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.
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]
- US Chamber Gloats About Keystone XL Poison-Pill Lobbying Spree (thinkprogress.org)
- Keystone pipeline a tough decision for Obama (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- It’s Not Over Yet: Keystone XL Resurrected, Tied to Payroll Tax Cut (throughagreenlens.com)
- State Department will not accept arbitrary deadline from Congress on Keystone XL (dailykos.com)
- Obama Administration: GOP Keystone XL Poison Pill Would Force A Permit Denial (thinkprogress.org)
Mommy, don’t they like Rick Perry in Texas? :)
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
WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich has always had a way with words — provocative words, harsh words, incendiary words. He and GOP consultant Frank Luntz pioneered Republicans’ use of catchy phrases and misleading language not only to demean their rivals but also to redefine their rivals’ policies.
As speaker of the House, Gingrich famously fined his caucus members any time they failed to call the estate tax a “death tax.” He was so successful that he apparently persuaded many Americans that the estate tax, levied only on the richest Americans, was routinely assessed on the corpses of common folk.
It’s no accident, then, that Gingrich recently spoke of poor children with mean-spirited condescension, suggesting that many of them are criminals. He told a Des Moines audience, “Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works. So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash,’ unless it’s illegal.”
After he was roundly and deservedly criticized, Gingrich claimed that he only meant to point out the need for a strong work ethic, a fundamental all-American virtue. But if he had meant that, he would have said that. Many public figures, including President Obama and comedian Bill Cosby, would surely agree. CLICK HERE FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE.
- Gingrich Touts Controversial Janitor Proposal (huffingtonpost.com)
- Newt Gingrich: A Long History Of Anti-Black, Anti-Latino, Anti-Woman Remarks (huffingtonpost.com)
- Warren J. Blumenfeld: Newt’s Law of Malevolence (huffingtonpost.com)
- Flashback: Child Labor Advocate Newt Gingrich Once Slammed Businessman For Hiring Teens To Take Out The Trash (thinkprogress.org)
THE NATIONAL MEMO
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.
- ‘People like [Perry strategist] Tony Fabrizio should be ashamed,’ say GOProud gay conservative Republicans (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Breitbart Quits Advisory Board of GOP Gay Group Over Outing of Perry Pollster (foxnews.com)
- Outing people = rude. But…how do you know if they are out or not? (queerlandia.com)
- Publisher Andrew Breitbart quits GOProud council after Rick Perry pollster Tony Fabrizio is outed (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Desperate Men in Desperate Times do Desperate Things (skydancingblog.com)
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.
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.”
Our country’s future is hanging in the balance.
President, People For the American Way
- Campaign 2012 (ynative77.wordpress.com)
- A Message from OBAMA 2012 (goodolewoody.wordpress.com)
- Is Karl Rove picking a fight with Newt Gingrich to help Mitt Romney? (dailykos.com)
- Election 2012: Boehner’s Staff Used Backroom Antics To Shape Congressional Races, Report Shows (huffingtonpost.com)
- Election 2012 is Around the Corner! (zazzle.com)
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.
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. 😦
- Bill O’Reilly Mocks Donald Trump, Calls Him ‘Sensitive’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Trump cancels his own debate; whither Eason Jordan? (michellemalkin.com)
- Jon Stewart On Donald Trump Debate: ‘Thank You Jesus!’ (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)