Schumer: Obama Won’t Return Maher’s $1 Million After Palin Insults

Hypocrisy:

A super PAC with links to President Barack Obama has no plans to return a $1 million donation made to it by liberal comedian Bill Maher.

The donation has come under fire after the White House and pro-Obama groups have targeted conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh for offensive remarks he made about a female Georgetown University law school student.

Limbaugh officially apologized for his comments and admitted they were “insulting.”

Still, liberal groups like Media Matters have been encouraging advertisers to boycott Limbaugh’s show.

But conservative groups are furious that Maher has yet to apologize for incendiary and demeaning remarks he has made about Sarah Palin while leading Democrats stand by him.

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Democrats Pressure President to Endorse Gay Marriage

This is a perfect example of the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party and their supporters on the Left. Democrats, especially their supporters in the mainstream press,  are constantly denouncing Republicans for their stand on gay marriage. But here we have a Democratic President who opposes something that is a key issue among his supporters. It demonstrates a disconnect between the rhetoric of Democrats and the behavior of their politicians. It proves what a fraud Obama is. But it is also shows a willingness to cover for a President who thumbs his nose at his supporters. Don’t be fooled any longer. Vote third party:

More Americans are embracing gay marriage, adding to calls from Democrats for President Barack Obama—who has said he’s not sure where he stands—to publicly express his support before the November elections.

Mr. Obama opposes gay marriage, but for nearly the last 18 months has said his views are “evolving.” Now he’s under pressure to make support for gay marriage part of his party’s election platform when he formally accepts the Democratic nomination in September.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, chairman of the Democratic National Convention, said last week that a gay-marriage plank should be part of the platform, echoing recent comments from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.). Gay-rights activists say they have been making the case to the White House that polls show Mr. Obama has little to lose politically if he endorses gay marriage.

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Retiring Lawmakers Openly eye K Street

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Being a politician, especially in Washington, is very profitable. They are lining their pockets and we subsidize it. It’s a good racket if you can get it:

Never mind that he can’t be a lobbyist yet due to a one-year “cooling off” period. Firms have already started to circle the North Carolina Democrat and former National Football League quarterback to help him line up a second career in Washington — even though he has a full nine months left in his congressional term.

That’s how fast the revolving door starts swinging in Washington, where it’s routine for members of Congress to retire and then bolt downtown to take a a lucrative gig that relies on the connections they made in office.

And this year, there’s a noticeable cultural shift afoot: Some retiring members of Congress are openly talking about life downtown and beyond with months in office still ahead of them. It’s an awkward position for lame-duck members as they continue to help craft legislation and take votes that could present a conflict of interest, or at least perceived conflict, as they consider their next employer.

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Gas Prices Sink Obama’s Ratings On Economy; Bring Parity To Race For White House

This President has no answers. But neither would Romney. That is why we shouldn’t waste our vote on the same garbage come November. Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution. Vote third party:

Disapproval of President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy is heading higher — alongside gasoline prices — as a record number of Americans now give the president ”strongly” negative reviews on the 2012 presidential campaign’s most important issue, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Increasingly pessimistic views of Obama’s performance on the economy — and on the federal budget deficit — come despite a steadily brightening employment picture and other signs of economic improvement, and highlight the political sensitivity of rising gas prices.

The potential political consequences are clear, with the rising public disapproval reversing some of the gains the president had made in hypothetical general-election matchups against possible Republican rivals for the White House. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum now both run about evenly with Obama. The findings come just five weeks after Obama appeared to be getting a boost from the improving economy.

Gas prices are a main culprit: Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they disapprove of the way the president is handling the situation at the pump, where rising prices have already hit hard. Just 26 percent approve of his work on the issue, his lowest rating in the poll. Most Americans say higher prices are already taking a toll on family finances, and nearly half say they think that prices will continue to rise and stay high.

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Wall Street Protesters Complain of Police Surveillance

Doesn’t this remind you of a police state? Don’t think this can happen to you? Think again:

On Nov. 17, Kira Moyer-Sims was near the Manhattan Bridge, buying coffee while three friends waited nearby in a car. More than a dozen blocks away, protesters gathered for an Occupy Wall Street “day of action,” which organizers had described as an attempt to block the streets around the New York Stock Exchange.

Then, Ms. Moyer-Sims said, about 30 police officers surrounded her and the people in the car.

All four were arrested, said Vik Pawar, a lawyer for Ms. Moyer-Sims and two of the others, and taken to a police facility in the East Village. He said officers strip-searched them and ignored their requests for a lawyer. The fourth person could not be reached for comment.

Ms. Moyer-Sims, 20, said members of the Police Department’s intelligence division asked about her personal history, her relationship with other protesters, the nature of Occupy Wall Street and plans for upcoming protests.

“I felt like I had been arrested for a thought crime,” she said.

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Fareed Zakaria GPS Transcript (3-11-12)

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FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN HOST: This is GPS, the GLOBAL PUBLIC SQUARE. Welcome to all of you in the United States and around the world. I’m Fareed Zakaria. We have a terrific show for you today. Our main event, Henry Kissinger. We’ll talk about the Middle East, Iran, Russia, China, all the current hot spots, all places he knows well.

Also, is that the drums of war we hear? Certainly from some corners. How does the Iran-Israel showdown end? I’ve got a great panel.

I’ll also bring you an amazing story. Free and fair elections in China. I’ll explain.

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‘Meet The Press’ Transcript (3-11-12)

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MR. GREGORY:  Look, you want your shot to go one-on-one with Governor Romney. So what tips the scales to get Newt Gingrich out of the race?

FMR. SEN. SANTORUM:  Well, I don’t know.  You’d have to ask him.  I mean, we just going to keep on winning and competing.  You know, ever since Nevada we finished first or second in almost every state.  I think we came close. Congressman Paul and I were sort of tied in a couple of states.  But, you know, we’ve been, we’ve been there.  And other than Georgia, Congressman Gingrich has finished even third and fourth and that’s–that continued yesterday.  And, you know, eventually this thing is going to sort out and hopefully we’ll have strong, strong perform–performances in Mississippi here and in Alabama and I’ve even sent my daughter out to Hawaii.  I know it was tough duty, but she did it and she’s out there campaigning for us for this Tuesday.

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Two Years On, Tar Sands Spill Casts Long Shadow

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This week,as Senate Democrats narrowly defeated a renewed—and some say misguided—call to rush construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, residents and officials at the site of the country’s largest-ever tar sands oil spill are still reeling nearly two years after the fact. A look at the fallout from that incident in Michigan reveals that a spill of diluted bitumen, the kind from Alberta’s tar sands that Keystone would carry, is a far nastier beast than your typical spill of conventional crude. It also shows that cleaning it up can be just as damaging to the environment as the spill itself.

If the economy is getting better, why are things still so bad?

Things are not getting better. The press wants you believe otherwise because they are in the tank for Obama:

Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address that the “economy is getting better.”

If the economy is getting better, then why did new home sales in the United States hit a brand new all-time record low during 2011, and why are there 6 million fewer jobs in America today than there were before the recession started? If the economy is getting better, then why has the number of children living in poverty in America risen for four years in a row and why do only 23 percent of American companies plan to hire more employees in 2012?

[…]If the economy is getting better, why did an all-time record low percentage of U.S. teens have a job last summer and why has the number of Americans living below the poverty line increased by 10 million since 2006?

If the economy is betting better, then why is the average age of a vehicle in America now sitting at an all-time high?

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FOX News Sunday Transcript (3-11-12)

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WALLACE: You know, it brings up a bigger question, though, that I want to discuss with you about our future in Afghanistan. After the accidental burning of the Koran, are so-called Afghan partners targeted and killed six U.S. servicemen. And you reacted very sharply to that.

Let’s watch.

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GINGRICH: This is a real problem. And there are some problems what have you to do is say, you know, you’re going to have to figure out how to live your own miserable life.

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Reliable Sources Panel: Press Beating up on Romney Attempt to Prolong Republican Primary

Pundit Eleanor Clift says the Republican race would be over by now if the same rules were in place from 2008. Many primaries are now proportional and not winner take all. She also said that the press has a vested interest in seeing the Republican primary race continue indefinitely. They need “something to talk about”. This would explain the constant anti-Romney drumbeat.

Other panelists argued that Romney is disliked by the press which also explains the negative coverage.

“All journalists want a brokered convention”; “It’s a fantasy” dream for the press.

Not discussed was the fact that Romney is the likely nominee and the mainstream press is sympathetic to Obama. That’s also why they attack him.

Video: Ron Paul supporters plunge Denver GOP meeting ‘into madness’


– “In Colorado on Saturday morning, video correspondent Kelly Maher videotaped a meeting of the Denver County Republican Assembly. When a group of Ron Paul-pledged delegates arrived, she told The Daily Caller, things got crazy — and Coloradans may have caught a sneak peek of Republican events to come later this year.”

Michele Bachmann Attacks Challenger Anne Nolan, Occupy Wall Street

Michele Bachmann Attacks Challenger Anne Nolan, Occupy Wall Street.

Former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann sent a fundraising email Friday morning for her congressional re-election campaign in which she attacked her new opponent, Anne Nolan, a self-identified Occupy Wall Street supporter.

Bachmann’s email to supporters criticized the Occupy movement at large, describing it as a threat to conservative values. “By touting the values of Occupy Wall Street, my opponent clearly favors the opposite: a lazy handout culture where big government is king. This is the America that the left seeks to impose on the American people,” Bachmann wrote.

Nolan, an attorney in St. Cloud, Minnesota and member of the Democratic-Farm-Labor Party told the St. Cloud Times that the Occupy movement inspired her to enter the congressional race.

Rush Limbaugh Attacked President Obama For ‘Targeting’ Joseph Kony’s ‘Christian’ LRA

Rush Limbaugh Attacked President Obama For ‘Targeting’ Joseph Kony’s ‘Christian’ LRA.

The mainstream media has, thus far, ignored the intersection of the stars of this week’s two lava-hot news stories; the backlash against embattled conservative gabber Rush Limbaugh, and the viral news signal flare that is Kony 2012, the video that draws attention to the atrocities of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Just a few months ago, Rush Limbaugh was attacking President Obama for sending advisors to help take out Kony and his henchmen, before laughingly admitting he didn’t know what he was talking about.

Limbaugh characterized the mission as “a new war, a hundred troops to wipe out Christians in Sudan, Uganda,” saying “Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians.  They are fighting the Muslims in Sudan.” 

CHART: How Public Sector Layoffs Are Holding Back The Recovery

That was the biggest mistake of all. The key to economy recovery is people being employed. The greatest stimulant to the economy should have been to prevent layoffs rather than having bailed out Wall St.  Some of those bonuses given to those whom almost destroyed the economy should have gone to pay public employees:

The current economic recovery is going well if one looks at private sector job creation. The pace of private sector job creation is slower than in the recovery from the early 1990s recession, but it’s about the same as it was during the economic recovery in the early 2000s. In the first two years of both the current and early 2000s recovery, employment grew by 3.7 percent.

But since early 2009, governments at all levels have shed nearly 700,000 jobs, most of them at the state and local level. Since August of 2008 state and local governments have shed a total of 647,000 workers, of which 64 percent, or 416,000, were women workers.

Source: Think Progress