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  • Mika: Ted Cruz, Like-Minded Republicans Don’t Love America

    10/07/2013 7:37:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 7, 2013 | Staff
    Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski told fellow panelists Monday she thought that Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and Republicans like him don’t love the country because of their battles to defund Obamacare that she believes led to the government shutdown, drawing the ire of host Joe Scarborough. “That shows just how much they hate him and don’t love the country, and that’s what’s scary about this,” she said. “If they actually go through with this, this is about something else.” “Are you saying they don’t love the country?” Scarborough asked. “Are you saying they do? Ted Cruz and his group...
  • The audacity of Jr.

    02/16/2013 8:43:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    **SNIP** Ask how he could humiliate not one but three generations of his globally known family — his famous father and his young children included. No, Jesse Jackson Jr. wouldn't be the first to purposefully slow-walk that yearslong walk. Not the first to delight in secret luxuries and expensive acquisitions along a reliable, efficient path to the self-destruction of his career and his reputation. Imagine, though, the depth of conniving, or self-delusion, or entitlement, or sheer audacious recklessness, that the federal accusations against Jackson would have required of him. What the feds on Friday suggested had happened here is a...
  • Richard Lugar Loses GOP Indiana Senate Primary by Landslide

    01/18/2013 4:53:47 AM PST · by RC one · 110 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | May 8, 2012 10:52 PM EDT | Lloyd Grove
    The 36-year Senate veteran is trounced by Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, whose business and Tea Party backers spent $2.7 million to defeat a once-powerful pol they portrayed as out of touch.That cracking, thudding sound emanating from Indiana on primary night Tuesday was the crumbling of a Washington institution, punctuated by muffled shrieks of terror from incumbent office-holders everywhere.Republican Sen. Richard Lugar—a towering figure in the national-security, arms-control, and foreign-policy realms who six years ago was so popular in his home state that local Democrats didn’t bother to field an opponent—lost his bid for a seventh term to a lesser-known,...
  • Indicted UT Businessman Links Harry Reid To Bribery Attempt

    01/12/2013 3:06:45 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 12, 2013 | Tom Harvey and Robert Gehrke
    Embattled St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson says new Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped broker a deal in 2010 in which Johnson believed he was to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid $600,000 to make a federal investigation into Johnson’s company go away. But when the federal government filed a lawsuit Johnson thought he had paid to quash, he demanded Swallow return some of the $250,000 initial payment. Then, just days before the Nov. 6 election, Johnson engaged in a frenetic but unsuccessful effort to get Swallow to drop out of the race, saying information about what Johnson called a...
  • Millions noticing paychecks lighter today, due to payroll tax hike

    01/11/2013 6:21:03 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 1/11/2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Gabriella Hoffman’s paycheck is a little lighter today, thanks to a payroll tax increase that is forcing millions of Americans to make the kind of tough budget cuts their representatives in Washington lawmakers seem unwilling to tackle. Hoffman, a 21-year-old Virginian who works at a nonprofit, estimates her paycheck will be roughly $30 less this biweekly pay period, or about $780 annually, thanks to the end of a two-year cut on payroll taxes, which fund Social Security. The tax has risen back up to 6.2 percent from 4.2 percent, costing someone making $50,000 annually about $1,000 per year and a...
  • Senate Balks at Promoting Officer Who Downed F-4

    01/10/2013 11:25:21 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 36 replies
    Military.com ^ | 1.1.13 | Rowan Scarborough
    A Senate committee has refused to approve a promotion to admiral for a Navy officer who, as a young fighter pilot during a training mission, deliberately shot down an Air Force plane whose flier has suffered a life of pain from his forced ejection. The Senate Armed Services Committee took no confirmation vote on the nomination of Capt. Tiimothy W. Dorsey as the 112th Congress ended. Because the Senate did not act, the nomination goes back to the White House. The Navy has the option of trying to resubmit his nomination during the 113t Congress, which convened Thursday.
  • How the Fiscal Cliff Deal Hurt a Recovering Economy

    01/07/2013 4:03:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Kevin Glass
    The deal that Congress came to on the fiscal cliff last week was a combination of half-measures, compromise, and kicking-the-can that nobody seemed to like but was overwhelmingly approved. Most of the meaures that constituted the cliff stood poised to harm the economy over the next two years - and Congress' failure to offset the cost of averting the cliff will result in a worse economy in the long run. As Americans everywhere found out with their first paychecks of the new year, Congress failed to reauthorize the temporary payroll tax cut that expired. This could result in between 300,000...
  • The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

    01/07/2013 4:38:51 PM PST · by SJackson · 61 replies
    RabbiPruzansky.com ^ | November 7, 2012 | Rabbi Steven Pruzansky
    The most charitable way of explaining the election results of 2012 is that Americans voted for the status quo – for the incumbent President and for a divided Congress. They must enjoy gridlock, partisanship, incompetence, economic stagnation and avoidance of responsibility. And fewer people voted. As I write, with almost all the votes counted, President Obama has won fewer votes than John McCain won in 2008, and more than ten million off his own 2008 total. (Note: this was written the day after the election. The final results indicate that Romney exceeded McCain’s total by less than one million votes,...
  • The GOP Political Establishment Fiscal Cliff Sellout

    01/07/2013 8:36:44 AM PST · by IbJensen · 78 replies
    Chris Adamo.Com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Chris Adamo
    Apparently Republican career politicians inside the Beltway have a collective death wish. Faced with what they believed to be political impasse, they opted to completely abandon their conservative base and give their full support to the abhorrent and fiscally reckless policies of Barack Obama and the Democrats. Of course Republicans would argue that since Obama won reelection in November, they must acquiesce to his uncontested leadership. Sadly, they give no thought to the possibility that perhaps it is their constant inexcusable capitulation to the liberal establishment which has, more than any other factor, empowered the left as the dominant political...
  • White House Plans To Overwhelm NRA With Rapid Victory

    01/05/2013 10:00:43 AM PST · by pabianice · 131 replies
    TPM ^ | 1/5/13 | Sarlin
    President Obama announces he is appointing Vice President Joe Biden to craft new policies within the next month to curb gun violence.President Obama announces he is appointing Vice President Joe Biden to craft new policies within the next month to curb gun violence. 0 The White House and gun control supporters are gearing up for a whirlwind month, with plans to pass reform legislation before outrage over the Sandy Hook massacre has a chance to fade. While the fiscal cliff has dominated Washington’s attention in recent weeks, lawmakers and activists are laying the groundwork for their big push. Vice President...
  • 4 Things You Need to Know About Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry

    01/03/2013 10:00:45 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    Reason ^ | January 3, 2013 | Ed Krayewski
    Don't let his reputation as a peacenik fool you. John Kerry is no anti-interventionist.On Dec. 21, President Obama nominated Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. The move was widely expected after Susan Rice, the only other prominent candidate, dropped out of consideration when the Obama administration’s response to a terror attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya promised to derail her nomination.Now serving his fifth term in the Senate, Kerry is best known for his failed 2004 presidential run, and the "swift boat" attacks he suffered during it. While America may never know a...
  • Krauthammer: The Return of the Real Obama

    01/04/2013 2:54:54 AM PST · by SueRae · 58 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/3/2013 | Krauthammer
    The rout was complete, the retreat disorderly. President Obama got his tax hikes — naked of spending cuts — passed by the ostensibly Republican House of Representatives. After which, you might expect him to pivot to his self-proclaimed “principle” of fiscal “balance” by taking the lead on reducing spending. “Why,” asked The Post on the eve of the final fiscal-cliff agreement, “is the nation’s leader not embracing and then explaining the balanced reforms the nation needs?” Because he has no interest in them. He’s a visionary, not an accountant. Sure, he’ll pretend to care about deficits, especially while running for...
  • Workers making $30,000 will take a bigger hit on their pay than those earning $500,000 under

    01/04/2013 12:26:55 PM PST · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | january 3, 2013 | hayley peterson
    Middle-class workers will take a bigger hit to their income proportionately than those earning between $200,000 and $500,000 under the new fiscal cliff deal, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Earners in the latter group will pay an average 1.3 percent more - or an additional $2,711 - in taxes this year, while workers making between $30,000 and $200,000 will see their paychecks shrink by as much as 1.7 percent - or up to $1,784 - the D.C.-based think tank reported. Overall, nearly 80 percent of households will pay more money to the federal government as a result of...
  • Fiscal Irresponsibility Day. Washington rams through an appropriately hideous deal.

    01/03/2013 7:03:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Reason ^ | 01/03/2013 | Matt Welch
    It's the deficit-reduction package that doesn't reduce the deficit. It's the debt-ceiling deal that doesn't touch the debt ceiling (and doesn't cut debt). It's the long-term entitlement negotiation that—after nearly three years of wheedling—does not delay, let alone stave off, a Baby Boomer retirement bomb currently on pace to swallow half of federal outlays by 2030. Say this for the fiscal cliff-avoidance bill that passed on New Year's Day—it is a near-perfect expression of Washington's grotesque devolution since Bill Clinton left office. Not only have a succession of Republican and Democratic presidents and congresses combined to jack up spending from...
  • Urgent Message to the GOP in the House of Representatives..

    01/01/2013 4:15:16 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 34 replies
    Obama_Is_Sabotating_America ^ | January 01, 2013 | Obama_Is_Sabotating_America
    DON'T DO IT. To Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, and all other Republicans in the House, under NO circumstances shall you betray your country, party and our Constitution by feeding into the Socialists' (masquerading as Democrats) continued assault on the American economy. You MUST realize by now that the mission of the Obama regime is to force the United States into a debt we will NEVER recover from.. His 'Cloward & Piven' strategy of dispensing entitlements like candy and spending relentlessly without any regard to cutting spending for the purpose of CRASHING OUR REPUBLIC FOR REPLACEMENT WITH HIS NATIONAL SOCIALIST UTOPIA is...
  • Eric Cantor Leads GOP Charge Against Senate Cliff Bill

    01/01/2013 4:46:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 01/01/2013
    Last-minute efforts to step back from the fiscal cliff ran into trouble on Tuesday as Republicans in the House of Representatives balked at a deal that would prevent Washington from pushing the world's biggest economy into a recession. House Republicans complained that a bill passed by the Senate in a late-night show of unity to prevent a budget crisis contained tax hikes for the wealthiest Americans but no spending cuts. Some conservatives sought to change the bill to add cuts. That would set up a high-stakes showdown between the two chambers and risk a stinging rebuke from financial markets that...
  • CNN: Clinton Itching To Testify on Benghazi Issue

    01/01/2013 5:27:45 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/30/2012
    From the CNN transcript.........ELISE LABOTT, is a CNN FOREIGN AFFAIRS REPORTERLEMON: Yes. And -- and also traveling with her, you said would -- you know, she's relentless and she is one of those people from -- you know, her husband and her, I've seen them at events, every hand they shake, they're the -- usually the first people to enter the room and the last people to leave. And she is committed as Secretary of State and the president has said as such -- as much just recently over the past couple of weeks. ............................. .................LABOTT: She was, you know,...
  • Senate passes fiscal-cliff deal; House vote next

    01/01/2013 11:36:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/01/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    I'm a little under the weather today --- a drag when you have family visiting from out of town --- so we're a little late getting a thread started on the Biden-McConnell fiscal-cliff deal. The Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of the package, which deals with tax rates but pushes spending decisions out another two months: The Senate, in a pre-dawn vote two hours after the deadline passed to avert automatic tax increases, overwhelmingly approved legislation on Tuesday that would allow tax rates to rise only on affluent Americans while temporarily suspending sweeping, across-the-board spending cuts.The deal, worked out in...
  • House Republicans blast Senate 'cliff' bill

    01/01/2013 11:10:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/01/13 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Several Republicans took to the House floor Tuesday afternoon to slam the Senate-brokered "fiscal cliff" bill that was passed earlier in the morning, calling it a rush job that raises taxes and delays most of the spending cuts planned for this year. "So we find ourselves again with a bill that reflects not financial wisdom, but the seductive spirit that pervades this town," Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) said. "Leaders in Washington continue to over-promise. They're likes salespeople who tell their customer they can have an $30,000 car but only pay $18,000 for it. Who doesn't like that deal?" Rep. Louie...
  • 2012 in Review

    01/01/2013 11:15:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | January 1, 2012 | Armstrong Williams
    Time Magazine has just named President Obama as their Person of the Year. This has been, of course, controversial, and for the usual reasons: much like with the President’s Nobel Peace Prize, one has to wonder what he actually did to deserve it. Surely getting reelected is important, but beside the point; what matters is what you do in office, and I just don’t see much in the way of achievement by the President this year, in which he spent most of it either campaigning or doing nothing to avoid rocking the boat before the election. But Person of the...