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Heritage - All the President's Former Men: Panetta Joins Critics of Obama Over Benghazi 

The Daily Signal


October 9, 2014

Morning Bell

All the President's Former Men: Panetta Joins Critics of Obama Over Benghazi

Daily Policy Focus: Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has joined other former members of the Obama team in criticizing the president’s Middle East policy and his handling of the Benghazi attack.

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This 29-Year-Old Woman Has Chosen to Die. Why That's a Loss for All of Us.

Brittany Maynard has terminal brain cancer. She was diagnosed on New Year's Day this year, just a little over a year after her wedding.

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Hong Kong's Former No. 2 Official Fields 7 Questions on the Future of Her City.

As the number of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong dwindles, one of the city's veteran leaders is a key figure in seeking a compromise with the pro-Beijing camp on how to elect a new chief executive.

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CEI Today: EPA loses text messages, eBay & ALEC, urban renewal policies & the Kochs, and more 

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
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Pulling 'an IRS'? EPA reportedly loses text messages now sought in request

The EPA is being accused of pulling “an IRS” for reportedly planning to inform the National Archives it has lost text messages being sought in an open-records request.

The Washington Times
reported Wednesday that lawyers from the Department of Justice informed a federal court of the EPA’s plans to tell the National Archives it cannot produce the text messages because they have been deleted.

The open-records request in question came from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which is seeking text messages from the devices of EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. > Read more

> Interview Christopher Horner



On Tuesday, some 80 ‘progressive’ organizations (including Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Environmental Defense Fund, League of Conservation Voters,, Common Cause, Public Citizen, and AFL-CIO) sent a letter to eBay’s CEO, Chairman, CFO, and General Counsel urging them to end the company’s support for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the national association of conservative state legislators.

This just in. . . .The New Republic reports that eBay has declined to honor (capitulate to) this request (pressure). > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis



Super PAC Attacks Kochs on Civil Rights, Endorses “Urban Renewal” Policies that Harmed Minorities


Alternet posted yet another bogus smear on the libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch.The article summarizes the “findings” of a report titled, “The Koch Brothers’ Record on Civil Rights and Race,” which was produced by an outfit called “The Bridge Project.” This front group is really an arm of a super PAC called American Bridge 21st Century, which was founded by Democratic party activist David Brock and in 2012 was described as “the hub of the left” by Roll Call. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner



The 2014 Federal Paperwork and Red Tape Roundup, Part 1: Big Bucks for Pencil Pushers

When it comes to red tape and federal paperwork, the costs of tax compliance for individuals and businesses are said to account for most of the federal paperwork burden.
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> Interview Wayne Crews


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Heritage - A Food Inspector Missed a Rat Infestation. Could You Be on the Hook for His Legal Fees? 

The Daily Signal


October 8, 2014

Morning Bell

A Food Inspector Missed a Rat Infestation. Could You Be on the Hook for His Legal Fees?

A food inspector for the Department of Agriculture, suspended for failing to discover rats in the flour at a pasta-making plant, had his punishment overturned and won back pay. Now taxpayers may pick up his legal bill.

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The Defense of Marriage Isn't Over

Daily Policy Focus: The action from the Supreme Court is a setback for sound constitutional self-government and a setback for a healthy marriage culture. But it's not a defeat.

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This Amputee Veteran's Inspiring Story

He overcame drinking and depression to become an incredible athlete.

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Citizens For A Strong NH - Town Halls behind gates and barbed-wire?



Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter's version of a "public town hall:"

A private meeting behind barbed-wire
and security gates


(October 6, 2014) Last week, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire highlighted Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter's spokeswoman's false statement to the National Journal where she "dismissed charges that her boss is an absentee congresswoman as untrue and listed 10 public town hall events since Shea-Porter took office in 2013." This statement was contrary to the fact that throughout Carol Shea-Porter's term in the 113th Congress, she has refused to host public town hall meetings with her constituents.

As reported in the NHJournal, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire asked Congresswoman Shea-Porter to release the list of alleged ten public town halls she claimed to have had. Considering her spokeswoman said they were "public," our organization also requested proof that she advertised each of these alleged ten town halls to her constituents to allow for their attendance either via her website, mail, an e-newsletter, or social media, prior to all of the events.

As a result of our pressure, Congresswoman Shea-Porter's office released what they claim were "ten public town halls" to the New Hampshire Union Leader, but they did not produce proof that any of the ten events were made available to the public prior. Here are the events: 
  • Hooksett GE Workers' Town Hall, June 13, 2014
  • Birch Hill Town, May 12, 2014 - Shea-Porter listens to seniors discuss the Affordable Care Act
  • Conway Veterans Town Hall, May 2, 2014
  • Women's Economic Agenda Summit, March 21, 2014
  • Portsmouth Veterans Town Hall, Feb. 25, 2014
  • Dover Maple Suites Town Hall, Jan. 11, 2014
  • AARP Telephone Town Hall, Dec. 10, 2013
  • Manchester Veterans Town Hall, Aug. 21, 2013
  • WMUR Town Hall, July 29, 2013
  • Great Bay Forum, April 30, 2013
Upon our review, almost all of the events listed above were either not made available to the public on her office's website prior, or they were only made available to certain, pre-selected individuals, to control who would be attending.

For example, it would have been impossible for any member of the public, who wasn't an employee, to have attended the June 13th "Hooksett GE Workers' Town Hall," but Congresswoman Shea-Porter's office still listed it as a "public town hall" meeting. As a facility closed off to the public for security reason, GE is protected by barbed wire and a security gate with guards at all entrances to ensure only screened employees are allowed on the premises.

In addition, click HERE to see what happened at Congresswoman Shea-Porter's May 2nd event, and HERE to view her January 11th event.
Derek Dufresne, spokesman for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:


"It is clear that Rep. Shea-Porter's spokeswoman's statement to the National Journal was blatantly untrue and the events she is now trying to pass off as 'town halls' were anything but 'public.' Shea-Porter is feeling the pressure from Granite Staters after a year and a half of avoiding them, however her untruthful attempt to now try and convince her constituents that she was accessible, despite that fact that she wasn't, isn't going to quell their frustrations.  

"If Congresswoman Shea-Porter thinks a meeting held in a heavily guarded facility that has a gate, barbed-wire, and only allows for employees to attend is a 'public town hall,' then she is more disconnected from New Hampshire values than I had originally thought."



AFP - Why does Harry Reid hate us?


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