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At voter-ID hearing, Pa. justices have tough questions and a surprise

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

The state Supreme Court's long-awaited hearing on Pennsylvania's voter-ID law was going pretty much as expected when Justice Thomas G. Saylor, a white-haired veteran jurist from Somerset County, brought a new issue into the long-running controversy.

He'd been reading the law himself, Saylor told chief deputy attorney general John G. Knorr 3d, and he questioned whether the commonwealth was actually following the precise requirements of the voter-ID law passed last March – specifically, a provision that requires the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to provide a nondriver photo ID card to any registered voter who swears that he needs it for voting purposes.

To the surprise of many in the standing-room-only courtroom in City Hall, Knorr agreed with the justice.

The federal government's Homeland Security laws forced PennDot to require some additional proof before providing citizens with identification cards, Knorr explained, so the agency could not comply with that provision of the law.

That was part of the reason the state came up with yet another form of photo ID, never mentioned in the voter-ID law, that became available to the public in late August, Knorr said.

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/homepage/20120914_In_voter-ID_hearing__Pa__justices_have_tough_questions_and_a_surprise.html

Obama widens lead over Romney to seven points: Reuters/Ipsos poll


(Reuters) - President Barack Obama widened his lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney to 7 percentage points in a Reuters/Ipsos poll of likely voters on Thursday, the latest survey to show the Democrat ahead in the run-up to the November 6 election.

The daily online poll asked 990 likely voters over the previous four days which candidate they would pick if the vote took place today, with 48 percent choosing Obama and 41 percent picking Romney.

The gap has been widening since Obama grabbed the lead in the rolling poll on September 7 when he scooped up 46 percent of likely voters to Romney's 44 percent after the Democratic convention.

"What that really means is that Obama is in good shape," said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark, attributing some of Obama's uptick to the slowly improving sentiment toward the direction of the country shown in Wednesday's telephone poll.

Read more: http://sfluxe.com/2012/09/13/obama-widens-lead-over-romney-to-seven-points-reutersipsos-poll/

GOP elector resigns, says she can't support Romney

Source: AP

One of the Republican appointees to the Electoral College abruptly resigned from her post Thursday after publicly questioning whether she would support the party's presidential ticket when casting official votes after the November election.

Melinda Wadsley of Ames, Iowa, told The Associated Press that she could not in good conscience vote for party nominee Mitt Romney. Wadsley was among three electors who had told the AP for a story published Thursday that they were exploring alternatives should Romney win their states.

"I have always been a straight ticket Republican, and for the first time in my life I am an undecided voter, therefore, I need to resign my position as a Republican presidential elector," Wadsley said in an email exchange.

Iowa GOP Chairman A.J. Spiker said in a statement that the state party's central committee would begin the process of selecting a replacement, essentially allowing the party to confirm a die-hard Romney supporter.

Wadsley and others had expressed frustration at how Republican leaders have worked to suppress Paul's conservative movement and his legion of loyal supporters.

"They've never given Ron Paul a fair shot, and I'm disgusted with that. I'd like to show them how disgusted I am," Wadsley had told the AP earlier, saying she was considering withholding her electoral vote from Romney. She is an Iowa mother of three who was selected as a Republican elector earlier this year and said Paul was the better choice.

Read more: http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/electoral-college-members-may-pass-on-romney/article_9e86efc1-9b67-5275-a398-b19f0ddc36f5.html

not looking good on all sides for these guys

Anti-Islam Film Producer Wrote Script in Prison: Authorities

Source: ABC News

The controversial "Innocence of Muslims" was written, produced and directed by a convicted drug manufacturer and scam artist, who has told authorities he actually wrote the script in federal prison and began production two months after his June 2011 release from custody.

Authorities say Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, of Cerritos, California, admitted his role in the film, after seeking help from law enforcement in dealing with death threats he has received since the release of the film. Excerpts from the film led to outrage and violence in the Arab world.

Authorities told ABC News that Nakoula told them he and his son, Abanob Basseley, 21, were responsible for producing the movie which, he reportedly said, cost between $50,000 and $60,000 and was shot in a little over 12 days.

Authorities say he claimed the money for the movie came from his wife's family in Egypt.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/anti-islam-film-producer-wrote-script-prison-authorities/story?id=17230609

Holy Shit, can this get any more unseemly?

Netanyahu deputy disagrees on setting Iran "red line"


JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Benjamin Netanyahu's deputy for intelligence and atomic affairs on Thursday broke with the Israeli prime minister's call for Iran to be confronted with a "red line" beyond which its disputed nuclear program would face military attack.

In a broadcast interview, Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor appeared to side with the United States in balking at Netanyahu's repeated demand that it set Iran an ultimatum or risk seeing Israel launch region-rattling unilateral strikes.

Meridor's remarks also underscored debate within the leader's inner circle about potentially exacerbating the rift with Washington with a war that polls show most Israelis, including several senior security figures, would oppose.

"I don't want to set red lines or deadlines for myself," Meridor, one of several Netanyahu deputies who form the core of his security cabinet, told Israel's Army Radio when asked how much time remained before force against Iran should be used.

Read more: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/netanyahu-deputy-disagrees-setting-iran-red-line-032843354.html

The Romney campaign in 17 seconds....

Poll shows Obama up five on Romney in Colorado

Source: kwgn Colorado

DENVER – The first poll of Colorado voters since the Democratic National Convention shows President Barack Obama with a five point lead over Republican Mitt Romney, FOX31 Denver is first to report.

The new survey by OnSight Public Affairs and Project New America, showing Obama with a 49-44 percent lead over Romney, was released Thursday morning, just hours before Obama’s campaign is set to rally supporters in Golden.


Notably, Obama broadened his advantage with unaffiliated voters, which stood at 50-36 back in August and is now at 55-32, according to OnSight’s pollster, Chris Keating.

And, for the first time in months, Obama is above water with a favorability rating of 51 percent in Colorado. Romney, by comparison, has a favorability rating of 47 percent.

OnSight Public Affairs is run by Melanson and Ben Davis, both Democratic operatives who ran Gov. John Hickenlooper’s successful 2010 campaign and managed Sen. Mark Udall’s campaign in 2008.

The poll was conducted this Monday and Tuesday by telephone with 503 likely Colorado voters.

It’s margin of error is 4.4 percent.

Read more: http://kwgn.com/2012/09/13/poll-shows-obama-up-five-on-romney-in-colorado-5/

Senator Jon Kyl compares embassy statement to blaming a rape victim

Source: New York Daily News

Mitt Romney wasn’t the only Republican who had a bad day on Wednesday.

In the wake of deadly protests in Libya and Egypt, Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl also caught some flak for saying a statement released by the U.S. embassy in Cairo was like blaming a rape victim.

Kyl was referring to a statement released by the Cairo embassy — and disavowed by Washington — that attempted to defuse tensions by criticizing an anti-Islamic movie that fueled protests in Egypt.

In that statement, first released hours before the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed in Benghazi, the embassy condemned "the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims."

Kyl told reporters Wednesday that the embassy’s statement “was like the judge telling the woman, ‘You got raped, you asked for it because of the way you dressed.’”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/senator-jon-kyl-compares-embassy-statement-blaming-a-rape-victim-article-1.1158754

once again? what are these people thinking?

Movie that set off violence in Middle East produced by Southern California nonprofit

Source: AP

An inflammatory anti-Muslim film that has been blamed in this week's deadly attack on U.S. diplomats in Libya was produced by a Duarte-based Christian non-profit, officials said.

Media for Christ, which has its administrative offices south of the 210 Freeway in Duarte, took out a film permit for the production, according to City Manager Darryl George.

The producers also used Blue Cloud studios in Santa Clarita, also known as Blue Cloud Movie Ranch, as the film's location, George said.

It was filmed in Santa Clarita George said. He said he obtained the information from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

Read more: http://www.willitsnews.com/ci_21529045/anti-islam-movie-filmed-southern-california

Mitt Romney caught up in billboard affair

Source: Boston Herald

A Southie billboard advertising a website for adulterers, which slammed White House wannabe Mitt Romney over his tax returns, disappeared less than 24 hours after it went up after the media company got complaints from fans of the ex-gov.

“It didn’t even survive 24 hours,” AshleyMadison.com founder Noel Biderman told the Track. “This doesn’t feel like America to me. It’s like something that would happen in some Central American dictatorship.”

OK, so here’s the deal: Biderman rented a billboard in Southie to advertise his website, which promises to hook up people who are in relationships but looking for some side action.

The billboard features a pic of the ex-Mass. governor with his fingers to his lips in a “Shhhh” pose. The caption read: “If cheating on your taxes is OK ... so is AshleyMadison.com.”

Read more: http://news.bostonherald.com/track/inside_track/view/20220913mitt_caught_up_in_billboard_affair/srvc=home&position=also
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