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Conservative Blasts Palin’s Possible 2012 Run

A conservative columnist whose bonafides include a stint at the National Review and a speechwriting gig for former first lady Nancy Reagan has slammed Sarah Palin, calling the former half-term governor “consumed and obsessed by the media.” Writing on the self-described “conservative” Townhall.com, columnist Mona Charen blasted Palin for her lack of experience: Palin was advised by those who admire her natural gifts to bone up on policy and devote herself to governing Alaska successfully. Instead, she quit her job as governor after two and a half years, published a book (another is due next week), and seemed to chase
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Pat-downs? We don’t need no stinkin’ pat-downs

No airport pat-down for the incoming House speaker. On Friday, the GOP‘s John Boehner was guided past the metal detectors and hand inspections given to other passengers on his flight home to Ohio. Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel said his boss followed procedures set by Capitol Police and the Transportation Security Administration. Steel said the same rules apply to other congressional leaders. Furor over airline passenger checks has grown with more airports installing full-body digital scanners and TSA adding a more intrusive pat-down for those opting out of the scans. Boehner, R-Ohio, has pledged to fly commercial airlines back to his
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Andrew Kreig: Terror, TSA and the Sheeple

Last week’s public protests against the new, full-body scanning procedures at airports should restrict the procedures to serious security suspects — so long as there’s any common sense left in the top ranks of Washington officialdom. The growing national protests against so-called “porno-scans” and pat-downs of passenger private parts should be a turning point in our country’s fear-mongering about terror threats. “Groping people at the airport doesn’t solve our problem,” says Congressman Ron Paul. The Texas Republican last week introduced a bill forbidding airport security agents from actions that would be illegal if undertaken by a private citizen. Also, the
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Michele Bachmann’s Growing Popularity Puts GOP On The Spot

She is a driving force on cable television, a provocative, ubiquitous voice in a world where the distinction between personality and power is increasingly blurred. Now, with Republicans poised to retake the House, lawmakers are watching Ms. Bachmann to see if she can harness her status as an uncompromising — and sometimes undisciplined — spokeswoman for conservative principles and turn it into real legislative influence. From The Huffington Post
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Carole Bayer Sager: Dancing With the Tea Party

Sarah Palin has recently stated that she believes that she could beat Obama in 2012. I would have said that was ridiculous until I saw that her daughter Bristol is now heading to the finals in this coming Monday’s Dancing With The Stars. As Brandy hung her head and cried during her elimination on Tuesday night, I began to believe for certain in the power of the Tea Party. Brandy and her partner Max have enjoyed perfect scores on more than one occasion. Brandy is an excellent dancer who deserved to make it to the finals. Bristol Palin is a
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Jonathan Ellerby: Politics, Change, and YOU–Where do you stand?

The political landscape is changing by the minute in America but one thing remains steady and growing: the endless cycles of blaming, complaining and name-calling. As a parent, if I saw children on the playground behaving as our politicians do in the media, I would be deeply disappointed and would address the behavior as unacceptable. The media acts so concerned about the growing crisis of bullying in America — yet in later segments on the same shows and stations they give valuable air time to political leaders and talk show hosts who name call, insult and verbally attack those they
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