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Rare Glimpse Into Sarah’s Turning Point in Her Faith. J Tapper Interview

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Jake Tapper, journalist and anchor of “The Lead with Jake Tapper” was the one who wrote about the under reported CIA presence in Benghazi. For the first time someone in the mainstream media seemed to care about the overall cover up and questions left unanswered about this administrations negligence. He is not right-leaning, but is easy to read, watch, and listen to. A natural interviewer as well who listens to his guest  speak. Today it was Sarah Palin, who shared more about herself than I had seen before. The exchange was calm, respectful and personal. I felt like I got to know Sarah better from Sarah speaking directly about herself, unfiltered, but I wanted to hear more. She seemed that comfortable with him.  She talked about the turning point in her faith and dealing with Trigg’s birth. I wish we saw more  interviews like this where journalists, no matter what political side of the spectrum they are, treat their guests fairly and professionally. To me it was an excellent one! Even if readers are saying he was consedescending.

This is Sarah when she was talking about John McCain, the campaign in 2008, the differences between them and her decision not to criticize him as a Senator.

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This is Sarah smiling as she describes Trigg.

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Here Sarah is about to talk about some interesting details about her family’s challenge, specifically Bristol’s pregnancy, again all very personalized.

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New AFP Ad: Obama Regime Asked Solyndra to Hold Up Layoffs Until After 2010 Elections, Jake Tapper Hardest Hit

By Gary P Jackson

Jake Tapper really carries the Obama regime’s water as he attacks Americans for Prosperity the group that has created an ad that is scheduled to start running around the time of President Obama’s State of the Union speech.

Tapper drones on forever about the Koch brothers and so on, trying to take focus off the fact Solyndra is an abject failure, and Obama asked them to hold off firing workers until after the 2010 mid-term elections. A cold blooded political calculation intended to fool the American people and save some democrats from political annihilation at the polls.

While Tapper whines, here’s the meat of the subject: [emphasis mine]

The ad depicts the president as giving “Solyndra half a billion in taxpayer money. Politics as usual. Within the administration, the company’s potential collapse had long been discussed. Knowing all along Solyndra would have to fire their workers. But Solyndra held off until after the 2010 elections.”

That White House officials “knew all along” that Solyndra would have to fire their workers isn’t true. The ad is referring to an email released two months ago indicating that an adviser to the company’s main investor, Argonaut Equity, wrote on Oct. 30, 2010, that officials from the Department of Energy “did push very hard for us to hold our announcement” of layoffs “to Nov. 3rd – oddly they didn’t give a reason for that date.”…

Seriously? Like nothing big was happening on November 3? One really has to be dumb not to figure out why the regime wanted that information held. I don’t think Tapper is dumb. Just in the bag for Obama.

Here’s more:

The ad says: “1,100 workers had no idea that they would be fired, but the Obama administration knew. All that mattered was the 2010 election – ‘optics,’ not workers.”

While it may be that White House officials wanted the announcement to be made after the November 2010 elections – the only proof of that is that one e-mail, and the White House denies the charge — the layoffs that were announced were not as AFP describes. What is true: the day after the 2010 elections, on November 3, Solyndra announced it would lay end its contracts with more than 100 contractors, lay off 40 employees, and close one of its factories.

I bet the regime does deny the charge!

Yeah, the ad does make it seem all of the layoffs come at once, but so what. The facts are the facts, no matter how bad Tapper tries to make it sound like they aren’t.

Solyndra was a massive failure. The principles involved in the company were Obama cronies. They should have never been given a loan in the first place. No responsible lender would have touched this bunch with a 10 ft pole!

Here’s the ad. I think it’s quite effective:

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Though Tapper claims there is no evidence of foul play, Bloomberg’s Jim Snyder begs to differ: [emphasis mine]

The Obama administration knew before the 2010 election that Solyndra LLC, a solar-panel maker that received a $535 million U.S. loan guarantee, planned to fire workers, according to e-mails released today.

The messages don’t indicate that anyone from the White House directed Solyndra to delay announcing the layoffs until after the vote. Previously released e-mails, indicating the Energy Department urged Solyndra to postpone the cuts, have been cited by House Republicans who say politics influenced Solyndra’s award and last-ditch rescue bid that put taxpayers behind $75 million in private investment.

Here’s the deal — Solyndra is going to announce they are laying off 200 of their 1200 workers,” Heather Zichal, a White House adviser, wrote to Carol Browner, then director of the office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, and other officials on Oct. 27, 2010. “No es bueno.”

If your Spanish is rusty, “No es bueno” roughly translates to “is no good.

Read more here.

Very disappointed in Jake Tapper, but it just goes to show you, when push comes to shove, the left wing media is going to do all of the Obama regime’s heavy lifting.

Obama and his cronies should all go to prison for what they have done to this country. It’s nothing less than wholesale theft. The regime has stolen taxpayer money and given it to cronies. Cronies who were totally unqualified to be in the business the loans were made to.

Until we get serious and start throwing corrupt politicians and their underlings in prison, and start going after their cronies as well, nothing is ever going to change. Oh, people will hoot and holler, some congresscritter will “investigate” but nothing real will happen.

America deserves better than this, and Americans need to get off their butts and demand it!

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Pete Rouse’s Alaska Ties (Update)

By Stacy Drake

Barack Obama named Pete Rouse Interim Chief of Staff Friday, after Rahm Emanuel announced he was leaving the administration to run for Mayor of Chicago. During the White House briefing, Jake Tapper from ABC News asked Robert Gibbs a few questions regarding the new chief. Here is a portion of the transcript of the Q & A Tapper posted to ABC’s website:

TAPPER: And then on Pete Rouse, I wonder if first of all if you could talk about his — or explain why he’s a registered voter in Alaska.

GIBBS: He’s not.

TAPPER: He’s not a registered voter…

GIBBS: No. He’s a registered voter in the District of Columbia.

TAPPER: He did vote absentee ballot in — in Alaska in 2008.

GIBBS: I — I can check on that. I know — I was talking to Pete yesterday. He voted, I think — I don’t know who, but — who he voted for, but he voted in the mayor’s race here.

TAPPER: OK. And Governor Palin, former Governor Palin has insinuated that Rouse — she suspected Rouse was part of a plot against her. She wrote about this in her book. She’s tweeted about it — tweeted suggestions about this recently. I was just wondering if you guys have any comment on that.

GIBBS: No. I mean, you know, it — it’s a fairly silly accusation that is baseless.

TAPPER: So he has — he had nothing to do with any of the attacks against…

GIBBS: No.

TAPPER: OK. Thank you.

Clearly Gibbs was trying to shrug off Jake Tapper’s questions regarding the matter. Questions originally brought up by Governor Palin in her book and on Twitter. While Gibbs may try to brush off her ‘accusations’ as “silly” and “baseless,” a quick study of Rouse’s links to Alaska will tell you that they are actually quite sensible. Considering Rouse’s position then and now, is it irrational to consider that Rouse had something to do with certain attacks against the governor when he happened to know many of the key players involved? Is it out of the question to bring to light the fact that many of these occurrences happened at opportune times for the Obama campaign? In another time and place, I may wonder why this hasn’t been investigated by more members of the press. However, it’s the modern day and age, so I already know the answer to that.

Supporters of Governor Palin are well aware of Kim Elton, from “Tasergate” fame. Personally, I feel Ace best painted an accurate picture of Elton when he said the following:

Sen. Elton is known for one thing and one thing only. He led the Democratic assault on Governor Sarah Palin for the “Troopergate” scandal that wasn’t.

You remember “Troopergate”. Governor Palin spent the summer of the election campaign fighting unfounded charges that she had exceeded her authority by firing a renegade, tazer-happy State Trooper. Ultimately she was cleared of any wrongdoing.

The Alaska Daily News posted a story on February 21st 2009 titled, “Senior Obama adviser has Alaska roots.” The piece describes Pete Rouse’s relationship with Kim Elton (emphasis mine):

One of Rouse’s best friends in Alaska is state Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau. Rouse was the one who recruited Elton, a former journalist, into politics to work for Miller. Elton said Rouse is always eager for e-mailed photos of Romeo, the black wolf often photographed around Juneau.

Elton said he followed the presidential race through Rouse, backing Obama early on the strength of his friend’s endorsement. But he told Rouse he couldn’t talk about Palin once she was named to the Republican ticket. As chairman of the Legislative Council, Elton played a central role in the Legislature’s “Troopergate” investigation of the governor, which Republicans complained was being run by Obama supporters.

“It was awkward, because I usually love to talk about things like that,” Elton said

I’m sure he abstained from commenting about the matter with a key adviser to Obama, who also just so happened to be one of his “best friends.” Politicians are usually known for keeping their word and their trustworthy nature, right? Elton was willing to fork over $2,250 to the Obama campaign, but he wouldn’t mention the investigation he was in charge of conducting against their political rival. Call it deductive reasoning if you like, but I have a hard time buying it.

Shortly after the election in 2008, Kim Elton was given a post in the Obama Administration in the Interior Department. The Juneau Empire reported:

Sen. Kim Elton, who has represented Juneau in the Senate, House and Assembly for nearly two decades, has accepted a position in the administration of President Barack Obama. The 60-year-old legislator will now be dealing with Alaska issues in the Department of Interior.

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Elton, a prominent Obama supporter in Juneau, was named chairman of a committee that investigated Palin’s firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan last summer. That position was later engulfed in controversy after Palin was nominated to be Sen. John McCain’s running mate in the presidential election. Palin then abandoned her pledge to cooperate with the investigation and many Republican lawmakers argued partisan politics were at work.

Pete Rouse also has a connection to former Alaska Governor, Democrat Tony Knowles. One of the men Governor Palin beat in 2006 to become Alaska’s youngest and first female governor. In 2004, Rouse worked on Knowles unsuccessful Senate campaign.

In 2008, after John McCain selected Governor Palin to be his running mate, the Obama campaign set up a political hit-team called “Alaskan Mythbusters.” The group was headed up by Rouse associate, Tony Knowles. The “Mythbusters” had the ironic task of creating misleading political attacks, specifically on Governor Palin. They also spent a lot of time talking about Kim Elton’s “ethics” investigation.

While all of this information is circumstantial, it makes sense that Obama’s Deputy Campaign Manager in 2008, the person in charge of coordinating aspects of their game-plan would contact people he already knew. It certainly isn’t “silly” for Governor Palin to point out that Rouse has ties to Alaska. As far as he being at the center of some plot… After the level of attacks she has endured from her political foes, what would you think if you were in her shoes?

Update: My friend Gary pointed out to me that the quote I posted here from Ace could be interpreted to mean that Governor Palin fired Michael Wooten. I took it to mean all charges were “unfounded” but I don’t want anyone to be confused about the matter. She did not fire Wooten. The actual charge was that she “abused her power.” A charge she was later cleared of any wrong doing in. The lefts politically motivated charge was that she tried to pressure Walt Monegan to fire the abusive, law-breaking trooper, and when he didn’t she fired him. She never fired Monegan and there were other factors playing a role when she instead, tried to re-assign him.

Nonetheless, It’s pretty clear the details of this story were obscured by the left and some in the media throughout the campaign and even after it had been proven that Governor Palin did nothing wrong.

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