Archive | 18 April 2012

House Passes Highway Bill With Keystone XL Pipeline Mandate


And it was a bipartisan vote, too!

All but 14 Republicans, with support from 69 Democrats, voted 293-127 for legislation that falls far short of Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) earlier plan to move a sweeping five-year, $260 billion package.

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NY Times Inadvertently Blows Hole In ObamaCare Screenings


I’m sure they didn’t mean to:

This month, nine major medical specialty groups published a list of 45 tests and procedures that often have no clear benefit for patients and can cause harm — CT scans for simple headaches, for example, and X-rays for routine lower back pain. You don’t often hear calls from doctors for fewer tests and procedures.

And that’s too bad. Many of them have been oversold, their benefits exaggerated and their harms ignored.

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Harry Reid: Seniors Love Junk Mail


I kid you not:

“And when talking about seniors, seniors love getting junk mail. It’s sometimes their only way of communicating or feeling like they’re part of the real world,” Reid continued. “Elderly Americans, more than anyone in America, rely on the United States Postal Service, but unless we act quickly, thousands of post offices … will close. I’ve said this earlier today; I repeat it.”

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Media Matters Raison d’Etre Revealed: Attack Businesses, Wealthy People, and Christianity


Not that it’s any great surprise to anyone that hasn’t been living under a rock, but here it is:

When David Brock applied for tax-exempt status for Media Matters for America, he told the IRS exactly who his group would be fighting against: businesses, wealthy Americans and conservative Christians.

“Media Matters for America (MMA) believes that news reporting and analysis by the American media, with its eye on profit margin and preservation of the status quo, has become biased,” read the group’s application, obtained by The Daily Caller, “It is common for news and commentary by the press to present viewpoints that tend to overly promote corporate interests, the rights of the wealthy, and a conservative, Christian-influenced ideology.”

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Joe Kennedy III Calls For End To “Cheap Oil”


Talk about being out of touch with the average voter in “flyover country,” I think Joe Kennedy III pretty much epitomizes it:

As gas prices continue to soar around the country, Joe Kennedy III, the Democratic candidate for Rep. Barney Frank’s seat, wrote an online letter to supporters calling for an end to “cheap oil.”

“Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama — they’ve all talked about the same thing: the need to wean ourselves off our debilitating dependence on foreign oil,” Kennedy wrote.

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Ex-Marine Wins Arizona Primary For Giffords’ Seat


Back in August 2009, I wrote about former Marine Jesse Kelly, a Republican candidate who had impressed me when he held his own impromptu town hall after the Democrat Representative cancelled hers. He comported himself pretty well, I thought. The Democrat in question was Gabrielle Giffords, whose tragic shooting caught the nation’s attention.

Mr. Kelly has now taken a big step towards replacing the retiring Giffords in the House.

Jesse Kelly won the Republican primary for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District Tuesday and will now take on Democrat Ron Barber in a special election to decide who completes former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ term, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

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Obama Doesn’t Want To Help Small Businesses


The Obama White House is threatening to veto a small business tax cut bill:

The White House has threatened to veto a small business tax cut bill being pushed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), calling it a $46 billion “giveaway” to the “most fortunate.”

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