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  • Washington's Toyota U-Turn

    02/20/2010 6:08:00 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 42 replies · 1,779+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 19, 2010 | Kimberley Strassel
    That vague screeching noise you hear in D.C., the slight odor of burning rubber? That's the government trying to brake its anti-Toyota campaign. It may be a little late. The Toyota spectacle has become slightly surreal, as a few uncertain questions about "sudden acceleration" morphed into a media and political firestorm over the safety of its entire fleet. It is also proving an interesting case study in the treacherous politics that accompany government ownership of U.S. industry. Washington's initial enthusiasm in bashing Toyota is beginning to backfire. There's no question that in the first, heady days of recall, at least...
  • Conoco, BP, Caterpillar Drop Out Of Cap-And-Trade Alliance

    02/16/2010 11:49:38 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 43 replies · 1,054+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 2/16/2010 | Ed Carson
    Here's another sign of the shifting political winds on global warming: ConocoPhillips (COP), BP (BP) and Caterpillar (CAT) have decided not to renew their membership in the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, a broad alliance of corporations and environmentalists supporting cap-and-trade legislation. “House climate legislation and Senate proposals to date have disadvantaged the transportation sector and its consumers, left domestic refineries unfairly penalized versus international competition, and ignored the critical role that natural gas can play
  • Jakarta Obama Statue Taken Down

    02/14/2010 8:30:49 PM PST · by Brugmansian · 20 replies · 1,178+ views
    Jakarta Globe ^ | February 15, 2010 | staff
    The two-metre bronze was removed from Menteng Park and taken to nearby Menteng One primary school, which Obama attended in the late 1960s, vice-principal Akhmad Solikhin told AFP. “Workers hired by the school, local government and alumni spent an hour removing the statue with electric equipment,” he added. “We’ll need another two to three days to place the statue at the compound near the school gate so the public can see it when they pass by,” Solikhin added. The decision to move the statue comes after more than 57,000 people joined a page on social networking website Facebook calling for...
  • School District Cancels Offer of Taxpayer-Funded iPods for Parents

    02/12/2010 5:27:45 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 13 replies · 542+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 2/12/2010 | Staff
    A Florida school district has canceled its plans to spend $350,000 in taxpayer money to buy thousands of iPods for parents of special-needs students after it was erroneously reported that federal stimulus funds were covering the costs. Officials in Polk County announced Tuesday their intention to distribute free iPod Nanos to the parents of children with disabilities if they completed a 10-minute survey of just 26 multiple-choice questions about school and teacher quality. But those plans barely lasted a nanosecond, school officials told "[W]e're going to be pulling the whole thing," said Nancy Woolcock, assistant superintendent of learning support...
  • Obama: "I may have to reneg on my pledge not to raise taxes on middle class"

    02/11/2010 1:03:25 PM PST · by pabianice · 217 replies · 6,649+ views
    Fox News Channel | 2/9/10
    Per Fox, Obama just said that "All ideas are on the table" regarding taxing the middle class/people making less than $200K a year. Developing...
  • Senate Dems ax bipartisan jobs bill

    02/12/2010 7:15:15 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 21 replies · 791+ views
    My Way News (AP) ^ | February 12, 2010 | Andrew Taylor and Stephen Ohlemacher
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats scrapped a bipartisan jobs bill in favor of one they say is leaner and focused solely on putting Americans back to work, and they're all but daring Republicans to vote against it. The new, stripped-down proposal followed criticism that the bipartisan version wouldn't create many jobs. The switch brought sharp accusations of reneging from Republicans who thought they had a deal, jeopardizing a brief attempt at bipartisan lawmaking. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's latest bill focuses on several popular provisions aimed at boosting job creation, including a new tax break negotiated with Republicans for companies...
  • Tea Party Jab to Be Zapped From Captain America Comic, Writer Says

    02/10/2010 9:38:16 AM PST · by markomalley · 54 replies · 1,402+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2/9/2010 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A "tea bag" reference in a recent Captain America comic book that has angered the Tea Party movement will be removed by Marvel Comics in future editions, the story's writer told In issue No. 602 of Captain America, "Two Americas, Part One," the title hero and The Falcon, a black superhero from New York City, stumble upon a protest rally in Boise, Idaho. They see scores of protesters carrying signs that say "Stop the Socialists!" and "Tea Bag The Libs Before They Tea Bag YOU!" Captain America says the protest appears to be an "anti-tax thing," and The Falcon...
  • Dubai skyscraper Burj Khalifa closes to public (ultimate bubble symbol closed indefinitely)

    02/08/2010 3:58:47 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies · 1,285+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 02/08/10 | Richard Spencer
    Dubai skyscraper Burj Khalifa closes to public The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, has closed to the public due to technical problems just a month after it was formally opened. By Richard Spencer in Dubai Published: 6:10PM GMT 08 Feb 2010 The observation deck on the Dubai building's 124th floor, which had been open since the building was formally named on Jan 4, has been closed indefinitely because of unspecified technical problems. At 2,716 feet tall, the tower contains a hotel, apartments and offices. The first occupants of the apartments were due to move in later this month. But...
  • World's tallest tower closed a month after opening

    02/08/2010 8:44:24 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 66 replies · 2,537+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 8, 2010 | ADAM SCHRECK
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The world's tallest skyscraper has unexpectedly closed to the public a month after its lavish opening, disappointing tourists headed for the observation deck and casting doubt over plans to welcome its first permanent occupants in the coming weeks. Electrical problems are at least partly to blame for the closure of the Burj Khalifa's viewing platform—the only part of the half-mile high tower open yet. But a lack of information from the spire's owner left it unclear whether the rest of the largely empty building—including dozens of elevators meant to whisk visitors to the tower's...
  • Indonesia to remove Obama statue from public park

    02/05/2010 6:32:53 AM PST · by Zakeet · 32 replies · 859+ views
    AFP ^ | February 5, 2010
    A statue of US President Barack Obama as a boy will be removed from a park in the Indonesian capital due to public opposition, officials said Friday, just weeks before Obama visits his old hometown. The Jakarta governor's office confirmed that the two-metre (six-foot) bronze would be removed from Menteng Park and placed at the nearby Menteng One primary school where Obama spent part of his childhood in the late 1960s. The decision comes after 56,500 people joined a page on social networking website Facebook calling for the statue to be removed and replaced by a memorial to an...
  • Obama Retreats From Goal of Cap-Trade Bill

    02/03/2010 2:48:46 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies · 1,007+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 3, 2010 | Elizabeth Williamson
    NASHUA, N.H.—President Barack Obama said for the first time Tuesday that legislation that would require industries to pay for emissions of greenhouse gases may need to be separated from a more popular "green jobs" bill in the Senate, a maneuver that could kill what once had been one of the administration's top policy priorities. Answering a participant in a town-hall meeting in Nashua who asked about green jobs—those connected to renewable energy—and so-called cap-and-trade legislation, Mr. Obama said, "The only thing I would say about it is this: We may be able to separate these things out. And it's possible...
  • O'Donnell: (Health Care) Reform is dead

    “We’re absolutely in full fake cheerleading mode. I think Nancy Pelosi has absolutely no moves left. I think she knows that now. I think Harry Reid knows that. And that’s why they don’t bring it up,” he said. “They had a Senate leadership press conference (Thursday) and it was as if (reporters) were asking about World War I” when they asked about reform. O’Donnell attributes the theatrics to the need to deal with a liberal base that will go bonkers if Democrats quit on reform. And the cue cards are nothing new. He pointed to Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer’s statements...
  • Once Exposed/Obama Cancels No Bid Contract Given To His Buddy

    01/31/2010 4:03:48 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 649+ views
    The Lid/Fox News ^ | 1/31/10 | The Lid
    On Monday we learned the Obama administration awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to Checchi & Company, owned by Vincent V. Checchi a prominent Democratic campaign contributor. The Contract was awarded without entertaining competitive bids. Despite President Obama's long history of criticizing the Bush administration for "sweetheart deals" with favored contractors, the Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids The contract, awarded on Jan. 4 to Checchi & Company Consulting, Inc., a Washington- based firm owned...
  • Democrats Put Lower Priority on Health Bill

    01/26/2010 8:09:33 PM PST · by Justaham · 6 replies · 330+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 1-26-10 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — With no clear path forward on major health care legislation, Democratic leaders in Congress effectively slammed the brakes on President Obama’s top domestic priority on Tuesday, saying they no longer felt pressure to move quickly on a health bill after eight months of setting deadlines and missing them. The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, deflected questions about health care. “We’re not on health care now,” Mr. Reid said. “We’ve talked a lot about it in the past.” He added, “There is no rush,” and noted that Congress still had most of this year to work...
  • Indonesia mulls tearing down Obama statue

    01/26/2010 12:46:01 PM PST · by ColdOne · 24 replies · 640+ views
    AFP ^ | January 25,2010 | AFP
    JAKARTA — Indonesian authorities said Monday they are considering a petition to tear down a statue of US President Barack Obama as a boy, only a month after the bronze was unveiled in Jakarta. The statue of "Little Barry" -- as Obama was known when he lived in the capital in the late 1960s -- stands in central Jakarta's Menteng Park, a short walk from the US president's former elementary school. Critics say the site should have been used to honour an Indonesian and 55,000 people have joined a page on social networking website Facebook calling for the statue to...
  • WaPo retracts support for Obama's treatment of Christmas Bomber as a criminal case

    01/24/2010 7:47:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies · 3,414+ views
    Powerline ^ | 01/24/2010 | Scott Johnson
    The Washington Post supported the Obama administration's treatment of Christmas day bomber Umar Abdulmuttalab as a criminal rather than as an enemy combatant. In an editorial published yesterday, It has nevertheless retracted its support. The Post writes that it "originally supported the administration's decision in the Abdulmutallab case, assuming that it had been made after due consideration. But the decision to try Mr. Abdulmutallab turns out to have resulted not from a deliberative process but as a knee-jerk default to a crime-and-punishment model." The Obama administration's treatment of Abdulmutallab as a criminal accorded the constitutional rights of an American citizen...
  • Colorado Governor Ritter Reportedly Ending Re-Election Bid

    01/05/2010 6:28:48 PM PST · by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief · 114 replies · 5,790+ views
    Political Wire ^ | January 05, 2010
    A source tells Political Wire that Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D) is ending his re-election campaign. A fundraiser scheduled for tonight was canceled and all campaign staff was sent home in the middle of the day. The decision does not appear to be fundraising related which has reportedly gone better than expected. Emails to campaign staff have not been answered. Update: Marc Ambinder also reports Ritter is dropping bid.
  • TSA backs off subpoenas in search for leaker of widely known security directive

    12/31/2009 6:18:23 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 1,103+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec.31, 2009 | LARRY MARGASAK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Transportation Security Administration on Thursday dropped its subpoenas it had issued to two Internet writers in its effort to find the leaker of an airline security directive. The subpoenas were criticized by a leading journalism organization. The TSA said the investigation is "nearing a successful conclusion and the subpoenas are no longer in effect."
  • TSA Subpoena Lifted (Against Bloggers)

    12/31/2009 6:06:38 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 20 replies · 1,191+ views ^ | Dec. 31, 2009 | Josh Gerstein
    The TSA announced Thursday evening that subpoenas issued against bloggers for information they published are no longer in effect. From the TSA: "TSA takes any breach in security very seriously. In light of the posting of sensitive security information on the web, TSA sought to identify where the information came from. The investigation is nearing a successful conclusion and the subpoenas are no longer in effect." Earlier: A Florida based travel-writer, Chris Elliott, is readying a legal challenge to the Transportation Security Administration's efforts to force him to disclose his source for a TSA directive he published on his blog....
  • Kwanzaa celebrations continue, but boom is over

    12/26/2009 6:21:04 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 51 replies · 2,179+ views
    Independent Mail (Anderson, SC) ^ | 26 December 2009 | Charmaine Smith-Miles
    ANDERSON — Romando James, a professor emeritus at Clemson University, understands the traditions and purpose of Kwanzaa. He also knows he is among a minority of people who know what the cultural celebration is about. “We celebrate the first fruits, responsibility to community,” James said. “But when the mass of television and radios and even hip hop artists see there’s no big returns coming in, it just doesn’t happen.” In essence, because of the lack of understanding and the ability to make money of it, the celebration is losing some if its popularity, James said. Take Evita Broughton. Four years...
  • Exclusive: General Backs Off on Court Martials for Pregnant Soldiers

    12/22/2009 8:41:51 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 36 replies · 993+ views
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 22, 2009 | LUIS MARTINEZ and SARAH NETTER
    An Army general in Iraq backed away from his threat today to court martial female soldiers who get pregnant. "I see absolutely no circumstance where I would punish a female soldier by court martial for a violation ... none," Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo III wrote to ABC News in an exclusive statement. " I fully intend to handle these cases through lesser disciplinary action." Cucolo triggered debate, some of it angry, when his Nov. 4 policy forbidding pregnancy among his soldiers became public recently. His policy statement said violation of the rule could be punishable by court martial, and that...
  • DC snowstorm chills Pelosi's global warming trip

    12/18/2009 3:50:51 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 19 replies · 1,109+ views ^ | 12/18/09 | Ed Henry
    Copenhagen (CNN) – In a strange twist, a Washington snowstorm is forcing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, to make an early departure from a global warming summit here in Denmark. Pelosi told CNN that military officials leading her Congressional delegation have urged the 21 lawmakers to leave Copenhagen several hours earlier than scheduled on Saturday.
  • Dems Cancel Copenhagen Trip

    12/13/2009 8:37:22 PM PST · by Marine_Uncle · 98 replies · 5,654+ views
    NRO ^ | 12/13/2009 | Greg Pollowitz
    Dems Cancel Copenhagen Trip Socializing another huge chunk of the U.S. economy is more important than saving the planet: Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts and chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, told colleagues on Saturday that Democrats could not send a delegation to the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen. “It doesn’t look like we’re going -– not as a delegation,” Mr. Kerry told colleagues as a he left the Senate chamber after a vote on a package of spending measures. “Harry needs the people here on health care.” Harry is the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of...
  • Reid cancels New Orleans fundraiser

    12/10/2009 1:34:51 PM PST · by mdittmar · 73 replies · 4,857+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/10/08 | Sean J. Miller
    The controversial New Orleans fundraiser for Majority Leader Harry Reid is being called off as the Senate is expected to remain in session over the weekend to deal with the healthcare bill, according to an official with his campaign. Reid had been scheduled to attend a Saturday brunch co-hosted by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Democratic consultant James Carville at the New Orleans home of investor David Voelker. But Republicans were mocking the majority leader ahead of his planned absence from the Capitol. "Republicans are prepared to provide a platform for the debate as long as it takes," quoted...
  • Gatorade Drops Tiger Woods Drink

    12/08/2009 12:48:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 95 replies · 2,701+ views ^ | 12/8/09 | Andrea Tse
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Gatorade has become the first sponsor to drop a Tiger Woods product since his scandal began. On Tuesday afternoon, the PepsiCo(PEP Quote) company told CNBC that the "Gatorade Tiger Focus" will be phased out.
  • Spielberg drops 'Harvey' remake

    12/04/2009 5:46:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 778+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/4/09 | AFP
    LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Oscar-winning US director Steven Spielberg has dropped plans to remake the Hollywood classic "Harvey" after failing to find the right star to take on the lead role made famous by James Stewart. Initially, Spielberg had wanted Tom Hanks to take on the role of the gentle, mild-mannered Elwood P. Dowd, who just happens to say his best friend is an invisible giant rabbit. But the industry daily Variety said Friday that Hanks was not that enthusiastic about the prospect of stepping into the legendary Stewart's footsteps.
  • Abortionist Carhart Abandons Plans for Late-term Abortion Facility in Kansas

    12/04/2009 12:33:48 PM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies · 580+ views
    Lifesite ^ | 12/4/2009 | James Tillman
    WICHITA, KS, December 4, 2009 ( -- Operation Rescue has confirmed that abortionist LeRoy Cahart will not open a late-term abortion facility to replace the one that closed in Wichita after abortionist George Tiller's death. "I'm thinking we may not go ahead and develop that down there" Carhart told a source connected with Operation Rescue. "I think we are just going to stay in Nebraska for now." Carhart, who does abortions out of Bellevue, Nebraska, had announced that he would do late-term abortions at the Wichita Women's Health Care Services after Tiller was murdered, but Tiller's family instead decided to...
  • Gore cancels climate lecture in Copenhagen

    12/03/2009 2:27:54 PM PST · by mdittmar · 55 replies · 1,493+ views
    WRCB ^ | December 3, 2009 | Associated Press
    COPENHAGEN (AP) - Climate campaigner Al Gore has canceled a lecture he was supposed to deliver in Copenhagen.The former vice president and Nobel Peace Prize winner had been scheduled to speak to more than 3,000 people at a Dec. 16 event hosted by the Berlingske Tidende newspaper group.The group says Gore canceled the lecture Thursday, citing unforeseen changes in his schedule.Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider says the decision was made because of "all the events going on with the summit." Dec. 16 is a key date for the meeting because that's when the ministerial segment starts.Chief editor Lisbeth Knudsen says it's...
  • Al Gore Cancels $1,200 Per Handshake Event In Copenhagen

    12/03/2009 5:05:20 PM PST · by Justaham · 60 replies · 3,179+ views ^ | 12-3-09 | Noel Sheppard
    Al Gore apparently has canceled a high-priced speaking engagement during the upcoming climate change conference in Copenhagen. As NewsBusters reported Tuesday, the Nobel Laureate was slated to lecture about his new book "Our Choice" where attendees could pay over $1,200 a ticket for the right to meet the Global Warmingist-in-Chief and have their picture taken with him. According to Danish newspaper Berlingske, this has been canceled due to "unforeseen changes" to Gore's schedule (rough translation follows, h/t Marc Morano):
  • Al Gore cancels lecture during COP15

    12/03/2009 10:12:37 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 193 replies · 9,916+ views
    Berlingske ^ | 3rd december 2009, 15:06 December 2009
    Berlingske regret to announce that Al Gore has canceled his event. De over 3.000 læsere, der har købt billet, får pengene retur. The more than 3,000 readers who bought a ticket, get money back. Den tidligere amerikanske vicepræsident har aflyst sit arrangement, som over 3.000 danskere har købt billet til. Foto: JOSE MENDEZ Former U.S. vice president has canceled his event, more than 3,000 Danes have purchased a ticket. Photo: JOSE MENDEZ Al Gore has this morning told Berlingske Media's great annoyance has canceled his planned major climate talks for Danes 16th december Tap in the old Carlsberg because, under...

    11/18/2009 7:00:37 AM PST · by penelopesire · 117 replies · 6,557+ views
    Fox News | 11/18/09 | Fox News
    No link yet. Was just on Fox News. Eric Holder, in testimony before Congress, said (to paraphrase)....'We mourn the tragic deaths of our brave men and women at Ft. Hood, including Major Hasan'... UNBELIEVABLE!! We need to get that tape ASAP! STUNNING!!

    10/31/2009 7:51:28 AM PDT · by johnnyd0422 · 326 replies · 11,822+ views
    "Today, I again seek to act for the good of our community," "It is increasingly clear that pressure is mounting on many of my supporters to shift their support. Consequently, I hereby release those individuals who have endorsed and supported my campaign to transfer their support as they see fit to do so. I am and have always been a proud Republican. It is my hope that with my actions today, my party will emerge stronger and our district and our nation can take an important step towards restoring the enduring strength and economic prosperity that has defined us for...
  • Newsom drops out of governor's race

    10/30/2009 4:37:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 49 replies · 1,553+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/30/9 | Jack Chang
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made a surprise announcement Friday afternoon that he was dropping out of the gubernatorial race, leaving the Democrats with no declared candidate for the top statewide office. Attorney General Jerry Brown has opened an exploratory committee for governor but has yet to formally announce his candidacy. Nonetheless, Brown has opened a wide lead over Newsom in both fund-raising and in polls. "It is with great regret I announce today that I am withdrawing from the race for governor of California," Newsom said in a statement. "With a young family and responsibilities at city hall, I...
  • Gavin Newsom withdraws from governor's race

    10/30/2009 3:42:23 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 42 replies · 2,279+ views ^ | October 30, 2009
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced this afternoon that he is withdrawing from the California governor's race. More to follow.
  • American Flag Ban at Oregon Apartment Complex Reversed After Outcry

    10/15/2009 7:53:01 PM PDT · by Boogieman · 17 replies · 1,410+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 15, 2009 | Fox News
    An Oregon apartment complex reversed its ban prohibiting residents from flying American flags from dwellings and parked vehicles after the property manager decided she didn't have the legal standing to do so, KATU in Portland reported Wednesday. The American Civil Liberties Union said that Barb Holcomb's ban at Oaks Apartments did not violate any laws, but Holcomb said her legal cousel led her to believe otherwise so she reversed the decision. "If people want to fly any flag of any nationality, it's their right," she told KATU. "When a tenant rents the unit, the inside of the unit belongs to...
  • Obama Cancels Plans to Attend Berlin Wall Anniversary

    10/16/2009 1:45:45 PM PDT · by Gritty · 48 replies · 1,641+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 10/16/2009 | unknown
    US President Barack Obama has shelved his plans to attend festivities marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will reportedly take his place at the Nov. 9 celebrations. Germany is going to have to wait longer than expected for US President Barack Obama's first official visit. Citing government sources in Berlin, Reuters reported on Friday that Obama will not attend the anniversary festivities marking two decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The event will take place on Nov. 9 -- just two days before Obama embarks on a long-planned...
  • Why I Decided NOT to leave Free Republic

    09/28/2009 3:12:53 PM PDT · by pctech · 103 replies · 2,646+ views
    9/28/2009 | Me
    I month or two ago (maybe longer) I posted a thread on why I was leaving Free Republic. I was angry over a post that was pulled (which Jim very nicely re-posted). I took some heated comments, and some justifiably so. I registered with a couple of conservative websites, and I will maintain those registrations. But after comparing those other websites, along with a few others, I have come to the conclusion that I was wrong for threatening to leave and I wanted to make an apology for my actions to Jim and others who were angered or offended.
  • Pelosi nixes healthcare deal with Blue Dogs

    09/22/2009 2:45:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies · 1,242+ views
    The Hill ^ | September 22, 2009 | Mike Soraghan
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi is nixing a deal she cut with centrists to advance health reform, said a source familiar with negotiations. Pelosi’s decision to abandon the agreement that was made with a group of Blue Dogs to get the bill out of committee would steer the healthcare legislation back to the left as she prepares for a floor vote. Pelosi is planning to include a government-run "public option" in the House version of the healthcare bill. She wants to model it on Medicare, with providers getting reimbursed on a scale pegged to Medicare rates. "The speaker is full-steam ahead," said...
  • Scientists pull an about face on global warming

    09/21/2009 6:01:48 PM PDT · by RebelYell1990 · 24 replies · 2,183+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | September 19, 2009 | Lorne Gunter
    magine if Pope Benedict gave a speech saying the Catholic Church has had it wrong all these centuries; there is no reason priests shouldn't marry. That might generate the odd headline, no? Or if Don Cherry claimed suddenly to like European hockey players who wear visors and float around the ice, never bodychecking opponents. Or Jack Layton insisted that unions are ruining the economy by distorting wages and protecting unproductive workers. Or Stephen Harper began arguing that it makes good economic sense for Ottawa to own a car company. (Oh, wait, that one happened.) But at least, the Tories-buy-GM aberration...
  • White House Changes Story On Governor Paterson, "No One Asked Him To Get Out Of The Race"

    09/20/2009 11:11:26 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 21 replies · 1,463+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 9/21/09 | talkradio03
    This would be the perfect time to do one of those "caught red handed" commercials, Obama White House changes their story on New York Governor David Paterson, all in the same day...
  • Kenya PM dropped from Obama luncheon

    09/19/2009 8:43:01 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 85 replies · 4,216+ views ^ | 09/19/09 | NATION Team
    Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga arrived in the United States of America on Saturday night to news of cancellation of a luncheon with US President Barack Obama which had earlier been scheduled for later this week. The news followed a round of confusion over whether he would attend the luncheon, hosted by the White House for selected leaders from sub-Saharan Africa on the sidelines of the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. New York-based Kenyan ambassador to the UN Zachary Muburi-Muita told the Nation on Saturday night that the State Department contacted him on Friday to...
  • Disputed Solar Energy Project in California Desert Is Dropped

    09/19/2009 4:00:43 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 893+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 18, 2009 | Elisabeth Rosenthal
    A proposed solar energy project in the California desert that caused intense friction between environmentalists and the developers of renewable energy has been shelved. BrightSource Energy Inc. had planned a 5,130-acre solar power farm in a remote part of the Mojave Desert, on land previously intended for conservation. The company, based in Oakland, Calif., said Thursday that it was instead seeking an alternative site for the project. The Wildlands Conservancy, a California environmental group, had tried to block the solar development, as had Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, who proposed that the area become a national monument. The land...
  • September 13 "March for Healthcare" vanishes

    09/13/2009 10:19:10 AM PDT · by pabianice · 13 replies · 1,165+ views
    Tuesday, August 25, 2009 Information Wars We are losing the information wars. A story on yahoo states that people (especially Republicans) believe the distortions that are out there regarding healthcare reform. They are believing that a pubic option means that the government will choose your doctor. They are believing that there will be death panels and they are believing that the healthcare reform bill means their costs will go up. How is it that we have allowed the conservatives to gain control of the message. I agree with Howard Dean. The Republicans are lousy at governing but are masterful at...
  • Olbermann Flip-flops, Tells Kossacks NOT to Dig Up Dirt on Beck

    09/08/2009 7:09:17 PM PDT · by kingattax · 32 replies · 1,733+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | September 8, 2009 | Noel Sheppard
    Want to know just how unstable MSNBC's Keith Olbermann is? Within the course of 48 hours, he asked Daily Kos readers to send him everything they could dig up about Fox News host Glenn Beck, and then called off the dogs. That's right. The host of "Countdown," apparently worried about his image, posted a follow-up blog Tuesday telling his minions to stand down but remain ready to attack if he needs them in the future: Story Continues Below Ad ↓ An update on this: to clarify something I obviously didn't previously, I'm not talking about letting up on criticism of...
  • Amid Mounting Opposition, Qaddafi Cancels Stay In New Jersey

    08/28/2009 8:49:08 PM PDT · by TheMadKing · 11 replies · 611+ views
    Digital Journal ^ | 8/28/2009 | Johny SImpson
    Over rising opposition, Libyan leader Muammar el-Qadaffi has canceled his proposed Bedouin tent campout in Englewood, New Jersey. The Libyan leader will instead stay in New York City as he awaits to address the UN General Assembly next month.
  • Congress drops plan to spend $550 million on new jets

    08/11/2009 8:44:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 854+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/10/09 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House leaders have dropped plans to spend $550 million in the Air Force budget on passenger jets used by lawmakers and senior government officials, officials said on Monday. The House of Representatives reversed the move to upgrade the executive jet fleet after public criticism, opposition from other lawmakers and the Defense Department had said it did not need more planes that it had requested. "If the Department of Defense does not want these aircraft, they will be eliminated from the bill," Representative John Murtha, chairman of a House panel on defense appropriations, said in a statement....
  • Congressman Bishop suspends town hall meetings

    08/03/2009 2:49:21 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies · 1,339+ views
    Southampton Press ^ | 22 July 2009 | Michael Wright
    U.S. Representative Tim Bishop has temporarily suspended holding “town hall” style meetings after Suffolk County Police were called by residents to escort him back to his car amid a throng of rowdy protesters who turned out for a meeting in Setauket last month. The Southampton congressman, who has held more than 100 of the open meetings since being elected in 2002, cancelled another town hall meeting scheduled the week after the Setauket event and has not scheduled any others for the immediate future. Instead, he has opted to attend a variety of other events in the district. Aides say he...
  • Congress Fears Voters; Meetings in Home Districts Cancelled

    07/31/2009 12:15:44 PM PDT · by Welshman007 · 94 replies · 3,842+ views
    Columbia Conservative Examiner ^ | July 31, 2009 | Anthony G. Martin
    We got 'em where we want 'em. Reports are coming in today that Congressmen and Senators on Capitol Hill are so afraid of the ire of their constituents back home that they are canceling town hall meetings right and left:
  • WaPo cancels lobbyist event

    07/03/2009 6:29:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 1,141+ views ^ | July 2, 2009 | Mike Allen and Michael Calderone
    WaPo cancels lobbyist eventBy: Mike Allen and Michael Calderone July 2, 2009 08:04 AM EST Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth said today she was canceling plans for an exclusive "salon" at her home where for as much as $250,000, the Post offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record access to "those powerful few" — Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and even the paper’s own reporters and editors. The astonishing offer was detailed in a flier circulated Wednesday to a health care lobbyist, who provided it to a reporter because the lobbyist said he felt it was a conflict for...
  • Washington Post cancels lobbyist event amid uproar

    07/02/2009 12:44:38 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 13 replies · 626+ views
    Politico ^ | 7/2/09 | MIKE ALLEN & MICHAEL CALDERONE
    Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth said today she was cancelling plans for an exclusive "salon" at her home where for as much as $250,000, the Post offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record access to "those powerful few" — Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and even the paper’s own reporters and editors. The astonishing offer was detailed in a flier circulated Wednesday to a health care lobbyist, who provided it to a reporter because the lobbyist said he felt it was a conflict for the paper to charge for access to, as the flier says, its “health care reporting and...