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Mary Matalin: Nancy Pelosi, Democrats Running ‘Scared’.


Top Republican political strategist Mary Matalin says House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is doing a “Kabuki dance” by claiming Republicans are “wasting their time” using the Affordable Care Act as a campaign issue.

“It’s all a Kabuki dance. Obviously, they are scared and they’re trying to scrounge off a strategy and they’ve come up with, let’s see Obamacare on the offense and attack Republicans,” Matalin told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“Do you think anyone is listening to Nancy Pelosi?”

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Pelosi took on the GOP after Republican newcomer David Jolly beat well-known Democrat Alex Sink in a special election for Florida’s 13th Congressional District on Tuesday. Many see the victory as a referendum on Obamacare.

“Sink — the kitchen sink had him, pun intended — [she] lost and that is not a Republican district,” Matalin said.

“I don’t see anything in the midterm elections that would portend anything but a positive outcome for Republicans.”

Matalin — who served under President Ronald Reagan, was campaign director for George H.W. Bush, and was an assistant to President George W. Bush — said she was impressed by this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference.

“I love when Republicans, conservatives, talk the talk. When they have open debates. When they fight, when they get into it. I love the Rand [Paul]-[Ted] Cruz different approaches,” Matalin said.

“You saw a very deep back-bench of intelligent, articulate candidates, would-be candidates or incumbents who can carry that message. I was in heaven …

“My personal opinion, the guy who’s going to end up in the top tier wasn’t there, which is [Wisconsin Gov.] Scott Walker.”

Matalin added that she doesn’t believe former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will ultimately be the Democrats’ choice for the 2016 presidential race.

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By Bill Hoffmann

Barbara Bush Remains in Hospital With Breathing Problem.


Image: Barbara Bush Remains in Hospital With Breathing Problem
 

Former first lady Barbara Bush remained hospitalized in Houston on Wednesday, suffering from a respiratory ailment, a spokesman for her husband‘s office said.

Bush, 88, both the wife and mother of U.S. presidents, was admitted on Monday to Methodist Hospital in Houston’s Texas Medical Center, according to the office of former President George H.W. Bush.

She was being treated for a “respiratory-related issue,” her husband’s office said.

There was no new information on her condition as of Wednesday morning, according to Jim McGrath, a spokesman for her husband’s office.

She was in good spirits and was receiving visits from her husband and family, the office said on Tuesday.

Bush is the wife of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president, and mother of George W. Bush, the 43rd U.S. president.

She was known to the American public as a no-nonsense wife and mother who said she was more interested in running a household than in helping her husband run the country.

After leaving the White House, she pursued her interest in promoting literacy and reading and also wrote her memoirs.

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Source: Newsmax.com

Doug Schoen: Hillary Can Win the Nomination in 2016.


Hillary Clinton must separate herself from the policies of President Barack Obama — but not alienate him too much — if she runs for the president in 2016, says political consultant Doug Schoen, who worked on her 2008 run for the White House.

“She’s going to have to be critical without losing his base of support,” Schoen told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“Obama’s been very solicitous of her and she cannot run the risk of him turning on her …

“What I would choose to do which is talk about economic growth … Obama talks about redistribution. The Republicans, basically, say no to everything. We need a pro-growth strategy that involves entitlement reform and tax reform.”

Schoen said he is convinced the former Secretary of State, New York senator and First Lady can capture the Democratic primary this time around.

“She can win a primary. She probably will but the real question is after two terms of Obama probably with an approval rating at or below 40, it’s pretty darn tough for any Democrat or any candidate who runs to follow on a win,” he said.

George H. W. Bush won a third rough, straight Republican turf, but Ronald Reagan had close to a 55, 57 percent approval in 1988. So there’s a real challenge facing Hillary and it isn’t clear to me at this point that she has a strategy for dealing with it.”

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Schoen believes Clinton will need to fight off more Republican flak for her handling of the Benghazi attack, in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed on Sept. 11, 2012.

Clinton came under criticism when, during a hearing in which she was pressed for details, she said, “What difference does it make?”

“They’re going to say it does make a difference when four Americans lose their lives in the first attack on the 11th anniversary of 9/11,” Schoen said.

“These are real questions that she has to deal with. Call it tough love if you will, but these are questions she has to be prepared to deal with if she’s going to get elected.”

Schoen, who says he will support Clinton should she run, believes she will wait as long as possible to make an announcement.

“She will try to get through the 2014 election and probably a good way through 2015 before she announces,” Schoen said.

“It makes sense for her to announce later rather earlier.”

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© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

By Bill Hoffmann

See the Pictures That Prove Obama Is Guilty Of War Crimes.


These are the pictures that your Government does not want you to see. Remember when the Progressives/Liberals were all over George Bush for torture pictures that were released from GITMO?  Well you haven’t seen anything yet. Anything George Bush can do, Barack Obama can do better and we have the pictures to prove it.

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CLICK IMAGE TO SEE OBAMA TORTURE PHOTO GALLERY

Understand that voting just ensures the continuation of one corrupt party or the other. The Republican party and the Democratic party are two heads of the same beast. They continue with the same actions, the same agendas, only the names are changed. The pictures of torture under the Obama administration are below.

Warning: You maybe offended by some of these pictures, they are very graphic in nature.

One recent example is from The Guardian June 22, 2013: Increasingly brutal tactics are being used in an attempt to break click-here-to-read-the-rest-of-this-story-on-before-its-news-from-now-the-end-begins-nteb-geoffrey-griderthe hunger strike by detainees at Guantanamo Bay, according to fresh testimony from the last British resident still held in the camp. The torture photos you will see are from General Strike USA. You can clearly see that the tactics G.W. Bush used are still being used today and then some. Would you rather be water boarded or beat Black n Blue?

After pledging to run the most transparent administration in history, President Obama is blocking the release of RECENT detainee abuse photosCLICK HERE to view this photo gallery of Obama’s war crimes…

by NTEB News Desk

Obama, Bush, and Hillary Traveled Together to South Africa.


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By Courtney Coren

President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton all boarded Air Force One together and traveled 16 hours to South Africa to attend Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

Representing the political past, present and, possibly, future, the three took part in a tradition of American leaders and ex-presidents bonding together in flight, The New York Times reports.

White House aides on board said that Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, Bush and former first lady Laura Bush and Clinton met together in the conference room at times early on in the flight.

“There have been very good conversations in that room,” said Jay Carney, White House press secretary.

Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, were traveling separately from a conference they were attending in Rio de Janeiro, and former President Jimmy Carter made his own travel arrangements to South Africa. Former President George Bush did not attend.

If bonds were made between the nation’s leaders and political foes, it wouldn’t be the first time a long flight has served such a purpose. The first President Bush and President Clinton reportedly became friends when the two former presidents traveled together to Asia following the 2005 tsunami.

Former President Gerald Ford and Carter created a similar bond in 1981 when they endured a long flight to attend the funeral of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

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James Baker: ‘I’m Certain’ Reagan Regretted Vetoing Anti-Apartheid Act.


President Ronald Reagan‘s veto of the Anti-Apartheid Act in 1986 was likely something he later regretted, his former chief of staff James Baker said Sunday on “Face the Nation.” 

Congress overrode the veto, and sanctions were placed on South Africa for its policy of racial segregation. Reagan had imposed his own set of sanctions against the government, but members of Congress felt they were not strong enough and weren’t having an effect.

In 1990, as President George H.W. Bush‘s secretary of State, Baker met with Nelson Mandela three weeks after his release from a 27-year prison sentence for his actions against the white minority government.

“I was really amazed at the soft-spokenness of this man, of the conviction of this man, at the dignity of this man,” Baker said. “I have always felt that this was an extraordinarily beautiful human being who became, of course, an icon of freedom, of human rights and of reconciliation. How many people forgive their captors when they’ve been kept in prison for 27 years?”

Mandela went on to become South Africa’s first democratically elected black president. He died Thursday at age 95.

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By Greg Richter

Despite Setback, GOP Has Impressive Budgetary Wins.


Democrats who gloat over Republicans’ bad week in Congress might pause to recall that conservatives still own major victories from past budget showdowns. And these wins may again thwart Democrats’ hopes of changing tax-and-spend policies in two-party talks beginning anew in the Capitol.

Chief among them is Republicans’ unified stand against tax increases, even in the name of deficit reduction.

President Barack Obama wants more revenue from corporations and the wealthy for two goals: investing in areas such as education and infrastructure and enticing congressional Democrats to start curbing the growth of Social Security, Medicare and other “entitlement” programs.

Congressional Republicans’ adamant stand against revenue hikes, perhaps more than any other factor, has shaped budget negotiations over the past three years. That’s why Republicans have a stronger record than many might suspect, especially given their pell-mell retreat last week on the government shutdown and debt ceiling.

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Prodded by tea party activists who deplored deficit spending under Republican President George W. Bush, today’s GOP lawmakers repeatedly call for budget cuts. By that measure, they’ve had a respectable run.

The mandatory spending cuts known as the “sequester,” which emerged from earlier budget stalemates, will total about $1 trillion through 2021, unless changed. That’s in addition to $1.5 trillion in spending cuts agreed to in 2011, in yet another debt-ceiling showdown.

To be sure, the GOP’s anti-tax stand isn’t bullet proof. Obama and Democratic lawmakers extracted $620 billion in tax hikes over 10 years in last December’s “fiscal cliff” showdown.

Some liberals complain, however, that Obama could have — and should have — gotten more while he had the chance. Obama campaigned on raising income taxes on all couples earning more than $250,000. But he ultimately settled for a $450,000 cutoff. Aides said he thought Republicans would agree to other revenue hikes later.

Republicans instead chose to swallow the sequester cuts, even for programs they like. That’s one reason discretionary spending — which excludes entitlements and accounts for about 40 percent of the federal budget — is projected to reach historic lows in the years ahead.

Anti-tax champions are crowing.

“Republicans have the high ground,” said Grover Norquist, author of a “no new taxes” pledge reviled by many in Washington and signed by most Republicans in Congress.

In the upcoming round of bipartisan talks, he said, Democrats will have little leverage to seek new revenues.

Some Republicans say closing tax loopholes might generate a bit more revenue. But anything categorized as a “tax increase” is “a nonstarter,” Norquist said, “because Republicans are not going to raise taxes.”

Republicans weren’t always so adamant about not raising taxes, and Democrats weren’t always so resigned to that stand. Bush’s big tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 were deeply controversial. Countless interest groups denounced them, and most Democrats and a few Senate Republicans opposed them.

Over time, however, Republicans strongly supported their full continuation, beyond their 10-year expiration date. And Democrats, including Obama, agreed to make permanent the Bush-era tax cuts for everyone except couples making more than $450,000.

Since Republicans took over the House in 2011, the combination of spending cuts and tax hikes is projected to reduce deficits by nearly $4 trillion over 10 years. The formula calls for about $1 in new revenue for every $4 in spending cuts, a ratio that dismays liberals.

The agreements have barely dented Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Officials say these automatically expanding programs will consume ever-larger portions of government spending if not modified.

Democrats, conceding they can’t overcome the Republicans’ no-new-taxes stand, suggest the renewed bipartisan talks are unlikely to yield significant changes to entitlement growth.

That’s too bad, says Bruce Bartlett, a domestic policy aide to President Ronald Reagan and a Treasury official under President George H. W. Bush. “Small changes now would compound into meaningful dollars saved decades down the road,” he said.

Bartlett said Obama and congressional Democrats could have pushed harder this month to reduce the sequester cuts, when Republicans recognized the growing public hostility toward the government shutdown and default threat.

Instead, Bartlett said, Democrats “kind of went in there saying ‘Let’s just keep the government going and raise the debt limit.'”

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Obama’s 20-minute White House statement Thursday underscored the sensitivity of discussing tax increases. He called for “a balanced approach to a responsible budget,” code for a mix of spending cuts and new revenues.

Aside from saying immigrants living here illegally should pay back taxes, the only time Obama mentioned taxes was when he advocated closing “corporate tax loopholes that don’t help create jobs.”

As for the just-ended congressional battle over the debt ceiling and government shutdown, the president said, “there are no winners here.”

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