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A grueling statewide recount concluded Friday that Justice David Prosser defeated challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg to win another 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court in a race driven by the debate over Republican Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to curb the union rights of the state's public employees.
The recount that began on April 27 ended Friday afternoon after Waukesha County officials finished tallying their last remaining precincts. Unofficial results showed Prosser had 752,697 votes — 7,006 more than Kloppenburg's 745,691.
State election officials plan to meet on Monday to verify the results. Kloppenburg will then have five days to challenge the results in court.
Kloppenburg issued a statement Friday before the final results were released saying her campaign would review recount records and decide whether to appeal. The statement said the campaign had uncovered "numerous anomalies and irregularities," but did not elaborate. Her campaign raised concerns early during the recount about finding Waukesha County ballot bags unsealed and bags with identification tags that didn't match inspectors' logs.
Prosser spokesman Brian Nemoir issued a statement saying Waukesha County took the extra time to ensure the recount process was transparent and accurate, leaving Kloppenburg with no basis for a challenge.
"The time has come to move on, confident in both our electoral system and Justice Prosser's re-election," he said.
The deadline for President Obama to secure congressional authorization for the military operation in Libya went whizzing by Friday without such a vote, fueling lawmakers' concerns that the administration was flouting the law, but the White House insisted it was on solid legal footing.
The concerns stem from provisions in the 1973 War Powers Resolution. The resolution, passed in defiance of then-President Nixon at the tail end of the Vietnam War, states that presidents must seek congressional approval to keep U.S. forces in hostilities for more than two months. Friday was the 60th day of U.S. involvement in the U.N.-backed military intervention in Libya.
Asked about the requirements in the law, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney cited the president's ongoing consultation with Congress and claimed his actions "have been and are consistent with the War Powers Resolution." He said the White House would continue to consult with Congress, adding that the administration would "welcome an expression of support" from lawmakers.
But sporadic attempts to cobble together language in support of U.S. intervention so far have not yielded a firm resolution in Congress. The House wasn't even in session this week.
Obama sent a letter to Congress Friday, prodding lawmakers to pass a resolution, while downplaying the scope of U.S. involvement.
"While we are no longer in the lead, U.S. support for the NATO-based coalition remains crucial to assuring the success of international efforts to protect civilians from the actions of the Qaddafi regime," he wrote.
The inaction has raised concern among lawmakers from both parties. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, told Fox News that a bipartisan House coalition is prepared to move a resolution Monday that would either get Congress to sign off on the intervention or cut off the operation.
The effort by liberal media watchdog group Media Matters to convince half a dozen leading national advertisers to pull their dollars from the Fox News Channel got a high-profile snub Thursday when Orbitz, the travel company, not only declined to participate, but fired back at Media Matters, calling the “Drop Fox” campaign a “smear effort.”
According to the Drop Fox website, Orbitz is one of seven key advertisers targeted, including Best Western, Priceline, Delta Airlines, Ocean Spray, Netflix and Southwest Airlines. The campaign suggests viewers sign a petition asking the advertisers to pull spending from Fox News for being “a political operation masquerading as a news network,” advancing “anti-LGBT bigotry,” (including a letter signed by Courage Campaign, GLAAD and Equality Matters sent to Orbitz, a company described by the groups as progressive in its support for LGBT issues) and “misinformation about climate science.” The campaign argues that advertising on Fox associates brands with this “misinformation”:
Fox’s record, as evidenced by the examples listed in the below indexes, raises two questions:
Given Fox News’ history of deplorable or irresponsible conduct, why would any respectable advertiser sponsor Fox in the first place?
Why would an advertiser want to risk being connected to Fox News when the next inevitable firestorm over Fox’s conduct erupts?
But Orbitz shot back, describing Media Matters as “a political organization that has been funded pretty extensively to go after one network, and we aren’t going to engage in that fight,” Orbitz spokesman Brian Hoyt told The Hollywood Reporter:
“We have a strict policy of tolerance and non-discrimination, and that means we don’t favor one political side over another. Tolerance is a two-way street,” he said. “We’re going to advertise on conservative TV stations, liberal TV stations and — if there are any out there — unbiased news broadcasts.”
Known around left-leaning Hollywood for her conservative stances on weighty issues like abortion and stem cells, 'Everybody Loves Raymond' star Patricia Heaton is happy to explain how important her Christian faith is to her and how it shapes her views and career choices.Is she really calling people who oppose gay marriage "lunatics"? Then too her now open support for gay marriage loses my respect--to think I held her up on a pedestal because I always thought she was a true conservative, but come to find out she's not. I can't stand conservative actors who shy away from the label (ala Elizabeth Hasselback) like it's something to be ashamed of.
"My feeling is all these things come from God and as long as I know I'm staying in line with Him, I don't have to worry if there is backlash," she told me during a visit to AOL's New York offices. "God will open any doors he wants to open and if he closes doors that's fine to."
Telling me that she has many gay friends and doesn't oppose gay marriage, Patricia gets frustrated being automatically lumped together with other conservatives, a characterization she says has cost her possible work.
"We know for a fact there are some people who have said they wouldn't want to work with us because of our politics," she said, with her husband David Hunt adding, "We get lumped in with lunatics."
Democrats needed 60 votes to move the nomination forward to final passage. Senate Republicans on Thursday toppled the nomination, 52-43, of controversial University of California-Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu, nominee for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a first in President Barack Obama's presidency.
In the end, only one Republican voted for the nominee, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Nebraska's Ben Nelson was the lone Democrat to oppose Liu. Orrin Hatch , R-Utah, a former chairman of the Judiciary Committee, chose to vote "present," a sign of his long-time opposition to judicial nominee filibusters. Democrats needed 60 votes to move the nomination to final passage.
GOP Leader Mitch McConnell said the nominee's writings "reveal a left-wing ideologue who views the role of a judge not as that of an impartial arbiter, but as someone who views the bench as a position of power." And though the Kentucky senator said he has "nothing against (Liu) personally, "Earning a lifetime appointment isn't a right, nor is it a popularity contest."
But Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy , D-Vt., decried the filibuster, arguing that right-wing judicial nominees had received an up or down vote when Republicans were in power. "I listened to the speeches....I sometimes wonder who everyone's talking about," Leahy said. "No question, his intellect and qualifications, he should be treated with respect and admiration, not maligned."
Leahy also cited Liu's Taiwanese immigrant heritage as a reason for confirmation, noting, "There are no Asian-Pacific Americans on the bench."
Majority Leader Harry Reid , D-Nev., argued unsuccessfully for a straight up or down vote, saying, "The record is clear. Any claims Goodwin Liu is undeserving of our confirmation is simply wrong." The leader called out Sens. Lamar Alexander , R-Tenn, Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Orrin Hatch , R-Utah, among others, citing their past opposition to filibusters of judicial nominees.
But senior Republicans had launched an all-out push to quash the nomination, urging their entire conference to support a GOP-led filibuster.
"(Liu's) record reflects a carefully honed and calculated philosophy that he developed and advanced over the course of his brief career in the ivory towers of academia and which threatens the American tradition of limited constitutional government," Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa, top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, and senior panel member Jeff Sessions of Alabama, wrote in a letter, obtained by Fox News, to their GOP colleagues Wednesday.
The woman believed to be Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mistress has been identified as housekeeper Mildred Patricia Baena, TMZ reports.
Baena, 50, worked in the Schwarzenegger/Shriver household for more than 20 years before leaving in January.
But according to a report from Radar Online and Star Magazine, Baena didn't retire from her position, but instead was fired.
Friends of Baena tell Radar that she was "furious" with Schwarzenegger's decision to fire her after "decades of loyal service."
TMZ reports that Baena began to pursue Schwarzenegger in the late 1990s. She reportedly bragged to friends about having unprotected sex with the former California governor during the day, while the family was out. She never stayed the night.
According to TMZ, when she became pregnant, she didn’t tell Schwarzenegger that he was the father of the baby until the boy was a toddler.
She instead listed her then-husband, Rogelio Baena, as the child's father on the birth certificate.
She reportedly had the baby in October of 1997, just a month before Shriver gave birth to Christopher Sargent, now 13.
When Schwarzenegger learned of the child, he was reportedly very “generous” with his support.
Many critics of the Supreme Court hone in on conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, alleging that he lacks intellect and flexibility. Well Thomas has a few choice words to offer back at them, The Augusta Chronicle reports. The critics of court decisions suffer from “a disease of illiteracy or laziness” that could weaken the law, he said at a speech to the Augusta, Ga. Bar Association.
“Cynics” who are “drunk on their own opinions” don’t impress Thomas. “You don’t go to a Georgia fan to get commentary on the University of Florida, because it’s not objective commentary,” he said.
“Unfortunately, much of the commentary about the court is from the standpoint of people who have vested interests in particular outcomes, particular policies or particular results. Do you think you are getting an honest assessment?”
Meanwhile, Thomas drew flak from some civil rights leaders for speaking Wednesday at the opening of a new courthouse in Augusta named for John Ruffin Jr., the first black chief judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals. Critics call Thomas an inappropriate choice given his conservative views, the Georgia Daily Journal reports.
Of the 204 new Obamacare waivers President Barack Obama’s administration approved in April, 38 are for fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent hotels in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Northern California district.
That’s in addition to the 27 new waivers for health care or drug companies and the 31 new union waivers Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services approved.
Pelosi’s district secured almost 20 percent of the latest issuance of waivers nationwide, and the companies that won them didn’t have much in common with companies throughout the rest of the country that have received Obamacare waivers.
Other common waiver recipients were labor union chapters, large corporations, financial firms and local governments. But Pelosi’s district’s waivers are the first major examples of luxurious, gourmet restaurants and hotels getting a year-long pass from Obamacare.
For instance, Boboquivari’s restaurant in Pelosi’s district in San Francisco got a waiver from Obamacare. Boboquivari’s advertises $59 porterhouse steaks, $39 filet mignons and $35 crab dinners.
Then, there’s Café des Amis, which describes its eating experience as “a timeless Parisian style brasserie” which is “located on one of San
Lemon has a history of pro-gay bias at CNN, featuring soft interviews of pro-gay figures and hinting that Christian churches preach the same hateful message against homosexuality that the fringe Westboro Baptist Church promotes – "God hates fags."
Last June, Lemon hosted former Army Lt. Dan Choi for a softball interview along with another homosexual activist. Choi became a poster boy for the gay-rights movement and the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" when his open declaration of his sexuality sent him packing from the military. "Was it worth the prize for speaking out?" Lemon asked Choi of his honorable discharge from the Army.
Twice last summer, Lemon hosted the same-sex couple who was the subject of CNN's slanted documentary "Gary And Tony Have A Baby" and was sympathetic to their cause. Once he asked them if they were "role models" for the gay-rights movement. "How much pressure are you feeling with so much attention for your experience? Do you feel like the gay community, in many ways, view you guys as role models?"
He also featured former NBA player John Amaechi in 2007, who publicly came out as a homosexual after his career. Lemon asked Amaechi if the NBA is "mature" enough to handle an openly-gay player. "Do you think that the NBA now is ready for a player who may be out while they're playing? Do you think the league is mature enough to handle that?"
During a segment in March with ex-Catholic priest Fr. Alberto Cutie, Lemon outlandishly hinted that Christian churches preach the same hateful message against homosexuality that the fringe Westboro Baptist Church touts, whose website reads "God hates fags."
"So father, listen, do you consider Westboro – most people don't consider it a legitimate church, okay? But is this – aren't they saying the same thing that's reinforced by religion that's being preached from the pulpit in many churches on Sunday?"
Real estate mogul and television celebrity Donald Trump, who generated a media publicity blitz by saying he might run for president in 2012, announced Monday that he will instead remain a businessman.
"After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the presidency," Trump said in a statement.
With his typical bravado, Trump maintained that he would have won the Republican primary and the general election, but recognized that "running for public office cannot be done half-heartedly."
"Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector," Trump said in the statement.
Trump's flirtation with running for the Republican nomination included his demand that President Barack Obama make public his full birth certificate from Hawaii.
A couple of weeks ago, I spent a day following Newt Gingrich around New Hampshire. After a radio interview in Concord, Gingrich had a lunchtime Guinness at the Barley House in Concord with Thomas Wilhelmsen, the CEO of a local hospital who first met Gingrich in the mid-1990s. They lapsed into wonky talk about ObamaCare and health insurance premiums. “Every hospital administrator, like Tom here, will tell you it’s unsustainable, it can’t be done,” Gingrich said, explaining why he wants to repeal the law.There's just no way you can trust Newt Gingrich. If he's not contradicting himself on adultery, he's standing side-by-side with the likes of Nancy Pelosi supporting the global warming hoax and now he's out there going back on something he supported just two weeks ago. Frankly, I'm with George Will, Newt Gingrich just should not be taken seriously as a Presidential candidate.
So, I asked if he would advocate replacing it with Paul Ryan’s plan.
The former speaker sang Ryan’s praises for being a “brave” “man of ideas,” like Gingrich himself.
“But would you have voted for Ryan’s plan?” I pressed.
“Sure,” Gingrich replied.
“Do you think it would actually save the health care system?”
“No, I think it’s the first step,” Gingrich said. “You need an entirely new set of solutions.”
So, I was surprised to see Gingrich on Meet the Press Sunday morning telling David Gregory that the Ryan plan was too bold.
MR. GREGORY: But not what Paul Ryan is suggesting, which is completely changing Medicare.
REP. GINGRICH: I, I think that, I think, I think that that is too big a jump. I think what you want to have is a system where people voluntarily migrate to better outcomes, better solutions, better options, not one where you suddenly impose upon the–I don’t want to–I’m against Obamacare, which is imposing radical change, and I would be against a conservative imposing radical change.
How does one go from praising a plan as “the first step” to criticizing it as “too big a jump” and “radical change”?
Earlier in the interview, Gingrich was asked about the challenges to his candidacy. “I think it’s fair to say that I’m going to have–one of the tests on this campaign trail is going to be whether I have the discipline and the judgment to be President,” he said. “I think that’s a perfectly fair question.” He might want to start with a uniform position on Ryan’s budget.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced Saturday that he will not seek the GOP nomination for president in 2012.
Huckabee ended speculation that he would run for president during his weekly Fox News Channel show saying, "All the factors say go, but my heart says no. And that’s the decision that I have made."
Indications had been mounting recently that the 2008 presidential candidate would not pursue a repeat bid for the Republican nomination for president. He switched his residency to Florida, where he and his wife have built a home, he co-founded a company with the mission of teaching history lessons to children, and key 2008 aides moved to other campaign teams, including those of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Huckabee also failed to form a presidential exploratory committee, a critical first step in building a presidential campaign.
And with a successful television show, book deals and lucrative paid appearances, another presidential bid may be less desirable for the television and radio host - even though he’s topped recent major national polls as the favored 2012 GOP candidate.
Though Huckabee asserted as recently as late April that his supporters should not make decisions based on his indecision, Saturday’s announcement settles the question once and for all.
And he admitted, "The past few months have been a time of deep, personal reflection."
"I don’t have an issue with my family being supportive. My wife actually has encouraged me to do it despite knowing full well that it would subject her and the rest of the family to some savage and brutal personal attacks," Huckabee said.
"I don’t expect everyone to understand this...For me, the discussion and decision is ultimately not a political one, it’s not a financial one, it’s not even a practical one, it’s a spiritual one."