Mollohan Eyes Comeback Bid

December 7, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV), “who lost the seat he held for nearly three decades in a Democratic primary, is looking into a comeback bid for 2012,” Politico reports.

Said Mollohan: “It’s kind of like keeping your options open. There’s a lot of support out there. It is in the category of ‘I’m absolutely considering running again’ and also in the category of ‘I absolutely could not run again.’ It will depend a whole lot on the environment that these elections will be played out in.”
Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire

After Getting Amazon To Boot Wikileaks, Lieberman Eyes Other Firms (VIDEO)

December 2, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, yesterday succeeded in getting Amazon.com to boot Wikileaks off its servers.

Now, Lieberman says he’s widening his scope.

“We’ve gotta put pressure on any companies — like Amazon, [which] just cut Wikileaks off from its servers to distribute — there’s a company now in Sweden, I think it’s called Bahnhof, which is providing that kind of access to the Internet to Wikileaks,” he said on MSNBC this afternoon. “We’ve got to stop them from doing that.”

As TPM reported yesterday, Lieberman’s committee staff called Amazon and asked, “Are there plans to take the site down?”

Amazon responded by removing the site, telling the committee it violated unspecified terms of use.

TPM yesterday asked a committee spokeswoman, Leslie Phillips, whether Lieberman was planning to reach out to other companies.

“The committee is not reaching out to other companies,” she said. “Senator Lieberman hopes that the Amazon case will send the message to other companies that might host Wikileaks that it would be irresponsible to host the site.”

Phillips said that hasn’t changed, and that Lieberman has no specific plans as of now to speak with other companies, including the Swedish firm Bahnhof AB where Wikileaks is now reportedly residing.

But his pressure on Amazon is already having a wider effect. The New York Times reported this afternoon that a Seattle-based company called Tableau had deleted charts and graphs uploaded by Wikileaks.

Tableau explains on its web site:

Our decision to remove the data from our servers came in response to a public request by Senator Joe Lieberman, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, when he called for organizations hosting WikiLeaks to terminate their relationship with the website.

The company also said Wikileaks violated the site’s terms of use by uploading content it doesn’t have the rights to.

Watch the video of Lieberman on MSNBC:







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Eyes On The Clock For DADT Repeal Advocates After Pentagon Report

December 1, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

The release of the Pentagon’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell review yesterday brought a collective sigh of relief from the gay advocacy and progressive organizations lobbying for the policy’s repeal. Now, they say, they can zero in on the senators who told them this summer that they couldn’t vote for repeal until the review was done.

“It’s probably one of the best tools repeal advocates can us in the Senate lame duck session,” Aubrey Sarvis, the head of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said yesterday.

They even have Defense Secretary Robert Gates on their side, who yesterday said the Senate must pass repeal to avoid his “greatest fear” — that the courts will overturn DADT abruptly, leaving no time for the Pentagon to prepare for the switch with training programs.

But time is already running out. There’s less than a month before Christmas, and the Senate must also ratify the START treaty, extend unemployment benefits and make a decision on the Bush tax cuts. And today, Senate Republicans came together to say they’d block every piece of legislation until the tax cuts are done.

“Time is definitely not on our side,” Clarke Cooper, director of the Log Cabin Republicans, told TPM in an interview. “It’s incumbent on senators to get this [done] before the 111th sunsets. That’s your biggest challenge right now.”

Log Cabin is also working the judicial side, and their case led the Ninth Circuit to declare DADT unconstitutional. (The government is appealing.) Cooper said he, too, would prefer the policy be repealed legislatively — but said he doesn’t plan to “take the heat off” the courts.

“One of the vehicles for getting this done is court cases,” he said. “Our case has been part of a driving force in moving the ball forward.”

If the Senate doesn’t pass repeal now, the slate will be effectively wiped clean and the National Defense Authorization Act, to which the repeal is currently attached, will have to be re-approved by the new Republican-led House. And the incoming chair of the House Armed Services Committee is no fan of including repeal in the bill.

But advocates are optimistic that they have the votes now that the review has been released and says in no uncertain terms that the policy can be repealed with only minor disruption at first and no long-term harm to the military.

As for Sen. John McCain’s new argument that the review itself is flawed, the advocates brushed it aside, as Gates himself recently did.

“We’ll have this cacophony of ridiculous excuses we’ll now see. This is just one of them,” said Winnie Stachelberg, an executive at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. “This can’t be an argument about what will make McCain happy. The question is whether he’s going to speak for the Republican caucus.”









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Marquez eyes third Pacquiao bout after beating Katsidis - BBC Sport

November 28, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

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In case you get turned on by the alluring eyes of a Burqa’d woman…

November 24, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

From the French version of Slate, a photo of a woman at the Hajj.

Maybe she is taking this recent fatwa seriously….
(h/t Silke)



Elder of Ziyon

Better Late Than Never: Media Piling On Michele “Crazy Eyes” Bachmann As Liar

November 23, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Joe. My. God.

‘Armed with clear data and even clearer blue eyes’

November 17, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, is officially one of Salon’s 15 sexiest men.







Ezra Klein

Man up, Media and Open Your Eyes!

November 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

If Obama does not get it after this election, he never will. If the media does not get it after this election, it never will.

Now, you could easily argue that Obama absolutely gets it and he is doing exactly what he wants done in this country. He is a Cold Hearted Social Engineer and he thrives only by forcing others to obey him by fiat. I would be in that camp, have been for a long time. How could the most brilliant leader in the history of the world not know exactly what he is doing?

Change? He has never explained what he means by the word change. The media has never asked him, the media has never pinned him down on this, so, I will take it that they do not want to pin him down on this. They worship his Vagueness.

Watch this video of a conversation Dear Leader had with Moveon.lies the day after getting smacked silly in the mid-terms.

Change? He never explains it to the Moveon.sad crowd because he doesn’t have to. They know that change means turn America socialist. Government takeover of car companies, healthcare and whatever else is next on their hit-list, maybe the food system in this country. Shouldn’t every American have the right to three squares a day?

Where is the media in all of this? Man up, media! Pin this guy down on what change really means to this guy. Get specific with him, demand he answer, follow up with him for as long as it takes. Dear Leader has done hundreds of one-on-one interviews since he started preaching the Religion of Change and not a single media person has asked him for chapter and verse.

My guess is he will avoid the question like the plague. He did give the answer to Joe the Plumber when he told Joe that his goal was to “spread the wealth.” But the activist old media destroyed Joe for daring to ask Obama the question that they still will not ask. What does change mean?

“We need to keep working hard to give Americans the change they want.” Dear Leader said that. Did he already forget the election returns the day after America rejected his “change?” Obama himself said that his agenda was on the ballot for the election and we all saw that America could not be more clear in its rejection of that agenda.

Now, Nancy Pelosi says it’s not her fault that Democrats got creamed early this month. It’s always entertaining to watch the Democrats and their inability at self-reflection. Like their activist old media, they see the world as they want it to be, not the way it really is. It’s no coincidence that reality does not work well when it comes to your local evening newscast and liberal politics. They are not only joined at the hip by agenda, they are joined by being delusionary about who they really are.

One of my complaints in the local newsrooms that I worked in was that we did not do “real” very well. We liked telling viewers early and often in our promos that we are, “part of your community,” or, “your neighbors in the newsroom,” or, “watching out for your neighborhood,” or whatever silly slogan was used. The reality is that the local TV newsrooms are more connected to grabbing stories out of the daily newspaper and repeating them, or repeating what they are told by the last public official they spoke to than they are at being on the pulse of a community. If you try to do “real” on a TV newscast you don’t last very long…but that’s another story for another day and if gets personal so I’ll let that go for now.

Which brings me full circle to why the libs and the media seem so intertwined. They have a nearly identical mindset. Every time Dear Leader does a one-on-one interview and talks about “changing America,” real Americans sit there and yell at their TV sets and say, “ya, we know what you mean about change, you said it to Joe the Plumber,” the reporter nods and acts delusionary and moves on to the question about what Michelle is planning to wear during their next vacation. Blind leading the blind. Reporter and subject cannot see themselves for who they are.

Perhaps it’s much easier for both of them that way—of course, it’s nearly destroyed our country in the meantime. Nearly. The Conservative Wave is building and the beautiful thing is—neither the liberals or the media can see it.


Big Journalism

Saudi fatwa: Women must cover alluring eyes

November 14, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Al Quds reports that the northern branch of the Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has started warning women to cover their eyes if they are judged to be “exciting.” (The other autotranslated word used is “seditious.”)

The exact criteria were not publicized.



Elder of Ziyon

Steele Eyes Second Term at RNC

October 27, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

RNC Chairman Michael Steele “is taking steps to run for another two-year term and outlined his plan in a conference call last week to a handful of state GOP officials,” CNN reports.

In fact, Steele already has picked two current RNC staffers to help run his re-election campaign. He will need to secure the support of 85 RNC members to win another term - half of the 168 people who make up the committee.
Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire

Preston on Politics: Steele eyes second term as RNC chair

October 27, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is taking steps to run for another two-year term and outlined his plan in a conference call last week to a handful of state GOP officials, three Republicans familiar with the call tell CNN.

Steele, who wraps up a 48 state bus tour this week, already has picked two current RNC staffers to help run his re-election campaign and the chairman told people on the call that the reception he has received during the bus tour is tremendous, according to one of the Republicans. Both Republicans spoke about the call only on the condition of anonymity.

Steele, who was elected chairman in January 2009, has had a rocky tenure as head of the national party. Republicans scored some major wins over the past 22 months such as taking back control of governorships in New Jersey and Virginia and winning the special election to fill the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy’s seat. And the GOP is expected to score some big wins on Nov. 2.

But Steele, a former Maryland lieutenant governor, has also been accused by his critics of mismanagement, failing in fundraising and making comments that have been considered a distraction to the party.

One of the Republicans familiar with the call said Steele mentioned that Neil Alpert, who works in the RNC’s finance department, and Christopher Carroll, deputy director of state and local government affairs for the committee, will take roles in the re-election campaign.

Steele would need to secure the support of 85 RNC members to win another term - half of the 168 people who make up the committee.

“Members on the call were shocked that he had already made his decision to run without consulting them and of course they thought the timing was a mistake,” said one of the Republicans.

An RNC spokesperson said the committee is focusing all of its efforts on next week’s midterm elections.

“The efforts of the Republican National Committee continue to be focused on a victory November 2nd,” said the RNC spokesperson. When pressed about the conference call, the spokesperson referred back to the earlier statement.


CNN Political Ticker

GOP donor class eyes 2012

October 24, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Haberman and Vogel check in with an Established accustomed to picking its candidate:

 

As the 2010 campaign draws to its raucous close, the Republican Party’s biggest donors are slowly beginning to choose sides, with some still looking for a strong alternative to a populist conservative movement that makes them uneasy.

The big New York, Texas, California and Florida donors who traditionally play a key role in choosing the GOP nominee lined up behind George W. Bush in 2000 and, largely, John McCain in 2008.

This year’s early favorite appears to be Mitt Romney, donor sources confirmed to POLITICO, who has already lined up quiet commitments from more than a dozen top names, among them billionaire David Koch and his wife Julia, financier and former Goldman Sachs partner Lewis Eisenberg, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and Ogilvy Government Relations Chairman Wayne Berman.

Romney is already raising copiously for his political action committee and has the help of his longtime campaign finance adviser Spencer Zwick, who’s currently assisting Meg Whitman’s gubernatorial campaign in California — a role that also provides the former Massachusetts governor with a toehold in a major state.

But other big donors remain unsure of Romney. His 2008 run showcased his strengths and drawbacks, high among them the government-run health care plan he supported while in Massachusetts.

Some in the big donor class claim to welcome the tea party’s energy, but many are nevertheless nervously eyeing Palin, who posted big numbers this quarter with a surprisingly small number of maximum donations — a sign that she could be poised to, like GOP Senate nominees Sharron Angle in Nevada or Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, capture an internet cash wave that has largely favored Democrats so far.

“Most longstanding donors are worried about a candidate, or multiple candidates, coming forward who are too extreme,” said a major Republican donor with long ties to the party. “You’ve got a lot of people that don’t want to support the tea party movement.”

And a bit more on Romney’s head start in the money:

 

Romney also has commitments from some of the biggest names in Republican donor circles. In addition to Koch, Berman, Eisenberg and Johnson, he’s got on his side Donald and Muffy Miller, hedge fund titan John Paulson, Related Companies Chairman Stephen M. Ross, Skybridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci, hedge funder David and Ginny Knott, Bush Ranger Patrick Durkin and former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Richard Breeden.

Former Ambassador John Rood, who lives in Florida and is backing Romney, said the former Massachusetts governor has effectively built on momentum from his fundraising base in 2008.

“Others have been through Florida, but I haven’t seen anywhere near the same outreach through their PAC’s or their teams, so to speak,” he said. “I don’t see anybody at the level that Mitt Romney is.”

 





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US Senate Briefing, Thu 10/7/10: As ObamaCare metastasizes before our eyes …

October 7, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

The New York Times reports today, “As Obama administration officials put into place the first major wave of changes under the health care legislation, they have tried to defuse stiffening resistance — from companies like McDonald’s and some insurers — by granting dozens of waivers to maintain even minimal coverage far below the new law’s standards. The waivers have been issued in the last several weeks as part of a broader strategic effort to stave off threats by some health insurers to abandon markets, drop out of the business altogether or refuse to sell certain policies. Among those that administration officials hoped to mollify with waivers were some big insurers, some smaller employers and McDonald’s, which went so far as to warn that the regulations could force it to strip workers of existing coverage. . . . To date, the administration has given about 30 insurers, employers and union plans, responsible for covering about one million people, one-year waivers on the new rules that phase out annual limits on coverage for limited-benefit plans, also known as ‘mini-meds.’ Applicants said their premiums would increase significantly, in some cases doubling or more.”

Throughout the health care debate, Republicans pointed to the unavoidable consequences of Democrats’ attempts to insert more government into the health care system. In fact, the very week the unpopular health care bill passed, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell warned of “all the unintended consequences that will inevitably result from a 2,800-page bill that sets up dozens of federal boards and a thicket of new rules and regulations — regulations that we know won’t withstand their first contact with reality.” He continued, “When the White House was questioned about the glitches in the bill, they said the Secretary of Human Services was on the case. They said she’d issue a new regulation to correct the problem. But this is precisely what Americans are afraid of. This bill hadn’t even been law for 24 hours, and already they’re proposing regulations to cover over mistakes and errors. And we haven’t even seen the last of it.”

And this past week was the latest example. The Wall Street Journal reported last Thursday that “McDonald’s Corp. has warned federal regulators that it could drop its health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul.” It was obvious all along that the new mandates, regulations, and additional expenses in Democrats’ health care legislation could result in companies dropping their health coverage. And the WSJ story just confirmed those fears.

But the Obama administration treated the story as a PR challenge, rather than a flaw in the law itself. The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack reported that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, “The McDonald’s story is flat out wrong. . . . I’m sorry they weren’t more accurate in their reporting.” McCormack noted, “Sebelius suggested that McDonald’s may in fact get a waiver from HHS that would enable the fast-food giant to continue offering limited benefits plans to its employees.” And today, the NYT reports that the Obama administration has now granted these waivers.

The American Spectator’s Philip Klein makes an important point about this. He writes today, “[B]y granting waivers to avert PR nightmares, like the news of McDonald’s dropping coverage, it also adds another disturbing element to the ObamaCare regime. Those companies with the best access and lobbyists are in the best position to be granted a waiver. Bureaucrats can choose to apply a different set of rules to different businesses, and in some cases those rules can determine whether a given business survives. Thus, the waivers themselves are another example of the arbitrary nature of government power.”

So not only are the poorly thought out regulations and mandates in Democrats’ bill leading to the prospect of some Americans losing their health care coverage, the increased powers given to the government under this bill are now allowing the Obama administration to respond to play PR games with health coverage, picking winners and losers as it suits them.

As Sen. McConnell said back in May, “They called us alarmists for saying businesses would dump employees from their insurance plan. Yet now it’s being reported that some of the nation’s biggest employers are seriously considering cutting employee health care and paying the lower-cost penalties instead, just like we predicted. There goes the President’s vow that ‘if you like the plan you have, you can keep it.’ . . . So when Speaker Pelosi said we’d have to pass this health care bill for people to find out what was in it, she knew what she was talking about. And what they’re finding out is that Republicans were right all along.” This flawed legislation needs to be repealed and replaced.

On The Floor

The Senate is in recess until a scheduled pro forma session on Friday. The Senate will hold a series of these sessions throughout the recess to prevent President Obama from making recess appointments, on the insistence of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

The Senate will next reconvene for legislative business on Monday, November 15th.

The Senate will also hold pro forma sessions on: October 8 at 11:30 AM, October 12 at 10:00 AM, October 15 at 10:00 AM, October 19 at 12:00 PM, October 22 at 1:00 PM, October 26 at 12:00 PM, October 29 at 11:30 AM, November 1 at 9:00 AM, November 4 at 9:00 AM, November 8 at 12:00 PM, November 10 at 9:30 AM, and November 12 at 10:00 AM.

Before leaving, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed cloture on the motions to proceed to 3 bills: a bill to promote natural gas and electric vehicles (S. 3815), a bill Democrats named the “Paycheck Fairness Act” (recall that they named “card check” the “Employee Free Choice Act”) (S. 3772), and a food safety bill that expands the FDA’s regulatory powers (S. 510).

Around the Hill

The New York Times: Waivers Address Talk of Dropping Health Coverage

Philip Klein: Administration to Grant ObamaCare Waivers to Some Lucky Businesses

The Washington Post: Health-care law’s guidelines on premiums’ use take shape

AP: Panel: Gov’t blocked scientists on spill estimate

The New York Times: Report Slams Administration for Underestimating Gulf Spill

The Wall Street Journal: Spill Panel Finds U.S. Was Slow to React

The Washington Post: Administration’s response to gulf spill ill-managed, report says

The Washington Post: Ruling in ’98 East Africa embassy bombings is setback for U.S.

The Hill: Study: Expiration of Bush tax cuts will hit poorest hardest

Bloomberg News: White House Adviser Goolsbee’s Comment on Koch Taxes Reviewed by Treasury

Liberty Pundits Blog

‘Who you going to believe, them or your lying eyes?’

October 4, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Shades of Rathergate.
American Thinker Blog

Emanuel eyes Friday for White House exit

September 30, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Washington (CNN) - White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is likely to leave his West Wing post on Friday to explore a bid for Chicago mayor, two sources close to Emanuel tell CNN.

But the sources, who would only speak on the condition of anonymity, stressed that the announcement, which could come at an official White House ceremony with President Obama, may also slide until early next week as final details of Emanuel’s departure are still being hammered out.


The sources noted that Emanuel has still not actually made a final decision about running for mayor, but it is believed that it is all-but-certain he will officially announce his candidacy shortly. “He’s getting close to making a decision,” said one of the sources. “I don’t see this stretching out much longer.”

That’s because Emanuel has until Nov. 22 to acquire the signatures needed to qualify for the ballot and then would face a Feb. 22 Democratic primary that could be very difficult to win given the number of prospective candidates from various factions of the party lining up to run.

The sources added that even if Emanuel’s departure from the White House is announced Friday, he is unlikely to immediately announce his candidacy this weekend. Advisers said that Emanuel would prefer to put some distance between his White House exit and the time it will take to line up supporters in Chicago before officially announcing his run.


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