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Wednesday
Nov132013

APIA’s Autopsy Report, Statement on Immigration from Conservative Leaders, and more

American Principles Project

American Principles in Action’s Report – “Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012”
 
Two weeks ago, American Principles in Action released a new report entitled, “Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012.”  This report takes a hard-hitting and essentially political look at the 2012 election, and offers analysis and recommendations on how the GOP must move forward to build a winning strategy.


 
APIA’s report received much attention over the past two weeks, especially in relation to the Virginia and New Jersey Governor races, and looking forward to the GOP’s strategy in 2014 and beyond.
 
In the news:
 
“Christie, McAuliffe Win Governor’s Races”, The Wall Street Journal – Featuring Frank Cannon, President of American Principles in Action

“Truce, Be Not Proud”, National Review Online – An interview with Maggie Gallagher, Senior Fellow at the American Principles Project
 
“What the GOP Needs to do to Win Elections Again”, CNBC and featured on the Drudge Report – Op-ed by Rich Danker, Director of APIA Gold
 
“The Great Divide”, The Weekly Standard – Featuring Jeffrey Bell, Policy Director at APIA
 
“Republicans Must Use Social Issues to Stay on Offence”, TownHall – Op-Ed by Terry Schilling, Political Director at APIA
 
 
LATINO PARTNERSHIP
 
Statement from Conservative Leaders on Pending Immigration Legislation in the House of Representatives
 
American Principles in Action and the American Conservative Union, along with more than fifteen conservative leaders, released a statement today regarding the upcoming immigration debate. The statement reads:
 
“America needs immigration reform. With over 76 million “Baby Boomers” retiring by 2030 and only 46 million Americans poised to take their place in the workforce, it’s clear we need a forward-looking market-based immigration policy which allows for a growing economy and a labor blueprint that plans for the future…”
 
Click here to read the full statement.
 
In the news:
 
The Hill: “The Tanton Network: Republican Party’s Number One Enemy”
 
National Review Online: “American Conservative Union on Amnesty: No Enemies to the Left?”
 
Fox News Latino: “Republicans Eye Obamacare Glitches As Chance to Win Over Millennials”
 
 
APP COMMON CORE
 
“A national effort to unify education standards across America and help American children compete more effectively with students in better-performing nations is actually a dumbing-down of America’s schools, takes away local control, handcuffs good teachers and opens the door for ideological manipulation of our kids.
 
Common Core was developed in recent years as a means of establishing nationwide learning standards, and the vast majority of states signed on, even before the standards were spelled out. And critics of the plan say the emerging reality of Common Core is far different from what was promised.
 
“It was sold to the states and the federal government on a series of slogans. The slogans were that it would be state-led, that the standards would be evidence-based, internationally benchmarked, that is on par with what other high-performing countries teach and that the standards would be rigorous,” said Emmett McGroarty, education director at APIA Common Core.”
 
WND: “Schools Producing More Dummies than Ever”
 
 
 
APP GOLD
 
“If there's any boon for Republicans from the government shutdown, it's this: the GOP's unprofitable alliance with big business may finally be over. Corporate leaders are reportedly at wit's end with conservatives over their recent display of brinksmanship, but the discord really should go the other way. There's nothing wrong with big business per se, but to win elections again, the Republican Party needs to respond to the economic concerns of workers rather than the bosses.
 
The GOP's 2012 defeat was the epitome of this disconnect. To quantify the economic issue mix of the Romney campaign, we analyzed in a recent white paper the content of over 120 television ads that Romney, the Republican National Committee and major allied Super PACs collectively spent $400 million to run. These commercials emphasized unemployment, debt, and Romney's background as a job creator. “
 
Read more here: “What the GOP Needs to do to Win Elections Again”, CNBC and featured on the Drudge Report – Op-ed by Rich Danker, Director of APIA Gold 

Friday
Oct042013

Townhall Daily - October 04 - Thomas Sowell, Michelle Malkin, Mark Davis, Kurt Schlichter, John Ransom and More

Townhall Daily Newsletter

Who Shut Down the Government?
Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell
A Camp Bastion Mom's Call of Duty
Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin
The Shutdown's Silver Lining
Mark Davis
Mark Davis
This Week’s Most Important Lesson
Kurt Schlichter
Kurt  Schlichter
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: The Liberal Brain Trust That Is No Joke
John Ransom
John Ransom
Blame James Madison for the Government Shutdown
Michael Barone
Michael Barone
The Death of the Hillary Movies
Brent Bozell
Brent Bozell
Obama Showing His Vindictive Streak
Jonah Goldberg
Jonah Goldberg
Obamacare: Obama's Signature Chemistry Set Experiment
David Limbaugh
David Limbaugh
The Democrats' Artillery
Mona Charen
Mona Charen
Obama's Old, New Tactic: Starve Old People
Michael Schaus
Michael Schaus
A Blessing for the GOP
Michael Reagan
Michael Reagan
The Sadistic Strategy of Obama & Reid
Pat Buchanan
Pat Buchanan
The Anniversary of the Income Tax – the Worst Day in American History?
Daniel J. Mitchell
Daniel J. Mitchell
Obama’s Guide to Not Negotiating
Ransom Notes Radio
Ransom Notes Radio
Angela Merkel Channeling Margaret Thatcher
Suzanne Fields
Suzanne Fields
Boehner Prepared to Cave-In to Obama
Mike Shedlock
Mike Shedlock
Iran and North Korea Race to go Nuclear
Night Watch
Night Watch
So Bill de Blasio Honeymooned in Cuba—Big Deal?
Humberto Fontova
Humberto Fontova
Dim Sum for the Mind: A Selection of Tidbits Spicy, Sour and Sweet
Paul Greenberg
Paul Greenberg
Shelia Jackson Lee Suggests Govt Shutdown Drove "Poor" Capital Hill Shooter To Kill
Greg Hengler
Greg Hengler
McConnell and Rand Paul on Hot Mic: Hey, Democrats Are Hurting Themselves By Refusing to Negotiate
Guy Benson
Guy Benson
Bureaucrats Bashed for Fencing-Off WWII Memorial, Reopens to Vets
Sarah Jean Seman
Sarah Jean Seman
Biden Cancels Gay Rights Speech
Heather Ginsberg
Heather Ginsberg
3 Reasons Obamacare Hurts Low-Income College Students (From One)
Nicole Bailey
Nicole Bailey
Friday
Oct042013

BostonGlobe.com Political Headlines - October 4, 2013

  • A hint of assent on debt ceiling: The first cracks seemed to appear in House Republican resolve to use the federal debt limit as a bargaining chip over President Obama's health care law and other GOP priorities.  Noah Bierman reports. 

     

  • A nicely packaged gift from Menino: Mayor Menino's transition blog will leave his successor with what should be the best practical guide to municipal government.  Lawrence Harmon details the blog. 

     

NIH website to open, enabling patients to again enter trials: The website, which facilitates patients seeking experimental treatments in clinical trials, was shuttered because of the government shutdown. Deborah Kotz reports.

Thursday
Oct032013

HotAir Daily Express 10/02/2013 

Hot Air Daily Express

Did the White House play Find the Fatwa?
10/2/2013 10:01:17 AM  Ed Morrissey
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Barack Obama explained his personal-diplomacy strategy regarding Iran’s Hassan Rouhani in part as driven by signs of moderation in Tehran, and not just the election of Rouhani himself.  Specifically, Obama pointed to a fatwa issued by Supreme
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ADP jobs report: 166,000 private-sector jobs added
10/2/2013 9:21:08 AM  Ed Morrissey
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If the government shutdown lasts the rest of the week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics won’t issue its jobs report for September on time, so ADP’s look at private-sector hiring may be all we get for now.  We will eventually get the BLS report
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Rand Paul: Some government idiot sent goons to barricade the memorial; Update: Honor Flight Chicago still a go for today
10/2/2013 8:41:35 AM  Ed Morrissey
212 Comments
Is the Honor Flight endangered by the government shutdown? Even though TSA remains funded as an essential national-security function, the agency couldn’t answer questions from local media in Toledo as to whether the government would stop a flight
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Two arrests in Jacksonville airport closure, one “destructive device” found; Update: Suspect identified
10/2/2013 8:01:29 AM  Ed Morrissey
37 Comments
No one is quite sure yet what happened last night at the Jacksonville airport last night, but two arrests have been made, and at least one “destructive device” has been found.  Security shut down the airport for several hours and evacuated it
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The Fed Just Guaranteed $9 Gas and $3800 Gold

The Scary Truth Behind Washington Budget Fights

Obamacare Projected to Spike Gold Prices


Quotes of the day
10/1/2013 10:41:12 PM  Allahpundit
370 Comments
President Barack Obama placed blame for a government shutdown squarely with the GOP on Tuesday, labeling the cessation in government business a “Republican shutdown” that threatens to damage the economy. “This Republican shutdown did
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It begins: First Obamacare security breach leaks 2,400 Americans’ info
10/1/2013 10:01:55 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
114 Comments
Beyond the glitches. An employee of Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange, MNsure, sent an unencrypted file to the wrong person and left 2,400 people’s private information at the mercy of a nearby insurance agent. One exchange staffer’s simple mistake gave
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Treasury: This is really, seriously the end of the line with the “extraordinary measures”
10/1/2013 9:21:45 PM  Erika Johnsen
46 Comments
However long the federal government’s current shutdown status lasts, there is the possibility that any Congressional compromise (or lack thereof) that might emerge will be reached with the understanding that results on some of the ObamaCare and
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Cheer up: The shutdown backlash might not be as bad as you think
10/1/2013 8:41:50 PM  Allahpundit
152 Comments
I figure I owe you at least one non-eeyorish post a month. Might as well take care of October early. (Kidding, kidding.) If you feel ill from that toxic Quinnipiac poll this morning, take your medicine by reading Sean Trende at RCP. Even if you think the
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Maduro expels U.S. embassy officials for their obvious role in Venezuela’s toilet-paper shortages; Update: State Dept may take “reciprocal action”
10/1/2013 8:01:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
59 Comments
Most unfortunately, the nefarious and shadowy forces of imperialist aggression just never seem to let up on their evil machinations to persecute and undermine the righteously socialist people’s regime of Venezuela — or, anyway, that’s
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Why hasn’t Obama responded to the GOP’s ObamaCare demands with counter-demands?
10/1/2013 7:21:27 PM  Allahpundit
119 Comments
Joel Pollak of Breitbart asks a good question. President Barack Obama told National Public Radio recently: “I shouldn’t have to offer anything.” That sounds tough, but those are words the president and his party may live to regret. As
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The Obama administration’s new-and-improved student-loan crisis plan, isn’t
10/1/2013 6:41:53 PM  Erika Johnsen
23 Comments
Yet another consequence of our stubbornly stagnating economy is the degree to which young people increasingly find themselves unemployed, underemployed, and otherwise delayed in starting down the road of their adult career paths. That, in turn, rather
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Mike Lee on funding the government: “Let’s leave ObamaCare for another day”
10/1/2013 6:01:32 PM  Allahpundit
232 Comments
Everyone understand what he’s trying to do here? I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t initially. The link to his floor speech this afternoon started circulating a little while ago on Twitter, with lefties and righties alike marveling
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Russia will charge Greenpeace activists with piracy
10/1/2013 5:21:33 PM  Ed Morrissey
135 Comments
Who didn’t see this coming?  Greenpeace activists attempted to return to a Russian oil rig in the Arctic last month where they had earlier staged a protest occupation, and found the Russians a little more prepared.  They have since been held
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Milwaukee County sees ObamaCare as an escape route
10/1/2013 4:41:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
38 Comments
Remember how public-employee unions in Wisconsin howled when the legislature and Governor Scott Walker proposed and implemented reforms that took benefit packages off the table in union negotiations, allowing the state to get out of the union’s own
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Sebelius: These ObamaCare glitches are “a great problem to have”
10/1/2013 4:01:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
86 Comments
It’s Day One of ObamaCare, and — as predicted — the brand-new online insurance exchanges are off to a bumpy start across the country with technological glitches galore. Never fear, however; the Obama administration is here to blithely
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Tales from the shutdown apocalypse: FLOTUS’s official Twitter account forced to limit updates
10/1/2013 3:21:54 PM  Allahpundit
178 Comments
This isn’t America. Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, updates to this account will be limited. #Shutdown — FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) October 1, 2013 Alternate headline: “Yes, you’re paying someone to
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The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
10/1/2013 2:51:22 PM  Ed Morrissey
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Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us as always on today’s TEMS at 4 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss the shutdown, the ObamaCare trainwreck, and all of the hot political stories of the day.
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Oh my: CNN looking to dump Piers Morgan?
10/1/2013 2:41:10 PM  Allahpundit
141 Comments
I think the writing was on the wall when they hired Jake Tapper, as that represented a sharp lurch away from the “trollish wanker” programming strategy that had inexplicably landed Piers in prime time. On the one hand, it’s just a
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Pentagon sacks two Marine generals for security lapses in Afghanistan
10/1/2013 2:01:00 PM  Ed Morrissey
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Accountability exists within the military when failures occur, as the Pentagon made clear late yesterday.  In a surprisingly public action, the Marine Corps cashiered two generals after a Taliban attack on Camp Bastion a year ago left two Marines dead
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Krauthammer: This shutdown is pretty much a lifeline for a drowning administration
10/1/2013 1:21:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
140 Comments
Krauthammer had some solid points on O’Reilly last night concerning the question of whether or not a government shutdown is actually helpful or hurtful to the Obama administration’s overall image as well as to their grand opening of the
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“Honor Flight” vets cross shutdown-imposed barricades to visit WWII Memorial
10/1/2013 12:44:23 PM  Allahpundit
200 Comments
The video will no doubt be glorious but I can’t find any yet. For the time being, we’ll have to rely on Stars & Stripes reporter Leo Shane, who was on the scene when GOP Rep. Steve King distracted a park cop so that the vets could stream
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Is the shutdown “the beginning of the end for Washington”?
10/1/2013 12:01:38 PM  Ed Morrissey
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The normally more reserved Ron Fournier thinks so.  The National Journal analyst foresees a “Millenial revolution” on the cusp of the breakdown in functionality in Washington DC, and the GOP tearing itself to pieces will give them the opening
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What You’re Missing Today
10/1/2013 11:45:31 AM  Mike Antonucci
68 Comments
The TV news has wall-to-wall coverage of what is affected by the shutdown of the federal government, but it’s far from comprehensive. Here are just a few of the federal agencies whose services we’ll have to manage without until Congress
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Life’s a glitch: ObamaCare websites plagued by bugs on launch day; Update: Feds apologize; Video: MSNBC reporter tries, fails to enroll
10/1/2013 11:21:30 AM  Allahpundit
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Ed touched on this earlier but it’s worth risking redundancy to give it extra attention, especially now that I’m seeing tweets like this (from a Huffington Post reporter, no less): Looks like the health care website glitches are a real issue.
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Paul: Let’s get a 1-week CR to give us time to negotiate in conference
10/1/2013 10:41:53 AM  Ed Morrissey
125 Comments
“When we disagree,” Sen. Rand Paul told CNN’s New Day, “historically we’ve gone to conference committee.” Republicans in the House tried that, and Kate Bouldan tells Paul that Dick Durbin declared that Democrats are
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Thursday
Oct032013

BostonGlobe.com Political Headlines - October 3, 2013

  • Obama exhorts leaders to halt shutdown: Despite President Obama's warnings about the need to prevent a debt default, a meeting between top Democrats and Republicans offered little hope. National political reporter Matt Viser details.
  • Standoff in D.C. worries Boston Fed chief: The budget standoffs in Washington have the potential to derail the nation's economic growth, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston said. Economic reporter Megan Woolhouse details.
  • Shutdown ill-timed in Salem: A closed visitor center in tourist-friendly Salem? In October, of all months? Reporter Peter Schworm with more on the impact on the Halloween capital of the region.