Archive for October 15th, 2009

Politico — GOP’s Scozzafava faces cash crunch

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Dede Scozzafava, the GOP nominee in a key upcoming House special election, is running dangerously low on campaign cash, according to several GOP sources familiar with her spending and fundraising.

What’s Michael Moore Talking About? — John Stossel

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Michael Moore is confused.

Will ‘Capital-C Conservative’ Win NY-23 November 3rd? — John Gizzi

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

It’s just possible that the winner of the special election in New York’s 23rd U.S. House district could be a conservative businessman running on the Conservative Party line.

“People are getting fed up with both major parties and [liberal Republican nominee] Dede [Scozzafava] has a lot of baggage up there,” a prominent Washington DC business lobbyist told me on Sunday. That apparently is benefitting Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman in his bid for the upstate New York seat that Republican Rep. John McHugh left to become secretary of the army.

The Hill — House Republicans may face a ‘civil war’ over Scozzafava bid

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

The Club for Growth, Concerned Women of America, former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) and evangelical leader Gary Bauer have all endorsed Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate.

The divide could foreshadow bigger troubles ahead for a party that hopes to make big gains in the House in 2010 and dreams of taking back the majority. Some members think that will be impossible as long as the party is divided over supporting centrist candidates.

Poll: Crist approval rating dips below 50

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

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Could a Wave Be Building? — George Will

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

WASHINGTON – Demure Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution, but since then has not made many waves. It might, however, be part of a political wave a year from now, thanks to a direct descendent of Benjamin Franklin.

WSJ — In Praise of Lobbyists, Big business kills a damaging tax increase on overseas profits.

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Raising taxes on the overseas profits of American firms has been a central plank of Barack Obama’s agenda since his campaign for President in 2008. The proposal was featured in the President’s budget in February and was the focus of a May speech in which he said that corporations were “shirking” their responsibility to support his huge increases in federal spending through higher tax payments.

Club for Growth — The Economics of the Balloon Chase

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

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Woman Says Flu Shot Triggered Rare Disorder

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA) — Many of you have been lining up to get the seasonal flu shot. But there is one Ashburn woman who wants you to hear her story before you do.

AP — Senate Dems seek higher doctor payments

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

WASHINGTON - Maneuvering to boost prospects for sweeping health care legislation, Senate Democrats hope first to win quick approval for a bill that grants doctors a $247 billion increase in Medicare fees over a decade but raises federal deficits in the process, officials said Wednesday.

AFP — Majority of Nobel jury ‘objected to Obama prize’

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Three of the five members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee had objections to the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to US President Barack Obama, the Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang (VG) reported Thursday.

“VG has spoken to a number of sources who confirmed the impression that a majority of the Nobel committee, at first, had not decided to give the peace prize to Barack Obama,” the newspaper said.

Republicans fail to stop Gitmo transfers into US

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) – Handing President Barack Obama a partial victory in his effort to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, House Democrats on Thursday repelled a Republican effort to block transfer of any of the detainees to the U.S. Instead, by a 224-193 vote, the House stood by a Democratic plan to allow suspected enemy combatants held at the controversial facility in Cuba to be shipped to U.S. soil-but only to be prosecuted for their suspected crimes.

Balloon family was featured on ‘Wife Swap’

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

(CNN) — The family at the center of a dramatic flight of a hot air balloon that floated free appeared on a reality show that highlighted concerns about the children’s safety.

California to stage massive earthquake drill

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Millions of people throughout California have signed up to take part in a statewide earthquake disaster drill billed as the largest such exercise in U.S. history.

Limit exposure to mobile phones: French experts

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

French health watchdogs, in a precautionary move, recommended on Thursday reducing exposure to mobile phones and other portable wireless devices.

The guidelines are an interim step pending the outcome of wider research into any impacts from health from radio frequency fields.

Wash Times EXCLUSIVE: Obama loosens missile technology controls to China

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

President Obama recently shifted authority for approving sales to China of missile and space technology from the White House to the Commerce Department – a move critics say will loosen export controls and potentially benefit Chinese missile development.

Columbus Dispatch — Former police association contractor charged with snooping on ‘Joe the Plumber’

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

A former contractor for the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police has been charged with rummaging through state computers to retrieve confidential information about “Joe the Plumber.”

Brett A. Gerke, 52, of 2329 Woodcreek Place on the Far North Side, is charged with attempted unauthorized use of property.

Stockholm’s bunnies burned to keep Swedes warm

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

The decision to use Stockholm’s rabbit cadavers as bioenergy to warm Swedes living in Värmland doesn’t sit well with Stockholm-based animal rights activists.

“Those who support the culling of rabbits surely think it’s good to use the bodies for a good cause. But it feels like they’re trying to turn the animals into an industry rather than look at the main problem,” Anna Johannesson of Vilda kaniners värn (‘Society for the Protection of Wild Rabbits’) told the local Vårt Kungsholmen newspaper.

Foreclosures: ‘Worst three months of all time’

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Despite concerted government-led and lender-supported efforts to prevent foreclosures, the number of filings hit a record high in the third quarter, according to a report issued Thursday.

AP — Justice Ginsburg briefly hospitalized again

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had cancer surgery earlier this year, was kept at a hospital overnight after she became drowsy and fell from her seat aboard an airplane. Court officials blamed a reaction to medicine.