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  • Stevens trial report details misconduct by prosecution team(AK)

    03/16/2012 5:25:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 15 March, 2012 | SEAN COCKERHAM, RICHARD MAUER and LISA DEMER Anchorage Daily News / Read more here: http://
    A court-appointed special prosecutor's report made public on Thursday details findings that U.S. Justice Department attorneys intentionally withheld information from the defense in the bungled prosecution of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens. The Stevens investigation and prosecution "were permeated by the systematic concealment" of key evidence that would have been beneficial to his defense and "seriously damaged the testimony and credibility" of the government's key witness, former Veco chief Bill Allen, the report said. The 514-page report, by Washington lawyer Henry Schuelke, was released Thursday by order of U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who presided over Stevens' 2008 trial and...
  • Open carry bill flies through Oklahoma Senate, heads to House

    03/15/2012 2:37:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 15 March, 2012 | Rick Couri
    Oklahoma has been on the verge of an open carry law for firearms for several years. Then Governor Brad Henry vetoed the last measure to make it that far in 2010 but Governor Mary Fallin may have a chance to sign one of her own. Senate bill 1733 was passed by a 34-9 vote on Wednesday and now heads to the House for further consideration. 1733 would allow anyone with a concealed carry permit to also carry the gun openly if they choose. The bill was written by Senator Anthony Sykes a Republican from Moore and would require those applying...
  • Senate reaches deal on federal judicial nominations (Mitch caves - again)

    03/15/2012 1:03:57 PM PDT · by LibFreeUSA · 10 replies
    WAPO ^ | 03/14/2012 | Ed O'Keefe
    Senate leaders reached a deal Wednesday on judicial nominations, averting what could have been a weeks-long fight over the fate of 17 picks to serve on the federal bench. After sparring on the issue for the last three days, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled at midday that they had reached a deal. Democratic aides said senators would vote to confirm 12 federal district court nominees and two circuit court picks by May and move (con't ...)
  • Florida Senate caves to CAIR on Shariah law

    03/15/2012 5:04:05 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 21 replies ^ | March 15, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    On March 1, BizPac Review published my column titled, “Florida gets it right on Sharia law.” In it, I reported that the Florida Legislature was considering a bill prohibiting use of foreign law in the courts. The bill was quickly making its way through the legislative committees, and passage at that time seemed imminent. It seems I jumped the gun. Although the House version (HB-1209) easily gained approval, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, never brought the Senate version (SB-1360) up for a vote before the close of the 2012 legislative session. Obviously, my crystal ball has run past its...
  • Florida Senate: Mack (R) 43%, Nelson (D) 36%

    03/14/2012 3:08:03 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 27 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | March 14, 2012
    Republican Congressman Connie Mack now posts a seven-point lead over Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in Florida’s U.S. Senate race, and the incumbent remains just ahead of his other two potential GOP rivals. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Florida shows Mack with 43% support to Nelson’s 36%. Five percent (5%) like another candidate in the race, and a sizable 16% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) A month ago, Mack and Nelson were tied at 41% apiece. Last November, Mack, a congressman from the Fort Myers/Naples area of the state, led 43% to...
  • Forget About the White House, it's Lost- Focus on Congressional Majorities to Neutralize Obama

    03/14/2012 3:25:23 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 35 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | March 14, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    After a disappointing night that found Newt Gingrich unable to register outright victories in the deep South, I'm left with the conclusion that the only capable conservative fighter we had left has been unfortunately tossed aside by primary voters in order to back an unqualified, low-charisma schmoe who will be pounded to smithereens in the general election if we give him the chance. And that's a big 'if'-Santorum himself admits he cannot win the nomination anytime before the Tampa convention: an internal memo reveals the goal as a 'contested convention' (same as Gingrich has been saying for weeks). I'm all for stopping Romney... but...
  • Senate rejects plan to open Arctic refuge to drilling

    03/13/2012 3:09:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 13, 2012 | Sean Cockerham
    WASHINGTON _ The Senate on Tuesday resoundingly rejected a sweeping measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other protected areas to oil drilling, as well as to approve construction of the Keystone pipeline project. Tuesday's vote was the first time in four years that the Senate has voted on a measure including ANWR drilling, and it failed miserably.
  • Obama Turns Keystone Pipe Dream To Nightmare

    03/12/2012 11:18:08 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    Investor;s Business Daily ^ | March 12, 2012 | IBD editorials
    Energy Policy: After presidential lobbying, the Senate fell four votes short of taking a giant step toward energy independence as gas prices and unemployment rise. In the White House, everything is going according to plan. The 56-42 vote defeated a proposal by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., that would have granted approval of the pipeline without any further environmental reviews by the State Department. It came after President Obama personally called lawmakers to lobby for the Hoeven amendment's defeat. Sixty votes were needed for passage to avoid a filibuster. As we've said, you have to watch what Obama does, not what...
  • Senate Conservatives

    03/10/2012 3:44:01 PM PST · by JaguarXKE · 10 replies
    Senate Conservatives ^ | March 2012 | Jim DeMint
    The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) announced today that it has launched a new 30-second television spot highlighting the conservative record of Don Stenberg, candidate for U.S. Senate in Nebraska.
  • Senate GOP on Keystone: This isn’t over

    03/08/2012 4:36:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/08/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    Senate GOP on Keystone: This isn’t overBy Andrew Restuccia - 03/08/12 05:34 PM ET Republicans vowed to continue aggressively pushing for approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline Thursday shortly after the Senate narrowly rejected a GOP-backed measure to greenlight the project. The Senate Republicans who authored the Keystone provision told reporters they are working with House GOP leadership to ensure that a measure fast-tracking approval of the project is ultimately attached to the highway bill. “We intend to continue our efforts, including on this bill,” Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) told reporters shortly after the Senate Keystone vote. “Remember, we’re...
  • Tea Party senators unveil five-year plan to balance the budget (“A Platform to Revitalize America”)

    03/08/2012 4:21:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/08/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Tea Party senators unveil five-year plan to balance the budgetBy Alexander Bolton - 03/08/12 02:16 PM ET Members of the Senate Tea Party Caucus on Thursday announed a plan to balance the budget in five years, cutting spending by nearly $11 trillion compared to President Obama’s budget. The plan, dubbed “A Platform to Revitalize America,” is a wish list of conservative policies, none of which have any chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate or being signed into law by a liberal Democratic president. The ambitious blueprint would achieve a $111 billion surplus in fiscal year 2017. “The whole point here...
  • Dan Liljenquist skips a lot of votes

    03/06/2012 6:14:57 PM PST · by swampfoxniner · 1 replies
    Youtube ^ | March 6th, 2012 | Youtube
    The truth behind the Liljenquist rhetoric. Utah needs a Senator that actually votes...
  • Netanyahu meets House leaders, thanks Congress for ‘display of solidarity’ (Senate? Not so much)

    03/06/2012 5:35:56 PM PST · by Libloather
    The Hill ^ | 3/06/12 | Molly K. Hooper
    Netanyahu meets House leaders, thanks Congress for ‘display of solidarity’By Molly K. Hooper - 03/06/12 01:12 PM ET Top Republican and Democratic congressional leaders affirmed U.S. solidarity with Israel on Tuesday amid growing concerns over Iran’s nuclear program. Following a meeting of key House leaders and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said “the United States Congress will never allow Israel to stand alone.” Boehner added that the “growing threat of a nuclear Iran cannot be ignored,” and that the U.S. and Israel must be clear with each other, and to the...
  • With Kerrey coming and Snowe going, Senate Dems confident (It's ALL about power)

    03/03/2012 12:42:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/03/12 | Alexander Bolton
    With Kerrey coming and Snowe going, Senate Dems confidentBy Alexander Bolton - 03/03/12 01:15 PM ET Senate Democrats are buoyantly optimistic about keeping control of the upper chamber after developments this past week increased their chances of winning races in Maine and Nebraska. They sought to capitalize on the new wave of optimism by blasting out a fundraising email Friday touting the “seismic” shift of the Senate electoral map. “This week’s entry of Democrat Bob Kerrey into the Nebraska race and surprise retirement of Republican Senator Olympia Snowe in Maine have completely changed the face of the 2012 map in...
  • Senate vote to block HHS mandate on religious organizations tomorrow

    02/29/2012 11:07:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 2+ views
    Hotair ^ | 02/29/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Get your dialing fingers ready. Roll Call reports that the Senate will hold a floor vote on an amendment by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) to impose a religious-conscience exception to the HHS mandate announced by Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius last month. The bill will come in the form of an amendment to the troubled transportation bill — which either complicates or simplifies the issue for the White House, depending on one’s perspective: The Senate will vote Thursday on a conscience clause amendment to release religious organizations from government mandates in health care, Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) said today.The...
  • Bob Kerrey changes his mind, will run for Senate, source says

    02/27/2012 5:59:29 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 22 replies · 3+ views
    Wash Post ^ | February 27, 2012 | unattributed
    <p>Former senator Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) has changed his mind and plans to run for the open Senate seat in Nebraska, according to a senior Democratic aide.</p> <p>The aide said Kerrey has called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to inform him of his plans.</p>
  • Senate GOP slams Schumer’s push for Saudis to ramp up oil production (strongly worded letter)

    02/27/2012 5:16:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/27/12 | Ben Geman
    Senate GOP slams Schumer’s push for Saudis to ramp up oil productionBy Ben Geman - 02/27/12 01:17 PM ET Senate Republicans are bashing Sen. Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) call for increased Saudi Arabian oil production to help ease prices, alleging it shows that Democrats are weak when it comes to boosting North American energy supplies and jobs. Schumer on Sunday urged Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to press Saudi officials to expand production, noting that the kingdom is producing well below its capacity of 12.5 million barrels per day. Republicans are hopeful that the letter provides a political opening to...
  • Choice Neighborhoods Initiative – “The Better Way?” – JOBS!

    02/25/2012 8:55:31 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Confounded Interest ^ | 02/24/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has proposed S. 624, The Choice Neighborhoods Bill. The Bill calls for $350 million in 2012 for competitive grants to revitalize distressed neighborhoods. Bear in mind that Stanford University recently built a business school campus for $345 million. And this Bill purports to spend $350 million for neighborhood revitalization with expensive green technology. This Bill is a makeover of the HOPE VI program that was less than a success (although it worked about as well as other government initiatives). As of June 1, 2010 there have been 254 HOPE VI Revitalization grants awarded to 132 housing...
  • Freep a Poll! (Virginia senate tables bill declaring life begins at conception. you agree?)

    02/24/2012 3:03:37 PM PST · by dynachrome · 15 replies ^ | 2-24-12 | Hampton Roads
    Do you agree with the Virginia Senate's decision to table the bill declaring that life begins at conception? Yes No Not sure
  • US SENATE: Coburn Most Conservative, Gillibrand, Merkley Most Liberal

    02/23/2012 9:57:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Journal ^ | 02/23/2012 | By Stephanie Palla
    Oklahoma's Tom Coburn is the most conservative member of the Senate, while New Yorker Kirsten Gillibrand and Oregon's Jeff Merkley share the title of top liberals, according to National Journal's 2011 Congressional Vote Ratings. Coburn jumped eight spots to snag the most conservative label this year, and it's Gillibrand's second consecutive appearance in the list of top ten most liberal members. For the past three decades, National Journal has rated members of Congress based on selected roll-call votes from the previous year to create an ideological scale for Congress. This year, National Journal examined all 949 roll call votes in...