Gallup released a new poll this morning asking who GOP primary voters support sans Huckabee, Trump, and Daniels. And it turns out...the race for the GOP nomination is still very undecided, with almost everyone gaining a little more support. Check out some of the poll's findings below the break and give us your thoughts in the comments.
In an effort to counteract tactics that some Republicans fear could cost the GOP electoral victories in 2012, Rep. Paul Ryan lays out the facts behind his proposed budget, which he calls the "Path to Prosperity," in a follow-up to his first video on the plan. Check out the new one after the break, and let us know what you think.
After an address to AIPAC supporters yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress today to discuss the importance of continued support to Israel in attempts to create peace between Israel and Palestine. His speech at AIPAC yesterday may be something of a preview of his address to Congress today. Check out the video below the break.
With official announcements from Herman Cain on Saturday and Tim Pawlenty this morning, and news of Sarah Palin buying a new house surmised to be potential campaign headquarters in Arizona, do you think a GOP frontrunner will emerge from the pool of candidates any time soon?
Check out a roundup of this weekend's GOP announcements and speculation below, and give us your thoughts in the comments:
I’m a major Peter Fonda fan, think he’s one of the best character actors working today and can’t imagine life without “Easy Rider,” but this is way, way over the line. The sentiment is hard to disagree with and I’m no Obama fan, but he is the President of the United States and trashing him in this manner overseas at Cannes is hardly different than what all but ended the Dixie Chicks career.
In his Thursday column for the Washington Examiner, Philip Klein wonders whether there is a "Rendezvous with Destiny" in the country's near future akin to that which saw Ronald Reagan enact sweeping reforms to the nation's tax code, in a plan devised, initially, by Congressman Jack Kemp. Now Congressman Paul Ryan, who worked for Kemp and and cites the former congressman as his mentor, may have his Ronald Reagan in potential Republican presidential candidate Mitch Daniels. But Daniels has some heavy baggage among the Republican electorate. Can he fairly be compared to Reagan? Check out an excerpt from Klein's column below the break, and let us know what you think.
And not just any businesses in the House Minority Leader's wealthy San Francisco district either. Nearly 20 percent of the 204 Obamacare waivers granted last month went to "fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent hotels" in that district, according to the Daily Caller. Check below the break for more details.
Citing a few quotes from administration officials - and the president himself - Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, claimed that congressional Democrats and the Obama White House have no plan for bringing down gas prices, simply because they don't want gas prices to come down. It's quite a provocative statement, but is he right? Check out his video below the break (via Mark Tapscott) and let us know what you think in the comments.
The eccentric Texas libertarian is up to his usual antics, this time speaking out against the US operation that killed Osama bin Laden. According to Politico, the congressman - a contender for the Republican presidential nomination - said the operation "absolutely was not necessary," and that "respect for the rule of law and world law and international law" should apparently preclude any such operation. Check out more from Politico below the break.
The Heritage Foundation on Tuesday released its comprehensive budget proposal, titled "Saving the American Dream." The plan would reform entitlements and the tax code, and balance the federal budget in ten years. But while it is primarily an economic plan, it "has a higher moral purpose," Heritage writes. "If entitlements are not reformed, the next generation and future ones will have to pay punitive tax rates that will end liberty as we have known it." Check out some commentary on the plan below the break from columnist - and recent recipient of MRC's William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence - Cal Thomas.
At her "Right Turn" blog, the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin breaks down President Obama's plan for reducing Medicare costs. The entire plan revolves around Medicare's Independent Payment Advisory Board. IPAB is charged with reducing Medicare costs, without any authority to reform the system itself. The only tool IPAB has at its disposal is across-the-board reductions in reimbursement rates to providers. The rate reductions necessary to keep Medicare solvent are expected to drive considerable numbers of providers to simply stop accepting Medicare patients. "It's rationing, plain and simple," writes Rubin.
A bit of an off-beat OT today. The Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism just released a study showing the considerable influence of center-right aggregator - and friend of NB - the Drudge Report. According to Pew, "Drudge Report drove more links than Facebook or Twitter on all the sites to which it drove traffic." Check out the infographic below the break, which shows just how much traffic some of the major news sites derive from so-called "Drudge hits," and let give us your thoughts in the comments.
The first Republican presidential debate But took place last night on the Fox News Channel, but featured only one candidate, Tim Pawlenty, generally considered to be a front-runner. So now we must undertake the inevitable task of deciding who "won" the debate. The other participants were Herman Cain, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, and New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. Fox's Sean Hannity brought on a focus group from pollster Frank Luntz after the debate to discuss who they thought had won. Check out their response below the break (via Johnny Dollar) - you might be surprised.
Slate's media reporter Jack Shafer has a great column up calling on the White House to release the apparently-gruesome photos of Osama bin Laden after he was shot and killed by Navy SEALs on Sunday. Suppressing the photos, Shafer claims, "infantilizes the nation and gives the White House unwarranted news control." Check out a longer excerpt below the break.
The killing of Osama bin Laden on Sunday has reignited the debate over so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding. Early reports (information is still coming out) indicate that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed released vital information about bin Laden's courier, who eventually led American intelligence forces to the compound where they both were killed. But it's not clear exactly which interrogation techniques led to that information, since it's extremely difficult, if not impossible, to separate out the different interrogation methods and claim that a single piece of informaiton was obtained through this method, but not that one.
Hence the blanket claim that waterboarding did not produce intelligence that led to bin Laden's death is simply un-provable, as CIA Director Leon Panetta, recently tapped by Obama for Secretary of Defense, illustrated in this exchange with Brian Williams:
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Also, check out some videos of the reactions from across the country - notably, from the White House and Ground Zero NYC - via Hot Air guest-blogger John Sexton. There were spontaneous celebrations underway last night as the country rejoiced in the death of one of our most hated mass murderers. We awoke today to a better world.
You may remember an attack ad recently put out by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee claiming that, under Rep. Paul Ryan's "Path to Prosperity" entitlement reform plan, seniors would be forced to foot the bill for their Medicare benefits. In reality, no one over 55 would see any change to their Medicare under the plan. Well yesterday Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation, released its own ad in attempt to drive home th real victims of Washington's inaction on the issue. Check out their retort below the break, and let us know what you think (h/t Conn Carroll).
Over the past few days the chatter about a potential presidential run by Rep. Paul Ryan has really heated up. Over at the Huffington Post, Jon Ward reports that RNC chair Reince Preibus - like Ryan, a Wisconsin native - might be put in an akward position give his closeness to the Budget Committee chairman, and has thus been testing the waters of a potential Ryan candidacy. At Reuters, James Pethokoukis offers some reasons that a Ryan candidacy may be in the cards:
In an effort to put an end to the conspiracy theories over the president's place of birth, the White House on Wednesday released Barack Obama's long form birth certificate. You can see it embedded below the break. "The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country," the White House said in a post on its website.
The Washington Examiner has a great editorial out today noting the cognitive dissonance that characterizes President Obama's foreign policy. On the one hand, it seeks to make the United States the protector of innocents and champion of freedom fighters, but on the other, it neglects, even undercuts, America's role as the world's dominant military force and leader in global affairs. Check out an excerpt from the editorial below the break.
Well, not all of them, but there's a troubling trend afoot, claims Steven Crowder in his latest video, embedded below the break. Crowder offers the vicious attacks against Trig Palin of late as evidence that comedy has, largely, devolved into a contest over who can best throw decency to the wind and offer the most vile, base "jokes" in the most gutless fashion. Check out the video and let us know what you think.
So "The Donald" was dubbed by Charles Krauthammer on last night's "Special Report." Trump is an "unserious" "provocateur and clown," Krauthammer claimed. "I think he's going to harm the party if he runs for the same reason that Sharpton harmed the Democrats." Take a look at the video below the break, via the Daily Caller, and let us know what you think. And if you're a Trump supporter, make sure to chime in with your retort.
Last week EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus testified before a House committee, and really let the cat out of the bag: no, the agency does not consider the toll its regulations take on job creation in its decisions to implement them. The video below the break woud be highly entertaining - Rep. Cory Gardener, R-Colo., grills Stanislaus on the policy for five minutes - if the facts it revealed weren't so startling. Take a look and let us know what you think.
The House is slated to vote today on the budget deal struck by the president, Rep. John Boehner, and Sen. Harry Reid, but the Associated Press released an analysys Wednesday that shows that the nearly $8 billion in budget cuts the deal brokered will be almost entirely offset by increases in defense spending.
The Congressional Budget Office estimate shows that compared with current spending rates the spending bill due for a House vote Thursday would pare just $352 million from the deficit through Sept. 30. About $8 billion in cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid are offset by nearly equal increases in defense spending…
Nancy Pelosi really misses the days when there was little discernable difference between the two major parties. She told students at Tufts University that Republicans should "take back" their party - presumably to a posture that didn't place so much importance on quaint notions such as rule of law ("Are you serious? Are you serious?") and fiscal solvency. Check out a longer excerpt from her speech after the break, and give us your thoughts in the comments.