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    Exclamation Now the real Fun Begins Obama's New Aproach

    President Barack Obama, after a year of fitfully searching for compromise, is taking a more aggressive tack with his Republican adversaries, hoping to energize Democratic voters and possibly muscle in some Republican support in Congress.
    Obama Takes More Aggressive Tack - WSJ.com
    On Thursday, the president challenged Republicans who planned to campaign on repealing his health-care bill with, "Go for it." Two days later, he made 15 senior appointments without Senate consent, including a union lawyer whose nomination had been blocked by a filibuster.

    President Obama is taking a more aggressive tack with his Republican adversaries, hoping to energize Democratic voters and possibly muscle in some Republican support in Congress, Jonathan Weisman reports.
    At a bill-signing event Tuesday, he is set to laud passage of higher-education legislation that was approved despite Republican objections through a parliamentary maneuver that neutralized the party's filibuster threat.

    On Thursday, Mr. Obama will be in Maine, home state of two moderate Republican senators who opposed his health-care plan, to promote the health law.

    Even his surprise trip to Afghanistan on Sunday mobilized the perks of the presidency to marshal public opinion, as pictures were beamed home of Mr. Obama mobbed by U.S. troops.

    A senior Democratic official said the push was a textbook case of taking advantage of political momentum as the campaign season begins. Republicans are "on the defensive," the official said, "and as long as they're not cooperating, we ought to keep them there."

    Republicans say Mr. Obama's overtures to them have been for show, whether it was his January meeting with House Republicans in Baltimore or last month's televised, bipartisan health-care summit.

    Journal Community“Instead of trying to work together after the bruising health-care battle, we are going to double down. It only seems to indicate the post-partisanship speak was just that, speak.”
    —Octavio Lima The partisanship "may be more visible, and he may be more resolute about it, but as far as most of us are concerned, this is business as usual," said Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, a member of the Republican leadership.

    But Mr. Alexander said the recent moves are broader, more public swipes that will hurt the president in the end.

    He conceded that Republican leaders have tried to maintain unity in opposition. "When you have 40 Republicans, with your back against the wall and the gallows are right in your face, you're going to do your best to be unified," Mr. Alexander said.

    The onus, however, is on the president to build relationships with minority leaders, Mr. Alexander said.

    "If you're the president or a governor and you don't have a good relationship with the other party, that's your problem to solve," he said.

    Mr. Obama campaigned on calling for an end to partisan bickering in Washington, but once in office he launched an ambitious agenda that pursued several long-held Democratic goals.

    Meanwhile, Republicans decided at an early stage to aggressively oppose most of Mr. Obama's agenda. Partisan tensions have run high for most of his term.

    Recently, Mr. Obama has been swinging particularly hard. He followed up his "go for it" taunt Thursday with the recess appointment of union lawyer Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board, adopting a tactic that presidents of both parties have used in recent decades to skirt the normal confirmation process. Mr. Becker's confirmation had been blocked in the Senate by a filibuster in February.

    On Tuesday, Mr. Obama will sign what has been billed as a package of fixes to the health-care bill, approved under rules that required only a simple majority vote to pass in the Senate. That nullified Republicans' power to block it through a filibuster.

    Democrats attached to the bill a major overhaul of student-lending laws, which eliminated a federal subsidy for private tuition lenders, federalized most student loans and plowed the savings into expanded federal higher education aid. Republicans say the bill will destroy the private student-lending market.


    Mr. Alexander, the Tennessee Republican, called the student-loan move "really brazen" and "the most underreported, biggest Washington takeover in history."

    In classic game theory, confrontation is sometimes necessary when cooperation breaks down to present a credible potential threat and get the two sides to re-engage, said Robert Axelrod, a University of Michigan political scientist and author of the game-theory book, "The Evolution of Cooperation." He isn't related to White House senior adviser David Axelrod.

    The Senate doesn't work the way game theorists think, said Antonia Ferrier, an aide to Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. A body built on personal relationships is likely to spiral into endless tit-for-tat retaliations in the face of Mr. Obama's new turn, she said.

    The new tone may be having an impact, though, among some Obama voters who had soured on what they saw as an electric campaigner gone soft.

    Republicans are getting "better treatment than they deserve," said Don Miller, 68, a California independent and pipe line consultant who said his support for Mr. Obama was rising.

    "He's not a politician yet, but he's learning fast. As he learns to work the Washington establishment he has become more and more effective," said James Shubert, 83, a transportation-services manager in Tennessee.

    Robin Moyer, 48, a retired South Carolina school teacher, lamented that the president had been trying to "reach as many people as possible, but sometimes it is overkill."

    —Jean Spencer contributed to this article.
    Write to Jonathan Weisman at [email protected]
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    Nothing he has done or will do should be a surprise to anyone with functioning grey matter.....

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    It's ironic that even the WSJ, owned by Rupert Murdoch, thinks Obama wanted to compromise on health care. The last thing he is is a middle of the road kind of guy.
    Heavily medicated for your protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogriz91 View Post
    It's ironic that even the WSJ, owned by Rupert Murdoch, thinks Obama wanted to compromise on health care. The last thing he is is a middle of the road kind of guy.
    Rupert Murdoch sold out...and it's very disappointing. Even though this happened in 2005, I just recently learned about it.

    Fox's Saudi Prince
    By: Frank J Gaffney Jr.
    FrontPage Magazine| Friday, September 30, 2005

    With surprisingly little media attention, Saudi Arabia has bought a stake in the company that owns what has been, until now, arguably its most visible and influential critic: the Fox News Network. Will this be the end of Fox’s “fair and balanced” coverage of the immense Saudi role in promoting Islamofascist terror? Or can American viewers rest assured that the royal Saudi buyer, Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, has nothing more nefarious in mind than increasing his already vast fortune?

    The answer to this incalculably important question may lie in understanding who this prince is, and the nature of his deal with Rupert Murdoch, the principal owner of Fox’s parent, the News Corporation.

    Al-Waleed is said be the world’s fifth richest man and now NewsCorp’s fourth largest voting shareholder (behind the Murdoch family, Liberty Media and fund giant Fidelity Management & Research Co). Such a role would appear to give the Prince some say over the way the business is run. That could, presumably, extend to the content of Fox programming and that of the company’s other media outlets (which include DirecTV and 20th Century Fox).

    Will Al-Waleed be a prince, and leave these American institutions alone? Or will he throw his weight around, perhaps only behind the scenes, to – let’s say – improve the sorry image his country has earned in the United States?

    Mind you, public relations is not exactly something at which Al-Waleed has previously excelled. But not for want of trying.

    Recall that he was the Saudi prince who made headlines after September 11th when he visited Ground Zero and offered then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani a $10 million check for relief efforts.

    A few days later, however, the prince released a statement that blamed the United States and its support for Israel for the devastating 9/11 attacks. To his credit, “America’s Mayor” immediately returned the prince’s check with a statement: “There is no moral equivalent for this attack. The people who did it lost any right to ask for justification when they slaughtered…innocent people….Not only are those statements wrong, they’re part of the problem.”


    Then, there was the prince’s bizarre miscalculation over how to rehabilitate his image in this country. Shortly after the check fiasco, he permitted the CBS program “60 Minutes” to profile him and his hyper-rich, internationally jet-setting lifestyle. The ensuing spectacle of an indolent, Westernized Material Boy cannot have done much more for the image of the Kingdom’s royals with his country’s millions of Wahhabi have-nots than it did with the average American viewer.


    The segment did, however, suggest that the prince is not above lying when it serves his purpose. For example, he told his incredulous interviewer, Ed Bradley, that that Saudi Arabia is a country with “no problems.” When pressed, he insisted, “What I'm telling you is Saudi Arabia has no civil unrest, no civil disobedience. Sorry. Saudi Arabia is a very stable country. Sure…we had these bombs here and there, but they were all related to a certain subject.”


    The certain subject, of course, is the thing that deserves more attention from the American media, not less. Despite Al-Waleed’s efforts to sweep Saudi Arabia’s non-problems under the Persian rug, the Kingdom is beginning to experience what its largesse and Wahhabi ideology have visited upon the rest of the world for decades: Islamofascist terror.


    Even more troubling than having a Saudi spinmeister, even a lousy one, at the decision-making table of America’s most successful, and conservative, television network is another aspect of Al-Waleed’s deal with Mr. Murdoch. The Australian entrepreneur has reportedly also given the prince the unfiltered ability to broadcast Saudi-produced materials directly into America on Murdoch’s satellite.


    Here’s how that part of the deal will evidently work: Prince Al-Waleed’s Rotana Audio Visual Company, which operates TV channels in the Middle East, has signed a deal with DirecTV, the TV-satellite firm controlled by NewsCorp. As a result, it would seem Rotana will be able to beam its programs into U.S. cable boxes without interference from federal regulators, or anybody else.


    Hmmm. What passes for entertainment in Saudi Arabia mostly looks like jihadist agitprop to the rest of us. Rotana has a huge library of movies, music and television programs. Such programming has to also include vicious anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, and anti-American incitement. That is, after all, the only kind of material the Wahhabi religious censors approve for production and broadcast in Saudi Arabia. Could that be what the prince has in mind for DirecTV subscribers?


    Then the question occurs: Can we rely on Rupert Murdoch to keep the Saudi prince from abusing his new platforms? Perhaps not. After all, Mr. Murdoch is having succession, financial, and other problems with his business empire. In fact, he was reportedly so concerned about losing control of the News Corporation that he arranged to put a “poison pill” defense in place to stop a hostile takeover bid from one of his rivals, media magnate John Malone. Malone’s Liberty Media had taken an 18 percent share in NewsCorp’s voting stock.


    Since the Murdoch family owns only 30 percent of the company’s voting shares, he is likely to be very grateful now that his prince has come. And Al-Waleed seems to understand how to reinforce that sentiment. He has told the press that he is “a vocal and open ally of Mr. Murdoch.” In his inimitable fashion, the prince added that he hasn’t given Mr. Murdoch official control of his vote, but NewsCorp’s founder can count on him to vote the Australian’s way. “He does not have proxy for me, but he has my verbal proxy.”


    Even more important, in the event the fight with Mr. Malone gets messier, Al-Waleed has announced: “If the situation warrants whereby Mr. Murdoch needs more support from my side, I’m going to do it.”


    While a senior Fox executive recently (privately) professed no concern on this score, the track record of Prince Al-Waleed, the Islamist interests of his family and kingdom, and the needs of Rupert Murdoch could constitute the media equivalent of a “perfect storm.” They may, indeed, translate into a worrisome new set of constraints on the network millions of Americans have come to rely upon for “fair and balanced” reporting. Nowhere has this been more important than Fox’s news coverage of the Middle East – a region CNN (especially its international arm), the BBC, and most “mainstream” print outlets cover with only slightly less hostility to America than does al-Jazeera.
    Could it be that the Saudis’ troubling move on Fox and its sister companies is getting so little attention from the competition because they hope such a step will make them look at FoxNews as less “fair and balanced”? You decide.
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    I had no idea of this. Well, we really can't count Fox News as the "voice of the reisistance", anyway, since they are in business to make money. If his viewership all decided to wear "tin-foil hats", I'm sure O'Reilly would appear on the set wearing the same.
    Prov. 27:3 - "Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both"

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    Perhaps Fox is just a token "neo Conservative" news agency to lull the sheeple into believing that somewhere out there there really is an independent news agency. Not sure the date the following was written but the $150.00 indicates it has been a while back.

    "There is no such thing as an independent press in America, unless it is in the country towns. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print.

    "I am paid $150.00 a week for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for doing similar things. If I should permit honest opinions to be printed in one issue of my paper, like Othello, before twenty-four hours, my occupation would be gone.

    "The business of the New York journalist is to destroy truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon; to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. We are the tools and vessels for rich men behind the scenes. We are intellectual prostitutes."

    John Swinton, editor of the New York Tribune.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    Any news network that lets Glenn Beck "tell it like it is" can't be all bad! Judge Napolitano was Glenn's guest host on today's (Thursday's) Fox News program. The Judge ended the hour on a spiritual note reflecting on Thursday being the traditional observance of The Last Supper. It was very moving and something that a viewer would NEVER hear on MSNBC, CNN, ABC, NBC or CBS news programs. Fox News may not be perfect -- WHAT IS? -- but, IMO, it's still better than any of the others.
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    HK4U, You wrote, "There is no such thing as an independent press in America, unless it is in the country towns."

    That is very true, but remember many of us live in small towns, and people read the local papers, or look at them on line.

    I write to the Editor and oftan get published, and many reply on line.

    Below is the address of the on line article in last Sundays paper with replies.

    Priorities are not right - Steubenville, Wintersville, Toronto, Mingo, Weirton, Jefferson County | News, Sports, Jobs, HeraldStarOnline.com

    We each need to do what we can to ensure it changes in the 2010 elections.

    To the editor:

    We have a president, we have U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, D-St.Clairsville, and we have U.S. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, to name a few, who have set priorities for our country, and they all border on socialism, destruction of the American Constitution and more government control.

    Is our economy a priority? No, their priority was to push through a stimulus package that will help in their main priority to bankrupt America and force more individuals to require government support.

    Was saving the car industry a priority? No. The takeover of the car industry was not to streamline or make it a profitable industry. Their priority was to steal it away from the stockholders and owners who worked hard to create wealth and put it into an industry that supported and employed countless Americans for years, until the unions got so big and powerful they priced us right out of the business.

    So why did our president take over the industry and give it to the union? Did it have anything to do with votes or a payback for campaign contributions?

    Is health care for the American people a priority? No, their real priority is the takeover of a larger portion of the economy and to establish a larger non-paying receiving base of voters that will keep them in office forever. If the real priority was health care for Americans, they would have started with tort reform and removed all illegal immigrants from the system until they have accomplished American citizenship and are legally employed, contributing American citizens.

    I can't believe Wilson is stupid enough or believes we are stupid enough to not know abortion is still part of this bill - anything that is not specifically exempted is still there.

    Recently Robert Gibbs, Obama's press secretary, was asked, "What are the president's priorities after health care"?

    It wasn't jobs, or saving the American economy or immigration reform.

    No, his priorities are "watering down a recent Supreme Court ruling on campaign finances", because they may include funding from Big Business, and they are the ones that boost the economy and do create jobs.

    His next priority was financial regulation so he can continue to suppress the banking industry, but ignore Fanny and Freddie - the roots of the problem.

    His last priority is energy legislation and it doesn't include offshore drilling, coal gasification, nuclear development, cleaner coal fired power plants or making our country independent of foreign oil. It doesn't really have anything to do with the environment either. His real priority is cap and trade, a false economy using carbon credits and more government control.

    Chuck White
    “Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conservative Wife & Mom View Post
    Any news network that lets Glenn Beck "tell it like it is" can't be all bad! Judge Napolitano was Glenn's guest host on today's (Thursday's) Fox News program. The Judge ended the hour on a spiritual note reflecting on Thursday being the traditional observance of The Last Supper. It was very moving and something that a viewer would NEVER hear on MSNBC, CNN, ABC, NBC or CBS news programs. Fox News may not be perfect -- WHAT IS? -- but, IMO, it's still better than any of the others.
    I agree with you, CW&M, to a degree. But, if Glenn Beck had a viewership of one, he'd be replaced by someone who could up the ratings and number of viewers. I'm not disgruntled, it's capitalism at its best.

    However, I donlt know if we should fool ourselves by believing that these Fox conservatives would remain on the air to fight for the country if no one bought the story they were telling.

    I'm feeling kinda down and morose lately, tired, I guess, so please take that into account. I do love my Christian patriot brothers and sisters.
    Prov. 27:3 - "Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both"

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    FNC has the ratings that it has for a reason. Thank God for it! However, when Fox gets it wrong, they should be called on it like any other media entity.

    Hats off to Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes for having big ol' brass ones! What they have accomplished has been hugely commercially successful but they took a great risk attacking the MSM head-on.

    Admittedly, I do not understand and was disappointed to learn of Murdoch's Arab connection. Maybe, the cash infusion was necessary for him to further his goals and he reasoned that as long as he had controlling interest he was satisfied. In any case, he is a tough, canny old bird and has built an empire that gets out another side of the news.
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