Rest in Peace: Andrew Breitbart dies at 43
Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.
We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior.
Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.
Andrew recently wrote a new conclusion to his book, Righteous Indignation:
I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and-famously-I enjoy making enemies.
Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I've lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I've gained hundreds, thousands-who knows?-of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.
Sen Manchin to vote for Blunt amendment
"While I would have preferred that both sides would have come together around a solution like we had in West Virginia, I am voting in favor of this measure to protect the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America," Manchin said in a statement. Manchin also notes that in his home state, West Virginia law requires contraceptive coverage but also guarantees "religious freedom for employers or institutions that object to such services." The law requires health insurance companies to also provide contraceptive care but exempts religious institutions that object based on "religious tenets."
Obama's America: Theives targeting gasoline in cars
When they stopped to fill their gas tanks recently, several Takoma Park residents realized something wasn't quite right. As they pumped, a puddle of gasoline began to pool at their feet.
This was no typical car trouble, though. Police said the drivers had fallen victim to thieves who drilled into their tanks and made off with the fuel - an attractive target, considering today's gas prices.
Police believe that the incidents, which can be dangerous because gasoline vapors are flammable and can ignite with a spark, occurred overnight and on weekends. Police are still looking for who committed the crimes.
China unloads 118bn in US debt
China cut its holdings of US debt by $118 billion as its own reserves fell in the fourth quarter, newly revised US Treasury figures showed Wednesday.
China's holdings of US Treasury securities fell 9.3 percent from September to December to $1.1529 trillion -- with most of the fall coming apparently in the final month of the quarter, according to the revised Treasury data.
Is Newt back?
Gingrich has a comfortable lead in Georgia; the RCP poll average puts him nine points ahead of his competitors in his home state. He doesn't, however, fare nearly so well in the other states he's supposedly targeting. In Ohio, for example, Gingrich
polls at an average of 18 percent, behind Santorum's 34.3 percent and Mitt Romney's 26 percent. In Tennessee, Gingrich polls in fourth place, according to the Vanderbilt
Yet, today, Gingrich has at least one bit of poll improvement to tout: His Gallup support rating jumped two points today. With his personal life out of the limelight and his ideas about energy policy front-and-center, at least a few folks apparently have remembered Gingrich ain't all bad.
Obama says his apology to Afghan jihadis helped calm things down
President Obama said his formal apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the burning of Korans by U.S. troops last week has "calmed things down" after the incident sparked an outbreak of violence across the country.
"We're not out of the woods yet," Obama said in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Bob Woodruff at the White House. "But my criteria in any decision I make, getting recommendations from folks who are actually on the ground, is what is going to best protect our folks and make sure that they can accomplish their mission."