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March 1, 2011



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  • 10am ET on c‑ House Hearing with Sec. Clinton on U.S. Foreign Policy Priorities

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee today to talk about Libya and U.S. foreign policy priorities. Monday, she denounced Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and called on him to step down immediately. She told the United National Human Rights Council in Geneva that the Obama Administration is considering every option against Gadhafi and that nothing is off the table.

Also yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron detailed the government’s position on Libya. The government announced a freeze of the assets of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and his family, and has moved to evacuate British citizens. The Prime Minister also said that his government is working with allies on a no-fly zone plan for Libya and would not rule out military force. More »

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Polygamy outlawed – so why not sharia?

A bestselling author and critic of Islam says it will take a sea change in American policy for the United States to stop blindly issuing student visas to Muslims, despite the fact some come to the U.S. to commit terrorist acts.

Obama won’t, but Congress can

The legislative action arm of a non-profit public policy organization is asking the public to fight the Obama administration’s decision to no longer defend DOMA.

Like Jerry Brown, Obama ‘lied’ about defending marriage

A prominent pro-family activist in California is accusing Barack Obama of lying to the American people when he stated that he would defend traditional marriage.

Chaplain’s argument contrary to Catholic Church

An attorney who works with several evangelical dominations’ chaplain-endorsing agencies is concerned about a high-ranking Army chaplain’s recent comments on the military’s implementation of a new policy.

Gadhafi long prepared for his exit

An Australian political analyst believes Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi will ultimately see the writing on the wall and flee the country after more than 40 years of tyrannical rule.

Want money? Don’t visit here…

A freshman congressman says his door is always open to anyone who is not looking for more money.

More Planned Parenthood secrets surfaced

Recently released information concerning Planned Parenthood strengthens former Attorney General Phill Kline’s case in the ethics trial that is currently under way in Kansas.

Liberals not letting up

Though eight months have passed since Texas approved the new social studies standards, opponents of the new curriculum are still fighting the changes.

TX taking a shot at on-campus gun permits

The Texas Senate is likely to approve a bill that would permit college students and professors to carry concealed weapons on campus.

Federal workers surge, private sector down

While the private sector workforce in America has dwindled in recent years, a new report shows that the federal workforce has gone the opposite direction.

Benefit bargaining too risky

A California assemblyman has announced a bill that would prevent public employees from collectively bargaining for pension benefits.

Obama’s offer to states a pretense

video icon buttonMichael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the CATO Institute, is dismissing an offer by the White House for states to design their own healthcare plans in place of ObamaCare.

Media favoring ‘self-interested creatures’

poll vote button 2video icon buttonA conservative media watchdog says the major television networks are once again demonstrating a blatant double standard, this time in their coverage of the recent protests in Wisconsin.

Comprehensive sex-ed – here it comes

Helena, Montana’s school district has decided to ignore public outcry and proceed with its plans to teach sex education to young students. But parents and state lawmakers are still fighting the initiative.

‘New day’ calls for fiscal conservatism

A financial expert, author and radio host does not think congressional Republicans and conservatives should worry about proposed budget cuts costing them their re-election bids.

Tea Party summit: ‘We deserve better’

PHOENIX – The 2,400 delegates attending the last night of the Tea Party Patriot American Policy Summit cheered on speakers who promised to keep pushing until constitutional government was restored in America.

Politics + unions = poverty

A California lawmaker has proposed a measure that would ban Wal-Mart and similar retailers from the state. But a former congressional hopeful thinks it is just a way to protect unions.

Leaders among us

Peter Heck smallDespite the miserable failure in the Oval Office, leaders are emerging in the gubernatorial mansions of several Midwestern states.

GOP can’t give an inch

Star Parker smallDemocrats are unrepentant in their commitment to wholesale government takeover of our economy and our lives — and we simply can’t allow that.

Climate ‘science’ grant = ‘recruiting tool’

The publisher of a website that advances the arguments of climate skeptics is criticizing a new grant that will allow schools to teach climate change.

Woolsey’s solution: ‘Make oil boring’

A former director of the CIA spoke before a crowd of pro-Israel supporters meeting in Nashville Sunday night and offered a unique perspective on addressing the threat of Islamic terrorism.

6-year-old’s psych ward visit sparks outrage

In response to a Los Angeles school sending a six-year-old boy to a psychiatric ward against his mother’s wishes, parental rights advocates are suggesting that a constitutional amendment be adopted to protect parents’ liberties.

Sailors belong at sea

The former commander of the USS Cole says it is inappropriate for U.S. Navy sailors to join Army units to perform ground missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Public dollars funding ‘private’ choice

As legislators haggle over whether they should defund Planned Parenthood, one California lawmaker has contributed a personal story to the debate.

Planned Parenthood sets new record

According to the latest figures from a notorious abortion provider, business is still booming.

Arrest in pro-life threats

The FBI has arrested a man in New York for making interstate death threats against pro-life activists.

Will E-15 distribution end before it begins?

A program to fund a higher blend of ethanol may not live to see the light of day.

Did Gadhafi order Pan Am bombing?

An Australian political and defense analyst does not believe a recent report about Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi’s responsibility in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing is completely accurate.

Mourning the unborn

Several black pro-life groups are joining together today to recognize the National Day of Mourning for the Unborn.

ADF defending Carleton pro-lifers

The Alliance Defense Fund has sued a university in Canada for blocking pro-life expression on campus, even though the handbook claims the school protects its students’ freedom of speech.

Proposed envoy would promote religious freedom

In light of the turmoil currently plaguing the Middle East, one California-based advocacy group says Christians in that region need special help.

J Street Day 3: The Dennis Ross Speech, the J Street Response, and My Final Thoughts about J Street

by Ron Radosh

This just in: J Street finds the Obama State Department too pro-Israel. On the other hand, since the organization is to the left of the administration, it allows the Obama team to depict themselves as in the center, and as friends of Israel.

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Democracy or Jew-Hatred? The Libyan Edition

by John Rosenthal

In Libya now, just as in Egypt one month ago, protesters are using the Star of David as a symbol of hatred and contempt.

Video: Roger L. Simon talks Hollywood and Politics on Fox & Friends

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.

J Street Day 2: A Continuing Anti-Israel Tirade

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!

Breaking: Iran Has Several Military Bases in Libya

by ‘Reza Kahlili’

According to an inside source, the military collaborations between Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the Gaddafi government date back to 2006.

Iranian Regime Kidnaps Mousavi and Karroubi

by Michael Ledeen

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.

Blaming Israel, Ignoring Radical Islam at J Street’s National Conference

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.”

WikiLeaks Cables Reveal Muslim Brotherhood Ties to Iran

by Brian Fairchild

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?

How About Adding a North Korea Crisis to the Mix?

by Dan Miller

Things on the peninsula are getting ever more dire, and we know the president won’t act with any urgency.

How to Insure Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

by Brian T. Schwartz

Like a hammer that sees every problem as a nail, many politicians think the solution to every problem is legislation that erodes our liberties.

Put the REINS on EPA

by Marlo Lewis

The “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny” Act could put the kibosh on the EPA’s greenhouse regulatory surge.

Iran’s Africa Fiasco

by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi

It hasn’t made much noise worldwide, but Iran’s rapidly deteriorating relationships with several African countries is huge news across the continent.

Wisconsin and the Rise of the Adolescent Mind

by Victor Davis Hanson

We want what we have not earned. We demand the world be the way that it cannot; and we don’t wish to hear “unfair” arguments from “bad” and “mean” people. (And don’t miss: “Unions-vs.-Tea-Party showdown spreads to Denver”)

Will TSA Unionization Jeopardize Air Safety?

by Matt Patterson

From FDR to Reagan, history suggests the answer is yes.

Second Letter from a Fearfully Concerned Muslim to an American-Jewish Friend

by Salim Mansur

We are creatures of history even as we make history. (Click here for Roger L. Simon’s reply to Salim’s original letter.)

J Street’s Swan Song?

by Ron Radosh

The left-wing Jewish group will feature several Kadima Knesset members at their annual confab while the party back in Israel criticizes their participation.

‘Never Again for Anyone’: the Latest Anti-Semitic Campaign

by Clemens Heni

Fueled by propaganda, the campus push is pernicious, contagious, and wrong.

Truman, Reagan, and Bush Were Right

by Peter Berkowitz

In the face of Gaddafi’s war against the Libyan people, Obama should align himself with a proud American foreign policy tradition, with both progressive and conservative roots. (Update: Obama finally breaks his silence on Libya.

The Petulant Child Form of Democracy

by Roger Kimball

As recent events in Wisconsin and Indiana have shown, when an election doesn’t go their way, the response of the Democrats is to do everything possible to avoid the consequences of the election.

Can the U.S. Intervene in Libya? Should It?

by Richard Fernandez

The answer to the first question is yes and the answer to the second is: why? (Also read Michael Totten:“Libya’s Legacy”)

Saving Our Nation from Debt: An Open Letter from Rep. Jim Jordan

by Jim Jordan

We still have a chance to kick the spending addiction and keep the American Dream alive.

Chavez Caught Red-Handed Sending Gasoline to Iran

by Josh Shahryar

Documents made available to Pajamas Media prove that the Venezuelan strongman has been selling reformate to Iran.

How the Left Sees the Union Crisis in Madison

by Ron Radosh

Liberals see the conflict as a battle for power, not income. (And at PJTV, don’t miss: AlfonZo Rachel Reports From Wisconsin.)

The Episcopal Church Wages Jihad against Eight Virginia Churches

by Bryan Preston

Will George Washington’s historic church end up as a saloon, or a mosque? If the Episcopal Church prevails in court, either outcome is a disturbing possibility.

First, They Came for the Labor Leaders in Cuba

by Humberto Fontova

A union protestor in Wisconsin was caught on camera saying he wants to vote for Castro and his clone, Che Guevara. Of course, there’s no kerfuffle from the MSM or Democratic Party.

The Facts on Wisconsin: What the Unions Want, and Why It’s Insane

by Gary Wickert

Only thirty states have such collective bargaining agreements. These are privileges, not rights, and can be taken away.

On Government Spending: More Party of ‘No,’ Please

by Chris Salcedo

President Obama’s offensive budget was just a bargaining position, callously introduced while the country is in peril. Will enough congressmen say “no”?

In the Land of the Brother Leader

by Michael J. Totten

Now that Qaddafi is in the fight of his life, it’s a good time to take another look at just how awful he is.

Obama’s Job-Killing Economy: The Continuing Saga

by Tom Blumer

Six quarters of tepid growth and a net loss in jobs, but nothing really changes.

What’s So New About Liberal Ideas?

by Frank J. Fleming

American leftists are a bunch of reactionaries who defend the status quo and get angry at actual change.

Holy Russian Empire, Batman!

by Kim Zigfeld

His earthly power faltering, Putin turns to the church.

Third Letter from a Fearfully Concerned Muslim to an American-Jewish Friend

by Salim Mansur

As Islam makes its bloody transition to modernity, the West does well to remember its own. (Click here for Roger L. Simon’s reply to Salim’s original letter.)

Cheap Spirits and the Spirit of Freedom

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.

L.A. Police Union Urges Members to ‘Stand in Solidarity’ with SEIU and MoveOn.Org

by Jack Dunphy

LAPD cops were asked to pick up picket signs and march alongside a bunch of leftist kooks and government bureaucrats to show encouragement to Wisconsin’s public sector workers.

Throughout New Middle East, Islamists Have Upper Hand

by Joseph Puder

From Algeria to Iraq, the Muslim Brotherhood is well-positioned.

A First-Hand Report from a ‘Jasmine Rally’ in Shanghai

by John Parker

Will the wave of change sweeping the Middle East spread to the Far East and hasten political reform in the world’s largest unelected dictatorship?

Tea Party summit: A 40-year plan to take America back

PHOENIX – Nearly 2,400 delegates from across the U.S. attended the Tea Party Patriot American Policy Summit to hear ideas about restoring America’s greatness.

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‘The buck shrinks here’: Dems seek 5% cut in Senate’s office funds

Alexander Bolton - 03/01/11 06:00 AM ET
“We’ve got to lead by example,” said Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad of the plan to slash Senate budgets.…
Dems agonize over spending bill

Erik Wasson and Mike Lillis - 02/28/11 08:39 PM ET

Congressional Democrats on Monday struggled to find a unified voice on funding the government as Republicans filled the message vacuum. …
Gingrich’s dual courtship of GOP base, Latino voters could pose problem

Sean J. Miller - 03/01/11 06:22 AM ET

Would-be presidential contender Newt Gingrich’s stance on immigration isn’t easily explained to a conservative talk-radio audience, some say.…
Player of the Week: Harry Reid

The Hill Editors - 03/01/11 06:10 AM ET

After jockeying over a possible government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid embraced the House-proposed stopgap funding measure.…
Obama backtracks on health mandate, wants opt-out from start

Jason Millman and Julian Pecquet - 02/28/11 08:37 PM ET

President Obama is backing a plan that would allow states to opt out earlier from the requirement to buy insurance.…

Related Story: President talks up ‘RomneyCare’ in jab at potential rival

Related Story: Cantor: Obama makes GOP’s case

Hatch: Health law a ‘dumb-ass’ program

Jordan Fabian - 02/28/11 01:43 PM ET

Sen. Orrin Hatch also reportedly called it “an awful piece of crap,” then said he’d repent for using such language.…

Related Story: Hatch: Deficit reduction, tax reform separate conversations

THE HILL POLL: On shutdown, more voters would blame Democrats

Erik Wasson - 02/28/11 06:11 AM ET

Twenty-nine percent of likely voters would hold Democrats responsible, compared to 23 percent who would blame Republicans.…

Related Story: GOP freshman: Partisan bickering ‘almost un-American’

Fearing economic impact, Dem presses Obama to ‘reevaluate’ climate rules

Ben Geman - 02/28/11 11:07 AM ET

Sen. Sherrod Brown, up in 2012, says he wants to avoid damaging manufacturers and other industries vital to the economy.…
Pro-Palin talk-show host attacks Gov. Christie, questions GOP 2012 field

Jordan Fabian - 02/28/11 07:24 AM ET

Conservative talk-show host Tammy Bruce attacked the New Jersey governor for saying Sarah Palin needed more “unscripted” moments.…

Related Story: Poll: Palin’s numbers slip in Iowa

Related Story: S.C. gov: I don’t owe Palin an endorsement

Economist’s fodder for Dems: $61 billion spending cut would cost 700K jobs

Erik Wasson

02/28/11 11:46 AM ET

Mark Zandi said the spending bill that passed the House would run the risk of a new recession if enacted.…

Related Story: Obama likely to back two-week bill to avoid shutdown

Black lawmakers blast budget plan as step back for civil rights

Pete Kasperowicz

02/28/11 08:38 PM ET

Black lawmakers said GOP-proposed budget cuts would move the country in the opposite direction of the civil rights movement.…
Military healthcare reform no longer taboo to talk about

John T. Bennett

02/28/11 08:05 PM ET

For the first time in nearly 20 years, members of the U.S. military might have to pay more for healthcare.…
Bachmann says shutdown equals admission of failure

Russell Berman

02/28/11 07:41 PM ET

Possible presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann said that Congress is admitting failure if it allows government to shut down.…
White House raises pressure on Gadhafi

Sam Youngman and Jordy Yager

02/28/11 07:02 PM ET

The Obama administration raised the pressure on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on Tuesday by freezing $30 billion in government assets.…

Related Story: U.S. freezes $30B in Libyan assets

Related Story: U.N. Ambassador: Gadhafi ‘delusional’

Interior approves first deepwater drilling permit since BP spill

Ben Geman

02/28/11 04:03 PM ET

The permit decision follows months of criticism from Republicans, drill-state Democrats and the oil industry.…

Related Story: Interior says decision was not motivated by politics

Related Story: Sen. Vitter: One permit down, 14 to go

Oregon lawmaker’s strange behavior ignites GOP hopes

Sean J. Miller

02/28/11 04:20 PM ET

Several Republicans are considering challenging Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) in light of his strange behavior.…

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  • Congress Tackles Fed’s Spending Deadline

    GOP two week CR to be debated

    Updated Monday at 4:19pm (ET)

    House Republicans and Senate Democrats are working towards an agreement this week on a temporary spending measure to prevent a March 4th government shutdown. The GOP-drafted proposal would extend federal spending for two weeks.

    Today, the House plans to take up the temporary spending proposal that would cut $4 billion from the budget. According to The Hill, “the bill cuts $1.24 billion by terminating programs Pres. Obama has proposed eliminating in his 2012 budget request. The bill would find the other $2.7 billion in savings by defunding earmarks.” Leading Senate Democrats have asked for a 30-day extension and no cuts. More »

  • For the first time since releasing the White House proposal on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, lawmakers will share their concerns with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner today at a House Financial Services Committee hearing. More »

    • House Financial Services Hearing: c‑ at 10am ET

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Bernanke Unviels ‘State of the Economy’ Report

First of two-day testimony

Updated Monday at 12:54pm (ET)

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AP/ Alex Brandon

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is on Capitol Hill for a two-day unveiling of the Fed’s semiannual monetary policy report. Today, he will testify to the Senate Banking Committee, followed by a Tuesday appearance before the House Banking Committee.

Senate Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) will spotlight how the central bank’s controversial policies will continue the economic recovery. This line of questioning is expected to follow into Wednesday, when the full House Finance Committee gathers to listen to Bernanke. More »

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