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Boehner, Like Cantor, Refuses To Repudiate Birther Conspiracy Theories

“Three weeks ago, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) — the second-highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives — repeatedly refused to call theories that President Obama was not born in America “crazy.” He told Meet the Press’s David Gregory that “I don’t think it’s nice to call anyone crazy,” and refused to rebuke the wild conspiracy theories.

Today on the same program, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) also refused to repudiate such theories under a similar line of questioning from Gregory, who showed Boehner a Fox News clip in which several Iowa Republicans in a focus group said they believed Obama was a Muslim. Though Boehner was immediately willing to say he “believes” Obama is an American-born Christian, and that he takes the president “at his word,” Boehner would not repudiate those who think otherwise. Three separate times, Boehner told Gregory that “it’s not my job to tell the American people what to think”.”

Despite GOP Border Security First Stance, Paul Ryan Will Defend A $600 Million Spending Cut

“For past several years, Republicans have repeatedly argued that they will not support comprehensive immigration reform until the border is secured. In 2006, current Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) stated that putting millions of undocumented immigrants on a path to legalization without meeting certain border security benchmarks would place “the cart before the horse.” “We spent a lot of time, effort and money getting more security on the border. But we’re nowhere close to having the kind of secure borders that Americans want,” said Boehner.

So, it comes as a surprise that Republicans are rallying behind a bundle of sharp spending cuts that include slashing $600 million from border security and immigration enforcement funds”

Frank Gaffney Braves Muslim Brotherhood Infiltration To Warn CPAC About Grover Norquist

“CPAC is the year’s preeminent conservative conference, bringing together the right and the far-right, but one very prominent neo-conservative voice had vowed to boycott the event this year because, he claimed, the Muslim Bortherhood had “infiltrated” its ranks. Center for Security Policy head Frank Gaffney has made a career of spinning theories about Islamic extremists infiltrating the federal government, but could radical Reaganites really be abetting radical Islamists?

ThinkProgress asked him the question Friday afternoon when we spotted him breaking his self-imposed exile to “do some interviews” at CPAC (we saw him again Saturday morning as well). In a lengthy interview with ThinkProgress, Gaffney warned that Grover Norquist, the anti-tax activist and influential Republican strategist, was spearheading “active measure” campaigns within the conservative establishment on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood. “I belive the conservative movement is being subjected to a concerted Muslim Brotherhood infiltration effort,” Gaffney told us, adding that Norquist began his insidious effort in the 1980s. Norquist’s wife is Muslim. “

Rumsfeld Offers No Apologies For War Decisions

“In an interview with NPR, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld suggested others were more responsible for mistakes he has long been blamed for — from the failure to deploy enough U.S. troops to capture Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, to committing too few troops to Iraq.”

Egypt’s army dissolves parliament, vows elections

“Egypt's new military rulers said Sunday that they'd dissolved parliament, suspended the constitution and would hold elections for a civilian government in as little as six months, addressing some of the key demands of the protesters who ousted President Hosni Mubarak.”

Read More: As Egypt Calms Down, So Do Israeli Nerves

China Replaced Japan in 2010 as No. 2 Economy

“Japan’s economy has been surpassed by China’s after it shrank slightly in the last quarter of 2010.”

Dual Uprisings Show Potent New Threats to Arab States

“A two-year collaboration of dissidents gave birth to a new force — a pan-Arab youth movement dedicated to spreading democracy in a region without it.”

For Kids, Self-Control Factors Into Future Success

“Self-control keeps us from eating a whole bag of chips or from running up the credit card. A new study says that self-control makes the difference between getting a good job or going to jail — and we learn it in preschool.

“Children who had the greatest self-control in primary school and preschool ages were most likely to have fewer health problems when they reached their 30s,” says Terrie Moffitt, a professor of psychology at Duke University and King’s College London.”


Good News: Kansas towns are proud to be in the middle of somewhere

“Kansas boasts three centers: the continental center, the geodetic center and the halfway mark.

“When you stand at the geographic center of the nation, you are about as far from everywhere as you can possibly be — far from San Francisco, Hollywood or New York,” said Thomas Fox Averill, a Kansas historian and a professor of English at Washburn University in Topeka. It is an interesting dichotomy — in the center, yet so far, far away.”

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