Archive for April, 2011

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels(R), a potential presidential candidate, announced Friday he plans to sign legislation that would prevent Planned Parenthood in the state from receiving Medicaid funds. When he does, Indiana will be the first state to take that step.

“I will sign HEA 1210 when it reaches my desk a week or so from now,” Daniels said. “I supported this bill from the outset, and the recent addition of language guarding against the spending of tax dollars to support abortions creates no reason to alter my position.”

There was some speculation over Daniels’ decision, because he has called for a “truce” on social issues in the 2012 presidential campaign, and because he has been open to family planning groups (though not abortion) in his time as governor of Indiana. Activists on both sides of the issue lobbied him heavily.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana says it will seek an injunction against a bill that would cut off all government funding for the organization. Indiana would be first state to do so.


So now that he is done watching Shuttles be scrubbed and now that he raised some more campaign cash, and now that he is done feeding right into the hands of the birthers the President says it is time to get serious. While he has been away doing all this the Republicans have been trying to figure out a way out of this debt, 14 trillion and almost 9% unemployment. WAY to go President Obama way to go.

Just as Obama was “puzzled” by the attention given to the “birther” theories that he is not a native-born American — which he tried to disprove Wednesday by trotting out the long-form version of his birth certificate that conspiracy theorists have been requesting — GOP leaders said they were surprised the president felt he had to address them.

“If the White House press secretary says that this is a sideshow, why aren’t we treating it as such and dealing with the bigger issues?” House Republican Leader Eric Cantor asked in reference to the birth certificate controversy.

“There are much more important issues for us to be dealing with, obviously,” Cantor told Fox News, citing unemployment near 9 percent and the country’s $14 trillion debt.

Cantor’s office blasted out a memo Wednesday saying the party remains “squarely focused” on the economy and the debt, as well as energy policy, despite the birther hubbub.

“I am more interested in President Obama producing a budget that actually cuts spending and removes the regulatory burden on small businesses so they can create jobs and grow our economy,” added Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., in a written statement. “Or perhaps he can produce a realistic energy policy to help ease the pain at the pump Americans are feeling by reducing our dependency on foreign sources.”

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus noted that Republicans have been working on reforming entitlements and urging the president to get on board. The GOP is pushing a long-term budget overhaul that would, among other things, end direct Medicare payments to doctors and phase in a system where seniors purchase subsidized private insurance.

Obama, who opposes that plan, offered a deficit-reduction outline earlier this month, though Republicans dismissed it as too meek. But while the president told Oprah Winfrey in a taped interview Wednesday that the birth certificate controversy was such huge news that it got in the way of the budget debate, a new study suggested that wasn’t the case.

The Pew Research Center‘s Project for Excellence in Journalism, which produces a weekly analysis of news coverage, found that during the week of April 11-17, Obama and the “birther” issue filled a mere 4 percent of the news coverage. About 40 percent was devoted to the economy that week.

Real estate developer Donald Trump unleashes a tirade of profanity in a speech at a boisterous Las Vegas casino as he assured a crowd of adoring supporters that he is seriously weighing a presidential run.

No matter how much you try and justifies it War is War whether you are “just” dropping bomb or you have a ground invasion. IT IS the exact same thing, so in fact we are at war with Libya in support of the rebels that we do not even know a thing about. This is the wrong direction for America and sure as hell cannot be helping the economy.

This Administration who has criticized President Bush about “by-passing” Congress has in fact done it themselves. I find it amusing when talking to Democrats that they try to Justify bombing Libya but sitting by and watching Syria get pounded into the dirt. I personally think we should not even be over there but why is Libya so important?

Libya holds some of our debt so there is your answer, Instead of just coming right out and saying hey we are going to help the rebels over throw Qaddafi in return they will dissolve the debt we owe them. This administration plays the human rights card which is blowing up in their faces, with Syria!

Obama is becoming another Bush in fact is becoming more and more like him day in and day out. This is exactly what the PEOPLE did not vote for.


Mitch Daniels to cut funding to Planned Parenthood

As Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels mulls a presidential run in 2012, he announced plans to sign a bill making Indiana the first state to pull federal funding from Planned Parenthood, a move that could boost his standing among social conservatives.

“I supported this bill from the outset, and the recent addition of language guarding against the spending of tax dollars to support abortions creates no reason to alter my position.” Daniels said in a statement. “The principle involved commands the support of an overwhelming majority of Hoosiers.”


NATO has rejected Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi‘s call for a truce.

The call came in a televised address on state media, in which Gaddafi said he was ready for a ceasefire and negotiations, if NATO did likewise.

As Al Jazeera’s Omar al Saleh has found, people in the country’s main opposition stronghold, Benghazi, are also sceptical.

Syria Update: ‘Renewed gunfire’ in Deraa

There are reports of renewed gunfire and more military reinforcements pouring into Syria’s southern city of Deraa.

Al Jazeera spoke to a resident in Deraa about what was happening there – he did not want to be named for his own safety.


Official photo of Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN).

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Tim Pawlenty has announced the members of his Iowa campaign team, led by state Rep. Erik Helland of Johnston. Annie Kelly, former director of operations for Pawlenty’s Freedom First Political Action Committee, will be state deputy director for the former Minnesota governor’s 2012 bid. Tracie Gibler, who managed Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ unsuccessful 2010 campaign against Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) will serve as Pawlenty’s state political director. Gibler also worked for Rudy Giulianiin Iowa in 2008. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has also announced his Iowa campaign director: Sara Craig, previously his central Iowa field director.

* The Omaha World-Herald is editorializing against Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) for his comments on former Berkshire Hathaway executive David Sokol, who is under scrutiny for investing in a company before recommending it to his bosses at Berkshire. Bruning, who is challenging Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) next fall, has been defending Sokol — a longtime friend of Bruning’s and his campaign finance chair. “Mr. Bruning needs to remember that he is not a full-time candidate for the United States Senate,” wrote the World-Herald. “He was recently re-elected to serve as our attorney general, and Nebraskans are right to expect him to fulfill that obligation ahead of whatever political aspirations he may have.”

* Would former Alaska governor Sarah Palin raise the debt ceiling? “Hells no,” she told Fox News in an interview this afternoon. “I would not vote to increase that debt ceiling,” she said. “Otherwise it just shows the American public that we aren’t serious, yet we are still going to incur more debt.”

* Buddy Roemer is no longer in the exploratory phase — he has officially launched his presidential campaign. He’s paid $25,000 to get on the ballot in South Carolina and qualify for the state’s May 5 debate. “We recognize that this is a campaign of David vs. Goliath,” said Roemer, the former governor of Louisiana and a longshot contender.


* Conservative group Americans for Prosperity is holding a town hall in New Hampshire tonight, with many potential presidential contenders speaking. Pawlenty, Romney, former Senator Rick Santorum, former Godfathers’ Pizza CEO Herman Cain and Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann are all speaking. If you’re not in New Hampshire and really want to spend your Friday night watching a candidate forum, you can watch it live on C-SPAN from 8 to 9:30 P.M.

* Not that there was much doubt, but former Senate candidate Sharron Angle intends to run in the special election for the seat being vacated by Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.). Angle told supporters in a statement Friday she needs to raise $150,000 immediately to win the seat, and that “left wing” Republicans are conspiring to keep her out of the race.

* Freedomworks’ Dick Armey thinks Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) would be the “perfect pick” for 2012. “He’s exactly the man with the proven record that we’re looking for,” said Armey in a Newsmax video, whose group is a major part of tea party movement activism and organization.

* Two staff changes in the White House press shop today. Jamie Smith, currently director of public affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, is joining the White House communications team as a deputy press secretary. Josh Earnest is being promoted from deputy press secretary to principal deputy press secretary, where he will occasionally stand in for Press Secretary Jay Carney at briefings and on presidential trips.