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February 11, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1222921
Republicans stepped up yesterday and unanimously voted no on a pork laden monstrosity they were unable to amend or debate. I’d call that being responsible. Of course, the left is calling it many other less flattering things as you’d expect.

But to this point, this turkey of ...


February 11, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1222922
An interesting turn of events:

In Democratic legal circles, no attorney has been more pilloried than former Bush Justice Department official John Yoo, chief author of the so-called torture memos that Barack Obama last week sought to nullify.

But now President Obama’s incoming crew of lawyers has ...


February 11, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1222923
So,President Obama’s stimulus bill has now passed the House on a party-line vote (Good!) in which the only people to cross the aisle were 11 Democrats, to vote against it. So, it’s on to the Senate where we can probably expect the wonderfulness of bipartisanship to, again, fail ...


February 11, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1222924
Well, well, well ...

The measure passed 244 to 188, with 11 Democrats and 177 Republicans voting against it.

That’s all the Republicans in the House. Not one voted for the package.

Obviously Obama didn’t promise enough to buy them off or they can sense a ...


February 11, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1222920
Rasmussen reports that fewer people back the Democratic stimulus bill that passed in the House yesterday than did the week before:

Public support for the economic recovery plan crafted by President Obama and congressional Democrats has slipped a bit over the past week. At the same time, expectations ...


February 11, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1222919
That’s usually a good subject when the Dems are in charge. And Rasmussen gives us a little ground truth when it comes to things like "obesity taxes" and cell phone laws:

Most Americans think it’s all right for Big Brother to crack down on smokers, ...


February 11, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1222916
While the Coleman/Franken election remains in limbo, the Obama administration may have solved the problem of getting that 60th Senator who would caucus with the Democrats:

There is a strong possibility that Barack Obama will ask Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) to serve as his Secretary of Commerce, Democratic ...


February 11, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1222917
From the bully pulpit:

President Obama yesterday scolded Wall Street bankers who received millions of dollars in bonuses last year, calling the payouts "shameful" and chiding the executives for a lack of personal responsibility at a precarious time for the nation’s economy.

"There will be time ...


February 11, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1222918
"Nothing’s the same anymore."

No, it isn’t, so suck it up, Sinclair.

A preview of the very near future.


February 11, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1222915
That’s something they’ve been busily doing in Davos.

Global investment in clean energy must reach $515 billion per year by 2030 — triple that of last year’s investment — in order to avoid “the catastrophic impact of climate change,” according to a report from the World Economic Forum ...