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Rick Santorum Congratulates Ted Cruz On Run-Off Victory

Verona, PA - Rick Santorum, former Republican Presidential candidate and Chairman of Patriot Voices, congratulated U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his victory this evening in the Texas Republican Senate run-off.


Rick Santorum said, "On behalf of Patriot Voices, I am proud to congratulate Ted on his terrific victory this evening.  The people of Texas resoundingly responded to Ted's strong conservative values and his message of limited government, the power of free markets, and the importance of traditional American values.  We look forward to working with Ted in the general election to help elect him the next Senator from the great state of Texas."


Rick Santorum and Patriot Voices endorsed Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate in May.  Since that time, Patriot Voices has operated a national call-from-home program for Cruz, and Santorum has traveled to Texas to campaign on Cruz's behalf.

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New flu strain human health in seals could pose risk to human health, experts say

Given the potential for dangerous pandemics to arise from new flu strains, scientists are ever vigilant when it comes to evolving variations of influenza that could pose risks to human health.  And now, the emergence of a new adaptation of a type of avian flu has scientists on their guard.

A study published in mBio®, an online journal of the American Society for Microbiology, details the discovery of a novel influenza strain found in New England harbor seals.  The virus, which originated in birds, has adapted to infect mammals – making researchers uneasy of the possibility that it could eventually spread to humans.

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Lost Stradivarius Violin Found, Returned By Good Samaritan

A lost Stradivarius violin was found and returned to its owner, who had absentmindedly left the priceless instrument on a Swiss train a few days before.

The Stradivarius violin was returned by a good Samaritan at Switzerland’s Bern train station’s lost and found, according to The Huffington Post.


Former NFL Cheerleader Sarah Jones Denies She Is the 'Female Sandusky'

A former Bengals cheerleader accused of sex abuse is firing back at her at her critics and the rumors about her personal life despite a request by prosecutors for a gag order in the case.

Sarah Jones, one-time captain of the Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleading squad and a former high school teacher in Kenton County, Ky., is accused of sexually abusing a student and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual activities.

"I read on a blog that I was the female [Jerry] Sandusky. To read those things and not be able to comment, not be able to stick up for myself is not fair," said Sarah Jones in an exclusive interview with ABC News.

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Local *leaders* Rod Sullivan and Tom Gill squabble on another person's Facebook page!

Johnson County Supervisor Rod "F*&^ You" Sullivan and Coralville City Council member Tom Gill thought it was a good idea to squabble on Facebook about the county jail.....  And they did it on another person's Facebook page!  I've left that person's name off the commentary, here it is as of 6:30pm, Tuesday, July 31, 2012.

Thomas J. Gill (20 hours ago):  Sheriff Pulkrabek is a fine individual, but I am going to vote NO November 6th for the $46.8 million bond referendum to build a Justice Center. Yes I realize it is more than a Jail but not at this time.

Rod Sullivan (19 hours ago): At least you get to vote! Offer the same courtesy to (name withheld)!

(Name withheld) (11 hours ago):  I am voting Rod.

Rod Sullivan (8 hours ago): I meant on Coralville issues.

Thomas J. Gill (7 hours ago): Hah, there you go again, who voted on Sullivan's Sutliff bridge to nowhere?

Rod Sullivan (7 hours ago): You always change the subject. You don't have the balls to discuss your own record. So - answer the question: why can't (name withheld) vote on Coralville expenditures of millions of dollars?

Ain't that GREAT? .....   A couple of so-called leaders playing a game of who can be the better hypocrite?

John Archer sends a letter to Loebsack, asking him to protect small business job creators from tax hikes

The following is a letter that Republican nominee for Iowa's Second District John Archer, sent to liberal incumbent Congressman Dave Loebsack. 

31 July 2012 

Congressman Dave Loebsack
1527 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman Loebsack, 

As Congress prepares to take its month long vacation, you are doing so without addressing several important issues that are important to Iowa businesses and farmers. Before your month long break you have the opportunity this week to give some certainty to our job creators by extending the middle class, small business tax cuts. If these tax cuts are not extended, the estate tax will increase – which will hurt Iowa family farms in particular. In addition, the tax rate for millions of Americans will increase and marriage penalty will be reinstated and the child tax credit will be cut in half.  Also, due to Washington’s inaction, the Farm Bill is set to expire and massive automatic cuts that will handicap our Department of Defense will be enacted. The cost of both higher education and healthcare continues to rise, yet Congress is taking a recess. 

Mr. Loebsack, as a Representative for the people of Iowa, I hope you will use this week before your break to provide Americans with some certainty about what our taxes will look like next year.  

 Here are a few items that you should consider: 

·         Create a tax code that encourages businesses to create jobs in the U.S.

Instead of adding more special regulations in the tax code, we need to simplify it. We need to make America more competitive by lowering the tax burden faced by families and businesses. Let’s make sure America is open for business.   

·         Support the permanent repeal of the death tax

Family farmers and small business owners across the district look forward to the day when they can pass their business – their livelihood – on to their heirs without the government taking nearly half of what they built. The death tax is a job killer. 

·         Stand up for working families by providing tax relief

The potential cost of ObamaCare to the middle class is unknown; however, we do know that ObamaCare is estimated to increase taxes by as much as $675 billion. The last thing we need is an increase in income taxes. It is imperative that the middle class not be forgotten. 

·         Protect small business job creators from tax hikes

Recent data shows our economic growth is slowing. Now is clearly not the time to increase the taxes on any hard-working American. A tax on “the wealthy” would affect over a million small businesses – the very job creators our economy needs. 

Thank you,

John Archer
Republican Nominee for Iowa-2

Post Office Nears Historic Default on $5B Payment

The U.S. Postal Service is bracing for a first-ever default on billions in payments due to the Treasury, adding to widening uncertainty about the mail agency's solvency as first-class letters plummet and Congress deadlocks on ways to stem the red ink.

With cash running perilously low, two legally required payments for future postal retirees' health benefits — $5.5 billion due Wednesday, and another $5.6 billion due in September — will be left unpaid, the mail agency said Monday. Postal officials said they also are studying whether they may need to delay other obligations. In the coming months, a $1.5 billion payment is due to the Labor Department for workers compensation, which for now it expects to make, as well as millions in interest payments to the Treasury.

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NBA owners want to kill Olympic format to protect investment in international players

LONDON – Together, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant watched the final minutes on the far end of the Americans' bench, the two most transcendent players in the world cheering on teammates, sharing some laughs and understanding that Olympic basketball had been one of the best things to ever happen to them.

For James, it helped him become a champion. For Bryant, it helped him become one again. They've never had much of a friendship, but they do share this unmistakable bond: They drive the revenue, the ratings and relevance in the NBA. They're the most public faces of Team USA's transformation from a lost program to a gold-medal standard.

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