Daily Archives: 04/23/2012

FINALLY: Newt Hinting That he is Likely Leaving GOP2012 Race Within Days

“I think we need to take a deep look at what we are doing,” Gingrich said in an interview with NBC News during a campaign stop in Delaware. “We will be in North Carolina tomorrow night and we will look and see what the results are.” According to NBC, the former House speaker said he would need to “reassess” based on the results of Tuesday’s primary in Delaware, a state where Gingrich has spent a great deal of time campaigning in recent weeks. Gingrich indicated that the state’s 17 delegates were crucial to his viability as a candidate. – Huff Post

Boehner: New York’s GOP Reps Are ‘Frankly Pretty Vulnerable’

Colin Campbell Writes: House Speaker John Boehner sounded downright pessimistic on his party’s odds in New York during a Fox News interview earlier today, The Hill reports.

“I believe that we will, but we’ve got a real challenge,” Mr. Boehner said when asked about Republican chances of holding onto their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. “I would say that there is a 2-in-3 chance that we win control of the House again but there’s a 1-in-3 chance that we could lose.”

“We have 50 of our members in tough races, 89 freshmen running for their first reelections and we have 32 districts that are in states where there is no presidential campaign going to be run, no big Senate race and we call these orphan districts,” he continued. “You take 18 of them, California, Illinois and New York, where you know we’re not likely to do well at the top of the ticket and those districts are frankly pretty vulnerable.”

Video: ABC News Goes Inside RNC’s ‘War Room’

H/T Real Clear Politics

Video: Lib Cenk Uygur Likes Eric Cantor’s Move

Obama Admin Explains What They Were Talking with the Muslim Brotherhood

In an online briefing for foreign reporters last week, Undersecretary  of State Robert Hormats said that the State Department is trying to  promote collaboration between small and medium-sized businesses in the  United   States and businesses overseas. In this context, he said he had talked to members of the Muslim  Brotherhood about promoting smaller enterprises. He said he would be  having similar discussions this week with leaders from Middle Eastern  and North African countries. – CNSNews

DNC VIDEO: Which Romney Does Giuliani Support?

RNC VIDEO: You Remember Obama’s Promise Not to Hire, Take $$$ From Lobbyists?

81% French Israelis Voted for Sarkozy

Hard figures on the Jewish vote are scarce, as French pollsters are not allowed to ask about religion in election surveys, and the number of French Jewish voters is negligible… In Tel Aviv, voting results released Monday by the French Embassy showed Sarkozy receiving 81 percent of the 9,302 votes cast there. Eight percent voted for Hollande and 4 percent for Le Pen… French Jewry is approximately half a million strong, accounting for 0.6 percent of the national electorate, according to a study by the Cevipof polling company. – JTA

Via WH Blog, NASA Administrator Takes On Krauthammer’s ‘Gloomy’ Critique of Obama’s Space Program

In his gloomy Washington Post commentary today on yesterday’s ceremony transferring ownership of the Space Shuttle Discovery from NASA to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, Charles Krauthammer urged readers to think of that transfer as the funeral for U.S. leadership in space.  Nothing could be further from the truth. The United States remains far and away the world leader in space technology and exploration. As long as appropriate support continues to be forthcoming from Congress, this will remain the case indefinitely. – Continue Reading the article by Charles Bolden, Administrator of NASA; Dr. John P. Holdren Assistant to the President for Science and Technology.

Minnesota GOP Evicted From HQ After Failing to Pay Rent!

Politico Reports that “a number of state Republican Party organizations, but this news out of Minnesota really takes the cake:

The debt-plagued Republican Party of Minnesota is getting kicked out of its party headquarters near the state Capitol.

Massachusetts-based Hub Properties Trust filed paperwork in Ramsey County on Wednesday to evict the state GOP for failing to pay more than $96,000 in rent over the last year.

“Tenant remains in default under the lease by failing to pay in full when due, rent from April 2011 through the present,” the court papers read.

60 Minutes Confronts Israeli Ambassador After He Pressured CBS To Drop Story

CBS’ 60 Minutes reporter Bob Simon profiled the plight of the rapidly disappearing Palestinian Christian community on Sunday and revealed that Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, attempted to pressure CBS News about the story while they were still conducting interviews. In an interview with Oren, Simon said he’s never received that reaction from a story that had not yet aired. Oren conceded that complaining to CBS was an “extraordinary move.” – Mediaite

Daily Beast Revisits Anti-Semitism at the CIA During the Clinton Admin

[Video Below] Eli Lake at Daily Beast Reports: Former CIA director George Tenet has acknowledged that elements of the counterintelligence investigation against a former Jewish attorney at the agency in the 1990s could be construed as anti-Semitic. Read more »

VIDEO: ‘Dogs Against Romney’ Claims Romney is ‘Registered Pet Offender’


H/T Hunter Walker

VIDEO: Obama Working That Children Should Reach Their Fifth Birthday

Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Joins Twitter; Follows Govs Christie, McDonnell

Michael B. Oren appears as @AmbassadorOren. His first tweet was “Powerful speech by Pres. @BarackObama @HolocaustMuseum: U.S. will do everything …to prevent #Iran from getting nuclear weapon #NeverAgain.” The only two elected U.S. officials Oren follows at the time of this writing are Governor Chris Christie from NJ, and Governor Bob McDonnell from Virginia; both Republicans.

Medicare Trustees: ObamaCare to Gut $150 Billion Through 2016

The biggest Medicare savings come from cuts to doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers, as well as private insurance companies. Together, those two categories of cuts save Medicare more than $150 billion, according to the CMS report. CMS said the policies in the healthcare law also have the potential to produce more significant long-term savings, in part by shifting the healthcare system to pay more for quality than quantity of treatments. The healthcare law is also saving seniors money, CMS said — about $59 billion by 2016. – The Hill

Hikind Announces ‘Super Jewish Press Conference’ for Tuesday Backing Felder [Updated]

Assemblyman Dov Hikind writes on his blog today: “Councilman Greenfield and I are looking forward to a Super Jewish Press Conference tomorrow for candidate Simcha Felder. We will be joined by Rabbinic leaders, Mosdos and Askonim in a show of genuine unity for Simcha.”

Felder is running for the ‘Super Jewish State Senate District’ in New York.

The planning of this Press Conference was first reported here by Gestetner Updates Saturday Night:

“It is expected that within a short period, representatives of major Jewish organizations and key community leaders will publicly declare their support for Felder in the form of a press conference. This conference promises to bring a stronger and a broader group than just the 18 Activists, 7 Children, 5 Rabbis, and three Community Leaders who stood with Greenfield when he endorsed Democrat Lew Fidler for SD 27 in mid March.”

Update 1:19 pm: The presser is expected to take place at 18th Ave. and 56th Street, at 11:00 AM.

‘Ill be There for Israel’: Turkey Blocks Israel from Attending NATO Summit in the USA

Russia Today Reports: Ankara has reportedly blocked Israel’s participation in a key NATO summit in Chicago, despite objections from partners. It says Tel Aviv must first apologize for the killings of Turkish citizens in a raid on a humanitarian aid fleet in 2010. Read more »

Obama at Holocaust museum: ‘I’ll be there for Israel’

JTA Reports: President Obama in an address at a Holocaust remembrance event said he would “always be there for Israel” and defended his administration’s record on preventing atrocities. Obama spoke Monday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, a few days after Holocaust Remembrance Day. Prior to his address, he took a tour of the museum guided by Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust memoirist and Nobel Peace laureate.

He recounted meeting with a woman at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, when he was a presidential candidate in 2008, who told him that the Jews only had one state. “I said I would always be there for Israel,” Obama said, and he cited the steps he has taken to isolate Iran because of its suspected nuclear weapons program.

Obama also recounted steps taken by his administration through military and diplomatic action to prevent atrocities in Sudan, Libya, Uganda and Ivory Coast.

REPORT: Despite Opposing Her, Obama Appointed Schultz as DNC Chair Due to her Jewishness, Gender

Fox News Reports: The source told the Shark Tank that, “she (Wasserman Schultz) was not the first choice,” and that Wasserman Schultz feverishly lobbied her case of being a sitting ‘Jewish’ congresswoman in a very safe Democratic district. According to the source, Obama was pressured into picking Wasserman Schultz because she impressed upon him that he needed her as a loyal foot soldier to run cover him and shore up his dwindling support with the Jewish voters as well as with women. Read more »

NYP Editorial Slams NYC Comptroller Liu, Deputy Felder

The NY Post Editors Write: Might as well take the remaining bits and pieces of City Comptroller John  Liu’s office to the chop shop — it’s broken down, abandoned and the wheels have  already come off, as The Post’s David Seifman made clear last week.

One of Liu’s top deputies, Simcha Felder, just announced that he’s running  for a state Senate seat in Brooklyn — but that he’s keeping his $194,087-a-year  job anyway, taking advantage of a loophole that lets sitting city officials run  for statewide office. It’s beyond farce that Felder, who’s supposed to oversee taxpayer dollars,  will keep gobbling up a taxpayer salary while neglecting his appointed  duties…

But that’s par for the course in Liu-Liu-land. Liu himself is under federal investigation for a series of financial crimes  allegedly committed by his campaign staff — so his attention has been elsewhere  for months. And his credibility is nonexistent.

Meanwhile, Liu’s top deputy, Eric Eve, quit in February and his  communications director quit last November — both escaping the swirling scandal  that has overtaken his office. So the comptroller — who’s supposed to keep an eagle eye on the city’s $70  billion budget and $120 billion pension funds — has been giving out free money  to staffers in a transparent attempt to buy their loyalty.

First, he slathered raises on 126 staffers, costing the city another $338,000  a year in the middle of a fiscal crisis. And last month he tried to bribe his top deputies with serious pay hikes. Felder got the biggest bump — $15,000 — but even that apparently wasn’t  enough to keep him committed to his comptroller’s office job.

Video: ‘It’s Not Just My Opinion’

Giuliani Endorses Mitt Romney Ahead of Tuesday Primaries in NY, PA, CT

Rudy Giuliani endorsed Mitt Romney for president on Monday, saying that the Republican candidate “won fair and square.” “I came here to endorse Romney,” the former New York City mayor said on “Fox & Friends.” “I met with Mitt last week, I had breakfast with him, we had a very long talk …This was a really good long talk.” Asked about his seeming support for Newt Gingrich earlier in the primary cycle, heGiuliani said he would have been “honored” to support the former House speaker if things had panned out better for his friend. – MJ Lee, Politico

Stock Futures Tumble 1% Amid European Debt Concerns; Dutch Prime Minister Resignation

U.S. stock index futures pointed to a sharply lower open on Wall Street on Monday as investors digested the results of the first round of presidential elections in France, and the Netherlands teetered on the brink of political and economic crisis over concerns about its ability to tackle its national debt… The Dutch government’s failure to reach an agreement in talks to achieve tough spending cuts could see ratings agencies cut the country’s prized AAA-rating and nervous investors push up the country’s borrowing costs, and it will also have wider implications for the euro zone as a whole, analysts said on Monday. Prime Minister Mark Rutte will meet the Dutch queen on Monday afternoon to tender the government’s resignation, Dutch broadcaster RTL reported. – Combined CNBC Reports

Agudath Israel Returns to White House for Health Care Talks

A delegation of Agudath Israel of America officials and community activists met at the White House with top staff of the Domestic Policy Council (DPC) last Wednesday to discuss the impact of federal health care legislation and regulations on seriously ill and elderly patients. The meeting was a follow-up to earlier discussions between Administration officials and Agudath Israel representatives, which covered a wide range of foreign and domestic issues, including health care. During those discussions, Mark Zuckerman, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the DPC, heard concerns regarding patient treatment, especially those relating to end-of-life situations, and immediately invited the group back for a more in depth meeting with the Administration’s health care team. – Matzav.Com

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