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  • Obama calls for rebuilding of US economy

    07/07/2012 9:41:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 119 replies
    Yahoo ^ | AFP
    US President Barack Obama said Saturday the United States needed to do more than just reclaim jobs lost to the recession, as he called for rebuilding the economy to make it secure for future generations. "Our mission isn't just to put people back to work - it's to rebuild an economy where that work pays; an economy in which everyone who works hard has the chance to get ahead," Obama said in his radio and Internet address. The comment came after new Labor Department statistics showed that the June jobless rate was unchanged from May at 8.2 percent, with 12.7...
  • Incredible Before-And-After Photo Shows How Fast Japan Is Rebuilding

    03/23/2011 7:59:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/23/2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    Here's something positive in Japan to break up the unending headlines about Fukushima.Via Good Magazine, here's a before-and-after photo of a highway that was totally torn up after the earthquake.The time lapse is three days.Here's the press release on the status of highway repairs. Image: Good Magazine
  • Japan's Earthquake: History Shows Rebuilding Spurs Economy

    03/14/2011 6:49:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | 03/14/2011 | Robert Cookson and David Pilling
    A few years ago, a senior official at Japan’s finance ministry shocked a foreign guest by making a deliberately provocative statement. “What Japan’s economy needs is a really good earthquake,” he said. Now, tragically, his tongue-in-cheek wish has come true. What the official was trying to say was the following. First, the country was stuck in deflation. Since the mid-late 1990s it had failed to shake off the debilitating drip of gently falling prices. One way of tackling that, the official suggested in remarks that echoed the thinking of Ben Bernanke, now chairman of the US Federal Reserve, was to...
  • Rebuilding the House (Tom McClintock)

    11/20/2010 3:07:16 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-11-09 | U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-California, 4th District
    More than a year ago, Pollster Frank Luntz stood before a group of about 40 House Republicans in a cramped conference room. “I need to tell you something,” he said. “I’ve been looking at polling data from Congressional districts across America for the last three months. I’m convinced that you are going to be in the majority next year.” After a long pause, he added, “This time, please don’t screw it up again.” I don’t think we will. The message of the last two elections could not be louder or clearer. Great parties are built upon great principles and they...
  • The GOP's messaging dilemma (Pollster says GOP needs RINOs)

    05/04/2010 8:05:16 PM PDT · by yongin · 36 replies · 845+ views
    Politico ^ | May 4, 2010 | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    Republican voters want Congress to repeal the healthcare overhaul, aren’t convinced that climate change is happening, and don’t think illegal immigrants should have a way to become citizens or that President Barack Obama has improved the United States’ global standing – all stances that put them at odds with the majority of voters, according to a new survey by Resurgent Republic. The findings, unveiled at a Tuesday morning panel by the group, highlight a major challenged faced by Republicans headed into the 2010 election cycle: While their base appears more motivated than that of the Democrats, they will have to...
  • Rebuild of destroyed footbridge begins

    04/16/2010 4:35:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 284+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Spc. Luisito Brooks, USA
    ABU GHRAIB – A U.S. Soldier visited the site of a destroyed pedestrian footbridge here to meet with Iraqi representatives to discuss reconstructing the once-busy thoroughfare, April 6.Capt. Talgin Cannon, a member of the Joint Project Management Office of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, knows traveling to school should be a fun and safe experience for children.  But in this neighborhood, the journey for a good education has become treacherous without the footbridge. The bridge was destroyed by an improvised explosive device about two years ago, Cannon said, explaining that rebuilding would allow safe travel for...
  • Elect more nonconforming libertarian-Republicans [Barf Alert!]

    04/04/2010 1:07:46 PM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 30 replies · 813+ views
    Renew America ^ | 2 April 2010 | Bonnie Alba
    Some commentators have suggested that Republican-Libertarian Rep. Ron Paul is responsible for the grassroots Tea Party movement rising up against the present Washington chaos. The truth is Paul's 2008 presidential campaign ignited long-held frustrations and also educated some of the younger generation regarding constitutional principles. Considered a "kook" by many of his congressional peers, Paul may be the only sane one there. This is the man who just returned $100,000 of his congressional budget back to the U.S. Treasury. His congressional frugality borders on treason within free-spending Congress. Nicknamed "Dr. No" because of his thriftiness, he votes no to any...
  • Elect more nonconforming libertarian-Republicans

    04/03/2010 10:51:43 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 213 replies · 2,534+ views
    Renew America ^ | 2010-04-03 | Bonnie Alba
    "If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism." — Ronald Reagan Nonconformist: of or characterized by behavior or views that do not conform to prevailing ideas or practices. Recently Fox's Glenn Beck offered citizens a quiz to pinpoint where they fall in their political beliefs. The Nolan Chart (www.nolanchart.com/survey.php) provides questions which when answered honestly will place the responder somewhere on the political spectrum depicting conservative-libertarian-liberal-statist-centrist sections. Citizens who consider themselves conservative might be surprised to find they're somewhere between conservative and libertarian. Commentators have had a difficult time labeling tea party citizens....
  • Odious Conservatives

    04/01/2010 4:29:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 486+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2010 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- A major proposition that I advance in a book that will be published later this month, "After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery," is that there exists an odious subgroup of conservatives who, since the beginning of the conservative movement, have made their way to prominence in the mainstream media by a cheap act. They disparage, with great melodrama, other conservatives. Liberals love it -- and, for a while, love the disparagers. In the late 1990s, Arianna Huffington exploited this instrument of self-promotion brazenly. For several years, David Frum has been doing it haltingly, even timorously. However,...
  • Brewing tensions between the Tea Party and GOP

    03/20/2010 9:24:17 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 69 replies · 1,266+ views
    REUTERS ^ | 18 MARCH 2010 | REUTERS
    On a bright, brisk afternoon in mid-February, with snow still thick on the ground from storms that had battered Washington the week before, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele met with more than 50 members of the Tea Party, the Twitter Age conservative movement that is reshaping the U.S. political landscape. Steele, RNC chairman since January 2009, had invited them to the plush Capitol Hill Club, built as a clubhouse for the party's top brass next door to RNC headquarters. According to several accounts, not long into the meeting JoAnn Abbott, an activist from Virginia who calls herself the 'Tea...
  • Jim DeMint on mission to install "rock-solid" conservatives in Senate (GO DEMINT GO!!!)

    03/16/2010 10:33:54 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 172 replies · 1,573+ views
    The Greenville News | 2010-03-16 | Rudolph Bell
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  • Michael Barone: Tea party brings energy, change and tumult to GOP

    03/14/2010 1:09:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 621+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 14, 2010 | Michael Barone
    The political commentariat doesn't know what to make of those thousands of Americans who have spontaneously thronged to tea parties and town hall meetings to oppose the big government programs of the Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders.Some on the Left attack them as fascists or racists, though evidence of that is sorely lacking. David Brooks in the New York Times compared them with the New Left campus radicals of the 1970s, which comes closer to reality but doesn't quite ring true.Some tea partiers, citing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, compare themselves with the patriots of 1776 and...
  • Tea Party Protester Wins New York State Assembly Race

    02/27/2010 3:59:16 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 24 replies · 1,282+ views
    Texas GOP Vote ^ | 2010-02-27 17:15 | Staff
    Dean Murray, Tea Party activist, has been elected to the New York state assembly! According to Fox News: The Tea Party followers can boast about their first elected official. Dean Murray, a 45-year-old Long Island, N.Y., businessman who organized Tea Party protests, will be sworn in as the new Republican state assemblyman representing Long Island's eastern 3rd Assembly District on Monday, after being certified the winner of a special election held last Tuesday. Murray beat his Democratic opponent 51% to 49%, and is believed to be the first Tea Party organizer who has attained public office. The district had been...
  • ‘Tea party' is seeking to bag GOP with grass-roots tactics

    02/25/2010 12:42:58 AM PST · by kingattax · 17 replies · 602+ views
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | Feb. 24, 2010 | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    AUSTIN — Taking a page from the playbook of social conservatives, the “tea party” movement is trying to change the Republican Party of Texas from the ground up. Tea party activists in the major cities and suburbs across Texas have been recruiting and training candidates for precinct chairs as the building blocks to shift the emphasis of the state GOP from social issues to fiscal restraint by the federal government and individual freedom. “It's going to shock the world,” said Austin Tea Party activist Dean Wright
  • 46% of likely voters self identify conservative!!

    02/23/2010 2:15:16 PM PST · by brucek43 · 8 replies · 309+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | 02/23/10 | Bruce Karlson
    The Collins Report today notes that Wenzel Strategies, a well thought of, and of course accurate, pollster, reported the above. This is stupendous and when supported by subsequent polls will rock the foundations of the Democrats. Perhaps I should write “further rock” as the entire liberal structure is already precarious. Blacks, who voted for President Obama in record numbers are now divided 62/38 believable. That is a thirty point drop among a group that is as essential as air to national Dems and all Dems in tight races. Native Spanish speakers, who also bought President Obama’s “hope and change”, are...
  • Where's the rest of me?

    02/22/2010 4:56:35 PM PST · by LSUfan · 12 replies · 361+ views
    Center for Security Policy ^ | 22 Feb 10 | Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
    Ronald Reagan the actor once famously screamed on screen "Where's the rest of me?!" after waking in a hospital to discover that a sadistic surgeon had amputated both of his legs. My guess is that Ronald Reagan the national leader would express similar horror at what is happening to his beloved conservative movement as some in its ranks seek to sever from its agenda the priority "the Gipper" consistently gave to the national security. One need look no further than the various functions held in the Washington area last week to see why Mr. Reagan would be so alarmed. On...
  • Calling All Christians: Let's Fast and Pray For Revival in 2010 part 2!!! (VANITY)

    02/21/2010 11:28:17 PM PST · by ROTB · 5 replies · 251+ views
    Me | 2/21/2010 | Me
    Brothers and Sisters in the Lord - There are many threats to the United States on the horizon i. Some of them include: Nuclear Annihilation - A nuclear exchange over Taiwan with China which is building both missile defense ii and civilian fallout shelters iii. Earthquake – If the Lord wanted, could he not send an earthquake powerful enough to bring crippling destruction to the West Coast? Terrorist Attack – As we saw by the Christmas bomber, we are no safer since 9/11, given we still don't screen for Muslims at airports. Also, the Department of Home Security considers a...
  • LA Times: The GOP's 'tea party' dance

    02/21/2010 4:27:06 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies · 765+ views
    LA Times ^ | February 21, 2010 | by Jacob Heilbrunn
    In September 1960, several dozen young conservative intellectuals descended on National Review editor William F. Buckley Jr.'s estate in Sharon, Conn., to draft a manifesto. Terse but sweeping, it demanded victory over rather than coexistence with "international communism," and declared that when "government interferes with the work of the market economy, it tends to reduce the moral and physical strength of the nation." Known as the Sharon statement, it helped forge the modern conservative movement. Half a century later, many of the movement's elders -- including former Reagan administration Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III, Heritage Foundation President Edwin Feulner Jr....
  • My Rant on the GOP (Vanity)

    02/19/2010 10:35:53 PM PST · by TCH · 33 replies · 699+ views
    TCH | February 19, 2010 | TCH
    When rubber must meet road, the GOP is as clear as the mud in a Louisiana swamp. Oh, they talk a good game; but, in the end, they act no different than the Democrats. Somewhere in Washington D.C. there must exist a vast graveyard of detached spines... since I have yet to encounter a sitting Republican who is still in possession of his, and the Democrats never had one to begin with … except when it comes to screwing the American people – then they are indefatigable juggernauts, while the Republicans practice their knitting. The GOP is infested by a...
  • Propose your top four planks for the GOP.

    02/20/2010 11:43:56 AM PST · by dagogo redux · 59 replies · 833+ views
    2/20/10 | dagogo redux
    With the tension brewing between the Tea Party movement and the Progessive/statist RINOs, and given the fact that out best chances may require working for change within the GOP, I would like to hear the ideas of fellow FReepers in the form of four proposed federal-level planks for the GOP. I'll offer mine, based on my limited understanding of the original intent of our Founding Fathers, and how that might fit with our current mess, but I'm hoping to hear the thoughts of greater minds and deeper thinkers here. Thanks. Top Four Federal-level Planks for the Republican Party 1. Fiscal...
  • Grassroots gain ground at CPAC

    02/19/2010 10:39:47 AM PST · by EveningStar · 2 replies · 249+ views
    Politico ^ | February 18, 2010 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Since Richard Nixon was president, the Conservative Political Action Conference has provided the American Right with an annual occasion for self-evaluation. On Thursday, when some 10,000 activists gather in Washington for this year’s conference, they will find themselves part of a conservative movement significantly different than it was during the Bush administration, or even in 2009. A jolt of anti-Obama populist energy has upended the movement’s traditional hierarchy, lifting some new or previously low profile groups to unprecedented heights while leaving traditional powers struggling to adapt.
  • Reuniting The Right

    02/17/2010 4:31:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 262+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 17, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: The faster history moves, the more rapidly time-tested principles assert themselves. A year ago America seemed headed toward democratic socialism. Now George Washington's spirit rises to cry "Halt!" On Wednesday, on the bank of the wide Potomac, on a parcel that once was part of the indispensable Founder's estate, a group of conservative thinkers and activists unveiled a concise summation of principles: "The Mount Vernon Statement." http://www.themountvernonstatement.com/) Some of these conservatives — former Atty. Gen. Ed Meese and Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner among them — for months had been cobbling the document out of the public eye. Through...
  • Statement unites 3 legs of conservatism

    02/17/2010 3:12:08 PM PST · by Dubya · 23 replies · 660+ views
    BAPTIST PRESS ^ | Michael Foust
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (BP)--A coalition of leading conservatives has unveiled a document promoting a "constitutional conservatism" and affirming the three legs of the movement: social, economic and national security conservatives. The Mount Vernon Statement, released at a news conference Wednesday (Feb. 17) at the Collingwood Library and Museum in Alexandria, Va. -- on land once owned by George Washington -- was modeled after the 1960 Sharon Statement, which was released 40 years ago and spearheaded by the late conservative leader William F. Buckley.
  • RNC Takes Down Controversial Tea Party Site

    02/17/2010 2:53:11 PM PST · by illiac · 5 replies · 398+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010 03:41 PM | By: David A. Patten
    The Republican National Committee has pulled off the Web a site that some tea party leaders saw as evidence the GOP is trying to "hijack" the grass-roots conservative movement.
  • Mount Vernon Statement Released Today – Constitutional Conservatism?

    02/16/2010 7:02:58 AM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies · 406+ views
    http://www.radioviceonline.com ^ | February 15, 2010 | Steve McGough
    Looks like FREEDOM is catching FIRE again! The Mount Vernon Statement is set to be signed today by 80 leading conservatives on the eve of the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) event in Washington this week. Some call it a manifesto, some a resurgence of the Contract with America. May I remind readers of the true conservative manifesto? Michelle Malkin just hit on this topic and I thought it was worthwhile to write some commentary. The United States Constitution is a fantastic document written by great leaders who ensured the document would work well centuries into the future. They provided...
  • Possibility of a Republican Senate Grows

    02/15/2010 6:18:41 PM PST · by Outside da Box · 36 replies · 1,251+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 2/15/2010 | Sean Trende
    Evan Bayh's surprise announcement that he would not seek a third term has sent shockwaves through the pundit class on an otherwise quiet President’s Day. It also upset a year’s worth of comfortable predictions that Republicans would never take back the Senate in 2010. This, combined with other recent political developments, places a 50-50 Senate within reach for the Republican caucus.
  • The Coming GOP Schism and how we can Avoid Self Destruction

    02/15/2010 5:47:37 PM PST · by publius321 · 22 replies · 793+ views
    http://www.TableOfWisdom.com ^ | February 15, 2010 | MrArbitrage
    Sean Hannity had Ann Coulter as a guest on his show on Monday night and he asked her the question “how can we screw this up?” referring to the GOP. I can tell you exactly how we will screw this up and at the end of this column – how we can AVOID screwing this up. The way we can screw this up is the same way we screwed it up last time around. We can screw this up by..."
  • 'Tea Party' Activists Filter Into GOP At Ground Level [Voila! Way To Go!]

    02/14/2010 7:34:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 21 replies · 861+ views
    LATimes ^ | February 14, 2010 | Kathleen Hennessey
    'Tea Party' Activists Filter Into GOP At Ground Level The conservative movement is urging its members to seek positions as local Republican precinct representatives. Their goal: Remake the party - and U.S. politics - from within. By Kathleen Hennessey February 15, 2010 Reporting from Washington - First there was the "tea party" protester. Now, meet the Tea-publican. Conservative activists who once protested the political establishment are now flooding the lowest level of the Republican Party apparatus hoping to take over the party they once scorned -- one precinct at a time. Across the country, tea party groups that had focused...
  • How Republicans Will Win the Senate

    02/09/2010 1:34:36 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies · 1,036+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | Feb. 9, 2010 | Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
    If the Republican Party wins every Senate seat in which it now holds a lead, according to Rasmussen’s polls, it will capture eight Democratic seats while holding all of its own. The two remaining pickups, to assure control, could be in Indiana, where former Sen. Dan Coats may run against Sen. Evan Bayh, and in California. Even if Coats does not run, former Congressman John Hostettler is behind Bayh by only 44-41 percent. And, in California, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is only 3 points behind Sen. Barbara Boxer. (This assumes that former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson takes on Sen....
  • Conservatives in New York Coming Out in Record Numbers

    02/03/2010 8:54:53 AM PST · by IndePundit · 10 replies · 423+ views
    Official Wire ^ | 2/3/10 | jsellnyc
    Interesting to see how the "Scott Heard Round The World" is already affecting the run-up to elections in NYC. See this mention about the Conservative Party meeting having its biggest turnout ever: http://www.officialwire.com/main.php?action=posted_news&rid=834&catid=126
  • Please, No More ‘Half-as-Much’ Republicans

    02/03/2010 9:21:51 AM PST · by AJKauf · 33 replies · 469+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Feb. 3 | J. Robert Smith
    If 2010 proves to be a “wave” election for the GOP, conservatives can expect more than a few half-as-much Republicans to sweep into Congress. What’s a half-as-much Republican? One who’s willing to do half as much as liberals on big government initiatives. Guys like John McCain and his sidekick, Lindsey Graham, for instance. Or Maine’s Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. Or departing Senator George Voinovich. But there’s an effective way to put half-as-much Republicans on notice: defeat a couple of them in upcoming primaries, especially in high-profile Senate contests. Sending a couple of half-as-muchers to summertime defeats would create quite...
  • Video: Rep. Michele Bachmann: The Tea Party People Will Become Dominant Members of Republican Party

    01/25/2010 5:58:11 PM PST · by Justaham · 16 replies · 760+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 1-25-10 | Jim Hoft
    Rep. Michele Bachmann told Bill O’Reilly tonight that the tea party members will become the dominant members of the Republican Party. She added that if the Republicans are smart they will embrace them.
  • Italian-led PRT Funds Herat Government Projects

    01/16/2010 9:36:09 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 199+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 16) - The Italian-led Herat Provincial Reconstruction Team recently assisted in the construction of a press building for the Herat government. The European Union paid for the exterior of the building while the Italian Ministry of Defense, through the PRT, funded the remainder of the project. The PRT also purchased a new video surveillance and lighting system for the governor's compound to increase its security. The PRT used Afghan workers for all the projects. After the inauguration ceremony for the building, the PRT donated two armoured jackets and two lap-top computers to the government of Herat. The...
  • What Domino's can teach the GOP

    01/09/2010 3:07:33 AM PST · by Scanian · 13 replies · 701+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 9, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    This is one of those rare moments when the conventional wis dom in Washington is right. The Democrats are poised to have a bad year; the only argument is over how bad it will be. And that question rests on whether or not the Republican Party crafts an agenda voters will support. So far the GOP has shrewdly been the "party of no." Since I disagree with so much of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda, I happen to think that "no" is the correct position on the merits. But that's not the point. Saying "no" has worked because that's what most Americans...
  • What the GOP Can Learn From a Pizza Chain

    01/08/2010 4:34:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies · 1,541+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2010 | Jonah goldberg
    This is one of those rare moments when the conventional wisdom in Washington is right. The Democrats are poised to have a bad year; the only argument is over how bad it will be. And that question rests on whether or not the Republican Party crafts an agenda voters will support So far the GOP has shrewdly been the "party of no." Since I disagree with so much of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda, I happen to think that "no" is the correct position on the merits. But that's not the point. Saying "no" has worked because that's what most Americans say,...
  • Ron Paul: Tea parties won't rebuild GOP

    01/07/2010 2:01:47 PM PST · by yongin · 95 replies · 2,157+ views
    Politco ^ | 1/7/10 | Andy Barr
    Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Wednesday night that despite the groundswell of grass-roots conservative energy, the tea party movement is not likely to revive the Republican Party. “I don't think you can talk about the tea party as a party,” Paul said during an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “It’s made up of a lot of different people. And I don't even see them as being Republicans.” “I think they're unhappy. They're unhappy with the establishment party. And that's made up of the Republicans and the Democrats,” Paul said. “If the Republicans don't catch on to that, they can't build...
  • Still the Stupid Party - Do Republicans really deserve to win big in 2010?

    01/07/2010 1:21:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 42 replies · 1,020+ views
    National Review Online ^ | January 07, 2010 | Kevin Williamson
    January 07, 2010, 4:00 a.m. Still the Stupid PartyDo Republicans really deserve to win big in 2010? By Kevin Williamson Guy Benson’s recent report about a lifelong New Jersey Democrat who already is so fed up with Obama-Pelosi-Reid shenanigans that she pulled the lever for Chris Christie is one pebble in the avalanche of opinion holding that Republicans are due for a big year in 2010. Maybe the Republican optimists are right: I’m no good at electoral prognosticating, so I’ll defer here to the psephological gurus. I don’t know whether the Republicans will win big in the next couple...
  • Afghan District Governor Hails Rebuilding Projects

    12/28/2009 4:03:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 181+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 1st Lt. Joe Reney, USMC
    NOW ZAD, Afghanistan, Dec. 28, 2009 – Afghanistan’s Now Zad district governor, Sayed Murad Agha, greeted more than 100 local citizens of the once-abandoned market here Dec. 20. The rebuilding process for the Now Zad district has started, but there will be challenges, officials said. Agha surveyed the area, asked questions and addressed local Afghans’ concerns. He visited the medical facility where Marines and sailors of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, provided care for local Afghans and spoke with local shopkeepers as he made his way through the district’s recently cleared streets. Although locals conveyed many concerns, Agha had some...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: Poll shows McCain only marginally ahead (leading only among liberals, "moderates")

    11/22/2009 12:14:26 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 63 replies · 2,042+ views
    PHOENIX -- A new statewide poll suggests John McCain could get a fight in his bid for another term in the U.S. Senate. And it would come from his own party. A telephone survey of 570 likely Republican primary voters conducted by Rasmussen Reports found McCain the favorite of 45 percent of those questioned. But former Congressman and current radio talk show host J.D. Hayworth was backed by 43 percent, well within the 4 percentage point margin of error for the poll. Hayworth told Capitol Media Services late Friday he has not made a decision, saying he is in the...
  • Newt Gingrich warns of 'destructive' GOP primaries (The Rhino Strikes Back)

    11/14/2009 2:04:26 AM PST · by DaveTesla · 361 replies · 8,663+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/13/09 3:45 PM EST | JONATHAN MARTIN
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich predicted disaster for his party if the conservative wing of the GOP continues to field independent candidates to the right of the party’s nominee. “If we get into a cycle where there are tea parties and there are conservative third-party candidates, we will make [Nancy] Pelosi speaker for life,” Gingrich told POLITICO in an interview Thursday, calling the practice “totally destructive.” But Gingrich, who broke with many fellow conservatives by getting behind the liberal Republican who was nominated but ultimately dropped out and backed the Democrat in a New York special congressional election, admitted that...
  • Is retaking the GOP the real goal of the Tea Party Movement?

    11/09/2009 4:17:14 PM PST · by indi_girl447 · 30 replies · 1,095+ views
    http://thefroginthekettle.com/ ^ | 11/9/09 | The Frog in the Kettle
    I read an October 28, 2009 article by JB Williams over at Canada Free Press titled “Tangible Tea Party Tactics” in which Williams argues that a primary tactic should be to take over the GOP. Williams frames these tactics as tangible and at first glance, he would seem to be correct and perhaps even plausible. But, is that really the point of the Tea Party Movement? Is it really a movement that seeks to simply replace the current crop of liberal democrats in the Congress with a conservative group of republicans? While I laud the idea and the passion behind...
  • McDonnell's Winning Strategy [Telegenic Conservative GOP Nominee For 2012?]

    11/08/2009 2:00:18 PM PST · by Steelfish · 4 replies · 427+ views
    FoxNews ^ | November 08th, 2009
    November 8 Megan Whittemore McDonnell's Winning Strategy Virginia Governor-elect Bob McDonnell seems to have found a winning formula for unifying his party and delivering a clear message. During the campaign McDonnell focused on jobs, the economy, transportation and education while staying positive. "We kept it overwhelmingly positive, giving people an uplifting alternative for the future," McDonnell told Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday. "We, I think, tapped into some of the sentiment at the national level on the issues of card check, cap and trade, and some under-funded mandates and things like that that were not resonating well with Virginia...
  • Palin, Tea Party Protesters 'Driving Moderates Out of GOP'

    11/03/2009 1:03:27 PM PST · by Justaham · 59 replies · 1,921+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 11-03-09 | Matthew Balan
    On Monday’s AC360, CNN’s Anderson Cooper forwarded the media’s new talking point about the New York 23 congressional race, that “Tea Party protesters and other conservative voices are...driving moderates out of the GOP.” Correspondent Tom Foreman continued on this note, stating that “angry conservatives...[are] forcing the party to choose between...its base and attracting more moderate Americans.” Cooper led the 10 pm Eastern hour of his program with the question, “Does the Republican Party have room for moderates?” The anchor outlined that “state and local elections tomorrow may have profound national effects, and President Obama and Sarah Palin are a big...
  • "Tea Party Activists Are the New GOP"

    11/01/2009 5:33:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 64 replies · 2,423+ views
    The Nation ^ | 11/01/2009 | JOHN NICHOLS
    Richard Viguerie, the legendary hard-right activist who spent much of the past decade arguing that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were too liberal, now declares that: "Tea Party Activists Are the New GOP." There is little reason to argue with the man whose direct-mail campaigning funded the rise of the Republican right in the late 1970s and who grumbled loudly when Newt Gingrich, Bush, Cheney and Republican leaders tried to soften the party's roughest edges. Viguerie isn't grumbling now. He's celebrating. And rightly so. With the decision of moderate Republican Dede Scozzafava, the party's nominee in New York state...
  • Hoffman worries some incumbents

    10/31/2009 1:55:04 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 108 replies · 4,421+ views
    Hoffman worries some incumbents By Reid Wilson - 10/31/09 04:23 PM ET The ascendance of the Conservative Party nominee in a New York special election suggests that some centrist candidates may be at risk to conservative challengers, strategists and members of Congress said this weekend. Businessman Doug Hoffman, running on the Conservative Party line, has seen his support surge in recent weeks. On Saturday, Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, the Republican nominee in the district, said she is suspending her campaign, and national party leaders rushed to back Hoffman. Strategists said the new developments are a shot in the arm for the...
  • Direction of GOP at Center of N.Y. Congressional Race

    10/31/2009 2:21:18 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 46 replies · 1,777+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 31, 2009 | N/A
    Congressional campaign in upstate New York could play a big role in the GOP's approach to the 2010 elections and beyond. What began as a little-noticed congressional campaign in upstate New York has become a high-profile battle for the direction of the Republican Party, and it could play a big role in the GOP's approach to the 2010 elections and beyond. With Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman mounting a serious challenge to moderate Republican Dede Scozzafava and Democrat Bill Owens, prominent Republicans are splitting support between Hoffman and Scozzafava, providing an unusually raw display of the party's divisions. Supporters of...
  • Richard Viguerie: Tea Party Activists Are the New GOP

    10/31/2009 1:18:11 PM PDT · by tennmountainman · 35 replies · 1,667+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/31/09 | No Author
    "Doug Hoffman and NY-23 is an earthquake in American politics, and is the first of many challenges to establishment Republicans that we will see for the 2010 elections and beyond. The stupid decision by Republican leaders to pour $900,000 into the NY-23rd race against a conservative has unleashed a fury that will lead to new GOP leadership.
  • Jeb Bush: GOP can't be 'old white guy party'

    10/24/2009 4:07:59 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 158 replies · 3,630+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-10-23 | Eric Zimmermann
    The GOP needs to shed its image as the "old white guy party," Jeb Bush said this week. Speaking at George Washington University, Bush said Republicans need to reach out to a more diverse group of voters. "You don't have to be a rocket scientist to realize that in order for a political party to be successful it has to reach out to everyone," Bush said, according to the GW Hatchet. "In politics, you never win when you say 'us and them.' We need a more welcoming message."
  • "The Era of GOP Women"

    10/15/2009 8:03:53 AM PDT · by DB9 · 12 replies · 957+ views
    C4P ^ | October 15, 2009 | K. Carpenter
    I must admit, I was briefly excited yesterday when I went on the Washington Post’s website and saw this headline: “The Era of GOP Women”. Then I saw Meghan McCain’s picture next to it. I should have just stopped there and not clicked on the link. Foolishly, I did. Sigh. I should have known that it was a column by Kathleen Parker. I also should have known that when talking about GOP women, Parker would work in a slam against Sarah Palin. She did: "In the past few months, several conservative women have emerged as candidates and critics to challenge...
  • Watts to OK GOP: Time to regroup and reassess

    10/16/2009 3:52:21 PM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 7 replies · 713+ views
    Oklahoma Watchdog ^ | Ocotber 16, 2009 | Andrew W. Griffin
    By Andrew W. Griffin Oklahoma Watchdog Posted: October 16, 2009 Andrew@oklahomawatchdog.org TULSA, Okla. – Former Fourth Congressional District Rep. J.C. Watts told a group of fellow Republicans Thursday night during a “Get Out the Vote” rally, “I’ve been accused of not being black enough.” And, “I’ve been accused of not being pure enough,” he told the gathering hosted by Better Business Bureau President Rick Brinkley and Oklahoma GOP Chairman Gary Jones. The audience included Attorney General candidate Ryan Leonard and Dewey Bartlett, running for Tulsa mayor. Watts, a former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback, said his experience in Congress shaped him and...