Archive for May, 2011

(CNN) — A new book, now number six on the New York Times' Best Sellers list, is putting the so-called "birther" issue back on the national stage. "Where's the Birth Certificate?" by Jerome Corsi, which debuted on the list out Sunday, argues President Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen and therefore cannot be president. "Corsi demonstrates conclusively that no legal authority has ever verified Obama's legal eligibility to be president," the … Read More

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Washington (CNN) — Sarah Palin rode into Washington, D.C. on the back of a motorcycle Sunday, kicking off what is expected to be a week of stops to educate America about its founding principles. She delivered her message on the National Mall as part of the "Rolling Thunder" rally in honor of Memorial Day. "Rolling Thunder" is a non-profit organization dedicated to the search for American military personnel who are prisoners of war or missing in … Read More

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(CNN) — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who recently decided against a run for president, said he could have beat President Barack Obama in 2012. "Yes, I think so," Daniels said Sunday on ABC's "This Week," adding, "I mean, no one can know." Daniels reiterated that his family was the reason behind his ultimate decision not to seek the GOP presidential nomination. "We've got young women, three of them married not too long," Daniels said, referring to … Read More

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Washington (CNN)-In a rare public display of political and personal acrimony, freshman Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky squared off Wednesday with the powerful Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Tempers flared on the Senate floor over how many amendments Paul could offer to a measure extending the main anti-terrorism surveillance law enacted after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Key provisions of that law – th … Read More

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(CNN) — Goodwin Liu, a California law professor nominated by President Barack Obama for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, asked Thursday for his name to be withdrawn after Senate Republicans had invoked a rarely used filibuster to block a final floor vote. "With no possibility of an up-or-down vote on the horizon, my family and I have decided that it is time for us to regain the ability to make plans for the future," Liu said in a letter to … Read More

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Social Media Fatigue: Too Much Information "The pressure's on the screen to sell you things that you don't need. It's too much information for me." – Duran Duran, Too Much Information, 1993 One of my favorite bands.  One of my favorite songs.  Although it was written about their over-exploitation by the media and a commentary on the entertainment industry's need to shove product placement down our throats till we buy, the overall tone could apply to the rate at which we are being fed (or … Read More

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — Vice President Joe Biden told bipartisan congressional negotiators Tuesday that additional tax revenues must be part of any deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling. "I made it clear today that revenues will have to be in the deal," Biden said after a nearly three-hour meeting in the Capitol. … Read More

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Washington (CNN) – Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts announced Monday he opposes fellow Republican Paul Ryan's controversial plan to overhaul the Medicare health care program for seniors. "While I applaud Ryan for getting the conversation started, I cannot support his specific plan – and therefore will vote 'no' on his budget, Brown wrote in an op-ed appearing in Politico. Democrats believe they have had so much political success hammering House … Read More

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Washington (CNN) — Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, a member of the bipartisan so-called "gang of six," said the group reached a deal before Republican Sen. Tom Coburn dropped out Tuesday. "We were ready to announce as far as I was concerned and then Sen. Coburn said no I'm not part of this and walked away," Durbin said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "The question now is whether senators on both sides of the aisle, Democrat and Re … Read More

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(CNN) — President Barack Obama said Sunday that any controversy over his remarks last week that Israel-Palestinian negotiations should start from pre-1967 borders and include land swaps was "not based in substance." In his first speech as president to the main American-Israeli lobby group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Obama said his reference to the border issue in a major policy speech on the Middle East "means that the … Read More

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