The House of Representatives, led by a majority of Republicans, voted 234-192 today to extend the payroll tax cut and speed the process for government approval of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.
However, approval by the Senate appeared unlikely given strong opposition from the Democratic majority.
President Obama has said he would veto the measure, which attaches pipeline approval to the payroll tax cut, setting up further brinkmanship before Congress’ holiday recess begins at the end of the week.
Congress had been debating the payroll tax cut extension and a spending bill that must pass in order to keep the government funded after Friday and avoid a shutdown. [QUOTE: CNN]
I was beginning to look for news about Rick Perry‘s prayer meeting in Houston last Saturday, when this title caught my eye: “Is Rick Perry Gay?” If you plan to vote in 2012, take look at it. [CONSERVATIVE TALK HOST, JOE SCARBOROUGH, SAID OF PERRY, "HE DRESSES WELL."] [Isn't that code?]
What I was looking for was to find out if Rick’s invited anti-gay guest, Bryan Fischer, showed up, spoke and what did he say. My curiosity was piqued by a video clip used in the news run up to the payer meeting. In this clip the homophobe from American Family Assn., gave a history lesson on Hitler that was incredulous! You’ve got to hear what this guy purports to be true about his evilness[sic]:
How can Rick Perry, the Governor of Texas associate himself with this guy, this association and this perversion of history?
I found this video today, days AFTER Rick Perry’s prayer event”
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THE NATIONAL MEMO
Tue, 12/13/2011 – 10:27am —
If these are the last weeks of Rick Perry’s ridiculous presidential campaign, his desperation is turning him into a nasty clown indeed. By publicly attacking the gays and lesbians who have chosen to serve their country in uniform, the Texas Governor seems to have gained ground in Iowa. But at what cost did he win a few points that still leave him well below the top tier? His pollster and consultant Tony Fabrizio has been “outed,” rightly or wrongly — and worse still, the swinging closet door of the Republican Party has been flung open again. Who else will be found inside? Click here for full article.
This will be one of the most critical presidential elections in our nation’s history. And we want to know what you think our progressive priorities should be in the 2012 election season.
So please take a moment to take our 2012 Presidential Election Year survey here.
If we are not fully engaged this year, we could actually end up with a far-right Tea Party extremist President who supports:
- Judges who bend the law to side with corporate special interests over the rights of ordinary Americans
- Rigging Election Laws to make it harder for minorities and young people to vote
- Rolling back civil rights
- Eradicating educational standards
- Punishing teachers who teach science in the classroom
- Repealing laws protecting gays’ and lesbians’ rights
- Eliminating financial regulatory forms
- Privatizing Social Security, and ending Medicare as we know it
- Jailing doctors who perform certain medical procedures on women
- Eliminating the rights of workers to have collective bargaining
- And a whole lot more proposals that would terrify anyone not part of the extreme Far Right.
In other words, they are out to destroy our nation and democracy as we know and create a “corporatocracy.” Backed by billionaires like the Koch brothers, and big fundraisers like Karl Rove, right-wing candidates this year are beholden to big money and Wall Street more than ever … Which means, if they win, corporations will be running our country—and we will be a “corporatocracy.” What do YOU think the best way is to fight it — Survey’s just a click away right here.
In the last major election, thanks to a conservative Supreme Court decision, wealthy corporations could secretly contribute unlimited amounts of money to influence elections and look what happen. They nearly took over every state in the country and won the House of Representatives.
Imagine what 2012 will be like.If we lose, we will not be living in a democracy, but by a government that is run and controlled by corporations, and their elected puppets on Capitol Hill — a “corporatocracy.”
So please take the survey now.
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Trump says will not moderate U.S. Republican debate
NEW YORK | Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:21pm EST
Dec 13 (Reuters) – Reality TV star and property mogul Donald Trump said on Tuesday he will not moderate a planned debate among Republican presidential hopefuls after all but two candidates declined to attend.
Some Republicans worried the showboating Trump, star of NBC’s “The Apprentice” program where he is known for his catch phrase “You’re fired,” could make the event all about him.
As a result only former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has surged to the front of the Republican field in recent weeks, and former Senator Rick Santorum were planning to participate in Trump’s Dec. 27 forum in Iowa.
“I am not willing to give up my right to run as an Independent candidate,” Trump said in a statement. “Therefore, so that there is no conflict of interest within the Republican Party, I have decided not to be the moderator of the Newsmax debate.”
The debate was to be sponsored by the Newsmax website and broadcast on the Ion cable television network. It was to come at a time when Americans are busy with holidays but less than a week before the key Jan. 3 caucus in Iowa and the first primary in New Hampshire on Jan. 10.
Mommy, the circus will NOT be coming to town.
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A quote you see everywhere is Gandhi’s line about being the change you want to see in the world. Since I’m a corny guy, I took that to heart. Here are some of the main problems with the establishment media that I want to help change:
1. They are the establishment. They don’t challenge the politicians, the government or the system. They are perfectly content to help maintain the status quo.
2. They trade access for positive coverage. In order to get political officials on their shows, they treat them with kid gloves. The single largest factor in making political decisions is campaign donations, yet they almost never ask them about that or talk about it on any of their shows.
3. They do non-stop talking points, yet no one ever says anything. It’s just people talking past each other in a very boring, scripted movie we’ve seen before.
4. They confuse neutrality with objectivity. If the Cowboys and Steelers play and the Steelers win 21-0, and you say the Cowboys and Steelers both played equally well – you have lied to your audience. You are neutral, but nowhere near objective.
So, we set out to do a political talk show where we break all of those rules. This is the beginning. We hope you join us somewhere down this road. Together, let’s be the change we want to see in the media. [QUOTE: Huffington Post]
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The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday called for a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones and text messaging devices while driving.
The recommendation is the most far-reaching yet by the NTSB, which in the past 10 years has increasingly sought to limit the use of portable electronic devices.
If adopted by states, the recommendation would outlaw nonemergency phone calls and texting by operators of every vehicle on the road.
It would not apply to hands-free devices, or to passengers. [QUOTE: CNN]