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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged Part II: Behind the Scenes

Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged Part II: Behind the Scenes

Born This Way?

Born This Way?

Rationing Begins: States Limiting Drug Prescriptions for Medicaid Patients |

Rationing Begins: States Limiting Drug Prescriptions for Medicaid Patients |

Obama Funnies

A new poll shows that 83% of Americans support the work requirement for welfare that President Obama just gutted. In other news, Obama's popularity just rose 83% among welfare recipients. 

Nancy Pelosi advised her fellow Democrats, "I'm not encouraging members to go to the convention." Apparently, neither is Obama's job performance. 

In a recent radio interview, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said "nobody's success can be credited just to themselves." Any failures, however - that was all just Bush, right? 

A group of California cities is studying whether to track drivers by GPS and tax them on the number of miles they drive. I'm guessing most of the mileage will be one way - out of the state. 

In a fundraising email, President Obama noted that in 2008, "I had significantly fewer gray hairs than I do today." As did most everyone who's watched you handle the economy. 

During a recent press conference, House Speaker John Boehner said that when it comes to jobs, "this White House has checked out." And like most out-of-control celebrities, he trashed the room first. 

Senate Democrats announced that they're pushing for a HUGE raise in the death tax next year. Guess they figure it'll make a nice bookend to Obamacare taxing you just for being alive. 

A new report shows sales of pro-Obama merchandise have dropped drastically since 2008. Pity his presidency didn't have the same effect on unemployment, gas prices, and foreclosures. 

An Obama 2012 ad aimed at rural America features the line "we can succeed here just like we can in the big city." So... he wants to limit milk to 16 oz. glasses? 

Democrat Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said that Congress ought to look at imposing a federal tax on soda pop. Sure. Then when sales plummet, a penalty for people who don't buy it. 

The Obama administration's new plan to grant temporary work permits to illegals may cost more than $585 million and require hiring hundreds of new federal employees. See? It's not amnesty, it's a jobs program. 

Discussing his economic policies at a fundraiser in Oakland, California, President Obama told supporters that "we tried our plan - and it worked." So... he wrecked the economy on purpose? 

Due to the added burden of new EPA regulations, two Pennsylvania coal companies announced they're laying off 225 employees. Well, they can always get jobs with solar companies as bankruptcy lawyers. 

In California, TSA workers are now expanding out of airports and into train stations and bus terminals. Well, thank goodness. About time someone made a serious effort to get the wheelchair-granny menace under control. 

Speaking in Philadelphia, Vice President Joe Biden told the crowd, "I wish my kids would become wealthy." Don't tell Obama, but I think that's Joe's way of saying he's voting Republican this year. 

The New York Times posted another huge loss this quarter. Hope they stay afloat. What a terrible world it'd be without them - all those untrained puppies. 

-- Fred Thompson 

Anthony Weiner was reportedly weighing a run for mayor of New York Tuesday. He had to resign Congress after he texted nude photos of himself to women. Still it isn't right to judge Anthony Weiner till you've walked a mile with his pants around your ankles. 

The DNC changed the name of President Obama's convention speech site in Raleigh from Bank of America Stadium to Panther Field. This didn't go unanswered. Bank of America swiftly decided to charge the Democratic Party a thirty-dollar account-closing fee. 

John Sununu ripped President Obama for anti-capitalism remarks, saying he wished Obama could be more American. That's unfair. President Obama spends more money than he's got and he may lose his job this year, so what could be more American than that? 

Democrats apologized Thursday for making fun of Ann Romney's dancing horse in a TV ad blasting Mitt Romney. Ridiculing the animal caused nationwide offense. We live in a time where half the country adores horses while the other half is down to eating them. 

President Obama left the campaign trail Friday to monitor the Colorado shooting. He met with the top officials of the FBI and Homeland Security inside the White House. They wasted no time intercepting Sarah Palin's mail to see if she'd put a target over Gotham City. 

Hillary Clinton was reported Tuesday orchestrating an allied effort to shove Bashar Al-Assad out of power quietly in Syria. Quietly would be a change of pace. The last time Hillary Clinton overthrew a president, the lamp smashed a portrait in the Oval Office. 

ABC News issued an apology Monday saying they are sorry for claiming the Colorado movie house killer James Holmes was connected to the Tea Party. The contrition is real. ABC reporters and anchors are genuinely sorry he had no connection to the Tea Party. 

President Obama told Oakland Democrats to fight for his re-election this year. They put a slight reverb in his microphone that gives his voice the sound of God. He's doing all he can to win the gun-owner vote by sounding as much as possible like Charlton Heston. 

North Korea's women's soccer team walked off before Thursday's match. Organizers accidentally displayed the South Korean flag and the North Koreans were outraged. They will never be able to go home now that they know what it is like to be angry and have food. 

A Washington D.C. voting group sent out voter registration forms to dead people and pets in Virginia. It was a little obvious to the county registrars. During Virginia's last presidential primary General Robert E. Lee voted for Obama and Traveler voted for Hillary. 

-- Argus Hamilton 

The apartment that President Obama used to live in when he was a college student in New York is now up for rent for $2,400 a month. Coincidentally, Obama was only there for one four-year term. 

-- Leno 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Blog: 'The entire Obama presidency, in one anecdote'

Blog: 'The entire Obama presidency, in one anecdote'

Online Town Hall Thursday with Gov. Gary Johnson & Women's Right Activist Ann E. W. Stone

Thursday, August 2, 2012 
6:00 PM PDT/  7:00 PM MDT/  8:00 PM CDT/  9:00 PM EDT

Please join Governor Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee, for an online town hall Tuesday evening, 9 p.m. EDT/ 6 p.m. PDT.

Joining Governor Johnson is special guest Ann E. W. Stone. Ms. Stone is one of the original incorporators of the National Women’s History Museum and the founder of Republicans for Choice. This year (2012) she was named as one of the 21 Leaders for the New Century by Women's eNews.

Ann Stone is also the founder and president of The Stone Group,Inc., an award-winning direct marketing business. Ms. Stone has founded other businesses and helped launch a national bank. She serves on the boards of Empowered Women International and The Washington Center (Women as Leaders).

Ms. Stone speaks professionally in the United States and overseas on such topics as entrepreneurship, politics, women’s history, women’s issues, and much more. She has been listed in the Who’s Who of Marketing and Advertising Executives and the International Edition of Who’s Who as well as Outstanding Women in America. In 1992, she was chosen as one of 75 Women Who Changed Politics in America by C&E Magazine.
This town hall will be featured on To ask questions via video or text, simply sign into your Facebook account or sign up for a Vokle account. If you just want to watch the town hall, go to

These informal online video chats are an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas regarding important issues of the day, and we urge you to participate if you can.

Again, go to Thursday evening for what I am sure will be a great discussion.
Hope to see you online!
Gov. Gary Johnson 

Teachers Unions Go to Bat for Sexual Predators

By resisting almost any change aimed at improving our public schools, teachers unions have become a ripe target for reformers across the ideological spectrum. Even Hollywood, famously sympathetic to organized labor, has turned on unions with the documentary "Waiting for 'Superman'" (2010) and a feature film, "Won't Back Down," to be released later this year. But perhaps most damaging to the unions' credibility is their position on sexual misconduct involving teachers and students in New York schools, which is even causing union members to begin to lose faith.
In the last five years in New York City, 97 tenured teachers or school employees have been charged by the Department of Education with sexual misconduct. Among the charges substantiated by the city's special commissioner of investigation—that is, found to have sufficient merit that an arbitrator's full examination was justified—in the 2011-12 school year:
• An assistant principal at a Brooklyn high school made explicit sexual remarks to three different girls, including asking one of them if she would perform oral sex on him.
• A teacher in Queens had a sexual relationship with a 13-year old girl and sent her inappropriate messages through email and Facebook.
If this kind of behavior were happening in any adult workplace in America, there would be zero tolerance. Yet our public school children are defenseless.
Here's why. Under current New York law, an accusation is first vetted by an independent investigator. (In New York City, that's the special commissioner of investigation; elsewhere in the state, it can be an independent law firm or the local school superintendent.) Then the case goes before an employment arbitrator. The local teachers union and school district together choose the arbitrators, who in turn are paid up to $1,400 per day. And therein lies the problem.
For many arbitrators, their livelihood depends on pleasing the unions (whether the United Federation of Teachers in New York City, or other local unions). And the unions—believing that they are helping the cause of teachers by being weak on sexual predators—prefer suspensions and fines, and not dismissal, for teachers charged with inappropriate sexual conduct. The effects of this policy are mounting.
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Sen. Stephen Saland.

One example: An arbitrator in 2007 found that teacher Alexis Grullon had victimized young girls with repeated hugging, "incidental though not accidental contact with one student's breast" and "sexually suggestive remarks." The teacher had denied all these charges. In the end the arbitrator found him "unrepentant," yet punished him with only a six-month suspension.
Another example from 2007: Teacher William Scharbach was found to have inappropriately touched and held young boys. "Respondent's actions at best give the appearance of impropriety and at worst suggest pedophilia," wrote the arbitrator—before giving the teacher only a reprimand. The teacher didn't deny the touching but denied that it was inappropriate.
Then there was teacher Steven Ostrin, who in 2010 was found to have asked a young girl to give him a striptease, harassed students by text, and engaged in sexual banter. The arbitrator in his case concluded that since the teacher hadn't actually solicited sex from students, the charges—all of which the teacher denied—warranted only a suspension.
Michael Loeb, a middle school teacher in the Bronx and UFT member, calls this a "horrible situation," telling me "if you keep these people in the classroom, you are demeaning our profession."
Parents I spoke with described their tremendous fear about what is happening in the classroom. Maria Elena Rivera says her 14-year-old daughter was stalked by one of her Brooklyn high school teachers (who resigned from his position before the Department of Education decided whether to send the case to arbitration). Today her daughter is in counseling, says Ms. Rivera, and doesn't trust anyone: "It so messed her up. I can't protect her."

Local media have begun to get the word out, yet the stories come and go with trifling consequences or accountability. New York City's schools chancellor and districts statewide must have the power to fire sexual predators—and the final say cannot be that of an arbitrator with incentives to lessen the punishment.
Fortunately, state Sen. Stephen Saland has proposed legislation in Albany to do just this, removing arbitrators' final say while still giving teachers due process and the opportunity to appeal terminations in court. But the buck would stop with those officials in charge of our schools and tasked with protecting our kids: the chancellor in New York City, and school districts elsewhere in the state.
Mr. Saland's initiative has little chance of success without union support—which is hardly assured. "I don't understand how they think this could be a gray area," says Natalie Harrington, who teaches English at New Day Academy in the Bronx. "I worry that if the union goes to bat [against] this, it makes it seem like they will do anything to keep anyone in the classroom."
Michael Loeb still supports his union but says it "treats teachers like interchangeable widgets"—defending all teachers no matter what they have done.
The union has reached a moment of truth. With responsible legislation on the table, the right course of action is obvious. At stake is the safety of kids, the reputation of the unions, and the standing of every good and responsible teacher throughout the state.
Ms. Brown, a former news reporter and anchor at CNN and NBC, recently testified on this issue before the New York governor's Education Reform Commission.

Why Gary Johnson could cost Obama or Romney a win in 2012

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    File: Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson (Johnson campaign)
Back in May, when Americans Elect, the group formed to put a bipartisan third party ticket on the 2012 presidential ballot, closed shop, everyone stopped talking about whether a third party candidate would enter the race in 2012 -- and the focus since then has been on Obama and Romney in a two person race.

This two person race has been a dead heat for months, and most people expect this to be one of the closest presidential races ever. (The latest Real Clear Politics poll average has Obama at 45.9% compared to Romney at 44.8%.)

But here’s the thing -- the 2012 election isn’t really a two person race. There’s a third party candidate out there -- and he could derail either one of the two major party candidates' shot at the White House.

His name is Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico and the Libertarian Party candidate.

If that seems doubtful, remember that Ralph Nader didn’t crack 3% of the popular vote in 2000 -- yet he completely changed the outcome of that race.

Gary Johnson, meanwhile, is currently polling at 5.3% in the latest Zogby national poll.


When people think of third party candidates and the presidential race, they often ask the wrong question: Can they win?

The answer, so far, has been no. Ross Perot’s on-again, off-again candidacy in 1992 largely self-destructed (though he did still win 19% of the popular vote), and Ralph Nader received just 2.74% of the popular vote in 2000.

But the relevant question isn’t whether a third party candidate can win -- it’s whether they can effect the final outcome of the race.

In 1992, Perot’s drew much of his 19% support from George H.W. Bush -- and sent Bill Clinton to the Oval Office with just 43% of the popular vote.

Ralph Nader’s 2.74% in 2000 didn’t stop Al Gore from winning the popular vote nationally. But his 97,000 votes in Florida were more than enough to derail Gore in the controversial Florida recount -- ultimately throwing the Electoral College and the presidency to George W. Bush.

Could Johnson play a similar role in 2012?


It’s true that Johnson barely made a dent when he ran in the Republican primary in 2011. He only appeared in a single televised debate, never broke 2% in any of the major polls, and dropped out before the first votes were cast in New Hampshire.

But Johnson could make a major dent in the general election -- because he is currently doing better than most people realize in several key swing states.

Most pollsters don’t even include Gary Johnson in their polling. But recent polling that included him showed Johnson drawing 9% of the vote in Arizona, 7% in Colorado and New Hampshire -- and 13% in his home state of New Mexico.  

All of these are key swing states. And such numbers give Johnson the chance to be a giant killer in the 2012 race.

But the question is, which giant?


At first glance, it would appear that Johnson’s candidacy hurts Romney the most. Take Arizona, for example -- a state that Romney needs to keep safely in his column if he is going to win the White House.

In Arizona, Romney goes from a 50-43 advantage over Obama to just a 45-41 advantage when Johnson is included -- within the margin of error, in a state that Romney should have locked up

And in many other states, Johnson’s Libertarian support comes largely from Republican-minded voters, as one might expect.

But Gary Johnson could also present a threat to Obama’s re-election chances.

In Colorado -- which the Obama campaign has been working hard to hold onto in 2012 -- Obama currently leads Romney 49-42 in the latest PPP poll, down from a 53-40 in April. 

But add Gary Johnson to the mix, and Johnson’s 7% support in Colorado pulls almost equally from both candidates, dragging Obama down to 47 percent and Romney to 39.

If that still seems like a safe margin for Obama, remember that Obama’s Colorado strategy relies on the enthusiastic turnout of college educated white voters, minorities, and youth. Then note that Colorado has a marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot in November -- a fact that could further bolster youth turnout for Johnson, who supports marijuana legalization.

And in his home state of New Mexico -- another Western state that the Obama camp wants to hold in 2012 -- Johnson actually pulls more from Obama than from Romney, changing a 49-44 advantage for Obama in the latest poll to a too-close-to-call 42-38 advantage for Obama, with Johnson taking 13%.


Polling thirteen percent in your home state, of course, doesn’t bode well for your chances at winning the White House. But remember, the question isn’t whether Johnson can win the White House -- he won’t -- but whether he can change the outcome of the race.

It’s clear that he can. In just the few key swing states where he’s been included in polling questions, he’s far outperforming the typical Libertarian candidate of years past. (Libertarian candidate Bob Barr, for example, barely got one half of one percent of the vote in states like Arizona and Colorado in 2008.)

We have no idea of what happens when you add Gary Johnson to presidential polls in places like Ohio or Florida or Iowa.

Nobody knows, because few pollsters have bothered to ask the question. (In swing-state Wisconsin, Johnson was drawing 5% in May -- largely from independent voters.) 

What’s clear about Gary Johnson at this point is that if the race remains this tight, he's going to be a problem for somebody, somewhere.  

We don't yet know which candidate he might harm the most -- but both campaigns should be looking over their shoulders at that guy almost nobody is talking about.

Let me know what you think on Twitter @joetrippi.
Joe Trippi is a Fox News contributor and political strategist who has worked for Ted Kennedy, Walter Mondale and Gary Hart and turned Howard Dean into an unlikely presidential front runner in 2004. For more visit

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Terrifying Background of the Man Who Ran a CIA Assassination Unit - The Atlantic

The Terrifying Background of the Man Who Ran a CIA Assassination Unit - The Atlantic

Occupy DNC Convention | Anita MonCrief at RightOnline 2012

Occupy DNC Convention | Anita MonCrief at RightOnline 2012

Hank Williams Jr. Releases Obama-Bashing Ditty: Pack Your Bags, Head to ChicagoâTake Your TelePrompter With You” (Video)

Hank Williams Jr. Releases Obama-Bashing Ditty: “Pack Your Bags, Head to Chicago… Take Your TelePrompter With You” (Video)

Another hoax almost as lame as ABC News "Former Occupy San Diego Member Attacks Batman Movie

Former Occupy San Diego Member Attacks Batman Movie. This links to a story based on an Internet hoax. But it is no less true than ABC's eager smear of an older Hispanic tea party activist, also named James Holmes, as the killer. One hopes he sues ABC for millions for defamation. This links to a story that is an unfounded intent hoax. But no less true than ABC's eager identification of another James Holmes, an older Hispanic man who is a tea party activist, as the shooter.

Friday, July 20, 2012

TSA Let 25 Illegal Aliens Attend Flight School Owned by Illegal Alien

TSA Let 25 Illegal Aliens Attend Flight School Owned by Illegal Alien

Shooting at Batman Premier Blamed on Tea Party : Political Outcast

Shooting at Batman Premier Blamed on Tea Party : Political Outcast

African free market economist, rising star, explains

Libertarian Republican: African free market economist, rising star, explai...: MIND BLOWING!! From Eric Dondero: Malik Fal of Senegal explains how foreign aid subsidies from the United States and UN are actually h...

Super-Silent Owl Drone Will Spy on You Without You Ever Noticing

The Great Horned Owl. Photo: ahisgett/Flickr
For spy tools, drones are pretty easy to spot. And hear, because they’re as loud as a gut-busting rock concert. But now the intelligence community’s research division, Iarpa, plans to start designing a silent drone inspired by quiet, creeping, flying owls.
Iarpa has reportedly awarded a $4.8 million contract to Connecticut firm D-Star Engineering to develop the ultra-quiet drone, Aviation Week reports. It’s the next step in developing a workable drone as part of the agency’s Great Horned Owl Program, which the agency hopes will let the military collect intelligence “without anyone knowing you are there,” (.pdf) according to an agency briefing.
Sound, after all, is the number one signature “that gives away the location of low-altitude UAVs and gives away their presence.” Which sort of defeats the point of having a secret surveillance eye in the sky. In some cases, you might want people to know you’re watching. At other times, you want to sneak up quietly.
But it’s hard to do without sacrificing payload. The added weight of sensors, and the ability to operate for longer periods, comes with trading out stealthiness. Drones powered by batteries: They’re quiet, but can’t stay in the air for long. Then there’s the added noise caused by airflow generated from propellers, and noise from gasoline or diesel engines (not counting batteries), with their moving pistons, turbofan and gears.
Iarpa wants to keep these efficent and relatively noisy engines for normal flight. But when the drone needs to be stealthy, its operator would switch to battery power, like a hybrid car. That means — for the duration of battery flight — the noisy gears would shut off. The propellers would also likely be ducted, which would mean less noise from vortices whipped up by the propellers and fewer moving parts. Likely, the drone will take off vertically.
The agency doesn’t expect the drone to stay ultra-quiet for more than 30 minutes, though, at which point the gasoline-powered turbine engine would switch back on, recharging the batteries. Not enough for (say) a sustained surveillance operation, but quiet enough to take a peek at an enemy without being noticed.
The first step is keeping the sound levels in battery mode below 100 decibels, about equivalent to a chainsaw when up close. But give perhaps a few thousand feet of distance, and the noise drops. Iarpa also wants to reduce noise by cutting down the drone’s “phon curve” — or the level of sound pressure interpreted by the human ear. Iarpa plans to start by testing the sound levels of an uninstalled version of the engine.
Iarpa’s owl drone is also not the first talk of an owl-inspired aircraft. NASA has looked into the owl’s stealthy feathers for inspiration. But it may take years before owl-based aircraft migrate into service.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pro-regressives propose more of the same

Four Spending Myths That Could Wreck Our World | Common Dreams

Hilarious.  Little Mattea proposes more of the same, what already bankrupted us and caused poverty.  Of course she and hers are the types who get to administer such programs, even as they cause poverty for those not credentialed by State funded educrats, so why should she care.  And she hails from lily white Northampton, Mass. which is less than 3% African American.  I find that amost all pro-regressives, Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthes, Rachel Madcow etc, live in lily white zip codes, often in 1 and 2 million dollar homes.

You are a self-parody of ignorance and cravenness.

White alone - 24,030 (84.2%) Black alone - 700 (2.5%) Two or more races - 593 (2.1%) Other race alone - 84 (0.3%) American Indian alone - 59 (0.2%) Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 7 (0.02%)

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Essential Lesson of the Auto Bailout

The Essential Lesson of the Auto Bailout — The American Magazine

More Kennedy woes with DWI rap for Kerry K

More Kennedy woes with DWI rap for Kerry K

More Kennedy woes with DWI rap for Kerry K

By Erin Smith and John Zaremba
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Turmoil is tearing away at the New York faction of the Kennedy clan for the second time this week with the arrest of Kerry Kennedy on charges the 52-year-old mom was under the influence of drugs when she slammed into a tractor-trailer yesterday — an accusation one close friend tells the Herald is “ridiculous.”
The ex-wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reportedly slammed her 2008 Lexus RS 350 into the big rig on Interstate 684 in North Castle, N.Y., at 8 a.m., according to a police report obtained by the Herald.
Witnesses told police she was driving erratically, the report states.
WABC reported Kennedy told officers she had taken an Ambien, a powerful sleeping pill.
Phil Johnston, former Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman who told the Herald last night Kennedy is a “very close friend,” said it is “ridiculous” to accuse her of being under the influence of anything.
“No way she was under the influence of drugs,” Johnston said. “I don’t believe it for a minute.”
Kerry Kennedy’s spokesman, Ken Sunshine, said she voluntarily took Breathalyzer, blood and urine tests that showed no drugs or alcohol in her system. Sunshine said charges were filed before the test results were available.
Kerry Kennedy has been issued traffic tickets related to the incident.
Kerry Kennedy is one of Robert F. Kennedy’s 11 children and is the mother of three girls. RFK was assassinated in 1968.
In a bizarre revelation this week, Kerry Kennedy’s brother, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., secretly exhumed his estranged wife’s body and relocated her gravesite in a Cape Cod cemetery.
His wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy — who was introduced to him by Kerry Kennedy — took her own life in May.
The town clerk in Barnstable told the Herald she was baffled by Robert F. Kennedy’s move to cov-ertly exhume the body of his estranged wife from St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Barnstable and move her to an isolated plot away from the Kennedy clan without seeking proper permits.
“I’ve never had this happen and I’ve been a clerk for 20 years,” Barnstable Town Clerk Linda Hutchenrider said.
Hutchenrider said she knew nothing of the gravesite switch until the New York Daily News contacted her this week. She said no one from the Kennedy family obtained the $10 permit required by state law to move Richardson Kennedy’s body at the private cemetery.
The Rev. Daniel Lacroix said he directed the church’s grave-digging contractor, Maki Monument Co., to obtain the permit retroactively after he heard media reports about the situation.
The grave-digging contractor was the only person Kennedy contacted about moving the body of Richardson Kennedy to an isolated plot away from the rest of the Kennedy clan, Lacroix said. Cemetery contractor Frank Maki did not return calls from the Herald yesterday.
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Friday, July 13, 2012

Obama-admin-reworked-Solyndra-loan-to-favor-donor - Chicago Sun-Times

Obama-admin-reworked-Solyndra-loan-to-favor-donor - Chicago Sun-Times

DC Roundtable: Bursting the College Bubble

America’s Future Foundation presents
July Roundtable
Bursting the College Bubble: The Status of Higher Education Today
Speakers to be Announced
Thursday, July 19, 2012
6:30 pm Drinks & Appetizers, 7:00 pm Program
Location TBD
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Twitter Users More Right Wing, Politically Inactive Than Facebook, Google Users [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter

Twitter Users More Right Wing, Politically Inactive Than Facebook, Google Users [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter

Ballot Fraud Part of New York's Political Culture

The Mental Recession: Witness: Ballot Fraud Part of New York's Political...: A Democrat candidate for City Council in 2009 took the witness stand today in the  ballot fraud trial of former City Councilman, Michael ...

Economic-Policy Doubts Cast A Pall Over Stocks: Chart Of The Day

Growing doubts about the direction of U.S. economic policy may limit any stock-market gains in the next few months, according to Myles Zyblock, chief institutional strategist at RBC Capital Markets.
The CHART OF THE DAY displays a policy-uncertainty index that Zyblock cited in a note to clients yesterday. The gauge rose in May after dropping for five months in a row, and the increase offset most of the decline during that streak.
“Uncertainty has started to ramp up once again,” Zyblock wrote. He mentioned three reasons for the shift: this year’s presidential election, debate over increasing the federal debt ceiling, and a so-called fiscal cliff that may result from tax increases and spending cuts set for early next year.
Share prices may suffer along with consumer spending, hiring and investing because of “this domestically focused headwind” regardless of how the European debt crisis unfolds, the Toronto-based strategist wrote.
The Economic Policy Uncertainty Index set a record last August, when a near-failure to reach agreement on raising the debt limit led Standard & Poor’s to reduce the country’s credit rating from AAA for the first time.
The indicator is derived from estimates of U.S. economic growth and government purchases, Google News search results, and the number of expiring provisions in the federal tax code. Scott R. Baker, a graduate student at Stanford University, created the gauge with Stanford Professor Nicholas Bloom and University of Chicago Professor Steven J. Davis.
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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Nick Baker at