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  • Yahoo Directory -- once the firm's cornerstone -- to shut down

    09/26/2014 11:48:39 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    CNET ^ | 09/26/14 | Richard Nieva
    The service will shut down on December 31 -- just one of more than 60 products that the company has discontinued over the past two years. But the real significance, if only sentimentally, is the shutting down of Yahoo's Directory -- once the cornerstone of the company.
  • Tea party, lesson learned, plays nice this time (AP lies again)

    09/10/2014 10:15:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 10, 2014 10:06 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    The tea party may have learned its lesson. As Congress finishes work on a must-pass spending bill set for votes next week, the most conservative lawmakers on Capitol Hill are eager to send a message on immigration, and stand firm against a government lending bank. But a year after they forced a 16-day partial government shutdown over President Barack Obama’s health care law, few seem to have the stomach to push their demands that far again. “No question we learned that with the aid of the news media the Democrats were able to pin the blame on us” for last...
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell: GOP Won’t Shut Down Govt Over Immigration

    08/29/2014 3:40:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 29 Aug 2014 12:17 PM | John Blosser
    Without passage of a spending bill by Sept. 30, the federal government will run out of money and grind to a halt, but leading Republicans, facing the November midterm elections, say they will block any attempt by the party’s conservative wing to force a self-defeating amnesty confrontation with the White House. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told CNN that despite Democrats’ hopeful predictions and right-wing threats that another shutdown is looming, it’s not going to happen. Asked whether he would favor a government shutdown, McConnell told CNN, “Of course not. I’m the guy that’s gotten us out of shutdowns...
  • Politically Drowning on Immigration, Democrats Seek 'Government Shutdown'Lifesaver

    08/28/2014 3:27:24 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    breitbart ^ | august 27, 2014 | matthew boyle
    Democratic National Committee chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) seized on remarks by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in an interview with Breitbart News, citing his desire to address immigration in a government spending bill to argue he's thirsting for a government shutdown. Wasserman Schultz's remarks, made on a conference call with reporters convened with the purpose of bashing Rubio, come as White House press secretary Josh Earnest used similar rhetoric in a briefing with reporters Wednesday. In the interview, Rubio said Congress may seek to address a unilateral amnesty by Obama in an upcoming spending bill. “There will have to be...
  • How Democrats might goad the GOP into shutting down the government

    08/27/2014 1:38:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Week ^ | 08/27/2014 | Marc Ambinder
    President Obama is expected to announce by mid-September whether he will circumvent a recalcitrant Congress and press ahead with immigration reform on his own terms. "Executive action," as it's come to be known, could be as robust and consequential as providing de-facto earned amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants now living in the shadows. That decision would reverberate widely. Democrats have usually been afraid that if Obama decided to showcase the apogee of presidential power, the counter-reaction among conservatives and revanchists would cost Democrats an intolerably high political price. Now, though, after all the midterm primaries are done, as the...
  • 10/2013 *UPDATED* The List: Unnecessarily Shut Down by Obama to Inflict Public Pain

    07/07/2014 3:28:53 PM PDT · by RginTN · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 Oct 2013 | JOHN NOLTE
    ...this White House is determined to unreasonably punish as many everyday people as possible. And this includes children sick with cancer. That might sound like hyperbole, but it is not.
  • White House blames fox for destroying Michelle’s garden

    04/18/2014 1:34:38 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 87 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-18-14 | Vince Coglianese
    The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal. The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties. The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching. President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor...
  • Park Service Knew World War II Veterans Would Be Locked Out

    03/10/2014 6:12:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 10, 2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    The Department of the Interior knew beforehand that two groups of aging veterans would be visiting the World War II Memorial as the partial government shutdown began on Oct. 1 but decided to barricade the site anyway, according to e-mails obtained by National Review Online. The newly released public records also show National Park Service employees busily monitoring the news for any bad publicity and making shutdown exceptions for their co-workers. On Sept. 30, staff from the offices of Senator Tom Harkin (D., Iowa) and Representative Steven Palazzo (R., Miss.) contacted the Department of the Interior’s Office of Congressional Affairs,...
  • ‘THE RULES ARE THE RULES’: Government shuts down 11-year-old’s cupcake business

    01/30/2014 8:19:19 AM PST · by servo1969 · 54 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1-30-2014 | Breanna Deutsch
    The government has pulled the plug on an 11-year-old Illinois baker’s oven. A day after a local newspaper ran a story about the young and ambitious Chloe Stirling, who operated a cupcake business out of her parents’ kitchen, the local health department came calling. “They called and said they were shutting us down,” Heather Stirling, Chloe’s mother, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Officials told Stirling Chloe could continue selling cupcakes on the condition that the family “buy a bakery or build her a kitchen separate from the one we have.” “Obviously, we can’t do that,” Heather Stirling told reporters. “We’ve...
  • Boehner Decries Shutdown, Says Unwilling to Quit Golf, Cigarettes to Run for Prez in Leno Appearance

    01/24/2014 2:59:10 AM PST · by grimalkin · 29 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 23 Jan 2014 | Breitbart TV
    On Thursday, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) made his first-ever appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” in which he discussed his background and some of the issues of the day. “I don’t have any problem with the Tea Party,” Boehner said. “Those people have brought great energy to the political process. Most of them have never been involved before. You know, when you agree with someone 90 percent of the time, they’re not your enemy. My problem was with some Washington organizations who purport to represent the Tea Party who I think mislead them. There’s nothing I could...
  • Federal Gov't Closes Due to Threat of Snow

    01/21/2014 7:12:48 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 88 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | JAN 21, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    Federal Gov't Closes Due to Threat of Snow Why? Because the forecast calls for snow. (Currently there is no snow falling or on the ground.)
  • Special Report: The Status of the Tea Party Movement Part One: The Tea Party in 2013

    01/10/2014 12:55:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    During the month of January 2014, IREHR will publish a multi-segment special report on the current status of the Tea Party movement. We will publish a track the membership of the principal organizations in the movement—a task undertaken by no organization or agency other than IREHR. We will look at geographic regions where this membership is concentrated. And we will look at some of the money that keeps this movement in the public eye. In the piece below, we follow the Tea Parties over the course of 2013. It was a year of countervailing winds and storms. A drive against...
  • Government Could Shut Down Again on Jan 15

    01/05/2014 4:36:58 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Brietbart Big Government ^ | January 4, 2014
    While members of Congress ended 2013 congratulating themselves for passing a budget, the media missed the fact that the agreement doesn't actually avoid a government shutdown. The deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) provides simply a blueprint for government spending. Congress must still pass legislation detailing specific spending before January 15, when government's spending authority expires. Government still faces a potential shutdown in a little over a week. The budget agreement passed by Congress in the closing days of last year provides what is called the "top-Line" number, setting the overall level of discretionary...
  • Push of a Button: This Is How Fast the Entire Banking System Can Be Locked Down

    12/25/2013 5:08:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | December 25, 2013 | Mac Slavo
    Late last week it was learned that some 40 million charge cards were obtained using physical processing systems located in Target retail locations nationwide. Though no details of the how the hack attack was executed have been released by Target, the FBI or other agencies investigating the breach, it is likely that the processing machines themselves were compromised. Target claims that the hack was sophisticated, but on the technical side, once hackers found a way into the credit card processing machines, probably via remote entry from servers somewhere in Eastern Europe or Russia, the theft of credit card data itself...
  • State Department splurged on booze before partial shutdown

    12/03/2013 6:26:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 03, 2013
    While the federal government was squeezed on one side by sequester and the other by a looming partial shutdown, the State Department was spending heavily on booze for its embassies abroad. The Washington Times reports that the department spent about $180,000 on alcohol in September and $400,000 in all of 2012—that’s three times the $118,000 spent in 2008. The booze tab reportedly has risen every year since 2008, but the end of fiscal 2012 saw a particular spike. …
  • Mitch McConnell: Time for GOP Establishment to 'Stand Up to' Tea Party

    12/01/2013 5:38:12 PM PST · by servo1969 · 113 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 12-1-2013 | Matthew Boyle
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican up for re-election in 2014, told the Washington Examiner in an interview published Friday that he believes it is time for the GOP establishment to stop conservatives and Tea Partiers. McConnell argued it is “utter nonsense” for groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), which has endorsed his primary challenger businessman Matt Bevin, to argue that Republicans like him in Congress are not fighting hard enough to defeat Democrats. In the interview, McConnell focused on deriding Tea Partiers for leading the effort to defund Obamacare—something that, coupled with the Democrats’ refusal to...
  • Ryan: No need to worry about another shutdown

    11/20/2013 8:47:42 AM PST · by Makana · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | Nov. 19, 2013 | Eric Wasson
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that the country doesn’t need to worry about another government shutdown in January when the current stopgap spending bill runs out. The government shutdown lasted for 16 days in October, after Republicans demanded that President Obama defund his signature healthcare law. To avoid another shutdown, Ryan said either he and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) would strike a budget deal or Congress would pass a stopgap keeping existing spending levels. “Either of those two scenarios will prevail, and we will not have a government shutdown,” he said at the...
  • Spending cuts, shutdown lower US budget deficit

    11/20/2013 6:30:07 AM PST · by Qbert · 9 replies
    AP via SF Gate.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government started the first month of the 2014 budget year with a smaller budget deficit, signaling further improvement in the nation's finances at a time when lawmakers are wrestling to reach a deal to keep the government open past January. The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the deficit in October was $91.6 billion. That's 24 percent lower than the $120 billion imbalance recorded in October 2012. The deficit is the gap between the government's tax revenue and spending.
  • Government Shutdown Did Not Hurt Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia 2013 Campaign

    11/19/2013 4:52:02 PM PST · by Moseley · 5 replies
    The Virginia Free Citizen ^ | November 13, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    The Republican Party’s loss of the Virginia Governor’s race has sparked extensive analysis searching for “lessons learned” while heading into the crucial upcoming 2014 Congressional elections. Conventional wisdom argues that the government shutdown drama hurt Ken Cuccinelli and his running mates, although later the flawed ObamaCare roll-out helped Virginia Republicans regain some lost ground. Facts Do Not Support Shutdown Hurt Cuccinelli But the facts don’t support the theory that the government shutdown and debt ceiling battle hurt Ken Cuccinelli. Virginians who voted in the November 6 elections about equally blamed both President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress, according to...
  • Rand Paul On Shutdown: "Even Though It Appeared I Was Participating In It, It Was A Dumb Idea"

    11/19/2013 9:16:51 AM PST · by Third Person · 59 replies
    RCP ^ | November 18th, 2013 | Fox News Special Report
    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Senator, when Obamacare was at issue, a month ago, when it came to a continuing resolution to funding the government you supported a filibuster of other Senators, who demanded that you had to have a change or the abolition of Obamacare as a condition for funding the government. In retrospect do you think that was a good strategy? But even more importantly --looking ahead, the deadlines are coming up, the resolution's going to run out, we're going to hit the debt ceiling soon -- would you be prepared to use same tactic as we approach the new deadlines?...
  • One month after the shutdown ended, Lee and Cruz are sitting pretty

    11/16/2013 7:11:46 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 16, 2013 | Christopher Bedford
    It’s Nov. 16, 2013, and the partial government shutdown ended one month ago today. In those four weeks, and the two prior, everything conservatives said would happen has happened. What’s more, the Democrats’ united stand against them has turned into a retreat — and is primed to become a rout — as they amend Obamacare’s disastrous rollout, President Barack Obama apologizes for his failures, and electorally vulnerable Democrats break ranks and flee. Hell, even the polls that D.C.’s Republican pundits shrieked, wept and clawed over show the Grand Old Party has bounced back while the Democrats have fallen behind. Because,...
  • Cruz talks about 'vindication' with rocky Obamacare rollout

    11/14/2013 12:28:16 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | November 14, 2013 | Ashley Killough
    (CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz argued Thursday that people are starting to understand why he and other conservative activists embraced a strategy that tried to derail Obamacare this year but instead resulted in last month's government shutdown. Speaking at the Aspen Institute's Washington Ideas Forum in Washington, the Texas Republican said the troubled rollout of HealthCare.gov and revelations of people losing their health care insurance have led to changed feelings about his strategy. "A few weeks ago there were lots of people - particularly in Washington - that were saying, 'Why are you guys fighting so hard on this?' And...
  • The Employment Situation of Nonessential Federal Workers

    11/13/2013 7:32:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | Political Calculations
    Going by age demographics, the October 2013 Employment Situation Report released last Friday revealed the following numbers. 578,000 fewer adults (Age 25 and above) were counted as having jobs in the household survey portion of the report.22,000 fewer young adults (Age 20-24) were counted as being employed in October 2013.135,000 fewer teens (Age 16-19) were working in October 2013. The big story, of course, was the partial federal government shut down that saw 815,932 government workers be furloughed at the beginning of October 2013. Here though, that number was quickly cut nearly in half as the Defense department recalled most...
  • McCain: Tons of people want me to run for president again (yeah, okay)

    11/11/2013 6:58:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 11, 2013 | Vince Coglianese, managing editor
    John McCain is apparently fielding a “spate of e-mails and letters and phone calls” from people who want him to run for president again. But, the Republican senator from Arizona told the Arizona Republic that he’s not really considering another run for the White House: “‘Particularly since the shutdown, I’ve had a spate of e-mails and letters and phone calls saying, ‘Run for president again,” McCain told The Arizona Republic. ‘As you know, I’m seriously thinking about running for re-election to the Senate. But I think, in the words of the late Morris K. Udall, as far as my presidential...
  • Will Sarah Palin have a second act?

    11/10/2013 5:08:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 126 replies
    USA Today | November 10, 2013 | Susan Page
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/11/10/will-sarah-palin-have-a-second-act/3489845/
  • Sarah Palin tells Iowa conservatives it's time 'to stiffen our backs'

    11/10/2013 1:49:03 AM PST · by markomalley · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/10/2013 | Kay Henderson
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who rallied members of the Tea Party in their failed effort to defund Obamacare, lashed out on Saturday against members of the Republican Party who agreed to end the government shutdown. The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee's comments during a speech in Des Moines come at a time of division within the party over the strategy conservative members of Congress adopted in forcing a 16-day shutdown of the federal government last month. (snip) Palin told the Christian conservatives in attendance it was time to "stiffen our spines" for the 2014 elections. "I want to encourage...
  • Letter: Cruz, GOP's actions immoral

    11/09/2013 6:20:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Stockton Record ^ | November 8, 2013 | Arne Aasen
    If Texas Sen. Ted Cruz were in California, we would start a recall on him. Cruz is wasting hard-working Americans' money in our Senate. It was immoral for Cruz and the other Republicans to shut down government to keep Americans from getting affordable health care. America is tired of the Republicans' hating President Barack Obama so much that they want to keep 50 million Americans from being able to afford health care. When the health care reform law becomes fully operational it will bring the cost of America's health care down. In time, we can make changes and put into...
  • Obama: US must have veterans’ backs

    11/09/2013 9:13:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 9, 2013 6:04 AM EST
    President Barack Obama is marking Veterans Day by making it his mission to ensure America has the back of its veterans. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says now that more veterans are coming home from wars, the U.S. must serve them as well. He’s promoting programs to hire and educate veterans. …
  • Obama Challenges GOP to 'Win an Election' If They Want New Policies(10/17/13 like w Obamacare)

    11/07/2013 7:34:03 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct 17, 2013 | Abby D. Phillip
    The threat of default and 16-day government shutdown that ended Wednesday night left the American people -- and President Obama -- frustrated. "You don't like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election," Obama said. "Push to change it.
  • How Ted Cruz Won the Shutdown Drama

    11/03/2013 6:13:02 AM PST · by Moseley
    The AMERICAN THINKER ^ | November 3, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his Republican colleagues won the shutdown drama in October. However, the effects are still gradually rippling through the electorate. And the full results will depend upon Republicans understanding the strategy (they don't) and continuing to implement conservatives' obvious plan consistently for maximum impact (unlikely). Approval has dropped five percent for President Barack Obama since the October government shutdown, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal opinion survey. Obama's disapproval rating has reached a toxic 51 percent -- as even Obama-worshiping NBC News admits. Over 50 percent of voters disapproving is considered fatal for an...
  • Working With Both Sides To Solve Our Budget Crisis (Toomey-PA)

    11/02/2013 2:30:23 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    Office of Senator Pat Toomey ^ | November 1, 2013 | Senator Pat Toomey
    If you followed the recent goings-on in Washington this past month, you are aggravated. I understand. This has been a frustrating time for me, and for anybody who wants to see our country on a sustainable fiscal path. After almost three weeks in shutdown mode, Congress extended government funding and raised the debt ceiling by several hundred billion dollars with nothing to show for it - no reforms that rein in our country's deficits and debt, no spending constraints, no changes whatsoever. While this result is disappointing, I hope we will see a more fruitful outcome in December as members...
  • Government Shutdown Could Mean Sales Slowdown for Pickups

    11/01/2013 9:15:58 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 3 replies
    PickupTrucks.com ^ | November 1, 2013 | Mark Williams
    The two-week partial shutdown of the U.S. government, affecting 800,000 federal employees, has experts uncertain about how automotive sales will be affected. Ford, GM and Ram all seem to be expecting strong sales numbers for October, especially in the booming pickup truck segment, but none seem certain how the shutdown could impact consumers' future big-ticket spending decisions. That's because the shutdown increased consumer anxiety about the overall U.S. economy, according to a story by Consumer Affairs Editor Kelsey Mays at Cars.com, and consumer confidence has not increased much since the shutdown ceased. Apparently there's no shortage of opinions about how...
  • RUSH: Dingy Harry Lays Groundwork for Next Shutdown

    10/31/2013 5:22:34 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 24 replies
    www.rushlimbaugh.com ^ | October 30, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    Dingy Harry Lays Groundwork for Next Shutdown October 30, 2013 by Rush Limbaugh RUSH: The Democrats are already planning the next government shutdown. I have it right here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers."President Barack Obama’s top ally on Capitol Hill sayshe won’t support any attempt this year to ease across-the-board spending cuts hitting the Pentagon and domestic agenciesif it fails to include new revenues." Translated: Dingy Harry says,"We're not doing anything with the next budget showdownunless we get a tax increase." "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the declaration on the eve of the first official meeting of a...
  • Sorry, There's No Evidence Big Business Has Abandoned the Tea Party or GOP

    10/30/2013 10:53:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Nation ^ | October 30, 2013 | Lee Fang
    The current conventional wisdom floating around the media, seemingly extrapolated largely from quotes to the press from businessmen and their surrogates, is that "Big Business [is] trying to unseat the Tea Party." However, there's no evidence that this is happening. Remember the first time Tea Party House Republicans held a gun to the U.S. economy, refusing to pay America's debts unless Democrats accepted a wide-ranging set of demands, and as a result, business leaders promised to spend big to defeat hostage-taking radicals? "We'll get rid of you," said Tom Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the Tea...
  • Sarah Palin follows the Donald Trump method (Lay down a tarp)

    10/30/2013 8:20:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    CNN ^ | October 29, 2013 | James C. Moore, Special to CNN
    Sarah is selling Sarah. The former vice presidential candidate and half-term governor of Alaska is a commodity of one and a marketing machine. She has created a new politics of profit. Palin's reanimation on the tea party stage probably means no more than the other intentions she has floated but never executed. She spent almost a year of the last presidential election cycle teasing the far right that she was going to run for president. She never did, but lots of network TV interviews and speculative articles drove up her name recognition and brand identification. And she's not running again....
  • WSJ/NBC: For the first time, views of Obama are more unfavorable than favorable

    10/30/2013 7:44:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 30, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Lots of people, including NBC, are leading with the fact that his job approval is also at a new low (42/51), but that’s less interesting to me than his favorable rating. Of course his job approval’s in the tank. How could it not be? He’s tangled up in the NSA dragnet again, he’s still smarting (as is the GOP) from public bitterness about the shutdown, and he’s got a five-alarm political fire on his hands from the dual failures of Healthcare.gov and the “if you like your plan” fiasco. This isn’t even the worst approval rating he’s had in polling...
  • Cuccinelli: The first shutdown casualty

    10/29/2013 8:37:26 AM PDT · by Kenny · 109 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 29 | Jennifer Rubin
    “Democrat Terry McAuliffe has opened a double-digit lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli II in the race for Virginia governor, in a new poll capturing increasing dissatisfaction among voters with Cuccinelli’s party and his conservative views.” Cuccinelli trails by 12 points overall and is behind among women by 24 points (in 2009, Gov. Bob McDonnell won the women’s vote). Cuccinelli trails in voter-rich Northern Virginia by 18 points (McDonnell won in the D.C. suburbs). Without the Libertarian Robert Sarvis in the race, Cuccinelli still trails by 11 points. Cuccinelli is too conservative, according to 54 percent of the voters.This surprises no...
  • The Vindication of Ted Cruz

    10/29/2013 9:41:35 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 17 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-29-13 | Vince
    Pundits and journalists across the country have suggested that Ted Cruz and friends accomplished nothing with the government shutdown. I’d beg to differ. Indeed, I’d suggest just the opposite. The best parallel I can draw is with Ronald Reagan in 1976 when he angered the GOP establishment by challenging Gerald Ford for the party’s nomination before he went down to defeat at the hands of a peanut farmer from Georgia. Reagan however had made his mark. He was for smaller government and everyone knew it. As a consequence, four years later he won a resounding victory on the strength of...
  • “Riots always begin typically the same way”: Food stamp shutdown looms Friday

    10/29/2013 8:12:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 131 replies
    salon ^ | 10/29/13 | Josh Eidelson
    Food stamp recipients face a massive benefit cut set to kick in when stimulus funds expire Friday. The nationwide cut “is equivalent to about 16 meals a month for a family of three,” according to a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis using the USDA’s “Thrifty Food Plan.” CBPP called the roughly $5 billion annual cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program “unprecedented” in “depth and breadth.” “If you look across the world, riots always begin typically the same way: when people cannot afford to eat food,” Margarette Purvis, the president and CEO of the Food Bank..
  • Inside the Messy but Moneyed Republican Plan to Neutralize the Tea Party (Empire strikes back)

    10/24/2013 9:47:14 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 85 replies
    National Journal ^ | Thursday October 24, 2013
    It took a tea party insurrection that disabled the federal government and wrecked the Republican brand, but after months of handwringing, establishment Republicans are preparing to attack ultra-conservative ideologues across red America. From Alabama to Alaska, the center-right, business-oriented wing of the Republican Party is gearing up for a series of skirmishes that it hopes can prevent the 2014 mid-term election from turning into another missed opportunity. But this will not be a coordinated operation. It will be messy, ugly, and prone to backfiring. And if the comeback succeeds, it will be in fits and starts, most likely culminating in...
  • TWO THINGS WE LEARNED DURING THE BUREAUCRACY’S PAID VACATION

    10/26/2013 3:07:23 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 3 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | October 26, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The apparatchiks, you see, are different from you and me… As the Government Shutdown of October 2013 fades away into the history books, there are two lessons that the American Left desperately wants the country to forget. Oh, the Left is fine with American voters retaining a vague memory of the event – “The government was closed; people didn’t get their checks, it was the Republicans’ fault, of course” – but the Left doesn’t want every aspect remembered. They certainly don’t want the really important lessons to be retained. They’re praying that we forget, as soon as possible. So, while...
  • Obama: Shutdown exposed clash of political visions

    10/25/2013 9:39:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 26, 2013 12:07 AM EDT | Josh Lederman
    Regrouping with Democrats after a bitter budget fight, President Barack Obama on Friday cast the recent spending-and-debt standoff with Congress as “a symptom of a larger challenge” but one offering Democrats the chance to show voters the virtues of their vision for government ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. … “The shutdown was about more than just health care,” Obama said. “It was about a contrast of visions, about what our obligations are to each other as fellow citizens. And we’ve got the better side of that argument.” … … Obama is weighed down by the calamitous debut of the...
  • Sebelius: We Didn't Test ObamaCare Website Because Of The Republicans

    10/25/2013 4:00:50 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 48 replies
    FOX Nation ^ | 10/25/2013
    KATHLEEN SEBELIUS: In an ideal world there would have been a lot more testing. We did not have the luxury of that with a law that said it's go time on October 1st and frankly a political atmosphere where the majority party at least in the House was determined to stop this any way they possibly could including shutting down the United States government. So it was not an ideal atmosphere.
  • White House Bungles Leak About GOP Leader Trashing Obama

    10/25/2013 7:00:10 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10-24-2015 | Arlette Saenz
    The White House and Senate Democrats may need a refresher course on how to leak a juicy story. The White House today was forced to backtrack on a rumor Obama administration officials started about a Republican House leader who purportedly insulted President Obama to his face, telling the president, “I cannot even stand to look at you.” Turns out, it never happened. How do we know? The same White House that was responsible for starting the buzz now says there was a “miscommunication” and a “misunderstanding.” Here’s how it went down: (Read the timeline at linked source)
  • Not so fast: Federal workers in Wisconsin must repay unemployment benefits

    10/24/2013 7:03:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-24-13 | Adam Tobias
    MADISON — Federal employees in Wisconsin apparently cannot have their cake and eat it, too. What could be more than 2,000 furloughed workers who received back pay related to the 16-day partial government shutdown will have to reimburse any unemployment benefits that were applied for or collected during that time, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development spokesman John Dipko said. That total could be in excess of $245,000. According to Dipko, nearly 2,070 federal employees in the Badger State filed claims for unemployment between Sept. 30 and Oct. 12. The number of claims made last week were not available at the...
  • Arkansas Voters Still Blame President Obama for Government Shutdown

    10/23/2013 11:47:20 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 8 replies
    http://www.nationalreview.com ^ | October 23, 2013 5:48 PM | By Patrick Brennan
    Senator Mark Pryor has tried to tar his likely opponent in next fall’s Senate election, Tom Cotton, as part of an intransigent group of Republican party that shut the federal government down and nearly forced the nation into default. Meanwhile, Arkansas voters disapprove of Senator Pryor more strongly than they ever did Democrat Blanche Lincoln, whom they voted out of the world’s greatest deliberative body in 2010. Cotton has avoided taking a strong stand on the issue, but regardless, the strategy doesn’t look like it will work for Pryor anyway: 39 percent of Arkansas likely voters, according to a new...
  • Why Is The Tea Party Celebrating Post Government Shutdown?

    10/23/2013 3:15:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 23, 2013 | Carrie Sheffield, Contributor
    In a truly misguided display of chutzpah, some members of the Tea Party are congratulating themselves over a supposed “historic victory” in the government shutdown debacle. Yet the shutdown gang led by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas extracted no concessions and instead hurt the GOP’s nationwide reputation and shaved GDP growth. Over at The American Spectator blog, Mark Meckler, a co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, trumpets the “glorious battle” fought by “committed warrior[s]” that put Republicans “poised for massive gains in 2014.” This contradicts pretty much all evidence to the contrary, including poll after poll showing Americans were unhappy with...
  • White House: Shutdown story Dick Durbin is telling is pretty bogus

    10/23/2013 12:06:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 23, 2013 | Ed Morrissey, senior editor
    In case you haven’t heard about this, Senator Dick Durbin claimed in a Facebook post that a House Republican told Barack Obama during the shutdown negotiations that “I cannot even stand to look at you.” Republicans vehemently denied it, and now the White House agrees: White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday flatly denied that a House Republican told President Obama “I cannot even stand to look at you” during negotiations over the government shutdown. “It did not happen,” Carney said, saying he discussed the incident with a “participant in the meeting.” … “Many Republicans searching for something to...
  • Quinnipiac: Shutdown Hurt Virginia, But Not Republican In Gov Race (46%-39%-10%)

    10/23/2013 8:34:44 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 34 replies
    http://www.quinnipiac.edu ^ | 10/23/2013 | Quinnipiac
    While 47 percent of Virginia likely voters say the government shutdown hurt the Old Dominion "a great deal," it apparently has no impact on the governor's race, where Democrat Terry McAuliffe leads Republican Ken Cuccinelli 46 - 39 percent, with 10 percent for Libertarian Party candidate Robert Sarvis, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to the results of an October 10 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, showing McAuliffe up 47 - 39 percent, with Sarvis at 8 percent. In today's survey, McAuliffe leads 92 - 3 percent among Democrats, with 2 percent for Sarvis,...
  • The GOP civil war: Pregame predictions

    10/23/2013 2:48:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Washington Times | October 22, 2013 | It’s All Smoke and Whiskey by Conor Higgins
    "...........[SNIP]...........But while the factions within the GOP prepare themselves for what is sure to be a “West Side Story” type rumble, it is possible that the “Establishment” may have overplayed its hand and compromised its position without even realizing it. To the Establishment, the Tea Party is political plutonium, explosive and too hot to handle right now. They need to cut ties with it, bring it to heel, or spin it so that it seems like they are all one big happy family, which probably won’t happen. They believe that conservative voters want to see the individuals responsible for partially...