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Graham calls for GOP embrace
of Reagan conservatism

Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Prentiss Findlay

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The Republican Party has a great opportunity to re-gain control of the country, but it must seize the day, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Saturday night. The GOP is poised to win back a majority in the Senate and keep its advantage in the House in Congressional elections this fall, Graham said. [Snip] Graham, who is up for re-election, is facing GOP primary challengers state Sen. Lee Bright of Spartanburg, Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor, Upstate businessman Richard Cash and Citadel graduate and Lowcountry public relations businesswoman Nancy Mace. They accuse Graham of not being a true conservative.

Textbook example of "too little, too late."


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Foggybottom, 1/26/2014 7:38:10 AM     (No. 9706018)

Some apparently aren´t that familiar with President Reagan. Ronald Reagan held firm conservative principles and beliefs and had honor and integrity. I think that´s what you statist folk call purity.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/26/2014 7:39:59 AM     (No. 9706020)

Remember how fond we were of Lindsey Graham during the Clinton impeachment proceedings? I think he went all wrong when he became McCain´s faithful companion. Graham appeared to be less than decisive and McCain was the wrong bus to climb on, anyway. Graham seems to have moved away from McCain now and that´s a good thing, but it´s probably too late to erase the image.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: gerty, 1/26/2014 7:44:58 AM     (No. 9706025)

Based on his past performance, can you really re-elect this guy?!?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: RCFlyer98, 1/26/2014 7:46:13 AM     (No. 9706027)

We will see if Graham is a true believer. Speaking of McCain, I see where Arizona Repubs have censured McCain, and also McCain is photographed meeting with Soros in Davos. Hmmmm . . . wonder what that is all about?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: govlawyer, 1/26/2014 7:50:21 AM     (No. 9706034)

Sorry, but this guy isn´t credible anymore--his charter membership in any "Gang of (fill in the blank) " effort led by McRINO makes him as desirable as having a Senate led by Upchuck Schumer.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Passion, 1/26/2014 7:50:54 AM     (No. 9706035)

#1 you do not know history…Reagan was NO big tent Repulbican, he told those "pale pastels" to GO THEIR OWN WAY……I suggest the same of you.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Judith, 1/26/2014 7:55:07 AM     (No. 9706039)

During mccain´s last (I hope)run for potus, he was on the soros payroll and being advised by soros, same as obama.
As for Reagan, he did welcome the other side of the aisle in when it realized the dems had gone off the cliff in their insanity. He held his CONSERVATIVE ideals very tightly, was able to articulate a good argument about his standards and never suggested people hold their noses and vote in a particular way that was against their core principles. I feel somewhat responsible for today´s state of the union. I held my nose when I should have stood on my principles.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 1/26/2014 7:57:07 AM     (No. 9706040)

Actually, Reagan was a "big-tent" Republican in the sense that if you were willing to fight for something he believed in, he was willing to accept your help, even if you opposed him on something else.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/26/2014 7:59:30 AM     (No. 9706045)

#7, I offer the following, from a 1967 Reagan speech:

“We must keep the door open – offering our party as the only practical answer for those who, overall, are individualists. And because this is the great common denominator – this dedication to the belief in man’s aspirations as an individual – we cannot offer them a narrow sectarian party in which all must swear allegiance to prescribed commandments.”

And then I suggest to you that your comment is exactly the "purity test" #1 referenced.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: M2, 1/26/2014 7:59:46 AM     (No. 9706047)

Now that is a strategy every conservative can get behind if they don´t get stupid again and stay home because their candidate isn´t Snow White.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bugger, 1/26/2014 8:00:46 AM     (No. 9706048)

Yes #5, I saw that this morning myself. It only supports the conviction I had that McCain was in it to lose. They thought that putting Palin on the ticket would help them lose, but that shows how dumb they are, she was the only reason we had to vote for that traitor.

Then, in 2012, "they" picked the guy who lost to McCain to run. This is all a show with people like Soros pulling the strings. When guys like Cruz show up it messes up their plans which is why they hate him so much.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 1/26/2014 8:35:03 AM     (No. 9706086)

Oh my, the RINOs are really out of touch! They need to get out of Washington and spend a few weeks on the road visiting diners and Walmarts across America.
What they don´t realize is that GOP no longer means conservative to any of their long time voters, because their words and their actions do not line up. If they vote with their comrades to grant voting rights to illegals they will be the minority party forever.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Britvah1, 1/26/2014 8:55:34 AM     (No. 9706115)

Not having a "purity test" for the likes of Graham is like having a willingness to ingest raw sewage.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 1/26/2014 9:02:42 AM     (No. 9706126)

Poster #9 has the right idea. Like Lincoln, RR understood that achieving great goals required practical steps.

Party unit was important to Reagan and he knew that GOPers were a somewhat diverse lot, unlike their ideologically homogenous opponents. He is, after all, the guy who offered the vice presidential slot to Richard Schweiker, a liberal Republican, in 1976.

Ronaldus was also helped by the fact that others feared him in a political sense and he knew it. Winning a landslide gives a president that card to play.

RR was, overall, one of our best presidents. But let´s not lose the real man in the same sort of hagiography that´s been erected around JFK.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: DCGIRL, 1/26/2014 9:03:04 AM     (No. 9706127)

Bottomline. Graham is getting nervous about his reelection. If he does get re-elected he will start acting like the RINO John McCain the next day. Hey, South Carolina be sure to keep this jerk out of office.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: sanchin, 1/26/2014 9:12:23 AM     (No. 9706139)

Its election year and these guys will say anything to get re-elected.

Regarding the issue of the "big tent", there is a huge difference between accepting those who share your principles and core beliefs although you might differ on smaller issues than just accepting anyone for a vote. Today the Republican Party has no core principles or beliefs they are willing to uphold and fight for. Big Tent today does not have the same meaning or reality as it did during Regan´s time.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: eoddad, 1/26/2014 9:40:19 AM     (No. 9706167)

If Graham survives will be stuck with S.C. counties censuring him for the next six years, like those easily conned AZ Republicans are doing to McCain, while he is off meeting with Soros in Davos, Graham probably had to turn down his invite to Davos, after all it is election year, and he is busy conning the gullible folks back home and telling them how conservative he is and how dangerous the Tea-party is.
Lindsey needs to GO.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/26/2014 9:44:02 AM     (No. 9706172)

We must elect whoever wins the Republican nomination.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: chillijilli, 1/26/2014 9:47:31 AM     (No. 9706177)

Reagan would never have said, "Shoot your allies!" NEVER.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: dittohead, 1/26/2014 10:04:57 AM     (No. 9706197)

Saying whatever he thinks needs to be said to be reelected. Just come on out of the closet so PBO can quit blackmailing you and then get a back bone and fight for our country!!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 1/26/2014 10:12:16 AM     (No. 9706212)

We are not arguing whether Lindsey Graham can be a conservative, nor is anyone proposing to stop him from becoming one. And, yes, we all agree with Reagan that conservatives should seek and accept the help of non-conservatives on individual issues of the political day. Those aren´t the issues.

We are deciding whether to re-elect Lindsey Graham for another six years. We are evaluating how reliably with us Graham has been in the past before deciding how with him we should be now. It´s why we have elections. This is the question: Who is the most conservative candidate who can win? If there´s an alternative to Graham who is more conservative, less incumbent, and still able to win, we should be looking to support that person.

I would be inclined to run some risks on this one because displacing a guy like Graham with a more conservative winner would stiffen spines throughout GOP incumbents in Washington.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Coy860, 1/26/2014 10:28:31 AM     (No. 9706238)

Who does Graham think he´s fooling?
He never missed a chance to be a member of a "gang" of 8 or "Gang" of 12..he is just so needy, dump principles..just to belong to the gang of the moment. To hell with the People who elected him.
He and others like him are the problem, not the solution.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/26/2014 10:29:02 AM     (No. 9706240)

Conversely, #22, Grahams spine would likely stiffen with a Republican Senate majority.
He is, among other things, a survivor.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 1/26/2014 10:31:10 AM     (No. 9706244)

#1 Why do you not propose the opposite? The Establishment Republicans should welcome the Conservatives? We read all the time about how Rove, Cornyn, McConnell, Boehner, Cantor, etc., are working hard to put the TEA Parties out of business in 2014. Is there not room for all of us in the Republican party?

Tell me again why I should follow their orders in another election where these guys are pushing candidates who, like themselves, will not work for the betterment of the country...but will work for their own personal enrichment?

We are rushing headlong into fiscal disaster and, as one writer put it...the Country Club Republicans just want to do it slower.

Don´t like that appellation of RINO, huh? I think it fits.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 1/26/2014 10:32:31 AM     (No. 9706246)

If you think Graham´s apparent move away from McCain will last past re-election, you are, ahem, misguided.

If you think Reagan wanted a tent so big he would have allowed socialists and statists in it, you are delusional. Reagan would have never tolerated the behavior of many of the GOP Establishment darlings.

Many of us are old enough to remember Reagan too, so don´t try to tell us otherwise by taking quotes out of context and applying them to situations he would never have supported.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: mnwxyz, 1/26/2014 10:39:16 AM     (No. 9706253)

I believe every word Grahamnesty says, myself. I´m sure he´s a new man now-- just like McVain was, BEFORE he was re-elected.

Anybody know who would be the strongest candidate against this azalea in the runoff?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: richwill, 1/26/2014 10:56:48 AM     (No. 9706277)

Graham is a swish that is swashing scared,

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/26/2014 10:59:21 AM     (No. 9706282)

"If you think Reagan wanted a tent so big he would have allowed socialists and statists in it, you are delusional."

Exaggerate very often? No one said anything remotely like your statement.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: jansgraphix, 1/26/2014 11:16:06 AM     (No. 9706301)

Funny how they all sound like this before election. Must be a lot of uninformed out there if they won´t be bothered to look at the record vs the rhetoric.

How many years has this rino pulled this exact same play card? And he´s not alone. The establishment make this exact same play, time after time after time... as the "moderates" all rush to their sides. Backed by the liberal media who are happy to advise us how to lose. But they call it "winning" of course.

My guess, it must work.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 1/26/2014 11:28:42 AM     (No. 9706316)

Utterly shameless.

Suddenly Leftist Lady Lindsey has discovered that he´s really, really a Reaganite.

Gosh, Lady - - dontcha know they won´t invite you back on Meet The Press if you really believed that?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 1/26/2014 11:28:54 AM     (No. 9706317)

When you use Reagan quotes to advocate that there should be no guidelines for GOP party membership, you are advocating for the very people in the party who have have not opposed the socialists and statists, but have actually helped them.

For example, it was not that long ago a certain senator from Pennsylvania and a certain governor from from Florida were part of the GOP. Criticism of them was met by people on this site with big tent kinds of replies. Later, we were all able to see that they were really Democrats, who are statists and socialists. Sorry, I don´t want that big of tent. I am not a purist, but I do want to make sure the people in the party are not Democrat trojan horses. To me, Graham is suspect, and should be treated as such.

Exaggerate? I think not. Maybe it would be better to smear someone else.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: mnwxyz, 1/26/2014 11:42:40 AM     (No. 9706334)

Right you are, #32!

Also, I used to hear a lot of "big tent... at least he´ll help the GOP organize the Senate" talk about... Jumpin´ Jim Jeffords.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/26/2014 12:19:10 PM     (No. 9706388)

"When you use Reagan quotes to advocate that there should be no guidelines for GOP party membership,..."

Well, there you go again, as someone under discussion famously said. No one advocated any such thing.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: bobn.t, 1/26/2014 12:21:18 PM     (No. 9706392)

I think Graham is a RINO and a closet companion to McPain.
Some of you think otherwise.
It only matters to the voters in Soth Carolina. Whatever they think of Graham will be the test.
I think his goose is cooked there.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/26/2014 12:53:38 PM     (No. 9706428)

Therein lies yet another misconception under which you labor, #1 and #7- A RINO seeks power, a conservative seeks constitutional adherence dyouyou a

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Reply 36 - Posted by: rochow, 1/26/2014 1:07:03 PM     (No. 9706443)

Plllllease, what would Graham know about Reagan´s conservatism???? His record speaks entirely against it. Oh, I forgot,he is up for re-election??

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Judith, 1/26/2014 2:26:17 PM     (No. 9706540)

Perhaps it would be helpful if we remembered Pres. Reagan´s funeral and all the liberals reminiscing about how "friendly" every one was during Reagan´s administration. That might explain some comments on this thread alluding to Reagan´s big tent that, in reality, welcomed in people from the dem side (where he once resided)to what, at the time, was a conservative leaning, SANE, gop. It did NOT include the liberal lunatics that now run the gop.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: oh-heck, 1/26/2014 2:33:00 PM     (No. 9706551)

Note that there is zero definition of Graham considers principles of conservatism. I firmly believe the constitutional conservative need to define their positions now for the balance of 2014 and the first 90 days of 2015.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/26/2014 4:15:09 PM     (No. 9706643)

Graham is one of the big business connected cheap labor Republicans who has been spouting the nonsense that if only the Republicans would facilitate a big liberal Democrat designed amnesty, that Hispanics who now vote reliably for the liberal Democrats will come flocking to vote Republican. That is big time fool´s gold that was originally put out by the many very liberal ethnic and immigrant rights groups that have from the get-go been politically aligned with the liberal Democrats. In fact the liberal Democrat so-called immigration reform plan that passed the US Senate would in effect fund those liberal ethnic and immigrant rights groups to essentially chaperone the legalized aliens and their close foreign relatives who would be able to enter the USA in unlimited numbers through an Americanization process that would end up with about 85% of those aliens eventually becoming Democrat voters.

The vast majority of Hispanic voters today who vote reliably Democrat are working class mostly poor and generally uneducated people many who benefit from many social welfare programs run by the federal and state governments, with the liberal Democrats always promising them that they intend to expand those benefit and services programs, while the Republicans are always claiming that they intend to either trim or knock those government programs out all together, now who do you think those Hispanic voters will continue to vote for?

A big amnesty and massively increased immigration into the future are bound to flood the legal US job market with cheap foreign labor that will adversely affect the future job prospects, wages, job related benefits, and the working conditions of a huge number of American workers, including Hispanic voters who will have to compete for jobs against the massive in-sourcing of cheap foreign labor who will be granted complete access to the legal US job market.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 1/26/2014 8:40:41 PM     (No. 9706834)

Miss Linseed must be worried about a Tea Party primary challenger to be invoking the name of Ronaldus Maximus.

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Posted By: MissMolly- 4/18/2014 5:02:40 AM     Post Reply
After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

White House blames fox for
destroying Michelle’s garden

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Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:59:04 PM     Post Reply
The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal. The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties. The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching. President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor strolls. The bushy-tailed visitor

The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

Living in the New York Times World
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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/19/2014 7:48:36 AM     Post Reply
I began reading the entirety of the first section of the New York Times at nine years old, and continued that practice, more or less, for decades.(snip) ...the power of reverence, intrinsic to what I call the “cascade” of The Times: the near avalanche-like flow and distribution of information through electronic and print networks: through like-minded network newscasts, magazines, local newspaper s, blogs, daytime talk TV, late-night entertainment, statements at media award ceremonies, the celebrity Twitterverse, etc. The cascade rolls through Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, The New Yorker, the mouths of third-grade teachers, Elmo, Madonna and Susan Sarandon …through

´America´s royal baby´: How Chelsea´s first
child could give Hillary Clinton a boost in
the polls if she runs for president in 2016

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

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