Corruption Update: Obama’s Census Bureau Planning To Cook Obamacare’s Books Before Midterm Elections

Obama’s Census Bureau Officially Plans To Cook Obamacare’s Books – The Federalist

In a bombshell article, the New York Times reported earlier today that the U.S. Census Bureau planned to radically alter its method of calculating the number of people without health insurance in the U.S. The result? The changes will be so radical that “it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.”

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From the NYT:

The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.

The changes are intended to improve the accuracy of the survey, being conducted this month in interviews with tens of thousands of households around the country. But the new questions are so different that the findings will not be comparable, the officials said.

An internal Census Bureau document said that the new questionnaire included a “total revision to health insurance questions” and, in a test last year, produced lower estimates of the uninsured. Thus, officials said, it will be difficult to say how much of any change is attributable to the Affordable Care Act and how much to the use of a new survey instrument.

You know what else is due this fall? A big election in which the effects of Obamacare are sure to weigh on voters’ minds.

Don’t worry, though. Census officials said the timing of the change was “coincidental” and “unfortunate.” The latter is most certainly the case, but unfortunate for whom? Certainly not the White House, which mere days ago was bragging, Mission Accomplished-style, about how amazing the Obama implementation was going. Does anyone actually believe this White House would want to change and obscure favorable numbers in the weeks and months ahead of an election?

It turns out the suspiciously timed changes aren’t the only remarkable aspect of that NYT story. Apparently the government’s statisticians knew for some time that the old method of collecting data on the uninsured significantly overstated their numbers:

Census officials and researchers have long expressed concerns about the old version of insurance questions in the Current Population Survey.

The questionnaire traditionally used by the Census Bureau provides an “inflated estimate of the uninsured” and is prone to “measurement errors,” said a working paper by statisticians and demographers at the agency.

So not only will the new numbers be close to useless when it comes to using them to figure out if Obamacare has had its intended effect, it turns out the old numbers – which the White House used to cram the law down America’s throat – were bogus as well. Heads they win, tails you lose. But remember: all of this is totally coincidental and really unfortunate.

Unrelated: remember that time the Obama administration tried to force the head of the Census Bureau to report directly to the White House, rather than to the Secretary of Commerce, as required by law?

President Obama has decided to have the director of the U.S. Census Bureau work directly with the White House, the administration said today, a move that comes as the Census Bureau prepares to conduct the 2010 census that will determine redistricting of congressional seats.

We’re sure that was just a coincidence, too.

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*VIDEO* 50 To 100 Million Health Insurance Policies To Be Cancelled By 2014 Elections


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Obama Regime Violating Law With ObamaCare Delay In Desperate Attempt To Manipulate Midterm Elections

White House Violates Law With Obamacare Delay – Big Government

Obama administration officials are illegally delaying enforcement of a central provision in the president’s namesake legislation in a desperate attempt to manipulate the 2014 midterm elections and swell the ranks of those who look to government for healthcare.

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The White House is beginning to sense that when Americans realize the price of “free” healthcare, they’re likely to take swift vengeance on those responsible.

Section 1513 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, better known as Obamacare) requires all large employers to provide health insurance for their employees. “Large employers” are those with at least 50 full-time employees, and “full-time” is defined as averaging 30 or more hours per week.

Section 1513’s “Employer Mandate” is one of five parts of the ACA that are absolutely essential for this government-run system to work, with the most well-known of those five being the infamous “Individual Mandate” upheld by the Supreme Court as a tax by a controversial 5-4 decision in 2012.

And the Employer Mandate is mandatory. The law Congress wrote explicitly commands that this provision takes effect in January 2014. The ACA does not permit the government to grant a reprieve or an extension.

Yet in a blatantly illegal move, the Obama administration is presuming to rewrite the ACA by choosing not to enforce provisions that are causing visible problems. The IRS – which is tasked with enforcing the Employer Mandate – will simply not enforce it until 2015. Every large employer in the country is under the mandate. If they don’t comply, then they are breaking federal law.

But the IRS not enforcing Section 1513 is like a policeman who patrols a stretch of road who says for the next year, he won’t issue any speeding tickets. He has no authority to suspend the law, but if he chooses to violate his duty by failing to enforce the law, then to all the motorists on the road it’s as if the law does not exist.

However, the White House is doing nothing to stop Section 1501’s Individual Mandate. Almost every American is still being commanded to buy insurance or face a penalty (now called a “tax” by the Supreme Court). If you work at a large company, you might be on your own and need to buy insurance somewhere else.

This will force millions of Americans instead to purchase insurance on government-run healthcare exchanges. Not able to get insurance at work, and not able to buy full-price policies on the individual market because of the enormous increase in prices resulting from the ACA’s laundry list of new entitlements and mandates, these individuals will buy it on a state-based exchange where the prices are heavily subsidized by taxpayers.

It’s worth noting that the ACA only subsidizes insurance policies on an exchange run by a state. Yet 34 states have refused to join this government-run debacle, so in those states the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will set them up.

This is why the IRS issued a regulation last year saying that these tax credits for state-run exchanges also extend to HHS-run exchanges. Several lawsuits are now underway challenging the IRS Rule, and they should quickly lead to federal courts striking down the regulation.

In the meantime, though, this will drive millions of Americans onto government-run healthcare, conditioning them to think of it as an entitlement. By promising them all the benefits now but delaying the massive costs until after the 2014 midterm election, Obama and his team hope to buy themselves a couple years to make this system work.

Bad policy makes for bad politics, however; sooner or later everyone has to pay the piper. Maybe Obama will delay the most onerous parts of Obamacare until after the 2014 elections in an attempt to keep the Senate and retake the House, but it might take a miracle to keep this shell game going until after the 2016 election, when voters decide on a new president and what direction we take as a nation.

Whether Obamacare remains the law of the land will be at the center of that national discussion for 2016. Suspending the Employer Mandate just added to that debate.

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Conservative Hideout’s Useful Idiot of the Month is………

Who else but Nanny Bloomberg?

I guess when it comes to being a nanny, or a useful idiot, Mayor Bloomberg of NYC takes the cake.  After all, the cake is sugary, and might make you fat! You guessed it right, Michael Bloomberg, the man who thinks he should micromanage your life, has won Useful Idiot of the Month!  So, we at the CH 2.0 send our congratulations to Mayor Bloomberg for a well deserved dishonor.  Then again, he wouldn’t think it is dishonor, would he?  Stay tuned for the next nomination thread, coming at the end of April

Also not that Conservative Hideout is one of our Blogs of the Month!

Your Fred Thompson quote of the day!

From Bob Belvedere! who awards Fred the quote of the day

…is awarded to Fred Thompson for this Tweet:

USPS to stop delivering mail on Saturdays. Can’t wait to find out how many days a week you’ll be able to get treatment under Obamacare #tcot

— Fred Thompson (@fredthompson) February 12, 2013

As an exit question, How much different would this country be with a President Thompson?

 

State Of Florida To Eric Holder: Get Bent!

Florida Defies Holder, Rejects DOJ Demands To Stop Purging Non-Citizens From Voter Rolls – Stand With Arizona

Florida has drawn a line in the sand which must be adopted by every state against an Attorney General and administration which is increasingly abusing and distorting the law to stop efforts to keep illegal voters away from the polls this November.

The Department of Justice this week demanded that Florida immediately cease its current massive purge of non-citizens and dead persons from its voter rolls, absurdly citing the outdated and outmoded Voting Rights Act of 1965. Well, now Florida has refused, saying it will not give up its efforts to make sure only legal citizens can vote.


Florida Governor Rick Scott and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

The Gist

Two weeks ago, Florida found 53,000 dead people registered to vote, and removed them from the rolls. In addition, Florida has discovered a staggering 186,000 potential non-citizens who are registered to vote may have voted, and worked furiously to investigate, remove them, and prosecute those who have voted.

So far, Florida’s Secretary of State Ken Detzner has identified 2,700 of these non-citizens, and forwarded them to the counties in which the reside. Hispanics account for 58 percent of those flagged as potential noncitizens, a Miami Herald analysis found, and most of those exposed appear to be illegal aliens.

And, despite what critics of voter ID laws always say – that voter fraud is not an issue – the numbers of voters amongst non-citizens exposed is quite alarming: Of the more than 1,600 non-citizens exposed in Miami-Dade, about 65 percent have cast ballots. About 72 percent have cast ballots of the 262 identified in Broward.

Florida officials even requested data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to help them determine which potential voters were non-citizens.

The Battle

So, of course the “Department of Justice” sprung into action to make sure that the sacrosanct right to vote was not being corrupted by thousands of ineligible voters… right?

Not on your life. The race-obsessed Department of “Just Us” did what it has always done since January 20, 2009: stop any and all efforts to keep illegal voters from the polls. So the same Obama DOJ, which has already, unlawfully, blocked Voter ID laws in Texas and South Carolina, and attempted (unsuccessfully) to stop an effort to keep illegal aliens from voting in Arizona, was not about to let Florida enforce the laws to keep the voter rolls clean.

If there are illegal aliens and dead people – nearly all “minorities” and Democrats – voting, the DOJ will make sure they keep on doing exactly that. In a letter issued late Thursday, T. Christian Herren Jr., who leads the Justice Department voting section, demanded that Florida immediately put a stop to the purge, telling Detzner that the state’s plan to review the status of the 2,600 suspected non-citizens and purge them if the voters fail to prove citizenship appears to violate the infamous “Section 5 ” of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (which still allows the DOJ to obstruct electoral activities of states which had race issues 50 years ago!) and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (the infamous vote fraud magnet also known as “Motor Voter”).

Florida’s response? No way

“We have an obligation to make sure the voter rolls are accurate and we are going to continue forward and do everything that we can legally do to make sure that ineligible voters cannot vote,” said Chris Cate, a spokesman for Detzner. “We are firmly committed to doing the right thing and preventing ineligible voters from being able to cast a ballot. We are not going to give up our efforts to make sure the voter rolls are accurate.”

Now the battle really begins. Some Democrat-controlled counties are saying they will obey the DOJ and cease their part in the purge. But that won’t last long, as Florida law gives the Secretary of State the final say on these matters. And the law is on Florida’s side, as the statutes allowing the purge have already been pre-cleared. And, as PJ Tatler said, “if Section 5 allows the Attorney General to stop states from ensuring that citizens of foreign countries don’t vote for President, I doubt Holder will find much support on the Supreme Court.”

So kudos to Gov. Rick Scott, SoS Detzner and the state of Florida for taking the Washington corruptocrats head-on, as Arizona did (and won). Now it’s time for Texas, South Carolina and other states to do the same. Say NO to embattled A.G. Holder and this Administration’s disgraceful attempt to undermine the rule of law and enable massive voter fraud.

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Now THAT, my friends, is a BOLD prediction

Smitty, of The Other McCain fame, or is it infamy, swings for the bold prognostications fences

This prediction is served without malice. I feel nothing about the Commander-in-Chief, one way or the other.

  1. The economy appears to be dead in the water, but are only that good if you squint and believe government figures which, unexpectedly, are later adjusted down.
  2. Government actions, like those of the EPA, are inimical to economic recovery.
  3. As the third year after winning the election closes, BHO’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll remains mired in the negative teens.

Against those, and other equally negative inputs (Pigford), BHO will have to arrive at a means to avoid losing the election. I predict Eric Holder will be the vehicle, or, rather, dude going under the vehicle, to achieve this. The means to avoid losing in an election BHO cannot win will be to resign, Nixon style, because the integrity of the administration has been unexpectedly (did I already use that word in this post?) tarnished.

HMMMMMMMMMMM

 

I owe Mike Huckabee an apology

I am sorry Governor Huckabee. Now to be clear, allow me to state the things I am NOT apologizing for

I am not apologizing for calling Mike Huckabee a used car salesman in  a better suit, or for saying he is like a televangelist with better hair. I am also not sorry for saying he is a nanny stater, or that he will say anything to get elected. I am not sorry for calling him Huckaphoney either. I also do not regret my belief that his supporters are dim wits who are prone to be suckered by snake oil salesmen.

However, I am forced to admit that I was wrong to call Huckabee the fakest Republican ever! No, that was wrong, clearly the fakes Republican EVER, is Donald Trump, who is the walking, talking definition of a publicity whore!

18,500 Dead People On Ohio Voter Rolls, Report Shows

18,500 Dead People On Ohio Voter Rolls, Report Shows – Daily Caller

Ohio’s top elections official says it appears that thousands of voters considered “active” are anything but.

Secretary of State Jon Husted says a report has found nearly 18,500 dead people on the state’s voter rolls. Records of registered voters were cross-checked with a list of deceased Ohioans maintained by the state Health Department.

The secretary is asking county elections boards to purge those who are deceased from the statewide voter database.

Husted said in a statement Tuesday that the integrity of voter data is critical from a cost, quality and confidence standpoint.

He wants to establish a more centralized state database so his office could more easily compare voter information with files kept by several state agencies, including the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the prisons department.

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GOP: 5,000 Non-Citizens Voting In Colorado A ‘Wake-Up Call’ For States

GOP: 5,000 Non-Citizens Voting In Colorado A ‘Wake-Up Call’ For States – The Hill

Republicans on the House Administration Committee want to shore up voter registration rules in the wake of a Colorado study that found as many as 5,000 non-citizens in the state took part in last year’s election.

Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), the panel’s chairman, called the study “a disturbing wake-up call” that should cause every state to review its safeguards to prevent illegal voting.

“We simply cannot have an electoral system that allows thousands of non-citizens to violate the law and vote in our elections. We must do more to protect the integrity of our electoral processes,” Harper added.

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a Republican, told the panel that his department’s study identified nearly 12,000 people who were not citizens but were still registered to vote in Colorado.

Of those non-citizen registered voters, nearly 5,000 took part in the 2010 general election in which Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet narrowly defeated Republican Ken Buck.

Colorado conducted the study by comparing the state’s voter registration database with driver’s license records.

“We know we have a problem here. We don’t know the size of it,” Gessler said in testimony to Administration’s Elections subcommittee.

He told Harper that Colorado would look to create a registration system that would allow his department to ask that some people provide proof of their citizenship in writing.

If individuals did not respond to the request, their registration as voters would be suspended.

Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas) raised doubts about the reporting, noting that the study itself said it was based on inconclusive data and that it was “impossible to provide precise numbers” on how many people who were registered to vote in the state were not citizens.

Gonzalez asked Gessler, a former prosecutor, if he would have pursued a court case on such evidence.

Gessler responded that the goal of the study was to expose voter registration issues and pursue administrative avenues to resolve them.

“We don’t have a screen for citizenship on the front end when people register to vote,” he said.

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If cowboys ride off into the sunset, where do douchebags ride off to?

Aleister has some ideas on new job opportunities for Olby.

9. Join the Obama Administration as the Worst Person In The World Czar.

6. Pitch NPR on a new show called “Meltdown.”

4. Audition for the part of the creepy gym teacher on MTV’s “Skins.”

And the number one suggestion is….

1. Get an internship at the Rachel Maddow Show.

Da Tech Guy offers a great round up of post-Olby fallout

Nice Deb has a good linkfest too including this

Ace o Spades once asked Keith on Twitter: @KeithOlbermann, when you have your inevitable psychotic break and get fired again, do you think MSNBC will finally hire a black guy?

Nope! MSNBS will remain Whiter than White!

It seems that Olby’s firing hit Bill Maher the hardest!

William Jacobson has the best headline Have you no job sir?

Stacy McCain has a fine round up to peruse

Adrienne at her corner waves buh-bye

How many times do I have to say it? Huckabee is the spawn of a used car salesman and a televangelist!

Huckabee is a PHONY! He is a used car salesman in a better suit! He is nothing but a Nanny Stater pretending to be a Conservative! Listen to this audio of him defending Michelle Obama’s pet project, being the National Food Cop!

Of course, Huckabee is simply parroting The First Lady’s talking points. He is ADVOCATING the government telling you what to eat. Sure, he can tell us that Mrs. Obama is not trying to dictate diet, but, that is EXACTLY what the new law she pushed does! Anyone who supports Huckabee should have their head examined!

H/T to Cubachi

Great news, crazy Republican may run in 2012

Ron Paul? Good Freaking Grief!

On Sunday’s broadcast of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” 2008 Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, a libertarian favorite, addressed his 2012 prospects. He told NPR’s Guy Raz that a presidential run is still a possibility.

“Well, it’s possible and I haven’t ruled it out, so I’ll probably be deciding at the beginning of the year,” Paul said. “And people ask me if I think about it a lot and I do because a lot of people ask me about it.”

Well what would the circus of a presidential race be without a few clowns?

Howard Dean. Yeah, about that whole freedom of speech thing…………

Your Daley Douchebag Award winner is Dean, who likely knows less about the Constitution than the average Tea Partier does! I cannot fathom a greater insult than a Liberal talking about anyone not grasping the Constitution! H/T Weasel Zippers

 

 

Daily Benefactor News – Feds Seize 20 Tons Of Pot Smuggled Through Border Tunnel – More Articles


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Feds Seize 20 Tons Of Pot Smuggled Through Border Tunnel – Washington Times

Federal authorities in San Diego have made one of the largest marijuana seizures in the United States, confiscating more than 20 tons of pot that was smuggled into the country through an underground tunnel connecting warehouses on either side of California’s border with Mexico, officials said Wednesday.

Mexican authorities seized more than four tons of pot from the warehouse on their side of the border.

The marijuana is worth more than $20 million if sold on the streets of San Diego, said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton. The bricks of pot were packaged for sale.

“This is obviously the work of a cartel,” said Mr. Morton, who held a news conference outside the warehouse in an industrial park near the Otay Mesa truck crossing, across from Tijuana.

Officials said the lightening-speed, 12-hour operation started Tuesday night when U.S. authorities watching a warehouse under surveillance followed a tractor-trailer as it left the building.

ICE agents called in the California Highway Patrol, whose officers stopped the rig near Temecula, Calif., about 60 miles way. Authorities say they found 10 tons of marijuana inside the tractor-trailer. The driver, a U.S. citizen, and his Mexican wife were arrested and will be arraigned in San Diego on Thursday.

Authorities quickly obtained a federal search warrant to enter the warehouse, where they discovered 10 to 15 more tons of marijuana, Mr. Morton said.

They also found the opening to the tunnel, which ran the length of six football fields under the border and ended at a warehouse in Mexico, Mr. Morton said. The tunnel had lighting, ventilation and a rail system to send loads of illegal drugs into California.

The clandestine passageway was too low to stand up in and was believed to be in operation for only a brief time, Mr. Morton said.

Officials said the seizure was the largest ever in California and was believed to be the second-largest in the United States. The largest amount of marijuana seized by Drug Enforcement Administration agents was in 2008 in Oregon, where 33 tons were found, DEA Special Agent Ralph W. Partridge said.

Wednesday’s announcement comes only weeks after Mexican officials made their largest marijuana seizure ever, confiscating a massive 134 tons believed to belong to the powerful Sinaloa cartel.

Mr. Morton said officials haven’t determined which cartel was running the drug tunnel.

Officials have found 125 underground tunnels along the border built by Mexican drug cartels to elude detection since the early 1990s, ICE officials said. Of those, 75 have been found in the past four years. Many were discovered before they were completed. The majority were found along the California and Arizona borders with Mexico.

Mr. Morton credited the increase in tunnel discoveries to “good old-fashioned law enforcement” efforts, with agents keeping a close eye on the thousands of warehouses storing goods moved back and forth across the border.

Morton said such a rapid bust, which came after a monthlong investigation, was possible because of cooperation between U.S. and Mexican authorities. He said that cooperation is better than ever, making it tougher for Mexican drug traffickers to move their loads and forcing their smuggling businesses to move underground.

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Oil Hits Six-Month Peaks On Falling Dollar, Fed Move – Breitbart

World oil prices hit fresh six-month peaks on Thursday as the dollar slumped on the back of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s new huge stimulus package aimed at boosting the American economy.

Brent North Sea crude for delivery in December delivery rallied as high as 87.59 dollars, reaching a level last seen on May 4. It later stood at 87.46, up 1.08 dollars from Wednesday’s close.

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CBS Photoshops Black/White Obama? – Creative Minority Report

Accompanying their election coverage on their website, CBS published a photoshopped picture of a half black/half white Obama with Republicans and Democrats on either side of him. How could anyone think that changing the President’s skin tone like this would be a good idea?

Obama’s white side is on the side of the GOP’s John Boehner and Eric Cantor. His black half is on the side of Harry Reid and Charles Schumer.

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Arizona Bans Affirmative Action – San Fernando Valley Sun

Voters in Arizona on Tuesday approved Proposition 107 banning the consideration of race, ethnicity or gender by units of state government, including public colleges and universities.

With 2,075 of 2,239 precincts reporting as of early Wednesday morning, the measure had just under 60 percent support. Arizona joins California, Michigan, Nebraska and Washington State in imposing such bans.

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Devastation: GOP Picks Up 680 State Legislature Seats – National Journal

While GOP gains in the House and Senate are grabbing the headlines, the most significant results on Tuesday came in state legislatures where Republicans wiped the floor with Democrats.

Republicans picked up 680 seats in state legislatures, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures – the most in the modern era. To put that number in perspective: In the 1994 the GOP picked up 472 seats.

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Iranian Protesters Bash U.S. And Britain In Rallies Marking U.S. Embassy Takeover Anniversary – Canadian Press

Demonstrators chanted “Down with America” outside the former U.S. Embassy and pelted the British diplomatic compound with eggs and tomatoes Thursday in separate rallies held under tight security.

The protests outside the former American Embassy were well-scripted events to mark the anniversary of the 1979 storming of the site, which began a 444-day hostage crisis and severed Washington’s ties with Iran.

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CAIR Sues Oklahoma For Banning Islamic Law – WorldNetDaily

The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is filing a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a ballot measure that bars judges from considering Islamic law in any ruling.

On Tuesday, with about a dozen other states watching, Oklahoma became the first state to put before voters the proposition that Islamic courts, Islamic law and Shariah-based court decisions should be banned.

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Canadian Couple Gives Away $11.2M In Lottery Winnings – AOL News

Allen and Violet Large figured they were lucky enough already. So when the Canadian couple hit it big in the lottery this year, they decided to give it away – all of it.

Since their July win, the elderly couple has donated nearly every cent of their $11.2 million winnings to charity. Call it the Larges’ largess. “What you’ve never had, you never miss,” Violet Large said.

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Historic Victory For GOP, Boehner Says Message To Obama Is “Change Course” – Daily Caller

Voters delivered an epic victory to Republicans and a stinging defeat to Democrats in midterm elections Tuesday, handing the GOP an avalanche of pickups in the House the likes of which has not been seen in more than half a century.

Republicans were on their way to gaining around 60 seats in the House, and had made huge advances in the Senate as well. GOP candidates also won big in governors races and state legislatures across the country.

The consolations for Democrats were few: they retained control of the Senate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid held on to his Nevada Senate seat, and Democrats won a few House races that were thought to be in danger.

The House currently has 255 Democrats and 178 Republicans. The new reality will be a Republican majority of between 236 and 240, and a Democratic minority below 200.

The GOP House gains were the biggest swing for either party since 1948, when Democrats gained 75 seats on the back of President Truman’s campaign against a “do-nothing” GOP Congress.

The last time such a large swing occurred in a midterm election was in 1938, when Democrats lost 72 seats to Republicans in the middle of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt s second term, as voters lost confidence in the New Deal.

In the Senate Tuesday, Republicans picked up seats in Arkansas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois and Pennsylvania. They were on pace to win in North Dakota as well, and the Colorado race was too close to call, with Republican Ken Buck holding a lead of a few hundred votes.

The total pickup for the GOP in the Senate was set to be between 6 and 8 seats, depending on the outcomes in Colorado, Washington and Alaska. The latter two may not be decided for days.

Republicans also won a key gubernatorial race in Ohio and looked likely to win in Florida, both contests that President Obama and Democrats badly wanted to win. And 17 separate state chambers flipped from Democrat to Republican, in the latest count.

Republicans, however, said they were not celebrating.

“We’ve got real work to do, and frankly this is not a time for celebration, not when one out of 10 of our fellow citizens is out of work,” said John Boehner, the Ohio Republican who is set to become the next Speaker of the House.

Boehner said “our new majority will be prepared to do things differently,” saying they will cut spending instead of increasing it, which will be a much easier promise to make than it will be to fulfill.

And Boehner sought immediately to prevent Obama and the White House from sticking the new House Republican majority with full responsibility for the ship of state.

“We must remember it’s the president who sets the agenda,” Boehner said. The American people have sent an unmistakable message to him tonight, and that message is, ‘Change course.'”

Obama called Boehner around midnight “to congratulate him,” according to Boehner’s office.

“They had a brief but pleasant conversation. Leader Boehner said he’s always been straightforward and honest with the president in the past, and said that’s the way he’ll continue to be with the president in the future. They discussed working together to focus on the top priorities of the American people, which Boehner has identified as creating jobs and cutting spending,” Boehner’s office said.

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GOP Captures Governorships In At Least 1o States – NewsMeat

Republicans captured Democratic governorships in at least 10 states on Tuesday, including some prime presidential battlegrounds, and hoped for even more statehouse gains.

Changing hands in the GOP onslaught: governorships now held by Democrats in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Wyoming.

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GOP Claims At Least 16 Legislative Chambers – CQ Politics

Republican legislators have captured at least 16 chambers of state governments, electoral victories which will prove crucial to the redistricting efforts next year that will draw the maps for Congressional races over the next decade.

In New Hampshire, North Carolina, Alabama and Wisconsin, Republicans captured both the state House and Senate.

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Oklahoma Voters Ban Shariah Law, International Law – Hindustan Times

Oklahoma is to become the first state in the U.S. to ban Islamic sharia law. That’s the result of a voter initiative that passed by a heavy majority in the midterm election on Tuesday night.

State Question 755 amends the Oklahoma constitution to forbid courts in Oklahoma from considering sharia law or international law in reaching their decisions. More than 70% of voters approved the measure.

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Portland, Maine Rejects Non-Citizen Voting – Yahoo News

Voters in Maine’s largest city have rejected a ballot measure that would have allowed legal residents who are not U.S. citizens the right to vote in municipal elections.

Supporters said it was only fair that immigrants who are not yet citizens be allowed to vote because they pay taxes, send their children to public schools and even serve in the military.

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Fund Manager Warns Dollar Could Lose 20% Of Value Over Next Few Years – CNBC

The dollar is in danger of losing 20% of its value over the next few years if the Federal Reserve continues unconventional monetary easing, Bill Gross, the manager of the world’s largest mutual fund, said on Monday.

“I think a 20% decline in the dollar is possible,” Gross said, adding the pace of the decline was also an important consideration for investors.

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At Least 113 Killed In Series Of Baghdad Attacks – Los Angeles Times

Terrorists unleashed a wave of deadly attacks in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 113 people in Shiite neighborhoods in an apparent bid to provoke a new sectarian war in the country.

Seventeen car bombs and other blasts shook the city at sunset in one of the bloodiest days this year. The coordinated attacks came just 48 hours after 58 people were killed after armed men seized a Baghdad church.

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Miracle Baby Falls Six Stories, Survives – BBC News

French media are describing as a “miracle” the unscathed survival of an 18-month-old girl who fell from a sixth-floor apartment.

The girl was left unattended by her parents when she somehow fell, then bounced off the awning of a cafe below. She had a further stroke of luck when a passing doctor saw her fall and caught her before she hit the ground, witnesses were quoted as saying.

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Massive Crater Opens Up In German Town – First Coast News

A crater some 65 feet (20 meters) deep has opened up in a residential area of an eastern German town – swallowing a car and a garage door but causing no injuries.

Emergency services were called to the scene in Schmalkalden at about 3 a.m. (0200 GMT) on Monday by a resident who reported hearing unusual noises. Six houses and 25 people were evacuated.

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‘Sleepwalker’ Beats Drunk Driving Rap – Orange News

A Swedish man was acquitted of drink driving after a court said it couldn’t rule out the possibility he was sleepwalking. The 51-year-old man, who was not identified, had a blood alcohol level nearly 10 times the country’s legal limit.

The man said he awoke late one evening in the driver’s seat of his car, which had catapulted into a ditch in Karlskrona.

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Police: Man Robs Bank, Then Offers $1K For A Ride – Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Police say a bank robber forgot to set up a getaway ride, so he offered $1,000 to people on the street for a lift after the heist.

Capitola police said a man in his 40s or 50s entered a bank at 11:40 a.m. on Saturday and ordered $20 and $100 bills from the teller. Police said the man then jumped onto the counter, pushed the teller and grabbed money from the till.

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Woman Jailed For Stealing Terminally Ill Son’s IV Drugs – Weekly Vice

A 42-year-old Vancouver woman visiting her terminally ill son at a Pittsburgh hospital was jailed after she allegedly disconnected his intravenous line feeding him sedatives and injected herself with with the drug.

Karen Remsing was visiting her son at UPMC Children’s Hospital when she disconnected his sedative line and began filling hypodermic needles out of the tube.

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Bloomberg: Poll Problems ‘A Royal Screw-Up’ – WFAN

There were major problems at the polls on primary day in New York and it’s all connected to the debut of the state’s new electronic voting machines. New York City spent $160 million on new voting machines, but the roll out was embarrassing.

Some polling places opened as much as four hours late and thousands may have been unable to cast ballots, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

“That is a royal screw-up and it’s completely unacceptable,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

Sources told CBS 2 that the list of problems was astonishing, including: broken machines, missing machines, missing emergency ballots and workers totally unprepared to assist voters and resolve technical glitches. And probably the most unforgivable was the fact that polling places opened hours late.

One polling place at 38 Water St., in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn was still closed at 8:30 Tuesday morning, two and a half hours after its scheduled 6 a.m. start.

Another polling place at 350 Fifth Ave. in Park Slope still wasn’t open at 8:15 a.m.

And most ironic, one at 339 8th St. – Camp Friendship – didn’t open until after 9, because the keys to open the voting machines didn’t arrive. That’s where Public Advocate Bill de Blasio votes and he was furious.

“Literally we have right now thousands from what I’ve heard already, could be 10,000 New Yorkers turned away, didn’t get to vote, may not get to vote, and that’s outrageous,” de Blasio said. “Unfortunately, this could decide the election in some cases, literally, which machines were working and which weren’t, could decide this election.”

Mayor Bloomberg blamed the board of elections. “The board is a remnant of the days when Tammany Hall ran New York. New Yorkers deserve better than this and the time has come to fix it,” Bloomberg said.

As public advocate, de Blasio said he’s going to do the oversight to try to fix the problems, but the elections in November are only seven weeks away.

“I got there at 6:20 a.m. They hadn’t plugged the machines in yet. They weren’t sure how to sign people in. They signed me in, they first gave me a Republican ballot instead of a Democratic ballot,” Judi Wind, a Lower East Side resident, told CBS 2?s Kathryn Brown.

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Big Night For Tea Party: O’Donnell Wins Delaware – Houston Chronicle

Virtually unknown a month ago, Christine O’Donnell rode a surge of support from tea party activists to victory in Delaware’s Republican Senate primary Tuesday night, dealing yet another setback to the GOP establishment in a campaign season full of them.

O’Donnell defeated nine-term Rep. Mike Castle, a fixture in Delaware politics for a generation and a political moderate.

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Tea Party Pick Paladino Beats Lazio For GOP Guv Nod – NPR

The Tea Party movement scored another major victory with the surprise win by Carl Paladino, a Buffalo businessman, in the Republican primary race for governor.

Paladino beat Rick Lazio, a former congressman who was the candidate of the Republican establishment and was fairly well known in the state. In 2002 he lost a state-wide race against Hillary Clinton for Senate.

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Reid Tries To Slip ‘Dream Act’ Into Defense Bill – CNN

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he will add the DREAM Act, a controversial immigration measure, to a defense policy bill the Senate will take up next week.

The decision means the defense bill, which often passes with bipartisan support, will be home to two major, thorny political issues – the other being the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

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Rangel Wins Primary Despite Being Corrupt – The Hill

After being dogged by allegations of ethical misconduct for much of the past year, Rep. Charles Rangel easily beat back his first primary challenge in nearly 20 years Tuesday.

He showed confidence in his victory early in the evening, taking the stage at his victory party in Harlem four times before the race was called. “I’m going to go back to Washington with such pride,” Rangel said.

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French Face Veil Ban Passes Last Legislative Hurdle – Haaretz

France’s proposed ban on full face veils in public cleared its last legislative hurdle when the Senate approved a bill outlawing the garments.

The law has already been passed by the National Assembly but still has to be vetted by the Constitutional Council, France’s highest constitutional authority. It would make France the first European country to outlaw the burqa or niqab. Offenders would be fined 150 euros.

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Reggie Bush To Forfeit Heisman – ESPN

Under pressure since his award-winning 2005 campaign at USC was vacated, running back Reggie Bush said in a statement on Tuesday that he will forfeit the Heisman Trophy.

“One of the greatest honors of my life was winning the Heisman Trophy in 2005,” the statement released by the New Orleans Saints reads. “For me, it was a dream come true. But I know that the Heisman is not mine alone.”

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Harry Reid Arrives At Clean Energy Summit… In A Fleet Of Giant SUVs – Detroit News

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rolled up to the Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada last week… in a fleet of giant SUVs.

The Heartland Institute reports that while the Senate Majority Hypocrite “and other high-profile environmental activists blasted carbon-based fuels at the Reid-sponsored summit, Reid and other bigwigs were caught on film driving to and from the summit in several SUVs.”

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