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Protestor takes stage to address crowd at GOP Virginia Governor candidate HQ, ushered out

A man at the Republican headquarters for Virginia Governor candidate Ken Cuccinelli climbed up on stage and started yelling to the crowd on election night shortly after the numbers showed that Democrat Terry McAuliffe would eek out a 1% victory, though the nature of his protest was not audible by our sources. The man was gently pushed by several security officers all of which he ignored, even one one lightly tapped his cheek in a “wake up, buddy” fashion as he tried to get his attention in ushering him out of the room.

The man never made eye contact or acknowledged the men attempted to talk him down and kept yelling to the crowd which largely ignored him except to take pictures and video. Our source was too far back to hear what he was saying, though as he finally allowed Security to walk him away, he started yelling a “What do we want!? / When do we want it!?” chant, again the contents of which were not audible.

Liberal Satire Site Fools Facebookers on Non-existant Obama Impeachment Hearings Schedule

The lesser known Onion style fake-news site the Daily Currant has tricked a lot of Facebook users with its latest hoax, claiming Republicans in the House of Representatives will begin impeachment hearings against President Obama on Thursday.

The link got reposted so many times that within 24 hours of its publishing, Snopes.com had already dedicated a page to debunking it.

Judge Judy: Government is too big

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LURgO2dT49Y

Interview from the Kelly File on Fox News

CNN Exclusive Interview with Mitt Romney over ObamaCare, Syria, Immigration Reform …

Mitt Romney thinks Obamacare is a bad law that will hurt the country, but disagrees with how conservatives in Washington are trying to get rid of it.

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said using the politically charged Affordable Care Act as a wedge in Washington’s fiscal wars is counterproductive.

“We’re more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the … anti-Obamacare objective. I don’t think that will be as effective,” Romney said in the interview conducted on Friday in Boston.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bxn6w9XPMw

President Obama threatens to shut down government. Claims GOP is issuing same threat.

The Office of Management and Budget issued a memo urging government agencies to prepare for partial government shutdown.

Both sides are blaming the other, naturally.

If the government doesn’t shut down over ObamaCare, who will get the blame? Seriously. With conservative activists demanding a goal-line stand on “defunding” the president’s 2010 health law, House and Senate Republicans are in a back-and-forth over who should be responsible for running out the clock. Not surprisingly, each side thinks the other should be holding the football when time expires on Sept. 30.

[“Whether we win or lose will be decided in the House...” -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on “Hannity”]

Back to you, Boehner - One of the leading proponents of the defunding strategy, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, made it clear on Wednesday that he and his band of fellow conservatives won’t be able to block Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from stripping out a “defunding” provision the House is expected to pass in a government funding bill in the coming days. Cruz has been trying to stir grassroots support for the “defund” movement, which some in the House apparently took to mean that he would lead a filibuster and engage in all possible tactics to hamper Reid’s efforts. Cruz issued a statement, though, saying Reid has the votes to proceed and called on the House to hold the line.

Rep Sean Duffy his Facebook page:

Today, Senator Ted Cruz & United States Senator Mike Lee called on House Republicans to “stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people” on defunding#Obamacare.

House Republicans have stood firm. We have voted to defund, repeal & delay #Obamacare dozens of times. It is time for Sens. Cruz & Lee to show they can hold the line against Senate Democrats.

Let’s hope they do not surrender before the fight even begins.

Can Americans count on Sens. Cruz & Lee to join us?

Rep. Tom Price:

Here’s the statement that Cruz, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio released:

“Today’s announcement that the House will vote to defund Obamacare is terrific news,” said Sen. Cruz. “Just a few weeks ago, this was deemed impossible. We commend House leadership and House Republicans for listening to the people and for taking decisive action to stop Obamacare, the biggest job-killer in America.

Harry Reid will no doubt try to strip the defund language from the continuing resolution, and right now he likely has the votes to do so. At that point, House Republicans must stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people.

President Obama has already granted Obamacare exemptions to big corporations and Members of Congress; he should not threaten to shut down the government just to deny those same exemptions to hard-working American families.”

(NYC Mayoral Candidate) Weiner’s Sexting Partner: He Told Me He Loved Me

Sydney Leathers is the girl who came forward with more Anthony Weiner sex scandal info.

The woman at the center of Anthony Weiner‘slatest sexting scandal is speaking out today for the first time, in an interview with Inside Edition.Sydney Leathers, a 23-year-old Democrat from Indiana, said she was “shocked” that he “would be so foolish as to do the same thing all over again.”

“He was making these campaign promises that he’d totally changed,” Leathers said of his public persona, “that he was a better man now and had learned from his mistakes, and I am proof that that is not true.”

From her Inside Edition interview:

“I cared about him a lot,” she said in an exclusive interview set to air tomorrow, but admitted she didn’t quite love him at the time. “He was very important to me.”

Leathers says her feelings have since changed, especially after watching the disgraced former congressman at Tuesday’s press conference with his wife, Huma Abedin. “I’m disgusted by him. He’s not who I thought he was,” she said. She also offered Abedin a tear-filled apology.

As Weiner was preparing for his mayoral campaign, Leathers said he asked her to delete their correspondences. “He was trying to be someone he wasn’t,” she explained.

Leathers is one of at least three women Weiner has now admitted to having sexually-explicit correspondences with since his resignation from Congress in 2011. Leathers, an Indiana native, is a 23-year-old former field organizer for the Obama campaign.

What is the prostitute who brought down Governor Elliot Spitzer, up to now?

As for Ashley Dupre, the prostitute (although she told Dianne Sawyer in 2008 that she prefers the term “escort” for her profession at the time) is now 27 and a mother to a newborn named Izabel. “Her birth opens up a new chapter in Dupre’s until-now messy life, which has included bringing down a powerful governor, posing for Playboy and opening up a lingerie line“.

That’s a fine resume and all, but the most notable thing about her is that it was as recent as 2008 that pictures such as the following were uncovered on something called a “Myspace”.

(VIDEO) Obama in 2007: No more spying on citizens who are not suspected of a crime

Then:

Now: Obama administration uncovered to have been collecting data on “every call made in America”, 9 internet companies, more…

Officials: NSA mistakenly intercepted emails, phone calls of innocent Americans…

Today, the Washington Post blows the cover on a massive surveillance program that until now only a few people had known about — until now.  And unlike the NSA phone-records surveillance, this one went after content at nine major Internet service providers:

The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time.

The highly classified program, code-named PRISM, has not been disclosed publicly before. Its establishment in 2007 and six years of exponential growth took place beneath the surface of a roiling debate over the boundaries of surveillance and privacy. Even late last year, when critics of the foreign intelligence statute argued for changes, the only members of Congress who know about PRISM were bound by oaths of office to hold their tongues. …

The technology companies, which participate knowingly in PRISM operations, include most of the dominant global players of Silicon Valley. They are listed on a roster that bears their logos in order of entry into the program: “Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.” PalTalk, although much smaller, has hosted significant traffic during the Arab Spring and in the ongoing Syrian civil war.

Related, and yet, unrelated is the following:

Do you know that your local city bus might be listening to your conversations?

Depending on where you live, the sidewalks could be recording your every step. And your lampposts and subway cars may be watching you, too.

Once a paranoid notion of science fiction, perpetual state surveillance is fast becoming the new normal. In some cases, the technology is being activated without the consent of the public.

VIDEO: Glenn Beck is more Libertarian than you think

Stossel grills him on his ideological evolution over the years, pinpointing exactly which issues he has changed on and what he remains the same on

Businesses drop insurance entirely and pay penalties in order to avoid massive premiums

Some Small Businesses Opt for the Health-Care Penalty:

Small-business owners across the U.S. are bracing for the health-care law that kicks in next year, fearing it will increase the cost of providing insurance to employees.

But Rick Levi, a business owner in Des Moines, Iowa, is among those considering the government’s escape hatch: paying a penalty to avoid the law’s “employer mandate.”

Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with 50 or more full-time workers will be required to provide coverage for employees who work an average of 30 or more hours a week in a given month. An alternative to that mandate is for business owners to pay a $2,000 penalty for each full-time worker over a 30-employee threshold.

Mr. Levi currently spends about $140,000 a year on insurance premiums to cover 25 managerial staff at his business, Consolidated Management, which runs cafeterias at schools, offices and jails.

Under the new law, he will have to offer insurance to all of his 102 full-time employees starting in January. Assuming all of them take the coverage, Mr. Levi says the cost of premiums could exceed $500,000.

“I’ve never made a profit in any year of the company that has surpassed that amount,” says Mr. Levi, 62 years old. “I don’t make enough money.”

He says it makes more sense to drop insurance entirely and pay a penalty of about $144,000.

Simply understanding the bill is difficult enough to the point that the Government wants to hire “navigators” to help people understand the foreign language that is the Affordable Care Act:

Tens of thousands of health care professionals, union workers and community activists hired as “navigators” to help Americans choose Obamacare options starting Oct. 1 could earn $20 an hour or more, according to new regulations issued Wednesday.

It is still not clear how many navigators will be required. California, however, provides a hint. It wants 21,000.

That could be an expensive proposition. The proposed rules, now open for public comment, suggest an estimated pay of $20-$48 an hour.

The coming blame game approaches as Sibelius initiates the talking point of scapegoating Republicans for the coming Obamacare messes:

As Democrats grow increasingly worried that ObamaCare will explode on the launch pad just as midterm elections get going, the Obama administration seeks to pin blame on Republicans. Good luck with that.

Earlier this week, Health and Human Services head Kathleen Sebelius admitted that she didn’t realize how complicated getting ObamaCare off the ground would be.

Sebelius complained that “no one fully anticipated” the difficulties involved in implementing ObamaCare, or how confusing it would be with the public.

She wasn’t talking about the massive and impossible task of imposing central planning on one-sixth of the nation’s economy.

Instead, she was trying to find a way to blame Republicans for ObamaCare’s failures when the inevitable problems start emerging.

Rather than say “let’s get on board, let’s make this work,” recalcitrant Republicans have forced her to engage in “state-by-state political battles,” Sebelius said at a Harvard School of Public Health forum. “The politics has been relentless.”

So let’s see if we get this. Democrats shoved an unpopular, expensive, ill-conceived and poorly written law down the country’s throat with no Republican support, and without bothering to see whether states would want to take on the thankless and costly task of helping the feds implement it.

And now that many of these states are rebelling, it’s the Republicans’ fault?