Archive for February 4th, 2010

Forget Polls, Here’s Tangible Proof the Obama Honeymoon is Over – Doug Heye (usnews.com)

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

One sign that Washington, D.C., had been home to Obama Mania was the number of independent retailers selling all sorts of Obama merchandise. Every street corner, it seemed, had Obama wares (or Obama wear) for sale. Now, however, most of the winter caps for sale are not emblazoned with the Obama logo. T-shirts depicting our president as a dunking Michael Jordan, a victorious Muhammad Ali, or saber-baring Luke Skywalker (yes, these shirts all existed) are nowhere to be found.

Forget Polls, Here’s Tangible Proof the Obama Honeymoon is Over – Doug Heye (usnews.com).

House faces tough vote on $1.9 trillion more debt

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing a politically excruciating vote, House Democratic leaders are counting on new budget deficit curbs to help smooth the way for a bill allowing the government to go $1.9 trillion deeper into debt over the next year – or about $6,000 more for every U.S. resident.

House faces tough vote on $1.9 trillion more debt.

McCain Feeling Primary Heat From His Right Flank – WSJ.com

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Mr. McCain hasn’t faced a serious challenge since joining the U.S. Senate in 1987. But seven months ahead of the primary, he is using tough-guy tactics and calling in conservative chits to fend off J.D. Hayworth, an ex-congressman and radio host. Mr. Hayworth, who lost his House seat in 2006 and who is best known in Arizona for his opposition to illegal immigration, has seized the Tea Party mantel of low taxes and small government.

McCain Feeling Primary Heat From His Right Flank – WSJ.com.

Justice Thomas Defends Campaign Finance Ruling – NYTimes.com

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

And Justice Thomas explained that he did not attend State of the Union addresses — he missed the dust-up when President Obama used the occasion last week to criticize the court’s decision — because the gatherings had turned so partisan.

Justice Thomas responded to several questions from students at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla., concerning the campaign finance case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. By a 5-to-4 vote, with Justice Thomas in the majority, the court ruled last month that corporations had a First Amendment right to spend money to support or oppose political candidates.

“I found it fascinating that the people who were editorializing against it were The New York Times Company and The Washington Post Company,” Justice Thomas said. “These are corporations.”

Justice Thomas Defends Campaign Finance Ruling – NYTimes.com.

White House Prepares for Possibility of Two Supreme Court Vacancies – ABC News

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Court watchers believe two of the more liberal members of the court, justices John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, could decide to step aside for reasons of age and health. That would give the president his second and third chance to shape his legacy on the Supreme Court.

White House Prepares for Possibility of Two Supreme Court Vacancies – ABC News.

Bosom bombers: Women have explosive breast implants — WND

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

LONDON – Agents for Britains MI5 intelligence service have discovered that Muslim doctors trained at some of Britains leading teaching hospitals have returned to their own countries to fit surgical implants filled with explosives, according to a report from Joseph Farahs G2 Bulletin.

Bosom bombers: Women have explosive breast implants.

Election 2010: Illinois Senate, GOP winning — Rasmussen

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Republican Mark Kirk holds a modest 46% to 40% lead over Democrat Alexi Giannoulias in the race for the Illinois Senate following Tuesday’s party primaries.

The first post-primary Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 telephone survey of the Kirk-Giannoulias race finds just four percent (4%) of likely voters in the state prefer some other candidate, while another 10% are undecided.

Among voters not affiliated with either of the major parties, the Republican holds a sizable 59% to 22% lead.

In December, Giannoulias was up by three points over Kirk. In October, the two men were tied at 41% each. In mid-August, Kirk held a modest 41% to 38% lead over Giannoulias.

The two men, as projected in previous Rasmussen Reports surveys, defeated several challengers to win their respective party primaries on Tuesday. But while Kirk holds a six-point lead for now in the race for the Senate seat held by Barack Obama, he may still face an uphill struggle in a state that trends Democratic.

Kirk, a U.S. congressman, leads Giannoulias, Illinois’ current state treasurer, by a wide margin among male voters but trails his Democratic rival by 13 points among female voters.

Election 2010: Illinois Senate – Rasmussen Reports™.

Just 35% Realize Most Federal Spending Goes to National Defense, Social Security, Medicare – Rasmussen Reports

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

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83% Blame Deficit on Politicians’ Unwillingness To Cut Spending – Rasmussen Reports

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Eighty-three percent (83%) of Americans say the size of the federal budget deficit is due more to the unwillingness of politicians to cut government spending than to the reluctance of taxpayers to pay more in taxes.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just nine percent (9%) of adults put more blame on the unwillingness of taxpayers to pay more in taxes.

Ninety-four percent (94%) of Republicans and 91% of voters not affiliated with either major party place the blame on politicians, and two-thirds (66%) of Democrats agree.

Just 11% of all voters now think the government spends taxpayers’ money wisely and well. Seventy-eight percent (78%) do not believe that to be true.

Again, 90% or more of GOP voters and unaffiliateds don’t think the government handles taxpayers’ money well, compared to 54% of Democrats.

83% Blame Deficit on Politicians’ Unwillingness To Cut Spending – Rasmussen Reports™.

46% Favor A Tax Cut for All Americans, 35% Oppose

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

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