Ambassador John Bolton on tonight’s “On The Record with Greta Van Susteren” says about Jay Carney “He’s an Embarrassment” and goes on to eviscerate the Obama administration for their lousy foreign policy.
Amb. John Bolton responds to White House belief that widespread riots are in response to obscure, Anti-Muslim film
“Idea For The Draconian Spending Cuts Originated In The White House”
“The book ‘The Price of Politics,’ by Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward, makes it clear the idea for the draconian spending cuts originated in the White House – and not in Congress … Woodward describes the behind-the-scenes haggling last year that laid the groundwork for sequestration.” (“Bob Woodward Book Could Bolster Republican Attack On W.H.,” Politico, 9/7/12)
- WOODWARD: “Lew, Nabors, Sperling and Bruce Reed, Biden’s chief of staff, had finally decided to propose using language from the 1985 Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit reduction law as the model for the trigger.” (Bob Woodward, “The Price Of Politics,” Pgs. 339-340, 2012)
- WOODWARD: “At 2 p.m. Lew and Nabors went to the Senate to meet with Reid and his chief of staff, David Krone. ‘We have an idea for the trigger,’ Lew said. ‘What’s the idea?’ Reid asked skeptically. ‘Sequestration.’” (Bob Woodward, “The Price Of Politics,” Pgs. 326-7, 2012)
WH Plan: Cut Half From The Defense Department
WOODWARD: “Well, it could work, Lew and Nabors explained. What would the impact be? They would design it so that half the threatened cuts would be from the Defense Department. ‘I like that,’ Reid said. ‘That’s good.’” (Bob Woodward, “The Price Of Politics,” Pgs. 326-7, 2012)
“Big cuts would hit the military.” (“White House Report Details Effects Of Automatic Budget Cuts,” The New York Times, 9/14/12)
“Top defense officials have warned that further cuts to defense could hurt national security. And defense contractors have been saying for months that the cuts could result in significant layoffs in their industry.” (“White House Details Fiscal Cliff Spending Cuts,” CNN Money, 9/14/12)
Ratings firm Egan-Jones cut its credit rating on the U.S. government to “AA-” from “AA,” citing its opinion that quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve would hurt the U.S. economy and the country’s credit quality.
The Fed on Thursday said it would pump $40 billion into the U.S. economy each month until it saw a sustained upturn in the weak jobs market. (Read more: Fed’s ‘QE Infinity’ — Four Things That Could Go Wrong)
In its downgrade, the firm said that issuing more currency and depressing interest rates through purchasing mortgage-backed securities does little to raise the U.S.’s real gross domestic product, but reduces the value of the dollar.
American Crossroads today launched a new web video focused on President Obama’s revealed lack of focus on critical foreign policy issues.
American Crossroads: Skips
Over the last week, we’ve learned:
- President Obama misses more than half of his daily intelligence briefings, and has missed more than 60% of them in the last two years.
- President Obama snubbed Israeli Prime Netanyahu over a request for an emergency meeting on Iran’s nuclear capability – in favor of a celebrity fundraiser and appearance on David Letterman.
- President Obama attended a campaign event in Nevada the same day it was learned America’s ambassador to Libya was brutally murdered – the first such murder since 1979 – and extremists stormed two key embassies in the Middle East.
If President Obama is going to boast about his foreign policy prowess, then he needs to show up for work on the critical issues, even when it interferes with his campaigning, celebrity appearances and golf game.
Political commentator John Fund (Wall Street Journal, National Review) explains how California can be transformed if Jerry Brown’s tax increases are defeated and Prop 32 (limiting union funding for political purposes) is passed. Fund quotes Winston Churchill who once said that “Americans will eventually do the right thing – but first they must exhaust all other possibilities.” California has exhausted all other possibilities.
ForAmerica and our over 3 million members would like to invite you to check out our newest video “Carter 2.0”. With a Facebook talk about number of over 1.7 million people, this video is sure to be the next viral video of this election cycle.
Brigitte Gabriel challenges Obama to take a strong stand
*** 2nd URGENT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT!!! ***
A DANGEROUSLY FLAWED STRATEGY
Yesterday, we sent out an urgent Action Alert asking you to register opposition to any kind of taxpayer funded assistance for either Egypt or Libya. We did this to send a message that we will not reward countries that attack our embassies and murder our ambassadors. We will not accept delayed and weak responses to those heinous attacks by the leadership of those countries.
Thank you. Your calls have been pouring in to the leadership offices in Nation’s Capital. Those that represent you in Washington, DC are hearing you loudly and clearly. Today we ask you to keep the heat on (see Action Alert in red below).
The violence of the last few days demonstrates how the current administration’s dangerously flawed strategy of apology and appeasement has emboldened our enemies and laid the groundwork for the chaotic and dangerous environment we see today across the Middle East and in Africa.
The stage was set three years ago when we warned about the consequences of President Obama’s Cairo apology speech to the Muslim world. That speech, and subsequent actions since, has created the perception of a weak America. That perception is what is fueling our enemies today.
Examples can be found in a brief timeline of this week:
- Islamist mobs attack the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, tearing down the American flag and replacing it with the flag of Islam. The pretext for the attack is anger over a video satire of the Prophet Mohammed.
- The U.S. embassy in Cairo immediately issues a statement of apology for the video: “The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims—as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”
- Later, the White House disavows the embassy statement—but still makes an oblique reference to the video.
- Islamic terrorists attack the Libyan embassy, killing U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans.
- During the attack on the U.S. embassy in Cairo and for some 38 hours afterward, the Morsi government remains unacceptably silent, making no public statement or contacting President Obama.
- Stunningly, Obama reacts to that silence by reaching out to Morsi. He tells Morsi that he “rejects efforts to denigrate Islam”—another apology.
- The violence grows. The U.S. embassy in Yemen is attacked by an Islamist mob.
- In a press conference Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton again makes reference to the satirical video and its supposed contribution to the violence—in spite of intelligence experts claiming the violence was orchestrated for the anniversary of 9/11 and that the film was only an excuse/distraction.Clearly sidestepping the issue of free speech that we enjoy in our democracy, Clinton remarks that the video is “disgusting and reprehensible,” saying the U.S. government “absolutely rejects its content and message.” She says the film was designed “to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage.”
- The media reports that the violent protests have now spread to 11 nations and the Department of Homeland Security warns that they could continue to spread both at home and abroad.
Strong, decisive action by President Obama and Congress is needed NOW.
We need to keep the heat on our federal elected officials regarding tax dollars that are sent to Egypt and Libya. Again, we thank you for the calls you made yesterday and ask that you keep speaking out by calling again today and forwarding this to everyone you know, asking that they do the same.
Please take a moment once again today to call the numbers listed below.
Tell these members of our national leadership respectfully, but firmly, that you are opposed to ANY military funding for Egypt or Libya at this time, and that you will be watching to see if they receive it.
|Speaker John Boehner||Speaker’s Office: 202-225-0600
Personal Office: 202-225-6205
|Majority Leader Eric Cantor||202-225-2815|
|Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy||202-225-2915|
|Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi||202-225-0100|
|Minority Whip Steny Hoyer||202-225-4131|
|Majority Leader Harry Reid||202-224-3542|
|Majority Whip Richard Durbin||Leadership Office: 202-224-9447
Personal Office: 202-224-2152
|Minority Leader Mitch McConnell||Leadership Office: 202-224-3135
Personal Office: 202-224-2541
|Minority Whip Jon Kyl||Leadership Office: 202-224-2708
Personal Office: 202-224-4521
IF EACH OF US DOES JUST A LITTLE, TOGETHER WE CAN
ACCOMPLISH A LOT!
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NOM’s Brian Brown: “We’ve now taken out four of the six who betrayed marriage, and we’re going to finish the job with the remaining two. … It’s laughable when groups like the Human Rights Campaign say that nobody has ever lost a race for supporting same-sex marriage. The landscape is littered with the failed political careers of such politicians, including now these four (soon to be six) incumbents in New York.”
Yes, this is in … New York.
NOM Helps Defeat Two New York Senators Who Voted to Redefine Marriage
Defeated Incumbents Bring to Four Those Who Have Lost Their Seats over Supporting Same-sex Marriage
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today celebrated the defeat of two incumbent state Senators who voted to redefine marriage in New York. NOM played a pivotal role in helping to defeat the incumbents, Roy McDonald and Shirley Huntley. In addition, Neil DiCarlo, a NOM-backed challenger to Stephen Saland, was locked in a razor-close battle and expects to defeat the incumbent when final absentee votes are counted.
“Marriage was redefined in New York because of six turncoat Senators, and we vowed we would not rest until they were removed from office,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s president. “We’ve now taken out four of the six who betrayed marriage, and we’re going to finish the job with the remaining two.”
Senator James Alesi was driven from his reelection race by NOM’s pledge to defeat him. Senator Carl Kruger was forced to resign, and NOM helped elect pro-marriage Republican David Storobin to replace him. McDonald was defeated in the Republican primary by pro-marriage candidate Kathy Marchione. NOM was a major supporter of Marchione, sending two district-wide mailers and launching thousands of telephone calls. And Huntley was defeated in the Democratic primary by pro-marriage candidate James Sanders. NOM also sent two mailers and thousands of telephone calls opposing Huntley.
“When marriage was redefined, Andrew Cuomo and his billionaire friends like Paul Singer and Michael Bloomberg said they’d protect anyone who voted against marriage from political harm. Now look at the political carnage they have wrought,” said Brown. “Four of their six Senators are [gone], and the other two will be soon. Neil DiCarlo expects to defeat Sen. Saland when all the votes are cast. And we will vigorously oppose Mark Grisanti in the general election. If that results in Dean Skelos losing his Senate majority, so be it. Skelos is also responsible for redefining marriage because he authorized the vote in the first instance.”
Brown continued, “The people of New York have sent a clear and unequivocal message – they will not tolerate politicians, Democrat of Republican, who redefine marriage. It’s laughable when groups like the Human Rights Campaign say that nobody has ever lost a race for supporting same-sex marriage. The landscape is littered with the failed political careers of such politicians, including now these four (soon to be six) incumbents in New York.”
According to Fox News, 45% of registered voters (42% of Independent registered voters) think the country is better off than it was four years ago. 49% (52% of Independents) say it is not. When it comes to their own personal situation, 42% of registered voters (40% of Independents) say they are better off. 43% (44% of Independents) say they are not.
President Obama: Average approval from early to mid-September was 49% according to RealClearPolitics. Average disapproval was 47.3%. (Last week’s average, which covered mid- to early September, was 47.5%. Average disapproval was 48.8%)
Here are the polls released this week on Presidential job approval:
- ABC/Washington Post: 49% of adults approve, up from 43% in September 2011, and 45% disapprove, down from 53% one year ago.
- ARG: 47% of likely voters approve and 48% disapprove.
- DailyKos: 47% of registered voters (37% of Independent registered voters) approve and 48% (54% of Independents) disapprove.
- Democracy Corps: 49% of likely voters approve and 48% disapprove.
- Economist: 48% of adults approve and 49% disapprove.
- Fox News: 48% of registered voters approve, up from 43% in September 2011. 48% of registered voters disapprove, down from 51% one year ago. Among Independent registered voters, 47% approve and 47% disapprove.
- Ipsos/Reuters: 50% of adults approve, up from 47% in September 2011, and 46% disapprove, down from 48% one year ago. Among Independents, 39% approve, down from 42% in September 2011, and 48% disapprove, up from 43% one year ago.
- UPI: 45% of registered voters approve and 44% disapprove.
- Zogby: 51% of likely voters (48% of Independent likely voters) approve and 47% (50% of Independents) disapprove.
Gallup tracks President Obama’s job approval on a weekly basis. Last week’s average (Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2012) showed 44% approved and 47% disapproved. The latest weekly numbers available (Sept. 3-9, 2012) showed 50% approve and 44% disapprove. Last year at this time (Aug. 29-Sept. 5-11, 2011), 43% approved and 49% disapproved.
Rasmussen conducts a daily tracking poll. One week ago (Sept. 7), 46% approved and 54% disapproved. On Sept. 14, approval was 48%; disapproval was 52%. Last year at this time, the President’s approval was 45% and his disapproval 54%.
Congress: Average approval for early July to mid-August was 13.8%, according to the RealClearPolitics average. Average disapproval was 79.2%. (Last week’s average, which covered early July to late August, was 13.8%. Average disapproval was 79.2%)
Here are the polls released this week on Congressional job approval:
- Economist: 9% of adults approve and 69% disapprove.
Right Track/Wrong Track: According to the RealClearPolitics average, which covered mid-August to mid-September, 35.2% think the country is headed in the right direction while 59.5% think it is headed in the wrong direction. (One week ago, the right track average, which covered mid-August to late September, was 32%. The wrong track average was 62.8%.)
Here are the polls released this week on the direction of the country:
- DailyKos: 41% of registered voters (32% of Independent registered voters) think the country is moving in the right direction while 53% (61% of Independents) think it is moving in the wrong direction.
- Democracy Corps: 39% of likely voters think the country is headed in the right direction and 55% think it is headed in the wrong direction.
- Economist: 34% of adults think the country is headed in the right direction and 53% think it is headed in the wrong direction.
- Ipsos/Reuters: 39% of adults think the country is headed in the right direction, up from 25% in September 2011, and 55% think it is headed in the wrong direction, down from 68% one year ago.
- Rasmussen: 37% of likely voters think the country is headed in the right direction and 57% think it is headed in the wrong direction.
- Zogby: 34% of likely voters (28% of Independent registered voters) think the country is headed in the right direction and 54% (56% of Independents) think it is headed in the wrong direction.
According to Rasmussen, 47% of Americans think America’s best days are still ahead, up 15 points over last month and the highest level of optimism since early 2010. Only 37% of likely voters now believe America’s best days are in the past. 16% are not sure.
Budget Deficit & Spending:
According to Fox News, when asked which of two scenarios they prefer, 61% of registered voters (the same number of Independents) think it is better to pay off the national debt right now even if it would be harder for them and their families. 25% (20% of Independents) think it would be better to pay it off later even if it means future generations will be responsible.
According to Rasmussen, 53% of likely voters think the auto bailouts were good for the United States, up from a previous high of 47% in May. Only 36% now believe those bailouts were bad for the country. 11% are not sure.
According to the Economist, only 9% of adults believe the budget deficit is the top issue facing the country – the economy (40%), Social Security (12%), and health care (10%) received a higher percentage. Still, 58% of adults say the issue is a “very” important one to them.
President Obama approval on the issue:
- Economist: 39% of adults approve and 52% disapprove.
Economy & Jobs:
According to Gallup, its “Economic Confidence Index surged to -18 for the week ending Sept. 9, up 11 points from -29 the prior week. This puts the index near the high point for the year after 2 1Ž2 months when, weighed down by continued high unemployment, the index had languished well below -20.”
According to Fox News, 36% of registered voters (41% of Independent registered voters) think the economy is still in a recession and could get worse; 44% (42% of Independents) say it is still in a recession, but getting better; 10% (the same number of Independents) think the recession is over, but another one could be coming; and 7% (5% of Independents) think the recession is over and the economy is recovering.
According to the Economist, 27% of adults think the economy is getting better; 40% say it is getting worse; and 29% say it is staying the same.
According to the Economist, 40% of adults believe the economy is the top issue facing the country. 82% of adults say the issue is a “very” important one to them.
President Obama approval on the issue:
- ABC/Washington Post: 45% of adults approve, up from 36% in September 2011, and 53% disapprove, down from 62% one year ago.
- ARG: 45% of likely voters approve and 50% disapprove.
- Economist: 34% of adults approve and 50% disapprove.
According to Rasmussen, 50% of adults favor repeal of the 2010 health care law; 44% oppose.
View of Government:
According to ABC/Washington Post, 53% of adults think government programs do more to interfere with Americans’ lives than they do to improve. 40% believe the opposite and say government programs do more to help.
According to ABC/Washington Post, 53% of adults believe government programs make it harder for small businesses to succeed. 35% believe the opposite and say government programs help small businesses to succeed.
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“Occupy Unmasked,” Andrew Breitbart’s last major work, will be released in theaters September 21st. The film also features former leftist radicals turned patriotic citizen journalists Brandon Darby, David Horowitz, Pam Keys, Anita MonCrief, Mandy Nagy, and Lee Stranahan, among others, as it delves beneath the surface of the Occupy movement to show its anarchist roots, led by those who advocate the use of violence and intimidation as protest tactics. These tactics stem back to the anti-war protests of the 1960’s, the anti-nuclear weapons protests of the 80’s, the WTO protests and Environmental Liberation Front of the 90’s, and the IMF protests of recent years. The film also shows the knee-jerk rush among liberal political leaders such as President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, as well media and entertainment celebrities, to embrace the movement only to be embarrassed by its inevitable failings.
“Occupy Unmasked” To Be Released In Theaters On September 21st and Video On Demand On September 25th
Washington, DC – David N. Bossie of Citizens United Productions and Larry Solov of Breitbart News Network announce that “Occupy Unmasked” will be released in theaters on September 21st and on Video On Demand (VOD) on September 25th. The theater markets include Orange County, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; and Dallas, Texas.
By the award-winning team of writer/director Stephen K. Bannon and producer David N. Bossie, “Occupy Unmasked” is the last major piece of work by the late conservative icon Andrew Breitbart.
“It has been a long journey to get this important film into theaters and now the Occupy Wall Street movement will be exposed to the American people,” said Producer David N. Bossie. “I am most happy about what this film will do for Andrew Breitbart’s storied legacy.”
“Occupy Unmasked,” takes viewers into the Occupy Wall Street camps across the country in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Portland, Denver and Oakland for an up-close look at what’s happened there and who’s at the heart of the movement. Exclusive footage and first-hand eyewitness accounts tell the story of the criminal activity and raw brutality in the camps – much of which has not been reported by the mainstream media.
“It will be with a heavy heart that I’ll see my dear friend Andrew Breitbart on the big screen,” said writer/director Stephen K. Bannon. “Andrew was very passionate about this film and for it to be released in theaters – I know he would be very proud of it.”
“Andrew was like a brother to me, and he would be proud of this film because it was true citizen journalists who brought the seedy nature of the Occupy Wall Street movement to light,” said Larry Solov, CEO of Breitbart News Network. “Americans will get to see both the playful and serious side of Andrew in this film; both Steve and David capture Andrew’s passion for exposing the Left.”
Featuring the late conservative icon Andrew Breitbart, as well as former leftist radicals turned patriotic citizen journalists Brandon Darby, David Horowitz, Pam Keys, Anita MonCrief, Mandy Nagy, and Lee Stranahan, among others, this film delves beneath the surface of the Occupy movement to show its anarchist roots, led by those who advocate the use of violence and intimidation as protest tactics. These tactics stem back to the anti-war protests of the 1960’s, the anti-nuclear weapons protests of the 80’s, the WTO protests and Environmental Liberation Front of the 90’s, and the IMF protests of recent years.