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  • White House complies with Issa subpoena on ObamaCare rollout [Rep. Elijah Cummings seethed]

    11/13/2013 8:28:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 13, 2013 | Jonathan Easley
    The White House sent the administration’s chief technology officer to testify Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee on the botched ObamaCare rollout, complying with a subpoena issued by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). Issa and Chief Technology Officer Todd Park appeared to share a laugh as they greeted one another ahead of the hearing. As late as Tuesday, the White House had declined to say whether Park would appear with other witnesses. Park’s subpoena has sparked intense political fighting between Democrats and Republicans. As Wednesday's hearing began, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on the panel, thundered that Issa had...
  • U.S. Collects Vast Data Trove (Major Phone Companies, Credit Cards, Online Activity)

    06/06/2013 5:53:04 PM PDT · by kristinn · 128 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Thursday, June 6, 2013 | Siobhan Gorman, Evan Perez and Janet Hook
    The National Security Agency's monitoring of Americans includes customer records from the three major phone networks as well as emails and Web searches, and the agency also has cataloged credit-card transactions, said people familiar with the agency's activities. The disclosure this week of an order by a secret U.S. court for Verizon Communications Inc.'s phone records set off the latest public discussion of the program. But people familiar with the NSA's operations said the initiative also encompasses phone-call data from AT&T Inc. and Sprint Nextel Corp., records from Internet-service providers and purchase information from credit-card providers. The agency is using...
  • IRS employees: Washington IRS official Carter Hull oversaw targeting of conservative groups

    06/06/2013 4:39:17 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 116 replies
    daily caller ^ | 6/5 | howley
    A Washington IRS attorney named Carter Hull closely oversaw the targeting of conservative nonprofit groups and suggested questions that IRS employees could ask of conservative and Tea Party groups applying for tax-exempt nonprofit status, according to interviews that two IRS employees gave with congressional investigators. “I was essentially a front person, because I had no autonomy or no authority to act on [applications] without Carter Hull’s influence or input,” said Elizabeth Hofacre, an employee of the Cincinnati IRS office, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. Hofacre’s office, which oversaw tax-exempt applications, reportedly requested help from the...
  • Report: Gov't scooping up Verizon phone records

    06/06/2013 3:46:24 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 98 replies
    MyWay ^ | 6/6/13
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has been collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top secret court order, according to a report in Britain's Guardian newspaper.</p> <p>The order was granted by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on April 25 and is good until July 19, the newspaper reported Wednesday. The order requires Verizon, one of the nation's largest telecommunications companies, on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries.</p>
  • NYT:Obama Administration Knew of IRS Scandal 5 Months Before Election [ Stolen Election ]

    05/17/2013 1:38:21 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 164 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | May 17 2013 | John Nolte
    In no uncertain terms and with no hedging, The New York Times reports that the Obama Administration was aware of the fact that the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups as far back as June of 2012. The Treasury Department's Inspector General confirmed that he told senior Treasury officials in June of 2012, a full five months before Election Day: The Treasury Department’s inspector general told senior Treasury officials in June 2012 he was investigating the Internal Revenue Service’s screening of politically active organizations seeking tax exemptions, disclosing for the first time on Friday that Obama administration officials were aware...
  • What did the national security briefings Romney received say about Benghazi?

    05/14/2013 4:47:36 PM PDT · by wtd · 14 replies
    The Astute Blogger ^ | May 14, 2013 | Reliapundits
    THIS COULD BE HUGE: What did the briefings Romney received say about Benghazi? After he got the GOP nomination, Romney was SUPPOSED to be getting PRESIDENTIAL briefings on national security. BUT HE DID NOT GET THEM UNTIL AFTER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SANITIZED THE BENGHAZI ATTACK (from a Google news feed word-search):
  • Islamic Flag to Fly Over White House

    04/23/2013 4:05:11 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | 4-23-13 | Dave Jolly
    Not long after Barack Hussein Obama first took office in 2009, I’ve been saying that he is a Muslim and not a Christian as he claims. He has done everything to assist Muslims and hinder Christians. He has hosted Muslim leaders who have vowed to destroy America. He gives billions of dollars and weapons to Islamic extremists, yet he refuses to help a Christian family that only wants to homeschool their children. I am convinced that Obama has been actively paving the way to change America from a Christian nation to Muslim nation, and I’m not the only one. Egyptian...
  • Two youths arrested in shooting death of Georgia baby

    03/22/2013 1:49:26 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 262 replies
    CNN ^ | March 22, 2013 | Tom Watkins and Nick Valencia, CNN Staff
    Brunswick, Georgia (CNN) -- Two teenagers were arrested Friday in the shooting death of a 13-month-old boy who was in his stroller, according to police in Brunswick, Georgia. The suspects are a 17-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy, Police Chief Tobe Green told reporters Friday. He said they are being held on suspicion of first-degree murder. Green identified the older suspect as Demarquis Elkins, saying he will be treated as an adult in criminal proceedings. The 14-year-old was not identified because of his age. "We are turning every stone to get a motive," said Green. A weapon has not been...
  • DHS official resigns after immigrants are freed

    02/27/2013 12:50:51 PM PST · by Perdogg · 114 replies
    The Associated Press has learned that the Homeland Security Department official in charge of the agency's immigration enforcement and removal operations has resigned after hundreds of illegal immigrants were released from jails because of government spending cuts.
  • Beyonce lip-synced 'The Star Spangled Banner,' Marine Corps Band says

    01/22/2013 12:49:50 PM PST · by dennisw · 36 replies
    .foxnews ^ | 1=22
    Halfway through her rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at President Barack Obama's inauguration on Monday, Beyonce dramatically did away with the earpiece that singers use to hear themselves and their bands in a live setting. One viewer likened it to the gutsy move Luke Skywalker made in the dramatic chase scene in the original "Star Wars," tweeting: "Taking out the earpiece is Luke turning off the targeting system in the Death Star trench." But now a rep for the United States Marine Band says Beyonce was not even singing the song live. She was lip-syncing. The rep said that...
  • Former New Orleans mayor charged with bribery, fraud (Updated)

    01/18/2013 10:34:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 107 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2013 | Michael Kunzelman - AP
    NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering. The charges announced Friday come from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen.
  • Obama: U.S. Has Fallen 'Short of the Ideal' in Afghanistan

    01/11/2013 3:13:47 PM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 25 replies
    In remarks with Afghan president Hamid Karzai at the White House this afternoon, President Barack Obama said the U.S. has fallen "short of the ideal" in Afghanistan:
  • "The List"; Obama's Two Hundred and Seventh Week in Office

    01/11/2013 9:00:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 1/11/13 | Nachum
    President Obama's Two Hundred and Seventh Week in Office1/10/2013Obama Ethics, Year 4U.S. Taxpayers are giving Planned Parenthood $1.5 million each and every day - 11% growth in 2 yearsCalifornian women told to have more children as birth rate in most populous state plummetsObama signs bill giving himself lifetime Secret Service protectionJohn Brennan – The CIA - Zbigniew Brzezinski – Columbia University and ObamaChief Justice Of The Supreme Court John Roberts Schedules A Case By Attorney Taitz Regarding Obamas Forged IDs to be Heard in Conference Before the Full Supreme CourtObama's nominees settle it: A more radical, confrontational termEric Holder to...
  • Biden: Obama Can Use "Executive Orders" To Act On Gun Control (video)

    01/09/2013 9:05:36 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 227 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 9, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    Vice President Joe Biden, while addressing representatives of gun safety and gun violence victims' groups, says President Obama could use "executive orders" to enact gun control measures. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: "The president is going to act. There are executives orders -- executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But we're compiling it all with the help of the Attorney General and all the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action, we believe is required."
  • ‘No ma’am’: Letter from U.S. Marine to Dianne Feinstein goes viral

    01/01/2013 11:46:53 AM PST · by T.O.K. · 347 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | January 1, 2013 | Michele Kirk
    <p>The following letter, written by U.S. Marine Joshua Boston and headlined “No ma’am.,” was posted in the CNN iReport on Dec. 27 with the included note from the producer and photo. It has struck a nerve with many and is being circulated around social media venues like Twitter and Facebook.</p>
  • OBAMA DEMANDS MORE TAX HIKES NEXT YEAR (Drudge)

    12/31/2012 1:44:29 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 29 replies
    Link is crashing with too much traffic.
  • EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Stepping Down After Tumultuous Term

    12/27/2012 9:08:01 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 27, 2012 | Associated Press
    <p>The Obama administration's chief environmental watchdog, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, is stepping down after a nearly four-year tenure marked by high-profile brawls over global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline, new controls on coal-fired plants and several other hot-button issues that affect the nation's economy and people's health.</p>
  • BLS Employment Situation Summary (up 0.1% to 7.9%)

    11/02/2012 5:35:32 AM PDT · by xzins · 76 replies
    Bureau of Labor Statistics ^ | 2 Nov 12 | Bureau of Labor Statistics
    THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION -- OCTOBER 2012 Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 171,000 in October, and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 7.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment rose in professional and business services, health care, and retail trade. _______________________________________________________________________________ | | | Hurricane Sandy | | | |Hurricane Sandy had no discernable effect on the employment and unemployment | |data for October. Household survey data collection was completed before the | |storm, and establishment survey data collection rates were within normal ranges| |nationally and for the affected areas. For information on how unusually...
  • White House Disavows Cairo Apology (Free Republic broke embassy apology story)

    09/11/2012 7:46:19 PM PDT · by kristinn · 153 replies
    Politico ^ | Tuesday, September 11, 2012 | Byron Tau
    The White House is disavowing a statement from their own Cairo embassy that apologized for anti-Muslim activity in the United States. "The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government," a senior administration official told POLITICO. The U.S. embassy in Cairo put out a statement early Tuesday that apologized for an anti-Muslim film being circulated by an Israeli-American real estate developer. "The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts...
  • Seasonal And Birth Death Adjustments Add 429,000 Statistical "Jobs"

    08/03/2012 6:09:39 AM PDT · by Pearls Before Swine · 22 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 8/3/2012 | "Tyler Durden"
    BLS Bureau of Labor Statistics Happy by the headline establishment survey print of 133,245 which says that the US "added" 163,000 jobs in July from 133,082 last month? Consider this: the number was based on a non seasonally adjusted July number of 132,868. This was a 1.248 million drop from the June print. So how did the smoothing work out to make a real plunge into an "adjusted" rise? Simple: the BLS "added" 377K jobs for seasonal purposes. This was the largest seasonal addition in the past decade for a July NFP print in the past decade, possibly ever, as...
  • U.S. economy grows 2.5% in third quarter

    10/27/2011 8:04:43 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 27 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 10.27.11 | Jeffry Bartash
    U.S. growth accelerated in the third quarter as consumers and businesses ramped up spending, a report that shows the economy remained resilient in the face of strong headwinds. Gross domestic product in the July-through-September period expanded at a 2.5% annual rate, the government said Thursday. That’s nearly double the 1.3% rate of growth in the second quarter and much faster than the first quarter’s tepid increase of 0.4%.
  • Obama administration sues to block Alabama immigration law

    08/01/2011 2:43:53 PM PDT · by Doogle · 59 replies
    fox4kc ^ | 08/01/11 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday sued to block enforcement of Alabama's new immigration law, widely considered to be the toughest measure in the United States to try to crack down on illegal immigrants. The law, known as H.B. 56, was signed by Republican Governor Robert Bentley in June and is due to take effect on September 1. Civil rights groups brought a separate lawsuit challenging the law about a month ago.
  • House Won’t Provide 72 Hours to Review Budget Control Act (Heritage recalls Boehner's pledge)

    08/01/2011 7:46:13 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 120 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | August 1st | Rob Bluey
    Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) repeatedly criticized Democrats last year for voting on legislation that members didn’t have time to read. "Read the Bill" language was even included in the GOP's Pledge to America to ensure lawmakers would have adequate notice to review legislation. "Neither members of Congress or the public were given time to read the trillion-dollar stimulus before it passed. Nobody read the cap-and-trade bill. Nobody read the budget. And yet Democrats approved them anyway," Boehner said in a video last year. “Every major bill should be posted online and publicly available for at least 72 hours."
  • Obama, Congress reach a debt deal

    07/31/2011 5:58:37 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 151 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 31, 2011 | DAVID ESPO
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Racing the clock to avoid a government default, President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders reached historic agreement Sunday night on a compromise to permit vital U.S. borrowing by the Treasury in exchange for more than $2 trillion in long-term spending cuts.
  • Reid: Republicans Must Work With Democrats On The Only Option Left To Avert Default,Save Our Economy

    07/30/2011 2:23:05 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 66 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | July 30,2011 | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
    Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the only viable debt ceiling compromise to avert a default. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:Republicans leaders in the House of Representatives wasted this week pursuing a right-wing proposal they knew from the start could not pass the Senate.From the very beginning the Speaker’s Band-Aid approach was fatally flawed – it would have put us back in this incredible position, fighting the clock to prevent financial collapse, in just a few weeks.It was a concession to Tea Party extremists, yet it...
  • Reid's Debt-Ceiling Bill Fails in Test Vote,,,(CCB still only "game" in town)

    07/31/2011 11:17:42 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 107 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/31/2011 | fox news
    Democrats' debt-ceiling bill failed to clear a key Senate hurdle Sunday afternoon, putting the onus on bipartisan negotiators to come up with an alternative plan with just two days to go until the Treasury runs out of ways to pay all of America's bills. The vote on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's plan was expected to fail. Sixty votes were required to advance the proposal, and it fell far short in a 50-49 roll call. The focus now turns almost exclusively to the latest round of talks being conducted among White House officials and Senate leaders. After disagreeing about the...
  • Obama Admin. Mulling National Sales Tax: 'Value Added Tax' Has People Screaming To Heck With 'Vat'

    04/07/2010 3:11:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 143 replies · 4,886+ views
    WCBS-TV ^ | April 7, 2010 | Marcia Kramer
    A taxing development surfaced on Wednesday. White House economic advisor Paul Volcker is calling for a new national sales tax -- a value added tax or "vat" -- to help close the deficit. But as CBS 2 HD found out area residents are saying "vat chance." Talk about starting a tax revolt. Volcker's call for a new national sales tax -- on top of the state and local sales taxes we pay now -- got a loud Bronx cheer from just about everyone. "That's crazy. That really is crazy. Why would need any more taxes than we already have?" said...
  • Harry Reid postpones vote till Sunday at 1 p.m.

    07/30/2011 7:35:44 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 74 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman
    After rejecting a GOP bill passed by the House, Senate Democrats pursue their own plan to avert a government default in a messy legislative showdown. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid announced late Saturday that negotiations with Minroity Leader Mitch McConnell and the White House had made enough progress that he would delay consideration of his own legislation to avert the debt crisis. Rather than a 1 a.m. Sunday vote, Reid said he would give the negotiators room to maneuver and set a 1 p.m. Sunday vote on his bill -- which McConnell has already assured would be defeated. A...
  • Could President Obama Invoke Amendment Number 14?

    07/28/2011 7:14:54 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 46 replies
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | July 28, 2011 | annem040359
    What President Barack Hussein Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, by how he is talking, it sure sounds like the Obama White House and the Democrats are getting desperate. It is a sure sign that the Democrats with President Obama are on “the ropes”. The is should come as no surprise because it is a sign that the American people are starting to scream out to the White House, Senate, and House that ENOUGH is ENOUGH. What start with many tea party movement protests going back to early 2009, has come to this late week and the efforts to resolve the...
  • Obama: No Yellowstone?!

    04/06/2011 1:06:06 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 70 replies · 1+ views
    Politico44 ^ | 04/06/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    Miles from Washington, President Obama on Wednesday tried to persuade people that they should care about keeping the government open — because if it shuts down, they won’t be able to walk around national parks. Obama told clean energy workers in Pennsylvania that some of them are probably thinking, “What do I care?” They should care, he said, because a shutdown would stall small-business loans and mortgage work. And, if any of them wanted to vacation at Yellowstone National Park, “you're out of luck,” Obama said. “You may have to figure out if you can get your money back,” he...