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Obama's Oil Deceit Exposed; Rubio Book Debuts on NYT List; 60% Believe in Space Aliens

By    |   Wednesday, 04 July 2012 03:41 PM EDT

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Bachmann Faces Tough Race, Losing Conservatives
2. N. Dakota Oil Boom Exposes Obama's 'Self-Serving Falsehood'
3. Reps. West, Walsh: Cut Off Aid to Egypt
4. CNN Ratings Are in Free-Fall
5. California Lawmakers 'Want to Be Our Nannies'
6. Survey: More Advanced Life on Other Planets 'Likely'
7. Marco Rubio Book Hits NY Times Best-Seller List

1. Bachmann Faces Tough Race, Losing Conservatives

Three-term Congresswoman and former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is facing a stiff re-election challenge from hotel magnate Jim Graves in Minnesota.

A new poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosen Research shows Bachmann leading Democrat Graves by a very slim margin, 48 percent to 43 percent, with 9 percent undecided.

And after respondents were read brief biographies of the two candidates, Graves received 51 percent of their votes to Bachmann's 44 percent.

Equally troubling for the incumbent, just 14 percent of those surveyed rated her job performance as "excellent," and 34 percent rated it as "poor." Another 22 percent said "fair," and 26 percent said "good."

Bachmann holds a fundraising edge, but it's not a strong one, as many grass-roots conservatives have turned sour on her as a tea party leader.

At the end of March, Bachmann had $642,480 on hand, but she raised most of that in just two months.

Bachmann raised a record $13.5 million for her last re-election campaign.

But conservatives and tea partyers are less inclined to fork over money to Bachmann this time around, citing the fact she raised millions in 2010 promising to remain in Congress as a thorn against Obama and the GOP establishment.

After winning re-election, she soon launched a presidential bid and diverted millions from her congressional coffers. Her bid, which many conservatives saw as an ego trip, failed disastrously.

Bachmann withdrew from the race early after racking up more than $1 million in debt.

Other conservatives were angry that during the presidential primary Bachmann never endorsed any of the other conservative candidates in the heated race.

She eventually endorsed Mitt Romney. GOP insiders claimed she held back her endorsement so as not to antagonize the Romney camp, thinking she could end up on the short list for his vice-presidential running mate.

That hope fizzled, and this year the congresswoman was carved out of her former seat due to redistricting. Her new district is slightly more Republican than it was before its boundaries were redrawn.

The new poll, The Washington Post reports, is "sure to re-start the debate over whether the controversial Minnesota Republican can truly be beaten."

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2. N. Dakota Oil Boom Exposes Obama's 'Self-Serving Falsehood'

North Dakota is experiencing such a boom in revenues from oil production that voters actually considered a measure to abolish the state's property taxes.

Although the measure was defeated in the June 12 vote, the fact that it was even considered points to the incredible economic opportunities enjoyed by North Dakota residents due to unfettered oil production.

"It turns out that, yes, we can drill our way out of our problems," Investor's Business Daily (IBD) observes in an editorial.

"If you can see a pattern here, you're way ahead of President Obama. His argument is that we can't drill our way out of high energy prices let alone out of debt and the need for higher taxes. But it's about to be exposed once again as the self-serving falsehood it is."

North Dakota in March pumped oil at the rate of 575,490 barrels per day, replacing California as the nation's No. 3 oil-producing state behind Texas and Alaska. At its current rate of production growth, North Dakota will likely surpass Alaska sometime this year.

Continental Resources, which operates 10 percent of the drilling rigs in North Dakota, estimates there are more than 900 billion barrels of oil in place.

Only 27 billion to 45 billion barrels are actually recoverable using today's technology, but that amount will grow as technology advances.

Thanks to the energy boom, North Dakota has the nation's lowest unemployment rate at just over 3 percent, and Williams County — at the center of the drilling boom — boasts the lowest jobless rate in the country at just 0.7 percent.

Oil revenues in the state generated some $840 million in fiscal 2011 and are expected to deliver more than $2 billion over the next two years. State per-capita income is $4,000 above the national average.

"The North Dakota oil boom has occurred on private and state lands, unfettered by federal edict that has placed out of reach much of the estimated 200-year supply of oil within our borders," IBD stated, noting that 94 percent of federal onshore lands and 97 percent of federal offshore lands are off-limits to oil and gas drilling.

As the Insider Report disclosed earlier, the Green River Formation, a largely vacant area where Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming come together, contains about as much recoverable oil as all the rest of the world's proven reserves combined.

But most of the oil is beneath federal land overseen by the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management, and the government has "locked up" development of the huge resource, critics charge.

"Critics will say North Dakota is a small state and its success couldn't be replicated nationwide," IBD concludes. "Oh, yes it can.

"We can cut taxes, boost employment and jump-start economic growth if we tap into that 200-year supply of oil and back oil-extraction technology with as much enthusiasm as the Obama administration backs electric cars and high-speed rail."

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3. Reps. West, Walsh: Cut Off Aid to Egypt

Congressmen Allen West and Joe Walsh are calling on the Obama administration to cut off all American aid to Egypt following the election of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi as the nation's president.

Walsh, an Illinois Republican, noted that the Muslim Brotherhood has said it would reassess Egypt's Camp David peace treaty with Israel, and that Morsi plans to restore long-severed ties with Iran.

Walsh said in a statement: "The sole purpose for providing Egypt with over $2 billion a year in U.S. taxpayer dollars was to maintain the peace treaty with Israel and promote stability in the region.

"With the Muslim brotherhood now calling on closer ties to Iran and a redo of the peace treaty with Israel, I see no reason to send one more dollar of U.S aid to Egypt. Every dollar wasted propping up this new government is a dollar wasted that should be going to paying down our debt or providing tax relief to struggling American families."

West, a Florida Republican, said in a statement on his Facebook page: "A year ago there were those of us who warned the Obama Administration of a Muslim Brotherhood takeover in Egypt. We were castigated as alarmists and loose cannons.

"Today our predictions have come to reality and the ominous specter reminding us of the Iranian revolution is evident. The Muslim Brotherhood claimed they would not run a presidential candidate. Clearly the Arab Spring is nothing more than a radical Islamic nightmare."

President Obama congratulated Morsi after his election victory, and White House press secretary Jay Carney called the win a milestone in Egypt's transition to democracy.

West stated: "What an incredible foreign policy faux pas by the second coming of President Jimmy Carter, the Obama Administration. I call upon President Barack Obama to cut off American foreign aid to Egypt, denounce the results of this election, repudiate the Muslim Brotherhood, and all radical Islamist political entities."

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4. CNN Ratings Are in Free-Fall

CNN suffered its worst ratings in 21 years during the second quarter of 2012, plunging 35 percent among total viewers compared to the same period last year, according to figures released on Tuesday.

CNN drew an average of just 319,000 total daily viewers, and only 129,000 in the key 25-to-54 demographic, down 41 percent compared to last year.

Primetime viewership in that age bracket suffered an even bigger loss, 45 percent.

The cable network pioneered 24-hour news in the 1980s and for years was the top-rated channel, but it has lost audience to Fox News and MSNBC in recent years.

As the Insider Report disclosed earlier, CNN in May suffered its worst month for ratings in nearly 20 years.

Wolf Blitzer's CNN show "The Situation Room" was down 26 percent in total viewers in this year's second quarter. "Erin Burnett OutFront" plunged 33 percent, and "Piers Morgan Tonight" was down 29 percent.

"Anderson Cooper 360" at 8 p.m. dropped 19 percent, and its 10 p.m. airing fell a whopping 44 percent, Deadline Hollywood reported.

As usual, Fox News led the cable news networks in viewership, with 1.79 million primetime viewers in the second quarter. "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox was the top-rated cable news show, with Fox's "Hannity" at No. 2.

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5. California Lawmakers 'Want to Be Our Nannies'

California politicians are so focused on banning products and services they don't like that the state is "on its way to banning everything," according to a report from the Reason Foundation.

Last October California became the first state to completely ban those under age 18 from using indoor tanning beds.

State Sen. Ted Lieu, the bill's author, pointed out to CNN that Snooki from MTV's "Jersey Shore" has changed to spray tanning, and claimed teens can get tans from lotions or creams instead of tanning beds.

"Of course, Mr. Lieu completely misses the point," Reason observes. "Even Snooki has proven capable of making her own tanning decisions. She didn't need Sen. Lieu and state lawmakers to tell her how and where to get the best tan in New Jersey."

California has also banned the sale of caffeinated beer to people of all ages, the open carrying of handguns, the sale of live animals on street corners and public property, and even goose liver pate, foie gras.

Localities have also gotten into the banning act. Laguna Beach, for example, has banned plastic bags, skateboarding on several hillside streets, tiki torches, smoking in parks and at beaches, and foam takeout containers.

After the city council debated banning helium balloons, Mayor Jane Egly conceded: "Our concern is that folks may be getting a little tired of the council banning things."

But the council has now also barred pet stores from selling cats and dogs that come from commercial breeders to prevent "puppy mills" from profiting, a move that will make it difficult for residents to buy popular breeds that are seldom found at animal shelters.

"Misguided lawmakers think if they just keep piling on laws, they'll eventually solve our problems," Reason concluded.

"All of these one-size-fits-all bans show a stunning lack of trust and confidence in consumers.

"At every level of government, California's lawmakers want to be our nannies. They usually say it is for our own safety, ignoring the fact that we are perfectly capable of deciding how to get a tan, what to put in our bodies, and where to buy our pets."

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6. Survey: More Advanced Life on Other Planets 'Likely'

Nearly 40 percent of Americans believe it is "very likely" that intelligent life forms more advanced than humans exist on other planets, and about the same percentage believe it is "somewhat likely," a new poll reveals.

The national survey was conducted by the University of Connecticut's Center for Survey Research and Analysis, in association with the SETI Institute. It was commissioned for the National Geographic Channel series "Chasing UFOs."

Respondents were first asked if they believe there is life on other planets. Six in 10 said "yes," while 32 percent said "no" and 8 percent said they "don't know."

Pollsters then put more than a dozen questions to those respondents who do believe in life on other planets. Here are some of the results:

  • 15 percent of those polled believe there is life on "millions of planets," while 12 percent chose "thousands of planets," 16 percent said "hundreds of planets," 45 percent said "only a few planets," and 11 percent had no opinion.
  • Asked how they would react if they were to discover for certain that there is life on other planets, 72 percent said they would be "excited and hopeful," and 20 percent chose "afraid and nervous."
  • 76 percent said it is "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that there are intelligent life forms on other planets that are similar to humans.
  • 72 percent think it is "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that life forms on other planets have the technology to travel through space to visit different solar systems.
  • Asked what we should do if we heard communications coming from another planet, 90 percent said we should communicate back with them, while 7 percent said we should not.

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7. Marco Rubio Book Hits NY Times Best-Seller List

Sen. Marco Rubio's new book "An American Son" was released last week with a splash of publicity — and it will debut its first week out on the prestigious New York Times best-seller list.

The first-term Florida senator chronicles his dramatic rise to national prominence in his memoir, which he describes as "an ode to this country," the "single greatest nation in all of human history."

He reveals that during his longshot campaign for the Senate against Florida's then incumbent governor, Charlie Crist, the odds appeared so insurmountable that he actually contemplated withdrawing from the race so he wouldn't be "embarrassed by losing," but his wife convinced him to continue.

In a recent exclusive interview with Newsmax, Rubio said: "In the process of writing a book, you come to conclusions that maybe you didn't have before you started the process. It forces you to stop for a second, reflect back on your life, and then try to share with readers the lessons that you've learned, how you've learned from your mistakes and from your successes, and hopefully inspire people not just for public service but hopefully to be conservatives too."

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