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Most Voters Say Obama, Congressional Democrats More Liberal Than They Are

Most voters in the country now believe President Obama and the average Democrat in Congress are more liberal, politically speaking, than they are.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters say the president is more liberal than they are, and 56% say the same of the average Democratic member of Congress.

Twelve percent (12%) of voters say the president is more conservative than they are, and 13% think the same of the average Democrat in Congress…read more Rasmussen Report

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 26% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16 (see trends).

Check out our review of last week’s key polls to see “What They Told Us.”

Support for an immigration law like Arizona’s is below 50% in only four states across the nation and it’s over 70% in three. Platinum Members can review the state-by-state results. They also can see the president’s ratings on national security, the economy, and other issues, demographic crosstabs for all surveys, historic data, Media Meter results for leading candidates, and more.

…..read more Rasmussen Report

Russia’s Nuclear Help to Iran Stirs Questions About Its ‘Improved’ Relations With U.S.

Published August 14, 2010


Russia’s announcement that it will help Iran get nuclear fuel is raising questions about what President Obama calls the “better-than- ever” relationship between Russia and the U.S. after the two former Cold War adversaries recently signed a nuclear reduction treaty.

Obama also recently declared his Russian counterpart, Dmitri Medvedev, would help the U.S. “secure strong, tough sanctions on Iran.”

But Moscow announced Friday it will start loading fuel into Iran’s first and only nuclear power plant next Saturday, giving Tehran a boost as it struggles with international sanctions and highlighting differences between Moscow and Washington over pressuring the Islamic Republic to give up activities that could be used to make nuclear arms.

Uranium fuel shipped by Russia will be loaded into the Bushehr reactor on August 21, beginning a process that will last about a month and end with the reactor sending electricity to Iranian cities, Russian and Iranian officials said Friday.

While the UN nuclear watchdog and U.S. officials say the Bushehr reactor is not a proliferation risk, Russia’s decision to supply the fuel calls into question why Iran is enriching uranium in the first place…read more Foxnews.com

First thoughts: Tea Party wins again

From NBC’s Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg

*** Tea Party wins again: Lost in the White House’s and DSCC’s big win in Colorado, the likely second round of overtime for Republicans in Georgia, and perhaps the Democrats’ best primary night of the year was this key development: The Tea Party won yet another key primary. In Colorado last night, Ken Buck held on to defeat establishment-backed Jane Norton, making him the fourth Tea Party candidate to win a Republican Senate primary this year, joining Rand Paul in Kentucky, Sharron Angle in Nevada, and Mike Lee in Utah. And then you have Marco Rubio in Florida, who won his primary by default. On the one hand, the Tea Party is giving the GOP a jolt of energy and enthusiasm heading into the fall. For instance, more Coloradoans last night voted in the Republican Senate primary than the Democratic one; in fact, Norton and Buck both got more votes individually in their primary than Michael Bennet did in his, and Bennet won by a larger margin…read more MSNBC.com

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Under Fire, Obama Clarifies Support for Ground Zero Mosque

Published August 14, 2010


President Obama on Saturday sought to clarify his comments supporting the building of a mosque near ground zero that have ignited a political firestorm ahead of a difficult election season for Democrats.

During a trip to Florida for a family vacation, Obama said his comments on Friday night were only directed at the constitutional right of the mosque to be there.

“I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there,” he said in response to a reporter’s question after he spoke about efforts to aid the Gulf Coast region. “I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding. That’s what our country is about.”….read more


Facing Ethics Charges, Rep. Waters Points Finger at Bush Administration

Published August 13, 2010


Embattled Rep. Maxine Waters on Friday blamed the Bush administration for her ethics problems — saying she had to intervene with the Treasury Department on behalf of minority-owned banks seeking federal bailout funds — including one tied to her husband — because the Treasury Department wouldn’t schedule its own appointments.

The California Democrat said in a Capitol Hill news conference — an event rarely held during a congressional recess — that she reached out to then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson in late 2008 when his department failed to respond to the National Bank Association’s request for a meeting…read more FoxNews.com

Even the Poor Are Abandoning Obama, According to Gallup Poll Data

Friday, August 13, 2010

By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief

(CNSNews.com) – In every week of his presidency until now, Barack Obama has enjoyed a majority approval rating in the Gallup Poll from people earning less than $2,000 per month. But that changed in the Gallup survey conducted from Aug. 2-8, when only 49 percent of Americans in that income bracket said they approve of the job Obama is doing……read more CNSNews.com

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How Obama Is Locking Up Our Land

Michelle Malkin

Have you heard of the “Great Outdoors Initiative”? Chances are, you haven’t. But across the country, White House officials have been meeting quietly with environmental groups to map out government plans for acquiring untold millions of acres of both public and private land. It’s another stealthy power grab through executive order that promises to radically transform the American way of life….read more Townhall.com

Bean-Counters and Baloney

Thomas Sowell

The bean-counters have struck again– this time in the sports pages. Two New York Times sport writers have discovered that baseball coaches from minority groups are found more often coaching at first base than at third base. Moreover, third-base coaches become managers more often than first-base coaches.

This may seem to be just another passing piece of silliness. But it is part of a more general bean-counting mentality that turns statistical differences into grievances. The time is long overdue to throw this race card out of the deck and start seeing it for the gross fallacy that it is…read more Townhall.com

The War on Reason

By Sandy Stringfellow  Saturday, August 14, 2010

Perhaps it was my having been drawn to the arts from an early age, and that Liberalism is irrevocably concomitant to the art world.  I’ve known many Liberals over the years, some of considerable talent, including liberal family and friends whom I dearly love.

Unfortunately, Liberals have initiated a considerable amount of harm to our nation from their blind application of circular logic when trying to make sense of the world…read more Canada Free Press

Making November a Political Victory

By Bruce Walker

Ann Coulter, quite rightly, has expressed concern about Republicans declaring victory in the 2010 elections. Most folks understand that capturing the Senate will require some luck. But consider this: RealClearPolitics is balanced and brainy. It shows that in the battle for the House of Representatives, 202 seats lean Democrat, 201 lean Republican, and 32 are tossups. That means Republican chances for gaining even the House — something everyone is touting is almost certain — are, in fact, a coin toss.

What happens if Republicans go into the voting booth in a few months believing the highly optimistic projections of Dick Morris and other pundits about a Republican landslide…and then Republicans fall short of capturing either house of Congress? Who declares victory the day after the election? Not conservatives; no…read more American Thinker

Catching illegal immigrants on the highway in Florida

By John Barry, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mexicans have a name for it. They call it el ojo, the eye. When they say ojo, they point to the middle of the forehead. It means indefinable recognition — to see and just know. • Border Patrol agent Steve McDonald has el ojo. He says his ojo has taken 27 years to perfect. Younger agents roll their eyes when he says that.

He’s 53, four years from mandatory retirement. They like to think he’s losing it. When McDonald once chased a Mexican without papers, a second Mexican sprinted past both of them. He still chases smugglers. But when he catches them, he’s too pooped for the fight….read more tampabay.com

Obama’s comments take mosque story national

8/14/10 12:52 PM EDT Updated: 8/14/10 8:38 PM

The White House on Saturday struggled to tamp down the controversy over President Barack Obama’s statements about a mosque near Ground Zero – insisting Obama wasn’t backing off remarks Friday night where he offered support for a project that has infuriated some 9/11 families.

Obama’s comments placed him squarely in the middle of the controversy over a Muslim group’s plans for a mosque near the site of the 2001 attack – and in turn, transformed an emotion-laden local dispute in New York into a nationwide debate overnight……..read more Politico


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