Friday, September 14, 2012

RIA Novosti: Russia Readies to Launch European Satellite

RIA NovostiSoyuz-2.1aRussia Readies to Launch European Satellite
17:19 14/09/2012 A Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying a European weather satellite was delivered on Friday morning to a launch pad at the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan in preparation for launch on September 17, Russia’s space agency Roscosmos said.>>

Sen. Ron Johnson: Report from Washington

September 14, 2012

Senator Johnson Comments on 9/11 Anniversary

Eleven years ago, the United States was attacked by Islamic terrorists opposed to freedom and intent upon destroying our way of life. Since that day, the men and women of our Armed Services, intelligence communities, police, firefighters, and other public safety officials have worked diligently to ensure that the attacks of 9/11 are not repeated.

Let us remember the victims of that cowardly assault, and pray that their surviving friends and family have been able to find some measure of comfort and peace. We should also give thanks to all those who have sacrificed to defend our freedom and protect America.

Senator Johnson Comments on Kaiser Survey Shows More Broken Obamacare Promises

In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama promised that as President, he would reduce health insurance premiums by $2,500 per family by 2012, and that anyone who liked his or her current plan would be able to keep it. But instead of falling by $2,500 per family, premiums have now risen by over $3,000 – a broken promise that is costing the average American family $5,500 annually. And instead of guaranteeing that Americans could keep their plans, it is becoming more apparent every day that millions of Americans will lose their employer-sponsored care and be forced into government-run exchanges.

Obamacare has not been fully implemented, but it is already reducing consumer choice and lowering the quality of care. It will deter innovation and bust our budget. Obamacare is nothing but a series of broken promises. It must be repealed.

The Kaiser Family Foundation conducts an annual survey regarding employer-sponsored health insurance. The survey has documented the consistent annual increase in the cost of health insurance throughout the Obama presidency.

Senator Johnson, Senator Kohl, Congressmen Petri, Ribble and Kind to Offer United States Service Academy Day ‘12

Senator Herb Kohl and Congressmen Tom Petri, Reid Ribble, Ron Kind and I will hold Academy Day 2012 on Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Center in Oshkosh.

This informative seminar is for all high school students in the State of Wisconsin to discuss the requirements and procedures for seeking a nomination to the U.S. Service Academies. All necessary qualifications and the procedures for applying to the academies will be explained. You do not need to register for this event.

Representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy will all be present to answer questions and distribute information about their academies. We requested that academies bring a Wisconsin cadet/midshipman currently attending the academy to share their first-hand experiences. Senators Kohl and Johnson, and Congressmen Petri, Ribble and Kind encourage all interested students and parents to attend. All questions regarding this event should be directed to the Members' offices.

The EAA Center is located at 3000 Poberezny Road in Oshkosh.

Senator Johnson Comments on Hispanic Heritage Month

America is the greatest county in the history of the world because it has been built by generations of hard-working immigrants who risked all they had to pursue their dreams of a better life. Alone among the world’s leading nations, America has thrived by embracing the belief that different peoples could come together to form one strong, united nation.

Regardless of where we came from, we all share a commitment to the idea spelled out by our Founding Fathers: that we are all created equal, and share the same right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Wisconsin’s Hispanic community has helped build the state that we love – and they are continuing to build it today. I am pleased to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month. It is appropriate for the people of Wisconsin to educate themselves about the contributions of the state’s Hispanic community.

Senator Johnson meets with constituents visiting from Wisconsin



Senator Johnson Announces Mobile Office Hours

This week I announced that my staff would be available for mobile office hours at the dates and locations listed below. These office hours allow constituents to meet with the my staff to request assistance with a federal agency or regarding other federal matters.

Monday, September 17th, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Markesan Public Library


75 North Bridge Street, Markesan, WI 53946


Monday, September 17th, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Middleton Public Library, Marion Fuller Archer Room
7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562


Monday, September 17th, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Mead Public Library, 2nd Floor Public Conference Room
710 North 8th, Sheboygan, WI 53081


Monday, September 17th, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Darien Village Hall, Village Hall Room
20 North Wisconsin Street, Darien, WI 53114


Tuesday, September 18th, 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Pittsville Community Public Library
5291 3rd Avenue, Pittsville, WI 54466


Tuesday, September 18th, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Suring Municipal Center
604 East Main Street, Suring, WI 54174


Wednesday, September 19th, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Kiel City Hall, Council Chambers


621 6th Street, Kiel, WI 53042


Wednesday, September 19th, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Franklin Public Library, Sievert Conference Room
9151 West Loomis Road, Franklin, WI 53132

STRATFOR: Poland's Strategic Outlook (Agenda)

U.S. Navy: Underwater Construction Team Two Conduct Chain Assessment on USS Arizona

New Hampshire Jury Acquits Pot-Growing Rastafarian

New Hampshire Jury Acquits Pot-Growing Rastafarian

The Libertarian Patriot: TLP Quik Hits: While You Were Distracted Over The ...

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Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell: Odd-couple allies - Manu Raju - POLITICO.com

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Rome Reports: Benedict XVI lands in Lebanon, calls for peaceful Middle East without fundamentalism

RIA Novosti: Russian Navy Plans to Revamp Its Fleet of Auxiliary Ships

RIA NovostiDeputy Defense Minister Gen. Dmitry BulgakovRussian Navy Plans to Revamp Its Fleet of Auxiliary Ships
20:36 14/09/2012 The Russian Navy is planning to receive over 100 new auxiliary ships by 2020 to satisfy the need for logistics support of its expanding combat fleet, Deputy Defense Minister Gen. Dmitry Bulgakov said.>>

Bollinger Delivers FRC to United States Coast Guard Naval Today

Bollinger Delivers FRC to United States Coast Guard Naval Today

U.S. Navy: Washington National Cathedral Holds Memorial Service for Neil Armstrong

Royal Navy’s Astute Class Attack Submarine to Start Sea Trials Naval Today

Royal Navy’s Astute Class Attack Submarine to Start Sea Trials Naval Today

Russia plans to construct largest nuclear-powered icebreaker ever

Russia plans to construct largest nuclear-powered icebreaker ever

h/t: Marine News China Daily

Rome Reports: Pope arrives to Lebanon

Green Lantern: Even If True, Tebow Trade Story Reeks Of A Media Agenda « CBS New York

Green Lantern: Even If True, Tebow Trade Story Reeks Of A Media Agenda « CBS New York

Opinion: An act of war, not 'senseless violence' - Newt Gingrich - POLITICO.com

Opinion: An act of war, not 'senseless violence' - Newt Gingrich - POLITICO.com

China Sends Two Patrol Ships to Islands Nationalized by Japan Naval Today

China Sends Two Patrol Ships to Islands Nationalized by Japan Naval Today

Federal Judge Permanently Blocks the Indefinite Detainment Provision of the NDAA, Because It's Unconstitutional, Obama Administration Appeals [Updated]

Federal Judge Permanently Blocks the Indefinite Detainment Provision of the NDAA, Because It's Unconstitutional, Obama Administration Appeals [Updated]

Capital Account: Marc Faber on Hedging the Bernanke Put and QE3 with Gold, Land and Equities!

Vice President Joe Biden Calls Hispanics ‘Most Powerful Force in American Politics’

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A.M. Links: Cairo Clashes Continue, Nigerian ex-President Blames Local Insurgency on Qaddafi Ouster, U.S. General in Afghanistan Denies Shilling for President Obama

A.M. Links: Cairo Clashes Continue, Nigerian ex-President Blames Local Insurgency on Qaddafi Ouster, U.S. General in Afghanistan Denies Shilling for President Obama

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Pete Sessions power play at the NRCC - Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan - POLITICO.com

A Pete Sessions power play at the NRCC - Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan - POLITICO.com

U.S. Navy: NAVY WARFIGHTING

Reason.tv: Buckyballs vs The Consumer Products Safety Commission

Gates of Vienna: Death in Benghazi

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USS San Antonio Receives Meritorious Unit Commendation Naval Today

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Does the Anti-Mohammed Film Exist? Does the Producer Exist?

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US Navy Sends Warships to Libyan Waters Naval Today

US Navy Sends Warships to Libyan Waters Naval Today

Capital Account: The Sources of the Euro Crisis and the EU Superstate with Godfrey Bloom!

Probe: Sebelius broke the law by campaigning for Obama reelection - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

Probe: Sebelius broke the law by campaigning for Obama reelection - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

GOP to TSA: Eleven years after 9/11 attacks, it's time to change - The Hill's Transportation Report

GOP to TSA: Eleven years after 9/11 attacks, it's time to change - The Hill's Transportation Report

Business Insider: The Amount Of "Military Aid" The US Government Provides To Law Enforcement Is Astounding


STRATFOR: Attack on U.S. Consulate in Libya (Dispatch)

British Defense Ministry Sold HMS Ark Royal for Scrap Naval Today

British Defense Ministry Sold HMS Ark Royal for Scrap Naval Today

Americans Savagely Killed - UPDATED

Once again, as has happened too many time throughout history, vicious and cowardly thugs have killed American citizens and our government response is predictable.  First, apologies to the murderers and now some sort of wishy-washy non-stance.  Obama and his entire national security team have failed this country and especially the citizens who continue to die while our government continues to provide military and financial aid to the very countries that seem to hate us.

We really need to ask ourselves what is going on.  We have an administration supporting countries in the Middle East who do not tolerate free speech or God given liberties.  While at the same time our own standing in the world has been diminished.  I cannot stand Neocons and their constant push to be the policemen of the world, but when you have an enemy attack you over and over you have an obligation to respond and protect your citizens.  The Bush and Obama administrations have been too worried with offending, or seeming politically incorrect.  It is time we end those practices, remove the lawyers from the Pentagon, and allow our military to fight and win the wars we send them to. 

Our prayers go out to the Americans brutally killed. 

I agree with this point by Breitbart, there has to be an investigation into where were the Marines.  Had they been deployed in significant force and allowed to defend the Embassy and Consulate?  It does not do any good to deploy forces if they are not allowed to defend themselves and do their job.  It should not be forgotten in this tragedy that Hillary Clinton runs the State Department.  I have not heard anyone, so far, question if under her leadership security has lapsed in the Embassies.

UPDATE:

Hillary and Obama have released new information showing that some may have tried to save the Ambassador.  Apparently, under Obama's administration we don't protect our ambassadors.  America must show that we will protect our ambassadors and sovereign American soil, which every American embassy and consulate is. 

Way Up North: Something Else To Remember

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Gates of Vienna: Al-Raya Flies Over the U.S. Embassy in Cairo

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STRATFOR: Xi Jinping and China's Politics (Dispatch)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pat McCrory: We will never forget

On the anniversary of the attacks against our homeland, we mourn the senseless loss of so many innocent lives. And we honor the courage and heroism practiced by ordinary people, first responders, and our brave men and women in uniform.
In facing the challenges that day presented as Mayor, I can recall with great pride the way people came together and we were all reminded that we live in the greatest country on earth.
We will never forget.

- Pat McCrory

U.S. Navy: USS George Washington Holds Patriot Day Ceremony

Why Obama's Convention Will Doom his Re-election! Dick Morris TV: Lunch ALERT!

Stratfor Geopolitical Weekly: War and Bluff: Iran, Israel and the United States

"War and Bluff: Iran, Israel and the United States is republished with permission of Stratfor."


By George Friedman

For the past several months, the Israelis have been threatening to attack Iranian nuclear sites as the United States has pursued a complex policy of avoiding complete opposition to such strikes while making clear it doesn't feel such strikes are necessary. At the same time, the United States has carried out maneuvers meant to demonstrate its ability to prevent the Iranian counter to an attack -- namely blocking the Strait of Hormuz. While these maneuvers were under way, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said no "redline" exists that once crossed by Iran would compel an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. The Israeli government has long contended that Tehran eventually will reach the point where it will be too costly for outsiders to stop the Iranian nuclear program.

The Israeli and American positions are intimately connected, but the precise nature of the connection is less clear. Israel publicly casts itself as eager to strike Iran but restrained by the United States, though unable to guarantee it will respect American wishes if Israel sees an existential threat emanating from Iran. The United States publicly decries Iran as a threat to Israel and to other countries in the region, particularly Saudi Arabia, but expresses reservations about military action out of fears that Iran would respond to a strike by destabilizing the region and because it does not believe the Iranian nuclear program is as advanced as the Israelis say it is.

The Israelis and the Americans publicly hold the same view of Iran. But their public views on how to proceed diverge. The Israelis have less tolerance for risk than the Americans, who have less tolerance for the global consequences of an attack. Their disagreement on the issue pivots around the status of the Iranian nuclear program. All of this lies on the surface; let us now examine the deeper structure of the issue.

Behind the Rhetoric

From the Iranian point of view, a nuclear program has been extremely valuable. Having one has brought Iran prestige in the Islamic world and has given it a level of useful global political credibility. As with North Korea, having a nuclear program has allowed Iran to sit as an equal with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, creating a psychological atmosphere in which Iran's willingness merely to talk to the Americans, British, French, Russians, Chinese and Germans represented a concession. Though it has positioned the Iranians extremely well politically, the nuclear program also has triggered sanctions that have caused Iran substantial pain. But Iran has prepared for sanctions for years, building a range of corporate, banking and security mechanisms to evade their most devastating impact. Having countries like Russia and China unwilling to see Iran crushed has helped. Iran can survive sanctions.

While a nuclear program has given Iran political leverage, actually acquiring nuclear weapons would increase the risk of military action against Iran. A failed military action would benefit Iran, proving its power. By contrast, a successful attack that dramatically delayed or destroyed Iran's nuclear capability would be a serious reversal. The Stuxnet episode, assuming it was an Israeli or U.S. attempt to undermine Iran's program using cyberwarfare, is instructive in this regard. Although the United States hailed Stuxnet as a major success, it hardly stopped the Iranian program, if the Israelis are to be believed. In that sense, it was a failure.

Using nuclear weapons against Israel would be catastrophic to Iran. The principle of mutual assured destruction, which stabilized the U.S.-Soviet balance in the Cold War, would govern Iran's use of nuclear weapons. If Iran struck Israel, the damage would be massive, forcing the Iranians to assume that the Israelis and their allies (specifically, the United States) would launch a massive counterattack on Iran, annihilating large parts of Iran's population.

It is here that we get to the heart of the issue. While from a rational perspective the Iranians would be fools to launch such an attack, the Israeli position is that the Iranians are not rational actors and that their religious fanaticism makes any attempt to predict their actions pointless. Thus, the Iranians might well accept the annihilation of their country in order to destroy Israel in a sort of megasuicide bombing. The Israelis point to the Iranians' rhetoric as evidence of their fanaticism. Yet, as we know, political rhetoric is not always politically predictive. In addition, rhetoric aside, Iran has pursued a cautious foreign policy, pursuing its ends with covert rather than overt means. It has rarely taken reckless action, engaging instead in reckless rhetoric.

If the Israelis believe the Iranians are not deterred by the prospect of mutually assured destruction, then allowing them to develop nuclear weapons would be irrational. If they do see the Iranians as rational actors, then shaping the psychological environment in which Iran acquires nuclear weapons is a critical element of mutually assured destruction. Herein lies the root of the great Israeli debate that pits the Netanyahu government, which appears to regard Iran as irrational, against significant segments of the Israeli military and intelligence communities, which regard Iran as rational.

Avoiding Attaining a Weapon

Assuming the Iranians are rational actors, their optimal strategy lies not in acquiring nuclear weapons and certainly not in using them, but instead in having a credible weapons development program that permits them to be seen as significant international actors. Developing weapons without ever producing them gives Iran international political significance, albeit at the cost of sanctions of debatable impact. At the same time, it does not force anyone to act against them, thereby permitting outsiders to avoid incurring the uncertainties and risks of such action.

Up to this point, the Iranians have not even fielded a device for testing, let alone a deliverable weapon. For all their activity, either their technical limitations or a political decision has kept them from actually crossing the obvious redlines and left Israel trying to define some developmental redline.
Iran's approach has created a slowly unfolding crisis, reinforced by Israel's slowly rolling response. For its part, all of Israel's rhetoric -- and periodic threats of imminent attack -- has been going on for several years, but the Israelis have done little beyond some covert and cyberattacks to block the Iranian nuclear program. Just as the gap between Iranian rhetoric and action has been telling, so, too, has the gap between Israeli rhetoric and reality. Both want to appear more fearsome than either is actually willing to act.

The Iranian strategy has been to maintain ambiguity on the status of its program, while making it appear that the program is capable of sudden success -- without ever achieving that success. The Israeli strategy has been to appear constantly on the verge of attack without ever attacking and to use the United States as its reason for withholding attacks, along with the studied ambiguity of the Iranian program. The United States, for its part, has been content playing the role of holding Israel back from an attack that Israel doesn't seem to want to launch. The United States sees the crumbling of Iran's position in Syria as a major Iranian reversal and is content to see this play out alongside sanctions.

Underlying Israel's hesitancy about whether it will attack has been the question of whether it can pull off an attack. This is not a political question, but a military and technical one. Iran, after all, has been preparing for an attack on its nuclear facilities since their inception. Some scoff at Iranian preparations for attack. These are the same people who are most alarmed by supposed Iranian acumen in developing nuclear weapons. If a country can develop nuclear weapons, there is no reason it can't develop hardened and dispersed sites and create enough ambiguity to deprive Israeli and U.S. intelligence of confidence in their ability to determine what is where. I am reminded of the raid on Son Tay during the Vietnam War. The United States mounted an effort to rescue U.S. prisoners of war in North Vietnam only to discover that its intelligence on where the POWs were located was completely wrong. Any politician deciding whether to attack Iran would have Son Tay and a hundred other intelligence failures chasing around their brains, especially since a failed attack on Iran would be far worse than no attack.

Dispersed sites reduce Israel's ability to strike hard at a target and to acquire a battle damage assessment that would tell Israel three things: first, whether the target had been destroyed when it was buried under rock and concrete; second, whether the target contained what Israel thought it contained; and third, whether the strike had missed a backup site that replicated the one it destroyed. Assuming the Israelis figured out that another attack was needed, could their air force mount a second air campaign lasting days or weeks? They have a small air force and the distances involved are great.
Meanwhile, deploying special operations forces to so many targets so close to Tehran and so far from Iran's borders would be risky, to say the least. Some sort of exotic attack, for example one using nuclear weapons to generate electromagnetic pulses to paralyze the region, is conceivable -- but given the size of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem-Haifa triangle, it is hard to imagine Israel wanting to set such a precedent. If the Israelis have managed to develop a new weapons technology unknown to anyone, all conventional analyses are off. But if the Israelis had an ultrasecret miracle weapon, postponing its use might compromise its secrecy. I suspect that if they had such a weapon, they would have used it by now.

The battlefield challenges posed by the Iranians are daunting, and a strike becomes even less appealing considering that the Iranians have not yet detonated a device and are far from a weapon. The Americans emphasize these points, but they are happy to use the Israeli threats to build pressure on the Iranians. The United States wants to undermine Iranian credibility in the region by making Iran seem vulnerable. The twin forces of Israeli rhetoric and sanctions help make Iran look embattled. The reversal in Syria enhances this sense. Naval maneuvers in the Strait of Hormuz add to the sense that the United States is prepared to neutralize Iranian counters to an Israeli airstrike, making the threat Israel poses and the weakness of Iran appear larger.

When we step back and view the picture as a whole, we see Iran using its nuclear program for political reasons but being meticulous not to make itself appear unambiguously close to success. We see the Israelis talking as if they were threatened but acting as if they were in no rush to address the supposed threat. And we see the Americans acting as if they are restraining Israel, paradoxically appearing to be Iran's protector even though they are using the Israeli threat to increase Iranian insecurity. For their part, the Russians initially supported Iran in a bid to bog down the United States in another Middle East crisis. But given Iran's reversal in Syria, the Russians are clearly reconsidering their Middle East strategy and even whether they actually have a strategy in the first place. Meanwhile, the Chinese want to continue buying Iranian oil unnoticed.

It is the U.S.-Israeli byplay that is most fascinating. On the surface, Israel is driving U.S. policy. On closer examination, the reverse is true. Israel has bluffed an attack for years and never acted. Perhaps now it will act, but the risks of failure are substantial. If Israel really wants to act, this is not obvious. Speeches by politicians do not constitute clear guidelines. If the Israelis want to get the United States to participate in the attack, rhetoric won't work. Washington wants to proceed by increasing pressure to isolate Iran. Simply getting rid of a nuclear program not clearly intended to produce a device is not U.S. policy. Containing Iran without being drawn into a war is. To this end, Israeli rhetoric is useful.

Rather than seeing Netanyahu as trying the force the United States into an attack, it is more useful to see Netanyahu's rhetoric as valuable to U.S. strategy. Israel and the United States remain
geopolitically aligned. Israel's bellicosity is not meant to signal an imminent attack, but to support the U.S. agenda of isolating and maintaining pressure on Iran. That would indicate more speeches from Netanyahu and greater fear of war. But speeches and emotions aside, intensifying psychological pressure on Iran is more likely than war.

Read more: War and Bluff: Iran, Israel and the United States | Stratfor

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Governor LePage Releases Statement in Remembrance of September 11, 2001

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Contact: Evan Beal (207) 287-5086


Governor LePage Releases Statement in Remembrance of September 11, 2001

AUGUSTA – Today, Governor Paul LePage released the following statement in remembrance of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Flight 93:
“Today marks the eleventh anniversary of that tragic day on which America was forever changed. The terrorists who hijacked our skies, attempted to attack the White House, and flew planes into both the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were on a mission to weaken our resolve and instill fear in our hearts. America’s courage was tested that day, but we answered the call. From the first responders who worked tirelessly to rescue the victims of those terrorists, to the countless people who flooded their local blood banks to give all they could, to our men and women in uniform who continue to protect our borders and our freedoms from other would-be attackers, America stands as a testament to the resiliency and the bravery of its people.
I encourage all Mainers to take a moment out of their day today to reflect and mourn those we lost to this act of hatred and violence. I also hope that the people of Maine will take pride in knowing that in the face of tragedy, Americans rose united to face the challenges against our nation. That is what makes America so truly great.”
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RSC Update: When an Entire City Stops Looking for Work

 
 
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RSC Update: When an Entire City Stops Looking for Work


From the Chairman

Imagine if – in the span of one month – every resident of a major American city gave up looking for a job. That’s essentially what happened in August when 368,000 people dropped out of the work force. By comparison, the city of New Orleans, Louisiana has a population around 360,000. Unfortunately, this decline just continues the downward trend of the so-called “recovery” we’ve muddled through during the last few years.

The creation of ObamaCare, stacks of costly new regulations from the EPA and other agencies, and the threat of a $500 billion tax increase next January have put job creators on defense. While the hope many felt in 2008 has turned to disappointment, all hope is not lost. We can relight the spark of opportunity by undoing the damage produced by the liberal agenda that has shaped the last four years.

Americans are resilient, and we will recover.

God Bless,

Congressman Jim Jordan
Chairman, Republican Study Committee

 
RSC Member Activity RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.

· The House reconvenes on Monday, September 10, after being out of session for the August District Work Period.

Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.

· Tuesday is the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

· On Wednesday, the House will vote on H.R. 5949, FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization, which extends amendments to FISA enacted in 2008.

· On Thursday, the House is expected to vote on legislation to keep federal agencies funded until the end of March 2013. The House will also vote on the National Security & Jobs Protection Act that day, which would replace the sequester with common sense spending reductions and reforms that protect our troops and help avoid a new recession.

· Thursday also marks the anniversary of the day Francis Scott Key wrote the poem “The Defense of Fort McHenry” in 1814. Today we know this poem as “The Star Spangled Banner,” which became our national anthem in 1931.

· On Friday, the House will vote on H.R. 6213, the No More Solyndras Act, which would eliminate the Department of Energy loan guarantee program used by the Obama administration to subsidize numerous failed energy companies.

· On Sunday, the celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, begins at sundown.


RSC Reports

· The RSC recently published a Policy Brief which summarizes the ObamaCare decision and provides insight and analysis into its remaining questions.

 
· RSC Updates are now online! Looking for one of our recently released charts and graphs? Click here.


· Stay up to date on budget and spending news with reports from the RSC Budget and Spending Task Force.

 
· Check out the RSC Sunset Caucus’ work to shrink the size of government and the Repeal Task Force’s work to eliminate bad laws and regulations.

 
· House rules now require sponsors of legislation to provide a Constitutional Authority Statement that explains how Congress has the constitutionally-derived authority to enact their proposals. Click here to see liberals’ highly questionable attempts.

 
· Read the RSC Money Monitor to track how bills passed by the House affect budget authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

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Pat McCrory Web Video: Trust

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USS NEW YORK AND THE LEGACY OF 9/11

Paul Ryan to Return to Capitol on Thursday

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BILL MALONEY - ICYMI: Corruption Again Present in W.Va.?

MALONEY FOR WEST VIRGINIA
For immediate release: September 10, 2012
Contact: Kent Sholars
kent@maloneyforwv.com
(304) 709-6560



ICYMI: Corruption Again Present in W.Va.?
MORGANTOWN-- In case you missed it, the Wheeling Intelligencer ran an editorial yesterday asking questions about possible incidents of corruption and misconduct within West Virginia state government. The paper states clearly that taxpayers are owed an explanation for these situations.

"Between the Davis case and the DHHR suspensions, too many questions about how state money is being spent - and whether coverups of wrongdoing are in progress - have been raised. It's time for the public to get some answers," stated the article.

The editorial goes on to demand that if "the executive branch of government, headed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, won't provide them, legislators should launch investigations."

To read the full article, please see below.


Corruption is far from a stranger to state government in West Virginia. Worrisome hints it may be visiting Charleston again should not be dismissed merely because state officials won't talk about the concern.
Last week it was revealed the former acting director of the Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity, Kelly Davis, will be paid $190,000 to settle a lawsuit against the state. Davis had alleged she was wrongfully terminated from her job in 2010 after questioning how some state money was being spent. State officials insisted she resigned and was incorrect in her criticism - yet the state's insurance company decided to settle for a whopping amount of money.
During the same week it was revealed the Department of Health and Human Resources' two top lawyers plan to sue that department.
DHHR General Counsel Jennifer Taylor, Deputy Secretary for Legal Affairs Susan Perry and Assistant Secretary John Law have been on paid suspension from the DHHR since mid-July.
All three had questioned a decision to award a marketing contract to the highest of three bidders for the work. They were promptly suspended, and now Perry and Taylor say the DHHR has violated a law protecting "whistleblowers" - government employees who raise concerns about improprieties by public officials.
DHHR Secretary Rocco Fucillo has refused steadfastly to discuss why the three employees were suspended. He uses the old, familiar excuse that "personnel matters" are involved.
So what?
If Law, Taylor and Perry weren't doing their jobs properly, the public deserves to know about it.
On the other hand, if they indeed are being disciplined for blowing the whistle on wrongdoing, taxpayers deserve to know that, too.
Between the Davis case and the DHHR suspensions, too many questions about how state money is being spent - and whether coverups of wrongdoing are in progress - have been raised. It's time for the public to get some answers. If the executive branch of government, headed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, won't provide them, legislators should launch investigations. And if that doesn't happen, perhaps prosecuting attorneys and grand juries should become involved.
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