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  • Immigration Advocates Warn Obama Not to Think Small

    10/29/2014 4:14:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    TIME ^ | October 29, 2014 | by Alex Altman
    “We won’t take any more excuses,” says Cristina Jimenez of the immigration-reform group United We Dream. “What we expect from the President is for him to use his legal authority to enact a program that will protect as many people from our community as possible.” At a “bare minimum,” said Pablo Alvarado, executive director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the immigration orders should include “an extension of work authorization to everyone who would qualify under the Senate bill and an end to the Secure Communities program and policies that criminalize immigrants. The President has the legal authority, the...
  • Dear FRiends: We need your help to keep the lights on!! [FReepathon thread XXVII]

    10/29/2014 8:37:13 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 136 replies
    Dear FRiends, We need your help to keep the lights on. FR is funded solely by contributions made by liberty loving people who enjoy and use it. We are beholden to no political party. No advertisers, no outsiders, no sugar daddies, no corporate string pullers. No commercial ads. No annoying pop-ups. No ad tracking. No mail campaigns. No spam. We are self-funded, fiercely independent and enjoy our freedom to speak plainly in the support of liberty. But we cannot exist without you. If you have not yet made your donation, today would be an excellent day to do so. Every...
  • Hagel orders 21-day quarantine for all military personnel returning from Ebola mission

    10/29/2014 8:20:46 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 29, 2014
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered all military personnel returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa to be kept in a 21-day quarantine. Hagel signed the order Wednesday morning, according to the Pentagon, accepting a recommendation from the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • Homeland Security steps up protection at federal buildings

    10/28/2014 2:31:35 PM PDT · by gwjack · 80 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/28/2014 | Elisabeth Butler Cordova
    This story is developing. Please check back for further updates Department of Homeland Security is beefing up protection at federal buildings in Washington, D.C., and in other areas across the country, Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday. Although he did not cite any specific threats to individual government buildings, Johnson said, "the reasons for this action are self-evident: the continued public calls by terrorist organizations for attacks on the homeland and elsewhere, including against law enforcement and other government officials, and the acts of violence targeted at government personnel and installations in Canada and elsewhere recently."
  • Ex-CBS reporter: Government agency bugged my computer

    10/27/2014 6:39:08 AM PDT · by detective · 123 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 27, 2014 | Kyle Smith and Bruce Golding
    A former CBS News reporter who quit the network over claims it kills stories that put President Obama in a bad light says she was spied on by a “government-related entity” that planted classified documents on her computer. In her new memoir, Sharyl Attkisson says a source who arranged to have her laptop checked for spyware in 2013 was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” at what the analysis revealed.
  • U.S. soldiers returning from Liberia monitored for Ebola in Italy

    10/27/2014 8:43:20 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 30 replies
    CBS News ^ | 10/27/2014 | CBS staff
    U.S. soldiers returning from Liberia are being placed in isolation in Vicenza, Italy out of concern for the Ebola virus, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports. The soldiers being monitored include Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams who was the commander of the U.S. Army in Africa but turned over duties to the 101st Airborne Division over the weekend, Martin reports. There are currently 11 soldiers in isolation. They apparently were met by Carabinieri in full hazmat suits. If the policy remains in effect, everyone returning from Liberia - several hundred - will be placed in isolation for 21 days....
  • JCS Recommended Mandatory 21-day Ebola Quarantine For Military returning from Africa

    10/27/2014 8:03:57 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    Joint Chiefs Of Staff Recommended Mandatory Ebola Quarantine For Military To SECY Hagel - America's Newsroom
  • Anonymous #Ferguson Group Reports Officer Darren Wilson WILL NOT BE CHARGED

    10/26/2014 7:03:35 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 151 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-26-2014 | Jim Hoft
    The far left Operation Ferguson group reported tonight that Officer Darren Wilson will not be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown. 18 year-old Michael Brown robbed a Ferguson convenience store before he attacked Officer Wilson and was shot dead on August 9, 2014. LEAKED: Our sources indicate that virtually every local police agency as well as the National Guard and all local jails are on high alert.— Operation Ferguson (@OpFerguson) October 27, 2014 LEAKED: Based on 2 reliable confidential sources we now confirm an imminent announcement that the Grand Jury will NOT indict Darren Wilson.— Operation Ferguson (@OpFerguson)...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 26 October 2014

    10/26/2014 5:07:44 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 93 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 26 October 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows October 26th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; George P. Bush, candidate for Texas Land Commissioner.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Chuck U. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Dr. Rick Sacra, the American doctor successfully treated for Ebola he contracted while working in Liberia. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Fauci; Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.THIS WEEK (ABC): Fauci; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; George P. Bush, candidate for Texas Land...
  • Breaking: Mississippi Supreme Court Rules for Cochran [my title]

    10/24/2014 3:41:51 PM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 134 replies
    Mississippi Supreme Court ^ | October 24, 2014 | Mississippi Supreme Court
    No news article to post-- the only article so far is in the Clarion-Ledger, which we can't post. But the Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed the lower court ruling that Chris McDaniel's challenge to Thad Cochran's primary win was filed too late. The Court's decision is here.
  • Two Dead, Including Gunman, in High School Shooting Near Seattle

    10/24/2014 1:54:02 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 80 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 24, 2014
    A student with a "blank stare" opened fire in the cafeteria of a high school north of Seattle on Friday, killing one person and wounding at least three others before fatally shooting himself, police and witnesses said. A hospital official said three patients were in "very critical condition" after the 10:30 a.m. PDT shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. A 14-year-old boy was in serious condition at another hospital with a jaw wound.
  • Valerie Jarrett Key Player in Fast and Furious Cover-Up After Holder Lied to Congress

    10/24/2014 10:12:50 AM PDT · by wrhssaxensemble · 115 replies
    judicialwatch ^ | OCTOBER 24, 2014 | Staff
    President Obama’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, was a key player in the effort to cover-up that Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about the Fast and Furious scandal, according to public records obtained by Judicial Watch. The information is part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) “Vaughn index” detailing records about the gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious. JW had to sue the agency for the records after the Obama administration failed to provide them under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A federal court ordered the DOJ to provide the records over the agency’s objections. Yesterday...
  • House Oversight Committee Ebola Response Hearing (Airing LIVE Friday, Oct 24 9:30am EDT on C-SPAN 2)

    10/24/2014 6:22:15 AM PDT · by maggief · 78 replies
    C-SPAN2 ^ | October 24, 2014
    OCTOBER 24, 2014 House Oversight Committee Ebola Response Hearing The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on the federal multi-agency response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa, as well as its spread into the U.S. Airing LIVE Friday, Oct 24 9:30am EDT on C-SPAN 2
  • Nurse Nina Pham is Ebola-free [To be released soon]

    10/24/2014 8:08:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    WTOP ^ | 10/24/2014
    WASHINGTON -- Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse being treated at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is now Ebola-free and will be discharged, CBS News reports. She contracted the virus after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died from the disease, at a hospital in Dallas. A second nurse who also developed Ebola after treating Duncan has also recovered from the virus. NIH officials are expected to make a statement at 11:30 a.m.
  • Man apprehended after jumping White House fence

    10/22/2014 8:52:13 PM PDT · by do the dhue · 76 replies
    atlanta journal constipation ^ | 10/22/14 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    <p>WASHINGTON — A 23-year-old Maryland man was in the custody Wednesday night after he climbed over the White House fence and was swiftly apprehended on the North Lawn by uniformed Secret Service agents and their dogs.</p> <p>The incident came about a month after a previous White House fence jumper sprinted across the same lawn, past armed uniformed agents and entered the mansion before he was felled in the ceremonial East Room and taken into custody.</p>
  • LIVE THREAD: PM to address nation 7:45pm ET (2345UTC)

    10/22/2014 4:05:53 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 77 replies
    Stephen Harper expected to speak at 7:45pm
  • Canadian Official Identifies Dead Ottawa Gunman as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau

    10/22/2014 2:34:32 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 87 replies
    ABC ^ | 10/22/14
    Canadian official identifies dead Ottawa gunman as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau .
  • O'Keefe : Mark Udall Advocates Condone Voter Fraud: "That’s not even like lying or stealing"

    10/22/2014 7:52:32 AM PDT · by sunmars · 180 replies
    Awesome" is a very common word used by Democratic operatives in Colorado when discussing potential voter fraud. Project Veritas Action went undercover in the Centennial State to reveal just how prone their mail-in ballot system is to likely voter fraud.
  • Puerto Rico's Gay Marriage Ban UPHELD by Federal Judge

    10/22/2014 7:45:38 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 46 replies
    LA Slimes ^ | 21 Oct 2014 | Lauren Raab
    Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex marriage remains in place after a federal judge dismissed a challenge to the ban Tuesday, saying the U.S. Supreme Court established a precedent four decades ago. U.S. District Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez said in his decision that by dismissing an appeal in Baker vs. Nelson, a 1971 case in which two men sought to marry in Minnesota, the Supreme Court bound all lower courts to assume bans on same-sex marriage do not violate the Constitution. The high court could choose to overrule itself but has not, he said. Document Puerto Rico same-sex marriage decision Puerto...
  • Shooting on Canada's Parliament Hill

    10/22/2014 7:08:00 AM PDT · by kristinn · 604 replies
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | Kristinn
    Reports coming in from Canada of shooting at the Library of Parliament. One shooter reported captured. Unconfirmed reports of one dead. Police looking for more shooters, but not sure if more.
  • Russia prepares militarization of Arctic

    10/22/2014 2:44:38 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 60 replies
    UPI Top News ^ | Oct. 21, 2014 , 9:21 AM | Ed Adamczyk
    MOSCOW, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Russia has begun a large-scale militarization of the Arctic Ocean region, with a military command structure planned by 2017. It comes after recent discoveries of oil and natural gas reserves under the ocean floor, and the possibility a potential Northern Sea Route -- an alternative to the Suez Canal -- could soon be established as global climate change causes melting of Arctic ice.
  • TEMPLATE FOR FEDERAL INJUNCTION AGAINST EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

    10/21/2014 2:59:34 PM PDT · by Hostage · 62 replies
    In response to the backdoor Executive Amnesty presently in progress (see http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3217287/posts), the following template is provided: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF [INSERT DISTRICT HERE] __________________________________________) [NAMES OF PLAINTIFFS], et al., ) Plaintiffs, ) v. ) _____________ Civ. No. [CASE NUMBER HERE] LEON RODRIGUEZ, et al.,(Director of USCIS) ) Defendants. ) __________________________________________) MEMORANDUM OPINION I. INTRODUCTION This matter comes before the Court on plaintiffs’ Motion [3] for a Preliminary Injunction. [Insert short description of any prior litigation] For the reasons set forth below, the Court will GRANT plaintiffs’ motion and issue a preliminary injunction II. BACKGROUND A....
  • ISIS: We have our hands on weapons, ammo air-dropped by U.S.

    10/21/2014 12:38:58 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 49 replies
    Cbs news ^ | Cbs/ap
    In a new video posted online, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claims it has captured weapons and ammunition dropped by the U.S. military that was intended for Kurdish forces defending an embattled Syrian city near the Turkish border. The airdrops Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani. In the video, ISIS claims some of the weapons and ammunition was air-dropped by mistake on its positions in Kobani.
  • Republicans chances of winning the Senate keep getting better

    10/20/2014 5:43:47 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 130 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 20 Oct 14 | Chris Cillizza
    <p>The likelihood of a Republican Senate takeover continues to increase with all three major election models giving the GOP at least a six in ten probability of winning the six seats the party needs to win take back control.</p> <p>The trend lines in both the LEO and FiveThirtyEight models highlight movement over the past week toward Republicans -- with a slight tick back toward Democrats in the last few days."</p>
  • Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard indicted on 23 felony corruption charges by Lee County Grand Jury

    10/20/2014 2:41:12 PM PDT · by sunmars · 72 replies
    MONTGOMERY, Alabama --- Mike Hubbard, speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives and a powerful leader in the state Republican Party, has been indicted by a grand jury and charged with 23 counts, including using his office for personal gain and soliciting things of value. Hubbard, 52, who led a historic Republican takeover of the state Legislature during the 2010 election, was charged after an investigation in his home county that has lasted more than a year. The charges against Hubbard include 23 class B felonies. Those charges include: Four counts of using of his office as Chairman of the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION QUIETLY PREPARES 'SURGE' OF MILLIONS OF NEW IMMIGRANT IDS

    10/20/2014 12:08:29 AM PDT · by lbryce · 143 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Johnathan Strong
    Despite no official action from the president ahead of the election, the Obama administration has quietly begun preparing to issue millions of work authorization permits, suggesting the implementation of a large-scale executive amnesty may have already begun. Unnoticed until now, a draft solicitation for bids issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Oct. 6 says potential vendors must be capable of handling a “surge” scenario of 9 million id cards in one year “to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements.” The request for proposals says the agency will need a minimum of four million cards per year. In...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 19 October 2014

    10/19/2014 4:26:48 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 147 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 19 October 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows October 19th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health; Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman; Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., head of the Democratic National Committee; Tim Murphy, R-Pa.; and Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Fauci; Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Fauci; Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association; Dr. Robert...
  • Supreme Court Allows Texas to Use Strict Voter ID Law in Coming Election

    10/18/2014 4:34:03 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 61 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/18/14 | ADAM LIPTAK
    The Supreme Court on Saturday allowed Texas to use its strict voter identification law in the November election. The court’s order, issued just after 5 a.m., was unsigned and contained no reasoning.
  • Obama May Send National Guard to Liberia to Fight Ebola: Sources

    10/16/2014 9:40:17 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 178 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/16/2014 | Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube
    President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order Thursday paving the way for the deployment of National Guard forces to Liberia to help contain the Ebola outbreak there, sources told NBC News. The sources said that eight engineers and logistical specialists from the Guard, both active-duty and reservists, would probably be included in the first deployment. They are expected to help build 17 Ebola treatment centers, with 100 beds apiece. The sources said that no decision had been made.
  • House CDC Ebola Hearing Live Thread-On CNN Now.

    10/16/2014 9:25:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 58 replies
    10-16-2015 | TCRLAF
    ON CNN live, right now.
  • Plane Isolated In Madrid Over Ebola Fears

    10/16/2014 6:24:10 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 49 replies
    Sky News ^ | Thursday, 16 October 2014 | Sky News
    An Air France plane has been isolated at an airport in Madrid after a patient was reported to have a fever and shivers. The situation is being treated as a suspected case of ebola, a health ministry official was quoted as saying.
  • LIVE C-SPAN 12pm EDT (9am PDT) Dr Tom Frieden CDC before House Energy and Commerce subcommittee

    10/16/2014 3:58:37 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 47 replies
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden and other witnesses testify before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on U.S. efforts to control the ongoing Ebola outbreak.
  • HOUSTON MAYOR BACKS OFF FROM SUBPOENAS TO PASTORS

    10/15/2014 10:35:49 PM PDT · by This Just In · 158 replies
    Breitbart-Texas ^ | October 15, 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker has backed down from the subpoenas the City of Houston issued to several area pastors, Breitbart Texas has learned. Breitbart Texas reported earlier about the controversy, stemming from litigation challenging the city's anti-discrimination ordinance and subpoenas asking the pastors for the content of their sermons, speeches and communications with church members. Texas Senator Ted Cruz weighed in, firmly supporting the pastors in their efforts to fight the subpoenas, while Mayor Parker initially remained adamant that the city had the right to request those records. Despite posting comments on Twitter just hours before that...
  • Attorney General Greg Abbott Asks Houston City Attorney to Withdraw Subpoenas Seeking Sermons...

    10/15/2014 9:02:07 PM PDT · by lightman · 64 replies
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ^ | 15 October AD 2014 | AG Greg Abbott
    https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/oagnews/release.php?id=4880 AUSTIN -- Attorney General Abbott today asked that the Houston City Attorney to immediately withdraw the subpoenas sent last month to several Houston-area pastors seeking sermons, notes and other information. In his letter to the city attorney, Attorney General Abbott said, “Whether you intend it to be so or not, your action is a direct assault on the religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment. The people of Houston and their religious leaders must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that their religious affairs are beyond the reach of the government.” Mr. David Feldman City Attorney City of Houston...
  • CDC: Ebola Patient Traveled By Air With “Low-Grade” Fever (CDC OK'd it?)

    10/15/2014 4:34:27 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 120 replies
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/10/15/ebola-patient-traveled-day-before-diagnosis/ | October 15, 2014 | DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM)
    CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. John LaPook reports that Vinson called the CDC several times before boarding the plane concerned about her fever and was told she was OK to board.
  • BREAKING: President Obama Will Have Ebola Update at 5:25 p.m. ET. (live Thread)

    10/15/2014 2:21:05 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 257 replies
    WRIC ^ | 10-15-2014 | WRIC
    Per WRIC-Richmond, Obama is to give a speech on Ebola at 5:25 PM EST. Is this the one originally scheduled for 4PM?
  • Frontier Airlines Statement (CDC letter second ebola patient Dallas)

    10/15/2014 8:52:52 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 145 replies
    Twitter/NBC ^ | 10/15/14 | CDC/Frontier Airlines
    JUST IN: CDC & Frontier Airlines: 2nd health care worker diagnosed with Ebola flew from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday
  • CDC- Newest Ebola patient flew Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 day before diagnosis

    10/15/2014 8:24:29 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 325 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10-15-2014 | CNBC
    This story is developing. Please check back for further updates.
  • NY Times reveals secrets of WMD cover-up in Iraq

    10/15/2014 4:49:02 AM PDT · by xzins · 223 replies
    Fox News ^ | 15 Oct 14 | Fox
    The New York Times...details U.S. forces in Iraq finding thousands of chemical weapons during the Iraq war. "From 2004 to 2011...troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule," "In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads
  • Breaking Now : AFP: authorities say a second health worker in Texas has tested positive for Ebola

    10/15/2014 1:55:41 AM PDT · by sunmars · 401 replies
    Just Breaking on News Wires now.
  • Appeals court reinstates Texas voter ID law

    10/14/2014 3:08:10 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 109 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 10/14/14 | Jim Vertuno
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated Texas' tough voter ID law for the November election, which the U.S. Justice Department had condemned as the state's latest means of suppressing minority voter turnout. The ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocks last week's ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi, who determined the law unconstitutional and similar to a poll tax designed to dissuade minorities from voting. The 5th Circuit did not rule on the merits of the law; instead, it determined it's too late to change...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 12 October 2014

    10/12/2014 4:49:56 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 72 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 12 October 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows October 12th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Theodore Olson, who helped lead the legal team that challenged Virginia's gay marriage ban; Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): White House national security adviser Susan Rice; former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and James Baker..FACE THE NATION (CBS): Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta.THIS WEEK (ABC): Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of...
  • Texas healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola

    10/12/2014 2:40:49 AM PDT · by Drago · 314 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 10/12/2014 | Cnn.com
    Health care worker in Dallas tests positive for Ebola after a preliminary test, hospital says in a statement.
  • Supreme Court gives go-ahead to same-sex marriages in Idaho

    10/10/2014 3:12:09 PM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 109 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 10, 2014 | Robert Barnes
    <p>The Supreme Court on Friday night allowed same-sex marriages to begin in Idaho, ending a dramatic week in which the right of gay couples to marry expanded dramatically across the nation.</p> <p>In a one-sentence order, the justices denied a request from Idaho Gov. C.L. Butch Otter (R) to delay the unions so the state could continue its appeals. The court gave no reason for the action nor were there recorded dissents.</p>
  • Courts block voter ID laws in Texas, Wisconsin

    10/10/2014 10:45:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 89 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-10-14
    AUSTIN, Texas – A federal judge likened Texas' strict voter ID requirement to a poll tax deliberately meant to suppress minority voter turnout and struck it down less than a month before Election Day — and mere hours after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a similar measure in Wisconsin. The twin rulings released Thursday evening represent major and somewhat surprising blows to largely Republican-backed voter identification rules sweeping the nation that have generally been upheld in previous rulings. Approved in 2011, Texas' law is considered among the nation's harshest and had even been derided in court by the Justice Department...
  • North Korea fires artillery into South: Yonhap

    10/10/2014 3:18:31 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 83 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Fri Oct 10, 2014 | reuters.com
    (Reuters) - North Korea fired artillery into South Korea on Friday, aimed at a region near the rivals' military border where an activist group had sent leaflets flying into the North, Yonhap news agency said.
  • Macedonia seals hotel after Briton dies of suspected Ebola

    10/09/2014 11:11:31 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/09/2104 | -
    SKOPJE, Oct 9 (Reuters) - A British man with symptoms of the Ebola virus died in Macedonia on Thursday and authorities said they had sealed off a hotel where he stayed, keeping another Briton and hotel staff inside. A Health Ministry official said the man had arrived in the capital, Skopje, from Britain on Oct. 2 and had been rushed to hospital at 3 p.m. (1300 GMT) on Thursday, where he died several hours later.
  • ‘Doing an IRS’? EPA can’t find top official’s text messages

    10/09/2014 2:49:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 8, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The EPA is poised to “do an IRS” — similar to what the tax agency had to do with dismissed top official Lois G. Lerner — and officially notify the National Archives that it may have lost key electronic records, according to a think tank that’s suing to get text messages under an open-records request. Justice Department lawyers told a federal court on Tuesday that the alert will be coming soon, in a case that’s shaping up as a significant battle over whether government agencies are required to keep cellphone text messages as “official” records. In this case, researcher Chris...
  • Aides knew of possible White House link to Cartagena, Colombia, prostitution scandal

    10/08/2014 7:07:51 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct 8, 2014 | By Carol D. Leonnig and David Nakamura
    As nearly two dozen Secret Service agents and members of the military were punished or fired following a 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia, Obama administration officials repeatedly denied that anyone from the White House was involved. But new details drawn from government documents and interviews show that senior White House aides were given information at the time suggesting that a prostitute was an overnight guest in the hotel room of a presidential advance-team member — yet that information was never thoroughly investigated or publicly acknowledged. The information that the Secret Service shared with the White House included hotel records and...
  • Frisco patient suspected to have Ebola (Texas, Duncan contact)

    10/08/2014 12:17:22 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 189 replies
    WFAA ^ | 10/8/2014 | WFAA
    FRISCO — A patient exhibiting "signs and symptoms of Ebola" has been transported from a Frisco CareNow. [snip] Patients are currently being held inside the clinic as crews at the scene examine staff and others inside the building. "The patient claims to have had contact with the Dallas 'patient zero,'" according to a statement from Dana Baird-Hanks, a spokeswoman with the city of Frisco. Officials say a conference will be held at 3:30 p.m. (Central time)