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  • No laughing matter: Rush hour comedian Chris Tucker faces $14m tax debt' [Obama Supporter]

    09/02/2014 9:59:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 9/2/14 | Christine Rendon
    Chris Tucker has amassed an IRS bill of more than $14 million in unpaid taxes, according to documents obtained by TMZ. The actor - who celebrated his 43rd birthday on Sunday - was recently slapped with a tax lien of $2.5 million, raising his debt from almost $12 million to $14,068,047.
  • The Summer of Obama's Disconnect (Hawkish or weakish? Americans don't like either in a president.)

    09/02/2014 9:37:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 2, 2014 | Ron Fournier
    Wow. That was some summer. The Islamic State that President Obama dismissed as "JV" proved to be a virulent varsity—gobbling up gobs of the Middle East, beheading an American journalist, and threatening the United States. Russia invaded Ukraine. Ferguson burned. Obama shrugged. "The truth of the matter is that the world has always been messy," the president told Democratic donors between meetings of his national security team and rounds of golf. "In part, we're just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through." No, that's not it....
  • Ted Cruz wants to make the 2014 election a referendum on ‘amnesty’

    09/02/2014 9:14:07 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 2 at 10:48 AM | Chris Cillizza
    In a fiery speech over the weekend to an Americans for Prosperity gathering in Texas, Ted Cruz made one thing absolutely clear: He'd love to have the 2014 midterms be decided on the issue of immigration."President Obama has made a decision to make this election in 2014 a national referendum on amnesty," Cruz said in reference to an expected executive order on immigration from the White House. "If you support amnesty, vote Democrat. If you oppose amnesty, throw Harry Reid out."Cruz went on: And every Democrat in the Senate who stood with Harry Reid blocking legislation to stop the amnesty,...
  • The Anti-Gun Billionaires

    09/02/2014 8:31:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 9/2/2014 | Frank Miniter
    Those on the left say they abhor big money’s corrupting influence in politics — until a leftist billionaire starts trying to sway public opinion. That’s okay with them, because, you know, old George Soros really isn’t creepy at all — he’s just a grandfatherly figure who gives like Santa Claus. And the same goes for Warren Buffett and Michael Bloomberg — their billions are okay, too. All Bloomberg wants is for the rest of us to give up tobacco, big gulps, and guns. Now Bill Gates has joined on the great lefty-billionaire good-guy list. Gates is donating $1 million to...
  • Walker, Mallott to join forces in governor's race - Alaska

    The Alaska Democratic Party broke with long tradition Monday when its central committee voted 89-2 to not field a gubernatorial ticket and instead put its weight behind the independent campaign of Bill Walker and Byron Mallott. The vote to support the fusion ticket was contingent on Walker dropping his Republican Party affiliation. Mallott will quit as the Democratic Party’s nominee for governor, as will his running mate, state Sen. Hollis French. But Mallott will remain a Democrat, executive director Kay Brown said after the vote at party headquarters in a Spenard bungalow.
  • Florida's Lee County votes to rescind decision to opt-out of Common Core standards testing

    09/02/2014 8:05:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Florida's Lee County school board has rescinded its vote to opt-out of the state's standardized testing. At a meeting Tuesday morning, the board voted 3-2 in favor of resuming testing....
  • Ky. voters oppose dual Paul campaigns

    09/02/2014 7:40:19 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 02, 2014, 08:54 am | Mario Trujillo
    Sixty-six percent of Kentucky voters oppose changing a state law to allow Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to run for president and reelection to the Senate at the same time, according to a new poll. The Survey USA poll released Monday night found only 27 percent of voters believe the law should be changed to give Paul the opportunity to run for both offices simultaneously. Majorities of each party are opposed to the change, including 54 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of independents and 78 percent of Democrats. The current law, which says a candidate’s name cannot appear on the ballot more than once,...
  • Louisiana Republican Party files complaint asking for investigation into Mary Landrieu's travel

    09/02/2014 7:31:46 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | September 02, 2014 at 7:00 AM | Cole Avery
    The Louisiana Republican Party has filed a formal complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics asking it investigate Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., over campaign flights paid for with Senate funds. [....] "Considering that Sen. Landrieu admitted to breaking the law on two occasions, and there is strong evidence of other occurrences, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics should undertake a full review of the Sen. Landrieu's travel expenditures from her official account to ensure that Louisiana taxpayers have not been unwittingly and illegally subsidizing her re-election campaign by funding her campaign travel," Dore wrote.
  • Obama on GOP: ‘We’ll Break Those Folks Down… That’s How I Got Michelle to Marry Me’

    09/02/2014 7:05:47 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 33 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2 Sep 2014 | Eddie Scarry
    In remarks on the U.S. economy Monday, President Barack Obama said Congressional Republicans will eventually cave to public pressure to raise the federal minimum wage. Obama was speaking at the Laborfest festival hosted by the AFL-CIO in Milwaukee, Wis. “If I cared about these things, I’d also want more Democrats looking out for me,” he said. “I’m just saying. Because when the rest of the country is working to raise wages, but Republicans in Congress won’t, it ain’t right.” ADVERTISEMENT Noting the protests in recent months from fast food workers seeking higher wages, Obama said Republicans would open up to...
  • Now Even One Of The Most Democratic States Is Turning On Obama

    09/02/2014 6:57:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/02/2014 | Hunter Walker
    A Field Poll released on Tuesday showed President Barack Obama's approval rating had dropped to a record low in the staunchly blue state of California. This decline includes the state's most left-leaning cities, which Field's director described as a particularly bad sign for Obama. "These are constituencies that have been strong followers," Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo said, according to the Sacramento Bee. The poll showed Obama's approval rating in California at 45%, down from a second-term high of 62% following his 2013 inauguration. It was also down 5% from the previous Field Poll, which was released in June, making...
  • COMMENTARY: Stopping job cuts at Fort Huachuca

    09/02/2014 6:50:46 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    Cochise County and our surrounding region could be losing up to 2,700 jobs unless we change leadership in Congress. The Department of the Army was forced by the Budget Control Act to draft a proposal for massive budget cuts — including a maximum cut of 2,700 positions at Fort Huachuca plus potential cuts in contractors. If these cuts go through, they will have a disastrous impact on our community. Fort Huachuca is the largest employer in Cochise County and a key part of the Sierra Vista economy. The Fort has the biggest economic impact of any base in the state,...
  • Louisiana Democrat Sen. Landrieu faces more questions about her residency

    09/02/2014 6:24:04 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    FoxNews ^ | August 30, 2014 | FoxNews
    A Louisiana Republican challenging Democrat Mary Landrieu for her Senate seat is expanding his efforts to prove the three-term lawmaker doesn’t live in her home state, instead using her parents’ address to qualify for the November ballot. GOP Senate candidate Rob Maness on Friday submitted a written compliant to district attorneys in four Louisiana parishes calling on them to object to Landrieu’s residency qualifications.
  • Dems in near-panic over Senate

    09/02/2014 6:24:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 54 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/2/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Schadenfreude, taking in pleasure in others’ suffering, is a nasty emotion, one I take no pride in confessing as I watch Democrats attempting to dodge responsibility for foisting Barack Obama upon us. Nevertheless, it is certainly satisfying to see Dems scurry away from Obama as he visits their states. Adam Edelman in the New York Daily News:
  • Obama: A Leninist and a racist

    09/02/2014 5:42:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/2/2014 | Mychal Massie
    As the character Cecily said to Miss Fairfax in a play written by Oscar Wilde entitled “The Importance of being Earnest”: “When I see a spade I call it a spade.”
  • Improving economy won't help Dems

    09/02/2014 5:37:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/02/2014 | Rick Moran
    Vulnerable Democrats casting about desperately for a boost to their campaigns won't be able to use a slightly improving economy as a lifeline, according to several recent polls.The fact is, voters don't care about the raw economic numbers - not when their personal financial situation is still bad. The Hill: But with just a handful of big economic reports left before Election Day, the economic picture is largely in place. And while the outlook is bright, voters continue to hold a dim view of their own financial prospects.  “There are still a lot of families playing catch-up,” said Jared Bernstein...
  • Obama: ‘I’d Join A Union’

    09/02/2014 4:14:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 55 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 1, 2014
    President Barack Obama says he’ll press Congress to raise the minimum wage in the same way he courted his wife — never taking no for an answer. Obama brought a buoyant Labor Day message to Wisconsin, telling union members on Monday that he sees, quote, “engines are revving a little louder” in an economy coming back from a near-depression five years ago. Now, he says, quote, “America deserves a raise.” He promises his administration will keep pushing for one. Obama told the crowd to great applause that he would join a union for job security.
  • Finding justice on racial issues through the ballot

    09/01/2014 8:33:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | September 1, 2014 | Ebynn Hanna, state coordinator of Florida Black Youth Vote.
    The eyes of America remain focused on Ferguson, Missouri, gripped by the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death. The anguish of Ferguson — from the murder of an unarmed young person of color, to the lack of accountability fueled by a sheer disregard for black lives — is all too familiar for Florida. Our state has been the backdrop for a number of high-profile stories that have similarly illuminated America’s tragic legacy of killing unarmed people of color. There was Trayvon Martin, 17, who was walking down the street in Sanford in 2012 when he was followed and killed by George...
  • Obama's Midterm Strategy: Do No Harm

    09/01/2014 5:25:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    CBSNews ^ | September 1, 2014
    September 1, 2014, 2:20 PM Obama's Midterm Strategy: Do No Harm WASHINGTON - For Democrats facing tough re-election campaigns this fall, an appearance with their somewhat unpopular party leader may be more of a hindrance than a help. Aware of that fact, President Obama has focused his midterm election strategy around ways he can do the least harm to his party this fall. Chiefly, that means bringing in the cash. Though Democrats haven't always been satisfied with the president's commitment to fundraising in past election cycles, there's little they can complain about this year. During the 2014 season, Mr. Obama...
  • Obama on Labor Day touts economic gains under his leadership, is mum on pressing world concerns

    09/01/2014 4:06:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 1, 2014
    President Obama used Labor Day to tout the country’s economic gains under his leadership and make an election-year case that higher wages and other progress for workers can only be achieved through a Democrat-controlled Congress. “American workers and the American economy are better off since I took office,” Obama told a crowd filled with union supporters at the annual Laborfest event in Milwaukee. “I’m not asking for the moon. I’m asking for policies that help folks get ahead. … Republicans running Congress are opposed to them.” At one point in the speech, Obama enthusiastically told the crowd: “If I were...
  • Obama: ‘Revving’ economy calls for higher wages

    09/01/2014 3:11:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 88 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 1, 2014 4:50 PM EDT | Jim Kuhnhenn
    President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy’s “revving” performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. “America deserves a raise,” he told a union crowd in Milwaukee, vowing to keep a hard sell on Congress in much the way he once courted his wife. “I just wore her down,” he cracked. Timing his push to Labor Day, the traditional start of the autumn campaign, Obama aggressively drew attention to recent economic gains, setting aside past caution on that subject....
  • Ted Cruz wants U.S. citizens fighting with Islamic State banished from country

    09/01/2014 3:08:17 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Kellan Howell
    Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, told a crowd of 3,000 at a conservative summit in Dallas that Americans fighting with Islamic State militants should be exiled from the country saying, “we need to not let into this country any American who is fighting with ISIS.”But some conservative politicians say that banishing American jihadists doesn’t go far enough, and that those who leave the country to fight for militant groups like the Islamic State, Hamas, or al Qaeda should be stripped of their citizenship.On Friday, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in neighboring New...
  • Labor Day Is Just A Celebration Of Government Workers

    09/01/2014 1:35:23 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    IBD ^ | August 29, 2014 | RICK MANNING
    Today's Big Labor supports politicians who are committed to destroying unionized mining jobs through the EPA, scoff at the value of more than 10,000 union jobs created by building the Keystone XL pipeline, and actively push for amnesty for illegal aliens who can only drive down the cost of labor, hurting wages. The days of a Jimmy Hoffa's Teamsters Union endorsing Richard Nixon seem far away. Labor leaders are more interested today in creating the low-hanging fruit of public employee union jobs, rather than confronting far- left politicians who are killing private-sector unions through their policies. While the United Mine...
  • "Emergency Regulations": NY's Latest Attempt to Suppress Free Speech

    09/01/2014 12:18:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien
    Remember when President Obama touted the Affordable Care Act by claiming if you "liked your plan you could keep it"? He earnedPolitifact's 2013 "Lie of the Year" for that whopper. Amazingly, several other Democrats made the same false promise. Knowing what we know now, wouldn't you want to expose any politician who stood behind that misleading statement? Well, if someone uttered those words in the state of New York, you may now be forced to let it slide. A new law in the Empire State, which some are calling the ' shut up rule,' could allow such lofty claims...
  • The president who is uninterested in other people

    09/01/2014 11:10:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 31, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Some time ago I contrasted the reaction a conservative would get if he were in the same room with the two most consequential politicians of the 1990s, Bill Clinton and Rudy Giuliani. If you were in a room with Bill Clinton, he would discover the one issue out of 100 on which you agreed; he would probe you with questions, comments, suggestions; and he would tell you that you enabled him to understand it far better than he ever had before. If you were in a room with Rudy Giuliani, he would discover the one issue out of 100 on...
  • The elusive 'It factor' in presidential politics

    09/01/2014 10:21:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Week ^ | September 1, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    Like it or not, this truism is very true: Being president in the modern era requires a certain "It Factor." You don't need star power to make it to the U.S. Senate, or to rise in its leadership. (Looking at you, Senators Reid and McConnell.) You don't need an almost celebrity-like sexiness to succeed in the House. (Who among us would describe Steny Hoyer or Steve Scalise in such terms?) But when we're talking about the presidency, it's not enough these days to be a highly intelligent lawmaker with a history of policy expertise and success. You've got to have...
  • Obama, Outed: If Only (If he’s bored, we’d be more than happy to let him leave.)

    09/01/2014 10:02:15 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | September 1, 2014 | Quin Hillyer
    SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 Obama, Outed: If Only If he’s bored, we’d be more than happy to let him leave. By Quin Hillyer Just resign already. Go. Be gone. Vamoose. Get out of our lives. More important: Stop endangering all of us with your self-indulgent vacations and self-absorbed dithering, along with unconstitutional domestic power plays while the whole world burns. Barack Obama already is derelict in his duties as commander in chief. He ought to abdicate and just step off his self-made throne. Knowledgeable people were calling for Obama to begin air strikes against the Islamic State barbarians months before Obama...
  • Goodbye, Columbus: Seattle commission wants name stricken from holiday

    09/01/2014 10:00:44 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 75 replies
    http://blog.seattlepi.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Joel Connelly
    <p>The Seattle Human Rights Commission is doubling down on its effort to purge Columbus Day from its list of city celebrations, and have it replaced in the Emerald City with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”</p> <p>“WHEREAS, the Commission recognizes that the celebration of Christopher Columbus and his alleged 1492 discovery of the lands that would later become known as the Americas works to celebrate an era of colonization and dispossession of indigenous peoples’ homelands, as well as the decimation of entire groups of indigenous peoples from North and South America.”</p>
  • Cruz’s 2014 GOP Victory Plan

    09/01/2014 9:23:21 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 Aug 2014 | SARAH RUMPF
    DALLAS, Texas — Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently spoke at the Defending the American Dream Summit organized by Americans for Prosperity. The eighth annual Summit was the largest in the event’s history, with over three thousand attendees, and Cruz’s popularity with the conservative crowd was obvious. Like Governor Rick Perry’s speech at the Summit, Cruz’s speech was enthusiastically received by the audience and received multiple standing ovations. AFP President Tim Phillips introduced Cruz as “one of our favorite United States Senators,” praising him as someone who “doesn’t just take the fight to the left… when it’s required, he stands up...
  • Karl Rove's PAC Trying to Win Arkansas, North Carolina by Running Left of Pryor, Hagan

    09/01/2014 9:14:04 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Aug 2014 | C. EDMUND WRIGHT
    Karl Rove and his Crossroads GPS PAC are about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the senate -- by campaigning to the left of incumbents Mark Pryor and Kay Hagan on behalf of Republican challengers Tom Cotton and Thom Tills. So blatant is this attempt in the latest round of TV ads that the Washington Post teased Rove with a headline that taunted him as a "bleeding heart liberal." Reporter/blogger Greg Sargent said in the story that the two ad campaigns "show Republicans once again hitting Dems from the left on entitlements." Salon ridiculed the North Carolina...
  • First on CNN: Cruz returning to New Hampshire next weekend

    09/01/2014 8:58:28 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | August 29th, 2014 | Paul Steinhauser
    (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is heading back to New Hampshire next weekend. It will be the third visit this year by the freshman Republican senator and potential 2016 presidential contender to the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House.According to a source close to the senator, Cruz will speak at the Hillsborough County Republican Committee Primary Dinner on September 6. Another potential 2016 contender, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, will also give remarks at the dinner. Follow @politicaltickerFollow @psteinhausercnnThe next day, Cruz will hold events in the southern part of the state.
  • Cruz: Federal judge’s abortion decision a ‘real war on women’

    09/01/2014 8:52:59 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    washington Times ^ | August 30, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, called a federal judge’s Friday decision to strike down stricter medical regulations on abortion and the clinics a “real war on women.”The bill, which was signed by Gov. Rick Perry last July, would place limits on abortions after 20 weeks and set tighter safety standards on abortion clinics in the state.“Today’s decision is a setback and would allow abortion facilities to continue operating under substandard conditions — that is a real war on women,” Mr. Cruz, who is considering a bid for president in 2016, wrote on his Facebook page.The new standards, set to begin...
  • 'The Russian bear is encountering the Obama kitty cat': Ted Cruz slams Obama for refusing to

    09/01/2014 8:35:22 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Francesca Chambers | Francesca Chambers
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz unloaded on President Barack Obama at a conservative conference on Saturday afternoon over the U.S. leader's refusal to directly confront Russia over it's invasion of Ukraine last week.After claiming that 'all across this world America has receded from leadership' Cruz told attendees of Americans for Prosperity's annual Defending the American Dream Summit, held this year in the Texas lawmaker's home state, Cruz zeroed in on Obama's handling of the situation in Ukraine.'Look at Russia right now,' Cruz said, according to Business Insider. 'Sadly, the state of the world is the Russian bear is encountering the Obama...
  • In Texas, Ted Cruz sounds like he's running in 2016

    09/01/2014 8:19:58 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 50 replies
    AP ^ | Published August 30, 2014
    DALLAS –  Republican Sen. Ted Cruz sounds increasingly like he's made up his mind to run for president in 2016, telling an influential gathering of conservative activists Saturday that "we are part of a grassroots fire that is sweeping this country." "I'm convinced we're going to win in 2014, and 2016 is going to be even better," the Texas Republican said during a summit of Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of the billionaire GOP donors Charles and David Koch. "And in the year 2017, a Republican president in the Rose Garden is going to sign a bill repealing every...
  • Communists in Congress? Just count 'em

    09/01/2014 7:25:13 AM PDT · by kindred · 20 replies
    http://www.wnd.com ^ | 08/18/13 | Jerome R. Corsi
    In both volumes, Loudon has proved himself to be among the foremost experts in the world investigating and reporting the penetration of communists, socialists and the current group of “progressives” affiliated with Democratic Party politics who portray themselves as liberals. In his 2011 book, Loudon presented documented evidence that Barack Obama’s rise in politics was not an accident, but a conscious, decade-long effort by the radical left to promote a candidate with African roots. Obama, he said, was packaged as an engaging and seemingly harmless Trojan Horse radical, sent to Chicago to refine his skills running for office as a...
  • Al Franken Claims Republicans 'Don't Want Certain Americans to Vote' on Hmong TV

    09/01/2014 7:25:09 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 49 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 1, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Al Franken is currently attempting to present to the general public the image of  someone who is willing to forge alliances with Republican senators as well as avoiding controversy by engaging in sweet corn filibusters when answering campaign questions. It is all part of his campaign strategy, along with refusing to debate his opponent, to run out the clock to election day. However, when he thinks he can get away with it, Franken will pull out the race card and basically accuse Republicans of racism for supposedly wanting to suppress the vote of "certain Americans" as you can see at...
  • WATCH LIVE: VP Joe Biden speaking in Detroit on Labor Day [Plugs 'n Thugs]

    09/01/2014 7:00:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Fox Detroit ^ | 9/1/14
    .... Biden is scheduled to be in Detroit on Labor Day for the second time in three years. Biden is expected to address the crowd at 9:30 this morning during the annual parade.
  • Media showed double standard in Ferguson

    09/01/2014 6:48:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Marietta Daily Journal ^ | September 1, 2014 | Professor Melvyn L. Fein
    Let us do a thought experiment. Suppose a black police officer shot an unarmed 18-year-old white male. We do not know the circumstances, but the victim was almost twice the size of the cop. Can you imagine that the surrounding white community — any white community — would erupt in the sort of violence we witnessed in Ferguson, Mo.? There was a time, less than a century ago, when riots swept through white neighborhoods and blacks were lynched for petty offences. But now? Today, most Caucasians are more sophisticated. They are better educated and have developed more dependable self-controls than...
  • Unions open their coffers as Senate hangs in the balance

    09/01/2014 6:34:17 AM PDT · by maggief · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 1, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    Organized labor is pouring millions of dollars into congressional campaign coffers, as unions press to stave off a Senate flip this fall that could spell disaster for their policy agenda during the final years of the Obama administration. On issues ranging from collective bargaining to immigration to worker protections, union officials, advocates and experts say GOP control of the upper chamber could jeopardize what has become a period of significant progress for the labor movement. “There’s a lot of room for mischief in a Senate that’s under Republican leadership,” said William Spriggs, chief economist for the AFL-CIO. After an often-rocky...
  • Maps Reveal EPA Water Grab in Maryland

    09/01/2014 6:22:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Watchdog Wire ^ | August 28, 2014 | Mark Newgent
    EPA would regulate most Md waters . A new rule proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ... The proposed Waters of the United States rule, which would give the EPA jurisdiction over millions of miles of streams across the United States under the Clean Water Act, has generated bipartisan backlash in both chambers of Congress. A letter to the EPA from Democratic and Republican House members stated, “Although your agencies have maintained that the rule is narrow and clarifies CWA jurisdiction, it in face aggressively expands federal authority under the CWA while bypassing Congress and creating unnecessary ambiguity.” The...
  • GOP, Are You Ready to Reach Out to Blacks Yet?

    09/01/2014 6:20:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 63 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/1/2014 | Lloyd Marcus
    Because I am a black conservative, someone wrote asking me this great question. “What is it that compels some black men and women to cling to, and follow people like Sharpton, Jackson, Wright, Obama, Spike Lee, Black Panthers, Holder, etc.?” I have pondered the same question. Some black folks embrace victim status because it provides cover for their laziness and irresponsible lifestyles. Black Judases preach a false, evil gospel of victimhood-ism for profit. Some blacks are racist, pure and simple. I believe that a majority of black Americans simply have not been exposed to unfiltered conservatism – to blacks articulating...
  • Michael Brown’s Size Doesn’t Matter

    09/01/2014 6:11:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 158 replies
    Black Press USA ^ | September 1, 2014 | By Lee A. Daniels
    We’ve now moved to a new stage of the racist reaction to the police killing of Michael Brown: the largely overt assertion that he deserved to be killed. In the immediate aftermath of Brown, though unarmed, being shot “multiple times” after being stopped while walking in the middle of the street, the “ballad” being played in some quarters went like this: we don’t know all the facts so we shouldn’t rush to judgment. But, once the Ferguson police released the video of Michael Brown purportedly snatching a box of cigars from the convenience store and intimidating its clerk, that advice...
  • Obama visit to Wisconsin comes amid dropping approval rating

    09/01/2014 6:11:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Fox 11 ^ | 8/31/14
    ...Obama arrives in Milwaukee Monday for a rally at Laborfest. Five-thousand people are expected at the Summerfest grounds for the ticketed event. On Saturday the Milwaukee Labor Council handed out tickets to union members and their family..... Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke will meet privately with Obama on Monday. Campaign spokesperson Joe Zepecki said in a statement, “Because the President’s Monday visit to Milwaukee is for an official White House event and not a campaign event, her participation in the public portion of events would not be appropriate.”
  • Bill Clinton to campaign for Charlie Crist in Miami on Friday

    09/01/2014 5:43:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Saint Peters Blog ^ | 8/30/14 | Phil Ammann
    Former Republican Charlie Crist is pulling out the big guns, now that he is officially the Democratic nominee for governor. Former President Bill Clinton, widely considered the leading Democratic fundraiser, will visit Miami on Friday, September 6, to campaign for Crist.
  • Why Won't Endangered Democrat Senate Candidates Repudiate Their Todd Akin?

    09/01/2014 4:40:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    There are a whole bunch of Democrats running for Senate this year, though in this case “running” seems to mean running as far away as possible from failed liberal messiah Barack Obama. You’d practically think they were Tea Partiers by the way they publicly espouse conservative principles like support for the family, protection from crime, and respect for religion. But they can't run away from their duty to repudiate the single most offensive, anti-woman, anti-family, anti-Christian candidate running under their Democrat Party’s banner. Meet Democrat Amanda Curtis. She took over as the Democrat Senate candidate in Montana after Democrat John...
  • Bluegrass Poll: Gaining momentum, McConnell holds 4-point advantage over Grimes

    08/31/2014 10:50:02 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 268 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | August 30, 2014 | Sam Youngman
    The re-election campaign of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has gained momentum in the last month, propelled by huge leads over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in Western and Eastern Kentucky and among men, according to a new Bluegrass Poll. With less than 10 weeks until Election Day, the poll of 569 likely voters shows McConnell with a 4-point lead over Grimes, up from a 2 point margin a month ago. McConnell now leads Grimes 46 percent to 42 percent...
  • The 12 Worst Shows on Cable News

    08/31/2014 10:18:17 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 53 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 31, 2014 | Mediaite Staff
    Last week we made a few cable news PR flacks happy and listed what we consider the 12 best shows on cable news. And now comes the time to dispose of that good will. Without further ado, here are the 12 worst shows on cable news:
  • Cruz fires up conservatives, says bomb Islamic State 'back to the Stone Age' (Yesssssss)

    08/31/2014 4:44:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | August 31, 2014
    Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, made clear this weekend his foreign policy strategy for dealing with the militant group Islamic State: “bomb them back to the Stone Age.” "They want to go back and reject modernity," he said. "Well, I think we should help them. We ought to bomb them back to the Stone Age." Cruz made his remarks Saturday in Dallas at a summit for Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of the billionaire GOP donors Charles and David Koch
  • Will 2014 be the year that Jews support the GOP?

    08/31/2014 4:37:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    This is a perennial question which has flummoxed Republican strategists for years and continues to defy conventional political logic and planning. While it is impossible – and politically perilous – to attempt to take any American demographic group and treat them as a homogenous block, on the major issues of the day one would think that the GOP would be a natural fit for the majority of American Jews. When you look, in particular, at which party provides the staunchest support for Israel, there really is no comparison. A host of other topics appear to be a good fit as...
  • Mary Landrieu And Her House Of Cards

    08/31/2014 2:38:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | Jeff Crouere
    This election has been most difficult for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) with one mistake after another taking her off message. First it was discovered that she was charging taxpayers for at least four campaign flights. Her embarrassing mistakes were not something Louisiana voters should expect from a Senator with so much experience. Mary Landrieu has been in political office since 1979 and has served in the U.S. Senate since 1997. It is inexcusable for Landrieu not to know that taxpayers should not be charged for campaign air travel. Her latest stumble involves residency. When qualifying for re-election, Landrieu used...
  • What Islamic Terrorism?

    08/31/2014 1:18:25 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 30 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Sometimes this administration is simply beyond parody: The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans. Instead, the internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published this month that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movements—none motivated by radical Islam. They include anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with “sovereign citizen” nationalists, and anarchists. Other domestic...