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Mitt Romney outspends Rick Santorum 4-1 to win Wisconsin
4 Apr 2012 12:00 am
Ads, phone calls and mailers have bombarded voters in Wisconsin in the days leading up to Tuesday’s vote — the next major battleground in the Republican presidential race.
The Badger State primary has gained significance over the last week as both Mitt Romney’s and Rick Santorum’s campaigns have indicated it could dramatically alter the momentum and duration of the race.
Romney and his allies have outspent their rivals by a little less than a 4-1 margin on television ads in the state, according to figures provided by an unaligned Republican media …
Obama’s plan to be more “flexible” on defense policy after the election
27 Mar 2012 12:00 am
CNS News reports on a shocking conversation between Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
President Barack Obama told Russia’s leader Monday that he would have more flexibility after the November election to deal with the contentious issue of missile defense, a candid assessment of political reality that was picked up by a microphone without either leader apparently knowing.
Outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said he would pass on Obama’s message to his successor, Vladimir Putin, according to an audio recording of comments the two leaders made during a meeting in Seoul, South Korea. …
New Washington-ABC poll: Women prefer Rick Santorum to Mitt Romney
22 Mar 2012 12:00 am
From the Washington Post, of all places.
Judging from the coverage of Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign over the last few weeks, you might think that the former Pennsylvania Senator’s numbers would be cratering among women.
But you would be wrong. Way wrong.
In a new Washington Post-ABC poll, Santorum’s numbers among Republican and Republican-leaning women have soared over the past month. He now has the highest favorability rating among that group of any of the top-tier Republican presidential candidates.
[...]The poll numbers reinforce findings from recent exit polls that suggest Santorum is holding steady — if …
Electability: Obama trails Santorum but leads Romney in FL, OH, VA, NC
19 Mar 2012 12:00 am
Ask any supporter of Mitt Romney why they are supporting him and you will get one answer – electability. That’s what people keep hearing in the media – even on Fox News. Electability, electability, electability. But what happens when you look at the actual poll numbers in battleground states?
It’s a Rasmussen Reports poll - a reliable poll.
President Obama now trails former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum by four points in a hypothetical 2012 matchup in combined polling of key swing states Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. The president continues to hold a modest …
Canada’s tax revenues steady as they lowered corporate tax rates
15 Mar 2012 12:00 am
Canada: Corporate tax cuts, not stimulus spending
From the Daily Caller.
The chart shows Canada’s federal corporate tax revenues as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) and the federal corporate tax rate. The tax rate plunged from 38 percent in 1980 to just 15 percent by 2012. Amazingly, there has been no obvious drop in tax revenues over the period.
Canadian corporate tax revenues have fluctuated, but the changes are correlated with economic growth, not the tax rate. In the late 1980s, a tax rate cut was followed by three years of stable revenues. …
Democrats oppose checking immigration status during traffic stops
13 Mar 2012 12:00 am
From CNS News.
Despite testimony from a man whose brother was killed by an illegal alien who was driving drunk and had five previous DWI arrests, Democrats spoke out against legislation that would allow arresting officers to check the legal status of aliens and transfer confirmed illegal immigrants into federal custody.
[...]Wednesday’s hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement focused on the Scott Gardner Act, sponsored by Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), who testified on the first panel.
The bill is named after a University of North Carolina student, Scott Gardner, …
How well has green energy worked in Ontario, Canada?
9 Mar 2012 12:00 am
A story from CANOE about the socialist premier of Ontario, Canada – Dalton McGuinty.
Dalton McGuinty constantly extols the virtues of so-called green energy.
One North Bay company, however, is sounding the alarm that the costs of this expensive program are forcing companies to lay off staff — and will eventually force many of them to leave the province.
John Spencer is an executive with Fabrene Inc., a company that makes industrial fabrics.
The Liberal government’s green energy plan has added $1 million a year to his hydro bill — an amount he says will …
Democrats run California, so why are liberal students protesting?
8 Mar 2012 12:00 am
Victor Davis Hanson writes about it National Review.
Here in California, students just marched on Sacramento in outrage that state-subsidized tuition at the UC and CSU campuses keeps climbing. It is true that per-unit tuition costs are rising, despite even greater exploitation of poorly paid part-time teachers and graduate-student TAs. But the protests are sort of surreal. The California legislature is overwhelmingly Democratic. The governor is a Democrat. The faculties and administrative classes are largely Democratic. Who then, in the students’ minds, have established these supposedly unfair budget priorities?
Sales, income, and gas …
Green socialists backing Romney campaign with huge donations
6 Mar 2012 12:00 am
From Politico, a disturbing article about some of Mitt Romney’s donors. (H/T Doug Ross)
Will Mitt Romney flip-flop on climate change if he’s elected president?
Some big donors are betting on it.
Romney and his super PAC have taken millions from funders with strong green streaks — despite the fact that the former Massachusetts governor has run to the right in the primary, proclaiming doubts about global-warming science and trashing President Barack Obama’s greenhouse gas emissions policies.
Julian Robertson, founder of the Tiger Management hedge fund, helped put cap-and-trade legislation on the map with $60 …
Obama administration refused to help pro-democracy forces in Iran
29 Feb 2012 12:00 am
From Investors Business Daily.
During their brutally suppressed protests in 2009, Iranian freedom fighters sent the White House an urgent memo calling for help. Under Obama, America ignored it.
‘So now, at this pivotal point in time, it is up to the countries of the free world to make up their mind,” Iranian opposition leaders told the Obama administration in an eight-page memo in 2009. “Will they continue on the track of wishful thinking and push every decision to the future until it is too late, or will they reward the brave people …
British government “has run out of money”
28 Feb 2012 12:00 am
From the UK Telegraph.
In a stark warning ahead of next month’s Budget, the Chancellor said there was little the Coalition could do to stimulate the economy.
Mr Osborne made it clear that due to the parlous state of the public finances the best hope for economic growth was to encourage businesses to flourish and hire more workers.
“The British Government has run out of money because all the money was spent in the good years,” the Chancellor said. “The money and the investment and the jobs need to come from the private sector.”
UK doctors filmed agreeing to perform illegal sex-selection abortions
24 Feb 2012 10:00 am
Consider this article from the UK Telegraph.
Doctors at British clinics have been secretly filmed agreeing to terminate foetuses purely because they are either male or female. Clinicians admitted they were prepared to falsify paperwork to arrange the abortions even though it is illegal to conduct such “sex-selection” procedures.
[...]The disclosures will add to growing concerns about the regulation of abortion clinics and the apparent ability of women to secure terminations “on demand”.
The Daily Telegraph carried out an investigation into sex-selection abortions after concerns were raised that the procedures were becoming increasingly common …
Iran condemns former Muslim pastor to death
23 Feb 2012 12:00 am
Here’s an article from Fox News about Iran’s prosecution of a former Muslim.
Germany’s top human rights official is urging Iran to release a pastor sentenced to death for converting to Christianity.
Markus Loening said Wednesday the German government is extremely concerned about Yusuf Naderkhani’s fate amid reports of his imminent execution.
Loening urged Tehran to “release Naderkhani, lift his death sentence and grant him a fair trial.”
He says an execution also breaches international obligations guaranteeing religious freedom.
Naderkhani, who is in his early 30s, converted to Christianity when he was 19 and later became a pastor in the …
Does improved access to contraception reduce the number of abortions?
21 Feb 2012 12:00 am
This article from the liberal New York Times answers that question.
Excerpt: (links removed)
To begin with, a lack of contraceptive access simply doesn’t seem to be a significant factor in unplanned pregnancy in the United States. When the Alan Guttmacher Institute surveyed more than 10,000 women who had procured abortions in 2000 and 2001, it found that only 12 percent cited problems obtaining birth control as a reason for their pregnancies. A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of teenage mothers found similar results: Only 13 percent of the teens reported having had trouble getting …
New paper on income inequality: Does taxing the rich hurt the middle class?
17 Feb 2012 12:00 am
Here’s an article by Indian economist Aparna Mathur.
She writes (in part):
In a recent paper that I co-authored with Kevin Hassett, we explored the effect of high corporate taxes on worker wages. The motivation for the paper came from the international tax literature (summarized by Roger Gordon and Jim Hines in a 2002 paper1) that suggested that mobile capital flows from high tax to low tax jurisdictions. In other words, in any set of competing countries, investment flows are determined by relative rates of taxation. The current U.S. headline rate of corporate tax is 35 percent. …
School official prevents four-year old from eating “unhealthy” lunch
15 Feb 2012 12:00 am
From Fox North Carolina.
A Hoke County preschooler was fed chicken nuggets for lunch because a state worker felt that her homemade lunch did not have enough nutritional value, according to a report by the Carolina Journal.
The West Hoke Elementary School student was in her More at Four classroom when a state employee who was inspecting lunch boxes decided that her packed lunch — which consisted of a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips — “did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines,” the Journal reports.
The decision was …
How effective were Obama’s green jobs initiatives?
14 Feb 2012 12:00 am
From the LA Examiner.
U.S. House of Representatives investigations have revealed the failed green jobs initiative in President Obama’s ambitious environmental agenda. With an initial government cost of one-half billion dollars, evidence proves that only about 10% of sponsored trainees were placed in green jobs.
As part of the Obama green energy program, the goal was to train 124,893 people, and place 79,854 (64%) in new green jobs. After 17 months, the results of the green jobs program indicate that only 52,762 were trained, and only 8,035 got green jobs – each …
Risk factors for breast cancer: alcohol consumption, induced abortion, and contraception
10 Feb 2012 12:00 am
Here’s the latest study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), showing that excessive consumption of alcohol is a rish factor for breast cancer.
Consumption of 3 to 6 alcoholic drinks per week is associated with a small increase in the risk of breast cancer, and consumption in both earlier and later adult life is also associated with an increased risk, according to a study in the November 2 issue of JAMA.
“In many studies, higher consumption of alcohol has been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. However, the effect of …
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down Proposition 8
8 Feb 2012 12:00 am
Here’s the news from Big Government.
Today, the 9th Circuit upheld the absurd ruling of Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California, striking down Proposition 8, the voter-approved constitutional amendment that would uphold traditional marriage in the state. The ruling itself was highly political and in no way legally oriented. “Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians,” wrote the Court, “and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior… the …
Car company that got $500 million green energy loan announces layoffs
7 Feb 2012 12:00 am
In another setback for President Obama’s clean energy loan programs, the recipient of more than a half-billion dollars in federal loans is laying off workers at their Delaware and California operations.
Delaware’s News Journal reports that Fisker Automotive, a California-based electric car start-up company, is laying off an undisclosed number of staff to try to reserve enough capital in order to qualify for more federal help from the Department of Energy, according to a Delaware state development official.
“They’re trying to preserve the cash that they have,” said Alan Levin told the News …