Archive for January 25th, 2012

SurveyUSA poll – Wichita voters oppose building new larger K-12 government schools by 49-38% margin

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

SurveyUSA /KWCH poll.

Video – Mitch Daniels delivers response to Barack Obama’s annual State of the Union address

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Full text of Gov. Mitch Daniels’ response to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Weekly Standard.

Michael Uhlmann, National Review – Gov. Mitch Daniels did a great job in response to Obama

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

National Review.

Byron York – The IRS exonerated Newt Gingrich of all ethics charges as House Speaker

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012


Given all the attention to the ethics matter, it’s worth asking what actually happened back in 1995, 1996, and 1997. The Gingrich case was extraordinarily complex, intensely partisan, and driven in no small way by a personal vendetta on the part of one of Gingrich’s former political opponents. It received saturation coverage in the press; a database search of major media outlets revealed more than 10,000 references to Gingrich’s ethics problems during the six months leading to his reprimand. It ended with a special counsel hired by the House Ethics Committee holding Gingrich to an astonishingly strict standard of behavior, after which Gingrich in essence pled guilty to two minor offenses. Afterwards, the case was referred to the Internal Revenue Service, which conducted an exhaustive investigation into the matter. And then, after it was all over and Gingrich was out of office, the IRS concluded that Gingrich did nothing wrong. After all the struggle, Gingrich was exonerated.

At the center of the controversy was a course Gingrich taught from 1993 to 1995 at two small Georgia colleges. The wide-ranging class, called “Renewing American Civilization,” was conceived by Gingrich and financed by a tax-exempt organization called the Progress and Freedom Foundation. Gingrich maintained that the course was a legitimate educational enterprise; his critics contended that it had little to do with learning and was in fact a political exercise in which Gingrich abused a tax-exempt foundation to spread his own partisan message.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio defends Romney from attacks by Newt

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Tampa Bay Times.

Democratic billionaire Warren Buffett will get huge profits from Obama’s cancellation of Keystone oil pipeline

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Washington Times:

Mr. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. owns Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC, which is among the railroads that would transport oil produced in western Canada if the pipeline isn’t built.

If completed, the $7 billion Keystone XL would deliver 700,000 barrels a day of crude from oil sands in Canada to Texas refineries on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It would traverse about 1,600 miles.

CBS New York – City Police experimenting with flying drones to watch citizens

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

CBS New York.