* The Senate is about three steps away from proposing a border fence to keep jobs from entering the United States.
* Actually building such a wall, though, would violate the 112th Congress' solemn oath to do no anything.
* The good news is that Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio finally gets to redeem his name in a court of law. The bad news is they're probably not going to consider brain wave faxes and solid gold hunches admissible as evidence.
* Congratulations, America! You have successfully contributed $1 billion to the presidential campaigns! And less than a third of that came from Sheldon Adelson!
* Download the Indecision Election Companion, our free app for your iPhone and iPad, and climb up into the the Peanut Gallery — our liveblog/instant reaction arena — to watch and respond as Tim Pawlenty explodes his electric personality all over your TV screen this Sunday morning on NBC's Meet the Press.
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Tags: Arizona, Joe Arpaio, Judiciary, Meet the Press, Money, Pork Barrel, Senate, Unemployment
People are always wondering why Rush Limbaugh is continually being held up as an exemplar of human decency. Why his name is constantly being mentioned alongside such inspirational figures as Martin Luther King, Albert Schweitzer and Mahatma Gandhi. Why he has earned a place in the shared of of humanity as an example of the finest that humankind has to offer.
It's hard to say exactly, but it might be because of quotes like this…
"The sad truth is that employment is not pivotal… No job, no employment, no pain. For a whole heck of a lot of people whose expectations for themselves are not very high… There are no jobs, and yet they’re still eating. I’m telling you, there's a new reality out there… Because it's not resulting in that much pain, not nearly as much as it used to… The so-called victims of the unemployment circumstance are not suffering as unemployed people in the past did."
There's a special place in Heaven for men like him. I'm sure of it.
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Tags: Rush Limbaugh, Unemployment
Hey guys! There's a new website on the Internet! I know! Exciting, right?! I love when they release a new one of those things.
This one is called "Obamarama Occupied." Or, no. Um, it's "Obanamara Overdrive," I think. Hmmmmm… Maybe it's "Oberlin College Outing Club." No, that's an older website. Just as exciting though!
Anyway, it's something like that. Close enough at any rate…
The RNC website is labeled "Obamanomics Outsourced," and focuses on "how Obama shipped the recovery overseas." It is a catalogue of how U.S. taxpayer money spent as part of the $831 billion economic stimulus in 2009 went to foreign-owned companies, or to companies that hired workers overseas…
The RNC site has examples of U.S. jobs being outsourced to 22 countries. General Electric, which got more than $1.2 billion in stimulus funds, is mentioned more than once. There is a claim that a British private equity firm, Terra Firma, "received over $40 million in stimulus funds through an American wind consortium it bought just days before the stimumuls [sic] funds were awarded."
Okay so, every news article I've seen about this has stated that the website was created by the RNC in an attempt to turn the conversation around and get people talking about how good Barack Obama is at outsourcing jobs to other countries instead of talking about how good Mitt Romney is at outsourcing jobs to other countries. But I'm not totally convinced.
Has anybody checked to make sure that this wasn't secretly put up by the Obama people, hoping to eat into Romney's support base by highlighting the President's strong conservative ideals?
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Tags: Barack Obama, RNC, Stimulus, Unemployment
Rep. Phil Gingrey on the president's reaction to the poor June jobs report…
"You know, the president can put all kind of spin on it. He's got a nice swagger, a toothy smile, shows lots of gum. But what the American people want now is a little bit more gumption, a little less gum."
Ugh! I just know that a lot of people are going to read a lot of subtext into this Georgia Republican's words. "Swagger," "toothy smile," "shows lots of gum." When it comes right down to it, those are all totally innocent contextless descriptors.
And you can't prove otherwise.
Tags: Barack Obama, Georgia, House of Representatives, Phil Gingrey, Quote Unquote, Unemployment