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by Joel B. Pollak

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL), who was the subject of allegations of congressional insider trading, has indicated that he will not seek to extend his term as chair of the House Financial Services Committee after 2012.

Bachus was one of several Capitol Hill leaders from both parties involved in insider trading, according to Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer, who raised the issue in his recent book, Throw Them All Out. Subsequently, President Barack Obama called on Congress this week to pass a law banning congressional insider trading–though the book also documented crony capitalism in the Obama administration’s green energy programs.

Bachus could have sought a waiver from the Republicans Party’s self-imposed six-year term limit on committee chairs, which includes time spent leading the minority as ranking members. However, he chose not to do so, though he has indicated that he wishes to play a role in selecting his successor.

Bachus faces a challenge in the Republican primary from Alabama state senator Scott Beason.

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Santorum “…doesn’t just talk a good conservative game, he lives it” — I’m Rick Santorum and I approve this message

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Critics of the New York Police Department’s use of the film “Third Jihad” for training not only have their facts wrong, they’re missing one of the program’s key point, argues Muslim reformist M. Zuhdi Jasser.

The Third Jihad

Jasser, who narrated the film, responded with two op-ed columns, one published Friday by the National Review and one Sunday in the New York Post. He focused on a New York Times report last week about the NYPD’s use of the film, calling the story “shoddy and biased.”

Investigative Project on Terrorism Executive Director Steven Emerson also published a lengthy analysis of the Times story here.

Media reports have bashed the film as generalizing Muslims as radicals and criticized officials for allowing it to be screened to nearly 1,500 officers. The Times got its most damning quote about the film wrong, Jasser wrote, saying it interspersed graphic violent images with the narration “This is the true agenda of Islam in America.” In fact, the film cites a Muslim Brotherhood document which “shows the true agenda of much of Muslim leadership here in America.”

The narration also included this disclaimer prominently: “This is not a film about Islam. It is about the threat of radical Islam. Only a small percentage of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims are radical.”

Yet the unquestioning nature of news reports critical of the film actually proves producers’ points, Jasser wrote. Any criticism of radical Islam, be it from people outside the faith or devout Muslims like himself, is dismissed as bigoted. Drumming up outrage via the media helps shove moderate and reform-minded voices out of the debate, leaving Islamists alone to define the faith.

His work on the film was part of his own battle “against the radicals who seek to hijack our faith,” Jasser wrote. He founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and joined the American Islamic Leadership Coalition as part of that effort to show the diversity of though among Muslims.

“That is what the vicious distortions about this film do to my work and the work of so many others within the House of Islam who are trying to publicly take on the American Islamist establishment.”


featured image credit: IPT

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Issa and The Daily Caller discuss DOJ failures that will be brought up at the upcoming Feb. 2 Oversight and Government Reform hearing.

~ As you read this keep in mind this COMPLETELY differs from the documents the Oversight Comm. has. So it is a MAJOR Cover-Up…

Democrats investigating the failed gun-running probe known as “Operation Fast and Furious” are laying the blame at the feet of officials in Arizona, saying in a new report that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have “obtained no evidence” implicating high-level political appointees in Washington.

At the same time, the report reveals that two top Justice Department officials, in previously undisclosed interviews, insisted they would have taken action if they had the relevant details, and said it is “absurd” and unfair to suggest they knew early-on about the tactics of Fast and Furious.

Titled “Fatally Flawed: Five Years of Gunwalking in Arizona,” much of the report is a historical overview of “gunwalking operations” dating back to 2006, and in a letter to Republicans accompanying the report, the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said he told his staff “to focus on the facts we have discovered rather than the heated and sometimes inaccurate rhetoric.”

“It is clear that ATF agents in Phoenix and prosecutors in the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office embarked on a deliberate strategy not to arrest suspected straw purchasers while they attempted to make larger cases against higher-level targets,” the report reads.

“Although these officials claimed they had no probable cause to arrest any straw purchasers at the time, allowing hundreds of illegally purchased military-grade assault weapons to fall into the hands of violent drug cartels over the course of five years created an obvious and inexcusable threat to public safety on both sides of the border.”

The report adds that problems arose during investigations even under the Bush administration, as hundreds of weapons were lost in Mexico, but “rather than halting operations after flaws became evident, (ATF agents in Arizona) launched several similarly reckless operations over the course of several years, also with tragic results.”

The report comes two days before Attorney General Eric Holder is set to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and it also covers a series of recent interviews by congressional investigators of two high-ranking Justice Department officials.

Read on…

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Power play for the pipeline:

Republicans move to control keystone approval…

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), David Vitter (R-La.) and a total of 44 senators today announced that they will introduce legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project under Congress’s authority enumerated in the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8. The bipartisan group of senators committed to working together to advance this critical project for the United States. Hoeven, Lugar and the other senators have been working with colleagues in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to ensure that this vital project is advanced.

The legislation authorizes TransCanada to construct and operate the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. Gulf Coast, transporting an additional 830,000 barrels of oil per day to U.S. refineries, which includes 100,000 barrels a day from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana. The bill allows the company to move forward with construction of the pipeline in the United States while the state of Nebraska works to determine an alternative route. Hoeven secured an opinion from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) confirming Congress’s constitutional authority to approve the project.

44 Cosponsors Support the Bill…

In addition to Senators Hoeven, Lugar, and Vitter, other original cosponsors of the bill are Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), John Thune (R-S.D.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.); Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Patrick Toomey (R-Penn.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

Go to Senator (R-Utah) Mike Lee’s blog page to see What Senators Are Saying

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On our Earthquake Map, this shaker was reported to be 12 hours ago. Simultaneous? An explosion from Nuke Plant being covered up? It was at the border of Illinois and Wisconsin, which is near the Byron plant. ~ JP

MSM Buried Nuclear plant vents RADIOACTIVE Steam Story…

SOMETHING is going on in North Illinois — Northwest of Chicago — first , yesterday (Jan 30, 2012)… the Nuclear power plant northwest of Chicago experienced an event — the reactor suddenly lost power — and vented RADIOACTIVE STEAM into the air — which blew down into Chicago .

Move forward 12 hours — and now we see an EARTHQUAKE also happen to the northwest of Chicago. Shaker was within 50 miles.

MCHENRY, Ill. (AP) – A minor earthquake that shook northern Illinois sent tremors across Chicago’s northern suburbs.

Seismologists with the U.S. Geological Survey say the 2.4 magnitude quake happened just before 10 p.m. Monday and was centered just east of McHenry. There’s no word of any damage or injuries.

* Note: Ogle County which is where the Byron plant is, and McHenry County which is where the shaker was, are very close in proximity. Which leads me to ask if it was simply a precautionary measure shutting down a reactor merely blowing off normal steam, or was it some sort of malfunction explosion that showed on the richter scale? ~ JP

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U.S. intelligence agencies believe that Iran is prepared to launch terrorist attacks inside the United States in response to perceived threats from America and its allies, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says.

In testimony before a Congressional panel, Clapper says top Iranian officials, including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, are “probably” willing to attack on U.S. soil.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in prepared testimony that an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington that was uncovered last year reflects an aggressive new willingness within the upper ranks of the Islamist republic to authorize attacks against the United States.

That plot “shows that some Iranian officials — probably including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei — have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime,” Clapper said in the testimony, which was submitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee in advance of a threat assessment hearing Tuesday. “We are also concerned about Iranian plotting against U.S. or allied interests overseas.”

The assessment signals a potentially dire new direction in the adversarial relationship between the United States and Iran, at a time when there are indications that a covert campaign is already underway to thwart Iran’s alleged ambition to develop a nuclear weapons.

~ Do we believe Clapper? Do we NOT believe Iran is a very real threat?

MUST read the rest @ WP

Highlights from a series of potentially volatile incidents in the past few months: Increasing tensions between U.S. and Iran

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On the Record:

Time running out for Trump presidential run?