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Obama's SOTUs Average a 9th Grade Reading Level

Feb 12, 2013 8:25 PM PT

The Guardian has an interesting graphic showing the duration and reading level of every SOTU since the nation's founding. I can't paste it here because it's interactive so you'll have to click over and take a look.

It seems that the reading level of the SOTU has been on a long steady decline with more recent Presidents at the bottom of the pack. President Obama's SOTUs are at a 9th grade reading level on average, though it turns out 2009 was an outlier. His three other SOTUs (the current one hasn't been rated yet) have been at an 8th grade level.

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Obama Calls For More Gun Control Measures--Makes No Mention Of L.A. Shooter

Feb 12, 2013 7:16 PM PT

President Barack Obama addressed the nation on Tuesday evening at the State of the Union. The President gave his speech as law enforcement in California closed in on rogue former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner. 

Dorner, who allegedly shot five people and killed three people last week in Southern California may also be responsible for killing a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy during a gunfight earlier in the evening. Dorner reportedly held hostage a couple in a cabin he barricaded himself in a cabin. The cabin became engulfed in flames. According to reports, Dorner is suspected to be dead.

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What's Obama Going To Do About His Unconstitutional NLRB Recess Appointments?

Feb 12, 2013 2:58 PM PT

 This message is brought to you by The Workforce Fairness Institute:

The Clock’s Been Ticking Since Obama’s Unconstitutional Recess Appointments

On January 4, 2012, President Obama circumvented the U.S. Senate and made recess appointments to fill vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board with union cronies Richard Griffin and Sharon Block. Fast forward a year later. On January 25, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reminded the president that he isn't above the law and ruled the appointments to be unconstitutional.

The ruling dealt a big blow to Big Labor. But the NLRB and President Obama are just dismissing it.

Isn't it pretty obvious that Griffin and Block should step down? Shouldn't President Obama, the former constitutional law professor, ask them to resign?

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Wasserman Schultz Deceives Reporters

Feb 12, 2013 1:39 PM PT

It appears that the DNC has omitted key portions of Capella’s statement from their official transcript of the call that featured both Wasserman Schultz and Van Hollen.

Here is the ending of Capella’s statement (also part of the official transcript) that can also be heard on audio link-  

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Florida's New 'Green' Governor?

Feb 12, 2013 8:48 AM PT

Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott is pushing a pro-business, pro-everglades agenda in Florida, citing that he has been able to create more jobs, and businesses have been able to expand, while preserving the state's important natural resources. 

'Governor Rick Scott  emphasized investments into environmental projects as part of the Florida Families First budget at the Forum Club of the Palm Beach’s luncheon.'

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The President Said Sequester Was There to Force Entitlement Cuts

Feb 11, 2013 3:19 PM PT

In response to White House rules out raising Medicare eligibility age:

In case you missed it yesterday, the White House's announcement of the debt ceiling deal (which created the sequester as a motivator toward cuts) said the bipartisan commission would "seek a balanced approach to larger deficit reduction through entitlement and tax reform." The President got his tax reform/new revenue in December, but he has not delivered on his end of the bargain with entitlement reform.

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