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Barack Obama finally endorses gay marriage

Just days after Vice President Joe Biden endorsed the idea of gay marriage, President Barack Obama offered support for the idea as well, noting that his position had been evolving over the years:

President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.

In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this decision, based on conversations with his staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and his wife and daughters.

“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told Roberts in an interview to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday.

Convicted felon takes 40% of vote against Obama

It’s unsurprising that President Barack Obama is unpopular in West Virginia, despite the success on Democrats on the state-level. Polls show that his approval rating is hovering in the lows 30’s. But yesterday, Democratic voters in the state sent an even louder message to Obama that they aren’t not pleased with some 40% casting a ballot for a convicted felon:

Just how unpopular is President Obama in some parts of the country? Enough that a man in a Texas prison received four out of 10 votes in West Virginia’s Democratic presidential primary.

Inmate Keith Judd, 53, is serving 17 years for extortion at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution. He was sentenced in 1999 for making threats against the University of New Mexico and is due to be released on June 24 next year.

With 93 per cent of precincts reporting, Obama was receiving just under 60 per cent of the vote to Judd’s 40 percent.

For some West Virginia Democrats, simply running against Obama is enough to get Judd - or Inmate Number 11593-051 - votes.

‘I voted against Obama,’ said Ronnie Brown, a 43-year-old electrician from Cross Lanes who called himself a conservative Democrat.

‘I don’t like him. He didn’t carry the state before and I’m not going to let him carry it again.’

Biden opens a can of worms for Obama on gay marriage

Leave it to Vice President Joe Biden to create a headache for his boss, President Barack Obama — although the latter does of enough of that for himself. As you’ve no doubt read, Biden, ever the one for controversial statements, said on Meet the Press that he has no problem with same-sex marriage:

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said on Sunday that he was “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriages and was heartened by their growing acceptance across the country, a position that moves well beyond the “evolving” views that President Obama has said he holds on the issue.

The comments, which aides described as the off-the-cuff views of a vice president not known for fidelity to a script, sent the White House scrambling to clarify that Mr. Biden was not articulating an official change in policy, a reaction that highlighted the administration’s unease over the subject.

In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. Biden invoked some of the same language that advocates of same-sex marriage use, speaking of family, equality and love.

“I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties,” Mr. Biden said, while noting that the president, not he, sets policy on such matters.

Richard Mourdock defeats Dick Lugar

Conservative and Tea Party groups — not to mention, taxpayers — scored a big victory last night in Indiana as Sen. Dick Lugar, who has served in Washington for 35 years, was knocked off in the Republican primary last night by State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock defeated Sen. Dick Lugar in Tuesday’s Republican primary in Indiana, ending the career of the longest-serving Republican senator and putting the seat in play for Democrats in the fall.

NBC News projected Moudock’s victory about 20 minutes after the polls closed. He will face Rep. Joe Donnelly, a centrist Democrat, in the general election.

You can view the full results here.

Lugar ran a terrible campaign. While Mourdock was hammering him for being out of touch on fiscal issues, Lugar was talking about foreign policy and other issues that Indiana voters didn’t seem to care about. Of course, Lugar’s record on fiscal issues has been terrible, so he was in a “lose-lose” situation there. Then there was the residency issue and thousands of dollars in hotel bills that Lugar was forced to pay back to taxpayers.

Rick Santorum endorses Mitt Romney

After being out of the race for the Republican nomination for a few weeks, Rick Santorum, who came out of nowhere as the “conservative” alternative, has finally decided to endorse Mitt Romney — or at least defeating Barack Obama:

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum endorsed his one-time fierce rival Mitt Romney on Monday, a move that may help the party’s presumptive White House nominee win over religious conservatives.

Santorum said in an unusual late-night statement that the two have differences, but that he came away from a meeting with the ex-Massachusetts governor impressed with Romney’s “deep understanding” of economic and family issues central to the campaign.

“Above all else, we both agree that President (Barack) Obama must be defeated. The task will not be easy. It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious,” Santorum said.

“Governor Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime,” he said in the statement, which was emailed to supporters.

Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be news, but Santorum remained silent for so long that some observers were questioning his intentions. In the weeks before his exit from the race, Santorum was looked at as the frontunner for the nomination in 2016, that’s assuming Romney doesn’t defeat Obama. And while he may still be formidable, many Republicans are still bothered by the fact that it took him so long to read the writing on the wall.

Happy Birthday, F.A. Hayek

On this day in 1899, Friedrich August (F.A.) Hayek was born in Vienna, Austria. Over the course of his long life, Hayek, along with others, brought a new way of thinking to economics, challenging statists that sought more debt and spending.

Hayek laid down his economic beliefs in his book, The Road to Serfdom (1944), explaining that the predominant views of the day were essentially fascism. Hayek won the Nobel Prize for economics in 1974 and was awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George H.W. Bush in 1991.

He went head-to-head against John Maynard Keynes, whose economic theories were anathema to the free market. And while both economists have been gone for some time, we’re are still waging war over their views today. This battle was the focus of two videos put out by Econstories; the first being “Fear the Boom and Bust”:

And the latter being “Fight of the Century,” which focused on the after-effects and failures of economic stimulus and bailouts:

Stephen King wants to pay more in taxes

We’ve had to endure overtures from Warren Buffett and Matt Damon about how they and other wealthy people should be paying a higher tax rate, a problem they could solve by simply visiting Pay.gov, a handy website where individuals can send more money to the federal government if they so desire. But now Stephen King, a brilliant writer, has joined the calls in a post at The Daily Beast:

Battle of the Economic Theories: Paul Krugman v. Ron Paul

On Monday evening, saw a battle of two schools of economic thought — Keynesianism and the Austrian school — in a brief battle between Paul Krugman and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).

While it wasn’t the educational videos put out by Econstories that have actors playing the parts of John Maynard Keynes and F.A. Hayek giving a defense of these schools of thought, it’s among the closest thing we’ll see to a real debate between the ideals of statism and economic liberty.

H/T: Club for Growth

EPA administration resigns over “crucify” comments

Last week, we told you about an EPA administrator who compared his agency’s treatment of the oil industry to how Romans treated villages they conquered. The comment was met with outrage in conservative circles, understandably so, and gave a peak into how the oil industry is truly viewed in the Obama Administration.

The Associated Press reported yesterday that the EPA administrator, Al Armendariz, who made the comment has now resigned and apologizes for what he said:

The Obama administration’s top environmental official in the oil-rich South Central region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word “crucify” to describe how he would go after companies violating environmental laws.

In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson sent Sunday, Al Armendariz says he regrets his words and stresses that they do not reflect his work as administrator of the five-state region including Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
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“I have come to the conclusion that my continued service will distract you and the agency from its important work,” Armendariz wrote in the letter, which was obtained by the AP.

Republicans in Congress had called for Armendariz’ firing after Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe highlighted the May 2010 speech last week as proof of what he refers to as EPA’s assault on energy, particularly the technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

President Barack Obama appointed Armendariz in November 2009 at the urging of Texas-based environmental groups.

Tim McCarver: Global warming is causing more homeruns

We’ve all become accustomed to Al Gore’s constant preaching about global warming. He put together a movie about climate change and managed to win a Nobel Prize due to his fear-mongering and alarmism. We’ve heard various theories and claims over the years from Gore and the like about global warming and its effects. However, I may have heard the strangest claim to date.

Tim McCarver, who may be the worst sports broadcaster I’ve ever listened to, recently said that global warming is causing more homeruns in Major League Baseball. Seriously, he actually said this:

There have been all kinds of reasons given for the increasing number of home runs in baseball over the decades including more tightly-sewn balls, steroids, improved fitness training programs, and bat technology.

On Saturday, renowned Fox sportscaster Tim McCarver blamed it all on Al Gore’s favorite money-making scam.

“It has not been proven, but I think ultimately it will be proven that the air is thinner now, there have been climatic changes over the last 50 years in the world, and I think that’s one of the reasons balls are carrying much better now than I remember,” McCarver said during Saturday’s game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Really? I’ve never been one to take McCarver seriously. In all honesty, I refuse to watch games that he’s broadcasting. The guy drives me nuts. However, McCarver’s claim here deserves to be looked at a little deeper, and since it’s baseball, it makes the issue more interesting.

This particular question is one that I’ve never really looked at in-depth, but last night I went through the data dating back to 1993 to last season (the chart below shows 1992 and 2012, but I couldn’t get rid of those years for some reason).

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