Archive for April 15th, 2010

How Bad Could 2010 Really Get For Democrats? — Sean Trende

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

A 1994-style scenario is probably the most likely outcome at this point. Moreover, it is well within the realm of possibility – not merely a far-fetched scenario – that Democratic losses could climb into the 80 or 90-seat range. The Democrats are sailing into a perfect storm of factors influencing a midterm election, and if the situation declines for them in the ensuing months, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Democratic losses eclipse 100 seats.

FL Quinnipiac Senate Poll: Crist-Rubio-Democrat Edges Field In 3-Way Race

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

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Why a growing deficit and increased spending on health care and Social Security nearly guarantee higher tax bills in our future — Robert J. Samuelson

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Almost nobody likes tax day, but people may look back nostalgically on tax day 2010 and those of earlier years because, almost certainly, taxes are going up in the future, and they may go up a lot. With hindsight, tax day 2010 may seem almost dreamy.

John Thune, With No Major Challenge, Raises $1 Million

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

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NY Times columnist: Celebrating the Joys of April 15

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

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Karl Rove: Why Republicans Are Winning on the Tax Issue

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

A recent Rasmussen survey reported that 66% of Americans believe the nation is over-taxed. There’s a reason. Under President Barack Obama taxes are going up-a lot.

House Ways and Means Committee Republicans have issued a summary of the 25 tax increases signed into law by Mr. Obama so far. They total $670 billion over the next 10 years, including 14 tax hikes (including an annual tax on every insurance policy and an annual tax on brand-name drugs) that break Mr. Obama’s solemn 2008 campaign pledge never to raise taxes on families making less than $250,000 a year.

Video: Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI, talks to the Morning Joe panel about ways to balance the budget

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

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National Review: Waging War on Obamacare, Obama and his allies won the first battle. Market-oriented reformers can still win the war

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Let’s be clear, however: To repeal or even defang Obamacare will require a combination of skill, luck, and the right political environment. And it will require conservative reformers in both parties (yes, both parties – the only bipartisanship on display this past year, it is worth recalling, has been bipartisan opposition to Obamacare). It’s doable, but it won’t be easy.

Dems, Not GOP, Have Taken Side of Wall Street — Michael Barone

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

It’s not hard to predict how the coming fight over financial regulation legislation will be framed by most of the mainstream media. Democrats like Christopher Dodd, the sponsor of the pending Senate bill, will be portrayed as cracking down on greedy Wall Street operators. Republicans will be portrayed as letting Wall Street operators have their way.

GOP Would Win House Today, But… — David Paul Kuhn

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

But the election is not today. And winds can change. Since early last year, many analysts have looked to two midterm races for answers about the coming election. The president’s party loses a manageable number of House seats, say in the 20s — a la 1982. In the second scenario, Democrats lose about twice as many seats and their House majority — a la 1994.

No (Political) Experience Required for Supreme Court — George Will

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

The greatest justice, John Marshall, who made the court a nation-shaping force, had been a state legislator and congressman. Between 1789 and 1952, most justices had some legislative or executive political experience. Chief Justice William Howard Taft, a former president, was followed by Charles Evans Hughes, a former New York governor. Hugo Black had been a senator from Alabama. Earl Warren had been California’s governor, which became a problem: Because President Eisenhower, like many others, believed that political thinking sometimes supplanted jurisprudential reasoning in Warren’s decision-making, he sought judicial experience in his remaining four nominees.

UK Sun: UK scientists have created “designer embryos” containing DNA from a man and TWO women

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

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Russia Freezes All U.S. Adoptions

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

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Russia says Iran reactor on track for August launch

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

BUENOS AIRES, April 14 (Reuters) – A reactor being built by Russia at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant is scheduled to open in August, the head of Russia’s state nuclear corporation said on Wednesday.

Wired: Library of Congress Archives Twitter History, While Google Searches It

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

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CNET: Google backs Yahoo in privacy fight with DOJ

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Google and an alliance of privacy groups have come to Yahoo’s aid by helping the Web portal fend off a broad request from the U.S. Department of Justice for e-mail messages, CNET has learned.

In a brief filed Tuesday afternoon, the coalition says a search warrant signed by a judge is necessary before the FBI or other police agencies can read the contents of Yahoo Mail messages–a position that puts those companies directly at odds with the Obama administration.

Boston Herald: Sarah Palin fires up Tea Party rally

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

The common-sense hockey mom praised Bostonians for electing upstart GOP star U.S. Sen. Scott Brown as she stood in the shadow of the Democrat-controlled State House.

“Bostonians have never been afraid to stand up for their freedoms,” Palin said. “Shoot, look at what Massachusetts did in January. You shook up the U.S. Senate.”

McClatchy on Pro-Obama Estefans’ new collaboration: hits sour note

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

BY JACKIE BUENO SOUSA

JSOUSA@MIAMIHERALD.COM

If Gloria Estefan decides to sing a tune while hosting President Barack Obama at her home Thursday, she may want to consider her 1989 hit Cuts Both Ways.

NBC California — University President: Palin Speech Contract Was Stolen

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

The controversy surrounding Sarah Palin’s upcoming speech at a Northern California university is turning into a police investigation.

The president of Cal State Stanislaus on Wednesday said the contract between a school foundation and Palin for her June 25 speech at the campus was stolen from a recycling bin in a vice president’s office last week.

NY Times: Obama’s “far-reaching shift in how the United States views the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

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