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  • Eleanor Clift: Predicting How Romney Might Govern Requires Multiple Scenarios

    10/27/2012 3:05:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 26, 2012 | Eleanor Clift
    If he wins the presidency, will Romney drag his party toward the center or become a doormat for the arch-conservative wing? Planning for a possible Romney presidency is well underway with a transition office open in Washington and the FBI doing background checks on likely appointees. House Republican leaders regularly convene “two scenarios meetings” to calibrate “the tone and tenor” of their response depending on the election outcome. “One thing we don’t know,” says a Republican leadership aide, “is whether a victorious Romney-elect transition would say ‘clear the decks, this is your problem’,” staying on the sidelines and letting the...
  • Senate takeover prospects brighten for GOP

    10/25/2012 7:30:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/25/2012 | Rick Moran
    Washington Post: In the battle for control of the U.S. Senate, there are now at least eight critical contests in which polling shows essentially a dead heat, encouraging Republicans' hopes that they may yet snag the chamber, which very recently seemed beyond their reach.Some of the GOP boost is coming from the top of the ticket in the form of Mitt Romney, whose recent surge in the polls seems to be helping Republican candidates across the country.Democrats still have an edge in their effort to keep control of the Senate, and they may have been helped Tuesday when Republican...
  • The Problem with (Blagojevich Crony) Tammy Duckworth

    10/24/2012 2:28:18 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 1 replies
    Chicago Daily Observer ^ | October 24, 2012 | Dennis Byrne
    Let’s see, the reasons that you’re supposed to vote for Democrat Tammy Duckworth and against Republican incumbent Joe Walsh in the northwest suburban 8th Congressional District are: He’s a radical, “anti-choice,” loudmouthed, wing-nut tea partyer. Do I have that about right? If so, Duckworth is something of a mirror image: extreme; anti-life; tool for Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and “Chicago Way” Democrats who want to reach their tentacles into the far suburbs. In 2006, Duckworth was Emanuel’s hand-picked Democratic candidate in the west suburban 6th Congressional District. Emanuel, then chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, sent his Chicago minions...
  • Sarah Palin’s PAC gives $5,000 to Koster

    10/23/2012 3:48:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | October 23, 2012 | Emily Heffter
    Republican John Koster, a candidate for Congress in the 1st District, received a $5,000 contribution from SarahPAC, the political organization headed by Sarah Palin. Koster is in a tight race with Democrat Suzan DelBene to represent the 1st District, a newly drawn swing district that runs from Redmond to the Canadian border. Palin endorsed Koster in 2010, when he ran against Democrat Rick Larsen. Koster’s far-right tea party ties have been a major talking point for the DelBene campaign, which has branded Koster “too extreme” for the 1st District. Koster’s campaign says DelBene is too liberal...
  • How to Repeal ObamaCare in January

    10/23/2012 6:05:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2012 | Brian Darling
    Anticipating victory in November’s elections, both parties are working up their legislative plans for 2013. Republicans, looking forward to regaining a Senate majority along with the White House, will have repeal of ObamaCare high on their list.But how to do it? Attempts to repeal the law in the current Congress have fallen short. Flush with gains from the 2010 election that gave Republicans control of the House, the lower chamber made ObamaCare repeal Job #2. On January 19, 2011, H.R. 2, the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” passed the House on a 245-189 vote. In never got a...
  • A tax on politicians? It's an offer they can't refuse

    10/22/2012 7:25:26 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/19/2012 | John Kass
    American politicians are always on the lookout for "new sources of revenue," which sounds a lot nicer than "sinking their fangs into our necks." But however you describe it, they just can't stop sucking our blood with their unending tax increases on the national, state and local levels. They tax our gas, our houses, our sodas. They tax our smokes, they tax our roads, they tax our health care and our paychecks, and after we've paid, they even tax our deaths. Cutting government is painful for them. Their mantra? "Government can't afford a tax cut." So they tax us instead,...
  • Bachmann runs hard, holds lead on Graves

    10/21/2012 8:05:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | October 21, 2012 | Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS
    U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is leading Democratic challenger Jim Graves heading into the final weeks of the campaign, according to a new poll commissioned by the Star Tribune. Bachmann, who is waging one of the most expensive House campaigns in the nation against a political newcomer, is favored by 51 percent of likely voters in Minnesota's sprawling Sixth Congressional District, which stretches from west of St. Cloud into Woodbury. Another 45 percent would choose Graves, a St. Cloud native and owner of Graves Hospitality Corp., an expansive hotel chain. Four percent of voters are undecided. The Oct. 16 poll conducted...
  • Obama has earned a second term /Barf Alert

    10/21/2012 7:37:54 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 32 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 21 October 2012 | Express News Editorial Board
    The United States will face major challenges over the next four years. For the first time in history, its citizens confront the prospect of handing down to the next generation a nation that is less wealthy, less healthy, less secure and less in control of its destiny. President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have both laid out plans to avert such national misfortune. . . . We believe President Obama has demonstrated a better grasp of the essential issues and offers a better vision for the United States. Voters should give him a second term in the...
  • Slums, drugs, and spousal abuse..The sordid tale of Claire McCaskill

    10/20/2012 7:19:56 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 30 replies
    Red State ^ | 10/20/2012 | Jeff Emanuel
    The domestic violence in Shepard’s past is both shocking and repulsive in detail. On February 15, 1998, police were called to then-Mrs. Shepard’s house (the couple had been separated since June of the previous year) by a girlfriend. According to the police report (.pdf file), Mrs. Shepard said of her husband: Read on. Joseph entered my home. I told him to leave. He came up to me looking angry. I put my hands up to protect my breasts as they are sore (cancer). He has hit me before in the breast. He grabbed my wrist and arm and pushed me...
  • Minnesota Democrat, Keith Ellison calls GOP rival 'scumbag gutter dweller' on radio

    10/19/2012 2:49:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/19/2012 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on Thursday called his Republican opponent a "lowlife scumbag" and a "gutter dweller" during a radio debate that devolved into an invective-filled fight over each of their divorces. About 37 minutes into the debate on KFAI-FM radio, Republican candidate Chris Fields accused Ellison of paying a firm $240,000 to dig up information on Fields's divorce. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported it was recently discovered that Fields's ex-wife sought a restraining order against him in 2006. Ellison responded by saying he did not pay anyone to dig up dirt on Fields, and said Fields was "stupid" for...
  • CEOs Warn Congress of 'Grave Consequences' in Taxmageddon

    10/19/2012 12:52:47 PM PDT · by 92nina · 31 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-10-18 | Rhett Brooks
    Today a letter was sent to the President and members of Congress by 15 CEOs from some of the largest financial institutions in the U.S. The 15 CEOs who signed the letter represent the Financial Services Forum, a non-partisan organization that deals specifically with financial and economic policy. In the letter, they urge for the avoidance of the coming Taxmageddon and warn of the dire effects that inaction would have on the economy: “The consequences of inaction—for stability in global financial markets, for economic growth, for millions of Americans still without work, and for the financial circumstances of American businesses...
  • The 113th Congress Will Decide Nation’s Fiscal Future, Not the President

    10/19/2012 7:35:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2012 | Julie Barowsky
    Mitt Romney certainly wasn’t the first choice to be the Republican presidential nominee for most limited government activists. Some have reluctantly warmed to Romney in recent months because they find him preferable to Obama. Other liberty lovers, particularly those within the Ron Paul-inspired Liberty Movement, refuse to throw their support behind Romney or Obama. Regardless of whether a liberty-minded president is an option on the big ticket, the outcomes of the congressional races are far more important, as Congress will truly determine the fiscal policies coming out of Washington. If we really want to put an end to reckless spending,...
  • Allen West, Patrick Murphy congressional race: West has 9 point lead over Murphy in new poll

    10/19/2012 7:05:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    WPTV ^ | 10/19/2012 | Nora McAlvanah
    Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is leading his Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy by nine points, according to a new FLDemocracy/WPTV/ TCPalm poll released Thursday. Among likely voters surveyed, 51 percent support West and 42 percent back Murphy. Eight percent are undecided. The same poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP), found Mitt Romney leading President Barack Obama in District 18 by a 50 percent to 45 percent margin. The battle for the 18 th congressional district, which includes Martin, St. Lucie and northern Palm Beach counties, is one of the closest watched races in the country. The race has been characterized...
  • Words fly in heated 5th District debate between Ellison, Fields

    10/19/2012 4:59:47 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-18-12 | ap
    <p>At one point, Ellison called Fields "a low-life scumbag" and a "gutter dweller."</p> <p>The debate Thursday on KFAI Radio meandered from a conversation about equal pay for women to a restraining order Fields' ex-wife filed against him in 2006.</p> <p>Fields accused Ellison and the Minnesota DFL of using campaign contributions to dig up and make public that order, which Fields says he never received.</p>
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Says He’s ‘Not Well’

    10/16/2012 1:04:38 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10-16-2012 | Rachel Weiner
    Jesse Jackson Jr. Says He’s ‘Not Well’ Rachel WeinerOctober 16, 2012 at 2:26 pmJackson told The Daily on Monday that he is “not well” and has doctor’s appointments twice a day at George Washington University Hospital. He was diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder at Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic. Jackson did not respond to questions about a criminal probe into allegations that he used campaign funds to redecorate his house. According to Gawker, Jackson Jr. was spotted drinking at the Bier Baron Tavern in Washington, D.C. two nights last week, with two different women. A server told The Daily that he had...
  • Wasserman Schultz Preparing to Oust Pelosi

    10/12/2012 9:16:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 11, 2012 | Tony Lee
    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz may be President Barack Obama's worst surrogate, at least according to the Obama campaign's internal polls. But Wasserman Schultz may be campaigning for herself to win an under-the-radar race for a leadership position in her party that may allow her to succeed Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who could retire from Congress next spring. The Democratic Caucus Vice Chair -- the no. 5 leadership post -- is opening up and the National Journal reports Wasserman Schultz may be actively campaigning for the spot. DWS has been soliciting votes from Democrats who could potentially unseat...
  • Rep. Issa looking into September jobs report

    10/12/2012 2:15:38 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 16 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 10/11/12 | Staff
    Fox Business Network reported on Thursday that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) plans to hold hearings on the September jobs numbers, which showed the unemployment rate had fallen to 7.8 percent from 8.1 percent.
  • Benghazi consulate had only one U.S. security agent, Congress told

    10/10/2012 11:12:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 10/10/12 | Larry Margasak and Bradley Klapper - Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- The former head of a 16-member U.S. military team in Libya said Wednesday the consulate in Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed, never had the forces it needed to protect itself. Lt. Col. Andrew Wood told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that U.S. security was so weak that in April, only one U.S. diplomatic security agent was stationed in Benghazi. The committee hearing followed assertions Tuesday night by the State Department that it never concluded that the Sept. 11 attack stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam. Ambassador Chris...
  • Walsh Gaining Ground on Duckworth's Territorial Advantage

    10/10/2012 9:00:13 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 1 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | October 9, 2012 | Carol Marin
    The danger for Tammy Duckworth in the November election is that Congressman Joe Walsh is a better, more nimble, more natural retail politician than she is. Thanks to a new redistricting map, there are 6 percent more Democratic voters in the newly revised 8th District. Almost two-thirds of voters here went for Obama in 2008. So Duckworth arrived with a substantial advantage. A Public Policy Poll last month put her 14 points ahead of Walsh. But there is a growing sense that the race is tightening. Sean Trende, an election analyst for RealClearPolitics.com, said Tuesday that the website, which aggregates...
  • America’s first mega-church was in Congress

    10/09/2012 12:47:10 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Standard-Examiner ^ | 10/09/2012 | Chris Crowder
    America’s first mega-church, defined as a congregation of 2,000 attendees or more, held services in the capitol building inside the House of Representatives. It remained there until 1868 as the congregation raised money for building a new sanctuary they could call their own. According to the diary of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, church services were also held in the Treasury building and the Supreme Court Building. He describes the Reverend James Laurie, pastor of a Presbyterian Church, that had settled into the Treasury Building, preaching to an overflow audience in the Supreme Court Chamber,...