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Obama question dodge of the day: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen twists self into pretzel

8 hours 28 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

At yesterday’s New Hampshire Senate debate, incumbent Jeanne Shaheen didn’t deny that she’s voted with Obama 99 percent of the time (I was surprised it was that low), but when asked to answer yes or no to the question of whether Obama’s done a good job, Shaheen went into full “pretzel twist” mode:

The moderator should have asked her if she voted for Obama and it might have gotten really funny.

Other Dems are also attempting to run out the clock on this election.

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Labor Secretary has brilliant idea to boost labor force participation

8 hours 28 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

The labor force participation rate is at its lowest level since 1978. Why? According to Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who almost makes Robert Reich look like a supply-sider, too few people are being paid not to work, or something:

Paid leave will improve the nation’s labor participation rate, currently at record lows, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said on Monday.

“It is a sleeper issue that will sleep no more,” Perez told a gathering at the National Press Club.

“Every first Friday of the month, the most frequently asked question I get, ‘What can you do, Tom, to increase labor force participation?’ Well, let’s talk about paid leave and let’s compare the United States with Canada,” Perez said.

“The labor force participation rate of women ages 25 to 54 in the year 2000 in the U.S. and Canada was virtually identical. Today, Canada is ahead of us by roughly 8 percentage points, in large measure because they have generous paid leave laws and they provide affordable access to affordable child care.


This guy should be forced to wear a Marxist dunce cap, but I might agree with his version of paid leave as long as Perez was the first one paid to leave.

In the private sector, what good is more “paid leave” is there are no jobs from which to get paid leave? Well, that’s why people like Perez believe there should be more government jobs:

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The Perez full employment theory explained in just a few seconds here.

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Obama pulls fleeing Dems back in again: ‘These are all folks who vote with me’

8 hours 28 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

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Earlier this month, President Obama reminded voters that his policies are on the ballot next month, which caused a bit of panic in the Dem ranks.

Things are looking so grim that Obama even went on Al Sharpton’s sketch comedy show on MSNBC yesterday to preach to the liberal choir Dems fear will be staying home next month:

Describing the “tough map“ that Democrats face in this year’s midterms, Obama told Sharpton, “A lot of the states that are contested this time are states that I didn’t win. And so some of the candidates there — it is difficult for them to have me in the state because the Republicans will use that to try to fan Republican turnout.”

“The bottom line though is, these are all folks who vote with me, they have supported my agenda in Congress,” Obama added, citing the minimum wage and fair pay as issues on which they all agree. “This isn’t about my feelings being hurt, these are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me,” the president said.

Some Dems on the ballot next month are not only hiding the fact they have or would vote in support of Obama’s agenda — they don’t even want to admit they voted for Obama.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Obama’s campaign speech in Maryland so awesome people left early

8 hours 28 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

President Obama is in such demand these days that he did his first — yes first — campaign appearance for a Democrat on the ballot next month. Obama was in Maryland campaigning for the Democrat candidate for governor, Anthony Brown, who either wanted the president to personally lobby on his behalf or was too slow to mount a successful retreat like so many other Dems.

This Reuters headline sums things up:

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Maybe Obama was so overwhelmingly awesome that people couldn’t take it and had to remove themselves from the room.

From New York Times First Draft:

Maybe it was the huge traffic jam that the 8,000 people in a Maryland high school gym were anticipating at the end of President Obama’s speech. Or maybe some people had decided that getting a quick picture of Mr. Obama was all they really wanted.

Whatever the reason, a noticeable stream of people — perhaps 200 or more — started filing out just minutes after the president started making his pitch for Anthony Brown, the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland.

Thousands of people at the event in Upper Marlboro heard every word, and as Mr. Obama’s aides fervently noted, there was an overflow room at the event, a testimony to the interest in the president’s appearance.

But it was hard not to notice that the crowd in at least some of the stands resembled that of a blowout baseball game in the sixth inning, when the less-than-die-hards have had enough.

The management and

Obama: "This week obviously everybody's been spending a lot of time concerned about the spread of disease …"

— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) October 20, 2014

When the “Ebola Czar” spins that he might say that the crowd was practicing textbook protocol.

**Written by Doug Powers

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George Stephanopoulos: Ebola Czar Klain is the communications and management expert government needs

8 hours 28 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

President Obama’s choice of longtime Democrat hack Ronald Klain to be “Ebola Czar” was lauded by those who also believe we’re just a heavily funded political activist away from the cure for cancer. George Stephanopoulos said this morning that Klain is just what “the government” needs.

From Newsbusters:

Speaking to weekend GMA host Dan Harris, Stephanopoulos insisted that “Ron Klain is an expert in communications, he’s an expert in management. That’s what the government needs right now.

By “the government” Stephanopoulos means “the Obama administration.” And wasn’t Obama sold to America as the management and communications expert the government needed?

So far the “communications and management expert” can’t convince anybody to fast track paperwork:

Ron Klain, the newly announced White House Ebola “czar,” was spotted entering the White House at about 5:30 p.m., but did not attend the meeting because he hasn’t officially started, White House Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri said. He is still completing paperwork and hopes to start in the next week, she said.

But Klain has received the paper trainee hat:

Klain — whose official title will be “Ebola response coordinator” — did meet separately Saturday with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough “to start to get up to speed,” Palmieri said.

Doesn’t Klain bear a striking resemblance to the bumbling “not a scientist” in this Holiday Inn ad from 2001?

**Written by Doug Powers

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Wendy Davis’ campaign website selling baby onesies — baby optional

8 hours 28 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

Don’t get too close to this just in case there’s a lightning strike (via Daily Caller):

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Like the Davis campaign in Texas and accompanying moral value of her position on abortion, the onesie pictured above is empty… perhaps for unintentional symbolic reasons.

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WH: New Ebola Czar has no medical experience but he’ll implement the hell out of the virus

8 hours 28 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

The White House has chosen an Ebola Czar who will be charged with preventing the unthinkable: A pandemic of blame spreading to the left side of the aisle:

President Obama tapped veteran government insider Ron Klain to coordinate his administration’s efforts to contain the Ebola virus Friday.

Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, is well-known by Obama and White House aides. He was selected for his management experience and contacts throughout the government, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

“He is the right person for the job,” Earnest said, particularly the challenge of “integrating the interagency response.”

Klain is a longtime Democratic hack whose only medical experience has been injecting Jay Carney into the WH briefing room and overdosing America on lies.

No, Klain doesn’t have a medical background, but that’s not what this is about anyway:

Earnest said Obama wasn’t looking for an Ebola expert but “an implementation expert.”

He confirmed Klain’s title: “Ebola response coordinator.”

Klain will report to two officials involved in the anti-Ebola effort: homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco and national security adviser Susan Rice.

Klain will report his Ebola findings to Susan Rice? Great. At what point does the producer of the movie “Outbreak” get thrown in jail?

Klain’s gig might end up going like so many other Obama administration “in over their heads” appointments:

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In closing, the wind-up:

“We’ve got an all-hands-on-deck approach across government to keep the American people safe.” —President Obama on #Ebola

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 17, 2014

And the pitch:

Ron Klain not starting right away in the Ebola job. Probably next week.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 17, 2014

**Written by Doug Powers

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Good news: Obama says Ebola risk remains ‘low for ordinary folks’

8 hours 28 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

Because there are many who believe the spread of Ebola can be stemmed by increasing the number of government officials making bad decisions, President Obama has been urged by John McCain and others to appoint an “Ebola Czar.” It sounds like that might happen:

“It may be appropriate for me to appoint an additional person,” to be the point person, the president told reporters at the White House after meeting with his Ebola response team for nearly two hours, as new information continued to develop about how health care workers at a Dallas hospital may not have been given proper training and equipment to deal with an Ebola patient there.
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“I understand that people are worried. This is a disease that is new to our shores,” Obama said. But he underscored the limited scope of the outbreak right now, and that Ebola is a “very difficult disease to catch.”

How difficult is it to catch? Well, that depends on how “ordinary” you are:

“The main thing everybody needs to focus on is the risks involved remain relatively low, extremely low, for ordinary folks.”

If you had “nurses” in the “ordinary folks” category, remove them right now.

The Obama administration doesn’t yet have an “Ebola Czar,” but they do have an “Ebola coordinator” who is a lawyer and rumored to be far superior to Ebola’s attorney.

Here’s a parting thought, and pardon the language, but it was getting hot in my HazMat suit:

Notice that the people urging calm over Ebola are the same ones who want us to lose our shit over a .8 degree temp increase in 100 yrs?

— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) October 16, 2014

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Freudian Slip of the week: Mark Udall calls Cory Gardner ‘senator’ during debate

8 hours 28 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

In the Colorado debate for U.S. Senate, Democrat Mark Udall faced off with his Republican challenger Cory Gardner.

At one point, Udall referred to Gardner as “senator.” Paging Dr. Freud:

That shouldn’t be considered a full Freudian concession because Udall didn’t refer to Gardner as “Cory Uterus,” but Udall certainly knows his incumbency is in trouble.

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Great: Nurse later diagnosed with Ebola flew because CDC told her it was OK despite low-grade fever

8 hours 28 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

Earlier today, CDC Director Tom Frieden said that the second nurse to later be diagnosed with Ebola shouldn’t have been allowed to fly.

What Frieden didn’t say was that the CDC gave her the green light to get on the plane in spite of a low grade fever:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Vinson called the agency several times before flying, saying that she had a fever with a temperature of 99.5 degrees. But because her fever wasn’t 100.4 degrees or higher, she didn’t officially fall into the group of “high risk” and was allowed to fly.

I can’t help but wonder if the CDC would have OK’d her to board the flight if her seat assignment were next to one Tom Frieden.

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‘Only white boy on the east side of Wilmington’ Joe Biden warns of ‘crazy’ Tea Party

8 hours 28 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

The Joe Biden headline of the week (so far):

https://twitter.com/ThePowersThatBe/status/522202248651087872

Vice President “put y’all back in chains” is cranking up the rhetoric heading into next month’s elections. Translation from the Pander-Matic 5000: I speak jive:

Vice President Joe Biden, in a closed-door meeting with black clergy in South Carolina on Tuesday, referred to himself as “the only white boy on the east side of Wilmington” as he recalled his days as a Delaware public defender and pressed faith leaders to elect Democrats this year.

He offered a candid critique of Republicans, calling the tea party “crazy,” according to a detailed readout of Biden’s remarks provided to CNN by a person in the room.

“This is not your father’s Republican Party,” he said, according to the source. “This is a different breed of cat, man. I am not making a moral judgment, but I will tell you that they have no judgment.”

“This is not your father’s Republican party”? Beats a reminder about their grandfather’s Democratic party, right Joe?

**Written by Doug Powers

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FLOTUS’ convincing ‘yummy face’ sure to motivate kids to eat more veggies

8 hours 28 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

Michelle Obama did an impression of kids eating a FLOTUS-approved school lunch today. Twitchy sets the scene:

A group of fifth graders joined the first lady in the White House garden Tuesday for the fall harvest and later dined with Mrs. Obama on the just-picked vegetables.

“REAL tomato ketchup, Eddie?”

Mrs Obama joins kids in eating some of the just-picked veggies in the healthy meal recipes. pic.twitter.com/anlj6c8YLb

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 14, 2014

So I guess we should also talk about his, eh?

Hey, @Alphacat. The First Lady wants to know… #TurnipForWhat? https://t.co/WL7jCellbC #AskTheFirstLady #TD4W

— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) October 15, 2014

Don’t miss FLOTUS’ upcoming remakes of and “If I Didn’t Carrot.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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Paging Sheriff Joe! Company co-owned by husband of Sen. Kay Hagan allegedly pocketed unspent stimulus money

15 hours 28 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

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That is why I have asked Vice President Biden to lead a tough, unprecedented oversight effort – because nobody messes with Joe. I have told each member of my Cabinet as well as mayors and governors across the country that they will be held accountable by me and the American people for every dollar they spend.”

–Barack Obama, 2/24/09

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Here’s Sen. Kay Hagan in 2009 explaining why she voted for the stimulus bill:

Most important, though, this legislation delivers on our simple promise to change the way things work in Washington — for working families and not for special interests.

So how did that work out?

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The story about Sen. Hagan’s husband’s company getting a stimulus grant isn’t new, but according to the Carolina Journal they made a neat little profit off an overcharge that wasn’t repaid:

JDC Manufacturing, a company co-owned by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s husband Charles “Chip” Hagan, lowered the total cost of a 2010 stimulus-funded energy project but kept all of the savings, sending none back to taxpayers who had funded the stimulus grant.

The company’s original application stated the total project would cost $438,627, and said JDC would contribute “leveraged funds” amounting to $187,983, or 43 percent of the total. As the project reached completion, however, JDC revised the total budget downward by $114,519 and applied all the savings to its share, keeping all the taxpayer funding.

Read the whole story here and remember it for the next time Sen. Hagan says the stimulus worked, because it did — for some.

“Sheriff Joe” might want to look into that after he’s done rooting out “Shylocks” elsewhere.

**Written by Doug Powers

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The Hunter Biden Chronicles

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:36

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The Hunter Biden Chronicles
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

Everything you need to know about Beltway nepotism, corporate cronyism and corruption can be found in the biography of Robert Hunter Biden. Where are the Occupy Wall Street rabble-rousers and enemies of elitist privilege when you need them? Straining their neck muscles to look the other way.

The youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden made news last week after The Wall Street Journal revealed he had been booted from the Navy Reserve for cocaine use. His drug abuse was certainly no surprise to the Navy, which issued him a waiver for a previous drug offense before commissioning him as a public affairs officer at the age of 43. The Navy also bent over backward a second time with an age waiver so he could secure the cushy part-time job.

Papa Biden loves to tout his middle-class, “Average Joe” credentials. But rest assured, if his son had been “Hunter Smith” or “Hunter Jones” or “Hunter Brown,” the Navy’s extraordinary dispensations would be all but unattainable. Oh, and if he had been “Hunter Palin,” The New York Times would be on its 50th front-page investigative report by now.

Despite the disgraceful ejection from our military, Hunter’s Connecticut law license won’t be subject to automatic review. Because, well, Biden.

Biden’s bennies are not just one-offs. Skating by, flouting rules and extracting favors are the story of Hunter’s life.

Hunter’s first job, acquired after Joe Biden won his 1996 Senate re-election bid in Delaware, was with MBNA. That’s the credit card conglomerate and top campaign finance donor that forked over nearly $63,000 in bundled primary and general contributions from its employees to then Sen. Biden. As I’ve reported previously, Daddy Biden secured his custom-built, multimillion-dollar house in Delaware’s ritziest Chateau Country neighborhood with the help of a leading MBNA corporate executive. Average Joe went on to carry legislative water for MBNA in the Senate for years.

Hunter zoomed up to senior vice president by early 1998 and then scored a plum position in the Clinton administration’s Commerce Department, specializing in “electronic commerce” before returning to MBNA three years later as a high-priced “consultant.” While he collected those “consulting” (translation: nepotistic access-trading) fees, Hunter became a “founding partner” in the lobbying firm of Oldaker, Biden and Belair in 2002.

William Oldaker was Papa Biden’s former fundraiser, campaign treasurer and general counsel — a Beltway barnacle whose Democratic machine days dated back to Teddy Kennedy’s 1980 presidential bid. Under Oldaker’s tutelage, Hunter lobbied for drug companies, universities and other deep-pocketed clients to the tune of nearly $4 million billed to the company by 2007.

Coincidentally, then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama personally requested and secured cozy taxpayer-subsidized earmarks for several of Hunter’s clients.

Hunter got himself appointed to multiple corporate board positions, including a directorship with Eudora Global. It’s an investment firm founded by one Jeffrey Cooper, head of one of the biggest asbestos-litigation firms in the country. SimmonsCooper, based in Madison County, Ill., donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Biden the Elder’s various political campaigns over the past decade — all while the firm poured $6.5 million into lobbying against a key tort-reform bill, which former Sen. Biden worked hard to defeat. Cooper also contributed to the Delaware attorney-general campaign of Hunter’s older brother, Beau, and paid Beau for legal work on lucrative asbestos-litigation cases.

Hunter also was previously a top official at Paradigm Global Advisors, a hedge fund holding company founded with Vice President Biden’s brother, James, and marketed by convicted finance fraudster Allen Stanford. As Paradigm chairman, Hunter oversaw half a billion dollars of client money invested in hedge funds while remaining a lobbyist at Oldaker, Biden and Belair. Cooper chipped in $2 million for the ill-fated venture, which went bust amid nasty fraud lawsuits.

Continually failing upward, Hunter snagged a seat on the board of directors of taxpayer-subsidized, stimulus-inflated Amtrak, where he pretended not to be a lobbyist, but rather an “effective advocate” for the government railroad system serving the 1 percenters’ D.C.-NYC corridor.

So, where does a coke-abusing influence peddler go after raking in gobs of Daddy-enabled dough and abusing the U.S. Navy’s ill-considered generosity? Back to Cronyland! Hunter joined Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings — owned by a powerful Russian government sympathizer who fled to Russia in February — this spring. The hypocritical lobbyist-bashers at the White House deny he will be lobbying and deny any conflict of interest.

Meanwhile, Just Like You Joe was whipping up class envy in South Carolina last week. “Corporate profits have soared,” he railed, thanks to “these guys running hedge funds in New York,” who are to blame for “income inequality.” You know, like his son and brother and their Beltway back-scratching patrons.

The Bidens: They’re not like us.

Alison Grimes doubles down: Military has fought and died for my right to not admit I voted for Obama

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Late last week I said Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Grimes set the “gold standard” for dodging a question about whether she voted for Obama in 2008 and/or 2012. At a debate tonight against Mitch McConnell, Grimes took that gold standard to a higher level.

Here’s the video with a partial transcript. Short version: America’s finest have fought and died for her right not to answer the “who did you vote for” question:

“Our Constitution grants, here in Kentucky, the constitutional right for privacy at the ballot box — for a secret ballot. You have that right, Senator McConnell has that right, every Kentuckian has that right. And as secretary of state — the chief election official — I’m tasked with overseeing and making sure we’re enforcing all our election laws. And I’ve worked very closely, especially with the members of our military, to ensure the privacy at the ballot box — those that lay their life on that line…”

Here’s what I heard: “Look, our boys didn’t storm the beaches at Normandy just so 70 years later some fascist could ask me if I voted in favor of Hope & Change!”

Grimes said her refusal to say who she voted for was a “matter of principle”. Actually there are two principles that Grimes is trying to protect with her serial non-answer: Peter and Darwinian.

This message brought to you by the Founding Fathers:

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NIH director: You know, we might have an Ebola vaccine if we had adequate funding

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Never let a crisis go to waste:

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You knew this was coming:

As the federal government frantically works to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and as it responds to a second diagnosis of the disease at home, one of the country’s top health officials says a vaccine likely would have already been discovered were it not for budget cuts.

Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said that a decade of stagnant spending has “slowed down” research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases. As a result, he said, the international community has been left playing catch-up on a potentially avoidable humanitarian catastrophe.

There’s not enough money for Ebola vaccine research, but somehow the government always seems to scrape up enough funding for studies about duck genitalia and so much more:

This is how the NIH spends your money. So they can just STFU with the "budget cuts" nonsense: pic.twitter.com/5vavMzAHAs

— CounterMoonbat (@CounterMoonbat) October 13, 2014

What's that, the NIH wants more money? Here I found some. http://t.co/ISu9Mcy3h1

— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) October 13, 2014

NIH's funding went from about 17 Billion to over 30 billion from 2000 to 2014. You're really going to claim funding is the issue? Nonsense.

— AG (@AG_Conservative) October 13, 2014

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John McCain calls for ‘Ebola Czar’ after 2nd person tests positive; ‘Golf Czar’ already on the job

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:35

**Written by Doug Powers

A health care worker who was involved in treating Ebola patient Thomas Duncan has tested positive for the virus in Dallas:

If the preliminary diagnosis is confirmed, it would be the first known case of the disease being contracted or transmitted in the U.S.

Meanwhile, a top federal health official said the health care worker’s Ebola diagnosis shows there was a clear breach of safety protocol and all those who treated Thomas Eric Duncan are now considered to be potentially exposed.

Dr. Daniel Varga, of the Texas Health Resources, said during a news conference Sunday that the worker wore a gown, gloves, mask and shield while they provided care to Duncan during his second visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Varga did not identify the worker and says the family of the worker has “requested total privacy.”

Another historic first! And the CDC continues to say Ebola is totally hard to catch.

This morning, John McCain said this situation calls for immediate czar creation:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday called for President Obama to nominate an “Ebola czar” to coordinate the administration’s response to the deadly virus.

“I’d like to know who’s in charge,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The senator’s appearance followed news from Dallas early Sunday that a second Ebola patient had been identified – a healthcare worker who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first U.S. Ebola patient who died last week.

McCain said his constituents in Arizona are “not comforted” and “need more reassurance.”

The senator said the administration should also “look at” airports in West Africa as well as those in the United States.

“Americans have to be assured here,” McCain added.

Because the Transparency Czar, Car Czar, Border Czar, Government Performance Czar, Stimulus Accountability Czar, et al have been such rousing successes.

Meanwhile, the Fundraising Czar returned and briefly transformed into Photo Op Czar:

https://twitter.com/markknoller/status/521341963975819264

This was put together so quickly the Fundraising Czar forgot to remove the Golf Czar’s jacket:

The photo op of Pres Obama on phone with Burwell lasted only 40 seconds. No remarks could be heard through window. pic.twitter.com/TwcdAPZZqp

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 12, 2014

Golf Czar was then on the job:

Pres Obama now at Ft Belvoir for a round of golf. By my count, this is his 200th round of golf as President.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 12, 2014

Never let it be said he can’t multitask.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Who’s afraid of ‘Rocky Mountain Heist?’

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:06

Who’s afraid of ‘Rocky Mountain Heist?’
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

Free at last! I’m silent no more. Now, the story can be told.

Democrats here in my adopted state of Colorado did not want the new political documentary I hosted to see the light of day. They lost. This week, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency injunction declaring that our movie deserved the same free-speech rights as a “traditional” (translation: old-guard liberal) news organization.

Rocky Mountain Heist,” produced by David Bossie’s Citizens United and directed by Jason Killian Meath, tells the story of how a wealthy quartet of liberal millionaires and billionaires in Colorado — known as the “Gang of Four” — took over the once-red state of Colorado in the course of a decade.

As a conservative journalist in both “old” and “new” media for more than two decades, I’ve used my First Amendment rights to follow the radical left’s money and connect the dots for readers and viewers. The media marketplace has been too long dominated by liberal corporate statists allied with Big Government, cloaked in the pretense of institutional objectivity.

The 10th circuit panel of three judges unanimously rejected speech-stifling arguments that our expose was somehow an “electioneering communication” subject to onerous disclosure requirements — from which the likes of the Denver Post or Colorado public radio are arbitrarily exempt. It’s “government putting its thumb on the scale,” Citizens United super-lawyer Ted Olson argued in court — treacherously elastic and prone to abuse.

A six-year resident of Colorado, you can imagine my amusement, sitting in court last week in Denver, listening to government officials capriciously attack our film (which they hadn’t seen) as a “drop-in attack ad” from nefarious, out-of-state interests.

Reality check: The nearly-hour-long film illustrates how the Gang of Four coordinated their campaign targets and spending behind closed doors. We report on how they drafted up elitist plans to “educate the idiots.” With commentary from journalists, local and state Republican lawmakers, and even one political science professor (who ironically testified against Citizens United’s right to equal media treatment!), “Rocky Mountain Heist” traces how the liberal scions and their “Colorado Democracy Alliance” captured the governor’s mansion, the state legislature, and two Senate seats.

As I’ve reported previously, CODA spawned the national Democracy Alliance. “Over the past nine years,” the organization brags to potential contributors, DA has “aligned leaders in the progressive movement and political infrastructure” to “achieve victories at the ballot box and in policy fights.” Their agenda spans “social justice,” “climate change,” “voting rights,” gun control, illegal alien amnesty, campaign finance and sustained “strategic investment” to turn red states blue.

Colorado activists in our movie inform voters how Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper pandered to his wealthy patrons and out-of-state special interests. Interviewees enlighten viewers on how Hickenlooper imposed radical laws and regulations restricting economic and personal freedoms on energy businesses, gun owners and entrepreneurs. The deep-pocketed progressive donors funneled gobs of undisclosed money to astroturf groups and a network of liberal non-profits — all while screaming about the need for “transparency” and the “people’s right to know.” “Rocky Mountain Heist” shows how the “Colorado model” is migrating to Texas and Virginia, and highlights how liberty-loving Coloradans have been fighting back.

Our documentary, as Ted Olson argued, expresses core “political speech that is at the heart of the First Amendment’s protected activity.” Here’s what’s so rich: So-called “progressive” champions of transparency (with names like “Colorado Ethics Watch”) intervened to try and stop Citizens United and me from educating my fellow Coloradans — and the rest of the country — just weeks before a critical midterm election.

What are the opponents of “Rocky Mountain Heist” so afraid of? An informed citizenry, an independent media, and conservatives willing to go to the mat for their constitutional rights.

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Learn more about the documentary here, buy the DVD here, and support Citizens United here.

Colorado voters: Check here for local TV airings of “Rocky Mountain Heist,” which begin Saturday.

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