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Dick Morris: NFL, Flake Forced Brewer’s Hand.

Image: Dick Morris: NFL, Flake Forced Brewer's HandArizona Gov. Jan Brewer and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during a Super Bowl host committee handover ceremony in New York.

By Todd Beamon

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a religious protection bill concerning gay rights because she was pressured by the state’s business community and the National Football League, which is scheduled to hold the Super Bowl in the state next year, political analyst Dick Morris told Newsmax late Wednesday.

“I think she vetoed the bill because of pressure from the Arizona business community,” Morris, who served as an aide to President Bill Clinton, told Newsmax in an email. “When Sen. Jeff Flake, a tea party conservative from Arizona, joined his colleague John McCain in urging a veto, it gave her political cover on the right to veto the bill,” Morris said.

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“I think the [National Football League] had a lot to do with it also,” he said. “By threatening to move the Super Bowl, they epitomized the harm that would flow to Arizona had she signed the bill.

“I don’t think she realistically had any choice. It became a jobs issue — and she had to veto the bill.”

In vetoing the legislation, Brewer said the controversial measure could “create more problems than it purports to solve.”

State Senate Bill 1062 would have allowed business owners to cite their religious beliefs as legal grounds for refusing to serve same-sex couples or any other prospective customer. It was passed by the Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature last week.

“Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific or present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona,” Brewer said in a brief statement from her office as she announced her decision. “I have not heard one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated.”

She then attacked the bill as a broadly worded proposal that “could result in unintended and negative consequences.”

Brewer had come under mounting pressure to veto the measure after both McCain and Flake, both Republicans, opposed it. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate, also spoke against the bill.

Three state Republicans who voted for the bill last week also reversed course and urged Brewer to veto it.

“I appreciate the decision made by Gov. Brewer to veto this legislation,” McCain said in a statement posted on his website. “I hope that we can now move on from this controversy and assure the American people that everyone is welcome to live, work and enjoy our beautiful State of Arizona.”

Flake said on Twitter:

He added in a later post:

The legislation was backed by the Center for Arizona Policy, a socially conservative group that opposes abortion and gay marriage.

Cathi Herrod, the group’s president, said Brewer’s veto marked “a sad day for Arizonans who cherish and understand religious liberty.”

The bill, she said, “passed the legislature for one reason only: to guarantee that all Arizonans would be free to live and work according to their faith.”

“Opponents were desperate to distort this bill rather than debate the merits,” Herrod said. “Essentially, they succeeded in getting a veto of a bill that does not even exist.”

Perhaps the strongest opposition to the legislation came from business leaders. Some who had opposed it threatened to boycott Arizona if Brewer approved it, similar to what many groups did after the state passed a tough anti-illegal immigration law in 2010.

That possibility worried some companies and business organizations, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Among the companies opposing the bill were Apple, American Airlines, Marriott International, and Delta Air Lines.

The Arizona Super Bowl Committee also voiced its opposition to the bill, contending that it would “deal a significant blow” to the state’s economy, the Times reports.

The 2015 Super Bowl is scheduled to be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, just outside Phoenix.

In addition, the Hispanic National Bar Association said on Wednesday that it would move its 40th annual convention, scheduled for September 2015 in Phoenix, to another city because of the legislation, the Times reported.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Seniors Group Leader Vows to Kill ‘Death Tax’.

Jim Martin, founder and chairman of the 60 Plus Senior Association, vows that his 7.1 million-member group’s efforts to repeal the estate tax will play a huge role in the 2014 elections.

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax, the man who put the phrase “death tax” on the political map to describe the estate tax predicted a big Republican capture of the Senate because of what he called a “tsunami of senior power reaching gale force this November.”

Virtually every Republican competing for a Senate seat this year supports repealing the estate tax. In 2006, the repeal effort came within three votes of overcoming a Senate filibuster.

Martin also pointed out that there is a growing sentiment among Democrats in and out of Congress to repeal the tax.

“The repeal bill in 2006 passed the House by a vote of 272 to 162,” Martin said, adding that “42 Democrats were on the repeal side and [Georgia Democratic Rep.] Sanford Bishop became the first member of the Congressional Black Caucus to vote to kill the death tax. I suspect his vote had a lot to do with the number of family farms in Georgia that were hit hard by the tax that forced family members to scramble and borrow to pay it.”

Currently, the “death tax” is a 40 percent levy applied to estates over $5.34 million and is indexed for inflation.

Martin cited Frank Blethen, publisher and chief executive officer of the venerable Seattle Times, as one prominent Democrat in the “kill-the-death-tax” camp. Hailed by the left-wing Daily Kos as “the new Citizen Kane,” fourth-generation newsman Blethen runs a newspaper that has been in his family since his great-grandfather Alden bought it in 1896.

“Frank is a liberal Democrat who backed Bill Bradley for president [in the 2000 Democratic primaries] over Al Gore because Gore wasn’t liberal enough,” Martin said with a chuckle.

“I’m a conservative Republican, so we don’t get into talking politics. But the only thing we have in common is something critical: Frank is a vigorous supporter of death tax repeal,” Martin said. “I think practical experience has something to do with it. He’s just seen too many family-owned newspapers like his go under because the families couldn’t pay the tax on the estate of a deceased owner.”

Other major repeal players hailed by Martin include Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform — “who never met a tax he doesn’t want to drown in his bathtub,” Martin mused — and Alabama tax attorney Harold Apolinsky, who Martin affectionately calls “the Godfather of repeal.”

“Harold and I have testified before Congress on the harmful effects of this anti-family, anti-small business tax,” Martin said.

The next repeal measure — which is sponsored by South Dakota Sen. John Thune and Texas Rep. Kevin Brady, both Republicans — will have more Democratic support than ever, Martin predicted. But he also noted that nearly all the Democrats running for Senate seats this year oppose repeal.

“That will give Republicans — nearly all of whom are on the repeal side — control of the Senate,” said Martin, who in August of 2009 became one of the first conservatives to forecast the wave in 2010 that gave the GOP its largest majority in the House since 1938.

Martin, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, spelled out the “battlefields” where he and 60 Plus national spokesman and legendary singer Pat Boone plan to energize their members into action.

Three states where Democratic senators are retiring are what Martin called “lead-pipe cinches” for pickup by Republicans candidates. He also said Republican challengers are better than even money to defeat Democratic senators and repeal opponents in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina.

“Mark my words: [Louisiana Sen.] Mary Landrieu is finished,” Martin vowed. “She has won three terms by very tight margins. This year, we’re going all-out to show Louisiana’s senior citizens how she has consistently opposed death tax repeal — and that will make the difference for her opponent.”

The 60 Plus chief went even further than many Republican-leaning pundits and forecast a Republican pickup of the seat of retiring Michigan Democratic Sen. Carl Levin and defeats for Democratic Sens. Mark Udall of Colorado, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, and Al Franken of Minnesota.

“The senior vote went heavily Republican in 2010 and went for Mitt Romney by 20 percentage points nationwide in 2012,” said Martin. “If other voters who favored Romney turned out for him in the numbers seniors did, we’d be discussing ‘President Romney’ and how he was eager to sign death tax repeal.”

Since he picked up what he calls “my megaphone” and started building 60 Plus nearly two decades ago, Martin has been credited with popularizing the phrase “death tax” to describe the estate tax. In his book “Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes,” Bill Gates Sr., father of Microsoft’s co-founder, cites Martin for reviving the phrase.

“Truth be told, President Reagan coined the term many years ago,” Martin told Newsmax. “But I take pride in having hammered it home. A tax ought to have a socially redeeming value. The estate tax has none. Instead it tears away at family businesses and stymies wealth creation and jobs. If Bill Gates Sr., George Soros, and Warren Buffet want to keep the death tax, fine. Make it voluntary and let them pay. But don’t preach to others about how they should be happy to pay. The estate tax needs to die.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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By John Gizzi

Ted Nugent to Newsmax: ‘Stop and Frisk Violates the 4th Amendment’.

Conservative rocker and Second Amendment advocate Ted Nugent tells Newsmax TV that he does not support so-called stop-and-frisk tactics by police, but that he believes New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and his 36,000 officers do not routinely step on the constitutional rights of minorities.

“As I sit here with you today, I am convinced that the concept of stop-and-frisk violates the Fourth Amendment,” Nugent said in an exclusive interview with Newsmax before taking the stage at the packed House of Blues in Orlando. “But I don’t agree with the judge in New York — that gal that presumed the cops are stopping someone based on the color of their skin.

“That is wrong. They do not profile based on color of skin. They profile on suspicious behavior. It’s a behavioral response, not an ethnic or skin-color response. I am certain of that.”

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Nugent was referring to federal Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling last week that the nation’s largest municipal police force employed a “policy of indirect racial profiling” while increasing the number of stops in minority communities.

The judge held that the strategy led to officers routinely stopping “blacks and Hispanics who would not have been stopped if they were white.”

In a wide-ranging interview with Newsmax, the platinum-selling artist and New York Times best-selling author also discussed the surge in gun permits in Newtown, Conn., and commented on the possibility that he might tone down his political rhetoric in 2016, it having won him contact from the U.S. Secret Service in the past.

Nugent, 64, who is on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association, disagrees that the NYPD uses racial profiling in policing high-crime neighborhoods.

“Everybody knows that if you’re in Haiti and you’re stopping Haitians, you’re not targeting Haitians. That’s where you are,” he said. “When you’re in the belly of the criminal beast, as they are in those regions that Commissioner Kelly and the NYPD have put their forces — where there are the most rabid dogs, you send in the rabid dog hunters. That’s what they’ve done, and the results are good.”

Kelly is favored by New York politicians to head the nation’s Department of Homeland Security. He insists the stop-and-frisk tactic has reduced the number of murders: Compare 13,212 total murders in the 11 years before Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office to 5,849 total murders in the 11½ years as of July since Bloomberg took office.

Nugent described Kelly as a “warrior of law enforcement” who “deeply cares, and he may be one of the top masters that understands law and order and the causation of criminology and causation of criminality.”

In an op-ed piece earlier this year, Nugent’s brother Jeffery advocated universal background checks for all gun purchases, a position contrary to Ted’s.

Nugent wrote a rebuttal for Newsmax titled “My Dear Misinformed Brother.” He insists he is still close to his sibling although the two continue to disagree on the issue.

“Not one mass murder would have been deterred or stopped by any increase in background checks. Not a one,” Nugent said. “You want to save lives? The facts are inescapable if you have a brain and a conscience. Stop with the parole orgy.

“Quit letting murderers and rapists and stabbers and carjackers and shooters out of their cage because they’re committing 95-plus percent of the violent crimes,” he said. “We know who they are. We have their fingerprints. We’ve had them in cages, and some numbnut in a black robe lets them out to do it again.”

He also said he isn’t surprised that the number of new gun permits in Newtown, Conn., is on track to double this year considering the massacre that ended the lives of 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.

“I understand what intelligent, educated, caring people think because I think the same way as they do. We want our neighborhoods safe,” he explained. “When people see dangerous conditions and unarmed, helpless victims slaughtered like sheep, caring intelligent people who pay attention will do the right thing and make sure they are not unarmed and helpless. So it makes perfect sense to me.”

But he said the Zimmerman case, which was decided not far from Orlando, could threaten Stand Your Ground laws in states such as Florida.

“The mindless squawking and unfounded accusations that went nuts since the Zimmerman racist propaganda-inspired court case went on would be laughable if there weren’t so many of them,” he said. “America and our quality of life are in jeopardy because liars and those supporting the dope-smoking gangster attackers like Trayvon Martin are out there. They actually side with the attacker.”

Asked whether he planned to tone down his political rhetoric in 2016, Nugent responded tongue-in-cheek, “Yeah, and I’m going to be a gay pirate this Halloween, too. And I’m the tooth fairy, by the way.”

He said the opposite might be true.

“No, in fact, the more the punks in government give me a hard time, the more ‘we the people’ I’m going to be,” he said. “The more they try to censor me and try to put me in line — because the IRS scandal isn’t even the tip of the iceberg, it’s a ripple under the Titanic. …”

Nugent acknowledged he would have preferred to support Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election over GOP nominee Mitt Romney, but he had to be pragmatic about Perry’s chances.

“Had Rick Perry performed in his debates the way he performs in Texas and in conversations and in speeches I see him make at schools and public events, he would’ve been the best president of all of those in the running,” he observed. “But being that he ran into some complications during the debates, I was convinced that Mitt Romney would have brought accountability back, would have brought real transparency so we the people could actually get answers to our questions.”

Nugent, who was born in Detroit, now lives in Texas with his second wife Shemane.

Asked which Republicans could potentially take on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should she become the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, Nugent said he “deeply respects” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, while he also thinks highly of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

While he described Christie as a “good man” and sometimes “a great man,” Nugent said the Garden State governor is “not exactly” his type of Republican, perhaps echoing long-standing questions about Christie’s record with respect to Second Amendment issues by NRA leaders.

“There’s some great men and women out there on the Republican side that if they would just let it rip — do not attempt to placate the enemy, articulate that we can’t out-bribe the Democrats and we can’t out-lie the Democrats, so quit trying,” he said.

“The liberal Democrats will do to America what the liberal Democrats did to the once-phenomenal city of Detroit. They’re doing it to California. They’re doing it to Philadelphia. They’ve done it to Camden,” he added. “They’re doing it wherever they get their slimy, Joseph Goebbels-propaganda-ministry mitts on the throat of otherwise great Americans.”

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By Paul Scicchitano

Newsmax Magazine Wins 4 Charlie Awards.

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By Jim Meyers

Newsmax magazine has been awarded top honors by the Florida Magazine Association, which recognizes industry publications for outstanding achievement.

On Aug. 2, at its Annual Publishing Conference & Exposition this year in Orlando, Fla., the association bestowed four Charlie Awards – its highest honor — to Newsmax.

Newsmax won the highly coveted Charlie Award in each of the following categories: Best Editorial/Commentary/Opinion for Christopher Ruddy‘s “The Ed Koch I Knew — a Remembrance” in the March 2013 issue; Best Feature for Ben Stein‘s “Recalling Nixon: A Great Peacemaker’s Sad End” in the May 2012 issue; Best Cover for May 2012’s “Obama Gothic,” (see above) depicting President Obama and first lady Michelle in an “American Gothic” pose; and Best Photo Illustration for the “Their Long Road Home” article in the December 2012 issue, showing a wheelchair-bound veteran casting the shadow of a standing soldier saluting the flag.

Newsmax also won Silver Awards in the Best Feature category for “We Can Be Great Again,” co-written by Jeb Bush, and Best Department Design for the Very Best section; plus Bronze Awards in the Best In-Depth Reporting category for Judith Miller‘s “Syrian Rebels Struggle with Infighting and Inexperience,” and Best Department Design for the Travel section.

FMA President Kevin Kaminski told Newsmax: “The Florida Magazine Association is proud to serve such a diverse cross-section of talent.

“Editorial, art, and digital teams throughout our state continue to raise the publishing bar in Florida — from small trade magazines to prominent media organizations like Newsmax.

“Newsmax may be national in scope, but its commitment to the state’s publishing community is evident in its support of — and involvement in — our organization. FMA couldn’t be more appreciative.”

Newsmax is the monthly print and digital magazine published by Newsmax Media, headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla. Newsmax magazine began publishing in 2001 and has remained one of the country’s fast-growing publications with approximately 1 million monthly readers. Each month, more than 12 million Americans visit and its affiliated websites online.

Ken Chandler, editor-in-chief of Newsmax magazine, said: “These awards are a great tribute to our writers and entire staff. Four Charlies reflect the quality that we strive for with each issue of Newsmax. We are honored.”

In addition to in-depth news coverage and cutting-edge opinion from writers like Ben Stein, Judith Miller, and Doug Schoen, the magazine offers practical advice on health, finance, and lifestyle for an upscale audience of heartland Americans.

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“We’re thrilled to again be recognized by the prestigious Florida Magazine Association,” said Christopher Ruddy, president and CEO of Newsmax. “We are extremely proud and honored to receive a single Charlie, let alone four.”

In 2011, Newsmax magazine also received a coveted award from Folio magazine — its Gold Eddie for the January 2010 cover story “Obama Hates Fox News: The President Goes Fox Hunting.”

The Florida Magazine Association is the largest state magazine association in the nation, representing more than 200 magazines and 25 suppliers of publishing products and services. For more than five decades, the FMA has provided Florida’s magazines with a vital forum for information-sharing and updates on trends to assist and direct their growth.

Winning entries were evaluated by seasoned journalism professionals from across the country who specialize in all facets of magazine publishing.

The Charlie Awards are named after Charles G. “Charlie” Wellborn Jr., a professor in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida and an active member of the FMA. He retired in 1987 and the FMA honored him by renaming its top award the “Charlie.”

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Newsmax Exclusive: The 25 Influential Women of the GOP.

Who are America’s most influential Republican women? Newsmax magazine has the answer.

Newsmax looked at leading women in politics, the media, and other fields to compile a list of the 25 most influential Republican women for the August issue’s cover story “The GOP 25.

Leading off is Kelly Ayotte, the senator from New Hampshire who is an emerging force in Congress. Ayotte won by a landslide in 2010 even though New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group Mayors Against Illegal Guns spent nearly $2 million in attack ads against her.

No. 2 on the list is former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Although she is not currently in office, Palin still holds sway with evangelical women, and her endorsements in GOP primaries reflect an ability to back winning candidates. A single Palin tweet can still shake up the political landscape.

Another political heavyweight among the 25 is Washington state Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. As chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, she holds the No. 4 position in the House leadership hierarchy and is one of the most powerful GOP women on Capitol Hill.

Media figures on the list include author and commentator Peggy Noonan, whose Wall Street Journal columns consistently provide an informed, intelligent defense of conservative ideals.

Another commentator on the list is Laura Ingraham, author and permanent guest host on the highest-rated cable news talk program, “The O’Reilly Factor.” Ingraham also is arguably the most successful woman in the male-dominated arena of political talk radio.

Among the political consultants in the 25 is Mary Matalin, who helped run George H.W. Bush’s campaign and served as an adviser to President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Business leaders on the list include Meg Whitman, president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard and a former candidate for governor in California. Many observers believe it is only a matter of time before Whitman is asked to put together a winning team at some level in Washington.

Other women in the GOP 25, in addition to those mentioned, are New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez; Sen. Susan Collins of Maine; former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; political-law attorney Cleta Mitchell; Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; former Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao; South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley; Tennessee Rep. Diane Black; former Deputy Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Liz Cheney; Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin; Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer; business executive Carly Fiorina; GOP strategist Ana Navarro; Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser; “The View” former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck; former RNC Deputy Chairwoman Maria Cino; and commentators Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin.

Newsmax also looks at the “Up & Comers” among Republican women, and the trailblazers like Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush, who set the bar for exceptional first ladies.

Newsmax magazine is one of the most popular and influential news publications in America. It has been honored with a Gold Eddie Award in the News/Commentary category of Folio magazine’s prestigious journalism awards, the Eddies, and a Charlie Award, the highest honor from the Florida Magazine Association, in each of five categories including Best In-Depth Reporting.

Ben Stein says Newsmax reveals the “unafraid, uncomplicated, bare-knuckles truth about today’s dangerous world.”

Among the other articles in the August issue:

• An excerpt from author and columnist Conrad Black’s new book “Flight of the Eagle: The Grand Strategies That Brought America from Colonial Dependence to World Leadership.”

Black asserts that America seems to have lost its vocation for greatness in the absence of any rivals, but he is confident that with better leadership, the American eagle will rise again.

• Newsmax magazine looks at the impact that revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance program could have on the economy. Privacy advocates are calling for restrictions on the type and amount of personal information the online companies are allowed to collect and share. Given that the online sector accounts for nearly 6 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, the potential impact is huge.

• Political strategist Douglas Schoen’s “Unconventional Wisdom” column maintains that Vice President Joe Biden could be a real contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, and previews the Hillary Clinton-Biden battle that may be brewing.

• “Cold War Heats Up in the Arctic” examines the struggle over which nations will control the Arctic’s coveted oil reserves and rare-earth metals.

• And an article on zero-interest credit cards discloses how Americans can take advantage of the boom in card offers, which feature zero interest on both purchases and balance transfers.

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By Jim Meyers

House GOP Readies ‘All of the Above’ Energy Bill.

Republican House members will likely offer energy legislation when they reconvene following their summer recess that includes pursuit of alternative means of energy, such as wind and solar energy that have historically been opposed by many conservatives.

House Republicans plan on including such measures in pushing an “all of the above” approach to energy and will make an all-out effort to bring Democrats on board their energy package before unveiling it in September.

The early mover behind this effort is sophomore Republican Rep. Bill Johnson of Ohio, a member of the House Energy Committee.

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax, Johnson unveiled a video he narrates which recalls President John F. Kennedy in 1961 calling for landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade and how “we actually beat his deadline by two years.”

“President Kennedy captured all of our imaginations with his vision of America putting a man on the moon in 10 years and he made it happen because he reached out to every fabric of our society, including all political persuasions,” Johnson told Newsmax. “That’s the same approach a true ‘all-of-the-above’ energy vision must take — to reach out to all sides and produce a program that makes sure we’re not dependent on other countries.”

Neither Johnson nor any member of the Energy and Commerce Committee has yet to cobble together a final package, but Johnson made clear that any energy measure from the Republican side would include investment in wind and solar energy, both of which are popular among the Democratic side of the aisle.

Johnson also emphasized that the Republican energy package would include traditional sources of energy as coal.

Disputing administration criticism of the coal industry, the Buckeye State lawmaker said: “Coal is cleaner than ever and less expensive. It has been and must be an integral part of our energy agenda.”

Johnson spoke to Newsmax a day after White House Press Secretary Jay Carney insisted that the president is also committed to an “all-of-the-above” energy policy.

Carney told reporters, “The president’s commitment is clear. He is for an all-of-the-above approach, and that includes increased production of traditional forms of fossil fuels.”

“We now have record production of natural gas. We now have a balance of imports versus domestic production that is better than we’ve seen in 20 years or more,” Carney said. “And that reflects his approach, as does the investment in, and a substantial increase in the production of renewable energy.”

Johnson voiced sharp disagreement with Carney’s comments.

“What the president’s spokesman said is very different from what his administration has done,” said Johnson.

Johnson noted that the administration’s hostile attitude toward the coal industry and to hydraulic fracturing are not examples of “all of the above” but “of picking winners and losers.”

“Let the green energy folks have their stakes in this, with wind and solar energy. But also don’t pick winners and losers. Try every approach possible and, above all, get out of the way of private industry innovation,” Johnson said. “Already, our space-age technology holds promise that we can possibly fracture without liquid. We’ve got to change the dialogue.”

In discussing the possible components in the bill that House Republicans will offer in the fall, Johnson repeatedly returned to how critical it is to bring in Democratic colleagues to co-sponsor and pass the energy measure.

Even if this necessitates Democratic lawmakers as chief sponsors, Johnson is supportive. He recalled the axiom that Ronald Reagan kept on his desk as president: “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit” — which Johnson also keeps on the desk of his congressional office.

“I can’t walk in his shoes,” he said of Reagan. “But if I bring people of differing viewpoints and from different parties together on this issue, I’d say I’ve learned something from him.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.


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By John Gizzi

Rep. Steve King: Numbers Show More Drug ‘Mules’ Than Valedictorians.

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By Greg Richter

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer pressed him to retract his words, but Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, said he stood by his statement to Newsmax TV that for every valedictorian who came across the border illegally, there are 100 children smuggling drugs.

“Some of them are valedictorians — and their parents brought them in. It wasn’t their fault. It’s true in some cases, but they aren’t all valedictorians. They weren’t all brought in by their parents,” King told Newsmax on July 18.

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“For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds — and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” King said in the Newsmax interview. “Those people would be legalized with the same act.”

King was referring to the Dream Act, which would give children of illegal immigrants legal status. One of the popular arguments for the Dream Act is that children did not come to the United States of their own volition, and many of them are even the valedictorians of their classes.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, accused King of using “hateful language,” and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, said King’s description of the children of illegal immigrants was “inexcusable.”

But King told Blitzer that the facts support his words. He said he never said most who come across the border are drug smugglers, but that for every valedictorian there are 100 drug smugglers.

“You get one valedictorian per class per year,” he said. “Every night there are dozens and scores of people that are smuggling drugs across our border. I’ve been down there multiple times. I’ve sat along the border at night.”

King said he’s spent time with border officers and that his assertions are factual.

“This isn’t something made up in thin air,” he said. “I’ve seen it with my eyes and watched the data and video that support what I say, and the longer this dialogue goes, the more the American people will understand what I’m saying is factually correct.”

In fact, King added, the numbers are probably much worse, explaining that while there are undoubtedly some valedictorians who are children of illegal immigrants, the actual numbers are very few, he said. But there has been a tenfold increase in the past 18 months in the number of illegal drug arrests related to border crossings.

“And the people who are carrying them are increasingly young people,” he said. “We have a problem here. Those people would be legalized with those valedictorians as well.”

Blitzer continued to press King, citing more Republicans who have condemned his comments.

None of those people saw the full video of his interview or read the full transcript, King said.

“Instead, they’re reacting to what a reporter has said to them, which is going to be an edited version. If I were going to make derogatory comments about my colleagues I would go listen to what they said, and I would have an objective opinion.”

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King challenged Blitzer to run a word search through the Congressional Record to see how many times “valedictorian” comes up. It peaked in 2006 during an immigration debate, King said, and threatens to do so again.

“Some of these kids are good kids. It’s not their fault,” King said. “Yes, there’s some really good kids that are part of this, and it’s too bad they are caught in this flux that we are in. But by the same token you will also be legalizing those people who are breaking our laws in a very bad way — smuggling drugs.”

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Boehner, Cantor Criticize Steve King After Newsmax Interview on Immigration.

Republican leaders blasted Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, after his criticisms of young, illegal immigrants in an exclusive Newsmax interview were read aloud during a Congressional hearing Tuesday.

In an interview with Newsmax last week, Steve King said that the majority of Dreamers are engaged in drug trafficking.

See the entire interview below.

“For everyone who’s a valedictorian,” King said, “There’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act.”

As the remarks and video were copied onto several prominent political blogs, Republican leaders sought to distance themselves from King’s controversial remarks.

“What he said is wrong,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio,  said in a statement on Tuesday. “There can be honest disagreements about policy without using hateful language. Everyone needs to remember that.”

“I strongly disagree with his characterization of the children of immigrants and find the comments inexcusable,” Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., added in a statement.

And South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy argued that “the number of people that have Steve King’s precise ideology with respect to immigration is not a sufficient number to derail anything.”

In the Newsmax interviewKing specifically took on fellow Republicans who label him as “anti-immigrant.”

“There isn’t anyone that can fairly characterize me as anti-immigrant,” the Iowa Republican told Newsmax. “That’s a label that the open-borders people have tossed around. They’re conflating the terms anti-illegal immigrant and anti-immigrant as if it were the terms healthcare and health insurance.

“They did that in order to pass Obamacare. Now, they’re conflating anti-immigrant with anti-illegal immigration to pass amnesty.”

King’s comments surfaced in a hearing by a House panel that was specifically convened to examine the issue of legalization for young undocumented immigrants, commonly referred to as DREAMers.

In the hearing, Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., criticized those remarks as “inflammatory” and “offensive,” Politico reported. The freshman Democrat read King’s comments out loud, noting that he has met several valedictorians in his southern Florida district who are undocumented.

“When members of this committee – when members of this House – use inflammatory language, use offensive language, it does not help the progress,” Garcia said. He later added that comments such as King’s are “beneath the dignity of this body and this country.”

When King took the microphone for his opening remarks – immediately after Garcia – he declined to respond.

Here’s the interview. Tell us what you think.

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Peter King Story Sparks Media Commotion.

A storm of media interest erupted after Newsmax broke the story on Wednesday that Rep. Peter King was seriously considering a White House run in 2016.

The Newsmax article by John Gizzi disclosed that New York Republican King, past chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is being encouraged by friends in and outside New York to seek the GOP nomination for president.

“A lot of folks are telling him to do it and he sure acts interested,” a source disclosed.

In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday morning, King credited Newsmax with sparking talk about a White House run.

“Newsmax came to me, said they were going to do a story,” he said. “I found out the story was posted online. I said I would consider the race.”

King also expressed concern about America’s security after Obama pulls U.S. troops out of Afghanistan: “If we pull out, how are we different from September 10, 2001?”

After the Newsmax story broke, the “media storm” began. The New York Daily News was among the many media outlets to report that King is “weighing a run” for the White House, noting on Thursday night that “the idea of a presidential bid was floated by the conservative website Newsmax.”

ABC News interviewed King on Thursday about a White House run while acknowledging that King “was first mentioned as a possible candidate in an article by Newsmax.”

CBS News also interviewed King about his potential candidacy on Thursday, reporting that “a number of people have asked Rep. Peter King to consider a presidential run.”

The Huffington Post reported: “The media storm began Wednesday when Newsmax reported that King was being encouraged by friends to pursue the GOP presidential nomination.”

Talking Points Memo noted that “it’s hard to be surprised by anything involving Rep. Peter King. Nevertheless, a report by the conservative outlet Newsmax did the trick. It featured some of King’s allies pushing the idea that the longtime New York lawmaker, known for his tough talk and cable news ubiquity, could run for president in 2016.”

CNN reported on King’s potential candidacy on Thursday, observing that “few expected Republican Rep. Peter King, a longtime congressman from Long Island, to submit his name to the possible crop of contenders. King did just that.”

Fox News also reported that King is “weighing a run for the White House,” and if he runs “he would focus on homeland security and counterterrorism.”

Politicker stated: “Newsmax reported that Long Island GOP Congressman Peter King, not widely considered one of the top contenders for the White House in 2016, was nevertheless looking at running for president.”

Politico stated on Friday: “King acknowledged he was considering a run after a conservative website floated his potential bid.”

And The New York Times observed: “If nothing else, talk of a presidential run will mobilize his financial supporters at a time when Democrats see Mr. King, a devout Catholic with conservative positions on a number of social issues, as increasingly vulnerable to a challenge in heavily Democratic New York.”

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Towery to Newsmax: Peter King Could Be ‘Right Man, at the Right Time’ for GOP in 2016.

Rep. Peter King of New York, who confirmed to Newsmax on Thursday that he is seriously considering a bid for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, would be a “Hail Mary candidate,” debate expert and pollster Matt Towery said.

“It’s one of those where you throw the ball up, you run — and if you happen to catch it, you might just be the right man at the right time,” Towery, who heads the polling and political information firm InsiderAdvantage, told Newsmax in an exclusive interview late Thursday. “And if anybody can do that, and pull that off, it would be Peter King.

“He’s been around, he knows what he’s doing. He’s no dummy,” Towery said. “I understand why he’s running — and I wouldn’t discount him.”

King, who represents New York’s Third District, told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV that he was weighing a White House run.

“Very honestly, I’m going to look at it. … I’m going to look at this. I’m going to take it seriously, see where it goes,” King, a former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Malzberg.

The disclosure came after Newsmax reported on Wednesday that King was being encouraged by friends in and outside the Empire State to seek the GOP nod and that he “acts interested.”

Towery, an author and Newsmax contributor, said King’s 11 terms in the House and direct style made him “more of an establishment candidate — establishment with a tinge of moderate, or to the left of moderate, on the Republican scale.

“He is very outspoken, and he is — definitely on the Republican scale — not considered a conservative on most issues,” Towery said.

And, as such, King provides an alternative to such tea party-backed candidates as Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

“He’s one of the individuals trying to offer an alternative to what some Republicans view as the extremely conservative wing of the party,” Towery said. “He’s the anti-Cruz, anti-Rand Paul candidate. He makes that clear from the get-go.”

King’s greatest challenge in any White House quest, however, lies in the arduous and expensive primary process, Towery said.

“He can be viable in Iowa, assuming he can raise the money. He can certainly be viable in New Hampshire, although he’s probably too left of center on the Republican scale there. He’ll get just annihilated in South Carolina, but if he can get to Florida, he certainly would be a viable candidate,” he said.

And that’s despite Florida Sen. Marco Rubio being a possible 2016 GOP presidential contender.

“At this point in time, I would handicap that at 50-50 at best,” Towery told Newsmax. “Rubio has enough trouble in his own state, and I think he would actually beat Rubio in a race in Florida.

“Rubio does not have the support of all of the tea party crowd in Florida right now,” he added. “They are very disappointed in him. They would probably split their vote between Rand Paul and, should Rubio run, Rubio and Ted Cruz.

“And then, you have a candidate like Peter King standing out there as more moderate but yet strong, so he could easily end up shocking everyone.”

He might even be a surprise candidate against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is considered the likely Democratic presidential candidate.

“He would have a better shot than some of the other conservative candidates, because he would appeal to more moderate voters,” Towery said. “He certainly could appeal to some female voters. That’s a distinct possibility.

“He could be a very formidable candidate against Hillary Clinton or any other Democratic candidate.”

But what perhaps would make a Peter King candidacy most refreshing, Towery said, is the congressman’s brashness.

“It’s his style that could end up making him more popular than less,” he said. “He is a very blunt individual. He tells things like he sees them. He doesn’t hold his tongue. But he’s been in politics long enough, and in Congress long enough, that he knows when to talk and usually when not to.

“He’s been known to pop off and say things that became rather controversial, but I just happen to believe that the Republicans are looking for someone with a new style.

Mitt Romney had a very well-coiffed appearance, a very smooth style,” Towery noted of the former Massachusetts governor. “Peter King is the opposite of that. He doesn’t have a smooth style. He is a blunt guy. He says it like it is. It might just be what the doctor ordered.”

© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

By Todd Beamon

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