The Beards can come off…..
|Wednesday, October 30|
|Tuesday, October 29|
|Race/Topic (Click to Sort)||Poll||Results||Spread|
|New Jersey Governor – Christie vs. Buono||Quinnipiac||Christie 64, Buono 31||Christie +33|
|South Carolina Governor – Haley vs. Sheheen||Harper (R)||Haley 48, Sheheen 39||Haley +9|
|Wisconsin Governor – Walker vs. Burke||Marquette University||Walker 47, Burke 45||Walker +2|
|Wisconsin: Christie vs. Clinton||Marquette University||Clinton 50, Christie 40||Clinton +10|
|Wisconsin: Ryan vs. Clinton||Marquette University||Clinton 51, Ryan 43||Clinton +8|
|Wisconsin: Walker vs. Clinton||Marquette University||Clinton 53, Walker 41||Clinton +12|
|Wisconsin: Cruz vs. Clinton||Marquette University||Clinton 55, Cruz 33||Clinton +22|
|Monday, October 28|
|Race/Topic (Click to Sort)||Poll||Results||Spread|
|Virginia Governor – Cuccinelli vs. McAuliffe vs. Sarvis||Washington Post||McAuliffe 51, Cuccinelli 39, Sarvis 8||McAuliffe +12|
|New York City Mayor – Lhota vs. de Blasio||NY Times/Siena||de Blasio 68, Lhota 23||de Blasio +45|
|Generic Congressional Vote||Rasmussen Reports||Democrats 43, Republicans 37||Democrats +6|
Today’s Virginia Headline was the Q Poll with Cuccinelli closing on McAullife in the Governor’s race….
But there are THREE OTHER polls that have a Bigger margin for McAuliffe including one in the double digits….Share on Facebook
All you heard this morning at the Sebelius Hearing was how ALL these people got cancellation letters from their Hrealthcare Insurier BECAUSE OF THE AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE LAW…..
Of cousre that’s NOT gonna be true under close study….
The piece below is interesting because CBS is throwing the bullshit and Fox discovers it….
by Joan McCarter@ Daily Kos
That includes 56-year-old Dianne Barrette. Last month, she received a letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield informing her as of January 2014, she would lose her current plan. Barrette pays $54 a month. The new plan she’s being offered would run $591 a month—10 times more than what she currently pays.
Enter Fox News, smelling blood in the Obamacare water. What Fox News didn’t count on, though, was Greta Van Susteren actually committing journalism.
“Your $54 a month policy is a pretty, you know, bare bones policy, “Greta said. “Why do you want to keep that one, except for the price? Maybe you can get something better with a subsidy?”“Well, I know it doesn’t cover lengthy hospital stays,” Barrette replied, adding “It’s perfect for what I want. I get co-pays for doctor visits and prescriptions. So it suffices what I need. Also, the price isn’t too bad either.” […]
“Well, does it pay for any hospitalization, the current policy you have?” Greta asked.
“Again, I’m a little confused about it,” Barrette answered. “I have been reading over and over the policies, and it appears that it does cover some outpatient, but when you go through the booklet they sent, it would say refer to this, refer to it but then refer back to… it was very confusing.” […]
Greta agreed that “Trying to figure out insurance is extremely confusing in the best of circumstances,” but even without a shred of research, was able to tell that “your policy is like, you know, if you are walking across the street and someone runs a red light, you are in deep trouble under your existing policy.”
That’s just a smattering of the conversation in which Van Susteren attempted to find out precisely what, if anything, Barrette’s current plan offered, whether she had shopped for new insurance in the exchange to find something more competitive than what her current insurer was offering, and whether she knew how much of a subsidy she would be able to get to offset her higher premium costs. Sadly, and Van Susteren was very sympathetic to Barrette, the guest really couldn’t answer any of these questions.
Barrette’s subsequent booked appearance, scheduled for Fox’s morning news, was promptly cancelled…..Share on Facebook
That IS a HUGE drop from 2012 to 2013……
The monthly Treasury statement for September had been delayed by a government shutdown at the beginning of October. Fiscal 2013 ended on Sept. 30.
The deficit has dropped $409 billion from 2012, when it was $1.089 trillion.
Most of the change comes from higher tax receipts. Receipts rose to $2.77 trillion in 2013, up from $2.45 trillion in 2012. Spending was $3.45 trillion, down from $3.53 trillion in 2012.
White House Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell hailed the deficit total, noting that the deficit is now less than half what it was in 2009, when it stood at $1.4 trillion in the wake of the recession.
“As a percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the deficit fell to 4.1 percent, representing a reduction of more than half from the deficit that the Administration inherited when the president took office in 2009. The deficit reduction since that point represents the fastest decline in the deficit over a sustained period since the end of World War II,” Burwell said in a statement….Share on Facebook
Two years after the US and NATO packed up and left that country after the US was told that American and NATO soldiers should NOT be granted immunity for their actions in country…..At the time a CIA contractor had been held by the Iraqi’s after a shooting and an escape the resulted in civilian injuries….
While the pull out was turned into a Obama Administration positive , with the American and NATO troops withdrawing …The underlining fact was the US had wanted to have at least 5,000 combat troops left in-country to deal with this very problem….
The piece below mentions that US will NOT send any manpower back to Iraq…..Just Military equipment….
(The Iraqi’s do not seem to want combat troops ….Knowing that would be a politiocal no-no for Obama)
One wonders if that will be the case……
If the President wanted to send ‘trainers’ to Iraq does he have to Congress?
(He doesn’t REALLY have to…But several Senator are already tearing into the Iraq President on his politics while asking the President to HELP the ailing country))
And should the US be jumping back into this after the Iraqi’s sent America packing?
Nearly two years after pushing out the US military, Iraq is asking for more American weapons, training and manpower to help fight a bloody resurgence of al-Qaida that has unleashed a level of violence comparable to the darkest days of the nation’s civil war.
The request will be discussed during a White House meeting Friday between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Barack Obama in what Baghdad hopes will be a fresh start in a complicated relationship that has been marked by victories and frustrations for each side.
“We know we have major challenges of our own capabilities being up to the standard. They currently are not,” Lukman Faily, the Iraqi ambassador to the U.S., said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We need to gear up, to deal with that threat more seriously. We need support and we need help.”
He added: “We have said to the Americans we’d be more than happy to discuss all the options short of boots on the ground.”
“Boots on the ground” means military forces. The U.S. withdrew all but a few hundred of its troops from Iraq in December 2011 after Baghdad refused to renew a security agreement to extend legal immunity for Americans forces that would have let more stay.
At the time, the withdrawal was hailed as a victory for the Obama administration, which campaigned on ending the Iraq war and had little appetite for pushing Baghdad into a new security agreement. But within months, violence began creeping up in the capital and across the country as Sunni Muslim insurgents lashed out at Shiites, angered by a widespread belief that Sunnis have been sidelined by the Shiite-led government, and with no U.S. troops to keep them in check…..Share on Facebook
A Scott Highlight…..
Northfork Mayor Marcus Wilkes (D), left, and Ron West and Mary Wingler dine and place their orders with Olivia Kennedy at the Sterling Drive-In in Welch. West and Wingler are Democrats but said they did not vote for President Obama in 2012. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)
In late June of this year, another expression of Pineville’s values appeared on the terraced lawn of the old courthouse. There was no fanfare around the installation of the new stone monument, but like that Kennedy rally more than half a century ago, it was a way of saying how the town felt about where the nation is headed.
The stone is engraved with the Ten Commandments, and it instructs: “They are to be used as a historical reference and model to enrich the knowledge of our citizens to an early origin of law from past generations so that they will serve as a historical guide for future generations to come.”
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The American Civil Liberties Union has complained that this is an encroachment of church on state, and an affront to religious minorities. A headline on the front page of the Charleston Gazette on July 4 asked: “Constitutional showdown in the making?”
But most here seem to agree with Melissa Mitchell, a stay-at-home mom who was getting things organized for a midsummer church picnic at a park near the courthouse.
“We love it, and we will fight for it,” she said of the stone marker.
Why? “Honestly, because everybody in this county hates Barack Obama. That is the biggest reason,” Mitchell said.
Animosity toward President Obama runs high here. He lost Wyoming County by nearly 56 percentage points last year, despite the fact that registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 3 to 1.
But as Mitchell and her friends talked more about it, their conversation turned to fears and anxieties that had little to do with party or politics. They discussed the well-paying jobs that had vanished with the coal industry; the crime and drugs that followed; the changing culture that mocks what they hold sacred.
“This county has seen the need for God. We can’t control what’s going on out there in the world, but on this small little corner of our small little town, we can,” said one woman, who gave her name only as Megan.
Ordinary West Virginians used to look to Washington with something close to reverence. It was a partner in good times, a lifeline in bad ones, a powerful ally against the big corporations that came for its coal and timber. By some measures, West Virginia relies more on federal money than any other state.
But increasingly, it also has become an extreme example of the hostility that shows up in every national poll when people are asked how they feel about the federal government. Many here now speak of Washington as an enemy that threatens their economy and their way of life, that traps them into dependency…..
There will only be 3 of these Star Wars looking ships….
The rest of the new US Navy Destroyers will the tradional Arleigh Burke-class ships…..
The first ever Zumwalt-class destroyer was launched Monday into the Kennebec River next to the Bath, Maine shipyard of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works — the company that built the ship.
Bath Iron Works’ workers transitioned the USS Zumwalt (DDG1000) from its land-level construction facility to a floating dry dock on Monday morning. Officials then flooded the dock and the ship was removed from its cradle. Monday evening the ship “was floated off and tied to a pier on the Kennebec River,” Navy officials said.
The largest destroyer ever built at 600 feet has been under construction since 2009. The launch was supposed to occur earlier in the month, but the shutdown postponed the transition.
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She took a pounding from aggresive GOP House members….
Democratic House members did cover her back and she was strong in not letting members of the GOP put words in her mouth…..
As long as the President has confidence in her she’s going to be Ok….
But the site HAD better be running better by December 1…..
Even as she took responsibility for the balky rollout, the Healthcare.gov site was down Wednesday morning, creating a brutal split-screen moment on cable TV that showed the web site “system down” message and a cabinet secretary under fire.
Sebelius’ testimony may represent the highest stakes moment – at least in terms of public perception – since the Obamacare rollout Oct. 1. Her task is to both take responsibility for what Sebelius herself called a debacle, while sending a message to the American people that the landmark health care law isn’t a total disaster.
HHS has repeatedly said it won’t release enrollment information until mid-November. Sebelius said she won’t release signup data or allow contractors to speak about it until she knows it’s confirmed and reliable. Right now, she confirmed, even the insurers aren’t getting accurate and complete data about who is signing up in their plans.
“I want to give you reliable confirmed data from every state and the federal marketplace,” Sebelius said.
“They [insurers] are not getting reliable data all the way through the systems,” she said. “The system isn’t functioning so we are not getting that reliable data. Insurers who I met with said that is the case.”
Republican lawmakers wasted no time ripping into her at the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.
“Over the months leading up to the October 1 launch, the secretary and her colleagues at HHS repeatedly looked us in the eye and testified that everything was on track,” said chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.). “But something happened along the way – either those officials did not know how bad the situation was, or they did not disclose it.”
Amid growing calls for Sebelius’s resignation, Rep. Henry Waxman and other Democrats offered their confidence in Sebelius. “I would urge my colleagues to stop hyperventilating,” the California Democrat said. “The problems with HealthCare.gov are unfortunate and we should investigate them, but they will be fixed.”Share on Facebook
|RRH’s 2013 preview series will start this afternoon with a look at Legislative contests.
KY-Sen: The SCF, which is backing Matt Bevin (because of course they are), is spending $330K attacking Mitch McConnell on TV (because of course that’s the most productive use of conservative dollars). Sigh.
LA-Sen, NC-Sen: AFP is spending $2M on Obamacare-focused ads targeting Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan. The ads will run on broadcast and cable for 3 weeks.
WV-Sen, 03: Joe Manchin must have been a bit uncomfortable at a pro-coal rally yesterday as Rand Paul and other Republicans cited coal policy as the reason Democrats are dying out in WV. Manchin has to be wondering if his 2012 re-election just may have been the last federal race West Virginia Democrats win in his lifetime, doesn’t he?
AL-01: The Chamber of Commerce endorsed Bradley Byrne, a nice get for him but hardly a surprising one, as he’s won the support of just about everyone in mainstream Alabama Republican circles.
AR-02: I’m pretty sure French Hill is a posh San Francisco neighborhood, but it’s also the name of a banker in Little Rock who’s the first Republican in the race to succeed Tim Griffin. Hill should get company soon, however, as State Rep. Ann Clemmer sounds like she’ll announce today.
FL-13: Alex Sink (D) made her bid official and will move into the district from her lakeside home 35 miles away (and on the wrong side of Tampa Bay). The Tampa Bay Times also reports that January 14 and March 11 are the likely special primary and general election dates.
NC-12: Rep. Mel Watt (D), Obama’s nominee for director of the Federal Housing Finance Authority, has been in confirmation purgatory for several months, but it looks like he may finally get a floor vote. Watt was heading out of Congress anyway–you may have noticed in yesterday’s fundraising roundup that he raised no money at all during the third quarter–but now it’s looking like this seat will be open sooner rather than later…..
Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by Darth Jeff
• WI-Gov: Marquette Law School has a new poll of next year’s gubernatorial race and it looks like things have the potential to be very close. A very slight 49 to 47 percent approve of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s job performance and that is reflected in the general election match-ups. Businesswoman and Madison School Board member Mary Burke, Walker’s only credible challenger so far, starts out with little name recognition but trails by a slim 47 to 45 margin.
The results are pretty much the same if state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout jumps in the race; very few voters have an opinion of her personally but she trails 47 to 45. State Assemblymember Peter Barca would do a bit worse if he ran, trailing Walker 48 to 42. Most voters seem to have a firm opinion of Walker and are ready to vote for or against him regardless of who the Democrats end up nominating…..Share on Facebook
Big brother DOES listen…
THAT isn’t gonna go away……
Not since 9/11….
The media had been enjoying a steady story about the Nation’s Spying network fueled by Ed Snowden’s stolen and leaked info …..
The White House has been just giving lip service to story….
The American Government in fact believes that the program IS legal and wholly necessary to provide the Nation’s National Security….
While the politician’s who are NOT in the loop complain….
The fact is the White House …From the President on down (Including leadership of Congress , BOTH parties) ARE aware of the general actions of the US intelligence community…Indeed the same countries that have show indignation against US spying have actually worked WITH the US in intel exchanges….
Yesterday , the Director of national Intelligence , James Clapper and NSA and Cyber Command boss Gen. Keith B. Alexander gave a defense of their agencies and their actions…..
The bottom line?
The US employes legal means to spy or collect data around the planet to keep America safe…..
While their actions have been ‘secret’ in the past…..
They now have seen the light…..
The Intelligence community now needs to explain WHAT it does and How they do it….
But it does NOT need to give details that might compromise sources and techniques…..
Mr. Clapper and the agency’s director, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, vigorously rejected suggestions that the agency was a rogue institution, trawling for information on ordinary citizens and leaders of America’s closest allies, without the knowledge of its Washington overseers.
Their testimony came amid mounting questions about how the N.S.A. collects information overseas, with Republicans and Democrats calling for a congressional review, lawmakers introducing a bill that would curb its activities and Mr. Obama poised to impose his own constraints, particularly on monitoring the leaders of friendly nations. At the same time, current and former American intelligence officials say there is a growing sense of anger with the White House for what they see as attempts to pin the blame for the controversy squarely on them.
General Alexander said news media reports that the N.S.A. had vacuumed up tens of millions of telephone calls in France, Italy and Spain were “completely false.” That data, he said, is at least partly collected by the intelligence services of those countries and provided to the N.S.A.
Still, both he and Mr. Clapper said that spying on foreign leaders — even those of allies — was a basic tenet of intelligence tradecraft and had gone on for decades. European countries, Mr. Clapper said, routinely seek to listen in on the conversations of American leaders.
“Some of this reminds me of the classic movie ‘Casablanca’ — ‘My God, there’s gambling going on here,’ ” Mr. Clapper said, twisting the line from the movie uttered by a corrupt French official who feigns outrage at the very activity in which he avidly partakes.
Asked whether the White House knows about the N.S.A.’s intelligence-gathering, including on foreign leaders, Mr. Clapper said, “They can and do.” But, he added, “I have to say that that does not extend down to the level of detail. We’re talking about a huge enterprise here, with thousands and thousands of individual requirements.”
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The idea that the US would STOP money going there because of the unseating of Muslim Brotherhood guy Morsi (Democratically Elected) is NOT serious and NEVER was….
The administration will probably need a legislative waiver to keep military aid and civilian assistance programs for Egypt running, according to congressional staffers.
U.S. officials found a largely receptive audience during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Tuesday morning. Some lawmakers objected to the White House’s rationale for temporarily halting delivery of some forms of military aid to Egypt, but most spoke in favor of continued assistance to Cairo, saying that it was the best of bad options.
“While we would like a democratic partner for our many security interests in the region, we need a partner,” said Rep. Edward R. Royce (R-Calif.), the committee chairman. “We should push and pull with what influence we have.”
Rep. Eliot L. Engel (N.Y.), the ranking Democrat on the panel, said the military’s removal of Morsi, an Islamist criticized as failing to govern inclusively, “replaced one autocratic government with another.” But he argued that a partial suspension of military aid would not encourage democratic reforms in Cairo…..Share on Facebook
Florida Democrats have recruited their best possible Candidate for the FL–13 Special Election caused by the Death of Congressman C. W. Bill Young (R-FL).
2010 Democratic Governor Nominee Adelaide “Alex” Sink (D-FL) yesterday confirmed exclusivly to the Tampa Bay Times that she will run for the Seat.
Although the Dates for the Special Election are not set in stone the Florida Governors Office as well as the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections looking at January 14th 2014 for the Primary and March 11th 2014 for the General Election.
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It appears that the third guy inthe race Libertarian Roebert Sarvis is pulling numbers from the McAuliffe side…..
With less than a week until Election Day, Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe holds a slim lead over Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in a tightening race, according to a poll on Wednesday.
McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli among likely voters 45 percent to 41 percent, with 9 percent for Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. The edge is within the poll’s margin of error.
The poll also found that if Sarvis were not in the race, likely voters would split for McAuliffe 47 percent to 45 percent, which Quinnipiac describes as “too close to call.”
Last week, Quinnipiac polling showed McAuliffe up 46 percent to 39 percent.
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Ray Kelly lecture canceled amidst student, community protest [at Brown University]
The event was canceled half an hour in, following heated remarks by audience members
By Jillian Lanney and Carolynn Cong
Senior Staff Writer and Contributing Writer
The Brown Daily Herald
A lecture by New York City Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly scheduled for Tuesday afternoon was canceled after protesters halted Kelly’s speech and would not yield the floor.
Controversy preceded the talk — titled, “Proactive Policing in America’s Biggest City” — due to its speaker’s staunch support for the contentious stop-and-frisk policy. The event was presented by the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions as part of the Noah Krieger ’93 Memorial Lecture series.
Student protest actions leading up to the event included creating a petition and holding a vigil in honor of victims of racial profiling, The Herald previously reported. After administrators rejected demands laid out in the petition, protest efforts expanded, according to a press release distributed by the event’s protesters.
Around 100 students and community members gathered outside List Art Center about an hour before the lecture was scheduled to start, chanting phrases such as, “Ray Kelly, you can’t hide, we charge you with homicide” and holding signs reading “Stop police brutality,” “Systemic Racism,” “Brown is complicit” and “Ray(cist) Kelly,” among others.
The event took place in a packed List 120, forcing some to watch from an overflow room in List 110.
Marion Orr, director of the Taubman Center, introduced Kelly and acknowledged the protesters’ presence. He said that while “protest is a necessary and acceptable means of demonstration at Brown University,” interrupting the lecture would be inappropriate because it would hinder others’ ability to listen and engage with Kelly.
Protesters reacted vocally to mentions of Kelly and his policies throughout Orr’s introduction. When Kelly himself took the stage, protesters’ boos mixed with applause. As soon as he began to speak, many protesters stood with their fists in the air and began shouting in unison, after which neither Kelly nor Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Margaret Klawunn and Vice President for Public Affairs and University Relations Marisa Quinn — two administrators present — could regain control of the auditorium….
[N.B., Marion Orr, director of the Taubman Center, is black. — Dave]
The New York City Police Chief has been a vocal supporter of the ‘Stop and Frisk’ program in New York City…..He has been backed by the mayor, Mike Bloomberg….The issue has been a lighting rod one in the media and minority community….The policy was NOT created by Kelly….It was brought to the New York City Police Department by Bill Branton , as a previous chief…..The City has been ordered by a Federal Judge to CHANGE the way the program operates….The Judge has NOT stopped the city from using the policy….Bratton , who is the front runner for coming back as the next NYC Police Chief has alreday indicated that he will continue to use the policy….
The Problem with the Ray Kelly use of the policy is in HOW it has been used by cops on the street….
They had been ordered to be VERY AGRESSIVE in the policy , which resulted in indicriminate stops of young blacks , with small amounts of actual arrests….
Indeed , after the legal actions began against the City of New York , the amounts of stops dropped dramatically …..
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The Space Ship ‘Flys’……
In the age of Star Trek and Space Ships American could be edging back to a space ship , not a going backwards to space capsules …..
“We had a very successful day with an unfortunate anomaly at the end of the day on one of the landing gears,” Sirangelo said. Putting an even more positive spin on the floppy landing, he said, “Even the final ending, which did not roll out perfectly, provided some very valuable data for us as well.”
Sierra Nevada has put out a video showing the flight, but the video cuts off just as the Dream Chaser is landing. Sirangelo said the company is unlikely to produce additional footage while the “anomaly” is being investigated.
Sierra Nevada is perhaps the underdog in the competition to win the NASA contract to haul astronauts to the international space station. The company spent the good part of a decade developing the Dream Chaser, which looks like a miniature space shuttle. It would be launched atop an Atlas 5 rocket. Like the shuttle, it is designed to glide back to Earth and land on a runway. It has not yet flown in space; the first such mission, unmanned, will probably take place in 2016, Sirangelo said……Share on Facebook