Great moments in tolerance: Howard Dean says Republicans aren’t Americans

Old and busted: Dissent is patriotic! New hotness: People who disagree with Democrats on voter-ID laws should “go to Ukraine or Russia!” This sounds an awful lot like the “America — love it or leave it” argument during the Vietnam War to which anti-war Democrats so loudly objected at the time. Look who’s suddenly equating citizenship to shut-up-ship (via Twitchy):   Howard Dean, who is still alive, told attendees at a fundraiser for a Democratic congressional hopeful that Republicans “are not American” and would “be more comfortable in the Ukraine or Russia.” He also screamed that GOP supporters should “stay away from our country.” Dean, a former Vermont governor, a former Democratic National Committee chairman and a 2004 presidential candidate, made the statements last week in a fit of zeal as he was speaking in support of Colorado 6th Congressional District candidate Andrew Romanoff. “This is a Republican party that has decided they like […]

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CBS poll shows Tea Party support waning

The media narrative from last night’s primaries has been …. predictable. If 2010 could be described as Tea Party Wars: A New Hope, then last night was supposedly The Establishment Strikes Back. It’s not that simple, but it’s not entirely false either. One corroborating piece of evidence comes from a new CBS News poll showing the Tea Party losing support, even among Republicans: The tea party was an important factor in the 2010 elections, but its support may be waning, according to a new CBS News poll. Today, just 15 percent of Americans say they are supporters of the tea party movement – the lowest since CBS News began asking about the tea party in February 2010. The tea party reached its highest level of support (31 percent) in November 2010, soon after the midterm elections. The movement may be losing some of its core constituency — Republicans. 32 percent of self-identified Republicans now […]

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Obama approval 40/59, GOP up 41/34 on generic ballot in Politico battleground-states poll

Democrats looking to hold onto the Senate got bad news from an unusual source this morning. A new Politico poll shows Republicans holding a significant lead in generic Congressional balloting, 41/34, and 43/36 specific to the Senate races. Barack Obama’s approval numbers show him nearly 20 points underwater at 40/59, perhaps his worst ever showing in any major national poll: President Barack Obama’s job approval slump and voters’ entrenched wariness of his health care law are dogging Democrats ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, and Republicans have captured a lead in the areas home to the year’s most competitive races, according to a new POLITICO poll. In the congressional districts and states where the 2014 elections will actually be decided, likely voters said they would prefer to vote for a Republican over a Democrat by 7 points, 41 percent to 34 percent. A quarter of voters said they were unsure of their preference. […]

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NPR explains all taxes and mandate costs in ObamaCare story

Yesterday, I skewered NPR for its impossibly sunny look at the movement by large employers to dump workers into ObamaCare. They do much better today with a close-up look at one employer in Cleveland, the catalog retailer AmeriMark, which has 700 employees and a skyrocketing cost problem with health-insurance premiums. None of this will surprise ObamaCare critics, even while the law’s supporters insist that nothing serious is amiss. This profile is worth an extended look, though, because it drives to the heart of who pays for mandates, taxes, and other imposed costs:

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Billion-dollar ObamaCare contract pays people to do … nothing?

What kind of business could possibly survive by simply hitting refresh buttons every 10 minutes while no business comes across their desks? If you guessed public sector, congratulations, and claim a bonus for specifying ObamaCare. St Louis’ KMOV News looked into an ObamaCare contractor with a billion-dollar contract after hearing employee complaints that the well-motivated workforce is getting paid to do nothing — a whole lot of nothing (via Daniel Halper):

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RNC spokesman: Time to let conservative media moderate presidential debates

Probably at least one cycle past time, but, er .. better late than never. RNC spokesman Sean Spicer told Newsmax host Steve Malzburg that the Republican Party plans to significantly change its approach to presidential debates in the primary cycle, reducing their numbers and perhaps reducing their exposure to moderators from traditional media outlets with axes to grind. The RNC wants to get conservative media involved in parallel, if not as a complete replacement (via Newsbusters):

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Video: Secret Service detail pulled off presidential post to spy on foe of … the director’s secretary

The latest scandal at the US Secret Service goes beyond alcohol binges and unpaid prostitutes, and directly into the realm of the abuse of power. When the personal assistant of then-Director Mark Sullivan got into a dispute with a neighbor, one with restraining orders and considerably tense feelings, Sullivan ordered agents assigned to a presidential detail to shift their attention to surveillance of the neighbor. The neighbor, a 22-year employee of the FBI,tells the Washington Post that she knew she was being watched, but couldn’t believe it when told who was watching her and her family in the rural area of La Plata, Maryland:

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