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New Poll Finds Bad News For Sarah Palin

The number of Americans viewing Sarah Palin unfavorably has hit the highest point since she burst onto the national stage over two years ago, according to a poll out Friday. The Gallup survey conducted in the days after the Nov. 2 election found more than half of Americans — 52 percent — hold a negative opinion of the former Alaska governor. Only 40 percent viewed her favorably, which ties her lowest score from about a year ago. From The Huffington Post
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Thomas DeLorenzo: Let’s Hear from the Gay Teens for a Change

I have had enough of the experts talking about gay suicides when I caught the Dr. Phil show on bullying. The point that grabbed my attention was that Dr. Phil was probably a bully when he was in school. I mean, I wouldn’t exactly call him “friendly” on the show. And anyone that took weight advice from a fat man — well, you get my point. I decided it was time to hear from the group going through the gay bullying themselves — other gay teens. I only had to reach out to my Sarah, my “adoptive” niece. Sarah is
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Doctors Brace For Big Medicare Cuts

WASHINGTON — Breast cancer surgeon Kathryn Wagner has posted a warning in her waiting room about a different sort of risk to patients’ health: She’ll stop taking new Medicare cases if Congress allows looming cuts in doctors’ pay to go through. The scheduled cuts – the result of a failed system set up years ago to control costs – have raised alarms that real damage to Medicare could result if the lame-duck Congress winds up in a partisan standoff and fails to act by Dec. 1. That’s when an initial 23 percent reduction would hit. Neither Democrats nor newly empowered
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Tea Party Senator-Elect Hires Lobbyist To Lead Staff

Senator-elect Mike Lee has tapped one of Utah’s most prominent lobbyists to lead his Washington staff and coordinate his transition from candidate to senator. Spencer Stokes doesn’t officially become a Senate staffer until Jan. 5, but he plans to bounce between Utah and Washington in the coming weeks as he tries to hire staff, set up the Senate office and ramp down his lobbying activities. From The Huffington Post
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Joe Miller’s Lawyers Depart Alaska

Lawyers dispatched to Alaska to help Tea Party favorite Joe Miller challenge votes for his opponent have left the state, according The New York Times: Ben Ginsberg, a Republican lawyer who worked on the Florida recount in the 2000 presidential campaign and was brought to Juneau to work for Ms. Murkowski, flew out on Friday night. At least three of the seven lawyers that the National Republican Senatorial Committee hired to help Mr. Miller will have left by Saturday. The lawyers’ departure is the latest sign that Miller’s challenge to unseat Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski may have failed. Ballot counters
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James Zogby: Netanyahu’s Defiance and U.S. Timidity Makes Mockery of Peace Drive

Israel’s announcement, last week, of a radical expansion of Har Homa (an already massive settlement community between Jerusalem and Bethlehem) makes a mockery of the so-called “peace process”. The episode has further served to reinforce the belief that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has no interest in reaching a just peace with the Palestinians. This leopard has not changed his spots. Netanyahu remains a wily (and not always honest) manipulator, who at his core is a hard-line ideologue. At the same time, the Har Homa announcement serves as an uncomfortable reminder of U.S. impotence and the role this weakness has
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Voters don’t expect much from a GOP Congress

The voters who turned control of the House of Representatives to Republicans say they don’t expect much from a GOP Congress. Two polls say voters show little excitement about a Republican-led Congress. In a Pew Research Center poll, only 48 percent express any happiness or excitement about Republican leadership — a sharp contrast to the 60 percent who said they were happy about Democrats taking over just four years ago. A CBS poll shows even more doom and gloom. Only 40 percent of those questioned said they expected anything from Republican leadership. Both polls confirm what others have suggested: Voters
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Obama urges earmark reform; GOP says just get rid of them

Confronting the nation’s mounting deficit, President Barack Obama is urging Congress to limit spending on pet home-state projects, while Republicans are challenging him to support an outright ban. In his weekly radio and online address Saturday, Obama said that with the economy still struggling to recover from the recession, the U.S. cannot afford unnecessary spending on so-called earmarks, items lawmakers slip into spending bills without a full examination or debate. “When it comes to signaling our commitment to fiscal responsibility, addressing them would have an important impact,” Obama said from Asia, where he was wrapping up a 10-day trip. However,
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