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    11/08/2012 4:57:46 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 92 replies
    theBlaze ^ | November 8, 2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Rep. Allen West is leading by more than 300 votes in Palm Beach County, Fla., a hopeful sign for the Tea Party favorite fighting for his political life after Tuesday’s election, a source told TheBlaze. No winner has been declared in the congressional race between the Republican West and his Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy, though Murphy had a 2,456-vote lead in the unofficial vote total. But a Republican observer who has been monitoring the counting process said West pulled ahead in Palm Beach County on Thursday as the initial count continues. Ballot printing errors led to ballots that could not...
  • Speculation Stirs Actress Ashley Judd Could Challenge (Senate Minority Leader) McConnell

    11/08/2012 5:04:56 PM PST · by drewh · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/08/12 10:35 AM ET | By Daniel Strauss
    Actress Ashley Judd's name is being thrown out as a Democratic challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in 2014. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) listed her as a possibility. "If you had an Ashley Judd-McConnell race, I think it would be as high profile a race as Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown," Yarmuth said in an interview with the Courier-Journal of Kentucky, referring to the Massachusetts Senate candidates. Judd has been active in Democratic politics. She was a delegate at the Democratic National Committee and also taped campaign ads for President Obama. McConnell has begun gearing up for his...
  • Obama to make statement on economy Friday [showdown with congressional Republicans over....]

    11/08/2012 5:04:05 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 197 replies
    Obama to make statement on economy Friday By Mark Felsenthal | Reuters – 48 mins ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Newly re-elected President Barack Obama will make a statement on the economy on Friday, the White House said, setting the stage for a showdown with congressional Republicans over contentious tax and spending issues. The president is likely to discuss looming tax increases and government spending cuts - the so-called fiscal cliff - that would go into effect early next year unless Congress acts to prevent them. He is due to make the statement from the East Room of the White House...
  • Chris Christie's Sly, Futile Move (Christie is done as a presidential prospect)

    11/08/2012 4:58:29 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 60 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | October 31, 2012 | Robert Kuttner
    Once again, Barack Obama has proven to be the luckiest politician alive. Just when the race was tightening to a dead heat in the election’s closing days, one spectacular betrayal and one rank miscalculation on the Republican side have turned the contest back in Obama’s favor. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who will tour his storm-ravaged state today with President Obama, was all over the networks Tuesday telling what a wonderful leader his president was. “I spoke to the president three times yesterday,” Christie boasted, calling Obama “outstanding.” When Fox co-host Steve Doocy meekly asked Christie if he planned any...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. In Plea Deal Talks With Feds, Sources Say

    11/08/2012 4:55:38 PM PST · by drewh · 13 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | November 7, 2012 9:51PM | By MICHAEL SNEED
    Sneed has learned U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who handily won re-election Tuesday despite a lengthy stay at Mayo Clinic for depression and bipolar disorder, is in the midst of plea discussions with the feds probing his alleged misuse of campaign funds. “No one has pled guilty, but plea discussions are ongoing,” said a top Sneed source, who said Jackson is still undergoing treatment at Mayo Clinic Sneed is also told Jackson, who returned to Mayo Clinic after undergoing outpatient treatment in the seclusion of his home in Washington, D.C., is not only being investigated for allegedly using campaign funds...
  • Christie calls Obama to congratulate, emails Romney condolences

    11/08/2012 4:46:10 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | Thursday November 8, 2012
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that he had called President Obama to congratulate him on his win in the 2012 presidential election — but has only sent an email to Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for whom he campaigned heavily earlier this year. “We didn’t have a political strategy discussion,” Christie said of his call to Obama, according to Bloomberg. “I said congratulations on your win last night Mr. President, he said thank you governor.”
  • Hillary Clinton due to step down as Secretary of State within 'days' of start of Barack

    11/08/2012 4:45:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/8/12 | Toby Harnden
    Hillary Clinton will step down as U.S. Secretary of State within 'days' of President Barack Obama's second inauguration in January, her spokesman said today. Her long-respected departure is expected by most Democrats to be a prelude for a White House run in 2016, when she will be 69. The top candidate to replace her is believed to be Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the losing 2004 Democratic presidential nominee. He is viewed as a more likely pick than Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, because of her widely-criticised appearance
  • Nearly eight million white voters who were expected to vote, didn’t; Update: Or did they?

    11/08/2012 4:44:51 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 85 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6:59 pm on November 8, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Essential reading from Sean Trende about the new demographic reality at the polls. Based on his back-of-the-envelope math, there are actually two reasons why there were more minority voters as a share of the electorate this time. One, the reason everyone knows: There were more minority voters, period. Two, the reason no one guessed: If current projections hold, there were many, many fewer white voters at the polls this year than in 2008. Had the same number of white voters cast ballots in 2012 as did in 2008, the 2012 electorate would have been about 74 percent white, 12 percent...
  • Marco Rubio Heads to Iowa. 2016 Starting Already?

    11/08/2012 4:43:09 PM PST · by drewh · 68 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 8, 2012 1:45pm | By Shushannah Walshe
    Florida Senator Marco Rubio is heading to the first caucus state of Iowa on Nov. 17 to headline an annual campaign fundraising birthday party for Iowa governor Terry Branstad. Last year all the presidential hopefuls, except for Mitt Romney, came to the party to court the governor and Iowa political dignitaries who attended the bash. The governor’s spokesperson, Tim Albrecht, a caucus expert himself, told ABC News that Branstad invited Rubio and is “excited he accepted.” “Sen. Rubio is a star within our party,” Albrecht said. “We were excited Sen. Rubio accepted, and regardless of what happened on Tuesday he...
  • Vote Was Astronomical For Obama In Some Philadelphia Wards (99% or more in 13 different wards!)

    11/08/2012 4:31:41 PM PST · by drewh · 36 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/8/2012 5:46:53 PM | Miriam Hill, Jonathan Lai*
    Some Philadelphia neighborhoods outdid themselves in Tuesday's presidential election. In a city where President Obama received more than 85 percent of the votes, in some places he received almost every one. In 13 Philadelphia wards, Obama received 99 percent of the vote or more. Those wards, many with large African American populations, also swung heavily for Obama over John McCain in 2008. But the difficult economy seemed destined to dampen that enthusiasm four years later. House Speaker Sam Smith, musing over "staggering" turnout in some city precincts and reacting to wrong information that "90 percent of the precincts in Philadelphia...
  • U.N. "monitors"...Soros/Spanish voting machines...ACORN...Why aren't we talking about this now?

    11/08/2012 4:19:57 PM PST · by ROCKLOBSTER · 15 replies
    These things were all mentioned before the election, we knew that ACORN was simply renamed and probably multiplied in every city in America. There were obvious big money giveaways to the various unions and democrat activists, including the UAW and SEIU, who take taxpayer money and help any democrat campaign they can. Who is investigating this wholesale voter fraud funded by the stimulus?...Holder? And the experts and candidates don't understand what happened!!! Gimme a break
  • Tax hike for wealthy Americans won't kill growth:CBO

    11/08/2012 4:15:39 PM PST · by mdittmar · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 8, 2012 | David Lawder and Kim Dixon
    (Reuters) - Allowing income tax rates to rise for wealthy Americans, and maintaining rates for the less affluent, would not hurt U.S. economic growth much in 2013, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday, stepping into a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over how to resolve the so-called "fiscal cliff." The report by the authoritative non-partisan arm of Congress is expected to fuel President Barack Obama's demand for higher taxes on the rich, part of his proposal to avoid the full impact of the expiring tax cuts and across-the-board spending reductions set to begin in early 2013 unless Congress acts.Republicans...
  • Sen. Harry Reid ready to raise debt ceiling another $2.4 trillion

    11/08/2012 4:14:30 PM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies ^ | november 8, 2012
    You can file this one, along with the Iranian strike on a U.S. drone, the layoffs at Boeing, and PolitiFact’s wrap-up of President Obama’s broken first-term campaign promises, in your binder labeled “Handy things you learn right after the election.” It’s not a surprising statement from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, but that doesn’t help it to sound any better as the country elects to move forward with the Obama administration’s vision, full speed ahead. Asked Wednesday if he would support raising the debt ceiling another $2.4 trillion dollars, perhaps even before the end of the year, Reid replied, “If...
  • Boehner: Obamacare is law of the land, Ryan not the GOP leader ("slept like a baby" after Obama won)

    11/08/2012 4:09:24 PM PST · by Arthurio · 92 replies
    WASHINGTON – In a wide-ranging interview, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said raising tax rates is “unacceptable,” vice presidential nominee Paul D. Ryan is not the new leader of the GOP and the reelection of President Obama means the nation’s new healthcare law is “the law of the land.” Boehner spoke to ABC News’ Diane Sawyer on Thursday, his first post-election interview as the divided Congress prepares to negotiate with the White House over the scheduled year-end tax hikes and spending cuts that economists fear will put the economy back in a recession. “I’m the most reasonable, responsible person...
  • Looking at the national exit poll. A Summary of the demographics of America's voters

    11/08/2012 4:08:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/08/2012 | AllahPundit
    I know you're polled out, but with all the navel-gazing today about demographics and the future of the GOP, I figured people might want a link to the numbers behind last night's disaster. Here's CNN's version, Fox News's version, and WaPo's version, which breaks the trend lines down by arrows. (Mouse over for the numbers.) Noteworthy: The sample does apparently include respondents from all 50 states. There was some question about that after news broke last month that the exit pollster would exclude voters in 19 states, but WaPo reported at the time that that was only true of individual...
  • TX 23: Canseco continues to contest race outcome

    11/08/2012 3:58:07 PM PST · by DFG · 3 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 11/08/12 | Nick Gass
    The hard-fought race in the 23rd district may have ended with Democratic candidate Pete Gallego winning by 9,222 votes, but incumbent Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco has still not conceded. The race, which has been called by various news organizations, is the closest congressional race this year in Texas. Canseco’s campaign cites voting irregularities, particularly in Maverick County, where they allege election officials double- and triple-counted some ballots, and in Zavala County, where the campaign said it had witnesses that saw Gallego ballots being photocopied. Scott Yeldell, Canseco’s campaign manager, had previously said the large number of military and absentee votes...
  • Thank you Veterans and Troops. List of Freebies

    11/08/2012 3:54:54 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 26 replies
    November 8 2012
    Thank you to all our wonderful veterans and troops. Here are some freebies just for you to say THANK YOU from restaurants, stores etc. Have a very happy and blessed Veterans Day.
  • LAPD in danger of layoffs without sales tax hike, chief warns

    11/08/2012 3:49:47 PM PST · by mdittmar · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 8, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck on Thursday warned that police officers will be in danger of layoffs unless the city proceeds with a half-cent sales tax hike planned for the March 5 ballot.Speaking to The Times’ editorial board, Beck complained that he is already unable to hire 911 operators, custody officers and mechanics to repair squad cars. And he warned that the LAPD would probably lose 500 officers without the more than $200 million expected from a sales tax increase.
  • Man Injured In Giants World Series Victory Celebration Dies

    11/08/2012 3:46:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | November 8, 2012 10:21 AM
    San Francisco police were asking for the public’s help in finding out what happened to a man who died after being injured during a celebration of the Giants’ World Series win in the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. The victim, identified by the medical examiner’s office as 37-year-old San Francisco resident Sean Moffitt, went home after the Oct. 28 celebration and told his roommate he was attacked at about 9:30 p.m. that night in the 1500 block of Haight Street, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said. …
  • WOW: Most Accurate Polls for 2012?

    11/08/2012 3:42:57 PM PST · by Toespi · 42 replies
    Fox News
    1. PPP 2. DAILYKOS/SEIU/PPP 3. REUTERS This alone should raise a red flag.