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  • GOP laughs at Dems who claim ownership of largest tax cuts in history

    By Kerry PicketPublished April 14, 2010 Comments

      Republicans went on to say that Democrats have repeatedly violated the President's campaign pledge that no one making under $250,000 a year will see a tax increase. With poll numbers effectively showing the public's dislike for the new health care legislation, Democrats are looking for ways to make themselves appear fiscally conservative to Americans. Employing the use of the words "tax cut," Democrats believe Americans concerned with the massive costs of the health care legislation will come over to their side A day after Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, claimed the Democrats are responsible for cutting taxes for 98% of the American people, along with his Democratic colleagues who are saying it is the largest tax cut in history,  the GOP has answered back. Mr Reid first said yesterday:   "It’s tax day tomorrow.  No one looks forward to that. We have made tax day easier  for people ...

  • Boston police favor unions over tea party activists

    by TWT GuestPublished April 14, 2010 Comments

    By Carrie Sheffield Here's some video I shot at today's Boston rally. it's the Boston Police supporting the local bus driver's 8751 union. The lieutenant calls the union counter-protesters "the good group" and says he supports their concerns. Carrie Sheffield is a former Washington Times editorial board member and is currently a correspondent for The Washington Times.

  • We call it 'indefensible-borders chic'

    by Anath HartmannPublished April 14, 2010 Comments

    To honor her country's 62nd birthday, an Israeli jewelry designer created and recently began selling sterling silver and gold-plated pendants shaped like Israel--but with more than a fifth of the tiny state's territory omitted.  The 'My Israel Necklace by illi,' dreamed up and created by Israeli artist Elanit Leder, is now for sale exclusively through the Judaica Web site ModernTribe.com. But political correctness doesn't come cheap: these retail at up to $70, and were tactfully made available for purchase just in time for the April 18 date of Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day. (We doubt, somehow, that were he to hear about it Vice President Biden would cry foul about the poor timing of this release.) Despite complaints about the sale of the piece the site is, as of now, still selling it. The site describes the necklace as "depict[ing] Israel's borders as they are today: including East Jerusalem but missing the Palestinian Territories: ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Obama's disregard for media reaches new heights at nuclear summit...

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 14, 2010 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Obama's disregard for media reaches new heights at nuclear summit, How 'soaking the rich' clobbers you, Gregoire seeks attorney to fight lawsuit backed by McKenna. Washington Post: Obama's disregard for media reaches new heights at nuclear summit Reporters, even those on the White House beat for two decades, said these were the most restricted such meetings they had ever seen. They complained to both the administration and White House Correspondents' Association, which will discuss the matter Thursday with White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. NY Post: How 'soaking the rich' clobbers you Just a decade ago, two-thirds of American tax filers still paid into the tax system. But both Democrats and Republicans have spent the last quarter-century inventing and expanding all kinds of voter-friendly tax breaks. Easy-to-use tax software has helped people get every dollar -- something that was once less common, ...

  • Gingrich: Odds are even that Boehner will be speaker

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 14, 2010 Comments

    Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, from Georgia, addressed the Heritage Foundation's weekly blogger briefing on Tuesday and discussed everything from energy policy to the 2010 midterms. I asked Mr. Gingrich, “With the 2012 presidential elections, what should prospective GOP candidates start doing right now if they want to be taken seriously later?" Mr Gingrich replied:  "We have fifteen out of sixteen close [governor] races. If we sweep the governorships, we are very likely to have a net pick up of 25 plus House seats over the next decade through reapportion. We decisively change the balance of power in the House. The gubernatorial candidates…you look at Meg Whitman, who I think now is up twenty points over Jerry Brown. You look at John Kasich...there’s really good candidates for governor out there. They have the potential to create a dynamic in their states to elect ,at the margin, legislators and county commissioners and members ...

  • Rasmussen poll contradicts Reid's assertion on health care law's appeal to Americans

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 13, 2010 Comments

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, spoke to reporters today at his weekly press conference.  Mr. Reid laid out the legislative agenda for the upcoming work session, which included: financial regulatory reform, food safety, looking into the Citizen's United legislation, and energy legislation. "We have a lot of work to do," Reid said. "We won't get to immigration reform this work period. We won't get to the Supreme Court justice this weekend. We have lots of things to do and I've spent most of the caucus today [discussing with my members] the things we have to do and how we're going to do them." Regardless of its passage into law, the health care bill remains an issue reporters are asking about. Mr. Reid addressed a question from the press conference regarding a recent report from the New York Times. The article pointed out that the new health care ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Lieberman: 'Thank God' political momentum now with GOP

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 13, 2010 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are:  34% say they or someone close to them part of tea party movement, Lieberman: 'Thank God' political momentum now with GOP,  House Republican leader Boehner says repealing pro-abortion health care top priority. Rasmussen: 34% say they or someone close to them part of tea party movement Twenty-four percent (24%) of U.S. voters now say they consider themselves a part of the Tea Party movement, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. That’s an eight-point increase from 16% a month ago. The Hill: Lieberman: 'Thank God' political momentum now with GOP Lieberman, an independent senator who caucuses with Democrats, acknowledged momentum for the GOP, and said that independents had become alienated from Democrats, who control both the House and the Senate. Life News: House Republican leader Boehner says repealing pro-abortion health care top priority The Republican leader in the House who could ...

  • Coburn statements on Pelosi and Fox News makes some wonder

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 12, 2010 Comments

    Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, made statements regarding Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, whch left a number of individuals scratching their heads. At a Town hall meeting last week, he told a woman she was misinformed about the health care mandate after she stated the government could "put us in prison" for not having health insurance. "The intention is not to put anybody in jail," he responded. "That makes for good TV news on Fox but that isn't the intention." Mr. Coburn told me today that he "didn’t say Fox News had a bias." "I said, you need to look at both sides of an issue," he explained. Additionally, Mr. Coburn, who opposed the Democrats health care bill, defended Speaker Pelosi at the town hall saying, "I'm 180 degrees in opposition to the speaker -- she's a nice lady," he said. The town hall crowd's ...

  • Lefties look to sabotage tea party movement

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 12, 2010 Comments

    Liberals looking to discredit activists who protested against the health care bill have resorted to recruiting individuals who will crash tea party rallies in the coming weeks. One such group calls itself "Crash the Tea Party." Here is a description of the group from the site: Jason Levin of Portland, Oregon is said to be the organizer of this group. He has written on his twitter account that Michelle Malkin wrote about the group on her blog earlier today. One question remains, though. if Mr. Levin and his comrades need to fabricate hateful rhetoric at tea party protests, does that not mean that liberals like himself cannot find racist rhetoric at these events to begin with? Furthermore, he has just discredited any accusation of racism toward tea party activists by admitting he wants to smear the movement with his group's explicit intention of lying about themselves and tea party activists to ...

  • Video: Chris Matthews admits using the word 'regime' to describe Bush admin

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 12, 2010 Comments

      MSNBC host Chris Matthews found himself walking back his criticism some of talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. Mr. Matthews went after Mr. Limbaugh for using the word "regime" to describe the Obama administration. However, video surfaced of Mr. Matthews referring the Bush administration as a "regime."  Eyeblast.tv has the video of not only the MSNBC host's making excuses for himself but also clips of others who had described the Bush White House as a regime.  

  • Off the beaten path online: CBC members stand by racism accusations of tea party members...

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 12, 2010 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: CBC members stand by racism accusations of tea party members, Humboldt County afraid of being uprooted from pot perch, Orrin Hatch names Hillary Clinton as possible Supreme Court nominee. Gateway Pundit: CBC members stand by racism accusations of tea party members Black Caucus member Rep. Andre Carson still insists he was called the n-word 15 times but refuses to be interviewed. He says he “doesn’t want to fan the flames.” L.A. Times: Humboldt County afraid of being uprooted from pot perch In this region renowned for potent marijuana buds, many in Humboldt County long accepted that legalizing the weed was the right thing to do. Now some folks aren't so sure. CBS News: Orrin Hatch names Hillary Clinton as possible Supreme Court nominee Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, one of the top Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Monday morning that Secretary of State Hillary ...

  • Video: Herman Cain wows SRLC 2010

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 11, 2010 Comments

    Hot Air's Ed Morrissey has posted the explosive speech Herman Cain delivered to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference:

  • Romney wins SRLC 2010 Straw Poll by one vote

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 10, 2010 Comments

    The Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll results are as follows: Initial Choice(If the primary election for president were held today, for whom would you vote?) Mitt Romney: 24% - 439 Ron Paul: 24% - 438 Sarah Palin: 18% - 330 Newt Gingrich: 18% -321 Mike Huckabee: 4% Mike Pence: 3% Tim Pawlenty: 3% Rick Santorum: 2% Gary Johnson 1% Former governor of Massachusetts, Republican, Mitt Romney won the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll. 1,806 ballots were cast. Mr. Romney was a no-show at the conference this week, but his presence could be felt with the "Evangelicals for Romney" signs all over the hotel and the pink piggy banks that were handed out to attendees. Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, addressed the crowd of SRLC attendees and received a warm response from the audience. Sarah Palin also wowed SRLC attendees with quick one line zingers aimed at the Obama ...

  • Video: Mike Pence talks to bloggers at SRLC 2010

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 10, 2010 Comments

    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.    

  • Obama: Interns for me but not for thee

    by Kerry PicketPublished April 10, 2010 Comments

    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 ...

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