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You know, certain things just write themselves.

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GOP Rep: I’m ‘Struggling’ On My $ 174K Salary (VIDEO) /> At a town hall meeting in Polk County, Wisconsin earlier this year, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) was asked whether he’d vote to cut his $ 174,000 annual salary. Duffy sort of hedged, and went on to talk about how $ 174,000 really isn’t that much for his family of seven to live on. Then he went on to say he supports cutting compensation for all public employees, along the lines of what Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has proposed for the Badger State.

The whole thing was caught on tape, and it was posted to the Polk County GOP’s blog, along with several other clips from the town hall. Then just that clip where Duffy talks about his salary was taken down and removed from the internet by the county party because, an official said, the YouTube clip “was being republished without our consent.”

Here’s the clip, obtained by TPM:

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Awe, poor baby. He’s barely scraping by on 174k a year. He and his brood of SIX have GOVERNMENT FUNDED HEALTHCARE, and he has a home, and someone’s supposed to have sympathy for this clown? Nobody told him to have 6 kids….you can’t afford them, don’t have them…isn’t that what they always tell poor folk?

He’s paying off student loans….he’s probably voted to cut education, so that other folks won’t even have the choice to GET a student loan, or he’s probably one of those who wants to turn BACK the student loan business BACK to the banks, something the President has stopped.

They continue to be who we thought they were. They could care less and continue to vote time and time again against anything that would help the working man or woman, and he’s making almost 4x the average in his district and thinks someone’s supposed to actually have sympathy for him.


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You know, certain things just write themselves.

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GOP Rep: I’m ‘Struggling’ On My $ 174K Salary (VIDEO) /> At a town hall meeting in Polk County, Wisconsin earlier this year, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) was asked whether he’d vote to cut his $ 174,000 annual salary. Duffy sort of hedged, and went on to talk about how $ 174,000 really isn’t that much for his family of seven to live on. Then he went on to say he supports cutting compensation for all public employees, along the lines of what Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has proposed for the Badger State.

The whole thing was caught on tape, and it was posted to the Polk County GOP’s blog, along with several other clips from the town hall. Then just that clip where Duffy talks about his salary was taken down and removed from the internet by the county party because, an official said, the YouTube clip “was being republished without our consent.”

Here’s the clip, obtained by TPM:

src="http://blip.tv/play/AYKvlUsC" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="300" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true">

Awe, poor baby. He’s barely scraping by on 174k a year. He and his brood of SIX have GOVERNMENT FUNDED HEALTHCARE, and he has a home, and someone’s supposed to have sympathy for this clown? Nobody told him to have 6 kids….you can’t afford them, don’t have them…isn’t that what they always tell poor folk?

He’s paying off student loans….he’s probably voted to cut education, so that other folks won’t even have the choice to GET a student loan, or he’s probably one of those who wants to turn BACK the student loan business BACK to the banks, something the President has stopped.

They continue to be who we thought they were. They could care less and continue to vote time and time again against anything that would help the working man or woman, and he’s making almost 4x the average in his district and thinks someone’s supposed to actually have sympathy for him.

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(CNN)-Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Bill Keating knows what it’s like to be tough on criminals. Before becoming a freshman Congressman, he served as Norfolk District Attorney for over ten years.

But at 3 a.m. ET Tuesday, he experienced what it’s like to awake to the sound of your car’s engine starting and then being stolen from your driveway. A first-hand experience with crime courtesy of a pair of brothers whose criminal past is well-known to local police.

“These guys are familiar to us,” said Captain John Dougan of the Quincy Police Department of the brothers in an interview with CNN. Keating called police as soon as he heard his engine starting and the car was recovered in an astounding four minutes.

Following the congressman’s call, police issued an alert was issued to local police to be on the lookout for the Congressman’s 2001 black Lexus SUV and moments later the stolen car was driven past a police officer who, with the help of other officers, boxed it in as it pulled into a McDonalds. The two men inside claimed it was a rental car, according to Dougan. Brothers Kenneth and Christopher Babij were charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle in addition to breaking and entering.

Rep. Keating, who serves on the Homeland Security Committee as the ranking member of the Oversight, Investigations, and Management Subcommittee, issued the following statement,” For the past twelve years, I worked with the Quincy police and was very impressed with them as a District attorney…When I called the police to report that my car had been stolen, they apprehended the suspects within minutes.”

Next time the Congressman will probably be more careful with where he leaves his keys. The thieves caught a lucky break when they discovered the keys to his Lexus while breaking into the other family car in his driveway, a 2011 Ford Escape.


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Q. When did liberals rip those 'Dissent Is Patriotic' bumper stickers off their Priuses?

A. January 20, 2009

Latest evidence: on his MSNBC show this evening, Cenk Uygur suggested that opposition to President Obama's Libya policy is "unpatriotic." For good measure, Dem congressman Gary Ackerman stated that opposing the president is "cheering for the wrong team."

View video after the jump.

To his credit, liberal Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne dissented, saying he doesn't like it when people who are opposed to policy are criticized as unpatriotic.  

But could Cenk, Ackerman and their ilk possibly be more hypocritical?

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Q. When did liberals rip those 'Dissent Is Patriotic' bumper stickers off their Priuses?

A. January 20, 2009

Latest evidence: on his MSNBC show this evening, Cenk Uygur suggested that opposition to President Obama's Libya policy is "unpatriotic." For good measure, Dem congressman Gary Ackerman stated that opposing the president is "cheering for the wrong team."

View video after the jump.

To his credit, liberal Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne dissented, saying he doesn't like it when people who are opposed to policy are criticized as unpatriotic.  

But could Cenk, Ackerman and their ilk possibly be more hypocritical?

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Q. When did liberals rip those 'Dissent Is Patriotic' bumper stickers off their Priuses?

A. January 20, 2009

Latest evidence: on his MSNBC show this evening, Cenk Uygur suggested that opposition to President Obama's Libya policy is "unpatriotic." For good measure, Dem congressman Gary Ackerman stated that opposing the president is "cheering for the wrong team."

View video after the jump.

To his credit, liberal Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne dissented, saying he doesn't like it when people who are opposed to policy are criticized as unpatriotic.  

But could Cenk, Ackerman and their ilk possibly be more hypocritical?

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Former U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, won’t attempt to regain the congressional seat next year that he lost in the 2010 election to Republican Allen West.

“I’m not planning on running in [20]12,” he said in an interview, though he left open the possibility of a future run.

“I’ve joined the Holland & Knight law firm, and I’ve been doing this [running for office] 18 years, and discussed it with my wife. She’s been an incredible supporter over the years. And I think it’s OK to step back a little bit and work in the private sector.

“I’m going to stay involved in issues, stay out there, stay involved in both foreign policy things like Israel as well as local things I think are very important. You never say ‘never’ for the future. But I’m very content and looking forward to work in the private sector.”

Klein made his comments before a political event Wednesday night in Pompano Beach – the swearing in of new officers of the North Broward Democratic Club and a pep talk for about 60 of the party faithful.

It was a marked contrast to the previous several years of Klein appearances; he didn’t have congressional or campaign staffers working the event on his behalf.

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, has been trying to find a good candidate to challenge West, and Klein said Israel asked him to run.

“He wants me to run. But I told him, as I’ve told you, I think I’m ready to try something different. I’m looking forward to the private sector.”

Two candidates recently entered the race: outgoing West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel and Patrick Murphy, a 28-year-old Fort Lauderdale businessman. Another name that’s been floated is state Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington, who said recently he’s thought about it but has been planning to seek re-election – for now. “I am keeping all my options open,” he said. “I’m not closing any doors.”




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The unhappy birthday party continues. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) issues his ObamaCare statement.

Congressman Walsh Issues Statement on One Year Anniversary of ObamaCare
Americans are discovering the truth about ObamaCare and their opposition to it is growing”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL) issued the following statement on the one year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare.

“Today marks the one year anniversary of President’s Obama’s job-killing health care bill, ObamaCare,” said Congressman Walsh. “This unconstitutional, hyper-partisan takeover of the United States health care system was shoved down the throats of the American people, by Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats without a single Republican vote, as they claimed we had to ‘pass the bill to find out what was in the bill.’”

“Now, just one year after ramming it through Congress, Americans are discovering the truth about ObamaCare and their opposition is growing. In a recent Rasmussen Reports poll of likely voters, 62 percent favored repealing the entire law. This is the highest total recorded in favor of repeal in the last ten months – ObamaCare is even more unpopular today than it was a year ago when President Obama signed it into law.”

“In January, my first vote as a U.S. Congressman was to repeal ObamaCare – it taxed too much, spent too much, and borrowed too much. Now, two months later, I am more committed than ever to repeal this unconstitutional law. I will do everything in my power to replace it with a plan that truly increases access to quality, affordable health care.


“We simply cannot allow a law to remain in place that has already created a legacy of fewer jobs, higher taxes and a lower quality of care – knowing that the worst is yet to come.


Since the passage of ObamaCare:
Democrats’ cost projections were proved incorrect, as CBO just upped ObamaCare’s final price tag by 8.6 percent to $ 1.44 trillion
The individual mandate was ruled unconstitutional in two federal courts
Over 1,000 organizations have received coverage waivers from the Obama Administration
34 states no longer offer child-only policies
-  CMS now shows that 14 million Americans will lose their current coverage if ObamaCare is not repealed
And there will be 800,000 fewer jobs by 2021 according to the Director of the CBO

Congressman Walsh is a member of the Health Subcommittee on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He recently joined Rep. Issa (R-CA) as a sponsor to the
Constitutional Protection Act – legislation that will halt the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act until a final verdict is issued on the multi-state lawsuit over the constitutionality of the law.

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by Javier Manjarres

It seems that whenever Allen West holds a Town Hall meeting the controversial Muslim group CAIR is there.  The Council  for American-Islamic Relations’ supporters seem to have an endless supply of questions for West, and tonight’s townhall was no different.  Tuesday evening, a supporter of CAIR (notably wearing a “co-exist” t-shirt) began to question West’s knowledge about the Koran, and then proceeded to challenge West to a public debate.

Any chance you think that Congressman West was going to pass up on this opportunity?


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The old saying goes, “keep your friends close but your enemies closer.” Apparently Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.) took that to heart.

The Pennsylvania political website PoliticsPA.com reported that Meehan’s former spokesman Jack Stollsteimer is seriously considering running against his old boss next year - as a Democrat. Stollsteimer goes back many years with the congressman, serving as Meehan’s flak when he was U.S. attorney and also when he was a local district attorney.

His loyalty apparently ended when Meehan entered Congress. The potential challenger told the publication that in this case, partisanship trumps friendship.

“Pat and I have been friends and I know he’s a good man, but I have serious problems with what he’s already done as our Congressman,” he said. “He’s a company man. He’s voted purely along Republican leadership lines. I think we need an independent thinker in Washington.”

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Outgoing West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel said Monday she’ll attempt to oust freshman U.S. Rep. Allen West.

“Congress isn’t working for working families,” Frankel said in a statement. “There’s too much partisanship and not enough results. We need a member of Congress who knows how to get things done.”

Frankel is wrapping up eight years as West Palm mayor at the end of March.

Before becoming mayor she served 14 years in the Florida Legislature, including serving as Democratic Party leader in the Florida House of Representatives.

Her stint as minority party leader catapulted her to prominence as the voice of the Democrats during the George W. Bush vs. Al Gore drama immediately following the 2000 presidential election.

“The only thing missing on the proclamation is the postmark from Austin, Texas,” Frankel said in December 2000 after Republicans called a special session to name electors loyal to George W. Bush.

The 22nd Congressional District currently includes much of coastal Broward and Palm Beach counties, but no one knows the boundaries of any districts in next year’s election because they’ll be redrawn to reflect population changes uncovered in the 2010 Census.

In 1992, Frankel ran in a different district, and was defeated in a bitterly fought Democratic primary runoff by Alcee Hastings, who went on to win the district.

West defeated two-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, last year.

Another candidate, political newcomer Patrick Murphy, announced his candidacy for the Democratic congressional nomination last week.




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Is Wendell Marsh of Reuters clueless, or complicit?

“Islam is all-American for one U.S. Muslim leader,” by Wendell Marsh for Reuters, March 20:

ASHINGTON (Reuters) - - Al Azhar, the centuries-old center of Islamic learning in Cairo, is a world away from Oklahoma City where William Suhaib Webb grew up.

But it was not until the American Muslim leader immersed himself in Islamic studies at Al Azhar that he realized just how American he was, regardless of his religion.

“I didn’t really have enough comfort as a young convert to really be who I was … I adopted different cultural constructs that I had not grown up with,” he told Reuters in a telephone interview from Santa Clara, California, where he is an imam at a mosque and runs a website aimed at Muslim youth.

Named in 2010 by an Islamic think-tank as one of the 500 “Most Influential Muslims in the World” for his work with youth over the last decade, Webb is now arguably the kind of moderate Islamic leader Congressman Peter King said the country needs when he chaired hearings on Muslim militancy this month.

Webb’s positions on issues such as women’s rights and religious community involvement are near the American mainstream. He denounces violence in the name of Islam, and encourages U.S. Muslim youth to be comfortable with their American roots….

The Reuters story never mentions it, but Suhaib Webb is actually affiliated with the Muslim American Society.

And what is the Muslim American Society? The Muslim Brotherhood. “In recent years, the U.S. Brotherhood operated under the name Muslim American Society, according to documents and interviews. One of the nation’s major Islamic groups, it was incorporated in Illinois in 1993 after a contentious debate among Brotherhood members.” — Chicago Tribune, 2004, via the Muslim Brotherhood’s English-language website, Ikhwanweb.

The Muslim Brothers “must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” — “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America,” by Mohamed Akram, May 19, 1991.

Imagine if a Jewish or Christian leader was affiliated with a group that was, according to one of its own documents, dedicated to “eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house” so that Jewish or Christian law would replace the U.S. Constitution. Would Wendell Marsh of Reuters be writing a glowing puff piece about the moderation and wisdom of such a leader?

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The Left's panic concerning the defunding of NPR has become quite comical in recent days.

Take for example Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) who took to the House floor Thursday and said, "If my friends on the other side of the aisle want to strip funding from NPR because they believe — wrongly, in my view — that NPR is biased, then we should be given the same opportunity" and prevent taxpayer dollars from being used for advertising "on the partisan political platform of Fox News" (video follows with commentary):

According to FoxNews.com:

McGovern cited a Rand Study that found the federal government subsidizes media companies all the time and that the Pentagon alone spent more than $ 600 million in advertising in 2007.

McGovern did not cite any studies or statistics on how much federal advertising money is spent on Fox News. He did not return requests for comment submitted by FoxNews.com.

So let's think about this logically. Pentagon advertising is likely to recruit military members, correct? And members of our armed forces tend to be more conservative than the general public.

With this in mind, regardless of the actual dollars involved, it would make sense for the Department of Defense to want to advertise on a right-leaning news outlet.

If McGovern's amendment had cleared the House Rules Committee - which it didn't - and had been approved by the House and the Senate, we'd be needlessly hampering military recruitment efforts as a silly quid pro quo for NPR.

With regard to other federal government ads, these are likely from various agencies and departments such as the Internal Revenue Service and the Postal Service for example.

Should Fox viewers have such announcements withheld from them because the network slants in the same political direction as they do? If so, then shouldn't the government be prohibited from doing any advertising since every media outlet has a bias?

It doesn't appear that McGovern and his staff have thoroughly thought through all of the ramifications of this silly proposal, does it?

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The Left's panic concerning the defunding of NPR has become quite comical in recent days.

Take for example Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) who took to the House floor Thursday and said, "If my friends on the other side of the aisle want to strip funding from NPR because they believe — wrongly, in my view — that NPR is biased, then we should be given the same opportunity" and prevent taxpayer dollars from being used for advertising "on the partisan political platform of Fox News" (video follows with commentary):

According to FoxNews.com:

McGovern cited a Rand Study that found the federal government subsidizes media companies all the time and that the Pentagon alone spent more than $ 600 million in advertising in 2007.

McGovern did not cite any studies or statistics on how much federal advertising money is spent on Fox News. He did not return requests for comment submitted by FoxNews.com.

So let's think about this logically. Pentagon advertising is likely to recruit military members, correct? And members of our armed forces tend to be more conservative than the general public.

With this in mind, regardless of the actual dollars involved, it would make sense for the Department of Defense to want to advertise on a right-leaning news outlet.

If McGovern's amendment had cleared the House Rules Committee - which it didn't - and had been approved by the House and the Senate, we'd be needlessly hampering military recruitment efforts as a silly quid pro quo for NPR.

With regard to other federal government ads, these are likely from various agencies and departments such as the Internal Revenue Service and the Postal Service for example.

Should Fox viewers have such announcements withheld from them because the network slants in the same political direction as they do? If so, then shouldn't the government be prohibited from doing any advertising since every media outlet has a bias?

It doesn't appear that McGovern and his staff have thoroughly thought through all of the ramifications of this silly proposal, does it?

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Yesterday, the House narrowly voted to defund NPR by prohibiting taxpayer dollars from being used by local radio stations to purchase NPR content. Every single Democrat voted against the bill, joined by seven Republicans, and one, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), who voted “present.” Amash opposes taxpayer funding for NPR, but explained his opposition in a statement to Fox News by noting that the bill voted on yesterday would not save a dime of taxpayer money:

The federal government does not subsidize NPR directly. Instead, the government funds the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a government entity, which has discretion to provide funding to whichever private radio producers it chooses. H R 1076 does not actually save taxpayer dollars; it merely blocks CPB from exercising its discretion to send funding to NPR. The funds CPB does not send to NPR under the bill are returned to CPB to be spent subsidizing other private radio producers. I offered an amendment in the Rules Committee to require that any funds not sent to NPR be redirected to pay down the deficit, but the amendment was ruled out of order. Therefore, public broadcasting will not see any reduction in federal funding even if this bill becomes law.

Republicans have claimed stripping taxpayer dollars from NPR is about the need to cut spending and rein in the deficit. “[W]e are all about looking for ways to cut right now and save,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said after the vote yesterday. “[W]e’ve got to listen to the executives at N.P.R. that say they don’t need taxpayer funding.” But as Amash and many Democrats have correctly pointed out, the bill doesn’t actually save taxpayer money — it merely moves around money already allocated to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, away from NPR and to other public broadcasting operations. Amash also wrote that the bill is “arguably unconstitutional and definitely violates the Rule of Law,” because “it likely is a bill of attainder.”

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