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Why CREDO Mobile Doesn't 'Like' Facebook

Feb 21, 2013 7:41 PM PT

In case you hadn't seen it, CREDO Mobile has been up to its antics again - this time it's had Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in its sights.  The mobile phone service provider has been using its phone network and online outreach to try and pressure Zuckerberg to distance himself from NJ Governor Chris Christie.

The Facebook founder held a private fund-raiser for Christie at his home last week, his first ever such event. Zuckerberg is not overtly political and isn't registered with either party. While he has participated in pro-Obama events in the past, he also teamed up in 2010 with both Christie and Newark mayor Corey Booker, a Democrat, to create new educational programs in Newark, NJ through a $100 million donation of his own.

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Bob's Big Boi?

Feb 21, 2013 2:49 PM PT

In response to Big Boi at CPAC Would Be Interesting...:

Call me behind the times or whatever you want, but who the heck is Big Boi? I get that he is some rapper, but is that his only claim to fame? The only ''Big Boi' I know is  the burger joint out in California, Bob's Big Boy. Honestly, I don't even know if they are around anymore, nor do I know what this has to do with Ace's story. Heading to Burger King now.

This is What Good Reporting Looks Like

Feb 21, 2013 2:14 PM PT

Remember when the President couldn't seem to go a single speech without mentioning tax breaks on private jets as a symbol of all that was wrong with out budgeting priorities. I hadn't noticed that the White House had returned to this theme lately, but Jonathan Karl at ABC did:

President Obama in an interview Wednesday with KAKE-TV in Wichita: “What we don’t want to do is give somebody who’s buying a corporate jet an extra tax break.”

Carney has brought up the corporate jet tax break at every single briefing this week.

Listening to the White House, you might think that the “balanced” Democratic plan to avert the spending cuts would close that loophole for private jets.

But you would be wrong.

The Senate Democratic plan – which has been endorsed by the White House and is, in fact, the only Democratic plan actively under consideration right now – doesn’t touch corporate jets.

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The ObamaCare tax increases begin

Feb 21, 2013 1:29 PM PT

ObamaCare's driving up insurance premiums and wiping out coverage from coast to coast, but don't forget that it's also stuffed with tax increases.  On deck: $100 billion in sales taxes on health insurance plans.  Poor, middle class hardest hit.

We'll all be paying the other 22 tax increases in ObamaCare too, even though some are nominally levied against medical device providers, insurance companies, doctors, etc.  It all gets to our wallets in the end, no matter how carefully hidden it is.

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The Hostage Taker Playbook Shouldn't Work With Sequester

Feb 21, 2013 9:57 AM PT

Yesterday Ace posted a bit of this Red Altert Politics post at his site. The gist of it is that Obama only seems to have one playbook. He claims the current crisis was "manufactured" by Republicans and then blames them for not averting it by conceding everything he demands. The pithy, political metaphor that attaches itself to this well-worn move is "hostage takers." Obama didn't use this language himself but his surrogates did, leaving him free to step into the role of hostage crisis negotiator. That has been his play for nearly 2 years now.

Personally, I really dislike this language. It's irresponsible not to mention extremely hypocritical coming from a party that demands Republicans tone down their rhetoric lest crazy people get the wrong idea. But I guess the strategy made sense politically in 2011 when the argument that Republicans had "manufactured the crisis" was at least plausible (if you avert your eyes from the mounting debt).

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