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  • Heritage Was Wrong - The think tank should have defended Jason Richwine.

    05/13/2013 12:37:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 13, 2013 | Robert VerBruggen
    As you no doubt have already heard, on Friday the Heritage Foundation accepted the resignation of one Jason Richwine, who in 2009 had completed a Harvard dissertation in which he probed the nexus between immigration and IQ. The decision revealed a shocking unwillingness on the part of Heritage to stand up to bullying and protect the academic freedom of its researchers. Perhaps the only good thing to emerge from all this has been the wide-scale distribution of the dissertation itself, a worthy if highly debatable document. Its a pity that none of Richwines detractors seem to have seriously engaged the...
  • Dumbing Down the SAT: Accusing a test of racism is no remedy for a failing education system.

    03/11/2014 2:11:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/11/2014 | Rich Lowry
    It turns out that SAT words were too abstruse. The College Board is updating its iconic test yet again in ways that are indistinguishable from dumbing it down. The old vocabulary words are out, the math is easier, guessing is no longer punished in the scoring and were supposed to believe that the test is better than ever. The SAT, relied on heavily in college admissions, has long been attacked for not producing sufficiently egalitarian results. The multiple-choice test has been accused of everything from racism to classism. It is almost certainly the most hated exam in America, and...
  • Michigan Considers Free Tuition (What a terrible idea)

    03/09/2012 6:00:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/09/2012 | Robert VerBruggen
    Michigan Democrats have introduced a plan to pick up the tab for tuition at state universities up to $9,500 a year for every student who has attended Michigan schools for his entire K12 career. The plan is expected to cost $1.7 billion per year, or $442 for every household in the state. It is a dramatic change from the status quo currently, Michigan subsidizes its state universities less than almost any other state. And it is a terrible idea it is a handout to middle- and upper-class parents and students, as well as an incentive for...
  • Racial Preferences by the Numbers (black = +310 SAT, Hispanic +130, Asian -140)

    01/11/2010 3:00:44 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies · 1,720+ views
    National Review ^ | November 30, 2009 | Robert VerBruggen
    Its hard to get a straight answer as to how pervasive racial preferences are. On the one hand, many academics say preferences hardly even exist theyre just a tie-breaker that admissions officers use on rare occasions. On the other hand, the same academics often say preferences are crucial to diversity, and their elimination would wreak havoc on campuses nationwide. Perhaps nowhere has this bizarre contradiction been on starker display than in No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal a book that manages, despite this contradiction, to shed light on various controversies in higher ed. THE EXTENT OF PREFERENCES Using...
  • Send Fewer Students to College (College is the wrong choice for many students)

    10/27/2009 7:44:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies · 1,442+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/27/2009 | Robert VerBruggen
    Marcus A. Winters says we should send more students to college. He is responding, in part, to my NR piece making the opposite case. My argument is that when 40 percent of college students fail to graduate in six years, and when about a quarter of employed college graduates have jobs that dont require degrees, its obvious were pushing too many kids into higher education. Winters essentially (though not explicitly) concedes that now is not the time to ship more kids off to postsecondary institutions. He notes Charles Murrays documentation of the fact that lots of todays high-school graduates are...
  • Stuff White People Like (In Small Doses)

    08/20/2008 2:46:19 PM PDT · by Clemenza · 15 replies · 173+ views
    National Review ^ | 8/20/08 | Robert VerBruggen
    You start a blog, get noticed almost immediately, and within two months have a six-figure book deal. Thats every white persons dream. How can anyone make such a broad statement with certainty? Well, just that happened to Christian Lander whose blog and book share the title Stuff White People Like and he says so. And its not so broad a statement as it might seem. When Lander says white person, he doesnt just mean checks white/Caucasian on the affirmative-action info box. In fact, the Stuff White People Like Facebook quiz with such questions as What...
  • Donald Trump Is An �Authoritarian� and Is �Dangerous�, says Ron Paul

    08/25/2015 3:26:55 PM PDT · by z taxman · 114 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | July 20, 2015 | Lina Bryce
    Former Republican Rep. Ron Paul blasted the presidential hopeful, Donald Trump for being authoritarian on Alan Colmes Show recently. Pauls comments about Trump came about when he was asked if Donald Trump was good or bad for the Republican Party, to which Paul replied, chuckling, Well I dont even care whether hes good or bad for the Republican party. I dont have much interest in that per se. But, I think hes a dangerous person and a lot of people find him kind of funny and they love him, even libertarian types love him When Colmes presses Paul to explain...
  • U.S., Russia and other powers agree on ‘cessation of hostilities’ in Syria’s civil war

    02/11/2016 4:51:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    washington post ^ | 02/11/2016 | Karen DeYoung
    The United States, Russia and other powers have reached agreement on a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war that allows for immediate humanitarian access to besieged areas, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced here early Friday morning. The end of hostilities, which Kerry avoided calling a cease-fire, is scheduled to go into effect "in one week’s time," Kerry said. Humanitarian access to towns and cities in Syria where food and medical supplies have been blocked, sometimes for months, is to begin immediately. ... The plan, drafted by United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura, in consultation with Kerry and...
  • BREAKING NEWS: John Kerry announces ceasefire in Syria 'within a week' following a summit in Munich

    02/11/2016 4:55:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 84 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/11/16 | Chris Pleasance
    Secretary of state John Kerry has tonight announced a deal that will see a ceasefire in Syrian within a week following a meeting of The International Syria Support Group in Berlin. Earlier in the day, Kerry tweeted that he had spoken with Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, about the need for an end to fighting in the Middle Eastern nation. However, it is unclear which of the multiple forces fighting in Syria have signed up to the ceasefire, or how it will be enforced.
  • Trump Holds Massive 31 Point Lead Over Rubio in Massachusetts – 43-12%

    02/12/2016 8:09:15 AM PST · by BigEdLB · 32 replies
    Overtime Politics ^ | 2/12/16 | Fred
    Donald Trump has a commanding lead in Massachusetts, pulling in more support than the next 4 candidates combined. He currently leads Marco Rubio by 31 points – 43-12% – about 18 days away from the election. If you’re Donald Trump, it’s hard to get better news out of The Bay State, considering there are 39 proportionally allocated delegates up for grabs. The 5% threshold looks like it will be achievable by everyone except perhaps Ben Carson (Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie suspended their campaigns during the poll), meaning most candidates still standing for Super Tuesday will walk away with at...
  • Unaccompanied Alien Children Charged in Execution-Style Murder, Media Calls Them “Baby-Faced Boys

    02/11/2016 9:37:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 11, 2016
    It appears that the recent execution-style murder of a Massachusetts man was committed by two Central American teens that came to the U.S. as Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) under President Obama's open border free-for-all. Tens of thousands of illegal immigrant minors--mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras--have entered the country through the Mexican border since the influx began in the summer of 2014 and the administration has relocated them nationwide. News reports indicate that the 17-year-olds charged in the gruesome Massachusetts killing entered the U.S. recently as UAC's and both have ties to MS-13, according to authorities cited by various...
  • Hold on Ex-Im nomination keeps cronyism crimped

    02/09/2016 4:29:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 9, 2015 | Diane Katz
    The president has nominated attorney J. Mark McWatters for the bank board. However, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, has said he's "in no hurry" to hold a hearing or a vote on the nomination. Other pending confirmations take precedence, he said.The last of the 2015 lobbying reports are in, and the top corporate spender turns out to have been the Boeing Company, at $21.9 million. Not coincidentally, the aerospace giant also outranks thousands of other firms in profiting from the subsidies doled out by the Export-Import Bank. Last year, Boeing benefitted...
  • Scott Brown Touts Trump Ground Game, ‘Phone Banks Humming’ in New Hampshire

    02/08/2016 12:24:28 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/8/2016 | Dan Riehl
    Former Massachusetts Republican Senator Scott Brown told Breitbart News Daily host Stephen K. Bannon today he sees Donald Trump winning the New Hampshire primary with John Kasich coming in second and "Rubio right there in third." Brown previously thought Rubio would finish second. That was before New Jersey Governor Chris Christie banged the Florida Senator up pretty good in Saturday's Republican debate. Brown called Rubio "brilliant," adding that he considered him a good friend, but felt the cage match with Christie really hurt him. Asked about Trump's "ground game," Brown said he was confident the businessman has a good one...
  • Chris Mathews: Rubio's Repetitive Debate Responses Were "Strange," "Not Human"

    02/07/2016 10:08:18 AM PST · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | Pam Key
    Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” while discussing Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) performance at Saturday’s ABC News Republican presidential debate in which he repeated several times that President Barack Obama’s policies are no accident but instead he knows exactly what he is doing, MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews called it “strange” and said it was “not a human response.”
  • GOPe Anti-Trump Super Pac Sends Out Smear Flyers Before New Hampshire Primary

    02/06/2016 10:46:09 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 02/06/15 | Jim Hoft
    GOP establishment hacks from TrumpQuestions.com sent out thousands of Anti-Trump flyers this week attacking the Republican frontrunner in New Hampshire. TrumpQuestions.com is an offshoot of Our Principles PAC.Our Principles PAC is an anti-Donald Trump super PAC founded by Katie Packer, a former aide to Mitt Romney‘s 2012 presidential campaign. The super PAC has sent mailers and aired television ads in Iowa criticizing Trump’s policies. The super PAC operates OurPinciples.com and TrumpQuestions.com.The GOP hacks are trying to smear Trump as anti-gun in their most recent flyers.** Donald Trump is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment. The anti-Trump PAC is hoping...
  • Anti-Trump super-PAC’s secret weapon: John McCain

    02/04/2016 5:29:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 4, 2016 | Jonathon Swan
    The anti-Trump super-PAC that spent more than $2 million slamming the billionaire in Iowa is preparing to launch a new secret weapon in New Hampshire -- John McCain. "Probably the only significant strategy shift is we are going to remind voters in New Hampshire about the disgraceful things that he said about John McCain," said the leader of Our Principles PAC, Katie Packer, who was Mitt Romney's deputy campaign manager in 2012. Trump offended many Republicans when he mocked McCain's Vietnam War service last July, saying "he was a war hero because he was captured. ... I like people who...
  • Massachusetts Considers Gun Reform Law

    02/06/2016 4:11:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Nearly all states have some sort of law preempting local gun laws. Preemption means that the State preserves to itself certain areas of the law. Firearms are a natural for this protection; most Most are comprehensive; a few are minimal. Massachusetts has very limited state pre-emption. From dovekopel.com: Massachusetts preempts all gun licensing (Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140 sect. 129B), and the state constitution forbids local laws inconsistent with state law; for this reason, Boston's Dec. 1989 ban on "assault weapons" was not allowed to go into effect until the state legislature later passed a bill authorizing...
  • George Will on Primary Race (video)

    02/05/2016 5:55:09 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 21 replies
    Fox News via YouTube ^ | February 4, 2016 | George Will
    George Will on Primary Race (video)
  • “Significant Immigrant Populations from Central America” Fueling Violent Gang MS-13

    02/05/2016 2:10:58 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 5, 2016
    A major bust involving the nation's most violent street gang reveals that the criminal enterprise--known as Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13--continues to be energized with new recruits provided by the steady flow of illegal immigrant minors entering the U.S. through Mexico. The affiliation between gangs and the hordes of Central American illegal immigrants who continue invading the U.S. is a story Judicial Watch has been reporting for more than a year. The Obama administration calls them Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and tries to portray them as innocent, desperate kids fleeing violence and famine in their homeland. The reality is much different,...
  • Putin ignores Kerry plea, instead deploys Top Gun fighter jet to join Syria battle

    02/04/2016 12:03:57 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 4,2016 | By Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin
    Russia seemingly has ignored Secretary of State John Kerry’s appeals to stop bombing civilians and allow critical humanitarian aid to starving Syrians – and is instead escalating its military involvement, deploying four of its most capable fighter jets to Syria, two defense officials confirmed to Fox News. The decision to send the Su-35S jets poses yet another hurdle for Kerry’s efforts to proceed with peace talks. The Su-35S is Russia’s most advanced warplane, capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, one official familiar with the jet said. Already, continued Russian airstrikes against Syrian opposition fighters, some backed by the CIA, were...
  • JFK's Secret Son (Murdered mother, playing with JFK Jr., CIA coverup, etc.)

    06/02/2003 7:57:28 PM PDT · by 7 x 77 · 202 replies · 2,112+ views
    The Globe | 6/10/03 (Current Issue) | Steve Herz
    A Maryland woman and her grown son recently approached GLOBE with a story as bizarre as it is compelling. The man, who turns 39 next month, put forth the startling claim that he is the illegitimate son of President John F. Kennedy and was put up for adoption shortly after his birth. His 71-year-old adoptive mother backs his story and offered documentation to support her claim. When questioned why they waited so long to tell their story, the two said that over the years they considered various book deals but now, with the mother ailing, they decided to go public...
  • Justice Robert Cordy Of State’s High Court To Retire

    02/03/2016 5:18:44 PM PST · by massmike · 6 replies
    wbur.org ^ | 02/03/2016 | BOB SALSBERG
    Robert Cordy, an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court since 2001, announced Wednesday he would retire in August, giving Republican Gov. Charlie Baker the opportunity to make his first nomination to the state’s highest court. Cordy, 66, was nominated to the seven-member high court by then-Gov. Paul Cellucci. In 2003, Cordy was one of three justices who wrote dissenting opinions when the SJC issued a landmark ruling that made Massachusetts the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. Cordy argued that it was the state Legislature, not the judiciary, which had the authority to decide the issue. “This case...
  • Is Marco Rubio Rising In New Hampshire? (+4 in tracking, nipping at Cruz's Heels, Kasich down)

    02/03/2016 1:09:32 PM PST · by drewh · 98 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 3 at 1:56 PM | By Philip Bump
    For months, the state of play in New Hampshire has been less tumultuous. Donald Trump leads by a wide margin there, and has for some time.But A tracking poll from the University of Massachusetts and 7 News in New Hampshire suggests that this trend might be changing. The pollsters are contacting New Hampshire Republicans every day. And on both Tuesday and Wednesday, after his third in Iowa, Rubio's numbers ticked upward.This is in a poll with a margin of error of nearly five points, mind you, so an upward tick — or in the case of John Kasich, a downward...
  • Donald Trump Says Media Behind Marco Rubio's Surge

    02/03/2016 2:24:01 PM PST · by drewh · 56 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Wednesday, February 03, 2016 | Howie Carr
    y the time he took to the stage in front of more than 4,000 voters here last night, Donald Trump was back in pre-Iowa form, tearing into the latest Bum of the Month, Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio — with the press thrown in for good measure, for aiding and abetting Marco’s “surge” to third. “He comes in third, I come in second. Trump — no good! Marco — unbelievable! Winner of the night, Marco Rubio! Trump — humiliated!” He’d just been endorsed by former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown — certainly not a good career move for Brown, considering that...
  • Shattuck: Charlie Baker using kids’ logic for ‘Snake Island’

    02/03/2016 7:18:50 AM PST · by calvincaspian · 10 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 02/03/16 | Tom Shattuck
    Did a proposal to save a breed of poisonous snakes by giving them their own island in the Quabbin Reservoir make it all the way to the governor’s office? You bet it did. And Charlie Baker supports it. It is being called Rattlesnake Island, and it is soon to be inhabited by a group of lucky pit vipers called Timber Rattlesnakes.
  • Scott Brown to endorse Trump

    02/02/2016 10:41:40 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/02/2016 | Doug Wong
    Former Massachusetts senator Scott P. Brown, a moderate Republican who two years ago ran for Senate in New Hampshire, will endorse Donald Trump at rally here Tuesday night, one week before the state's presidential primary. Brown's decision has been closely guarded for days, but it was confirmed by two people familiar with the event, where Brown will appear onstage with the candidate. When reached early Tuesday afternoon, the Trump campaign's spokesperson would not discuss the rally or possible guests. Brown was unavailable for comment.
  • Trump Floats Scott Brown as Potential VP

    01/16/2016 12:03:49 PM PST · by ConservativeTeen · 139 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 16, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Speaking to a crowd at a Portsmouth, N.H., rally hosted by Scott Brown on Saturday, Donald Trump said the former senator would make a “very good” vice president. After Trump asked Brown whether he would consider running for public office again, a member of the audience floated the idea of a Trump-Brown ticket in 2016. “Vice president – hey, that sounds like it could, hey, hey, very good,” Trump responded.
  • Trump says liberal Republican Scott Brown would make a great VP

    01/17/2016 12:18:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 17, 2016 | Ed Straker
    "Donald Trump says that former senator Scott Brown, one of the most liberal Republicans, would make a great vice president. ....Why would Trump, who claims he has given up his New York values-based support for partial-birth abortion to become pro-life, consider a man for VP who is pro-abortion and so liberal on so many other issues? This is especially worrisome because Trump will have the opportunity, if elected president, to make several Supreme Court picks. What if he picks liberals for those, too? It was a bit unnerving when he said his sister, who is an extremely liberal judge, would...
  • Republicans should vote for John Kasich in N.H.

    01/26/2016 12:22:10 AM PST · by detective · 39 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | e.com/opinion/editorials/2016/01/25/
    New Hampshire Republicans can do their party a critical service on Feb. 9 by voting for an experienced political figure with a record of results, and thus dealing a blow to the divisive, demagogic candidates running on nativism and other political simplicities. The Globe urges them to support John Kasich, whose record as governor of Ohio shows him to be a pragmatic, fiscally responsible executive, but one who is also concerned with helping the poor. His success in that important swing state, and his record as a moderate conservative who is willing to compromise in pursuit of results, suggests he...
  • Clinton campaigns with Giffords, focuses on gun control(dumb and dumber)

    01/31/2016 7:13:59 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 1/30/2016 | unkinown
    Hillary Clinton campaigned Saturday with gun-control advocates Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, trying to draw a contrast between her push for stricter laws with rival Bernie Sanders' record.
  • Carr: Media may determine Iowa, The Donald will get his due in N.H.

    01/31/2016 6:27:15 AM PST · by AU72 · 35 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | January 31, 2016 | Howie Carr
    The Republican establishment is in a dither — who are all these tradesmen and petit bourgeoisie who are planning to vote for this Donald Trump fellow? Do such people really exist? And if they do, how many of the great unwashed are actually going to vote for this person with the 
outer-borough accent? We’re going to get answers to all these questions shortly, aren’t we? Not that anybody really has any idea what’s going to happen in Iowa tomorrow night. The only thing we know for sure about Iowa is who the media are going to declare as the winner,...
  • Somali man arrested for hitting MBTA bus driver

    01/27/2016 7:01:24 AM PST · by BronzePencil · 58 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | O’Ryan Johnson
    A Somali immigrant was arrested yesterday for hitting an MBTA bus driver and records show transit cops have locked him up three times for violent assaults in less than three years, officials said. Mohamed Noor, 29, of Brookline was arrested after he boarded a bus at about 12:45 a.m. on Commercial Street in Malden, but refused to pay the fare, police said. “The (driver) explained to Noor he would have to pay his fare or exit the bus,” police said in a statement. “Noor began to make verbal threats and insults towards the victim and in doing so placed other...
  • Amherst College Drops ‘Lord Jeff’ as Mascot

    01/26/2016 1:22:50 PM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 26, 2016 | Jess Bidgood
    Lord Jeffery Amherst, the colonial military commander who gave this town its name, will no longer represent the prestigious liberal arts college here. The board of trustees at Amherst College announced on Tuesday that it had decided “not to employ this reference in its official communications, its messaging and its symbolism (including in the name of the Inn, the only place on the campus where the Lord Jeffery name officially appears).”
  • Hillary Clinton deserves Democratic nomination (BARF!)

    01/25/2016 1:08:47 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 33 replies
    America looks different in 2016 than it did the last time Hillary Clinton ran for president: The economy has come out of free fall, the military has left the quagmire of the Iraq war, barriers to equality have toppled, and universal access to health care has become a reality. Tumultuous as they’ve been, the Barack Obama years have proved transformative — and the priority for Democratic voters should be to protect, consolidate, and extend those gains.
  • Harvard Dean Crusades Against All-Male Clubs

    01/25/2016 3:35:44 PM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 25, 2016 | Morgan Chalfant
    Harvard University’s undergraduate dean is angering alumni by attempting to force the school’s all-male final clubs to accept women, a move that some say threatens freedom of association and diversity at one of the nation’s most elite colleges. According to Harvard alumni and former members of all-male final clubs, Harvard College dean Rakesh Khurana, appointed to his post in 2014, is prepared to make it against university rules to join the groups.
  • Critics blast Massachusetts city's new 'essay' rule for gun-carry applicants

    01/25/2016 12:16:50 PM PST · by servo1969 · 34 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 1-25-2016 | FoxNews.com
    Critics are blasting a Massachusetts city's new law that they claim requires residents applying for a license to carry handguns to write "an essay" and pay upwards of $1,100 for training. The new laws take effect this week in Lowell, a city of 110,000 that lies 35 miles north of Boston. Pushed by Police Superintendent William Taylor and passed by the City Council, they require applicants for unrestricted handgun licenses to state in writing why they should receive such a license. Taylor, who was unavailable for comment on Monday, has sole discretion for approving or denying the applications. "It is...
  • Donald Trump op-ed: My vision for a Culture of Life

    01/23/2016 8:47:03 AM PST · by ironman · 275 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2016 | Donald Trump
    Let me be clear - I am pro-life. I support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at risk. I did not always hold this position, but I had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me. My story is well documented, so I will not retell it here. However, what I will do with the remaining space is express my feelings about life, and the culture of life, as we just marked the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. I build things. There is...
  • Is Bloomberg out to ruin Hillary Clinton’s party?

    01/24/2016 6:08:51 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 31 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | Ellen Clegg
    With polls showing a surge by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in early-voting states, billionaire Michael Bloomberg is weighing a presidential bid as an independent, third-party candidate, the New York Times reported Saturday. Bloomberg, the popular former mayor of New York City, has sent up trial balloons before. But this time he seems concerned enough about the rise of candidates on the fringes of both parties - and Hillary Clinton's weakness in Iowa and New Hampshire - to assemble advisers and set down plans. In fact, Bloomberg is reportedly even studying up on past third-party runs by H. Ross Perot...
  • Obama’s Dirty Little Secret to Winning the 2012 Presidential Election

    01/24/2016 6:36:30 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 52 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11.12.12 | Michael Medved
    ...there’s no basis for the common claim Obama won through a superb, unprecedented, supremely effective get-out-the-vote effort by the Democrats. Even downcast Republicans have hailed the opposition’s turnout operation as magnificent, but they fail to note that it resulted in far fewer voters showing up for President Obama. - The president drew 7.6 million fewer votes than he did in the hope-and-change election of 2008. - Exit polls showed that Obama got a slightly smaller percentage of the black vote than last time and that turnout was sharply down, delivering at least 1.5 million fewer African-American ballots for the Democrats....
  • Dem senator: Clinton’s Wall Street speeches 'in the past' (Return the lavish speaking fees?)

    01/23/2016 4:15:31 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/22/16 | Mark Hensch
    Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) on Friday said Hillary Clinton's paid speeches to Wall Street firms such as Goldman Sachs are "in the past" and not worth delving into. "The fact is that's in the past," she said on MSNBC when asked about Clinton's past speeches to the banking firm. "They're done, so it doesn't matter whether or not you support that or not," Shaheen said. "[It is] just as Bernie's socialism - he claims - is in the past," she added of Clinton's chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders. "The question is what do voters want to...
  • Hillary Laughs It Up At Sen. Shaheen’s Benghazi Mockery [VIDEO]

    01/22/2016 7:22:42 PM PST · by absentee · 36 replies
    RedState ^ | 1/22/16 | Caleb Howe
    At a rally in New Hampshire today, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen bragged about how Hillary Clinton handled and withstood the Benghazi hearings, getting a loud crowd response and thrilled laughter from Secretary Clinton, because what is more amusing an anecdote than answering for American casualties, am I right? "Eleven hours, Hillary was before that committee. Is there anybody here who thinks that anybody else in this race, Republican or Democrat, could have done what Hillary did? Not Donald Trump. Not Ted Cruz. And not Bernie Sanders!" Each time the crowd gleefully shouting back "NO!" as Hillary laughs it up. Hey Senator...
  • Man arrested on suspicion of shooting firefighter

    01/22/2016 6:43:55 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 9 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | 22 January 2016 | WTOP News (Washington DC)
    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Pulaski County Sheriff's deputies arrested a homeowner on suspicion of manslaughter after a firefighter was shot to death while responding to a medical emergency call at a rural home near Little Rock. Sheriff's office spokesman Lt. Chris Ameling said detectives took homeowner Mark Pruitt into custody for questioning shortly after firefighter Ronald Jason Adams died. Deputies placed 47-year-old Pruitt under arrest Friday evening. Ameling said he could not discuss some of the details late Friday but said physical evidence and statements from Pruitt and his wife, Tonia, who were home during the shooting, led...
  • Flashback - Palin's Big Oil infatuation [End of snow forever in DC]

    01/22/2016 1:20:38 PM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    RFK jr.com ^ | September 24, 2008 | RFK Jr
    I was water-skiing with my children in a light drizzle off Hyannis, Mass., last month when a sudden, fierce storm plunged us into a melee of towering waves, raking rain, painful hail and midday darkness broken by blinding flashes of lightning. As I hurried to get my children out of the water and back to the dock, I shouted over the roaring wind, "This is some kind of tornado." The fog consolidated and a waterspout hundreds of feet high rose from the white ocean and darted across its surface, landing for a moment on a moored outboard to spin it...
  • A scripted Romney breaks into a sprint for a vote

    01/22/2016 2:20:41 AM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 3 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | JANUARY 22, 2016 | Karen Langley
    On the campaign trail ahead of the 2012 New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney didn't always come across as the most freewheeling candidate for president. At event after event around the Granite State, the former Massachusetts governor and business executive didn't waver in his focus on President Obama and the pace of the economic recovery. Romney might not have been as wooden as caricatures of him suggested, but he wasn't lighting up the trail as a charismatic leader. He had traded the neckties of his 2008 bid for jeans and rolled-up sleeves, but he still seemed pretty buttoned down. As a...
  • Kerry admits Iran sanctions windfall will go to terror

    01/21/2016 9:31:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 1/21/2016, 8:00 PM | Ari Yashar
    Days after Iran received hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief from the controversial nuclear deal, US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday admitted a good portion of the massive funds will go to terror. Speaking at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Kerry spoke about the massive kickback Tehran is receiving after nuclear sanctions were lifted last weekend. "I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists," he acknowledged to CNBC. "You know, to...
  • Winter Storm Jonas to Become Major East Coast Snowstorm; Blizzard Watch for D.C., Baltimore

    01/20/2016 9:04:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 76 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | January 20, 2016 | Weather.com
    The nation's capital is now under a blizzard watch, the first watch of its kind issued in advance of Winter Storm Jonas. Now is the time to prepare for Winter Storm Jonas, which is expected to kick into high gear Friday and pummel parts of the East through the weekend with heavy accumulations of snow and ice. Strong winds will likely add to the threat of power outages and may also bring serious coastal flooding along parts of the Atlantic coast. The National Weather Service issued the blizzard watch late Wednesday morning for Washington, D.C., and nearby Baltimore. The watch...
  • GE, Massachusetts, and the Corruption of Crony Capitalism

    01/20/2016 8:12:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    As General Electric gears up to move its headquarters from Fairfield, Conn., to Boston, the people and communities being left behind are dreading the pain to come. John Engel, a real estate agent and town councilor in nearby New Canaan, told public radio's "Marketplace" that the departure of 800 GE executives, most of whom will likely list their homes for sale, will send the local housing market staggering. Once the region loses millions of dollars in disposable income, it will ineluctably lose much of the business those dollars sustained. There will be fewer patrons to fill local restaurants, for example,...
  • Mika: Hillary's Only Hope? Make Elizabeth Warren Her Running Mate

    01/20/2016 5:18:18 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Hillary's in hot water. Needs Fauxcohantas. That, in a nutshell, was Mika Brzezinski's argument on today's Morning Joe. At the end of a segment highlighting the way Bernie Sanders has gone after Clinton for the massive "speaking fees" she's received from Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms, Mika concluded: "the only person that can help her now is Elizabeth Warren, and she's going to have to make her her running mate. There's no other way around it." As we noted here and here, Mika has long been a Lieawatha fan, urging her to run way back in 2013. If...
  • BO Appoints Pro-Muslim Brotherhood Special Assistant For Middle East, N Africa & Gulf Region

    03/17/2015 4:54:08 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 7 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 3/14/2015 | Walid Shoebat
    The White House has appointed pro-Muslim Brotherhood Robert Malley as a new special assistant to President Barack Obama. As if this is not bad enough, Malley is in charge to cover the whole kitten caboodle: The Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region. This appointment happens to be at the same time that Erdogan of Turkey and Qatar had a millstone breakthrough in reviving the Muslim Brotherhood by gaining special provisions for the Islamist organization in Saudi Arabia and the Arab gulf. Malley, who now works as Senior Director of National Security Council of the White House (NSC) on...
  • Lowell cops nab illegal immigrant accused of killing officer abroad

    01/19/2016 6:22:34 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | O’Ryan Johnson
    A 60-year-old illegal immigrant wanted for killing a police officer in the Dominican Republic is behind bars after Lowell cops took him in at gunpoint, police said. Ramon Aguasviva-Mejia, who had recently lived in Lawrence, also has warrants out of Suffolk Superior Court for drug distribution. He is also wanted by Quincy District Court for felony assault, police said. Detectives from the Lowell Police Department’s Special Investigations Section had Aguasviva-Mejia under surveillance Sunday afternoon in Central Plaza on Church Street, but he spotted the tail and bolted, narrowly avoiding hitting the cops as he fled, police said.