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  • Boehner, Republicans Blast Surprise Obama-China Climate Deal

    11/12/2014 12:38:58 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 56 replies
    NewsMax ^ | November 12, 2014 | AFP
    House Speaker John Boehner warned that President Barack Obama was waging a "crusade" against affordable energy after the United States and China reached agreement Wednesday on curbing greenhouse gas emissions. "This announcement is yet another sign that the president intends to double down on his job-crushing policies no matter how devastating the impact for America's heartland and the country as a whole," Boehner said after Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping inked a landmark agreement at a summit in Beijing. "It is the latest example of the president's crusade against affordable, reliable energy that is already hurting jobs and...
  • Was Bergdahl Addicted to Heroin? Why is he Being Sequestered? Detox?

    06/10/2014 10:30:00 AM PDT · by mgist · 35 replies
    Savinggraceatguantanamobay.com ^ | 6/9/14 | MJ Granger
    Was Bergdahl Addicted to Heroin? Why is he Being Sequestered? Detox? While serving at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an Army Captain, and the ranking U.S. Army Medical Department officer with the Joint Detainee Operations Group, in February 2002, I was aware of a detainee we called “Wild Bill” who came to us from Afghanistan a drug addicted schizophrenic. It took us a while to figure out what his problems were. We were distracted by his bizarre behavior: eating his flip flops, hanging objects from his genitals, making strange, random sounds, and, like many other...
  • Senate Democrats who trumpeted Bergdahl deal go silent

    06/03/2014 6:01:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | June 3, 2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    I want you to go over to The Weekly Standard for John McCormack’s and Mike Warren’s work on this, but here’s a taste: “You know, I think, um, let me hold off on that,” said Bernie Sanders of Vermont. “All I’ve heard is what I’ve read in the press,” said Vermont’s senior senator Pat Leahy. Sen. Claire McCaskill, who crowed about the deal on the Sunday shows, is now very interested in the intel briefing she’s to receive tomorrow. That’d be the briefing she should have gotten some 32 days before she went on the Sunday shows to make grand...
  • Georgia Governor: Carter (D) 48%, Deal (R) 41%

    05/29/2014 10:38:45 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 35 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 05-26-2014 | Scott Rasmussen
    Incumbent Republican Nathan Deal trails Democratic challenger Jason Carter by seven points in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the Georgia gubernatorial race. A new statewide telephone survey of Likely Georgia Voters finds Carter with 48% support to Deal’s 41%. Three percent (3%) like another candidate in the race, while seven percent (7%) are undecided.
  • GOP lawmaker demands Obama release text of (secret) Iran nuclear deal

    02/14/2014 4:33:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/13/14 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) this week called on President Obama to release the text of the Iran nuclear agreement. That agreement, which took effect in January, requires Iran to reduce its uranium enrichment activities in return for a loosening of international sanctions. But Ros-Lehtinen, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, said Congress has no way to judge its implementation, unless it has a copy of the agreement. "In order for Congress to properly perform its oversight functions and for the American people and our allies to have a full and open debate...
  • White House Seeks to Bypass Congress on Iran Deal, Aims to unilaterally unwind sanctions laws

    01/21/2014 10:20:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/21/14 | Adam Kredo
    The White House has been exploring ways to circumvent Congress and unilaterally lift sanctions on Iran once a final nuclear agreement is reached, according to sources with knowledge of White House conversations and congressional insiders familiar with its strategy. The issue of sanctions relief has become one of the key sticking points in the Iran debate, with lawmakers pushing for increased economic penalties and the White House fighting to roll back regulations. While many in Congress insist that only the legislative branch can legally repeal sanctions, senior White House officials have been examining strategies to skirt Congress, according to those...
  • Iran to Receive $550 Million on February 1

    01/12/2014 9:25:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/1/14 | Elad Benari
    Iran will receive the first $550 million installment of a total of $4.2 billion in previously blocked overseas funds on or about February 1, a senior U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday. The money will be transferred to Iran as part of the implementation of the nuclear deal reached with it in Geneva on November 24. Earlier Sunday, President Barack Obama confirmed that the agreement would be implemented starting January 20. Under the agreement, six major powers agreed to give Iran access to $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if it carries out the deal, which offers sanctions relief in...
  • US deal will trade off 'Jewish' Israel for 1967 lines -- report

    12/29/2013 5:12:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 12/29/13 | Elhanan Miller
    US Secretary of State John Kerry will offer Israeli and Palestinian negotiators a political trade-off: Israeli recognition of the 1967 lines as a basis for the future Palestinian state, in return for Palestinian recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people, Palestinian sources told the Saudi daily Al-Watan on Sunday. According to the sources, the mutual recognition will constitute the core of a framework agreement to be signed by the end of January, and negotiated in greater detail during the following months. "The coming weeks will be difficult for the Palestinian and Israeli sides, since they will need...
  • Two and a Half Cheers for Ryan-Murray

    12/18/2013 9:29:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 12-18-13 | Peter Farrara
    y life’s work is devoted to cutting the federal government in half. In fact, I have published detailed plans regarding how to do that (it’s called entitlement reform), in far too many places already (just a start on what needs to be done), including in my 2011 book, America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb (HarperCollins), in this column, and with every free market think tank tuned in to the real world. In fact, I’m probably the only person in Washington who thinks the legislation that would have that effect over the long run can and quite possibly will be enacted within the...
  • Paul Ryan says Marco Rubio should 'read the deal and get back to me'

    12/12/2013 10:20:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 138 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/12/2013 | Rebecca Shabad
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday pushed back on criticism to the budget agreement reached with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), saying he wants Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to "read the deal and get back to me." In a post on Breitbart.com on Wednesday, Rubio wrote that the deal would continue to “make it harder for Americans to achieve the American dream.” Ryan was asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”on Thursday what he would say to Rubio. “Read the deal and get back to me,” Ryan said. Rubio was one of the first lawmakers to express opposition to the budget, even before...
  • White House: Iranian Ballistic Missile Test Not a Deal Killer

    12/11/2013 4:12:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 12/11/13 | Adam Kredo
    The White House says that an Iranian ballistic missile test would not invalidate a recently signed nuclear accord meant to temporarily halt some of Iran’s most controversial nuclear work. The White House clarified its stance just days before Iran is scheduled to launch another ballistic missile some 75 miles into the atmosphere. The statement contradicts recent remarks indicating that such a test would in fact violate and nullify the weeks-old agreement, which provides Iran with some $7 billion in relief from economic sanctions in exchange for a partial six-month freeze of its uranium enrichment program.
  • Half of Ryan-Murray Budget Cuts Don't Happen Until 2022

    12/11/2013 11:21:14 AM PST · by bestintxas · 48 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/11/13 | m flynn
    The budget deal announced Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) would boost federal spending by around $65 billion over the next two years. This new spending is offset by increasing user fees, boosting pension contributions by federal employees and the military, and other minor changes. Ryan and Murray also say that the deal will reduce the deficit by $23 billion over the next 10 years. This reduction, however, doesn't start until 2022. According to a 4-page summary document of the deal obtained by Breitbart News, "[t]he budget proposal saves $28 billion over ten years by...
  • TODAY’S BUDGET AGREEMENT: GOOD POLITICS, MAYBE, BUT NOT GOOD POLICY

    12/11/2013 8:44:28 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 10, 2013 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    The Democrats hated the sequester, and have been trying to bust it ever since it went into effect. Today, they succeeded. The Ryan/Murray deal pegs FY 2014 spending at $1.012 trillion, which Ryan’s press release described as “about halfway between the Senate budget level of $1.058 trillion and the House budget level of $967 billion.” What Ryan didn’t say is that $967 billion isn’t just the House proposal, it is the discretionary spending limit under current law. The sequester is now out the window. Republicans did get something in exchange for increasing spending: notably, federal employees will have to increase...
  • Some Thoughts on the Budget Deal

    12/11/2013 10:10:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2013 | Yuval Levin
    The actual text of the Ryan-Murray budget deal came out late last night, so it’s only now possible to really consider the particulars and see how it looks. It seems to me that the details look a fair bit better than the general outline that had been reported in the press over the past week or so, particularly on the question of whether the entitlement cuts that would replace some discretionary sequester cuts could be expected to actually materialize. As it stands, this strikes me as more or less a very small-scale version of the sort of thing that Republicans...
  • Kerry: Iran Deal Will Make Israel More Secure

    12/07/2013 5:16:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/12/13 | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday defended the nuclear deal signed in Geneva between the West and Iran. Speaking at the Saban Forum in Washington, Kerry said his country would “not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. Not now, not ever.” .....
  • Iran Nuclear Deal Raises Fears of Proliferation Among Arab States

    11/30/2013 1:04:48 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/29/13 | Jay Solomon
    WASHINGTON—The Obama administration is hailing the accord with Iran as a victory in its campaign to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, but the deal is already feeding concerns of Arab governments and some proliferation experts that it could have the opposite effect. They worry it could instead fuel the spread of dangerous technologies across the Middle East and Asia. At issue is the agreement's acceptance of Iran's demand that at the end of a broader diplomatic process, the country will likely retain some ability to permanently produce nuclear fuel through the enrichment of uranium.
  • Obama Told Netanyahu: Don't be So Vocal About Iran Deal

    11/28/2013 8:11:19 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/11/13 | Elad Benari
    U.S. President Barack Obama has reportedly asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to stop being so vocal with his criticism of the deal reached between Iran and the West, reports The Washington Post. The newspaper’s columnist David Ignatius wrote on Thursday, “Obama has asked Netanyahu to take a breather from his clamorous criticism and send to Washington a team that can explore with U.S. officials a sound end-state strategy.” .....
  • Why Obama’s Iran Nuke Deal Is a Good Thing

    11/26/2013 6:56:55 AM PST · by SJackson · 26 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 25, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama was never going to stop Iran from going nuclear, but his promises gave people who should have known better, including American Jewish leaders and the Prime Minister of Israel, the idea that he would stand firm. “Iran’s leaders should understand that I do not have a policy of containment; I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Obama said last year. “Rest assured that the Iranian government will know our resolve and that our coordination with Israel will continue.” Instead Obama reached a secret deal to relax Iran sanctions and accept an Iranian nuclear program...
  • It's 1938 all over again

    11/25/2013 6:14:29 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 18 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11/25/2013 | Melanie Phillips
    When Hassan Rouhani was elected President of Iran, western leaders declared, in the teeth of stark evidence to the contrary, that this man was a reformer. So they rushed to do a deal with him over Iran's nuclear program, considered by the west to be a threat to the free world. But Rouhani does not run Iran. The man who actually calls the shots — the only man who matters — is Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Earlier this week, Khamenei said the Jews of Israel 'cannot be called humans, they are like animals, some of them' and that Israel...
  • PM Netanyahu says Iran deal a "historic mistake"

    11/24/2013 6:43:55 AM PST · by Amerisraelhere · 28 replies
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu characterized the agreement signed with Iran early Sunday morning as a historic mistake. Directly contrasting US President Barack Obama who praised the agreement as opening a "new path toward a world that is more secure," Netanyahu – speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting -- said the world has become more dangerous as a result.
  • Bennett: ‘Bad’ Iran deal increases need for military action (will Israel strike?)

    11/23/2013 9:03:36 PM PST · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 23, 2013, 9:07 pm
    Economics minister and Jewish Home leader says Israel cannot ‘sit idly by’ while world allows Iran to be 6 weeks from the bomb Economics and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) said Saturday that a “bad deal” with Iran on curbing its nuclear program would “increase the need for Israeli [military] action.” “If there will be a deal which would allow Iran to have the ability to ‘break out’ and build a bomb within six weeks, we cannot sit idly by in this situation and we will examine all the options,” Bennett told Channel 2 Saturday evening.
  • US 'Will Force' Israel-PA Deal; Report: US will lay down its own outline for an accord in January,

    11/04/2013 12:46:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies
    inn ^ | 11/4/13 | Gil Ronen
    The United States intends to try and force a peace agreement on Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), IDF Radio reported Monday. The radio station says the US has informed Israel and the Palestinian Authority that if negotiations between them do not advance, Washington will propose its own solution, that will include a US position on every point that is in contention. In effect, according to the report, this will be an attempt to force the sides to agree on a solution formulated by the US. MK Zehava Galon (Meretz) was quoted as saying Monday that senior US officials told...
  • Report: US mulls letting Iran keep uranium enrichment facilities in nuclear deal

    10/14/2013 11:28:03 PM PDT · by Netz · 12 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | October 15, 2013 | MICHAEL WILNER, TOVAH LAZAROFF
    As Geneva talks set to begin, 'Wall Street Journal' reports that Obama administration weighing compromise by which Iran would maintain some enrichment facilities for civilian purposes; Israel, Saudis oppose move. US President Barack Obama is considering the possibility of allowing Iran to keep uranium enrichment facilities on its soil, presumably for peaceful purposes, as part of a deal with Tehran over its disputed nuclear program, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The report came as talks between Iran and world powers on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program were set to resume in Geneva on Tuesday morning. Both Israel and...
  • Potential Senate Deal Would Fund US to Jan. 15, Raise Ceiling Through Feb. 15

    10/14/2013 2:09:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10-14-13 | Mary Bruce,Ed Delaney
    The latest outline of a potential Senate deal to end the fiscal impasse and government shutdown calls for keeping the government funded until Jan. 15 and raising the debt limit through Feb. 15, congressional aides told ABC News today. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are spearheading the negotiations as the White House postponed a planned afternoon meeting with congressional leaders to give them time to do their work. It is still a moving target, but the plan is the framework for what McConnell and Reid believe could make a deal -- "and avoid repeating...
  • Obama Tells Federal Employees He'll "Keep Working With Congress" to Reach a Deal

    10/07/2013 12:55:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 10/7/13 | Katie Pavlich
    In a letter sent to U.S. Government workers affected by the shutdown on October 1, President Obama told federal employees he will continue to work with Congress in order to get them back to work, thanked them for their service and blamed House Republicans for the government shutdown. "To the dedicated and hard-working employees of the United States Government: The Federal Government is America's largest employer, with more than 2 million civilian workers and 1.4 million active duty military who serve in all 50 States and around the world. But Congress has failed to meet its responsibility to pass a...
  • Netanyahu Is Said to View Iran Deal as a Possible Trap

    09/22/2013 10:16:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    NYT ^ | 9/22/13 | MARK LANDLER
    WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, stepping up his effort to blunt a diplomatic offensive by Iran, plans to warn the United Nations next week that a nuclear deal with the Iranian government could be a trap similar to one set by North Korea eight years ago, according to an Israeli official involved in drafting the speech. Mr. Netanyahu is scheduled to address the General Assembly next Tuesday, a week after President Obama and Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, are to speak at the United Nations. But the Israeli government, clearly rattled by the sudden talk of a...
  • Candy Crowley: ´Who Cares´ if Putin Gained from Syria Deal?

    09/15/2013 11:47:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/15/13 | Staff
    CNN´s "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley asked House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers whether it makes any difference that Vladimir Putin and Russia got the upper hand over the U.S. in the deal struck on Syria´s chemical weapons.
  • White House Proclaims "Exceptional" Obama Deserves Credit For Any Syrian Deal

    09/12/2013 12:55:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9/12/13 | Tyler Durden
    t will likely come as no surprise but the political one-up-manship continues as the Obama White House try to rescue themselves from a face-melting Putin Op-Ed... As Politico reports, WH press secretary Jay Carney stated: “If we were to see a situation unfold where Assad were to give up his chemical weapons to international supervision that would be an enormous accomplishment ... would be due to the decisions made by the Russian leadership but also the decisions made by the United States, by the president, to take the approach he has taken in response to the horrifying use of chemical...
  • Syria says yes to Russia-inspired chemical weapon deal

    09/10/2013 5:24:07 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 46 replies
    Syria on Tuesday said the government would take the deal proposed by Russia to turn over its chemical weapons cache to international control, the nation’s foreign minister said. “[Monday] we held a round of very fruitful negotiations with Russian Foreign Minister Serge[y] Lavrov and he put forward an initiative regarding chemical weapons. Already in the evening we accepted Russia’s initiative,” said Walid Muallem, the foreign minister, in a statement reported by Russian news and picked up by USA Today
  • Obama offers Assad secret deal, Sets 4 conditions to avert U.S. attack on Syria

    09/08/2013 5:54:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 83 replies
    wnd ^ | 9/8/13 | Aaron Klein
    NEW YORK – On the eve of a critical Capitol Hill discussion on Syria and two days before his address to the nation, President Obama has offered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a way out of any U.S. bombing campaign. Informed Middle Eastern intelligence officials tell WND the U.S. passed a message to Assad through Russia offering a deal that would ensure against U.S. military action if the Syrian leader agrees to the following terms: Serious political reforms that will result in free and fair presidential elections. Assad will not be allowed to run in future presidential elections and agrees to...
  • Allred: 'No Pay-Off for Filner in Deal' (The RAT perp gets paid?)

    08/22/2013 3:47:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    8/22/13 | Monica Garske
    With embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s resignation on the horizon, some of the women leading the charge say they don't want Filner's resignation to come at the expense of San Diego taxpayers. Filner has agreed to resign as part of a deal reached this week in mediation with city officials, NBC 7 News learned on Thursday. The deal requires approval of the City Council in closed session Friday, which has some speculating the city may be asked to pay Filner’s defense fees in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former employee, Irene McCormack Jackson. Her attorney Gloria Allred...
  • A-G: Netanyahu Denies Terrorists-for-Housing Deal

    08/22/2013 9:34:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    inn ^ | 8/22/13 | Gil Ronen
    Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has denied reports that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett have struck a deal in which the government will release terrorist murderers as a “gesture” to the Palestinian Authority in “peace talks,” and also approve construction of a large number of housing units for Jews inJudea and Samaria. MK Merav Michaeli (Labor) demanded that Weinstein instruct the prime minister to make the alleged agreement public, but Weinstein replied to her and said that no such deal exists. “After checking the matter vis-a-vis the prime minister's office, it has been verified that there...
  • Bombing Suspect Could Get Plea Deal, Avoid Death Penalty

    04/30/2013 8:04:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4/30/13 | Paul Scicchitano
    NBC News is reporting that attorneys for accused Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are discussing a possible deal in which federal prosecutors might consider waiving the death penalty in exchange for a “full accounting” of the attack that left three people dead and 264 people injured. Citing legal sources, correspondent Pete Williams reported on “NBC Nightly News” that prosecutors and lawyers for Tsarnaev “have begun very early discussions about a possible deal in which he could avoid the death penalty in return for a full accounting to the FBI of what happened and why as investigators continue working to...
  • VICTORY: Georgia Governor Signs Expansion of Illegal Alien Crackdown Law (SB160)

    04/26/2013 1:40:31 PM PDT · by montag813 · 16 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 04-26-2013 | John Hill
    Way to go, Peach State! Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday signed S.B. 160 - a tough expansion of Georgia's H.B. 87, the Arizona-style law cracking down on illegal aliens, which passed in 2011. The La Raza lobby was left stunned and upset, believing Deal would bend to the prevailing GOP pressure for immigration appeasement in Washington, and veto it. They were sadly mistaken. Passed in the final hours of the General Assembly’s 40-day session - and despite fierce lobbying against it by ethnic intimidation groups, big business interests, and the ACLU - Senate Bill 160 was created to "fix" problems in licensing...
  • Obama: Sequester (his idea) would deal 'huge blow to middle-class families'

    02/09/2013 7:04:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/09/13 | Justin Sink
    President Obama warned in his weekly address that the sequester would deal a "huge blow to middle-class families and our economy as a whole" and urged Congress to strike a compromise deal to avert the $85 billion in automatic cuts. "There’s certainly no reason that middle-class families and small businesses should suffer just because Washington couldn’t come together and eliminate a few special-interest tax loopholes, or government programs that just don’t work," Obama said. "At a time when economists and business leaders from across the spectrum have said that our economy is poised for progress, we shouldn’t allow self-inflicted wounds...
  • Why All The Green Pork In A Deal Meant To Avoid The Fiscal Cliff?

    01/15/2013 6:39:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/15/2014 | Robert Bradley Jr.
    When President Obama’s autopen turned the fiscal cliff deal into law, Americans might have thought that the federal government had begun to walk down the road to a balanced budget. But the 157-page American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 is business-as-usual. The backroom deal, chiefly engineered by Vice President Biden, fed the special-interest well while leaving the federal budget in crisis. The final bill includes some $68 billion in favors over the next ten years. The fiscal irresponsibility continues unabated. A look at the energy provisions alone shows why. For starters, the cliff deal renewed the twenty-years-and-counting “temporary” tax credit...
  • Trump on Bill Mahr’s $5 million pledge: ‘I’ll sue him’

    01/11/2013 10:17:28 AM PST · by SmileRight · 33 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 1/11/2012 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    With his usual flair, Donald Trump set the record straight on his feud with Bill Mahr, the Miss Alabama controversy, the recent handling of the fiscal crisis by Congress and the next presidential election, in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Trump explained that Mahr had appeared on the Jay Leno Show, said that Trump had been “spawned by orangutans” and made an offer of $5 million for Trump to produce his birth certificate. Since the money would go to charity, Trump accepted the offer and produced legal paperwork required to fulfill the obligations. “Why is it that somebody...
  • Now You Know Who the RINOS Are

    01/02/2013 9:37:51 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 29 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 02 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Gonna primary these Obama-enabling tools  in 2014 (if any of us are still in the GOP by then) Alabama --- Alaska Young, Donald “Don”Alaska At Large Arizona --- Arkansas Womack, SteveArkansas's 3rd congressional district California Bilbray, BrianCalifornia's 50th congressional district Bono Mack, MaryCalifornia's 45th congressional district Calvert, KenCalifornia's 44th congressional district, Denham, JeffCalifornia's 19th congressional district Dreier, DavidCalifornia's 26th congressional district Gallegly, EltonCalifornia's 24th congressional district Herger, Walter “Wally”California's 2nd congressional district Lungren, Daniel E.California's 3rd congressional district McKeon, Howard “Buck”California's 25th congressional district Miller, GaryCalifornia's 42nd congressional district Royce, Edward “Ed”California's 40th congressional district Colorado --- Connecticut --- Delaware...
  • Can the Republican party survive any more McConnell-brokered deals?

    01/02/2013 5:14:37 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    powerline ^ | 1-2-13 | Paul Mirengoff
    Mitch McConnell has many virtues as a legislator. Unfortunately, brokering deals advantageous to Republicans is not one of them. McConnell’s defenders will say that his most recent deal was the best any Republican could do under the circumstances. Perhaps. But this defense ignores the fact that it was McConnell’s prior deal — the one creating the “fiscal cliff” — that established these adverse circumstances. Let’s step back and consider the impact of McConnell’s deals on the valiant effort of House Republicans in 2011 to use the debt-ceiling to attack the debt. So far, the results are as follows: (1) the...
  • Democratic aide: Fiscal 'cliff' deal reached

    12/31/2012 6:16:05 PM PST · by bd476 · 150 replies
    AP ^ | December 31, 2012 9:03 PM EST | By DAVID ESPO
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic aide says the White House and congressional Republicans have reached an agreement to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.The measure would extend Bush-era tax cuts for family incomes below $450,000 and briefly avert across-the-board spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and domestic agencies this week.
  • Pelosi: House Dems will look at deal after Senate passage

    12/31/2012 7:37:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/31/12 | Felicia Sonmez
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday night that she will present the fiscal cliff deal to House Democrats as soon as it’s approved by the upper chamber. “I understand at the present time, Senate Democrats are meeting with the Vice President,” Pelosi said in a statement. “When a final agreement is reached and passed by the Senate, I will present it to the House Democratic Caucus.”
  • "Fiscal cliff" deal reached between White House, lawmakers: source

    12/31/2012 7:03:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    reuters ^ | 12/31/12 | reuters
    (Reuters) - The White House and congressional lawmakers have reached a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" that would delay harsh spending cuts by two months, Obama administration officials said on Monday. President Barack Obama called Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who both signed off on the deal, one source said. The agreement includes a balance of spending cuts and revenue increases to pay for the delay in the automatic spending cuts that would go into effect without a deal by lawmakers.
  • Stock futures up. Someone in Congress already knows a deal is going to take place.

    12/30/2012 7:21:14 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 51 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 30 December 2012
    Stock futures are up. Someone in Congress knows a deal is going to take place. Information already leaked to big players. Futures were down -207 on Dow earlier today and are now up +23. Insider trading taking place. These guys are really slick.
  • Fiscal Cliff Hype Examined

    12/21/2012 4:47:40 PM PST · by SteelToe · 8 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | December 21, 2012 | Heide B. Malhotra
    The term fiscal cliff has hit the airwaves, print media, business reports, and articles. Not a minute goes by without these two words being thrown at the listener. But how many people really understand where the expression started and how it became so popular? “Judging by media coverage, the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ is the only thing driving the U.S. stock market these days. Unfortunately, a lot of the coverage is either alarmist, erroneous, or focused solely on the daily (or even hourly) micro-developments in the story,” a Dec. 4 article on the Motley Fool website states. The expression “Fiscal Cliff”...
  • A ‘fiscal cliff’ deal is near: Here are the details

    12/17/2012 2:11:44 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 130 replies
    Washington Post - Wonkblog ^ | 17 Dec 12 | Erza Klein
    <p>All at once, a “fiscal cliff” deal seems to be coming together. Speaker John Boehner’s latest offer doesn’t go quite far enough for the White House to agree, but it goes far enough that many think they can see the agreement taking shape.</p>
  • Obama: 'I'll do whatever it takes' for budget deal (No more speaking, vacations, golf?)

    11/28/2012 7:23:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/12 | Amie Parnes
    Obama: 'I'll do whatever it takes' for budget dealBy Amie Parnes - 11/28/12 07:57 PM ET President Obama on Wednesday ramped up his sales pitch for Congress to accept a budget deal that includes tax increases on the wealthiest Americans, offering a stark warning to lawmakers that it’s “too important to screw this up.” During brief remarks at the White House to a group of middle-class voters, Obama sought to push his proposal to extend tax rates only on households with annual income of $250,000 or less before those rates expire at the end of the year. Obama, who will...
  • Here's a Hunch: Obama doesn’t want a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff

    11/18/2012 5:08:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/17/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    Everyone came away from the initial summit meeting between Obama, Boehner and Reid with big smiles and a public air of confidence that Friday's kumbaya moment would lead to The Big Deal. Call me a cynic, but I'm still not buying it. Yesterday, AP touched on a part of this story, tossing out some ideas about how everyone --- particularly Democrats ... might walk away with relatively clean hands if no deal is reached on the fiscal cliff this year. It's all true, but for some of us there's a bit more to the story. The Democrats, for their part,...
  • Cameron-Salmond Deal Clears Way For Independence Referendum

    10/15/2012 5:09:26 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/10/12 | Amiel Ungar
    British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond met today in Edinburgh to sign the agreement under which the British government consents to allow Scotland's independence referendum to go ahead. A 3-1 trade paved the way for the agreement. Cameron and Salmond had to cut through four disagreements that were blocking a deal. The opponents of Scottish Independence wanted the referendum to be limited to one question: Would Scotland's remain part of Great Britain or go independent. Alex Salmond wanted a fallback option in case he lost the independence vote by posing a second question, popularly dubbed...
  • Putin Says Missile Deal Is More Likely With Obama

    09/06/2012 7:33:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/06/12 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    Putin Says Missile Deal Is More Likely With ObamaBy DAVID M. HERSZENHORN Published: September 6, 2012 VLADIVOSTOK, Russia — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia sauntered into American presidential politics on Thursday, praising President Obama as “a very honest man” and chastising the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, for describing Russia as “without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe.” **SNIP** Mr. Putin said he believed that if Mr. Obama is re-elected in November, a compromise could be reached on the contentious issue of American plans for a missile defense system in Europe, which Russia has strongly opposed.
  • Six-month deal reached to avoid government shutdown, aides say

    07/31/2012 12:13:42 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    national journal ^ | 7-31-12 | Katy O'Donnell
    The House will have just eight legislative workdays in September, and at least one of them will now be spent taking up a stopgap spending bill to fund the government past the election and through what is expected to be an extraordinarily hectic lame-duck session. The chamber will not take up a continuing resolution bill this week, according to aides, but House and Senate leaders are expected to announce as early as Tuesday afternoon that they have reached an informal agreement to take up a roughly six-month continuing resolution when they return from the August recess.