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  • Sessions: House GOP Is On the Verge Of Breaking 2014 Campaign Promises

    12/02/2014 3:21:34 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 55 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 2, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) suggested that House Republicans are on the verge of breaking their campaign promise to fight President Obama’s administrative amnesty, as evidenced by the legislative text currently being circulated. Sessions said that the proposed language “fails to meet [the] test” established by Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, who promised earlier this year that the GOP would do everything possible to thwart Obama’s executive orders. “The executive amnesty language is substantially weaker than the language the House adopted this summer, and does not reject the central tenets of the President’s plan: work permits, Social Security and...

    04/11/2013 6:01:01 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 39 replies
    The Forge - Heritage Action for America (via Drudge) ^ | April 11, 2013 | Katherine Rosario
    One would naturally think it impossible that anyone would hesitate – even for an instant – to honor the woman who tackled communism head on as prime minister of Great Britain. Lady Margaret Thatcher was a principled politician who helped to foster the special relationship between Great Britain and the United States that we all benefit from today. A Senate resolution to honor Lady Thatcher was supposed to pass last night. However, per well placed sources on the Hill, Democrats have a hold on the resolution. To refuse to honor a woman of such great historical and political significance, who...
  • Righthaven wins key ruling as new criticism leveled over suits

    09/03/2010 5:57:44 PM PDT · by redreno · 23 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, Sept. 3, 2010 | 9:31 a.m. | By Steve Green
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal's online copyright enforcement partner won an important legal ruling in federal court Thursday -- just as a new round of criticism erupted over the no-warning lawsuit campaign over Review-Journal stories. In a case pitting the Review-Journal's partner, Righthaven LLC, against a Texas law firm, Chief U.S. District Judge for Nevada Roger Hunt denied the law firm's motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
  • Anadarko says not reimbursing BP for spill bill

    07/09/2010 3:54:10 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday July 9, 2010 | Anna Driver
    HOUSTON July 9 (Reuters) - Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC.N: Quote), which owns 25 percent of the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico, has told BP Plc (BP.L: Quote)(BP.N: Quote) that, for now, it will not pay a $272 million bill from the British oil company to cover clean-up costs. The two oil companies are in a dispute: On June 18, Anadarko said the accident, which killed 11 people and caused the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, "was preventable and the direct result of BP's reckless decisions and action." In an email sent on Friday, Anadarko spokesman John Christiansen...
  • Obama to Nevada for Harry Reid in July

    06/15/2010 8:49:37 AM PDT · by NoRedTape · 27 replies · 500+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 15, 2010 | Chris Cillizza
    "President Obama will head back to Nevada to campaign for Harry Reid (Nev.) early next month, a sign that the Senate majority leader believes more good than harm will come out of a visit from the chief executive in one of the most evenly divided states along partisan lines in the country..............."
  • Ike Skelton (D), HASC Chairman, admits Obamacare doesn't protect servicemembers, families

    03/19/2010 10:13:55 PM PDT · by No Longer Free State · 62 replies · 2,711+ views
    Skelton Press Release ^ | March 18, 2010 | Rep Skelton
    Skelton to Introduce Legislation to Protect TRICARE Washington, D.C.—Today, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) released the statement below regarding his intent to introduce legislation to explicitly state in law that TRICARE and the DOD nonappropriated fund (NAF) health plans meet all of the health care requirements currently under consideration by Congress for individual health insurance. These programs provide health coverage to members of the military and their families, military retirees and their families, and employees of U.S. military post/base exchanges and other nonappropriated fund activities. “Our nation’s military provides us with first-class protection, and it is our...
  • Another RNC Beg Letter

    12/19/2009 11:36:30 AM PST · by Noumenon · 40 replies · 879+ views
    The RNC ^ | December 4, 2009 | Michael Steele
    The head weasel at the RNC tells that I have a choice to make. To whit: 'Will Barack Obama continue to have Nancy Pelosi/Harry Reid majorities in Concress to ram through his radical leftist agenda of curtailed freedoms and government expansion, or... ...will our Party's commonsense conservative candidates prevail next November and roll back the left-wing gains that are threatening our prosperity and liberty?' Well, you have to admire their sheer nerve and effrontery in making this sort of play for my wallet. The letter mentions New Jersey and Virginia as signal victories, but they somehow forgot to mention their...
  • Senate Debate Begins With Baitsmanship

    11/30/2009 3:08:39 PM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies · 796+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 30, 2009 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    The Great Health Care Debate of 2009 is underway on the Senate floor, and it took just a scant few minutes for the partisan skirmishing to begin in full force. The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, wasted no time in laying a little legislative trap for Senator Michael B. Enzi, of Wyoming, who for the moment is piloting the Republican efforts on the Senate floor. Mr. Reid in an opening gambit asked for unanimous consent of all senators that any surpluses generated by the health care bill in the Social Security Trust Fund or in a new...
  • Axelrod: Obama Alone Can't Create Bipartisanship

    11/04/2009 9:39:25 AM PST · by La Lydia · 37 replies · 1,144+ views
    CBS News ^ | November 4, 2009 | Peter Maer
    As Barack Obama marks one year since his historic election, one of the architects of his campaign acknowledges the president has not forged the post-partisan atmosphere that he had hoped to achieve. Senior Adviser David Axelrod said the president "is not a magician. You don't with a wave of a wand make everything different." The top White House aide said while the president has "extended a hand of cooperation, some in the other party made a political decision that isn't in their interest." Speaking with CBS Radio News, Axelrod was hard-pressed to specify areas of cooperation with Republicans on any...
  • Huckabee and Hoffman (Huck, Romney decline to support conservative candidate)

    10/17/2009 1:43:54 PM PDT · by ellery · 63 replies · 2,458+ views
    Fox News host, garage band cover guitarist, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will be making a long-planned speech before the New York Conservative Party in Syracuse, New York on October 28, but has thus far declined to say whether he will formally endorse or financially support Conservative Party House candidate Doug Hoffman, who is running to fill former Rep. John McHugh's 23rd Congressional District seat. Most Republican Party leaders have thus far taken a pass in endorsing Hoffman, who has the support of the conservative Club for Growth, as well as the American Conservative Union. House minority leader John...
  • GOP's Snowe will vote for Democratic health bill

    10/13/2009 10:33:31 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 61 replies · 2,947+ views
    AP ^ | 10/13/09 | ERICA WERNER
    Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe broke with her party Tuesday and said she will vote for a Democratic health care bill, handing President Barack Obama a much-sought boost in his quest to expand access to medical coverage to all Americans. Approval of the legislation by the Senate Finance Committee was a foregone conclusion going into Tuesday's vote, since Democrats outnumber Republicans 13-10 on the panel. But Snowe's decision gave the vote a significance that transcends partisan divisions. For months, congressional Republicans have been virtually unanimous in denouncing the Democratic bills as an unwarranted expansion of government influence. The Maine senator kept...
  • GOP Graham's endorsement boosts climate change bill--S.C. senator promotes plan

    10/13/2009 10:57:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 944+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 13, 2009 | Edward Felker
    The surprise endorsement of climate-change legislation by a leading Senate Republican has jump-started the languishing proposal but also has raised the prospect that it will include two major items that environmentalists dislike: more nuclear power and more offshore oil drilling. In an op-ed published Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina joined with Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the chamber's leading Democratic advocate of climate legislation, to promote a bipartisan plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. They proposed a compromise that reduces U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions - which are widely considered to contribute to climate change - through a market-based "cap and...
  • Easter Egg Hunt Ends In Disaster

    04/09/2009 1:33:47 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 17 replies · 1,802+ views
    Daily Star ^ | 04/09/2009 | Emily Garnham
    AN EASTER EGG hunt ended in disaster when a teenage girl tripped an illegal hunting trap baited with birds' eggs. Carina Faerber, 13, mistook the bait for chocolate eggs, setting off the hair trigger of a vicious razor-sharp gin-trap that left her hand hanging by a thread. Her wrist was broken and almost severed altogether when she tried to pick up the eggs - used to lure weasels in woods near her house in Weisskirchen, Austria. Her screams alerted local walkers who dialled emergency services, as reported by the Austrian Times. Police say the eggs were left as bait by...
  • China Hopes Climate Deal Omits Exports

    03/17/2009 3:38:27 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 7 replies · 373+ views
    Wash Post ^ | March 17, 2009
    Countries importing Chinese goods should be responsible for the heat-trapping gases released during manufacturing, a top Chinese official said yesterday. Li Gao, China's top climate negotiator, said any fair international agreement to curb the gases blamed for global warming would not require China to reduce emissions caused by goods manufactured to meet demand elsewhere. China has surpassed the United States as the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases. But 15 to 25 percent of its emissions are generated by manufacturing goods for export, Li said. "As one of the developing countries, we are at the low end of the production...
  • Dem’s Use “Stimulus” as Cover for More Gun Control

    02/18/2009 5:21:32 AM PST · by IbJensen · 18 replies · 1,143+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/13/2009 | CCRKBA
    The liberals are at it again. In a new bill introduced the first day of the present session of Congress, and with zero coverage from the MSM, H.R. 45 (Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009) targets all gun owners in the U.S.A. While the media the world and everyone else is focused on the “phony plan” to spend tax dollars legislation is sneeking through the House and Senate for more gun control. This nefarious bill seeks to strip us all of our Constitutional Rights to possess and bear firearms of any distinction.
  • Geert Wilders to sue Jacqui Smith over decision to deport controversial film-maker

    02/13/2009 2:59:27 PM PST · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 328+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | Februari 13 2009 | Joan Clements and Christopher Hope
    Dutch MP Geert Wilders is "seriously considering" taking steps to sue Jacqui Smith over her decision to ban the controversial film-maker from the UK. The legal action would have the backing of the Dutch Government, in a move which could aggravate the diplomatic row over the ban between London and Amsterdam. Mr Wilders said he was looking to take legal action against the Home Secretary for "blatant discrimination" in the High Court or International Court in the Hague.
  • Wilders landed in UK at Heathrow and arrested!

    02/12/2009 6:41:05 AM PST · by knighthawk · 94 replies · 3,431+ views
    Geenstijl Live ^ | February 12 2009
    Just in, Wilders landed at 15:15 at Heathrow and was arrested.
  • Wilders Travelling to London despite UK Govt Ban

    02/11/2009 1:15:59 PM PST · by knighthawk · 19 replies · 648+ views
    NIS News ^ | Februari 10 2009
    THE HAGUE, 12/02/09 - Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders announced yesterday he will travel to the UK today, ignoring the British government's decision to declare him a threat to public order. And challenging the authorities to arrest him. On Tuesday, the UK ambassador presented Wilders with a letter which stated that he had been refused entry to the UK. The MP was to have shown his anti-Islam film Fitna in the parliamentary building at the invitation of a member of the House of Lords. Wilders had already said on Tuesday he was considering going ahead with his trip...
  • Bailout Backlash

    12/17/2008 8:30:18 AM PST · by Melissa 24 · 15 replies · 1,117+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 16, 2009 | Brent Budowsky
    Americans have begun an angry backlash against bailouts that could become a national revolt in 2009. The Federal Reserve has cut interest rates by some 500 basis points. Government agencies have poured close to $8 trillion into banking bailouts. The Treasury secretary has promoted massive government support of troubled, failed and corrupted institutions. This program is a 100 percent top-down exercise involving the largest amount of money in history. Virtually none of this money directly helps average Americans. Virtually none of it trickles down to the people who suffer the most and pay for the program. After $8 trillion we...
  • Palin's prank call from fake French president

    11/02/2008 4:49:09 AM PST · by rightinthemiddle · 24 replies · 1,641+ views
    Sarah Palin unwittingly took a prank call Saturday from a Canadian comedian posing as French President Nicolas Sarkozy and telling her she would make a good president someday."Maybe in eight years," replies a laughing Palin.The Republican vice presidential nominee discusses politics, the perils of hunting with Vice President Dick Cheney, and Sarkozy's "beautiful wife," in a recording of the call released Saturday and set to air Monday on a Quebec radio station.
  • A Longer Timetable [Obama Weasels Away From Iraq Withdrawal Commitment!?!]

    09/27/2008 11:33:05 AM PDT · by Enchante · 18 replies · 970+ views ^ | 09/27/08 |
    Obama stretched out his schedule for withdrawing troops from Iraq. During the debate, Obama said we could "reduce" the number of combat troops in 16 months: Obama: "Now, what I've said is we should end this war responsibly. We should do it in phases. But in 16 months we should be able to reduce our combat troops, put – provide some relief to military families and our troops and bolster our efforts in Afghanistan so that we can capture and kill bin Laden and crush al Qaeda." But in Oct. 2007, Obama supported removing all combat troops from Iraq within...
  • AN OBIT THAT'S NOT FIT TO PRINT (NY Times snubs dead staffer)

    08/03/2008 5:36:07 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies · 187+ views
    NY Post ^ | 8/3/08 | Richard Johnson
    STAFFERS at The New York Times are dismayed the newspaper snubbed the brilliant and funny writer Monique Yazigi by refusing to run her obituary. Yazigi died last week at age 45 of breast cancer.
  • Barack Obama slaps down Wesley Clark -- gently (after Obama sent him out there in the first place)

    06/30/2008 1:37:20 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 53 replies · 213+ views
    LA Times ^ | 6/30/2008 | Scott Martelle
    Barack Obama just delivered a speech on patriotism in Independence, Mo., hometown of what was once America's most powerful haberdasher, and offered a mild rebuke to Wesley Clark, who took on John McCain's military record the other day in rather scorching terms. And just to make it clear, an Obama spokesman sent out this brief statement as Obama was speaking: "As he's said many times before, Senator Obama honors and respects Senator McCain's service, and, of course, he rejects yesterday's statement by General Clark." Obama's speech focused on his own sense of patriotism, quoting Mark Twain (it's good to quote...
  • McCain 'Truth Squad' hits back at Clark, Obama

    06/30/2008 2:06:55 PM PDT · by kingattax · 117 replies · 165+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | June 30, 2008 | Jason Tuohey
    John McCain is a fighter -- at least when it comes to defending his military record. Today, a "Truth Squad" for the presumptive Republican nominee forcefully rejected General Wesley Clark's comments that McCain lacks foreign policy experience, and suggested Barack Obama do the same. Led by John Warner, a Virginia Republican who serves with McCain on the Senate Armed Services Committee, the squad blasted Clark and sought to reenforce the military reputation of McCain, a former Vietnam POW who once headed the largest Navy aviation squadron. "I find General Clark's comments to be unworthy, unseemly, for someone of his stature....
  • McClellan: White House leaks left me 'disillusioned' (The White House is allowed to declassify)

    05/29/2008 8:52:57 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 30 replies · 82+ views
    CNN ^ | 5/29/2008 | CNN
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The incidents that first left then-White House press secretary Scott McClellan "dismayed and disillusioned" about Washington involved the surreptitious release of classified information, McClellan said Thursday. The first of the "defining moments," McClellan told NBC's "Today" show, was when CIA operative Valerie Plame's name was leaked to the media. The second, he said, was when he learned that President Bush had secretly declassified a report on Iraq so Vice President Dick Cheney and Cheney aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby could disclose it to reporters. "We had been out there talking about how seriously the president took the...
  • McClellan: Plame leak case was turning point

    05/29/2008 7:58:19 AM PDT · by shamusotoole · 63 replies · 181+ views ^ | May 29, 2008 | Mike Celzik
    The former Bush administration pitchman making explosive election-year charges about how the White House handled the Valerie Plame case and built the case for invading Iraq said Thursday that he went to Washington to change it and became “disillusioned” when he realized he was just a pawn in the never-ending political game.
  • Ex-press aide McClellan says in new book that White House used propaganda to sell war

    05/28/2008 5:30:27 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 299 replies · 460+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 28, 2008 | By Michael D. Shear
    Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan writes in a new memoir that the Iraq war was sold to the American people with a sophisticated "political propaganda campaign" led by President Bush and aimed at "manipulating sources of public opinion" and "downplaying the major reason for going to war." McClellan includes the charges in a 341-page book, "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception," that delivers a harsh look at the White House and the man he served for close to a decade. He describes Bush as demonstrating a "lack of inquisitiveness," says the White...
  • Exclusive: McClellan whacks Bush, White House

    05/27/2008 3:46:19 PM PDT · by byteback · 131 replies · 1,144+ views
    Politico ^ | may 27,2008 | MIKE ALLEN
    ormer White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan writes in a surprisingly scathing memoir to be published next week that President Bush “veered terribly off course,” was not “open and forthright on Iraq,” and took a “permanent campaign approach” to governing at the expense of candor and competence. Among the most explosive revelations in the 341-page book, titled “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception” (Public Affairs, $27.95): —McClellan charges that Bush relied on “propaganda” to sell the war. —He says the White House press corps went too easy on the administration. —He admits that some...
  • Ex-Bush spokesman: President used 'propaganda' to push war (Scott McClellan)

    05/27/2008 8:44:56 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 79 replies · 160+ views ^ | 5/27/08 | CNN
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The spokesman who defended President Bush's policies through Hurricane Katrina and the early years of the Iraq war is now blasting his former employers, saying the Bush administration became mired in propaganda and political spin and at times played loose with the truth. Former White House spokesman Scott McClellan blasts President Bush and advisers in a new book. In excerpts from a 341-page book to be released Monday, Scott McClellan writes on Iraq that Bush "and his advisers confused the propaganda campaign with the high level of candor and honesty so fundamentally needed to build and then...
  • Lieberman: Carter Is 'Naive' at Best

    04/17/2008 12:17:25 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies · 179+ views
    Lieberman: Carter Is 'Naive' at Best Thursday , April 17, 2008 Former President Jimmy Carter met another top Hamas official Thursday in a Cairo hotel and planned to meet more officials in Syria Friday, drawing the ire of dozens of U.S. lawmakers. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., told FOX News that "at best, President Carter is being naive" in trying to negotiate with avowed terrorists. "There is a long list of people who thought they could reason with dictators and killers, going back to Neville Chamberlain and Hitler in the 1930s, but it has been shown to be absolutely wrong." Rep....
  • A Slippery Slope: The POPLINE Controversy(abortion is a dirty word)

    05/06/2008 3:46:35 PM PDT · by paltz · 8 replies · 65+ views ^ | April 11, 2008 - 9:48am | Pablo Rodriguez MD
    Call it censored, call it buried, call it lost—the search term “abortion” was all of the above for approximately a month on POPLINE—a publicly-funded database that its administrators describe as “Your connection to the world’s reproductive health literature.”Last week, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, uncovered this ironic situation while trying to “connect” to “reproductive health literature.” Health care providers, researchers, and advocates around the country were alarmed to learn that POPLINE (POPulation information onLINE), had rendered the search term “abortion” a stopword—which directs the database to ignore the term when used in a search. UCSF librarians discovered...
  • Clinton pins '08 hopes on Texas rebound [Shrillary on the Ropes!!]

    02/12/2008 10:22:00 PM PST · by Enchante · 260 replies · 437+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 02/12/08 | BETH FOUHY and JIM KUHNHENN
    EL PASO, Texas - Trying to overcome a string of losses and a staff shake-up, Hillary Rodham Clinton sought new energy Tuesday night from a boisterous crowd of about 12,000 in a state she hopes will provide a rebound in her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton, whose rallies had been overshadowed by rival Barack Obama's huge crowds, arrived at the packed University of Texas at El Paso basketball arena as voters were giving Obama victories in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. But her sights were set on the March 4 Texas and Ohio primaries and on President Bush....
  • Romney: no more "my way or the highway" diplomacy

    01/05/2008 1:01:17 PM PST · by Tlaloc · 62 replies · 86+ views
    The Swamp ^ | 01/05/2008 | Rick Pearson
    "I've traveled, of course, a great deal around the world. I lived outside the country. I've done business in over 20 countries. I know something about negotiating and sitting there with people across the table, making friends with other people," the former Massachusetts governor said. "We have too much of a 'it's our way or the highway' attitude as we go around the world. When you're working with people in other nations, foreign policy is no longer the way it was last century. We got a lot of people really good at foreign policy in the 20th century—which was more...
  • NIE authors accused of partisan politics

    12/07/2007 7:03:05 AM PST · by libstripper · 19 replies · 110+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 7, 2007 | Jon Ward
    Several current and former high-level government officials familiar with the authors of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran described the report as a politically motivated document written by anti-Bush former State Department officials, who opposed sanctioning foreign governments and businesses. The report released this week said Iran once had a covert nuclear weapons program, but shut it down in 2003. The authors" aim is to undercut the White House effort to increase pressure for sanctions on Iran and to argue that Iran dropped its nuclear-weapons program in 2003 because of diplomatic efforts in which the authors had participated, the officials...
  • Brownback to endorse McCain

    11/07/2007 6:39:38 AM PST · by xzins · 105 replies · 980+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 7 Nov 07 | Liz Sidoti
    Brownback to Endorse McCain By LIZ SIDOTI Associated Press Writer MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Sam Brownback, a Kansas conservative and favorite of evangelical Christians, will endorse his former Republican presidential rival John McCain, GOP officials said Wednesday. The nod could provide a much-needed boost, particularly in Iowa, for the Arizona senator and one-time presumed GOP front-runner whose bid faltered and is now looking for a comeback. Republican officials said Brownback will announce his support for McCain later Wednesday in Dubuque, Iowa, and then travel with the candidate to campaign in two other cities in the state. The officials spoke on...
  • Arkansas State University Picks New Mascot

    07/29/2007 8:10:23 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies · 474+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 28 July 2007 | John Semmens
    In accordance with the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s directive banning what it considers ethnically or racially hostile or abusive nicknames, mascots and imagery at championship events, Arkansas State University Chancellor Robert Potts announced that the school will be changing its team nickname. Formerly known as the “Indians,” the ASU teams will now be known as the “Weasels.” Potts said the decision to change the nickname was not an easy one. “We thought we were honoring Native Americans by naming our team the ‘Indians,’” Potts said. “We even had testimonials from local tribes endorsing our perception. But the lure of money...
  • Immigration Bill May Haunt GOP Senators (Trent Lott, Lindsey Graham, Sam Brownback?)

    07/02/2007 3:28:18 PM PDT · by hardback · 35 replies · 1,434+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7/2/7 | Robert Novak
    I asked one of the few conservative Republican senators who stuck with President Bush on immigration to assess how Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell handled the issue. Asking not to be quoted by name, he replied: "If this were a war, Sen. McConnell should be relieved of command for dereliction of duty." Not only did the minority leader end up voting against an immigration bill that he said was better than the 2006 version that he supported. He abandoned his post, staying off the floor during final stages of Senate debate. Although I never before had seen a Senate party...
  • French prime minister says U.S. should pull out of Iraq within one year

    03/16/2007 6:53:47 PM PDT · by Ellesu · 35 replies · 644+ views ^ | 03/16/07 | AP
    CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts: French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said the United States should pull out of Iraq within one year and work with Iraq's neighbors and Europe to resolve the crisis. Villepin, in a speech Friday at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government on Friday, said the United States' true strength "isn't its army." The United States in the 20th century constructed an economic and cultural model "and forged an ideal of modernity that inspired the admiration of the rest of the world," he said. "For us you represented the camp of freedom. You were the guarantors of...
  • France's Villepin calls for 2008 Iraq troop exit

    03/16/2007 6:45:12 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 25 replies · 748+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/16/07 | Scott Malone
    French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin on Friday urged the United States and other foreign nations to withdraw from Iraq in 2008 and said the war had "shattered" America's image abroad. The Iraqi conflict, which has killed tens of thousands of Iraqis and some 3,200 U.S. troops in the past four years, is sapping the power of the United States to peacefully influence other players in the troubled Middle East, he said. "The war with Iraq marked a turning point. It shattered America's image," said Villepin, who opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq, at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "It...
  • UN criticizes Saddam Hussein's death penalty (Surprise, surprise!)

    11/05/2006 10:23:03 AM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 73 replies · 3,102+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11-05-06 | JPost Staff
    The UN on Sunday criticized the decision to sentence Saddam Hussein to death, calling upon local authorities to refuse the to hang the ex-leader. UN Human Rights Commission head Louise Arbour said that the "appeal process is reliable and a vital part of the fair judicial procedure." Army Radio reported. She said that "the results of the appeal will what they will be," and Arbour expressed hope that the Iraqi government would suspend its death sentence.
  • What Osama Wants

    10/26/2006 11:01:59 AM PDT · by Enchante · 5 replies · 725+ views
    New York Times ^ | 10/26/06 | Peter Bergen
    A total withdrawal from Iraq would play into the hands of the jihadist terrorists. As Osama bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, made clear shortly after 9/11 in his book “Knights Under the Prophet’s Banner,” Al Qaeda’s most important short-term strategic goal is to seize control of a state, or part of a state, somewhere in the Muslim world. “Confronting the enemies of Islam and launching jihad against them require a Muslim authority, established on a Muslim land,” he wrote. “Without achieving this goal our actions will mean nothing.” Such a jihadist state would be the ideal launching pad for future...
  • Meet The Dhimmicrats (Joseph Farah On Why The Democrats Are Really Really Bad For America Alert)

    10/26/2006 6:36:52 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies · 625+ views ^ | 10/26/2006 | Joseph Farah
    Even the most "moderate" Democrat politicians in America today are ready to retreat from Iraq – essentially raise the white flag of surrender, sue for peace and demonstrate to the world, once again, that the U.S. is an unreliable ally in the cause of freedom. Take your pick: Jim Webb, the challenger to Sen. George Allen in Virginia, was a Marine who served as Ronald Reagan's Navy secretary. From his resume, he looks like a guy I could support to be in the U.S. Senate. But, just to become a Democratic Senate nominee in a large state these days means...
  • GOP Lawmaker Calls for Rumsfeld to Quit [ Shays ]

    10/04/2006 12:40:23 PM PDT · by SmithL · 88 replies · 1,685+ views
    Rep. Chris Shays, a Republican facing a tough challenge from an anti-war Democrat, on Wednesday called for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to resign. The Connecticut lawmaker also accused officials at the Defense Department of withholding information about the Iraq war from Congress. "I am losing faith in how we are fighting this war," Shays, a longtime supporter of the conflict, said in an interview. "I believe we have to motivate the Iraqis to do more." Shays said defense officials stopped cooperating with his congressional subcommittee after he proposed setting a timeline for troop withdrawals. Shays, who had previously opposed...
  • To Oppose U.S. on Iran, France Attends to Putin

    09/25/2006 1:51:17 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 322+ views
    Le Monde ^ | September 24, 2006 | William Kern
    In the service of his economic strategy and his ambition to see Russian companies improve their position abroad, Vladimir Putin employs the same methods perfected since he first took power, and which account for much of his previous success within the KGB: dissimulation, intimidation and the struggle for power. He didn't warn [French President] Jacques Chirac of his intention to initiate the attack on EADS [the European aerospace consortium] stock. Neither did he consult the Europeans before Russia's state-owned Gazprom, in true high-handed fashion, decided to cut gas supplies to Ukraine last January 1, which resulted in disturbances to Europe's...
  • EU: No intent yet to add Hizbullah to terror list (Weasels Alert)

    08/01/2006 5:53:51 PM PDT · by Stultis · 18 replies · 667+ views
    Ynetnews ^ | 1 August 2006
    EU: No intent yet to add Hizbullah to terror list Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja says, ‘Given the sensitive situation, I don't think this is something we will be acting on now’ News Agencies  P{margin:0;} UL{margin-bottom:0;margin-top:0;margin-right: 16; padding-right:0;} OL{margin-bottom:0;margin-top:0;margin-right: 32; padding-right:0;}The European Union does not intend to place Hizbullah on its list of terrorist organizations for the time being, EU President Finland said on Tuesday. "Given the sensitive situation, I don't think this is something we will be acting on now," Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, told a news conference following an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.  Tuomioja's...
  • National trial lawyers group deletes 'trial lawyers' from name

    07/20/2006 2:45:41 PM PDT · by pissant · 30 replies · 602+ views
    AP via OregonLive ^ | 7/19/06 | staff
    SEATTLE (AP) — The Association of Trial Lawyers of America voted during its convention this week to change its name to the American Association for Justice. Spokeswoman Chris Mather said there was overwhelming support for the change, and that the new name "reflects whose side we're on in the fight for justice." The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, a critic of the trial lawyers group, called it "an astounding admission of the unpopularity of trial lawyers in America." The 60-year-old association has 65,000 members.
  • Europeans begin Lebanon evacuation

    07/15/2006 4:21:38 AM PDT · by familyop · 12 replies · 1,259+ views
    DPA by way of the Bangkok Post ^ | 14JUL06 | Deutsche Presse-Agentur
    Paris (dpa) - European countries had begun evacuating their citizens from Lebanon Saturday in the face of the ongoing military Israeli offensive and blockade on the country. Italy and Spain had already acted to move their citizens to safety, while Britain and France were preparing similar operations. The Italian Embassy in Beirut had helped 420 foreigners, including 300 Italians, to evacuate from Beirut by bus to safer areas in northern Lebanon, Italian state television reported. Some 1,300 Italians live in Lebanon, most of whom "have been living in the country for years and want to remain there," the embassy said....
  • NY Times Justifies its Disclosure of Top Secret Program

    06/30/2006 11:26:20 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 12 replies · 305+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 1 July 2006 | John Semmens
    Despite a plea from the Bush Administration, the New York Times ran a story revealing that the U.S. government was tracking terrorists through their bank accounts. The classified information disclosed in the Times piece was obtained from unnamed sources alleged to be working for the CIA. “The Bush Administration’s claim that this disclosure would aid America’s enemies is ludicrous,” said an unsigned Times editorial. “The Bush Administration is America’s most dangerous enemy. Anything we can do to thwart its evil designs is our patriotic duty. In this regard, strange as it might first seem, the so-called terrorists are actually our...
  • Nominees for the new pack of Weasels (Those who voted for amnesty)

    05/25/2006 7:08:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 78 replies · 1,404+ views
    me ^ | 5-25-06 | self
    Now that we know who the RINOs in the senate truly are, how about a new pack of weasels? Who would you nominate for the ace of spades? Who is the highest card in the deck to go after. The only lesson the weasels understand is when they lose their seat. My fellow FReepers are creative. I would love to see a website and a published deck of RINO weasel cards. Who would you choose to go after first and what card would they be?
  • Split emerges in West's front against Iran: diplomats-(shocking)

    05/20/2006 3:41:03 PM PDT · by Flavius · 8 replies · 435+ views
    abc ^ | May 20, 2006 | By Louis Charbonneau
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union and Washington are split over an EU proposal to offer Iran a generous package of incentives including nuclear reactors and security pledges if it stops enriching uranium, diplomats said on Saturday. The EU draft offer of a package of incentives in exchange for a suspension of enrichment has caused a split in the West's previously united position on Iran since Washington has serious reservations about the European plan, EU diplomats said. The plan will be discussed in London on Wednesday by senior officials from the "EU3," the United States, Russia and China, an EU...