestrated sister bills in...
  • The week ahead: House GOP set to subpoena White House over Solyndra

    10/31/2011 8:13:16 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/31/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    The week ahead: House GOP set to subpoena White House over SolyndraBy Andrew Restuccia - 10/31/11 08:47 AM ET House Republicans are expected to subpoena the White House this week for more documents about failed solar firm Solyndra. The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s investigative panel will meet Thursday to vote on a resolution to authorize a White House subpoena. The vote comes after the White House rejected Republicans’ request for all internal communications related to Solyndra, noting that the administration has already provided more than 70,000 pages of documents to the committee. Read more about the subpoena vote here,...