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Monday, December 10, 2012
captured in 2011. Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it has decoded all of
the data from an advanced CIA spy drone captured last year.
The Guard's aerospace chief, Gen. Ami Ali Hajizadeh, told state-run
Press TV that that the RQ-170 Sentinel craft had not carried out
missions over nuclear facilities before it went down in December 2011
near the eastern border with Afghanistan.
Tehran had previously said it recovered information from the top-secret
stealth aircraft, but Monday's announcement suggests technicians may
have broken encryptions.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
male prostitute and ace reporter for the former president George W. Bush. Now, if we can just figure out how a male
prostitute repeatedly gets inside the White House without signing in, then perhaps the mystery will end.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
they were all about.
"A simple conversation on Twitter drew me into the #SNAPChallenge I am beginning today. My goals for
the #SNAPChallenge are to raise awareness and understanding of food insecurity; reduce the stigma of
SNAP participation; elevate innovative local and national food justice initiatives and food policy; and
amplify compassion for individuals and communities in need of assistance." Booker wrote on his blog.
"Over the next seven days, I plan to highlight the voices of people involved in local food policy, the SNAP
program and other related initiatives."
The purpose, was to restrict himself for a week to see if he could survive on $29.78 worth of groceries, the same
amount allowed a Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) recipient.
Not even half of the way through the challenge, Booker began reconsidering some of the choices he made with his
Booker wrote on his LinkedIn blog:
"In hindsight, investing more of my SNAP budget in eggs and perhaps some coffee might have helped me
later in the week. I am growing concerned about running out of food before this is over — especially as
I try to resist the urge now to have another sweet potato before I go to bed tonight."
by President Barack Obama.
Rice wrote in a letter to President Obama:
"If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly - to
you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. That trade-off is simply not worth it to our
country. Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time."
Friday, December 14, 2012
While wiping his tears, President Obama said: "We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years,
and each time I hear the news, I react not as a president but as everybody else would, as a parent. And that is
especially true today. I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that
I do. Our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little
children and for the families of the adults who were lost. Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors
as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children's innocence
has been torn away from them too early and there is no way to ease their pain."
Saturday, December 15, 2012
questions" in the aftermath. "Can we honestly say that we're doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe
from harm?" Obama said. "If we're honest with ourselves, the answer's no. We're not doing enough, and we will
have to change." Obama said that though there is no single law or set of laws that could prevent such tragedies, "that
can't be an excuse for inaction," dismissing people who say the "politics are too hard. "Are we prepared that such
violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?"
agrees to major entitlement cuts.
It is the first time Boehner has offered any assistance in marginal tax rates for any income group, and it would represent
a major concession for the Ohio Republican. Boehner suggested hiking the Bush-era tax rates for top wage earners,
including those with annual incomes of $1 million or more annually, beginning January 1st.
On Thursday, President Obama and Boehner spoke via telephone Friday after a lengthy face-to-face session at the
White House. The quickening pace of private conversations between the two key players in the fiscal cliff standoff
shows progress is being made in the negotiations, although they are not close to a deal.
Monday, December 17, 2012
88. According to his office, "His last words were, 'Aloha.'"
A senator since 1963, Inouye was the most senior U.S. senator at the time of his death and the second-longest serving
U.S. Senator in history after Robert Byrd. Inouye continuously represented Hawaii in the U.S. Congress since it
achieved statehood in 1959 until the time of his death, serving as Hawaii's first U.S. Representative and later a senator.
Inouye was the first Japanese American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and later the first in the U.S.
Senate. Before that time, he served in the Hawaii territorial house from 1954 to 1958 and the territorial senate from
1958 to 1959. He never lost an election in 58 years as an elected official.
counteroffer to House Speaker John Boehner aimed at reaching a deal to avert the fiscal cliff.
The $2.4 trillion proposal offers an equal amount of revenue and spending cuts, meeting a dollar-for-dollar demand that
Boehner has placed on the scope of a final package.
President Barack Obama proposed $1.2 trillion in new revenue, down from his previous offer of $1.4 trillion. He
offered $1.2 trillion in spending cuts, including $400 billion in entitlement savings, which is an increase of $50 billion.
seat that Jim DeMint is vacating. Scott, 47, will become the first Black African American GOP senator in more than 30
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
"Plan B" to avert the fiscal cliff. He will put a bill on the floor that hikes taxes for income over $1 million. Boehner is
not pulling out of negotiations with President Barack Obama, but hope his plan will prompt the White House to continue
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
a comprehensive deficit reduction deal, we are likely to go off the fiscal cliff.
Agreeable talks between President Obama and Boehner have ceased due to Boehner's announcement that he is
seeking a Plan B bill that would raise taxes on the income above $1 million. However, his plan does not include across-
the-board spending cuts, which will reduce funding for much needed programs. His plan will hurt the majority of
Americans, as it cuts entitlement spending, and a bunch of expiring provisions.
Obama is willing to continue talks with Boehner, but the two have not spoken since Monday night, when the speaker
informed him of the alternate strategy.
Obama is scheduled to travel to Hawaii on Friday for a family vacation but will remain in Washington until Congress's
schedule is convened.
force are due in January. Obama said he would act "without delay."
Thursday, December 20, 2012
my political future, I will explore the possibility of running for The United States Senate in 2014."
Mayor Cory Booker's decision will delay a run against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
B" tax proposal amid flagging support from rank and file Republicans. The House went into an unexpected recess
shortly before Republicans had hoped to vote on Boehner's tax plan.
they did not have enough votes for it to pass.
The bill would have raised taxes on people making more than $1 million a year. The Senate would not have agreed on
the House bill and faced a veto threat from President Barack Obama.
Friday, December 21, 2012
he said. "In the next few days, I've asked leaders of Congress to
work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class
Americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million
Americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on both
growth and deficit reduction. That's an achievable goal. That can
be done in 10 days. Once this legislation is agreed to, I expect
Democrats and Republicans to get back to Washington and have it
pass both chambers. And I will immediately sign that legislation
into law, before January 1st of next year. It’s that simple."
President Barack Obama called on Congress to pass a basic agreement
on the fiscal cliff that would preserve middle class tax-cuts, arguing that
in a dangerous economic situation, "now is not the time for more self-
would require the bipartisan cooperation that has been lacking.
"The American people are a lot more sensible and a lot more thoughtful than their elected representatives are,"
Obama said at the White House. "That's a problem. There's a mismatch right now."
his potential selection.
With gay groups marshaling opposition, Hagel said in a statement provided by an aide: "My comments 14 years ago in
1998 were insensitive. They do not reflect my views or the totality of my public record, and I apologize to Ambassador
Hormel and any LGBT Americans who may question my commitment to their civil rights."
President Barack Obama has considered Hagel to succeed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
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My experiences with the
police in Colorado is
somewhat memorable. From
what I can remember, there
was the time when I was
either driving to or coming
from work, and I was
driving near Curtis Park
when I noticed a policeman
giving this guy a ticket.
While I was watching
someone else get a ticket, I
rolled-stopped through a
stop sign, and before I knew
it, there were red and blue
lights coming up from
behind me. What made me
think that there would only
be one officer in that area, is
beyond me. The Curtis Park
area was known for some
type of criminal activity, so
I should have been aware.
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Republican. Here’s mine...
I always deemed him to be
an intelligent man that
could see the forest before
the trees. But… hmmm. I
feel differently. He’s not
as smart as I thought he
When the Dems first began
pushing healthcare reform, I
kept watching the
opponents and I could not
help but to think that they
are a bunch of dumb
protesters. Now don’t get
me wrong, I could have
easily been one of them.
Yes, I could have. I say that
because 99% of them do not
have a clue what they’re
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|Argentine mom rescues hundreds of sex slaves
By EMILY SCHMALL | Associated Press
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
LA PLATA, Argentina (AP) — Susana Trimarco was a housewife who fussed over her family and paid scant
attention to the news until her daughter left for a doctor's appointment and never came back.
After getting little help from police, Trimarco launched her own investigation into a tip that the 23-year-old was
abducted and forced into sex slavery. Soon, Trimarco was visiting brothels seeking clues about her daughter and the
search took an additional goal: rescuing sex slaves and helping them start new lives.
What began as a one-woman campaign a decade ago developed into a movement and Trimarco today is a hero to
hundreds of women she's rescued from Argentine prostitution rings. She's been honored with the "Women of
Courage" award by the U.S. State Department and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on Nov. 28. Sunday
night, President Cristina Fernandez gave her a human rights award before hundreds of thousands of people in the
Plaza de Mayo.
But years of exploring the decadent criminal underground haven't led Trimarco to her daughter, Maria de los
Angeles "Marita" Veron, who was 23 in 2002 when she disappeared from their hometown in provincial Tucuman,
leaving behind her own 3-year-old daughter Micaela.
"I live for this," the 58-year-old Trimarco told The Associated Press of her ongoing quest. "I have no other life,
and the truth is, it is a very sad, very grim life that I wouldn't wish on anyone."
Her painful journey has now reached a milestone.
Publicity over Trimarco's efforts prompted Argentine authorities to make a high-profile example of her daughter's
case by putting 13 people on trial for allegedly kidnapping Veron and holding her as a sex slave in a family-run
operation of illegal brothels. Prostitution is not illegal in Argentina, but the exploitation of women for sex is.
A verdict is expected Tuesday after a nearly yearlong trial.
The seven men and six women have pleaded innocent and their lawyers have said there's no physical proof
supporting the charges against them. The alleged ringleaders denied knowing Veron and said that women who work
in their brothels do so willingly. Prosecutors have asked for up to 25 years imprisonment for those convicted.
Trimarco was the primary witness during the trial, testifying for six straight days about her search for her daughter.
The road to trial was a long one.
Frustrated by seeming indifference to her daughter's disappearance, Trimarco began her own probe and found a
taxi driver who told of delivering Veron to a brothel where she was beaten and forced into prostitution. The driver is
among the defendants.
With her husband and granddaughter in tow, Trimarco disguised herself as a recruiter of prostitutes and entered
brothel after brothel searching for clues. She soon found herself immersed in the dangerous and grim world of
organized crime, gathering evidence against police, politicians and gangsters.
"For the first time, I really understood what was happening to my daughter," she said. "I was with my
husband and with Micaela, asleep in the backseat of the car because she was still very small and I had no
one to leave her with."
The very first woman Trimarco rescued taught her to be strong, she said.
"It stuck with me forever: She told me not to let them see me cry, because these shameless people who had
my daughter would laugh at me, and at my pain," Trimarco said. "Since then I don't cry anymore. I've made
myself strong, and when I feel that a tear might drop, I remember these words and I keep my composure."
Micaela, now 13, has been by her grandmother's side throughout, contributing to publicity campaigns against human
trafficking and keeping her mother's memory alive.
More than 150 witnesses testified in the trial, including a dozen former sex slaves who described brutal conditions in
Veron may have been kidnapped twice, with the complicity of the very authorities who should have protected her,
according to Julio Fernandez, who now runs a Tucuman police department devoted to investigating human
trafficking. He testified that witnesses reported seeing Veron at a bus station three days after she initially
disappeared, and that a police officer from La Rioja, Domingo Pascual Andrada, delivered her to a brothel there.
Andrada, now among the defendants, denied knowing any of the other defendants, let alone Veron.
Other Tucuman police testified that when they sought permission in 2002 to search La Rioja brothels, a judge made
them wait for hours, enabling Veron's captors to move her. That version was supported by a woman who had been
a prostitute at the brothel: She testified that Veron was moved just before police arrived. The judge, Daniel Moreno,
is not on trial. He denied delaying the raid or having anything to do with the defendants.
Some of the former prostitutes said they had seen Veron drugged and haggard. One testified Veron felt trapped and
missed her daughter. Another said she spotted Veron with dyed-blonde hair and an infant boy she was forced to
conceive in a rape by a ringleader. A third thought Veron had been sold to a brothel in Spain — a lead reported to
Trimarco's campaign to find her daughter led the State Department to provide seed money for a foundation in
Veron's name. To date, it has rescued more than 900 women and girls from sex trafficking. The foundation also
provides housing, medical and psychological aid, and it helps victims sue former captors.
Argentina outlawed human trafficking in 2008, thanks in large part to the foundation's work. A new force dedicated
to combating human trafficking has liberated nearly 3,000 more victims in two years, said Security Minister Nilda
Garre, who wrote a newspaper commentary saying the trial's verdict should set an example.
Whatever the verdict, Trimarco's lawyer, Carlos Garmendia, says the case has already made a difference.
"Human trafficking was an invisible problem until the Marita (Veron) case," Garmendia said. "The case has
put it on the national agenda."
But Trimarco wants more. "I had hoped they would break down and say what they'd done with Marita," she
"I feel here in my breast that she is alive and I'm not going to stop until I find her," Trimarco said. "If she's
no longer in this world, I want her body."
|Jack Brooks in 1974. As a ranking member of the
House judiciary committee, he helped draft the
articles of impeachment that prompted President
Nixon to resign.
|Tuesday, January 1, 2013
rates on families earning more than $450,000 and postpone the so-called
sequester cuts for two months, among other provisions. The deal now
heads to the House for a vote as early as New Year's Day.
However, it should be noted that the Nation has actually already gone
over the so-called fiscal cliff, though President Barack Obama and
lawmakers hope to contain any damage with quick congressional action.
House Republicans are overwhelmingly opposed to the Senate's bill to
avert the fiscal cliff, making it nearly certain that Speaker John
Boehner's chamber will amend the legislation and send it back to the
Senate - a potentially serious blow to a package that appeared well on
its way to becoming law.
told GOP lawmakers that he was opposed to the legislation in its current form. Republicans are chiefly concerned with
the lack of spending cuts in the tax bill.
The House plans to vote tonight on the Senate-passed bill to avert the fiscal cliff. Passage in the House, which is
expected, would clear the bill for law since President Barack Obama has said he will sign the legislation.
The decision to move to an up-or-down vote comes after House Republicans internally rejected a plan to amend the bill
with a package of spending cuts. That move would have likely killed the bill, allowing taxes to go up on all Americans.
The votes were approved by a 257-167 vote and will end a dramatic New Year's Day showdown over income taxes
and deep federal spending cuts.
The bill consists of the following:
percent of small businesses will not see their income taxes go up,"
he said. "Millions of families will continue to receive tax credits to
help raise their kids and send them to college. Companies will
continue to receive tax credits for the research that they do, the
investments they make, and the clean energy jobs that they create.
And 2 million Americans who are out of work but out there
looking, pounding the pavement every day, are going to continue
to receive unemployment benefits as long as they’re actively
looking for a job. We all recognize that this law is just one step in
the broader effort to strengthen our economy and broaden
opportunity for everybody. Unfortunately, there just wasn't enough
support for that kind of large agreement in a lame duck session of
an agreement reached on the debt ceiling.
"While I will negotiate over many things, I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether they
should pay the bills for what they've racked up," Obama said. "We can't not pay bills that we've already
aid bill for Northeast states damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
The decision is a stunning reversal since just hours before New Jersey lawmakers were preparing for a floor debate as
an outlined strategy promoted by no less than Virginia Republican Majority Leader, Eric Cantor.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
on a disaster aid bill, Ohio Republican House Speaker John Boehner,
said that the House will vote in two phases to provide billions in relief to
Hurricane Sandy victims.
On Friday they will vote on a measure "to direct resources to the
National Flood Insurance Program." Then on Tuesday, January 15th,
they will vote on "the remaining supplemental request" for Sandy
victims. However, Boehner did not detail the dollar amounts of the
In a joint statement with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Boehner
stated, "Getting critical aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy
should be the first priority in the new Congress, and that was
reaffirmed today with members of the New York and New Jersey
"Her medical team advised her that she is making good progress on all fronts, and they are confident she will
make a full recovery," spokesman Philippe Reines said in a statement. "She's eager to get back to the office, and
we will keep you updated on her schedule as it becomes clearer in the coming days."
Thursday, January 3, 2013
change some search and ad practices while legally requiring the company to stop using key smart-phone patents to
block products from rivals such as Apple and Microsoft.
Critics say this penalty amounts to little more than a slap on the wrist for what they argue have been unfair practices by
the largest Internet search company in the world.
term, where all Republicans voted for him, 12 GOP lawmakers either opposed him, voted present or abstained. They
Boehner begins his 12th term in Congress today.
stated that he planned to leave the administration early in President Barack Obama's second term.
staff…taking paper at home. She sounds terrific."
Clinton is not allowed international travel as she continues to recover.
Friday, January 4, 2013
7.8 percent. It should be noted that analysts had previously estimated that the December jobs number would come in at
charge. His license will be suspended for one year, he will have to complete
an alcohol rehabilitation program and be fined $250. A 180-day jail sentence
has been suspended on the condition of good behavior.
Senator Mike Crapo apologized for breaking his Mormon faith's prohibition
against alcohol and asked for public forgiveness.
Crapo, had previously said that due to his faith, he does not consume alcohol.
He was stopped on December 23rd for running a red traffic signal in
Alexandria, Virginia, a Washington suburb. The three-term Senator was
arrested after he failed field sobriety tests. Police said his blood alcohol
content was 0.11 percent, above the 0.08 percent limit at which Virginia
considers a driver intoxicated.
In a drawn-out statement after his court appearance, Crapo stated, "In recent
months, and for less than a year, I have on occasion had alcoholic drinks
in my apartment in Washington, DC. It was a poor choice to use alcohol
to relieve stress and one at odds with my personally held religious beliefs."
It reminds me of Bill Janklow and Ted Kennedy. What is it with these politicians? They can damage and cause pain
and even kill innocent citizens yet get away with murder as they are protected by Federal Tort Claims Act. I guess the
question SHOULD have been, what is wrong with the law and why aren't the average citizen protected by the same
law - while on "official business"?
Sunday, January 6, 2013
soldier and Vietnam veteran to go on to serve as Secretary of Defense. He had the courage to break with his
party during the Iraq War, and would help bring the war in Afghanistan to an end while building the military
we need for the future."
Monday, January 7, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
participating in a shareholders lawsuit against the government that
contests the terms of the bailout that saved the insurance giant during
the financial crisis, the company has announced.
The firm held a board meeting today and has come under intense
criticism in recent days for considering joining the lawsuit.
"In considering and ultimately refusing the demand before us, the
Board of Directors properly and fully executed our fiduciary and
legal obligations to AIG and its shareholders," said Robert Miller,
chairman of the AIG board of directors.
every dollar America invested in us, and deliver a profit to those who put their trust in us. To date, AIG has
returned $205 billion to America, including a profit of $22.7 billion. We continue to thank America for its
It is almost comical, but definitely surprising that they would consider suing after our government gave them our money
to bail them out.
of Congress and Secretary of Labor - Hilda Solis has been a tireless champion for working families," President Barack
Obama said in a statement. "Over the last four years, Secretary Solis has been a critical member of my economic team
as we have worked to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and strengthen the
economy for the middle class."
Thursday, January 10, 2013
"I have a real very tight window to do this," Biden said at the start of his meeting with sporting groups. "The public
wants us to act."
Friday, January 11, 2013
will be up for grabs, leadign some to think that the very red State may be hard to win.
Rockefeller is chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. He was first elected to the
Senate in 1984, and is one of the most senior Senate Democrats.
February 12, 2013.
In a formal letter to the President, Republican House Speaker John Boehner writes:
"Our nation continues to face immense challenges, and the American people expect us to work together in the
New Year to find meaningful solutions. This will require a willingness to seek common ground as well as
presidential leadership. For that reason, the Congress and the Nation would welcome an opportunity to hear
your plan and specific solutions for addressing America's great challenges."
news conference in the East Room of the White House to talk about the
alliance of our two Nations and the expectations of our U.S. Soldiers.
President Obama talked about the role and responsibility that Afghan
forces will take in securing their Country.
"This progress is only possible because of the incredible sacrifices
of our troops and our diplomats, the forces of our many coalition
partners, and the Afghan people who’ve endured extraordinary
hardship," Obama said. "In this war, more than 2,000 of America’s
sons and daughters have given their lives. These are patriots that
we honor today, tomorrow, and forever."
the help that the United States has given to the Afghan people. For all that we have gained in the past 10 years,
and that those gains will be kept by any standard while we are working for peace and stability in Afghanistan,
including the respect for Afghan constitution."
Saturday, January 12, 2013
"Neither the Treasury Department nor the Federal Reserve believes that the law can or should be used to
facilitate the production of platinum coins for the purpose of avoiding an increase in the debt limit," Treasury
spokesman Anthony Coley
The idea became an Internet and Twitter sensation in recent days and has been endorsed by some congressional
turned down the offer of federal funds that would allow parents to care for their disabled children at home. His idea
will ultimately separate disabled children from their families and force them into nursing homes.
Some critics have implied that the governor is mean, twisted and coldhearted. Stating that his actions prove he is an
uncaring person when his company was forced to pay $1.7 billion in fines, penalties and damages for Medicare fraud.
It has been reported that it was the biggest Medicare fraud case in U.S. history. (Additional info found on PolitiFact.
Monday, January 14, 2013
the President has been allowed to go home.
His doctor, Dr. Amy Mynderse reports: "Mr. Bush has improved to the point that he will not need any special
medication when he goes home, but he will continue physical therapy."
Bush, 88, said, "I am deeply grateful for the wonderful doctors and nurses at Methodist who took such good care of
me. Let me add just how touched we were by the many get-well messages we received from our friends and fellow
Americans. Your prayers and good wishes helped more than you know, and as I head home, my only concern is that I
will not be able to thank each of you for your kind words."
provide a more narrow range with a more targeted estimate at a later date."
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
and together with prior flood insurance funding would provide close to $60.4 billion in aid.
weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Bruce Reed, chief of staff to guns task force leader, Vice President Joe Biden, said that the proposals to be unveiled
will come with three prongs:
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Rifle Association ad is repulsive and cowardly for contrasting the armed
protection that President Barack Obama's two daughters are given to
the president's opposition to putting armed guards in schools.
"Most Americans agree that a President's children should not be
used as pawns in a political fight," Carney said. "But to go so far as
to make the safety of the President's children the subject of an
attack ad is repugnant and cowardly."
The ad calls President Obama an "elitist hypocrite" because his
daughters have Secret Service protection at their school, but the
President has not embraced the NRA's proposal for armed security at
yours? Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools, when his kids are protected by armed
guards at their school? Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, but he's just another elitist
hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security. Protection for their kids and gun-free zones for ours.'
that we can do to reduce this violence, if there's even one life that can be saved, then we have an obligation to
try. And I'm going to do my part."
Obama also called for Congress to confirm his new nominee, Todd Jones, to be the director of the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Obama warned that the effort to pass the new guns legislation would be difficult, but called on people across the
country to join him in pressuring Congress and pundits to support the efforts.
"We have to examine ourselves and our hearts and ask ourselves what is important," Obama said. "This will not
happen unless the American people demand it."
"We are obviously closely monitoring the situation," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Oath of Office for Biden. A public ceremony will be held tomorrow.
Monday, January 21, 2013
"collective action" on the nation's problems from education, health care and climate change.
"We are made for this moment, and we will seize it - so long as we seize it together," Obama said. "That is our
generation's task - to make these words, these rights, these values - of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness -
real for every American."
Lincoln at his inauguration, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “traveling” bible.
Capitol in Washington, D.C. January 21, 2013.
(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
his inaugural address from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol during the
inaugural swearing-in ceremony in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2013.
(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
leaving the platform following the inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the
U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2013. Standing behind
the President is First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia, Sasha,
and Marian Robinson.
(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
debt limit and looks forward to continuing to work with both the House and the Senate to increase certainty and stability
for the economy."
The White House is referring to a bill introduced on Monday, January 21st by House Republicans. The House plans to
vote on it on Wednesday and it will suspend the debt ceiling until May 18, allowing President to borrow the needed
money until that time.
H.R. 325 is an act to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until
May 19, 2013, and for other purposes. It reads: "Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled."
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
department's missteps leading up to assault at the U.S. Consulate in
Benghazi, Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other
"I stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flag-
draped caskets off the plane at Andrews. I put my arms around the
mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters," she
said. "Nobody is more committed to getting this right. I am
determined to leave the State Department and our country safer,
stronger, and more secure. My faith in our country and our future
is stronger than ever.
far-off capital, I feel again the honor it is to represent the world's indispensable nation. And I am confident
that, with your help, we will continue to keep the United States safe, strong, and exceptional."
In somewhat of a final farewell, Clinton noted her robust itinerary in four years and her work, nearly 1 million miles and
has indicated it will not block the measure.
qualified people to be able to serve this country in uniform," Panetta said. "It's clear to all of us that women are
already contributing in unprecedented ways to the mission ... the fact is they have become an integral part of
our ability to perform our mission."
Thursday, January 24, 2013
of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
preparing a series of changes on a party-line basis. It does not go as far as many reformers were seeking, but it would
be designed to speed debate in a number of situations where a small minority would try to slow the legislative process.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
News Steve Kroft, for an "60 Minutes" interview. It has been noted
that it was the first joint interview for Obama and Clinton, as well as the
president's first sit-down television interview with anyone other than
First Lady Michelle Obama.
From previously bitter opponents to partners in the corridors of power,
they have evolved and have proven to be great friends.
President Obama stated his reason for the interview:
"Well, the main thing is I just wanted to have a chance to publicly
say thank you, because I think Hillary will go down as one of the
finest secretary of states we've had. It has been a great
collaboration over the last four years.
wanting to take it easy for a little bit. But I want the country to appreciate just what an extraordinary role she's
played during the course of my administration and a lot of the successes we've had internationally have been
because of her hard work."
Secretary Clinton responded in kind: "…you know, this has been just the most extraordinary honor. And, yes, I
mean, a few years ago it would have been seen as improbable because we had that very long, hard primary
campaign. But, you know, I've gone around the world on behalf of the president and our country. And one of
the things that I say to people, because I think it helps them understand, I say, "Look, in politics and in
democracy, sometimes you win elections, sometimes you lose elections. And I worked very hard, but I lost. And
then President Obama asked me to be secretary of state and I said yes." And so this has been just an
extraordinary opportunity to work with him as a partner and friend, to do our very best on behalf of this
country we both love. And it's something I'm going to miss a great deal."
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
You must act. Be bold, be courageous; Americans are counting on you."
positions on such things as U.S.-Israeli relations, attitudes toward gay Americans, Iran and the surge in Iraq.
"But no one individual vote, quote, or statement defines me, my beliefs, or my record," Hagel said. "My overall
worldview has never changed. That America has and must maintain the strongest military in the world. That we
must lead the international community to confront threats and challenges together; and that we must use all
tools of American power to protect our citizens and our interests."
|Wednesday, February 18, 2013
man who wants to help poor Americans? I have heard news reports that state he is a tyrant a communist, but some of
our own leaders have not behaved any better.
purposes. I did those things," he said more than once, referring to the information provided by the prosecutor.
At 11:12 a.m. EST, the judge officially declared him guilty.
Nonetheless, thankfully, Scott has come to his senses, as 17% of Florida's population is 65 and older.
be a vote on the House version as an amendment. If that amendment fails - which Republican insiders expect - the
House would then vote on the Senate's bill.
will have already hit the March 1 deadline.
Supreme Court is questioning its need and validity. Justice Antonin Scalia called the
law a "perpetuation of racial entitlement."
Justice Anthony Kennedy acknowledged the measure's vital role in fighting
discrimination and suggested that other important laws in U.S. history had run their
course. "Times change," Kennedy said during the fast-paced, 70-minute argument.
Chief Justice John Roberts cited a variety of statistics that showed racial disparities in
some aspects of voting in Massachusetts than in Mississippi.
the South are more racist than citizens in the North?"
During the session, it was discussed whether there was any end in sight for a provision that intrudes on States' rights to
conduct elections. They discussed the legal burden, wondering is the proposed changes would discriminate. Another
part of the voting rights law, not being challenged, allows for traditional, after-the-fact claims of discrimination in voting
and applies across the country.
President Obama appointees, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor were in attendance. Sotomayor acknowledged some
parts of the South had changed, but she quickly stated that recent voting rights lawsuits in Alabama suggested that
Shelby County, near Birmingham, has not made sufficient progress. "Why would we vote in favor of a county whose
record is the epitome of what caused the passage of this law to start with?" Sotomayor asked.
Kagan chimed in that any formula devised by Congress "would capture Alabama," where she said certain
discriminatory voting practices have persisted.
are proportionate to the number of black voters. There's a very high registration and
turnout of black voters in Alabama," said Bert Rein, a lawyer representing Shelby County,
Debo Adegbile, a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, argued on
behalf of local Alabama elected officials and civil rights leaders. His argument was to show
the justices that there is a current need for the law, an effort to counter the court's notice
four years ago that current conditions, not history alone, must justify the continuing
application of the law. In 2011, Adegbile said, a judge in Alabama cited State lawmakers'
derogatory references to African Americans as a reason to continue to protect minority
voters through the Voting Rights Act.
talking about in states that are not covered?" the chief justice asked. "Absolutely," Adegbile replied. "Well, then it
doesn't seem to help you make the point that the differential between covered and noncovered continues to be
justified," Roberts said.
The requirement currently applies to the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South
Carolina, Texas and Virginia. It also covers certain counties in California, Florida, New York, North Carolina and South
Dakota, and some local jurisdictions in Michigan and New Hampshire. Coverage has been triggered by past
discrimination not only against Blacks, but also against American Indians, Asian-Americans, Alaska Natives and
Hispanics. Among the covered states, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas
are siding with Shelby County, while California, Mississippi, New York and North Carolina argue that the law should be
upheld. A decision is expected by late June, when the case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, 12-96, will be heard.
evidentiary support for the law when it came up for review, only for it to be held in low regard by some supreme
court justices today.
refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama to a
White man. During the crucial moments during the Civil Rights
Movement, she was arrested and later a bus boycott was started that
stretched over a year.
During the Clinton administration, Parks had been honored in
Washington with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996 and the
Congressional Gold Medal in 1999.
On what would have been her 100th birthday, the U.S. Postal Service
issued a stamp in her honor on February 4, 2013.
assisting nine young Black men, ages 12 to 19, who were accused of raping two White women in 1931.
The nine were later convicted by an all-white jury in Scottsboro, Alabama. They would be later become known as the
Rosa Parks is the first Black woman to be honored with a full-length statue in the Statuary Hall of the Capitol.
how they will propose in keeping kids safe in schools.
As he spoke, young David Williams noted how members were walking
around and not giving him the attention he rightfully deserved. He then
asked, "Do you feel it is acceptable for city council members to be
up and walking around while constituents are addressing them?"
David's Mother said. "I was very proud because sometimes it's out
of the mouth of a babe that you really get enlightened as an adult."
"Let me first be apologetic to you because I do walk a lot around
here but we had to keep things going at times but it is not so
Mr. Caraway went on to say he pays a little bit more attention when that kind of statement comes from a different
level, as in a younger person.
When asked if he wanted to be a city council member in the future, David Williams said yes, but is more interested in
being President of the United States.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
crisis-ridden periods in its 2,000-year history.
The first pope in six centuries to step down, Benedict flew off in a white
Italian air force helicopter for the papal summer villa south of the capital
where he took up temporary residence. The pope states: "As you
know, today is different to previous ones." Later he said, "I will
only be the supreme pontiff of the Catholic Church until 8 P.M.
and then no longer. I will simply be a pilgrim who is starting the
last phase of his pilgrimage on this earth."
Some Church scholars worry that if the next pope undoes some of Benedict's policies while his predecessor is still alive,
Benedict could act as a lightning rod for conservatives and polarize the 1.2 billion-member Church.
"I will continue to be close to you in prayer, especially in the next few days, so that you are fully accepting of
the action of the Holy Spirit in the election of the new pope," he said. "May the Lord show you what He wants.
Among you there is the future pope, to whom I today declare my unconditional reverence and obedience."
Bells rang out from St Peter's Basilica and churches all over Rome.
He leaves his successor a top secret report of scandals within the Curia, prompted by leaks of internal files last year
that documented the problems hidden behind the Vatican's thick walls and the Church's traditional secrecy.
Some non-Catholics say we should not be concerned about the pope and the church, but I respectfully disagree. Some
of us are concerned because we are followers of Christ, and are concerned when any religious group fails their
followers. I believe all should be interested including those of us who pray and read our Bibles. However, the ones
who should be most interested are the victims.
goalposts on sequestration.
voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. The outline does not include endorsing a federal constitutional right to same-
The Justice Department says:
"Proposition 8's denial of marriage to same-sex couples, particularly where California at the same time grants
same-sex partners all the substantive rights of marriage, violates equal protection. "Prejudice may not...be the
basis for differential treatment under the law."
magazine's recent cover featuring a cartoon illustration of what appears to be a
Black family rolling in cash from a housing rebound, is racist.
Whoever these critics are, I wonder if they are just seeking to cause a gripe
When looking at the picture, I see two Blacks, one White and one Latino. I
have to wonder if someone would have been upset if there were not any
Blacks included in the picture.
Often us Blacks are portrayed with oversized lips and noses, but I do not see
that here. To me, the picture is saying: "All Americans are receiving a piece
of the pie." As the 70's song stated, "Red, Yellow, Black, White and Brown."
(I cannot remember, but I believe the Fourtops sang it...one of the greats.)
It is somewhat comical as I had first read the first few lines of the article, but
then looked closely at the picture. I went on to read the entire article and then
realized it was much to do about nothing.
|Friday, March 1, 2013
Obama's budget plan, we are facing cuts that will effect every
American - most notably, the poor.
Today, President Obama will sign the order to commence the sequester
spending cuts of $85 billion from this fiscal year's federal budget.
The majority of Americans are hurting but no one could careless than
Congress. Although they support going to war with any and every
Country, they did not care that the cuts would effect military spending.
On countless occasions, President Obama had previously warned that a
withdrawal of funds would hurt federal and private-sector workers. In
addition, he cautioned that programs reliant on federal money would feel
Because there are more poor people than there are rich, the Republicans will face a massive public backlash.
At the end of the March, both Parties will have to agree on how to continue funding the overall government, which may
lead to a government shutdown. (The last threat of a government shutdown was in April, July, September and
December. All in 2011.) In the event of a government shutdown, it will only get worse and can be disruptive and
economically painful to this Nation and may hurt some politicians careers.
Another debt-ceiling debate will be scheduled sometime in May 2013
Because of Congress' failure to protect the Nation, we remain just as dysfunctional as ever before.
Click HERE to watch and listen to President Obama's speech.
Today, the White House issued the following statement:
education, unions, environmental improvements, government jobs, federal relief programs, social security, and
regulations. Some of the Conservatives gave him a hard time, yet he was able to improve the Nation; restoring
prosperity to the nation's economy. Like Obama, during Roosevelt's time, for the first 3 years unemployment lowered
and the economy improved, but then was stagnant.
controlled Congress. While Clinton supported Medicare, education and
making improvements to the economy, the Republicans did not and thus
a government shutdown started.
Yep, it makes perfect sense to support the Republican Party, as they
have certainly shown their support to the Nation that they claim to love.
However, nothing will change unless The People stand up for
themselves - and each other.
Surprisingly, some people do not know that NONE of our presidents
have power to change ANYTHING. But the power, is in Congress,
and Congress ONLY!
the debt ceiling or going over the fiscal cliff," Obama said. "But people are going to be hurt. The economy will
not grow as quickly as it would have. Unemployment will not go down as quickly as it would have. And there
are lives behind that. And it's real."
Obama repeatedly referred to the support he claims for his position in public polls and knocked House Speaker John
Boehner's inability to overcome the "politics within the Republican Party" or connect with what he referred to as a silent
"caucus of common sense" on Capitol Hill. "What I can't do is force Congress to do the right thing," he said. "The
American people may have the capacity to do that. And in the absence of a decision on the part of the speaker
of the House and others to put middle class families ahead of whatever political imperative he might have right
now, we're going to have these cuts in place."
Sequester Act of 2013." In his Bill, it simply cancels the sequester. Yep, simple as that!
Because Congress originated the Bill, all it takes is for Congress to simply cancel it.
This is the Bill:
People would not suffer.
would help or hurt the climate, I do feel as though some Republicans
were pushing for it without concrete details on its production. It seems
as though Congress wanted President Obama to rush and approve the
pipeline, but even he (Obama) said he did not have all the facts, and
therefore would not approve. Had Obama rushed into it, I thought we
would be in danger of another deepwater oil spill. Some have said that
it would have created jobs, whereas some have said it would not have
created as much as indicated. So, who knows? I say wait until
professional research is provided with a detailed and reliable analysis.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
administration, working with just-confirmed Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. She had previously spent a decade working
for the Gates Foundation.
Monday, March 4, 2013
promises to tackle climate change.
As head of EPA's air office, McCarthy has been at the forefront of the agency's fight to enact greenhouse gas
regulations on sources like vehicle tailpipes and power plants.
Moniz served in the Clinton administration as undersecretary of energy. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Moniz is a physics professor and director of the university's Energy Initiative, which draws funding from industry oil and
gas heavyweights like BP, Saudi Aramco and Shell.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
and far - mourn his passing.
Prior to his death, Chavez had repeatedly said that he wanted his Vice
President Nicolas Maduro, to take over should he not survive previous
battles with cancer.
He was the first of a wave of leftist presidents to come to power in
Latin America in the last dozen years.
In spite of what some Americans felt about him, Chavez gave oil and
money to several families living in New York and were suffering cold
King was a prominent leader. Chavez made no secret of his loathsomeness for former president George W. Bush.
Chavez underwent a fourth surgery in December 11, 2012 in Cuba, and was not publicly seen again.
Leader Harry Reid says he wants the full Senate to consider the nomination by the end of the week.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
confirmed that Wednesday’s dinner list include the following Senators:
cuts to the Voting Rights Act, in particular, Section 5, which prevents
States with a history of racial discrimination from altering their voting
laws without federal approval.
It should be noted that in 2006, Section 5 was up for a vote and was re-
approved by Senate Republicans in 2006, as some noted that Blacks in
Southern States were still discriminated against. However, today, some
Republicans feel as though the legacy and racial discrimination is a thing
of the past.
Mississippi Republican Senator Roger Wicker claims that racism "all
over the country," but not enough that States should be given special
treatment for the right to vote.
It should be noted that not all Republicans feel the same way; most notably, Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley.
What I find interesting, is that it does not say much about us as a Country when we vehemently protest taking our guns
but then attempt to restrict voting. Voting is every bit as much of America as owning a gun.
public money. How many fund-raisers does he attend every week? How often does he play basketball and golf? I wish
I had that kind of time. He’s lazy, but the media won’t report that.” He noticed my arched eyebrows and added, “I didn’
t come up with that. Obama said that, to Barbara Walters.” (What Obama said was that he feels a laziness in himself
that he attributes to his laid-back upbringing in Hawaii.)
Brennan as head of the CIA.
administration would not give him a direct answer regarding the use of
drones. Rand wanted to know if President Obama unilaterally order the
deaths of American citizens on American soil with “lethal force, such as
a drone strike . . . and without trial.”
Both Attorney General Eric Holder and John Brennan answered the
On March 4, Eric Holder Holder stated that "the U.S. government has
not carried out drone strikes in the United States and has no intention of
doing so." He then wrote:
respond to the presidential authority question, but that "the CIA ... does not conduct lethal operations inside the United
States -- nor does it have any authority to do so."
Although the Senate historian says that its list may not be extensive, some reports state that Rand's filibuster speech is
the 9th-longest filibuster in recorded history.
Paul ceased around 12:40 AM, clocking 12 hours and 52 minutes.
A list of the longest filibuster:
2. New York Republican Senator Alphonse D’Amato (1986): 23:30
3. Oregon Independent Senator Wayne Morse (1953): 22:26
4. Wisconsin Republican Senator Robert La Follette (1908): 18:23
5. Wisconsin Democrat Senator William Proxmire (1981): 16:12
6. Louisiana Democrat Senator Huey Long (1935): 15:30
7. York Republican Senator Alphonse D’Amato (1992): 15:14
8. West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd (1964): 14:13 (Filibustered against the Civil Rights Act)
9. Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul (2013): 12:52
from my own party. I didn’t see anyone of you asking G.W. Bush, if he would use drones on American
citizen…we are at war.”
For now, only God knows if Rand proved his point.
Front Range Community College has four campuses located in Longmont, Fort Collins, Westminster and Brighton
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Coburn, Bob Corker, Lindsey Graham, John Hoeven, Ron Johnson, John McCain and Pat Toomey, I get the feeling that
the news reports are implying their Republican leaders have been hiding something.
It seems as if the reports are hinting to the fact that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell have not revealed all of
Obama's plans on adverting a fiscal cliff or the sequester. Did those Republicans that who dined with the President
learn something new? Was this - as Oprah says - their ah-ha moment?
while Brennan was deputy advisor national security for counter-terrorism. However, his presence in the White House
was also troubling to some who questioned his involvement in Bush-era interrogation tactics.
have the authority to use drones to attack noncombatant U.S. citizens on American soil.
reelection in 2014.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
If all of our government officials needed and relied on Social Security and Medicare, we would not be having this
discussion. I am here to make three proposals: First, I propose that we get rid of ALL our government officials who
propose cuts to life saving entitlements. Secondly, I propose to end all health insurance and life-benefits for our officials
and allow them to pay into Social Security and Medicare just like ordinary citizens. Lastly, I propose a cut in pay for all
officials who are paid more than $60,000 per year. (Sixty thousand dollars annually is still a lot of money for some, so I
am certain our officials will be able to survive.) The government was put in place to serve The People, whereas it
seems as though all they do is make a lifetime narcissistically serving themselves and padding their pockets with The
digressing or ducking. Two hundred pounds of truth, in a ten-pound bag.
as First Lady Michelle Obama's credit report has been hacked. The news report says that ANYONE who has used
ANY of the main credit report agencies such as Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, is vulnerable. They say that even
if people have never been on the site, but has ordered a credit report from any of the above mentioned agencies, are at
to how the sequester is effecting you and/or your community.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
company she once consulted, has been linked to illegal gambling.
their 2014 campaigns.
"This issue helped win President Obama’s re-election and Democratic gains in the House and Senate," said The
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) spokesperson Jesse Ferguson. "But 2012 was about the
presidential race. In 2014, the election is about the tea party Congress and their budget will be a central focus."
Democrats also want to bring The People's attention to the Republican's threat to Medicare and Republican's planned
cuts to the much-needed program. Previously, Republicans had proposed that people born after 1959 choose between
the current program and an option to purchase health insurance on a private market with help from federal subsidies. In
addition, Democrats want The People to know that the Republicans have repeatedly said that they want to cut the
Affordable Healthcare Act aka ObamaCare.
During the 2012 campaign, Democrats continuously mentioned House Republicans support of Ryan's budget proposal,
but we can only hope they agree to stick together - this time.
Nonetheless, this video is interesting.
and a budget plan that never ever balances, then please, hit the campaign trail," said NRCC spokesperson Daniel
He went on to say: "In 2012, Republicans won our second-largest House majority since World War II precisely
because Democrats are in denial about our nation’s spending problem and ObamaCare’s job-destroying taxes.”
to provide the basic needs for a family of four; it is below the poverty line!
The last time the federal minimum wage was raised was in 2007 and after six years, it is time for a much needed
increase. Everyone knows that the more one makes, the more one is prompted to spend. Therefore, in raising the
minimum wage, the more the economy will improve; thus a win-win for everyone.
Petition Congress today!
truth about what he calls a "viable budget plan".
2. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
3. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer
4. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez
5. Ohio Governor John Kasich
6. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
7. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval
8. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple
As New York Times, Paul Krugman says, "Paul Ryan's Budget Plan Has Gotten Even Crueler."
Thursday, March 14, 2013
unnamed telecommunications company. The provision would have allowed personal customer records from Internet
service providers, financial institutions and credit companies without prior court approval. Judge Illston has stated that it
is unconstitutional, stating, "The government has a strong argument that allowing the government to prohibit
recipients of NSL's from disclosing the specific information sought in NSL's to either the targets or the public is
generally necessary to serve national security in ongoing investigations. However, the government has not
shown that it is generally necessary to prohibit recipients from disclosing the mere fact of their receipt of NSLs."
Why do we, The People allow them to keep wasting our money on something that is reviewed after expiration; it should
Friday, March 15, 2013
president contender and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney
said, "I left the race disappointed that we didn't win. But I also left
honored and humbled to have represented values we believe in,
and to speak for so many good and decent people. ... It is up to us
to make sure that we learn from my mistakes and from our
mistakes, so that we can win the victories those people and this
nation depend upon. It’s fashionable in some circles to be
pessimistic about America, about conservative solutions, about the
Republican Party. I utterly reject that pessimism. We may not have
carried the day last November 7th, but we haven’t lost the country
we love, and we haven't lost our way," he said.
Republican governors," continued Romney. He went on to list a number of state executives—including New Jersey
Gov. Chris Christie and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who were not invited to speak at the conference.
many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman,
anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker and the list goes on and on and
on. Many voters are simply unwilling to choose our candidates
even though they share our core beliefs because those voters feel
unloved, unwanted and unwelcome in our party," Bush said.
Although Bush did not say it aloud, he hinted to Mitt Romney's 2012
presidential campaign and Romney's "47-percent" remark that would
never vote for him because of entitlements.
"Never again can the Republican Party simply write off an entire
segments of our society because we assume our principles have
limited appeal," Bush said.
from every nation, we need to draw into our Party people from every corner of society because conservative
principles - and not liberal dogma - best reflect the ideals that make this nation great. There is no us or them.
The face of the Republican Party needs to be the face of every American. And we need to be the party of
inclusion and acceptance."
In order to be more in line with the majority of Americans and hope to gain votes, the RNC is set to offer a multi-
fashionable project report titled "Growth and Opportunity."
Friday, March 15, 2013
Education - Approximately $8.4 million in funding will be cut for primary and secondary education, putting around 120
teacher and aide jobs at risk. Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 700
children in Colorado, reducing access to critical early education.
Job Training - Colorado will lose about $331,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning
around 14,810 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.
Public Safety - Colorado will lose about $213,000 in Justice Assistance Grants that support law enforcement,
prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and
enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.
Health - Around 2,240 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus,
whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $153,000. Protections for
Clean Air and Clean Water
Colorado would lose about $2 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent
pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Colorado could lose another $1.2 million in grants for fish and
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
pass universal background checks, as well as buyers pay for their own background checks and banning online
certification for concealed-carry permits.
It has been reported that Colorado Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper will sign legislation banning ammunition
magazines with more than 15 rounds.
Colorado has experienced two of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history:
taking our guns but then attempt to restrict voting?
Voting is every bit as much of America as owning a gun...!
The Supreme Court seem unsure about the Arizona law that requires
people registering to vote in federal elections to show proof of
citizenship. The proposed law, known as Proposition 200, is in question
while the 1993 National Voter Registration Act requires prospective
voters to provide one of several possible forms of identification, such as
a driver's license number or passport. However, it does not require
proof of citizenship and voters simply sign a statement saying they are
difficult. Both Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan agreed, stating that the process should be simplified.
In agreement, Justice Antonin Scalia repeatedly told Arizona Attorney General Thomas Horne that the State should
have filed a lawsuit saying the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), decision was unlawful, particularly in light
of another case in which Louisiana was granted permission to require additional materials as proof of identification.
"You should have challenged the commission's refusal to place that evidence in the federal form," Scalia said.
A ruling is expected by the end of June.
support for gay marriage.
In the video, Clinton shares her views on gay rights and gay marriage, saying, "LGBT Americans are our colleagues,
our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones. And they are full and equal citizens and deserve the
rights of citizenship—that includes marriage. That's why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I
support it personally and as a matter of policy and law."
When Clinton ran for president against Barack Obama in 2008, both she and Obama publicly backed civil unions for gay
couples but stopped short of endorsing gay marriage. However, Obama publicly endorsed gay marriage during his 2012
election campaign, and the stance became a part of the Democratic Party's platform.
The Republican Party continues to officially oppose gay marriage in its platform, though there are notable dissension.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
spot in the April 2nd runoff.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
defend itself, by itself, against any threat. We just heard those important words now. And I think that sums up
our -- I would say, our common view," he said.
Seeking to reassure the United States's primary ally in the Middle East, President Obama today told Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that his administration remains committed to doing "what is necessary" to prevent Iran
from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
While President Obama's aids were refilling the tank at an Israeli gas station, the presidential limousine, known as the
“Beast” was accidentally filled with diesel fuel instead of gasoline and refused to start and had to be towed. Luckily,
president Obama had yet to arrive in the country.
“We experienced mechanical trouble with one of the cars,” said Edwin Donovan, a spokesperson for the Secret
Service. “We don't know the cause. This is why we bring multiple vehicles and a mechanic on all trips.
Situations like this are planned for extensively by our advance teams so that the president’s itinerary is
unaffected by these types of issues.”
A backup model of the limo was flown in by helicopter from Jordan, where it had been waiting just in case there was a
overseas, during an exercise involving the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Lejeune, N.C. Several Marines
from the unit were injured in the blast.
The Marines were practicing firing mortars in Reno, when one of the rounds exploded while still inside the tube.
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the malfunction.
advertising. "The target audience, is anyone in the world looking to buy nuclear material."
The dangerous message North Korea is sending, according to Graham Allison, a nuclear expert at the Harvard
Kennedy School: "Nukes are for sale."
Clements lived in a wooded neighborhood of large, two-story houses on expansive 2-acre lots dotted with evergreen
trees in an area known as the Black Forest. Long driveways connect the homes to narrow, winding roads that thread
the hills. Clements' home was out of view, behind a barricade of crime-scene tape in the road. However, it would have
been simple to find where Clements lived through a publicly available internet locator service. The listing also included
his previous home address in Missouri.
Clements is the second state prisons chief killed in office. Michael Francke, director of the Oregon Department of
Corrections, was stabbed to death outside his office in 1989 in what prosecutors described as a bungled car burglary.
contentious eastern province.
President Karzai has blamed the troops for egregious human rights abuses in Wardak province, allegations which U.S.
military officials have steadfastly denied.
Although the claims could not be verified by definitive evidence, the Assad regime and Syrian rebels traded accusations
that chemical weapons were used in the northern city of Aleppo.
President Obama has declared that the use, deployment or transfer of the weapons "red line" would cause the U.S. and
others to become more deeply involved in the Syrian conflict.
In a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama declared, "We have been
clear that the use of chemical weapons would be a serious and tragic mistake. We intend to investigate
thoroughly exactly what happened." The Obama went on to say, "I am deeply skeptical of any claim that in fact it
was the opposition who used chemical weapons."
commission without finishing out his term.
McDowell has been serving a second term on the commission, having first been appointed in 2006. He was re-
appointed in 2009.
His resignation was expected and many think it will pave the way for the resignation of FCC chairman Julius
Genachowski, as McDowell’s resignation leaves Ajit Pai as the only Republican on the commission.
McDowell did not say what his future plans are.
inspectors this summer in the wake of sequestration.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
largest public school district, a move that education experts called the largest mass closing in the nation. The district will
shutter 53 elementary schools and 1 high school, primarily in Hispanic and African-American neighborhoods. The
district, which has a $1 billion annual deficit, has said it needs to close underutilized schools to save money.
by the Senate rather than risk further delay.
limit high-capacity magazines and assault weapons when the Senate hears it again in next month.
the telecom industry.
Friday, March 22, 2013
U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit. For the second time, Senate Republicans filibustered her nomination to keep it from
getting an up or down vote.
"This unjustified filibuster obstructed the majority of Senators from expressing their support," Obama said in a
statement. "I am confident that with Caitlin's impressive qualifications and reputation, she would have served
with distinction. The D.C. Circuit is considered the nation's second-highest court, but it now has more
vacancies than any other circuit court. This is unacceptable."
Halligan would have filled the spot that Chief Justice John Roberts left vacant after being nominated to the Supreme
concerns of more problems in Syria and that if and when President
Bashar Assad is removed from power, Syria will become another safe-
haven for terrorists.
Similar to former president Bill Clinton, Obama has proven that he is
diligently working for peace in the Middle East, saying that the
international community must work together to ensure there is a credible
opposition in place.
"Something has been broken in Syria, and it's not going to be put
back together perfectly immediately — even after Assad leaves,"
Obama said. "But we can begin the process of moving it in a better
direction, and having a cohesive opposition is critical to that. I am
very concerned about Syria becoming an enclave for extremism,"
Obama said, adding that extremism thrives in chaos and failed states.
"The outcome is Syria is not going to be ideal," he acknowledged, adding that strengthening a credible opposition was
crucial to minimizing the difficulties.
In the mean time, President Obama said that he would "keep on plugging away" in hopes of getting the Israelis and
Palestinians to reach a peace agreement. "The window of opportunity still exists, but it's getting more and more
difficult. The mistrust is building instead of ebbing."
million bounty on his head—jokingly offering to raise some cash for his cause by selling off one leg.
Omar Hammami—who stars in his own YouTube videos, sometimes rapping his Islamist message, and has an
aggressive Twitter presence—was reportedly added to the Rewards for Justice program that offers piles of cash for
information leading to the capture or killing of high-profile extremists. CNN first broke the news.
Apparently unbowed, Hammami joked about the bounty on Twitter: abu m @abumamerican. "As I'm a bit low on
cash, how much is my left leg going for? I figure, shamil basayev did the one-leg jihad thing."
That was a reference to a dead Islamist commander of a Chechen rebel movement, who lost a leg while fighting the
Russian army, noted Agence France-Presse.
U.S. officials say Hammami, initially a recruiter for al-Shabab in Somalia, which Washington has labeled a terrorist
group, has fallen out with his former comrades. He has criticized them publicly; they say they want him dead.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
began her career in the Secret Service as an agent in Miami three decades ago.
Obama’s selection of Pierson comes after an extraordinarily difficult year at the service, and amid calls that the next
director make internal changes at the agency whose masculine culture was exposed during an overseas trip last year.
Other Senator retirees include:
Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss, has also announced their intention not to seek re-election.)
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
|From Gene Sperling to Bob Woodward on Feb. 22, 2013
understand your problems with a couple of our statements in the fall — but feel
on the other hand that you focus on a few specific trees that gives a very wrong
perception of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here.
But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying saying that
Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe
this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim. The idea
that the sequester was to force both sides to go back to try at a big or grand
barain with a mix of entitlements and revenues (even if there were serious
disagreements on composition) was part of the DNA of the thing from the start.
It was an accepted part of the understanding — from the start. Really. It was
assumed by the Rs on the Supercommittee that came right after: it was assumed
in the November-December 2012 negotiations. There may have been big
disagreements over rates and ratios — but that it was supposed to be replaced by
entitlements and revenues of some form is not controversial. (Indeed, the
discretionary savings amount from the Boehner-Obama negotiations were locked
in in BCA: the sequester was just designed to force all back to table on
entitlements and revenues.)
to argue and argue on this latter point. Just my sincere advice. Your call obviously.
My apologies again for raising my voice on the call with you. Feel bad about that and truly apologize.
From Woodward to Sperling on Feb. 23, 2013
Gene: You do not ever have to apologize to me. You get wound up because you are making your points and you
believe them. This is all part of a serious discussion. I for one welcome a little heat; there should more given the
importance. I also welcome your personal advice. I am listening. I know you lived all this. My partial advantage is
that I talked extensively with all involved. I am traveling and will try to reach you after 3 pm today. Best, Bob
|Starting today, our government will need to grapple with a set of arbitrary budget cuts that will hurt the economy, make
life harder for middle-class families, and threaten our national security. That's what Washington means when it talks
about the sequester.
Not everyone will feel the consequences of these cuts immediately, but if sequestration is allowed to continue, it will
make life more difficult for Americans all across the country. That's a fact that no one disputes.
And the reason we are here is because some members of Congress have made a choice to prioritize these cuts over
closing tax loopholes for the wealthy. But there is still time for them to make a different choice and undo this
Today, President Obama discussed this situation and answered questions from the press. "This is not a win for
anybody," he said. "This is a loss for the American people."
Help us make sure your friends and neighbors know what's at stake. Share this video of President Obama on Facebook
or Twitter -- or even just forward this email to your friends.
PS -- We put a page together that outlines President Obama's solution for resolving the sequester, explains what these
cuts will mean for communities across the country, and asks you to share your story. Check it out: WH.gov/Sequester.
|Wednesday, December 26, 2012
December 31st and Treasury will have to begin "extraordinary measures" to fund the government until the debt ceiling is
lifted by Congress.
Treasury expects it can avoid default through such measures at least a few week into next year but notes that doing so
could be made more difficult if no deal is made to avoid the fiscal cliff.
in its vehicles.
The company said the deal will resolve hundreds of lawsuits from Toyota owners who said the value of their cars and
trucks plummeted after a series of recalls stemming from claims that Toyota vehicles accelerated unintentionally.
Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Toyota since 2009, when the Japanese auto maker started receiving
numerous complaints that its cars accelerated on their own, causing crashes, injuries and even deaths.
avoiding major tax increases and spending cuts that kick in around year's end.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Year. "I don't know time wise how it can happen now," Reid said as he opened a rare holiday week session of the
negotiate on the fiscal cliff before taxes go up and spending are slashed in the new year.
Friday, December 28, 2012
the fiscal cliff. But he said if a deal is not reached, he has proposed that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, hold an up
or down vote on a bill extending some income tax cuts, unemployment benefits and slow some of the looming deep
"The hour for immediate action is here, it is now," Obama said, following what he called a "good and constructive"
discussion with Congressional leaders. He went on to say. "If members of the House or the Senate want to vote no,
they can, but we should let everybody vote. "The American people are watching what we do here. Obviously, their
patience is already thin. It's déjà vu all over again. "The American people are not going to have any patience for a
politically self-inflicted wound to our economy."
Sunday, December 30, 2012
show one day before the nation hits the fiscal cliff to pin the blame on
Republicans who "have had trouble saying yes."
With hopes of a bipartisan agreement dim, Obama used the high-profile
setting of NBC's "Meet the Press" to make his closing argument in the
On a day of drama and uncertainty in Washington, he said he has
negotiated in good faith, moved more than halfway to reach a grand
bargain and angered Democrats with his concessions. However, he
said Republicans still refuse to strike a deal with him and hike rates on
the richest taxpayers.
But the way they are behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest
Americans are protected. That seems to be their only overriding, unifying theme."
Senate leaders announced that fiscal cliff negotiations have reached a standstill, , as Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
said he had called Vice President Joe Biden to "jump-start" the negotiations. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said
Democrats were unable to make a counteroffer due to the sticking points. As of today, Democrats say the talks had
stalled over whether to include changes to how Social Security payments are calculated.
Monday, December 31, 2012
toward a year-end tax deal overnight, giving sudden hope to high-stakes talks that had been on the brink of collapse.
McConnell and Biden, who served in the Senate together for 23 years, are closing in on an agreement that would hike
tax rates for families who earn more than $450,000, and individuals who make more than $400,000.
$450,000 a year and individuals who make more than $400,000. The emerging deal would also permanently patch the
Alternative Minimum Tax, raise the estate tax rates for high-value properties, extend unemployment benefits for a year
and add a temporary fix to Medicare reimbursement rates.
The agreement includes a two-month delay of the sequester, which had been scheduled to begin on January 2, 2013.
President Barack Obama spoke with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
about the agreement that both leaders have signed.
|Monday, February 4, 2013
routes and cut more than 200 jobs and middle school sports.
However, after an investigation by FOX31 Denver, there are some questions about the district's finances.
Now, if we can just get someone - ANYONE - to investigate Denver Public Schools' budget and finances, then perhaps
Denverites will feel comfortable when they continue to ask for money while they continue to cut programs for students,
layoff teachers, work staff and custodians, but continue to hire managers to oversee other managers. Also, while the
money should be spent on books and safety on the playgrounds, they have decided to install new alarm systems that
obviously do not need replacing.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
they should at least pass a smaller package," Obama said. "There is no reason that the jobs of thousands of
Americans who work in national security or education or clean energy-not to mention the growth of the entire
economy-should be put in jeopardy."
An official noted: "Given that the budget process in Congress won't likely be completed by March 1st," the
proposal "will allow Congress more time to reach a solution that permanently avoids the sequester and
significantly reduces the deficit in a balanced way."
sites," where they often faced torture.
collapsing in 2006 because it would be bad for business. The Justice Department is demanding $5 billion in penalties,
saying that S&P knowingly inflated its ratings of risky mortgage investments and ultimately provoked the crisis.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
South Korea said it suspects a nuclear test caused an earthquake Tuesday in North Korea just north of a site where the
country conducted two previous atomic tests. North Korea has yet to confirm whether the tremor resulted from a
widely anticipated third nuclear test.
Republicans in the House blocked its reauthorization.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
was his Twitter peak," a representative said.
mark on my calendar, like Easter or Yom Kippur."
Scalia said the justices in attendance inevitably keep their eyes on the chief justice, who decides when it is appropriate
to applaud. If the President says the United States is a great country, clap away, he said. However, no justice can clap
"if it's anything anybody can disagree with."
Because I had no idea that Scalia did not attend the State of the Union speeches, it made me wonder about its origin.
The practice arises from a command given to the president in the Constitution of the United States:
“He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their
Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient. ”
Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution
Although the language of this constitution is not specific, by tradition, the President makes this report annually in late
January or early February. Between 1934 and 2013 the date has been as early as January 3, and as late as February 12.
and that high-level talks with the U.S. are necessary," said Cheong Seong-chang, an analyst at the private Sejong
Institute in South Korea. Despite tensions, he predicted U.S.-North Korea diplomatic talks could occur later this year.
"The biggest U.S. concern is whether the North has made progress in its uranium enrichment program. It's a
matter of nuclear proliferation. To resolve this, the U.S. cannot help but talk with North Korea," he said.
scheduled for Friday unless a deal can be reached to hold it earlier.
"This is the first time in the history that a presidential nominee for secretary of defense has been filibustered.
What a shame," Reid said.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
President Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union made it the smallest audience for the annual speech since Bill
Clinton's last address in 2000.
guess what happens? You get less of it." At a time when Americans are still asking the question, ‘Where are the
jobs?’ why would we want to make it harder for small employers to hire people?"
Although Obama is proposing only $1.75 over the course of three years, the minimum wage only goes up in small
increments and Republican President George W. Bush signed a similar idea in his second term.
for $23.3 billion, making it the richest deal ever made in the food
Heinz, a Pittsburgh-based company, also makes baked beans, pickles,
vinegar, Classico pasta sauces and Ore-Ida potatoes, as well as a
growing stable of sauces suited to regional tastes around the world.
Heinz has expanded over the years to include a much broader array of
products across 200 countries, including ABC soy sauce in Indonesia,
Quero tomato sauces and vegetables in Brazil and Complan nutritional
drinks in India.
The deal sent shares of Heinz soaring, closing at $72.50 Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange.
Although 3G Capital has a record of aggressively cutting costs at businesses it acquires, managing partner Alex Behring
said Heinz is different because the business is healthy and sales are rising. However, Buffett prefers to buy entire
companies and then allow the businesses to continue operating much the way they did before, it do, but there was no
guarantee that there would not be layoffs.
gun safety laws, protect children from toxic chemicals and create more opportunities for working families in
New Jersey," Lautenberg told the Star-Ledger. "While I may not be seeking re-election, there is plenty of work to
do before the end of this term and I'm going to keep fighting as hard as ever for the people of New Jersey in the
|"Section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 is repealed."
|A new State Department draft report makes no clear recommendation on whether the U.S. should approve the Keystone
XL oil pipeline, but it also downplays some of the warnings from green activists who say it would pose a major threat to
the Earth's climate.
Assistant Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones told reporters it is "premature" to say whether the findings of the draft
report suggest an endorsement of the pipeline project. Stressing that the report is a draft, Jones said the State
Department is "really looking for the public debate at this point."
Still, parts of the report seem to be a blow to environmental groups that have made defeat of the pipeline one of their top
demands of President Barack Obama. However, it is promising for backers of the project, who said the Canadian crude
oil could fuel dreams of energy independence.
|It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate
under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal
force within the territory of the United States. For example, the President could conceivably have no choice but to
authorize the military to use such force if necessary to protect the homeland in the circumstances of a catastrophic
attack like the ones suffered on December 7, 1941, and September 11, 2001.
|1.) Sustain outreach to minority communities, even in years without elections
From the report:
people’s lives. Instead of connecting with voters’ concerns, we too often sound like bookkeepers. ... If we
believe our policies are the best ones to improve the lives of the American people, all the American people, our
candidates and office holders need to do a better job talking in normal, people-oriented terms, and we need to
go to communities where Republicans do not normally go to listen and make our case. We need to campaign
among Hispanic, black, Asian, and gay Americans and demonstrate that we care about them, too.
3.) Don't be afraid of going on 'The Daily Show'
From the report:
RNC and allow donors to participate in entertainment events as a way to attract younger voters. ... Republican
leaders should participate in and actively prepare for interviews with The Daily Show, The Colbert Report,
MTV and magazines such as People, UsWeekly, etc., as well as radio stations that are popular with the youth
5.) Train new Republican activists with online and mobile campaign education programs
6.) Release the voter data
7.) Shrink the primary
8.) Hold fewer primary debates
9.) Adios, August convention
10.) Change the tone, but not the message
|Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Malcolm Smith and New York City
Councilman Dan Halloran have been
arrested as part of a plot to influence the
New York City mayor's race.
Both Smith and Halloran were arrested at
Smith, 56, "tried to bribe his way to a shot
at Gracie Mansion", said U.S. Attorney
Preet Bharara. Bharara said Smith "drew
up the game plan and Councilman
Halloran essentially quarterbacked that
drive by finding party chairmen who were
wide open to receiving bribes."
During the FBI investigation into the plot, an
undercover FBI agent posed as a wealthy
county committees around New York City in an attempt to run for mayor as a Republican. Smith was a registered
Others charged in the plot include the following:
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey on a compromise bill on expanded background checks for gun sales.
"We're getting there. We're really getting there," Manchin said. "Tomorrow we hope to be at the point where we
can finalize everything." A Manchin-Toomey agreement would be offered as an amendment to the Democratic bill.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
commercial gun sales in the country.
increases aimed at the wealthy and $78 billion over 10 years from new cigarette taxes and deal to roll back the
sequester cuts will be agreeable.
Obama's proposed budget also includes the following:
that are already hurting a lot of communities out there," Obama said. "If we want to keep rebuilding our
economy on a stronger, more stable foundation, then we've got to get smarter about our priorities as a nation."
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Democrat Mark Pryor sided with the majority of Republicans. Sixty votes were needed for passage.
and misdemeanor harassment.
After an hour and a half, the lockdown was over, but it was a horrific terrifying hour for paramedics division and its
command staff; noting that the threats were "real and credible threats. It was noted that Mann should be considered
armed and dangerous.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
It has been reported that two more devices that are explosive have been found.
immigrants to become permanent legal residents a decade after they register with the government.
The Bill states:
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
President Joe Biden, as well as former Rep. Gabby Giffords.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Secret Service said that the letter was received at a facility that routinely identifies letters or parcels that require
secondary screening or scientific testing before delivery.
Secret Service representative Ed Donovan said that "the Secret Service White House mail screening facility is a
remote facility, not located near the White House complex, that all White House mail goes through. The Secret
Service is working closely with the U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI in this investigation."
This comes a day after a letter was sent to Mississippi Republican Senator Roger Wicker tested positive for the deadly
backpack that appears to match the bag believed to have been used in the attack. The other man also appears to have
a bag of some kind.
The possible breakthrough came from an analysis of video from a Lord and Taylor department store near the site.
violation of the terms of their divorce agreement.)
Sanford is campaigning against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in a May 7 special election.
"Mark Sanford has proven he knows what it takes to win elections. At this time, the NRCC will not be engaged
in this special election," said Andrea Bozek, an NRCC spokeswoman.
Obama stated: "This was a pretty shameful day for Washington, but this effort is not over."
Obama pledged his administration would take further action wherever possible, but said that it was up to voters to show
politicians the consequences of voting against the amendment.
Obama said that failing to pass the bill was "just round one." "I believe we are going to get this done," Obama said.
"Sooner or later, we are going to get this right."
believe background checks will have no effect on violent crime.
William Saletan explains why it is a "bald-faced lie."
else the NRA is lying about."
Thursday, April 18, 2013
floor last year. CISPA was created by Michigan Republican Mike Rogers and Maryland Democrat Dutch
Friday, April 19, 2013
shootout with police during which explosive devices
Police referred to the suspect as a 'terrorist' and
are warning residents to stay indoors.
Cambridge police say the campus officer was
responding to a report of a disturbance when he
was shot multiple times.
and she believed she saw a pipe bomb in his possession.
The man was found by police driving a white Honda and was questioned by police.
Westminster police evacuated the woman’s apartment building and called in the Adams County bomb squad.
A robot examined the item and determined the evacuation should be expanded to surrounding areas.
After a thorough investigation, it was later determined that the "items in the apartment were not a bomb."
Monday, April 22, 2013
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains hospitalized under heavy guard. He is being treated at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center, where 11 victims of the bombing were still hospitalized
The two bombings killed three people and wounded more than 180.
Haji Khan Zaman. "By chance, the Pakistani and Afghan militants were passing through the area to go to
Wardak province when they saw the chopper landing and took all injured crew onboard with them hostage."
improve their living conditions for its 1.3 billion people, China blasted back by noting our increasing gun violence, saying
it was a serious threat to the lives and safety of America's citizens. The report says that the U.S.' military involvement
around the world infringed on rights abroad and that political donations at home have impaired the country's democracy
and that political donations to election campaigns have undue influence on U.S. policy.
It goes on to say that the U.S. continues to strengthen the monitoring of its people and that it was inhuman.
"American citizens do not enjoy a genuinely equal right to vote," the report reads, citing a decreased turnout in the
2012 presidential election and a voting rate of 57.5 percent.
York City may have been another target. An official says there is no current credible threat to New York City,
however an arrest is expected this afternoon.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
described how he gunned down the men and saying he was in a "rage" when
he began his rampage. Russell will avoid a death sentence due to a plea
agreement in a military court at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, however, he is
facing life in prison.
Russell went on a shooting spree at the Camp Liberty Combat Stress Center
near Baghdad in May 2009. It was one of the worst instances of soldier-on-
soldier violence in the Iraq war.
Members in his squad testified that prior to the attack on his fellow solider, his
behavior had changed, noting that he seemed paranoid that his unit was trying
to end his career. Russell was nearing the end of his third tour.
Prior to the attacks, Russell had sought help and was taking prescription
medications, but witnesses said that they saw him crying and hurting himself.
Later, he went to military police asking them to lock him up. He then left the
clinic and began his assault.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, talking in a husky voice. He read a written statement detailing his memories of the killings.
weapons. Although Syria and Israel are not even close to being friends, Israel would not make a false claim against
them as the Assad family has kept the border with Israel peaceful for 40 years. However, if what Israel said is true, it
could pressure the U.S. and other Western countries to act.
Alternatively, it should be noted that both France and Britain have recently said that they too had evidence that Assad's
government had used chemical weapons. Although we have not been able to verify these claims, President Obama has
warned that the introduction of chemical weapons by Assad would be a "game changer."
in the international community engaged in fighting terrorism."
"France expects the Libyan authorities to shed the fullest light on this unacceptable act, so that the perpetrators
are identified and brought to justice," Hollande added.
Libyan Saqr al-Qarifi, whose house is adjacent to the French embassy, said the explosion woke him up around 7 AM.
"I heard a loud boom and immediately after that windows were shattered and parts of my house were damaged,"
he said. "It struck me over the past days that the guards had vanished from the vicinity of the embassy," he said.
"I was wondering how come they leave the French embassy with no security."
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
before local news stations had reported it was unsafe and hours later, it collapsed.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
funds to prevent reduced operations and staffing of the Federal Aviation Administration."
that addition action must be taken against Syria.
Thank God, they are not in a rush to commit our soldiers to war; risking their lives.
Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin."
Previously, President Obama said that use of chemical weapons would be a "red line" that could trigger a new phase of
intervention in the two-year-old civil war.
Governor most likely was 7 years old when he was watching one of our all-time favorite cartoons.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
"What we now have is evidence that chemical weapons have been used inside of Syria, but we don't know how
they were used, when they were used, who used them," Obama said. "We don't have a chain of custody that
establishes what exactly happened. When I am making decisions about America's national security and the
potential for taking additional action in response to chemical weapon use, I've got to make sure I've got the
Again, I thank God they are not in a rush to commit our soldiers to war; risking their lives.
them out early.
winner of the Democratic primary between Reps. Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch. (Markey has a substantial lead in
the Democratic primary but it has not yet been called.)
|Wednesday, May 1, 2013
backpack containing hollowed-out fireworks.
without a prescription.
propose to provide for exemptions so that older family members or others with prior permission could escort students.
plea of clemency from Governor John Hickenlooper.
Dunlap is one of three people sitting on Colorado’s death row.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
on solid scientific evidence for girls 15 and older."
New York, Vermont, and Washington. Three Native American tribes have legalized same-sex marriage. (California
briefly granted same-sex marriages in 2008 but is based on conditions.)
leader." He went on to say that Froman is "one of the world's foremost experts on our global economy," and that he is
confident that his decision will help lead trade negotiations that ensure a "level playing field" in the international market
for American workers.
Friday, May 3, 2013
to 7.5 percent.
According to a Reuters survey of economists, analysts had only expected a job growth of 145,000 newly created jobs.
earning more than $100K, 12 percent believe the sequester will help the economy."
Mark Sanford are tied.
Monday, May 6, 2013
hot, windy weather.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
to come quickly after a neighbor, Chuck Ramsey helped her get out of the Cleveland house. Ms. Berry and two others
had been missing for roughly a decade. The women were held captive in the basement without access to the rest of the
house apparently bound with ropes and chains.
Ariel Castro, 52; a former school bus driver for Cleveland schools and owned the home, situated in a poor, rundown
neighborhood dotted with boarded-up houses was arrested along with his brothers Onil Castro, 50, and Pedro Castro, 54.
a lost cause.
However, he is not the first politician to have an affair and keep his government job and I doubt he will be the last.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
detectives have viewed and how they feel when they are not able to solve a case. Perhaps this will lead to new tactics
in helping authorities locate missing people. Perhaps now is the time for local news stations to re-show photos of
missing people. Additionally, do age-progression photos of those who are missing and put them on local news station's
websites; perhaps we can bring more of our loved ones back home.
instead of him keeping the money from the T-shirt sales he is
donating it to the women who were held captive. It has been
reported that Mr. Ramsey is "always doing stuff for others" -
willing to help whenever needed. It sounds as though Mr.
Ramsey is a Saint! God Bless him!
Side Note: Just as the TJMS crew stated, it will be just a matter
of time before the media tears Mr. Ramsey apart, because that is
what they do: Build people up and quickly tear them down.
Nonetheless, I am grateful Mr. Ramsey was there to help free
those women. Oh, and I am so sure there was reward money
for anyone who could provide evidence that lead to an arrest.
Thursday, May 9, 2012
case and a drug conviction in the early 1990's. It was also reported that both Mr. Ramsey and his ex-wife - with whom
he had the domestic case with - are now "good friends." The ex-wife noted that Mr. Ramsey is a changed man and
that they keep in close contact.
No one is perfect. And by viewing these two videos, Mr. Ramsey seems like an OK guy to me; someone worthy
having as a neighbor.
administration and "damage" to former secreatry of state, Hillary
Clinton, he flawlessly explained the events of that terrifying night.
As he spoke, both Parties were engrossed.
Watching television at 9:45 PM in his resident in Tripoli, Hicks tells of a
security officer “…ran into my villa yelling, ‘Greg! Greg!
The consulate’s under attack.’”
Hicks went on to mention his brief and yet last telephone conversation
he had with Ambassador Chris Stevens who was 600 miles away. “He
said, ‘Greg, we’re under attack. And I said, ‘Okay,’ and the line cut.”
Hicks said that he noticed he had two missed calls on his telephone;
mentioning the cell telephone connections was weak.
He detailed the frantic effort to call in fighter jets from an U.S. base in
Italy . “It would take two to three hours for them to get on-site”
and there “were no tankers available for them to refuel”, said Hicks.
Stevens had been killed, Hicks took time to control his composure and somberly sipped water. He said the response to
withdraw from the U.S.' diplomatic compound in Tripoli was rapid and feared a similar attack.
Hicks revealed that he did not approve how the attack in Benghazi was managed, but his animosity was towards
management and was not a political scandal.
Traditionally, testimony is permitted for five minutes, however Hicks continued for more than 30 minutes until California
Republican Darrell Issa finally interrupted and lawmakers asked questions. Hicks' testimony lasted four hours.
Hicks said he thought a fly-over by U.S. jets could have deterred the second of the two attacks, but he declined to
question the judgment of General Martin Dempsey, indicating there was not enough time.
The Republicans tried to make a connection to the delayed response from former secretary of State Clinton and the
Obama White House. However, Hicks said that he spoke to Clinton at 2:00 AM. Additionally, he rejected the rumor
that Clinton failed to provide increased security when asked. In fact, the failure to provide additional security was not
Clinton's fault at all, but that the increased security had to be approved by the management on the ground.
Sadly, the Republicans were expecting to hear Hicks testify that the White House and the former secretary of state
failed to respond to the attack on an American consulate. Unexpectedly for the Republicans, Hicks' testimony did not
shed new light and it has been noted that the hearing was politically motivated, aimed at discrediting the former
Secretary of State -a leading candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
During the attack on September 11, 2012, Ambassador Chris Stevens died of smoke inhalation. Agent Sean Smith, died
while desperately trying to save Stevens. Former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were also killed in a
Friday, May 10, 2013
making it out alive. . She was fast losing hope of ever making it out alive.
"No one heard me," said Begum from her hospital bed. "It was so bad for me. I never dreamed I'd see the daylight
While workers sifted through the rubble, they turned from search and recovery to the grim search of decayed bodies,
but the miraculous moment came when they heard Begum hitting the pipe and pulled noticed her to safety.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
out of any political or partisan viewpoint," Joseph Grant, the acting commissioner for the tax-exempt division, wrote.
Attorney General Eric Holder said he "ordered an investigation to be begun" into the IRS scrutiny of conservative
political groups. He went on to say that the behavior was "outrageous and unacceptable" but that "we're examining the
facts to see if there were criminal violations."
What is the difference between the conservative Tea Party being targets and investigated and the NAACP being
targeted and investigated? Congress knew about this in June 2012 - before Obama's reelction - yet they waited until
now to make it public. Is this a good move on their part?
for the IRS." Obama said. "The IRS must apply the law in a fair and impartial way, and its employees must act
with utmost integrity. This report shows that some of its employees failed that test."
Obama said that he has advised Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to hold those responsible and implement the Inspector
General's recommendations "quickly, so that such conduct never happens again."
Holder recused himself last year from a national security leak probe in
which prosecutors obtained the phone records of Associated Press
The decision to seek the records was made by Deputy Attorney
General Jim Cole who is leading the investigation, said a DOJ official
who asked not to be named.
"As the Attorney General testified in June 2012, he was interviewed
by the FBI in connection with the investigation into the
unauthorized disclosure of classified information," the official said.
"To avoid any potential appearance of a conflict of interest, the
Attorney General recused himself from this matter."
The leak probe is exploring how the AP learned of a counter-terrorism investigation in Yemen last year that involved
efforts to bomb an aircraft headed for the U.S.
In less than a week, more than 385,000 Americans have signed a petition to Congress supporting Senator Warren's
If you are a student or a professor at either a college or university, click HERE and join the fight.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
(President George W. Bush appointed Shulman.)
Although Obama initially said that the accusations were “outrageous,” he also said he wanted to wait until the inspector
general’s report was released before addressing what should be done to hold accountable those responsible.
The report lays much of the blame on IRS supervisors in Washington who oversaw a group of specialists in Cincinnati
who screened applications for tax exempt status. It does not indicate that Washington initiated the targeting of
conservative groups, but it does say a top supervisor in Washington did not adequately supervise agents in the field even
after she learned the agents were acting improperly.
The Justice Department is also investigating the IRS targeting, as are three congressional committees.
Obama was not passive when he said, “I am angry about it” and said the American people had a right to be angry as
little more than 3 percent. It is been reported that 1 in 7 Americans are
on the program.
California Representative Democrat Juan Vargas quoted Biblical
scripture, Matthew 25:35: “When I was hungry you gave me food.
When I was thirsty, you gave me drink.” Nonetheless, Republicans
supported the cuts.
Several Republicans talked about Christianity and said the Bible
encourages people to help each other but does not dictate that the
federal government should.
California Republican Representative Doug LaMalfa said, “We should
be doing this as individuals, helping the poor.”
taking the hunger assistance away from people would just make the poor “more vulnerable and more miserable.”
“Christians, Jews, Muslims, whatever — we’re failing our brothers and sisters here,” McGovern said.
Last year more than 47 million people used the SNAP program with the cost more than doubling since 2008. The rolls
rose rapidly because of the economic downturn, rising food prices and expanded eligibility under President Barack
Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus law.
Wait a minute! They will quote the Bible when it goes along with their agenda, but discount it when it does not! This is
hypocrisy at its best. They should not share their Christian beliefs and quote Biblical scriptures, if they have no intention
of following The Word to its fullest!
Thursday, May 16, 2013
our American representatives on foreign soil.
At a White House press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Obama stated, "I've directed
the Defense Department to ensure that our military can respond lightning-quick in times of crisis. But we're not
going to be able to do this alone. We're going to need Congress as a partner."
follows that of acting commissioner Steven Miller, who is stepping down at the request of the Obama administration.
While Democrats are hard at work fighting to reduce unemployment, encourage gun safety laws and marriage equality,
House Republicans are steady trying to reverse ObamaCare!
It is obvious the Republicans would rather work on destroying the President of these divided states than actually do the
job we hired them to do.
Enrollment in Chicago Public Schools has fallen 20 percent in the last decade, mainly because of population declines
in poor neighborhoods. The district said it can accommodate 511,000 students, but only about 403,000 are enrolled.
It said that nearly 140 of its schools are more than half empty.
The controversial decision to close dozens of schools follows a bitter strike by Chicago teachers last September,
fought partly over the Chicago Teachers Union's accusation that Mayor Rahm Emanuel was undermining community
schools in poor areas of the city.
The 61 closings account for about 10 percent of elementary school facilities, according to the school district.
"Consolidating schools is the best way to make sure all of our city's students get the resources they need to succeed
in the classroom," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement.
The union objects to school closings, saying they destabilize minority neighborhoods and would not save money.
"They keep saying that closing schools is going to save money," said Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.
"This will not save money. It's going to cost money and it's going to leave abandoned buildings, which is another
recipe for disaster."
During a news conference at Mahalia Jackson Elementary School, which is marked for closing, Lewis accused
Emanuel of being on a ski trip when the announcement was made.
"Mayor Rahm Emanuel should be ashamed of himself. Shanda!" Lewis said, using the Yiddish word for shame or
scandal. Both Lewis and Emanuel are Jewish.
The staff of the mayor, whose children attend private school, were not immediately available to comment on his
Several parents don't want to see the schools closed.
"It took three schools to find the right place for my grandchild," said Menjiwei Latham, a grandparent and guardian of
a student at the Mahalia Jackson Elementary School, which serves special-needs students.
DECLINING ENROLLMENT IN URBAN SCHOOLS
Urban school districts around the country have been grappling with the issue of declining enrollment, according to a
2011 study on school closings by the Pew Charitable Trust.
Over the past decade, 70 large or mid-sized cities have closed schools, averaging 11 per district, according to the
National Education Association, a labor union for school teachers.
This includes Washington, D.C., which closed 23 schools in 2008 and plans to close 15 more over the next two
years. Philadelphia announced earlier this month that it would close 23 schools.
Education experts contacted by Reuters on Thursday said no other single district has closed as many schools as
Chicago would in the announcement.
At the heart of the dispute over school closings in Chicago is the expansion of charter schools, which are publicly
funded, but mostly non-unionized. The number of charter schools has risen even as neighborhood public schools are
The union said 88 percent of students affected by Chicago school closings or other actions in the past decade were
African-American and most closed schools have been in poor neighborhoods. The union said 86 Chicago public
schools have closed in the past decade. The district has not provided its own number.
Chicago has promised a five-year moratorium on school closings, following this year.
A commission appointed to hold public meetings and hearing community feedback on school closings over recent
months recommended that no high schools be closed to avoid making students cross gang boundaries to get to a new
Parents and school activists have complained that closing neighborhood schools endanger students because they are
exposed to greater gang violence if they cross neighborhood boundaries. Chicago recorded 506 murders due to gang
violence in 2012, and its homicide rate continues to draw national attention.
|Congressman Alan Grayson joined former MSNBC anchor David Shuster on his current TV show, “Take Action
News.” The subject: our "No Cuts" campaign to protect Social Security and Medicare.
From Politico to the New York Times to the Huffington Post to Stars and Stripes, the media has been covering our
"No-Cuts.com" petition and letter. We've also been picking up supporters on Capitol Hill - 29 members of Congress
have signed, and we're just getting started.
So sign our petition at http://www.no-cuts.com.
If you've already signed it, forward this email to your friends, family, or anyone you know who has paid for Social
Security and Medicare. You can forward it by clicking here.
Share it with your friends on Facebook.
Or put it on Twitter.
David Shuster: Welcome back to "Take Action News"... We're going to talk with Congressman Alan Grayson.
He has not exactly become a favorite of the Democratic Leadership in the House, because Congressman Grayson
has had the audacity to somehow say, "Wait a second. We're not going to allow any cuts to Social Security,
Medicare, or Medicaid benefits." He sent a letter to President Obama as such. It's gotten twenty signatories in the
House. Congressman Grayson, welcome to the program.
Congressman Alan Grayson: Thank you. Thanks for having me on.
David: So what exactly has been the reaction from House [Democratic Leader] Nancy Pelosi and others? Do
they tell you to turn it down? What are they asking you to do?
Alan: No, they never tell me to tone anything down. They understand that sometimes we need people on our side
who are going to push and push and push, just to get anything done.
David: What's been the reaction from other Members? What -- are they intrigued? Are they -- I'm sort of
wondering, the twenty that have signed on, what have they said?
Alan: They understand the need for it. Look, the other side is constantly trying to pound Social Security, Medicare,
and Medicaid into oblivion. If you speak to them -- and you usually have to speak to them "off the record" to get an
honest answer -- but if you speak to them, many of the Republicans in the House will tell you that they regard
these programs as unconstitutional. They think the government should be doing nothing but defending the
country, and anything beyond that is just -- in their view -- unconstitutional and deeply wrong. If you go all
the way back to the time of the creation of Social Security, you can find really horrible public statements by
Herbert Hoover, among other people, saying that Social Security will undermine the "moral fiber" of the
country, and so on and so forth. It's been that way for eighty years; it's not going to change anytime soon.
We have to stand up to them. There are some things you just can't compromise on. You have to stand for
something. And I think Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are three magnificent programs, created
by Democrats, which have done so much good in this country, to lift the poor, the sick, and the elderly, out
of poverty in this country. And to create a middle class that has some degree of safety, and can actually
enjoy life. These are programs worth defending against the other side's attacks. There's no compromise
between life and death. There's no compromise between right and wrong. These programs are about life
and death. They are about right and wrong.
David: I want to ask you about a story our own Daniel Marans reported on earlier. That is that one of the
advocates for making changes to Social Security (which would essentially be cuts) is former Pennsylvania
Governor Ed Rendell... He's used his analyst platform on MSNBC to argue for these changes. At the same time,
neither he nor MSNBC (a place where I used to work), have disclosed that he works for "Fix the Debt." He's
getting paid by that front group. Is that a problem?
Alan: Yes, but the deeper problem is that our people-the people who count on us -- our people, whom we
represent, who support us, who have knocked on doors for us, who make telephone calls for us, who contribute to
our campaigns-those people are starting to feel betrayed. It isn't expecting too much in expecting Democrats -- real
Democrats, people who are elected with a "DEM" next to their names, true-blue Democrats -- those people are
going to stand up and protect the things that we need. You see that the Republicans don't have any hesitation
defending multi-national corporations, defending millionaires and billionaires, and doing it right up to the hilt,
according to party line. Why can't we help and represent and be loyal to the people in need on our side, who are
depending on us for some scrap of dignity in their lives?
David: We're talking to Congressman Alan Grayson. He represents a district that includes portions of Orlando.
Congressman, I want to give my Executive Producer, Daniel Marans (he's been following this issue and other
issues on Social Security), the opportunity to jump in here.
Daniel Marans: Congressman, thanks for joining us, we really appreciate it. Congressman, if the President gets
what he wants and gets a grand bargain that includes "chained CPI," something that would cut Social Security
when Social Security recipients are most vulnerable, in late old age or after years of disability -- what is the future?
How can Progressives stop it? What is the future of retirement security and where do we go from there?
Alan: The way that Progressives can help to stop it is to show their force-show their numbers-and have their
voices heard. We did a petition, this "No Cuts" petition, which says that we, the people who are signing this
position, are against any cuts in benefits to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The first time that we did this
petition, almost two years ago, we got a hundred thousand people to sign it. And now, having announced it again
only barely a week ago, we're already up over 30,000. People can go to the website no-cuts.com if they want to
show that they're behind us. Show that there is strength in numbers. And the fact is that we now have 24 people in
the House -- all Democrats, by the way -- 24 Members of the House who have signed onto our letter: Saying that
we will vote against -- not just "oppose" or anything ambiguous or wishy-washy like that, but we will vote
AGAINST - [all] cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits. That shows the way. You know, we
still live in a democracy. It's still a functioning democracy, particularly on our side of the aisle. If we hold our
Members accountable the same way the Tea Party holds the other side accountable, I think we can make a lot of
Daniel: Congressman, you know, I'm thinking about these petitions and maybe that's a good first step, but I think
we need to escalate this to the level that the environmentalists have escalated the Keystone Pipeline. And I think
that activists, not necessarily Members of Congress, but outside activists need to be willing to get arrested, in acts
of civil disobedience. We're talking about, as you said, life and death. Hundreds of thousands of seniors could be
driven into poverty, and obviously many other people. And of course, there's the slippery slope of what this means
for economic security in the country, more broadly down the line. I think that we need to take this eventually to
acts of civil disobedience -- getting arrested at the Capitol and the White House. And doing things just to stop this
at all costs. Would you eventually, if it came to that, would you support that?
Alan: Listen, it will come to that if they actually go through with cuts. If they go through with cuts, you'll see people
pouring into the streets. Pouring into the streets of Washington, D.C. and every other capitol, state capitol, and
every major city in the country. This is going to be intolerable for people. This is, in fact, a matter of life and death
in their own lives. And what's the point? The Social Security Administration has almost $2,000,000,000,000
in the bank. Two trillion dollars. This is a program that has operated at a profit virtually every single year since it
started eighty years ago. Under current law, under current assumptions, under current projections, it's a system
that can pay out every single benefit required under current law for the next twenty-five years. Minor tweaks
would make that "forever." And Medicaid is not fundamentally different from that. And Medicare is not
fundamentally different from that. . . .
Daniel: One of the things I mentioned earlier when I was talking, when I was introducing you, was that you have a
background in capitalism. Is that fair to say? You're a successful businessperson. You opened up businesses in
China, if I'm not mistaken [actually, that's not correct - ed.] , among other things, and had a very successful
career as a lawyer. What message do you have to people who think that somehow there's a conflict between being
a strong Democrat and believing that we need a strong Social Security and social insurance system in this country?
And strong checks on the Wall Street banks, and strong regulation of all of our industries? [Is] there a conflict with
that and free enterprise and entrepreneurship? What is your advice to the young entrepreneur who feels that liberal
values conflict with his own?
Alan: Well first of all, I am a successful businessman. I started a company that went public, and dramatically
reduced the cost of international calls for people here in the United States. My company was the largest provider
of international phone service to Hispanic-Americans in the country. In any case, what I find is that many of these
so-called-businessmen are, in fact, economic illiterates. We've known for eighty years, since John Maynard
Keynes wrote a book about it, that one of the primary functions of any national government is to make sure that
aggregate demand is equal to aggregate supply. And the fundamental problem we've had -- and by the way, I
worked as an economist for four years but you don't have to be an economist to be able to understand this basic
principle -- the fundamental problem that we've had for the past five years in this country is that we have a 14-
trillion-dollar economy with 13 trillion dollars of aggregate demand. And the government has had to make up the
difference. We need progressive taxation, because otherwise we end up with pools of capital that get larger and
larger, and literally spoil over time, draining aggregate demand. You need regulation. As an investor, I benefit from
this personally and so does everybody else who is an investor. You need regulation in securities markets in order to
see that people are not cheated. You obviously need banking regulation, something that's been understood since the
Italian Renaissance. You need banking regulation because otherwise the bad money drives out the good money --
Gresham's Law. And [without regulation], banks that end up teetering on the edge of insolvency and then finally
going under are the ones that beat out the banks that have adequate capital.
Daniel: Congressman, that's such a great point that it's just such basic business and good business practice to want
these regulations. But we're going to have to leave it there. Congressman Alan Grayson, thank you so much for
joining us on Take Action News, on behalf of the entire Take Action News Team.
|Megan Allen is a fifth-grade teacher in Tampa, Florida. At her elementary school, 90 percent of the students qualify
for free or reduced lunch.
Many live in poverty, with unstable home lives -- some have parents in prison, others go hungry over the weekends.
But at school, they're winning science fairs, challenging themselves, and eating two hot meals a day.
For Megan's 36 fifth graders, school is a safe place. The budget cuts known as the sequester could change that.
In the county where Megan teaches, 142 schools stand to lose $3 million in funding. The sequester could also slash
as much as $2 million in federal funding for special education.
When those cuts kick in, Megan's students could lose teachers that help them every day -- for example, the folks who
coach them through tricky arithmetic, or give those who are having reading trouble the special attention they need.
The Head Start programs that got these students ready for kindergarten will be dramatically cut down. Their class
sizes could go up, leaving less time for individual attention.
The sequester isn't a list of numbers made up to scare you. It's a very real thing that will negatively impact real people
-- like Megan's 36 students and their families.
Congress needs to hear those stories. They need to know that their inaction has consequences -- that's the only way
we'll put an end to these cuts.
Share your story right now on how the sequester is affecting your community:
Thanks for speaking up.
National Director of Issue Campaigns
Organizing for Action
|If you read the methodology posted at the bottom, you'll see that it isn't really a poll, since it wasn't conducted by
random sampling. It was "promoted" to the site's members and was easy to flood with advocates of a particular
viewpoint. (To give you some idea of how biased the sample is, 62 percent of those who participated in the poll say, in
question 15, that if they were a sheriff or a chief of police, they would not enforce more restrictive gun laws.) But set
that problem aside. The bigger problem, in terms of the NRA's ad, is that the poll never asks whether background
checks will have an effect on violent crime.
|Deputy chief of mission in Libya, Gregory Hicks
testifies before the House Oversight and
Government Reform Committee