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  • Video - Boston political analyst: Scott Brown won debate last night

    By Kerry PicketPublished January 12, 2010 Comments

    Boston political editor for Channel 7 News, Andy Hiller, declared GOP Massachusetts State Senator Scott Brown the winner of last night's debate between Mr. Brown and Martha Coakley. Surprised by his own reaction to the debate, Mr. Hiller gave the following analysis to his TV audience. (video below the transcript): "Republican Scott Brown went for it all tonight and I think he got a good part of it. Martha Coakley was Martha Coakley---a lawyer who looked and sounded like a teacher. As always she was calm, measured and unemotional, but unlike always she sometimes seemed tentative...even taken aback, and it was Scott Brown who made her that way. Brown knew what he wanted to say, and he said it. He was confident and personable, and he was aggressive but not so aggressive that he crossed any gender line" Mr. Hiller wrapped up his analysis concluding, "I'm sure this won't be ...

  • Off the beaten path online: 'African-Americans for Harry Reid' Facebook page lists 5 fans… 4 are white

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 12, 2010 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: “African-Americans For Harry Reid” Facebook page lists 5 fans… 4 are white, Senate health care bill gives $7 billion to health centers---could fund abortions, and White House gets 'A' for openness. Gateway Pundit:  “African-Americans For Harry Reid” Facebook page lists 5 fans… 4 are white  Also, The “African-Americans for Harry Reid” luncheon will go on as planned despite the reports this weekend that Reid called Barack Obama a light-skinned negro. Life News: Senate health care bill gives $7 billion to health centers, could fund abortions A new analysis of the Senate health care bill finds a section of the manager's amendment Senate Leader Harry Reid added to the bill that could find billions of dollars going to abortion funding. The Politico: White House gets 'A' for openness But representatives of other groups advocating for transparency said the “A” grade for open government was either ...

  • Video: Scott Brown - It's not the Kennedy seat, it's not the Democrats' seat, it's the people's seat

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 12, 2010 Comments

    Massachusetts GOP State Senator Scott Brown debated his Democrat opponent Martha Coakley on Monday evening for the open Senate seat previously held by Ted Kennedy. Mr. Brown gave a quick witted response to moderator David Gergen when asked if he would "sit in Teddy Kennedy's seat" and block the health care bill. "With all due respect, it's not the Kennedy's seat, it's not the Democrats' seat, it's the people's seat," said Mr. Brown. (Video below)  

  • 2004 flashback: Dodd: Sen. Byrd would have been 'a great leader during Civil War'

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 11, 2010 Comments

    In 2004, The Washington Times reported that Senator Christopher Dodd (D - CT) said that Senator Robert C. Byrd (D - W.V.) (a former Klansman) would have been a "great leader during the Civil War. Like Democratic leaders ignoring the controversy Senator Harry Reid (D - NV) has kicked up over his comments about President Barack Obama, Senator Tom Daschle simply brushed off Mr. Dodd's statements. Mr. Daschle, in fact, said that  Mr. Dodd's words could not be compared to Senator Trent Lott's (R - MS) remarks about Senator Strom Thurmond (a former segregationist) two years before.: The top Senate Democrat yesterday defended a colleague's assertion that Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a former Klansman, would have been a great leader during the Civil War. Sen. Tom Daschle said there was "no parallel" between Sen. Christopher J. Dodd's praise of Mr. Byrd and Republican Sen. Trent Lott's praise of former segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond. ...

  • Obama team continues to control access to Biden

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 11, 2010 Comments

    The new book Game Change by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann continues to stir things up in Washington. While the book has blown up controversy over racially charged remarks from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and former President Bill Clinton, Game Change also goes into the rift between then candidates Barack Obama and Joe Biden.: The book covers Mr. Obama's frustration after Mr. Biden's gaffes became too much for the president-to-be to bear. These gaffes included:Mr. Biden's comments that he was more qualified than Mr. Obama to be president, that Mr. Obama would be tested with an international crisis, and that it was patriotic to pay higher taxes. “How many times is Biden gonna say something stupid?” Mr. Obama angrily asked of his advisors at one point on a conference call. Speaking of conference calls, the book also says Obama campaign manager David Plouffe was questioned about why Mr. ...

  • 2010 census lacks citizenship question

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 11, 2010 Comments

    **Updated This year, the United States Census Bureau is taking heat for question 9 on the new census form which reads: "What is Person 1's race?" -- the second option reads: "Black, African-Am., or Negro." Census officials defend their decision for the category, saying that a number of individuals wrote in "Negro" in the 2000 census. Actually, the 2000 Census included the same race options as the 2010 census form.  However, what is striking in the 2010 census form is the lack of citizenship or birthplace question.  It appears that this is the first census to omit this inquiry. Question 13 of the 2000 census form specifically asked the following.: Is this person a CITIZEN of the United States? -Yes, born in the United States-->Skip to 15a -Yes, born in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or Northern Marianas -Yes, born abroad of American parent or parents -Yes, a U.S. ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Blagojevich: 'I'm blacker than Barack Obama'...

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 11, 2010 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Blagojevich: 'I'm blacker than Barack Obama', Gay marriage ban goes on trial in California, and Reid angry he got caught. New Media Journal:  Blagojevich: 'I'm blacker than Barack Obama'   In an interview in the February issue of Esquire, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich continues his quixotic campaign to prove he was innocent in the pay-to-play scandal that led to his resignation. In the process -- particularly when he's talking about President Obama -- he has some characteristically dubious things to say. Reuters: Gay marriage ban goes on trial in California California's ban on gay marriage goes to trial on Monday in a federal case that plaintiffs hope to take all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and overturn bans throughout the nation. The Cypress Times: Reid angry he got caught Never mind that he said it.  That’s okay.Obama has forgiven him, so has ...

  • An Inconvenient Truth: The Ice Cap Is Growing

    by James S. RobbinsPublished January 10, 2010 Comments

    A report from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado finds that Arctic summer sea ice has increased by 409,000 square miles, or 26 per cent, since 2007. But didn't we hear from the same Center that the North Pole was set to disappear by now? We all deserve apologies from the global warming fanatics who wanted to reshape the world in their image and called those who objected to their wild theories ignorant deniers. They were so convinced the world was ending and only they could save it, yet now they have been exposed as at best wildly idealistic and at worst frauds. They should have to do public penance for their hubris. I suggest they sit on blocks of melting ice and ponder their limitations. Either that or let the polar bears deal with them. 

  • Video: DNC Chairman Tim Kaine: Reid's remarks were contextually 'positive'

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 10, 2010 Comments

    Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine defended Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D - NV) on Fox News Sunday (video below) over controversial comments Mr. Reid made about President Barack Obama on the 2008 campaign trail. Mr. Kaine explained that Senator Reid's remarks, taken in context, were actually "positive" in nature and that the Nevada Senator was really praising Mr. Obama. This is an interesting spin. One must wonder if black Americans who are not "light-skinned" or, as Mr. Reid also put it, speak with only a "Negro dialect" should feel better that the Senate Majority Leader was just being "positive."

  • Pelosi on Lott apology in 2002: 'It doesn't remove the sentiment that escaped his mouth'

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 9, 2010 Comments

    The new book Game Change has lived up to its name already and authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann dish out some of the more juicier gossip on the 2008 campaign trail with then candidate and Senator Barack Obama. One particular story that is getting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in hot water today is where he is quoted as privately saying a racially charged comment about Mr. Obama.: "He [Reid] was wowed by Obama's oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama -- a 'light-skinned' African American 'with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,' " Halperin and Heilemann say. Already facing tough re-election odds at home, Mr. Reid immediately reached out to the president and apologized.  "I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words", he said. President Obama forgave the Nevada Senator ...

  • PPP Poll: Mass. Senate race a toss up

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 9, 2010 Comments

    Public Policy Polling put out a release today citing a toss up for the upcoming special election for the late Senator Ted Kennedy's seat in Massachusetts.: The race to replace Ted Kennedy in the US Senate is looking like a toss up, with Republican Scott Brown up 48-47 on Martha Coakley. Brown is benefiting from depressed Democratic interest in the election and a huge lead among independents for his surprisingly strong standing. Those planning to vote in the special election only report having voted for Barack Obama in 2008 by a 16 point margin, in contrast to his actual 26 point victory in the state. PPP also says that Mr. Brown is leading with independents 63 to 31 and is winning 17 percent of the Democratic vote, while his Democratic opponent, Martha Coakley can only garner 6 percent of GOP voters. In terms of health care, those planning to vote in the January 19 ...

  • Video: Obama flip-flops on taxing 'Cadillac' insurance plans

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 9, 2010 Comments

    Naked Emperor News and Breitbart.tv have posted a new clip illustrating another issue President Obama has back tracked on. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Mr. Obama charged that Senator John McCain (R - AZ) would tax Cadillac health plans, insurance plans known for their generous benefits and high cost. While these plans are offered to wealthy individuals, Labor Union members also are known to have these plans, and President Obama is taking heat from this constituency for supporting a tax on the Cadillac plans. (video link) 

  • Washington Times Opinion responds to Steele attack

    by TWT Opinion StaffPublished January 8, 2010 Comments

    Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele attacked the Washington Times today in an interview with the Christian Broadcast Network, making the following statement.: Steele: I don’t know who these people are. Folks need to understand that anything that comes out of The Washington Post or The Washington Times is jaundiced and prejudiced against me. All you have to do is read the articles. If I’m so bad in fundraising how come I beat the Democrats in fundraising in five or six out of 12 months? (video below) Mr. Steele seems to be lashing out a lot lately, but just because Mr. Steele may not have liked yesterday's article by Washington Times reporter Ralph Hallow does not mean Mr. Steele is doing the RNC any favors these days, or that there aren't any big differences between the Washington Times and The Washington Post. The charge that the Washington Times is biased against Mr. Steele is utterly ludicrous. ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Video: How banks got strong armed...

    by Kerry PicketPublished January 8, 2010 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Video: How banks got strong armed, Cook: Dems could lose the House, and Obama's 'read my lips' moment. Hot Air:  Video: How banks got strong armed   John Stossel gives us an inside look into the actual application of TARP with banks who didn’t need it and didn’t want it. John Allison, CEO of BB&T, not only didn’t want TARP money but openly opposed the program altogether, lobbying Congress against it. Investors Business Daily: Cook: Dems could lose the House How many other wavering House -- or Senate -- Democrats will look at the past five weeks and decide that spending the rest of this year as a lame duck is more attractive than spending a horrific year fundraising, scarfing down fast food, and shaking hands -- all the while facing the very real possibility of losing in the end? Yid with Lid: Obama's 'Read ...

  • Dyeing to Fight Terrorists

    by James S. RobbinsPublished January 7, 2010 Comments

    Watching President Obama's Thursday afternoon talk on terrorism I was struck by his uniformly dark hair.  This comes a day after the Drudge Report headlined "The Year Barack Went Gray." See for example this picture posted January 1, or this one of him returning from his trip to Hawaii. Now there is no trace of gray whatsoever. AFP is running a photo in which the top of his head is cropped out (see here), maybe as a courtesy. I suppose the White House wants the president to convey an image of youth and vigor when discussing such a serious topic, but the sudden change was a little bit distracting. At least we know they pay attention to Drudge.  

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