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  • Obama accuses Congress of holding back recovery

    08/20/2011 3:58:40 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 81 replies
    Obama accuses Congress of holding back recovery Photo 6:04am EDT By Laura MacInnis VINEYARD HAVEN, Massachusetts (Reuters) - A vacationing President Barack Obama accused Congress on Saturday of holding back the U.S. economic recovery by blocking "common sense" measures he said would create jobs and help growth. In remarks recorded on Wednesday on his campaign-style bus tour in Illinois and aired during his holiday in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Obama said the stalled construction, trade and payroll tax bills could give a boost to the economy. "The only thing preventing us from passing these bills is the refusal by some in...
  • Obama increases his personal debt ceiling -- his-and-hers jets for vacation

    08/19/2011 9:55:09 PM PDT · by garjog · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19th August 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Before it had even started in earnest, the much-maligned vacation became a PR nightmare, after it emerged this morning that he and his wife took separate government jets to Martha's Vineyard just hours apart. Michelle Obama​ was revealed to have arrived at the Massachusetts retreat, only 500 miles from Washington, four hours before her husband yesterday. ... The extra transport to get the the First Lady to the island for only a few more hours of vacation time will have cost taxpayers thousands in additional expenses. The costs related to Mrs Obama’s solo trip mainly include the flight on the...
  • Sarah Palin: Obama will come back early from vacation

    08/19/2011 8:41:34 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 63 replies
    CBS News ^ | 08/19/2011 | Lucy Madison
    Sarah Palin has yet to make clear her intentions for the 2012 presidential elections, but she remains vocal in the debate over President Obama's performance. In a Fox News appearance on Thursday, Palin blasted President Obama for taking a vacation on Martha's Vineyard - and predicted that "he will come back early" after hearing from disgruntled Americans. Palin, a paid Fox News contributor, called Mr. Obama's vacation "very, very tone deaf" considering the nation's current economic woes, and said she would have acted differently. "I wouldn't if I were he, especially to Martha's Vineyard," she said. "I think he will...
  • And he's off! Obama all smiles as he jets to Martha's Vineyard - as approval plummets

    08/18/2011 6:26:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/18/11 | Staff
    With his approval rating dropping to historic lows, unemployment at an epic high and the Dow closing in the gutter, President Barack Obama is cutting his losses and taking a few days off. The president will be staying with his family at the Blue Heron Farm, a sprawling, $50,000-per-week estate with plenty of room for staff and Secret Service agents accompanying him on the trip. Mr Obama boarded Air Force One with First Dog Bo on Thursday as a new poll showed a startling loss in the commander-in-chief's favourability before he heads to Martha's Vineyard.
  • The Presidential Planner: Obama Heads to Martha's Vineyard

    08/18/2011 7:17:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 18, 2011 | Devin Dwyer
    Fresh off three days of barnstorming in the Midwest, President Obama will spend the morning at the White House in two closed-door meetings, first with his senior economic advisors in the Oval Office then with his national security team in the Situation Room. In the afternoon, Obama heads to the island oasis of Marthas Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts, where hes expected to spend the next 10 days vacationing with his family.
  • Obama's Shameful Photo-Op

    08/15/2011 4:52:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 15, 2011 | Staff
    Leadership: Disrespecting grieving families, the president sneaks a photographer into the ceremony honoring the SEALs who died in Afghanistan. The presidential scrapbook and campaign are more important. We thought perhaps the White House had received a sufficient dose of condemnation as well as some sensitivity training over a planned Sony film hyping President Obama's "gutsy call" regarding the successful Navy SEAL mission that killed Osama bin Laden. The film was to be released three weeks before the 2012 vote. We were wrong. When 30 U.S. Special Operations forces, including Navy SEALs from SEAL Team 6, the unit that got the...
  • Obama's Vineyard Vacation Will Cost Taxpayers Millions

    08/14/2011 2:49:41 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 45 replies
    US News ^ | 8/11/2011 | Paul Bedard
    At a time when many more cash-strapped Americans are stuck at home instead of vacationing at the beach, President Obama next week will lead an entourage of several dozens to exclusive Martha's Vineyard island at a cost of millions to taxpayers. While technically he is paying for his estimated $50,000 a week rental of the 28-acre beachfront Blue Heron Farm in woodsy Chilmark, the dozens of U.S. Secret Service agents, communications officials, top aides, drivers, and U.S. Coast Guard personnel with him will be covered by taxpayers as with every other presidentialvacations. His 11-day stay will require the Coast Guard...
  • Live Thread: POTUS to speak to country at 1730 ZULU concerning S&P downgrade

    08/08/2011 8:31:48 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 794 replies · 2+ views
    08 AUG 11 | dcbryan1
    CNBC just broke in and told the audience that the President has requested airtime and will speak to the nation at 1300hrs EST (12 noon central, 10 AM PST) on the US national debt downgrade.Developing...
  • Obama Makes History (of Our AAA Credit)

    08/08/2011 6:03:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Obama administration and congressional Democrats are betting their political futures on the hope that the American electorate is ignorant and forgetful, and hence the memo has gone out to functionaries hither and yon, from David Axelrod to John Kerry: This is to be called the tea-party downgrade. That this is said with straight faces bespeaks either an unshakable contempt for the mind of the American voter or an as-yet unplumbed capacity for Democratic self-delusion. Let us revisit the facts. The original debt-ceiling deal put forward by the Democrats totaled $0.00 in debt reduction. This would have fallen approximately $4...
  • Dollar to Be 'Discarded' by World: China Rating Agency

    08/07/2011 9:08:35 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 166 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7 Aug 2011 | Ee Sing Wong
    The man who leads one of Chinas top rating agencies says the greenbacks status as the worlds reserve currency is set to wane as the worlds most powerful policy makers convene to examine the implication of S&Ps decision to strip the United States of its triple A rating. In comments emailed to CNBC, Guan Jianzhong, chairman of Dagong Global Credit Rating, said the currency is gradually discarded by the world, and the process will be irreversible. Dagong made headlines last week when it became the first rating agency to cut its U.S. credit rating from A+ to A after policymakers...
  • S&P warns of a second downgrade

    08/06/2011 2:11:26 PM PDT · by Clairity · 158 replies
    Politico ^ | August 6, 2011 | Josh Boak
    One day after lowering the nation’s platinum triple-A credit rating, Standard & Poor’s analysts warned Saturday that the U.S. government could face a second downgrade if the economy continues to struggle and the government fails to make the cuts outlined in the debt ceiling agreement. The ratings agency on Friday downgraded the nation to AA+ for the first time in history, saying partisanship in Washington is preventing dramatic deficit reduction.
  • US Loses AAA Credit Rating for First Time (Obama's the only one with $1.6 trillion deficits yearly)

    08/06/2011 5:28:58 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 36 replies
    voice of america ^ | 8/6/2011 | voa
    Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has downgraded the U.S. credit rating for the first time ever, from the top rank of AAA to AA+. S&P said it lowered the rating because the deficit reduction plan Congress passed on Tuesday did not go far enough to stabilize the country's debt situation. The agency said Friday's downgrade reflects its view that the "effectiveness, stability and predictability of American policymaking and political institutions have weakened" to a greater degree than it envisioned several months ago. It said this weakening has taken place at a time of "ongoing fiscal and economic challenges." S&P...
  • FLASHBACK: Obama Wins on the Economy, McCain on Terrorism

    08/06/2011 5:12:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies · 1+ views ^ | October 14, 2008 | by Lydia Saad
    PRINCETON, NJ (Gallup) -- Barack Obama enjoys a solid advantage over John McCain -- 53% to 39% -- in U.S. public perceptions of which of the two candidates would better handle the economy as president. The weekend poll shows, additionally, that Obama is preferred over McCain by 12-point margins on the issues of taxes and energy. Obama's lead on these issues is particularly notable because McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, have strived to capture the political upper hand on both issues. The Democratic nominee has an even bigger advantage on healthcare, on which 61% of Americans say Obama...
  • Obama says debt ceiling crisis hurt economy

    08/03/2011 12:57:00 PM PDT · by Justaham · 55 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-3-11
    The U.S. debt ceiling crisis had an unnecessary negative impact on the economy, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday, while a congressional impasse over aviation could cost the government $1 billion in lost revenues. Obama signed legislation into law on Tuesday that would raise the U.S. debt ceiling and cut spending, averting a default hours before a deadline. "The economy is still weakened, partly because of some things we couldn't control like the Japanese earthquake and the situation in Europe as well as the Arab Spring and its effect on oil prices," Obama told reporters at the White House at...
  • US may have way to cover bills after deadline, for week (Obama lies, again!)

    07/27/2011 3:45:55 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 13 replies
    msnbc ^ | 7/26/2011 | BINYAMIN APPELBAUM/NY Times
    It turns out the federal government is sitting on some extra cash. Thanks to an inflow of tax payments and maneuvering by the Treasury Department, the government can probably continue to pay all of its bills for several days after Aug. 2, providing potentially critical breathing room for Congress to raise the debt ceiling, according to estimates by several Wall Street banks and a Washington research organization. The consensus is that the government will not run short of money until Aug. 10, when it would be unable to cut millions of Social Security checks without borrowing more money. President Obama...
  • Is the President Lying About Social Security and the Debt Ceiling?

    07/26/2011 7:48:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | July 25, 2011 | John C. Goodman
    Apparently he is. And its not just me saying it. From across the political spectrum, there has been widespread condemnation of the way the White House is using Social Security checks as a weapon in President Obamas budget battles with the congressional Republicans. "I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue [increasing the debt ceiling]. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it," President Obama said in a recent interview with Scott Pelley of CBS News. When I heard that, I took him at his...
  • White House stokes debt-ceiling crisis (No to new plan)

    A Republican aide e-mails me: The Speaker, Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell all agreed on the general framework of a two-part plan. A short-term increase (with cuts greater than the increase), combined with a committee to find long-term savings before the rest of the increase would be considered. Sen. Reid took the bipartisan plan to the White House and the President said no.
  • Eight Hundred Days Without A Budget-A new milestone in Democrat Party governance is reached.

    07/25/2011 7:42:25 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 14 replies
    human events ^ | 7-8-11 | John Hayward
    Democrats have controlled the Senate and the White House since the election of 2008, and the House of Representatives up until this year. Certainly they could have passed any budget they desired, including one with tax increases and spending increases. But they chose to ignore the 800-day gorilla in the room because they don't want to be on record supporting a budget that actually does what they want. Then the public could hold them accountable for their cowardly and irresponsible behavior in the face of national fiscal calamity.
  • Obama, Dem leaders to meet as debt crisis deepens

    07/24/2011 2:31:23 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 24, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama will meet with the top Senate and House Democrats Sunday night amid the nation's deepening political standoff over the federal debt. The White House said late Sunday afternoon that Obama had invited Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to the Oval Office.
  • Obama: Stop insults and compromise over debt (Stop Lying Obama)

    07/23/2011 6:09:07 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 41 replies
    msnbc ^ | 7/23/2011 | msnbc
    Barack Obama called Saturday for an end to insults and demands in the negotiations over the debt ceiling, after they broke down Friday night. In his weekly address, ahead of an emergency meeting at the White House Saturday morning, the president said that the government had spent more money than it takes in for year and result was "a lot of debt on our nation's credit card." This debt would "weaken our economy, cause higher interest rates for families, and force us to scale back things like education and Medicare" unless action was taken, Obama said. "Now, folks in Washington...
  • President Obama - special announcement at 6 pm

    07/22/2011 3:11:43 PM PDT · by silentknight · 262 replies
    Breaking on all networks
  • CNN: BHO to be in Press Briefing Room in 5 mins. (developing)

    07/22/2011 3:12:29 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 239 replies · 1+ views
    CNN vis TV | 7-22-11
    Very short notice, but per Woofie, no info as to the subject matter, but he will be in the Briefing Room.
  • President Obama laments the debt talks

    07/22/2011 8:56:22 AM PDT · by Free America52 · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/22/2011 | Politico
    President Obama laments the debt talks: "All these conversations I've had over the last three weeks -- I could have been spending time with Malia and Sasha instead."
  • Default 'Off the Table,' Debt Deal Will Be Struck: Geithner

    07/18/2011 8:12:27 AM PDT · by EBH · 99 replies
    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner told CNBC Monday that he is certain that congressional leaders will strike a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling prior to the Aug. 2 deadline to avoid default. "Each side has said definitively that default is not an option," he said, "They're not going to play around with this." "If the United States of America were to default it would be catastrophic for the American economy, for the American financial system, for the average American people, it would be a substantial unfair tax on all Americans and it would bring the world economy ... to...
  • 244 mega-fund-raisers rake in the money for Obama

    07/17/2011 6:29:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7/17/11 | Lynn Sweet
    WASHINGTON The Obama re-election team released the names of more than 244 mega-fund-raisers Friday including 31 who raised at least $500,000 to bankroll the Obama 2012 campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The fund-raisers are known in the political business as bundlers, people who use their extensive networks to raise money on behalf of a candidate. The Obama for America campaign calls their bundlers volunteer fund-raisers. The Obama team disclosed the 244 bundlers (in a few cases couples or business partners were counted as one bundling unit) who collected at least $50,000. No one from the Chicago area...
  • Obama should put his money where his mouth is

    07/17/2011 9:06:46 AM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 22 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 4/18/11 | Linda Chavez
    President Barack Obama offered few concrete suggestions for spending cuts this week in his much-anticipated speech on reducing the federal debt, but he had lots to say about raising taxes. "As a country that values fairness, wealthier individuals have traditionally borne a greater share of this burden than the middle class or those less fortunate. Everybody pays, but the wealthier have borne a little more," the president said. So he wants to raise the top marginal tax rate to 39.6 percent and eliminate itemized deductions for the top 2 percent of earners. What the president didn't say is that he...
  • Libya Rebels Get Formal Backing, and $30 Billion

    07/15/2011 7:18:25 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 76 replies
    NYT ^ | Published: July 15, 2011 | By SEBNEM ARSU and STEVEN ERLANGER
    ISTANBUL The United States formally recognized the rebel leadership in Libya as the countrys legitimate government on Friday, allowing the rebel government access to $30 billion in Libyan assets held in the United States. It is not yet clear how and when the money would be released. Enlarge This Image Osman Orsal/Reuters Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton attended the meeting on Libya in Istanbul on Friday. Multimedia TimesCast | Libyan Rebels Recognized Readers Comments Share your thoughts. Post a Comment Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said at an international gathering held to discuss the Libyan conflict...
  • Happy birthday, Mr. President

    07/15/2011 6:27:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 15, 2011
    If America defaults on its debts come Aug. 2 -- as the Obama folks warn, absent a deal by then -- what will President Obama do on Aug. 3? Why, host a big birthday bash for himself, of course, to raise cash for his re-election. That's his plan right now, anyway. (He turns 50 on Aug. 4.) Tickets for a private birthday dinner with the prez will go for as much as $35,800 a couple. We, too, want to wish the president a joyous birthday. But how can anyone take seriously his threats of default -- and those of underlings...
  • New backup plan would let Obama raise debt ceiling without congressional OK

    07/14/2011 6:33:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 07/14/2011 | Lisa Mascaro
    A plan by the Senate's two top leaders to allow President Obama to raise the debt limit without congressional approval is emerging as the most likely strategy to avoid a looming federal default. The plan being drafted by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada would lock in roughly $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction over the next ten years a figure considerably smaller than Republican leaders or President Obama had been seeking. Administration officials have said they still would prefer a more sweeping deal on the deficit, but they signaled the idea...
  • GOP Debt Ceiling Ace in the Hole: Obamas Birthday Bash

    07/14/2011 9:42:53 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 41 replies
    WhiteHouseDossier.Com ^ | July 14, 2011 | Keith Koffler
    Oh boy, this is going to look bad. The Republicans may not realize it, but they have an extra point of leverage in the debt ceiling talks: Barack Obamas birthday. Its on Aug. 4. The president is turning 50. Hes decided to have a quiet celebration with family and a few close friends. NOT. Instead, the president is planning an extravagant fundraising bash Aug. 3 at the Aragon ballroom in Chicago, including a birthday concert teaming with celebrities and for couples contributing $35,800 a private dinner with the president. All this just one day after the government is...
  • Barack 'No Drama' Obama makes a stand on debt and finally loses his cool

    07/14/2011 4:57:14 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 57 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 14, 2011 | Alex Spillius
    He walked out of a meeting with Republican congressional leaders on deficit reduction, telling them "enough was enough". It was the fourth such meeting in as many days to end fruitlessly, and the president's mounting frustration had been clear. In a press conference on Monday he ruled out a temporary agreement on raising the US debt limit, insisting "we might as well do it now pull off the Band-Aid, eat our peas". "They're in one week and they're out one week," he said, making his irritation plain. "You need to be here. I've been here. I've been doing Afghanistan...
  • Obama walks abruptly out of 'tense' White House debt meeting, Cantor says

    07/13/2011 10:06:28 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 79 replies ^ | 7-13-11 | NEWSCORE
    The fourth consecutive day of debt meetings between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders from both parties ceased abruptly with Obama walking out of Wednesday's talks, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said. Cantor told FOX News Channel that the approximately two-hour meeting at the White House Wednesday "ended with president abruptly walking out of the meeting." He said Obama shoved back from the desk and said "we'll see you tomorrow." "We are very far apart right now," Cantor told FOX, adding, "The progress we made seems to have been erased now." "He [Obama] became very agitated. Said 'Ronald Reagan...
  • Geithner wants debt limit deal by next week

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Tuesday said that time is running out for a deal to raise the debt limit, and wants a broad agreement with Congress in place by the end of next week at the latest.
  • Obama faces criticism from all sides for terrorism suspects offshore interrogation, civilian trial

    07/08/2011 6:22:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 7/07/11 | PAUL KORING
    Obama faces criticism from all sides for terrorism suspects offshore interrogation, civilian trialPAUL KORING WASHINGTON Globe and Mail Update Last updated Thursday, Jul. 07, 2011 7:56PM EDT After holding a Somali terrorism suspect for two months on a U.S. warship, the Obama administration secretly flew him to New York for trial in a civilian court, leaving both rights groups and Congress infuriated. The clandestine imprisonment at sea echoed Bush-era and widely condemned efforts to deny detainees constitutional protections while interrogating them offshore. Meanwhile, opting to surreptitiously bring the Somali to a U.S. federal court not far from where...
  • Major Garrett: Obama 'Bordering on Panic,' 'Dangerously Close' to Losing Connection With Americans

    07/07/2011 11:19:20 AM PDT · by JesseWatters · 59 replies ^ | July 7 | Staff it stands right now, Obamas failing to connect and Garrett cited his so-called Twitter town hall meeting as an attempt almost in desperation to resurrect the messaging success the president in his prior election. [I]f people arent listening to you on that core message, it doesnt matter what you say anymore, he said.
  • Barack Obama Throws Class Warfare Tantrum to Get the Debt Ceiling Raised

    07/07/2011 10:13:39 AM PDT · by jim byrd · 17 replies ^ | 07/06/2011 | Jim Byrd
    If giving a speech entails fixating a microphone and teleprompter in front of a mollycoddled, petulant adolescent, who in turn uses the microphone and teleprompter to propel accusations and prevarications because he can't have his way, then Barack Obama and his teleprompter gave a speech on the debt ceiling June 29, 2011. The speech emanated a child throwing a public tantrum, desperately trying to reconcile the fantasy world of cartoons and failed progressive ideologies with the harsh reality in which the world exists. Obama's hemorrhage of a prosaic intellect and dclass character, captured with his halting and vacillating elocution, was...
  • Obama News Conference (Hussein Worship Today, 11:30am EDT)

    06/29/2011 6:52:04 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 220 replies
    Hotlanta Urinal-Constipation ^ | 6/28/11 | Jamie Dupree
    ...Obama will hold a news conference on Wednesday morning at 11:30am EDT, giving reporters the chance to ask....
  • Obama: GOP Has No "Proactive Vision Of How To Move Forward" (video)

    06/28/2011 10:16:32 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 47 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 28, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    President Obama responds to presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) for saying he has not done enough for the black and Latino communities. Blaming Republican fiscal ideas, President Obama said we have to "dig ourselves out of a hole that was created by their polices." "That's politics, Mrs. Bachmann wants to run for president. That's pretty much boilerplate language for all the Republicans right now. I think everybody, certainly in the African-American community , the Latino community and across the county, understands that we've had to dig ourselves out of a hole that was created by their polices," President Obama told...
  • Obama shifts debt-talk tactics, drops call for end to Bush tax rates

    06/27/2011 3:21:33 PM PDT · by Siena Dreaming · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27, 2011 | Sam Youngman
    President Obama, seeking a Republican agreement to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by Aug 2, will not insist that any deal include an end of President Bush's controversial tax rates on the wealthy. Obama's tactics are coming into clearer focus: they involve seeking higher taxes not on a broad swath of high income earners but on a narrower band of the super rich, such as owners of private jets. This means that those who earn $250,000 have got a reprieve.
  • Remarks by the President at a DNC Event

    06/21/2011 12:30:13 PM PDT · by kennedy · 9 replies
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary ^ | June 20, 2011 | The Teleprompter in Chief
    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Please have a seat, have a seat. It is wonderful to see all of you. I've got a lot of friends in the room here. People who knew me before anybody could pronounce my name. (Laughter.) People who knew me before I had gray hair. (Laughter.) It is wonderful to see those of you whove been friends for a long time, and its wonderful to see new friends here as well. What I'd like to do is to make some very brief remarks at the top and...
  • Taxpayer Funded Beer Bash, Ball Games and Scavenger Hunts at Holder DOJ

    06/16/2011 11:59:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies · 2+ views
    Big Government ^ | June 16, 2011 | J. Christian Adams
    With the real unemployment rate above 16 percent, it is a perfect time to throw a lavish party for high paid federal employees at Eric Holders Department of Justice. At least Eric Holder thinks so.The Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department, the same unit that dismissed the slam dunk voter intimidation lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party and forced Dayton (OH) to hire firefighters who flunked employment tests, is throwing an alcohol-fueled bash during work hours for 815 employees.I have obtained the invitation posted internally to all 815 Civil Rights Division employees. It reads:Its Time to Get Together,...
  • Why Are Taxpayers Paying for Wine Tasting?

    06/15/2011 3:06:21 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 22 replies
    WSJ ^ | 15 June 2011 | JIM DEMINT
    Focus: The Economic Development Administration, U.S. Commerce Dept....the Senate is currently seeking to increase EDA funding to $500 million a year from $300 million. Worse, this bill passed out of a Senate authorization committee with unanimous, bipartisan support. [snip] In April, the bureau reported that it gave a $2 million grant to build a "culinary amphitheater," wine tasting room, and gift shop at the Port of Benton and the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Richland, Wash. The same month, it gave $1.5 million to promote tourism in the Northern Mariana Islands. In January, it spent $1 million on...
  • Broken Bible Belt: Homes In Ruins From Tornadoes Denied Aid By FEMA For Insufficient Damage

    06/13/2011 7:38:13 AM PDT · by TSgt · 137 replies · 1+ views
    The Blaze ^ | June 13, 2011 at 9:33am | The Blaze
    Jefferson County resident Jonathan Stewart said he laughed in shock after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) claimed the house his family lost in the deadly April 27 twister was not unsafe to live in. Displaced families in tornado-ravaged Alabama are outraged after being denied federal aide to rebuild their flattened homes due to insufficient damage. The devastating reality is the house is now a concrete slab surrounded by rubble. Mr Stewart told a FEMA inspector saw first-hand the Pleasant Grove residence he shared with his wife, Lisa, and their two children was ripped from the ground. Three...
  • Chu Pimps Your Budget at the Pump

    06/01/2011 9:20:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | June 1, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    Memorial Day normally kicks off the summer vacation and heavy driving season, but with gas prices at the pump more than twice as expensive as they were two years ago, American families are being forced to stay close to home and pull back on normal family expenses. The cost to fill up the tank is consuming 40% more of the family budget than it did last summer. According to AAA, 17 centsof every consumer dollar is spent at the pump, up from 12 cents one year ago. That has consequences, of course. "Dining, shopping, museums, and gambling are taking...
  • When will Obama crack in public?

    05/30/2011 3:33:05 PM PDT · by Ira_Louvin · 64 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 19, 2011
    At a time when many Americans can barely afford Burger King and a movie, Obama boasts of spending a billion dollars on his re-election campaign. Questioned at a recent appearance about the spiraling fuel costs, Obama said, "Get used to it" and with an insouciant grin and chortle, he told another person at the event, who complained about the effect high fuel prices were having on his family, to "get a more fuel-efficient car." The Obamas behave as if they were sharecroppers living in a trailer and hit the Powerball, but instead of getting new tires for their trailer...
  • 'Comforter-in-chief' heading to tornado-ravaged Missouri for memorial service

    05/29/2011 9:44:43 AM PDT · by Justaham · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5-28-11 | Sam Youngman
    President Obama on Sunday will speak at a memorial service for the more than 130 people who were killed last weekend when a tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo. The president will meet victims of the horrific disaster, flying to Missouri shortly after returning from a week-long trip in Europe. Obama, not typically regarded as a politician gifted with Clinton-esque empathy, has been playing the role of comforter-in-chief more and more in recent months. Just last month, the president toured tornado and storm damage in Alabama. And earlier in the year, he received near universal applause of his handling of the...
  • Sarah Palin: Obamas Strange Strategy: Borrow Foreign Money to Give to Foreign Countries

    05/27/2011 4:47:50 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 27 replies
    Sarah Palin's Facebook Notes ^ | May 27, 2011 | Sarah Palin
    Should we be borrowing money from China to turn around and give it to the Muslim Brotherhood? Given that we are running massive deficits and are drowning in more than $14 trillion in debt, and despite not knowing who will rule Egypt until its election this fall, this strange strategy may be the end result given President Obamas announcement that he is committing $2 billion to Egypts new government. Its part of a $20 billion foreign aid package laid out with the Group of 8 countries in Europe today. Now, given that Egypt has a history of corruption when it...
  • First Lady of Bling: Michelle shines at star-studded U.S. party in honour of the Queen

    05/26/2011 7:39:53 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 114 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 26, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Michelle Obama dazzled in a glittering array of jewels last night as she co-hosted a dinner in honour of the Queen. The First Lady scored a final fashion bulls-eye in a stunning black off-the-shoulder dress by all-American designer Ralph Lauren at the black-tie dinner. The presidents wife showed off a selection of costume jewellery including a cuff and necklace by Irish designer Tom Binns. A similar necklace sells on his website for 1,500. Mr Obama had invited the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to Winfield House in Regents Park, the official home of the U.S. Ambassador as a thank-you for...
  • Royals, Obamas Sip $1,000 Vino

    05/25/2011 1:35:02 PM PDT · by Qbert · 30 replies
    US News ^ | May 24, 2011 | PAUL BEDARD
    Finally, after two straight presidents who didn't appreciate the taste of a fine French burgundy, Buckingham Palace tonight had a chance to put on the Ritz for a first family who enjoy a long dinner and luscious wine. Most notable from the wine cellars of the famous palace: A Echezeaux Grand Cru 1990, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, that goes for $1,000 - $1,700 per bottle in the United States. There were a bunch of other wines, like Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin champagne and a very nice $170 1963 port President and first lady Michelle Obama, who are noted for dinner dates...
  • President's men fill up 'The Beast' in surprise visit to BP garage

    05/25/2011 9:24:40 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 45 replies
    London Standard ^ | 25 May 2011 | by Miranda Bryant
    He maybe the president of the most powerful nation in the world, but his car still needs filling up with petrol. Workers at a garage in Pimlico today told of their astonishment after Barack Obama's car and the presidential entourage pulled up for refuelling. The armoured limousine, nicknamed "The Beast", arrived with six other vehicles and police escort at a BP petrol station on Vauxhall Bridge Road during the president's state visit to London. Onlookers said the cars took up the entire forecourt when they arrived yesterday at around 3pm.