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  • Springfield (MA) police: Suspect in ear-biting attack on CYO basketball coach surrenders

    03/12/2012 3:44:40 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    A Springfield man surrendered to authorities on Monday for his alleged role in an attack on a Catholic Youth Organization basketball coach who lost part of his ear in the assault, according to Springfield police. Timothy L. Forbes, 34, of 62 Catherine St. in the city's McKnight neighborhood, surrendered late Monday morning at the Hampden County Hall of Justice, where he was held without bail after denying multiple charges at his arraignment on Monday afternoon. A judge scheduled a so-called dangerousness hearing for Friday to determine if Forbes poses a public threat if released on bail. If such a determination...
  • Michelle Obama in Boston: US stands at a ‘fundamental crossroads’

    03/10/2012 8:37:26 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 54 replies ^ | March 9, 2012 | Andrew Ryan and Martin Finucane
    Michelle Obama told a group of Democratic supporters at a fund-raiser in Boston tonight that “we stand at a fundamental crossroads for our country,” praising her husband’s record during his first three years in office and urging them to get involved in his reelection campaign. “Barack had the backs of American workers. He put his faith in the American people,” she said of President Obama’s auto industry bailout. She also touted his record on job creation, his Supreme Court picks, and the federal health care reform law he championed. “Last year we made history together by finally passing health care...
  • Ex-teacher’s aide in abuse rap: Pay me!

    03/10/2012 7:38:34 PM PST · by massmike · 5 replies · 1+ views ^ | 03/10/2012 | John Zaremba
    A fired teacher’s aide charged with exposing himself to an autistic student is trying to cash in on taxpayer-funded unemployment benefits, the Herald has learned. LaShawn Hill, 33, filed for jobless pay in mid-January, school officials confirmed yesterday — news that left parents of his former students dumbfounded. “It’s really disgusting that he would have the nerve. I know he has a wife and children, and I feel really bad for them. Terrible for them,” said Rebecca MacDonald, whose son was among Hill’s students at the Harbor Pilot School in Dorchester. “But for him to have the nerve to apply...
  • "Conservative Elites" Covering Up Romney's Betrayals on Marriage, Life, Children and Constitution.

    03/10/2012 8:49:54 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies ^ | January 2, 2008 | John Haskins
    (WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS January 2, 2008) A growing list of conservative leaders are circulating a strong public warning about "the conservative establishment's aggressive cover-up of the pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, pro-gay adoption policies" of Mitt Romney while governor of Massachusetts. The letter accuses Romney's stable of prominent "conservative" leaders, lawyers and pundits of gross malpractice, ruthless ambition and dishonesty toward voters. It calls on principled conservatives to firmly condemn the rent-a-conservative feeding frenzy on Mitt Romney's money and the cover-up of his actions as governor -- most of which he did while pretending he was forced to either by judges or non-existent...
  • Reagan Was A Sure ZOT Too

    03/07/2012 9:20:15 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 87 replies · 2+ views
    Noman Says ^ | 3/6/12 | Noman
    William McGurn is his usual magnificent self today. [quote] Not since Herbert Hoover has a party out of power had such an opportunity to run against everything that troubles the American family—prices, interest rates, unemployment, taxes, or the fear for the future of their old age or the future of their children—than is now presented to the Republican Party. The Republicans, however, haven't figured this out. This is their basic problem. They have no strategy for defeating an Obama administration that is highly vulnerable on both domestic and foreign policy. [end quote] Those words were written by Scotty Reston in...
  • Sen. John Kerry Letter Supporting Code Pink’s Hamas-Aid Gaza Freedom March

    02/04/2010 10:50:43 AM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 26 replies · 1,089+ views
    Big Government ^ | Feb. 4, 2010 | Kristinn Taylor and Andrea Shea King
    Massachusetts senior U.S. Senator John Kerry provided a letter on Senate stationery that supported constituents who participated in last December’s anti-Israel, pro-Hamas Gaza Freedom March, led by President Barack Obama ally Code Pink. Democrat Representative Andre Carson of Indiana’s 7th District also provided a letter of support for participants in the so-called Gaza Freedom March. Kerry is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was the Democratic Party’s 2004 presidential nominee. In the letter, Kerry wrote that his staff met with the Massachusetts delegation before they left, and his staff would be briefed about the trip upon their return....
  • Massachusetts: Democratic jitters in Senate race (Dems worry about Elizabeth Warren's chances)

    03/07/2012 10:16:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 03/07/2012 | Frank Phillips
    After a huge rush of optimism that Elizabeth Warren’s candidacy would end Scott Brown’s hold on his US Senate seat, Democratic insiders and activists are awakening to a new political reality, driven by a series of recent polls and Brown’s success these past few months in crafting an independent bipartisan image. The campaign’s reshaped landscape, which appears to have shifted in Brown’s favor, has created a quiet buzz among some in the party that Warren, despite her incredible burst onto the Massachusetts electoral map last fall, has hit some strong headwinds and will need to recapture the excitement that lit...
  • Is Chick-fil-A Anti-Gay? And if so, Should You Not Eat There?

    03/04/2012 11:17:41 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 110 replies
    Reason ^ | 2 March 2012 | Nick Gillespie
    Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit points to a story at Tax Prof Blog about Northeastern University's decision to bar the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A from that fine institution's campus. Why the exclusion? On the basis of some of its charitable giving, Chick-fil-A is considered to be anti-gay by the gay rights group Equality Matters. Among the groups that raise ire are outfits such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Focus on the Family, The Family Resource Council, and Exodus International. Certainly some of these groups talk often about pushing back on what they consider "the homosexual agenda" that has continued to...
  • Romney appears poised to win state primary ("Santorum too conservative")

    03/02/2012 8:49:54 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 16 replies
    Salem (MA) News | 3/2/12 | Alan Burke
    The nation and the world will be waiting for the results of the Super Tuesday primaries. But not so much the Massachusetts primary. "I didn't even know we were having one," joked Senate Majority Leader Fred Berry, D-Peabody. Piles of delegates will be allotted to the various contenders for president as 10 states hold primaries on Tuesday, including Massachusetts, Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia. The contests could determine who will be the Republican nominee in November. In states like Georgia and Ohio, the competition is expected to be fierce between the Republican candidates, former...
  • Massachusetts: Illegal Immigrant Haven

    02/29/2012 7:15:51 PM PST · by OddLane · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Immigration Reform Examiner ^ | February 29, 2012 | Dave Gibson
    Boston, MA - On Tuesday, Mary Maloney, whose son was killed last August by an illegal alien charged with driving under the influence, tearfully addressed the state legislature’s Senate Judiciary Committee in support of legislation which would make it tougher for illegal aliens to remain in Massachusetts. Maloney said: “My son paid the ultimate price with his life because Massachusetts is a safe haven for illegal immigrants. The real question I ask is…Why would illegal immigrants not come to Massachusetts when we are so willing to provide them with jobs and free services they could not get in their native...
  • Gingrich crushing the field in Georgia

    02/25/2012 8:04:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 25, 2012 | Jonathan Easley
    Newt Gingrich has a double-digit lead over the rest of the GOP field in his home state of Georgia, according to a Landmark-Rosetta Stone poll released late Friday. Gingrich took 38 percent, followed by Rick Santorum at 25 percent, Mitt Romney at 19 percent, and Ron Paul at four percent, the poll found. Gingrich held a nine-point lead in the same poll taken earlier this month. The poll could be an outlier – Gingrich leads by only two points in Georgia according to the latest Insider Advantage survey and leads by five points according to Rasmussen. Both of those polls...
  • Lawmakers unite at anti-war town hall [Look who RINO Walter Jones is hanging out with now]

    02/25/2012 3:33:09 PM PST · by MitchellC · 10 replies
    Raleigh News & Observer ^ | February 21, 2012 | Rob Christensen
    RALEIGH -- In an odd political bedfellows moment, three North Carolina congressmen - two progressive Democrats and one religious-right Republican - joined forces Monday to urge the Obama administration to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. At an anti-war town hall meeting in the Legislative Building, Republican U.S. Rep. Walter Jones and Democratic U.S. Reps.David Price and Brad Miller sought to keep the pressure on the administration to end the American combat operations by the middle of 2013. "Our concern is that too many times, administrations will say that the date for coming home is a year from now, 18 months...
  • Politicians notice Fakegate

    02/24/2012 3:07:03 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies ^ | Feb 24, 2012 | bishop-hill
    Rep Edward Markey of Massachusetts has written to Heartland asking for them to document the inaccuracies in the Fakegate documents and asking for originals. In a letter to Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast, Markey asked the group for an explanation of any inaccuracies in the leaked documents as well as accurate versions of those documents. “These documents appear to indicate that the Heartland Institute is receiving large donations from corporations for the direct purpose of discrediting the mainstream science of climate change and has planned to engage in a campaign to undermine the teaching of well-established science at our public...
  • On the Cusp of a Natural Gas Bonanza, Massachusetts Bets on Wind Power

    02/24/2012 6:10:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/23/2012 | Peter Wilson
    You'd have to be a dim bulb -- perhaps one of those 13-watt compact fluorescents -- to believe that forcing utilities to purchase expensive offshore wind power will lead to economic prosperity. Yet this is precisely the reaction of the Boston press to a recent deal brokered by Gov. Deval Patrick. Gov. Patrick has been in a bind. With the Green Communities Act of 2008, the state legislature enacted a clean energy mandate requiring that 20% of Massachusetts' power come from renewable sources by 2025, joining 36 other states with "Renewable Portfolio Standards." Renewable energy, however, is expensive and especially...
  • Barney Frank: No comment on rumor Lindsey Graham is gay

    02/17/2012 9:19:41 AM PST · by jakerobins · 59 replies
    Washington, D.C. — Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank on Thursday refused to comment on the rumor that South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is gay. During an appearance on C-SPAN's American Journal, a caller named Frank from Largo, Florida told Frank that he was concerned that closeted lawmakers could be blackmailed during critical budget talks.
  • Sen. Scott Brown Exposes NOAA’s Illicit $300k Party Boat (Video-misappropriated fishing fines)

    02/20/2012 2:11:33 PM PST · by STARWISE · 14 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 2-20-12 | Jim Hoft
    COMPLETE TITLE: Senator Scott Brown Exposes NOAA’s Illicit $300,000 Party Boat (Video) ### Last week, U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) filed a Freedom of Information Act request for an Inspector General report on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) illicit purchase and use of a $300,000 luxury fishing boat. The request was granted, and Senator Brown spoke from the Senate floor to reveal the numerous abuses detailed in the previously unknown findings of the Inspector General. The following are the Senator Brown‘s remarks as prepared for delivery on the Senate floor: Here’s the transcript: I rise today to inform...
  • Milford police have arrested a 23-year-old man following a stabbing early Saturday.

    02/19/2012 6:51:39 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    Milford Patch ^ | February 18, 2012 | Sean O'Donnell
    Milford police have arrested a 23-year-old man and charged him with the stabbing of another man at 23 Water St. David Segundo Dutan-Guaman, 23, is charged with armed assault in a dwelling, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and two outstanding warrants that were unrelated to the crime. Dutan-Guaman is being held at Milford Police headquarters on $5,000 cash bail. According to police, officers responded at 2:19 a.m. to a reported disturbance at 23 Water St. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 21-year-old man had been stabbed. He was found a short distance away on Oliver Street after police followed...
  • New Hampshire bill to place warning signs near Massachusetts borders rejected by lawmakers

    02/19/2012 7:56:16 AM PST · by matt04 · 30 replies
    In New Hampshire, the state motto "Live Free or Die" is more of a way of life than just a slogan. But despite the push of some in the Granite State to place "warning" signs on roads that lead to a border with Massachusetts, the bill was voted down in the New Hampshire House of Representatives on Wednesday in a 285-18 vote. The signs, which would have said "Warning: Massachusetts Border 500 Feet," were proposed in an effort to warn residents that they were about to enter the Bay State, which has different laws regarding seatbelts, helmets, guns, knives, fireworks,...
  • Top GOP Senator Says ‘If Romney Loses Michigan, We Need a New Candidate’ (Anonymous Coward)

    02/18/2012 7:19:05 AM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 65 replies
    ABC The Note ^ | Jonathan Karl
    A prominent Republican senator just told me that if Romney can’t win in Michigan, the Republican Party needs to go back to the drawing board and convince somebody new to get into the race. “If Romney cannot win Michigan, we need a new candidate,” said the senator, who has not endorsed anyone and requested anonymity. The senator believes Romney will ultimately win in Michigan but says he will publicly call for the party to find a new candidate if he does not. “We’d get killed,” the senator said if Romney manages to win the nomination after he failed to win...
  • Poll: Romney Slips in Michigan. (Milt 31%, Newt 26%)

    01/30/2012 1:15:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 30, 2012 | Janet Adamy
    Mitt Romney, once seen as a sure bet to win the Michigan Republican presidential primary, now appears locked in a surprisingly tight race with challenger Newt Gingrich. Michigan is home turf for the former Massachusetts governor. His late father, George Romney, was a popular governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969, and the younger Romney grew up in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills. But with the state’s primary approaching on Feb. 28, Mr. Romney’s lead remains small, given his home-court advantage. A poll released last week by the Detroit Free Press/WXYZ-TV found that 31% of likely voters supported Mr....
  • Suffolk poll shows Brown up 9 over Warren in MA Senate race

    02/17/2012 6:47:33 AM PST · by OddLane · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 17, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s early for significant polling in any Senate race, but this result from Suffolk University’s poll is an eye-opener. Despite having won a special election two years ago, most people considered Republican Scott Brown a long shot to win his next election in deeply-blue Massachusetts, especially up against Elizabeth Warren. Instead, Brown starts off the race up by nine over the Democrat:
  • Suffolk poll shows Scott Brown up 9 over Elizabeth Warren in MA Senate race

    02/17/2012 6:39:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/17/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    It's early for significant polling in any Senate race, but this result from Suffolk University’s poll is an eye-opener. Despite having won a special election two years ago, most people considered Republican Scott Brown a long shot to win his next election in deeply-blue Massachusetts, especially up against Elizabeth Warren. Instead, Brown starts off the race up by nine over the Democrat: Republican Scott Brown (49 percent) has a 9-point lead over Democrat Elizabeth Warren (40 percent), according to a Suffolk University/7NEWS (WHDH-Boston) poll of likely general election voters in Massachusetts. Nine percent were undecided, and 2 percent would choose...
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • GOP Presidential Candidates Address CPAC [Santorum, Romney, Gingrich]

    02/10/2012 3:56:22 PM PST · by thouworm · 22 replies · 1+ views
    C-Span ^ | February 10, 2012 | Santorum, Romney, Gingrich
    C-SPAN's coverage of the 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) continues Friday with speeches by the leading presidential candidates and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. The three top GOP candidates for the Republican nomination -- former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum -- are taking a break from the campaign trial to address attendees. Rep. Ron Paul was invited to speak but will instead continue campaigning.
  • Huckabee: Governor Romney acted unconstitutionally on "gay marriage"

    02/07/2012 12:43:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | February 5, 2012 | Amy Contrada
    "He could have stopped it, and should have stopped it," Huckabee said. Governor Romney should have stood up to the Court and said, "No"? Huckabee: He should've. (August 2008) Old news? Yes — and Mitt Romney hopes it will be ignored or forgotten. How does Romney manage to bury his past political sins? With a lot of help from his former critics — including Governor Huckabee — who seem to suffer from amnesia. But what of the media's duty to vet the candidates? Shouldn't every significant action in a candidate's record be under review? Why is the media —...
  • JFK's teen mistress, a WH intern, breaks silence...

    02/05/2012 8:52:30 AM PST · by jakerobins · 128 replies
    She always called him “Mr. President” — not Jack. He refused to kiss her on the lips when they made love. But Mimi Alford, a White House intern from New Jersey, was smitten nonetheless. She was in the midst of an 18-month affair with the most powerful man in the world, sharing not only John F. Kennedy’s bed but also some of his darkest and most intimate moments. In her explosive new tell-all, “Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath,” Alford, now a 69-year-old grandmother and retired New York City church administrator, sets...
  • They Both believe in the Second Amendment? (vanity)

    02/04/2012 5:17:37 AM PST · by Vaquero · 27 replies · 1+ views
    2-2-12 | Self
    Below is a link for the anti-gun Superbowl ad.... .....despicable.
  • Medved: Mitt Romney Should Learn a Lesson from Teddy Kennedy (Assumes he's already GOP nominee)

    02/04/2012 5:15:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 3, 2012 | Michael Medved
    As his formidable campaign marches inexorably toward the nomination, Mitt Romney should learn a vital lesson from the guy who beat him in his first race for public office: Sen. Ted Kennedy. In 1980, Teddy lost his own bid for the presidency because he couldn’t answer a simple question about why he wanted the job. Like Kennedy, Romney could undermine his confident drive to unseat a stumbling incumbent unless he prepares clear, concise, and forceful responses on what he means to do with the office he seeks. Near the end of the disastrous Jimmy Carter administration, most analysts expected an...
  • Romney fundraiser a lobbyist for failed green energy firm (Silence from the "conservative" media

    02/02/2012 8:10:41 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/1/2012 | Jessica Yellin
    One of Mitt Romney's fundraising "bundlers" works as a lobbyist for the Green energy firm Ener1, which became a flash point for Republicans last week after it filed for bankruptcy three years after receiving a $118.5 million grant from the Obama administration...
  • Veterans Affairs sued over same-sex marriage policy (Who saw this coming?)

    02/01/2012 11:24:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Virginia Pilot ^ | February 1, 2012 | Mackenzie Weigner
    A federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday challenging the Veterans Affairs Department for refusing to recognize legally married gay and lesbian military couples and denying them the same family benefits as their heterosexual colleagues. With the repeal last year of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military, activists have now turned their focus to gaining full benefits for legally married same-sex active duty and veteran service members and their families. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the law firm WilmerHale filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles on behalf of military veteran Tracey Cooper-Harris...
  • Suit a seal of disapproval for Bay State’s emblem

    02/01/2012 9:34:46 AM PST · by massmike · 25 replies ^ | 02/01/2012 | Christine McConville
    A Cambridge activist who says he’s sick and tired of living in a state whose official seal depicts a sword hanging over a Native American’s head has launched the most aggressive effort to date to force the Bay State to redo the 132-year-old image — but Indians and other advocates are distancing themselves from his audacious $24 million lawsuit. “It’s unfair to the native peoples,” Daniel DeGuglielmo said about the Great Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He wants a judge to force the state to stop using the seal on its flags, buildings and papers. “It’s the Indian under...
  • Ann Romney talks up Mitt Romney's conservatism (Hurl Hazard)

    01/31/2012 7:37:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 31, 2012 | Tim Mak
    An exuberant Ann Romney said on the evening of her husband’s Florida primary win Tuesday that she was amused by attacks on the former Massachusetts governor that characterized him as a “moderate” or a “liberal.” “It’s been funny to me. What’s next, a communist? I don’t know, it’s been humorous,” she said with a laugh during an interview with CNN moments before the network called the state for Mitt Romney. “We are looking forward to a win tonight.” Ann Romney said that she knew where Mitt’s true beliefs lay. “I know where his values are on a personal level. He...
  • (Massachusetts) Governor’s Council member Kelly Timilty dies at 49

    01/31/2012 12:09:49 PM PST · by massmike · 13 replies ^ | 01/31/2012 | Matt Stout
    Kelly Timilty, who served on the Governor’s Council for nearly two decades, died today. She was 49. Timilty, who lived in Roslindale, served District 2 under five governors and was first elected to the council in 1994, officials said. She died after a brief illness early this morning, but no cause of death has been released.
  • Former Intern Says Gay Flier Was Campaign Lit (Romney "gay pride" flier from 2002)

    01/30/2012 2:35:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | January 9, 2012 | Andrew Kaczynski
    The Romney yesterday campaign denied knowing about a 2002 flier distributed by the Romney campaign during Gay Pride Week in Massachusetts while he was running for Governor. Fehrnstrom told the Huffington Post's Sam Stein, "I don't know where those pink flyers came from. I was the communications director on the 2002 campaign. I don't know who distributed them... I never saw them and I was the communications director." Fehrnstrom continued "I never saw them and I never approved them. I'm not quite sure where they came from." But a former Romney campaign volunteer who is now a fiscal policy scholar...
  • Thompson: Mitt campaign has 'Drudge in their back pocket'

    01/29/2012 12:20:37 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 81 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/29/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) on Sunday attacked Mitt Romney for "unseemliness and overkill" in his aggressive campaign against Newt Gingrich, the candidate Thompson has endorsed.
  • Mike Reagan, Rush Limbaugh Blast Romney

    01/26/2012 2:54:10 PM PST · by Raebie · 89 replies · 1+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 1/26/2012 | Jim Meyers
    Ronald Reagan’s eldest son Mike Reagan has issued a statement lambasting Mitt Romney and his supporters for claims that Romney’s Republican presidential rival Newt Gingrich was a strong critic of President Reagan. Reagan says such claims are false. Even Rush Limbaugh, shocked by the Romney claims, chimed on his Thursday radio broadcast to say "This is obviously a coordinated attack to take Newt out here in Florida." Rush slammed the Romney-backed smear campaign against Newt. “That kind of stuff is why people hate Romney so much," Limbaugh said. Limbaugh added that Newt has always been a conservative from his early...
  • President gives Sen. John Kerry another black eye

    01/26/2012 7:17:25 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 24, 2012 | Frank Quaratiello
    Obama called on lawmakers to pass a bill that would halt "insider trading" by members of Congress. Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown introduced legislation last year to ban members of Congress and their staff from trading stock based on non-public information. Brown championed the cause after watching author Peter Schweizer discuss his book on the subject called "Throw Them All Out" on "60 Minutes." Schweizer’s analysis focused on members of Congress whose stock market profits correlated with legislative matters under their consideration. One of the politicians cited in the book for apparent "insider trading" was Bay State Sen. John Kerry
  • GOP should run Tisei vs. Tierney (Barf Alert!)

    01/23/2012 5:10:13 AM PST · by massmike · 3 replies ^ | 01/23/2012 | Holly Robichaud
    Over the past six months, the Democrats have cleared the field for Lizzy Warren. Her coronation as their Senate nominee will give the Harvard Law professor a direct shot at our hometown Sen. Scott Brown. It is a dangerous move on behalf of the Democrats to anoint a novice candidate who has not been fully vetted. But clearing the primary path might be a good strategy for Republicans to adopt against U.S. Rep. John Tierney. Many believe the North Shore district is the GOP’s best chance to capture a congressional seat in Massachusetts. Unlike Lizzy, former state Sen. Richard Tisei,...
  • Santorum Says He Will Remain in Race Through Florida

    01/21/2012 7:42:16 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 55 replies
    NY Times 'blogs ^ | Saturday, January 21, 2012 | Richard A. Oppel, Jr.
    Rick Santorum said he would be pleased with a third-place finish in South Carolina Saturday but vowed to stay in the presidential race through the Florida primary no matter what. He also blasted his "desperate" rival Mitt Romney for perpetrating "cheap stuff" as Mr. Romney's position as front runner here melted away the past week... "We finally were given the victory in Iowa," Mr. Santorum said. "If we had had it two weeks ago, it might be a very different situation. It might have been a very different race." Mr. Santorum also said he was disappointed in Mr. Romney after...
  • Early voting begins slowly in South Florida

    01/21/2012 6:29:47 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    With the field of Republican candidates down to four, GOP voters trickled to the polls on the first day of early voting in South Florida with plenty of opinions about their choice to challenge President Barack Obama in November. Many said they were deciding between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in what has been a rollercoaster race. Romney is ahead in Florida, with more than 40 percent of GOP supporters, followed by Gingrich with 22 percent, Sen. Rick Santorum with 15 percent and Texas Rep. Ron Paul with 9 percent, according to an average...
  • Report: Jeb Bush to endorse Romney

    01/21/2012 6:01:25 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 21,2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Update: Chris Cillizza of WaPo tweets that “Close Jeb Bush ally tells me that no Romney endorsement is in the works.” Jeb’s camp being coy, or is he getting cold feet about throwing in with Romney after tonight’s drubbing?
  • Enormous solar outburst could dazzle your weekend [Alaska, Seattle, Des Moines, Chicago, Boston]

    01/21/2012 2:52:28 PM PST · by annie laurie · 35 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 21, 2012 | Pete Spotts
    Auroras may dazzle more people than usual this weekend as Earth receives a glancing blow from an enormous solar outburst that erupted on Jan. 19. The outburst, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), was detected by sun-watching satellites. Researchers at the University of Alaska's Geophysical Institute predict that auroras should be visible from Seattle, Des Moines, Chicago, and Cleveland, to Boston and Halifax, Nova Scotia Saturday and Sunday nights, weather permitting. ... Space Weather Center forecasters say they expect the encounter to generate a weak geomagnetic disturbance beginning around 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Sunday Jan. 22 and lasting...
  • Joe K3 ‘excited’ to get his feet wet in politics (At 31, he lives with Mom.)

    01/21/2012 12:48:28 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 1/21/12 | O'Ryan Johnson
    He’s still living with his mother in Cambridge, but 31-year-old Joseph P. Kennedy III said he’ll move soon into the 4th Congressional District and begin charting a possible run for Barney Frank’s open seat. (snip) Kennedy appeared with Gov. Deval Patrick’s former spokesman Kyle Sullivan and was far more professional than his first encounter with the Herald two weeks ago, when he called the reporter “dude” then said he was at work and couldn’t answer any questions.
  • Sen. DeMint Not Ready to Endorse Romney (Author thinks he will endorse Ron Paul!)

    01/18/2012 7:45:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | January 18, 2012 | Joe Wolverton, II
    In a recent article published by The Daily Beast, its Washington bureau chief, Howard Kurtz, reasoned that if “moderate” Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination for President, he’ll need to choose a running mate with the conservative bona fides to balance the ticket. While the notion that Mitt Romney is "on the verge of sewing up the Republican nomination" is still just a neo-con fantasy (especially in light of Ron Paul’s surging poll numbers and his respectable showing in Iowa and New Hampshire), pundits and soi disant opinion makers have suggested that the former Governor of Massachusetts choose a VP...
  • Romney's Energy Project Past (Romney's Solyndra? CTP Hydrogen, Protonex Tech...

    01/18/2012 11:40:49 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/26/2011 | Ben Smith
    Mitt Romney penned an op-ed in the Orange County Register Monday carrying the new line of attack on President Obama's energy policy: the Solyndra collapse is more evidence he wrote that the government "shouldn't be playing venture capitalist" when it comes to alternative energy projects. "It's not merely that government bureaucrats are bad at picking winners" he wrote. "The very process invites cronyism and outright corruption." But Romney is a private-sector venture capitalist by vocation, and during his tenure as Massachusetts Governor, he set up a program almost exactly like the ones he's now denouncing. In 2003 Romney launched the...
  • ¡Mexican Mitt! Romney makes appeal to Latino voters, can literally be Mexican if he wanted

    01/16/2012 11:59:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    WBEZ-FM ^ | January 11, 2012 | Achy Obejas
    A funny thing is happening to Mitt Romney on his way to Florida: ¡He is becoming so aware of Latino voters, that he’s practically becoming Latino himself! Oh, wait, amigos -- ¡Mitt is suddenly so Latino that he’s eligible for Mexican citizenship! ¿You think I’m kidding? Although up to now about the only time he’s mentioned Latinos is to say NO (a word conveniently the same in both English and Spanish), in one of his last appearances in New Hampshire, ¡he dropped the little known fact that his dad was born in Mexico! Yup, suddenly, Romney’s so one of us,...
  • Intern insists Romney campaign approved Gay Pride fliers

    01/16/2012 12:18:38 PM PST · by Qbert · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/09/12 | Justin Sink
    An intern from Mitt Romney's 2002 gubernatorial campaign says that his campaign did authorize and pay for the distribution of a Gay Pride Week flier, despite adamant denials from Romney's current staff that the handout was authorized. The flier, printed on pink paper, wishes recipients "a great Pride weekend," and could prove the latest ammunition for Romney's GOP foes seeking to paint the former governor as not sufficiently conservative. "On pride weekend, the campaign sent a contingent of about a half-dozen of us to the post-parade festival on Boston Common to hand out those fliers," Josh Barro, a former Romney...
  • Major SC newspaper endorses Huntsman

    01/15/2012 10:24:35 AM PST · by Qbert · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/15/12 | Daniel Strauss
    Jon Huntsman was endorsed by Columbia, S.C.'s The State newspaper on Sunday. The endorsement comes less than a week before the South Carolina primary and comes as Huntsman quickly tries to gain traction in the Palmetto state. The State's endorsement is actually similar to what happened just before the New Hampshire primary: Mitt Romney's hometown paper, The Boston Globe, backed Huntsman in a long editorial in which it compared Romney with the former Utah governor. Like the Globe endorsement, The State praised both Romney and Huntsman but said Huntsman was the better candidate. "There are actually two sensible, experienced grownups," The...
  • Senate bill authorizes federal government to revoke citizenship of the American people

    01/15/2012 10:31:26 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 57 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/15/2012 | Doug Book
    A bill has been introduced in the United States Senate which will authorize the federal government to revoke the citizenship, creating practical expatriates, of American citizens. Introduced by Connecticut Independent Joe Lieberman and Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown, S 1698, the “Enemy Expatriation Act,” is a simple, 2 page document which offers apparently innocent amendments and additions to existing federal legislation. (1) That legislation, known as Title 8, “…outlines the role of aliens and nationality in the U.S. Code.” And it is just one small piece of this massive and complex law which the Enemy Expatriation Act seeks to modify, that...
  • Rick Santorum attacks former pal Newt Gingrich

    01/13/2012 11:20:42 AM PST · by VinL · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12-13-12 | Khan
    With Newt Gingrich breaking out of the pack as the conservative alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney in South Carolina, he came under attack Friday from an old friend and colleague in Congress, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. Santorum had largely avoided political attacks against Gingrich, whom he once considered a political mentor. But on Friday, the glove came off as Santorum took the former House speaker to task for being insufficiently conservative on climate change, free markets and health care. "Conservative alternatives don't go out and attack the capitalist system as he has done. Conservative alternatives don't promote...