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  • Debate leads to strong Romney fund-raising

    10/06/2012 1:44:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | October 6th, 2012 03:09 PM ET | CNN Political Unit
    Mitt Romney's showing at Wednesday night's debate paid off, according to a Saturday tweet from his campaign spokeswoman. In the 48 hours post-debate, Romney's campaign raised "more than $12 million," press secretary Andrea Saul tweeted. …
  • Once-reluctant Mitt Romney opens up on the campaign trail - “Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose!”

    10/06/2012 1:42:37 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 197 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 6, 2012 | Philip Rucker,
    ST. PETERSBURG,Fla.—Mitt Romney, his friends often say, is a private man in a public world. But with just one month left until the election, he has calculated that to win the presidency he must do what for years he has been loath to: share intimate stories about his life.So it was that as the sun set on his rally here Friday night,...Romney talked about David for the first time himself.“It was clear he was not going to make it,”Romney said. “I went into his room one night when he was in bed,and he asked me a very difficult question. He...
  • Mark Steyn: Will Big Bird ever leave the government nest?

    10/06/2012 1:40:04 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 19 replies
    OC Register ^ | 6 Oct 2012 | Mark Steyn
    If Sesame Street is not commercially viable, then nothing is, and we should just cut to the chase and bail out everything. Apparently, Frank Sinatra served as Mitt Romney's debate coach. As he put it about halfway through "That's Life": "I'd jump right on a big bird and then I'd fly ... ." That's what Mitt did in Denver. Ten minutes in, he jumped right on Big Bird, and then he took off – and never looked back, while the other fellow, whose name escapes me, never got out of the gate. It takes a certain panache to clobber not...
  • FBI: Strong Signs Border Death from Friendly Fire

    10/06/2012 1:39:15 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 13 replies ^ | 10/6/12 | JACQUES BILLEAUD and BRIAN SKOLOFF
    Friendly fire likely was to blame in a shooting near the Arizona-Mexico line that killed one federal agent and wounded another, the FBI said, noting the investigation was still ongoing in the case that reignited the political debate over border security. "There are strong preliminary indications that the death of United States Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie and the injury to a second agent was the result of an accidental shooting incident involving only the agents," FBI Special Agent in Charge James L. Turgal Jr. said in a statement Friday.
  • Daryl Hannah and 7 Other Celebs Arrested While Crusading for a Cause, 2 With Close Calls

    10/06/2012 1:38:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 6, 2012 | Lauren Effron
    Daryl Hannah, of "Splash" and "Blade Runner" fame, was arrested Thursday afternoon for protesting the construction of a major oil pipeline in Texas. The Keystone XL pipeline is designed to bring crude oil from Canada to Texas' Gulf Coast. Hannah, along with 78-year-old Texas landowner Eleanor Fairchild, were arrested for criminal trespassing and other charges after they were accused of standing in front of pipeline construction equipment on Fairchild's farm in Winnsboro, a town about 100 miles east of Dallas, ABC affiliate KLTV reported. …
  • John Kerry’s Elizabeth Warren Dilemma

    10/06/2012 1:31:47 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 29 replies
    Boston Magazine ^ | 10/5/2012 | Jason Schwartz
    If Washington, DC, is a city of poorly guarded secrets, perhaps the least well guarded is Senator John Kerry’s desire to be secretary of state. Hillary Clinton has made it clear that she will not return for a second term in that role, and if President Obama is reelected, Kerry would certainly be a favorite for the post. From his emergency diplomatic relations with Afghanistan to his work chairing the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Kerry has been one of Obama’s go-to guys for international affairs. Considering that our senior senator was among the first high-profile politicians to support Obama’s...
  • Gravis Poll - Colorado (Romney 49%, Obama 45%)

    10/06/2012 1:30:05 PM PDT · by TexasFreeper2009 · 28 replies
    Gravis Marketing ^ | 10/6/12 | staff
    45.5%. What happened? In terms of the numbers, Obama saw a decrease of 4.4% among “Verylikely Obama” voters, an increase of 1.2% among “Likely Obama” voters, and a 1.1% decreasein “Somewhat likely voters”. On the other side, Romney saw a 0.2% decline in “Very likelyRomney voters,” a 1.3% increase among “Somewhat likely Romney” voters and a 2.7% increaseamong “Likely Romney” voters. Overall, it looks as if the debate shifted voters more away fromthe “very likely” category towards center. Interestingly, the percentage of “Undecided” wentfrom 4.3% to 4.8%.

    10/06/2012 1:27:53 PM PDT · by Snuph · 16 replies
    Big Government ^ | 6 Oct 2012 | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    As part of its “benchmark” health care plan to satisfy ObamaCare’s requirement of the establishment of Essential Health Benefits (EHB’s) in each state, the state of New York has requested that annual doctor visit limits be substituted for lifetime and annual dollar limits in health care plans. ObamaCare is gradually setting up a two-class system of health care access in this country. Only the very wealthy will be able to obtain the types of treatments and access to health care that many Americans have enjoyed in the past. Everyone else…well, just take a check and wait in line.
  • Rice on Benghazi: Blame the intelligence community

    10/06/2012 1:26:43 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice told Republican senators that her televised statements last month on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi were based entirely on information she was given by the intelligence community.
  • Injured soldiers, civilians, ready for Everest climb

    10/06/2012 1:24:29 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 20 replies
    National Post ^ | October 5, 2012 | Jen Gerson
    A team of 24 is expected to arrive in Kathmandu on Sunday, en route to the high peaks of the Himalayas to raise awareness for Canadian soldiers injured at war — and inspire anyone suffering from similar mental and physical scars. The True Patriot Love expedition — 13 soldiers, a doctor and 10 civilians — left on Friday. They will eventually climb to the Mount Everest base camp, and then on to Island Peak. All the while, several trekkers, soldiers Master Cpl. Peter Burcew and Cpl. David Macdonald and civilians Scott Kress and Shaun Francis, will blog the trip here....
  • Young White Evangelicals will Vote Romney, Poll Finds

    10/06/2012 1:19:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Religious Dispatches ^ | 10/06/2012 | Sarah Posner
    The latest poll out of Public Religion Research Institute examines the political and religious attitudes of "younger millennials," the 18-25 set. Do you remember a lot of fretting (from the conservative side) that younger evangelicals are drifting away from Republican orthodoxy? Or, (from the progressive side) that younger evangelicals are a potentially get-able voting bloc for Democrats? This poll dispels all of that.According to the poll [PDF], a full 80% of white evangelicals in that age group plan to vote for Mitt Romney. Just 15% say they will vote for Barack Obama.The poll finds both a racial and religious divide...
  • "Born and Raised In Nevada" - Pro Romney Greg Anthony Ad

    10/06/2012 1:18:06 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 5 replies
    Former professional basketball player Greg Anthony has a soft spot in his heart for Nevada. When he voted for Barack Obama, he thought he’d be a centrist. After four years though, he’s heard enough excuses. He’s supporting Mitt Romney because we can’t afford four more years like the last.
  • Who Mastered Fire?

    10/06/2012 1:16:02 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 34 replies
    Slate ^ | Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 | L.V. Anderson
    Richard Wrangham, an anthropologist at Harvard, claims that hominids became people—that is, acquired traits like big brains and dainty jaws—by mastering fire. He places this development at about 1.8 million years ago. This is an appealing premise no matter who you are. For those who see cooking as morally, culturally, and socially superior to not cooking, it is scientific validation of a worldview: proof that cooking is literally what makes us human. For the rest of us, it means we have a clever retort the next time one of those annoying raw-food faddists starts going on about how natural it...
  • WFSB set to host first United States Senate debate(Murphy/McMahon, Sun @ 11 AM)

    10/06/2012 1:14:50 PM PDT · by matt04 · 2 replies
    hannel 3 Eyewitness News will host the first United States Senate debate between Linda McMahon and United States Rep. Chris Murphy on Sunday at 11 a.m. Both of the candidates have been offered and have accepted the invitation to debate issues regarding the state. Dennis House, Eyewitness News anchor and Face the State host, will serve as moderator of the debate. A panel of journalists, Angela Dias, of WTIC Radio, Mark Pazniokas, from the Connecticut Mirror and Fran Schneidau from WCBS News Radio 880 will question both candidates. The debate will be televised live from 11 a.m. until noon without...
  • Drop your gay marriage laws, Tory chairmen tell David Cameron

    10/06/2012 1:07:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:59PM BST 06 Oct 2012 | Patrick Hennessy
    David Cameron has been given a clear demand from the Conservative Party’s grass roots to drop his controversial plans to legalize same-sex marriage in an eve-of-conference poll. The survey of Tory constituency chairmen, seen by The Sunday Telegraph, finds that 71 percent think the proposal—which the Prime Minister has pledged will be law by 2015—should be abandoned. Nearly half the chairmen claim their local parties have lost members as a result of the plans, while only three percent say they have gained membership. …
  • Mid-air terror with death threat on Tiger flight between Coolangatta and Sydney

    10/06/2012 12:57:50 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 7th October 2012 | Jonathan Marshall
    TERRIFIED passengers thought they were going to die in a mid-air nightmare after a passenger aboard a Sydney-bound flight threatened: "I hope you have life insurance". Fearing he would storm the cockpit, a group of passengers aboard told how they kept a constant watch as the man attempted on four separate occasions to enter the toilet at the front of the plane. "It was the scariest thing ever," said traveller Daniel Schwerdtfeger. "He eye-balled me from behind the curtain and ran his finger across his neck suggesting he was going to kill me." A stewardess, taunted and abused during the...
  • Romney camp reports $12M in online donations in 48 hours after strong debate performance

    10/06/2012 12:55:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/06/2012
    Mitt Romney's strong debate performance Wednesday night has generated $12 million in online contributions, his campaign said, as well as a surge in volunteers and bigger crowds at his events. The $12 million the campaign reports raising in less than 48 hours after the debate tops the amount Mr. Romney raised in the days after announcing Rep. Paul Ryan, R.-Wis., as his running mate and the Supreme Court's decision to uphold a major plank of the president's health-care law. Sixty percent of the money came from first-time donors, the campaign said, according to The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Romney's debate...
  • Pre-election media on jobs reports, then and now

    10/06/2012 12:53:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/06/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Yesterday's jobs report from the BLS had an interesting analogue in history. The month before the 2004 election --- also a contest for an incumbent President’s re-election --- the jobs report for September turned out to be rather weak. The BLS reported a net increase of only 96,000 jobs, weaker than the previous several months, and as it turned out only a short-term blip in a fairly strong recovery of jobs from a lingering recession. That's slightly weaker than yesterday's +114,000, and in September 2004 the jobless rate remained unchanged at 5.4%, but it's close enough to compare the media...
  • Why The Ryan/Biden Debate Will Be Inherently More Entertaining

    10/06/2012 12:50:28 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 70 replies
    Village Voice ^ | October 5, 2012
    America is still letting out an exhausted sigh from the debate two nights ago in Denver. At this point, who knows who won, and who actually cares? The best/worst part of it all, as my colleague James King pointed out, is that Donald Trump was mentioned two times in 90 minutes; that's two times more than the number of times Trump should ever be mentioned in a presidential debate. Nevertheless, the next two meetings between Romney and Obama will likely produce more "mehs" from the begrudging national audience. Don't worry, Election Day will be over soon enough. At least we...
  • Texas Teen Tells 911 It Was 'Weird' to Kill His Mother and Sister

    10/06/2012 12:36:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 48 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 06, 2012 | CHRISTINA NG
    Texas Teen Tells 911 It Was 'Weird' to Kill His Mother and Sister By CHRISTINA NG Oct. 6, 2012 In a chilling 911 call, Texas teen Jake Evans spent 20 minutes calmly recounting how he shot and killed his mother and sister, calling himself "evil." "It's weird," an even-voiced Evans told the 911 dispatcher. "I wasn't even really angry with them. It just kind of happened. I've been kind of planning on killing for a while now." Evans, 17, of Parker County, Texas, was arrested after he called police early Thursday morning to report he had killed his mother Jami...