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GOP establishment gears up
to destroy any chance at
midterm success in 2014

Washington Times, by James Richard Edwards

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Posted By:mikkins2, 1/1/2014 7:11:43 AM

The establishment GOP in Washington hates the Tea Party and the conservative wing of the party more than they do the Democrats. They will make very clear that instead of riding a conservative wave to a landslide victory in the 2014 midterms, they will do everything in their power to sabotage conservative and Tea Party candidates for their own personal benefit. Many establishment groups have been vocal about their strategy to attack principled conservatives. Karl Rove’s American Crossroads is “preparing an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates.” The Chamber of Commerce, who supports illegal and cheap

Mr. Edwards, I think you just about covered all the basis with this article. The Republican Establishment is the problem, not even remotely related to the solution.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 1/1/2014 7:37:35 AM     (No. 9675132)

Do NOT send money to the RNC or any of the other establishment groups, send it DIRECTLY to the candidate of choice. When they call, begging, let them know why.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: darthmuaddib, 1/1/2014 7:59:07 AM     (No. 9675143)

My favorite analogy for this establishment vs. tea party effort comes via the movie Braveheart. As the king is riding away from a field victory over the Scots (IE: Tea party), Mel Gibson´s character goes riding after the king and his entourage. Mel is knocked down off his horse by one of the king´s guards and in the ensuing battle, Mel knocks the helmet off of the guard and finds out it is the Earl (IE: establishment) who is working with the king to further his own agenda. The look on Mel´s face is priceless and is how we patriots must look like when we hear the true motivation behind the Republican establishment politicians.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: 4freedom, 1/1/2014 8:07:17 AM     (No. 9675154)

Is it time for a third party? We may go down in flames doing so, but what are our chances with the Progressive Republican party.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/1/2014 8:17:43 AM     (No. 9675165)

Rove and company want to prove they are really really good at losing elections.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/1/2014 8:24:28 AM     (No. 9675174)

I would suggest, #4, that tea party backed candidates seem to be losing clout, also. In contrast to real success in 2010, didn´t they lose about 75% of their races in 2012?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: judy, 1/1/2014 8:26:01 AM     (No. 9675177)

They didn´t learn anything from liberals like Dole, McCain, Romney, etc. They will never win until they go conservative, because it´s like one big party in the DC elite circle. If there is no difference in the parties why vote? The elites in DC are more interested in getting good reviews on abccbsncdcnn NY Times & WP than listening to the people. I blame Boehner for the down fall of the republican party.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 1/1/2014 8:37:52 AM     (No. 9675192)

#5 Nice try. Where do those stats come from? Sounds like they are fabricated. But thank you for responding...the rest of the Rove Girls will ignore this.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: arkfamily, 1/1/2014 8:38:44 AM     (No. 9675195)

Boy, Republicans and Tea Party people are falling for the tactics that Obama uses. "Let´s divide them up and we will conquer them" and it is working.

I read the nasty comments made about McCain, Romney etc and it really annoy me. You would think they were coming from the Democrats. I may not agree with everything they stand for but they are very respectable people.

Republicans and Tea Party can work together but enough of the backstabbing about each other.

Please don´t buy into Obama´s tactics.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/1/2014 8:44:08 AM     (No. 9675205)

#7, there were sixteen senate candidates claiming Tea Party backing in 2012. Twelve of them lost. That´s 75% to those of us who can count.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/1/2014 8:46:00 AM     (No. 9675207)

#5, For what it´s worth, this is the first year in a long time I have not sent $$$$ to any Republican committee.
Rove et al, should not pee on my leg and claim it is raining.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 1/1/2014 8:49:25 AM     (No. 9675212)

Karl Rove is a mystery. Back in Michigan in 2009, Karl came to speak at a Heritage Foundation dinner held in Birmingham, MI, a lovely example of what a well-run city of Michigan could be - certainly not a Detroit despite its proximity.

Rove was introduced at the that dinner by then president of The Heritage Foundation, Ed Fuelner, a strong, large man who didn´t suffer fools very well. Ed came to Michigan several times to promote Republican candidates, all of which won election. I think I attended all of those events.

Why on earth the establishment Republicans would try to sink conservative candidates seems irrational. Now that Jim DeMint is President of Heritage, one would think that the establishment would show their appreciation for the Heritage´s backing.

Now that I think about it, several Republicans came to events I attended in 2009 and 2010 which were either Club for Growth, Red State, or Heritage events. Maybe those organizations ought to form a council and have a sit-down with the RNC powers.

Ken Cuccinelli´s loss in Virginia was a bitter pill to swallow. We need as many states as possible to be run by Conservatives in order to save the country.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/1/2014 8:56:39 AM     (No. 9675229)

I´m all for anyone...anyone raising money and spending it on Republican candidates, whether it be Karl Rove, the Koch brothers, Jim DeMint...ANYONE!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 1/1/2014 8:58:45 AM     (No. 9675234)

The first sentence is right on. The GOP is a sham party that exists to provide the illusion of choice. The GOP establishment is part of the ruling class, which uses socialism to placate the rabble, and uses the middle class to pay for it. Thus it matters not who gets elected. Politics will not resolve the struggle between Freedom and tyranny. Non-violent revolution is required.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Freeloader, 1/1/2014 9:14:24 AM     (No. 9675255)

Torpedoman´s Mate Tokyo Rove, previously decorated with The Grand Cordon Of The Order Of The Rising Sun for his daring attacks on the USS Palin, USS Cain, USS Angle, USS O´Donnell and USS Akin, gears up for the ultimate victory---the complete destruction of The TEA Party Fleet!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: chillijilli, 1/1/2014 9:14:47 AM     (No. 9675256)

Wake up! We are ALLIES. You don´t shoot your allies!
How come the Demos can WIN elections with differing viewpoints within their party? Why is it that we can´t do the same?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: yuban, 1/1/2014 9:42:09 AM     (No. 9675306)

#5, alias #9, just can´t seem to post without his/her snide remarks.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: terrywhite, 1/1/2014 9:44:02 AM     (No. 9675310)

For all those we support ANYONE just because they have an "R" by their name, can you give me just one example of how that has furthered the cause of limited government, reduced spending, reduced the national debt, or inhibited illegal aliens from crossing the border? I can´t think of a single think the Republican leadership has done to curtail the Obama agenda in the last five years. He´s gotten just about everything he´s wanted, yet the Republican leadership seems hell bent on fighting the Tea Party rather than the Democrats. Yeah, it makes a lot of sense to keep electing them "Rs" just because they are "Rs"!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: mikkins2, 1/1/2014 9:57:02 AM     (No. 9675334)

"#7, there were sixteen senate candidates claiming Tea Party backing in 2012. Twelve of them lost. That´s 75% to those of us who can count."

Note the word "claimed" to be part of the sentence. Anyone can "claim" Tea Party support. That doesn´t mean they actually had Tea Party support.

Even so, please provide your source.

Like this:
"The Republican strategist(Rove)created the model for outside money groups that raised and spent more than $1 billion on the Nov. 6 elections -- many of which saw almost no return for their money.

Rove, through his two political outfits, American Crossroads and Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, backed unsuccessful Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney with $127 million on more than 82,000 television spots, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG, an ad tracker based in New York. Down the ballot, 10 of the 12 Senate candidates and four of the nine House candidates the Rove groups supported also lost their races."


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Reply 19 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 1/1/2014 10:10:20 AM     (No. 9675365)

Some of us wish to emphasize principles.
The "professional politicians", like the GOP insiders, wish to emphasize party and crony.
You are free to make your own choice. I have made mine.
I wish you a happy and blessed new year.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 1/1/2014 10:18:16 AM     (No. 9675378)

Any other elections in 2012, #9? Or do "those of you who can count" not count Mitt Romney´s loss to the worst president in U.S. history. If winning is how you decide whom to support, you must be furious at the GOP establishment for blowing the last two presidential elections. Since you claim you can count, how did Rove do with a quarter of a billion Republican dollars in 2012?

#12, Rove isn´t raising money to spend on Republicans. He wants the money to give to his cronies. Then he wants to deny funding to the "wrong" kinds of Republicans and use the money to eliminate conservative candidates who threaten his GOP establishment friends. Lately he´s been setting up false front organizations to conceal his interventions. I thought you knew all that.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: danvillebill, 1/1/2014 11:41:23 AM     (No. 9675506)

Happy New Year everyone.
And welcome to the 2014 version of the Republican, Conservative, Libertarian and Tea Party Circular Firing Squad.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/1/2014 11:50:38 AM     (No. 9675523)

It´s not about Karl Rove, #18, no matter how he excites you. No one on this thread has defended Karl Rove or his fundraising. For that matter, I´m not thrilled with Jim DeMint´s fundraising methods and how the money is used.

There´s room for different opinions, my friend.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: mikkins2, 1/1/2014 12:03:16 PM     (No. 9675540)

Actually, you know I posted this as a response to a previous accusation that 75% of candidates who "claimed" to be backed by the Tea Party lost, insinuating that somehow that record was worse than Rove and Republican Establishment backed candidates.

Note that there has not been a response as of yet for the source of the information alleged in the accusation.

Those of us who cannot count would like to be educated.

Happy New Year Stormy!

Got Tea?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Malia2012, 1/1/2014 12:11:06 PM     (No. 9675553)

Agree with #22 and #23, along with all the other "Rove girls" said. BTW, that insult sure sounds like "conservative" name-calling to me..not...We have lost the last 2 Senate elections badly because some "tea party" candidates were inexperienced and did not know how to run against democrats OR the "msm". Looks like the road to total democrat rule is well on the way for the ones who refuse to tolerate candidates not "conservative" enough to vote for...That plan has worked out so well up to now hasn´t it? At least democrats DO stick together, the GOP, not so much. Seems that some "conservatives" would rather win the battle and LOSE the war and the Republican party altogether.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/1/2014 12:13:16 PM     (No. 9675557)

I have a feeling that freedom and liberty´s greatest hope lies in the possibility that there are more ´Tea Partiers" out here than any pundit, right or left, can estimate. All the money in the world thrown at the wrong causes doesn´t help anyone but the handlers and campaign consultants. If the Marxists end up keeping the Senate and taking the House, this country will be facing a bigger battle than the one the Roves and Plouffes of the world are trying to fund.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: mathman, 1/1/2014 12:32:24 PM     (No. 9675599)

The Republican Party was begun for a simple reason: the parties then in existence did not represent the will of the people.
We currently have two major parties: Democrat and Republican. Both represent big government. Both represent spending money we do not have. Both stand for buying votes by providing benefits. Both defend the status quo, and are opposed to any change whatever.
Those who benefit from big government will continue to support the Dems and the RINOs. The Tea Party does not support spending money we do not have, providing benefits to buy votes, or defending the status quo. So the Tea Party must die; Dems and RINOs will form an alliance to do this. See the recent "election" in Virginia for details.
Neither Dems or RINOs represent the will of the people. But the two together control the news outlets, own the ears of the LoFos, and will continue to be elected until the system collapses.
If I remember correctly, there was a three-way split in 1860, with the new Repubs having only a plurality. So don´t tell me it can´t be done.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/1/2014 12:36:33 PM     (No. 9675606)

OP/#18/#24- For your reading pleasure, I offer



BTW, I made no "accusation". I stated a fact as an observation.

Last post on this thread.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: sw penn, 1/1/2014 12:55:46 PM     (No. 9675632)

Karl Rove’s American Crossroads is “preparing an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates.”

Whose Center?

People who pay lip service
to the Constitution
are unlikely
to have it at the center
of their politics.

The goal should be to elect only Constitutional Strict Constructionists.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 1/1/2014 12:59:22 PM     (No. 9675638)

@#5: Did you read the article? Have you not heard about the IRS targeting conservative groups? Did you know Boehner removed all conservative republicans from committee chairmanships? What has the GOP done to stop Obamacare? Seems to me the GOP is playing the Knockout Game against the Tea Party.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: mikkins2, 1/1/2014 1:03:18 PM     (No. 9675651)

The numbers provided were from one selected group, Tea Party Express, that claims to represent the Tea Party. And those figures included PRIMARIES AND OTHER RACES when we both know we are talking about GENERAL ELECTION

Here is a quote directly from the Wikipedia YOU cited:
For the 2012 election, four of the 16 Tea Party candidates won a seat on the Senate, and Tea Party Caucus founder Michele Bachmann was re-elected to the House.

I rest my case.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/1/2014 1:15:45 PM     (No. 9675676)

This is just about the silliest "debate" I´ve seen in a while.

Poster 5/9/28 says: "..there were sixteen senate candidates claiming Tea Party backing in 2012. Twelve of them lost."

Poster OP/18/24/31 says "For the 2012 election, four of the 16 Tea Party candidates won a seat on the Senate.."

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Reply 32 - Posted by: JediJerry, 1/1/2014 1:30:07 PM     (No. 9675702)

Rove is the architect of the upcoming GOP Perfect Circular Firing Squad. Last year I re-registered to vote here in Mexiforniaco as a Libertarian. I think I will re-register again as a Democrat. Maybe that will help keep the IRS off my back.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Susannah, 1/1/2014 1:45:12 PM     (No. 9675729)

To the poster who stated that "anyone can claim Tea Party support":

That´s precisely the problem. Any crackpot or loon can claim to be Tea Party-backed. And apparently there are a sufficient number of saps who will buy the claim.

In South Carolina, Graham has five primary challengers. Four of them claim to be "Tea Party candidates." So who´s the real deal here? Which one is more Tea Party than thou? Why are there four Tea Parties in one state if they all have the same goal?

"Got Tea" would be a great slogan--if the brewers could agree on what´s in the cup.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: belwhatter, 1/1/2014 1:47:11 PM     (No. 9675732)

The two party system is dead,dead,dead and should lie down if it weren´t for the persistent squeaks from a cadre that have their heads in the sand, and you know how that exposes a certain part of the human anatomy.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Starlady, 1/1/2014 3:02:50 PM     (No. 9675802)

I have a feeling that establishment Repubs would not be happy with those who act as their salespersons on many of the threads at this site.
The caustic remarks throughout 2012 turned me permanently against the moderate wing of the GOP. I remember posting warnings about how their posts would do Mitt Romney more harm than good, and sure enough by the election many were so fed up they stayed home.
It´s only January 1st, but the poison dialog is already bringing back memories of 2012.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: absalom, 1/1/2014 3:58:54 PM     (No. 9675871)

The record is plain. Rove was George the Compassionate´s mind and mouthpiece; hands down the most incompetent and inept R POTUS since our founding, far out distancing Harding and Hoover; and the catalyst for Obama. But the predictable suspects insist Rove´s judgement is sound. Wow. It´s called vincible stupidity squared!

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 1/1/2014 5:15:30 PM     (No. 9675959)

sadly, what I continue to see hre and elsewhere, reminds me of nothing so much as the various factions as the Roman Republic slid into the Roman Empire.
I have to believe that I am not the only one who longs and prays for a return to the American Republic, one that has been fading away since the era of Woodrow Wilson, if not before. I really don´t care whether the current "temporary" tribune is of the Greens or the Reds or the Blues. I don´t want even a temporary "Protector", a.k.a. Caesar, a.k.a. Dictator. Or a President having the same characteristics, regardless of title.
What I see is nothing more than the differing factions of insiders seeking momentary advantage.
I weep for my country.

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After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

Analysis: Obama Celebrates
Eight Million ´Enrollments,´
Again Declares Debate ´Over´

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Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/17/2014 8:56:28 PM     Post Reply
President Obama addressed the White House press corps today, announcing that with the final numbers in, Obamacare´s exchanges have attracted eight million sign-ups -- 35 percent of whom are "under the age of 35," he said. Several elements of his comments were misleading: (1) At first blush, the 35 percent stat is both significant and impressive. As recently as last month, the share of "young invincibles" signing up for plans was struggling in the 25 percent range, far short of the actuarial target of nearly 40 percent. A leap into the mid-30´s, while still shy of the goal, would constitute a major step, and would bode well for the risk pools'

The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
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

White House blames fox for
destroying Michelle’s garden

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Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:59:04 PM     Post Reply
The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal. The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties. The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching. President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor strolls. The bushy-tailed visitor

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

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?

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