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  • Democrats worried about Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts

    05/04/2012 8:42:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/04/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Are Democrats about to lose the Senate seat held by the Kennedys since before I was born ... again? According to the Boston Herald’s Joe Battenfeld, a number of Democrats in Massachusetts are aghast over Elizabeth Warren's faceplant on her claims to Native American heritage, and now worry about whether her campaign has completely derailed: Elizabeth Warren’s stumbling efforts to douse the firestorm surrounding her claims of being a Native American minority have raised concerns among local and national Democrats who are questioning her campaign’s competence.“There’s nobody watching this that doesn’t think she’s in big trouble,” one well-known Massachusetts Democrat...
  • [MN] GOP leaders scrap roofless stadium plan, set end-of-session path

    05/04/2012 8:37:57 AM PDT · by topher · 31 replies
    Politics in Minnesota ^ | May 3, 2012 | by Briana Bierschbach
    An 11th-hour Republican Vikings stadium plan that would have paid for the states share with general obligation bonds was declared dead late Thursday morning, and in its wake House GOP leaders pledged to hold a long-awaited floor vote next Monday on the stadium bill authored by Rep. Morrie Lanning and Sen. Julie Rosen. House leaders said they also hope to vote on their 2012 bonding bill Monday. GOP leaders said that serious questions about using general obligation bonds to pay for the states portion of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings have forced them to drop the plan, which...
  • Obamas Eligibility, the Gwatney Murder and the Planned Parenthood Attack;

    05/04/2012 8:13:00 AM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Conservative Commune ^ | APRIL 4, 2012 | DAN COLLINS
    Obamas Eligibility, the Gwatney Murder and the Planned Parenthood Attack; BY DAN COLLINS APRIL 4, 2012 When the Planned Parenthood in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, was bombed on the eve of Wisconsins primaries, all I could say was that it wasnt helpful. In the event, the bomb, apparently a plastic beverage container filled with gasoline, did little damage, thankfully. And I am thankful about it, because I detest this sort of attack. The suspect, who appears already to have pleaded guilty, is one Francis Grady from the nearby town of Little Chute. Stacys been on top of the case, and...
  • US Hiring Slows Sharply With Just 115K Jobs Added

    05/04/2012 8:07:50 AM PDT · by robowombat · 19 replies
    AP ^ | Fri, 05/04/2012 - 10:01am | Christopher S. Rugaber,
    WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in April for the second straight month, evidence of an economy still growing only sluggishly. The unemployment rate dipped, but only because more people gave up looking for work. The Labor Department said Friday that the economy added just 115,000 jobs in April. That's below March's upwardly revised 154,000 jobs and far fewer than the pace earlier this year. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent last month from 8.2 percent in March. It has fallen a full percentage point since August to a three-year low. But last month's decline was...
  • Failed plot to blow up Ohio bridge highlights potential 'Occupy' link to violence

    05/04/2012 7:53:17 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 4 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The 'Occupy' movement is scrambling to distance itself from five men charged with plotting to blow up a bridge near Cleveland, but authorities have long been concerned about the group's potential to inspire violence. Aside from some vandalism and skirmishes with police, notably in Seattle and Oakland, the movement has largely stuck to its nonviolent approach. But the angry rhetoric of 'Occupy' leaders has long concerned authorities, and an internal Department of Homeland Security memo leaked earlier this year warned that fringe members could be driven to acts of terror, such as the thwarted plot to blow up a busy...
  • Osama bin Laden hoped to kill Obama, make 'utterly unprepared' Biden president

    05/04/2012 7:37:54 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 40 replies
    ny daily news ^ | may 3, 2012 | jonathan lemire
    But Bin Laden, who was killed in a Navy SEALs raid a year ago this week, still believed his fragmented organization could deliver a horrific blow to the U.S. He wrote that he wanted to target airplanes carrying President Obama and Army Gen. David Petraeus, at the time the leader of the American military effort in Afghanistan. Bin Laden wrote that a successful assassination would propel an utterly unprepared Vice President Biden into the Oval Office and send the United States spiraling into chaos.
  • Rubio and Birthright Citizenship

    05/04/2012 7:25:23 AM PDT · by Menehune56 · 419 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/4/2012 | Cindy Simpson
    Those conservatives who argue against "birthright citizenship" have just been thrown under the same bus as the "birthers" -- whether or not they like it, or the GOP admits it. The mainstream media, longtime foes against reform of the anchor baby practice, have been happy to help. And instead of quietly watching while a sizeable portion of the Republican party is run over, as in the case of the "birthers," we now have the GOP establishment lending the media a hand in brushing aside many immigration reform advocates -- by pushing the selection of Senator Marco Rubio for the VP...
  • Best Buy Employee Wrongly 'Outed' Denver Man

    05/04/2012 7:20:49 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05-03-2012 | Susanna Kim
    A heterosexual man in Denver claims that a Best Buy employee wrongly "outed" him on Facebook after he left his phone for repair. Rich Dewberry said he brought in his mobile device to get fixed and was given a new phone. Shortly afterward, his Facebook status read, "I am gay, I'm coming out." "The phone just started ringing constantly after that from [an] ex-spouse to friends," he told ABC's Denver affiliate, KMGH. Dewberry said he was logged into his Facebook account on the phone he left with the store. "I feel I have been humiliated. My reputation has been tarnished,"...
  • Summit Could Mean Airport-Style Security On Metra Electric, South Shore Trains (Chicago)

    05/04/2012 7:15:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    CBS 2 -Chicago ^ | May 3, 2012 | Jay Levine
    Some stations on the Metra Electric Line and South Shore Line could be shut down during the upcoming NATO summit, and passengers at other stations could face airport-style security screenings, due to the Secret Service security plan that could be released as soon as Friday afternoon. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has exclusive details on those security measures, which the Secret Service is expected to officially unveil on Friday, or at the very latest, on Monday. Federal officials have promised the announcement will include a comprehensive list of street closures and parking restrictions surrounding the NATO summit.
  • Parents' claws out after teachers' odd form of discipline (Kids forced to Crawl and Meow)

    05/04/2012 7:13:05 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 13 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 05-04-2012 | John MacCormack
    About all that is certain regarding the bizarre situation with fifth-graders in Junction is that when the teacher tells you to hush, responding with meows isn't the brightest idea. And maybe forcing the entire fifth-grade class to crawl down the school's track, meowing as they went along, wasn't a well-thought-out disciplinary response. Junction, a quiet town of 2,700 about 120 miles west of San Antonio, is best known for its beautiful rivers and its annual ranch rodeo. But in the wake of the Wednesday showdown at the elementary school, it's getting a different sort of attention. Upset Junction parents are...
  • Osama Bin Laden thought CBS might be a good network to air his propaganda

    05/04/2012 7:11:50 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | May 3, 2012 | jonathan lemire
    We should also look for an American channel that can be close to being unbiased, such as CBS, or other channel that has political motives that make it interested in broadcasting the point of view of al Mujahadin, Bin Laden wrote in one of the letters uncovered in the raid that killed him. But one of his top aides, American-born Adam Gadahn, raged against coverage of the terror group on U.S. television. Gadahn believed that several of the American networks, in particular CNN, were in cooperation with the government and saved much of his scorn for Fox News. -snip However,...
  • Yes, the Health-Care Mandate Is About Liberty

    05/04/2012 7:09:09 AM PDT · by Still Thinking · 8 replies
    Bloomberg | May 3, 2012 | Jonathan Cohn and David Strauss
    Yes, the Health-Care Mandate Is About LibertyLink only. Bloomberg probably got tired of having their pants pulled down over their shoddy shell-game logic by alert FReepers.
  • China: Well let Chen, er, study abroad

    05/04/2012 6:58:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/04/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Both China and the US acted overnight to bring an embarrassing string of incidents with dissident Chen Guangcheng to a rapid conclusion. Beijing announced earlier that they would look favorably on a request from Chen to "study abroad", which would rid them of the international focus on their repressive regime that suddenly erupted this week: China’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the dissident Chen Guangcheng can apply to study outside China in the same manner as more than 300,000 Chinese students already abroad, signaling a possible breakthrough in a diplomatic crisis that has deeply embarrassed the White House and...
  • Unemployment rate at 8.1%, only 115K jobs added, participation rate shrinks again to new low

    05/04/2012 6:35:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/04/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    The April jobs report fell short of analysts expectations, as only 115,000 jobs were added. Consensus expectations had been in the 165K-170K range, which still would have been below the rate jobs were added in February, January, and December. While the jobless rate dropped slightly, the number of jobs added came in short of March's disappointing level: Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 115,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 8.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in professional and business services, retail trade, and health care, but declined in transportation and...
  • Frank discussion re our loss to Obama/Romney and the future direction of FR and tea party movement

    05/04/2012 6:31:27 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1,524 replies
    Click here to pledge your support! ^ | May 4, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    My FRiends, we might as well face the reality that we the combined pro-life conservative movement and tea party coalition have lost this round (the presidential election) in the larger battle to reclaim our constitution and our inalienable rights. Rove, Romney and the GOP-e have successfully destroyed and driven off each and every pro-life conservative tea party candidate from the race and all have surrendered to the Romney camp. It is no secret that Romney is not one of us. There is absolutely no doubt that he has never accomplished a single conservative thing in his entire political career (one...
  • A Nation of Julias (Ask not what you can do for your country; ask what your country can do for you)

    05/04/2012 6:24:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/04/2012 | Rich Lowry
    In the competition for the creepiest campaign material of 2012, we may already have a winner. It is The Life of Julia, the Obama reelection teams cartoon chronicle of a fictional woman who is dependent on government at every step of her life. The phrase cradle-to-grave welfare state originated with Clement Attlees socialist government in postWorld War II Britain. Back then, it was meant as a boastful description of a new age of government activism. Subsequently, it became a term of derision for critics of an overweening government. In the spirit of Attlee, the Obama campaign revives the concept of...
  • No Jobs? Employment Is At 40-Year High For Those 55 And Up

    05/04/2012 6:20:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    IBD ^ | 05/04/2012 | By JED GRAHAM, INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
    As the jobs crisis wears on, with payrolls still 5 million below their pre-recession peak, the share of age 55-and-older Americans working has recovered to near a 42-year high. Workers under 55 have borne the brunt of the jobs recession, which may mean that its economic effects due to long-term unemployment, underemployment and stretched household balance sheets may linger. Before the financial crisis, economists worried that labor shortages would develop in some occupations as baby boomers left the workforce. But that's moved to the back burner since the recession began in December 2007. Job holders 55 and up...
  • Note to Congress: The fiscal cliff cometh

    05/04/2012 6:16:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/04/2012 | Mohammad El-Erian, PIMCO
    Economists are rightly starting to warn that the United States faces a worrisome fiscal cliff at years end. The blunt spending cuts mandated by the 2011 compromise on the debt ceiling and the failure of the supercommittee that followed along with across-the-board tax increases would derail the U.S. recovery and undermine the well-being of the global economy. We should be avoiding the edge of this cliff and politicians should not believe that they have until the end of this year to act. In the next few months, possibly within weeks, markets here and abroad will be looking...
  • ROLL CALL: Are Lindsay Lohan & Samantha Ronson Rekindling Their Romance? [Lost Souls]

    05/04/2012 6:13:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Everything old is new again! Former girlfriends Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson reunited on Thursday at Le Baron in New York City - but is it more than just friends? "Lindsay and Sam were whispering and laughing and they left the club holding hands. They didn't care who saw them, and they definitely seem to be back on. It was just like the old days - they couldn't get enough of each other!" a source claimed to X17online.
  • German "Antifascist" Leftists Badly Beaten Up by Salafist Muslims

    05/04/2012 6:10:02 AM PDT · by Milagros · 19 replies
    EuropeNews ^ | May 4, 2012
    German "Antifascist" Leftists Badly Beaten Up by Salafist Muslims 4 May 2012 Ah, a chance to use that excellent German word Schadenfreude. On 1 May in Solingen, the German anti-Islam movement PRO NRW (Pro North Rhine Westphalia) held a demonstration. Hundreds of assorted Muslims and far-left extremists turned up to harass and intimidate them. Two of these "antifascists" found themselves in the midst of a horde of Salafist Muslims, who promptly started beating them up with bits of wood. Even after they were lying helpless and passive on the ground, the Muslims kept laying into them. One was bad;y hurt...