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About That ‘USA Today’/Gallup Poll

Here’s a reality check: One-night polls sometimes pick up momentary reactions that quickly fade. On June 9, 2009, Criegh Deeds won a dramatic, come from behind victory in Virginia’s Democratic primary for governor. The next night, Rasmussen Reports fielded a one-night survey in Virginia and found a startling result: After having trailed on all previous polls, Deeds led Republican Bob McDonnell by six points (47% to 41%), after having trailed on all previous polls. Five days later, the DailyKos/Research 2000 poll had Deeds down by a point (45% to 44%). Two weeks later, PPP had him down by six. Thirty-six more polls followed over the next four months, and McDonnell led on every one. Chuck Todd is right: At times like this, we just need to be patient and wait. In a week or so, we should have a good sense of whether this instant reaction is real or the artifact of a one night poll.
Stay tuned... - Greg Pollowitz

Obamacare DOES NOT Cover Pre-existing Conditions In Kids

Via AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after President Barack Obama signed historic health care legislation, a potential problem emerged. Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children. Obama made better coverage for children a centerpiece of his health care remake, but it turns out the letter of the law provided a less-than-complete guarantee that kids with health problems would not be shut out of coverage. Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem, said Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the main congressional panels that wrote the bill Obama signed into law Tuesday.
Well, Nancy did tell us we'd have to pass the bill first to find out what's in it. - Greg Pollowitz

Israel Announces More Construction In Jerusalem Minutes Before Bibi Meeting With Obama

Via Jerusalem Post:
After the publication of another east Jerusalem building permit threatened to further deepen US-Israel tensions, an aide to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu insisted that the premier did not know about the move in advance. The aide, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter with the press, said that Netanyahu was caught off.guard by the announcement, made minutes before his White House meeting with US President Barack Obama on Tuesday night.
Hilarious. - Greg Pollowitz

Stupak Gets A Primary Challenger

Via Connie Saltonstall For Congress:
Bart Stupak threatened to block healthcare reform unless an Amendment that bears his name was included in the final bill. I believe that he has a right to his personal, religious views, but to threaten to deprive constituents of needed healthcare reform because of those views is reprehensible. I’m going to beat him. But I need your help. Please join our brand-new campaign
Will MI-01 Dems vote for a pro-choice lib? - Greg Pollowitz

Panic: Vermont Turning Red?

Via Rasmussen Reports:
Republican Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie leads all five of his potential Democratic opponents in the first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 survey of this year’s race for governor in Vermont. A telephone survey of likely voters in the state shows Secretary of State Deb Markowitz to be the most competitive Democrat for now. Dubie leads her by seven points, 46% to 39%. He posts a 48% to 35% lead over State Senator Doug Racine, a former lieutenant governor.
Taking a look at Dubie's website, jobs are his top priority. Take note GOPers. - Greg Pollowitz

Aretha Giving Condi Some R E S P E C T

Via Reuters:
. . .FRANKLIN: Yes, I am working on some arias. Speaking of the arias, I am going to be doing three concerts over the summer, myself and Condoleezza Rice. Ms. Rice is a consummate classical pianist, and (since) I sing the arias, I thought that we could do something, a bipartisan effort for our favorite charities.
Cool. - Greg Pollowitz

Shocking News: Dems Not Quite Sure What’s In The Constitution

Via Alarming News:
One of the brilliant ideas in the healthcare bill passed is that every person must purchase health insurance. Is it constitutional for our government to force us to purchase a good or service? Let’s ask Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman. Why yes, he believes the constitution does allow for the government to require the purchase of a good or service. Under what clause? Well, that’s obvious: “Under several clauses, the good and welfare clause and a couple others. All the scholars, the constitutional scholars that I know — I’m chairman of the Judiciary committee, as you know — they all say that there’s nothing unconstitutional in this bill and if there were, I would have tried to correct it if I thought there were.” Except, of course, there is no “good and welfare clause”.
Maybe Joe Biden has been tutoring everyone. - Greg Pollowitz

Obama’s Ed Secretary From Chicago Did Favors For Powerful Politicians

Via Hot Air:
Chicago Breaking News reported late last night that former Chicago schools chief and current Secretary of Education Arne Duncan manipulated a system to favor powerful political allies by placing their children in the schools of their choice. The discovery of a list, the existence of which had been long denied by the city, and its composition of mainly high-powered political figures calls into question the appeals system used to reconsider applications that had been denied by the top Chicago-area schools
Shocking behavior out of Chicago. - Greg Pollowitz

Joe Biden’s Other Gaffe Today: Greek, Roman, What’s The Difference?

Via Los Angeles Times:
Joe Biden: “As I said just before the president signed the healthcare bill, I quoted Virgil, the classic Greek poet, who once said, ‘The greatest wealth is health.’ The greatest wealth is health. Mr. President, you’ve made us a nobler and wealthier nation by providing for the health of your fellow citizens.”
Virgil was a Roman poet, of course. Smartest. Administration. Ever. EVER. (For the record, President Obama would have read Virgil at Columbia. Transcript please.) - Greg Pollowitz

Man vs. Food vs. The Indian Army: The Weaponization Of The Ghost Chili

Via AP:
The Indian military has a new weapon against terrorism: the world’s hottest chili. After conducting tests, the military has decided to use the thumb-sized “bhut jolokia,” or “ghost chili,” to make tear gas-like hand grenades to immobilize suspects, defense officials said Tuesday. The bhut jolokia was accepted by Guinness World Records in 2007 as the world’s spiciest chili. It is grown and eaten in India’s northeast for its taste, as a cure for stomach troubles and a way to fight the crippling summer heat.
And thus begins the chili arms race between Pakistan and India. - Greg Pollowitz

Dem. 2010 Strategy: We’re Better Killers Than Bush

Via Politico:
The best way to sell President Obama’s war on terror? Hype hit lists and body counts, according to a new Democratic strategy memo out Tuesday. Almost three times as many terrorists were killed in Obama’s first year as there were in all of President Bush’s second term, according to the memo from the centrist Democratic think tank Third Way, with more than 600 killed in 2009 compared to 230 killed between 2004 and 2008. Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, killed in August. Top Al Qaeda official Sadam Hussein Al Hussami, killed this month. Saleh al Somali, senior Al Qaeda operations planner, killed in December. Mullah Omar’s deputy, captured in February. The memo puts the words “killed” and “captured” in boldface type.
Yeah! That Bush was a poser! For a real killer-in-chief, vote Obama. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Does Obama Have An Eric Holder Problem?

Via WSJ:
. . .Eric Holder as the new Alberto Gonzales — a lightning rod for controversy throughout his tenure as the nation’s top cop? Yipes. Perez writes that Holder has pleased nearly nobody. Not the right, who criticize him for releasing Bush-era memos on the CIA’s interrogation program. Not the left, who think he’s adopted too many of the old Bush policies. For now, Holder’s still got the support where it counts. A senior White House official says the president stands behind Holder. And Matthew Miller, a Justice spokesman, said many of the department’s biggest controversies this year were held over from the prior administration. “There is no way to make everyone happy dealing with those issues, and if you did, it probably means you did something wrong,” he said.
Resignation watch pool: I say 8 days after the November elections and Holder punts. - Greg Pollowitz

Video of Biden Calling Obmacare A “Big F*&%$*& Deal”

Via Huffington Post:
Vice President Joe Biden, perhaps overcome with excitement during his speech congratulating President Obama on the passage of health care reform, dropped an F-bomb on live television when he turned to Obama and said, “This is a big f****** deal.” The microphone just barely catches it, but listen closely and you’ll hear it. This is surely a high point in Biden’s long history of verbal gaffes.
Biden. Is. Awesome. But check out the expression on Pres. Obama's face. A little bit of, "I can't believe I picked this guy to be V.P.?" - Greg Pollowitz

Nuclear Terror Risk To Britain From Al-Qaeda

Via Telegraph:
Bomb makers who have been active in Afghanistan may already have the ability to produce a “dirty bomb” using knowledge acquired over the internet. It is feared that terrorists could transport an improvised nuclear device up the Thames and detonate it in the heart of London. Bristol, Liverpool Newcastle, Glasgow and Belfast are also thought to be vulnerable.
Instead of worrying about Israel and UK passports, maybe the Brits should worry about how AQ is going to to try to nuke London, no? - Greg Pollowitz

U.K. To Expel Israeli Diplomat

Via BBC:
The UK is to expel an Israeli diplomat over the use of 12 forged British passports by the killers of a Hamas leader in Dubai, the BBC has learned. Foreign Secretary David Miliband will make a statement to Parliament later. Israel has said there is no proof that its agents were behind the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January. BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen said the person to be expelled is likely to be the London head of Israel’s secret service, Mossad.
Allies? - Greg Pollowitz

Mayor Bloomberg No Fan Of Obamacare

Via New York Post:
Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday that President Obama’s health-reform plan does nothing to contain runaway medical costs or deliver better care. “It does not address the total cost of health care in our country, it does not address the fact that we spend double what they do in Western Europe and have a lower life expectancy, but it does address coverage,” Bloomberg told reporters. “It’s a system we can’t afford in total in this country, and a system that’s not delivering the kind of health care that we want.”
Bloomberg: teabagger? - Greg Pollowitz

Good News: U.S. Air Support In Afghan. Holds Back When Called In

Via Los Angeles Times:
Reporting from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower: At the nightly “hot wash” debriefing on the Dwight D. Eisenhower, a pilot from the Pukin’ Dogs squadron was explaining how he dropped a 500-pound bomb on a Taliban target in Afghanistan — and why. The pilot, a Naval Academy graduate with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, would face two such cross-examinations before he could get some sleep after his 12-hour mission.
Read the whole piece, but this quote stands out: "It's hard to be a mud-mover -- slang for a pilot who aggressively supports ground troops -- when the bosses won't let you push the button." - Greg Pollowitz

Eric Holder And The Misssing DOJ Terrorist Convictions

Via Hot Air:
. . .A source on Capitol Hill confirmed to me that the White House used the ObamaCare signing as their reason to postpone Holder’s appearance at Judiciary. However, the real reason could be a series of embarrassing admissions in a submission to the committee from the DoJ. Judiciary had asked for answers on the oft-claimed “hundreds” of terrorists tried in the federal court system, as well as an explanation of how the federal court system can protect national-security information as well as military commissions. According to this source, the DoJ’s answers confirm exactly what had been suspected — that Holder has not been telling the truth on either point
Andy McCarthy has been noted the missing convictions as well. Stay tuned for more. - Greg Pollowitz

Bibi: Jerusalem ‘Not a Settlement’

Via Fox News:
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented dueling positions on Jerusalem construction Monday, underlining a recent spat between the allies while simultaneously suggesting the incident is behind them.
I'm not sure how much longer Israelis will go for HRC's "friends don't let friends build stuff" rhetoric. - Greg Pollowitz

VIDEO: Gov. Pawlenty Talks Obamacare

Via You Tube:
Me: This is from “Good Morning America” this morning. Worth watching.
2012? - Greg Pollowitz


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