U.S. Ground Forces Would Shrink By 100,000

U.S. Ground Forces Would Shrink By 100,000: Pentagon leaders outlined a plan Thursday for absorbing $487 billion in defense cuts over the coming decade by shrinking U.S. ground forces, slowing the purchase of a next-generation stealth fighter and retiring older planes and ships.

In a bid to pre-empt election-year Republican criticism, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the plan shifts the Pentagon’s focus from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to future challenges in Asia, the Mideast and in cyberspace. More special operations forces like the Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden will be available around the world, he said.

“We believe this is a balanced and complete package,” Panetta told a news conference, with Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at his side.

Some lawmakers were quick to dispute him.

“Taking us back to a pre-9/11 military force structure places our country in grave danger,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee that will hold hearings on the Pentagon budget plan. Continue Reading…

Obama Pledges Economic Equality In SOTU Speech

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Obama Pledges Economic Equality In SOTU Speech: US President Barack Obama has used his last State of the Union speech before the November election to paint himself as the champion of the middle class, by demanding higher taxes for millionaires and tight reins on Wall Street.

Taking advantage of the huge national platform of his annual speech to Congress, Mr Obama defiantly defended his record after three years in office and laid blame for many of the country’s woes at the feet of banks and an out-of-touch Congress.

He proposed sweeping changes in the tax code and new remedies for the US housing crisis as he made the case for reducing income inequality in America.

While the biggest proposals in Mr Obama’s election-year speech are considered unlikely to gain traction in a divided Congress, the White House believes the president can tap into voters’ resentment over the financial industry’s abuses and Washington’s dysfunction. Continue Reading…

Republican Rebuttal To State Of The Union

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Republican Rebuttal To State Of The Union: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels delivered a pointed and pugnacious response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, in a speech likely to amplify the drumbeat of voices urging Daniels to wage a late presidential bid.

The term-limited Daniels, who ruled out a White House run last year, slammed Obama for promoting “pro-poverty” extremism and leading a “constant effort to divide us.”

A former budget director under George W. Bush, Daniels was chosen by Republican leaders as a respected and serious voice who could credibly position the party as the champion of business.

“As Republicans, our first concern is for those waiting tonight to begin or resume the climb up life’s ladder,” Daniels said. “We do not accept that ours will ever be a nation of haves and have-nots; we must always be a nation of haves and soon-to-haves.”

Daniels also assailed the president for halting the Keystone XL pipeline project that would transport oil from Canada to Texas, equating the move to a “pro-poverty policy” — a line reminiscent of Newt Gingrich’s accusations on the campaign trail that Obama is the “food stamp president”. Continue Reading…

Fred Thompson Endorses Newt Gingrich On Hannity

Fred Thompson Endorses Newt Gingrich On Hannity: Fred Thompson, the 2008 presidential candidate and former U.S. senator from Tennessee, endorsed Newt Gingrich for the GOP nomination on Monday, two days after Gingrich’s stunning upset over Mitt Romney in the South Carolina primary.

“Newt Gingrich is the guy who can articulate what America is all about — American exceptionalism — who can make the case and not just read the talking points or do it off the teleprompter,” Thompson told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “He can make the case for free markets and our basic case that lower taxes can be good for everybody. Bring about growth, it’s good for everybody. He is not afraid. He is tough. He is experienced.”

Thompson’s endorsement gives an added boost to a campaign that was declared dead on arrival before resurging dramatically — not once, but twice.

The 2012 campaign has become, in many respects, a contest over who can be the most anti-Washington and anti-establishment — many voters who supported Herman Cain saw his lack of political experience as a strength rather than a weakness — but Thompson said that was the wrong way to look at it.

“I don’t think anymore [that] it’s an advantage to be able to say, ‘I know nothing about the operation of the federal government,'” Thompson said. Continue Reading…

Romney Takes a Victory Lap as Santorum Plays Catch Up

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Romney Takes a Victory Lap as Santorum Plays Catch Up: Mitt Romney here its financial and organizational muscle Rick Santorum, who has won a conservative revolt to become standard-bearer of the Iowa Caucus was seeking to use against the upstart candidacy in New Hampshire to display, Wednesday.

A round of morning TV show appearances and a Boeing 737 with journalists, Mr. Romney where he packed a ride in a onetime arch-rival, Senator John McCain has accepted to support a high school gym he also led the nation’s first primary State, where takes place Tuesday, in support of its network to appear with former Gov. John h. How to install Sununu and Senator Kelly Ayotte, Republicans rallying to his side with a hint of.
“What we in New Hampshire over an eight-vote margin that we get here?” he crowd, his victory in Iowa notable thin margin joking reference asked.
There results representative Michelle Bachmann the Republican race for the nomination of Mr. Santorum to help out Mr. Romney conservative challenge as had fallen to emerge that led to Wednesday’s announcement, but Rick Perry in Texas gov. signaling that he would drop in, out, of course, unlike on Wednesday and said he will compete in the South Carolina primary on January 21.
Mr. Romney had visited New Hampshire, Mr. Santorum, and here’s where your ad from South Carolina to Florida, relatively expensive commercial time on expanding its operations into profit-pressed that cannot afford to move Mr. Santorum is like.
Mr. Santorum with his newfound top level position small campaign struggled to keep.
While Mr. Romney days after Iowa news coverage is here with his victory, dominated by Mr. Santorum lap and his staff over 1,400-mile journey from Des Moines a King Air propeller plane that they here on the evening news to turn a star, was not very long suppertime. that Fox News and CNN made a turn and a nighttime rally that drew hundreds to Landed in time.
But behind the scenes, Mr. Santorum assistants busily social conservatives, tea party supporters and budget hawks who opposed Mr. Romney candidacy of coalition leaders were to be expats. Mr. Santorum around a candidate they can insert some of those conservative leaders that are now in discussion with each other-and this is what he really is a machine that was Mr. Romney campaign against practical.
Michael Biundo, Mr. Santorum campaign manager, said that the conservative movement to help bring together the disparate elements to a national coalition Coordinator was in the process of hiring.
“We have to prepare to run a national campaign,” Mr. Biundo said in an interview. “two weeks ago everyone we come in dead last in Iowa was saying we were going to just keep working hard and we are going to work.”
More importantly, Mr. Santorum said that he colleagues Wednesday, his campaign had raised over the last several months, $ 1 million more than enough. given that the campaign begins with close to zero as the competitors noted that at that rate it will be far behind Mr. Romney.
That however, red, white and blue Fund, “Mr. Santorum’s support of rich individuals unlimited contribution is financed by a super PAC” account is not in the group, which along with the Santorum campaign. direct coordination is not banned, but from it or strike back to rivals, Nick Ryan, American future FundThe Democrats in mid-term elections, 2010 to 25 million dollars is powered by a former Director.
Mr. Ryan said that the Group on South Carolina TV commercials, 11 days after the New Hampshire primary will begin running on Thursday in which he stated that the donation of Mr. Santorum has since been in Iowa win was pouring in.
“It’s our biggest day that we ever have been,” he said to be very effective. “we will be able to make money.”
Mr. Romney supporters quietly said that a person all it group to make Mr. Santorum suddenly better finance infuse with enough cash. Wednesday an ability such donor, foster Friess, a wealthy money managers, who supports the Christian and conservative causes-and Mr. Santorum-said that the Group was to help finance.
“This guy said everything that needs to be,” said Mr. Friess, the national security and economy and the authorship of a Bill to mandate that on Mr. Santorum State doctors to give medical treatment to wounded botched abortion fetuses. He says that like to add how much they will donate, He responded, “I want to say yes, but I asked my wife wants to know if not.”