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In First Major Test,
Obama Overrules New Team

Associated Press, by Julie Pace

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Posted By:earlybird, 9/3/2013 12:17:25 AM

For President Barack Obama´s new foreign policy advisers, the first test of their willingness to undertake military action wound up being a stark lesson in the president´s ability to overrule them all. Obama´s abrupt decision to seek congressional approval before striking Syria also overshadowed what had been a surprising level of consensus among the second-term team members about how to respond to a deadly chemical weapons attack against civilians in Syria. People close to the deliberations say Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, national security adviser Susan Rice and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power largely agreed about the need to

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: coldoc, 9/3/2013 12:38:32 AM     (No. 9502986)

Some team. The collective intelligence of a sack of hammers.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 9/3/2013 12:43:25 AM     (No. 9502987)

So does this mean that Valerie Jar made the call?


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Sandbar, 9/3/2013 12:43:39 AM     (No. 9502988)

Smart people surround themselves with smart and capable people. Self centered people surround themselves with yes men. These folks were agreeable to bomb Assad because that´s the direction Obama´s mouth was running. Being a great leader, he let them publicly voice that opinion, sent Kerry out to sell it, and then cut the legs from under all of them.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 9/3/2013 1:03:47 AM     (No. 9502995)

What a big pile of stinking dumbass amateurs.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: rolanddd, 9/3/2013 1:11:24 AM     (No. 9502997)

At least on the quant side of grad school the reason they make you rederive results is that you then "own" the chain of assumptions. BO´s team are a bunch of poseurs (French spelling for JFK2) that can´t distinguish an opinion from a decision.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: phosphene, 9/3/2013 1:18:28 AM     (No. 9502999)



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Reply 7 - Posted by: texsupreme, 9/3/2013 3:46:07 AM     (No. 9503031)

I call BS. This clown didn´t override anyone. He is being told every move to make by valjar.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Pearson365, 9/3/2013 4:57:04 AM     (No. 9503055)

Obama had NO intention of bombing Syria whether Assad was responsible for using Sarin gas or not. Obama´s 8/12 "red line" was just another lie that he threw out in the campaign to appear presidential. Remember, the red line 13 months ago was use or movement of WMD, and there were at least 3 uses and much movement of the chemicals to avoid rebel seizure. But Obama did nothing, said nothing about stopping Assad.

Only when the blatant use of WMD on 8/21/13 produced headlines did Obama have ValJar and Kerry start the drumbeats for US intervention. Proved to be a grand distraction from IRS, Benghazi, weak economic growth, worsening black on white crime and Obama´s expensive vacays. As tensions crested on Saturday, Obama changed subject to asking Cngress if it would join him in striking Damascus. Now we are to have 2-3 weeks of "will they, should they" stories on Dems and GOPers, all of which obscure real issues. Senate has already watered down Obama´s war resolution, and what is finally approved will call for UN resolution, which will not happen.

Obama may be a lazy, incredibly wasteful Marxist, but he knows how to distract and change the subject to suit his needs,

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pineledger, 9/3/2013 5:59:12 AM     (No. 9503075)

Under the bus.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Keekng, 9/3/2013 6:43:41 AM     (No. 9503103)

Makes sense for him to over rule his team of experts, (snickering). After all, he is such an expert and so well versed in foreign policy. s/

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Crosscut, 9/3/2013 7:06:01 AM     (No. 9503119)

These jackals loved Assad when Bush was president. May be why they are giving him such advance warning and a big heads up. They all must travel together in a clown car. Stereotypical Democrats, that´s for sure.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Judith, 9/3/2013 7:08:32 AM     (No. 9503124)

The picture of him meeting with people in the oval office to decide syria´s fate.....who were they? I did not recognize any cabinet members.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: nonsense, 9/3/2013 7:08:45 AM     (No. 9503125)

Doesn´t Samantha Power, Mrs. Cass Sunstein, have enough blood on her hands? She´s always ready to implement the UN strategy of Response to Intervene, no matter how many young American lives are lost. She is working to transform our military into an International Peace Keeping force. Just another worthless egg-head who thinks she knows what is best for the country...world.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: MirJoy, 9/3/2013 7:12:27 AM     (No. 9503132)

Read someplace that David Cameron said, after Parliament´s vote, that "the onus is now on Obama", and, it´s true.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: nevernaught, 9/3/2013 7:15:18 AM     (No. 9503136)

Since Turkey intercepted Syrian Rebels toting a canister of Sarin at their border awhile back I would say this plot is now in the open. Terrorists have Sarin, they will use Sarin, no matter the outcome.

Meanwhile at Team Obama´s first meeting the general discussion was about Kerry´s four meetings with Assad and his overall praise for the Syrian leader.

By the way, this isn´t a new team. Same old crowd of bumbling Marxists that tend to screw up everything they touch. Why do the Russians appear to be the grownups in all of this stuff I read and the Obama crowd full of brats who don´t have a clue.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Arby, 9/3/2013 7:35:51 AM     (No. 9503154)

Team? We don´t need no stinkin´ team! We got da one. Da anointed one. Da all-knowing one.

In this case, I hate to say it, but I might just agree with Fauxbama. The collective wisdom of that team is about equal to half that of my first dog. On the other hand, he picked ´em.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 9/3/2013 7:48:30 AM     (No. 9503170)

No wonder he doesn´t trust his so-called team of advisers. They were all political pay-back appointments or big donors. Sadly, they are all as clueless as their ´´leader.´´

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Reply 18 - Posted by: larryp, 9/3/2013 7:52:27 AM     (No. 9503175)

student union rule_ the Founders forgot that
in the constitution/
"when we are in power we will show the world if they use gas we will bomb them unless it is US soldiers being gassed"-bearded student to his minons in 1969
and this is what we get

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Reply 19 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 9/3/2013 8:01:32 AM     (No. 9503190)

Finger-in-the-wind leadership decision. He saw that most Americans were opposed to getting involved in Syria, so he punted to Congress to cover his miserable narcissistic behind.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Rinktum, 9/3/2013 8:15:22 AM     (No. 9503210)

This is the most incompetent team ever assembled to deal with foreign policy. There is no one of substance advising Obama if that is even possible given his over inflated ego. The Middle East is a hair´s breath away from morphing into a world war, and Obama´s team is the best we´ve got??? God help us. They are so entrenched in their ideology that they are unable to see anything else. Their worldview is their guiding principle and they reject facts as a waste of time. This will not end well.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: raspberry, 9/3/2013 8:28:48 AM     (No. 9503234)

Another affirmative action hire.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: 4poster, 9/3/2013 8:38:33 AM     (No. 9503260)

I´m with #2,7,19...It is a purely political decision by ValJar. Vote present by throwing the decision over the wall to Congress. That way, whatever happens, the Won isn´t blamed.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: yo-yo, 9/3/2013 8:58:46 AM     (No. 9503305)

Team?
They were picked up outside the bar in Star Wars, because they were too weird to get past the bouncer.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: saucy, 9/3/2013 9:09:41 AM     (No. 9503323)

Call your Congress Critter...this week!

..before the answering service fills up and they refuse to answer your call.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: shamus, 9/3/2013 9:22:45 AM     (No. 9503340)

The House needs to vote this down. Getting into another pointless conflict in the Middle East is a really bad idea.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: udanja99, 9/3/2013 9:24:00 AM     (No. 9503343)

Wasn´t it on a visit to Syria that Pelousy donned a hijab to show respect? Seems like I remember that happening. She showed a lot more respect to Assad than she ever did to Bush. Where has she been lately? Haven´t heard a peep out of her. Maybe there are a lot of photos of her dining with the Assads, just like Kerry.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: mrduc, 9/3/2013 9:38:40 AM     (No. 9503374)

#1, make that a sack of hammers and sickles.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Grambo, 9/3/2013 10:12:30 AM     (No. 9503424)

That motley crew is right out of an SNL skit. Can you imagine a George Schultz, a Norman Schwarzkopf, or a Cap Weinberger willingly being a part of that lot?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: mickturn, 9/3/2013 10:17:03 AM     (No. 9503435)

Team...HA. A gaggle of Lackeys, that is Obie´s team.

Say Present, Team...

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Reply 30 - Posted by: chicodon, 9/3/2013 10:57:40 AM     (No. 9503501)

Obama´s shadow cabinet must make all the decisions.

I don´t know if it´s a black thing but my experience with working with large black owned firms showed that the white people they employed were usually "affirmative action" hires. They weren´t the brightest bulbs. I wouldn´t have hired any of them.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: mitzi, 9/3/2013 11:00:59 AM     (No. 9503508)

Obama "hired" Kerry because of his anti-war stance on Vietnam thinking that would carry forward ... forgetting that the "F" in Kerry´s name stands for "Flip-Flop."

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Reply 32 - Posted by: VAfreedomluver, 9/3/2013 11:12:12 AM     (No. 9503521)

You could pick any random tourist wandering around Washington DC this summer, and they´d do a better job of handling our foreign policy than Obama has.

This is the lowest point for the USA in my lifetime. The rest of the world is laughing at us.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 9/3/2013 11:20:52 AM     (No. 9503531)

#12, One of the men pictured is Rahm Emanuel, so I am guessing this picture is several years old. Doesn´t make it any less disrespectful though.

#1, Dumb people and yes men would be the only ones who would stand still for Obama´s muslim form of disrespect for them.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: mickturn, 9/3/2013 11:25:30 AM     (No. 9503542)

TEAM...Temporary Emasculated Assigned Minions

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Reply 35 - Posted by: geronimo, 9/3/2013 11:57:04 AM     (No. 9503606)

#25 Drudge is running a front-page poll that shows 92% vs 8% *against* supporting Obama in a strike.

Do you suppose any of the brilliant minds in Congress have time to read these things on their vacation?

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Reply 36 - Posted by: peterfleming, 9/3/2013 12:23:36 PM     (No. 9503668)

#8 PEARSON365 says it all. Syria is another MarxistValJr distraction from covering up the secret "stand down" Benghazi murders, IRS financial felonies, NSA citizen spying, Obamacide government takeover of America´s physical and mental health life, government unionized control of all aliens, Feinstein´s Hitlerian people control of all lawful gun owners, DEA BATF CIA control of all prison bound drug users, Holder´s promotion of illegal no ID voting scam of the century, Fed printing fake money out of thin air giving it to the big Goldman Sachs financials to hide, depressing precious metals while governments of the world buy them up with more fake paper money .....

And to top it all off, the TV news actors
Brian Willims, Steve Pelley, Diane Sawyer,
getting out of their New York limos long enough to lie about all of the above to the
unwashed TV audience, beer drinking masses
.... paid many millions to lie, like it´s not happening, our Betrayal TV Media and Press, the No Watch Dog, the Ultimate of Grand Traitors to all Americans.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: lana720, 9/3/2013 12:57:06 PM     (No. 9503750)

Just called both Senators and one Congress Critter. Al three are against intervention.
At a loss for words? Use any other poster´s quote!
God help us, Israel and our military.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: gilbi, 9/3/2013 1:08:19 PM     (No. 9503782)

No. 14: You are close. What Cameron said was: "The anus is now Obama."

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Namma, 9/3/2013 3:37:12 PM     (No. 9504060)

the media told us when GWB was President that the middle east did not have any WMD.
so now that hussin is president there are now WMD in the middle east...how can that be...
BTW..has anyone read the article coming of of Egypt....that hussien is a member of the MB...might explain why the middle east now has WMD...

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 9/3/2013 4:09:08 PM     (No. 9504115)

#2, probably so--but where does ValJar get her marching orders from?

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Reply 41 - Posted by: lencu255, 9/3/2013 5:45:37 PM     (No. 9504243)

It is so puzzling: we live in, supposedly, freest country in the world and we KNOW, that we never get answer to the question who are the puppeteers!
On top of that we are in secret dossiers of alphabet agencies which, if activated will bring us to Gulag (or at least, to IRS audit, which is close to Gulag experience). I am sure, so-called, repubics were shown their dossiers and now all these boehners and preibuses are jumping through the hoops to show their loyalty to the cabal.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: ramona, 9/3/2013 7:28:09 PM     (No. 9504358)

And boy, hasn´t he done a rope-a-dope number on the GOP Golden Girls (McLame & Co.). Gets them to agree to a strike, then pulls back. Obama, the meanest of the mean girls.
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 43 - Posted by: harper, 9/3/2013 10:19:03 PM     (No. 9504538)

They were simply overruled by the politicals when they realized they could set a trap for Patsy Boner and the Republicans with a 2014 payoff in mind.

The media is already sharpening it´s knives because whatever way this goes they can spin it.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: artlover, 9/3/2013 10:44:16 PM     (No. 9504558)

Obama is always in campaign mode. He knows nothing of governing. He just repeats the same thing over and over. If he says anything new, it is because on of his czars came up with it.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: FormerDem, 9/3/2013 11:18:49 PM     (No. 9504585)

Give him credit, he may have hired them but at least he isn´t listening. I would like to state that this is the first thing President Obama has ever done that I can remember which I thoroughly approved of. They say it will leak our credibility. No it won´t. Not the credibility of the American people. Just the people in Washington who have been speaking for us without checking first. They may look silly. We won´t.

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A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

Living in the New York Times World
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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/19/2014 7:48:36 AM     Post Reply
I began reading the entirety of the first section of the New York Times at nine years old, and continued that practice, more or less, for decades.(snip) ...the power of reverence, intrinsic to what I call the “cascade” of The Times: the near avalanche-like flow and distribution of information through electronic and print networks: through like-minded network newscasts, magazines, local newspaper s, blogs, daytime talk TV, late-night entertainment, statements at media award ceremonies, the celebrity Twitterverse, etc. The cascade rolls through Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, The New Yorker, the mouths of third-grade teachers, Elmo, Madonna and Susan Sarandon …through

´America´s royal baby´: How Chelsea´s first
child could give Hillary Clinton a boost in
the polls if she runs for president in 2016

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this


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