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Florida Rep. Allen West toured the secretive Camp 7 at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — where the alleged Sept. 11 plotters are held — but wouldn’t say Tuesday what he saw. The reputed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators are held at the secluded site and West did acknowledge, “I did see one very popular individual.” » read more
While the ugly public fight in Congress over how to keep the government funded for the next few months is getting all the attention, behind the scenes a bipartisan effort to craft a long-term path to fiscal stability is proceeding slowly and quietly. » read more
An offer from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to open negotiations to end the three-week-old war has revealed a split within the rebel movement that controls this city and much of the eastern half of Libya. » read more
A handful of foreclosure prevention measures run by the Obama administration are so ineffectual, inefficient and complicated that, according to Republicans in the House of Representatives, the programs should be killed outright » read more
Updated 19 min. ago
The Senate is in the midst of a three-hour debate on two opposing proposals to fund the federal government through September 30.
Once the debate concludes at 3pm ET, members will first vote on the House-passed budget bill (HR. 1); if it fails to garner the 60 votes needed to pass then Sen. Inouye’s (D-HI) substitute amendment will be brought to the floor for a vote. It is anticipated that neither budget bill will reach the 60-vote requirement.
Both bills include cuts on the current spending levels, the GOP bill will cut spending by $61 billion while the Democratic counter proposal would cut $5.1 billion.
While the cuts draw primarily from domestic spending, some senators have said the cuts are not deep enough. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who voted against the short-term spending resolution on March 2, has proposed a $500 billion cut.
In Germany, several parents have been jailed for keeping their children from attending sex-education programs at school.
By Tony Pugh | McClatchy Newspapers
The nation’s Republican governors are raising a new complaint against the 2010 national health overhaul, which they deride as “Obamacare.” They say it would drive up their Medicaid costs dramatically at a time they’re already slashing their budgets to cope with debt. » read more
American-born Israeli author and political expert David Rubin says Americans need to understand the distinction between “free elections” and “democracy” when watching the tumultuous mayhem in the Middle East.
Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who alleges she was sexually harassed for two years by Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings of Florida.
Maryland may become the latest state to impose homosexual “marriage” on its citizens — but legislators won’t necessarily have the last word.
If MTV and Viacom are airing sexual content involving children, they can be charged with more than just bad taste.
In the Arab world, half of the entire population is regularly subjected to mistreatment that would be utterly intolerable, indeed illegal, in any orderly democratic society.
Labor unions are one of a growing number of institutions that specialize in siphoning off wealth created by others.
A former prostitute says the sex-trafficking industry is a “Mafioso undercover lifestyle,” and its secrets can be told only by the bravest of those who has counted the cost.
Congress fights a battle every session on use of taxpayer dollars for abortion. H.R. 3 would ban federal money for that purpose, putting government out of the abortion-enabling business.
A conservative black writer and commentator is calling U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to task for making what he believes was a racially charged comment during a recent congressional hearing.
The evidence James O’Keefe has provided of how open to penetration are key elements of our society should provide fresh encouragement to identify and root out the shariah-adherent “extremists” in the Muslim American community.
The government flouts the Fourth Amendment in the name of security.
As well they should, Nation Public Radio is backing and shuffling fast to cover the public humiliation of the promulgation of a video showing NPR execs playing funding footsie with two putative donors masquerading as representatives of a Muslim Brotherhood front group.
by Soeren Kern
The days of Europe’s highly vaunted cradle-to-grave social welfare state are numbered.
by Ryan Mauro
While President Obama stays in the background, European leaders have moved to the forefront of efforts to protect the West from Islamic extremism.
Behold: the structure of redundancy, stupidity, and unconstitutional power the 100-year fog of leftism has created.
In a translation exclusive to PJM, the Commander of the Basij forces — Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Naghdi — makes a stunning admission and a remarkable threat.
by Ron Radosh
A dissection of a mixed-up Times lead editorial that attempts to oppose Scott Walker in Wisconsin for trying to take on public sector unions, while supporting Andrew Cuomo in New York for trying to do the same thing. (And don’t miss Ed Driscoll on “Two Papers in One.”)
We don’t lament the fact that some people in American history had to be rude, recalcitrant, or peacefully disruptive to make their points.
Chavez is embarked on an array of monstrous projects for which an exiled Gaddafi, pitching his tent in Venezuela, could be a font of expert advice.
by Ed Driscoll
Charting the Great Celebrity Implosion of the 21st century.
Michael Totten gets the opinions of Rick Francona — one of our preeminent intelligence analysts — on his specialties: North Africa, the Levant, and the Gulf.
Obama defers to the tyrants and the UN, and the world is more dangerous because of it.
by Dan Miller
The tortured logic of Judge Kessler. (UPDATE: “Judge Vinson’s Ruling on the Federal Government’s Motion for ‘Clarification.’” )
The left keeps accusing the right of racism and the right keeps denying it, demanding evidence, which is never forthcoming. Not once. But that doesn’t stop the left. They continue the accusations — and President Obama believes them.
You know that famous satellite photo of the Korean peninsula, the one where the south is all aglitter with lights and the north is virtually all dark? The mullahs want to turn off all the cultural and informational lights except for a few that they control. Fortunately though, it’s too late for that.
SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro’s general counsel personally profited from Bernard Madoff, which Schapiro knew about. Today, Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Charles Grassley asked her for answers.
by Ron Radosh
They are not useful idiots — but simply idiots.
Today’s shooting in Germany left two U.S. Air Force airmen dead and two others wounded. (UPDATE: “Thoughts on the Frankfurt attack.”)
Free speech, diversity, and the consequences of challenging The Narrative at the famous New York school of art.
Your loyal PalinTracker boils down six weeks of coverage and thousands of headlines.
An unclassified Defense Department report we’re making available exclusively at the PJ Tatler makes a case for financial terrorism being suspected in the ’08 economic crash.
Cozy with dictators and critical of the U.S., will they change their tune now?
by Kim Zigfeld
His earthly power faltering, Putin turns to the church.
In Libya now, just as in Egypt one month ago, protesters are using the Star of David as a symbol of hatred and contempt.
by Bruce Bawer
When I learned that liquor can be sold in Louisiana all day and night, I was stunned. But then, I’ve lived in Norway so long that I’ve forgotten what it’s like to live like an adult.
by The Tatler
PJM’s CEO, Roger L. Simon, appeared on Fox & Friends Sunday morning to talk about his new book, Turning Right at Hollywood and Vine: The Perils of Coming out Conservative in Tinseltown.
by Ron Radosh
If anything, given their position on the recent UN resolution, J Street is worse on its position towards Israel than the Obama administration itself. (And if you missed Ron’s take on the first session of J. Street’s 2nd National Conference, click here.) UPDATE: No Kosher food at Jewish J Street conference!
According to an inside source, the military collaborations between Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the Gaddafi government date back to 2006.
The attacks on the two top leaders of the Green Movement prove the gravity of the Iranian crisis and the panic at the highest levels of the Islamic Republic.
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Former chief Mchael Steele criticized the Republican National Committee for its reaction to the Wisconsin showdown…
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03/09/11 12:43 PM ET
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Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus said the administration needs to move forward on the Colombia and Panama trade agreements.…
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by Ron Radosh
Hardly a surprise, since the left-wing group’s own statement of principles says it opposes “efforts to demean and fan fears of Islam or of Muslims.”
Despite evidence from our own State Department to the contrary, why does Obama think that this organization would be a positive player in forming the new Egyptian government?
by Jack Dunphy
There is no carnival so vulgar that it cannot be made more so by the presence of Jesse Jackson, who told ABC News that he found the spirit of the assembled protesters in Madison “infectuous.”
Because they are the radicalization problem. (Patrick Poole will be covering Thursday’s hearings live on PJTV. And don’t miss this PJTV FLASHBACK: “Roger Simon calls for congressional hearing on censorship of Islamic terminology”)
The terrorists have tapped into their extensive network of sympathizers to glean intelligence from the leaked cables.
Arid Uka said he was motivated by a YouTube video of American soldiers raping a girl in Afghanistan. The likeliest source of such a clip is the De Palma feature. Also read about the NBA owner who financed the film at the Tatler.
The president’s policy won’t create more energy — or more jobs.
The respectable left plays a dangerous game.
Every International Women’s Day, Iranian women bravely march for equality under threat of persecution. UPDATE: Also read Meltdown in Tahrir Square at the Tatler.
by Rand Simberg
The failure of two NASA satellites built to study climate change raises the unlikely — but still possible — specter of sabotage.
by Bruce Bawer
All of Obama’s deep thinking is ultimately bogus. Just consider his constantly “evolving” stance on gay marriage.
The factories are gone, and with them, the unions: the Midwest may be seeing a huge swing away from the Democrats.
Under liberal rule, it’s corrupt, cushy, and ripe for competition.
The sensitivity police arrest our calendar.
The wealthier and more leisured we have become, the more we have developed some terrible habits that will have to end if we are going to return to fiscal sobriety and a unified culture.
When “unfounded remarks” turn out to be remarkably well-sourced.
by Myra Adams
Obama’s shortcomings dwarf those of the Republican hopefuls.
by Joseph Puder
He endorsed the “will of the people” in Egypt without knowing what it is, and he actively rejected the will of the Israeli people who voted for a center-right government.
Are they loyal to anything but themselves?
by David Solway
Turning the tables on Israel’s accusers.
by AWR Hawkins
We are living lives of self-imposed impoverishment. (Update: “Gas prices too high? Blame Obama.”)
Holder made a mockery of Obama’s pledge to keep ideology out of scientific inquiry.
by Bob Owens
A political policy that left a Border Patrol agent facing lethally armed men with only a beanbag gun is likely responsible for his death.
Arid Uka’s Facebook friends list was a “Who’s Who of the German Islamist Scene.”
by Harold Rhode
With Tehran fomenting unrest among the Shias in oil-rich gulf states, now is the time for the US to help the Iranians overthrow the despots who oppress them.
by Jazz Shaw
The first permit issued for drilling in the Gulf since the Obama administration declared a moratorium is … not for a new well at all.
Brace yourself for another round of bureaucracy.
The head of the nation’s second largest teachers union has recently turned heads by making some concessions in regards to a subject that was once held as non-negotiable – tenure.
A new documentary examines the disconnect between American public education and the Christian faith. IndoctriNation, a 90-minute documentary film on education, explores one of the most important and controversial issues in modern history.
A church in an unlikely city is reaching multi-national immigrants and refugees with impressive success.
Read the latest advice on raising teens from the founder of Heartlight Ministries.
A group which opposes the spread of radical Islam says WMAL in Washington, DC, has caved to the demands of an Islamic supremacist organization, making it the first “sharia-compliant” radio station in America.
Story contains results from Tuesday’s poll
A Christian-based group is taking exception to a weekend news report on the disproportionate influence of homosexual state lawmakers.
The American Family Association is taking exception to a pilot for a new series on ABC.
Updated 3 hr., 27 min. ago
The Administration’s budget request for fiscal year 2012 proposes a $94.3 billion budget for the Department of Education. The plan includes a large increase in discretionary funding from this year’s budget.
Today, the House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing titled, “The Budget and Policy Proposals of the U.S. Department of Education.” Committee members will review the suggested budget and the affects of an increase in spending for the department’s fiscal and educational policies. More »
first in series of hearings
Updated 7 hr., 17 min. ago
The Senate Banking Committee today commences the first in a series of hearings looking at the state of the housing market. Witnesses, including industry leaders and experts, will give their thoughts on the challenges facing the U.S. housing market and how Congress can best improve its condition.
In recent months, Treasury Sec. Timothy Geithner and other cabinet officials have made the rounds on Capitol Hill regarding the government’s take-over of mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Many members of Congress have agreed with a portion of the White House’s plan to move towards privatization of home mortgages to help sustain the housing industry. More »
- Housing Hearing: c‑span.org at 2:30pm ET
pay-for-performance system evaluated
Updated 3 hr., 27 min. ago
Over the past year, the debate regarding federal workforce pay has taken place in Congress and the media. Today, the issue comes before a House Oversight Committee when its Chairman will introduce a pay-for-performance system for federal employees during a hearing, titled “Are Federal Workers Underpaid?.”
Lawmakers will consider the discrepancy between federal and private-sector employees’ pay, along with a review of performance-based incentives now available in the government and the for-profit business community. Witnesses from both sides of the pay-for-performance plan will participate, along with questions regarding federal collective bargaining. More »
Vivian Schiller to depart in wake of video flap.
By GLENN THRUSH | 3/9/11 1:55 PM
The president resists pressure for a military intervention against Qadhafi.
By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 3/9/11 1:16 PM
The action sets up a likely summer showdown in the most high-profile challenge to the overhaul.
By DAVID ROGERS | 3/9/11 11:40 AM
Defeat likely to yield a more flexible GOP.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/9/11 1:04 PM
According to a new poll, their approval rating falls to 37 percent, down from 47 percent a month ago.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/9/11 7:55 AM
By CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN | 3/9/11 10:15 AM
Is ideological purity on the issue realistic in the face of skyrocketing debt and growing deficits?
By JEANNE CUMMINGS | 3/9/11 12:42 PM
Obama’s ban corporate and lobbyist donations is a major challenge for Charlotte fundraisers.
By TONY ROMM | 3/9/11 7:29 AM
The department has been too slow to spend cash for technology to fight Internet censorship, critics say.
By SARAH KLIFF | 3/9/11 8:02 AM
GOP leaders aren’t embracing conservatives’ call to make defunding a nonnegotiable budget demand.
By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 3/9/11 12:29 PM
By MANU RAJU | 3/9/11 10:38 AM
Freshman says he’s out to change Senate culture.
By ABBY PHILLIP | 3/9/11 5:19 AM
The president addresses donors in Boston.
By JOSH GERSTEIN | 3/9/11 6:44 AM
“He’s doing a great job … of doing nothing,” says the House Armed Services Committee chairman.
By CHRIS FRATES | 3/9/11 8:19 AM
The Project on Government Oversight says the commission is “reluctant” to discipline employees.
By CHRIS FRATES | 3/9/11 6:10 AM
By JUANA SUMMERS | 3/9/11 1:51 PM
N.H. bill would have required prez hopefuls to provide a birth certificate. Now it looks dead in the water.
By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 3/9/11 6:05 AM
The action will prevent Vinson’s ruling on the health care reform law from taking effect for now.
By DARREN GOODE | 3/9/11 9:37 AM
They are reopening the decades-long debate over tapping the oil in the Arctic wildlife refuge.
By JOHN SIMON & SUSAN SECHLER | 3/9/11 4:35 AM
Opinion: Food prices are at all-time highs — even more so than during the crisis of 2008.
Legislation requiring presidential hopefuls to provide birth certificates is defeated.
Obama’s press secretary adopts a sarcastic tone and sheds light on factions in the W.H. over Libya.
“NPR has one of the wealthiest audiences in radio” and doesn’t need public money. Do you agree?
The former POTUS wrote the preface for Thomas Caplan’s “The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen.”
By DAN BERMAN | 3/9/11 5:58 AM
By MJ LEE | 3/9/11 12:10 PM
The president praises his ambassador pick.
By DAVID CATANESE | 3/9/11 12:42 PM
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has set the special election in New York’s 26th Congressional District for May 24.
By JONATHAN MARTIN | 3/9/11 9:03 AM
The 60-second spot captures a fired-up Obama thanking SEIU members for helping to elect him.
By JAKE SHERMAN | 3/9/11 11:42 AM
House Republican leaders are asking “where’s the president” in the budget negotiation process.
By PATRICK GAVIN | 3/9/11 4:37 AM
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/9/11 10:18 AM
Instead, the former press secretary says he is “just relaxing” as he considers private sector jobs.
By SIMMI AUJLA | 3/9/11 12:42 PM
Julia Gillard played to the crowd at a joint-session of Congress.
By DAVID NATHER | 3/9/11 1:52 PM
She says defunding language would block compensations, Republicans disagree.
By CHARLES POSTEL | 3/9/11 9:29 AM
Opinion: Laws and policies that violate the rights of workers rank the U.S. in bottom tier.
By PATRICK GAVIN | 3/9/11 12:21 PM
By JENNY BETH MARTIN & MARK MECKLER | 3/9/11 10:42 AM
Opinion: The missing state senators from Wisconsin represent a dangerous development.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/9/11 8:22 AM
Unionized teachers will only be able to negotiate salary and benefits under the legislation.
By ROBIN BRAVENDER | 3/9/11 10:52 AM
The legislation would limit power companies’ ability to pass costs along to consumers.
By LAURA MURPHY | 3/9/11 6:16 AM
Opinion: Peter King should be using a fact-based analysis to provide perspective on threats to the U.S.
By POLITICO STAFF | 3/9/11 9:53 AM
By SHIRA TOEPLITZ | 3/9/11 11:43 AM
He says GOP’s proposed cuts would eliminate the annual “cowboy poetry festival” in his home state.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/9/11 7:21 AM
She says women must play a key role in transitions to democracy in the Middle East.