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“Yesterday we told you about the Franklin Center For Government and Public Integrity, the group behind the website behind that sketchy poll of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposals. But the trail doesn’t end there. Turns out, there is another group that’s behind the Franklin Center: the conservative, Chicago-based Sam Adams Alliance.
The groups share a conservative philosophy and opaque financing, and it turns out that the Alliance is behind another conservative group making its presence felt in Wisconsin these days: American Majority, the organization behind last Saturday’s pro-Walker counter-rallies in Madison.”
“Newt Gingrich knows a thing or two about presidential impeachments. And after the Obama’s administration’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act, Gingrich says the smell impeachment is in the air once again.
Speaking with Newsmax, the former House Speaker and oft-rumored 2012 presidential contender said that the Obama administration’s decision to no longer defend DOMA in federal court is a “a violation” of President Obama’s “Constitutional oath and clearly it is something which cannot be allowed to stand.””
“It was quite a scene at the former Libyan ambassador’s residence in Northwest Washington, D.C. Friday afternoon, where a group of protestors raised the pre-Qaddafi era flag outside of the home of Ambassador Ali Aujali, who resigned his post earlier this week. Aujali, who said he has not spoken to anyone in the Libyan government since he resigned his post, labeled the Qaddafi regime “criminal.” He said the Libyan people have been “killed like chickens” in a massacre.”
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“Koch Industries executives are reacting to the prank call pulled on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) this week, where a blogger got through to the governor by posing as David Koch. In an interview with National Review Online, Koch Industries executive vice president Richard Fink says the Koch brothers will not “back off.”
“With the Left trying to intimidate the Koch brothers to back off of their support for freedom and signaling to others that this is what happens if you oppose the administration and its allies, we have no choice but to continue to fight,” Fink said. “We will not step back at all. We firmly believe that economic freedom has benefited the overwhelming majority of society, including workers, who earn higher wages when you have open and free markets. When government grows as it has with the Bush and Obama administrations, that is what destroys prosperity.””
“All over the country, conservatives are complaining about the need to “cut government spending” at any cost, demonizing the government and its role in defending the public interest in the process. While truly taking aim at waste in government is an admirable goal, a recent story of out of Philadelphia provides a cautionary tale about why we must protect funding for certain social necessities.
As a part of Philadelphia’s cost-cutting measures, the city has been closing down certain fire stations on a rotating basis in a process of “rolling brownouts.” Since these brownouts began, city firefighters have protested the policy, saying that they would harm public safety. Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Loyd Ayers dismissed these warnings and defended the city’s austerity plans, saying that the city “will continue to respond to your call and tend to any and every emergency that may arise in an urgent and timely manner.”
Yet the firefighters were proven right when a tragedy struck earlier this week”
“Thousands of people will rally this weekend in several states in opposition to steep, ideologically driven budget cuts. A major labor rally is planned for today in Trenton, New Jersey, where Republican Gov. Chris Christie released a budget this week that “stepped up the pressure to slash [public employees’] health and retirement benefits.” In Indiana today, union members and their supporters are rallying against a bill by Republicans in the state legislature that would drastically reduce public employees’ collective bargaining rights.”
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“Rising grain prices may spell bad news for consumers. But for corn growers, there’s hardly been a better time for business. Global market conditions and new farming technology have boosted the state’s farmers toward the top of the struggling U.S. economy.”
“Agencies responsible for vital services, such as national security, air traffic control and food safety inspection, would continue operations. But others — those involving passports, student loans and other routine services — will shut down unless Congress reaches a deal on federal spending.”
“Reports continue to pour in from around the nation today of helpless Americans being forcibly taken from their marital unions after President Obama dropped the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this week, leaving the institution completely vulnerable to roving bands of homosexuals. “It was just awful—they smashed through our living room window, one of them said ‘I’ve had my eye on you, Roger,’ and then they dragged my husband off kicking and screaming,” said Cleveland-area homemaker Rita Ellington, one of the latest victims whose defenseless marriage was overrun by the hordes. “
“President Obama named the first male and the first openly gay White House social secretary Friday’s announcement that Jeremy Bernard was named to the post.
Bernard, a San Antonio native, presently serves as a senior advisor to the U.S. ambassador to France, Charles Rivkin.”
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