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Redstate... Might Someone Please Educate Fox News and the Rest of the Media? by Erick Erickson
Monday, January 31st - Fox News has an article on its website about John Boehner’s remarks on raising the debt ceiling. But in this objective report there is a great and dangerous falsehood. The article, which has no author attached to it, reports in order for the debt ceiling to rise, Congress must approve taking on more debt, which currently is growing by more than $4 billion per day. If it doesn’t approve raising the ceiling, then the U.S. will default... read more
Newsmax.com... Newsmax Egypt Source: Obama Out of Touch
Sunday, January 30, 2011 - The Egyptian people are increasingly tired of the Obama administration’s tepid response to the international call for President Hosni Mubarak to step down, a Newsmax source in Cairo says. “If the U.S. is claiming to be the leader of the free world, now is the time to side with the Egyptian people,” said Ahmed, who lives in Cairo and has been speaking to Newsmax via landline since protests began six days ago. “Now is not the time for diplomacy... read more
Redstate... President Obama’s Big Diplomatic Test - Egypt - by Brian Darling
Sunday, January 30th - It is clear that the Obama Administration is facing a big diplomatic test in dealing with the fast developing situation in Egypt.  On one side is the Obama Administration’s interest of promoting freedom and democracy for the people of Egypt.  On the other side is the national security interest of maintaining a strong pro-Western U.S. ally in the Global War on Terror in Egypt.  These are very difficult interests to balance... read more
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Who Lost Egypt? By Dick Morris
Published on DickMorris.com on January 29, 2011 - In the 1950s, the accusation “who lost China” resonated throughout American politics and led to the defeat of the Democratic Party in the presidential elections of 1952.   Unless President Obama reverses field and strongly opposes letting the Muslim brotherhood take over Egypt, he will be hit with the modern equivalent of the 1952 question... read more
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Human Events... Old Rules Won’t Determine GOP Presidential Candidate, by Michael Barone
The weakest part of our political system, by a considerable margin, is the presidential nominating process. It tends to exclude from consideration those with the greatest experience in what is uniquely the president’s responsibility, foreign policy and military strategy. It tends less strongly to exclude members of Congress, particularly House members but also senators, whose extensive... read more
Reason Alert January 28, 2011
State of the Union: We Can’t Win the Future By Repeating the Past, President Obama, China, and High-Speed Rail, Education and the State of the Union. State of the Union: We Can’t Win the Future By Repeating the Past. Reason's Nick Gillespie and Veronique de Rugy write, "Rebranding unrestrained spending as investment may be smart politics, but the effect on the nation’s balance sheet is unmistakable. Using 2010 numbers, the government is at or near... read more

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Obama Speech Shows He’s Out of Touch, By Dick Morris
Henry Kissinger, in his memoir of the Ford administration, Years of Upheaval, articulated the central rule of governing: “It is a statesman’s duty to bridge the gap between his nation’s experience and his vision. If his vision gets too far out ahead of his nation’s experience, he will lose his mandate. But if he hews too close to the conventional, he will lose control... read more
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Townhall.com... Why History Matters, by Linda Chavez
For years, conservatives have rightly decried the distortion, misrepresentation and downright ignorance of American history that has sometimes infected left-wing rhetoric. We’ve complained that public schools do a poor job of teaching our history and an even worse job of transmitting American values. History matters; as the philosopher George Santayana famously said: “Those who cannot remember... read more
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Human Events... And The Debt Bomb Ticks On - by Patrick J. Buchanan
With his approval rating moving up to 50 percent and higher in some polls, the pundits are all agreed. President Obama has turned the corner. He is now the winter-book favorite in 2012. How, two months after his “shellacking,” did he do it? First, by taking the wheel from Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, cutting a deal to extend the Bush tax cuts, bringing aboard Bill Daley... read more
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The Columbus Dispatch... Gov. Kasich enlists business people to lure business to Ohio
With his JobsOhio proposal, Gov. John Kasich seeks to put in place the elements to revitalize Ohio’s economic-development efforts: a focused, nimble entity with the single mission of creating jobs, and plenty of business savvy on-board to direct it. The bill introduced yesterday to create JobsOhio spelled it out: The nine-member board, with the governor as chairman... read more
Townhall... Obama Orders Study on Socialism - By Chuck Norris
 Under the radar this past week was President Barack Obama’s executive order for a review of government regulations in hope of showing that bigger government isn’t bad news for economic growth and business. Of course, the president didn’t word it that way. In his op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal, Obama wrote that he just wants to “make sure we avoid excessive, inconsistent and redundant regulation... read more

CNN... Transcript: Bachmann’s response to State of the Union
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, cites the battle of Iwo Jima as an example of Americans pulling together. Rep. Michele Bachmann responds to speech from Tea Party Express headquarters. Bachmann calls for full repeal of “Obamacare”
Bachmann says, “We need to start making things again in this country” Washington (CNN) -- Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, responded to President Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night... read more

Congressman Boehner on the State of the Union & Republican Address to the Nation
 Boehner: “Adding to our debt and pushing us closer to bankruptcy for the sake of more ‘stimulus’ spending will not make our nation more competitive.” WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement following the State of the Union and the Republican Address to the Nation: “We were honored to receive President Obama in the people’s House tonight for his State of the Union address... read more

Redstate... The Bachmann Speech - Posted by Erick Erickson
Much has been made of Michelle Bachmann’s “Tea Party” response to the State of the Union. For days the media has been playing this up as a major conflict within the Republican Party. In fact, a number of Republican leadership aides pulled out all the stops trying to get the networks to ignore Michelle Bachmann. Kudos to CNN for its... read more

Libertarian response to State of the Union and Republicans
WASHINGTON - This evening, Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict spoke in response to the addresses from President Barack Obama and Congressman Paul Ryan. A transcript of Mr. Benedict’s speech follows:
Good evening and thank you for your interest in the State of our Union. My name is Wes Benedict. I’m the executive director of the Libertarian National Committee here in Washington, DC... read more

Redstate... The Sputnik Moment - Posted by Erick Erickson
“Barack Obama did not jump the shark; he sputniked.” Barack Obama’s “Sputnik Moment” sums up his speech best. In fact, there is no reason to fully dwell on his speech in light of the sputnik moment. What do I mean? Consider this: Barack Obama declared that “This is our generation’s Sputnik moment.” His reference was to the mobilization of the United States after the Soviets launched the Sputnik satellite. President Kennedy mobilized the United States... read more

Townhall... 7 Non-Political Differences Between Liberals and Conservatives - By John Hawkins
People who don’t follow politics tend to believe that conservatives and liberals are just flip sides of the same coin. In other words, conservatives are pro-life, pro-gun, and fiscally conservative while liberals are pro-choice, anti-gun, and want to tax and spend, but otherwise, there are no real differences. However, if you follow politics closely, you’ll find that there’s a gulf as wide as the ocean between the average politically active conservative and... read more

Politico... Left laments Obama’s move to center - By Meredith Shiner and Maggie Haberman
President Barack Obama plans to play up a bright future with congressional Republicans by channeling his 2008 campaign message of post-partisanship in his State of the Union address — but the liberal wing of his party isn’t quite seeing the light. As the president touts spending austerity, deficit reduction and extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, some Democrats worry Obama will pivot too hard away from the party’s core principles and concede... read more

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Politico... Farm subsidies test GOP pledge, By: David Rogers
Rep. Jim Jordan's Ohio district ranks among the top 50 recipients of farm subsidies. As eager as they are for a fight with the White House, Republican budget cutters have a problem in their own back pasture: what to do about a system of farm subsidies that’s still pumping billions into GOP districts at a time of record income for producers... read more
Townhall… Federal Government Unions Looting American Taxpayers - By Lurita Doan
Lines are being drawn and the fight to reduce overly generous pay and benefits to government employees at the federal, state, and local level is underway. Not too surprisingly, public employee unions are gearing up, rallying government employees, and exerting pressure to maintain the generous pay and benefits that has loaded government with unsustainable debt. Public employee unions are, even now, pressing the Obama Administration for additional benefits and power... read more

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Townhall… House Health Care Repeal More Reality TV than Theater - By Star Parker
Democrats who are calling the House's decisively passed repeal of Obamacare -- the so-called " Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care" act -- theater are hallucinating. Perhaps it was theatrical to include in the name of the repeal act "job killing", though that is what it is. But I prefer melodrama to dishonesty. Calling Obamacare -- government mandates, subsidies... read more
Redstate… How To Repeal ObamaCare - By Michael Hammond
To listen to the liberal media, you would think conservatives had won the first and only battle on ObamaCare repeal –- but already lost the war. The Washington Post, echoing the almost universal media theme (including Fox), called the vote “largely symbolic.” Over and over again, we have been told that ObamaCare... read more

Has Anyone Checked to See if Glenn Beck is Still on the Air? Posted by Erick Erickson
In light of the Keith Olbermann news, we might want to check to see if Glenn Beck is still on Fox News. After all, the lefties had a boycott of him going to try to get him canned. Oh. What’s that you say? Glenn Beck is still on the schedule? Oh. Okay. Thanks for letting me know. As far as Olbermann goes... read more

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Townhall.com… Why the shock, Why the outrage, Why now? - By Kevin McCullough
The grand jury's indictment read as one of the most disgusting litanies of murder we've seen in all of western culture. For over two decades Kermitt Gosnell illegally sold prescriptions by day, and on the side, induced early delivery in expectant, indigent, and immigrant mothers. When those induced deliveries did not kill the child off, Gosnell would then either snip the spinal cord with a pair of scissors... read more
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Townhall.com... Fear of a Red Planet - By David Harsanyi
Have you heard that Hollywood is remaking the '80s classic -- yes, classic -- "Red Dawn"? Rather than Nicaraguan and Cuban forces invading the heartland with their godless socialism, a Chinese incursion will be the focus of the remake. And once again, a ragtag band of high-school students will do what hundreds of billions in Pentagon spending couldn't do: save... read more
Townhall… Every Dollar Has a Sponsor
The chatter around Your Nation's Capital among the cognoscenti, the intelligentsia, and smarty-pantses over the past 24 hours was: Is there any real meaning to the House vote to repeal Obamacare? That may not be as poetic as Paul Simon's lyric from his 1966 song Dangling Conversation: We speak of things that matter; 
With words that must be said: 
"Can analysis be worthwhile; 
Is the theater really dead?" But, there you are... read more

Townhall… Antidote to Government's Education Monopoly - By Kyle Olson
Americans are beginning to understand that the government-run assembly-line education system is not working. As I point out in the upcoming "Kids Aren't Cars" film series, thousands, of not millions of kids are being failed by a system that is geared more towards satisfying adults than educating children. See the trailer by clicking the link below. How else can a recent Detroit Public Schools graduate be unable to read her own diploma? How else can tenure - the job security... read more

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Will “Centrist” Obama Win? By Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
Jan. 21, 2011 - On this, the second anniversary of his inauguration, President Obama is clearly showing a determination to change his image, replacing his hard left dogmatism with a seeming flexibility and openness to the views of the center.  Will it work?  Will it lead to his re-election?  Are we only one-quarter of the way through a two term Obama presidency? If the Republican Party... read more
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Townhall… Peace in Our Time? - By Janice Shaw Crouse
"Can we all get along?" - Rodney King. In these times when irrational hatreds erupt in such terrifying tragedy, Rodney King’s nearly 20-year-old question re-echoes. Hard experience answers: No, not really. Not in this fallen world. Neither in ancient times (Hebrews and Philistines, Athens and Sparta), nor recent times (Korea, Viet Nam, Iran and Iraq). Not between semi-literate tribes (Hutus and Tutsis), nor... read more
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Townhall... Restoring Economic Freedom
Suppose a quiz show host were to ask: “What country enjoys the most economic freedom?” Most Americans probably wouldn’t even hesitate before answering, “The United States.” They’d be wrong. In fact, according to the 2011 “Index of Economic Freedom,” the U.S. isn’t even in the top five. We come in at number nine -- right below Denmark, Ireland and Canada... read more
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Townhall… A Solution at Obama's Fingertips
On Tuesday, the president will deliver his State of the Union message. The conventional wisdom is that Barack Obama will continue his "move to the center." The quotation marks are necessary because some people think he really is moving to the center, while others think he just wants to appear like he is. Either way, this undoubtedly... read more
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Human Events… Media Banished From Democrats’ Retreat
The House Democrats have banned reporters from the hotel where they are holding their annual retreat for three days this week. The Democratic Members of Congress are staying at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge, MD. The media, however, are staying at the Holiday Inn Express, which is almost two miles away... read more
Townhall… Why We're a Divided Nation, By Walter E. Williams
Some Americans have strong, sometimes unyielding preferences for Mac computers, while most others have similarly strong preferences for PCs and wouldn't be caught dead using a Mac. Some Americans love classical music and hate rock and roll. Others have opposite preferences, loving rock and roll and consider classical music as hoity-toity junk. Then there are those among us who love football and Western movies, and find golf and cooking shows to be less than manly... read more

From Sojourners… After Tucson, the State of the Union
In Tucson, Arizona, President Obama spoke to the state of the nation’s soul. Next Tuesday, January 25, he will speak to the state of the union. But these two topics are not as separate as they might seem. Presidents often use the State of the Union as a moment to talk about who we are, who we are not, and who we can be as a nation. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer and Republican Senator Tom Coburn will sit next to one another during the president’s State of the Union... read more

Could Offshore Drilling Reduce the Deficit? By Robert Bluey
Republicans press White House for data on the government's offshore drilling revenue - Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) wants the Obama administration to provide Congress with data on the federal government’s offshore drilling revenue — information that would show just how much President Obama’s anti-drilling policies are impacting the budget. Based on recent projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, production in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to drop... read more

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Townhall... Obama Isn't Fooling Anyone - By David Harsanyi
President Barack Obama penned a witty Wall Street Journal op-ed this week, titled "Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System." In it, he extolled the virtues of a free market system. And to prove that his admiration of capitalism has nothing to do with naked political expediency, Obama signed an executive order that will "root out regulations that conflict, that are not worth... read more
Libertarian chair "sort of" commends Obama's Cuba decision


WASHINGTON - Mark Hinkle, Chairman of the Libertarian Party, sort of commends President Obama for his decision to just barely ease travel restrictions and restrictions on sending private financial assistance to the people suffering under the socialist government of Cuba.

Hinkle said, "The president has shown less-than-tremendous courage here. I suppose it's a tiny positive step that our government will permit Americans to send $500 to a Cuban... read more

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Mud Libel - by Ann Coulter
01/19/2011 - The same people who had blamed Sarah Palin for the massacre at the Tucson Safeway and then taunted her for her “silence” were enraged when she responded. Last Tuesday, the night before Palin responded, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann mocked Palin’s silence throughout his show: -- “And why is the ever self-promoting Miss Palin so quiet?” - “And it’s quiet, isn’t it?” - “It’s too quiet"... read more
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1,968 Reasons to Repeal - by Newt Gingrich
If you had any doubt about the importance of repealing the health reform law, a new chart from the Center for Health Transformation will give you 1,968 reasons to repeal the bill. The chart, titled “The New and Expanded Secretarial Powers in the Health Reform Law” reveals the ways in which the 2,700-page health reform law grants 1,968 powers to the Secretary of Health and Human... read more
Politico… Repeal vote is just Republicans' first step on health care, By Carrie Budoff Brown
The highly anticipated vote Wednesday to repeal the health care reform bill will make headlines and count as a promise kept by House Republicans. But in the end, it’s really just for show. The real work begins immediately afterward, with Republicans using every legislative and political tool at their disposal to wage a two-year campaign against the overhaul. And there won’t be anything subtle about this slow-drip strategy as Republicans aim... read more

Redstate... The Secret Ballot Protection Act: It’s Time to Make it Law
Jan. 17, 2011 - Let’s put this whole debate about card-check to bed once and for all. It’s time to pass the Secret Ballot Protection Act. On Friday, the union-controlled National Labor Relations Board threatened to sue the states of Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah, if any (or all) of them attempt to enforce the recent voter-approved measures in their states that guarantee workers the right to a secret-ballot election... read more

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Townhall.com... Contrasts in Black and Red - By Cal Thomas
The contrast between what Illinois Democrats did last week and what Republicans have done in Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia and New Jersey, could not be clearer. In Illinois, Democratic legislators and a Democratic governor pushed through a massive 67 percent personal income tax hike (and a 46 percent boost in corporate taxes), claiming an accompanying "cap" would mean no new spending... read more
Columbus Dispatch... Snooping on journalist's family is new low for Democrats
A general rule of politics is that families are off limits. Criticize a political opponent, go after a public official but leave spouses and kids alone, unless there are special circumstances that expose them to scrutiny. Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern broke that code on Nov. 11, nine days after Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland lost re-election. Redfern personally signed a public-records request with the city of Cleveland... read more

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Townhall.com… School Choice Offers Opportunity for the Teaching Profession, By Gary Beckner
2011 is gearing up to be the year for education reform in America. With the education debate making headlines daily, it’s clear that we will be seeing major changes in the year to come. School choice, the call for an education system that allows parents to choose the learning environment that is best suited for their child, has become the cornerstone of the education... read more
Townhall.com... Uniting Congress, By Linda Chavez
The attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of six others in Tucson have transfixed the nation for the past week. But as horrific as those events were, Congress has little choice but to move on. There is little Congress can do about what happened in Tucson -- or ensure something like it won't ever happen again. It is hubris to believe otherwise. What members of Congress owe their fallen colleague -- and the American people... read more

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Townhall.com... No Off Button on Sarah Palin, By Debra J. Saunders
This is a free country. If Sarah Palin wants to run for president in 2012, she is free to try. But she will not win the GOP nomination because Republican voters are not going to choose a middle-aged version of Britney Spears -- a figure whose most evident talent is to attract attention to herself -- to challenge Barack Obama. It's this simple: Republicans... read more
Townhall.com… Same as the Old Boss? By John Stossel
Last year, I reported that the United States fell from sixth to eighth place -- behind Canada -- in the Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal's 2010 Index of Economic Freedom. Now, we've fallen further. In the just-released 2011 Index, the United States is in ninth place. That's behind Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Ireland and Denmark. The biggest reason for the continued slide? Spending as a percentage... read more

Townhall.com… The Tab Comes Due in 2011
Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and both the elder and younger George Bush all found the third and fourth years of their presidencies harder than the first and second. The nation and the world tired of speechmaking. The novelty of a new commander in chief faded; poll numbers went south. The same thing is now happening to President Obama on a variety of fronts. Democrats assured voters that we would love ObamaCare once the new federal health... read more

Newsmax... Obamacare and the Deficit: Facts Fast and Loose, By Henry J. Reske
Jan. 13, 2011 - Claims that Obamacare will reduce the deficit, expand it, or is a job-killer amount to silly, over-the-top, hypocritical political rhetoric. An analysis of Republican and Democratic assertions about repeal of the measure concluded that both sides are playing fast and loose with the facts, The Washington Post said.
 House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has attacked Congressional Budget Office estimates of cost savings... read more

Redstate... The President’s Speech and Killing Sarah Palin, by Erick Erickson
Thursday, January 13 - What was billed as a “memorial service” in Arizona last night was more of a pep-rally and celebration of life. It was complete with sloganeering, bumper stickers, and t-shirts. It is what was needed. What’s more, Mr. Obama gave a stunning rebuke to his own base who’ve engaged in a horrific blame game all week... read more
To Save the States: Let ‘em Declare Bankruptcy, By Dick Morris & Eileen McGann

Published in the New York Post on January 12, 2011. Facing huge budget difficulties, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been showing other states how to survive -- namely, by taking on the government-employee unions. Christie’s battles with the teachers unions over the past year have produced countless YouTube hits. And last month, he got a law passed to limit wage hikes from labor arbitrations between the state and... read more

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Townhall.com… Poisonous Politics, By Pat Buchanan

Jan. 11, 2011 - On Feb. 15, 1933, Giuseppe Zangara, delusional and a loner, fired his .32-caliber pistol at FDR in the Bayfront Park area of Miami. Five feet tall, Zangara could not aim over the crowd. So, he stood on a folding chair and was piled on after the first of five shots. He wounded four people, including Mayor Anton Cermak of Chicago. In two weeks, Zangara, who... read more
Townhall.com… The Constitution, Yes, But There's More, By Star Parker

Jan 9, 2011 - I salute the Republicans of the 112th Congress for their initiative to restore the U.S. Constitution to its legitimate place of prominence in our public discourse. Reading it aloud at Congress’s opening session and requiring members to cite Constitutional authority when introducing new legislation are great ideas. It will help highlight that the real debate is about the underlying defining principles of our nation that the constitution exists to protect... read more

Townhall.com... Explaining Evil, By Cal Thomas
 
In the aftermath of the senseless wounding of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona, and the murder of six others, including U.S. District Judge John Roll and 9-year-old Christina Green, there will be many who will use this tragedy to advance their own political agendas... read more

Townhall.com… The Internet Is Threatened By Government Regulation - By Romina Boccia

The Internet is the most marvelous and open information highway humanity has yet experienced. You are likely reading this column on a screen on your laptop, desktop, or mobile handheld device. To reach you, this piece traveled over a broadband network that connects this web site's server to your device. If you are in the United States, the network you are using is a part of an overall Internet infrastructure that is owned and managed by more than 1500 providers... read more

Redstate.com… I’m going to make a political point now - by Erick Erickson

Jan. 10, 2011 - For those still attacking Sarah Palin for daring to use the word “targets” and maps against Democrats, including Gabrielle Giffords, please note that the DLC and DCCC, the D is for “Democratic”, also had maps with targets in earlier years. Likewise Markos Moulitsas of the Daily Kos targetted Gabrielle Giffords himself. The self-serving attack over the use of maps and the word “target” is both dumb and hypocritical... read more

Townhall.com… The Constitution Did Not Condone Slavery - By Ken Blackwell

Jan. 9, 2010 - “There’s nothing new under the sun,” said President Harry Truman, “there’s only history we haven’t learned yet.” The history we haven’t learned yet was on display on page one of the Washington Post. Post writers Philip Rucker and David Farenthold reported on the reading of the Constitution by newly sworn-in Members of the 112th Congress. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) led the novel exercise and defended the decision not to read those portions .... read more

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Dick Morris Reports… There are no Politics in Murder - By Dick Morris & Eileen McGann

Jan. 10, 2011 - The conventional wisdom of the media establishment that strident and outspoken political debate catalyzes violence is an absurdity!  Telling people to “kill pigs” as the sixties radicals did, in fact, encouraged violence.  But vigorous political debate and strongly or even passionately held views have nothing whatever to do with the decision of some nut... read more
From Townhall.com… Contempt of Constitution - By David Stokes

Do all those who seem to be so enamored of a so-called “Living Constitution” really want the document to live—or are they actually trying to kill it off as a relevant part of our national life? It is hard to actually believe that something as seemingly and prototypically American as a public reading of the U.S. Constitution by people recently sworn to uphold it could be at all controversial. For that matter, it is even harder to believe that such an exercise.... read more

From Townhall.com… The Diversity Police Are At It Again

An alarm has been sounded for Republicans who advocate big-government, abortion, gay marriage, and gun control: Take heed! The GOP is being taken over by (gasp!) actual conservatives! Offering a review of Monday's debate between the four individuals vying for the mantle of RNC chair, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank first belittled, then bemoaned, the lack of ideological diversity among the candidates... read more

From ThinkProgress… Obama Created More Jobs in One Year Than Bush Created in Eight

Jan. 7 2011 - Yesterday morning, the Labor Department released its employment data for December, showing that the U.S. economy ended the year by adding 113,000 private sector jobs, knocking the unemployment rate down sharply from 9.8 percent to 9.4 percent — its lowest rate since July 2009... read more

From truthout.org… News Briefs - Saturday 08 January 2011... click here to read

From Townhall.com... For the 112th Time: New Congress, Same Challenges, By Paul Greenberg
 
Jan. 8, 2011 - It’s the way every new Congress begins -- with pomp amid familiar circumstances. Once again, the Outs have become the Ins, and the opposition now becomes the majority, at least in the People’s House. Change places, allemande right, do-si-do and off we go. Or maybe just march in place to much ado. If this change proves only ceremonial, the other party may soon enough get to call the next dance. Or as John Boehner, the incoming speaker of the House... read more

Townhall.com... Let it Snow, but Clean it Up, By Bill O’Reilly
 
Jan. 8, 2011 - One of the signature moments of the Bush administration came when the federal government failed to immediately react to the carnage caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. As you’ll remember, President Bush seemed lethargic about the death and destruction, and the media buried him because of his lackluster posture. But we now know that the president could not have seized control of the situation because he was not asked in by... read more

No Debt Limit Expansion without Spending Cuts! By Dick Morris & Eileen McGann

Jan. 8, 2011 - Every Republican member of Congress should sign the following pledge, being promulgated by Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform: “I promise not to vote for any expansion of the federal debt limit unless it is preceded or accompanied by significant cuts in federal spending.” We all know that the reason the federal government debt is exploding is the reckless spending policies of the Obama Administration.  From the time George Washington took the oath... read more

From Politico.com… DCCC Chairman inherits money mess - By John Bresnahan & Alex Isenstadt

Jan. 7, 2011 - Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) is not exactly vowing to win back the House in 2012, but he still insists “the House will be in play” next year. Yet Israel is inheriting a mess as he takes over the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this cycle. The DCCC is nearly $20 million in debt, the electoral map may be even more daunting in 2012 after redistricting, and fundraising even tougher as the party competes for money during a presidential election cycle... read more

From Townhall.com… Conservative Legal Team from Obamacare Case Fighting EPA - By Ken Klukowski

Jan. 7, 2011 - On Dec. 30, a federal appeals court froze new EPA regulations on greenhouse gases. The team representing the State of Texas in this appeal is also the team managing the largest Obamacare lawsuit in America, led by a lawyer from the Reagan administration. This appeal is the latest reminder that America good judges to uphold the rule of law and stop President Obama’s ongoing power grab... read more

From Human EventsFundamental Questions About Job Creation - by John Hayward

Jan. 7, 2011 - There are reasons we’re stuck with persistent high unemployment. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is planning to study the impact of government regulation on job creation in his first hearing.  In a memo outlining his agenda for the first months of the new Congress, Issa said “we need to start by asking a very fundamental question: why hasn’t the economy created the private-sector jobs the president promised?”... read more

From Townhall.com... True or False - By Walter E. Williams

So many statements we accept as true, plausible or beyond question; but are they? Let's look at a couple of important ones: global warming and U.S. manufacturing decline. In 2000, Dr. David Viner of University of East Anglia's disgraced Climatic Research Unit advised, "Within a few years winter snowfall will become a very rare and exciting event." "Children just aren't going to know what snow is." Britain's Meteorological Office said this December... read more

From Townhall.comKids Aren't Cars; Schools Shouldn't Be Assembly Lines - By Kyle Olson

As "Waiting for 'Superman'" so eloquently points out, the industrial assembly-line model of America's public schools, created decades ago, isn't working. In fact, it's setting us further and further behind our global competitors. Today, it is essential that our children graduate high school and college prepared for the fierce competition they will face in the global marketplace. Their economic survival will be determined by their ability to compete with countries... read more

From Townhall.com New Year's Resolutions for State Legislators - By Phyllis Schlafly

The biggest news of 2010 was the gain of 690 state legislative seats by Republicans and their capture of both state houses in 26 states. Here are some New Year's resolutions for laws they should consider passing in 2011. HEALTH CARE: "Out-of-pocket medical expenses shall be tax deductible" and "self-paying patients shall not be charged more by a hospital than what it charges insurance companies for the same services." Explanation... read more

From Townhall.com Constitutionalists vs. 'Interpretationists' - By Cal Thomas

The new House Republican leadership is smart to inaugurate their return to power by reading aloud the U.S. Constitution on the House floor. Recalling America's founding principles is never a bad idea. To some on the left, though, the Constitution doesn't mean what it says, but is to be interpreted by judges and politicians. To liberals, this means the document is useful only when it advances a "progressive" economic, political and social agenda. Otherwise... read more

From Townhall.com Post-Census Party Pooping - By Jonah Goldberg

It's a festive time: singing on the sidewalks, good cheer erupting at home and the office. I'm of course referring to the revelry that descends on the library carrels and fluorescently iridescent cubicles around Washington when the census data comes out.
Particularly giddy these days are the Republicans who've picked up a few more seats in Congress and a few more electoral votes for the presidential election, thanks to the demographic tide pulling out... read more

From Truthout.org… 2011: A Brave New Dystopia - by Chris Hedges

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” The debate, between those who watched our descent towards corporate totalitarianism, was who was right. Would we be, as Orwell wrote, dominated by a repressive surveillance and security state that used crude and violent forms of control? Or would we be, as Huxley envisioned, entranced by entertainment and spectacle, captivated by technology... read more


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