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Cruz Senate Stunt Goes Unpunished
as Old Tools Don’t Work

Bloomberg News, by Kathleen Hunter

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 2/15/2014 9:53:33 AM

A growing group of Ted Cruz’s Republican Senate colleagues are infuriated with his tactics. So frustrated was Arizona Senator John McCain with the latest, forcing fellow Republicans to take a politically risky vote on lifting the debt ceiling, that yesterday he tweeted a Wall Street Journal editorial accusing the Texas lawmaker of instigating “needless drama that helps to explain why Republicans remain a minority.” (Snip)Cruz’s insistence Feb. 12 on a 60-vote threshold to advance legislation lifting the nation’s borrowing cap foiled his party leadership’s plan to let the measure move forward with only Democratic votes.

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When Senator Cruz was supposedly mending fences with fellow senators a couple of weeks ago, he gave his word he would not get involved in GOP primaries. With this tactic, Cruz did exactly that, targeting Cornyn and McConnell. Maybe it was shrewd, maybe it was cynical, maybe it was dishonest. His fans will love it. His critics will see through it.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: GomerShabazz, 2/15/2014 9:56:14 AM     (No. 9733513)

Any US Senator past two terms is guilty of treason.....period.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Northern Redman, 2/15/2014 9:57:10 AM     (No. 9733516)

If being a Republican means being a democrat-lite like John McCain, then we certainly don´t need them and they may as well become extinct.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: quegley, 2/15/2014 10:02:32 AM     (No. 9733530)

Here in Texas, the king has no balls. Meaning Cornyn is a worthless ball less tool. I would vote for my dog over Cornyn, because at least she´s faithful.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: eoddad, 2/15/2014 10:06:34 AM     (No. 9733542)

The real punishment will come when McConnell loses his primary.
The Republican base is tired of waiting and excuses.

I understand the often necessary tactics and strategies that the establishment Pubbies hide behind, no more, get your hands dirty in fighting Obama and his communist party or move over and let some one else step up.. We need a little more Josey Well´s and a lot less McCain and Grahm.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 2/15/2014 10:15:49 AM     (No. 9733560)

Wow, first a posting designed to smear Rand Paul, now one designed to smear Ted Cruz, both in such a short time span.

Aren´t search engines great!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/15/2014 10:16:09 AM     (No. 9733562)

So far we have seen John McCain and Peter King slamming Cruz.

I consider those to be endorsements.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: littleorby, 2/15/2014 10:16:38 AM     (No. 9733564)

Cruz is kind like the kid who described to the next door neighbor what his mom did with the mailman.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: horacer, 2/15/2014 10:17:22 AM     (No. 9733566)

I´m not a fan of any politician. In the House Boehner should have rallied his caucus around around a measure to cut spending before passing the clean bill. They wanted an opportunity to take a stand. He failed, lost his caucus and has to go. Quitting on your constituency no matter how tough things get is inexcusable. I´d never vote for Palin for the same reason. In the Senate it would have been better to just let the Dems own it. They run the show. Cruz put his personal ambition first again. He wants the spotlight more than he wants the left defeated. That´s not a good thing. Obama and Reid are the enemy, not so-called establishment Republicans, not Tea party activists. Defeat the left first then everyone can fight among themselves.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 2/15/2014 10:19:15 AM     (No. 9733570)

The old tools - shouldn´t that be old fools? - in the Senate haven´t worked for a long, long time. That is why Ted Cruz is making them so nervous.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 2/15/2014 10:21:19 AM     (No. 9733576)

If only OP and friends would "see through" Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and Paul Ryan from time to time. However, it seems their x-ray only points in one direction, and it only lights up conservatives like Cruz.

When I "see through" Ted Cruz, I see a spine.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: patpgmr, 2/15/2014 10:24:29 AM     (No. 9733583)

McCain should read Mark Steyn´s essay about the two-party one-party state. Shame on them!

http://www.steynonline.com/6095/the-two-party-one-party-state

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Reply 12 - Posted by: oldmagnolia, 2/15/2014 10:25:04 AM     (No. 9733585)

If Cruz is infuriating Juan McPain, he is doing something right. Any congress critter that stays in congress for more than two terms, needs to move to Leavenworth.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Cortillaen, 2/15/2014 10:26:56 AM     (No. 9733590)

FTA: "So frustrated was Arizona Senator John McCain with the latest, forcing fellow Republicans to take a politically risky vote on lifting the debt ceiling, that yesterday he tweeted a Wall Street Journal editorial accusing the Texas lawmaker of instigating “needless drama that helps to explain why Republicans remain a minority.”"
Yeah, I´d be frustrated, too, if someone I thought was in on the fix blew my dishonesty wide open to the people I´d been lying to.

It´s amazing how POed these [LDot doesn´t like what I call them] are when all Cruz did was force a few of them to vote their true colors instead of letting them just make a for-show vote that doesn´t actually matter. It´s almost like they depend on the deceiving their constituencies or something.

Makes you wonder: Do some (or most) of the Repubs actually prefer being in the minority? They get to pretend to be fighting the good fight, and losing gets them the results they really want.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 2/15/2014 10:29:22 AM     (No. 9733593)

FTA: The risk for Republicans is that Cruz will press similar votes and undermine the party’s ability to win the net six seats needed to gain control of the Senate. Republican infighting has twice, in 2010 and again in 2012, blown up its strategy for retaking the chamber.

What the author does not understand, it is the fact that republicans will not take a stand is the reason they may not win the senate.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: clw54, 2/15/2014 10:29:38 AM     (No. 9733594)

How can Ted Cruz have anything to do with Republicans being in the minority when there hasn´t been an election since he´s been in the senate? McCain might have more to do with that than Cruz.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: TOOTALL, 2/15/2014 10:35:02 AM     (No. 9733604)

DELETED by Taste Police. The author,and the Ruling Elites (Boehner,MacConnell and Kantor to name a few) want me to believe that an attempt to attach an amendment to the raising of the debt ceiling,that might say, PROHIBIT A BAILOUT OF HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES when Hawaiiancare doesn´t work out, would be looked on unfavorably by the 40% of this Nation that decides our future. Maybe debate it for a few more hours so it has to get some print, even in the Volksbureau press. Then concede because there´s no cooperation. God forbid a few of these crooks might miss their planes out of DC before the snowstorm. I´m done with the Ruling Elite. They want to hurt my Grandson Kevin.Its a war for me now!

We do NOT accept bad words in any form. LCom Staff.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 2/15/2014 10:42:11 AM     (No. 9733617)

I saw #13´s question about the pubbies want to be in the minority. You know, he may be right. They´re still in office and still collecting loads of $$ from the lobbyists but they´re not bothered by the necessity to lead anything. Mailbox money!

Every time John McPain opens his mouth, I want to stick my foot in it. He evidently doesn´t recognize that he is a major part of the problem. Him and the other old bulls and the Bobsey twins from the NE. You know, the ones who voted on the clean debt limit last week.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 2/15/2014 10:44:05 AM     (No. 9733619)

Sorry, Pluperfect, all Senator Cruz did here was force some Republican Senators to prove that they did not truly oppose raising the debt ceiling. He did not "get involved in the primaries." The fact that certain Republican Senators are telling their constituents that they are for one thing, while not actually taking any action to make that thing happen, is not his fault. He merely stood up for what he says that he stands for. If they, also, stood for it, as they say they do, this would not have been a problem for them.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 2/15/2014 10:47:33 AM     (No. 9733623)

All Cruz did was "out" a bunch of big government liberal Republican senators. I don´t have a problem with that. Now we know what we´re dealing with (not that we didn´t before).

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Reply 20 - Posted by: RancherJack, 2/15/2014 10:53:14 AM     (No. 9733636)

Who is this Pluperfect that posted this Comment and nonsense?

A Staffer for Cornyn? An illegal maid for McConnel?

This bovine scatology had to be written by a GOP Operative ...

Wow. Lucianne ought to remove this one.

Your reply is being left on as an example of how NOT to ever respond by attacking another poster. We are not a chatroom. Do it again and you will be blocked. LCom Staff.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: JediJerry, 2/15/2014 10:59:38 AM     (No. 9733646)

The Old School Repstablishment French Rollover Republicrats are mad as all get out over Cruz. McCain will hold his hands and feet while McConnell nails him to the cross and all of the other senate RINO´s cheer them on. The rest of us love Ted and cheer his bravery in being the only one to stand up and do the right thing to save this nation. Bravo Cruz!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Cortillaen, 2/15/2014 11:04:35 AM     (No. 9733652)

One further observation: Has anyone else noticed that the political landscape has been shifted against fiscal responsibility even further such that the debt limit being raised is a foregone conclusion? You don´t even hear talk anymore about stopping the debt ceiling, only about whether it will be raised "clean" or with "conditions" that never amount to more than withholding a few drops of the ever-increasing deluge of spending.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: mws50, 2/15/2014 11:16:53 AM     (No. 9733672)

Senator Cruz is doing exactly what most Texans want him to do, and we really do not care what the rest of the Nation thinks about it.

He is OUR Senator, protecting Texans from a bloated, obtrusive, and out-of-control federal government. Making existing Senators that are working against the American people come out of their closet is one of the best things Senator Cruz is doing!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 2/15/2014 11:25:35 AM     (No. 9733678)

I guess Ploop couldn´t find a Palin article. Yet.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 2/15/2014 11:30:17 AM     (No. 9733685)

Ted Cruz is my senator. I voted for him. #8 makes good points, however.

Every successful trial lawyer I have ever known seeks and enjoys the spotlight. There is no question Cruz has a brilliant legal mind. I´m not that sure about his political instincts, but he´s still new.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: mikkins2, 2/15/2014 11:30:53 AM     (No. 9733687)

The Republican Establishment is in a snit because Senator Cruz did not allow them to deceive their constituents. How telling!

And your still a Republican because...?

Got Tea?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Susannah, 2/15/2014 11:35:02 AM     (No. 9733692)

Dazzling display of wit and intellect, #24.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: enuf8, 2/15/2014 12:01:11 PM     (No. 9733720)

The RINOs don´t like have their GAMES they play in DC exposed. Same thing happened in the obamacare de-fund vote. They voted to allow the Dem Majority to pass the bill with 51 votes, the simple majority. Then when the bill came up they voted NO, when their VOTE did not amount to a Hill of Beans. That action, in it´s self is DECEPTION!

Sen. Cruz is seeing the big picture and apparently sees through their ploys and little games. These RINOs are responsible for their actions and are being caught in their LIES to their constituents. This is why they try to belittle and demean Cruz. McCain is the worst of the lot.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: TXspyder, 2/15/2014 12:11:29 PM     (No. 9733738)

What gives me the giggles is Cornyon is saturating am radio about how he stands up to Obama, I always mentally add "except thursday"!

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Calico Al, 2/15/2014 12:17:13 PM     (No. 9733750)

FTA:The Republican Party’s favorability was at a record low of 28 percent in a Gallup Poll conducted Oct. 3-6, during the shutdown. That was down 10 percentage points from the previous month and 15 points below Democrats----Would that be because us Republicans think the present leadership are Democrats?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: kafir091101, 2/15/2014 12:21:14 PM     (No. 9733755)

#OP:

And precisely what self respecting conservative donor/voter gives a damn about what Sen Cruz´ critics think/say/post?

Kafir

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Avogadra, 2/15/2014 12:23:12 PM     (No. 9733762)

Cornyn will probably win the primary this time. But we in Texas are getting tired of his games, just as we were with those of Kay Bailey Hutchison. She is gone, and Ted Cruz is her replacement. I wouldn´t mind if Ted´s father eventually took the Cornyn seat. He is much more outspoken than his son.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 2/15/2014 12:26:21 PM     (No. 9733766)

more and more, Bloomberg proves its unreliability. I put more trust in WND than in it, classing it with NYT and MSNBC
and, more and moer, Angelo Codevilla´s work on ´The American Ruling Class´ is proving both accurate and prescient. The sad fact is that the top dogs in both parties have far more in common with each other than they do with We The People. They went to, and send their kids to, the same schools, have the same basic attitudes and beliefs about the country and the direction it should take. Have the same beliefs on a whole host of things. And react in anger, shock, and revulsion when any upstart comes in to wobble the table.
As we see here.
During the American Revolution, it was not by any means a majority that took up arms against the Brits. A whole lot of people, even then, wanted to be "safe". Seen any monuments to them? Me neither.
Sometimes, it is better to be right, than to be what the ´elites´ believe to be "smart", or "clever".
We may not win the fight that is already at our door. But I´d rather be among the dead at Thermopylae, than among the nameless cowards who made a stiff-arm salute to the National SOCIALIST German Workers Party. To their everlasting shame.
"Give me liberty, or give me death" still rings in our ears. Can anyone imagine McCain, or McConnel, or Cornyn, or Lamar Alexander, or Lindsey Graham saying that out loud these days? I can not. The ghosts of Lexington and Concord are ashamed of us. And so am I.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 2/15/2014 12:30:20 PM     (No. 9733773)

John McCain has had years to make a difference in this country and our current state is a measure of his success. It is long past time he step aside and let someone else - Cruz here - take the lead and do something useful.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: LtE126, 2/15/2014 12:37:34 PM     (No. 9733781)

I´m liking this thread"s "if you´re in congress more than 2 terms you should be tried for treason" attitude. I agree.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Harleynyc, 2/15/2014 12:41:09 PM     (No. 9733787)

God Bless Ted Cruz.
And for any naysayers,
you must admit he has drawn out
the non-conservatives.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: belwhatter, 2/15/2014 1:01:53 PM     (No. 9733811)

it is a tried and true saying - if you are drawing flak you are over the target. Go Ted

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Reply 38 - Posted by: ruready?, 2/15/2014 1:04:14 PM     (No. 9733813)

The non-conservatives are floating to the top like dead fish.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: dman, 2/15/2014 1:30:51 PM     (No. 9733851)

Contrast this "politically risky vote" and the ensuing flap with the "lives, fortunes, and sacred honor" pledge of our Founders, and the blood sacrifices of our brave soldiers and their families.

Kudos to Sen. Cruz for exposing the cowardice of our so-called "representatives".

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 2/15/2014 1:51:48 PM     (No. 9733874)

I more or less supported Cruz´s tactics on delaying Obamacare last fall. However, in hindsight, letting the law go forward and forcing Obama to delay this unworkable legislation turned out to be the best tactic.

I do not really follow Cruz´s motives in this recent kerfuffle. My goal is simple - win the Senate and avoid amnesty. Everything else is fixable - including the debt ceiling. Politics speaks to the pragmatic in man and those who are mostly doctrinaire tend to end up losing elections. The only thing that I am holding onto is that Cruz has angered Juan McCain - so he must be doing something right.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Trust No One, 2/15/2014 1:58:10 PM     (No. 9733880)

#33. Yours is the best post of the day IMHO. I think of that article quite a bit and you´re right that is proving more and more to be accurate.

I don´t know what the answer is to the delimna in which we find ourselves. It seems that we are rushing into the sci-future at such a rapid pace it can´t be stopped.

I keep thinking I won´t be around to see ´Continnuum´, but it is coming faster than I ever expected.

I really like the LIKE button - makes me feel that I can respond to all of the posts.

Ms. Lucianne I have a REQUEST - give us a DOWN button to post our displeasure with a post since we can´t respond directly to posters.

Thanks.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: wsdiego, 2/15/2014 2:15:05 PM     (No. 9733898)

We are where we are precisely because of the strategy of the RINOS!

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Reply 43 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/15/2014 2:28:57 PM     (No. 9733913)

This blank check for spending until the March 2015 was so unpopular with the People that only 3 Republicans were prepared to vote in favor. When McConnell and Cornyn finally went along, their fear of a backlash was so high that they needed to drag 5 others with them for cover.

This kind of fear is only created when you know that you will be fired if your boss finds out what you are really doing. They are right to fear us because we will replace them.

I can´t help but wonder what Harry Reid would have done if he could only get 57 votes. Would he have allowed some small amendment? We´ll never know because leadership caved.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Rafter, 2/15/2014 3:04:11 PM     (No. 9733940)

#39, you make an interesting point, which I will expand and expound on...

Our founders and framers were volunteers.
They spent their own money to attend the Continential Congresses.
They were not on salary, did not have staff on salary, and were not hanging
on for a pension, either.

They tried to accomplish something that was needed, rather than mark time
for decades and decades gathering moss and taking legal bribes.

It was only recently that former presidents got much of a pension.
Now the CongressHo´s are overpaid, too long in Washington, staffs are too big,
pensions are too big...
it´s all a racket for enriching themselves, to heck with the nation.

The more they are paid, the ruder they become toward the rest of us.
They are all too good for us now.
We are dirt... just pesky nuisances that get in their way.

They would rather be in bed with the MediaHo´s who will get them
re-elected while praising how liberal they are...
when they aren´t in bed with an intern and a good cigar.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Rafter, 2/15/2014 3:08:12 PM     (No. 9733942)

in #44, it should be "Continental" which I really can spell...

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The fairest explainer I’ve found on the Bundy saga is Becket Adams’s post at TheBlaze. If, like me (and Ace), you came to this story after it had already been hyper-polarized and weren’t sure whose facts to trust, try Adams’s Q&A. He plays it straight. In one sense this is complicated — land ownership, grazing rights dating back decades, a court battle, the feds tasing a Bundy family member, even a Harry Reid cameo — but after listening to this Glenn Beck interview with Bundy, it seems surprisingly simple. Bundy stopped paying the BLM in 1993 for grazing rights on

Antiquated law adds billions to fuel costs
New York Post, by William F. Shughart, III    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/15/2014 4:23:57 AM     Post Reply
An obscure 1920 law is costing Americans billions of dollars a year in higher fuel costs. The Jones Act requires that cargo shipped from one US port to another be carried on a US-registered vessel, built, owned and crewed by Americans. This protectionist law was designed to support a shipbuilding industry that no longer exists — but inertia and labor-union muscle keep it on the books. The law mainly makes the news in time of crisis. It delayed shipment of road salt to New Jersey during a shortage last winter — happily, without incident, as the weather moderated before the Garden State

Ukraine and the Obama doctrine: Our president´s
puzzling "go to war or ignore" philosophy
Fox News, by Richard Grenell    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/15/2014 4:18:58 AM     Post Reply
The continuation of Putin’s push into Ukraine makes it official. The Obama Doctrine is to ignore an international crisis or go to war. There is no in between. And President Obama’s been clear that he isn’t going to start any new wars. The recent bipartisan push by Congress to help Ukraine, however, was the latest signal that the president´s foreign policy is unraveling and his doctrine of ‘war or ignore’ is making America less safe. The bill had a huge majority in Congress (378-84 in the House, 98-2 in the Senate) pushing back against a slow and disinterested White House.

People With Old Social
Security Debts Get Reprieve
Associated Press, by Stephen Ohlemacher    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/15/2014 4:12:49 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve - for now. The Social Security Administration had been participating in a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. On Monday, Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin said she was suspending the program while the agency conducts a review. Social Security recipients and members of Congress complained that people were being forced to repay overpayments that were sometimes paid to their parents or guardians when they were children.



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Ben Carson: White House wanted
apology for ‘offending’ Obama

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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:22:51 AM     Post Reply
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year. Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20. “He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of

Megyn Kelly and the
Sandberg Head Shaker

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American Thinker, by Richard F. Miniter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/15/2014 9:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

Why You Should Be Sympathetic
Toward Cliven Bundy

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Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/15/2014 8:40:58 AM     Post Reply
On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

Biden Tells Boston Bombing
Survivors, ´It Was Worth It´ (Video)

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Breitbart´s Instablog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 9:28:18 PM     Post Reply
Less than a minute into his speech at the Boston marathon bombing memorial on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden went tragically off script and told the crowd of Boston bombing survivors that "it was worth it." After expressing how impressed he was with the tribute, he said somberly, "let me say to those ´quote survivors,´ my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely - just to hear each of you speak. You´re truly, truly inspiring." The audience sat in stunned silence until Biden declared, "I´ve never heard anything so beautiful than

Which Actor Portrays The
Best James Bond?

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American Spectator, by Jonah Goldberg and Taki Theodoracopulos    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/16/2014 11:20:22 AM     Post Reply
Look, everyone loves Sean Connery, particularly Sean Connery. That’s why he plays Sean Connery in every movie he’s in. People love that Scottish brogue so much, they don’t mind that he has it when he plays Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez, an immortal Spaniard in Highlander. The guy even won an Oscar for playing an Irish cop with a Scottish accent. Talk about sexist double standards: Meryl Streep has to master foreign dialects to get her golden statuettes. Connery just has to show up on time. In economics you devalue a currency by printing too much of it. In film you

Casual marijuana use linked with
brain abnormalities, study finds

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Fox News, by Loren Grush    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 6:12:53 PM     Post Reply
Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual

White babies just 15 months old show racial
bias when picking playmates, study found

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/15/2014 10:23:35 PM     Post Reply
Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Progressive Insurance
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National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 10:08:10 PM     Post Reply
How do you ensure that you won’t be ostracized, denounced, or fired if you are a media celebrity, captain of industry, or high public official? For some, sexist banter is certainly no problem. Stand-up comedian Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a c–t and a tw-t, but suffered no ill consequences. David Letterman joked on air that Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter had had sex with Alex Rodriguez during a New York Yankees game. There was no downside to that either. President Obama tosses around “sweetie” as he wishes. No problem with that. No one believes Barack could be condescending to women.


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