Why Republicans could win the White House, Senate and hold the House by 2016

From The Daily Caller:

As bleak as things look for the GOP in the short-term (and they do look bleak), it’s stunning to consider the entirely possible scenario whereby Republicans could control the presidency and both houses of Congress in the very near future.

Consider this: As Romney learned, history says it’s difficult to defeat a sitting president in the modern era. But it is arguably even harder for a political party to win three consecutive presidential elections.

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Forget Howard Jarvis And A California Tax Revolt, Is A Money Revolt On The Way?

From Forbes:

The breakout headliner issue in 1978 was “Tax Revolt.”  A Time Magazine cover showed Howard Jarvis shaking his fist under that headline. Proposition 13 time.  Then?   The Tax Revolt went, as we would now say, viral.  Citizen discontent — and political activism — against high tax rates turned into a national, and then international, phenomenon. The revolt was a major factor in toppling President Carter.  It led the U.S. top income tax rate to collapse from 70% to 28%.  Then, rates worldwide cascaded down and global prosperity rapidly soared.  Will the 21st century equivalent be a Money Revolt?

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Poll: 80 percent of Americans unhappy with Washington; 30 percent angry

From The Daily Caller:

Eighty percent of Americans are dissatisfied with Washington — including 30 percent who are angry, the highest level of anger recorded since polling on that question began in 2010. A new CBS News poll shows rapidly slipping approval of President Barack Obama and very low ratings for the Republican Party.

Anger at Washington has increased nine percentage points since December, and while the overall unhappy sentiment cut across party lines, Republicans and independents are more likely to say they were angry.

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Is the Republican Party America’s Achilles Heel?

From American Thinker:

The hierarchy of the Republican Party has published a 100 page new and improvedgame plan entitled the “Growth and Opportunity Project” ostensibly to win future elections and re-tool the party.  While this effort is an improvement over similar exercises in recent years, it contains a number of major flaws indicative of the fact that the Party is still operating as if the national  political landscape was the same as the 1980′s and 90′s with a recognition that demographics and news dissemination has changed.

The most egregious of these flaws is the inability of the Republican Establishment to understand that the American Left, who are now in control of the Democratic Party, are the implacable enemy in a battle for the heart and soul of America.   A further amplification of this failure is the inability to recognize what the strategy of the left has been over the past 50 plus years as well as why it has been so successful.

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Your Guide to Wednesday’s Supreme Court DOMA Hearing

From National Journal:

Have you heard? The Supreme Court is finally reviewing the gay-marriage issue that this country has been waiting literally decades to resolve. Tuesday, the justices heard oral arguments and asked key questions on Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case about California’s Proposition 8. On Wednesday, it’s time for United States v. Windsor, the decisive case in determining whether the federal Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional. Political stars like Nancy Pelosi and Tammy Baldwin, the nation’s only gay senator, plan to attend. So do a lot of other people. Corporations, nonprofits, and all their friends have weighed in with more than 300 amicus briefs having been filed. It’s a big deal, and compounded all the more by the will-they-or-won’t-they hedge from Day One on same-sex marriage at the Court. But if you haven’t been following this case for the past four years, or if the last 24 hours have been a little overwhelming with all the legalese, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

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Environmentalists and Energy Experts Working Together for Fracking Solutions?

From The Foundry:

Saving the environment and producing shale oil and gas by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) are not mutually exclusive; however, it seems the two sides have been unable to move past their differences. But The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, might just be pointing the way.

The CSSD was unveiled last week as a third-party evaluation company organized to certify oil and gas shale companies in the Appalachian region as environmentally responsible. It’s not a new idea—except that the standards for a company to earn the stamp of approval are pretty powerful.

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GOP confidence in Senate takeover grows as challenges mount for Dems

From The Hill:

Republicans increasingly see the Senate majority as being in play in 2014.

Democrats are defending 20 seats, including seven in states President Obama lost in the last election, and they have seen five of their incumbents retire, raising their bar for holding the upper chamber.

Republicans would have to win six seats to take over the Senate, a sizable number. But in a midterm election year — when a president’s party historically loses congressional seats — GOP confidence is growing.

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Obama Administration Plans to Spend $150 Million for Green Energy Projects (Because It’s Worked So Well Before)

From The Foundry:

Just what America needs: More taxpayer-funded green energy projects.

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service released plans to re-allocate more than $150 million in remaining manufacturing tax credits for “green” energy projects originally authorized by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the stimulus bill), according to Recovery.gov.

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The Supreme Court Should Leave How We Marry To The States

From Forbes:

At one level, this week’s Supreme Court arguments are about same sex marriage and whether it should now be protected under federal law.  But in another dimension, same sex marriage is only the context for a fundamental constitutional, not social, question:  who owns and therefore decides about marriage, the federal government or the states?  The right answer—that marriage belongs to the states—would decide both cases before the Supreme Court, invalidating as unconstitutional the federal Defense of Marriage Act, but upholding the right of Californians, and by implication other states, to decide whether or not to allow same sex marriage in their state.

Of course this is not the outcome either side wants.  Proponents of same sex marriage think it’s high time for their rights to be guaranteed by federal courts as a constitutional matter.  Even though public opinion is shifting, and by now nine states have affirmed a right for same-sex couples to marry, proponents would prefer that a federal constitutional right be created by the U.S. Supreme Court.  This obviates the need to continue to try to win the issue state-by-state over time, and it creates a guarantee that cannot easily be undermined or withdrawn by state legislatures and the political process.

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Creditors blast Stockton in court as they fight to avert bankruptcy filing

From The Sacramento Bee:

Wall Street creditors Monday sought to block the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, arguing in federal court that the city of Stockton improperly claimed insolvency while refusing to cut its massive pension obligations.

As U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein began a four-day trial in Sacramento to determine whether Stockton should be allowed to seek Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy protection, creditors ripped the city, saying it was wrongly sticking them with the bill for its fiscal ineptitude.

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