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  • Jay Carney Swats Away ‘Conspiracy Theories’ About Faked 2012 Employment Data

    11/19/2013 11:46:33 AM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 11/19/13 | Noah Rothman
    A bombshell report published in the New York Post alleges that census data relating to new jobs created during the month of September, 2012, was “faked.” The fabricated data, the report indicates, resulted in the sharp reduction in the nation’s unemployment rate in October, 2012, from 8.1 to 7.8 percent. On Tuesday, White House Press Sec. Jay Carney said that there was nothing to this report. “That story is obviously misleading,” Carney told ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl. “I think a lot of people shed a lot of credibility engaging in conspiracy theories last fall about, you know, rigged jobs...
  • Carney: Obama Not Understood Because He Spoke In "Shorthand" Since He Is A Law Professor

    04/05/2012 2:36:04 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 204 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 5, 2012
    <p>White House press secretary Jay Carney tells the press corps that President Obama's attack on the Supreme Court was misunderstood because he was speaking in "shorthand" since he is a former professor of law.</p> <p>Henry: The president is a former constitutional law professor. One of his professors is Laurence Tribe. He now says, in his words, the president “obviously misspoke earlier this week”, quote “he didn’t say what he meant and having said that in order to avoid misleading anyone, he had to clarify it.” I thought yesterday you were saying repeatedly that he did not misspeak. What do you make of the president’s former law professor saying he did?</p>
  • Oops! Rick Perry wants to cut $5 trillion -- from $3.7 trillion budget

    12/17/2011 3:34:11 PM PST · by TBBT · 60 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 12/17/2011 | NINA MANDELL
    Slip is just latest of many in Texas governor's run for the Presidency Rick Perry made another slip on Saturday when he pledged to cut a whopping $5 trillion from President Barack Obama's proposed budget - a number which is $1.3 million higher than Obama's total budget, CBS News reported.
  • Senate Republicans likely to kill Obama jobs bill

    10/11/2011 6:50:58 AM PDT · by mazda77 · 25 replies
    Yahoo News / ATT ^ | 10/11/2011 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's jobs bill, facing a critical test in the Senate, appears likely to die at the hands of Republicans opposed to stimulus spending and a tax surcharge on millionaires.
  • Bachmann Stayed Quiet on Mandatory Vaccinations While Serving Minnesota

    09/14/2011 6:49:22 AM PDT · by BfloGuy · 107 replies
    RedState ^ | 9/13/2011 | Ben Howe
    Bachmann is making the case that opposing vaccinations required by the state is fundamentally a conservative issue, which is news to many conservatives given that mandatory vaccinations have been around as long as they have, and, to my knowledge, we haven’t made it a big part of the Republican platform to oppose them. But if you listened to Bachmann last night, it’s clear that she believes this is the type of issue on which a presidential candidate must stand, must do the right thing, and cannot waver in putting this forth as a conservative principle lest we risk infecting millions...
  • Poor sales pitch on health care reform blamed for Democrats' loss of House

    11/03/2010 10:56:02 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 48 replies
    northjersey.com/ ^ | November 3, 2010 | HERB JACKSON
    Democrats lost control of the House because health care reform was badly sold and the party has a "chronic serious problem" of talking over the heads of the American people, Rutgers University political scientist Ross Baker said this morning. "It was a calamity for the Democrats, but perhaps it wasn't an apocalypse," because the party held onto control of the Senate, Baker said at a post-election analysis session at Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics. Unofficial results showed Republicans would hold at least 239 seats in the House next year. Democrats currently hold 255 seats. In the Senate, the Democrats' 59-seat...
  • Ed Rendell: Democrats lost spin war

    10/27/2010 12:54:53 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/27/10 3:21 PM EDT | ANDY BARR
    Democrats have been plagued on the campaign trail by the White House’s trouble communicating a “clear and concise” message, Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell said Wednesday. “The message hasn't been getting out clearly and correctly since almost the beginning of the Obama administration,” Rendell told Fox News. Rendell pointed specifically to the health care law, which Republicans have used to hammer Democrats on the campaign trail. “When I ask people about, for example, the health care bill, they say, ‘well, the health care bill, I like a lot of the provisions, but it's going to add to the deficit,’” Rendell...
  • In Losing the Midterms, There May Be Winning (post-election spin begins early)

    10/23/2010 1:17:04 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 31 replies
    WASHINGTON — Let there be no mistake: President Obama wants the Democrats to win next week’s midterm elections. His voice has gone hoarse telling every audience that from Delaware to Oregon. But let’s also acknowledge this: Although he will not say so, there is at least a plausible argument that he might be better off if they lose. The reality of presidential politics is that it helps to have an enemy. With Democrats controlling the White House and Congress, they shoulder responsibility for the country’s troubles. No amount of venting about George W. Bush or the filibuster rule has convinced...
  • Patrick Kennedy: Scott Brown win ‘way overblown’

    02/03/2010 12:41:08 PM PST · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 48 replies · 1,460+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/3/10 | J. Taylor Rushing
    Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) said Tuesday that Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts has been “way overblown.” Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), disputed the assertion that voters in Massachusetts’ are very liberal.“This whole notion that it’s a liberal state -- how many Republicans do I have to mention who got elected up there?” Kennedy said, citing Republican governors such as Mitt Romney, Paul Cellucci and William Weld.Kennedy added, “This is way overblown. Bottom line is, it just served a lot of people’s political interests to spin this story the way they wanted it.”
  • NY Times: Obama Just Too 'Complex' a 'Pragmatist' for Voters to Understand

    02/03/2010 10:27:43 AM PST · by pissant · 54 replies · 926+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 2/3/10 | Clay Waters
    Is Barack Obama just too complex for voters to figure out? That was the premise behind the New York Times's Sunday Week in Review lead story by Richard Stevenson,“The Muddled Selling of the President.” Stevenson denied Obama was a liberal (despite his push for government-supervised health care and $787 billion in “economic stimulus” spending), suggesting he was too “complex” for such a label. Further, he wondered if Obama's recent political struggles means it's no longer “possible to embrace complexity in a political and media culture that demands simple themes and promotes conflict?” On this much, President Obama’s friends and foes...
  • Is the White House on Crack? Politico: Obama to Spin Brown Win As Validation of Obama

    01/18/2010 5:58:02 PM PST · by kristinn · 72 replies · 4,063+ views
    Monday, January 18, 2010 | Kristinn
    The Obama administration is gearing up to spin the likely Republican upset victory in the Massachusetts special election for the U.S. Senate tomorrow as a validation of Barack Obama's "underdog" presidential candidacy to change how Washington works, according to Politico.Obama advisors David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett must be hitting the crack pipe and hitting it hard if they believe that Republican Scott Brown is on the verge taking away a Senate seat the Democrats have held since John F. Kennedy won it in 1952 because voters identify Brown's candidacy as being sympatico with Obama.Politico:An upset by Republican Scott...
  • Video: Kaine: Reid's remarks were contextually 'positive'

    01/10/2010 12:20:55 PM PST · by paltz · 24 replies · 700+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 1/10/10 | Kerry Picket
    Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine defended Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D - NV) on Fox News Sunday (video below) over controversial comments Mr. Reid made about President Barack Obama on the 2008 campaign trail. Mr. Kaine explained that Senator Reid's remarks, taken in context, were actually "positive" in nature and that the Nevada Senator was really praising Mr. Obama. This is an interesting spin. One must wonder if black Americans who are not "light-skinned" or, as Mr. Reid also put it, speak with only a "Negro dialect" should feel better that the Senate Majority Leader was just being...
  • CNN Throws Out Idea That Dems Might Be Better Off If They Lose NJ & VA

    10/30/2009 7:13:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies · 2,153+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 10/30/2009 | Matthew Balan
    On Friday’s Situation Room, CNN forwarded an idea proposed by The New Republic’s Peter Beinart- that Democratic losses in the gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey this year would result in the reelection of President Obama in 2012. An on-screen graphic during a discussion of Beinart’s hypothesis read, “If The Dems Lose Next Week: How it might help them in the long run.” Anchor Wolf Blitzer read the New Republic contributor’s idea during a “Strategy Session” panel discussion with Republican Mary Matalin and Democrat Paul Begala 53 minutes into the 4 pm Eastern hour: “Peter Beinart, writing in The...
  • Newsweek Political Correspondent: Losing Olympics Good for Obama

    It goes without saying the Obama-loving media will be in full damage control mode this weekend trying to spin Friday's announcement that Chicago will not be the host of the 2016 Olympics, but this one has to take the cake: Losing the Olympics Bid Is Good for Obama
  • Newsweek Kool-Aid: Losing Olympics Bid Is Good For Obama

    10/02/2009 9:39:39 AM PDT · by kristinn · 75 replies · 3,538+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Friday, October 2, 2009 | Katie Connolly
    SNIP Wow – I did NOT see that coming. The way I figured it, this White House is far too protective of the President’s strategically-crafted image to allow him to travel thousands of miles for only to fail on the world stage. I thought it a done deal - who's better at vote counting than the Obama people? I would have bet money that Rahm and Axelrod knew they had the numbers in the bag before they let him step on Air Force One. I was so very wrong. Not only did they fail, they failed in the first round!...
  • Newsweek: Actually, not getting the Olympics is good for Obama

    10/02/2009 10:55:49 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 63 replies · 1,718+ views
    Hot Air ^ | October 02, 2009 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Laugh if you must, but this is the one bit of spin you’ll hear today that has the virtue of actually being true. And of course it’s also the one bit you won’t hear from anyone in the White House. This is pretty embarrassing for the White House. (Especially letting Obama having to fail in front of his wife – ouch!) But ultimately, it’s a good thing for him. As I wrote on Monday, the Olympics are notorious for running massively over budget. The organizing committees are always rife with infighting and power games, as all manner of colorful cronies...
  • How Will White House Spin Suds Session?

    07/28/2009 4:27:37 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 52 replies · 1,589+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Now that’s it been announced that Pres. Obama will get together Thursday with Sgt. James Crowley and Prof. H.L. Gates for the proverbial beer, PBO’s spin doctors are surely feverishly at work. The White House must be looking at the event as the last best chance to salvage something from the president’s gaffe. Not only did PBO’s assertion that the police acted “stupidly” kill whatever momentum health care reform might have had, it tarnished Obama’s image as a post-racial healer. So surely the likes of Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs are busily orchestrating the theatrics and optics of...
  • Pelosi Says Health Care Bill is ‘Stimulus Package’

    07/26/2009 9:46:41 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 305+ views
    CNN ^ | July 26, 2009
    “I do think the health care bill is a stimulus package. I do believe the energy bill was, (with the) creation of new green jobs, a jump start."
  • Obama Makes Surprise Press Room Appearance, Spinning Racist Cop Bashing Remarks (Transcript at #246)

    07/24/2009 11:40:58 AM PDT · by kristinn · 472 replies · 19,704+ views
    Friday, July 24, 2009 | Kristinn
  • CNN’s Heidi: How to Spin the News — Racially

    07/23/2009 10:48:21 AM PDT · by liesel2000 · 11 replies · 1,796+ views
    NewsReal ^ | July 23, 2009 | David Horowitz
    Heidi Collins runs CNN’s morning news show. Covering the unemployment statistics this morning, she demonstrated the soft racism that pervades the universe of American liberalism. Reporting the unemployment situation, she broke down the statistics by, guess what? Answer: by percentages that reflected the “racial gap” between — guess who? — blacks and whites. They came up 8.7% for whites and 14.7% for blacks. Not a shred of intelligent analysis followed these statistics, examining, for example, what industries the unemployed blacks and whites were in, how long they had been working at their respective jobs, what their skill levels were. The...
  • New White House spin: Stimulus not designed to … stimulate

    07/16/2009 3:20:07 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 20 replies · 706+ views
    Hot Air ^ | July 15, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    Old White House spin: Porkulus has stimulated the economy and “saved or created” 150,000 jobs. New White House spin: Stimulus? What stimulus? ABC’s Yunji de NIes reports from somewhere down the rabbit hole, er, the White House briefing room: Turns out the $787 billion “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” (AARA) was not designed for full economic recovery, but rather to “stabilize” the downturn. That’s the word from White House officials today, who held off-camera briefings with reporters on how the AARA is working so far. “This legislation was designed to cushion the downturn,” said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs....
  • AP, Reuters Go Full Tilt in Spinning Latest Writing of Pope

    07/07/2009 6:12:03 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 66 replies · 2,087+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 7/7/2009 | Matthew Balan
    Two major wire services- AP and Reuters- cherry picked excerpts from Pope Benedict XVI’s latest encyclical (a teaching document of the Catholic Church) on Tuesday to support left-wing economic and political positions, and all but ignored the pontiff’s traditional stances on the family, bioethics, and the environment. The AP also went so far to bring up “the state of the Vatican’s own [financial] books.” Both Philip Pullella, who regularly writes about the Pope and the Vatican for Reuters, and the AP’s Nicole Winfield zeroed in on paragraph 67 of the encyclical, which is titled “Caritas in Veritate,” or “Charity in...
  • Obama's economic spin machine

    06/08/2009 5:59:08 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 22 replies · 999+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, June 9, 2009 | Editorial
    The Obama administration was out in full force defending the stimulus this weekend. The mantra is that the economy is getting better but Americans need to be patient to see progress. The problem is that, so far, there hasn't been any economic progress. White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee promised on "Fox News Sunday": "It's going to take more than a few months to turn it around." That contradicts White House economic adviser Lawrence H. Summers' promise in January that the economy would start improving "within weeks" so long as the president's $787 billion stimulus was passed. The stimulus actually...
  • MSNBC's Chris Matthews explains 'Oh God' remark

    02/25/2009 2:55:24 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 44 replies · 4,071+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 02/25/2009 | By DAVID BAUDER,
    NEW YORK – MSNBC's Chris Matthews said he was surprised by the "peculiar stagecraft" of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's response to President Barack Obama's speech to Congress, leading him to quietly say "Oh God" as Jindal approached a microphone. The remark inspired a brief Internet guessing game about who had said it and questions about whether someone at MSNBC was mocking the Republican governor. Matthews' barely audible "Oh God" appeared to be a classic case of someone talking on TV without realizing their microphone was on, and potentially embarrassing to a network many Republicans already regard with suspicion because of...
  • Axelrod - Tom did not want to be a distraction and I think that says something about his character

    02/03/2009 11:33:16 AM PST · by utahson · 56 replies · 1,447+ views
    Fox News | 2-3-09 | Fox News
    Axelrod thinks Daschele withdrawing says something about his character. What?!!! Is this Chicago change we can not believe in?
  • Obama’s Intervention for Ethics Bill Indirectly Led to Case Against Governor

    12/09/2008 11:28:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 64 replies · 3,427+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 10, 2008 | MIKE McINTIRE and JEFF ZELENY
    In a sequence of events that neatly captures the contradictions of Barack Obama’s rise through Illinois politics, a phone call he made three months ago to urge passage of a state ethics bill indirectly contributed to the downfall of a fellow Democrat he twice supported, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. Mr. Obama placed the call to his political mentor, Emil Jones Jr., president of the Illinois Senate. Mr. Jones was a critic of the legislation, which sought to curb the influence of money in politics, as was Mr. Blagojevich, who had vetoed it. But after the call from Mr. Obama, the...
  • Professor Mark Lamont Hill: Biden Not Given Time To Answer Questions Completely (FLA Video)

    10/26/2008 6:30:03 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 47 replies · 1,290+ views
    Fox and Friends | 10-26-2008
    Discussing Fairness Doctrine right now on Fox and Friends...Professor Mark Lamont Hill from Temple University and Obama supporter claims he hasn't been given access to full interview with Biden and Barbara West from WFTV and that Joe Biden wasn't given enough time to answer questions completely. 1. Professor, you are a dumb ass. Go to the Internet...it is everywhere un-edited....uncomfortable pauses and all. 2. Biden answered the questions completely...what he was watching were "CLIPS" from the interview and used for discussion purposes. The entire video is 4:22 long. My God...the intelligence factor is struggling on the Obama side second by...
  • CNN Spin for Obama's Pastor

    03/21/2008 6:01:37 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 16 replies · 737+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 21-Mar-08 | John Stephenson
    p> Update: I wonder how the media will spin Obama's church claiming that the "White Church is the Anti-Christ?"On Anderson Cooper’s CNN blog, Roland S. Martin spins out of control in an effort to help sweep up the mess left from pastorgate. He claims that Rev. Wright was only quoting Edward Peck, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and deputy director of President Reagan’s terrorism task force. He is particularly claiming that the controversial sermon that includes the quote, “chickens have come home to roost” was a quote from Peck. He goes on to provide what I guess is supposed to...
  • Obama's 'I Didn't Inhale' Defense

    03/17/2008 5:44:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 1,170+ views
    IBD ^ | March 17, 2008
    Election 2008: Barack Obama's story that he never once heard his preacher trash whites and America in hundreds of sermons sounds like Bill Clinton claiming he never inhaled while smoking dope.The mushrooming church scandal has taken the shine off the golden boy of politics, a two-decade regular at "unashamedly black" Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. With his phony defense, the Democrat front-runner has exposed himself as both a typical Beltway spinmeister and a hypocrite. From the start of his presidential campaign, Obama has positioned himself as a straight shooter and a uniter — the very antidote to the...
  • NYT's Cohen: Barack's 'Grown Beyond' Wright, and That's OK

    03/17/2008 4:11:32 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 37 replies · 804+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    One set of facts, two diametrically different NYT op-eds addressing it this morning. The fact: that Barack Obama is backpedaling as fast as he can away from the hateful anti-American rhetoric of Jeremiah Wright. The op-eds: Bill Kristol's, offering a dose of sobering realism about Obama's feet that if not of clay, then are certainly those of a garden-variety politician. And then there's Roger Cohen's, the Obama fan who, in a bit of breathtaking revisionism, would explain away Barack's moonwalk on the theory the candidate has simply "grown beyond" the mettlesome minister. And Cohen's just fine with that. Compare and...
  • Democrats Needn't Despair (battle for nomination hasn't spun out of control - yet) Auto-gag

    03/15/2008 7:51:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies · 628+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | 3/14/08 | John Mashek
    Democrats Needn't DespairMarch 14, 2008 04:30 PM ET John Mashek Some Democrats are already moaning that Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and their surrogates are risking defeat in November with their sniping over race and gender. Other Democrats are worrying that Howard Dean, the party's chairman, is not taking a lead regarding the delegation dispute over Florida and Michigan delegates to the convention in Denver. At the risk of being a contrarian, my message is one of solace. Democrats, there will be ample time to go after the McCain-Bush-Cheney record. For example: • John McCain has already reversed course...
  • Clinton's Spin Machine: Spun Dry

    02/20/2008 7:51:54 PM PST · by doug from upland · 29 replies · 155+ views
    TIME ^ | 2-20-08 | Michael Grunwald
    Clinton's Spin Machine: Spun Dry Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008 By MICHAEL GRUNWALD Barack Obama beat Hillary Clinton for the ninth and tenth straight time last night, with blowouts in Wisconsin and Hawaii. Needless to say, this means nothing. As Clinton strategist Mark Penn explained yesterday, Wisconsin has a lot of independent voters, so it doesn't really matter. And Hawaii is practically Obama's home state, so it obviously doesn't matter. Anyway, as Penn said recently, "winning Democratic primaries is not a qualification or a sign of who can win the general election." It's apparently not even a sign of who can...
  • Not Buying It (Barack Obama attempts to spin his wife's remarks about not being proud of the US)

    02/20/2008 10:26:02 AM PST · by jdm · 90 replies · 571+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 20, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    Michelle Obama's comments about her pride in America have apparently put her husband on the defensive. Barack Obama tried to spin the comments made by Mrs. Obama in Milwaukee on Monday as relating only to politics, but the quote speaks for itself: Barack Obama, interviewed on WOAI radio in San Antonio, Texas, expressed frustration that his wife's comments became political fodder. "Statements like this are made and people try to take it out of context and make a great big deal out of it, and that isn't at all what she meant," Obama said. "What she meant was, this is...
  • Iowa Isn’t That Important, Clinton Staffers Say [Spin, Spin,......]

    01/04/2008 7:53:01 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 64 replies · 157+ views
    Iowa Isn’t That Important, Clinton Staffers Say Amy Chozick reports on the presidential race. [Hillary Clinton] Clinton ON BOARD THE CLINTON PLANE — After pouring millions of dollars and nearly a year of effort into a win in Iowa, senior staffers for Democrat Hillary Clinton now say the state isn’t that important after all. “The worst thing would be to over count Iowa and its importance,” said chief strategist Mark Penn, just hours after the New York senator finished in a disappointing third place, behind Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards. “Iowa doesn’t have a...
  • Clinton Camp Pre-Spinning Possible BAD NEWS IN IOWA: Third-Place Finish Would Not Be Disappointing

    01/02/2008 1:06:50 PM PST · by rface · 53 replies · 395+ views
    ABC News ^ | 01.02.08 | RICK KLEIN
    As the presidential candidates engage in furious pre-caucus spin, one of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's most prominent Iowa supporters said Wednesday that she's already accomplished what she needs to in Iowa, and can declare success even if she finishes in third place. Asked if the order of finish matters, Former governor Tom Vilsack, D-Iowa, deflected the question. "She absolutely had to be competitive and she's accomplished that," he said. "Obviously everybody's interested in winning, and I think we're going to do well. It's tight. There's no question about that." In May, Vilsack was quoted in the Washington Post, saying, "There's...
  • Rudy Giuliani: I Gave Planned Parenthood Donations to Increase Adoptions

    05/09/2007 10:28:17 AM PDT · by NapkinUser · 134 replies · 1,917+ views
    LifeNews ^ | May 9, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Rudy Giuliani, the leading Republican candidate for president in 2008, has come under fire for making several donations to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion business, during the 1990s. The former New York City mayor defended those donations saying he only wanted to promote adoptions. Giuliani made a lengthy, uncomfortable appearance on Laura Ingraham's national radio program to give his side of the story. "Planned Parenthood makes [adoption] information available," Giuliani told Ingraham when she posed that question Tuesday. "It's consistent with my position." "I think it's wrong [but] I think there should be a choice. If there is going...
  • Larry Elder to interview Johnny Sutton, prosecutor of Border agents: coming up!

    01/29/2007 3:53:45 PM PST · by EveningStar · 67 replies · 1,273+ views
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  • Will the national Democratic wave reach California?

    11/06/2006 12:36:50 PM PST · by SmithL · 37 replies · 782+ views
    AP ^ | 11/6/6 | LAURA KURTZMAN
    While Democrats appear poised to ride a wave of voter anger over the Iraq war and disenchantment with the Bush administration to victory in the House, the question in California's statewide races is what difference will it make? California has been something of an island this midterm election, with Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lobbying for votes as a political independent and the top Democrat on the ticket, state treasurer Phil Angelides, failing to excite voters about his gubernatorial candidacy. Angelides' sagging poll numbers have some concerned he could be a drag on the ticket, where Democrats are in tight races...
  • Shooting suspect was baptised (Seattle shooter NOT necessarily a Muslim)

    07/30/2006 9:49:32 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 106 replies · 2,174+ views
    MSN/Seattle P-I ^ | 6-29-06 | Scott Guiterrez
    RICHLAND -- Those who knew Naveed Haq said Saturday that to them he was an enigma, a puzzle that they wish they could have solved before his deadly rampage in a Seattle Jewish center. Stunned and saddened by the news, some of Haq's acquaintances recounted many of what they saw as the contradictions of his life. (snip) Yet Haq was frustrated at his lack of friends and female companionship.He told friends he felt alienated from his own family, in part because his career had disappointed his father and also because he had disavowed Islam last year, converting to Christianity. Haq...
  • Lessons Learned: Francine Busby vs. the Republican Party

    06/18/2006 10:28:15 AM PDT · by OKIEDOC · 30 replies · 1,086+ views
    National Organization for Women ^ | June 15, 2006 | Lisa Bennett
    When is a loss really a win? It's a common practice, trying to spin a political defeat into a victory. But in the case of the race to fill Randy "Duke" Cunningham's seat in the House of Representatives, the silver lining might not be that hard to find. snip NOW PAC organizers worked on the Busby campaign, reaching out to voters across the county. The NOW PAC put Hays in San Diego prior to the April 11 Special Election, and sent her and another organizer Monely Soltani there again in late May to work on the run-off vote, held concurrently...
  • Web site for ‘Da Vinci Code’ critics

    02/10/2006 6:23:14 AM PST · by TradicalRC · 6 replies · 372+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | February 9, 2006 | Catholic News Agency
    HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (CNA) – Far ahead of the May 19 film release of the “DaVinci Code,” Sony Motion Pictures corporation has decided to address the film’s numerous critics by providing them a Web platform. The film, which goes by the same name of the popular and controversial Dan Brown fictional work, stars Tom Hanks. The plot of the book, and now film, makes claims that Jesus married and never rose from the dead, and that the Catholic Church, along with the apostolate Opus Dei, orchestrated a massive cover up of this information. The site (www.thedavincichallenge.com) features essays and opinions of...
  • A Discredit to the GOP (SPIN ALERT)

    01/27/2006 9:37:14 AM PST · by SonofLiberty1 · 32 replies · 862+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, January 27, 2006
    A Discredit to the GOP Friday, January 27, 2006; Page A22 THE BUSH administration's distortion, for political purposes, of the Democratic position on warrantless surveillance is loathsome. Despite the best efforts of Karl Rove, the White House deputy chief of staff, and Ken Mehlman, the Republican National Committee chairman, to make it seem otherwise, Democrats are not opposed to vigorous, effective surveillance that could uncover terrorist activity. Nor are the concerns that they are expressing unique to their party. Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Arlen Specter (Pa.), Chuck Hagel (Neb.), Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) and Sam Brownback (Kan.) have expressed...
  • How homosexuality is 'inherited' (HOMO-AGENDA ALERT!)

    11/03/2005 11:52:10 PM PST · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 56 replies · 1,665+ views
    BBC.co.uk ^ | 10/13/2004 | BBC News
    Scientists say they have shown how male homosexuality could be passed from generation to generation. Nature encourages mothers to pass on a "gay trait" to their male offspring by boosting their fertility, the Italian University of Padova team believes. This would keep the pattern of gay inheritance alive, they told the Royal Society's Biological Sciences journal. Critics of the theory argue a gay gene would eventually be wiped out because gay couples do not procreate. Inheritance theory There is controversy about whether sexual orientation is a matter of choice, the authors of the study admitted to the journal. Campaigners say...
  • The Firestorm Over My Column (The left eats its own)

    01/21/2006 5:21:29 PM PST · by wjersey · 42 replies · 2,467+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 1/22/2006 | Deborah Howell
    Nothing in my 50-year career prepared me for the thousands of flaming e-mails I got last week over my last column, e-mails so abusive and many so obscene that part of The Post's Web site was shut down. That column praised The Post for breaking the story on lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dealings, for which he has pleaded guilty to several felony counts. The column clearly pointed out that Abramoff is a Republican and dealt mainly with Republicans, most prominently former House majority leader Tom DeLay of Texas. I wrote that he gave campaign money to both parties and their members...
  • Brokeback Mountain tops US box office (AP spins continued boxoffice decline as a positive)

    01/02/2006 5:23:27 PM PST · by presidio9 · 84 replies · 2,019+ views
    AP ^ | 1/2/6
    Who's afraid of a couple of gay cowboys? Not moviegoers, who helped Brokeback Mountain post the highest per-screen average over the film-flush holiday weekend. The Ang Lee film, which follows the 20-year forbidden romance between two roughneck ranch hands, earned $13,599 per theater, compared with $9,305 for weekend winner King Kong and $8,225 for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The big question is whether Brokeback can maintain its momentum as it moves from selected cities, where audiences are receptive to the subject matter, to suburbs far and wide, where that might not be the...
  • Genius...Pure Genius. (President Bush and the GOP)

    06/24/2005 10:00:18 AM PDT · by MarketR · 14 replies · 1,286+ views
    Mine | 6/24/2005 | MarketR
    Is it just the cynic in me, or are the planets lining up too perfectly for the next Supreme Court nominee(s)? For the past six years, I as I know some of you have marveled at the deft political maneuvers of our President and his political team. We have wondered silently and sometimes aloud on this site, “Wow…you couldn’t have planned that better if you tried. The hand of G_d must be on this man and his team”. Well, with the most recent major news events, I believe now, it is both. Maybe it’s my background as a professional marketer...
  • I Agree with The Democrats...They ARE the Party of Hope!!!

    07/29/2004 5:53:37 PM PDT · by NewLand · 38 replies · 675+ views
    7/29/04 | NewLand
    Yes, it's true! The Democrat Party is the party of hope! No, I haven't lost my mind, and I haven't been a double agent for DU. Here is the "proof" that the Democrats are the party of hope: The Democrat Party hopes that the economy will go in the tank so they can win the election.The Democrat Party hopes that Osama Bin Laden won't be caught so they can win the election.The Democrat Party hopes that the Iraqi government will fail so they can win the election.The Democrat Party hopes that our troops are not successful so they can win...
  • U.S. Senate fails to force vote on aviation bill

    11/17/2003 4:48:47 PM PST · by Brian S · 6 replies · 135+ views
    Reuters, 11.17.03, 7:17 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders failed Monday to force a vote in the Senate on a long-stalled aviation bill as Democrats pressed for guarantees to restrict privatization of more air traffic control centers. A so-called cloture motion to limit debate and hold a vote on the $60 billion bill that sets out aviation priorities for the next four years failed 45-43. Proponents needed 60 votes to bring the measure to the Senate floor. But there was optimism among several lawmakers that negotiations with the Bush administration would yield a temporary moratorium on privatizing more air...
  • Network Vet: “Dukakis Was No Liberal and Neither Was Mondale”

    08/12/2003 5:34:36 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 39 replies · 245+ views
    Media Research Center ^ | August 12, 2003 | Brent Baker
    Wonder how reporters, as cited in recent CyberAlerts, can describe Howard Dean as a “fiscal conservative,” a “centrist” and even claim “there’s a lot in his record that looks...not only moderate, but even conservative”? Well, they probably see the world through the same very liberal prism as former NBC and CNN political reporter Ken Bode who, on the Chris Matthews Show over the weekend, seriously maintained that neither Walter Mondale nor Michael Dukakis were liberals.      I’m not kidding.      Bode generously conceded that George McGovern “was a liberal,” but then insisted: “Dukakis was no liberal and neither was Mondale....
  • Democrats: Lowest-earning families denied child tax credit

    05/30/2003 12:09:08 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 41 replies · 442+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | May 30, 2003 | David Firestone
    <p>WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Bush administration on Thursday defended the decision of congressional negotiators to deny millions of minimum-wage-earning families the increased child tax credit.</p> <p>White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said the new tax law was intended to help people who pay taxes, not those who are too poor to pay.</p>