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- John Kerry: Israel-Palestinian peace deal paved for April
- India diplomat who touts women’s rights busted for $3 wage to nanny
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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 ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: The Democrats' fake hate crime, Slicing NJ's school, Under Obama, a diminished sense of opportunity National Review: The Democrats' fake hate crime Representative Andre Carson (Democrat, Indiana) insisted he heard the N-word 15 times. He's either suffering from the same condition as that Guam-flipper from Georgia, or he's a liar. NY Post: Slicing NJ's schools Under Christie's budget, New Jersey's 605 school districts will see their state aid reduced by 5 percent of their last budget. That trims state spending by $820 million, forcing school districts to make deeper cuts or raise property taxes. Townhall: Under Obama, a diminished sense of opportunity It seems that some young Obama voters have decided it isn't. The Pew Research Center's poll of the millennial generation, which voted 66 percent to 32 percent for Obama in 2008, found that they identify with Democrats over Republicans by ...
Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Pajamas Media Zombie has put together a collection of photos from the March 27 tea party in Searchlight, Nevada and compared the event to a March 20 left wing protest in Los Angeles. While the Los Angeles group wandered around with anti-semitic signs, media and liberal Democrat officials only found reason to attack the Search Light group and their speaker former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. California Democratic Comgresswoman Jane Harman among others, though, find it fitting to attack those who oppose the health care legislation as terrorists. At the goading of Meet the press host David Gregory, she said on Sunday (2:30 in): "Let's understand law enforcement does a wonderful job keeping this country safe. Without the women and men of law enforcement who kept our Capitol safe during the protests on health care, I think we'd be in much worse ...
Democrats continue to believe Americans will embrace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as more of them learn what is in the new law. However, the numbers are not proving the Democrats correct because they show the number who disliked the health care bill presented in 1994 is similar to the number who do not like the health care law today.Rasmussen Reports has just conducted a new poll that explains voters trust Republicans more than Democrats on nine out of ten key issues. Rasmussen states:-- Following the passage of the health care bill, 53 percent now say they trust Republicans on the issue of health care. Thirty-seven percent place their trust in Democrats. A month earlier, the two parties were essentially even on the health care issue.-- The results are consistent with the finding that 54% of voters want the health care bill repealed. Rasmussen Reports is tracking support ...
Congressman Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat, must have thought he would get a softball interview when the Congressman agreed to go on CNN's Anderson Cooper's program to discuss how he would like to see a doctor in his district penalized over a politically charged sign hanging on the front door of the doctor's office. Surprisingly, Mr. Cooper appeared critical of Mr. Grayson's position. (Video and transcript below) ANDERSON COOPER: Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson -- a woman whose daughter took a picture of the sign sent it to the Congressman complaining. He's filing a formal complaint with the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Medical Board. Congressman Grayson joins us now. Does it make sense what the doctor is saying? I mean, he's claiming he's not turning any patients away. REP. ALAN GRAYSON (D), FLORIDA: He's a very confused individual, that much is obvious. But what he's doing clearly ...
Mid-term election season is well under way, and 2010 is likely to be a remarkable year for a number of statewide elections with challengers taking on incumbents sitting in Capitol Hill offices and Governor seats across the country. The Water Cooler will begin a regular round-up of some these races and other stories relating to the elections happening around the nation, so be sure to stop by and check out who may be running for office in your state. This Week: New York Senate race, Michigan's Dan Benishek, Wisconsin's Sean Duffy (NY Senate): New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, has a number of potential Republican challengers looking to take her seat in 2010. Among them are former Congressman Joseph DioGuardi, former Reagan and G.H.W. Bush administration economic policy advisor David Malpass, and former New York Port Authority Commissioner Bruce Blakeman. While Ms. Gillibrand is not as politically strong as other ...
The Republican National Committee is on the defensive following the discovery that the party reimbursed a staffer's expenditures at a bondage-themed nightclub. The Democrats had a field day with the conservative values party funding a wild night, but more damaging is the report of personal profit at the highest levels of the RNC. With only seven months to the day until the midterm elections, the Republicans need quickly change course and clean house. When the nightclub story broke in the Daily Caller, the RNC seemed more concerned with proving that Chairman Michael Steele was not at the club, than with the bigger problem of donors saying, “What the heck are those people in Washington doing with my money?” RNC Communications Director Doug Heye tells me that “Chairman Steele has taken the reins firmly to ensure concrete changes are put in place so these unfortunate things don’t happen again.” When the ...
A Fox News affiliate in Kansas City interviewed Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (h/t Greg Re at the Daily Caller), a Missouri Democrat, about the alleged spitting incident that many claim happened to him when he was walking to the Capitol during the final days of the health care debate in the House. A number of Democrats and liberal organizations are calling the incident an attack or assault, but Mr. Cleaver seems to be backing away from the story in general. Fox News reports: "I haven't talked about this incident on TV or anywhere, and I've been approached to talk about it on every national TV show," said Rep. Cleaver in an interview with FOX 4 News. "I never, I never reported anything, never a single thing in Washington, not one thing. People assume I went somewhere, never done press conference, never done an interview on it and I'm not going ...
By Brett Gall By now, most of us have read numerous columns and articles decrying the recent threats and displays of anger and racism against numerous politicians, most notably Democrat politicians who voted in favor of health care reform. This condemnation is completely warranted in that these actions are both contradictory to the intended spirit of American democracy and in opposition to any notion of free government. Yet while condemnation of these hateful actions is certainly appropriate, it must be directed and justified. In seeking a scapegoat, the media and condemners of these actions have quickly attributed this behavior as unique to the entire collectivity of the Tea Party Movement and Republican Party, without any respect for what each group stands for and the individual nature of the actions. Let’s first examine whether this is behavior that either of the aforementioned groups actually endorses. According to an article posted last week ...
By Jack Rafuse Just a few short months ago, President Obama asserted that America was in dire need of fresh supplies of domestic energy. In his State of the Union address, he assured the public that his administration would work to designate “new offshore areas for oil and gas development.” This was a welcome sign – the president appeared to be championing all domestic energy sources. Since then, however, officials in the administration and in Congress seemed to be ignoring the President’s words and pushing a conflicting approach. Their words and actions gave rise to worried questions about who’s in charge and what those officials want our government to do about our domestic energy policy. For example, consider the words and actions of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, the most-senior government official in charge of all oil and natural gas leases on federal lands and waters. In Virginia, where ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Obama's approval rating hits new low,Video - Krauthammer:GOP can win big in November, Pass the gefilte fish -- but don't expect the enemy to pass over Israel. CBS: Obama's approval rating hits new low Last week, President Obama signed historic health care reform legislation into law -- but his legislative success doesn't seem to have helped his image with the American public. Freedoms Lighthouse: Video - Krauthammer:GOP can win big in November Here is video of Fox News' Charles Krauthammer last night saying that the GOP just needs to "make a coherent case" against the massive debt created by ObamaCare and other spending giveaways, in order to win big in the 2010 Midterm Elections. Townhall: Pass the gefilte fish -- but don't expect the enemy to pass over Israel Many other Jews confess to second thoughts, troubled about what his presidency ...
Moveon.org and a number of other left-wing groups numbering about 20 to 25 people gathered outside the Republican National Committee on Thursday afternoon. The protest's spokesperson, Dani McClain of colorofchange.org, brought forth several boxes of signed petitions to give to RNC Chairman Michael Steele. Young America's Foundation members crashed the protest with signs of their own to counter the gathering. "You'll hear from representatives of several groups who have joined the call for Republican leadership to address the venomous, inflammatory rhetoric coming from its grassroots supporters and party officials. We're here today to demand Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele, Congressman John Boehner, and Senator Mitch McConnell denounce the bigotry and hatred that have been ongoing significant characteristics of the tea party," Ms. McClain said. A number of stories regarding threats against elected officials on both sides have surfaced recently, but when I asked Ms. McClain if her group ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Religious left targets tea party 'hate', Cash-poor cities take on unions, VIDEO: Rangel compares health care protesters to groups that attacked civil rights movement. Front Page Magazine: Religious left targets tea party 'hate' Perpetuating the mythology of hateful and racist Tea Party zealots, United Church of Christ and United Methodist officials are attacking the demonstrators outside the Capitol who protested the March 21 vote for Obamacare. Wall Street Journal: Cash-poor cities take on unions Nationwide, politicians looking for budget cuts are confronting politically powerful unions that represent state and local government employees—15% of U.S. workers and organized labor's biggest stronghold. Real Clear Politics: VIDEO: Rangel compares health care protesters to groups that attacked civil rights movement Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY): "The group that were in Washington fighting against the health bill and fighting against the President, looked just like and sounded just ...
In October of 2007 the father of slain Marine, Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, was awarded $6 million in punitive damages for invasion of privacy and $2 million for causing emotional distress as a result of a lawsuit filed against the hideous group from Topeka, Kanas calling themselves the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC). WBC, headed up by Fred Phelps and his wife Shirley, targeted Lance Cpl Snyder's funeral with vitriolic signs as they have with other military funerals. The victory for the Snyder family, however, was short lived, as the suit was thrown out on appeal by the Fourth Circuit. A further blow to the Snyders came this week, when federal judges ordered the Snyder family to pay $16,510 to Mr. Phelps as the Snyders pursue a Supreme Court case. The high court agreed earlier in March to hear the Snyders’ appeal. The American Legion Burn Pit has set up a site to help the Snyder ...
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