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CQ Politics is reporting Rep. Eric Massa (D - NY) will resign as originally scheduled. Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) will follow through with his resignation, scheduled to take effect at 5 p.m. Monday, his chief of staff confirmed. Massa suggested to a New York radio station on Sunday that he could rescind his resignation after asserting that an ethics investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed an aide may have been orchestrated by Democratic leaders to get him out of office before the health care vote.
Late last week the Middle East Study Committee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) issued the first part of what promises to be a damning, anti-Israel analysis of the Arab-Israeli conflict and a few light divest-from-Israel urgings. The rest of the report, which will include recommendations the committee suggests be taken "with our partners in the Middle East and the United States," will be released later this week. Lest anyone hold his or her breath till then, it is worth noting that in 2004 the PC(USA) became the only religious body in the United States to take up a divestment campaign against the Jewish state. The campaign was only repealed after it rightly drew ire from Christians and Jews alike. The material that has been released so far is nothing new. It is the same tired rhetoric of human rights abuse and "occupation" that has been hurled at Israel and her supporters for years--all of ...
Roll Call is reporting that disgraced Congressman Eric Massa (D - NY) who was scheduled to resign from office to day at 5 PM is "hinting" that he could rescind his scheduled resignation today pending if stopping health care "becomes a national story.": Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) suggested on a New York radio station Sunday that he could rescind his resignation — scheduled to take effect at 5 p.m. Monday — after asserting that an ethics investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed one of his aides may have been orchestrated by Democratic leaders to get him out of office before the health care vote. Responding to a caller to his weekly radio show on WKPQ Power 105 FM, a recording of which was made available via the Web site of local station 13 WHAM-TV, Massa said: “I’m not going to be a Congressman as of 5 o’clock [Monday] afternoon. ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Eric Massa slams Democrat leaders for ethics probe,Obama's Mid East horror show, and Massa attack. Politico: Eric Massa slams Democrat leaders for ethics probe Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) says the House ethics committee is investigating him for inappropriate comments he made to a male staffer on New Year's Eve — and that he's the victim of a power play by Democratic leaders who want him out of Congress because he's a "no" vote on health care reform. Yid with Lid: Obama's Mid East horror show The stories of the US engagement with Syria and the sanctions issue regarding Iran's nuclear program are fascinating. Each day there's some new development showing how the Obama administration is acting like a deer standing in the middle of a busy highway admiring the pretty headlights of the automobiles. Washington Independent: Massa attack Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.), ...
Be on the look out for any Oscar attendees in Hugo Boss wear. Danny Glover is looking for them. The U.K. Telegragh is reporting Lethal Weapon actor Danny Glover is up to his usual left-wing activism. He is calling on his fellow actors on the red carpet tonight to wear pins on their lapels reading "Keep the Hugo Boss Plant Open": He and the union sent a letter saying 375 workers would lose their jobs if the factory closed and asked Hollywood to "take a small stand for American workers." Not surprisingly, Mr. Glover found it easy to side with the labor unions, but Hugo Boss has already explained the company is not globally competitive, but that did not stop Mr. Glover from asking his Hollywood friends to not wear any Hugo Boss fashion items at the Oscars tonight. The Telegraph further reports reaction from Hugo Boss CEO Andreas Stockert: Hugo ...
CBS News is reporting the following: U.S.-Born al Qaeda Arrest News Incorrect An "important Taliban militant" was arrested today in Pakistan. But that is where the confusion started. Earlier it was reported by Pakistani media that intelligence agents had arrested Adam Gadahn, the American-born spokesman for al Qaeda, in an operation in the southern city of Karachi. It was further reported by the Associated Press and Reuters that Gadahn had been arrested, sourcing security officials. CBS News was told by sources in the Pakistan government that it was Gadahn, even after U.S. officials refused to confirm it was the California native for whom a $1 million reward has been posted. Now, CBS News' Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad writes that earlier reports the detained individual was Gadahn proved false. According to a Pakistan security official who spoke with CBS News on condition of anonymity, the arrested individual is in fact "a Taliban ...
Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke with Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace this weekend about 2012 presidential possibilities and Mr. Romney's views on abortion and same-sex marriage, which many have said he has flip-flopped on. (video below)
On a bloggers conference call this afternoon Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah expressed his concern that Democratic leadership will manipulate parliamentary procedure and try to push through a smaller version of the health care bill through parliamentary rule manipulation and reconciliation. Reconciliation has never been used to pass social legislation that did not have massive bi-partisan support. Of the nineteen times reconciliation has been successfully used since 1974, only three were for social legislation. These were: welfare reform, SCHIP, and college tuition. These three proposals were passed with at least 78 votes. Welfare reform had 78 votes. SCHIP had 85, and college tuition had about 78. Republicans have repeatedly referenced Democratic Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, author of the budget reconciliation process, as someone who has stood against using the parliamentary procedure to pass the massive health care bill in the Senate. Today, however, Mr. Byrd changed his ...
Today the Alliance for Human Research Protection deceived the members of its email list. Their email blast criticized The Washington Times for running an oped by a doctor who is a convicted felon. Fair criticism. If we had known, we wouldn't have run it. It isn't likely that we will run op-eds by the American Council on Science and Health in the future. But before the email blast criticizing The Times, the Alliance for Human Research Protection knew that that the Times was going to run a note to readers, that we did not know about the author's criminal record and that we would not have run the article had we known. They didn't include those little facts because a newspaper responding in an ethical manner doesn't make for a very exciting email alert. That the AHRP would hold back facts from its readers, isn't a surprise because the former ...
This is a draft of a note to readers that will appear in Monday's paper: On March, 4 2010, The Washington Times ran an oped by Dr. Gilbert Ross, medical director of the American Council on Science and Health, entitled "When senators play doctor." Dr. Ross has written for USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Times previously. Dr. Ross did not disclose to the Times that he had been convicted of Medicaid fraud and, for a period of years, lost his license to practice medicine. Had the Times known these facts, we would not have run the article. For those who are interested, there is more to this story -- the deceitful tactics of a little activist group called the Alliance for Human Research Protection.
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 weekly 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. Since so much scandal from Capitol Hill to Albany is coming from New York lawmakers this week, let's take a look at some challengers who are already mounting campaigns in the Empire state. (NY-22) George Phillips : Mr. Phillips is starting his campaign in New York's 22nd Congressional District running on the Republican line against Democrat incumbent Congressman Maurice Hinchey. A pro-life conservative and history teacher from Endwell, New York, Mr. Phillips previously worked on Capitol ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Black leaders say Paterson should stay in office,Rahm Emanuel is dead. He just hasn’t been told yet, and Religious left rallies for Obamacare’s final stand. MSNBC: Black leaders say Paterson should stay in office Influential black leaders in New York City said Thursday night that they believe Gov. David Paterson should stay in office amid allegations he and his staff interfered in a domestic violence case involving a top governor's aide. Red State: Rahm Emanuel is dead. He just hasn’t been told yet. Reading between the lines, Rahm Emanuel is dead. He may not know it, but the man has no pulse left. His ghost is now trying to defend his legacy in the White House. Chief of Staff — the real one — Valerie Jarrett killed Rahm. FrontPageMag: Religious left rallies for Obamacare’s final stand The Religious and Evangelical Left, plus ...
Albant Times Union : 2:20 PM UPDATE: Paterson Communications Director resigns Peter Kauffmann, who was scheduled to testify to the Attorney General’s investigators today, has resigned. Kauffmann was featured prominently in the Commission on Public Integrity’s findings about Gov. David Paterson’s solicitation of Yankees tickets — from the evidence, Kauffmann appears to have been grievously misled by Paterson and his top aide, David Johnson. ------- WSJ: Paterson staff calls emergency meeting The Wall Street Journal is reporting New York Governor David Paterson's staff will hold an emergency meeting today. The embattled governor is fighting pressure to resign from office after a story broke that he and state troopers allegedly tried to influence testimony of a witness in a domestic violence dispute involving a top aide, David Johnson.: With the fate of New York Gov. David A. Paterson's political career in the balance, his top aide is convening an emergency meeting of the administration's ...
Rep. Mike Pence, Indiana Republican, joined Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Texas Republican, in introducing a Spending Limit Amendment to the U.S. Constitution yesterday. Balanced-budget proposals are nothing new in Washington and usually are dismissed. However, this amendment would limit spending to one-fifth of the nation's economy, but if there is a declaration of war or a two-thirds congressional vote, the spending limit could be suspended. Mr. Pence, chairman of the House Republican Conference, explained in a press release why the focus on a spending-limit amendment gives more power to the American people to decide how large government should be: "With our nation facing a fiscal crisis, it is time to fundamentally change the way Washington spends the taxpayers' money. Unless we change course, the public debt will consume the entire economy in less than fifteen years. Runaway spending and record debt will make future generations of Americans less free, less prosperous and less secure. ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Hoyer knew of Massa allegations, Dems at risk of decades in desert, and Obama's malignant narcissism. Politico: Hoyer knew of Massa allegations But several House aides told POLITICO that the House ethics committee has been informed of allegations that the New York Democrat, who is married with two children, made unwanted advances toward a junior male staffer. NY Post: Dems at risk of decades in desert ObamaCare isn't Medicare: Medicare's been popular since before it passed. It's an enormous boon to those it serves, at little noticeable cost to everyone else. "Health-care reform" will take a lot away from a lot of people — forcing them to change plans, hiking their taxes and more. American Thinker: Obama's malignant narcissism The hardest thing in psychiatry is to keep an open mind while sitting with a patient, who might be trying to provoke and manipulate ...
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