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Poor Democrats Still Trying To Spin Their Election Night Fiasco

Nov 21, 2014 6:15 AM PT

The rascally desperate Democrats continue to deny that they got clobber this past election cycle, and look for anything, or anyone to blame for their party's implosion.

During my latest appearance on NewsmaxTV, we discussed how "Warren" Democrats had a big day, yet the rest of the Democrats didn't. Ben Wikler from Moveon.org tries to spin that liberal stalwart Senator Elizabeth Warren faired well on election night.

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Chris Christie Not Happy With Reporter's "Ridiculous Question" [Video]

Nov 20, 2014 1:49 PM PT
Republican Governor Chris Christie took offense to a "ridiculous question" asked of him by a reporter at the annual RGA meeting in Florida.

 The reporter questioned Christie if it was fair to criticize President Obama over immigration, if he (Christie) hasn't "articulated" his position on the issue. Christie said that he had "no obligation to do the president's job for him," and reserved the right, like all Americans, to criticize Obama. 

 Watch the exchange.

Did The Clintons Use Charity Dollars For Political Purposes?

Nov 20, 2014 6:51 AM PT

With news that the Clinton Foundation's travel expenses have spiked significantly after Hillary Clinton's post-State Department return to the group, accounting for as much as 10% of the organization's total spending, the America Rising PAC is calling for the foundation to release records addressing their spending practices.

Via Politico, it seems charity begins both at home and when you're leaving home, if you're a Clinton.

The travel expenses were nearly double the total in previous years. The filing indicates that the increase was related to the Clinton Global Initiative, which was spun off as a separate entity during the four years Hillary Clinton was secretary of state to avoid conflicts of interest, then reincorporated last year into the Foundation.

The travel costs were $8.448 million, according to the 990 forms the foundation filed with the IRS. America Rising obtained a copy at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark. That figure was about 5 percent of the more than the $145 million the Clinton Foundation raised last year, but 10 percent of its expenses.

In notes in the filing, foundation officials referred to specific travel requirements for the three Clintons.

“The Board recognizes that, due to extraordinary security and other requirements, William J. Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton may require the need to travel by charter or in first class, the determination of which will be made on a case-by-case basis,” it says. All three Clintons had not been members of the board in previous years.

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Hillary Clinton: Pipeline, What Pipeline?

Nov 18, 2014 7:49 PM PT

With Senate Democrats defeating approval for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline by one vote, the issue may flow all the way over into the 2016 presidential election, with one's position on it being at least noteworthy, if not significant.

Unfortunately for Democrats, the woman setting herself up to be their standard bearer in 2016, Hillary Clinton, either isn't even aware of the issue, or is already demonstrating an unwillingness to take positions on issues that may matter to a large swath of voters.

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Facebook Closes Down Path Obama Used To Reach Voters in 2012

Nov 18, 2014 7:15 PM PT

Described as "one of the most sophisticated social targeting efforts ever undertaken," an application the Obama campaign developed to reach voters through their Facebook social networks in 2012 will no longer be an option for anyone in 2016 given changes implemented by Facebook.

And it's a big deal and it's driven by privacy concerns. In essence, by using technology, a camapign could supply a contact with a list of individuals within their social network ranked in terms of their potential to be open to, or persuaded to support the Obama campaign. It wasn't simply social broadcasting; it was more targeted and consequently more efficient and effective. Now, with less third party data share-able with apps, the technology can no longer be exploited in that manner.

“It’s a fairly significant shift,” said Teddy Goff, who was Obama’s digital director in 2012, and oversaw the effort that helped the Obama campaign gain a Facebook following of 45 million users that year. Goff’s team used Facebook and other tools to register more than a million voters online and to raise $690 million online in 2011 and 2012.

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Boehner: A Veto Of The Keystone Pipeline Would Be Like Obama Calling The American People Stupid

Nov 18, 2014 1:44 PM PT
During his weekly press conference with Republican leaders on Tuesday morning, House Speaker John Boehner said the Democrat-controlled Senate had an “important opportunity” to create jobs by approving construction of the Keystone pipeline before the new Republican majority takes control in January.

Although by Tuesday afternoon, hopes were diminishing that a bill would make it to the president's desk, Boehner said that if it did, and President Obama were to veto approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, it would be the “equivalent of calling the American people stupid.”

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Pelosi: Shaky, Not Stirred - For Now

Nov 18, 2014 10:29 AM PT

If anyone needs a drink right now, it may well be 74 year-old House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi who by all accounts gets to keep a job she's now failed at for two election cycles. But she no longer seems to inspire much confidence among her colleagues.

The 74-year-old Pelosi’s hold on power seems secure, but buy-in from her conference is shaken.

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States: Show Me The Money For Climate Change

Nov 17, 2014 7:35 PM PT

Supposedly, Obama is re-focusing his Climate Change efforts back toward the states after playing it up on the international stage. However, if one reads between the lines, it's not hard to see that what this is actually about for many states is their bottom line, not the lines on any thermometer.

One measure calls for tools to track health problems linked to climate change, such as asthma.

Another asks Washington to integrate climate resilience planning criteria in all federal programs, such as those that provide transportation funding, "to ensure these projects will last as long as intended."

The recommendations would "reorient" existing funds at a time when seeking new funding in Congress would be problematic since the new Republican leadership has said it will use federal budgets to weaken the president's climate plan.

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