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  • Yes, Sarah Palin is a RINO.

    01/23/2010 10:19:54 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 509 replies · 7,648+ views
    The Reality Check ^ | 2010-01-23 | Zbigniew Mazurak
    Paul Streitz has decided to call Sarah Palin by her real name, because she endorsed John McCain (who is trying to win a fifth term as Senator) and said she will campaign for him. Fanatic Palinites, such as the editors of the misnamed „conservatives4palin.com” website (they should rename it „liberals4palin.com”), lambasted him and called him a “backstabber”. “If Paul Streitz’s support of Governor Palin is contingent upon his agreeing with every decision she makes or her selling out her deeply-held values, that’s unfortunate. While all support is appreciated, the governor has never been for sale. Ask the Alaska establishment, who...
  • Time to Start Over, Snowe Says (a RINO calls for bipartisan health care "reform")

    01/22/2010 12:50:43 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 51 replies · 1,338+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2010-01-21 | David M. Herszenhorn
    For months Democrats, including President Obama, courted Senator Olympia J. Snowe, Republican of Maine, hoping to win her vote for major health care legislation. And now that the legislation is stalled, following the Republican victory in the Massachusetts special election on Tuesday, Ms. Snowe said she tried to warn Democrats, including Mr. Obama, that they were pushing too hard too fast. “It really is a reflection of the country, frankly, and having to build the right consensus and not overreaching with very expansive policy,” Ms. Snowe said of the outcome in Massachusetts. “I am not surprised in what occurred on...
  • Prop. 8 opponents say they welcome Cindy McCain's support of same-sex marriage (BARF-O-RAMA)

    01/22/2010 8:38:32 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies · 1,213+ views
    Gay rights supporters in California say they have found an unlikely ally in Cindy McCain, the wife of Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who lent her name this week to the cause of same-sex marriage. McCain’s support comes as Proposition 8 proponents and opponents battle over the constitutionality of California’s ban on gay marriage in San Francisco federal court. The ad features McCain, right hand over her heart, wind rustling her blond locks, with “No H8” written on her cheek and silver duct tape over her mouth. “To have the wife of a Republican presidential candidate really turns everything...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: AZ Sen Poll: McCain Opens Primary Lead (over Hayworth) (thanks a lot, Sarah)

    01/22/2010 8:02:15 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 379 replies · 7,125+ views
    Sen. John McCain (R) has known from an early stage that he could face a tough primary in his bid for re-election this year, and acted on it. He already launched radio ads touting his effort to block President Obama's "extreme left wing crusade." And just this week, Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R) recorded robocalls that went out to voters in Arizona. Now, a Rasmussen poll (502 LVs, 1/20, MoE +/- 4.5%) shows the Maverick just over 50 percent in a potential matchup against former Rep. JD Hayworth -- not the best position for an incumbent to be, but an improvement...
  • Palin to campaign for McCain in March

    01/20/2010 10:29:12 AM PST · by Def Conservative · 166 replies · 2,665+ views
    As Sen. John McCain readies for a potential primary challenge from the right this fall, the Arizona Republican is playing his trump card. Sarah Palin, McCain's former running mate and perhaps the most powerful brand in Republican politics, will stump for McCain in Arizona on March 26 and 27, a Palin adviser told CNN. The presence of Palin - and the considerable crowds and media attention she will draw - might give pause to J.D. Hayworth, the former Republican congressman and radio host who opposes McCain's position on illegal immigration and is mulling a Senate run of his own.
  • Palin to Campaign for McCain in March

    01/20/2010 8:33:07 AM PST · by Bubba_Leroy · 82 replies · 1,846+ views
    CNN ^ | January 20, 2010 | Peter Hamby
    Washington (CNN) – As Sen. John McCain readies for a potential primary challenge from the right this fall, the Arizona Republican is playing his trump card. Sarah Palin, McCain's former running mate and perhaps the most powerful brand in Republican politics, will stump for McCain in Arizona on March 26 and 27, a Palin adviser told CNN. The presence of Palin - and the considerable crowds and media attention she will draw - might give pause to J.D. Hayworth, the former Republican congressman and radio host who opposes McCain's position on illegal immigration and is mulling a Senate run of...
  • Palin to hit 2010 trail (for McCain! Talk about loyalty)

    01/20/2010 6:29:26 AM PST · by GOP_Resurrected · 239 replies · 4,417+ views
    Politico ^ | 1/20/2010 | Ben Smith
    Former Gov. Sarah Palin will announce today that she's hitting the campaign trail for Republicans -- including her former running mate John McCain. Palin, who did not campaign in last year's governor's races or in yesterday's Senate race in Massachusetts, has committed to contests in three states, including two Republican primaries, an aide said. She'll campaign in Texas for Gov. Rick Perry, who faces a primary challenge from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; she'll appear in Arizona for Senator John McCain, who faces a challenge from the right; and she'll appear in Minnesota for Rep. Michelle Bachmann, a conservative firebrand who...
  • College Republicans pull support for McCain talk

    01/19/2010 7:00:14 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 747+ views
    The Hatchet, George Washington Univ., Washington, DC ^ | 2010-01-18 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    The GW College Republicans have withdrawn their financial support from Meghan McCain's upcoming appearance at GW, after claims that the Allied in Pride president was not forthcoming about the topic of McCain's speech. Michael Komo, president of Allied in Pride, told The Hatchet last week that McCain would be appearing as the keynote speaker of their annual "Marriage Equality Week" in February, but the CR leadership claims they were not aware of this when they were asked for their financial support. McCain, an outspoken advocate for gay rights, is the daughter of former Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain. "Our...
  • Meghan McCain will speak at GW in February (at gay marriage event sponsored by College Repubs.)

    01/18/2010 9:50:13 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 1,140+ views
    The Hatchet, George Washington Univ., Washington, DC ^ | 2010-01-14 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Meghan McCain, daughter of the former Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, will be the keynote speaker of Allied in Pride's "Marriage Equality Week." At an event called "Redefining Republican: No Labels, No Boxes, No Stereotypes" on Feb. 9, McCain is expected to speak about the future of the Republican party. A columnist for The Daily Beast and author of a forthcoming book, she has written publicly in support of gay marriage. "She's a different type of Republican," said Michael Komo, president of Allied in Pride. "We thought her input would be helpful on the subject of marriage and the...
  • Chuck Schumer races John Kerry for top of agenda (Immigration vs. Climate Change)

    01/15/2010 3:14:43 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 16 replies · 1,058+ views
    Politico ^ | January 15, 2010 | Lisa Lerer
    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is heading for a collision with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) over whose pet issue will get top billing in the Senate later this year. Schumer is taking a lead role in immigration — and is pushing Democrats to prioritize a potentially toxic issue leading up to the November elections. Kerry is a lead negotiator on climate change and is demanding that a climate bill get pushed to the front of the line. Kerry and Schumer — who have a history of competitive tensions — are maneuvering behind the scenes to get White House and Senate leadership...
  • Graham greeted with hostility, praise (as he pushes McCainian bipartisanship)

    01/13/2010 6:12:42 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies · 643+ views
    upstatetoday.com ^ | 2010-01-13 | Jessica M. Sibley
    CLEMSON — Once you got past the citizens with bullhorns and politically savvy signs, opposition to Sen. Lindsey Graham continued inside The Brooks Center on Tuesday evening. The South Carolina Republican came to Clemson to host a town hall-style meeting with the public, and ended up greeting a mixed bag of political opinions. After outlining the importance of health care reform on the heels of competition rather than a monopoly, a strong support of conflict laws in the military and less dependency on foreign oil, the floor opened to those wishing to address Graham and his policies. While the senator...
  • Graham says he’s ready to make a deal on climate change legislation (wants to be 60th vote)

    01/07/2010 6:13:25 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 180 replies · 6,361+ views
    Sen. Lindsey Graham is ready to be the 60th Senate vote to get the climate change and energy bill passed, he told a Midlands audience Tuesday at Harbison State Forest. “Since they’ve got no Republicans but me, business is open,” Graham said. Graham has been criticized by his own party for pursuing bipartisan resolutions on such issues as illegal immigration and possible filibusters of judicial nominees. And he believes that the cap-and-trade bills being debated this year are another occasion to do so, he told the audience at a forestry conference hosted by the S.C. Wildlife Federation. He said he...
  • Graham defends record after county censure

    01/05/2010 7:53:46 PM PST · by Sofia · 27 replies · 1,248+ views
    The State ^ | January 5, 2010
    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said a Lexington County Republican Party vote to censure him was engineered by libertarians within the party more concerned about ideological purity than with growing the GOP or with effective public policy. Graham said the 13-7 vote to censure him was engineered by supporters of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, a Texas Republican who ran for president in 2008. Paul is a libertarian who favors strict limits on government authority. “I have tried my best to be a conservative that can grow and build this party,” Graham said, noting his efforts to reach out to African Americans...
  • Florida party chairman to resign post (Jim Greer) (was ally of RINO Crist, RINO Steele)

    01/05/2010 9:55:22 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies · 1,587+ views
    (CNN) – Jim Greer, the embattled chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, will resign Tuesday, two sources close to the party confirm to CNN. Greer will discuss his decision with members of the Republican State Executive Committee around noon, and will hold a conference call with reporters at 1 p.m. ET. The longtime ally of Gov. Charlie Crist has been under fire for his management of party money and his involvement in contested primaries. Critics of the chairman - including backers of Marco Rubio, Crist's conservative rival for the GOP Senate nomination - have been demanding his ouster for...
  • (RINO) Graham censured again by county party in S.C. ("contempt and belligerence")

    01/04/2010 9:45:01 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies · 1,703+ views
    (CNN) - The Lexington County Republican Party in South Carolina voted late Monday to censure Sen. Lindsey Graham for his positions on several controversial issues, including his recent support for a compromise on cap-and-trade legislation. The Lexington GOP is now the second county party organization in a matter of months to censure Graham after Charleston County leaders approved a similar resolution in November. But unlike Charleston County, Lexington is one of the most conservative counties in South Carolina and is considered a bellwether of Republican sentiment in the state. The measure passed by a 13-7 vote after more than an...
  • [MA-Sen. 2010]John McCain backs Scott Brown in Senate race (KISS OF DEATH ALERT)

    01/03/2010 10:00:53 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 343 replies · 4,265+ views
    BOSTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain has endorsed Massachusetts Senate candidate Scott Brown, saying the Republican offers the best solutions to overcome the recession and face down threats to national security. The 2008 Republican nominee for president said Sunday that Brown has worked to cut spending and keep taxes low. Arizona’s senior senator says Brown’s experience as an officer in the Army National Guard also helps him understand the need for a strong military and protecting U.S. interests around the world.
  • McCain: Americans' won't work for as little as $50/hour picking lettuce (April 4, 2006)

    12/31/2009 10:06:18 PM PST · by 4rcane · 124 replies · 3,524+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | April 4, 2006
    McCain responded by saying immigrants were taking jobs nobody else wanted. He offered anybody in the crowd $50 an hour to pick lettuce in Arizona. Shouts of protest rose from the crowd, with some accepting McCain’s job offer. “I’ll take it!� one man shouted. McCain insisted none of them would do such menial labor for a complete season. “You can’t do it, my friends.� Some in the crowd said they didn’t appreciate McCain questioning their work ethic.
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: Simcox won't quit Senate race if Hayworth runs

    01/03/2010 2:32:03 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 1,577+ views
    The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz. | 2010-01-03 | Dan Nowicki
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  • Stop Guantanamo transfers to Yemen: senators (McQueeg strikes again)

    12/30/2009 5:45:47 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies · 663+ views
    AFP ^ | 2009-12-30
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — Three senior US senators on Tuesday called on President Barack Obama to stop transferring Guantanamo detainees to Yemen until Sanaa can guarantee that they will not return to the battlefield. Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Joseph Lieberman -- the first two Republicans and the third a political independent -- said that such transfers are "highly unwise and ill-considered." Close to half of the 198 "war on terror" detainees still at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba -- which Obama has vowed to close -- are from Yemen. The senators wrote to express their "deep concern"...
  • Cornyn: There are 'some good things about the bill' (BARF ALERT)

    12/29/2009 5:15:13 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 53 replies · 1,353+ views
    Washington (CNN) – Although he called the Senate health care bill a "budget buster," Republican Sen. John Cornyn said Tuesday that there are some parts of it that he can get behind. The Texas lawmaker told CNN's Suzanne Malveaux that "there are some good things about the (health care) bill," like some wellness and prevention initiatives, delivery system reforms and requiring insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions. "Absolutely. There's bipartisan support for eliminating the pre-existing conditions exclusion," Cornyn said.
  • Senate climate change fight looks as tough as healthcare reform (Graham is RINO Judas goat)

    12/29/2009 5:09:11 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 1,201+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-12-29 | Ben Geman
    Senate Democrats will face a problem when they return in January every bit as tough as crafting the healthcare bill: Assembling a climate and energy package that can be shoehorned into the election-year calendar. Imposing limits on greenhouse gases is a White House and Democratic priority, but it’s stuck in line behind health care, Wall Street reform and jobs legislation. It’s also become increasingly apparent since the Copenhagen climate summit that the Senate will go forward in a dramatically different direction than the House, which approved its own climate bill last summer. Environmentalists familiar with Democratic plans say party leaders...
  • Bernanke faces critics in bid for 2nd term (DeMint opposes as Graham backs Bernanke, bailouts)

    12/26/2009 9:27:45 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 818+ views
    The Herald, Rock Hill, SC ^ | 2009-12-27 | James Rosen
    (snip) Sen. Lindsey Graham believes his fellow South Carolina Republican's verdict is too harsh. He plans to vote to confirm Bernanke, who just turned 56. “I remember what it was like in September 2008 when the stock market went down a thousand points, and we had one failure after another of major financial institutions,” Graham told McClatchy. “Bernanke and some others came up with a game plan to save us from another Great Depression,” Graham said. “I think he's been a pretty steady hand at the tiller.” DeMint also blasts Bernanke on the $700 billion financial bailout bill pushed by...
  • Cornyn: Conservatives 'have to yield' to reality in upcoming Senate races (*BARF*)

    12/23/2009 10:07:52 AM PST · by markomalley · 98 replies · 2,482+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/23/2009 | Michael O'Brien
    Conservative primary voters "have to yield" to reality, Senate Republicans' campaign chairman said Wednesday. Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), suggested that conservatives need to have a more realistic sense of which races are winnable and with which candidates. "Folks on the right, and frankly I'm one of them in terms of voting record, have to yield to the world as it is and not necessarily how they wish it would be," Cornyn told Reuters for a story about centrist Rep. Mike Castle's (R) bid for Senate next year in Delaware. Belying Cornyn's...
  • It's time for immigration reform (Graham-Schumer) (BARF ALERT)

    12/26/2009 3:09:02 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 40 replies · 2,136+ views
    (snip) The bill to watch will come from Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee. Schumer, who has been working with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), has already set out principles for reform that include rigorous workplace and border enforcement, a realistic assessment of the nation's need for skilled and unskilled labor, a commitment to controlling the future flow of illegal immigration and bringing millions of people away from the edges of society. The Schumer-Graham proposals have promise; we hope 2010 will see the immigration reform the nation so badly needs. (snip)
  • Tea Parties, Third Parties and the Republican Party

    12/23/2009 9:25:46 AM PST · by usflagwaver · 34 replies · 852+ views
    Biggovernment.com ^ | 12/23/09 | Thomas G. Del Beccaro
    The struggles of the Democrats and the Republicans are making news. The Democrats are learning that it is far easier to make campaign promises than it is to govern. As for Republicans, the party that loses the Presidential election often spends the off-year attempting to refine its message if not find a new message and new messengers. In the watchful eye of 24/7 cable news channels and the Internet, however, such political soul searching can appear rather untidy. As the calendar turns, the process remains unresolved for Republicans to say the least. Worse than mere overexposure, according to Rasmussen polling,...
  • Lindsey Graham: New GOP Maverick in the Senate (BARF ALERT)

    12/23/2009 1:19:54 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies · 1,341+ views
    TIME ^ | 2009-12-23 | Jay Newton-Small
    A few weeks ago, at the end of a 40-minute Oval Office huddle on climate change between President Barack Obama and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham — one of many tęte-č-tętes on various subjects between the two this year — Obama leaned forward. "Look Lindsey, I'm ready to play," he said. "I'm for nuclear power. I'm for responsible offshore drilling. I'm for clean coal. I just need a reasonable emissions standard." "Count me in," Graham replied. "Let's see if we can do it." Wait, you may ask, a conservative Republican is seriously negotiating with the President? And on global warming, of...
  • Senate sets Christmas eve vote on U.S. debt limit

    12/22/2009 4:06:35 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 20 replies · 1,024+ views
    reuters ^ | 12/22/09 | Andy Sullivan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday set a Christmas Eve vote on final congressional approval of a bill to provide a two-month increase in the federal debt limit. The measure, passed last week by the House of Representatives, would increase the debt limit, now at $12.1 trillion, by $290 billion. Senate Democrats may approve the measure largely by themselves because most, if not all, Republicans are expected to vote against it, Republican aides said. Democrats control the Senate, 60-40.
  • Merry Christmas: GOP gives in on timing of health care vote

    12/22/2009 4:09:15 PM PST · by mdittmar · 208 replies · 5,893+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | December 22, 2009 | David Lightman and Margaret Talev
    WASHINGTON — It may be the only bipartisan agreement that Congress reaches this year on overhauling health care. Republicans, under pressure not to wreck Christmas for lawmakers and their staffs, agreed Tuesday that Senate passage of the Democrats' controversial bill seemed inevitable and scaled back procedural-delay mechanisms to allow a vote by the morning of Christmas Eve.Had the full debate continued, the Senate would have voted at around 9 p.m. Thursday, too late for many lawmakers and their staff members to get home in time for the holiday. Instead, the vote is set for 8 a.m. President Barack Obama had...
  • Graham: Bill will be damaging (Lindsey demands bipartisanship from Democrats)

    12/22/2009 12:56:29 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 1,202+ views
    With a Senate health care bill on track to be passed before Christmas without a single Republican vote, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says his biggest concern about what he calls a "sleazy process" is the long-term damage it will do on Capitol Hill. "You are legitimizing partisan outcomes rather than looking at the best interest of the nation and that is to hold hands and do big things together," Graham said in an interview Monday from Washington. "It's the first time a major piece of legislation has passed along partisan lines," he said, "a departure from what has been a...
  • The 10 Most Intriguing People of 2009 (Meghan McCain praises Hillary, says Tea Partiers "divisive")

    12/21/2009 7:03:01 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 37 replies · 1,594+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 2009-12-20 | Meghan McCain
    From General McChrystal to Hillary Clinton to Chelsea Handler, Meghan McCain names the men and women who made a difference this year—the good, the bad, and the nutty. This year has been full of people who let us down—from politics to entertainment to sports. (Is it too late for Tiger Woods, Mark Sanford, and David Letterman to rent a ski condo for the holidays?) But not everyone has been a disappointment. There are plenty of folks who made the world a lot better, more interesting, and just plain fun in 2009 Here are people who made my year. (snip) Hillary...
  • McCain: Obama administration has been more partisan than Clinton White House (wants bipartisanship)

    12/20/2009 8:15:58 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 45 replies · 1,816+ views
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave his challenger in the 2008 presidential election a stiff review Sunday as President Barack Obama nears completion of his first year in office. "[Obama] said there would be a change in the climate in Washington," McCain said. "There's been a change. It's more partisan. It's more bitterly divided than it's been." (snip) "At least under 'Hillarycare' they tried seriously to negotiate with Republicans," McCain said."There's been -- there has been no effort that I know of that -- serious across-the-table negotiations, such as I have engaged in with Democrats and with other administrations. And that...
  • Gutierrez bill would give millions citizenship (Obama waiting on Graham-Schumer "bipartisanship")

    12/20/2009 7:06:15 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 59 replies · 3,353+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 2009-12-19 | Erin Kelly
    WASHINGTON -- Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a leading congressional advocate for immigrants' rights, has introduced a bill that would allow millions of illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens and would end a controversial program that enlists local police to enforce immigration laws. The bill is widely viewed as too liberal to pass. Obama administration officials have said they are looking instead to a more moderate, bipartisan immigration-reform bill to be introduced in the Senate early next year by Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).Still, the Chicago Democrat made it clear that he and his allies expect a seat at the...
  • McCain on health care and POTUS (GOP can "probably not" stop it)

    12/20/2009 6:40:01 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 166 replies · 4,831+ views
    Politico ^ | Decemeber 20, 2009 | Nia-Malika Henderson
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says that Republicans will "probably not" be able to stop the passage of health care this week, but that his party will continue to "win the battle of American public opinion." "We’ll fight the good fight, we will fight until the last vote," he said on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. "We must look back and say that we did everything we could to prevent this terrible mistake from taking place."
  • Feds pursuing more lawyers, campaign violation links in Rothstein Ponzi case (Rudy McRomney alert)

    12/20/2009 6:34:49 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 652+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 2009-12-20
    Federal investigators are scrutinizing the records of Scott Rothstein's former employees -- who gave about $2.2 million to political candidates -- for potential campaign finance and other violations. BY JAY WEAVER, AMY SHERMAN, & MARC CAPUTO Lawyer Steven Lippman and his homemaker wife, Marcy, hadn't donated much to politicians before 2006 -- just $500 to former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, the Florida Democrat. But their generosity exploded after Lippman joined Scott Rothstein's law firm in Fort Lauderdale. Over the next four years, the Plantation couple contributed about $247,000 to Gov. Charlie Crist's campaign for the U.S. Senate, the McCain-Palin presidential...
  • The Mafiosi State (II)(Kosovo)

    12/18/2009 11:39:14 PM PST · by Bokababe · 11 replies · 512+ views
    german-foreign-policy.com ^ | 12/09/09 | Staff
    RISTINA/BERLIN (Own report) - A new mafia scandal involving Berlin's Kosovo partner is creating unrest in Pristina. A former agent of the Kosovo intelligence service explained that a close associate of Kosovo's incumbent Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, had commissioned the assassinations of political opponents. According to his report, spies from Thaci's entourage were also responsible for threats and assaults on witnesses, who were to testify against former UCK commanders before the ICTY war crimes tribunal. The European Union, who's "Rule of Law Mission" (EULEX) has known of the accusations for months, is still dragging its feet. Hashim Thaci, who, from...
  • AP Interview: SC senator stumps for climate change (Graham mocks SC conservatives) (BARF ALERT)

    12/18/2009 2:46:59 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 37 replies · 1,322+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-12-18 | Dina Cappiello
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham makes an unlikely champion for action on climate change. The South Carolina Republican has joined forces with Democrat John Kerry of Massachusetts and independent Joe Lieberman of Connecticut to drum up support for a bill that would put a price on heat-trapping pollution. Graham's position has irked just about everybody. (snip) Q: How did you get involved in this issue? A: It was a slow evolution. I started traveling with Sen. (John) McCain, who has been a climate change advocate for a long time, and I went to the Arctic region with him and...
  • Senator John McCain To Deliver Weekly Republican Address (EW)

    12/18/2009 1:41:59 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 787+ views
    Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) will deliver the weekly Republican address Saturday, December 19, 2009. WHO: U.S. Senator John McCain WHAT: Weekly Republican Address WHEN: Saturday, December 19, 2009, 6:00 a.m. ET
  • Lindsey Graham and Carol Browner meet on climate bill

    12/16/2009 10:20:35 PM PST · by pissant · 32 replies · 1,192+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/16/09 | Lisa Lerer
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is scheduled to meet privately Wednesday evening with top administration climate aide Carol Browner. Graham is working with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) to craft a bipartisan cap and trade bill. He plans to discuss the ways Senate leaders can deal with manufacturing and coal state worries that the bill will spike electricity bills in the midst of a deep recession. “We’ve got to address people’s concerns about compliance costs and rate payer increases,” he told POLITICO. He’ll also use the meaning to address nuclear power, off-shore drilling and new coal technologies —...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: Hayworth compares Grant Woods to bacterial algae (Hayworth attacks McCainiacs)

    12/17/2009 8:04:39 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies · 1,018+ views
    J.D. Hayworth yesterday took to the airwaves to pummel Grant Woods for filing a complaint with the FEC against the talk show host and potential Senate candidate. Woods alleged Hayworth is pulling in $540,000 a week in corporate in-kind contributions from KFYI/Clear Channel for using his show as a campaign platform. The response came in true talk show form as Hayworth called Woods an “ambulance chaser” who cashed in on a tobacco settlement lawsuit that was sold as a public health measure. “You’re even lower than some bacterial forms of algae, and that’s saying something,” Hayworth said, before chiding Woods...
  • Palin supports McCain '100 percent' [Palin pushes back at TMZ 'disprespect' meme]

    12/16/2009 4:38:39 PM PST · by Al B. · 801 replies · 10,012+ views
    Politico ^ | Dec. 16, 2009 | Mike Allen
    Declaring that she “was honored and proud to run with him,” former Alaska governor Sarah Palin pushed back hard Wednesday against a report that she had disrespected Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) by blacking out his name on a sun visor she wore on vacation. The website TMZ accused Palin of “a frontal attack on Sen. John McCain” during a Hawaii vacation this week: “Sarah chose to wear a visor from her campaign -- a visor that was emblazoned with the former presidential candidate's name ... that is, until Palin redacted McCain's name with a black marker.” But Palin said in...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: Don't accuse J.D. of running for office (AZ Republic disparages Hayworth) (BARF)

    12/16/2009 9:46:35 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 807+ views
    The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz. | 2009-12-17
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  • John McCain: 'I still think Charlie will win' (McCain offers to campaign for Crist)

    12/16/2009 7:11:48 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 41 replies · 1,419+ views
    Sen. John McCain is known as a straight talker but he can dodge with the best of them. Asked if pal Charlie Crist's embrace of the stimulus was a political mistake, McCain demurred. "I don't know. I haven't kept up enough to really know about that. I can't judge other people," he told the Buzz. This comes from a guy who recently told Imus "hell no" he didn't support the stimulus. McCain said Marco Rubio is "mounting a serious threat," but quickly added, "I still think Charlie will win." The Arizona Republican and 2008 presidential nominee, who won Florida in...
  • Graham: Thanks for not sending detainees to South Carolina (Graham praises his Savior, 0bama) (BARF)

    12/16/2009 5:43:40 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 764+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 2009-12-16 | James Rosen
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday praised President Barack Obama for heeding his advice to bypass the naval brig in Charleston, S.C., and transfer terror suspects instead to an Illinois prison from the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said he spoke with Obama recently and reiterated his strong opposition to moving the Guantanamo detainees to the medium-security brig at the Naval Weapons Station in Charleston. "I spoke to the president about Charleston a couple weeks ago," Graham told McClatchy. "He listened intently as I said I thought Charleston is not an appropriate...
  • CARTOON: Obama's Golden Retriever

    12/15/2009 6:40:46 AM PST · by NetRight Nation · 4 replies · 896+ views
    NetRight Nation ^ | December 14, 2009 | William Warren
  • Tough GOP poll puts McCain over Hayworth by 20 points (McCainiacs push poll to smear Hayworth)

    12/14/2009 4:43:18 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 71 replies · 2,524+ views
    The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz. | 2009-12-14
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  • Coulter Takes a Potshot at (Meghan) McCain

    12/14/2009 5:01:15 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 38 replies · 1,669+ views
    Conservative dauphine Meghan McCain has ascended to the top rung of Republican pundits, but some of her fiercest detractors have come from the right. There are a few big reasons: She advocates gay marriage and bashes abstinence. She posted a racy photo of herself on her Twitter account. And she doesn't hesitate to whallop fellow travelers on the right, famously picking a fight with Ann Coulter in March. Coulter threw fuel onto their feud this past weekend, joking on a late-night Fox News show that McCain resembled one of Tiger Woods's self-declared mistresses named Jamie Jungers. Fox played a pre-recorded...
  • Climate change bill gets on a bipartisan path (Lindsey Graham did it for Obama)

    12/13/2009 9:20:56 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 32 replies · 1,316+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 2009-12-10 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    WASHINGTON — Senators negotiating a bipartisan climate change bill on Thursday unveiled the broad outlines of their plan to combine greenhouse gas limits with expanded offshore drilling, more nuclear power and protections for refiners in a bid to attract support from wary lawmakers. Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., announced their proposal as international leaders at a summit in Copenhagen were trying to devise a plan to combat global warming. President Barack Obama is set to attend the Copenhagen meeting next week. Graham said the group “did this just for Copenhagen … to give the...
  • John McCain, critic-in-chief? (Lindsey Graham says McCain is GOP leader) (massive hurl alert)

    12/11/2009 3:49:39 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies · 1,324+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-12-11 | Jonathan Martin & Manu Raju
    Barack Obama began his presidency with an open hand toward the man he had just defeated in a race that was at times bitter. "There are few Americans who understand this need for common purpose and common effort better than John McCain," said Obama at an inauguration-eve tribute dinner to his former foe. But in the year since that evening of comity and collegiality, McCain has emerged as one of the leading critics of the new president. On foreign policy, his traditional area of expertise, and domestic affairs, where McCain has shown new passion, the 72-year-old Arizonan is making it...
  • Senators Offer New Climate Proposals (Lindsey Graham alert)

    12/10/2009 6:04:55 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies · 1,601+ views
    Three Senators released a broadly-worded blueprint of a climate change and energy bill on Thursday afternoon that they believe can win the 60 votes needed to push the bill through next year. The proposal was timed to help persuade delegates to the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen that the Senate is serious about passing a climate bill and not mired in a partisan morass. Senators John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and Joseph I. Lieberman, Independent of Connecticut, sent President Obama a letter on Thursday outlining their plan.
  • High-skilled immigration to be addressed in Schumer-Graham bill (RINO alert)

    12/10/2009 6:01:20 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 1,076+ views
    A report released this week by the Center for American Progress (CAP) includes recommendations that could serve as a blue-print of sorts for a broad immigration reform bill being crafted by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Immigration subcommittee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). An overhaul of the U.S. immigration laws has for years been a high priority for technology companies that say they need more H-1B visas and green-cards to hire high-skilled workers and keep the industry competitive on a global scale. Microsoft founder Bill Gates and others make yearly pilgrimages to Washington to make...