Saturday, June 18, 2011

Why it matters: More than 4.4 million people are on welfare, an 18% increase during the recession...

The Coming Crime Wave - Doug Ross
Fact: There are a record number of Americans dependent upon government anti-poverty programs thanks to the Obama Democrats
Fact: Expanded access to welfare and food stamps greatly increases the number of children born to unwed mothers
Fact: Single-parent families correlate to higher crime rates
Conclusion: with the unprecedented increase in welfare, food stamps and unemployment, we will also see an unparalleled increase in violent crime within the next dozen or so years.

Can This Presidency Be Saved?

link - Walter Russel Mead/The American Interest
President Obama still has a shot at convincing voters that the GOP would make things worse, but his administration has not just lost control over the direction of the economy. It has lost control of the discussion about the economy.
Walter Russel Mead On Hypothetically Un-jumping A Shark - The Other Mccain

Newsweek's Evan Thomas on Friday tried to float the typical media meme that neither Party is doing anything to solve our nation's budget crisis.

Unfortunately for him, fellow "Inside Washington" panelist Charles Krauthammer accurately noted that the Republicans have offered a proposal to cut $6.6 trillion in the next ten years, "but the Democrats have done nothing except to demagogue the plan and to destroy it" - Newsbusters

Ron Paul wins RLC straw poll

Ron Paul wins RLC straw poll - Politico
As has become typical at GOP cattle calls, Ron Paul captured the presidential straw poll at the Republican Leadership Conference here, easily besting his nearest competitor, Jon Huntsman.

Paul won 612 votes to Huntsman's 382. Michele Bachmann came in third with 191 votes and Herman Cain finished behind her, taking 104 votes.

RICK PERRY FIRES UP CROWD


Perry Road-Tests A Stump Speech - National Journal link and photo via Drudge
Republican activists have waited all week to see a front-running presidential candidate. When Texas Gov. Rick Perry took the stage Saturday, they may have finally gotten their glimpse.

In a 20-minute address to about 2,000 activists at the Republican Leadership Conference, Perry decried the Obama administration and even Republicans he blamed for "apologizing" while touting his own record with remarks that sounded conspicuously like a stump speech.

"This administration in Washington that's in power now clearly believes that government is not only the answer to every need, but it's the most qualified to make the most central decisions for every American in every area," Perry said. He called Obama's approach to the economy "an affront to every freedom-loving American and a threat to every private sector job in this country."

"I stand before you today as a disciplined, conservative Texan, a committed Republican and a proud American, united with you in the desire to restore our nation and revive the American dream," he said.
Perry: ‘Stand up’ and ‘stop apologizing’ - MSNBC

Friday, June 17, 2011

Sarah Palin’s SarahPAC Out-raising Mitt Romney In Ohio

Sarah Palin’s SarahPAC Out-raising Mitt Romney In Ohio - Time for Choosing
Ohio money flowing to Palin, Romney - Middletown Journal
Sarah Palin has collected $58K in the state while Mitt Romney has received $50K.

Brown vetoes budget: State Controller's Office says fate of California lawmakers' paychecks uncertain



Gov. Jerry Brown wasted little time Thursday when he vetoed the budget package California legislators presented him less than 24 hours prior. - Times-Standard
Brown said in a statement that the budget -- which lawmakers passed with a simple majority Wednesday and without any Republican support -- was not financially viable and contained “legally questionable maneuvers, costly borrowing and unrealistic savings.”
Brown's "Who's the Boss?" Moment - Fox and Hounds
In vetoing the budget bill, Governor Brown criticized Republicans for stymieing his proposed election to extend temporary taxes. But the real message was delivered to Democratic leadership in the Legislature: "I'm in charge here."

Pressured by a deadline to play-or-not-get-paid, Democratic majorities passed a gimmicky budget, described by the Governor as "not a balanced solution." He further said the budget "continues big deficits for years to come and adds billions of dollars in new debt. It also contains legally questionable maneuvers, costly borrowing and unrealistic savings. Finally, it is not financeable and therefore will not allow us to meet our obligations as they occur."

So he didn't explicitly finger Democrats for this situation, but it is an unavoidable conclusion given the partisan, simple majority character of the final product.
Brown vetoes plan, criticizing 'gimmicks' - mydesert.com
The right veto for the wrong reason - Flash Report
Although Gov. Brown did the right thing in vetoing the horrendous and irresponsible budget passed by legislative Democrats this week, praise must be withheld given the reason for his veto: he wishes to extend the largest state tax increase in U.S. history.
Democratic leaders come out firing against Jerry Brown w/video - Sacramento Bee
Treasurer Bill Lockyer believes Dems' budget not financeable - Sacramento Bee

Lawmakers mock Obama claim on Libya hostilities

"We have got drone attacks under way, we're spending $10 million a day," Boehner told reporters. "We're part of an effort to drop bombs on Gadhafi's compound. It doesn't pass the straight-face test, in my view, that we're not in the midst of hostilities." - AP

Gallup: Generic Republican 44, Obama 39

Gallup: Generic Republican 44, Obama 39 - HotAir
2012 Voter Preferences for Obama, "Republican" Remain Close - Gallup

Rasmussen: Romney, Bachmann, Cain Lead The Pack Among GOP Primary Voters


Rep. Michele Bachmann has surged into second place behind Mitt Romney following Monday’s Republican presidential debate and Bachmann’s entry into the race for the GOP nomination, a new Rasmussen Reports national poll reveals. - Newsmax
“With her impressive New Hampshire debate performance, Bachmann has gone from a conservative Sarah Palin-lite curiosity to a potential game-changer,” Time magazine reported.

“For two hours onstage with her GOP rivals, Bachmann appeared polished, serene and in command,” Time added.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely GOP Primary Voters, taken following the candidates’ Monday night debate, shows Romney earning 33% support, with Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann a surprise second at 19%. Georgia businessman Herman Cain is in third place with 10% of the vote. - Rasmussen

Thursday, June 16, 2011

DNC Chairman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will say anything to protect the jobs of her fellow Democrats and President Barack Obama. What has she done to protect your job lately?

California: Democrats pass budget without the support of any Republican representatives

Agree to disagree: Legislators rely on simple majority, put an 'end to the era of late budgets' by beating deadline - Times-Standard
The move marked the first time since 1986 that legislators produced a budget by the June 15 deadline, with the Senate voting 23-15 and the Assembly 51-23 in favor of the main bill AB 98. Both votes were achieved with a simple majority and without the support of any Republican representatives.

Had the constitutional deadline not been met, lawmakers would have forfeited their salary and per diem pay starting immediately, amounting to $48,603.50 a day in savings for the state, according to data from the state controller's office. The docked pay -- in addition to the ability for lawmakers to pass a budget with a simple majority rather than a two-thirds vote -- are the product of last year's voted-approved Proposition 25, which is seen as the primary factor for the package being produced on time...

Unlike Brown's proposal from earlier in the year, the current budget does not seek to reduce California's “wall of debt,” estimated to be $35 billion. Democrats said that had tax extensions been approved in a special election -- something that became impossible after negotiations between both sides fell apart in March -- that figure would have been reduced to $6 billion.

Republicans said the budget package was a “missed opportunity,” and one that destroys job creation and continues the trend of spending more money than we bring in.

”We've been kicking the can down the road for the better part of 50 years. That's why we've gotten into this mess where we are today,” said Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Stanislaus.

Republican Party Chair Tom Del Beccaro issued a statement following the Senate vote:

”Democrats have demonstrated that they are truly out of touch with the people of California. Instead of making the necessary and popular reforms to California's bureaucracy, the Democrats have chosen to pass a legally suspicious budget to save their own paychecks. It's now up to Jerry Brown to finally keep one of his promises, do the right thing, and say no to the Democrats' gimmicks-based budget solution.”

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

BOEHNER GIVES OBAMA 'ULTIMATUM' ON LIBYA...

Boehner gives Obama Friday deadline on Libya - Washington Times
Stepping up a simmering constitutional conflict, House Speaker John A. Boehner warned President Obama on Tuesday that unless he gets authorization from Congress for his military deployment in Libya, he will be in violation of the War Powers Resolution.

In a letter sent Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Boehner, the top Republican in the constitutional chain of succession, said Mr. Obama must provide a clear justification by Friday for committing troops to Libya.

Sunday marks the 90th day since the president notified Congress that U.S. troops had been committed to help enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, which is designed to protect the rebels fighting Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s government.

“The Constitution requires the president to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed,’ and one of those laws is the War Powers Resolution, which requires an approving action by Congress or withdrawal within 90 days from the notification of a military operation,” Mr. Boehner said in the letter.
BREAKING: A bipartisan group of members of Congress will file a lawsuit Wednesday challenging U.S. participation in the Libya military mission - CNN

A FURTHER PERSPECTIVE - Detector Nannies

Detector Nannies - Peter Hannaford for The American Spectator 6.13.11

George Orwell would have loved them. The members of the California State Legislature, unwilling to come to grips with their giant deficit, have decided instead that all 37 million of their fellow citizens must be saved from death by carbon monoxide.
How? By passing a law -- with little publicity -- requiring every single-family home in the state that has gas or electric appliances, a fireplace and/or attached garage to install carbon monoxide detectors -- by July 1!

How great is the threat? Not very. The acting State fire marshal claims that nationally an average of 480 people die of carbon monoxide poisoning. That is a tragedy for those involved, of course, but in California, with about 11 percent of the population, that would mean an average of 53 such deaths a year. Rather than requiring every home -- about 15 million of them -- to pay $20 to $40 per detector (and some homes would require more than one), an extensive statewide public service ad campaign should achieve the same cautionary result at very little cost. Legislators, however, don't think that way. It's easier to play Nanny and "mandate" things.

If the average California home spends an average of, say, $30, for a Nanny-imposed detector that would be a total of $450 million going to retail dealers and manufacturers of the devices. A recent "study" conducted by First Alert, a company that makes and sells carbon monoxide detectors, "found" that nine of 10 California households "were not in compliance with the national recommendation for the number of carbon monoxide detectors required in a home," according to a recent news story. The people at First Alert must be salivating. One wonders how many legislators' campaigns received contributions from them.

First it was incandescent bulbs, now carbon monoxide detectors. What's next?

While that question is being pondered, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that California must cut its prison population by 33,000 has Governor Jerry Brown in a sweat as to the ways and means to accomplish it. He wants to send many of them to county jails and pay counties to take them.

There is no money to do that and Brown is hoping that funds will come from an extension of sales and vehicle taxes due to expire June 30. That would require a vote which could not come until November and there is no guarantee the voters will approve the measure. In fact, they are in a mood to turn it down.

Meanwhile, Brown and the legislature are talking about rescinding some of the education tax cuts they said they would make. There has been much hand-wringing in school districts and many vocal delegations dispatched to Sacramento.

California voters treat education as a sacred cow and are generally supine when asked to support any education spending measure. In boom times, 2004-07, the state increased spending on K-12 and community colleges from $47 billion a year to $56 billion. Although student enrollment was not growing, the schools added 4,000 teachers and 2,100 administrative personnel. Many districts, with the real estate boom generating new taxes from property sales, increased teacher salaries and benefits. As usual, they spent as if there were no tomorrow. Tomorrow did come and it's still here. Revenues are down. The real estate market is bad and not improving. The state is among the top in state pay and the bottom five in student test scores. Sacramento wants to go back to spending more. Go figure, as they say.
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Peter Hannaford

Peter was closely associated with the late President Ronald Reagan for a number of years, beginning in the 1970s. He was vice chairman of the Governor’s Consumer Fraud Task Force, then the governor’s sole public appointee to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s governing board, then Assistant to the Governor and Director of Public Affairs in the Governor’s Office, Sacramento.

When Mr. Reagan’s second term expired, Peter and another senioir aide, Michael Deaver, founded a public affairs/public relations firm in Los Angeles (Deaver & Hannaford, Inc.) and Mr. Reagan became their lead client. They managed his public program until his election as president. In his 1976 campaign for the presidential nomination, Peter was his co-director of issues and research. In the 1980 campaign he was senior communications consultant to Mr. Reagan.

With the Reagan victory in November 1980, both men could not go into the White House. Mike Deaver did, as deputy chief of staff, while Peter continued with the company to manage it. He movedits headquarters to Washington, D.C. During the Reagan years he was involved in a number of volunteer activities including membership on the United States Information Agency’s Public Relations Advisory Committee, the board of trustees of the White House Preservation Fund, consultant to the President’s Privatization Commission and active in the President’s Private Sector Initiatives program.

After nearly three decades in Washington, Peter returned to his native state of California in 2006.
He remains a member of the board of directors of the Washington-based Committee on the Present Danger and a senior counselor of APCO Worldwide, a Washington-based public affairs/strategic communications firm. Currently, he is chairman of the Humboldt County Republican Party and lives in Eureka.

He is the author of 11 books (most of them about U.S. presidents) and a frequent contributor to opinion magazines and their online editions.

Obama's comments reveal "a deep misunderstanding of the power of productivity."

Against the ATM Scourge - John Hayward
Obamanomics: Damn those ATMs and airport kiosks! - Michelle Malkin
Inflation rises to highest level in 3 years, key manufacturing index goes negative - HotAir

Beyond Weiner: Capitol Hill’s Other Dirty Laundry

Weiner’s dirty laundry is just the latest addition to a teeming heap of scandal. - Michelle Malkin
To wit: The committee still hasn’t issued a final report into last year’s reckless Capitol Hill predator du jour, former Democratic New York Rep. Eric Massa....

Then there’s Beltway swamp queen Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters....

Another California Democrat, Rep. Laura Richardson, has been under the House Ethics microscope since the fall of 2009. She defaulted six times on home loans, left a trail of unpaid bills in her wake and allegedly failed to report required information on her financial disclosure forms while receiving special treatment from a lender....

The panel has also toyed for the past two years with Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s pay-for-play scandal involving charges that he or his staff sought to buy President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat.... Read the rest at the link

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

FULL CNN Republican GOP presidential debate 2011 - New Hampshire

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Debate Reaction

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Video: Chris Matthews has a fee-vah and the only prescription is more … Michele Bachmann?

My take on the New Hampshire debate - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner
GOP debate winners: Romney, Bachmann and Rick Perry - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner
GOP candidates go after Obama, not each other - Brian Hughes/Washington Examiner
Examiner Staff - Live Tweets: The Republican Presidential debate in New Hampshire
The Deep Dish Debate - American Thinker
“Michele Bachmann steals the show at GOP debate” - Washington Post

BREAKING NEWS: "Supreme Court just ruled in favor of the Republicans on Budget Repair."

"Supreme Court just ruled in favor of the Republicans on Budget Repair." - Althouse
Wisconsin Supreme Court Overturns Judge Sumi - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
Some key language from the ruling, which overturned Judge Sumi's rulings both procedurally (for interfering in the legislative process) and substantively (there was no violation of the Open Meetings Law) at the link.
Fiscal sanity triumphs: Wisconsin Supreme Court green lights budget/union reform law - Michelle Malkin
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has cleared the way for GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair/union reform law — and rebuked a county judge for interfering in the legislative process.
Supreme Court clears way for collective bargaining law to take effect - Wisconsin State Journal
Breaking: Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstates Walker’s collective bargaining law - HotAir

Monday, June 13, 2011

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll: -18

The top level of the 2,200-seat concert hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts was entirely empty, as were the seats along the side of the second and third levels...

There was the same old soundtrack – including “City of Blinding Lights” by U2, the president’s 2008 anthem -- the enthusiastic organizers and the abundant appeals for supporters to rally behind President Obama. - Politico via Drudge
...Tickets for the Gen 44 event started at $44, the official said.

Michele Bachmann is IN!


Michele Bachmann enters presidential race - Houston Chronicle
The first female contender to enter the 2012 race, Bachmann announced her bid during a Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire. The third-term Minnesota congresswoman has been leaning heavily toward a run over the past few months, visiting early primary states, raising money and railing against President Barack Obama.

"We cannot risk giving President Obama four more years to dismantle our nation. We must act now," Bachmann said in a fundraising letter sent within an hour of her entrance. "That's why I've made the decision to get in this race."

She brings high energy, charisma and proven fundraising ability to the race to nominate a Republican challenger to Obama. She also is known for unyielding stances, biting commentary and high-profile gaffes....
Bachmann Announces Presidential Run at Debate - FOX (image source: AP 2011)

Don't forget to check our CANDIDATES link above, we're adding candidates as they declare, and including their contact information.

SHOWTIME!


DICK MORRIS will be posting his play-by-play reactions LIVE during the Republican debate tonight - dickmorris.com
"Republican Debate Prep: What to Watch For in New Hampshire." - Althouse (will be live blogging the debate as well, ◼ here)
On the scene in NH: What “they’re” saying about tonight’s GOP debate - HotAir (will have updates throughout)
ACE OF SPADES: GOP Debate Live Blog

CNN: THE NEW HAMPSHIRE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES DEBATE TONIGHT 5:00-7:00 PM


Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will participate in the debate on the campus of St. Anselm College, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 13.
CNN debate: What to watch for - CNN
CNN hosts the first New Hampshire Republican presidential debate Monday night from Manchester at 8 p.m. ET (5:00 ON THE WEST COAST). Follow all the issues and campaign news about the debate on CNNPolitics.com and @cnnpolitics on Twitter. Watch the debate on CNN TV, CNN.com and mobile devices. And participate with your questions on the live blog on the CNN Political Ticker.
DICK MORRIS will be posting his play-by-play reactions LIVE during the Republican debate tonight - dickmorris.com
"Republican Debate Prep: What to Watch For in New Hampshire." - Althouse (will be live blogging the debate as well, ◼ here)
On the scene in NH: What “they’re” saying about tonight’s GOP debate - HotAir (will have updates throughout)

California Citizens Redistricting Commission releases first draft of new maps; preliminary lines leave Rep. Mike Thompson, Sen. Noreen Evans out of North Coast

If initial redistricting maps released by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission on Friday remain the same over the next two months, longtime North Coast Congressman Mike Thompson could be representing a new district come 2012. - Times Standard

◼ For more information or to view the maps online, visit: wedrawthelines.ca.gov
June 10, 2011, Commission Votes 14-0 to Approve 1st Draft District Maps
With four 14-0 votes, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission has released its first round of draft maps for Congressional, State Assembly, State Senate and Board of Equalization districts.

The Commission is now soliciting public comment on the draft districts. Testimony can be submitted online to votersfirstact@crc.ca.gov, by mail to the Citizens Redistricting Commission, 901 P Street, Suite 154-A, Sacramento, CA 95814 or by FAX at 916-651-5711. The Commission will be holding 11 public input hearings in June on the draft maps. The hearing schedule and the draft maps can be found at the Commission’s website at wedrawthelines.ca.gov
The MAPS are here.
California Redistricting Assistance Sites - Now Open
The Redistricting Group at Berkeley Law (affiliated with the Statewide Database) has opened six technical assistance sites in the following locations: San Diego, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Fresno, Sacramento and Berkeley. These sites, designed to encourage public participation in the state redistricting process, have computers and redistricting software available for use by the general public, so that individuals and groups may develop map submissions or testimony for the states Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Region: San Francisco Bay Area and North Coast
Location: Berkeley - UC Berkeley Law: 2850 Telegraph Ave, Suite 471 (for mail: Suite 500), Berkeley, CA 94705-7220
Manager: Ms. Tamina Alon, talon@law.berkeley.edu
Site Phone: 510-642-8320
Hours: Wed 3-9pm, Thur 3-9pm, Sat 9am-4pm and by appointment

Region: Sacramento and Northeastern California
Location: Sacramento - Central Library, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Manager: Ms. Robin Evans, raevans@law.berkeley.edu
Site Phone: 916-248-8990
Hours: Wed 2-7:45pm, Thur 2-7:45,pm, Sat 10:30am-4:45pm and by appointment

Region: Central Valley
Location: Fresno - OfficeBay Downtown Fresno, 1713 Tulare St, Suite 130, Fresno, CA 93721
Manager: Mr. Troy Mattson, tmattson@law.berkeley.edu
Site Phone: 559-272-8130
Hours: Wed 11am-3pm, Thur 11am-3pm, Fri 11am-3pm; appointments available Wed-Fri 3pm-9pm and Sat 9am-2pm
Region: Los Angeles and South Coast
Location: Los Angeles - USC Village Shopping Center, 3167 #F, South Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Manager: Mr. Richard Yarnes, rdyarnes@law.berkeley.edu
Site Phone: 213-785-8190
Hours: Wed 3-9pm, Thur 3-9pm, Sat 9am-4pm and by appointment

Region: Inland Empire
Location: San Bernardino - Arrowhead Business Park, 475A S. Arrowhead Ave, San Bernardino, CA, 92408
Manager: Mr. John Lavallee, jlavallee@law.berkeley.edu
Site Phone: 909-388-7444
Hours: Wed 3-9pm, Thur 3-9pm, Sat 9am-4pm and by appointment

Region: San Diego and Imperial Counties
Location: San Diego - Diamond District, 588 Euclid Ave. , San Diego, CA 92114
Manager: Mr. Thomas McDowell, thominsd@law.berkeley.edu
Site Phone: 619-822-1930
Hours: Wed 3-9pm, Thur 3-9pm, Sat 9am-4pm and by appointment
The Redistricting Group has launched its own website that provides educational materials about redistricting in California and information about the Redistricting Assistance Sites, the Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC), and how to participate in the process. Click here
Redistricting CA Pocket Guide

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman crisscrossed the Granite State this weekend, attending small house parties, posing for photographs with children and smiling astride a Harley Davidson motorcycle as he seeks to heighten support for an all-but-official presidential candidacy.


Huntsman 'likely' to make bid for White House - Brian Hughes/Washington Examiner
Appearing virtually everywhere in the first-in-the-nation primary state except for the Republican presidential debate scheduled for Monday in Manchester, Huntsman said he is "likely to enter the arena" in about a week and a half.

GOP insiders insist that Huntsman, polling in low single digits, remains a dark horse in a muddled Republican field that has yet to generate widespread excitement among conservative voters...
Former Utah Governor Huntsman May Declare, Says Obama Beatable - SFGate
Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman said Democratic President Barack Obama is “absolutely” beatable, given the “economic backdrop,” and said he may decide this week to seek the Republican presidential nomination. - Bloomberg
“We’ve got everything that any country would hope for in order to hit it out of the ballpark,” said Huntsman in a weekend interview with Peter Cook on Bloomberg Television’s “Bottom Line” in Manchester, New Hampshire. “We just don’t have a plan, we don’t have vision, we don’t have the right leadership to get us there.”

Who’s Up for Some More Weiner?

Top Democrats demanding Weiner resign - Susan Ferrechio/Washington Examiner
Rangel rises to defend Weiner - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner
Who’s Up for Some More Weiner? - RSMcCain
"“Not only are political sex scandals great fun, they serve an important social purpose. They remind us that we should think twice before we cede more power to these clowns.”
– Gene Healey, quoted by Matt Welch at ◼ Reason Hit & Run"
"Can we please accept he was just texting while male?" - Althouse

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Crossing the line? Obama Wall St. Event, organized by DNC, held in the White House’s Blue Room.

Obama Seeks to Win Back Wall St. Cash - NY Times

As Gingrich exits, remember his gifts as well as flaws

in the long run, what is most interesting about Newt Gingrich is not his flaws but his strengths. What enabled this Army brat with no real hometown to become a major political figure who did much to shape American public policy? - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner
He foresaw that Republicans could win congressional races in the small-town South and worked hard to prove it... He coached politically clueless Republican candidates with the high tech of the day... As speaker, Gingrich had more policy successes than his current detractors recall. He held federal spending essentially static for a year, setting the budget on a path to surpluses, passed a landmark welfare reform act and set in motion a Medicare reform commission that recommended premium support, the main feature of Ryan's proposal....

Sarah Palin email frenzy backfires on her media antagonists

The trove of more than 13,000 emails detailing almost every aspect of Sarah Palin’s governorship of Alaska, released late on Friday, paints a picture of her as an idealistic, conscientious, humorous and humane woman slightly bemused by the world of politics. - Telegraph
If anything, Mrs Palin seems likely to emerge from the scrutiny of the 24,000 pages, contained in six boxes and weighing 275 pounds, with her reputation considerably enhanced. As a blogger at Powerline noted, the whole saga might come to be viewed as “an embarrassment for legacy media”.
Make no mistake: MSM's frenzy over Palin emails is misogyny - Femisex
Operation Get Sarah - Michelle Malkin
The Palin emails: the NY Times… - Neoneocon
Behold The Mainstream Media Eating Its Own Anti-Palin Bile - A Running List of Headlines - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
From the comments: The Fish and Game board pushed the wolf-shooting decision onto the governor, seemingly before Palin was elected. She took the hit, when she was in office trying to help the Alaskan people with "the predator problem" suffered by fellow Alaskans. She clearly states that AK state intervention was undesired, especially the helicopter shooting.

Vindicates her. Completely.

Also, that she was concerned with getting the message straight on the issues facing Alaska.

Oh, and she was on top of staffing just after her swearing in, and wanting to ensure the State of the State speech was clear to ensure the Alaskan people knew what was going on.

Also - she wanted her administration to be open, to allow them to speak to the press.

Texas' Perry assails Obama on abortion at LA stop

Texas' Perry assails Obama on abortion at LA stop - AP/Yahoo

Mitt Romney leads the Drudge primary

Mitt Romney leads the Drudge primary - Politico

The event, organized by the Democratic National Committee, kicked off an aggressive push by Mr. Obama to win back the allegiance of one of his most vital sources of campaign cash

Obama seeks change from Wall St. Donors - New York Times
Mr. Obama, who enraged many financial industry executives a year and a half ago by labeling them “fat cats” and criticizing their bonuses, followed up the meeting with phone calls to those who could not attend...

Executives at large investment banks, a group that gave generously to Mr. Obama in his last campaign, are remaining on the sidelines for now. Only a small handful of such donors have appeared in Mr. Obama’s joint campaign filings with the Democratic National Committee, though officials there said more would appear in the coming weeks.

Some traditional heavy hitters in Democratic Wall Street fund-raising have stepped out of the game. They include Maureen White and her husband, Steven L. Rattner, a founder of the Quadrangle Group, whose Fifth Avenue living room was a critical conduit between Wall Street and Democratic candidates in the years before Mr. Rattner joined the Obama administration to help restructure the auto industry. The couple did not resume their old role after Mr. Rattner left government, and he was caught up last year in an investigation into kickbacks to New York’s state pension fund....