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Mike Huckabee: Libertarianism Is Not Republicanism.


There is a strong libertarian presence in the Republican Party, which was reflected at the Conservative Political Action Conference, but libertarianism is not conservatism, says former presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

“CPAC is becoming increasingly libertarian over the past few years, and we saw that this year,” Huckabee told Dick Morris, J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman on Newsmax TV’s America’s Forum on Monday.

“Libertarians have a very valid point of view, and increasingly we’re seeing a libertarian influence for the Republican Party. But pure libertarianism is not Republicanism,” he added. “They’re welcome in the Republican Party, but don’t act as if somehow libertarianism is a purer form of being Republican.”

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The Arkansas Republican said, however, that he doesn’t put all the blame for Republican losses on Libertarian Party candidates taking votes from GOP candidates

“If 10 percent more of the social conservatives had voted in the 2012 election, Mitt Romney would be president today,” Huckabee said. “They stayed home, in larger numbers, in part because they didn’t feel like there was a message that really connected to them.”

Huckabee said that the solution for Republican candidates is not to stay away from social issues, because “by doing so, you almost ensure defeat.”

The former presidential candidate added that “a real conservative embodies the whole spectrum of conservatism, which is not only fiscal conservatism [but also] the idea that we need less government and the government we have ought to be more effective and more local.”

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By Courtney Coren

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Boehner Fires at ‘Misleading’ Conservative Groups – Again.


House Speaker John Boehner Thursday accused outside conservative groups of “misleading their followers” while trying to push House Republicans more toward the right.

For the second day in a row, the Ohio Republican held a news conference to complain about the far right influence that’s being felt in the House from outside conservative groups, reports Roll Call. Just like in Wednesday’s media gathering, he didn’t bother hiding his frustration.

“Frankly, I think they are misleading their followers,” Boehner told reporters. “I think they’re pushing our members in places where they don’t want to be, and frankly I just think they’ve lost all credibility.”

He noted that conservative groups “pushed us into this fight to defund Obamacare,” leading to the two-week government shutdown in October, which the House leader said “wasn’t the strategy I had in mind.”

“The day before the government reopened, one of these groups stood up and said, ‘Well, we never really thought it would work.’

“Are you kidding me?” Boehner exclaimed.

The Ohio Republican insisted his criticism of conservative groups is nothing new, but “there just comes a point where some people step over the line.”

“I don’t really think that I’ve said anything new or anything different than what I’ve felt and what I’ve said in the past,” he continued.

As he did on Wednesday, Boehner criticized some groups for speaking out against the spending deal reached Tuesday by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, even before all the details of their proposal had been released.

“When you have no idea what you’re criticizing, it undermines your credibility,” he said.

The House is scheduled to vote on the Ryan-Murray budget Thursday night. Boehner said that even though many Republican members are protesting the measure, it is his “job and obligation to stand up for conservatives in Congress who want more deficit reductions and stand up for the work that Chairman Ryan did.”

The bipartisan plan, Boehner stressed, balances the national budget within 10 years while not raising taxes. While not having everything Republicans might want, he said it “takes giant steps in the right direction” for the country without compromising core conservative principles.

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Dozens of Conservative Groups Have Tax-Exempt Applications Still Pending.


Dozens of applications for tax-exempt status from tea party-affiliated and other conservative groups are still pending or have been withdrawn, three months after the IRS targeting scandal was disclosed.

At least 56 applications were still outstanding at the end of July, despite multiple hearings before Congress and the appointment of a new IRS acting director, according to the Washington Times.

“I was really hopeful that once attention was given to the abuse that was going on that something would be done about it,” Diane Belsom, president of the Laurens County Tea Party in South Carolina, told the newspaper.

Belsom filed her group’s application for tax-exempt status in the summer of 2010.

“To date, we still have not been approved, and there are other groups that are pending as well,” she said. “There do not seem to be any consequences for anyone involved in the IRS for what they have done. It kind of seems like things are getting swept under the rug.”

As of July 29, the IRS reportedly had approved just 48 of the 104 applications from groups that had the words “conservative,” “tea party,” “patriots,” or “9/11” attached to their names. They were asked an average of nearly 15 questions by IRS agents.

At the same time, all seven of the applications from groups that had “progressive” in their names and had fewer than five questions asked of them by IRS officials, were approved, the newspaper reported.

The IRS has not provided a more detailed breakdown of the pending cases. But congressional investigators are reportedly pursuing more information about why so many applications are still pending.

The agency, however, denied again on Tuesday that targeting of conservative groups was still going on.

“The IRS has taken decisive action to eliminate the use of inappropriate political labels in screening tax-exempt status applications,” the agency said in a statement.

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By Lisa Barron

IRS Probed Liberal Groups, Too, but Wasn’t as Tough.


The Internal Revenue Service closely examined a number of liberal groups that applied for tax- exempt status, but the questioning was far less invasive than the agency’s scrutiny of conservative groups, according to a review by Politico.

Liberal groups also appeared less concerned about questions they received from the IRS than conservative groups did , the review found.

“In my mind, I didn’t find it to be onerous. I just thought they were doing their due-diligence,” Denise Cardinal of Progress Now, the umbrella organization for a number of progressive groups that were scrutinized by the IRS, told Politico.

Politico, however, found more examples of conservative groups being singled out for lengthy, intrusive interrogations, while liberal groups seemed to get off more easily.
“The questions they asked were pretty neutral,” said Joe Onek of the Committee for a Fair Judiciary, one of the progressive groups that applied for tax exempt status.

And while much of the harsh questioning of conservative groups came out of the IRS Cincinnati office, liberal groups that were questioned from that office got relatively mild questions, Politico found.

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By Melanie Batley

Islamist adviser to Egypt’s president quits.


CAIRO (AP) — An ultraconservative Islamist adviser to Egypt’s president has resigned in solidarity with a fellow aide who was fired amid allegations of abusing his office.

The Monday resignation of Bassam Zarka, who is a member of the Salafi Al-Nour party, is the latest sign of tension between President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist ally months before parliamentary elections.

Zarka dramatically announced his resignation at a live press conference during which his Al-Nour colleague and former presidential adviser, Khaled Alam Eldin, broke down in tears as he denied the allegations that he had abused his office.

Eldin demanded an apology from Morsi for firing him. The presidency has refused.

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

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Egypt Islamist MP caught in ‘indecent’ act: report.


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Egyptian prosecutors asked parliament on Saturday for permission to investigate an Islamist MP police say was caught performing an “indecent” act with a woman in public, official media reported.

The official MENA news agency quoted a police report saying that Ali Wanis, a cleric and MP for the ultra-conservative Al-Nur party, was found engaged in an “indecent” act with a 22-year-old woman in a car parked on a highway on Thursday.

Wanis has issued a public statement denying the allegation and said in a video posted in his website that he had parked along the side of the road because his passenger “became sick.”

Judicial sources told AFP that the prosecution’s request in such cases, when someone is caught in the act, is a formality and the prosecution has summoned Wanis for questioning.

Al-Nur party, which represents the more conservative brand of Salafi Islam, won the second largest number of seats in parliamentary elections last winter.

It was hit with a scandal in March when another lawmaker was forced to resign from parliament and from his party after claiming he was injured in a carjacking — to explain bandages on his face — when in fact he had had a nose job.

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