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  • Michelle Obama’s face blurred by Saudi state television

    01/27/2015 2:27:40 PM PST · by maggief · 119 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    First lady Michelle Obama’s face was reportedly blurred by Saudi state television Tuesday as she and the president met with new Saudi King Salman in Riyadh.
  • Michelle is not impressed: The First Lady does not look happy to be meeting Saudi king..

    01/27/2015 12:12:37 PM PST · by maggief · 188 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 27, 2015 | ASHLEY COLLMAN
    Michelle Obama did not look happy today when she had to cut short her visit to India to accompany her husband on a trip to a country where women aren't even allowed to drive cars. The First Lady bowed and beamed as she boarded Air Force One in New Dehli on Tuesday, but by the time she landed in Saudi Arabia a few hours later, she had traded her floral dress for a more conservative long-sleeved jacket and slacks - as well as a new scorned expression. In pictures at the airport and Egra Palace, Mrs Obama pursed her lips...
  • Yemen risks disintegration as south rejects Shi'ite group's takeover

    01/25/2015 5:56:19 AM PST · by maggief · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 25, 2015 | YARA BAYOUMY
    (Reuters) - No sooner had Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi announced his resignation than his country's tenuous political fabric began to disintegrate. Provinces across a nation barely held together by a complex web of tribal and religious alliances said they would no longer take military commands from Sanaa after the Iranian-allied Shi'ite Houthi group besieged Hadi's home and palace this week. The emerging fragmentation of the Arabian Peninsula country has sparked fears of the "Somalization" of a state which is home to a revitalized al Qaeda insurgency as well as a neighbor to top oil exporter Saudi Arabia. For Washington,...
  • 'People need to have less things in life', says U.S. billionaire after flying into Davos...

    01/22/2015 12:48:08 PM PST · by maggief · 74 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 22, 2015 | SIMON TOMLINSON
    Jeff Greene made a fortune betting against sub-prime mortgage securities He said: 'America's lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted' Comments came as Greene flew into Switzerland on private jet with wife, children and two nannies in tow Mr Greene is currently in the process of selling his $195million Beverly Hills estate - it is the most expensive property currently on the U.S. market He married his 19-years younger wife in 2007 and they spend their time between their estates in Malibu, the Hamptons and Palm Beach A U.S. billionaire who made his fortune betting against...
  • WH: Obama won't meet with Israeli leader (to avoid appearance of influencing an election)

    01/22/2015 11:50:33 AM PST · by maggief · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 22, 2015 | Justin Sink
    President Obama will not meet with Benjamin Netanyahu during the Israeli prime minister’s visit to the United States in March, a White House official said Thursday. "As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections, so as to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country," National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had originally invited Netanyahu to speak early next month, but the Israeli leader asked to push back the address to coincide with...
  • Pelosi slams Netanyahu invite

    01/22/2015 9:16:13 AM PST · by maggief · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 22, 2015 | Mike Lillis
    Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) surprise invitation to have Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address Congress was "inappropriate," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi charged Thursday The California Democrat said that, not only did Boehner break congressional protocol by not consulting with Democratic leaders about the invitation, but the timing of the speech — coming just a few weeks ahead of Israel's contentious national elections — hints that politics are at play. "It's out of the ordinary that the Speaker would decide that he would be inviting people to a joint session without any bipartisan consultation," Pelosi said Thursday during her weekly...
  • REUTERS: Yemen leader expected to accept demands of Houthis who defeat his guards

    01/21/2015 7:48:48 AM PST · by maggief · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 21, 2015 | YARA BAYOUMY AND MOHAMMED GHOBARI
    (Reuters) - Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was expected to yield to demands on Wednesday for constitutional change and power sharing with Houthi rebels who took up positions outside his home after defeating his guards in two days of battle. Gulf neighbors denounced what they described as a coup in Yemen, although both the Houthis and some of the president's allies denied that he had been overthrown. A source close to the president said Hadi had met an official of the Shi'ite Muslim rebel group and would soon issue decrees resolving all differences. The source denied Hadi was under house...
  • Yemeni rebels hold president 'captive' at his house (+captured base housing ballistic missiles)

    01/21/2015 6:46:27 AM PST · by maggief · 26 replies
    AP ^ | January 21, 2015 | AHMED AL-HAJ
    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels in control of Yemen's capital now hold the country's president "captive" at his home, his aides said Wednesday, putting in question who actually rules the Arab world's most-impoverished nation. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi "cannot leave his house" after Houthi rebels removed his guards and deployed their own fighters there Wednesday, one aide said. Another described the country being at the "point of no return." Hadi can't resign as president as the Houthis have threatened to prosecute him, that aide said. The two aides spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to...
  • FLASHBACK: Obama Tonight: Yemen and Somalia Are Models of Success (!)

    01/20/2015 11:12:27 AM PST · by maggief · 19 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | SEP 10, 2014 | WILLIAM KRISTOL
    The White House has released a couple of excerpts of the president's address to the nation. Here's the second: “But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one...
  • Fire at Eric Garner memorial site on MLK Day was accidental; family claimed it was set on purpose

    01/20/2015 10:03:14 AM PST · by maggief · 9 replies
    SI Live ^ | January 20, 2015
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A fire that burned the Eric Garner memorial after a vigil led by the Rev. Al Sharpton on Martin Luther King Jr. Day was an accident, according to the city Fire Department. Eric Garner's relatives, including daughter Erica Garner and step-father Benjamin Carr, have said that the fire was intentionally set.
  • CNN: Paris is going to sue @FoxNews after image of Paris was “insulted” and “prejudiced”

    01/20/2015 9:35:08 AM PST · by maggief · 42 replies
    CNN/Twitter ^ | January 20, 2015 | Christiane Amanpour
    Christiane AmanpourVerified account ‏@camanpour BREAKING: Paris is going to sue @FoxNews after image of Paris was “insulted” and “prejudiced,” Mayor @Anne_Hidalgo tells me.
  • Shots fired at U.S. Embassy vehicle in Yemen after day of fighting

    01/20/2015 6:37:00 AM PST · by maggief · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | January 20, 2015 | Nick Paton Walsh and Jason Hanna
    (CNN)Unknown assailants fired shots Monday night at a U.S. Embassy vehicle in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, the U.S. Embassy said, at the end of a day marked by heavy fighting around the presidential palace. Nine people were killed and 67 others injured Monday in the fighting between government forces and Houthi militants, Yemen's Health Ministry said, before the sides agreed to a ceasefire. The U.S. Embassy said Tuesday the shooters fired first into the air and then turned the guns on its vehicle. The vehicle carried U.S. diplomatic personnel and was at a checkpoint near the embassy. No injuries were reported....
  • ‘Too late, jack@ss': Seth Rogen feverishly backtracks after ‘American Sniper’ tweet

    01/19/2015 4:14:29 PM PST · by maggief · 68 replies
    Twitchy ^ | January 19, 2015
    Seth Rogen took quite a bit of heat for this tweet about “American Sniper”: Seth RogenVerified account ‏@Sethrogen American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that's showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds. 11:05 AM - 18 Jan 2015 Apparently, he finally started feeling the burn. This afternoon, he’s trying to walk it back: Seth RogenVerified account ‏@Sethrogen I just said something "kinda reminded" me of something else. I actually liked American Sniper. It just reminded me of the Tarantino scene. 2:55 PM - 19 Jan 2015 Seth RogenVerified account ‏@Sethrogen I wasn't comparing the two. Big...
  • Bill Clinton Gushes Over ‘Selma’: ‘I Stood Up and Started Cheering All By Myself’

    01/19/2015 2:29:17 PM PST · by maggief · 61 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 19, 2015 | Ronda Racha Penrice
    EXCERPT Good-naturedly referencing his friend Andrew Young—who marched with King and is prominent in the film—early in his speech, Clinton told the sold-out crowd, “I saw Andy earlier today and I said, ‘Andy, I just watched Selma. Were you ever that thin?’ (eliciting thunderous laughter) and he said yes, he was, that they were dodging so many bullets in droves they all used to be thin.” As he continued to speak, he got decidedly more serious. “If you haven’t yet, go see the movie Selma,” he insisted, “and you will see the enormous pressures imposed on the King family and...
  • Biden bemoans breach between cops and their communities

    01/19/2015 9:09:14 AM PST · by maggief · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 19, 2015 | Justin Sink
    The United States must "repair the breach" between police and the communities they serve, Vice President Biden argued Monday during a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day speech. "We need to agree in this nation on two basic statements of truth," Biden said during a speech to the Organization of Minority Women in Delaware. "Cops have a right to go home at night to see their families. And two, all minorities, no matter what their neighborhood, have a right to be treated with respect and with dignity. All life matters." In the wake of police killings of unarmed suspects in Ferguson,...
  • Islamic State Hacks CENTCOM Twitter Feed as Obama Talks Cybersecurity

    01/12/2015 10:12:36 AM PST · by maggief · 28 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | January 12, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    As President Barack Obama addressed the nation regarding national cyber security efforts, hackers claiming to represent the Islamic State (IS) took over the Twitter account of the Pentagon division in charge of the Middle East. Hackers with the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, posted links on U.S. Central Command’s official Twitter page to what it claimed was “confidential data from your mobile devices.” “ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base. With Allah’s permission we are in CENTCOM now,” said one tweet sent from CENTCOM’s account.
  • Spurs to meet Obama during White House visit (Monday, Jan. 12)

    01/12/2015 8:21:21 AM PST · by maggief · 12 replies
    San Antonio Business Journal ^ | January 12, 2015 | Mike W. Thomas
    The San Antonio Spurs will visit the White House today, Jan. 12, where they will meet with President Barack Obama and be recognized for their 2014 NBA Championship.
  • Holder, top US official in Paris for terror talks, not seen at unity march

    01/11/2015 8:03:17 AM PST · by maggief · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 11, 2015
    Attorney General Eric Holder is in Paris this week to attend a meeting on fighting terrorism, but did not participate in a march with world leaders Sunday to honor the 17 people killed last week in France. More than 40 world leaders marched arm in arm through Paris to rally for unity and freedom of expression and to honor the victims of the three days of terrorist attacks. The leaders headed a demonstration of at least tens of thousands of people who converged on the capital after three gunmen last week attacked a newspaper office, kosher supermarket and police. Among...
  • Holder: US at war with terrorists who 'corrupt' Islam

    01/11/2015 7:21:43 AM PST · by maggief · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 11, 2015 | Elise Viebeck
    Attorney General Eric Holder said the United States is at war with terrorists who pervert the Muslim faith in order to justify violence. Asked on ABC's "This Week" if the U.S. is at war with "radical Islam," Holder said the country is at war "with those who would commit terrorist attacks and who would corrupt the Islamic faith … to try to justify their terrorist actions." "That's who we are at war with," Holder said. "We are determined to take the fight to them to prevent them from engaging in these kinds of activities." The exchange with "This Week" host...
  • Army plans to shift 3,000 troops to Europe

    01/10/2015 7:07:40 AM PST · by maggief · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 10, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    The Army plans to send a brigade of tanks and fighting vehicles into Europe by the end of this year, according to the top Army commander in the region. More than 150 tanks and fighting vehicles will go to Germany and other countries in Europe as part of the Army’s plan to bolster its presence on the continent. The shift comes as the war in Afghanistan winds down and more resources and troops are available for service in Europe. “By the end of 2015, we will have an entire heavy brigade combat team of equipment — that’s enough tanks and...
  • In Story About Colorado NAACP Attempted Bombing, MSNBC Uses Image From FRANCE [VIDEO]

    01/10/2015 5:55:49 AM PST · by maggief · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 9, 2015 | Chuck Ross
    On his MSNBC show Thursday, host Chris Hayes ran a segment about an attempted bombing which took place outside of the building housing the Colorado Springs NAACP that used images from a completely unrelated incident which occurred in France. The FBI and ATF are investigating the incident in which a homemade explosive was placed next to a gas can outside of the Colorado Springs building which houses the NAACP office, as well as a barber shop. The explosive was on the side of the building near the barber shop, but authorities are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime...
  • Politically correct CNN refers to black hostage taker in France as ‘African American’

    01/09/2015 3:49:50 PM PST · by maggief · 110 replies
    Twitchy ^ | January 9, 2015
    @CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said the black French terrorist was "African American" 12:28 PM - 9 Jan 2015
  • White House Sends ‘Islamophobia’ Fighter Eric Holder To Paris

    01/09/2015 12:25:53 PM PST · by maggief · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 8, 2015 | PATRICK HOWLEY
    Attorney General Eric Holder is flying off to Paris this weekend for a meeting with the French Minister of Interior in the aftermath of a violent terrorist attack in which 12 people were killed and 11 wounded at the Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo, which printed cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. Holder, who will meet with French officials on counter-terrorism, is a big opponent of “Islamophobia” against Muslims. “There can be no ‘us’ or ‘them’ among Americans,” Holder said at a 2010 dinner held by the California-based group Muslim Advocates. “And I believe that law enforcement has an obligation to ensure...
  • Boehner: I'm most 'anti-establishment' Speaker in history

    01/08/2015 1:43:33 PM PST · by maggief · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 8, 2015 | Scott Wong
    After defeating a rebellion by 25 conservative Republicans this week, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday declared himself “the most anti-establishment Speaker” in history. “During my years here when I voted, I had the eighth-most conservative voting record in the Congress, and it does pain me to be described as spineless or a squish,” Boehner told reporters. “But what pains me the most is when they describe me as the establishment. “I’m the most anti-establishment Speaker we’ve ever had. "Who was the guy who got rid of earmarks? Me. Who's the guy who believes in regular order? Me," Boehner continued....
  • Conservative rebellion may emerge in rule vote (Rep. Weber, Let's all vote "NO" on all rules)

    01/08/2015 6:50:24 AM PST · by maggief · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 8, 2015 | Cristina Marcos
    A routine procedural vote on Thursday could become the vehicle for a conservative protest against House GOP leadership for punishing lawmakers who voted against Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) this week. Before voting on legislation requiring only a simple majority to pass, the House must adopt a "rule" that sets parameters for floor debate. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), one of the 25 Republicans who opposed Boehner's bid for a third term as Speaker, urged Republicans to vote against the rule until the two former members of the House Rules Committee are reinstated. "Two members taken off Rules Cmte yesterday after voting...
  • Boehner foe for Speaker could face ’16 backlash

    01/08/2015 6:17:12 AM PST · by maggief · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 8, 2015 | Cameron Joseph and Jonathan Easley
    Rep. Daniel Webster may have hurt his reelection chances with his ill-fated challenge to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The Florida Republican was the leading GOP vote-getter in the scattered conservative challenge to Boehner’s reelection as House leader, pulling a dozen supporters. But the three-term congressman represents a district that could soon become more Democratic, thanks to court-ordered redistricting. And in a reelection battle where he’ll need to raise a lot of money, he may have just alienated the very people who can help him financially fuel a campaign. Republican leaders have already stripped Webster of his spot on the House...
  • Charlie Hebdo cartoonist reveals terrorists threatened to murder her toddler unless she let them in

    01/07/2015 11:30:11 AM PST · by maggief · 276 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 7, 2015 | Peter Allen
    Corrine Rey and her daughter saw two other cartoonists being killed They threatened her into giving them entry code for the office building She says men 'who spoke perfect French' claimed to be Al Qaeda terrorists Attackers were reportedly heard shouting: 'the Prophet has been avenged' The masked men asked people's names before killing editor and cartoonist 'There were several corpses on the floor,' said office worker from building He entered room right after attackers had gone to see 'blood everywhere' A young mother and cartoonist who survived the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris today said she had let the...
  • Boehner Acknowledges Punishing Conservatives For Opposing His Re-Election

    01/07/2015 8:29:23 AM PST · by maggief · 71 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January7, 2015 | ALEX PAPPAS
    Speaker of the House John Boehner acknowledged Wednesday that he punished two Republicans who opposed his re-election by stripping them of committee assignments. Reps. Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent, both Republicans, lost their seats on the House Rules Committee hours after voting for someone else for speaker on Tuesday. In total, 25 Republicans voted against Boehner. “Because of some of the activities on the floor,” Boehner explained in a Wednesday news conference, “two of our members weren’t put back on the committee immediately.” Referencing the vote, Boehner said he plans to talk to his members about how to unify as...
  • Boehner ‘Elated’ By Amnesty Deal, Says Politico

    01/06/2015 8:22:43 AM PST · by maggief · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 6, 2015 | NEIL MUNRO
    Republican aides say House Speaker John Boehner was “elated” after he worked with President Barack Obama to push through the amnesty-funding 2015 budget in December, according to a profile in Politico, an establishment media outlet in Northern Virginia. Sixty-seven GOP members voted against the budget, which funds Obama’s effort to provide five million foreign migrants with work permits, despite the historically low percentage of Americans who are working in the Obama economy. The budget deal split the GOP caucus, repudiated its November voters and rewarded Wall Street donors. “Obama personally called Boehner to say thanks. … Boehner was elated over...
  • Hackers have taken down a conservative website over THIS “BLACKS ONLY” manual for ‘Black Brunch’..

    01/05/2015 8:04:35 PM PST · by maggief · 52 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | January 5, 2015 | soopermexican
    When hackers attack a website because they’re angry about information being spread, you can bet we won’t back down. That’s exactly what happened to our friends at WeaselZippers.us when their incontinent writer @DefendWallSt discovered and published a manual for the stupid “black brunch” protests this weekend. HERE are the screenshots they don’t want you to see!! (screw em!)
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio, Commissioner William Bratton tout lower crime rates

    01/05/2015 1:54:09 PM PST · by maggief · 27 replies
    WABC7 ^ | January 5, 2015
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio touted new crime statistics Monday, one day after members of the NYPD once again turned their backs on him. The mayor spoke with police commissioner William Bratton, hailing big drops in the murder and robbery rates. At the funeral of officer Wen Jian Liu Sunday, some officers turned their backs when de Blasio spoke, claiming the mayor doesn't have their back amid growing anti-police sentiment, despite a memo from Bratton asking the officers refrain from acts of protest. De Blasio has tried repeatedly to close the divide. "Rather than...
  • (Sharyl) Attkisson sues DoJ for hacking her computers

    01/05/2015 11:38:27 AM PST · by maggief · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 5, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Did the Obama administration put a journalist under surveillance for reporting critically on its activities? Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson says yes — and she wants $35 million in damages from the Department of Justice for it. Attkisson filed a series of legal motions today that claim the DoJ hacked into her computer and attacked her professionally: In a series of legal filings that seek $35 million in damages, Attkisson alleges that three separate computer forensic exams showed that hackers used sophisticated methods to surreptitiously monitor her work between 2011 and 2013. … In the lawsuit and related claims against...
  • FERGUSON ARSONIST Was Top Speaker at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Rally in DC (Video)

    01/05/2015 10:58:02 AM PST · by maggief · 15 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 5, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    In late December St. Louis County prosecutor’s office filed charges against 19 year-old Ferguson protester Joshua Williams for setting fire to a QuikTrip in Berkeley, Missouri. Arsonist Joshua Williams was wearing a red sweatshirt when he was filmed setting fire to the Berkeley QuikTrip. (snip) As GotNews reported, Joshua Williams spoke at Al Sharpton’s rally in Washington DC in December. Sharpton flew him to Washington for the rally… in his red sweatshirt.
  • Jeb Bush: Gay Marriage Should Be State Decision, but ‘Courts Overturned It, I Guess’

    01/05/2015 9:09:12 AM PST · by maggief · 67 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 5, 2014 | Evan McMurry
    Twenty-four hours in advance of a court deadline ordering clerks in at least one county to issue same-sex marriage licenses, former Sunshine State Governor and putative 2016 GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush shrugged his shoulders at the decision. “It ought be a local decision. I mean, a state decision,” Bush told the Miami Herald. “The state decided. The people of the state decided. But it’s been overturned by the courts, I guess.”
  • Boehner ally: GOP challenges to Speaker 'unprofessional' (Rep. Tom Cole, Okla.)

    01/05/2015 6:39:53 AM PST · by maggief · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 5, 2015 | David McCabe
    Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) called GOP challenges to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) “pretty unprofessional and very disappointing” on Monday. Cole, a close ally to Boehner, said the challenges aren’t serious and blasted Republicans trying to unseat the Speaker for not trying to do so when the GOP held its internal discussions late last year. “Well, I don’t think they’re very serious,” he said while appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe" of the bids by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) to challenge Boehner for speakership. “And frankly, they’re pretty disappointing in the sense that anyone who wanted to...
  • Bizarre sex story involving Prince Andrew, Alan Derschowitz and Bill Clinton may be true

    01/04/2015 7:32:51 AM PST · by maggief · 103 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 4, 2015 | Rick Moran
    On the surface, this sex scandal involving Prince Andrew, second in the line of succession to the British crown, famed constitutional lawyer Alan Derschowitz, and former President Bill Clinton, would appear too bizarre to be true. But in a civil suit filed this past week in Florida, alleging that billionaire Jeffrey Epstein received special treatment from the government in a child sexual abuse case in 2008 in which Epstein served only 13 months in jail while avoiding far more serious charges, all three celebrities were named as persons having sex with underage girls at Epstein's estate on his Carribean island....
  • Obama’s nominee for Pentagon post implicated in alleged theft of CIA documents

    12/24/2014 7:01:50 AM PST · by maggief · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Jake Gibson, James Rosen
    The Obama administration's nominee for a senior legal position at the Pentagon is one of the congressional staffers accused by Republicans and intelligence officials of stealing classified documents from the Central Intelligence Agency, Fox News has learned -- and the controversy could imperil her shot at a major career promotion. Sources on Capitol Hill and in the intelligence community say Alissa Starzak, a majority staffer on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) who has been nominated for the position of general counsel to the U.S. Army, is one of two SSCI employees accused by the panel's Republicans, and by...
  • Rangel wants end to finger-pointing (“Policemen have to know that we love them”)

    12/23/2014 6:26:26 AM PST · by maggief · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 23, 2014 | David McCabe
    Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that political mudslinging had “no place” after the murder of two New York police officers. “Pointing fingers has no place at all with civilized people,” he said. It’s the second day on a row that Rangel has urged people to stop criticizing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other politicians over the killings. In the hours after the murder, the head of the city's largest law enforcement union suggested that de Blasio had “blood” on his hands. Rangel also said that it was important that all New Yorkers communicate their respect for...
  • De Blasio doth protest too much — and blows his cover (Blames media)

    12/23/2014 6:22:37 AM PST · by maggief · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 22, 2014 | Michael Goodwin
    EXCERPT The real problem, as de Blasio sees it, is the media. I kid you not — he actually shot the messenger. He accused the reporters assembled in front of him of stoking outrage by focusing on “the few” protesters doing “immoral” things. “They are wrong,” he said, his voice rising. “But are you going to keep dividing us? What you manage to do is pull up the few who do not represent the majority.” He called it “unfair,” and insisted most protesters were peaceful but “you guys enable” the troublemakers.
  • Bratton: Cops shouldn’t have turned backs on de Blasio

    12/22/2014 7:07:35 AM PST · by maggief · 94 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 22, 2014 | David K. Li
    EXCERPT Commissioner Bill Bratton acknowledged that de Blasio has lost support of some police. “I don’t think it (the hallway protest) was appropriate, particularly in that setting, but it’s reflective of the anger of some of them,” Bratton told NBC’s “Today” show. (snip) “I don’t know that an apology is necessary,” he said. “One of the things, a concern at the moment, is this issue is really starting to go down partisan lines, Republican-Democrat. This is something that should be bringing us all together, not taking us apart.”
  • Powerful statement from Minnesota police chief after NYPD ambush (Sartell, MN)

    12/22/2014 6:10:38 AM PST · by maggief · 13 replies
    KMSP ^ | December 22, 2014 | Mike Durkin
    SARTELL, Minn. (KMSP) - Police in New York say the man who murdered two police officers while they were sitting in their patrol car has been arrested 19 times for assault and robbery. Ismaaiyl Brinsley was angry at police for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, making an online pledge to kill two “pigs.”
  • 13-year-old son of NYPD officer says goodbye to ‘best dad in the world’

    12/21/2014 5:31:41 AM PST · by maggief · 36 replies
    BizPac ^ | December 21, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    The young son of slain New York City Police Officer Rafael Ramos turned to Facebook late Saturday to express his grief over losing his father, who was shot and killed while sitting in his patrol car. “This is the worst day of my life,” 13-year-old Jaden Ramos tragically wrote, hours after his father was killed, the New York Daily News reported.
  • Video Taken By The NYPD Shooter & Posted To Facebook Dec 14th (WARNING: Strong language!)

    12/21/2014 5:25:56 AM PST · by maggief · 27 replies
    Live Leak ^ | December 20, 2014
    (Live Leak:) Facebook has now taken his page down. Glad I got the video off of it first. The shooter's name is Ismaaiyl Brinsley Sounds like he was in NYC and took a taxi ride with a buddy. The whole conversation is about their skin color.
  • Sharpton: Our city is hurting from the vicious murder of two NYPD officers

    12/20/2014 8:40:44 PM PST · by maggief · 173 replies
    NYDN ^ | December 20, 2014 | REV. AL SHARPTON
    Our city is hurting, we are hurting. Today we mourn the loss of two NYPD officers who were gunned down in a vicious act of senseless violence. As soon as news broke of the tragedy in Brooklyn, I spoke with both the families of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. And let me be perfectly clear, we are all outraged and saddened by the deaths of these police officers. Any use of the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, in connection with any violence or killing of police, is reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases. At...
  • 12/19: De Blasio secretly meets with protest leaders (Justice League NYC at 1199 SEIU’s HQ's)

    12/20/2014 8:08:04 PM PST · by maggief · 34 replies
    New York Post ^ | sDecember 19, 2014 | Kevin Fasick, Kirstan Conley and Danika Fear
    Mayor de Blasio held court on Friday with ringleaders of the city protests that have led to cop assaults and other mayhem — lending a sympathetic ear as they ticked off their demands. Hizzoner had tried to keep the location of his meeting with the members of Justice League NYC a secret, but reporters discovered it was at the Midtown offices of a union connected to the one that employs a man charged with busting an NYPD lieutenant’s nose on the Brooklyn Bridge. “They have a list of demands, some which I agree with, some which I don’t,” de Blasio...
  • Holder calls New York police shootings 'act of barbarism'

    12/20/2014 6:30:24 PM PST · by maggief · 106 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    Attorney General Eric Holder condemned the “senseless” shooting of two New York City police Saturday, and pledged the full resources of the Justice Department to assist in the investigation of the ambush killings. “This was an unspeakable act of barbarism, and I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of these two brave officers in the line of duty,” Holder said in a statement. “On behalf of all those who serve in the United States Department of Justice, I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the officers' loved ones and colleagues.” A White House official confirmed that President...
  • CNN: Reporters who asked questions today during Obama's final press conference of 2014

    12/19/2014 12:43:21 PM PST · by maggief · 29 replies
    CNN-Twitter ^ | December 19, 2014 | Chris Moody
    Chris Moody @moody · 45m 45 minutes ago Reporters who asked questions today during Obama's final press conference of 2014.
  • Obama Calls James Franco ‘James Flacco’; Mockery Ensues

    12/19/2014 12:10:46 PM PST · by maggief · 39 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 19, 2014 | Andrew Kirell
    During his final 2014 press conference, President Barack Obama had some pretty stern words for Sony Pictures over their decision to pull The Interview in light of terror threats from North Korea-affiliated hackers. Amidst his remarks, though, came a notable flub that sent Twitter into a tizzy with joking responses. See transcript for the gaffe [emphasis added]: I think it says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state come out with an all-out attack because of satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco. I love Seth and I love James, but the notion that...
  • Obama: Pro, college football a 'little bit of an old boys' network' (ESPN radio interview)

    12/12/2014 11:05:16 AM PST · by maggief · 35 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 12, 2014 | CHRISTI PARSONS
    President Obama said Friday that professional and college football have been “a little bit of an old boys’ network” but that he thinks sports franchises are now establishing clear policies to address the off-the-field behavior of their athletes. “This is not unique to the NFL,” Obama said in an ESPN radio interview. “There have been some blind spots that are rooted not just in pro football but back into college football.... Certain behaviors have been tolerated.” (snip) Asked whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had “too many men” around him as he was handling the matter, Obama made an argument for...
  • House approves $1.1T bill to fund government despite Dem uprising

    12/11/2014 7:59:54 PM PST · by maggief · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad,Cristina Marcos and Mike Lillis
    The House on Thursday approved a $1.1 trillion bill funding most of the government through September despite an outcry from Democrats and significant defections in both parties. By a vote of 219-206, the House sent the bill to the Senate, where a similar debate may break out between liberal Democrats and the White House. The vote split Democratic leaders, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) opposing the bill and criticizing the White House, but Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) backing it. Fifty-seven Democrats voted for the bill, while 139 opposed it. The House also voted by unanimous consent on...