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How Obama Gave The Campaign
Back To Romney

Daily Beast, by Andrew Sullivan

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Posted By:ketchuplover, 10/15/2012 12:52:59 AM

If anyone thought that the feisty Biden debate undid the massive damage the president did to himself in the first debate, the news isn't great. Biden does seem to have reversed the speed of Obama's free-fall but not the decline itself. Romney's debate obliteration of Obama - something that, in my view, irreparably damages a sitting president - does not seem to be a bounce, but a resilient jump. It's not going away by itself. That is: not a bounce. (snip) Momentum matters. Obama had it. He threw it away. It will be extremely hard, with such little time left,

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Keep all sharp objects away from Andrew. His best line about Obama's dismal debate performance was that it was "so vain it was almost a dare not to vote for him." The Germans have a good word for describing how we can feel joy at another's hardship: Schadenfreude. That's what I'm feeling now, thanks to you, Andrew!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: EQKimball, 10/15/2012 1:19:57 AM     (No. 8933581)

The debate gave "undecided voters" permission to say they were voting for Romney. More debates will not help the Obama campaign.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Lucky4, 10/15/2012 1:25:50 AM     (No. 8933585)

I honestly do not understand why all the left keep saying our guys are lying or lied in these two debates. Am I missing something? Did they change potions on something or make up something? Why is this the accepted fact that all the media, comedians and everyone keep repeating?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: rmsimms, 10/15/2012 1:36:34 AM     (No. 8933589)

It's called Big Lie Propaganda, #2....a classic liberal tactic that Hitler and Goebbels ripped off from them. Basically, if you tell a lie, the bigger the better, enough times and as loudly as possible, people begin to believe it.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: killerbee, 10/15/2012 1:48:37 AM     (No. 8933593)

Dems say something's a lie if they disagree with it. No debating with them, agree all the way or you're a liar.

At this moment the media has managed to pull a quote from Ambassador Stevens's father that they clearly hope will aid the Obama administration and the media in sweeping the Libya attack debacle under the rug. I've been watching it pop up slowly for the last couple of hours. It'll be all over the news feeds for Monday morning viewing.

So, yeah, Andrew. Your side is pulling some seriously nefarious garbage out and you're calling someone a liar for having an opinion that doesn't square with yours. Deal with it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: NotaBene, 10/15/2012 2:39:40 AM     (No. 8933619)

Gay sex and marriage trumps America for this person.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Spidey, 10/15/2012 2:39:42 AM     (No. 8933620)

This is nothing but an exercise in handwringing to make it look like Obama is toast no matter what happens in the next debates.

I can see Obama getting a 5 point bounce after this debate along with the media calling him the comeback kid.

The people who Obama is huddling with this weekend are the engineers of this country's downward spiral the last 4 years.They have tons of money invested in Obama to destroy this country and It's had for me to believe that Obama will just roll over if he loses.He can shut down just about any banking acct. if the bank is even remotely tied to Iran.

Obama has two choices. Rig the election or simply seize power.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Butch, 10/15/2012 2:55:38 AM     (No. 8933635)

FTA: "It turns out it wasn't the economy (it's been perking up lately)..."

Inflation sure has been "perking up lately," with a 1.1% rise in wholesale prices in September. That's over 13% on an annual basis, and it's a disaster that Obama has been engineering with all the reckless spending and "quantitative easing" (a euphemism if ever I've heard one).

What parallel universe does Andrew Sullivan inhabit? The US economy is terrible and everyone in this universe knows it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: JAN, 10/15/2012 3:58:42 AM     (No. 8933658)

Sullivan has stopped thinking with his private parts and is using common sense.

Shocker!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 10/15/2012 5:11:05 AM     (No. 8933699)

Andrew Sullivan came to this country of his own free will from a country run into the ground by Labour. I cannot believe that having seen and experienced first-hand the damage done by the Left in the United Kingdom and Europe, he has become a raving lefty here. Furthermore, he's a lefty who's having a very public emotional hissy-fit because his Marxist idol is losing an election in which he (Sullivan) cannot vote.

While Toby Harnden happily became a naturalized American citizen a few years ago, I cannot find any reference to Andrew Sullivan doing the same, happily or not, during his 30-year sojourn in the US. I have a feeling that Andrew has planned to make good money here and then retire to a charming historical cottage in the Cotswolds. If I'm right, then Andrew needs to stop mucking about so strenuously in other people's business. Thirty years in a country, much of which has been employed in changing the values system but to which he has pledged no allegiance, is more than enough.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: hhfi2, 10/15/2012 6:54:54 AM     (No. 8933763)

"Feisty"? Is that the term they use nowadays instead of "braying like a jackass"?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: JimS, 10/15/2012 6:55:44 AM     (No. 8933764)

Andrew, just go put on your party dress and go out on the town. You'll feel much better. You're getting too stressed out lately.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: JLoophole, 10/15/2012 7:41:11 AM     (No. 8933816)

Obama had momentum before the debate? I really don't think he did. I think the media was working hard to give that impression, but the crowds at events were not momentum - inducing crowds.

There seems to be this denial of reality ("we were winning") while admitting that maybe they weren't. Makes my head spin.

The Obama of 2008 could have given that exact same performance and it would not have caused him to lose. So the difference has to be in the minds of voters.

Obama is, and has been, a lazy, egotistical, self- absorbed TelePrompTer reader.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: LZK, 10/15/2012 7:52:49 AM     (No. 8933829)

The obama administration has been labeled "liars" and that's how Americans see them....

No amount of "spinning" will change that....

LZK

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Reply 14 - Posted by: cake crumb, 10/15/2012 8:01:03 AM     (No. 8933846)

He had momentum #13: downward momentum.

Whomever mentioned it earlier, I agree that Obama will come out swinging - or at least girly slapping - like mad, forcing Romney off balance and causing Charles Krauthammer to proclaim him the Comeback Kid again while the media rings the death knell for the Romney campaign. The third debate'll be a tie or a narrow Romney win.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Deedo, 10/15/2012 8:27:10 AM     (No. 8933886)

I never knew that Andrew Sullivan could be so entertaining.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: FenwayFrank, 10/15/2012 8:30:25 AM     (No. 8933890)

Say Andrew. Have you been following obama's Benghazi cover up? You really must study that issue and get back to us with an update on how the campaign is going.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 10/15/2012 8:34:34 AM     (No. 8933897)

Andrew, you know the old adage, you never get to make a first impression the second time. Sorry he did this to you.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: snowcloud, 10/15/2012 8:37:16 AM     (No. 8933901)

Obama's not the president. He just plays one on TV.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 10/15/2012 9:04:48 AM     (No. 8933950)

It's like the Wizard of Oz. Obama was exposed as a cowardly strawman without a heart in the first debate. Now voters are ready to get the heck out of there.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: OperaBuff, 10/15/2012 9:13:39 AM     (No. 8933968)

After almost a century of trying, International Socialists have finally got their clutches around the American treasury, and they will fight tooth and nail to hold onto it. Andrew is but a scribbler aiding their efforts. If he were to dare and not support the International Socialist onslaught at this point, he would find himself under the bus faster than he could scribble the word "beagle".

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Reply 21 - Posted by: hurricanegirl, 10/15/2012 9:15:36 AM     (No. 8933972)

Not reading this claptrap as the idiot can't even get the headline right! Romney has had this election from the get-go, so there's no giving anything "back." Maybe ensuring beyond a shadow of a doubt, but it's been all Mitt all the time.

Just ask Rush.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: papasparky, 10/15/2012 9:27:22 AM     (No. 8933998)

You are correct, #19, and the name of the TV show was "Left Wing", The show was cancelled before the first season ended. Reworked clips from unused episodes are now being used for campaign ideas and ads.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: ocjim, 10/15/2012 9:28:41 AM     (No. 8934002)

People who lie a lot are quick to think and say that others are lying.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: little guy, 10/15/2012 9:42:17 AM     (No. 8934028)

Have no fear Andy, here's a prediction for you: The left leaning professors will plant questions with the students, those same questions were given to Obama at least a week in advance and his Hollywood friends have helped him come up with funny anecdotes and ripostes which are well rehearsed but will look somewhat spontaneous. Obama has also taken charm lessons but will still be as uninformed as ever and full of bromides which the media will lap up as insight and having more value than the dry words they are and, finally, the crowd will not be able to control themselves and will applaud wildly anyway. The next day, you and your flunky cronies will call Obama the Comeback Kid and will say he found his groove! It will be like James Bond coming back!

Here's another prediction Andy: None of it will work. Rom-Ry is going to win and even you can't stop it.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 10/15/2012 9:51:28 AM     (No. 8934050)

"Biden does seem to have reversed the speed of Obama's free-fall but not the decline itself. "

Gee - how ironic is this? This is the same way that the Obamedia declare that an economic recovery is in full swing because "not as many people lost their job", and somehow the unemployment rate would fall (!) and the Obamedia and Obama would declare victory over everything.



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Reply 26 - Posted by: Butch59, 10/15/2012 10:10:10 AM     (No. 8934100)

FTA: "You only get to see them up against each other in the flesh three times. The first time - always the most important - made Romney look like a president and Obama an ex-president. It will take a lot of intelligence, fire and argument to turn that around in the time remaining".

If it takes that much intelligence, then Obozo is toast. He just doesn't have ANY intelligence. He simply reads that which is written for him.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Scout Finch, 10/15/2012 10:37:00 AM     (No. 8934178)

Why does the left believe that the 47% comment by Romney should have ruined him? Most people who are hard working tax payers think that number is way to high.

Liberal notions are completely inverse to common sense.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 10/15/2012 10:47:19 AM     (No. 8934197)

Sullivan's unbelieveable remark: I remain committed, if deeply demoralized. That doesn't sound like he's thinking.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Pepper Tree, 10/15/2012 11:13:36 AM     (No. 8934270)

Obama destroyed two myths in the debate - the one Axelrod had created about Romney, and the one Obama created about himself.

Then, by making a fool of himself with the world watching, Joe Biden unintentionally showed the glaring difference between Romney and Obama when each of them selects key associates.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 10/15/2012 11:26:03 AM     (No. 8934316)

It's pretty funny to see Andrew's misery. His Godlike icon is incompetent. He all but says that he doesn't think that BO can turn it around in the next debates.

Liberals have found that it's all about emotion. Andrew accuses Romney of being deceptive but Romney simply has a different point of view.Hopefully that will be true for a majority of voters.

I taped the VP debate and watched it yesterday. Biden asserts a lot of information but provides little to back it up. He says Iran is not an immediate threat? That Israel is "on the same page about the intelligence". Really? Then why is Israel planning an attack. Does the world seem calmer, safer to anyone? Isn't the trend to the worse? were not our ambassadors KILLED? All Biden's blustering "facts" don't add up to the actual results we are seeing so this must mean his facts are bogus.

The liberals assert their bogus facts and them throw out wild accusations of LYING if you challenge them. No one can know all the facts but we do have a pretty good view of the results of liberal policies and it is pretty terrible. And that's no lie.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: RIsailor, 10/15/2012 11:27:18 AM     (No. 8934320)

Sullivan is a smart guy, but it's clear he has no memory of Kennedy and Reagan cutting tax rates and seeing their economies soar, Laffer curve style.

He must think Mitt is lying, when Mitt says he is plan calls for maintaining the tax revenue that the 1 percenters pay, and that the middle class tax revenue will not increase either.

And to think I used to like him and his daily dish blog back in the old Web days.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: GraniteBayTom, 10/15/2012 11:31:02 AM     (No. 8934333)

#15, I love it! Obama will be girly-slapping. Perfect description.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: trapper, 10/15/2012 11:42:20 AM     (No. 8934381)

FTA: "...we cannot launch a new Judeo-Christian war against Islam in the Middle East without igniting an even more ferocious global religious conflict;"

Mr. Sullivan appears to have it exactly backwards. He apparently has not heard Achmadinijad's pledge to eliminate Israel from the face of the earth. He apparently forgot that we came to Kuwait's aid when Iraq invaded it, and that we took the side of muslim Bosnia to defend it from Christian Serbia, and that we have had a strong relationship with muslim Saudia Arabia and Egypt. He has also apparently forgotten about the muslim attacks on US embassies, the Cole, the Marine baracks, New York, or the muslim attacks on non-US targets in India and Bali.

Mr. Sullivan, no one is proposing that WE launch a war against Islam. Islam has launched a war against US, and not just Christians and Jews and the West, but anyone who is not muslim (go talk to the Hindus and Buddhists about it). The choice is not whether we LAUNCH a war, but whether we ENGAGE in the war that has already been launched against us, or continue to lose this war one little bit at a time.

And make no mistake, it is not just RADICAL Islam that is against us, but all Islam. When was the last time you saw demonstrations decrying these attacks, in American streets, by ANY muslim American citizens, carrying signs "Muslims for America"? Me neither.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Stopstoreload, 10/15/2012 11:53:00 AM     (No. 8934419)

To the extent that tomorrow's debate involves domestic policy, I think that Governor Romney should say the following:

" Mr. President, this is your recession. You have prevented recovery by threatening the hiring class with higher taxes, higher fuel costs, higher medical plan costs, more EPA regulations, more union favoritism (NLRB),shafting auto company bondholders and associated salaried employees, and a number of executive orders of dubious legitimacy.

You should take note that someone, possibly Calvin Coolidge, said that the business of America is business, and that someone else (Texas Congressman Richard Armey?) famously said " No poor man ever offered me a job."

Businesses such as airlines are going "bang" due to your ill-considered policies, while you have squandered millions on ill-considered "green energy" ventures and the only easy way to get rid of this mess is to get rid of your presidency.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: OdinsAcolyte, 10/15/2012 12:24:16 PM     (No. 8934509)

Andrew! You ignorant Slut!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Mr. Know-It-All, 10/15/2012 12:59:24 PM     (No. 8934619)

Its simple. Both men were presented to the country outside of the "news" media filters. Romney could be seen for what he really is (confident, competant, accomplished), and the same with obummer (affirmative action hire who is lost without his good friend, Mr. Telepromptor).

The "news" organizations have shielded the true nature of both from the sheeple as best they can, but the debate bypassed that. They no doubt counted on one of their own (Lehrer) to keep the shields up but that didn't work too well.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: stealthy, 10/15/2012 1:04:41 PM     (No. 8934631)

I'm confident that Mitt will win the next debate, he's simply the better man and it's obvious to rational people. with a few exceptions (Clinton) the better man wins.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: RangeRover, 10/15/2012 1:39:26 PM     (No. 8934752)

Ouch. !

Can't Billy Clinton save him?



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Reply 39 - Posted by: steph_gray, 10/15/2012 1:52:03 PM     (No. 8934792)

Good points #37. We also saw without the media shield that Ryan is a poised, very intelligent, brilliantly informed, nice young guy (perhaps a little too nice, but he'll learn) with the self-control of a very wise older man - and that Biden is a bombastic inappropriately grinning obnoxious rude whacko jerk who wouldn't know the truth if it bit him with his own oversize teeth.

But that's just my opinion.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Razorgirl, 10/15/2012 4:29:31 PM     (No. 8935276)

#15 - I think Obama will be just as bad as before. Did you notice how he couldn't look Romney in the eye? If that has been part of his debate coaching this time, when it comes down to actually looking Romney in the eye, he won't be able to do it because he is a coward. He will have to be so doped up to get on that stage that he will not have his wits (or his teleprompter) and he will stutter and stamer his way through it again. The man is stupid. All the talking points he has memorized will come out in response to unrelated questions.

Have you noticed how the 2012 debates are the new reality shows? What a concept!! People are paying attention.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: JudithC, 10/15/2012 8:20:44 PM     (No. 8935711)

Andrew Sullivan has moved from being someone to despise to becoming someone to feel badly about. He's such a weiner he shames himself.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: ocjim, 10/15/2012 8:21:37 PM     (No. 8935713)

A good person knows how to face the other person, listen to criticism and respond, strongly yet agreeably disagree, not get sarcastic and not mischaracterize other's positions, i.e. debate respectfully. Romney has that in spades. Obama has never shown such an ability. He bullies when ahead and whines when behind. Unless they've overhauled him and added a completely new aspect to his personality and demeanor, he's again in trouble tomorrow night.

He does not handle criticism well because he has gotten nothing but ''Atta boy's'' his entire life, starting with his doting Leftoid Mommie and Grandma all the way through the AA school policies and greased skids in politics. I think tomorrow night he's stuck with who he is and what he's done these four years... Utterly stuck, sans teleprompter and soft ball questions.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: RussVet, 10/15/2012 8:40:41 PM     (No. 8935755)

Reality Check:
1) Three highly educated in family are out of work over a year;
2) $70 dollars to fill up my truck to go to work three days;
3) $350 electric bill...
4) inflation is eating my pay
5) Possible loss of job under sequestration and this stupid usurper pResident is only talking about big bird ..
6) My medical insurance just went up $600 due to ObamaScare
7) Obozo is worst pResident ever

Why would anyone vote for this proven worthless failure.

Vote for the American

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Billyc, 10/15/2012 8:44:24 PM     (No. 8935765)

# 6 Barry with a 5 point lead after this upcoming debate. You have been drinking too much coolaid. What accomlisments has this illegal incompetant liar in the White House accomplished in 4 years.23 Million unemployed many more stopped looking for work.Over 16 Trillion National deficit. Stimulus tax payers money handed out to their cronies, moula lavished on Green companies that went belly up. The Libyan cover up when 4 American citizens were murdered by an affilliate of Al Quada who were trained militia.Why the cover up by our Commander in Chief, Hilary ,Axerod ,UN US Ambassador, You will recall that a week or so earlier to 9/11 this idiot in the WH was boasting to the world that HE had killed OSAMA also that top Al Quada General and other terrorists were kileed via drones.The cover up ,he had been shooting off his mouth that the Terrorists had been beaten. The raid on our Libyan Consulate was pay back time.This administation brought out a 14 minute amateur video as the reason for the uprising in Cairo and Benghazi even though it occurred on 9/11.I could go on but let's make a final Barry boondoggle. After 4 years he has not generated one new job. If a job was generated it would be in the private sector which this clown is regulating into non existance.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: danu, 10/15/2012 11:15:00 PM     (No. 8936075)

Codependent Andrew is another battered Bamboozer wife who resents all the brazen lies, abuse, neglect, and mistreatment; yet, he votes daily to continue the battering--and to lie for the perpetrator.

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These are the 634 runways where the missing Malaysia Airlines plane could have landed after a potential hijacking. Today Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said investigators believe flight MH370´s disappearance is the result of ´deliberate action´ by someone on the plane. During a dramatic press conference, he said satellite evidence showed the aircraft´s transponder was turned off and it change direction shortly before it vanished. (Snip) Mr Razak said it is believed to have been heading in a westerly and then north westerly direction. The revelation gives hope to the families of the 227 passengers and 12 crew that the Boeing 777 may

VIDEO: Obama Blames Texas
For Obamacare’s Unaffordable
Health Care Costs
The Federalist, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 3/13/2014 1:05:19 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama held a Spanish language town hall at the Newseum last week in which he was interviewed by reporters from some of the largest Spanish media outlets in the world. During the interview, he was asked a question from a man who wanted to buy Obamacare for a family of three but couldn’t afford it. (Snip) Obama couldn’t settle on a single answer to the question, so he instead suggested that the man should just sign up for Medicaid, blamed Texas for affordable insurance not being available, and concluded by saying the man should cancel his telephone service

Why discredited ‘scandals’
get less attention
MSNBC, by Steve Benen    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 3/12/2014 8:48:55 PM     Post Reply
On Fox News last night, Bill O’Reilly struggled with a question he apparently finds confusing: why aren’t major news organizations covering the IRS “scandal” to his satisfaction. Lois Lerner, the former head of the IRS’ tax exempt division, took the Fifth last week, but most of the media seemed indifferent. (Snip) That’s one possible explanation. But in the interest of giving O’Reilly and Goldberg something else to consider, there’s a more plausible, reality-based reason the media has lost interest in this scandal: there is no scandal. As we’ve discussed on more than a few occasions, the story has already been

Ukraine Illustrates The Danger Of
Entrusting Foreign Policy To Top Men
The Federalist, by Ben Domenech    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 3/2/2014 2:41:13 AM     Post Reply
The past two days have revealed the dangerous ramifications of the narrow-minded foreign policy elite in Washington, and a media establishment that has for so much of President Obama’s tenure accepted the statements of the administration as gospel. (Snip) If this is the sort of foreign policy anticipation that the establishment delivers, it’s little surprise that no one trusts America’s self-styled policy elites any more. They are too used to judging the world according to the patterns toward which they are already biased, as opposed to seeing it as it is.

The sweetest thing: Seven-year-old
raises $750,000 by writing book called
´Chocolate Bar´ to help his best friend
with rare genetic condition
Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Greig    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 3/2/2014 2:27:01 AM     Post Reply
In little more than a year, one small boy has raised more than three-quarters of a million dollars to help his sick best friend by selling copies of a book he wrote himself. Now well on his way to the ambitious goal of $1 million, Dylan Siegal, a seven-year-old from Los Angeles, is selling his book ´Chocolate Bar´ to raise funds for Jonah Pournazarian, eight, his best friend who suffers from a rare condition called glycogen storage disease type 1B. Dylan became concerned about Jonah when he found out researchers were almost out of funding to conduct studies into the

The Ten Most Abusive
Obama Executive Actions
Townhall.com, by Kevin Glass    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 3/2/2014 1:46:36 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has made liberal use of "executive action" throughout his presidency, and pledged to make even more use of executive action in this year´s State of the Union speech. He seems to think that because Republicans don´t want to implement his agenda, he can go around Congress. The Heritage Foundation is out with a new report on President Obama´s executive actions, titled "An Executive Unbound," finding that "abusive, unlawful, even potentially unconstitutional unilateral action has been a hallmark of the Obama Administration." They´ve also compiled a list of the top ten abusive executive actions taken by the President.



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Eric Holder explodes at GOP rep:
‘You don’t want to go there, buddy!’

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Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/8/2014 6:03:17 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder exploded at Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert during a House hearing Tuesday. In the midst of questions about the Justice Department’s failure to divulge documents about the Holy Land Foundation terror funding trial, Gohmert made a side comment about how the House of Representatives found Holder in contempt in 2012 for refusing to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal. “I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight,” Gohmert said. “You don’t want to go there, buddy! You

Revealed: Obama´s friend and
civil rights firebrand Rev. Al
Sharpton was a paid FBI informant
who wore wire to trap Genovese,
Gambino family wiseguys

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Daily Mail (UK), by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/7/2014 6:52:11 PM     Post Reply
Rev. Al Shaprton, the controversial civil rights leader-turned-broadcaster, was a confidential FBi informant for years and helped the feds put members of the Genovese and Gambino organized crime families behind bars, it was revealed Monday in a sensational exposé. President Barack Obama will speak this week for the second time at the annual meeting of Sharpton´s National Action Network, raising questions about the group´s special treatment. Sharpton´s special relationship with the Justice Department may also explain why his NAN has been allowed to skirt responsibility for $1.9 million in back taxes and penalties it has owed the IRS since 2006

The Color of His Presidency
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New York Magazine, by Jonathan Chait    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 4/8/2014 7:41:59 AM     Post Reply
A few weeks ago, the liberal comedian Bill Maher and conservative strategist and pundit Bill Kristol had a brief spat on Maher’s HBO show, putatively over what instigated the tea party but ultimately over the psychic wound that has divided red America and blue America in the Obama years. The rise of the tea party, explained Maher in a let’s-get-real moment, closing his eyes for a second the way one does when saying something everybody knows but nobody wants to say, “was about a black president.” Both Maher and Kristol carry themselves with a weary cynicism that allows them to

Al Sharpton´s Secret Work
As FBI Informant

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Smoking Gun, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 4/7/2014 2:00:17 PM     Post Reply
When friends and family members gathered recently at the White House for a private celebration of Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday, one of the invited partygoers was a former paid FBI Mafia informant. That same man attended February’s state dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande. He was seated with his girlfriend at a table adjacent to President Barack Obama, who is likely unaware that, according to federal agents, his guest once interacted with members of four of New York City’s five organized crime families. He even secretly taped some of those wiseguys using a briefcase that FBI technicians outfitted

Peaches Geldof dies unexpectedly at age 25
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Associated Press, by Sylvia Hui    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/7/2014 2:44:12 PM     Post Reply
LONDON - Peaches Geldof, the wild-child second daughter of concert organizer Bob Geldof who worked as a model, a television presenter and a fashion writer and filled the pages of British tabloids with her late-night antics, has died at age 25. There was no immediate word on the cause of her death at her home in Wrotham, Kent, southeast England. Her father said in a statement Monday: "Peaches has died. We are beyond pain." "She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us," he said. "Writing 'was' destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever."




Caught kissing staffer, Rep. Vance McAllister
asks for forgiveness

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CBSNews.com, by Lindsey Boerma    Original Article
Posted By: karmageddon2008- 4/7/2014 6:52:58 PM     Post Reply
A married freshman Republican congressman who campaigned on his Christian, conservative values apologized Monday after surveillance video surfaced purportedly showing him in a lengthy liplock with a staffer. In the Dec. 23 footage, obtained by a local newspaper, Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. - who ahead of his election last fall ran multiple campaign ads trumpeting his faith and family - is seen kissing and embracing a woman for about 20 seconds at his Monroe, La., district office. The Ouachita Citizen reports the woman is the congressman´s 33-year-old part-time scheduler, who is also married.

Millions of Americans aren´t working. Why?
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CNBC, by Allison Linn    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/7/2014 2:32:09 PM     Post Reply
Call it the million-worker mystery. A large chunk of American adults are no longer in the labor force. That has left economists divided over how many of them are voluntarily not working-or even looking for work-because they wanted to retire, go to school or take care of family members, versus how many have been forced out because they couldn´t find a job. (snip) Shierholz estimates that there are currently more than 5 million missing workers who are not included in the unemployment rate because they are neither working nor looking for work, but who might be if the job market

House Committee: Possible
Crimes by IRS Official

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Associated Press, by Stephen Ohlemacher    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 4/7/2014 8:14:52 PM     Post Reply
The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee says investigators have uncovered evidence that a former Internal Revenue Service official may have committed crimes as part of the agency´s tea party controversy. Rep. Dave Camp set a committee vote for Wednesday on whether to refer Lois Lerner, who used to head the agency´s tax-exempt division, to the Justice Department "for possible criminal prosecution." Camp, R-Mich., did not specify which laws Lerner may have broken. Lerner´s lawyer, William W. Taylor III, has said she broke no laws. On Monday, Taylor emailed this response to Camp´s announcement: "One word: Ridiculous." Camp´s committee has been investigating

Democrats slam ´offensive´
Pelosi image on Breitbart site

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USA Today, by Catalina Camia    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 4/7/2014 4:34:06 PM     Post Reply
The Democratic National Committee is furious by a conservative website’s ad campaign that depicts Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi clad in a bikini in a provocative pose with her tongue sticking out. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, called on Republicans to press Breitbart News to remove the artwork — one of several suggestive images on the website promoting the new California site. The image of Pelosi, beneath one of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s face photo-shopped onto a flexing body builder, includes the sub-head: “Because you can’t make this s— up.” “To say the least,

Bryan Cranston of ´Breaking Bad´:
Obamacare ´is fantastic´
despite ´growing pains´

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: AltaD- 4/7/2014 11:01:59 AM     Post Reply
Add Bryan Cranston, the star of TV´s recent hit "Breaking Bad" and a new Broadway play about former President Lyndon B. Johnson, to Team Obamacare. In an interview with Yahoo News “global anchor” Katie Couric, the actor called Obamacare the highlight of President Obama´s legacy. “Now’s the time to stake a claim to leave your legacy,” he encouraged Obama. “I personally believe that his health care program is fantastic. Yes, there are problems. Anything worth while is going to go through a growing pains period. But this is his legacy and I think it’s a great one because I don’t

Handling of former IRS employee
Lois Lerner makes lawyers cringe

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Washington Times (D.C), by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/8/2014 6:32:30 AM     Post Reply
As the House prepares for several key votes on former Internal Revenue Service employee Lois G. Lerner and potential legal action, analysts say she and her attorney have mishandled their case by picking and choosing when they want to talk, and to whom they are willing to talk. Ms. Lerner faces a vote in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday that could begin the process of accusing her of contempt of Congress. The Ways and Means Committee announced that it will hold a vote Wednesday on whether to officially accuse Ms. Lerner of breaking the law by

Jeb Bush Talks Approach If
He Runs for President

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New York Times, by PETER BAKER    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/7/2014 9:37:34 AM     Post Reply
COLLEGE STATION, Tex. — With eyes increasingly on him, Jeb Bush signaled on Sunday the kind of campaign he would mount if he runs for president, one arguing against ideological purity tests while challenging party orthodoxy on issues like immigration and education. Even as he sharply criticized President Obama for his handling of foreign affairs and health care, Mr. Bush made clear that he would run against the style of politics that has characterized recent Republican nominating contests. He said he would decide by the end of the year, in part on whether he thinks he could avoid “the vortex of


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