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Democrats Take Aim at Talk Radio

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1. Democrats Take Aim at Talk Radio
2. Thomas Jefferson Noted Global Warming
3. Report: White House Already Plotting for 2012
4. Hillary’s Falklands Remarks Called ‘Betrayal’ of U.K.
5. Sen. Inhofe Named Most Conservative
6. We Heard: Joe Biden, Fox News, Tommy Thompson

1. Democrats Take Aim at Talk Radio

Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee, has launched an online site to help President Obama’s supporters infiltrate largely conservative talk radio.

Visitors to the On the Air site are provided with the call-in number of a talk show that discusses political topics, and the option to listen to the show live. They are urged to phone in when the topic of healthcare comes up. They can also click on a button to move to another show.

“The fate of health reform has been a focus of debate in living rooms and offices, on TV, and online — and on talk radio,” the introduction to the online tool states.

“And since millions of folks turn to talk radio as a trusted source of news and opinions, we need to make sure [Organizing for America] supporters are calling in with a pro-reform message.”

When Newsmax visited the On the Air site, the first link was to the syndicated show of Dr. Laura Schlessinger.

The site offers “calling tips” including, “Some hosts may challenge your views. Stay calm and firm. Sharing a personal story about how health reform affects you and your family is a great way to show the importance and urgency of health reform.”

It even provides “discussion points,” such as, “Too many in Washington are now saying that we should delay or give up on reform entirely, but Americans understand the stakes for our economy and our lives, and we want action.”

Organizing for America was launched by the DNC after Obama’s inauguration and seeks to mobilize supporters of his agenda.

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2. Thomas Jefferson Noted Global Warming

Climate change crusaders insist that the earth is warming largely due to the emission of greenhouse gases by motor vehicles and factories.

But Thomas Jefferson wrote about global warming back in the early 19th century, before there were any emissions from cars, coal-fired power plants, and other developments of the Industrial Age.

In a letter to Philadelphia physician and professor Nathaniel Chapman dated Dec. 11, 1809, nine months after he left the presidency, Jefferson wrote: “The change which has taken place in our climate is one of those facts which all men of years are sensible of and yet none can prove by regular evidence. They can only appeal to each other’s general observation for the fact.

“I remember that when I was a small boy, say sixty years ago, snows were frequent and deep in every winter, to my knee very often, to my waist sometimes, and that they covered the earth long. And I remember while yet young to have heard from very old men that in their youth the winters had been still colder, with deeper and longer snows. In the year 1772, thirty-seven years ago, we had a snow two feet deep in the Champain parts of this state, and three feet in the counties next below the mountains . . .

“While I lived at Washington, I kept a Diary, and by recurring to that I observe that from the winter of 1802-03 to that of 1808-09 inclusive, the average fall of snow of the seven winters was only 14½ inches, and that the ground was covered but sixteen days in each winter on average of the whole. The maximum in any one winter during that period was 21 inches fall, and 34 days on the ground, the minimum was 4½ inches fall and two days on the ground . . .

“Williams in his history of Vermont has an essay on the change in the climate of Europe, Asia and Africa.”

It’s clear, then, that the earth was warming during Jefferson’s time. It’s also clear that the climate change could not be attributed to man’s activities.

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3. Report: White House Already Plotting for 2012

A little over a year into Barack Obama’s presidency, his top advisers are already laying the groundwork for the 2012 re-election campaign.

The president’s approval numbers have been steadily plunging, but sources tell Politico.com that Obama is giving signs indicating he is planning to run again and wants the next campaign to be patterned after the highly successful 2008 effort.

The planning is low-key for now, with aides “indulging occasionally in closed-door 2012 discussions while focusing ferociously on the midterm elections and healthcare reform,” the Web site disclosed.

The re-election campaign is likely to be managed by Jim Messina, White House deputy chief of staff, and to include David Plouffe, the Obama for America campaign manager; David Axelrod, White House senior adviser; Anita Dunn, former White House communications director; and key figures with the Democratic National Committee.

“The DNC sees Republican challengers ramping up earlier than ever and has decided to begin defining potential opponents early,” Politico reported.

“Operatives are already assembling research and drafting unflattering narratives to push about the leading possible 2012 candidates.”

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4. Hillary’s Falklands Remarks Called ‘Betrayal’ of U.K.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has sparked tension with America’s closest ally, the United Kingdom, over comments she made regarding Britain’s dispute with Argentina over the Falkland Islands.

The islands in the South Atlantic have been a possession of Britain since 1833, and Britain went to war in 1982 to recapture the Falklands after Argentina — which claims the islands — invaded and seized them.

The sovereignty dispute took on new urgency recently when the U.K. decided to allow exploratory oil drilling 60 miles north of the islands, CNS News reported.

During her Latin American tour, Clinton stood beside Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Buenos Aires on Monday, and heard Kirchner say she would like her country to negotiate with Britain over the islands within the framework of United Nations resolutions.

Clinton agreed that the two sides should “sit down” and negotiate, and added, “If we can be of any help in facilitating such an effort, we stand ready to do so.”

The Argentine ambassador to the U.S., Hector Timerman, said he had never before heard “such substantial support” of Argentina from the U.S. over the Falklands dispute, according to CNS News.

A spokesman for the British government said in response to Hillary’s offer of American help, “We don’t think that’s necessary.”

Writing for Britain’s Daily Telegraph, Nile Gardiner — director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation — called Clinton’s remarks “an astonishing betrayal of the United Kingdom by her closest ally, and yet another slap in the face for Britain from the Obama administration.”

He added, “She is giving her full support for the official stance of Buenos Aires, despite the fact that Great Britain has made it clear that the sovereignty of the Falklands is non-negotiable.”

Clinton’s comments are not the first “slap in the face from the Obama administration,” as Newsmax reported earlier. When British Prime Minister Gordon Brown became the first head of government to visit the White House last year, Obama let out word that a bust of Winston Churchill that Prime Minister Tony Blair had presented to the U.S. as a gift from the British people had been returned to the British Embassy.

Obama also canceled a joint news conference with Brown and excluded British reporters from covering Obama’s press conference, an act the Daily Telegraph called “rudeness personified towards Britain.”

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5. Sen. Inhofe Named Most Conservative

Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe has been designated as the “most conservative” member of the Senate by National Journal, earning a perfect score for his votes on key issues.

The magazine ranked senators for their votes on economic, social, and foreign-policy issues during 2009, assigning them percentile scores in each category on both liberal and conservative scales.

A score of 80 on the conservative scale for economic issues, for example, means the senator was more conservative than 80 percent of his or her Senate colleagues on those issues.

A score of 0 on the liberal scale means a senator was more liberal than  colleagues.

Inhofe was the only senator who received a 0 score on the liberal scale in all three categories. On the conservative scale, he scored 98 percent for economic issues, 97 percent for social issues, and 94 percent for foreign policy votes, and was given an overall conservative score of 95.8.

“I strongly believe that the conservative principles of less government, lower taxes, greater individual freedom and responsibility, and a strong national defense are the best answers for our nation,” Sen. Inhofe said in a statement.

Jim DeMint of South Carolina was ranked as the second most conservative senator, followed by fellow Republicans Jim Bunning of Kentucky and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

In the “most liberal” category, five Democratic senators tied for first place with identical overall scores: Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, and Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Roland Burris of Illinois, and Ben Cardin of Maryland.

National Journal has ranked members of Congress since 1981.

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6. We Heard . . .

THAT C-SPAN’s cameras picked up audio of Vice President Joe Biden chatting with participants at the Feb. 25 healthcare summit, and Biden could clearly be heard to say: “It’s easy being vice president — you don’t have to do anything.”

Someone Biden was speaking with said, “It’s like being the grandpa and not the parent.”

Biden replied: “Yeah, that’s it.”

Biden spokesman Jay Carney told Politico.com that the vice president was “obviously joking,” and went on to chronicle a number of Biden’s activities in the past month, including his fourth trip to Iraq.

THAT for the second month in a row in February, Fox News Channel had all 13 of the top cable news programs in total viewers.

“The O’Reilly Factor” and “Glenn Beck” were the two top shows on Fox News.

In total day and primetime viewers, Fox topped CNN, MSNBC, and HLN combined.

THAT former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson is considering a run for the Republican nomination to oppose three-term Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold.

A Rasmussen poll released in mid-February showed Thompson leading Feingold by 5 percentage points, 48 to 43, bolstering Republican hopes of retaking the Senate in November.

“The polls are good in Wisconsin and I haven’t even indicated” an intention to run, Thompson told The Hill newspaper.

Thompson served as governor from 1987 until 2001, when he left office to become secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush.

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