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****Updated 10:00 PM ViDEO: 2006: Pelosi says "Democrats will have the most honest and ethical Congress in history" Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D - CA) weaved her way around reporters' questions today regarding fellow Democrat and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee New Yorker Charlie Rangel. Mr. Rangel is in hot water,and news broke on Friday morning that the ethics committee was planning to admonish Mr. Rangel. "Obviously they have other issues to deal with," the speaker said. "We'll just see what happens next and what comes out of the ethics committee," she said. "All I saw was the press release where they said he did not violate the rules of the House." However, according to the ethics report, Mr. Rangel "violated the House gift rule by accepting payment or reimbursement for travel to the 2007 and 2008 conferences.” (Statement of the Chair and Ranking Republican Member of ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Charlie Rangel ruling puts Nancy Pelosi in a jam, Obama campaign arm focuses on talk radio, and Rep. Paul Ryan to Obama: ‘You're not listening’ to the people. Politico: Charlie Rangel ruling puts Nancy Pelosi in a jam The House ethics committee's decision to admonish New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel over improper corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean leaves both Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the ethics committee itself facing some difficult questions. Politico: Obama campaign arm focuses on talk radio he Democratic National Committee's Organizing for America has quietly launched an initiative aimed at making Obama supporters' voices heard on the largely conservative airwaves. Breitbart.tv: Rep. Paul Ryan to Obama: ‘You're not listening’ to the people The president not that long ago ran on the theme of fiscal sobriety. During the 2008 campaign, he took advantage of the public anger over the ...
Republican John Loughlin, who is running for the congressional office currently held by Democrat Patrick Kennedy, made an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, February 18. "If you're going to be successful, you have to work harder and longer than your opponents," said Loughlin in front of a small Xtreme Media crowd. One of the things Loughlin is fighting for is the abolishment of the income tax. "We need to make sure we can repeal the 16th amendment," he said. Loughin represents District 71 in Rhode Island, which includes Little Compton and parts of Portsmouth and Tiverton. In addition to his involvement in local politics, Loughlin served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 26 years and owns a television, radio and film production company. "[It's like being] vice admiral of a canoe," said Loughin of his role as House Republican Whip in the state of Rhode Island, ...
Our Founding Fathers would have never thought that over two hundred years later, British subjects would be throwing a "Tea Party" after being inspired by American activists overseas who demanded smaller government from their own policy makers in Washington. The Freedom Association is sponsoring a tea party event this Saturday in Brighton. Their website gives the following information: Join DANIEL HANNAN MEP at the Brighton Tea Party at 5.30 p.m. this Saturday 27 February at the Best Western Hotel, 143-145 King's Road, Brighton BN1 2PQ The event will take place on the Conservative Party Spring Forum fringe, but is outside the secure zone, so all members of the public are very welcome to attend. Admission is free. Tea and other refreshments will be available at a small charge. Cash bar. The Tea Party Movement in the USA has demonstrated the huge scale of public opposition to excessive taxation. In the UK, tax is much higher ...
GOP leaders of both Houses spoke to the press on Wednesday to discuss details regarding the Thursday health care summit at Washington, D.C.'s, Blair House with Democrat leaders and President Obama. The GOP is already calling the summit useless, going as far as calling it a "Sham-Wow" TV commercial, as one GOP member put it. With the threat of reconciliation looming from the Democrats, a parliamentary procedure reserved for passing spending and tax legislation in the Senate, and the bill's ability to pass with only 50 votes (plus the VP's vote) without debate, Republicans are fighting back. They are reminding everyone that Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia not only authored the reconciliation rule but also objected to it being used to pass health care legislation, according to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. When asked what he thought of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D - NV) remark about ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: The FBI is confirming raids at the offices of three Michigan auto suppliers who do work for Toyota, Lone GOP health care backer's campaign cash dips, and Beverly Hills disowns Miss California contestant. WXYZ: FBI raids three local Toyota suppliers The FBI is confirming raids at the offices of three Michigan auto suppliers who do work for Toyota. AP: Lone GOP health care backer's campaign cash dips The lone Republican lawmaker to support Democratic health care legislation has seen his fundraising drop by nearly 40 percent since his vote, and he is quickly burning through a dwindling bank account after resorting to a costly national fundraising operation. AP: Beverly Hills disowns Miss California contestant The mayor of Beverly Hills is outraged over a Miss California USA contestant who spoke out against same-sex marriage and said she represented the city in the pageant.
**UPDATED again on 2/24/10 with the Iranian Space Agency Logo: Weaselzippers.net caught this bizarre governmental coincidence. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, which is part of the U.S. Department of Defense, went from using the first logo below to using a logo looking strangely similar to the Obama 2008 campaign along with the original agency logo. The new logo was created by the logo design company TMP Government. It appears the logo below still exists on the site and coexists with the new logo on letterhead, but the Web site shows it in a less prominent smaller area than the newer one.: To this new logo here: Now compare the new logo to the Obama campaign 2008 logo and the Iranian space agency logo. Could TMP Government possibly come up with something else that does not seem to remind people of an American campaign long finished or a space agency whose nation's leader is a tyrant ...
In a statement this week European Union ministers called the January killing of Hamas terrorist and weapons smuggler Mahmoud al-Mabhouh "profoundly disturbing." While they never mentioned Israel by name (and it is unlikely that indisputable proof will ever emerge that Israel's Mossad agency was responsible for the death) they railed against the use by al-Mabhouh's assassins of falsified EU passports, saying it violated EU citizen rights, and they denounced the execution as not being "conducive to peace and stability" in the Middle East. Also breaking news this week have been reports from Dubai police that the tally of people who used fake passports prior to the killing was up by four, bringing the total to 14. But both points are red herrings meant to distract the world community from the real issue at hand: that it was a security threat, a hardened terrorist with the blood of innocents on his hands, who was killed. ...
Let’s face it. Politicians don’t like to offend people. After the housing market crashed, a lot of political hopefuls were hesitant to tell Americans how nutty it is to buy a home on a maxed-out budget (e.g., Sarah Palin during the 2008 vice presidential debate). The remarkable thing about Glenn Beck is that he’s not afraid to be bold; maybe it’s because he’s not running for office, but Beck tends to be uncompromisingly blunt. The keynote speech he gave at CPAC Saturday, February 20 was no exception. Rather than mistake-proof the U.S., Beck makes a strong argument for giving individuals the liberty to learn from their missteps as opposed to spoon feeding them a foul-tasting government “remedy.” On an old-school chalkboard, Beck informed his audience of the ever-morphing movement that has slowly taken America down its current path. With a humorous allusion to Dan Quayle, Beck was sure to ...
During the debate on the jobs bill Monday, Senate Democratic Majority Leader, Harry Reid, who is down in the polls in his home state of Nevada did his constituents and the rest of the United States no favors when he proclaimed on the Senate floor that men become more abusive when they are unemployed. The Hill reports the following: "I met with some people while I was home dealing with domestic abuse. It has gotten out of hand," Reid said on the Senate floor. "Why? Men don't have jobs." Reid said that the effects of joblessness on domestic violence were especially pronounced among men, because, Reid said, women tend to be less abusive. "Women don't have jobs either, but women aren’t abusive, most of the time," he said."Men, when they're out of work, tend to become abusive," the majority leader added. "Our domestic crisis shelters in Nevada are jammed.” Apparently, ...
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee ripped into the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) yesterday calling it increasingly "more Libertarian and less Republican over the last few years, one of the reasons why I didn't go this year." He responded this way after Fox News host Geraldo Rivera presented the CPAC straw poll voter results showing that the governor scored poorly at only four percent among CPAC straw poll voters. At the goading of Mr. Rivera, Mr. Huckabee slammed CPAC as now irrelevant due to the tea party events all over the country. The former Arkansas governor and presidential GOP candidate said, "The tea party has taken all the oxygen out of the room, where CPAC was historically the event, the tea parties now are having their events all over the country and a lot more grassroots people are truly getting involved, because of the tea parties." He took his biggest shot ...
The Bureau of Justice Assistance has confirmed that the total federal expenditure for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program for fiscal year 2010 was roughly $330 million. Again, however, the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance has gotten an estimate wrong. Though federal funding for this program has been decreasing over the past couple years (the government spent $394 million on the same program in 2009), officials estimated that $0 would be spent on the program this year. They couldn't have been more wrong. Furthermore, this program (which supposedly compensates states and localities for expenses incurred from imprisoning "undocumented criminal aliens") applies to U.S. territories Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands. The Use of Funds List for the program from fiscal years 2007 through 2009 included performance-based bonuses, construction of corrections facilities and medical and mental health services. Theoretically, this program uses federal resources to house and care for illegal ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Five freedoms you'd lose in health care reform, Obama presidential approval index rating: -19, and O's Bayh-way to hell, and AP source: NY terror suspect flushed bomb material. CNN: Five freedoms you'd lose in health care reform A close reading of the two main bills, one backed by Democrats in the House and the other issued by Sen. Edward Kennedy's Health committee, contradict the President's assurances. Rasmussen: Obama presidential approval index rating: -19 The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 22% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. That matches yesterday’s result as the lowest level of strong approval yet recorded for this President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19. AP: AP source: NY terror suspect flushed bomb material A law ...
The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), hosted by the American Consrvative Union (ACU), at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, D.C., offered events for conservatives from across the country to look forward to and a few surprises. Here is a wrap up of CPAC 2010 happenings that made news this weekend. CPAC 2010 Day 1 Marco Rubio addresses CPAC Florida Senatorial candidate Marco Rubio kicked off CPAC 2010 as a symbol of the future for the conservative movement within the Republican party. He gave a moving speech on American exceptionalism rounded out by a clear detailed account of his own biography. Dick Cheney surprises CPAC attendees The Conservative Political Action Conference was given a shot of political energy the first day, when Liz Cheney introduced her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, to the surprise of everyone at CPAC. The secret was well kept for ...
Former Congressman and Speaker of the House Republican from Georgia Newt Gingrich addressed an energized CPAC crowd today.
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