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  • The Red Line and the Rat Line

    04/24/2014 1:37:58 PM PDT · by hecht · 4 replies
    The Red Line and the Rat Line Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels In 2011 Barack Obama led an allied military intervention in Libya without consulting the US Congress. Last August, after the sarin attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, he was ready to launch an allied air strike, this time to punish the Syrian government for allegedly crossing the ‘red line’ he had set in 2012 on the use of chemical weapons.​* Then with less than two days to go before the planned strike, he announced that he would seek congressional approval for the...
  • 'It could have been a PR disaster for the president': Eric Holder cancels police academy speech...

    04/24/2014 1:26:31 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4-24-2014 | David Martosko
    'It could have been a PR disaster for the president': Eric Holder cancels police academy graduation speech as lawmaker planned protest demanding impeachment US attorney general was to address police academy graduates in Oklahoma City on Thursday The speech was canceled at the last minute, but the DOJ hasn't said whether planned protests had anything to do with the decision A state legislator there had planned to publicly call for Holder's impeachment at the ceremony A DOJ official says Holder doesn't fear protesters, but is conscious of his image as the nation's top law enforcer during his last months in...
  • California rep sued over DUI death, questions raised about ties to driver [suspended license]

    04/24/2014 1:24:15 PM PDT · by topher · 10 replies ^ | 24-April-2014 |
    California Rep. Lois Capps is being sued by the family of a young woman who was killed in a drunk-driving accident by one of her staffers, amid allegations her office initially tried to help the aide -- before abruptly cutting him off when the victim was taken off life support. Raymond Victor Morua III, an Iraq war veteran, was employed as a district representative for the Democratic congresswoman when he struck 27-year-old Mallory Rae Dies in a crosswalk on Dec. 6. Morua pleaded guilty on April 15 to hitting Dies with his Dodge Caliber and fleeing the scene after attending...
  • Issa Demands Answers from Holder on DOJ's Role in IRS Scandal, Networks Do Nothing

    04/24/2014 12:12:01 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 57 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 24, 2014 | Geoffrey Dickens
    On Wednesday Darrell Issa demanded Attorney General Eric Holder answer new questions about the Justice Departments role in the IRSs targeting of conservative groups. In a letter sent to Holder, Issa sought answers about a newly released email between former IRS official Lois Lerner and DOJ official Richard Pilger in which Pilger asks Lerner When you have a moment, will you call me? Ive been asked to run something by you and requests who at the IRS DOJ folks could talk to about ways to target politically involved non-profit groups. So far none of the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC)...
  • Panel: It makes sense to extend health coverage to undocumented immigrants

    04/24/2014 12:08:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Sacramento Business Journal (CA) ^ | April 23, 2014 | by Kathy Robertson
    State officials say 3.3 million more Californians have insurance today thanks to the Affordable Care Act. But another 3 to 4 million still lack coverage. A big chunk of those without coverage are undocumented immigrants ineligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Estimates goes a high as 1 million. Senate Bill 1005 by Democratic state Sen. Ricardo Lara from Bell Gardens seeks to fix the problem. The bill would allow all Californians access to affordable health care coverage, regardless of immigration status. SB 1005 would create a mirror marketplace that would allow undocumented immigrants to purchase coverage similar to...
  • Cal State Fullerton opens center for undocumented students

    04/24/2014 12:03:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Orange County Register (CA) ^ | April 23, 2014 | BY ROXANA KOPETMAN
    Cal State Fullerton opened a resource center for undocumented students on Wednesday, becoming the first in the CSU system to create a specific space with programs and services for students who for the most part either grew up unaware of their immigration status or were told to hide it. The Titan Dreamers Resource Center is designed to provide academic and emotional support, improve retention and graduation rates, offer referrals to financial assistance and provide a comforting environment where students from undocumented families can connect with each other. If we think about it, this country was founded by immigrants, Cal State...
  • Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves... [Bundy Echoes Black Writer]

    04/24/2014 12:00:54 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Amazon ^ | Star Parker
    Uncle Sam’s Plantation is an incisive look at how government manipulates, controls, and ultimately devastates the lives of the poor—and what Americans must do to stop it. Once a hustler and welfare addict who was chewed up and spit out by the ruthless welfare system, Star Parker sheds much needed light on the bungled bureaucratic attempts to end poverty and reveals the insidious deceptions perpetrated by self-serving politicians. “Star Parker rocks the world. She is an iconoclast that must be listened to and reckoned with.” ―Sean Hannity “Star Parker’s important new book helps advance the understanding—critical for all Americans—that prosperity...
  • Why You Can't Compare Hillary Clinton's Age to Ronald Reagan's

    04/24/2014 11:49:34 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 51 replies
    National Journal ^ | 4/24/14 | Stephanie Stamm
    The age comparisons between Hillary Clinton and Ronald Reagan seem as natural as they are nonsensical. Yes, were Clinton to win in 2016, she would take office at age 69just as Reagan did in 1981. And yes, the comparison is often made when Clinton's critics and allies debate whether she has the health to serve out two presidential terms.
  • BREAKING: Cliven Bundy Responds To Charges Of Racism: The Statement Was Right

    04/24/2014 11:40:52 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 109 replies
    Thats exactly what I said. I said Im wondering if theyre better off under government subsidy, and their young women are having the abortions and their young men are in jail, and their older women and their children are standing, sitting out on the cement porch without nothing to do, you know, Im wondering: Are they happier now under this government subsidy system than they were when they were slaves, and they was able to have their family structure together, and the chickens and garden, and the people had something to do? And so, in my mind Im wondering, are...
  • Lee Bright: Sotomayor Slips And So Does Lindsey

    04/24/2014 11:27:06 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 13 replies
    FitsNews ^ | 4/24/2014 | FitsNews/Bright press release
    Wise Latina Support and Grahams Sub 40 Poll Numbers Justice Sonia Sotomayor slipped up this week and exposed herself as a race baiter in her official dissenting opinion in the Michigan case. Meanwhile, Lindsey Grahams approval numbers continued to slip-slide in the Winthrop poll, diving below 40 per cent. Are the two stories related? Certainly the Michigan ruling had nothing to do with Grahams approval problems in this particular poll, said Lee Bright, the top challenger to Graham in the upcoming Senatorial Primary. But his many foolish decisions, like supporting Sotomayor for the Court, are coming back to haunt Lindsey...
  • The left's secret club plans for 2014, 2016 (Pulling the country further to the left)

    04/24/2014 11:25:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 24, 2014 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Some of the countrys biggest Democratic donors including Tom Steyer and Jonathan Soros are huddling behind closed doors next week in Chicago with union bigwigs and progressive superstars like Bill de Blasio to plan how to pull their party and the country to the left. The setting is the annual spring meeting of the Democracy Alliance, a secretive club of wealthy liberals thats the closest thing the left has to the vaunted Koch brothers political network. The DA, as the liberal group is known to insiders, is increasing its ranks of rich donors for the first...
  • Oh My: Two New Polls Show Dead Heat in Colorado Senate Race

    04/24/2014 11:24:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies ^ | April 24, 2014 | Guy Benson
    We wrote about this race just yesterday, in the context of incumbent Mark Udall's new ad claiming that Republican Cory Gardner is on a "crusade" to "outlaw" birth control. The Gardner campaign responded with a scathing statement: After nearly two decades in Washington, Senator Udall has decided to launch his reelection campaign with a negative, misleading attack ad because he has no record of accomplishments. While Coloradans sound the call for new leadership, Senator Udall continues to lie about Cory Gardners record while distorting his own. If Senator Udall trusts and respects women, and all Coloradans for that matter,...
  • Senate probe: Ex-DHS watchdog altered reports as favor to senior officials

    04/24/2014 11:22:17 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies ^ | 4/24/14 | Judson Berger /Jana Winter
    A subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released a scathing report on Thursday that effectively confirmed many of the ethical allegations that have trailed Charles Edwards ever since he resigned his post in December as acting DHS inspector general. The report determined that he "jeopardized the independence" of his office by socializing with senior DHS officials and had reports "altered or delayed" to accommodate the department he was supposed to oversee. The report also included, though did not confirm, allegations that Edwards' office sat on information about the 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal that could...
  • Why the Left Will Never Abandon Global Warming

    04/24/2014 11:17:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies ^ | 4/24/2014 | Jack Kerwick
    It wont surprise readers of this column to learn that the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCG) insists that unless global warming is addressed, the planet promises to suffer all manner of evil. Courtesy of coastal flooding and storm surges, urban populations especially are susceptible to the risk of death, injury, and disrupted livelihoods [.] To a far greater extent than any other issue, that of Global Warming reveals what makes the leftist mind tick.
  • EDITORIAL: Blue states try raiding Electoral College

    04/24/2014 11:00:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2014 | Editorial
    The fondest dream of the modern Democrat is to neutralize the votes of the yokels in Peoria and put important decisions in the hands of sophisticates in places like San Francisco and Manhattan. The modern Democrats took a step closer to realizing their ambition last week when New York joined nine other liberal states with laws to undermine the Electoral College. Blue states have been rushing to sign up for the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. So far, the list includes in addition to New York California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and...
  • George Clooney to Steve Wynn: Leave Barack Alone, [edited]

    04/24/2014 10:52:52 AM PDT · by This Just In · 37 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | April 23, 2014 | John Nolte
    Things got ugly a couple of weeks ago among the bubbled one-percent when fading movie star George Clooney and casino billionaire Steve Wynn engaged in a war of words over President Barack Obama.
  • Victory: NY School Reverses Suspension for Student Wearing NRA Shirt

    04/24/2014 10:45:44 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | Apr 23, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien
    It's not often the Second Amendment scores a victory in the state of New York, but they got one on Tuesday when the Grand Island School district decided to reverse its decision to suspend a student for wearing a T-shirt with the NRA logo. Shane Kinney, a sophomore at Grand Island High School, was ordered to report to the principal's office last month when a teacher spotted him wearing the "controversial" piece of clothing. "They've yelled at me for wearing it before because it has a gun on it and I had to duct tape it," says Kinney. Administrators suggested...
  • Bundy Responds To NYT, Defends "Slavery" Comments

    04/24/2014 10:44:44 AM PDT · by absentee · 181 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 4/24/2014 | Caleb Howe
    [embeddable youtube of audio is at the link] "That's exactly what I said. I said I'm wondering if they're better off under government subsidy, and their young women are having the abortions and their young men are in jail, and their older women and their children are standing, sitting out on the cement porch without nothing to do, you know, I'm wondering: Are they happier now under this government subsidy system than they were when they were slaves, and they was able to have their family structure together, and the chickens and garden, and the people had something to do?...
  • What do Cory Booker and Mitch McConnell have in common? (same donors. Hmmmm)

    04/24/2014 10:44:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies ^ | 4/24/14 | Colby Itkowitz
    Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) share at least one thing: campaign donors. Booker, a Senate newbie, and McConnell, the Senate minority leader, show up dipping into the same donor pool more than any other opposing-party members of Congress. They shared 74 donors in the first year of this election cycle. This comes from a fascinating data dive from the Center for Responsive Politics that broke down which politicians have donor overlap. As the CRP points out, just over one percent of American adults donated to campaigns so far this year, so the pickings are slim. Cashing checks...
  • Florida Blue: Health Law Enrollments 'Exceeded Expectations' But Premiums May Rise In 2015

    04/24/2014 10:38:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | April 23, 2014 | By Daniel Chang and Patricia Borns, Miami Herald
    Most of the consumers who bought a private health plan from Florida Blue through the Affordable Care Acts insurance exchanges between October and April were previously uninsured one of many factors potentially leading to higher premium rates in 2015, according to a senior executive. Jason Altmire, senior vice president of public policy for Florida Blue, cited familiar reasons for a likely rise in rates next year. Altmire said most Florida Blue consumers who signed up for exchange plans have paid their first months premium, which is required to activate a plan. But he said many consumers remain uneducated about...
  • In Seattle, Insurers And Hospitals Complain About New Rules

    04/24/2014 10:28:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | April 23, 2014 | By Carol Ostrom, Seattle Times
    Health insurers and hospitals, usually on opposite sides, lined up together Tuesday to give Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler an earful about his proposed new rule for insurance-provider networks. Kreidler proposed the rule after complaints that consumers have been taken by surprise about narrower networks in insurance plans offered in the Affordable Care Act. Those networks exclude some of the regions prominent hospitals and medical centers, meaning some consumers dont have access to providers they expected to use. For example, only one insurer offering plans through the Washington Healthplanfinder online exchange includes Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in Seattle; only three include...
  • Farewell Greatness and Freedom

    04/24/2014 10:08:24 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 2 replies
    Unknown | Unknown | Unknown Marine Vet
    This is what your humble observer has been attempting to say since before the 2012 "coronation" of the king of the radical gaggle enumerated in the sadly sagacious musing of the Marine below. Bottom line: There will be blood or you will become a slave to these criminals -- perhaps, in that order, if it turns out badly for our side, both. If you don't have the stomach for that sort of thing, gently clank your chains and down on your knees. db "The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home."James Madison...
  • Producer of Russian TV show vanishes in Ukraine as saboteurs posing as journalists detained

    04/24/2014 10:01:09 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 1 replies
    RT ^ | 4-24-2014 | RT
    A producer for a popular program on Russias NTV channel has disappeared in eastern Ukraine where he came to film a report unrelated to the countrys political situation. Belarusian citizen Stepan Chirchich, a producer for the weekly program Central Television, went to the city of Pershotravinsk in the Dnepropetrovsk region to make a report about the visit of a well-known exorcist, Pastor Bob Larson, whos there as part of his world tour. We lost contact with [Chirchich] on Tuesday evening, Vadim Takmenyov, the programs host, told RT. He said that at the beginning they did not ring the alarm, but...
  • Tea Party Gave GOP a Backbone

    04/24/2014 9:22:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 4/24/14 | Matt Towery
    Polling numbers and political maneuverings are increasingly confirming what I first reported months ago. The tea party movement is no longer the large dominant force in the GOP that it was in 2010 or even 2012. But just because the "tea" might be a bit weaker, Republicans hoping to hang on to their elected positions or who seek to claim elected office need to understand that the political atmosphere might still be lightening up. In the South, which has been the hotbed for the tea party cause, many big contested GOP nominations that were expected to go to candidates "they"...
  • Ted Cruz: GOP Will Win the Senate

    04/24/2014 9:18:37 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 4/24/14 | Charles Spiering
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) believes if the midterms elections were held today, Republicans would win control of the Senate. I believe right now that we are on a path to do that, I think were going to win control of the Senate and were going to retire Harry Reid as Majority Leader, Cruz said during an interview with Oklahoma radio host Pat Campbell, ahead of a planned rally in support of Republican Senate Candidate T.W. Shannon. Cruz reminded conservatives that they should be focused on winning control of the Senate. I think if the election happens right now we would...
  • Karen Handel for Senate

    04/24/2014 9:15:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 4/23/14 | Erick Erickson
    I have not wanted to take a position on the Georgia Senate race. I have several friends running. I have maintained that my heart is with Paul Broun and my head is with Karen Handel. If I could will someone into the Senate, itd be Congressman Paul Broun. Hes a terrific and profoundly decent person. But in the end my head has won out for a number of reasons. Early voting is starting in Georgia and I will be voting for Karen Handel. Between Broun and Handel, Handel has momentum upward and has been increasing in fundraising. Broun has been...
  • Ted Cruz: Gay marriage could put our 1st Amendment rights at risk [July 23, 2013]

    04/24/2014 9:14:43 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | July 23, 2013
    Liberal heads begin to explode in 5..4…3…2…1During an interview this past Friday with CBN’s David Brody, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) stressed that gay marriage could put our 1st Amendment protections at risk.“If you look at other nations that have gone down the road towards gay marriage, that’s the next step of where it gets enforced.“It gets enforced against Christian pastors who decline to perform gay marriages, who speak out and preach biblical truths on marriage and that has been defined elsewhere as hate speech — as inconsistent with the enlightened view of government.“I think there is no doubt that...
  • "Fire Harry Reid" becomes GOP rallying cry heading into 2014 elections

    04/24/2014 9:05:47 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 24, 2014 | Seth McLaughlin
    Hoping to galvanize their base further, Republicans are casting the midterm elections as a golden opportunity to fire Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who has served as lead blocker for President Obamas liberal agenda on Capitol Hill and chief opponent of GOP legislation.
  • McConnell Primary Challenger: He's A 'Coward' For Attacking My Family

    04/24/2014 8:49:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 4/24/14 | Daniel Straus
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) primary challenger, Matt Bevin, called the top Senate Republican a "coward" exhibiting the same kind of childishness as an eighth grader in response to McConnell's campaign jabbing at Bevin's family over a new campaign ad. After Bevin's campaign aired a new ad featuring his large family, the twitter handle @BailoutBevinKy, run by the McConnell campaign, tweeted out I was waiting for 'My dad went to MIT!'" a dig at Bevin suggesting that he was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "I think it's the same kind of childishness that we've seen a...
  • Rand Paul: Bundys racist remarks are offensive

    04/24/2014 8:44:26 AM PDT · by maggief · 92 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 24, 2014 | Seth McLaughlin
    Sen. Rand Paul distanced himself Thursday from Cliven Bundys recent remarks on race, roughly a week after the likely 2016 presidential contender knocked the way the federal government has handled the land dispute with the defiant rancher. Cliven Bundys remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him, Mr. Paul, Kentucky Republican, said via Twitter.

    04/24/2014 8:41:28 AM PDT · by Moseley · 11 replies
    American Uncensored News Network ^ | April 24, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    The GOP needs to adopt one powerful reform: Stop taking advice from people who want Republicans to lose. Almost every problem, dynamic, and force within the Republican Party is currently driven (sometimes in obscure ways) by the nave assumption that the advice freely offered by the GOPs enemies is sound wisdom the GOP should depend upon. Republican insiders fight any nominee or action which the GOPs enemies criticize. Insiders think that their enemies advice shows which candidate will have broad appeal. So if liberal organizations, the liberal news media, or Democrats say a candidate is a bad choice or a...
  • Benghazi could have been prevented if US hadn't allowed weapons to reach al-Qaeda militants,

    04/24/2014 7:45:37 AM PDT · by hecht · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 22-23, 2014 | David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor
    The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented if the U.S. hadn't been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier. 'The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,' Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline. She blamed the...
  • The Big Conundrum of Small GovernmentOnly way out is a balanced budget amendment.

    04/24/2014 7:08:07 AM PDT · by ReleaseTheHounds · 10 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 24, 2014 | Brad Lips
    n Washington, it is never too early to discuss who will next reside in the White House. But the real question is not who; it's what he will do there. Could even a President Paul, Lee, or Cruz accomplish the dramatic downsizing of government that we need? How would he push a Tea Party agenda, given what I call the Big Conundrum? The Big Conundrum is that those of us who believe in limited government abhor how much power has been appropriated to the executive branch. It would seem a type of hypocrisy to use those same powers to radically...
  • Colorado: Sen. Rand Paul Leads 2016 Presidential Pack

    04/24/2014 7:02:11 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 18 replies
    Quinnipiac ^ | 04-24-2014
    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is the strongest candidate in Colorado in the 2016 presidential race, topping former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 48 - 43 percent. There is a huge gender gap as men back the Republican Paul 55 - 35 percent while women go with the Democrat Clinton 50 - 40 percent. Independent voters back Paul 48 - 37 percent. In other possible matchups: Clinton ties New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie 42 - 42 percent; Clinton leads former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush 45 - 40 percent; Clinton gets 45 percent to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's 44...
  • Erupting In Slavic, Ukrainian Armored Vehicles Run By Foreigners (Spoke English)

    04/24/2014 6:12:36 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    NTV ^ | 4-24-2014 | NTV
    The situation around the city Sloviansk remains tense. Today Ukrainian army launched an operation to capture the city. Fighting broke out with the militia self-defense. The clashes have killed. According to recent figures, killed five members of the militia. Grouping Ukrainian military reinforced armor. And, as the correspondent of NTV governing combat vehicles for some reason people talk to each other in English. There are reports that the Ukrainian military detained a group of Russian and foreign journalists. In Slovyansk himself, meanwhile, drove six six armored personnel carriers , helicopter loitering in the sky. To complicate the promotion of military...
  • Cantor faces threat from tea party

    04/24/2014 5:50:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    Since he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, Eric Cantor has dispatched a series of little-known opponents without so much as breaking a sweat. Along the way, he has become a major player on the national stage as House majority leader, built a massive campaign war chest and created an aura of invulnerability in the reliably Republican 7th District, which includes part of Chesterfield County. But as he seeks his seventh term in Congress, Cantor now faces a different type of challenge not from his left flank, but from a tea party-backed conservative within...
  • Now Republican Candidates Are Taking Aim at Boehner (Challengers vow to toss whole GOP leadership)

    04/24/2014 5:44:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 4/23/14 | Billy House
    Follow on Twitter April 23, 2014 As a congressional staffer, John Stone got a firsthand look at how House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team operate. His boss was one of its members. Yet now, as he vies for a seat of his own in a crowded Georgia primary, Stone is running on a promise to oust those very same leadersnot just Boehner, but the whole team. "When I got here in the district what I kept hearing is, we've got to change the party leadership," Stone said. "We need to end the GOP's civil war between the...
  • Is Boehner heading for the exits?

    04/24/2014 5:42:28 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies ^ | 4/24/14 | Chad Pergram
    The reading of political tea leaves is one of Washington's most popular parlor games. And when it comes to the future of House Speaker John Boehner, political soothsayers are busy divining patterns in tea leaves, wine sediments and coffee grounds to determine whether the Ohio Republican will stick around for another term. Questions are rampant as to whether Boehner could decide to leave on his own accord or be shoved out the door by a cabal of upstart conservatives intent to flip the House of Representatives on its ear. This tasseography involving the speaker's gavel takes on many forms. The...
  • Eric Cantor Smells Like Desperation, and Im Not Kidding

    04/24/2014 5:40:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    Rep. Eric Cantor is out with a tough ad against his primary opponent Dr. Dave Brat for Congress. It is rare for the powerful politician to go on the attack during his bids for re-election. ~Ryan Nobles, NBC 12, Richmond Via Norm Leahy at Bearing Drift: Just a couple of weeks after brushing off his primary opponent, David Brat, Rep. Eric Cantor has coming out swinging against the economic professor, with both a television ad and a website. .it shows that Mr. Cantor has decided its time to play in the 7th CD, and do so with elbows flying. He...
  • Fl Congressman Bill Young's widow says she won't support Jolly

    04/24/2014 5:38:25 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 21 replies
    WFLA ^ | 04/23/2014 | Lauren Layk
    The widow of Congressman C.W. Bill Young says she no longer supports the man who campaigned as a Bill Young Republican and was elected to her husbands seat in the House of Representatives. No, I wont support him, Beverly Young said in an interview with News Channel 8. Its quite a switch for Young, who appeared in a Jolly commercial and with him at the rally to announce his candidacy for Congress. But Young is disappointed and upset that Jolly did not hire more of her husbands staff to carry on what they started under the 22-term congressman, who died...
  • Rep. Eric Cantor (Dem-Lite) In Trouble

    04/24/2014 5:37:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 4/23/14 | Chip Drewry
    No, hes not in trouble from that freak show shit-for-brains Democrat, Mike Dickinson, Richard Nixon could rise from the dead and beat that half-wit buffoon, hes in trouble with Republicans, and I sure as hell hope Republicans are not forgiving. Lets be clear. Eric Cantor is the problem, not the solution. He needs to come out of the closet, admit hes a Democrat, and switch partys. The big tent is full. Eric Cantor has never been closer to wielding the speakers gavel, but he may want to keep an eye over his right shoulder. As speculation heats up about whether...
  • New Eric Cantor Ad Looks Desperate

    04/24/2014 5:34:54 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | 4/23/14 | Matthew Boyle
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is attacking his GOP primary opponent with a new television ad, a highly unusual move for a sitting member of House leadership that demonstrates he is taking the threat from his right back home more seriously than past months. The ad criticizes his opponent, Randolph-Macon economics professor David Brat, for a tangential association with former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine, who proposed raising taxes while he was in office. But a top Virginia official says the association is fleeting at best. College professor David Brat is running against our conservative congressman Eric Cantor, a narrator reads...
  • Scarborough Called Zimmerman 'Murderer' But Condemns Conservatives Who 'Raced' To Support Him

    04/24/2014 5:23:38 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If there was anyone in America who recklessly rushed to prematurely proclaim a position on George Zimmerman, it was Joe Scarborough. Before Zimmerman had even been arrested, at a time when even Al Sharpton was being relatively cautious with his language, Scarborough used his Morning Joe platform to brand Zimmerman a "murderer." But there was Scarborough on today's show with the gall to condemn conservatives who "raced blindly" to embrace Zimmerman. View the video here.
  • A Day After Tea Party Victory in FL, Liberal Media Claims Establishment Victory For GOP

    04/24/2014 5:23:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    tpnn,com ^ | 4/23/14 | Greg Campbell
    day after the Tea Party-backed candidate, Curt Clawson, won the Republican primary in Floridas 19th congressional district, the liberal media has worked to downplay the significance of the Tea Party in heating up around the country in anticipation of the 2014 midterm elections. In fact, according to The Wire, the GOP has successfully squashed the Tea Party rebellion within the GOP. Nobody tell Republican favorites Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or Mike Lee this Of course, the certainty of the future direction of the Republican Party remains in flux and while Clawsons victory is a tremendous win for the Tea...
  • Rare Video: Young Mitch McConnell Knocks Term Limits, Defends Lobbyists

    04/24/2014 5:18:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies ^ | 4/22/14 | Nick Tomboulides
    Mitch McConnell has been in office for 29 years. He has been named one of the Most Corrupt members of Congress four times by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, including in 2013. McConnell has already raised $20 million for his re-election campaign this year, including massive donations from Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and other special interests. Its no wonder that McConnell doesnt like term limits. In this rare footage from 1987, McConnell as a freshman Senator states that he opposes term limits because, the longer youre in, the more you know. My experience in the...
  • Harry Reid's Long, Steady Accretion of Power & Wealth

    04/24/2014 5:03:29 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    RCP ^ | 4/24/2014 | Adam O'Neal
    Harry Reid has spent more than 40 years in government, starting as a small citys attorney and eventually becoming the most powerful senator in the country. He has raised tens of millions of dollars in political contributions, established himself as an institution in Nevada politics along the way, and made himself a very wealthy man. His humble roots -- from growing up in a remote desert town to working six days a week as a Capitol police officer while in law school -- are legend in Washington and Nevada. Reid exhibits the toughness of a once destitute boy who completely...
  • Bruce Braley Urged IRS to Target Groups Before IRS Targeting Scandal Emerged

    04/24/2014 4:35:58 AM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 23, 2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Iowa Democrat and Senate candidate Bruce Braley urged the IRS to investigate social welfare organizations before it was revealed that the agency singled out tea party and conservative groups for scrutiny, Iowa Watchdog reports.Braley, currently a representative for Iowas first congressional district, was one of 30 Democrats who asked IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman in a March 2012 letter to investigate whether any organizations were improperly engaged in political campaign activity. Social welfare organizations receive tax exemptions under section 501(c)(4) of the federal tax code: The House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee published theletter,included in a group ofdocumentsreleased as...
  • The Republican Woman Loses, Again

    04/24/2014 12:13:28 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
    Time ^ | Jay Newton-Small
    It's starting to look like the GOP won't have many female candidates left standing by November. Voters in a Florida congressional district went to the polls Tuesday to elect a new representative following Trey Radels resignation this year after pleading guilty to cocaine possession. The winner was millionaire businessman and Tea Party darling Curt Clawson, who self-funded his campaign to the tune of $2.65 million. But the story of who won isnt much of a surprise: A rich, white Tea Partier is not a new breed in Washington these days.
  • The Editors Say: Cliven Bundy beware the continuing threats of Harry Reid (Many videos of Reid)

    04/23/2014 11:47:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | April 23, 2014 | Jacquie Kubin
    Majority Leader (D-Nevada) Harry Reid is threatening Cliven Bundy with the ominous words something is going to happen. Its obvious that you cant just walk away from this. And we can speculate all we want to speculate to whats going to happen next, Reid told KSNV-TV. But I dont think its going to be tomorrow that something is going to happen, but something will happen. We are a nation of laws, not of men and women. If it werent so scary, it would be funny. Reids manner of speaking is like the person that says No offense meant, but...
  • East Ukraines Donetsk republic plans to hold sovereignty referendum jointly with Luhansk

    04/23/2014 10:26:15 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/24/2014 | Itar-Tass
    DONETSK, April 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The leadership of the recently self-proclaimed Donetsk Peoples Republic plans to hold a referendum simultaneously with east Ukraines Luhansk region, co-chairman of the Donetsk Peoples Republic presidium Denis Pushilin told ITAR-TASS. A referendum will be held no later than on May 11 and it is highly probable that Luhansk will also hold it with us no later than on May 11. Ludansk just has to confirm similar wording of the question. Our question is as follows, Do you support the independence of Donetsk peoples republic? Pushilin said. In his words, sovereignty gives the right and opportunity...