” Environmental causes across the country saw defeat last night as voters from Maine to Colorado rejected anti-fossil fuel policies such as hydraulic fracturing restrictions and tar sands oil import bans.
Anti-fossil groups did see some victories on Tuesday night as three cities in Colorado passed restrictions on fracking and an Ohio city also voted to limit fracking. Other environmentalist attempts to harm the fossil fuel industry across the country, however, were stymied.”
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” In the 1920s, Republicans controlled all branches of the government and passed significant laws dramatically reducing immigration. However, that policy success had an unanticipated side effect. Millions of immigrants at the time were routinely going back and forth between the U.S. and their homeland. The new laws eliminated that option, and so they had to make a choice, and many opted for U.S. citizenship. In the 1930s, they became a key part of the New Deal coalition that gave political control to the Democrats for a generation. That certainly was not what the Republicans had in mind.
Today, the chattering class in D.C. is virtually unanimous in declaring that the Democrats have won the political battle over the so-called government shutdown. But it’s hard to see the overheated rhetoric of the past few weeks having a major impact on the midterm elections. Substantive issues like the economy and the president’s health-care law are far more likely to determine the outcome.
That could be a problem for Harry Reid’s team. The Democrats won the current news cycle by lashing themselves ever more tightly to the president’s health-care law.
The “morphine drip” view that the public will get hooked and vote against their own interests is wrong. In fact, implementation of the law may turn out to be the best thing politically for its opponents.”
Illustration by Eric Allie
Published on Oct 10, 2013
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” This weekend’s announcement by the former governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer, that he would not seek that state’s Democratic nomination for Senate represents the latest in a series of favorable developments for Republicans as they seek control of the chamber.
The G.O.P.’s task will not be easy: the party holds 46 seats in the Senate, and the number will very probably be cut to 45 after a special election in New Jersey later this year. That means that they would need to win a net of six contests from Democrats in order to control 51 seats and overcome Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s tiebreaking vote. Two years ago at this time, Republicans faced what seemed to be a promising environment and could have won the Senate by gaining a net of three seats from Democrats and winning the presidency. Instead, Mitt Romney lost to President Obama, and the G.O.P. lost a net of two Senate seats. “
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” As an example, he cited a Washington Post article, in which reporters Zachary A. Goldfarb and Kimberly Kindy described as a “good-government group” the left-wing Democracy 21 which pressured the IRS to scrutinize Tea Party groups, without any consideration that the Tea Party groups believe they, too, are working for good government.
Taranto: “Tea Party organizations conceive of themselves as good-government groups, just as Democracy 21 does. The Post accepts the latter characterization, but not the former, unquestioningly.”
An excerpt from Taranto’s May 20 post, “A Crisis of Authority: The deeper meaning of the Obama scandals.”
….Liberal media bias is an old complaint, but the Obama presidency has given it a new and dangerous form. Never has the prevailing bias of the media been so closely aligned with the ideological aims and political interests of the party in power. The American media remain free and independent, or you would not be reading this column. But to a large extent they have functioned for the past few years as if they were under state control.
“Good-government group” is a misleading designation for another reason. As we noted last week, Democracy 21 is itself a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) corporation. In lobbying the IRS to investigate nonprofits for engaging in political activity, Democracy 21, a nonprofit, was engaging in political activity….”
” Sometimes it is better to show a scandal than to explain it. SHARE this exposure of the Benghazi cover-up!”
” Benghazi is all about President Obama.
There are three issues in the Benghazi matter. The first is whether the administration reacted properly to the growing threat to American diplomats in Libya in the months leading up to Sept. 11. The second is whether the administration reacted properly during the attack itself. And the third is whether the administration covered up its actions in the days, weeks and months after the attack.
Many Republicans have been fixated on the cover-up, mostly because of the obvious falsehood of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s statements in the days after the attack. But by far the most consequential issue in the Benghazi matter is what the administration did during the attack itself. In those hours, American lives were at risk, and there are real questions about whether the U.S. military did everything it could to save them. That is the issue that cuts to the heart of American concerns in the Benghazi matter.”
And how they were changed to obscure the truth
” Even as the White House strove last week to move beyond questions about the Benghazi attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2012, fresh evidence emerged that senior Obama administration officials knowingly misled the country about what had happened in the days following the assaults. The Weekly Standard has obtained a timeline briefed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence detailing the heavy substantive revisions made to the CIA’s talking points, just six weeks before the 2012 presidential election, and additional information about why the changes were made and by whom.
As intelligence officials pieced together the puzzle of events unfolding in Libya, they concluded even before the assaults had ended that al Qaeda-linked terrorists were involved. Senior administration officials, however, sought to obscure the emerging picture and downplay the significance of attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. The frantic process that produced the changes to the talking points took place over a 24-hour period just one day before Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, made her now-famous appearances on the Sunday television talk shows. The discussions involved senior officials from the State Department, the National Security Council, the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the White House.”
- FILMMAKER NAKOULA IS STILL IN JAIL: The Benghazi Talking Points. “Even as the White House strove l… (pjmedia.com)
- EXPOSED: Secret Timeline Shows Obama Officials Knowingly Doctored Talking Points To Mislead Public On Benghazi Attacks (patdollard.com)
- The Benghazi talking points (powerlineblog.com)
- Timeline exposes Benghazi lies (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Standard Publishes Benghazi ‘Talking Points’ Smoking Gun (breitbart.com)
- GOP charges Obama officials lied on talking points (wnd.com)
- Obama Administration Intentionally Hid the Pattern of Attacks in Benghazi (breitbart.com)
- Benghazi Emails Show Political Pressure from State Department Changed the CIA’s Intel Assessment(pjmedia.com)
” Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, won a razor-thin victory in Sunday’s special presidential election but the opposition candidate refused to accept the result and demanded a full recount.
Maduro’s stunningly close victory followed an often ugly, mudslinging campaign in which the winner promised to carry on Chavez’s self-styled socialist revolution, while challenger Henrique Capriles’ main message was that Chavez put this country with the world’s largest oil reserves on the road to ruin.
Despite the ill feelings, both men sent their supporters home and urged them to refrain from violence.
Maduro, acting president since Chavez’s March 5 death, held a double-digit advantage in opinion polls just two weeks ago, but electoral officials said he got just 50.7 percent of the votes to 49.1 percent for Capriles with nearly all ballots counted.
The margin was about 234,935 votes. Turnout was 78 percent, down from just over 80 percent in the October election that Chavez won by a nearly 11-point margin over Capriles.”
- Chavez heir voted in as new Venezuelan president in razor-thin victory (nzherald.co.nz)
- Chavez Heir Barely Wins; Opposition Rejects Count – ABC News (abcnews.go.com)
- Hugo Chavez heir Nicolas Maduro wins Venezuela presidency (abclocal.go.com)
- Opposition candidate demands recount as Chavez heir Maduro elected Venezuelan president in stunningly close vote (vancouversun.com)
- Chavez heir Maduro wins election (standard.co.uk)
” Guns will be the key issue in 2014, good news for the pro-2nd Amendment Republican Party, which has Democrats backed into a corner in an untenable position on gun control.
Universal background checks are insidious, and the legislation the Senate is considering in April will not only force even secondary gun sales to be done through the auspices of a government representative with a Federal Firearm Licence but will also ban private gun sales and create a national gun registry.
This means it will bar grandpas from passing their favorite rifle to their grandsons and will require the government to create a list of every gun owner and every gun owned in America in order to be enforceable.
Universal background check legislation has made it this deep into the legislative process for one reason only–namely, because these implications have not been explained to the American people. Republicans need to explain these dangers and force Democrats to own gun control in 2014.”
- Sheriffs Prepared to Defy Colorado Governor: “Will Not Enforce” Gun Control (sgtreport.com)
- Gov. Hickenlooper signs Colo. gun control bills (kdvr.com)
- Assault weapons ban loses steam (politico.com)
- Assault weapons ban dropped from Senate gun control bill (givemeliberty01.com)
” The Catholic Church will have a pope within “a few days,” predicted Archbishop of Vienna Christoph Schoenborn, a participant in the conclave that opens Tuesday.
Schoenborn said he’s seen a spirit of camaraderie “I’ve rarely experienced” in the week before balloting begins to select a successor to Benedict XVI, who resigned last month, citing health and age, ANSA reported Monday.
“In a few days we will have the new Holy Father,” Schoenborn said.
U.S. Cardinal Timothy Dolan evaded Roman parishioners’ calls for him to succeed Benedict, telling worshipers and the rector of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Monte Mario he hoped to visit the congregation again before he returned to New York.
The 63-year-old archbishop of New York and Washington, D.C., Archbishop Donald Wuerl, 72, are the two U.S. cardinals seen as strong papal candidates. “
- Vatican readies to elect new Pope (bigpondnews.com)
- Cardinal Wuerl Discussed As Potential Pope (pittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
- Before the conclave, horse-trading has begun (boston.com)
- Cardinals hold mass in titular churches across Rome- SELECTING A POPE: Complete conclave coverage (latino.foxnews.com)
- SLIDESHOW: Top contenders to be the next pope (savannahnow.com)
- Vatican prepares to elect new pope as top contenders gather in Rome (newsday.com)
- Austrian cardinal: a conservative open to reform (sfgate.com)
- Before smoke rises at Vatican, it’s Romans vs. the Reformers (staradvertiser.com)
- Vatican installs new chimney ahead of pope vote (abc.net.au)
“ Romney also took a shot at President Obama saying that it kills him that he sees what’s not doing what needs to be done. He accused the president of failing to lead and putting politics ahead of the nation, adding that the president is crisscrossing the country campaigning instead of leading.
It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done. “I don’t see that kind of leadership happening right now. The hardest thing about losing is watching this critical moment, this golden moment slip away with politics.
- Romney has harsh criticism of Obama (newsday.com)
- Romney: ‘It kills me’ not to be president (upi.com)
- Romney Says Sequester ‘Golden Moment’ Squandered by Obama (bloomberg.com)
- A reflective Romney emerges from seclusion, rips Obama (reuters.com)
- Romney says Obama is like a Roman emperor: ‘Nero is fiddling’ (rawstory.com)
- Mitt Romney: ‘It kills me’ not to be president (thehill.com)
” Twenty-one of the 35 seats up for election are now held by Democrats,” Silver penned on Wednesday.
“ Moreover, most the states that will be casting ballots for the Senate in 2014 are Republican leaning: 7 of the 21 Democratic-held seats are in states carried by the former Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, while just one of the Republican seats is in a state won by President Obama.”
” It’s hard to see how press coverage of President Obama’s re-election bid could have gotten any more biased, but a new report shows the media managed to outdo themselves the week before voters went to the polls.
The Pew Research Center‘s latest analysis puts hard numbers against the claim that the press went out of its way to get Obama re-elected.
According to the report, after months of positive press, “Obama’s coverage improved dramatically” in the crucial final week of the campaign.
In fact, 29% of the stories about Obama that week were positive and just 19% were negative. At the same time, a third of the stories about Mitt Romney were negative, and just 16% were positive.
When it comes to bias, MSNBC is in a league of its own, Pew found. It ran zero negative stories about Obama and zero positive stories about Romney in that last week. “
Illustration By Bob Gorrell
- MSNBC’s Bias Against Mitt Romney Was Astonishing (businessinsider.com)
- Pew: Positive media coverage of Obama surged in campaign’s final week (thehill.com)
- MSNBC Did No Negative Stories About Obama or Positive Ones About Romney Last Week of Campaign (redalertpolitics.com)
- Pew: MSNBC more negative than Fox (politico.com)
” In a blockbuster report, John Solomon, the former Associated Press and Post reporter, has ferreted out the president’s daily brief that informed him within 72 hours of the Sept. 11 attack that the Benghazi attack was a jihadist operation.
Citing officials directly familiar with the information, Solomon writes in the Washington Guardian that Obama and other administration officials were told that “that the attack was likely carried out by local militia and other armed extremists sympathetic to al-Qaida in the region.”
The details from the CIA and Pentagon assessments of the killing of Ambassador Chris [Stevens] were far more specific, more detailed and more current than the unclassified talking points that UN Ambassador Susan Rice and other officials used five days after the attack to suggest to Americans that an unruly mob angry over an anti-Islamic video was to blame, officials said. “
- President’s Daily Brief after Benghazi called the attack ‘terrorism’ (americanthinker.com)
- New Report: President Knew the Truth About Benghazi (pjmedia.com)
- Was Obama briefed that Benghazi was a terror attack before Rice went on TV? (hotair.com)
- Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and Obama KNEW about Benghazi! (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- Of Rice and Men (powerlineblog.com)
- Friday News Dump – November 16, 2012 (tntuxedo.wordpress.com)
- Petraeus: CIA blamed terrorists for Libya attack (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Petraeus: CIA secrets cut from public account after U.S. consulate attack (mcclatchydc.com)
So Lets Get This Straight , 139-5 Romney makes this county ” the most anti-Obama ” county , yet how many of you have heard of all the voting wards , districts and precincts where Obama got every single vote ? Why isn’t that news ? If it wasn’t for the new media reporting it we wouldn’t know , yet CNN goes out of their way to try and spin a story of how , Texas has the ” the most anti-Obama ” county , even though Obama got 3.4 % .
Anybody hear a” Dog Whistle” ?
” In a CNN video, it is revealed that the most anti-Obama area in the United States is King County, Texas. There, Mitt Romney won by a landslide as Barack Obama only got five votes. “
- NO Election Fraud? Obama Won More Than 99 Percent Of The Vote In More Than 100 Ohio Precincts (sgtreport.com)
- In 37 Chicago Precincts, Romney Received No Votes (nalert.blogspot.com)
- Proud Texans (kommonsentsjane.wordpress.com)
- Barack Obama Holds His Title As President of the United States. (celestepiraino.wordpress.com)
” The two women at the center of the David Petraeus scandal — the biographer with whom he had an
extramarital affair and the socialite who received worrisome emails that led investigators to uncover the illicit relationship — visited the White House on separate and apparently unrelated occasions.
Jill Kelley, the Tampa, Fla., socialite who initiated the investigation that revealed the affair, and her twin sister had two “courtesy” meals at the White House mess as guests of a midlevel White House aide in September and October, the official said. Kelley and her family
also received a White House tour on the weekend before the Nov. 6 election. “
” “I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.” – Obama’s 2012 victory speech
So much for that.
In the aftermath of the 2012 election, the vast majority of states are either entirely blue or entirely red, their entire legislatures and governors of one party or the other. As the Wall Street Journal reports, “In 46 states, the same party now controls both chambers of the legislature, creating distinct divisions between red and blue states.” That’s the highest number in 70 years. When governors are counted as well, there are just 12 states across the country with divided government. A full 38 states are of a single party.
If this continues, we are watching the end of America as we know it. “
” The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is under investigation for alleged inappropriate communication with a woman at the center of the sex scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus, a senior U.S. defense official said on Tuesday.
The U.S. official said the FBI uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of communications – mostly emails and spanning from 2010 to 2012 – between Allen and Jill Kelley, who has been identified as a long-time friend of the Petraeus family and a Tampa, Florida, volunteer social liaison with military families at MacDill Air Force Base.
It was Kelley’s complaints about harassing emails from the woman with whom Petraeus had had an affair, Paula Broadwell, that prompted an FBI investigation, ultimately alerting authorities to Petraeus’ involvement with Broadwell. Petraeus resigned from his job on Friday. “
- Petraeus scandal deepens as top US general investigated (guardian.co.uk)
- US Commander in Afghanistan Now Linked to Petraeus Scandal (cnsnews.com)
- Woman connected to Petraeus scandal seeks privacy (cnsnews.com)
- General investigated for emails to Petraeus friend (sfgate.com)
- Another U.S. General investigated for emails to Petraeus friend (metronews.ca)
- Petraeus scandal engulfs Allen (bbc.co.uk)