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Eight of the candidates seeking the Republican nomination will square off tonight at the Reagan Library in California. It’s Rick Perry’s first formal debate since joining the field of candidates. All eyes will be on him as he tries to live up to the hype.
What to watch for:
- Ron Paul and Mitt Romney may try to go after Perry on various issues, including support for Al Gore and HillaryCare. Romney may raise concerns with Perry’s electability and criticize his positions on entitlements and immigration.
- Jon Huntsman, who was invited to the debate despite very low poll numbers, may also try to distinguish with Romney on jobs; as he has done with his new ad.
- We’ll see what Michele Bachmann does to try to reestablish her relevance in the race since Perry has and largely stolen her thunder.
This was sent out on late in the evening on Friday (July 8). While Speaker John Boehner has backed away from a deal that involves tax hikes, it’s still worth posting.
Today, 2012 Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul issued a statement strongly opposing a proposed deal on the debt-ceiling that is rumored to be in the works between the Obama administration and Republican House leaders. See statement below.
“Sources in Washington tell me that House Republican Speaker John Boehner is considering a deal to raise taxes as part of a debt limit ‘deal.’
“In fact, reports are they may be ready to cave in to Barack Obama’s demands for a trillion dollars in tax increases in exchange for mostly phony spending and tax cuts in order to raise the debt ceiling.
“House Republicans would be foolish to go for this ploy and be taken in by the Obama administration, only to leave American taxpayers on the hook again for more out-of-control government spending.
“The Democrats pulled a similar maneuver during Ronald Reagan’s presidency, a deal that promised 2 to 1 spending cuts in exchange for tax increases. Taxes went up, but the cuts never came. They did it again in 1990, promising much the same deal, and delivering only on their tax increases.
“In Washington, if you hear about a so-called deal, you can be sure the taxes will come, but the cuts never will.
“Republicans cannot take the bait and get fooled again.
“This is exactly why I was the first Presidential candidate to sign on to the Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge — because we cannot continue to steer our country down this road to ruin with a massive federal budget and unchecked spending. We need to change course right now.
“Agreeing to this scheme by the White House would be a betrayal of the voters who put Republicans back in charge of the House in 2010.
“By today’s standards, King George III was a very mild tyrant indeed. He taxed his American colonists at a rate of only pennies per annum. His actual impact on their personal lives was trivial. He had arbitrary power over them in law and in principle, but in fact it was seldom exercised. If you compare his rule with that of today’s U.S. Government, you have to wonder why we celebrate our independence.” - Joe Sobran
Happy Independence Day! Take some time today and read the Declaration of Independence with your family.
Last ditch efforts to save a bill that would restrict the TSA’s ability to conduct invasive pat-downs in the Lone Star State failed Wednesday afternoon.
On Tuesday evening, the Texas Senate ignored an amended House bill that lowered the threshold TSA agents would have to meet from “probable cause” to “reasonable suspicion” and passed its own version of the anti-groping legislation (SB29) 19-11. Senators promptly adjourned, leaving representatives just one day to consider the legislation.
The House passed the second reading of the Senate bill 106-27, with 16 representatives absent Wednesday morning.
But with the end of the special session looming, House members had to vote to suspend the Texas Constitution’s three day reading rule and allow a second vote on SB29 later in the day. Several representatives left after the second reading, and the vote to suspend the rules fell short of the 4/5 majority needed on a 96-26 vote.
Tenth Amendment Center founder and executive director Michael Boldin said lawmakers failed in their obligation to interpose and protect Texas citizens from federal overreach.
“It’s a state’s duty to stop the TSA, because the TSA is never going to stop itself.”
TAC communications director Mike Maharrey expressed frustration with the political games played by some Texas lawmakers, but remained optimistic, noting the proposed legislation put the TSA issue in the national spotlight.
“This bill jump-started the debate. We may have lost this battle, but it’s just the first salvo in the war,” he said. “The American people are sick to death of standing around in their socks at the airport while blue-shirted agents grope their children and grandmothers. These people aren’t making us safer. They are stealing our dignity, along with our constitutional rights. This isn’t the last you will hear on this issue.”
We’ll be covering the debate sponsored this evening by CNN, WMUR and the Manchester Union Leader beginning at 7:30pm. The candidates participating this evening are Rep. Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Gov. Mitt Romney and former Sen. Rick Santorum.
Gary Johnson, who served two-terms as Governor of New Mexico, was not invited to the debate even though he met CNN’s criteria.
And before you watch the debate for tonight, here is some suggested reading: Dave Weigel has a report from the Granite State, AmSpec’s Jim Antle has a few quick thoughts on each candidate, The Hill offers five things for us to watch for this evening and a preview of tonight’s debate from The New York Times.
According to just about every major news network, Osama bin Laden is dead and the United States is in possession of his body. President Barack Obama is expected to address the nation in a few minutes to give details and warn of possible retaliation against the United States.
This a developing story, please check back for live updates below.
[11:34pm] Obama: “I can report to the American people and to the world, that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden””
[11:40pm] Bin Laden was apparently killed in a firefight. Some of the reports this evening claimed that Bin Laden was shot in the head.
[11:42pm] Obama: “Justice has been done.”
[11:45pm] Crowds have been gathering in front of the White House celebrating since the news of Bin Laden’s death broke.
[11:46pm] As was reported by news networks, Bin Laden was killed deep inside Pakistan.
[11:50pm] DNA testing was used to confirm that the body was that of Osama bin Laden.
[11:55pm] Here is the statement from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA):
“Nearly a decade ago, in the days after 9/11, President Bush said, ‘Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.’ Tonight, we’ve learned that justice has been done. The man with the blood of more than 3,000 Americans on his hands, the man who forced us to begin to think the unthinkable - is now dead.
Nearly a year after her battle with lung cancer prevented her from contributing, one of United Liberty’s contributors, Laura Thigpen, passed away on March 31st. She was 53 years old.
A mother of four, John Stuckey, Daniel, Sara, and Zach Thigpen, and a successful small business owner and journalist in Decatur, Georgia, Laura will be missed.
Jason and Brett spoke with Harmon Kaslow, producer of Atlas Shrugged: Part One, in an interview about the upcoming release of the film.
In the interview, they discuss the long road from film rights to the silver screen, what fans of the book can expect, how fans can get the film to their city, and a few things about the film itself.
The music in the intro is “Hookers on the Rag” by Blair Crimmins and the Hookers.