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Hillary Clinton Tops Obama's in Polls

Feb 8, 2013 10:12 AM PT

In response to Latest Polls Put Obama's Approval Under 50%:

So, I just finished up another panel discussion with HuffPost Live, and one of the topics covered was Hillary Clinton's high approval ratings. The panel was asked why Clinton was so popular, and most on the panel, except for me thought that it was because she was just plain "awesome." That was host's Marc Lamont Hill's exact description of Hillary.

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Bush Email Hack Reveals Secret Talents of Former President

Feb 8, 2013 8:03 AM PT

So, an email account used by former President George W. Bush and his family has reportedly been hacked.

The hack, labeled as "audacious" by The Smoking Gun, which broke the story, revealed various photos of the former president and members of his famous family.  The emails date back between 2009 and 2012 and are said to have come from a breached AOL account that was created to host the photos and enable correspondence amongst the family and others.  The accounts of other contacts with whom George W. Bush had corresponded, including his sister, are also said to have possibly been compromised.

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Latest Polls Put Obama's Approval Under 50%

Feb 8, 2013 7:08 AM PT

Alternate headline: Media Cover-Up of Obama's Failed Recovery Crumbles

Obama and his media can throw out as many gun control, birth control, and immigration distractions as they like. But try as they might to make people forget it, millions are still living in Obama's jobless, slowing disaster of an economy.

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The NY Times' Shifting Standards on Mixing Murder and Politics

Feb 7, 2013 8:27 PM PT

In response to SPLC's "Hate" Map Doesn't List FRC Shooter:

Here's the NY Times story on Christopher Dorner. The authors devote a little space to his "manifesto":

The 6,000-word manifesto was bristling with anger and explicit threats, naming two dozen police officers he intended to kill. Mr. Dorner laid out grievances against a police department that he said remained riddled with racism and corruption, a reference to a chapter of the department’s history that, in the view of many people, was swept aside long ago.

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Hazed and Confused

Feb 7, 2013 5:16 PM PT

As I mentioned last week, I despise how the EPA hurts cities and states across the country by imposing job-killing regulations.  The Chamber's Free Enterprise blog is a great source for keeping up on what's going on in the states.  Blogger Sean Hackbarth's latest piece is on the EPA going after coal plants in Arizona.   Hackbarth writes:

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne argues that EPA’s regional haze regulations won’t be more effective than the state's rules, and he’s right. The U.S. Chamber report authored by Competitive Policy Institute policy analyst William Yeatman, “EPA’s New Regulatory Front: Regional Haze and the Takeover of State Programs,” contains a case study of the Navajo Generating Station, another Arizona coal plant in the same situation as the Apache, Cholla and Coronado plants involved in this suit. EPA wants to hammer the Navajo plant with regional haze controls that would cost $700 million. Yet peer-reviewed research has concluded that there’s little chance that any discernible visibility would occur.

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Assassination Power & Outlawry

Feb 7, 2013 3:12 PM PT

I hear some people talking past each other on Obama's self-declared right to assemble a Kill List of Americans and order their deaths, sans any kind of external check or procedural safeguards.

Charles Krauthammer says that anyone who has taken arms against America has forfeited his right to citizenship.

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