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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Berger: State Officials Taking Home $30,000 Bonuses While N.C. Families, Businesses Struggle

Raleigh - According to new reports, new information uncovered following the resignation of the three members of the Alcohol Beverage Control Board in New Hanover County shows that the ABC Administrator in the county, Billy Williams, took home a $30,000 bonus last month and has done so for the past three years.

"That said, Williams, who manages New Hanover County's liquor stores, is actually pulling in $279,615 this year, which includes his total salary of $232,200, plus a $30,000 bonus, plus $17,415 in longevity pay that's automatically added to his salary and is not controlled by ABC board members. ... And he's not the only one benefitting from bonuses. ... His son, Bradley Williams, the assistant administrator, has received $20,000 bonuses in that same time period and he's also raked in his share of longevity pay." ("ABC administrators take home even more money, new details show," Wilmington StarNews, 1/5/10)

Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) made the following statement:

"The 11% of North Carolinians that are unemployed would be happy to take home $30,000 a year. Instead, families that are struggling to make ends meet through the holidays and North Carolina's small businesses that are struggling to keep employees on the payroll watch as state officials take home $30,000 year-end bonuses. Governor Perdue must show state government is in touch with the difficult economic realities facing North Carolinians. She needs to launch an investigation into the extravagance and wastefulness discovered in the ABC system and initiate the reforms that are clearly needed." More>>

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Go to Russia for the Real News???

Pravada

I never imagined I'd think or say this but, if you want to get the truth about what's going on in the USA and in the West in general, you will have to go to Pravda! A friend told me earlier today to Google Pravda and read the 1st article about the 'crotch bomber'. The writer believes the entire event was a scam for the sole purpose of gaining more and more control over the people.

It was interesting so I looked at several other articles and thought to myself, there is no reporting like this in our major news sources. You can find stuff like this if you dig but you won't find it in the New York Times or network news desks.

I posted several articles at www.kommoncents.blogspot.com if you are interested. This is not to say that I fully trust Pravda but I trust them more than the New York Times. Like Reagan said, trust but verify!

Monday, January 4, 2010

A century ago Sir Winston Churchill warned of the threat the world faces with the spread of Islamic culture. Their culture is compatible with no other!


Winston Churchill (The River War, 1899):
“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property - either as a child, a wife, or a concubine - must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die. But the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytising faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science - the science against which it had vainly struggled - the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome."

I've transferred my blog post to www.kommoncents.blogspot.com

I hope to see you there!

Another Obama nominee of ‘low degree’

TSA nominee misled Congress about accessing confidential records...
The White House nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration gave Congress misleading information about incidents in which he inappropriately accessed a federal database, possibly in violation of privacy laws, documents obtained by The Washington Post show.

White House defends...
No surprise here what with all the tax cheats, marxist thugs, forced sterilization advocates…nominee would join the ‘den of thieves’!

Senator standing firm...                                                                                    A Republican senator who is blocking confirmation of President Barack Obama's choice to head the Transportation Security Administration is accusing Democrats of trying to install Erroll Southers without debate.

Interviewed on NBC's "Today" show, Sen. Jim DeMint brushed off accusations by Democrats that he's unnecessarily delaying Southers' confirmation at a time of increasing terrorist threats and a leadership vacuum at the agency.

The South Carolina senator said Monday he's concerned that Southers would allow TSA employees to have collective bargaining, something he opposes. He said Southers "will not give me a straight answer." DeMint also said, "What I want is a few hours of debate on Mr. Southers to fix the nation back on security and get politics, especially union politics, out of our security apparatus."




How bad would it be were it not for Global Warming…Duh!

The polar bears must now be in danger of freezing to death, we need to increase our carbon output drastically to save the poor polar bears!

Temps Plunge to Record as Cold Snap Freezes North, East States...
CHILL MAP...
Vermont sets 'all-time record for one snowstorm'...
Iowa temps 'a solid 30 degrees below normal'...
Peru's mountain people 'face extinction because of cold conditions'...
Beijing -- coldest in 40 years...
World copes with Arctic weather...


COLD, COLD, COLDER




Dooming Europe, and subsequently America

 

By Pamela Geller

"The Europe as you know it from visiting, from your parents, or friends is on the verge of collapsing." Geert Wilders said this in a speech he made in the U.S. last year. He went on: "We are now witnessing profound changes that will forever alter Europe's destiny and might send the continent in what Ronald Reagan called 'a thousand years of darkness.'" This applies not just to Europe, but to America as well.

Been to Europe lately? Thought it was bad? You ain't seen nothing yet. The passage of the Lisbon Treaty, hailed by Barack Obama, nailed the coffin shut on national sovereignty in Europe. The people of Europe fought it, but they were overwhelmed by their political elites and the lack of American leadership in this age of our Marxist U.S. president.

Come January 1, 2010, a disastrous and suicidal pact called the Euro-Med Partnership (referring to Europe and the Mediterranean region) goes into effect with little fanfare or examination. It boggles the mind that such a consequential and seismic cultural shift could be mandated and put into play without so much as a murmur from the mainstream media.

Why should Americans care about this? The reason is that this global gobbledygook is coming to America, thanks to our globalist president.

The European human rights group called Stop the Islamisation of Europe (SIOE) has been working tirelessly to expose the mass Muslim immigration plan of the Euro-Med Partnership. A statement on the SIOE website criticizes the secrecy of the process: "It was shocking to hear about the plans and at the same time knowing that Danish politicians and a [cowardly] Danish press -- who is otherwise proud to be critical -- has told nothing to the Danish people about this project which begins already in January next year. This also showed clearly at the conference. Only very few politicians showed up and no media. Those politicians who showed up had obviously never heard about the Euro-Mediterranean project. More>>




Sunday, January 3, 2010

Tell Beck to Cover the Obama Eligibility Issue

Operation FLOOD IT- Jan 4th, 2010 ....
I want Beck's phone system to crash, everyone press redial over and over.
We need at least 5,000 people to do this......
Call (888) 727-2325 at 9am EST
The left are scared to death of the Obama eligibility issue and anyone that dares to bring it up is immediately attacked and and forced to resign. Just ask Lou Dobbs...
Why is Fox afraid of this issue? This could throw Obama into jail, we are not talking about czars here. That is small potatoes compared to multiple felonies and a conspiracy to deceive 300 million Americans. The ENTIRE house of cards in the Democrat party would topple, because they were all most likely involved in this conspiracy as well.
Fox has the guts to throw jabs at Obama for 4 years, but they do not have the guts to deliver the knockout punch, Obama's ineligibility. WE have to change that... 
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What do we want?
A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR to be be appointed to investigate Obama's ineligibility and we want Murdoch to lift the ban imposed on this issue.

Anyone that gets through will say this: We love Glenn, BUT

  • Glenn talks about the constitution, but he is ignoring the grossest violation...Obama's ineligibility.
  • Glenn is united with the MSM and he is part of this 16 month media black out that Orly Taitz has compared to the media in the USSR.
  • PENDING LAWSUITS against the president of the United States are not being reported, but I am sure that this would be a different story if Obama was a conservative; regardless of his race.  More>> 

The Fundamental Transformation of America and people said it didn't matter

By Dawn Gaye 

When Obama wrote a book and said he was mentored as a youth by Frank, (Frank Marshall Davis) an avowed Communist,
People said it didn't matter.

When it was discovered that his grandparents, were strong socialists, sent Obama's mother to a socialist school, introduced Frank Marshall Davis to young Obama,
People said it didn't matter.

When people found out that he was enrolled as a Muslim child in school and his father and step father were both Muslims,
People said it didn't matter.

When he wrote in another book he authored “I will stand with them (Muslims) should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
People said it didn't matter.

When he admittedly, in his book, he chose Marxist friends and professors in college, People said it didn't matter.

When he traveled to Pakistan , after college on an unknown national passport,
People said it didn't matter.

When he sought the endorsement of the Marxist party in 1996 as he ran for the Illinois Senate,
People said it doesn't matter.

When he sat in a Chicago Church for twenty years and listened to a preacher spew hatred for America and preach black liberation theology,
People said it didn't matter.

When an independent Washington organization, that tracks senate voting records, gave him the distinctive title as the "most liberal senator",
People said it didn't matter.

When the Palestinians in Gaza, set up a fund raising telethon to raise money for his election campaign,
People said it didn't matter.

When his voting record supported gun control,
People said it didn't matter.

When he refused to disclose who donated money to his election campaign, as other candidates had done,
People said it didn't matter.

When he received endorsements from people like Louis Farrakhan and Mummar Kadaffi and Hugo Chavez,
People said it didn't matter.

When it was pointed out that he was a total, newcomer and had absolutely no experience at anything except community organizing,
People said it didn't matter.

When he chose friends and acquaintances such as Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn who were revolutionary radicals,
People said it didn't matter.

When his voting record in the Illinois senate and in the U.S. Senate came into question,
People said it didn't matter.

When he refused to wear a flag, lapel pin and did so only after a public outcry,
People said it didn't matter.

When people started treating him as a Messiah and children in schools were taught to sing his praises,
People said it didn't matter.

When he stood with his hands over his groin area for the playing of the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance,
People said it didn't matter.

When he surrounded himself in the White house with advisors who were pro gun control, pro abortion, pro homosexual marriage and wanting to curtail freedom of speech to silence the opposition
People said it didn't matter.

When he aired his views on abortion, homosexuality and a host of other issues,
People said it didn't matter.

When he said he favors sex education in Kindergarten, including homosexual indoctrination,
People said it didn't matter.

When his background was either scrubbed or hidden and nothing could be found about him,
People said it didn't matter.

When the place of his birth was called into question, and he refused to produce a birth certificate,
People said it didn't matter.

When he had an association in Chicago with Tony Rezco, a man of questionable character,
Who is now in prison and had helped Obama to a sweet deal on the purchase of his home,
People said it didn't matter.

When it became known that George Soros, a multi-billionaire Marxist, spent a ton of money to get him elected,
People said it didn't matter.

When he started appointing czars that were radicals, revolutionaries, and even avowed Marxist/Communist,
People said it didn't matter.

When he stood before the nation and told us that his intentions were to "fundamentally transform this nation" into something else,
People said it didn't matter.

When it became known that he had trained ACORN workers in Chicago and served as an attorney for ACORN,
People said it didn't matter.

When he appointed cabinet members and several advisors who were tax cheats and socialist,
people said it didn't matter.

When he appointed a science czar, John Holdren, who believes in forced abortions, mass sterilizations and seizing babies from teen mothers,
people said it didn't matter.

When he appointed Cass Sunstein as regulatory czar and he believes in "Explicit Consent", harvesting human organs with out family consent, and to allow animals to be represented in court, while banning all hunting,
people said it didn't matter.

When he appointed Kevin Jennings, a homosexual, and organizer of a group called gay, lesbian, straight, Education network, as safe school czar and it became known that he had a history of bad advice to teenagers,
people said it didn't matter.

When he appointed Mark Lloyd as diversity czar and he believed in curtailing free speech, taking from one and giving to another to spread the wealth and admires Hugo Chavez,
people said it didn't matter.

When Valerie Jarrett was selected as Obama's senior White House advisor and she is an avowed Socialist,
people said it didn't matter.

When Anita Dunn, White House Communications director said Mao Tse Tung was her favorite philosopher and the person she turned to most for inspiration,
people said it didn't matter.

When he appointed Carol Browner as global warming czar, and she is a well known socialist working on Cap and trade as the nations largest tax,
people said it doesn't matter.

When he appointed Van Jones, an ex-con and avowed Communist as green energy czar, who since had to resign when this was made known,
people said it didn't matter.

When Tom Daschle, Obama's pick for health and human services secretary could not be confirmed, because he was a tax cheat,
people said it didn't matter.

When as president of the United States ,he bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia ,
people said it didn't matter.

When he traveled around the world criticizing America and never once talking of her greatness,
people said it didn't matter.

When his actions concerning the middle-east seemed to support the Palestinians over Israel , our long time friend,
People said it doesn't matter.

When he took American tax dollars to resettle thousands of Palestinians from Gaza to the United States ,
people said it doesn't matter.

When he upset the Europeans by removing plans for a missile defense system against the Russians,
People said it doesn't matter.

When he played politics in Afghanistan by not sending troops the Field Commanders said we had to have to win,
people said it didn't matter.

When he started spending us into a debt that was so big we could not pay it off,
people said it didn't matter.

When he took a huge spending bill under the guise of stimulus and used it to pay off organizations, unions and individuals that got him elected,
people said it didn't matter.

When he took over insurance companies, car companies, banks, etc.
people said it didn't matter.

When he took away student loans from the banks and put it through the government,
people said it didn't matter.

When he designed plans to take over the health care system and put it under government control,
people said it didn't matter.

When he set into motion a plan to take over the control of all energy in the United States
through Cap and Trade,
people said it didn't matter.

When he finally completed his transformation of America into a Socialist State ,
people finally woke up........ but it was too late.

Any one of these things, in and of themselves does not really matter. But.... when you add them up one by one you get a phenomenal score that points to the fact that our Obama is determined to make America over into a Marxist/Socialist society. All of the items in the preceding paragraphs have been put into place. All can be documented very easily. Before you disavow this, do an internet search. The last paragraph alone is not yet cast in stone. You and I will write that paragraph. Will it read as above or will it be a more happy ending for most of America? Personally, I like happy endings.

If you are an Obama Supporter, please do not be angry with me because I think your president is a socialist. There are too many facts supporting this. If you seek the truth you will be richer for it. Don't just belittle the opposition. Search for the truth. I did.

Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Constitutionalist, Libertarians and what have you, we all need to pull together. We all must pull together or watch the demise of a society that we all love and cherish. If you are a religious person, pray for our nation.

Never before in the history of America have we been confronted with problems so huge that the very existence of our country is in jeopardy. Don't rely on most television news and what you read in the newspapers for the truth. Search the internet. Yes, there is a lot of bad information, lies and distortions there too but you are smart enough to spot the fallacies. Newspapers are a dying breed. They are currently seeking a bailout from the government. Do you really think they are about to print the truth? Obama praises all the television news networks except Fox who he has waged war against. There must be a reason. He does not call them down on any specifics, just a general battle against them. If they lie, he should call them out on it but he doesn't. Please, find the truth, it will set you free.

Our biggest enemy is not China, Russia, or Iran; no, our biggest enemy is a contingent of politicians in Washington.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

On Thursday, January 7, 2010, the Fox Business Network will air the episode of "Stossel" that will be about *Atlas Shrugged* happening in real life and happening today.

SALF-gate? 49,000 questions for Obama’s Education Secretary Arne Duncan

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Posted by The Dean of Cincinnati

Photo courtesy of here.

“One of the most erudite, prolific and acidic critics of national education policy.” That’s how the Washington Post memorialized Gerald Bracey shortly after his death in late October. One of his regular targets was President Obama’s basketball buddy, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. In an eerie parting shot from waaaay off-court, Bracey just slam-dunked Duncan.

At the time of his death. Bracey was about to publish an article about the Save-A-Life Foundation’s (SALF) relationship with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) when Duncan was in charge. “The Skeleton in Arne Duncan’s Closet” was supposed to appear on Halloween in Bracey’s Huffington Post column, but the HuffPost couldn’t get their act together. Picking up the ball, some of Bracey’s colleagues co-published it on their blogs a couple weeks ago. Since then, the story’s been turning up around the ‘net from OpenLeft to The Free Republic. That’s about as wide a political point spread as it gets and Bracey’s tale from the crypt - literally - certainly has something for everyone.

According to Bracey, here’s the loudest rattle coming from Duncan’s dungeon. Between 2004-06, Duncan’s office directly signed off on $49,000 for SALF to provide first-aid training classes in the Chicago Schools. Trouble is, when it comes to records proving that the training ever happened, CPS seems to have slightly more than zilch.

Per Bracey, it’s tough for Duncan to claim he was out of the loop:

During his years as CPS big dog, Arne Duncan was apparently close to (SALF president Carol) Spizzirri. He was a featured speaker at a 2003 SALF conference and a 2006 press statement has him receiving a SALF “Sponsorship Award” from Spizzirri, his second such prize. Duncan is quoted saying, “Carol is one of my heroes. I really appreciate the partnership.” Duncan even appeared as an animated pitchman on SALF’s website, cheerily hyping kids on the program: “Hi, friend, I’m Arne Duncan…Ask your school teacher today if the ‘SALF-Town’ heroes can visit you!”

Bracey was picking up the trail ABC7 I-Team reporter Chuck Goudie began clearing three years ago:

Per the video clip, Goudie reported that SALF claimed to have trained 67,000 Chicago schools students in just one year, but Duncan himself admitted that “doesn’t seem likely.” Goudie reported that CPS paid SALF big bucks for the program, but he didn’t follow the money trail. That’s where Bracey was going:

After Goudie’s reports, Spizzirri filed a defamation suit against three people who criticized SALF (including Dr. Heimlich’s son), claiming the criticisms cost it 11 contracts, including CPS. But the lawsuit resulted in only more scrutiny. For example, in response to a subpoena from the defendants’ lawyer for all their SALF records, CPS produced a grand total of 19 invoices from 2000-2007 totaling $12,855.

Three more invoices from 2004/2005—which CPS failed to provide to the defendants’ attorney—have since turned up via a public records request. The first 19 invoices produced by the subpoena appear to have gone through regular CPS payroll. But the three later invoices, totaling $49,000, were processed and signed off by CEO Arne Duncan’s office. One includes this handwritten notation: “per AD per Ann Whalen 9-14-05.” Whalen was Duncan’s personal assistant. She now works for him in Washington.

As a defendant in SALF’s ridiculous lawsuit (which they dropped), I’d like to know why CPS’s legal department didn’t produce those three invoices. Was it an oversight or did they fail to comply with a federal subpoena?

For now, let’s just take a closer look at the three invoices.

Hundreds of cars torched in France at New Year

Is this a primarily muslim problem, there is a history that received very little coverage of who was doing the rioting at the time! Who’s behind the rioting this time?

A couple of related articles from the past:
France under security alert as new Muslim riots spread       The French Muslim Rebellion of 2005

Fri Jan 1, 2010 2:00pm EST

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PARIS (Reuters) - Youths burned 1,137 cars across France overnight as New Year's Eve celebrations once again turned violent, the French Interior Ministry said on Friday.

Car burnings are regular occurrences in poor suburbs that ring France's big cities, but the arson is especially prevalent during New Year's Eve revelry.

The number of vehicles torched was only 10 short of the record 1,147 burned this time last year, even though the Interior Ministry mobilized 45,000 police during the night -- 10,000 more than 12 months ago.

It said police detained 549 people overnight, compared with 288 in 2009 New Year celebrations. However, unlike in previous years, there were no direct clashes between police and youths. "The few disturbances that did take place were brought swiftly under control," the ministry said in a statement.

(Reporting by Crispian Balmer, editing by Mark Trevelyan)

Hundreds of cars torched in France at New Year | Reuters

Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis

 

The Cloward-Piven Strategy of Orchestrated Crisis

By James Simpson

America waits with bated breath while Washington struggles to bring the U.S. economy back from the brink of disaster. But many of those same politicians caused the crisis, and if left to their own devices will do so again.

Despite the mass media news blackout, a series of books, talk radio and the blogosphere have managed to expose Barack Obama's connections to his radical mentors -- Weather Underground bombers William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis and others. David Horowitz and his Discover the Networks.org have also contributed a wealth of information and have noted Obama's radical connections since the beginning.

Yet, no one to my knowledge has yet connected all the dots between Barack Obama and the Radical Left. When seen together, the influences on Obama's life comprise a who's who of the radical leftist movement, and it becomes painfully apparent that not only is Obama a willing participant in that movement, he has spent most of his adult life deeply immersed in it.

But even this doesn't fully describe the extreme nature of this candidate. He can be tied directly to a malevolent overarching strategy that has motivated many, if not all, of the most destructive radical leftist organizations in the United States since the 1960s.

The Cloward-Piven Strategy of Orchestrated Crisis

American Thinker: Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis

President Obama permitting INTERPOL, a One-World Police, to operate on American soil w/o any accountability?

Neidner's Talk Radio

Jim Neidner

Date / Time: 1/3/2010 4:00 PM

Join us today one subject is, President Obama permitting INTERPOL, a One-World Police, to operate on American soil w/o any accountability? Let's talk to Bob Unruh, veteran of newspapers and wire service since the 1970s, joined an international wire service in Wyoming after college and spent 27 years with the organization. Join WND in 2006, and have enjoyed working on the stories that other outlets simply don't report. Also joining us is Jim Robb, Vice-President, Operations of www.NumbersUSA.com, which is America's largest immigration-reduction organization. NumbersUSA's 933,000 activist members user the web site to send millions of immigration-reduction faxes to Congress and the White House every year at no cost. We need jobs America. Jim has been studying immigration for 15 years. Another guest is our good friend John Tydlaska Jr., Retired Veteran, retired Teacher/Instructor, Author, of "Your Missed E-mails" and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Also some Great American's running for elected office like Teri Davis Newman, for Congress Illinois, 12th District. Patricia Lightner, 3rd District of Kansas and Trevor Drown, Congress for Ak. All are great American's ready and willing to fight for AMERICA.

Climategate: Poetic Justice - Greenpeace hoist by its own petard

Unfurling ginormous protest banners: that’s what your Greenpeace activist enjoys more than almost anything in the world (save, perhaps, unseasoned tofu burgers; starring in those ecovideos they show ad nauseam on the screens by the main stage at Glastonbury; and, of course, the cathartic, masochistic thrill of being hosed down by Japanese whale fishermen). So how jolly amusing it is to see their favourite technique being used against them at Copenhagen by eco activists of a somewhat different hue.

Greenpeace

The stunt was the work of Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) – a US organisation which campaigns for the environment: but in a realistic, pragmatic way rather than one guaranteed to bomb the global economy back to the agrarian age. More>>

Friday, January 1, 2010

There is something very strange about these two articles, something's rotten in Denmark. I smell another CRASH!!!

Dow Ends Year Up Nearly 19%...



20 million-plus collect unemployment checks in '09...

13 Republican Attorneys General Threaten Lawsuit Over Health Care

Republican attorneys general in 13 states say congressional leaders must remove Nebraska's political deal from the federal health care reform bill or face legal action, according to a letter provided to the AP.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Republican attorneys general in 13 states say congressional leaders must remove Nebraska's political deal from the federal health care reform bill or face legal action, according to a letter provided to The Associated Press Wednesday.

"We believe this provision is constitutionally flawed," South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and the 12 other attorneys general wrote in the letter to be sent Wednesday night to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"As chief legal officers of our states we are contemplating a legal challenge to this provision and we ask you to take action to render this challenge unnecessary by striking that provision," they wrote.

In a rare Christmas Eve vote, Senate Democrats pushed sweeping health care legislation to the brink of Senate passage, crushing a year-end Republican filibuster against President Barack Obama's call to remake the nation's health care system. The 60-39 vote marked the third time in as many days Democrats posted a supermajority needed to advance the legislation.

The letter was signed by top prosecutors in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington state. All are Republicans, and McMaster and the attorneys general of Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania are running for governor in their respective states.

Last week, McMaster said he was leading several other attorneys general in an inquiry into the constitutionality of the estimated $100 million deal he has dubbed the "Cornhusker Kickback."

Republican U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint of South Carolina raised questions about the legislation, which they said was amended to win Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson's support. More>>

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