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Hot Air's Ed Morrissey has posted video of Congressman Mike Pence, an Indiana Republican, talking to bloggers and reporters at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. Mr. Morrissey points out how well Mr. Pence defused questions regarding the racism charges being lobbed at those who protested outside the Capitol the day the health care bill was being debated.
Apparently, the administration's campaign arm knows the reciprocal benefits of offering unpaid internships, so why take that option away from private businesses? Such arrogance is reminiscent of the health care mandates that will exempt select congressional staffers who work for committees or leadership offices. This shows yet another blatant example of a "Do as I say, not as I do" policy position of the Obama administration, and hitting businesses like this will win him no further fans in the struggling private sector. At a time when the unemployed are concerned about not only money but also loss of job skills,the Obama administration's top law enforcement officer at the Labor Department, M. Patricia Smith, is looking to come down on companies who give unpaid internships to young people. An editorial in The Washington Times on April 7 stated: "Basic economics teaches that if the price is raised, demand falls. If companies have ...
Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry blew out the SRLC audience today with his speech. Some are saying that Mr. Perry one upped former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Decide for yourself here is the video of Mr. Perry's speech (h/t the right scoop):
Tony Perkins, president of the Washington, D.C. based Family Research Council, spoke at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. I spoke with Mr. Perkins after former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin had addressed the crowd. "She tells it lie it is. People are sick and tired of the politics as usual and the political spin people put on their answers, and they just want people to tell it like it is, and she does that," he said. However, the conservative activist remains critical of the Republican National Committee. Mr. Perkins previously put out a statement saying that social conservatives should not give their money to the RNC: "The purpose of my statement was to tell our constituents and those who look to us for guidance on the political spectrum, if you want to affect change, there is a better place to put your money," he said. "Not ...
The infamous White House crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi hosted a party Thursday in D.C. without inviting Washington Post reporter Amy Argetsinger. This forced her to crash the crashers' party. The Salahis are under investigation by a grand jury for bluffing their way into the White House to attend President Obama's first state dinner without an invitation. They also star in the upcoming Bravo TV reality show "Real Housewives of D.C." For a month, the Salahis had been inviting all their "friends" to the "Hollywood vs. Bollywood" party "to kick off the polo season." Invitations were sent out via evite and Facebook. (I was invited via Facebook but declined the invitation.) Unlike the White House state dinner, where the Salahis ate and drink for free, their party came with a price tag of $25.00 plus a $2.37 service fee. Argetsinger paid for her invitation online, but when she arrives, a ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Does Obama want Israel to sign a suicide pact?, Alan Grayson interrupts Republican district meeting,Police: Man slashes owner's dog; animal loses eye Fox News: Does Obama want Israel to sign a suicide pact? President Obama is often said to be pursuing a Wilsonian line in foreign policy. Wilson wanted, ineffectually, “to make the world safe for democracy.” Is Obama trying to make the world safe for Islam? Tea Party Patriots: Alan Grayson interrupts Republican district meeting Here is video of Gov. Sarah Palin saying President Obama's new policy that the U.S. will not use Nuclear Weapons even if attacked with chemical or biological weapons, is going to embolden our enemies - much like a kid saying "punch me in the face." LoHud.com: Police: Man slashes owner's dog; animal loses eye Rather than going after Owens, Tocco placed Jenna in a work van ...
Former vice presidential candidate on the 2008 Republican ticket Sarah Palin addressed the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. 12:44 PM CT - Crowd is excited to see Sarah Palin. Palin goes after Obama mantra "yes we can." 12:45 PM - Palin takes jab at President Obama's experience as a community organizer. 12:47 PM - Palin reiterates - "Don't retreat...re-load." It's not a "call for violence" says, Palin. It's a call to "engage" politically. 12:49 PM - "On the GOP: We're getting back to our roots. What's wrong with the being the party of 'no' when their proposals violate the Constitution." 12:52 PM - "There is an inherent link between energy and security." "The administration is locking up even more federal lands." Palin attacks the issue of the amount of time it takes to get a permit to build a pipe line or transmission line. 12:53 PM "The government apparently thinks we ...
Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou, a Republican, is taking on Hawaii’s Democratic machine and running for Congress in a special election. Hawaii has not sent a Republican to the U.S. Congress in twenty years, and Mr. Djou could very well break that trend this year. While two Democrats are also running for the same seat, nevertheless there is no primary, so the general election functions as a winner takes all race, and the Democratic Party will have to figure out how to rally around their candidates without Mr. Djou politically benefiting. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee attacked the Republican candidate for signing the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge, saying that Mr. Djou signed a pledge from a “special interest group” to “protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.” ATR has called these claims false. Grover Norquist, President of ATR, said in a telephone press conference yesterday: "The pledge protects ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Underemployment Rises to 20.3% in March, Palin on Obama nuclear strategy:'We miss Ronald Reagan'...'you lose, we win', AP sources: Diplomat was to meet jailed terrorist. Gallup: Underemployment rises to 20.3% in March Gallup Daily tracking finds that 20.3% of the U.S. workforce was underemployed in March -- a slight uptick from the relatively flat January and February numbers. Freedoms Lighthouse: Palin on Obama nuclear strategy:'We miss Ronald Reagan'...'you lose, we win' Here is video of Gov. Sarah Palin saying President Obama's new policy that the U.S. will not use Nuclear Weapons even if attacked with chemical or biological weapons, is going to embolden our enemies - much like a kid saying "punch me in the face." Associated Press: AP sources: Diplomat was to meet jailed terrorist A Qatari diplomat was on his way to an official visit with an imprisoned al-Qaida sleeper agent ...
The Southern Republican Leadership Conference starts up on Thursday in New Orleans. The event, which happens every four years, in between presidential elections, will give Republican party leaders and activists a platform to address grassroots conservatives. Speakers will include: Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Bobby Jindal, Michael Steele, and Sarah Palin. Ms. Palin, among others, is being watched very closely at this forum, as political watchers speculate what her next move might be in terms of a presidential run in 2012. However, 2008's GOP hopeful Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, will not be at SRLC this year. In fact, Republican Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty is also passing on this event. The Minnesota Governor told press that he will be welcoming home 1,400 Minnesota troops returning from Iraq during the SRLC gathering, but he will appear to attendees via video, however. While both Mr. Romney and Mr. Pawlenty both spoke to large audiences at the Conservative ...
By RNC Chairman Michael Steele In this past Sunday’s Washington Post, former Vice President Dan Quayle offered a thoughtful analysis of the Tea Party movement and its followers. He writes about the principles and motivations of their cause and why these concerned Americans are “the natural allies of the party of Reagan.” In order to gain the Tea Party’s support, he says, what “Republicans need to do is speak to its issues” and “heed its example of a confident and unapologetic challenge to a liberal president and Congress.” I agree with Mr. Quayle and believe the Republican Party is doing just that. Tea Partiers and other Americans – of all political stripes – are tired of the failed logic that government-knows-best. They’re tired of being taxed too much for a government that spends too much, delivers too little, and charges the bill on the backs of our children and grandchildren. They’re sick ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Ed Koch: The trust is gone, Newt Gingrich: 'Foolish' to focus on Michael Steele, Santorum has 'thought about' running for president in 2012. Arutz Sheva: Ed Koch: The trust is gone I consider the Obama administration's recent actions against the Israeli government to be outrageous and a breach of trust. I refer to the denunciations by Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other administration officials The world knows what happened; nevertheless, I will try to put it into context. Politico: Newt Gingrich: 'Foolish' to focus on Michael Steele Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich defended Michael Steele on Monday, urging the GOP to turn its focus from the embattled chairman of the Republican National Committee. Freedom's Lighthouse: Santorum has 'thought about' running for president in 2012 Here is video of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum telling Stuart Varney today that RNC ...
***Updated 11:00 PM 4/6/2010 with further information on original coverage*** ***Updated with new video 4/7/2010 12:00 AM*** On March 20, Rep. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat, first told reporters that health care protesters outside the Capitol hurled racial slurs at fellow Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) member Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia. Mr. Carson came off the House floor and told reporters his story about health care protesters hurling racial slurs during their walk from the Cannon Building to the chambers. My original coverage of this incident shows only two videos of the congressmen that day. One video shows the CBC members going towards the Capitol and the other shows them returning from the Capitol. Above is another video that has surfaced showing the Congressmen walking down the steps of Cannon. I checked with a police spokeswoman who said that no incidents had been reported from the Cannon ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Obama’s dangerous game continues, Chicago Cardinal George to honor Father Pfleger with lifetime achievement award, Why a town in Iowa sought to abolish Good Friday. Red State: Obama’s dangerous game continues Contrary to the Washington Post’s headline this morning, Obama’s new nuclear policy strategy is no “middle way,” it is capitulation and waving a white flag for our enemies, putting him not in the middle of the past five American Presidents, but to their left — this puts Barack Obama to the left of not just George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, but to the left of Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter too. Gateway Pundit: Chicago Cardinal George to honor Father Pfleger with lifetime achievement award Cardinal George of Chicago will honor Barack Obama’s racist friend and spiritual advisor Father Pfleger in a special ceremony this week. Like his buddy Jeremiah Wright, ...
By appointing Robert Shireman as deputy undersecretary of education, President Obama appears to have broken a campaign promise to keep lobbyists out of his administration. Mr. Shireman, founder and former president of the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS), was a "registered lobbying client" (as defined by Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995). The Obama administration, with help from Democrats in the House and Senate, has managed not only to pass a massive health care bill into law but also to brand new student loan regulations. The goal is to eliminate private banking institutions from the business of servicing student loans and put the federal government in charge. The administration has yet to appoint a student loan czar (a position not created yet by the administration), but could Mr. Shireman be at the top of the administration's list of choices should the position be established? Mr. Shireman became a consultant to the ...
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