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Why Has the Terror Alert Level Not Been Raised?

Why has the terror alert level not been raised recently?  We have people in New York, Colorado, Texas, and Illinois trying to blow us up!

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fbi-terror-stings-smadi-finton-allegedly-ties-osama/story?id=8670328

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,555241,00.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,555340,00.html

Don’t get me wrong, I am so glad that the FBI is going a good job in catching these guys.  I am just concerned because since Obama is in office there have been many more plots out there.  I also wonder how many other plots are out there that we don’t know about?  I hope that the whole CIA investigation that the Obama Administration is doing is not interfering with our ability to catch these plots.

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Obama ‘asks New York governor not to run’

US President Obama has asked New York Governor DavidPaterson to withdraw from the state’s 2010 governor’s race for fear that the embattled fellow Democrat cannot regroup from a series of political setbacks, The New York Times reported today.

The Obama administration is worried Paterson’s unpopularity could also drag down Democratic members of Congress in New York and the Democratic-controlled state legislature in the November 2010 election, the Times said.

Citing an administration official, the Times reported that Obama’s request that Paterson step aside was put forward by the president’s political advisers, but approved by him.

The newspaper quoted another administration official as saying: “Is there concern about the situation in New York? Absolutely.” That official added that the concern has “been conveyed to the governor.”

A “New York Democratic operative with direct knowledge of the situation” also confirmed that the request had been put forth, the newspaper said, adding that the operative described Paterson as being “resistant” to the idea.

All of the sources spoke on condition of anonymity.

Paterson, who as lieutenant governor assumed leadership of the state last year after Governor Eliot Spitzer stepped down in a sex scandal, has seen his approval rating in polls plummet for months after a series of political setbacks.

The state Senate was gridlocked for nearly five weeks during June and July as Republicans and Democrats fought for control. The financial crisis has hit New York hard, and the state has struggled with budgetary woes.

Obama’s unusual request that Paterson not seek to remain in the office he assumed last year – an especially sensitive one given that he is the nation’s first black president and Paterson is one of only two black U.S. governors – was conveyed by U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks, who is close to the administration, the Times said.

Neither Paterson nor his office responded to requests for comment on Saturday, and Meeks could not be reached, the Times said.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/obama-asks-new-york-governor-not-to-run-1790568.html#

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Rep. Massa: I will vote against the interests of my district

Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) addressed an intimate group of Netroots activists during their annual Netroots Nation gathering in Pittsburgh this weekend. Mr. Massa reiterated his support for a single-payer health care bill. He discussed the risks he takes for wanting to support such a measure in his “right-wing Republican district.”

According to Swing State Project, Mr. Massa won his 2008 race by 2 percentage points. The district’s voting pattern index (PVI) is a Republican +5 seat.   The National Republican Congressional Committee has the upstate New York congressman in their sights for 2010 along with 69 other House Democrats as reported by Politico.   The transcript is below, and check out the corresponding video above.

MASSA: I’m not going to vote for 3200 as it’s currently written.  Step one, I will vote for a single payer option or a bill that does have a medicare coupled public option, which we don’t have right now.  If my town hall meetings turn into the same media frenzies and ridiculousness, because every time that happens we lose. We lose another three million people in America.  They see that happening and negate us.

PARTICIPANT: It changes America.

MASSA: Every time that occurs.  So what happens in my town hall meetings frankly is important, because I am in one of the most right wing Republican districts in the country, and I’m not asking you guys to go back to wherever and send people to me.  This is a generic statement of what can I do?  Well that’s one thing we can do.

PARTICIPANT: So if we got your meetings to sixty forty, you’d vote…and there was single payer in a bill you would vote for it?

MASSA:  Oh absolutely I would vote for single payer.

PARTICIPANT: If there was sixty forty sentiment in the room?

MASSA: Listen, I tell every audience I’m in favor of single payer.

PARTICIPANT: If there was eighty twenty in the room?

MASSA: If there was a single payer bill?

PARTICIPANT: And there was a single payer….

MASSA:  I will vote for the single payer bill.

PARTICIPANT: Even if it meant you were being voted out of office?

MASSA: I will vote adamantly against the interests of my district if I actually think what I am doing is going to be helpful.

(inaudible participants’ comments regarding the “interests” of the district statement from Mr. Massa)

Massa: I will vote against their opinion if I actually believe it will help them.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/weblogs/watercooler/2009/aug/16/video-rep-massa-i-will-vote-against-interests-my-d/

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