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Dems look to muzzle businesses taking hits from health care law

Congressman Henry Waxman, a Democrat from California, and Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak called on CEO's of AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., Deere & Co., and Caterpillar Inc. to give proof that the businesses' claims that under the new health care act the companies would lose millions if not billions of dollars

Instituting law . . . the Obama way

A new graphic created by Americans for Prosperity does a great job showing how the Obama administration manages to create law without going through the usual legislative process.

Forget about 'Earth Hour', turn everything on

While the World Wildlife Fund is encouraging everyone all over the planet to shut off their lights and anything else running on electricity at 8:30 P.M. in any time zone tonight to celebrate "Earth Hour," the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington D.C. based think tank, is telling everyone to turn everything on at that time instead and celebrate "Human Achievement Hour."

Rep. Grayson says Jewish congressman used Nazi tactics

Yid with Lid has posted audio of further vitriol coming from liberal Democrat Congressman from Florida Alan Grayson towards Republican House GOP whip from Virginia, Eric Cantor. Mr. Grayson called for Mr. Cantor's resignation over the Republican's statement regarding a bullet that was shot at his campaign office in Richmond. In this clip, Mr. Grayson compared the statement of fellow Jewish congressman, Mr. Cantor, to the Nazi's burning of the Reichstag.

Lib talk radio host calls for deaths of Limbaugh, Beck, and O'Reilly

Liberals continue to accuse conservatives of fanning the flames of violence following the passage of the health care legislation last week. Yet,  Radio Equalizer's Brian Maloney captured some audio today of liberal talk radio host Mike Malloy. Mr. Malloy spews vitriolic rhetoric in the clip and calls for violent deaths of notable TV and radio personalities Rush Limabaugh, Glenn Beck, and Bill O'Reilly

Dems bring race issue into A.G. healthcare lawsuits

At a press conference on Thursday morning, Democratic Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Green, both from Texas, equated the suits filed by fourteen state attorneys general, particularly that of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, fighting the health care bill recently passed in Congress, to the suits that were filed following the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Baucus: People will be 'wealthier' under new health care act

President Barack Obama made a campaign promise that he would not raise  taxes on individuals making under $200,000 or couples under $250,000. However, Senator Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, made a statement on the floor this week that seems to dispute Mr. Obama’s tax pledge.

Video: Was spitting incident toward lawmaker intentional?

Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat, is shown walking past protesters, where it seems the alleged spitting incident occurred. Questions remain, however, whether or not the spitting was a result of intense yelling and spitting happened by accident or if the spitter in question intentionally spit on the lawmaker.

Video: School House Rock's 'I'm Just a Bill' gets updated

School House Rock was a television series of animated musical educational shorts that aired on Saturday morning children's programming in the 1970's and 1980's. One of the more popular pieces of programming, "I'm Just a Bill," taught children how the U.S. Congress creates laws. Times have changed some, so a parody video of the original recently appeared on You Tube. The parody version, however, appears to be a more accurate version of how our laws are made today.  

Stupak: Pope doesn't control Catholic lawmakers

Congressman Bart Stupak, a Michigan Democrat, railed against pro-life groups on Tuesday, calling them hypocritical for supporting President Bush's executive order on stem cells and not believing that President Obama's executive order regarding abortion funding in the health care act is "good enough." Mr. Obama is expected to sign the executive order today.

Stupak defends district's Planned Parenthood clinics

Congressman Bart Stupak, a Michigan Democrat, is drawing fire from pro-life groups for his support of the health care act, he previously was against before President Obama promised to issue an executive order addressing Mr. Stupak's concerns regarding the federal funding of abortions. I spoke with Mr. Stupak on Tuesday about the issues surrounding his vote. Mr. Obama has yet to sign the executive order as of this posting.