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  • Rand to Introduce Bill to Halt Palestinian Aid Following Fatah-Hamas Accord

    04/28/2014 4:58:25 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 6 replies
    lawyerherald.com ^ | Apr 28, 2014
    According to a statement by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, he is planning to propose a bill that would suspend the US government's aid to the Palestinians. The proposal is said to be a response to the reconciliation between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas-led Fatah and Hamas, which is the militant Islamist group that currently rules the Gaza Strip. Moreover, Haaretz said that the proposal also follows the warnings issued by key Congressional appropriators Nita Lowey and Kay Granger, who has voted to cut off financial aid to the Palestinian Authority in the wake of the Palestinians' warming to the militant...
  • Sen. Rand Paul: Make Palestinian Aid Contingent on Recognition of Israel

    04/28/2014 11:44:30 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 16 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | April 28, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, is introducing a measure this week that would cut off all future U.S. aid to Palestine if the country does not recognize Israel’s right to exist as a sovereign nation. The rival Palestinian entities Hamas and Fatah recently announced a unity agreement, causing Israel to pull out of peace talks with the country — a development that signifies “both danger and opportunity to the peace process,” Mr. Paul said. “Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with an entity that does not believe it should exist and that has used terrorist tactics to seek its end,”...
  • Rand Paul Wins Maine straw poll

    04/27/2014 3:36:28 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 135 replies
    politico.com ^ | 4/27/14 | MIKE ALLEN
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who spoke Saturday at the Maine Republican Convention, was the big winner in the party’s straw poll. Paul took 26 percent of the vote, to 14 percent for the second-place finisher, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). With 690 ballots cast at the convention in Bangor, the order of finish was: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.): 176 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas): 98 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: 70 Dr. Ben Carson: 62 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 60 Jeb Bush: 57 Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.): 37 Mike Huckabee: 28 Condoleezza Rice: 26
  • The Mark: Scientist Claims Human Microchip Implants Will Become “Not Optional”

    04/27/2014 8:32:32 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 45 replies
    shtfplan.com ^ | April 24th, 2014 | Mac Slavo
    Your initial reaction to this idea may be one of disbelief. There’s no way society would accept such a device. Why would anyone want to implant this in their body? Consider for a moment where we are right now. For decades Americans rejected the notion that they would submit to being tracked or recorded. Yet, just about every American now carries a mobile phone. They’re so prevalent, in fact, that many consider it a “right,” prompting the government to actually provide subsidies to those who can’t afford one on their own. Embedded in every one of those phones is an...
  • Rand Paul up 5 over Clinton in new poll, 'the man to beat in Colorado'

    04/27/2014 5:52:11 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 39 replies
    sunherald.com ^ | April 24, 2014 | DAVID LIGHTMAN
    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has a 5 percentage point lead in Colorado over Democrat Hillary Clinton in a possible 2016 presidential matchup, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. "The road to the White House has many twists and turns, but right now, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is the man to beat in Colorado," said Tim Malloy, the poll’s assistant director. Colorado is often a swing state; President Barack Obama won it in 2012 with 51.4 percent of the vote. The Quinnipiac survey, released Thursday, showed Paul, a Republican, up 48 to 43 percent. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie...
  • NV Rancher Says if He’s Racist, Blame Martin Luther King (Watch)

    04/25/2014 2:32:14 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 20 replies
    eurweb.com ^ | Apr 25, 14
    The Nevada rancher, who wondered if “Negro people” weren’t “better off” as slaves in a New York Times interview, is now blaming the perception that he’s racist on Dr. Martin Luther King for not finishing “his job.” This latest comment took place earlier today during an interview on CNN. [Scroll down to watch.] Bundy said he didn’t understand the bipartisan outrage over his recent comments. “I took this boot off so I wouldn’t put my foot in my mouth with the boot on,” Bundy said. “Let me see if I can say something. Maybe I sinned, and maybe I need...
  • 'Maybe I sinned...maybe I don’t know what I actually said': Cliven Bundy Attempts Befuddling Apology

    04/25/2014 11:15:07 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 41 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | April 25, 2014 | LESLIE LARSON
    “Maybe I sinned and maybe I need to ask forgiveness. Maybe I don’t know what I actually said,” Bundy said Friday, when asked to defend his opinion that black Americans would be better off as slaves. “I took this boot off so I wouldn’t put my foot in my mouth with the boot on,” he told CNN’s Chris Cuomo, suggesting he was ready to back down and strike a more conciliatory tone. But that hope was short-lived as Bundy soon dived in to criticize people for being too sensitive.
  • John Kerry Just Gave Russia A Final Warning

    04/24/2014 4:01:20 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 56 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 4 24 14 | BRETT LOGIURATO
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry provided Russia with a stern warning Thursday evening — start complying with the de-escalation agreement brokered last week in Geneva, or face the wrath of new U.S. sanctions. Kerry delivered a terse statement from the State Department's briefing room late Thursday, during which he blasted Russia for not taking a "single step in the right direction" toward de-escalation. He criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for what he called outlandish claims that the Internet is a "CIA plot."
  • Ukraine Launches Deadly Assault on Rebel-Held Towns

    04/24/2014 8:18:57 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 5 replies
    timesofoman.com ^ | APRIL 24, 2014 | AFP
    Ukraine's military launched assaults to retake rebel-held eastern towns on Thursday in which up to five people were reported killed, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin warned would have "consequences". The offensive sent international tensions soaring and oil prices up on the prospect of Russia making good on its threat of a massive response in the ex-Soviet republic. In Slavyansk, a flashpoint eastern Ukrainian town held by rebels since mid-April, armoured military vehicles drove past an abandoned roadblock in flames to take up position. Shots were heard as a helicopter flew overhead, and the pro-Kremlin rebels ordered all civilians out...
  • Rand Paul Leads Hillary Clinton In Crucial Battleground State Of Colorado

    04/24/2014 8:18:51 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 17 replies
    peoplespunditdaily.com ^ | April 24, 2014 | Rich Baris
    The state of Colorado has swung from a solidly Republican state over a decade ago to a Democratic-leaning state in recent elections. If Republicans want to take back the White House in 2016 they must appeal to nontraditional GOP voters in states like Colorado, and Rand Paul is the only candidate with potential to do so. According to a new poll from Quinnipiac University, libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul is the only potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate to lead Hillary Clinton in the battleground state of Colorado. While big GOP donors and other establishment forces have questioned Paul’s electability, opting instead...
  • Rand Paul on Education: "I Don't Think You'd Notice If The Whole Department Was Gone Tomorrow"

    04/23/2014 11:28:17 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 95 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | April 23, 2014
    Excerpt of the face off between Rand Paul and David Axelrod at the University of Chicago: RAND PAUL: Education historically was a state and local subject and I think that what we've seen is since we've spent about a hundred billion dollars in the Department of Education each year and that's been going on since 1980. I'm not so sure we're better off than we were before. You see, the one thing -- DAVID AXELROD: So you would vote for a budget that would eliminate most of that. RAND PAUL: Well what I would do is I would have its...
  • GOP Savages Harry Reid: 'If at First You Don’t Succeed, Lie, Lie Again'

    04/23/2014 7:27:24 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 9 replies
    www.weeklystandard.com ^ | APR 23, 2014 | JOEL GEHRKE
    The Republican National Committee has released a brutal memo on Senate majority leader Harry Reid, savaging him for repeatedly lying. The memo, under the name of press secretary Kirsten Kukowski, is titled "Nothing’s Too Unethical for Harry Reid." "Harry Reid is having a bad month," the memo begins. "He was caught funneling campaign money to his relatives. His Senate Majority PAC was caught lying to voters. And he was caught hypocritically accepting money tied to people he calls 'un-American.' As he desperately clings to power, is there anything Harry Reid won’t do to promote his own self interests?"
  • Tea Party Claims First Victory of 2014

    04/23/2014 6:42:22 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 37 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com/ ^ | APRIL 23, 2014 | JOEL GEHRKE
    Tea Party candidate Curt Clawson won the Republican primary in the special election seat to replace Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., who resigned after pleading guilty for cocaine possession, a victory that the Tea Party Express is claiming as "the movement's first victory of 2014." Clawson received 46 percent of the vote, according to Naples News. “The results tonight were clear, Curt Clawson's Tea Party message of economic growth and fiscal responsibility resonated with the voters of Southwest Florida," said political strategist Sal Russo of the Tea Party Express, which was one of the first Tea Party groups to support Clawson....
  • NAACP Head Praises Rand Paul

    04/22/2014 9:25:59 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 56 replies
    theweek.com ^ | 4 22 14 | Matt K. Lewis
    Over at NPR, Liz Holloran's latest piece on Sen. Rand Paul's efforts to loosen the Democratic Party's lock on black votes included some positive feedback from a prominent African-American leader: "He's a different voice in the arena that we don't traditionally hear," says Lorraine Miller, acting head of the NAACP, who expects to invite Paul to speak at the organization's July national conference in Las Vegas. "He's an engaging guy — that's why we want to talk to him," Miller says. Miller is not the only black leader who has been intrigued by Paul, whose father, former Texas Rep. Ron...
  • Jeb Bush Pushes Amnesty, More High-Tech Visas At Education Conference

    04/22/2014 8:50:48 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 16 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 22 Apr 2014 | TONY LEE
    At a prominent conference of education innovators, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is considering a 2016 presidential run, called for more guest worker programs and a path to amnesty for all of the country's illegal immigrants. Speaking at what is known as the "Davos in the Desert" event in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday evening, Bush said the United States needed "robust guest worker programs" and an expansion of H1-B visas for the high-tech industry," even though the notion that there is a shortage of American high-tech workers has been called a myth. He also called for a "tough but...
  • U.S. Conducts Spy Flight Over Russia

    04/21/2014 7:23:07 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 9 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | April 21, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    After a tit-for-tat series of delays, the United States conducted an Open Skies Treaty intelligence flight over Russian territory on Monday, a State Department official said. The spy flight originally was scheduled for April 14 but was canceled by Russia after a U.S. team for the flight failed to arrive near Moscow on time and Moscow refused temporarily to reschedule it. A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman also expressed anger on Monday over U.S. delays in certifying a new high-tech Russian aircraft to be used for spying missions over the United States
  • Scottish Independence Campaign is Gaining Ground, Polls Show

    04/21/2014 9:08:14 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 24 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 20 April 2014
    The campaign for Scottish independence appears to be gaining ground, according to new polls. With five months to go before the referendum that could lead to Scotland leaving the UK, the gap between the yes and no camps has narrowed, suggesting a two-point swing could be enough to secure independence on 18 September.
  • Rand Paul Criticizes Feds on Bundy

    04/18/2014 3:53:32 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 48 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Timothy Cama
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) criticized the federal response to rancher Cliven Bundy, becoming the first GOP 2016 presidential hopeful to weigh in on the issue. Paul slammed the federal government’s show of force in the dispute, which culminated in a standoff at Bundy’s ranch between police and his supporters, including armed members of militia groups. Bundy is refusing to pay grazing fees for his cattle, which for decades have grazed on federal land. Paul sided with Bundy in that fight, arguing that Nevada and local authorities should control the land.
  • Rand Paul Chides Harry Reid For Calling Bundy Family Domestic Terrorists

    04/18/2014 3:32:18 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 9 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 18 Apr 2014
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called for “calmer heads to prevail” in the showdown between the Bundy family and the federal government. Paul chided Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) for calling the family and their supporters “domestic terrorists.” “I don’t think calling people names is going to calm this down; I think its liable to stir it up, so I think all parties including Sen. Reid should calm the rhetoric a little bit. Let’s try to have a peaceful resolution to this,” Paul said during an interview on Fox News Thursday night. Paul added that he believed that the Endangered Species Act...
  • Ukraine Operation to Retake East Unravels Ahead of Talks

    04/16/2014 9:45:26 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 21 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 4 16 14 | Nicolas Miletitch and Germain Moyon
    Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - An operation by Ukrainian forces to reassert control over its eastern regions floundered Wednesday in the face of pro-Russian resistance, a day ahead of international talks on the escalating crisis. A concerned NATO said it planned to deploy more forces in eastern Europe and called for Russia to stop "destabilising" the former Soviet satellite, which has been in deep turmoil since the ouster of the pro-Kremlin leadership in February.
  • Pro-Russians Take Control of Ukrainian Troop Carriers

    04/16/2014 9:17:47 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 26 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Apr 16, 2014 | THOMAS GROVE AND GABRIELA BACZYNSKA
    (Reuters) - Armored personal carriers driven into the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk had been under the control of Ukrainian armed forces earlier on Wednesday, pictures taken by Reuters photographers showed. A soldier guarding one of six troop carriers now under the control of pro-Russian separatists told Reuters he was a member of Ukraine's 25th paratrooper division from Dnipropetrovsk. "All the soldiers and the officers are here. We are all boys who won't shoot our own people," said the soldier, whose uniform did not have any identifying markings on it. "They haven't fed us for three days on our base....
  • Marsha Blackburn To "Test The Waters" For 2016 Presidential Bid

    04/11/2014 7:22:35 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 91 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | SCOTT CONROY
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn will consider running for president in 2016 -- if she sees an opportunity to do so, an aide to the 7th District Republican told RealClearPolitics. Blackburn is scheduled to be one of the speakers at a New Hampshire Republican rally this weekend but was not previously known to be mulling a White House bid. "If there's a door to kick down, she's willing to kick it down," the aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said. "These are the kinds of events you go to -- test the waters, and see what...
  • Rand Paul: We Need Guns In The Cockpit

    04/10/2014 4:54:59 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 52 replies
    politico.com ^ | 4/10/14 | TAL KOPAN
    Sen. Rand Paul says he wants “100 percent” of pilots carrying weapons, as it’s the best way to prevent another attack like Sept. 11, 2001. “The goal of my bill is to have 100 percent of American pilots armed, because I think it’s a very cost effective, it’s the most cost effective way of deterring another attack on our planes,” Paul said on Fox News’s “Hannity” on Wednesday night. The Kentucky Republican says he supports recent calls to allow concealed weapons on military bases in the wake of the recent shooting at Fort Hood, but he is dealing with another...
  • In Iowa, Mike Huckabee Drops Serious Hints to Supporters About 2016

    04/09/2014 4:13:38 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 55 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 4 9 14 | Michael Falcone
    A source close to Huckabee confirmed to ABC News that while in Iowa, Huckabee met behind closed doors with Gov. Terry Branstad, a fellow Republican, and other state GOP leaders and officials. In addition, he also huddled with several members of his 2008 campaign team based in the state. His message to those he encountered Tuesday, according to the source familiar with the discussions, was clear: Keep your powder dry.
  • Why Did US Send Comedians to India: Senator Asks John Kerry

    04/09/2014 5:41:04 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 25 replies
    financialexpress.com ^ | Apr 09 2014,
    A Republican Senator has questioned the utility of sending comedians to India at the expense of tax payer's money, at a time when the US is experiencing economic crunch. The question was raised by Senator Rand Paul yesterday, during a hearing of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wherein Secretary of State John Kerry, testified on the foreign policy priorities for the year 2015. "Throughout the six months preceding the attack on Benghazi, though, a lot of money was spent on things that I think most Americans would say are frivolous and maybe not part of the immediate mission of the State...
  • Jeb Bush Will Bring Apocalypse If He Wins White House in 2016

    04/07/2014 1:14:16 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 77 replies
    Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | April 7, 2014 | Michael Cantrell
    Jeb Bush, if he decides to run for president in 2016, and by some horrific nightmare, wins the White House, will bring about the apocalypse that will officially make America a footnote in history books that chronicle once great civilizations. This may sound a bit dramatic, but the truth of the matter is that the United States will not survive another Bush presidency. Many conservatives will bristle, arch their backs, pop out the claws, and start hissing at the mention of such a statement, but the fact is the Bush family are not true liberty-minded folks, but rather big government...
  • Jeb Bush to Decide on 2016 by End of Year

    04/06/2014 2:41:45 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 106 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 04/06/14 | Erin Delmore
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will make a decision on whether he’ll enter the 2016 presidential race by the end of this year, he said during an interview on Fox News Channel Sunday during the 25th anniversary celebration of his father’s presidency in College Station, Texas. ... He said in the Fox News interview that illegal immigration is, for many people, an effort to provide for their families, and “not a felony.” “It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family,” Bush said. “I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime. There should...
  • Letter: Graham Not a True Republican

    04/06/2014 9:10:28 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 14 replies
    aikenstandard.com ^ | April 6 | Steve Bright
    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s massive advertising blitz has only one objective: To make South Carolina Republicans forget the massive pro-Obama voting record he’s accumulated over the last six years. Graham voted to confirm every single one of Obama’s left-wing Supreme Court nominee’s. Graham waxes eloquent over Hillary Clinton, yet blasts such friends of our constitutional liberties as U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. Graham cast key votes to end filibusters against gun control and Obamacare. Graham supports cap-and-trade legislation, the cornerstone of the mythical global warming hoax,
  • Huckabee Leads Early Iowa Poll

    04/04/2014 10:26:48 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 3 | AARON BLAKE
    Mike Huckabee, whose win in the Iowa caucuses in 2008 put him on the national political map, holds an early lead there if he were to run again in 2016, according to a new poll. The WPA Research poll shows the former Arkansas governor on top of a field of potential candidates at 14 percent. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is in second place at 10 percent, while the rest are in single digits.
  • Poll: Paul, Huckabee Lead GOP Hopefuls for 2016

    04/03/2014 11:19:28 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 71 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 31 Mar 2014 | Aaron Stern
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee lead the field of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, according to a poll released Saturday. Huckabee and Paul each won support from 13 percent of likely Republican voters when asked whom they would vote for if the 2016 Republican primary were held today. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was close behind with 11 percent, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz each received 9 percent. Rand Paul tallied 13 percent again when respondents were asked which candidate they thought could defeat Hillary Clinton in the general...
  • Rand Paul: The most intriguing man in today’s Republican Party

    03/26/2014 5:37:47 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 35 replies
    Rand Paul is the most intriguing — and for Democrats, perhaps the most frightening — figure in today’s Republican Party. The Kentucky senator, who is more than flirting with a 2016 presidential run, is making a smart play for the millennial generation that was key to President Obama’s twin victories and that his own party has convincingly repelled. Paul’s unlikely pilgrimage to the progressive precincts of the University of California at Berkeley offered the most convincing evidence so far that he is serious about carving out this (sorry, President Clinton) third way space — and a demonstration of his potential...
  • Marijuana Farmers Unlikely To See Farm Tax Perks

    02/10/2014 4:34:39 PM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 14 replies
    CBS ^ | February 9, 2014
    DENVER (AP) — Marijuana farmers and agricultural tax breaks are the next wrinkle facing the states that have legal weed as lawmakers debate how to tax the product while it’s growing. Legislatures in both Colorado and Washington are taking a look at pot farmers this session. The states have already decided how to tax finished marijuana. But they are still mulling taxes as pot is produced, such as how the land on which marijuana is grown should be assessed for property taxes. Some lawmakers in both states say marijuana growers shouldn’t be eligible for any taxation perks afforded to farmers...
  • Claire McCaskill: Rand Paul remarks ‘infuriating’

    02/02/2014 2:53:29 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 77 replies
    Politico ^ | 1 28 14 | Tal Kopan
    Sen. Claire McCaskill on Tuesday slammed recent comments by Sen. Rand Paul tying President Bill Clinton’s infidelities to the so-called war on women as “infuriating,” saying Republicans keep getting into trouble talking about women. The Missouri Democrat was talking about comments from Paul this Sunday on “Meet the Press” that Democrats decrying a “war on women” give Clinton a pass. “The Democrats — one of their big issues is they’ve concocted this, ‘Republicans are committing a war on women,’” the Kentucky Republican said. “I think, really, the media seems to have given President Clinton a pass on this. He took...
  • Who Tops Cruz in Early Iowa 2016 Poll?

    12/16/2013 1:44:43 PM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 75 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/16/2013 | Alexis Levinson
    Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is the most popular of the would-be 2016 Republican contenders among Iowa Republicans, handily outstripping his potential competition in the state that holds the first nominating contest every four years, according to a new poll. ... Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, on the other hand, sits at the bottom of the pack. Just 46 percent of Iowa Republicans say they have a favorable view of him, compared to 17 percent who hold an unfavorably view. Despite frequent trips to the state in recent months, he is still not well known to many Republicans: 37 percent still say...
  • Pope: America Should Be ‘Prepared to Accept Human Life From the Mother’s Womb to Old Age'

    12/13/2013 9:43:50 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 11 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 12, 2013 | Barbara Boland
    CNSNews.com -- In a message sent to the Americas on Dec. 12, a day the Catholic Church celebrates in honor of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, Pope Francis, who was named Person of the Year this week by Time magazine, said that America is called to be “a land prepared to accept life at every stage, from the mother’s womb to old age.” The Pope made his remarks during the course of the weekly general audience on Wednesday, and the message for the Americas was subsequently broadcast on Vatican Radio.
  • Palin Apologizes For Comments About Pope Francis

    12/11/2013 11:04:51 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 55 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | BY AARON BLAKE
    <p>Sarah Palin on Thursday apologized for comments that suggested Pope Francis might be adopting liberal positions.</p> <p>Palin had said on CNN on Tuesday that the Pope has "had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me."</p>
  • Falling Satellite Expected to Crash Into Earth Soon

    11/10/2013 6:42:16 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 114 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11 09 13
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- A satellite about the size of a Volkswagen van is on its way back down to Earth. The over one ton satellite is expected to crash land sometime Sunday night or Monday morning. But at this point, it's not clear where.
  • Rand Paul Stumps With Ken Cuccinelli

    10/28/2013 11:52:52 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 11 replies
    politico.com ^ | 10/28/13 | JAMES HOHMANN
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Michael Bloomberg has become the Republicans’ favorite punching bag in the closing days of the Virginia governor’s race. Rand Paul seized on the New York City mayor’s new $1.1 million TV ad buy, which attacks Republican Ken Cuccinelli for opposing gun control, during a Monday afternoon rally here. “Once he takes your guns, he’s coming after your Big Gulp,” the Kentucky senator said. Cuccinelli told the crowd of several hundred people that he and Paul stopped for Slurpees on the way over to the Filipino Cultural Center, their second of three stops together. “You want to...
  • Jeb Bush on Ted Cruz’s Tactics: ‘Have a Little Bit of Self-Restraint’

    10/20/2013 10:13:23 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 105 replies
    ABCNews ^ | Oct 20, 2013 | By Benjamin Bell
    During an interview for “This Week,” former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush encouraged Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz – who told ABC News that he would do “anything” to stop Obamacare – to come up with an alternative and show some restraint if his aim was to repeal the president’s signature healthcare law. “I think the best way to repeal Obamacare is to have an alternative; we never hear the alternative…we could do this in a much lower cost with improved quality based on our principles, free market principles…and two, show how Obamacare, flawed to its core, doesn’t work,” Bush...
  • New Gop Shutdown/Debt Plan, But No Agreement Yet

    10/11/2013 12:24:50 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 73 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 11, 2013 | By ALAN FRAM and DAVID ESPO
    In addition to ending the shutdown and increasing the debt limit, under the proposal Congress and the White House would explore ways to ease across-the-board federal budget cuts that began taking effect a year ago, and replace at least part of them with benefit-program curbs that have been included in recent presidential budgets. Officials who described the approach did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss private conversations. With the weekend approaching, and the deadline for raising the debt limit five days away, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said it was time to "put this...
  • Speaker Boehner: Shutdown is 'not some damn game'

    10/04/2013 10:42:34 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 33 replies
    CNBC ^ | 4 Oct 2013
    House Speaker John Boehner denounced the political stalemate that has shut down Washington for the fourth consecutive day Friday, insisting that Congress isn't playing "some damn game." In an animated press conference, Boehner chided both President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for what he called their refusal to negotiate over Republicans' concerns about Obamacare. Boehner, R-Ohio, insisted the Congress would will not vote on a "clean" spending bill without conditions to end the government shutdown, and demanded spending cuts in exchange for raising the government's borrowing limit. Blasting reports depicting the impasse as a tally of winners...
  • Moderate House Republicans Failed to Line up Votes for Separate Plan

    09/30/2013 5:09:34 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 9 30 2013 | Dana Bash
    <p>Washington (CNN) – Moderate House Republicans who wanted to fund the government with no strings attached failed to line up votes against a House GOP plan to renew federal coffers while chipping away at Obamacare.</p> <p>Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, and others feverishly made calls to stage what would have been effectively a revolt.</p>
  • Who'll Blink? Democrats, GOP in Shutdown Staredown

    09/29/2013 2:07:00 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 44 replies
    deseretnews.com ^ | Sept. 29 2013 | Andrew Taylor
    "If the Senate stalls until Monday afternoon instead of working today, it would be an act of breathtaking arrogance by the Senate Democratic leadership," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. "They will be deliberately bringing the nation to the brink of a government shutdown." In the event lawmakers blow the Monday deadline, about 800,000 workers would be forced off the job without pay.
  • DOD Issues Detailed Shutdown Guidance

    09/29/2013 12:31:39 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 37 replies
    politico.com ^ | 9/27/13 | KATE BRANNEN
    American troops would continue fighting in Afghanistan if the government shut down next week, the Defense Department said Friday — but if any were killed, the Pentagon could not pay out their death gratuities until the government reopened. That is just one ugly reality of the government shutdown for which DoD has been preparing, Pentagon Comptroller Bob Hale said. ... The Pentagon has also decided to exempt funerals and dignified transfers of remains from a shutdown if one happens, he said — so if troops were killed during a shutdown, the Air Force could fly them to Dover Air Force...
  • Hagel calls threat of govt shutdown ‘shortsighted’ warns of US becoming ‘ungovernable country’

    09/29/2013 11:37:49 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 57 replies
    ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel criticized Congress on Saturday as “astoundingly irresponsible” and said that using threats to shut down the government to satisfy a political whim is dangerously shortsighted. Hagel, who oversees as much as half of the government civilians who would be furloughed next week if Congress doesn’t reach a budget agreement, told reporters that the impasse threatens to delay paychecks to troops serving in Afghanistan. More business news Reston firm builds a reputation as well as Web sites Thomas Heath 2:56 PM ET Perfect Sense uses its local Rolodex, chock-full of technology...
  • Defiant House Delays Obamacare; Government Shutdown Looms

    09/29/2013 5:58:57 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 141 replies
    CNN ^ | September 29, 2013 | Tom Cohen and Holly Yan
    In a move that makes a government shutdown very likely, House Republicans approved a spending plan early Sunday morning that would delay Obamacare for a year and repeal its tax on medical devices. The temporary budget resolution now goes back to the Senate, where Democrats have consistently said any changes to President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law is a deal-killer. ... The decision to vote on the House amendments overnight emerged from a rare weekend GOP caucus meeting called by House Speaker John Boehner. The votes, taken after midnight, were 231-192 for the Obamacare delay, and 248-174 for the medical...
  • Rand Paul Wins 2016 Presidential Straw Poll, Trounces Chris Christie

    09/22/2013 10:48:35 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 45 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 09/22/2013
    Sen. Rand Paul decisively won a straw poll held over the weekend in Michigan at a bi-annual gathering of Republicans, earning more than double the votes of rival New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Paul, the libertarian-leaning Republican from Kentucky, won 188 votes, or 36 percent, in the 2016 Mackinac Presidential Straw Poll. Christie came in at second with 82 votes, or 16 percent, in the poll. “It’s always exciting to place first in anything,” Paul told The Daily Caller in a phone interview Sunday morning from Mackinac Island after the results were announced. He noted that the Island is “overrun...
  • New plan to defund ObamaCare: Filibuster the House bill that … defunds ObamaCare

    09/20/2013 3:20:14 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 18 replies
    hotair.com ^ | SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
    I thought I misread this at first, but no, apparently that’s the plan. Having convinced the House to bite the bullet and pass a CR that defunds O-Care, the Cruz/Lee “defund” contingent in the Senate now has no choice but to filibuster it. As David Freddoso, an opponent of the Cruz strategy, puts it, “You need to prevent a vote on defunding Obamacare in order to defund Obamacare.” Here’s what Cruz said about it this morning:
  • 2016 Presidential Race: Rand Paul And Chris Christie Lead Republicans In New Hampshire

    09/18/2013 10:47:21 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 45 replies
    theglobaldispatch.com ^ | Sep 18th, 2013 | By Robert Herriman
    Yes it’s only 2013, but the race for the Republican Presidential prospects for 2016 is alive and well, and this early on the two at the top in New Hampshire are Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie, according to a new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released Wednesday. According to the poll, Paul and Christie are neck-and-neck in the Granite State garnering 20% and 19% of the vote, respectively. Following the top two are Jeb Bush (14%), 12% for Kelly Ayotte, 10% for Ted Cruz, 7% for Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, 3% for Bobby...
  • Rand Paul, 2016 Republican Front-Runner

    09/15/2013 7:01:45 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 92 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | September 13, 2013 | Chris Cillizza
    The first eight-plus months of 2013 have convinced us of one thing: Rand Paul acts and the rest of the potential 2016 Republican presidential field reacts. On drones, Paul led a 13-hour-long filibuster that drew Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (among others) to the floor in support. On Syria, Paul was out front in his opposition to a military strike — a position that 30 of his Senate Republican colleagues shared as of this writing. Those 30 include both Rubio,who voted against the use-of-force resolution in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. ... Below are our rankings...