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Sen. Pat Roberts fends off
tea party challenge

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/5/2014 11:24:00 PM

Sen. Pat Roberts fended off an aggressive challenger Tuesday in the Kansas Republican primary, dealing another blow to a national tea party movement that has targeted longtime Washington incumbents. Milton Wolf, 43, a Leawood radiologist making his first run for public office, failed to pull the upset in the race against Roberts, 78, whose political dates to the late 1960s, when he was a congressional aide. After surviving the primary, Roberts is a huge favorite to win his fourth, six-year term in November. Republicans enjoy a nearly 20 percentage-point advantage among registered voters and have won every U.S. Senate race


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MirJoy, 8/5/2014 11:30:27 PM     (No. 9954637)

This is so disappointing.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bighambone, 8/5/2014 11:34:23 PM     (No. 9954640)

Don´t dispare, Dr. Wolf has father time on his side.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/5/2014 11:35:12 PM     (No. 9954641)

In a real world, we would have term limits and a retirement age.

Add him to the Strom Thurmond club.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: laurenc, 8/5/2014 11:42:07 PM     (No. 9954646)

My mother is close to 80 years old, and I love her dearly, but I would not want her to be my Senator. Too frail, not enough energy, too easily influenced by others... her staff would be running the show. That is what is wrong with these really old folks staying in office for 40-50 years.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: belwhatter, 8/5/2014 11:42:44 PM     (No. 9954648)

These old timers no longer live in the place they represent - how smart is it to keep on voting for an absentee? - two terms and out should be mandatory, then we´d get some real action out of Congress.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MeiDei, 8/6/2014 12:05:36 AM     (No. 9954666)

Isn´t Dr. Wolf 0bama´s cousin, outspoken cousin?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: nimby, 8/6/2014 12:36:41 AM     (No. 9954684)

Cannot believe that this is the same state that elected Rand Paul. Whats wrong with this picture?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dvc, 8/6/2014 1:02:46 AM     (No. 9954703)

It isn´t the state that elected Rand Paul. This is Kansas. You need to pay closer attention.

Pat Roberts is a good senator and NOT a liberal in any way shape or form. Wolf was not at all impressive, and I didn´t vote for him. His ads on Roberts were deceptive and dishonest, not something to make me likely to trust him.

With a good conservative in the seat, why would I vote for someone unknown with questionable actions on the record? If you think you are informed by the media on this race, you are not. Just slapping "Tea Party" on the label is BS, may mean nothing.
There are definitely RINOs that need replacing, but Roberts isn´t one of them.

As far as Rand Paul goes - he is questionable on many issues, not a favorite anyway. Not sure he could get elected in KS.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: oh-heck, 8/6/2014 1:18:56 AM     (No. 9954721)

Latest input I saw was that Roberts wasn´t going break 50%. I guess they don´t have run-offs in Kansas. Since incumbency is a huge advantage, I would encourage states to modify their election laws to have a run-off of the top 2 candidates if neither can win 50% of the vote. At the same time, I would encourage all states with open primaries to close them.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Whiskey, 8/6/2014 2:08:05 AM     (No. 9954745)

Is it true that his residence in Kansas is a room rented in the house of the friend?
Wow that´s some commitment to your home state!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 8/6/2014 2:21:14 AM     (No. 9954749)

The idea of keeping a lifer in office just because he is conservative, feeds right into their arrogant, self-serving egos: "We´re too indispensable to not serve. Nobody can replace us...we have the seniority...we have the committee assignments....blah blah blah."
Term limits. Perk reductions. Pensions slashed. ---- That would take care of much of Washington´s (our) problems.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Safari Man, 8/6/2014 2:30:16 AM     (No. 9954752)

Its hard to believe so many "on our side" don´t see the need to shake things up. Its as if the average republican is okay with the way things have been going. I say out with the old, in with the new. Even if it mean toss out the baby with the bath water. We need NEW bathwater.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: KatieJo, 8/6/2014 4:33:54 AM     (No. 9954772)

NO!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot believe this. Roberts refused to even debate Milton who is an amazing candidate. He is solid conservative, has tons of charisma and energy and I was SO hoping for him to win. How does an old, uninspiring, corrupt dude like Roberts beat Wolf when he doesn´t even live in Kansas. I am losing hope altogether.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: grace1798, 8/6/2014 5:01:18 AM     (No. 9954783)

He´s been a RINO for a very loooooong time. He´ll be part of that RINO and SOCIALIST Crowd.......bet on that! He´s a career Politician..........gee, we don´t have enough of those do we?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: DCGIRL, 8/6/2014 5:56:26 AM     (No. 9954807)

Let´s see. Mark up Kansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio and Mississippi as really dumb states for re-electing losers.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: bkt23, 8/6/2014 6:29:35 AM     (No. 9954826)

Either those who voted in the primary are completely uninformed or the system doesn´t work exactly the way we think it works.

Not long ago, I would have chalked this up to dumb voters. These days, with all the corruption everywhere, it wouldn´t surprise me to learn the primary was rigged.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Bur Oak, 8/6/2014 7:03:08 AM     (No. 9954855)

Kansas also elected Kathleen Sibelius as governor. Dorthy wouldn´t recognize the place.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: grace1798, 8/6/2014 7:22:17 AM     (No. 9954881)

Kansas will ultimately pay the price for voting in a SOCIALIST. Count on it.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: periwinkel, 8/6/2014 7:24:36 AM     (No. 9954887)

#7 Kentucky elected Rand Paul...he is our brighter Senator with good ideas.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 8/6/2014 7:36:09 AM     (No. 9954902)

The Tea (real) Party is a grass roots movement that can win at the local level, thus can influence House primaries, when it has to contend with the "establishment" for statewide elections it´s influence is diluted. Another argument for repeal of the 17th amendment.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Malia2012, 8/6/2014 7:56:17 AM     (No. 9954923)

I don´t believe it helped Dr. Wolf to have voters reminded he is related to obama. That being said, while Pat Roberts HAS been there too long, he is certainly NOT a "socialist" in any way matter shape or form. November is coming.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/6/2014 7:57:56 AM     (No. 9954925)

Disappointing. In this climate it is especially maddening. What have these career politicians done for this country? Corruption, waste, fraud and cronyism is running rampant. Our country is disintegrating right in front of our eyes and voters continue down the same path which is the definition of insanity! Term limits is the only remedy to get the old coots out of office. They arrogantly believe they are entitled to a seat for life. They need to take their very generous pension and benefits and go home. That would be the greatest service they could ever offer their country.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Felixcat, 8/6/2014 8:15:57 AM     (No. 9954958)

I´m currently reading a biography of James Monroe, authored by Harlow Giles Unger, and although we often praise the politicians of the early years of this (now former) republic, many, too, stayed in office for a long time. The only difference was that they changed offices. Jefferson was sec. of state, former governor of VA, president, etc. Monroe - same thing. I guess the other difference back then was that the federal government just did not have the power and influence it does now.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: dvc, 8/6/2014 9:56:04 AM     (No. 9955100)

Amazingly uninformed and misinformed posters, apparently from somewhere outside of Kansas. I live and vote in Kansas. Anyone that calls Roberts socialist is clearly wrong, and does zero convincing to make ridiculous claims like that. Same for callin him a RINO. I find it to be a non-issue that Roberts doesn´t own a home in Kansas. I have some disagreements with Roberts, but was not at all impressed with Wolf. Wolf lost because most find Roberts quite conservative and are mostly happy with him.

As much as I am VERY conservative politically, I am not willing to change out a good politician just because he has been there a long time. New is not automatically better.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 8/6/2014 11:55:28 AM     (No. 9955335)

Pat Roberts is not a socialist ,Thad Cochran
is not a socialist nor
is Lamar Alexander and John Boehner et.al.
Milton Wolf is just another flawed Tea Party candidate.
Any physician who thinks it´s a good idea to post private patient X rays on Facebook and
giggle about them with strangers and hospital employees
has a screw loose.
The photo Wolf released of his sick wife in the hospital , while he was on top of her on an x ray table ,
was equally disturbing.
Unlike Roberts , Wolf did not pay his KS property taxes in 2000.
Bizarrely, Wolf did not work as a physician for 5 years after graduating from medical school.
From 1999 to 2004 , he ran an herbal weight loss supplement company in Texas called Physician´s Own
which eventually was shut down by the
state of Texas for non payment of taxes.
There´s a pattern here.
Wolf is presently under investigation for his unprofessional conduct by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.
He´ll no doubt be disciplined in some fashion because his conduct was grotesque and unprofessional.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: mc squared, 8/6/2014 12:01:00 PM     (No. 9955344)

#25; Term limits would undoubtedly force a few good representatives out, but it sure would get rid of hundreds of bad ones.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 8/6/2014 1:07:20 PM     (No. 9955460)

Heard yesterday that Roberts has been in Washington 40 years. Have to wonder when the last time he had an original idea. Since I never hear him mentioned in the press, I have to wonder if he ever has had an original idea. Doubt career politicians were intended by our founding fathers. Our political system favors established parties, emcumbants, their connections, and all the money they generate.

Too bad Wolf and the Tea Party lost, and hope the Tea Party keeps on plugging away. They are the only real alternative at this point.

Was Wolf really a flawed candidate? Define flawed. Anyone that is criticized? Don´t fall for it. Isn´t Roberts flawed as well? Too bad the Republican party doesn´t fight the Democratic party as hard as they fight the Tea Party.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 8/6/2014 1:29:32 PM     (No. 9955490)

Nutz, I thought Kansans had better sense than this.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 8/6/2014 1:53:48 PM     (No. 9955524)

If even half of what #26 said is accurate then Kansas voters were wise to reject Wolf.

It´s a curious thing: so often, people who may never have even visited a state in their lives nonetheless believe they have all the answers for what will work there.

Good tea party candidates don´t come along very often, or so it seems to me.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: hoosiergirl71, 8/6/2014 1:54:57 PM     (No. 9955526)

#26 I cannot image why the Tea Party would put such a "flawed", immoral person on the ballet under their sponsorship. Just because Roberts is not a Socialist, any one who has been in office THAT long, needs to be changed out. I am SO for term limits.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Susannah, 8/6/2014 2:01:46 PM     (No. 9955534)

#31, That´s an ongoing problem, isn´t it? Some kook/fraud/nincompoop/incompetent says he or she is Tea Party, and that´s all it takes to get support, as witness that clown quartet in South Carolina who ran against Lindsey Graham. As for Wolf himself, his stupid Facebook antics are a matter of record. What kind of doctor posts x-rays of his patients online and jokes about them? And it´s true about the herbal remedy business.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: dvc, 8/6/2014 2:12:27 PM     (No. 9955545)

If the a bright, articulate, conservative person with ** a history of actual accomplishments ** would run for Robert´s seat, he might have a chance. A random nutball with a history of questionable business and professional conduct, with ZERO history of real accomplishment has little appeal. How about a candidate winning a city council or dog catcher election before asking to be a Senator?

A reasonable, quiet Senator like Pat Roberts that votes reliably conservative (American Conservative Union lifetime rating of 86, in 2013 84) is far better than some wild eyed guy with no history of accomplishments, no matter what he CLAIMS to believe in. This is exactly how we got Obama - no history, folks believed "his story" instead.

When people assert that a 86% ACU-rated Senator is "a RINO" or "a socialist" they only prove how uninformed they are, and they bring down the public image of the Tea Party. People need to some facts before throwing around ignorant and incorrect labels if they wish to persuade. Obviously false statements are not persuasive to those that bother to have the facts.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 8/6/2014 4:45:45 PM     (No. 9955742)

# 26 google "text wrap"

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Reply 34 - Posted by: horacer, 8/6/2014 5:04:40 PM     (No. 9955788)

It´s very difficult to defeat an incumbent senator. That´s why most good candidates don´t attempt it. I´d love to see a reasonable primary challenger to John McCain, my senile senator. It´s not likely. He may be a jerk, but he´s a very talented politician. He co-opts all the promising newcomers by raising money and providing campaign assistance. They wind up being unwilling to run against him.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: techwreck, 8/6/2014 5:21:04 PM     (No. 9955826)

KS Republicans are so stupid they don´t even realize that career politicians 1) Don´t listen to their constituents, 2) Don´t know their constituents, 3) Are financed by Washington lobbyists, not the people of their state or district, 4) Are referred to as the "Establishment" because they are only interested in getting reelected and rewarding their big money contributors instead of responding to the will of "we the people", and 5) Have allowed the GOP to deteriorate into the pathetic mess it is today!

Our Founders put this nation in the hands of "we the people", and we have squandered our freedom and prosperity by electing corrupt professional politicians. Thanks, Kansas!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: lana720, 8/6/2014 6:51:50 PM     (No. 9955927)

Dr. Milton Wolf is not only a fine man, but was an excellent candidate. The money from the old bulls, as well as a smear campaign against x-rays that I remember seeing years ago were nothing more than gallows humor. Ever laughed at the Darwin Awards?

A non-resident, aged, non-accomplished senior Senator, who refused to debate, even when asked face-to-face to keep his word on it, is not fit to continue to serve. He made too many promises that were not kept over the years. Ask Wichita workers about the loss of their jobs and Roberts´ unsteady hand in it. Why was the Farm bill filled with food stamp benefits? What were the farmers´ actual benefits?

Watch this iInvestigation by the healing arts board drop like a rock. It was possibly brought about by that self-appointed rich princess who considers herself head of the old bull portion of the party.

Toss in that two others were in the race who bled off 11% of the returns. Will Roberts reward them for saving his bacon? Who seeded them funds to start their campaigns? Roberts only represents 48%. Some smashing victory, huh Pat?

Kansans are not all as stupid, uninformed or gullible as 48% of voters yesterday. We had a great chance to begin to save our Republic. Apparently and sadly, we cannot keep it.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Starlady, 8/6/2014 7:17:19 PM     (No. 9955954)

79 years OLD Is enough for me. He is OLD, his ideas are OLD. Senator Roberts has been voting our country into oblivion serving in the senate club for too long. He is definitely part of the problem, and not going to contribute to a solution. The GOP has a lot of nerve asking people to vote for these OLD codgers who don´t know when it is time to leave.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: lana720, 8/6/2014 8:44:45 PM     (No. 9956052)

A message to DVC: 47 years in Washington and he never fixed social security funding. Remember your support when the checks stop coming. Roberts never accomplished anything of value. The only farm bill he created was voted out in less than a year by his fellow RINOs. Is that what you cal party influence. He also fell for a ploy by Dems from Washington who now have the 7500 jobs promised to bring to Kansas. Another lie to the gullible like you are. Incompetent and self serving will not endear Roberts to those of us who value freedom. 48% says he has lost all trust of the majority of republicans in Kansas. Not a very proud moment over a technical win when you lose the trust of Kansans.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: stablemoney, 8/7/2014 12:58:21 AM     (No. 9956273)

Oh great, we have another 80 year old. Term limits, please.

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A recently retired Secret Service agent told MailOnline on Thursday that former director Julia Pierson´s resignation will be welcomed by the agency´s rank-and-file because ´people in the service thought she was a joke from Day One.´ He attributed her swift fall from grace to a cadre of ´p***ed off agents who had had enough´ of feeling disrespected by the service´s first female director. ´Putting her in charge was part of the [Obama] administration´s push to feminize the service after the "hookergate" nightmare,´ the agent said, referring to agents who were fired after patronizing prostitutes during a security-check trip to Colombia

The Case for Panic
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Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/3/2014 5:27:33 AM     Post Reply
Deadly, irrational, and determined, the intruder snuck across a weakened perimeter. Eluding capture, the intruder was detained only after missteps and close calls. The spin began soon after the threat was isolated. Information was selectively leaked. Half-truths and untruths were uttered. Responsibility was avoided; privileges and credentials asserted; authority reasserted. Trust us. Remain calm. Don’t panic. This is the template of recent events. A mental case jumps the White House fence. He makes it to the East Room before he’s tackled by an off-duty Secret Service agent. Initial statements turn out to be misleading or false. We discover that lapses in

Courts Will Decide If Chimps Should
Have Same Rights As Humans

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New York Post, by Lia Eustachewich    Original Article
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It’s the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” A New York appeals court next week will consider whether chimps should have the same rights as human beings. The extraordinary proceeding is the result of a lengthy battle by animal-rights activists who argue that animals with human qualities — including chimps — are entitled to human protections, including freedom from captivity. Steven Wise, part of the Nonhuman Rights Project, which is leading the effort, will have to convince a panel of Albany appellate judges that a chimp name Tommy is a “legal person” to get him moved from a cage

Another weird Obama pronunciation
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American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 10/4/2014 11:22:06 AM     Post Reply
What on earth is an ohbee-guynee? Apparently it is a weird Obamaspeak pronunciation of OB/GYN (pronounced oh-bee-gee-why-en). For the president’s benefit, let me specify that means a doctor who delivers babies and takes care of the lady parts. When President Obama announced the departure of Eric Holder from his position as attorney general, he also mentioned his “good friend,” the AG’s wife, Dr. Sharon Malone, and he called her an “ohbee-guynee.” (snip) it almost seems as though someone raised in a fantasized USSR training camp for deep cover agents was inserted into the identity of Barack Obama and loosed upon

28 words that Democrats
really wish President Obama
didn’t say today

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Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 10/2/2014 10:48:52 PM     Post Reply
President Obama was at Northwestern University on Thursday to deliver an economic speech that, he and his team hoped, would lay out the case for why the public is better off today than they were six years ago -- even if they didn´t feel it in their everday lives. Instead, Obama just gave every Republican ad-maker in the country more fodder for negative ads linking Democratic candidates to him. Here are the four sentences that will draw all of the attention (they come more than two thirds of the way through the speech): "I am not on the ballot this

We’ve made the
Ebola crisis worse

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Telegraph [UK], by Geoffrey Lean    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 10/3/2014 11:45:50 PM     Post Reply
It is the stuff that nightmares are made of, and day by day it is getting worse. The Ebola epidemic, says Dr Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), is now “the greatest peacetime challenge” since the Second World War. Yet her own organisation’s tardiness, partly caused by cuts, together with reductions in--and misuse of--funds elsewhere, are largely responsible for Ebola spiralling out of control. [Snip] It’s just the beginning. At present the numbers of people infected are thought to be doubling in under 30 days--and the blue-chip US Center for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that, if Ebola

Michelle Obama: U.S. Has Improved
´By Almost Every Economic Measure´

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Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 10/4/2014 10:36:54 AM     Post Reply
In a speech in Boston, First Lady Michelle Obama left behind talk of exercise and school lunches, exchanging it all for bald politics by claiming that under her husband the US economy is now better off "by almost every economic measure." The First Lady appeared at the Strand Theater Friday to stump for Martha Coakley´s campaign for Governor of Massachusetts. Coakley needs help badly, as even in blue, blue Massachusetts, the race between Democrat Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker is essentially a toss up. In her remarks, Obama pushed the President´s newest campaign line that he has saved the economy based on

Meghan McCain on Secret
Service: ´I hated all of them´

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/3/2014 12:30:44 AM     Post Reply
Meghan McCain joined the dog pile on the Secret Service this week, saying she’s had “nothing but horrible experiences" with the agency and likening the agents to “glorified mall cops.” The 29-year-old author and television personality, who is also the daughter of former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), opened up on Pivot’s “TakePart Live” about some of her interactions with the Secret Service. "I have nothing but horrible experiences with the Secret Service,” McCain said. “One of my friends called them glorified mall cops and I don´t think that´s terribly far off. I found them cliquey. I hated

Some Blacks See Secret Service
as Flawed Shield for the President

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New York Times, by Peter Baker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/3/2014 12:16:43 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety. Why, she asked, wasn’t he being better protected by his Secret Service agents? The furor that led to this week’s resignation of the director of the Secret Service resonated deeply among blacks, outraged that those supposed to be guarding the first black president were somehow falling down on the job — and suspicious even without evidence that it may be deliberate. “It is something that is widespread in

White House says it has
Ebola virus under control

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Sarah Ferris    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/3/2014 6:55:38 PM     Post Reply
Top White House officials on Friday worked to reassure the American public that the national response to Ebola is under control. Leaders of the country’s health, defense and military branches stressed that they are taking the right steps to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which was first diagnosed in the U.S. on Tuesday. Top White House officials on Friday worked to reassure the American public that the national response to Ebola is under control. Leaders of the country’s health, defense and military branches stressed that they are taking the right steps to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which

Most Texas abortion clinics shut down
as abortion rights recede in South

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Christian Science Monitor, by Patrik Jonsson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/4/2014 7:48:03 AM     Post Reply
ATLANTA — Texas, America’s second-most populous state behind California, saw 13 of its last abortion clinics turn away women on Friday, after a federal appeals court upheld a law that practically guarantees that only a handful of clinics will remain open in the state. The strictest-of-its-kind Texas law requires abortion providers to build hospital-grade facilities and obtain sometimes impossible-to-get hospital admitting privileges. After signed into law last year by Gov. Rick Perry (R), the law forced most of the 41 clinics operating to close. Thursday’s ruling wiped out a brief victory this summer for abortion rights proponents,

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