The 10th congressional district of Illinois, which was redrawn by state Democrats to make it virtually impossible for a Republican to win, is now leaning Republican, according to veteran political analyst Larry J. Sabato of the University of Virginia.
Sabato switched the race between incumbent Democrat Brad Schneider and Republican Bob Dold from “Toss-up” to “Leans Republican” in his latest ratings, less than a week before Election Day.
The shift towards Dold and a Republican victory likely heralds a nationwide trend. Of the 22 ratings changes that Sabato has released, 15 include districts moving towards Republicans, while Democrats have shown gains in only 7.
Dold was elected in the wave election of 2010 but was unseated in 2012 after the district was redrawn. The 10th district takes in some Chicago suburbs as well as urban areas north of Chicago, such as Waukegan.
Judicial Watch -
President Obama’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, was a key player in the effort to cover up that Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about the Fast and Furious scandal, according to public records obtained by Judicial Watch.
The information is part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) “Vaughn index” detailing records about the gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious. JW had to sue the agency for the records after the Obama administration failed to provide them under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A federal court ordered the DOJ to provide the records over the agency’s objections. Yesterday JW reported on the broad information in the records, including that Obama asserted executive privilege for Holder’s wife as part of the administration’s efforts to cover up the scandal.
Practically lost in the 1,000-plus pages of records is an index that shows Jarrett was brought in to manage the fact that Holder lied to Congress after the story about the disastrous gun-running operation broke in the media. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) ran the once-secret program that allowed guns from the U.S. to be smuggled into Mexico so they could eventually be traced to drug cartels. Instead, federal law enforcement officers lost track of hundreds of weapons which have been used in an unknown number of crimes, including the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.
The files received by JW include three electronic mails between Holder and Jarrett and one from former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke to Jarrett. The e-mails with Holder are all from October 4, 2011, a significant date because, on the evening of October 3rd, Sheryl Attkisson (then at CBS news) released documents showing that Holder had been sent a briefing paper on Operation Fast and Furious on June 5, 2010. The paper was from the director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, Michael Walther.
A newly released Gallup poll shows “Tea Party Republicans” are fired up and ready to storm the election polls on November 4.
The poll found that 73% of Tea Party Republicans say they are “extremely/very motivated” to vote in 11 days. That compares to just 57% of “other Republicans” and 42% of “non-Republicans” who said they were equally eager to vote.
The issues of strongest concern for Tea Party members were Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists, the federal budget deficit, “the way the federal government is working,” and the economy.
Gallup concluded that one in four Americans support the Tea Party.
Gallup’s sample was collected throughout September.
Fox News -
by Wayne Allyn Root,
America observed the one year anniversary of ObamaCare this month. Just like some marriages it seems like it’s already been decades. As FDR declared after Pearl, it’s a date that will live in infamy. But the GOP shouldn’t run away from this sad anniversary, they should embrace it.
ObamaCare is Republican’s ticket to a landslide victory in 2014 and 2016. The GOP should scream about it night and day from the highest hill! We should celebrate this dismal anniversary. Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
Here’s my advice for my fellow Republicans. Politicians and strategists from the GOP need to get out of Washington and stop listening to the mainstream media.
The Kool Aid-drinking liberal media is either delusional, or lying to cover-up for the massive failure of Obama’s one and only “signature achievement.”
The truth is middle America is hopping mad. Angry. Depressed. Feeling ripped off. The reason is simple — because they have now lived with ObamaCare for a year. They now know the truth about the president’s signature health care law — first hand.
We don’t need the media to tell us ObamaCare is a failure and a rip-off. We are living it. We are witnesses standing at the scene of the crime. In 2012 everyone was debating the pros and cons of ObamaCare based on guesses. Today, ObamaCare is in effect. No one needs to guess.
In May of 2014 the Illinois Senate approved a bill that would divert millions in General State Aid for Education away from hundreds of Illinois school districts and toward other districts. SB16 does not fix problems with the current funding formula for school aid; it simply redistributes money and creates a new list of “winners” and “losers.”
We think education funding reform should be comprehensive, thoughtful, bipartisan and done with all stakeholders at the table. We also think that all Illinois children deserve an opportunity for optimal success post high school.
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Washington Post -
As nearly two dozen Secret Service agents and members of the military were punished or fired following a 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia, Obama administration officials repeatedly denied that anyone from the White House was involved.
But new details drawn from government documents and interviews show that senior White House aides were given information at the time suggesting that a prostitute was an overnight guest in the hotel room of a presidential advance-team member — yet that information was never thoroughly investigated or publicly acknowledged.
The information that the Secret Service shared with the White House included hotel records and firsthand accounts — the same types of evidence the agency and military relied on to determine who in their ranks was involved.
The Secret Service shared its findings twice in the weeks after the scandal with top White House officials, including then-White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler. Each time, she and other presidential aides conducted an interview with the advance-team member and concluded that he had done nothing wrong.
Meanwhile, the new details also show that a separate set of investigators in the inspector general’s office of the Department of Homeland Security — tasked by a Senate committee with digging more deeply into misconduct on the trip — found additional evidence from records and eyewitnesses who had accompanied the team member in Colombia.
Though the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) refuses to discuss the origin of the current outbreak of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), the fact that emergency rooms across the country began seeing infected children around the same time as the nation’s public schools were re-opening for the 2013-2014 school year, should serve as at least a clue as to how the virus made its way here.
Of course, the Obama administration has allowed tens of thousands of children to enter this country illegally over the past several months, and most of them have now been admitted to our public schools.
Between Oct. 1, 2013 and Aug. 31, 2014 there were 66,127 so-called “unaccompanied minors” entered this country along our Southern border and processed by officials, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The CBP lists the country of origin for most of those children…
While the evidence seems to point to the recent surge of illegal aliens as the cause of the EV-D68 outbreak, now there is proof…
A 2013 Defense Department study conducted in Central and South America on patients with flu-like illness, did identify EV-D68 in some of the test subjects. All 3,375 test subjects were age 25 or under.
The government accountability group Judicial Watch announced Thursday that it has sued the Department of Homeland Security for records dealing with the more than 36,000 convicted criminal aliens the Obama administration released last year.
The conservative group says it is suing because the government failed to respond to its Freedom of Information Act earlier this year about a Center for Immigration Studiesreport revealing criminal immigrant releases.
“This would be considered the worst prison break in American history, except it was sanctioned by the President and perpetrated by our own immigration officials,” former Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) said at the time of the report’s release.
In May, reacting to CIS’s report detailing the nearly 88,000 crimes for which the 36,007 released criminal immigrants were convicted — including homicide sexual assault kidnapping, aggravated assault, and drug convictions — Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request seeking a wide range of documents dealing with the criminal alien releases.
The Blaze -
A new study suggests that the warming trend on the West Coast over the last century was not caused by human activity but more so by a change in the winds.
The research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences acknowledged in the study significance that warming trends are “often ascribed to anthropogenic greenhouse forcing.” Using independent data from 1900 to 2012, researchers showed that the temperature change is “primarily attributed to changes in atmospheric circulation.”
This, they wrote, “presents a significant reinterpretation of the region’s recent climate change origins.”
“Surface winds and wind-driven ocean currents have large effects on temperatures in and around the northeast Pacific Ocean; they dominate the overall temperature variability and also account for a large fraction of the warming trend,” Jim Johnstone, lead author of the study, said in a statement. “West Coast sea surface and coastal air temperatures evolved in lockstep with changing patterns of atmospheric pressure and winds.”
To the Associated Press, Johnstone said that these findings show that “there are other factors stronger than the greenhouse forcing that is affecting those temperatures.”