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  • Be Careful What You Wish For Progressives

    05/16/2015 12:15:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 16, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Pew Research came out with its latest seven-year study of religious trends in America. The data appears to show Christianity in decline, and given its numerous sensational headlines the liberal media couldn’t be happier with the results. For once, this Jesus Freak actually agrees with them. The Pew Research numbers showing Christianity in decline is good news—both for America and Christianity. Allow me to explain. We have become so obsessed with numbers in our culture – dollars, attendance, followers, likes, polls, etc. – that we have confused audience with influence. For example, pop stars Katy Perry and Justin Bieber currently...
  • Is Matt Drudge the second most influential man in America?

    05/08/2015 6:27:25 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 7. 2015 | Brent Budowsky,
    While as a liberal, I do not suggest the following with a great deal of pleasure, but Matt Drudge is by far the single most influential person in the American media, and it is fair to ask: Is he the second most influential man in America? For more than any individual in the media, Drudge dominates his competitors to the degree that he has no competitors, and determines what you watch on television, what you read in newspapers, what you hear and radio, and even what you read on the Internet about politics more than any single person in American...
  • Homeland Security Releases Emails Showing Political Influence for Sony, Time Warner Projects

    04/11/2015 8:16:12 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 4-10-15 | Eriq Gardner
    The newly released documents buttress a report issued late last month detailing how an immigration director was swayed with respect to hundreds of millions of dollars in film and TV investments under the EB-5 visa program. The U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityÂ’s inspector general has released hundreds of pages of emails plus other documents in support of its investigation of improper influence on the EB-5 immigration program. Many of the documents discuss hundreds of millions of dollars in financing for film and television productions from Sony Pictures and Time Warner with prominent politicians including former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendall and...
  • Was it fair for Giuliani to say Obama was influenced by Communists since his youth

    02/22/2015 2:24:25 AM PST · by Beckwith · 37 replies
    The Obama File ^ | 2010 | Beckwith
    Let's say a man was elected to the highest office in the land who had been mentored, during his childhood, by an avowed communist who was identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (card number 47544) by the Commission on Subversive Activities to the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii, accused by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) as being active in several communist-front organizations, and had a thick FBI file. Let us further say that this man's guardian, his grandfather, had chosen this mentor for him, indicating that he was likely sympathetic to the mentor's beliefs. Now,...
  • Mrs Miniver: The film that Goebbels feared

    02/11/2015 12:52:34 PM PST · by Borges · 39 replies
    BBC Culture ^ | 2/9/2015 | Fiona Macdonald
    Winston Churchill credited Mrs Miniver with increasing American support for the war effort. A new programme finds out how the domestic drama changed history. “We will come. We will bomb your cities.” So bristles a character in the film Mrs Miniver. A German pilot who had been shot down in the chocolate box English village of Belham, he momentarily brings the horrors of World War II to what is largely a domestic drama. The movie – released in June 1942, going on to win the best picture Oscar the following year – is credited with consolidating American support for the...
  • The Scalise Mess and the GOP Insider Culture - The Republican establishment drops the bal

    01/06/2015 2:04:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 6, 2015 | Jeffrey Lord
    "....................All this tells a considerable amount about what passes for the unremarkable inside the Washington establishment. For Feehery spends his time continually attacking conservatives. There was this open letter attack on Rush Limbaugh in Politico in which he snarked:Congratulations! You have been selected by the Obama administration, the mainstream media and 20 million of your most passionate followers to be the new head of the Republican Party.As such, you are given all the rights and responsibilities that come with being a true political leader.Your mission is simple: Restore the Republican Party to its former greatness by single-handedly helping Republicans to...
  • Al Sharpton Arguably Now the Most Powerful Person in America

    12/24/2014 2:20:06 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 86 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | December 24th, 2014 | Joe Concha 24th, 2014
    Outside of the president, Al Sharpton might possibly be the most powerful man in America right now. And no, that isn’t an overstatement. Think about what the 60-year-old activist and MSNBC host has going for him right now: Power Indicator #1: Sharpton has been to the White House to advise President Barack Obama, his senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, or both. No big deal, right? Plenty of MSNBC hosts have visited over the past six years. Care to guess, according to the White House Visitor Log, just how many times Sharpton has visited since Mr. Obama took office? Five times? Nope....
  • The POPVOX Blog

    07/04/2014 1:06:42 PM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    popvox.com ^ | 7/3/2014 | marci
    Dear POPVOX Friends, On behalf of our entire POPVOX Team, I want to wish you a very happy Independence Day, and share some exciting news. The Library of Congress is now archiving POPVOX content -- including your comments to Congress* -- for the official national historical record. We have been notified by the Library of Congress that POPVOX has been selected for inclusion in the official digital archives of the United States. (The full notice is posted below.) The Library of Congress preserves “the Nation’s cultural artifacts” and “materials of historical importance to the Congress and the American people.” This...
  • All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power

    04/14/2014 8:05:08 AM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 12 replies
    Amazon ^ | recent | Nomi Prins
    Who rules America? All the Presidents’ Bankers is a groundbreaking narrative of how an elite group of men transformed the American economy and government, dictated foreign and domestic policy, and shaped world history. Culled from original presidential archival documents, All the Presidents’ Bankers delivers an explosive account of the hundred-year interdependence between the White House and Wall Street that transcends a simple analysis of money driving politics—or greed driving bankers. Prins ushers us into the intimate world of exclusive clubs, vacation spots, and Ivy League universities that binds presidents and financiers. She unravels the multi-generational blood, intermarriage, and protégé relationships...
  • Twenty of the Most Influential Evangelicals in America

    04/03/2014 1:48:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/03/2014 | Thom S. Rainer
    I conducted an informal survey of over 30 persons, simply asking them to name the most influential evangelicals in America today. Though my choice of the respondents was subjective, I do have confidence that the men and women who gave me these names are very knowledgeable about the evangelical scene in the United States.The respondents represent a cross section of denominational and non-denominational churches and entities. From my perspective, those I surveyed are clearly evangelicals themselves. Among the criteria I gave them, I included the following: Limit the responses to Americans.The names must represent living persons.Name at least eight persons.Only...
  • Stan Lee Named as One of Forbes' Most Influential Celebrities for 2014(Lee Beats out Rush)

    01/17/2014 9:16:09 AM PST · by SMGFan · 74 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 16, 2014
    Lee beats out Rush Limbaugh on the magazine's list of the 10 celebrities with influence, thanks to his role as co-creator of the Marvel Universe.
  • On Defensive, JPMorgan Hired China’s Elite

    12/30/2013 2:46:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 29, 2013 | BEN PROTESS and JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG
    In a series of late-night emails, JPMorgan Chase executives in Hong Kong lamented the loss of a lucrative assignment. “We lost a deal to DB today because they got chairman’s daughter work for them this summer,” one JPMorgan investment banking executive remarked to colleagues, using the initials for Deutsche Bank. The loss of that business in 2009, coming after rival banks landed a string of other deals, stung the JPMorgan executives. For Wall Street banks enduring slowdowns in the wake of the financial crisis, China was the last great gold rush. As its economy boomed, China’s state-owned enterprises were using...
  • K Street sizes up retiring lawmakers

    12/22/2013 6:41:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 21, 2013 | Kevin Bogardus
    Retiring lawmakers are likely to find a tough job market next year on K Street. Several lawmakers — many of them veterans with centrist bonafides — plan to retire after the 2014 election, making them prime recruits for lobby firms, trade groups and corporate boards. While corporate headhunters see a future on K Street for many of the retiring lawmakers, they warn that sluggish lobbying revenues and gridlock on Capitol Hill are depressing demand. “With revenues down, it's not going to be as fruitful. It will slowly pick up but we are still in a slump when it comes to...
  • The GOP might as well be dead

    12/03/2013 1:24:38 PM PST · by bestintxas · 76 replies
    wash post ^ | 12/2/13 | j capehart
    The Growth and Opportunity Project, aka “the autopsy,” was heralded as the Republican Party’s clear-eyed assessment of its 2012 presidential defeat. Autopsies are done on dead things, and ever since its March 2013 release, the GOP has done everything possible to stay dead. The Republican Party is dead to African Americans. Not that there was much of pulse to begin with. Romney won 6 percent of the black vote to 93 percent for Obama, which isn’t surprising since Romney was looking to unseat the nation’s first black president. But it is also not surprising considering all of the voter suppression...
  • WebMD received almost 5 million bucks for feds to promote Obamacare

    11/13/2013 6:41:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/13/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    A performer who pays for good reviews from critics usually isn't any good, and that would seem to be the case for Obamacare, too. Except that it is the taxpayers, not the performer laying out the bribe money, and the magnitude of the bribe dwarfs even the most lavish junkets offered by Hollywood. The Washington Times has a blockbuster exclusive story: Two months before enrollment began in the Obamacare exchanges, the administration's top health care official heaped praise on WebMD for launching an online resource to help Americans navigate the complex law. The consumer health care site had the occasional...
  • 10 Corporations Control Nearly Everything You Buy

    11/03/2013 6:51:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 85 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    PolicyMic has a very interesting chart that shows how 10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy. click on chart for huge image The chart was posted on Reddit as illusion of choice. I could not locate the original source. PolicyMic explains ... Ten mega corporations control the output of almost everything you buy; from household products to batteries. These corporations create the chain of supplies that flow from one another. Each chain begins at one of the 10 super companies. Here's just one example: Yum Brands owns KFC and Taco Bell. The company was a spin-off of Pepsi. All Yum...
  • Forbes Releases 2013 Ranking Of The World's Most Powerful People

    10/30/2013 7:56:03 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 30, 2013 | Forbes
    RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN TOPS FORBES’ 2013 RANKING OF THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE
  • Ted Cruz Speech Nods to Increasing Libertarian Views within Republican Party

    09/30/2013 9:24:47 AM PDT · by shego · 452 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | 9/26/13 | David Kirby
    During his Ironman 21-hour speech, Sen. Ted Cruz read excerpts from Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, name-dropped "libertarians" at least six times, and yielded to Sen. Rand Paul, who invoked Frederic Bastiat's "What is Seen and Unseen," a favorite among libertarians. Ted Cruz, who retained remarkable composure over the long night, seems in all things deliberate. Political leaders seem to have become more comfortable talking about libertarians, even identifying themselves as such. Libertarians may have reached a tipping point within the Republican Party. Last week, a FreedomWorks study on public opinion found that libertarian views within the Republican Party are at...
  • Five most important people that never lived?

    09/27/2013 7:19:00 PM PDT · by MNDude · 147 replies
    Recently, Time magazine had an issue titled "The One Hundred Most Influential People Who Never Lived" where they ranked the most important fictional characters of all time such as Santa Claus, Kinta Kunta, Homer Simpson, etcetera. In your opinion, who are the five most influential fictional characters of all time?
  • State Department reveals Hillary Clinton received $500K worth of jewelry from Saudi king

    08/30/2013 6:01:55 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 50 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 8/30/13 | BILL HUTCHINSON
    Foreign diplomacy doesn’t always resolve world-class problems, but it sure does rake in the swag. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was given a half-million bucks worth of diamond and ruby jewelry by Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and received $58,000 worth of bling from Brunei. The lavish gifts were among a treasure trove of keepsakes bestowed upon U.S. leaders in 2012, the State Department disclosed Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin gave Clinton a $560 bottle of cognac
  • Biden Talks of 'Outsized Influence' of Jews: 'The Influence Is Immense'

    05/22/2013 7:35:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/22/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    At a Jewish American Heritage Month reception last night in Washington, D.C., Vice President Joe Biden talked about Jews, power, and influence. “The truth is that Jewish heritage, Jewish culture, Jewish values are such an essential part of who we are that it’s fair to say that Jewish heritage is American heritage,” Biden said, according to the pool report. “The Jewish people have contributed greatly to America. No group has had such an outsized influence per capita as all of you standing before you and all of those who went before me and all of those who went before you.”...
  • HARRY REID ADMITS THAT THE TEA PARTY IS A MAJOR FORCE ON CAPITOL HILL

    05/08/2013 12:04:50 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 7 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 8, 2013 | Todd Cefaratti
    “We have a situation where this country has been driven by the Tea Party for the last number of years,” Reid said...
  • Tim Tebow Tops Forbes' 2013 List Of America's Most Influential Athletes

    05/07/2013 10:43:06 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 33 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/06/13 | Tom Van Riper
    The “Tebowmania” days in Denver are only 15 months old, but it seems like 15 years. And yet, when Americans are asked which pro athletes they believe carry the most influence with the public, Tebow’s name tops the list. A unique set of QB strengths and weaknesses and an affinity for wearing his Christian faith on his sleeve combine to make Tebow a compelling public figure, even as an NFL backup. Whether or not he’s able to remain deeply ingrained in the public consciousness without eventually getting more time on the field remains to be seen. But for now, Tebow,...
  • Rove: Obama a ‘Minor Actor’ in DC as His Power Wanes

    03/28/2013 12:31:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 11:28 AM | Dan Weil
    President Barack Obama’s influence is disappearing to the point that he is just a “minor actor on Capitol Hill” and even Democrats believe he is doing little but get in the way, Karl Rove has charged. “No president is ever irrelevant, but less than 10 weeks into his second term Mr. Obama’s power is waning,” Rove writes in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal. “Even members of his own party view him as an obstacle to getting things done.” …
  • Did Nate Silver Tip the 2012 Election to Obama? (Will Quit if He's Too Powerful)

    02/15/2013 9:37:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Week ^ | 2/15/2013 | Peter Weber
    The New York Times stats whiz says he'll stop blogging if his poll analysis sways future contestsNate Silver was vilified by some Republicans and political journalists during the 2012 election, and embraced by Democrats looking for a fix of reassuring political news during rocky periods of President Obama's re-election bid. This week, the seemingly prophetic New York Times–employed political polling aggregator told an audience of students at Washington University in St. Louis that "the polls can certainly affect elections at times." They're not supposed to, Silver added, but some voters may "take the forecasts too seriously." Then, says Michael Tabb...
  • How Influential is Conservative Talk Radio?

    02/10/2013 7:45:13 AM PST · by TeaPartyJakes · 52 replies
    Global Free Press ^ | January 31, 2013 | Alan Caruba
    In the wake of the 2012 re-election of Barack Obama, I began to wonder how influential conservative talk radio is. Serendipitously, I received a copy of Fred V. Lucas’ new book, “The Right Frequency: The Story of Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment” ($18.95, History Publishing Company). Throughout the 1980s and 90s I was a guest on television and a lot on talk radio thanks to a popular media spoof, The Boring Institute, that offered lists of The Most Boring Celebrities of the Year, the Most Boring Films, et cetera. After 9/11 I put the...
  • Klein: The GOP Establishment Is Not Afraid Of The Tea Party Anymore

    02/05/2013 7:46:29 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 28 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 2-5-2013
    MSNBC host Ezra Klein, The Last Word More than 16 minutes long discussion by Ezra Klein, Dave Weigel, Molly Ball on the GOP intra party fight
  • NRA Winning the Influence Battle Over Gun Control

    02/01/2013 8:04:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 1 February, 2013 | Bruce Rogers
    The gun control debate is clearly one of the most contentious and controversial issues in America today. And the battle over gun control is now being waged through intensive media campaigns from both sides of the political spectrum to influence public opinion and to assert pressure on policy makers. So who’s winning? To find out, we turned to objective data provided exclusively to Forbes Insights by Appinions, the influence marketing platform. Keep in mind Forbes Insights has no agenda other than to shed research light on the process of measuring influence and what we can learn from it. The facts...
  • Talk Radio and Presidential Elections - New Book Illustrates Influence

    10/28/2012 2:26:22 PM PDT · by TeaPartyJakes · 6 replies
    PRBuzz.com ^ | Oct. 11, 2012 | Don Bracken
    Talk radio was paramount in building the conservative movement's role in presidential elections. This can be found with Barry Goldwater, the 1964 Republican presidential nominee and one of the intellectual leaders of the conservative movement. Political minds are wondering if it can help push Romney into the White House. for Romney. The Right Frequency by Fred V. Lucas chronicles talk radio's impact on presidential elections and politics from the days of Walter Winchell to modern day hosts such as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. The book is published by History Publishing Company. The author is available for interviews. It was...
  • The tea party is helping Democrats

    10/19/2012 11:30:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 93 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 19, 2012 | by Dana Milbank
    There are those who say that the tea party is fading in influence, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the movement is on the cusp of achieving what once seemed nearly impossible: keeping the Senate Democratic. A year ago, famed political handicapper Charlie Cook gave Republicans a 60 percent to 70 percent likelihood of capturing control of the Senate; now, he tells me the likelihood of it remaining Democratic is 60 percent. The switch in fortunes can be attributed to many causes — a slate of lackluster Republican candidates high among them — but one thing...
  • Are Latinos Reshaping Catholicism in the United States?

    10/17/2012 6:45:36 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 16, 2012 | CRISTINA COSTANTINI
    Catholicism is on the decline in the United States. But the numbers would likely be even worse if it weren't for Latino immigrants, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. The study indicates that Catholicism has experienced the "greatest net losses" of any religion as a result of religious converts. While nearly one-in-three Americans (31 percent) were raised as Catholics, fewer than one in four adults call themselves Catholics, the survey found. But the attrittion has been slowed by immigration and the growth of the Hispanic population. One in three Catholics is Hispanic, and 62 percent of all Hispanics...
  • Talk Radio Plays Historical Role in Elections

    09/21/2012 6:47:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    (The following is the second of three excerpts from The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment, by Fred Lucas; History Publishing Company. The adapted excerpts look at the impact of talk radio on election results.) Before what would turn out to be an historic election, a New York Times article said, “If Larry King’s CNN program functioned as a nominating process for Ross Perot; Rush Limbaugh may be a kind of national precinct captain for the Republican insurgency of 1994.” An election night poll by Fabrizio-McLaughlin of 1,000...
  • The 25 Most Influential Preachers of the Past 25 Years

    09/18/2012 7:34:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Sermon Central ^ | Michael Duduit, Preaching Magazine
    Preaching magazine editor Michael Duduit takes on the challenging task of naming the most important preachers from the recent past. When Preaching magazine was launched in 1985, a look at our list of contributing editors gave you a sense of who would be listed among the most influential preachers in America. That original group included Stuart Briscoe, Maxie Dunnam, Jim Henry, David Allan Hubbard, John Huffman, D.E. King, James Earl Massey, Calvin Miller, Lloyd John Ogilvie, Stephen F. Olford, Haddon Robinson, J. Alfred Smith, John Wesley White and William Willimon, along with several more.Thankfully, many of those preachers are still...
  • Fanning the Flames of Left-Wing Violence

    08/20/2012 4:36:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2012 | Matt Barber
    To borrow from President Obama’s Black Nationalist mentor, Jeremiah Wright, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate-baiting chickens “have come home to roost.” The hard-left group has become everything it presumes to expose. On Wednesday, homosexual activist Floyd Corkins entered the Washington-based Family Research Council (FRC) armed with a gun and a backpack full of ammunition. He also had 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches (FRC recently defended the food chain’s COO Dan Cathy for pro-natural marriage statements). The only thing standing between Corkins and mass murder was FRC facilities manager and security specialist Leo Johnson. As Corkins shouted disapproval for FRC’s “politics,” he...
  • The Morphing of the Tea Party

    08/06/2012 11:53:44 AM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 6, 2012 | Lee Cary
    The Tea Party movement morphed from protest signs to campaign signs. That's how a Texas Tea Party activist succinctly put it when I asked him what's become of the movement. He said, "We put down our protest signs, and picked up campaign signs." He said that former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's victory lap after passing Obamacare was a "wake-up call." It signaled that mass demonstrations would not bring significant changes. Change would only come through the ballot box. Hearing the call, the Tea Party vacated the town squares and hit the streets where it began organizing for the long-term. It...
  • After 24 years, Limbaugh's influence continues to grow

    08/06/2012 10:13:19 AM PDT · by matt04 · 32 replies
    Rush Limbaugh celebrated 24 years on his national radio talk show Wednesday, and that date is as good as any to benchmark when the country began its journey into a deeply polarized political climate. Limbaugh -- universally called Rush by friends and critics alike -- almost single-handedly started a narrative that recast Americans into conservative heroes or liberal villains, patriotic saviors or mainstream media dupes. He was helped by the 1987 demise of the Fairness Doctrine, the longstanding regulation that required broadcasters to present both sides of a issue in roughly equal measure. He was perfectly poised to take advantage....
  • The Chick-fil-A Effect on the 2012 Election

    08/03/2012 2:44:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Huffington Post | August 3, 2012 | Ron Galloway, Business Documentarian
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ron-galloway/the-chickfila-effect-on-t_b_1731161.html
  • How Much are Movies Themselves to Blame for Aurora Massacre?

    07/28/2012 8:41:59 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 34 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 7/28/2012 | Moneyrunner
    If it's now coming out that the Colorado Killer, James Holmes, was obsessed with being a character in the Batman movie, shouldn't we be having a national discussion on how much Hollywood is responsible for this murderous rampage. And while we're at it, a lot of the other social ills like the sexualization of teens, out-of-wedlock births and gang violence, all depicted in living color on the silver screen? On Tuesday, Matt Drudge linked to a blistering attack on Hollywood by Charles Hurt of the Washington Times in response to the massacre at the midnight Friday showing of the new...
  • Obama to celebrities: “You’re the ultimate arbiter” of this country’s direction

    06/16/2012 4:18:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/15/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited the home of actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick for a joint fundraising appearance on Thursday night, during which the president offered the gathered stars a rather frightening piece of flattery. The intimate dinner banked about $2 million, with 50 people paying $40,000 each. "Speaking in a dimly lighted, art-filled room, Obama told supporters they would play a critical role in an election that would determine a vision for the nation's future."You're the tie-breaker," he said. "You're the ultimate arbiter of which direction this country goes."Among the celebrities on hand to...
  • Sunland Park’s Daniel Salinas facing yet more charges

    04/16/2012 7:52:35 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 6 replies
    New Mexico Watchdog ^ | April 6, 2012 | Rob Nikolewski
    It’s official: The situation in Sunland Park has gotten crazier than the last two seasons of “Lost.” On Friday, Daniel Salinas was arrested again, this time charged with 18 new felony charges, including receiving and soliciting illegal kickbacks, fraud and ethics violations. Salinas is the man who: *as the border town’s mayor pro tem got drunk with then-mayor Martin Resendiz during a meeting at a restaurant with officials from a California firm during which Resendiz said he got so inebriated he signed city contracts [4]while not realizing their import *has been accused of trying to blackmail rival mayoral candidate Gerardo...
  • Walker: Right to Work off the table in WI

    02/07/2012 10:12:39 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 2-6-12 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON — While some see a wave of legislation aimed at weakening organized labor following Indiana’s new right-to-work law, Wisconsin is not expected to join it anytime soon. “No,” Cullen Werwie, spokesman for Gov. Scott Walker, told Wisconsin Reporter on Monday when asked if Walker thought the Republican-controlled Legislature would pursue legislation prohibiting labor organizations from requiring workers to join unions. Republicans on the record said they've heard of no proposals. Off the record, some in the GOP said no one is interested in waging another big battle over labor matters in this season of recalls. "Boy, I don't think...
  • Chu: No White House Influence on Solyndra Deal

    11/23/2011 10:23:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11/23/11 | ap
    WASHINGTON — Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Thursday that no one from the White House ever contacted him to make a political decision on a half-billion-dollar loan to a California solar company that later went bankrupt. Testifying under oath on a widening controversy, Chu said he was unaware of his staff predictions in 2009 that Solyndra was likely to face severe cash-flow problems. He said that market changes which led to a steep decline in the price of solar panels were "totally unexpected." Solyndra went belly-up after getting the $528 million loan from the government, and Chu told the House...
  • NPR: The Books And Beliefs Shaping Michele Bachmann (The major influences in her life)

    08/15/2011 12:16:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | 08/15/2011
    Rep. Michele Bachman officially threw her hat into the presidential ring on June 27. Since then, the Minnesota congresswoman has emerged as a Republican front-runner, riding on a wave of Tea Party support and national media appearances. New Yorker Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza spent four days with Bachmann and her staff aboard their campaign jet in mid-June. On Tuesday's Fresh Air, he talks about his unprecedented access to the congresswoman, whom he profiles in the Aug. 15, 2011, edition of The New Yorker. The piece looks at the writers, beliefs and books that Bachmann has specifically mentioned as major influences...
  • Amplify Your Influence: You Too Can Be an Astroturfer!

    06/15/2011 8:35:54 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/15/2011 | Basil Irmin
    I’m writing this to encourage others to make the effort to amplify their influence like I do. Ever since I began contributing online, I’d made a conscious decision to establish free accounts at media websites from which original articles were sourced so I could cut and paste some of my more carefully constructed comments to many different sites. By doing this, I feel I can increase my own tiny influence just a little bit more. I would encourage everyone to consider doing the same. It takes just a couple of minutes to sign up on most media websites, and most...
  • PAPER: Global order fractures as US power declines.

    06/15/2011 6:23:01 AM PDT · by reagan_fanatic · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Financial Times ^ | Alan Beattie
    Harold Macmillan, the prime minister who watched US power rise as the British empire crumbled, used to say that Britain would play ancient Greece to America’s Rome. These days it looks as if Rome is declining too. The US finds it increasingly hard to drive forward its vision of international trade and economics over the objections of big emerging-market countries.
  • Surprise! Legislators vote NOT to ban gifts to legislators

    05/27/2011 10:12:46 AM PDT · by landsbaum · 1 replies
    Stop the presses! (Yeah, no one’s said that in any newsroom I’ve worked in four decades in the business.) A major surprise. (Yeah, more sarcasm.) The Los Angeles Times reports that “California lawmakers kill measure banning gifts to themselves” And the sun rose in the east . . .
  • Editorial: Same games, new players in redistricting

    05/05/2011 4:17:33 PM PDT · by landsbaum
    Our editorial today (wide application to other states): It was a corrupt system that allowed back-room politicking to redraw every 10 years California's boundaries for congressional, legislative and other districts. Legislators redrew lines to ensure reelection and protect their political parties. There is word for it: Gerrymandering. . . . Unfortunately, Californians apparently have traded one form of special-interest pandering for another.
  • Professional Islamists: The Muslim Brotherhood’s long march through the institutions.

    02/16/2011 2:30:15 AM PST · by Scanian · 9 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 16, 2011 | STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
    The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, or al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun, is more than a radical network, comparable to al Qaeda; more than an ideological phenomenon, like the followers of Khomeini in the 1979 Iranian Revolution; and more than a political insurgency, similar to Pakistani jihadism. It is an Egyptian Islamist subculture of great depth and influence. It is therefore also much more than a product of political decisions made by Hosni Mubarak. The Brotherhood was powerful before Mubarak, before his predecessor Anwar Sadat, and before their elder comrade, Gamal Abdel Nasser. But the Brotherhood today is not identical with the paramilitary Arabist-Islamist Ikhwan...
  • Ron Paul Warns America To Stay Out Of Egypt, Rails Against Foreign Aid In CPAC Speech

    02/12/2011 10:25:48 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 126 replies · 1+ views
    Mediaite.com ^ | 02/12/2011 | Ron Paul
    Given the contentious relationship between his followers and many in the conservative movement, it’s safe to say that Rep. Ron Paul’s address to CPAC this year was one of the more anticipated speeches of the political holiday weekend. And Rep. Paul delivered: railing against the “neo-Jacobins” that passed the PATRIOT Act, calling for drastic cuts in military spending, and a passionate repudiation of the Federal Reserve. Opening with a jubilant recognition of the results of last November’s midterms– and, especially, the election of his son Rand to the Senate– the tenor of Paul’s speech was mostly combative towards the more...
  • Amplify Your Influence!

    02/11/2011 8:28:45 AM PST · by catnipman · 5 replies
    Self | 2/11/2011 | Self
    I'm posting this to encourage others to make the effort to amplify their influence like I do. Ever since I began contributing to Free Republic, I made a conscious decision to establish commenting accounts at media websites from which original articles were sourced to FR postings, and then cut and paste my comments written for Free Republic to those sites where it made sense to do so. In that way, I felt that I could increase my own tiny influence just a little bit more. I would encourage everyone here not already doing this to consider it for themselves. It...