Raleigh, N.C. — A strategy memo circulated recently among liberal-leaning groups prescribes "crippling" legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory with bad press and pressure tactics. The memo, which was first reported by The Charlotte Observer, details communications strategy, political tactics and polling data that progressive groups can use to push the policy agenda in Raleigh, where Republicans control both the governor´s mansion and the legislature. According to documents included with the memo and interviews, the strategy outline was produced by Myers Research and Strategic Services for Project New America. It was originally provided to Progress North Carolina, a liberal nonprofit
Non-profits with political agendas are rampant. Suppose those loopholes Obama wants to close will take the non-profit status away from the likes of Media Matters, Project New America,the revampted ACORN? Not holding my breath. But look how much is missed in taxes. The original donor can´t deduct and the group has to pay taxes!
Uneducated radical political fanatics who have more in common with other fanatics than superficial differences might first suggest. The grandiosity and dogmatism of these zealots causes them to hate and want to destroy all who disagree. The basic problem is education, or the lack thereof. Ignorant of history, human achievements and missteps, unschooled in philosophy, literature and the Classics, contemptuous of religion, such pathetic specimens actually think they know everything, have only the purest motives, and actually lack the concept of political disagreement and the fallibility it implies. This is what comes of dumbing down the university curriculum and giving time and legitimacy to characters like Saul Alinsky and a host of other poseurs and political flim-flam artists.
The Obama administration on Tuesday said it plans to review the privacy implications of facial recognition technology. Lawmakers and privacy advocates have expressed fears that tech companies and government agencies are using facial recognition technologies to track people, often without their knowledge. The Commerce Department said it recognizes those concerns and will work with tech groups, privacy advocates and online advertising trade associations to identify them. “Facial recognition technology has the potential to improve services for consumers, support innovation by businesses, and affect identification and authentication online and offline,” said Larry Strickling, the administrator of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). “However, the
Consider it an attack of the drones — and pork is on the menu. Feral pigs in America’s deep South are a major problem for farmers and civilians alike, with the porcine predators causing an estimated $1.5 billion annually in damage to crops and wildlife. Enter the Louisiana Hog Control, an extermination company launched in 2011 by a couple of engineers determined to make a dent in the thriving pig population. Using a radio-controlled airplane equipped with a thermal-imaging camera as a spotter and a hunter on the ground, Cy Brown estimates he and his partner, James Palmer, have killed roughly
Norman Rockwell, long America´s favorite mass-market painter, now has auction records to match his popularity. Saying Grace, one of his masterpieces, sold for $46 million at auction today — a price three times higher than his previous record. Also, two other iconic paintings by Rockwell, who died in 1978, sold for a total of nearly $12 million, according to the Associated Press. No word yet on who bought the paintings. It was Grace that drew all eyes at Sotheby´s in New York. It is an affecting image of a crowded restaurant with a little boy and a woman bowed in prayer at their
Corporate CEOs are growing more optimistic about the economy, and a budget deal in Washington would help push next year´s growth higher, according to a survey released by the Business Roundtable Wednesday. The business lobby´s CEO confidence index rose to 84.5 in a fourth-quarter survey of 120 chief executives, compared with 79.1 last quarter. The survey measures expectations for economic activity over the next six months. A reading above 50 points to economic expansion. "CEOs expect modest improvement in the outlook for economic expansion in the first half of 2014,´´ Business Roundtable Chairman James McNerney said on a conference call. "The survey
Washington -- Two members of the Tennessee congressional delegation have found a new way to challenge President Barack Obama´s health care reforms. Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood, and Phil Roe, R-Johnson City, are part of a friend-of-the-court brief filed in November that contends the various taxes in the 2010 Affordable Care Act are unconstitutional because they were put there by the wrong chamber in Congress. The brief, filed in the case of Sissel vs. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, argues Congress violated the "origination clause" of the Constitution in
Vatican City – Pope Francis met Monday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a closed-door meeting at the Vatican to discuss matters that are highly political and an illustration of the pontiff´s increasing willingness to weigh in on global affairs. The Israeli government said Netanyahu talked with Francis about the Iranian nuclear program, negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians and the fate of Christians living in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East. The 25-minute meeting comes after Francis´s private Vatican get-together last week with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. "During John Paul II´s declining years, and throughout Benedict XVI´s papacy, the Vatican was
Pope Francis revealed that he once worked as a bouncer at a nightclub in Buenos Aires — and it´s starting a big conversation on social media, calling Francis the coolest pope ever. Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) tweeted a suggestion for an off-beat dramedy about the pope as a bouncer: "Heaven can wait, and So Can You." Charles Blow (@CharlesMBlow) tweeted "The Pope comes out with something cooler every week… If he releases a mix tape it will be all over." So just how cool is Pope Francis? A quick scan of headlines shows a lot about how he relates to the faithful: He drives
The nation’s view of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, colored by the horrific Benghazi assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya on her watch, has suddenly turned upside down, with more now holding an unfavorable opinion of the likely 2016 presidential candidate. A new YouGov/Economist poll found Clinton, whose approval ratings have typically been sky high, with an unfavorable rating of 48 percent, more than the 46 percent who have a favorable opinion of her. The YouGov pollsters said that the change in American attitudes toward Clinton "suggests that negative press surrounding the tragic
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Bill Clinton, the cliché goes, was the first black president, no matter his skin color. That being the case, Barack Obama is not the first black president, or the first African-American president, if you prefer, but the first hippie president. Clinton’s southern background and lifestyle were indeed more typically black, just as Obama’s was more typically hippie. And we’re not just talking about the “Choom gang” here, scarfing “Maui Wowie” on the sands of Oahu. We’re talking about all of it, the whole multi-culti-missing-white-mother-vanished-Kenyan-father-anti-imperialist-America-is-always-the-enemy-and-don’t-you-forget-it-nine-yards. And like most hippie culture as I knew and experienced it, it wasn’t about “peace and love.” Not
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. One of those people, a young Florida woman named Monica Weeks, introduced Obama after telling the story of being struck with Crohn´s Disease at age 19 and receiving expensive treatments for several years that were covered by her parents´ health care plan — because Obamacare allowed her to remain on that plan until age 26. Now, Weeks said, she has coverage through a job. "The Affordable Care Act gives young adults who are just starting