Archive for May 20th, 2010

Unprecedented: Mexico’s Calderon Slams US From House Floor. Receives Standing Ovation — RedState

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

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WSJ: The Senate voted 59-39 late Thursday to pass a sweeping rewrite of financial-sector regulations

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

The 1,500-page bill includes an array of curbs on banking and finance, aimed at creating new consumer protection rules, providing more scrutiny of big bank operations, and insulating taxpayers from future bailouts of financial companies. Opponents argued throughout lengthy debate that the measures will over-regulate the financial industry.

Political Theater of the Absurd — George Will

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

WASHINGTON — The candidate who on Tuesday won the special election in a Pennsylvania congressional district is right-to-life and pro-gun. He accused his opponent of wanting heavier taxes. He said he would have voted against Barack Obama’s health care plan and promised to vote against cap-and-trade legislation, which is a tax increase supposedly somehow related to turning down the planet’s thermostat. This candidate, Mark Critz, is a Democrat.

And that just about exhausts the good news for Democrats on a surreal Tuesday when their presumptive candidate for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut — the state’s attorney general, Richard Blumenthal — chose to hold a news conference at a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall to discuss why he had falsely said he fought in a foreign war.

Salon — There is volatility in three Senate races that Democrats have long assumed they’d win

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

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Stop Blaming Bush — Mark McKinnon

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

In the run-up to the November 2010 elections, 44 is once again campaigning against 43. Obama’s positive future-oriented message about hope and bipartisanship from the presidential campaign was ditched pretty early on.
The playbook going forward is clear: look back, blame Bush, and blame the partisanship divide on the minority party. It’s sad to see that polls-not principles-are the driving force behind Obama’s message.

Gallup: Satisfaction With U.S. Historically Low for Midterm Year. An average of 23% of Americans satisfied with way things are going in U.S.

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Satisfaction with the way things are going is a key indicator to watch leading up to Election Day in November. Low satisfaction ratings have typically been associated with greater net seat change between parties in Congress in midterm election years, as was the case for the 1982, 1994, and 2006 elections. In each of those years, the average satisfaction rating was no higher than 33%. In 1994 and 2006, as is the case this year, the same party controlled the presidency and Congress heading into the elections, and party control of Congress changed hands after Election Day.

In years with higher satisfaction ratings, such as 1986 and 1998, the number of congressional seats changing parties was low.

Sarah Palin, feminist: Meghan Daum, LA Times

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

It may not be Gloria Steinem’s feminism, but shouldn’t there be room for everyone in the movement?

What Does the Future Hold for Rand and Ron? — Jeremy Lott

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Listen to Rand Paul talk and you will hear the unmistakable echoes of his father. His voice, intonation, and gestures indicate that this is the son of Rep. Ron Paul. But Tuesday night, the son pulled off a political feat that the father could never quite manage. He captured the Republican nomination for statewide office, by an overwhelming margin. In 1984, Ron Paul tried for an open Senate seat but didn’t get through the primary. He lost to that Texas titan of charisma Phil Gramm and didn’t reenter Congress again until 1997.

Rasmussen: 71% in Arizona Now Support State’s New Immigration Law

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Arizona finds that 71% now favor the immigration law, while 24% oppose it.

In late April, the law was supported by 64% of the state’s voters and opposed by 30%
Nationally, 55% of voters favor passage of such a law in their state.

President Obama and others, including major Hispanic groups, have criticized the law, saying it will lead to racial profiling, and have continued to oppose it despite the state legislature’s amending of the law to address that concern.
Now only 43% of Arizona voters are at least somewhat concerned that efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants also will end up violating the civil rights of some U.S. citizens, down seven points from the previous survey. Fifty-five percent (55%) do not share that concern.

Rand Paul with a 25-point lead over Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

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Rasmussen: 68% Oppose Boycotts of Arizona Over New Immigration Law

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that only 14% of Adults think it’s a good idea for cities or states to join that boycott. Ten percent (10%) don’t care one way or the other, and nine percent (9%) more are undecided.
Forty percent (40%), in fact, say they would avoid doing business with any city or state that boycotts Arizona. Forty-three percent (43%) disagree and would continue to do business with boycotting cities or states. Seventeen percent (17%) aren’t sure.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters nationwide favor passage of a law like Arizona’s in their own state. When asked specifically about the chief provision of the Arizona law, support is even higher. Sixty-nine percent (69%) of voters believe a police officer should be required to check the immigration status of anyone stopped for a traffic violation or violation of some other law if he suspects the person might be an illegal immigrant.

US House votes to expand national DNA arrest database — CNET

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

By a 357 to 32 vote, the House approved legislation that will pay state governments to require DNA samples, which could mean drawing blood with a needle, from adults “arrested for” certain serious crimes. Not one Democrat voted against the database measure, which would hand out about $75 million to states that agree to make such testing mandatory.

Rasmussen: 41% Say Random Selection From Phone Book Would Do A Better Job Than Current Congress

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Tuesday’s primaries were more proof of the anti-incumbency mood felt in many parts of the nation, and a new Rasmussen Reports poll finds that many voters continue to feel a randomly selected sample of people from the phone book could do a better job than their elected representatives in Congress.

The latest national telephone survey of Likely Voters finds that 41% say a group of people selected at random from the phone book would do a better job addressing the nation’s problems than the current Congress. Almost as many (38%) disagree, however, and another 20% are undecided.
These findings show little change from early January and early September 2009. However, the number of voters who feel a random selection could do better is up eight points from early October 2008, just before the presidential election.

South Carolina GOP Primary for Governor: Palin-endorsed Nikki Haley Jumps Ahead

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

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Ahmadinejad’s chief of staff says if Israel attacks, ‘Zionists will have no longer than week to live’

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Corbett Subpoenas Twitter to Name Bloggers

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

The subpoena orders Twitter’s custodian of records to provide “any and all subscriber information” pertaining to the accounts “bfbarbie” and “CasablancaPA,” including name, address, contact information, creation date, and Internet protocol address.

New Jersey Democratic Lawmakers Pass Millionaire Tax; Veto Looms

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

May 20 (Bloomberg) – Lawmakers in New Jersey’s Democrat- controlled Assembly voted to raise income taxes on residents earning at least $1 million a year, as Republican Governor Chris Christie said he’d veto the bill.

Google debates face recognition technology — Financial Times

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Privacy campaigners have raised fears that adding facial recognition to Goggles would allow users to track strangers through a photograph, making it into an ideal tool for stalkers and identity fraudsters.

Google’s dilemma is that other companies, such as Israeli start-up Face.com, are developing face-recognition tools, and Google fears that it could lose an important advantage by further delaying a product launch.