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Obama's poker tells
Washington Examiner [DC], by Hugh Hewitt

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Posted By:StormCnter, 10/1/2012 5:45:45 AM

President Obama has a number of "poker tells" which he displays when answering questions. They betray an increasing distance between his reply and the truth. Talk show hosts love when the president gives one of his very rare press conference or any other occasion when he is off prompter. That is when these "tells" surface, giving all veteran Obama observers the verbal heads-up that the president has entered the land of thinly disguised fantasy or obvious dissembling. First, the president begins a pattern of "ahs" and "uhmms" which are as embarrassing as they are revealing.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: lydwho, 10/1/2012 5:55:32 AM     (No. 8901415)

Face it folks, the man is a bald face liar!!!!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Lala, 10/1/2012 6:03:36 AM     (No. 8901424)

If his lips are moving, he's lying. It's pretty simple.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: DW626, 10/1/2012 6:05:54 AM     (No. 8901427)

"Let me be perfectly clear..."
I would love to see Mitt say something to the thin-skinned zippy, thus causing zippy to have a Lonesome Rhoades moment.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 10/1/2012 6:10:54 AM     (No. 8901431)

The Straw Man tactic is a mainstay of Obama's demagoguery. He regularly misrepresents and even fabricates the actual positions of his opponents, often to an absurd degree. I have never known him to be confronted on this profoundly dishonest practice.

Obama uses words to obscure the truth. He emits great inky clouds of verbiage designed to distract and confuse. This, too, has never to my knowledge been confronted by anyone. He has gotten away with such elementary obfuscations until now. The press has given him a free ride on their shoulders and formed a ring of journalistic bodyguards to protect him from the slightest criticism.

He has coasted his whole life. It will be interesting to see how he reacts to a real challenge. At least, I hope Romney is prepared to present such a challenge. If he lets this opportunity slip we will regret it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bugger, 10/1/2012 6:29:04 AM     (No. 8901442)

I am so utterly, thoroughly, entirely sick of this man that words fail me. His "schtick" is beyond tiresome. Cockiness, petulance, and anger are all I see when I look at him. Oh yes, and the non-stop lies.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 10/1/2012 6:43:33 AM     (No. 8901461)

Telling lies is obviously a democratic enhancement. They come by it naturally. Remember Bill and Hil. Their lies made you dizzy when they first came on the scene.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Robinsolana, 10/1/2012 7:34:28 AM     (No. 8901527)

There is an amazing arrogance and emptiness to Obama.
Obama's signature gesture is the casual middle finger alongside his nose mocking his his opponent.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: fransand, 10/1/2012 7:34:44 AM     (No. 8901528)

His supporters really seem to be worried about the debates--I noticed this weekend that the operative talking point seemed to be that "Romney will be sure to deliver zingers."
Well, I sure hope he does but he doesn't really have to if he just delivers the facts.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Udanja99, 10/1/2012 8:18:17 AM     (No. 8901593)

Yes, #9, when even the DNC is saying that Romney will win the first debate, you know that the leftists are trying to either lower expectations or to set us up.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: caddyjak, 10/1/2012 8:27:59 AM     (No. 8901612)

Please, Mitt, talk about Obey's 923 "EXecutive Orders" where he has transformed the U.S. into a left wing dictatorship. He has bypassed Congress nine times as much in his 3.5 years as all the presidents back to Teddy Roosevelt.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Newtsche, 10/1/2012 8:31:39 AM     (No. 8901620)

The optics will be different than standing next to Hillary or pathetic gnome McCain. It's going to look like Ward Cleaver vs. Eddie Haskell. In any other position, Zip would be comic relief.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel, 10/1/2012 8:33:33 AM     (No. 8901625)

Whatever you do, don't call his bluff...bwahahaha!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: LZK, 10/1/2012 8:35:06 AM     (No. 8901629)

Liar -- liar -- you're pants on fire.... Well not even his pants -- because he's an empty suit or chair (you call it).

LZK

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Reply 14 - Posted by: tubaguy, 10/1/2012 8:45:51 AM     (No. 8901651)

I hope that Mitt calls him on it when Obumble tries to give him the finger.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Illinois Resident, 10/1/2012 8:49:48 AM     (No. 8901660)

I expect 0 to use the "old" democrat trick of first you assassinate the character of your opponent, then you try to denigrate them into submission with snarky comments avoiding any intelligent debate altogether.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mikeh251, 10/1/2012 9:03:22 AM     (No. 8901680)

mr obama, "what is a root"? Mr romney, "what is the square root of 3,966,452,413"? in unison: "O we owe. Oh weeeeee O" I don't think I will be able to watch this.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 10/1/2012 9:21:25 AM     (No. 8901722)

Cicero he ain't, but it won't matter. His minions are dug in and the media will declare him a winner regardless. Hope someone gives Mathews a bib so he doesn't slobber all over himself.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: gracepmc, 10/1/2012 9:40:45 AM     (No. 8901765)

Obama will get the questions in advance. As a bow to her exclusion from the actual debates Gwen Ifill (sp?)will have been allowed to submit some questions. Questions to Obama will be softballs. This is good since we have seen him throw out a ball. Questions to Romney will be of the are you still beating your wife variety. No matter, the MSM will declare Barack Obama the surprise winner given his poor debating skills which the Administration and the MSM is pre selling now. To expect otherwise is to have been asleep during this campaign and to have forgotten the major role the media has played in electing and supporting this failure of a President.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: John318, 10/1/2012 9:43:21 AM     (No. 8901773)

We all know who the "father of lies" is, I hope. See John 8:44

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Reply 20 - Posted by: ebuilder, 10/1/2012 9:48:22 AM     (No. 8901785)

1. The eyes closed smile, or inhale through billboard size teeth, followed by the evil savant dink and dunk response. 2. The bow. 3. The "Let me be perfectly clear..." introit. 4. The color of the tie and the audience. 5. The lack of the flag lapel pin. 6. The folded hands coming down the stairs. 7. The Jan Brewer embrace. and 8. "The future does not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam" -- said to a 99% Christian [faith tradition] country.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: spiderman, 10/1/2012 9:53:13 AM     (No. 8901795)

The problem with the debate is that those in charge will feed the liar the questions ahead of time. Romney will need to bring his A game.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: shurnuff, 10/1/2012 9:58:42 AM     (No. 8901807)

I hope L.com opens a discussion thread so that we can discuss while we watch. It's so nerve wracking and I, for one, need to know how others are viewing what I am seeing.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: ebuilder, 10/1/2012 9:58:54 AM     (No. 8901808)

Missed you #4.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: tobias, 10/1/2012 10:18:50 AM     (No. 8901848)

The debate will center on all the issues that are important to the left, which Obama will have all the right answers for. The interviewers will not approach any topic that might show Obama in a bad light. They will have gotcha questions for Romney that are unflattering and totally made up. their questions will start with "Some say" and proceed with something on the order that you won't look out for the 47%

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Reply 25 - Posted by: M2, 10/1/2012 10:22:50 AM     (No. 8901860)

Other tells to watch for:

"Let me be clear."
"As I've said before..."
"Experts agree...."

....and that head tilt with briefly closed eyes when he's been challenged and has no good answer.

He also closes his eyes briefly when he is trying to be nonchalant behind his growing unease.

When you study the man, he's an open book with no pages.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: mickturn, 10/1/2012 10:37:08 AM     (No. 8901912)

He is so used to lying to his adoring fans he things everyone is as stupid. He has no respect for anyone so he lies and thinks it's justified as part of the 'the means justifies the ends' meme. The worst part is he doesn't care if he's caught, the MSM will give him CYA.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: spahrkl, 10/1/2012 10:43:56 AM     (No. 8901930)

Romney can beat this O if he swings his response to O's pre learned questions if he swings in an unexpected sensitive direction. In otherwords, the questions may want a pre concieved answer but would be completely taken off point if Romney remits in a way totally unexpected. Romney can ask questions of questions.


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Reply 28 - Posted by: Razorgirl, 10/1/2012 10:45:28 AM     (No. 8901935)

It's too bad they didn't get "Watson" from Jeopardy to moderate the debates. Unless Romney gives the monderator the Newt treatment right from the start it will basicly be an Bomber love fest.

Romney responses should be: "Do I see smoke coming from behind your podium, Mr. President? It appears your pants are on fire."

or

"There doesn't appear to be anyone standing behind that podium over there Ms. Moderator."



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Reply 29 - Posted by: Maybeth, 10/1/2012 10:50:29 AM     (No. 8901954)

The posters at #4 and #26 took the words from my mind. I think there is no greater intro to an upcoming lie than Empty Suit's utterance of the words, 'Let me be clear.'

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Reply 30 - Posted by: brianod1, 10/1/2012 11:25:09 AM     (No. 8902040)

Mr. Hewett forgot the face-scratch-with-middle-finger.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: peterfleming, 10/1/2012 11:29:07 AM     (No. 8902059)

Paul M Fick PhD, the forensic psychologist who wrote 90's bestseller THE DYSFUNCTIONAL PRESIDENT about Bill Clinton's pathological lying and sexual compulsions, even before Monica Lewinsky appeared from under his desk
has now authored THE DESTRUCTIVE PRESIDENT, a beautifully detailed E BOOK on Amazon, about Obama's "unresolved psychological problems", his raging, vindictive real self.
Analytical intelligent people like Hewett can benefit from this brilliant, incisive look into the most dangerous man ever elected to high office in American history.
There are several highly charged descriptions to be found on author's site www.destructivepresident.com

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Reply 32 - Posted by: TruthandJustice, 10/1/2012 12:33:06 PM     (No. 8902232)

#4...I would finish that line ...Mr. president let me be perfectly clear, If I had a CEO with your recorded and your never ending excuses. I would fire him...And I hope the American people will do just that....replace you with a chief executive officer who will do the job and accept the responsibility for that job."

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Reply 33 - Posted by: TruthandJustice, 10/1/2012 12:43:22 PM     (No. 8902267)

Your experts..."mr Obama, the American people cannot afford your experts who have been wrong at every turn nor can they continue to afford your schemes. you have spent us to 16Trillion in debt after complaining of your predecessors debt.
Your Keynesian advisors offer Keynsian policy as an excuse for profligate spending which has wildly enhanced the pockets of your political backers....not The American people and you have not created jobs nor opportunity for future prosperity by growing any industry...you have put small business owners under such economic pressure and peril...and many are desperately holding on hoping for a change in leadership...I intend to help those people

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Reply 34 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 10/1/2012 12:45:55 PM     (No. 8902275)

FTA- " Pressers are not battles between the "reporters" and the president.
Very few not named Jake or Ed
bother the president with fastballs."
Ouch.
Tapper and Henry are the only real reporters in the room.
And perhaps the only real men.
They actually ask questions
at press conferences instead of behaving like Reggie Love wannabees awaiting
their turn in the hot tub with Barry.
Romney is going to have to wear two hats.
He's going to have to ask the questions that Jim Lehrer and the rest of the gerbils refuse to.
And he's also going to be subjected to the predictably
noxious questions from Lehrer
designed to morph into gotchas.
I would ask Romney not to insult our intelligence by telling
us how nice Obama is.
He's not,
we all know it and those that think he is ,
are morons and would never vote for Romney, anyway.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: noddy, 10/1/2012 1:47:11 PM     (No. 8902407)

''Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him'' Author: Richard Miniter.
Saw him being interviewed on a ''book show'' on C-Span over the weekend. Very impressed. Mr. Miniter has studied our President and knows him inside and out. It was nice hearing him answer great questions about his book and background information. His final words were along the lines of ~~ Romney is going to win the election.

So much has been written since the conventions about how Obama should answer questions, and how Romney should answer questions. I imagine all their advisers are keeping the candidates abreast of the suggestions and critiques. Considering Romney's background I feel it should be while terribly important, more of a matter of course for him, having been in front of boards and shareholders and having explained difficult situations. As for Obama, by Noon on Wednesday, his head will be signalling Explosion Alert. Whether it is drunk, eaten, smoked or sniffed, Obama will be needing something to calm him down.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Scout Finch, 10/1/2012 1:53:19 PM     (No. 8902416)

#4--"A Face In The Crowd" with good ole Lonesome Rhodes was on TCM last night!

I'm hoping for Mitt to get under Obama's skin, using light humor and a mature, capable demeanor.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 10/1/2012 2:05:08 PM     (No. 8902440)

The Gallup poll today gave Obama a 47% approval rating, exactly the same percentage as Mr Romney said cannot be counted on to vote for him, and is most likely the same percentage of people getting some type of Government benefit. It is inconceivable to me that even 4.7% of the populace approve of Obama's administration, since virtually every single thing that could go wrong has gone wrong. Obviously many of these people feel a few freebies is worth more than a free Capitalistic society, but when the money runs out, and they no longer are getting their benefits, they will be protesting in the streets just like many Europeans are now doing. Government does not make money, it takes money.


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Reply 38 - Posted by: chicodon, 10/1/2012 2:22:25 PM     (No. 8902477)

Romney must segue his short answers into a longer statement about Obama. The moderators will not give him the opportunity otherwise. If he's sharp, the moderator may make Obama respond and thus Romney will control the flow.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 10/1/2012 2:27:58 PM     (No. 8902486)

"I I I I I I I..."

That's the sound of Baby Doc Obama about to lie.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: manofparadise, 10/1/2012 2:37:24 PM     (No. 8902509)

Relax and enjoy the 54% Romney/45% Zero blowout in November. I've said this before many times. Pay attention, I'm right.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Photoonist, 10/1/2012 2:37:58 PM     (No. 8902511)

I wouldn't call these very hidden ''tells'' but instead symptoms of 0bama's malignant narcissism. The ''tells'' are the more subtle things he does with his hands and eyes and facial expressions; all insulting and disapproving of whomever asks a question of which he disapproves. Like all narcissists 0bama has this attitude of superiority. Anyone who doesn't cater to him in questions or shows they are more intelligent gets the middle finger from 0bama in some way.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Billyc, 10/1/2012 3:59:04 PM     (No. 8902678)

#7 agree always sticks in my mind when I see this Bill Clinton phony. Nearly every night on the Telly 'had no affair with this woman' Looking into the camera sheepishly. I still would refuse to shake hands with this creep.Obama is a dead loss, words cannot conjure up the correct word to nail this idiots constant lieing. I use the English spelling so we are not lying on the ground et al.God help us we have to get rid of this illegal incompetant occupant in the WH.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Japanorama, 10/1/2012 4:09:54 PM     (No. 8902694)

Obvious Obama tells:
* When his lips move, he lies.
* When his lips don't move, he's thinking of a lie.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 10/1/2012 4:27:18 PM     (No. 8902728)

Who decides who will mediate or monitor or whatever the 'leaders' are called at these debates. I wish they would just let them get started and leave them alone to DEBATE between themselves. This question with 1 minute to answer blah blah is just ignorant. OR maybe some time let a conservative ask the questions.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: lil dotty, 10/1/2012 6:03:34 PM     (No. 8902853)

Just looking to see how many times oh dark won gives American 'folks' the finger and will it be on his left hand or right. Are we involved in some sort of 'drinking game' Wednesday night? Not sure I'll be able to keep up. Drinking days have come and gone. How about tea? Can that be a substitute? You can be sure...if his lips move, he would be lying....fabricating the truth. Hit it out of the park Governor.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Bla Bla, 10/1/2012 6:45:16 PM     (No. 8902897)

Well if he's preparing to lie when he starts a pattern of "Ahs" then he is lying all the time. I've never heard head any politician get away with so much stuttering.

I loved this article! Good point about why he takes so long to answer a question. He ends up answering about a third of the questions anyone else would in the amount of time he stands there supposedly "taking questions" from the media.

After this debate, the polls -- they will be a changin'.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 10/1/2012 7:36:42 PM     (No. 8902981)

Another tell that Obama often displays is when his voice goes into soprano range as he
did in the infamous " you didn't build that " sound bite.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 10/1/2012 9:59:10 PM     (No. 8903216)

Here's what we're going to do. Right after tomorrow's debate, send any un-needed cell phones you have to Obie's office. After he receive about 50 million of them, he'll get the message, i.e., Obie you can blow it out your jug ears, pal. This should bring out a new poker tell out of the won.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: twinspineve@gmail.com, 10/1/2012 9:59:58 PM     (No. 8903219)

unfortunately traits which racists like to tie to black people are evident in this poor excuse
for a president. how could anyone with so little think he could be the head of a nation. i don't think he is trying to take down our nation. i think he is clueless. hasn't an idea what it is all about. we all wanted to give a chance to a black person. why couldn't it have been condolisa or west.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: twinspineve@gmail.com, 10/1/2012 10:43:40 PM     (No. 8903311)

i am annoyed with the media trying to steer the election instead of reporting the news truthfully so i repay by accepting the introductory offer of one dollar a week. when they try to up the price upon renewal i say, "if i cannot renew for a dollar a week...cancel me." i have been getting the paper at my non-profit price for 4 years now. if they don't report true news i don't pay true price.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: cincinnati whig, 10/1/2012 10:47:28 PM     (No. 8903317)

The question is: Will he be allowed to get away with it?

Well Mitt, will he?

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Reply 52 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 10/1/2012 11:28:30 PM     (No. 8903381)

I don't think I can watch it. Perhaps I'll record and watch later, after the results are in. Obama is so offensive, and such a shameless liar, that it's painful to watch, knowing this is our president--worse than Clinton.

#52, I like your style.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: Lonestar Jack, 10/1/2012 11:36:55 PM     (No. 8903395)

You had better have a large scoreboard if you intend to keep track of obama's lies.

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No, not quite. But the New York Times might as well have referred to President Obama with that title in a story by Jason Horowitz this past Sunday that tried to portray the president as being part of the Catholic experience in America. According to Horowitz (of Romney-was-a-prep-school-bully fame), President Obama began his professional career working in numerous Catholic parishes throughout Chicago´s South Side. He worked intimately with priests, bishops, and other Catholic leaders to serve the poor and needy. And despite not letting Catholic doctrine "tempt him," he nonetheless "effectively proselytized for the church." Moreover, the young Obama fit seamlessly into a

MSNBC is in serious trouble
Politico, by Dylan Byers    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/27/2014 4:51:15 AM     Post Reply
This is the story of MSNBC in a nutshell: It rose to prominence on its criticism of George W. Bush, peaked during Barack Obama´s historic 2008 campaign, and, by criticizing Republicans and championing liberal causes, sustained its viewership in the years that followed. Until now. MSNBC suffered harder loses in 2013 -- in terms of both viewership and revenue -- than either of its competitors at Fox News and CNN, according to Nielsen data featured in a new Pew Research report. Prime-time viewership declined by a staggering 24 percent (nearly twice the loss sustained by CNN and four-times that sustained by Fox

You Don’t Need Nate Silver to
‘Predict’ a GOP Win This Fall
Daily Beast, by Jeff Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/27/2014 4:47:37 AM     Post Reply
The tempest over his projection that Republicans will take the Senate forgets probability isn’t prediction and that the White House party usually loses in its sixth year. When Chicago White Sox star Shoeless Joe Jackson was accused of helping to throw the 1919 World Series, legend has it that a teary-eyed youngster confronted him, pleading, “Say it ain’t so, Joe!” I would not be at all surprised if, sometime in the next few days, a teary-eyed Democratic campaign operative confronts FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver on a Washington street, pleading: “say it ain’t, Nate!” The seer of the 2012 campaign, whose “I Got Algorithm” approach

Why Barack Obama is the biggest
obstacle to a Hillary Clinton presidency
The Week, by Damon Linker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/27/2014 4:42:44 AM     Post Reply
N ate Silver, the Svengali of political prognostication, has spoken: The Republicans now have a better-than-even chance of taking the Senate in November’s midterm elections. That’s bad news for Democrats in general. But it’s very bad news for Hillary Clinton in particular. Clinton is the 2016 Democratic front-runner by a mile. Just about the entire party, most of the media, and virtually all of the big liberal donors assume she’s going to run and clean up in the primaries. Most of them are also bullish on her prospects in the general election, no matter who receives the nod on the Republican side —

‘A Criminal Organization
Masquerading as a Political Party’
PJ Media, by Ed Driscoll    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/27/2014 4:33:26 AM     Post Reply
“Think of the Democratic Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party,” my friend and fellow PJM columnist Michael Walsh wrote in 2009 in the guise of his leftwing alter-ego, David Kahane. Certainly, at a minimum it’s safe to say that Democrats were rather active on the nation’s police blotters today. Since this is one narrative the MSM will never assemble (as they’re in on the fun), it’s up to the Blogosphere — so here we go. First up, the password is Swordfish Shrimp Boy: “BREAKING: Anti-Gun CA Senator Leland Yee Charged With Gun



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Controversy as Donald Rumsfeld says
a ´trained ape´ would manage the
troop withdrawal in Afghanistan
better than Obama

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Daily Mail [UK], by Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/26/2014 6:17:18 AM     Post Reply
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has said that ´a trained ape´ could do a better job managing American interests in Afghanistan than President Obama. The retired Republican made the insult while doing a phone-in interview for Greta Van Susteren´s Fox News show on Tuesday. He argued that the President made a serious error by failing to negotiate a status forces agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Gawker points out that such an agreement would effectively commit the United States to having a certain number of troops in the country for a number of years beyond the already-agreed-upon plan which

Secret Service agents in Obama’s
detail sent home from Netherlands
after night of drinking

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Washington Post, by Carol D. Leonnig & David Nakamura    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/25/2014 10:34:51 PM     Post Reply
Three Secret Service agents responsible for protecting President Obama in Amsterdam this week were sent home and put on administrative leave Sunday after going out for a night of drinking, according to three people familiar with the incident. One of them was found drunk and passed out in a hotel hallway, the people said. The hotel staff alerted the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands after finding the unconscious agent Sunday morning, a day before Obama arrived in the country, according to two of the people. The embassy then alerted Secret Service managers on the presidential trip, which included Secret Service

Harry Reid: People Aren’t Educated
on How to Use the Internet

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Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/26/2014 4:12:52 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said the fault of struggling to sign up on the Obamacare exchanges didn’t lie with the faulty website, but with the people who weren’t “educated on how to use the Internet.” Explaining the reasoning behind the latest Obamacare delay, Reid said too many people just didn’t know to use their computer properly and needed more time. Apparently, it had nothing to do with the well-documented failings of the website that have embarrassed the White House for months. “We have hundreds of thousands of people who tried to sign up who didn’t get through,” he said.

Barack Obama Knows Now What It’s Like to
Give a Speech Where Only One Man Claps

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International Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/26/2014 4:55:39 PM     Post Reply
Okay, THAT was certainly embarrassing. At the end of a joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in the Netherlands on Tuesday, the applause for Barack Obama came from a grand total of one guy. One. After thanking the crowd twice for suffering through his boring, standard worn-out spiel, Obama looked around the room, expecting the usual fanfare and applause he receives from his loyal followers back home. It never came. Instead, the Leader of the Free World was met with one slow, awkward clap. Question: was MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in the house?

Issa to IRS Commissioner:
Release Lerner´s Emails or
Face Contempt

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Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/26/2014 3:40:23 PM     Post Reply
Six months ago, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa subpoenaed the emails of former head of IRS Tax Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner. Lerner was in charge during the IRS´ inappropriate targeting of conservative, patriot and tea party groups. IRS officials have failed to comply with the subpoena and today during a hearing on Capitol Hill, Issa threatened IRS Commissioner John A. Koskinen, one of only two political appointees at the agency, with contempt. "Unfortunately you´ve been more concerned with managing political fallout than complying with this Committee," Issa said, urging Koskinen to comply or "potentially be held in

Democratic pollster predicts ´huge
turnout disadvantage´ in 2014

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CNN, by Peter Hamby    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/26/2014 4:57:49 AM     Post Reply
Washington - A leading Democratic pollster predicted a "sobering" turnout disadvantage for her party in this year´s midterm elections and called on Democrats to articulate "a bigger economic agenda" this fall. "There is a huge turnout disadvantage and challenge," Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said Tuesday at a breakfast with reporters. "There is always a challenge in turnout in an off year, but it´s really dramatic this time." Lake was speaking a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. Lake and Republican pollster Ed Goeas revealed results of a new George Washington University poll that showed GOP voter intensity in 2014 outpacing

Obama, Pope Francis
meet for first time

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CNN, by Halimah Abdullah    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 3/27/2014 9:03:29 AM     Post Reply
U.S. President Barack Obama and Pope Francis met Thursday for the first time at Vatican City, offering a chance for a reset of sorts between the administration and Catholic leadership following years of strained relations. The two world leaders greeted each other with a smile and a handshake, and posed for pictures before sitting down across a table from each other. The goal of the meeting: Focus on areas where two of the world´s most influential men agree and gently tread ground where they differ. The President and the Pontiff will, as the White House said in a statement, focus on "shared commitment

Busted! After promising ´no delay´ in
final Obamacare sign-up deadline, Obama
administration unveils new ´honor system´ *

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/26/2014 12:51:26 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is prepared to give prospective Obamacare enrollees another half-month to signup for insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act website, healthcare.gov, treating the law´s March 31 regulatory deadline as a formality for Americans who claim they tried in earnest to sign up in time. During a March 12 congressional hearing, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Texas Republican Rep. Kevin Brady that there would be no such extensions. ´Are you going to delay the open enrollment beyond March 31?´ Brady asked. ´No, sir,´ she replied. On the same day, Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the

It´s time for White House to start sweating
over legal challenge to Obamacare subsidies

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Washington Examiner [DC], by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/26/2014 5:25:58 AM     Post Reply
As the U.S. Supreme Court weighed the constitutionality of a contraception coverage mandate Tuesday morning, a federal appeals court heard a separate legal challenge that could have much more sweeping implications for the future of President Obama´s health care law. And if the oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit are any indication, it’s time for the White House to start sweating over a lawsuit that up until now has flown relatively below the radar. At issue in the case are the subsidies that the federal government provides for individuals purchasing insurance through Obamacare. Though the text

President Obama got elected
on competency. Now people
are starting to wonder.

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Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/26/2014 4:57:05 PM     Post Reply
On Tuesday night two things happened. 1. A trio of Secret Service agents were sent home from Amsterdam after one was found passed out drunk in a hotel hallway. 2. The Obama Administration announced (another) extension of the enrollment deadline for Obamacare signups. At first glance, these two events have little in common with one another. But, modern politics is all about narratives and storylines. And, both of these events confirm a growing concern from the public about President Obama: That he´s just not up to governing his administration and, by extension, the country, effectively.

Harry Reid: Obamacare Delayed
Because ‘People Are Not Educated
About How to Use the Internet’

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Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/26/2014 1:47:46 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, Obama administration officials announced a two week extension in the deadline to enroll in the Affordable Care Act or face a penalty defined as a tax. Asked about this “delay” in the implementation of the ACA on Wednesday, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) said that there has been no delay. He added that some of the users who experienced problems with the website early on need more time, partially because “people are not educated about how to use the internet.” “There’s no hiccup or delay,” Reid insisted. “We had hundreds of thousands of people who tried to sign up and

Andrea Mitchell Slams Hobby
Lobby: ´What Right Do They Have
to Interfere With Medical
Decisions by Women?´

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Newsbusters, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/25/2014 10:21:26 PM     Post Reply
On her 12 p.m. ET hour MSNBC show on Tuesday, host Andrea Mitchell interrogated attorney Mark Rienzi for representing Hobby Lobby in the Supreme Court case against the ObamaCare contraception mandate: "What right do they have, again, to interfere with medical decisions by women?...I mean, this gets to the whole issue of women´s health and why should women be discriminated against in ways that other medical beneficiaries are not?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Rienzi pushed back: "No one´s discriminating against women, Andrea, all they´re saying is that, you´re right, these are personal decisions,


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