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  • The Left wages total war and then plays victim

    04/01/2015 3:21:24 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 31, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney
    On one side is the CEO of the world's largest company, the president of the United States and a growing chunk of the Fortune 500. On the other side is a solo wedding photographer in New Mexico, a 70-year-old grandma florist in Washington and a few bakers. One side wants the state to conscript the religious businesswomen and men into participating in ceremonies that violate their beliefs. The other side wants to make it possible for religious people to live their own lives according to their consciences. Yet somehow, the Left and most of the mainstream press paint the current...
  • Gov. Malloy: Indiana "Religious Freedom" Law is Covering "Outright Bigotry"

    04/01/2015 3:03:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 37 replies
    nbcconnecticut.com ^ | March 31, 2015
    Connecticut's governor is blasting the governor of Indiana for signing the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, calling it discriminatory against the gay community and asking for its repeal. The Indiana measure, which Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed last week, prohibits state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The definition of "person" includes religious institutions, businesses and associations. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday that the law is covering "outright bigotry" in Indiana. "The reality is, the governor is not a stupid man, but he’s done stupid...
  • Islamic Society speaks out against RFRA

    04/01/2015 2:51:08 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    wthr.com ^ | April 01, 2015
    PLAINFIELD, Ind. - The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Wednesday expressed concern about Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. "ISNA welcomes the protection of an individual's right to free exercise of religion being given the legal 'strict scrutiny' standard, but has serious concerns about the extension of those rights to corporations as well as the protections against civil liability for discrimination by protected corporations against individuals. "For example, if a corporation refused to hire a person because they were a Muslim and their religious beliefs did not permit them to hire Muslims, then the prospective employee could not succeed in...
  • The Fascist Left and Same-Sex Marriage

    04/01/2015 2:50:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a law with the same name as one signed on the federal level by President Bill Clinton in 1993, which was co-sponsored by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the presumptive next Senate minority leader. Naturally, Pence found himself on the wrong end of a partisan barrage from ABC News' George Stephanopoulos for signing that law the following Sunday. It sure is nice to be a Democrat. What exactly does the law state? The Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana states that "a governmental entity may not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion, even...
  • Al Sharpton Compares Indiana Religious Freedom Law To Slavery, Jim Crow [VIDEO]

    04/01/2015 3:32:13 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 65 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 30, 2015 | No Attribution
    n the opening segment of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” host and notorious tax-evader Al Sharpton compared the newly-enacted Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act to Jim Crow and slavery. “This is a key moment for the country,” he said. “Too often in our history, we’ve seen religion used to justify attacks on other people’s rights, from slavery, to Jim Crow, to women’s right to vote.”
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Christians have no right to call Scientologists crazy

    04/01/2015 7:33:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/01/2015 | PAMELA ENGEL AND MICHAEL B KELLEY
    Astrophysicist and cosmologist Neil DeGrasse Tyson is defending Scientology in light of HBO's highly critical documentary on the church. HBO's documentary "Going Clear" did not show the church in an entirely positive light — Scientology has a built a reputation for tormenting members who leave it either by surveillance or harassment. The film highlights the celebrities who made the religion intriguing to the world as well as the horrific stories of abuse from former members. But Tyson, in an interview with The Daily Beast, declined to bash the controversial church, saying people are free to believe whatever they want. "So,...
  • Bill de Blasio Says Indiana Religious Law Is ‘Doomed to Failure’

    04/01/2015 3:08:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    observer.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | Ross Barkan
    Mayor Bill de Blasio excoriated a controversial Indiana religious freedom law, telling reporters today that it is “deeply disturbing” and “doomed to failure.” Following the lead of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mr. de Blasio also said he would ban non-essential city travel to the Hoosier State. “It’s a deeply disturbing reality right now in Indiana and I hope before it’s too late, they turn back,” Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, said at an unrelated press conference in Brooklyn. He promised that the law, which critics say will allow businesses to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, will backfire on the...
  • Is George Stephanopoulos Helping Hillary launch her Presidential Campaign Again?

    04/01/2015 2:59:01 PM PDT · by Isara · 19 replies
    George Stephanopoulos was one of the leading members of Clinton's 1992 U.S. presidential campaign and worked in the Clinton administration before turning "journalist." In 2012, he injected the birth-control-pill issue into the 2012 presidential election debate to create the illusion of a GOP "War on Women." The objective may have been to help create camaraderie among women to benefit Hillary. Now, it seems that he is doing it again. Out of the clear blue, he pounded Mike Pence on signing a bill that many states have. The issue this time is LGBT. Is it possible that Hillary is going to...
  • White House: Obama Finds Religious Freedom Laws ‘Unthinkable’

    04/01/2015 2:45:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 84 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | Fred Lucas | April 1, 2015
    President Barack Obama finds Indiana’s religious freedom law and others like it “unthinkable,” the White House said Wednesday. “I do think in the mind of the president, the thought that we would have state legislatures in the 21st century in the United States of America passing laws that would use religion to try to justify discriminating against people for who they love is unthinkable,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. Critics say Indiana’s law now allows for businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
  • MSNBC 'Debate' on Indiana Law: 'Cut His Mic Off!'

    04/01/2015 2:10:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 4/1/15 | Guy Benson
    The Heritage Foundation's Ryan Anderson (with whom I happen to disagree on same-sex marriage) appeared on Ed Schultz's MSNBC program (cough) last night to discuss Indiana's religious freedom law, and the resulting conversation culminated with the host instructing producers to silence Anderson's microphone. End of Discussion: Schultz advances one false or misleading narrative after another, then loses his composure when Anderson (or "Mr. Ryan," as Schultz calls him at one point) replies with rapid-fire factual corrections. Schultz interrupts Anderson's first answer almost immediately to contest the statement that Indiana's law is effectively the same as other RFRAs, including the federal...
  • BOOM! Newt Gingrich SLAMS opposition of Indiana RFRA law as nothing but a LYNCH MOB

    04/01/2015 2:06:10 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 29 replies
    therightscoop.com ^ | 4/1/2015 | Right Scoop
    Everyone should take note, because THIS is how you respond to the radical left screaming about Indiana’s RFRA law. Not only does he defend Mike Pence on HuffPost Live, he calls the opposition a lynch mob and won’t back down when challenged. He also hits back at the louder voices condemning the law over their selective moral outrage and blatant hypocrisy:
  • Religious Freedom Firestorm: Arkansas Considers Controversial Bill Similar to Indiana's

    03/31/2015 8:02:26 AM PDT · by don-o · 15 replies
    NBC ^ | March 31, 2015
    Lawmakers in Indiana are scrambling to clarify a religious freedom law amid a national firestorm. But their counterparts in Arkansas are pushing ahead with a similar measure — and the governor says he'll sign it. Protesters gathered outside the governor's mansion in Little Rock on Tuesday morning. A final vote in the state House could come later in the day.
  • Arkansas Governor’s Son Thrust Into Spotlight Over Religious Freedom Bill (barf alert)

    details have started to fade, but Seth Hutchinson, a son of Gov. Hutchinson of Arkansas, remembers the arrest in the 1990s of a teacher who was gay. “He was not out,” Seth Hutchinson recounted on Wednesday. “And he was arrested in a park — I think the official charge was attempting to loiter — and it was obvious he was there because he couldn’t be out and keep his job.” Mr. Hutchinson said the episode was a formative experience in the political journey that has frequently pitted him against his father. Hutchinson surged into the spotlight on Wednesday when Governor...
  • Arkansas’s Republican governor: I want some changes to this RFRA bill before I sign it

    04/01/2015 11:54:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/01/2015 | AllahPundit
    You can look at this three ways. One: Asa Hutchinson got cold feet after watching Mike Pence take a vicious media beating for signing Indiana’s RFRA. So he caved to the left, pure and simple, out of political cowardice. If the GOP won’t stand for religious liberty against pressure from gay-rights activists even in the very red state of Arkansas, this culture war is well and truly lost. Might as well repeal RFRA and let liberals shut down any business owner who resists conscription into a gay wedding ceremony. Two: Hutchinson caved, but not to the left. He caved to...
  • Poll: Ted Cruz Gets Big Bump After 2016 Presidency Announcement

    04/01/2015 10:51:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 1, 2015 | Andrea Billups
    GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is getting a big polling bump after his announcement that he will seek his party's nomination, Public Policy Polling reports. Support for the first-term Texas senator, who opened his national campaign office in Houston on Tuesday, rose from 5 percent to 16 percent, PPP noted, pushing Cruz into the top-tier of Republicans who will likely make a primary run. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is leading the pack, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and then Cruz, whose popularity with conservatives in his party is growing, PPP said of its latest survey of likely GOP...
  • Arkansas Governor Asks Legislature to Change 'Religious Freedom' Bill

    04/01/2015 8:55:24 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | 04/01/2015 | CHRIS GOOD
    Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has asked his state's legislature to alter a religious-freedom bill sent to his desk before he will sign it. "I ask that changes be made in the legislature, and I've asked that the leaders of the General Assembly to recall the bill so that it can be amended to reflect the terms of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act," Hutchinson said. The Governor noted that the bill applies to corporations and litigations between private citizens or entities, neither of which are included in the federal law signed by Bill Clinton.
  • Arkansas governor: Bill needs changes before I sign it

    04/01/2015 8:55:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | April 1, 2015 | Eric Bander
    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he does not plan to sign the version of the religious freedom bill that currently sits on his desk and called on the state legislature to make changes before sending it back to him. Hutchinson, who called the issue "divisive" and cited his own son as an example of someone urging him to veto the bill, made the announcement during a Little Rock press conference Wednesday morning. The Arkansas House on Tuesday approved a religious freedom measure that mirrors the one Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law in Indiana -- sparking outrage...
  • ARKANSAS GOVERNOR CAVES TO LGBT MILITANTS

    04/01/2015 8:55:29 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 98 replies
    ARKANSAS GOVERNOR IS REFUSING TO SIGN THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT.
  • Hutchinson to hold 10:30 a.m. news conference on HB1228 [Arkansas, Central Time Zone]

    04/01/2015 7:42:01 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 27 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 04/01/2015 | CNN
    arkansasonline.com/liveaudio will stream it live
  • Walmart to Arkansas gov.: Veto religious freedom law

    04/01/2015 6:23:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 04/01/2015 | By Katie Lobosco
    Walmart's CEO is standing up against a religious freedom law that just landed on the governor's desk in Arkansas, home to the company's headquarters. It's similar to the law Indiana adopted last week, which sparked outrage from those who say it opens the door for discrimination against gays and lesbians. Walmart (WMT) CEO Doug McMillon asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto the bill, which was approved by the Arkansas House on Tuesday. The company is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. "Today's passage of HB1228 threatens to undermine the spirit of inclusion present throughout the state of Arkansas and does not reflect...
  • Left Wing #BoycottArkansas to smear another State has started on Facebook & Twitter

    03/31/2015 5:01:16 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 28 replies
    Twitter & Facebook | March 31, 2015 | Steelers6
    FYI, don't leave social media to the Smear Merchants and the Rats
  • Arkansas House passes its own "religious freedom" bill

    03/31/2015 3:16:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 31, 2015 | By MADISON GRAY
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a "religious freedom" bill similar to the controversial measure in Indiana. The bill now heads to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's desk for signing into law. Hutchinson said that he would approve the measure if it made it to his office, CBS News affiliate KTVH in Little Rock reported. The Arkansas version of the bill -- HB 1228 -- would prevent state and local governments from infringement on someone's religious beliefs unless there were a "compelling" reason. Like the Indiana law, opponents say it would foster discrimination against the gay and lesbian...
  • Ted Cruz Can’t Do What Glenn Beck Says

    03/31/2015 7:46:03 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/26/2015 | W. James Antle III
    Less than a week after leaving the Republican Party, Glenn Beck had something to say about how Ted Cruz should approach the primaries. Leave Scott Walker and Rand Paul alone. Otherwise, Beck warned, “we’re just going to end up with Jeb Bush.” (Bill O’Reilly was skeptical about Beck’s whole GOP-leaving business.) Cruz professed his admiration for Paul and Cruz, but didn’t quite commit to refrain from criticizing them. That’s because he can’t. The Republican presidential race can be split into the conservative primary and the establishment primary. Beck isn’t wrong that a divided conservative vote could benefit Bush, but there...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook on Indiana Bill: 'There's something very dangerous happening' in America

    03/30/2015 8:07:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 245 replies
    There's something very dangerous happening in states across the country. A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in Arkansas, say individuals can cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state nondiscrimination law. Others are more transparent in their effort to discriminate. Legislation being considered in Texas would strip the salaries and pensions of clerks who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples — even...
  • Huckabee shares 'untold secret' of support ("Brushes off" idea of Cruz "intruding" on his turf)

    03/29/2015 1:13:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | March 29, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Sunday brushed off the idea that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) would intrude on his turf among conservative Christian voters. "My base is really beyond just evangelicals," Huckabee said on CBS's "Face the Nation." "I think the untold secret is a lot of the support that I have, and that I anticipate I will have, is from the working-class, blue-collar people who grew up a lot like I did – not blue-blood, but blue-collar," Huckabee said. He acknowledged that evangelical voters played a major role in his 2008 presidential campaign. Cruz, the first major Republican...
  • Huckabee on GOP Field: No ‘Outright Liberal in the Whole Bunch’ (eh? barf)

    03/29/2015 12:31:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 12:18 PM | Greg Richter
    Voters are more concerned with finding a candidate to restore their personal economic outlook than they are with how conservative the Republican Party is, expected GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told Face the Nation on Sunday. Huckabee told host Bob Schieffer he knows there will be a “big brouhaha” over which Republican candidate will be most conservative, but added, “there really isn’t an outright liberal in the whole bunch.” There may be degrees of conservatism from policy to policy, he said, but, “compared to the current administration, all of us are conservative.” Huckabee said voters don’t care about the horizontal...
  • (Washington Post Wonkblog) Ted Cruz’s flat tax couldn’t even work in your imagination

    03/25/2015 8:02:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Washington Post Wonkblog ^ | 03/25/2015 | Matt O' Brien
    Imagine there's no IRS. It isn't hard to do. No Obamacare to pay for. And no budget deficits too. Imagine all the people, living with a flat tax. You may say Ted Cruz is a dreamer, but he's not the only one. He hopes some day—especially if you live in Iowa—you'll join him, and, well, he'll be president. That, at least, was the message during his announcement, oddly redolent of John Lennon, that he's officially seeking the highest office in the land. It was a conservative wish list to not only repeal the 21st century, but the 20th, too. About...
  • Arkansas state Senate approves religious protection bill cast by critics as anti-LGBT

    03/27/2015 10:51:32 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 27, 2015 | AP
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas inched closer Friday toward becoming the second state this year to adopt a law that critics say would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians, with the state Senate approving a religious protection bill. The bill, approved by the Senate 24-7, prevents state and local government from taking any action that substantially burdens someone's religious beliefs unless a "compelling" interest is proven. The measure heads for a final vote next week in the House, which has already approved an initial version. The proposal faces an easy path forward, because Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he'll...
  • RAND FIRES AT RUBIO, GRAHAM: VOTES WERE ‘FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE AND DANGEROUS TO THE COUNTRY’ FOR...

    03/27/2015 1:35:59 AM PDT · by z taxman · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) fired at Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), among others, calling their ideas “fiscally irresponsible and dangerous to the country” and “just as bad as the Democrats” after they voted to raise defense spending on Thursday without offsetting that with spending cuts to discretionary federal programs. Paul had introduced an amendment that would have raised defense spending, but offset that increase with cuts elsewhere, such as the Departments of Education, Energy and Commerce. That amendment competed with an amendment from Rubio that would have increased defense spending with no offsetting spending cuts—just a blanket...
  • Tom Cotton is an American hero (Victor Davis Hanson)

    03/26/2015 11:52:12 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 2 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 03/26/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The snarky quip attributed to 19th-century French Foreign Minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand -- "It was worse than a crime; it was a blunder" -- has recently been making the rounds to deride a letter written by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and signed by 46 other senators.
  • Senate Democrat Trolls Tom Cotton So Hard [Barf Alert!]

    03/26/2015 11:52:07 AM PDT · by Carl Vehse · 12 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | March 26, 2015 | Zach Carter
    Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) delivered a pitch-perfect trolling lesson to the Senate on Wednesday, filing an amendment calling to defund "the purchase of stationary [sic] or electronic devices for the purpose of members of Congress or congressional staff communicating with foreign governments and undermining the role of the President as Head of State in international nuclear negotiations on behalf of the United States." In other words, Stabenow wants to defund Tom Cotton letters.
  • Homeland Security watchdog faults visa official for helping insiders (Clinton, Reid, McAuliffe)

    03/25/2015 1:44:51 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | By Joseph Tanfani
    The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department intervened several times in projects with connections to insiders, including Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and a brother of Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a report issued by the department's watchdog Tuesday. Alejandro Mayorkas, while head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, created an "appearance of favoritism" in a program that offers visas to wealthy foreigners willing to invest in American companies, the report says, though it stops short of saying Mayorkas was guilty of wrongdoing. More than 15 whistle-blowers came forward to complain that Mayorkas was giving special treatment to...
  • Rand Paul’s Passive-Aggressive Trolling Campaign

    01/06/2015 8:13:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 5, 2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    RandPAC is trolling other potential GOP contenders early and often with the help of Google ads—and Chris Christie and Rick Perry just might be next. When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced in mid-December that he would “actively explore” running for the Republican presidential nomination, curious parties took to Google to learn more about him. While they were there, many of them were greeted by another politician’s name at the bottom of the page—one they hadn’t searched for. “Join a movement working to shrink government. Not grow it,” read one of the ads, placed by RandPAC, the political action committee...
  • Tom Cotton calls for ‘global military dominance’ in maiden Senate speech

    03/18/2015 4:24:49 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 18 at 1:06 PM | Mike DeBonis
    Over the course of just a few days last week, Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) went from relatively anonymous freshman senator to what seemed like the tip of every tongue in Washington -- thanks to the letter he wrote and got 46 fellow Republicans to join, warning the ruling Iranian regime to be wary of negotiating a nuclear deal with President Obama. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/03/18/tom-cotton-calls-for-global-military-dominance-in-maiden-senate-speech/
  • Bravo Tom Cotton!

    03/20/2015 3:23:07 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Mar 20, 2015 | D.W. Wilber
    While the Obama Administration and their allies in the Democrat Party and news media may have gotten their panties in a twist over the open letter to the Iranian leadership signed by Republican senators led by Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, those who recognize and understand the Iranian threat offer a full-throated ‘Bravo’ to the group of Republican senators for their courage to step up and be heard.
  • Sen. Tom Cotton: 'Stop Iran From Obtaining a Nuclear Weapon'

    03/20/2015 2:47:12 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 2 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 09:00 PM | By Jason Devaney
    In an opinion piece for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Sen. Tom Cotton defended his stance on wanting to keep nuclear weapons out of Iran, saying "a nuclear Iran presents too great of a threat to accept." Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Tom-Cotton-letter-op-ed-stop-Iran/2015/03/19/id/631321/#ixzz3Uuy1e0zP Urgent: Rate Obama on His Job Performance. Vote Here Now!
  • Tom Cotton did not send a letter to Iran or anyone else!

    03/19/2015 8:37:13 AM PDT · by richardtavor · 11 replies
    BillMoyers.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Gareth Porter
    The “open letter” from Senator Tom Cotton and 46 other Republican senators to the leadership of Iran, which even Republicans themselves admit was aimed at encouraging Iranian opponents of the nuclear negotiations to argue that the United States cannot be counted on to keep the bargain, has created a new political firestorm. It has been harshly denounced by Democratic loyalists as “stunning” and “appalling”, and critics have accused the signers of the letter of being “treasonous” for allegedly violating a law forbidding citizens from negotiating with a foreign power. But the response to the letter has primarily distracted public attention...
  • The Cotton Letter Was Not Sent Anywhere, Especially Not to Iran

    03/16/2015 1:21:59 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 8 replies
    NRO ^ | March 16 2015 | DEROY MURDOCK
    Before U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and 46 of his GOP colleagues are frog-marched to the gallows and hanged for treason, one vital point of confusion must be cleared up. Say what you will about the Republicans’ open letter “to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” The Cotton/GOP letter regarding Tehran’s atom-bomb talks with Obama was not sent to the ayatollahs. Had Cotton & Co. actually delivered their communiqué to Iran’s mullahs — perhaps via a Swiss diplomatic pouch or something even more cloak and dagger — their critics would be on less swampy ground in calling...
  • Official: Iran Confronts US at Nuke Talks Over GOP Letter

    03/16/2015 1:00:09 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | Mar 16, 2015, 2:33 PM ET | BRADLEY KLAPPER
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Iranian diplomats twice confronted their American counterparts about an open letter from Republican senators who warned that any nuclear deal could expire the day President Barack Obama leaves office, a senior U.S. official said Monday. The official, noting the administration's warnings when the letter first surfaced, said the GOP intervention was a new issue in the tense negotiations facing an end-of-month deadline for a framework agreement. The letter came up in nuclear talks Sunday between senior U.S. and Iranian negotiators, the official said, and the Iranians raised it again in discussions Monday led by Secretary of State...
  • US Annual Threats Assessment Removes Iran from Terror Threats List

    03/16/2015 11:36:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/16/15 | Jordan Schachtel
    The U.S. intelligence community’s Worldwide Threat Assessment removed Iran and its proxy Hezbollah from the list of terror threats to the United States. The annual assessment of the intelligence community, which is released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, led by General James Clapper, backed away from years of precedent when the decision was made to remove Iran and Hezbollah from the terrorism threats list, The Times of Israel reports. Outside of the politically correct verbiage and categorization issues (such as replacing the term “jihadist” with “violent extremist”), the report reveals that the intelligence community believes Tehran...
  • It’s Clear Tom Cotton Won His Battle with Obama (conservative leadership!)

    03/16/2015 11:04:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/15/15 | William Bigelow
    Even Politico, a reliably leftist media outlet that has done its best to support Barack Obama from pillar to post, is now tacitly acknowledging that hard-line Senator Tom Cotton has won his battle with the administration over the letter he authored to Iran that was signed by 46 other GOP senators. Key to understanding Cotton’s victory are two developments: the White House doing its damndest to vilify him on the Sunday talks shows, thus acknowledging he had not been defeated, and the refusal of Democrats who had rejected Obama’s focus on diplomacy to abandon their position despite the White House...
  • Mika Brzezinski: Tom Cotton a 'Toddler' and 'Fool'

    03/16/2015 6:02:59 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 43 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Imagine the audacity of a freshman senator presuming to speak out forcefully on foreign affairs! What? You thought we were alluding to Barack Obama, who after less than a year in the Senate and with no discernible foreign policy credentials began a campaign to become Commander-in-Chief? No, no, no! We were talking about Tom Cotton, of course! On today's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski castigated Cotton as a "toddler" and a "fool" for writing that letter to Iran. For good measure, Al Hunt said that America has its "crazies" just like Iran has its "crazies." Did Hunt just equate Republican senators...
  • Obama’s Treason Is the New Patriotism

    03/15/2015 3:05:22 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 14 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | March 13, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Highlights: "Having aligned with everyone from Castro to the Supreme Leader of Iran (a country which rapes teenage girls so that they don’t die as virgins, and stones teenage rape victims), Obama has to make it seem as if it’s the Republicans who are the traitors." "During his original campaign, Obama said, “We cannot allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon." Bill Clinton said during his first term in office, 'North Korea cannot be allowed to develop a nuclear bomb.' North Korea could and did. Bill Clinton knew all along that it could and would." "Clinton and Obama didn’t accidentally...
  • White House Begs GOP to Drop Tough Stance on Iran Nuclear Deal

    03/15/2015 2:19:41 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/15/15
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough wrote a letter on Saturday night to Senator Bob Corker (and the rest of the U.S. Congress) on behalf of the President regarding the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran. In the letter, he demands that the U.S. Senate — which has constitutional authority in treaty making — must step back and let the White House navigate the diplomatic realm with Tehran. The White House argues that the deal is facing imminent collapse because the Congress, by continuing to promote sanctions against the terror regime, will supposedly push Iran’s “hardliners” over the edge and...
  • Tom Cotton Explains Iran Letter to Bob Schieffer

    03/15/2015 2:57:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    weejly standard ^ | 3/15/15 | Daniel Halper
    Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas explained the reasoning behind the letter he and 46 other senators sent to Iran about the nuclear deal this morning on CBS. Watch Cotton's interview with Bob Schieffer here:
  • Barack Obama jabs friends and foes in comedic speech (swipes at Tom Cotton)

    03/15/2015 8:34:55 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 13 replies
    India Times ^ | By AFP | 15 Mar, 2015, 05.58PM IST Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/4
    The president took a swipe at Republican Senator Tom Cotton, who initiated an open letter to Iran warning that a nuclear deal with the United States could be scrapped by the next president. "You don't diminish your office by taking a selfie," he said, in a reference to criticism of a youth-oriented video filmed in the White House showing Obama take a photo of himself. "You do it by sending a poorly written letter to Iran... Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46573708.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  • Obama joins in jokefest with GOP's Walker at Gridiron dinner

    03/15/2015 8:39:41 AM PDT · by dila813 · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Today | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting older changes a guy, President Barack Obama says, and he admits he's getting crankier. "Next week I'm signing an executive order to get off my lawn," Obama joked Saturday night at the Gridiron Club and Foundation's annual dinner. On top of that, the nation's graying chief executive says he's having trouble now with his morning cup of joe. "Coffee really disagrees with me these days," he says, "which is why John Boehner just invited coffee to address the joint House."
  • 4 Year Old Benjamin Stanley: Why Can’t I go Home?

    03/14/2015 5:57:03 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 10 replies
    Medical Kidnap ^ | 3/14/2015 | staff, and
    Health Impact News Editor Comments It has been about 50 days now since a military-style SWAT team arrived at the home of the Stanley family in Arkansas, and removed all seven home-schooled children from the home. The parents have been charged with no crime, let alone been convicted of any wrong doing, and yet the children still remain separated from them, placed in foster care, as the State of Arkansas continues to collect federal funding for each child that has been placed into the foster care system. Read the last update on the Stanley family that Medical Kidnap published here:...
  • Why a leading tea party group just slammed Mike Huckabee

    01/05/2015 4:31:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics Blog ^ | January 5, 2015 | Jose A. DelReal and Sean Sullivan
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R) announcement Saturday that he is leaving Fox News as he considers running for president again has regnited an old feud between himself and the conservative Club for Growth -- a spat that dates back nearly a decade. “In a year in which GOP voters appear likely to have several good pro-economic growth candidates to choose from, Mike Huckabee’s big government record would stand out from the crowd, and not in a good way," said Club for Growth president David McIntosh in a statement Monday. Huckabee, a strong retail campaigner with a loyal evangelical Christian...
  • Club for Growth rips Mike Huckabee’s resume

    01/05/2015 10:21:22 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 36 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 01/05/2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Likely foreshadowing the attacks to come, the influential Club for Growth warned Monday that it will make sure that voters are aware of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s “poor” record on taxes and spending if he runs for president. “As Mike Huckabee weighs the pros and cons of a second presidential candidacy, he should know that the Club for Growth PAC will make sure that Republican primary voters thoroughly examine his exceptionally poor record of raising taxes and spending as governor,” David McIntosh, Club for Growth president, said in a press release. “In a year in which GOP voters appear...