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  • Moody's downgrades Chicago's debt rating (Baa2)

    02/27/2015 5:09:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/27/15 | Heather Gillers, Hal Dardick
    The debt-plagued city of Chicago took another financial blow late Thursday when Moody's Investors Service downgraded the city's debt rating, citing its overwhelming pension burden. Even if recent state pension changes survive a court challenge, the ratings statement said, "we expect Chicago's unfunded pension liabilities — and the costs of servicing those liabilities — to continue to grow, placing significant strain on the city's financial operations." The drop, to a rating of Baa2, could drive up borrowing costs for the city and cause problems with some of Chicago's current interest-rate swap contracts.
  • Scott Walker, God's Gift to the Democratic Party

    02/27/2015 12:08:09 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 117 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | February 27, 2015 | Matt Taibbi
    "....Scott Walker as a political performer is pretty uninspiring. He doesn't have George Bush's pretzel-mouthed Texas charm or Sarah Palin's hockey Mom magnetism. He can't fall back on an ethnic American dream parable like the one Marco Rubio can run on. He's just a doughy, finger-pointing white guy of the type the Republican Party has been churning out to fill state assembly seats or run in back-bench congressional districts seemingly since the beginning of time. He's exactly the kind of politician the modern Democratic Party is set up to beat...."
  • Exclusive — Scott Walker’s Son Matt Walker: ‘Those On The Left Are Afraid’ Of My Dad

    02/25/2015 5:29:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | February 25, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Matt Walker, son of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tells Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that he thinks the institutional left is afraid of his father. In addition to attending Marquette University, Matt Walker is also currently the regional vice chairman of the midwest division of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC). [snip] A recent report from The Daily Caller detailed an extraordinary level of hateful rhetoric after University of Wisconsin-Madison College Republicans sent out a campus-wide email supporting Gov. Walker’s recent budget proposal. But liberals on the campus responded with such vitriol and hatred—rather than having a civil discourse...
  • Walker: ‘No Amnesty’ for Illegal Immigrants in US

    02/27/2015 7:18:27 AM PST · by Rockitz · 61 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 26 February 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) declared “there should be no amnesty” on Thursday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel. When asked what he believes should be done with illegal immigrants already in the country, he stated “there should be no amnesty. You should secure the border, not just for immigration reasons, but why would you put a fence around three sides of your home and leave the back door open? That’s what we have when we guard our ports, we guard our airports, we don’t guard our borders…beyond that you’ve got to enforce the law. We put the onus on...
  • Cracks Starting to Appear in Public Pensions’ Armor

    02/25/2015 7:24:29 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 25, 20015 | By Mary Williams Walsh
    First in Detroit, then in Stockton, Calif., and now in New Jersey, judges and other top officials are challenging the widespread belief that public pensions are untouchable. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey delivered the latest blow on Tuesday, when he proposed to freeze that state’s public pension plans and move workers into new ones intended not to overwhelm future budgets or impose open-ended demands on taxpayers. The first crack came in Detroit, where a judge ruled that public pensions could, in fact, be reduced, at least in bankruptcy. Then, just a few weeks ago, an opinion by the bankruptcy...
  • Lawless: Treasury throws unauthorized $3 billion to insurers under Obamacare, won’t say why

    02/27/2015 3:42:34 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2-16-15 | Noah Rothman
    It’s right there in the Constitution: “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.” Which is why this latest episode of lawlessness from the administration so particularly galling. “The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations,” The...
  • Scott Walker 'wants to make America great again' [link to all CPAC talks]

    02/27/2015 12:07:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 67 replies
    WND ^ | February 26, 2015 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker electrified the CPAC conservative audience on Thursday afternoon by asserting the victories he has achieved in his home state can be achieved on a national level. ...“Today in Washington, we have a president who thinks we grow the economy by growing Washington,...We believe in an America that is growing the economy in cities and towns all across America.”...“..true freedom and prosperity does not come from the mighty hand of the government,..It comes from empowering people to live their own lives and to determine their own destinies..."...“there is a reason we celebrate the Fourth of...
  • Scott Walker Is Trying to Woo CPAC. And It's Working.

    02/26/2015 6:34:49 PM PST · by Mariner · 89 replies
    National Journal ^ | Feb 26th, 2015 | By Lauren Fox
    February 26, 2015 Scott Walker found his stride in a rowdy Conservative Polical Action Conference crowd Thursday during a speech aggressively touting his record as Wisconsin governor to offer evidence for why he's ready to take on the White House in 2016. "If we can do it in Wisconsin, we can do it across America," Walker said. After refusing to answer questions about whether President Obama was Christian and declining to clearly outline his position on evolution in recent weeks, Walker did not shy away from some contentious social issues, such as abortion, that have become stumbling blocks for him....
  • Why the Left Hates Scott Walker: Wisconsin Goes Right-to-Work

    02/26/2015 8:02:58 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 02/26/2015 | John Hayward
    Pursuant to my earlier point about why liberals hate Governor Scott Walker with supernova fury: the Wisconsin State Senate passed a right-to-work law on Wednesday, sending it on to near-certain passage in the Assembly and signature by You Know Who.
  • VIDEO: Unhinged union members scream about Scott Walker, right to work

    02/26/2015 3:04:38 PM PST · by Kyle Olson · 32 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 2/25/15 | Media Trackers
    As can be seen in the video, protesters gathered in the capitol rotunda and yelled uncontrollably. “Let me tell you what, you guys better start getting some battle plans,” one protester screamed. “They’re taking this state! They’re coming for your weekends!” She also referred to the right-to-work bill as a “bitch.” Another union supporter threw a red heart-shaped balloon in the air and yelled at it. “Up yours Walker,” one man bellowed. “Eat me Walker, you fascist pig!”
  • Big Labor's Most Profane & Outrageous Signs at Anti-Right-to-Work Protest (WI)

    02/26/2015 11:27:31 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 14 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | February 26, 2015 | Nick Novak
    LANGUAGE WARNING! [Madison, WI] The energy and crowds are nothing like four years ago when Gov. Scott Walker and legislators passed Act 10 - which reformed public-sector collective bargaining privileges. But, the heated and over-the-top rhetoric from the left has not changed. Big Labor threw out all the punches during protests in Madison this week. Check out some of the most profane signs we could find. Many of the protesters were proud to stand by their creation...
  • My Scott Walker Column (And A Response To Ed Morrissey)

    02/26/2015 1:16:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    DC - Daily Caller ^ | February 24, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis, Senior Contributor
    ".......More to the point, I take issue with his suggestion that I think “Republicans had better work with the media.” It is true that I don’t believe the media are inherently evil or “out to get you.” But I also think — and this is important for candidates to know — that the press are not your friends. Ed’s framing, I think, implies I support what might be thought of as collaboration or appeasement. But what Walker did was (inadvertently) work with the media — in the sense that he played right into their hands. He made this an irresistible...
  • Right-to-work: the ultimate lost cause for Wisconsin unions

    02/26/2015 5:20:07 AM PST · by rellimpank · 17 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 26 feb 2015 | Christian Schneider
    During Chuck Nevitt's undistinguished NBA playing career, he earned the nickname "The Human Victory Cigar," as he only made it onto the court after his team was ahead by an insurmountable margin. The 7-foot-5 center played only 826 minutes over the span of nine NBA seasons, which is equivalent to about 18 full games. When Nevitt pulled his sweatpants off, the starting players began making dinner plans. In Wisconsin politics, the billionaire Koch brothers have now become the Republican human victory cigars. When the left has exhausted every talking point and political strategy, it trots out uncles Charles and David...
  • Wisconsin Senate approves right-to-work bill, sends to state Assembly

    02/26/2015 2:09:27 AM PST · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 26, 2015 | Brendan O'Brien
    The Wisconsin Senate narrowly approved a "right-to-work" bill on Wednesday that would bar private-sector employees who work under union-negotiated contracts from being required to join their unions or pay them dues. The bill, which would make Wisconsin the 25th U.S. state with a right-to-work law on the books, cleared the Republican-led Senate on a 17-15 vote following hours of debate marked by periodic angry shouts from opponents in the Senate gallery. Supporters of organized labor chanted "Shame!" as the legislation was passed and sent for further consideration to the state Assembly, where Republicans also hold a majority. One Republican senator,...
  • (WI) Senate adopts right-to-work measure, Assembly next up

    02/25/2015 8:07:03 PM PST · by UB355 · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 2/25/2015 | Patrick Marley
    Madison — With echoes of 2011's labor battle, Republican state senators approved so-called right-to-work legislation Wednesday, less than a week after they announced they were fast-tracking the measure. A crowd of onlookers chanted "Shame! Shame!" as senators filed out of the chamber. The bill would bar labor contracts that require workers to pay union fees. It passed 17-15 mostly along party lines and now goes to the Assembly, where majority Republicans are expected to approve it next week. GOP Gov. Scott Walker has said he would sign it. The labor legislation comes four years after Walker advanced what is now...
  • Speed, apathy mute protests for Wisconsin right-to-work bill

    02/25/2015 4:01:21 PM PST · by mandaladon · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 25 Feb 2015 | TODD RICHMOND
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For two straight days this week, 2,000 union members converged on Wisconsin's Capitol to rally against a new right-to-work bill, chanting, marching and hurling profanities at GOP lawmakers and Gov. Scott Walker. The tone of the rallies has been bitter and angry but hasn't come close to matching the energy that coursed through the building four years ago during massive protests against Walker's proposal to strip public workers of most of their union rights. This time around, union members said Republicans are moving too fast to organize large crowds. Some have even conceded it's a lost...
  • In Wisconsin, This is Labor’s Last Gasp

    02/25/2015 6:35:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/25/2015 | Christian Schneider
    When I talked to a top Wisconsin legislative leader a few months ago, he was worried about the protests that might erupt at the state capitol if the legislature took up right-to-work legislation. It was likely an aftershock from 2011, when public-employee unions besieged the statehouse, occupying it for weeks on end. “And 30,000 teachers looks a lot different than 30,000 Teamsters,” he told me. On Tuesday, the legislature took its first steps toward making Wisconsin right-to-work, holding hearings on a bill that would bar labor agreements requiring union fees. The bill was announced late last week, and the legislature...
  • The Indecent Exposure of Scott Walker

    02/24/2015 8:50:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Shepherd Express ^ | February 24, 2015 | Joel McNally
    It’s fascinating to watch the national media slowly come to realize just how fundamentally dishonest Gov. Scott Walker can be. Walker’s likable, low-key personality makes a good first impression. But it didn’t take many in Wisconsin long to recognize the double-talking radical extremist behind that bland persona. That’s why Wisconsin may now be the angriest, most politically polarized state in the nation. Now the rest of the country is beginning to see why. Walker may seem like a wide-eyed, Midwestern innocent next to crude political thugs like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, but that’s...
  • The Dangerous Candidacy of Scott Walker

    02/24/2015 7:47:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The New Yorker | February 24, 2015 | John Cassidy
    Link only due to copyright issues:http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/dangerous-candidacy-scott-walker
  • Progressive magazine mocks Scott Walker’s church and faith

    02/24/2015 6:36:54 PM PST · by Kyle Olson · 24 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 2/24/15 | Right Wisconsin
    We know what happens when Scott Walker musters an “I don’t know” about Barack Obama’s religious faith. The wrath of the media comes down howling “how dare you!” But what happens when Scott Walker’s faith is the subject of ridicule by a prominent left-wing publication and a former staffer for Russ Feingold and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin?
  • Why couldn't Scott Walker agree that President Obama is a Christian?

    02/24/2015 2:35:52 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 99 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 24, 2015 | Michael McGough
    "....In Walker's defense, Tim Graham of the Media Research Center (“Exposing and Combating Liberal Media Bias”) offers this exegesis: “Walker, the son of a Protestant minister, hears the question very differently: asking if someone is a Christian is a very personal question, asking whether someone has committed themselves to Jesus in their heart. It’s like asking if he knows how often Obama prays. His reluctance to answer for someone he doesn’t know is not a ‘No.’ " Nice try, but the political context of the question was clear and it’s the one Milbank mentioned: the conviction that “Obama is a...
  • About 2,000 rally against right-to-work in Wisconsin

    02/24/2015 12:27:56 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 24, 2015 | Tribune wire
    "..........The right-to-work debate comes in the wake of the 2011 fight over Walker's law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers. That law also prohibited the automatic withdrawal of union dues for public workers, like the right-to-work measure would do in the private sector. Walker administration spokesman Cullen Werwie said between 1,800 and 2,000 people were inside and outside the Capitol at midday and there had been no arrests. After the rally, protesters filed into the Capitol rotunda and joined the ongoing hearing. While union members were vowing to fight the measure and try to sway Republicans to...
  • Reporter Mocks Scott Walker For Claiming To Communicate With God Through Prayer

    02/24/2015 1:06:40 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    DC - Daily Caller ^ | February 24, 2015 | Alex Griswold, Media Reporter
    Political Wire publisher Taegan Goddard got a lot of flack on Twitter after mocking Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for claiming he could discern God’s will, only to admit that he had no idea Christians believed they could communicate with God through prayer. It all began with a rather snarky tweet about Walker’s comments that he was still waiting for “God’s calling” before he announced a presidential run. [snip] As Goddard received criticism from religious followers, he shot back at critics by claiming that he wasn’t showing disdain for people of faith, even as his tone became more and more sarcastic....
  • Othering Campaign: Political Wire's Goddard Mocks Walker Christian Faith

    02/24/2015 1:33:07 PM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 24, 2015 | John Nolte
    Bigotry is borne of ignorance and the nasty snark the Political Wire’s Taegan Goddard launched at Scott Walker’s Christian faith Tuesday is a perfect example of a secular leftist who finds everyday Christianity freakish. Sadly, it is also the result of a media environment where bigoted attacks on the faith against conservatives are becoming more and more acceptable.
  • Ranting About Rudy: Giuliani’s criticism of Obama has sparked fury—because it rings true.

    02/22/2015 10:40:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    City Journal ^ | February 22, 2015 | Fred Siegel
    Former New York mayor Rudy GiulianiÂ’s statement about President ObamaÂ’s lack of love for America has set off a firestorm of denunciation. Giuliani has been accused of racism, and he has even received death threats. Defenders of Obama have evoked everything from his grandfatherÂ’s (on his motherÂ’s side) service in World War II to the two years GiulianiÂ’s father served in Sing Sing to prove either that Obama does love America or that Giuliani has no standing to issue such criticism. The ranting has obscured the reasons why so many Americans take GiulianiÂ’s remarks to heart. Starting with his June...
  • Rudy Giuliani is a Hero Again

    02/23/2015 3:52:16 PM PST · by Dave346 · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb. 23, 2015 10:00am | Wayne Root
    Great job, Rudy Giuliani! The hero of Sept. 11, 2001 is the hero again. Rudy just said what tens of millions of Americans believe. Gee, I wonder why? Let me count the ways that would indicate to anyone who isn’t blind or a complete blithering idiot, that President Barack Obama doesn’t appear to love America, is “different” in his thinking than any other president, and certainly gives the strong impression his true feelings are anti-American, anti-Christian and anti-Israel. Before we get to exact quotes direct from Obama’s mouth in the past few surreal days, let’s start with the obvious. Is...
  • Governor Walker’s Mainstream Higher Ed Reforms

    02/24/2015 8:03:05 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 24, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker unveiled his higher education reforms for the state university system, the reaction from that quarter was predictably negative. Yet and still, Governor Walker’s proposals are remarkably similar to several that are bandied about in the higher education establishment. What drew the most ire from the Ivory Tower in Wisconsin was the governor’s suggestion that universities abandon the “shared governance” they have been operating under, whereby faculty members effectively have a veto over administrative decisions. It is worth noting that a former president of Princeton has endorsed such a concept and the University of Maryland Board...
  • Scott Walker Is a Threat to the Existing Social Order

    02/23/2015 11:17:28 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 77 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 2-23-15 | Robert Tracinski
    When Barack Obama was first elected president, a number of my readers were in deep despair about American politics and the state of our culture. So I set out to compile an inventory of what is still going right with our culture, the reserves of strength we were going to have to draw on to survive the Obama era. One of my examples was Mike Rowe’s show “Dirty Jobs.” That led to some further ruminations about why people on the right tend to gravitate to shows like his, which celebrate the value of work. Rowe himself has been understandably cautious...
  • Scott Walker Says He Doesn't Know Whether Obama Is a Christian in Response to 'Gotcha' Question

    02/23/2015 7:26:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/23/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    A week after former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said he wasn't sure whether President Obama loves his country, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, said he doesn't know whether Obama is a Christian after The Washington Post asked him the "gotcha" question about which religion President Obama adheres to. "I don't know. I've actually never talked about it or I haven't read about that. I've never asked him that," Walker, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, told The Washington Post, when asked what he thinks of Obama's faith. "You've asked me to make statements about people that I haven't...
  • Walker’s anti-union law has labor reeling in Wisconsin [grab a cup of coffee and curl up with this]

    02/22/2015 11:48:49 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 22, 2015 | Robert Samuels
    KING, Wis. — At the old union hall here on a recent afternoon, Terry Magnant sat at the head of a table surrounded by 18 empty chairs. A members meeting had been scheduled to start a half-hour earlier, but the small house, with its cracked walls and loose roof shingles, was lonely and desolate. “There used to be a lot more people coming,” said Magnant, a 51-year-old nursing assistant, sighing. The anti-union law passed here four years ago, which made Gov. Scott Walker a national Republican star and a possible presidential candidate, has turned out to be even more transformative...
  • In Wisconsin, Walker’s anti-union law has crippled labor movement

    02/22/2015 6:02:30 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 43 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 02/22/2015 | Robert Samuels
    KING, Wis. — At the old union hall here on a recent afternoon, Terry Magnant sat at the head of a table surrounded by 18 empty chairs. A members meeting had been scheduled to start a half-hour earlier, but the small house, with its cracked walls and loose roof shingles, was lonely and desolate.
  • Here's the Guy Rudy Is Talking About: Frank Marshall Davis

    02/22/2015 4:31:52 PM PST · by GreyFriar · 106 replies
    The American Spectator.com ^ | Feb 22, 2015 | Paul Kengor
    “This is your work that Rudy is talking about!” So emailed a friend of mine on Saturday morning, sending me a link to the Drudge Report, which led with a scandalous New York Daily News article apoplectic and incredulous that Rudy Giuliani could launch the hysterical, Neanderthal, McCarthyite claim that our president, Barack Obama, had been influenced as a young man by a literal communist. I quickly read the piece and nodded to myself. Not only did Rudy have the communist right, but he even had Obama’s exact age (nine) right when he was first introduced to the communist.
  • AFL-CIO plans rallies against right-to-work at Wisconsin Capitol this week

    02/22/2015 12:28:03 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 32 replies
    Das Kaptiol Times ^ | February 22, 2015 | Jayson Joyce
    Almost immediately following Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's announcement that the Legislature will take up a right-to-work bill next week, speculation about the size and intensity of the opposition from unions and labor allies arose. That speculation will end on Tuesday noon when the first of two rallies planned by the Wisconsin AFL-CIO takes place at the Capitol in Madison. "Republicans are planning to ram this legislation through in an extraordinary session at lightning pace. An extraordinary session changes the rules, limits debate and makes a mockery out of our democracy," reads a statement on the WI AFL-CIO blog....
  • Chris Christie Finds Himself Squeezed Not Just by Bush but by Walker

    02/22/2015 11:50:36 AM PST · by T Ruth · 14 replies
    New York Observer ^ | Ken Kurson | 02/20/15 | Ken Kurson | 02/20/15
    Wisconsin governor's NYC visit drew sizable New Jersey wallets Scott Walker spent a profitable 24 hours in town and departed with plenty of NYC cash. But perhaps even more encouraging for fans of the Wisconsin governor is that his haul included dollars from at least four prominent New Jersey contributors, the Observer has learned. *** The Observer has learned that last night’s fundraiser was attended by at least four prominent New Jersey donors, further calling into question the hold New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie can exert over his home state contributors. Mason Simpson, an attorney from Holmdel who practices law...
  • Keith Ellison: Obama "Amazing Patriot, One Of The Best Presidents Our Country Will Ever Have Seen"

    02/22/2015 10:44:31 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 83 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 22, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    REP. KEITH ELLISON (D-MN): Oh, I don't agree with that. You know, people are always being asked about what somebody else said. But I have to tell you this, the president definitely is a great lover of America. I mean so much so that 11 million Americans got health care who never had it before. That's pragmatic love of country, when you do things for your countrymen and women. So I don't know. I think that the president's an amazing patriot and one of the best presidents I think our country will ever have seen.
  • CNN’s Borger Squares Off Against Issa Over Giuliani ‘Hateful’ Remarks

    02/22/2015 10:41:38 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 14 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | Pam Key
    Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Gloria Borger was rebuked by former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for the media’s obsession with Rudy Giuliani comments last week accusing President Obama of not loving America. Borger twice called the comments “hateful,” as the panel continued to refuse her prodding to attack America’s mayor. “I don’t think Rudy’s ever going to get the dust from Ground Zero out of his lungs,” Issa said. “He was there during the fall of those towers so for him to take personally a president...
  • President Obama Has, In Fact, Expressed Love for His Country

    02/22/2015 10:37:15 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 57 replies
    NYT ^ | February 22, 2015 | By Michael Barbaro and Michael D. Shear
    At the heart of the Giuliani-led critique of the president’s patriotism is the suggestion that Barack Obama has never expressed love for the United States. Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, has even challenged the media to find examples of Mr. Obama expressing such affection. Has the president done so? Yes, he has. A review of his public remarks provides multiple examples.
  • Steve Hayes Blasts Media Over Walker Questioning In Obama/Christian Story [VIDEO]

    02/22/2015 10:36:08 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/22/2015 | Al Weaver
    (FULL TITLE) ‘A HUGE Double Standard:’ Steve Hayes Blasts Media Over Walker Questioning In Obama/Christian Story [VIDEO] Reacting to The Washington Post’s interview with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in which he said he isn’t sure President Barack Obama is a Christian, columnist Steve Hayes blasted the media for it’s “huge double standard” when it comes to GOP candidates.Hayes told “Mediabuzz” host Howard Kurtz there is a “huge double standard” with the media’s treatment of Walker and other potential GOP candidates for the White House, adding that the real story within The Post’s story isn’t being talked about by the mainstream...
  • Gov. Mike Pence Defends President Obama's Patriotism ()

    02/22/2015 9:59:12 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    CrooksAndLiars.com ^ | 02/22/2015 | John Amato
    John Roberts was filling in for Chris Wallace and after interviewing Gov. Mike Pence as a possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, asked him to comment on Rudy Giuliani's ridiculous claims that President Obama doesn't love America. Roberts: You know what Rudy Giuliani said, the other day,. he believes the president doesn't love America. At least not in the way Ronald Reagen did and the way Bill Clinton did. Do you believe this president loves America?Pence: I don’t think it helps to question the president’s patriotism or motives, but look, Rudy Giuliani is a great American. He saw nearly 3,000 of...
  • Contextless in Obama’s America

    02/22/2015 9:58:06 AM PST · by No One Special · 1 replies
    DianaWest.net ^ | February 21, 2015 | Diana West
    From the New York Daily "News": Trying to explain his controversial comments that President Obama doesn't love America, Rudy Giuliani said Friday that he believes the President has been influenced by communism and socialism."Look, this man was brought up basically in a white family, so whatever he learned or didn't learn, I attribute this more to the influence of communism and socialism" than to his race, Giuliani told the Daily News."I don't (see) this President as being particularly a product of African-American society or something like that. He isn't," the former mayor added. "Logically, think about his background... The ideas...
  • WATCH: Black middle schooler slams Barack Obama in epic YouTube speech

    02/22/2015 9:40:40 AM PST · by Kyle Olson · 18 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 2/22/15 | Olaf Ekberg
    President Obama may enjoy the approval of 84% of blacks, but don’t count CJ Pearson among them. Pearson, a 12-year-old middle school student in Georgia, has more informed opinions than many adults. The student posted a YouTube video yesterday in which he seeks to “applaud Mayor Rudy Giuliani for his comments about President Barack Obama.”
  • WATCH: Black middle schooler slams Barack Obama in epic YouTube speech

    02/22/2015 11:06:30 AM PST · by PaulZe · 35 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 02/22/2015 | Olaf Ekberg
    President Obama may enjoy the approval of 84% of blacks, but don’t count CJ Pearson among them. Pearson, a 12-year-old middle school student in Georgia, has more informed opinions than many adults. The student posted a YouTube video yesterday in which he seeks to “applaud Mayor Rudy Giuliani for his comments about President Barack Obama.”
  • Giuliani boasts he ‘hit a nerve’ in Obama criticism

    02/22/2015 10:23:21 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/22/15 | Aaron Short
    Rudy is doubling down. Former mayor Rudy Giuliani acknowledged his speech criticizing President Obama’s patriotism last week “hit a nerve” but went even further Sunday denouncing the president’s foreign policy agenda. “I said it maybe 30 times before but somehow this time it hit a nerve, maybe because the president is on such defense for his unwillingness to face Islamic terrorism,” Giuliani told John Catsimatidis on 970 AM The Answer. “We need a American president more like Ronald Reagan who gave us a sense of optimism,” said Giuliani. “There’s something about his unwillingness to talk about Islamic extremist Muslims that...
  • Mike Pence to GOP: Don't question Obama's patriotism

    02/22/2015 9:40:23 AM PST · by gwgn02 · 56 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/22/2015 | Brian Hughes
    Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a possible dark horse 2016 presidential candidate, said Sunday that it’s counterproductive for conservatives to question President Obama’s patriotism. “I don’t think it helps to question the president’s patriotism or motives,” Pence said on “Fox News Sunday.”
  • Rudy Giuliani gets death threats for claims Obama doesn't love America

    02/22/2015 8:31:06 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 52 replies
    Daily Mail.com ^ | 2/22/2012 | Charlene Adams
    Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani says he is standing by his comments about President Barack Obama but has received death threats in the wake of the controversial statements. Facing criticism over his statements that the president doesn't love Obama, Giuliani says he is not withdrawing his words, even amid death threats he and his secretary received following the remarks, CNN reports. The former mayor did not say whether he contacted police about the threatening calls.
  • Why Rudy Was Wrong!

    02/22/2015 8:07:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2015 | Kevin McCullough
    This past week at a private event in which many members of the GOP were in attendance former New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani, said something that a vast majority of Americans have felt for several months. Many of them coming to that conclusion late in the life of the current administration, and some--far fewer--have felt Giuliani's observations for more like the duration of Obama's time in office. "He does not love America. (Obama) doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of...
  • Rudy Giuliani’s sad self-destuction: How “America’s mayor” became just another GOP sidewalk lunatic

    02/22/2015 6:20:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    Salon ^ | February 22, 2015 | Jim Sleeper
    There is an important lesson here for us all: How often genuine political promise coexists with puerility and worse. White House press secretary Josh Earnest wasn’t just being diplomatic or clever yesterday when he said he feels sad and sorry for Rudy Giuliani, the former “America’s mayor” who’s been raging like a sidewalk lunatic at President Obama. There actually is something sad about Rudy’s long self-destruction, which began before his disastrous presidential primary bid of 2008. Sad, but possibly instructive to the future sidewalk lunatics among today’s Republican presidential-wannabes. Maybe you had to be with Giuliani at the start of...
  • The Washington Post played ‘gotcha’ with Scott Walker (and lost)

    02/22/2015 6:13:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 22, 2015 | Kemberlee Kaye
    It’s all fun and games until someone gets smacked down The Washington Post’s Robert Costa and Dan Balz interviewed Scott Walker yesterday. Of everything they had opportunity to ask, they chose to ask Walker whether he thought Obama was a Christian. How Walker’s opinion on the matter is remotely relevant or newsworthy is unclear to normal people, who expect the press to do that whole “truth to power” thing. Walker, seemingly unamused by the obscure religion question, responded appropriately, saying he “didn’t know.” [BIG SNIP] Because Walker did not play by their rules, he was isolated (rhetorically isolated, anyway) from...
  • Establishment Republicans Question Scott Walker’s Handling of Giuliani Comments

    02/22/2015 5:47:24 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 2/21/15 | Maggie Haberman
    While former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York has been criticized for remarks he made at a small dinner event in Manhattan about President Obama and his “love” for America, establishment Republicans also have questioned the reaction of the person being honored at that reception, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who is a likely Republican presidential contender in 2016. Mr. Walker, who sat feet from Mr. Giuliani as he spoke, did not take a position on Mr. Giuliani’s comments, made at the 21 Club Wednesday evening, in which he said he did not think Mr. Obama loved America. Appearing...
  • FLASHBACK Michelle Obama on why the First Family does not attend church

    02/22/2015 4:26:48 AM PST · by tellw · 25 replies
    BizPacReview ^ | April 24, 2014 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    Michelle Obama took time out from Monday’s Easter Egg Roll to talk about the first family’s holiday and why the Obamas don’t usually attend church. The first lady’s visit with “Live with Kelly and Michael” co-host Michael Strahan got off to an awkward start, when shejoined in the audience applause after she was introduced. “You don’t have to clap for yourself,” Strahan said, before asking about the first family’s Easter. The healthy eating proponent, who was pushing her “Let’s Move!” campaign at the egg roll, described what the family did after church on Easter. “We sat around really full because...