Herman Cain Slams Wall Street Protesters: ‘If You Don’t Have a Job & You’re Not Rich, Blame Yourself’

From The Blaze.com - GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has a tough-to-swallow message for the protesters who continue to rail against America’s capitalistic system.
According to the successful businessman, the individuals who continue to “occupy Wall Street” (not to mention countless other localities) have some misplaced anger to contend with. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he said: “I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself! [...] These demonstrations…I honestly don‘t understand what they’re looking for…It is not someone’s fault because they succeeded, it is someone’s fault if they failed.” Read more

Secret panel can put Americans on "kill list'

(Reuters) - American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials. There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House's National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate. The panel was behind the decision to add Awlaki, a U.S.-born militant preacher with alleged al Qaeda connections, to the target list. He was killed by a CIA drone strike in Yemen late last month. The role of the president in ordering or ratifying a decision to target a citizen is fuzzy. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor declined to discuss anything about the process. Read More

Reid rewrites Senate rules with shocking move

From the Washington Examiner - In a stunning turn of events this evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., used an arcane legislative maneuver to effectively rewrite Senate rules to make it harder for the minority party to force uncomfortable votes on the majority.
The buildup to this point started on Tuesday, when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., tried to force a vote on President Obama's jobs bill as well as other Republican priorities by offering them as amendments to the China currency bill. Reid blocked the move. Tonight, McConnell made what's called a "motion to suspend the rules," to allow a vote on the amendments. Such motions are almost always defeated, because they require a two-thirds majority to pass. But they're another way for the minority party to force uncomfortable votes. Even though the minority party doesn't get a direct vote on the amendment, how somebody votes on the motion becomes a sort of proxy for such a vote. In this case, for instance, if Democrats had voted down a motion for a vote on Obama's jobs bill, it would have put them in an awkward spot. Though it's been the standing practice of the Senate to allow such motions by the minority, tonight Reid broke with precedent and ruled McConnell's motion out of order, and was ultimately backed up by Democrats. So, the end result is that by a simple majority vote, Reid was able to effectively rewrite Senate rules making it even harder than it already is for the minority party to force votes on any amendments. Should Republicans retake the Senate next year, it's something that could come back to haunt Democrats in a major way. Read more

Eric Holder Was Briefed Repeatedly

Eric Holder
Daily Caller - New Department of Justice documents the House Oversight Committee released Thursday morning show Attorney General Eric Holder was briefed on Operation Fast and Furious many more times than previously discovered documents suggested. They also show that Holder was given detailed information on what happened in Fast and Furious. These new documents show Holder received information and updates on Fast and Furious in at least five weekly memos starting in July 2010 — including over four consecutive weeks last summer. In summer 2010, Holder received briefing memos from National Drug Intelligence Center Director Michael Walther on July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26 and August 9. Each briefing memo contains the name “Operation Fast and Furious.” Each memo also contains a description of what appears to be how Operation Fast and Furious was conducted. “This investigation, initiated in September 2009 in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Phoenix Police Department, involved a Phoenix-based firearms trafficking ring headed by Manuel Celis-Acosta,” each one of those briefings reads. “Celis-Acosta and straw purchasers are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to Mexican drug trafficking cartels.” Read full story here: News New Mexico

Martinez Likely to Veto Legislative Re-Districting Maps

Susana Martinez
Capitol Report New Mexico - After signing a bi-partisan bill Wednesday (Oct. 5) designed to help New Mexico businesses bidding on state contracts, Gov. Susana Martinez acknowledged what’s been commonly accepted political wisdom around the state — that she’s on the verge of vetoing two redistricting bills Democrats passed in the just-completed special session of the legislature. “It’s likely I’ll be vetoing those,” Martinez said. ”I’ve looked at them several times. I just want to be absolutely sure.” Once the legislature ends a special session, a sitting governor has 20 days to decide whether to sign or veto bills that passed both houses of the legislature. By our reckoning, the 20th day will fall on Friday, Oct. 14. Four redistricting plans made it to the governor’s desk and two of them — concerning state House and state Senate races — barrelled through the state legislature with zero Republican support. Democrats insist they are fair plans that can withstand judicial review but Republicans have complained bitterly about them. Martinez said the legislative redistricting maps before her “aren’t fair and balanced,” adding:
“Even in the statement, when asked of Linda Lopez (one of the Democratic sponsors) by I think it was Rep. Nate Gentry, the very specific question was, ‘Can you testify that these were fair maps to all parties?’ and she refused to answer the question. If there was confidence that there was a fair map to all parties, the answer would have been yes, not a refusal to answer.” Read full story here: News New Mexico


Steve Jobs, Creative Capitalist, Dead at 56

From KRQE-TV.com - CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc. said the company's co-founder Steve Jobs died Wednesday. He was 56. "We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," the company said in a brief statement. "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve Jobs.

Is Murrow Spinning in His Grave?

Sharyl Attkisson
Weekly Standard - Tuesday, CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson told radio show host Laura Ingraham that the White House yelled and swore at her over her reporting on the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal tied to the deaths of two U.S. law enforcement agents. Attkisson also revealed that she'd also been yelled at by the Justice Department. Today, I called CBS News in an attempt to interview Attkisson. I was told by CBS News senior vice president of communications Sonya McNair that Attkisson would be unavailable for interviews all week. When I asked why Attkisson would be unavailable, McNair would not say. I've also heard from a producer at another media outlet that has previously booked Attkisson that they tried to book her since she made news with the Laura Ingraham interview yesterday. They were also told that she would be unavailable. After our initial conversation earlier today, I called McNair back and left a message with her office. I also sent McNair an email asking whether Attkisson's unavailability has anything to do with reporting that the White House and Justice Department were angry at her. I further asked McNair if the White House or Justice Department contacted CBS News about Attkisson since yesterday. McNair has not responded to my inquiries. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Palin: "You Don't Need a Title to Make a Difference"

Sarah Palin
Politico - Sarah Palin pledged to stay an active part of the political discussion as she announced she wouldn’t be making a 2012 White House run. On Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News show Wednesday night, Palin told supporters that she’s sorry if they are disappointed that she passed on the race. “I apologize to those who are disappointed in this decision,” she said. “I’ve been hearing from them in the last couple of hours but I believe that they, when they take a step back, will understand why the decision was made and understand that, really, you don’t need a title to make a difference in this country. I think that I’m proof of that.” Palin told Van Susteren that her husband, Todd Palin, heard from some of the GOP presidential candidates since making her announcement at 6 p.m. She did not identify which ones. Read full story here: News New Mexico

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Martinez Signs In-State Preference Bill

Susana Martinez
Yesterday Governor Susana Martinez announced that she has signed a bill passed during the special legislative session that will close a loophole allowing out-of-state companies to receive a preference reserved for New Mexico businesses when bidding on state contracts. This legislation will require businesses to be housed in the state and employ New Mexico workers in order to be eligible for a five percent advantage when doing business with the state and local governments. It was sponsored by Sen. Tim Keller (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Larry Larranaga (R-Albuquerque). “This important law will assist local companies and create a more competitive playing field for New Mexico businesses,” said Governor Martinez. “Making it easier for local businesses to succeed is a critical part of getting our economy back on track. By closing this loophole and creating a more favorable environment for in-state businesses, we will support companies that set up shop in our own back yard and hire New Mexico workers. I appreciate that the legislature recognized the need to provide our businesses with the tools to succeed and passed this bill unanimously through both chambers during last month’s special session.”
Tim Keller
“It is important that we allow local companies the ability to succeed and create jobs here in New Mexico,” added Sen. Keller. “Closing this loophole is an important step toward creating a friendlier business environment and giving our businesses the opportunity to grow, hire New Mexicans, and succeed here at home. I appreciate the Governor’s support and I’m thankful for the unanimous bipartisan approval this bill received in both houses of the legislature.”
Similar legislation received broad bipartisan support during the 60-day session that took place earlier this year. However, after the session ended, an unintended drafting error was uncovered that would have subjected some private businesses to the state’s procurement code. Governor Martinez vetoed that bill and pledged to work with legislators to pass a clean bill during the special session.