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  • Helen Thomas: "Obama Is No FDR - Republican Mission Is To See Obama Fail [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    12/25/2009 1:01:29 AM PST · by seanmerc · 58 replies · 3,369+ views ^ | 24 Dec 09 | Helen "The Grinch" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- The spirit of Christmas seems to have escaped Congress, maybe even the country. Have you ever encountered such mean spiritedness and political conniving as are now on display on Capitol Hill? In the past, we have had great philosophical divisions in the struggle for civil rights, especially when southern legislators ran the show. In praise of democracy, fortunately they lost. And of course there also was the "red scare" fomented by Sen. Joe McCarthy, R-Wis., in the 1950s when he led the commie-hunting movement that ended up victimizing government officials, academia and Hollywood. We recovered from that, too....
  • Helen Thomas: "Who Is President Obama? The Time Has Come For Obama To Get Tough" [GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    12/17/2009 12:08:51 PM PST · by seanmerc · 65 replies · 2,714+ views ^ | 16 Dec 09 | The only reporter who has interviewed all 44 US Presidents, the inimitable HELEN THOMAS!!!
    WASHINGTON -- After nearly a year in office, the defining political image of President Barack Obama has yet to emerge. Is he a hawk or dove, a liberal or a moderate? His Nobel Peace prize speech exposed his ambivalence. He harkened back to the Roman Catholic theologians to defend his "just war" in Afghanistan -- but he also expressed his ideals for a better world. Measuring Obama’s performance is truly in the eyes of the beholder. To those who were enthralled with Obama’s eloquence in the presidential campaign, reality is setting in. News flash: He doesn’t walk on water. But...
  • Helen Thomas: "Obama Is Now Called A 'War President'"-Escalates War in Afghanistan [GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    12/10/2009 7:16:07 AM PST · by seanmerc · 45 replies · 2,195+ views ^ | 9 Dec 09 | Helen "Quagmire" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama had a golden opportunity to become a peacemaker compared to his hawkish predecessor. But he has let that opening evaporate by escalating the war in Afghanistan. Now he is called a "war president" -- a dubious title that former President George W. Bush personally embraced after starting two devastating wars, one in Afghanistan, the other in Iraq. In both cases, the U.S. is touting its exit plans. In Iraq, Obama has declared a victory and plans to pull out many troops next year, though leaving thousands behind to secure the Baghdad government. In Afghanistan, Obama...
  • Helen Thomas: "Afghanistan Looks More And More Like Vietnam" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    12/02/2009 4:47:16 PM PST · by seanmerc · 47 replies · 3,599+ views ^ | 2 Dec 09 | Helen "Surrender Monkey" Thomas
    President Obama May Not Remember Vietnam Turmoil WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama insists that his decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan by sending in 30,000 more troops is not Vietnam all over again. Well, it sure reminds me of the perils and the price of that unwinnable war in Southeast Asia and the political chaos it wreaked at home. In Afghanistan, the designated enemies are remnants of the weakened al-Qaida network and the native Taliban, which has been growing in strength despite the eight-year war started by President George W. Bush in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 catastrophe....
  • McCain: Obama Administration Giving 9/11 Mastermind ‘His Wish’ by Giving Him Civilian Trial in NY

    11/26/2009 12:49:31 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 727+ views
    CNS News ^ | 2009-11-25
    ( – Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told that President Barack Obama was giving 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed “his wish” by giving him a trial in federal civilian court instead of trying him before a military tribunal. McCain was asked on Nov. 19 whether the administration might have to produce Mohammed’s CIA interrogators if the terrorist’s defense lawyers call them as witnesses. McCain said the answer was not clear because Obama had opened the civilian justice system to enemy combatants, a move that raised myriad problems and gave Khalid Sheik Mohammed, or KSM, what he wanted.
  • Helen Thomas: "Declare Victory, Leave Afghanistan--Obama's Decision..." [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    11/19/2009 1:24:09 PM PST · by seanmerc · 27 replies · 2,114+ views ^ | 18 Nov 09 | Helen "Cut and Run" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- The Nobel Peace crown lies uneasy on President Barack Obama’s head as he ponders the next U.S. move in Afghanistan, with hints and leaks showering down to tell us that he will eventually send thousands more troops there. His decision -- which could be announced soon -- was triggered by the request from Gen. Stanley McChrystal for 40,000 more troops to secure the cities and protect the citizens of Afghanistan, in addition to the 68,000 U.S. troops there now. Obama has been reviewing the U.S. role in Afghanistan for months, a time-consuming study that has led to accusations...
  • Crist: I’d have voted for Porkulus

    11/17/2009 12:56:46 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 859+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 2009-11-17 | Ed Morrissey
    (snip) Dickinson posted the transcript of that question and answer yesterday at Rolling Stone: Rolling Stone: Just a final question: Had you been in the Senate, would you have voted with the other Republicans for the stimulus package? Crist: Absolutely. (snip)
  • Obama’s Pet-Goat Moment

    11/05/2009 3:39:43 PM PST · by Roscoe Karns · 77 replies · 3,779+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | November 5, 2009 | Linda Chavez
    We still don’t know what was behind the killings at Ft. Hood this afternoon, in which 11 soldiers and the killer died, but President Obama’s rushed press conference was surprising in its flippancy nonetheless. Before he got to the issue on everyone’s mind — namely the deaths of Americans in uniform — the president gave a “shout-out” to government bureaucrats gathered for a previously scheduled conference at the Interior Department, complete with appreciative chuckles. He treated the event like a pep rally rather than a tragic occasion with a wider audience than those gathered in the room. I wonder how...
  • Helen Thomas: "It’s The Same Old Mideast Policy-Obama Administration Follows Bush Path"

    11/05/2009 11:36:34 AM PST · by seanmerc · 34 replies · 1,551+ views ^ | 4 Nov 09 | Helen "Hezbollah point of view" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- The Palestinians had hoped they would see a new day coming after the Bush administration’s eight-year capitulation to all that Israel wanted. But they were wrong. The Obama administration is moving down the same Bush road -- perhaps a little slower -- but nonetheless still enabling the Israelis to continue to violate international law and the U.N. Charter by annexing occupied Arab land. First, the new administration made it clear that U.S. policy opposed new Jewish settlements on the West Bank. This declaration was met with a thumping rejection from the Israeli government led by Benjamin Netanyahu. Then,...
  • Rush Limbaugh: "The Return of John "Swifty" Kerry"

    10/28/2009 2:07:05 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 11 replies · 1,503+ views ^ | 27 Oct 09 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: It is apparent, ladies and gentlemen, that General John "Swifty" Kerry has taken over Obama foreign policy. You people who thought you were voting for Obama to change foreign policy were wrong. You know, I still can't get over that last sound bite. President Obama, there aren't Bush troops, and there aren't Obama troops. Those are American soldiers, and you've abandoned them, while claiming to these naval people in Jacksonville yesterday you never -- he's embarrassing. Worse than that, it's dangerous. We got John "Swifty" Kerry, who served in Vietnam, by the way, yesterday afternoon at the Council on...
  • Helen Thomas: "The Buck Stops In The Oval Office" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    10/23/2009 5:00:46 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 40 replies · 2,178+ views ^ | 22 Oct 09 | Helen "Afghanistan=Vietnam" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama’s leadership is being tested on two historic fronts: health care reform and U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. By the time he has made decisions on these two titanic issues, we will know whether he has the courage to make tough calls and we will know more about his bottom-line principles. On health care, Obama thought he had learned lessons from 1993 when Hillary Clinton, then the first lady, was put in charge of developing a universal health plan when her husband was president. She flunked partly because she did not touch base with Congress. She didn’t...
  • The President's Frank Capra Moment

    10/18/2009 7:50:30 AM PDT · by skimbell · 11 replies · 990+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette@RCP ^ | October 18, | David Shribman
    WASHINGTON -- Maybe it happened on an afternoon when no one was looking. Maybe it occurred when everyone was focused on something else, or preoccupied with other matters. Maybe it happened one night. But this is no romantic comedy, and there is no Clark Gable or Claudette Colbert involved. Yet it definitely happened. The Iraq war, once owned by George W. Bush, suddenly became Barack Obama's. So, too, the war in Afghanistan. And the economy. Don't forget the threat from Iran. They're all Obama's now. I'm calling it President Obama's Frank Capra moment, and it's playing on a video screen...
  • Offshore Drilling Could Add, Subtract Support for Senate Climate Bill [Grahamnesty alert]

    10/09/2009 3:41:20 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 800+ views
    Climate Wire / The New York Times ^ | 2009-10-09 | Ben Geman
    Can Congress drill its way to legislation to cut greenhouse gas emissions? Perhaps, says Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who believes there is public support for both reducing reliance on energy imports and curbing carbon dioxide emissions. "If you married these two ideas up, I think you could get 60 votes, but that means give and take," Graham said yesterday."My hope is that if you marry these two ideas up you would get the votes for a reasonable climate change proposal, that's blocked now, and you would be able to become energy independent, that's blocked now," Graham added. "Both ideas run...
  • Helen Thomas: "Only The Beginning In Afghanistan" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    10/08/2009 1:12:15 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 32 replies · 4,526+ views ^ | 8 Oct 09 | Helen "Cut and Run" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has no plans to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. After eight years of war there, withdrawal is not among the options the administration is considering as it designs a new strategy. Also not being considered is any exploration of possible peace talks with the Taliban, the indigenous Islamic group that once controlled large swaths of Afghanistan. When asked whether the U.S. could withdraw from Afghanistan -- a country known as the "graveyard of empires" -- White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said: "That’s not something that has ever been entertained." "I don’t think we have...
  • Rush Limbaugh: "Gen. McChrystal vs. Gen. Biden"

    10/05/2009 2:27:19 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 25 replies · 1,820+ views ^ | 5 Oct 09 | Rush Limbaugh
    Obama's liberal buddies are blocking a surge. This is from the blog at, the Briefing Room. "Nearly two dozen House liberals have signed onto a bill introduced this past week that would prohibit an increase of troops in Afghanistan. A bill introduced by Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) Thursday would bar funding to increase troop level in Afghanistan beyond its current level. Lee and 21 lawmakers, largely from the liberal Congressional Progressive Caucus..." Do they really need a separate liberal caucus in the House? Aren't they all liberal socialist jerks? They need their own separate caucus? They introduced the bill,...
  • Chuck Grassley and the RINO wing [of the GOP]

    10/04/2009 9:34:52 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 1,038+ views
    Renew America ^ | 2009-10-05 | Nathan Tabor
    There hasn't been a more controversial piece of Congressional and Senate legislation than the proposed health care program in my memory. In spite of polls revealing a majority of Americans oppose the current health care proposals, the Democrats are pushing hard to pass their legislation as quickly as possible. The American people are seeking to have their voices heard through their elected officials including conservatives, but the US Senate appears to be oblivious to that fact — including Republican senators such as Iowa's Chuck Grassley. Rather than fighting this attempt at an oppressive government takeover of the private sector, Senator...
  • Helen Thomas Hounds Gibbs on "Public Option"; Says "I want your conscience to bother you" - Video

    10/02/2009 5:47:58 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 26 replies · 2,557+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | October 2, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Helen Thomas pressing White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs yesterday over whether President Obama still supports a "Public Option" for Health Care, and whether he will "fight for it." Gibbs customarily dodged the question, and Thomas called him on it, saying she continues to ask about it because "I want your conscience to bother you." . . . (VIDEO)
  • Helen Thomas: "Speaking For The President" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    10/01/2009 1:02:14 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 84 replies · 2,687+ views ^ | 1 Oct 09 | The only reporter to have interviewed all 44 US Presidents, HELEN THOMAS!!!
    WASHINGTON -- It isn't easy to put words in the mouth of the president of the United States, but the White House stable of speechwriters does that almost every day. The frustrations of such a prestigious post are painfully recalled by Matt Latimer, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, in his new book "Speech-Less." The subtitle of the book by the conservative speechwriter is "Tales of a White House Survivor." Latimer's book divulges rich insights into the Bush White House. The rivalries, the egos, the fears and the trepidations of having written a prime time speech only to...
  • [Tenn.] GOP Congressman: Afghanistan is a 'medieval' country [nation-building could take "decades"]

    09/29/2009 4:56:44 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 870+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-09-29 | Jordan Fabian
    Nation-building in Afghanistan is a tough proposition for the United States since it is a "medieval" country, Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) told a local editorial board on Monday afternoon. The freshman lawmaker said that the a rebuilding project similar to what the U.S. undertook in Iraq would unlikely to achieve success in Afghanistan because the latter is "medieval" and the former is a "20th century country." Roe added that winning "the war" there would take "decades." He emphasized that the government needs to re-evaluate the mission there and define victory in the conflict against Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgents. "I believe...
  • Rush Limbaugh: "The French (The French!) Think Obama is Weak"

    09/29/2009 2:31:42 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 25 replies · 2,401+ views ^ | 29 Sep 09 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Yesterday at about this same time in this program we shared with you the details of a story in the National Post in Canada (the only place I have found such details) about how irritated with Obama the French president, Sarkozy, was in the way he's dealing with the Iranian situation and their nuclear ramp-up. And it was clear that -- we read the quotes from Sarkozy and things that he had said (that, again, were not reported here in the State-Controlled Media in the United States) he clear thinks Obama is an idiot. He thinks he's naive and...
  • McCain assails Senate Democrats' climate bill [flip flop] [but still working on "alternatives"]

    09/29/2009 1:52:46 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies · 872+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-09-29 | Richard Cowan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain, a leading voice for reducing carbon emissions, said on Tuesday he will not support the climate change bill being introduced by Senate Democrats, illustrating the lack of bipartisan support for the bill. Democratic Senators Barbara Boxer and John Kerry are expected on Wednesday to unveil their plan for cutting smokestack emissions and building vehicles that pollute less. It calls for a 20 percent cut in U.S. carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2020 and an 83 percent reduction by 2050, according to Senate Republican aides familiar with the Democratic bill. But the legislation...
  • Helen Thomas: "Health Care Scare - President Obama Rejects Racism Claims" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    09/24/2009 5:38:13 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 53 replies · 4,207+ views ^ | 24 Sep 09 | Helen "Climate of Hate" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- Have you noticed a climate of hate and mean spiritedness in the land? Whether inspired by racism or not, it certainly exists. This isn’t a unique psychological phenomenon. Remember the brutal anti-unionism of the 1930s, the McCarthy-era anti-communist scare of the 1950s and the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s and early 1970s? President Barack Obama -- the first black U.S. president -- tries diligently to reject claims that racism underlies the public rancor against his health care reform plan and other administration aspirations. He acknowledged recently that there are "some people out there who don’t like me...
  • Barney Frank on Acorn

    09/22/2009 5:10:29 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 32 replies · 1,590+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 09-23-09 | The Wall Street Journal Editorial Staff
    He calls for an investigation—of the investigators.. In a letter published nearby, Representative Barney Frank takes us to task for an editorial last week in which we noted his absence from the House's 345-75 vote to defund Acorn, the "community organizing" group that has been caught on video at least five times offering advice on how to evade the authorities while enslaving children as prostitutes. Mr. Frank, whose spokesman tells us he would have voted against the measure (that is, in favor of funding Acorn), has a point. Any implication that he is trying to dodge the matter is mistaken.
  • 8 Marines [Philippine, NOT American Marines] killed in Abu Sayyaf ambush in Sulu

    09/21/2009 10:04:31 PM PDT · by bushpilot1 · 17 replies · 2,000+ views
    GMA News ^ | 22 sep 2009 | GMA
    Eight Marine soldiers were killed Monday afternoon in an ambush staged by Abu Sayyaf bandits in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, military officials said. AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col, Romeo Brawner Jr, said troops from the 4th Marine Battalion Landing Team were on their way to their base when they were waylaid by the Abu Sayyaf at Sitio Talatac in Bato-bato village around 1:30 p.m. Lt. Col. Ariel Caculitan, head of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 4 (MBLT 4), said his men were able to return fire, resulting to the death of five bandits. “Five died on...
  • NLPC calls on JP Morgan Chase to drop ACORN ["Obama's 'favorite banker'"] [BofA linked too]

    09/20/2009 12:57:48 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies · 1,964+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2009-09-19 | Kevin Mooney
    JP Morgan Chase has been challenged to sever its financial support for ACORN. As more video tapes are released of ACORN workers discussing illicit financial schemes, the bank has been called out for funding activities in violation of its own polices. Peter Flaherty, president of the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), in a letter addressed to JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, warns that continued support could jeopardize the institution’s credibility. “Continued identification with ACORN harms the company’s brand name and reputation, and carries special risks for this company, a recipient of taxpayer TARP funds,” he wrote. “The New...
  • Pelosi Says Anti-Obama Rhetoric Sounds Familiar [accuses conservatives of having violent intentions]

    09/18/2009 1:17:54 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 45 replies · 1,669+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2009-09-18 | Paul Kane
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday said she worries that the protests of President Obama's health-care legislation may be of a similar nature to anti-gay rhetoric in the late 1970s in San Francisco, which culminated in the assassinations of two of her home town's political leaders. Pelosi, responding to a question about anti-Obama sentiment, said that partisans on all sides of an issue have the right to voice their opinion. But after pausing, she added: "I have concerns about some of the language that is being used, because I saw this myself in the late '70s in San Francisco....
  • House Votes to End Subsidies to Student Loan Firms [consolidates lending in Dept. of Education]

    09/17/2009 7:22:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies · 2,347+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2009-09-18 | Nick Anderson
    The Democratic-led House approved a bill Thursday that would overhaul college lending and spend tens of billions of dollars on student grants, community colleges, school construction and early childhood education. The bill would end a program that subsidizes private lenders that provide federally guaranteed student loans. The government itself would make all such federal loans as of July 1, effectively cutting out banks and other lenders as middlemen. That would be a major shift because direct government lending in the last academic year accounted for about a quarter of federal loan volume.
  • [Jimmy] Carter: Racism plays major role in opposition to Obama [HURL ALERT]

    09/16/2009 5:16:13 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 45 replies · 1,392+ views ^ | 16 Sep 09 | CNN (Communist News Network)
    (CNN) -- Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that racial politics played a role in South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst during President Obama's speech to Congress last week and in some of the opposition the president has faced since taking office. Former President Carter tells "NBC Nightly News" that racism has surfaced in opposition to President Obama. "I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he's African-American," Carter told "NBC Nightly News." "I live in the South, and I've seen the...
  • Helen Thomas: "When Governments Lie - Rep. Joe Wilson Has Become Celebrity Martyr For His Rudeness"

    09/16/2009 5:00:33 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 39 replies · 2,138+ views ^ | 16 Sep 09 | Helen "Infobabe" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- Do presidents and other public officials lie? Do birds fly? That age-old question was recently evoked when Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouted "You lie" after President Barack Obama told a joint session of Congress that his national health care proposal would not cover illegal immigrants. Wilson’s verbal attack was reminiscent of the back benchers in London’s House of Commons where rhetorical bombast is more frequent than in the halls of Congress. Wilson apologized for his blast but that didn’t stop the House from voting 240-179 to rebuke him for a breach of decorum "to the discredit of the...
  • Barack Obama critics 'racist', says Jimmy Carter: is he right? [hell no] [barf]

    09/16/2009 5:10:35 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 45 replies · 1,997+ views ^ | 2009-09-16
    Former President Jimmy Carter has accused critics of Barack Obama of racism following an outburst by a Republican congressman. Does he have a point? BY TOM CHIVERS President Jimmy Carter says that criticism of Barack Obama shows that there is an “inherent feeling” in America that a black man should not be President. It follows the South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson shouting “you lie!” during a speech by the President to Congress.
  • Meghan McCain speeds ahead [as a MSM tool to attack "extremist" conservatives] [barf!]

    09/16/2009 2:51:08 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 51 replies · 8,595+ views
    The blogging, tweeting, one-woman sensation is cutting a wide swath across the media landscape. BY JAMES RAINEY (snip) More importantly, we should abide Meghan McCain, at least for now, because she has tried to do some good, and tell at least a few small truths, on her initial orbit through the media firmament. Giddy girl-gab notwithstanding, McCain is one of the few voices in the Republican Party to speak out against the extremists who lately have been spinning out dark conspiracy theories about the fate of the nation. She has called for a more civil public discourse. (snip)
  • Cato report says Afghan 'victory' unlikely

    09/15/2009 4:04:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 836+ views
    UPI ^ | 2009-09-15
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. military can pull most of its troops from Afghanistan in the next year as "victory" is not a realistic outcome, a report by the Cato Institute says. Malou Innocent and Ted Galen Carpenter in an authoritative report on the conflict in Afghanistan note that "a definitive, conventional 'victory' is not a realistic option." Washington said its strategy in Afghanistan is focused in part on denying al-Qaida and other militants the opportunity to establish a safe haven in the embattled nation. The authors, however, opine that denying a sanctuary to terrorists does not require...
  • Rush Limbaugh: "Beware, Folks: A Third Party Will Reelect Obama and the Democrats"

    09/14/2009 5:01:13 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 706 replies · 9,529+ views ^ | 14 Sep 09 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: And you enjoyed it for all the reasons that you've mentioned. But we've gotta be really, really careful here, Dana, about this left versus right government thing. You mentioned third party, and we've been through this with Perot. CALLER: I know that. I know that. And I think Perot helped Clinton get in, I don't doubt that. I do believe there has to be a huge movement before people can vote that way. RUSH: But a third party is not going to do anything other but ensure the reelection of Obama and every other Democrat running for office because...
  • Snowe Says Trigger Unlikely in Finance Committee Bill

    09/14/2009 2:47:44 PM PDT · by TroutGuy · 46 replies · 2,473+ views
    Politico ^ | 9/14/09
    Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) is the chief proponent of a public option "trigger," but she said Monday that she does not expect one in the Finance Committee bill. In fact, the trigger has barely come up in the Gang of Six talks. "It probably will be a straight co-op at this point," Snowe said. "We did not discuss the trigger to be part of the co-op, at least in the framework we have before us." She said she wasn't abandoning the idea, which Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) panned on the Sunday talk shows. "It may be something down the road,"...
  • Caption McCain, Graham at the Citadel Town Hall Today

    09/14/2009 2:16:21 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 38 replies · 1,946+ views
  • Graham, McCain: Send more troops to Afghanistan [as McCain tells cadet that Obama is not a liar]

    09/14/2009 12:18:31 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 63 replies · 1,972+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-09-14 | Bruce Smith
    CHARLESTON (AP) – Republican U.S. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham said Monday that President Barack Obama should act quickly to send additional troops to Afghanistan for the war against the Taliban. McCain, of Arizona, told reporters after a town hall meeting on health care at the military college The Citadel that the president knows what's needed and he should make the decision immediately. "Then we'll work with him to sell it to the American people who are understandably weary of the conflict," McCain said.
  • Waiting for the other shoe to drop [Waxman-Markey cap and tax is still alive]

    09/13/2009 11:59:27 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 24 replies · 1,321+ views
    The Economist ^ | 2009-09-10
    The second big bill before Congress is also in difficulties. New York & Houston. Compared with the argy-bargy over health-care reform, this summer’s public conversation about controlling carbon emissions has been a model of restraint. In August, a Zogby poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation found that 71% of likely voters in America support the Waxman-Markey bill, a proposal to create a cap-and-trade mechanism for carbon dioxide that cleared the House of Representatives in June. But the bill still faces an uphill climb in the Senate, which resumed work on September 8th.
  • SC: Sen. Graham Discusses Health Care, Rep. Wilson at Town Hall [wants to compromise with Obama]

    09/13/2009 8:46:30 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 24 replies · 939+ views
    WLTX-TV Channel 19 Columbia, SC | 2009-09-13
    Link only, per FR copyright and excerpt rules

    09/13/2009 5:47:46 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 21 replies · 2,143+ views
    Heartland Democratic Presidential Forum 12/07 (forum exclusively for thousands of community organizers including Gamaliel and ACORN people) Heartland Democratic Presidential Forum 12/07 (forum exclusively for thousands of community organizers including Gamaliel and ACORN people) Obama said ACORN and friends, responsible for voting fraud and the subprime crisis, are going to be shaping policy for an obama presidency
  • GOP provides backing for Obama's war effort [McCain, Cantor helping Obama]

    09/11/2009 8:33:49 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies · 992+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2009-09-12 | David R. Sands
    Facing fire from his own party over the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, President Obama is getting cover from an unlikely source: Republicans. Sen. John McCain of Arizona and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia are among a growing faction of congressional Republicans speaking up for the Democratic president as he faces questions of whether to escalate the U.S. troop presence in an increasingly bloody conflict. Mr. Cantor, who has helped lead the fight in the House GOP caucus against much of Mr. Obama's domestic agenda, voiced support Friday for Mr. Obama's willingness to carry the fight to the Taliban...
  • McCain, Graham plan Town Hall

    09/11/2009 10:34:02 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 54 replies · 2,566+ views
    The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC ^ | 2009-09-11 | Robert Behre
    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and his close ally Sen. John McCain will appear in Charleston at 9 a.m. Monday for a Town Hall meeting at The Citadel. The meeting is open to the public, and both Republican senators will take questions about health care and other topics.
  • Obamacare Or Romneycare? ["If Obama is a socialist, why isn't Romney?"]

    09/10/2009 10:37:24 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 52 replies · 3,009+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 2009-09-10 | Andrew Sullivan
    Ambers ponders the import of the popular universal health insurance policy in Massachusetts. The weirdest thing about the Republicans right now is that their most viable candidate next time backed almost exactly the healthcare reform Obama is proposing. If Obama is a socialist, why isn't Romney?
  • This is Why Senator McCain Lost [McInsane throws Sarah under the bus for The One] [Rush Limbaugh]

    09/10/2009 9:43:03 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies · 3,230+ views
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 2009-09-10
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I have been asked if we got sound bites of McCain this morning on the Today Show. Let me quickly look here at it sound bite roster. I don't believe so. Let's see. We don't have any McCain. What did McCain say on the Today Show? What did he say? Hmm? Hmm? Hm-hm. Hm-hm. He threw Palin under the bus? Well, that's because Obama gave him a big compliment last night. McCain was out there giving a thumbs up. Marty in Virginia Beach, you're next on the EIB Network. Hi. CALLER: Hi. One of the things that...
  • Sen. McCain and Valerie Jarrett React to Obama's Speech [lauds Obama, says GOP want bipartisanship]

    09/10/2009 1:39:12 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 87 replies · 3,537+ views
    (snip) SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: Well, I thought the president is eloquent. I thought he had a lot of passion. (snip) MCCAIN: I hope he gets a bill. I hope we can sit down together and do the things that all of us agree on. And there are a number of things that are -- that we can agree on. And I think the American people, obviously, want that. I don't know what the administration and the Democrats will insist on. Facts are stubborn things. The bills so far have had no bipartisanship associated with it. They were drawn...
  • Instant fame for South Carolina GOP congressman who heckled Obama [as Graham defends Obama]

    09/10/2009 2:33:06 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies · 2,273+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 2009-09-10 | James Rosen
    (snip) Wilson's outburst made him instantaneously famous — a scourge to many, a hero to some. Wilson's congressional Web site crashed and hundreds of calls started flooding into his office. Other Republicans criticized Wilson, a onetime aide to the late Sen. Strom Thurmond who also served in the South Carolina General Assembly before he was elected to Congress in 2001. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, scolded Wilson without mentioning him by name. "Our nation's president deserves to be treated with respect," Graham said. "It was an inappropriate remark, and I am glad an apology has been made."(snip)
  • Caption McCain and Graham at Obama's Speech

    09/09/2009 8:29:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 41 replies · 2,436+ views
    Wire Reports | 2009-09-09
  • Wilson calls White House to apologize [submission to The One] [talks to Rahm Emanuel]

    09/09/2009 8:22:21 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 64 replies · 2,306+ views
    CNN ^ | 2009-09-09
    WASHINGTON (CNN) — CNN's Deirdre Walsh reports that Republican Rep. Joe Wilson called the White House Wednesday night to apologize for his outburst during President Obama's speech, and spoke with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
  • Obama credits McCain on health coverage plan [McCain gets a reach-around, gives a thumbs up] [barf]

    09/09/2009 8:02:55 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies · 1,922+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-09-09
    WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is including a proposal from his Republican rival last year as part of his health care reform plan. . . . . . Amid applause from his colleagues, McCain smiled and gave Obama a thumbs-up.
  • 'You lie': McCain says Wilson 'should apologize for it immediately'

    09/09/2009 7:09:17 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 280 replies · 8,604+ views ^ | 9/9/09 | Molly K. Hooper
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Democratic leaders are calling on Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) to apologize for heckling President Obama as a liar. Wilson shouted to the president "you lie" after Obama said illegal immigrants would not benefit from health insurance coverage from the reform bill. Obama glared disgustedly in the direction the remark came from, as did Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Vice President Joe Biden. House Democratic Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) called Wilson's outburst "embarrassing," while McCain said it was "totally disrespectful" and that there was "no place for it in that setting or any other." McCain said...
  • Helen Thomas: "President Obama Goes To School" [WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGES]

    09/09/2009 3:35:20 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 23 replies · 1,883+ views ^ | 9 Sep 09 | Helen "Fellow Traveler" Thomas
    Conservatives Claim Obama Pushing Socialist Agenda WASHINGTON -- What have we come to when conservative politicians and parents tell their children not to listen to President Barack Obama? It turned out that his message in his back-to-school address to students was good old-fashioned advice: Stay in school and study hard. The right wingers had claimed the president wanted to promote his "socialist agenda" and involve the federal government in educating their children because of his speech, timed to coincide with the start of the school year. Would they really eliminate Uncle Sam’s financial support of public schools? Of course not....