Time Running Out For David Gregory On “Meet The Press”?

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The New York Post’s Page Six reports that David Gregory could be replaced as moderator of Meet the Press shortly after the November election.

Rumors have been swirling for months about Gregory’s future at Meet the Press, as the ratings have sunk by 45 percent since he took over from the late Tim Russert in 2008. Gregory has turned Russert’s decade-long run at number one into a perennial third-place finish among Sunday morning talk shows.

The Post reported that while NBC News President Deborah Turness is publicly supportive of Gregory, she is seriously concerned about the ratings problems. The Post cites a source who told them that the discussion about Gregory is whether to replace him before the elections or after, giving a new moderator time to settle in.

If Gregory were to get the boot, the most likely successor is NBC Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd, with Joe Scarborough and Savannah Guthrie as remote possibilities.

While Todd is no conservative, he hasn’t been afraid to criticize Democrats lately and would be a good fit, with his interviewing skills and his vast political knowledge.

Filling Russert’s shoes would have been difficult for anyone, but to take a top-rated program and drag it down to third place reflects badly on Gregory. If NBC is hoping to be competitive again in the Sunday morning talk show derby, then they should make a change sooner rather than later.

 

This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission. 

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What Obama Just Did Could Prove He Is Trying To Force Israel Into Committing Suicide

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When international pressure starts to bear on this administration, their true motivation and agenda becomes all too clear.  This phenomenon was on display late last week as Israel continued to drive into the Gaza Strip militarily in order to rid the territory of the scores of tunnels that Hamas had dug under Israeli schools and daycare centers, with the intention of murdering children.  Thousands of rockets have been launched into Israel with the intention of killing Jewish civilians.  Hamas infiltrators have been captured with tranquilizers and handcuffs confirming their desire to kidnap and kill as many Jews as possible, just as they did with the three teenage Israeli boys that started this whole episode.

So what does the Obama administration do when it looks like the Israeli military is being successful in disarming the terrorist organization Hamas?  The President of the United States orders Secretary Kerry to draft a cease-fire proposal that directs Israel to stand down while ignoring the militarization of Gaza and the terrorist attempts to kill Jews.  In short, the President of the United States, Israel’s biggest ally, tries to force Israel to commit suicide and lay down its arms in the face of overwhelming terrorist attacks.

Over the weekend, President Obama called the Israeli Prime Minister and demanded a cease-fire with Hamas in order to strengthen the Palestinian Authority.  This is the same Palestinian leadership that orders its civilians to stay in homes the Israeli military forewarns will be destroyed, in order to provoke civilian casualties.  Of course, Netanyahu refused as that would mean Hamas could rearm before Israel destroyed the tunnels that have been built under the border.

John Podhoretz in Commentary says it well:

“He (the president) has really crossed a—do I dare—red line here no other American leader ever has. Obama doesn’t like the pictures he’s seeing, he doesn’t like Bibi [Benjamin Netanyahu - Prime Minister of Israel], he doesn’t like the fact that even Israel’s liberals are in a belligerent frame of mind after weeks of missile attacks against population centers, he isn’t running for reelection, he doesn’t care about donors or Jewish voters, he believes in his heart of hearts that the root cause of regional instability is Israel’s gains in the 1967 war, and in service of all these feelings and beliefs, he’s decided Israel is in the wrong and that Hamas needs to be saved from Israel’s might. In which case, he is personally intervening against an American ally with a legitimately elected and deeply fractious coalition government on behalf of a terrorist organization.”

I’ve said it many times before on these pages, America needs to look at the result of President Obama’s actions – or lack thereof.  Along with the Islamic State in the Middle East, Iran going nuclear, Christians being slaughtered in Iraq, the Taliban on the move, he decides to protect terrorists rather than America’s strongest ally in the region.  What does that tell you?  Perhaps the answer can be found in his first act as President of the United States, placing his hand on the Koran.

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The Obama Admin Just Proved How Corrupt It Is, And What They Did Will Make You Want To Scream

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The last eight years have been extremely tough on middle-class Americans.

Real wages have stagnated and even decreased, while full-time jobs are being replaced by part-time work waiting tables and delivering packages for online mega stores.

What’s more, a recent study of college graduates shows that those who entered the workforce during the great recession might never make the same wages as their peers who graduated just a few years earlier.

All told, the future looks bleak… That is, unless you happen to be an Obama donor.

That’s right. Even in the midst of a sluggish economy, Obama donors have been scoring incredible windfalls.

Crony Capitalism at its Finest

Take, for example, David Grain. According to Federal Election Commission reports, Grain gave $60,000 to Obama’s campaign and the DNC in 2008; and he gave $22,500 in 2012.

Grain has also been a lucrative fundraising partner for Obama. In 2008, Grain helped raise an additional $200,000 to $500,000 for Obama, according to a report in Bloomberg News.

And now, money is set to flow the other direction…

You see, Grain owns a private equity firm called Grain Management, LLC. that failed to qualify under existing rules as a small business for an upcoming Federal Communications Commission (FCC) airwave license auction.

Luckily for Grain, the FCC suspended the rules in a closed-door, party-line vote; and the Head of the FCC, Democrat Tom Wheeler, took the lead on a waiver to the action rules.

Republicans objected fiercely, but the final vote was 3 to 2. That means that when the auction is held, Grain Management will be designated as a small, struggling business by the FCC, in spite of its size. This will allow Grain to get exclusive discounts not otherwise available to major telecom firms.

The worst part is that Grain’s firm isn’t even a telecom company. Instead, it’s a private equity and financial firm that has no real interest in the airwaves other than flipping them for a massive profit.

Essentially, Grain’s Obama connection helped him manipulate the system and facilitate a lucrative arbitrage deal.

What Will the Future Hold?

Grain’s plan is a perfect example of how donors are able to profiteer off of the government. In the old days, donors were given perks such as an ambassadorship in Jamaica. But now, with the government virtually in control of the economy, the payoffs are far more lucrative.

And even though Grain Management will add no value to the transactions undertaken, David will most likely score a huge payday. It’s a perfect example of the crony capitalism that Americans detest.

Going forward, it’ll be interesting to see how much Grain makes from having such awesome inside connections with Obama.

Since the FCC controls “public airwaves,” we’ll be able to calculate how much Grain profits after the auction results. Likely, the final dollar amount will be many times what Grain paid to the DNC and Obama campaigns.

Once I know how much this shady deal nets, I’ll be sure to share the dollar amount with you.

 

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Exposed: Obama’s Plan To Drive A Wedge Between Christians And Church Leaders

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When Barack Obama came out, as it were, for gay “marriage,” he forced adherent black Christians to eat a plate of dirt. On the one hand, they are strongly against homosexuality, which certainly extends to being furiously anti-gay “marriage”; and on the other hand, besides worshiping God, they worship Barack Obama. They were briefly caught in a dilemma: should they obey God or Obama? Of course, God was forced to wait outside of the polling places; and blacks voted for their Messiah anyway. They knuckled under and accepted the plate of dirt.

Having seen this formula work with black Christians, Obama is now trying the same thing against white Christians–especially Catholics. He is working behind the scenes to enlist the help of Catholic bishops to help with the flood of illegal alien children streaming over the southern border. He wants to force a wedge between the people in the pews and their leaders–and force churches to use their money and prestige to avoid being “embarrassed” for not acting in a way that liberals imagine Christians should act.

So far, Christian pastors from Churches along the southern border are willingly marching down the road to deceit. They have tried to minister to the illegal alien children, but have thus far been turned away. Clearly, Obama is hiding something in the shelters these people are being warehoused in.

The idea here is to make the situation so terrible that decent people will throw up their hands and say “Okay, let them stay; give them welfare, send them to school, give them driver’s licenses, and yes, register them as Democrats. Just don’t let them die in these government-maintained concentration camps.”

This will trick groups like the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops into spending money it doesn’t really have and defending ill-conceived social programs that will surely chase more Catholics away. This plays into Obama’s hands by weakening a major enemy of his and strengthening a core constituency – poor Hispanics.

This is the plan; and sadly, it will work unless we fight it like the country’s survival depends on our victory. Because it does.

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Recent Poll Reveals Just What Conservatives Need To Tip The Scales In November

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After soliciting responses from more than 66,000 Americans living in states with an upcoming U.S. Senate race, polling results published by the New York Times show Republicans – specifically conservatives – are poised for a takeover of the chamber.

The Times partnered with CBS to conduct the wide-ranging survey, which also included the context of a previous YouGov poll to indicate in which direction each state’s preferences are shifting.

In the end, the poll found that the GOP has a 60 percent chance of taking back the Senate by gaining at least the six seats it needs to constitute a majority. That probability has jumped from 54 percent since April.

Conservative candidates have made big gains in some traditionally blue states, including Michigan. While Democrat Rep. Gary Peters has held a steady lead in the polls over his opponent Terry Lynn Land, the recent poll shows that trend is reversing. The Tea Party-aligned Land now enjoys a two-point lead over her rival.

In other races, such as New Jersey, Democrats are losing ground in what some might have considered a safe seat. Voters in the Garden State have apparently cooled on Cory Booker, with the poll showing his Republican opponent Jeff Bell is now within striking distance of beating the incumbent. Booker now leads Bell by just a 50-43 margin, a huge gain for the conservative who, as recently as last month, was down by 13 percent in some polls.

Bell responded to the gains with optimism, noting the increase in support has come without any increased voter outreach or advertising by his campaign. He noted that his appeal is not simply with those in the GOP, indicating he now enjoys an eight point lead among independent voters dissatisfied with Booker’s leadership.

Some states do show promising outlooks for Democrats. According to pollsters, results from at least one of these states should be viewed skeptically. The Alaska race, which pits Democrat Mark Begich against three GOP contenders, is very difficult to accurately poll, the Times cautions.

By using the YouGov data, the Times/CBS poll is able to compare current sentiments with those of previous election cycles by contacting many of the same respondents. In addition to significant GOP gains in Michigan, the survey indicates states like North Carolina, Georgia, and Kentucky are also showing similar trends.

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