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  • Beau Biden being treated at Walter Reed Medical Center

    05/19/2015 6:53:08 PM PDT · by maggief · 39 replies
    AP ^ | May 19, 2015
    Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden was being treated Tuesday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the vice president’s office said.
  • Spanish-Language News Network Failed to Disclose Clinton Donation, Lobbying Expenditures

    05/19/2015 2:27:54 AM PDT · by maggief · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 19, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    A U.S. Spanish-language news network that lobbied Hillary Clinton’s State Department on U.S. policies toward Mexico reported on those policies without disclosing its lobbying expenditures and is covering the U.S. presidential election without informing views of its company’s donations to the Clinton Foundation. The network, Azteca America, has employed two Clinton confidantes since late 2008 to lobby the State Department on various initiatives affecting U.S. relations with Mexico, where its parent company is based, during and after Clinton’s tenure at the head of the agency. Mexican parent TV Azteca, a foundation associated with the company, and that foundation’s U.S. counterpart...
  • George Stephanopoulos’ future — and $105M contract — in danger

    05/19/2015 1:30:46 AM PDT · by maggief · 34 replies
    NYPost ^ | May 18, 2015 | Emily Smith
    ABC has plenty of reasons to be freaking out over the George Stephanopoulos scandal — $105 million, to be exact.
  • ABC Policy Required Stephanopolous to Disclose His $75,000 Clinton Foundation Donation

    05/18/2015 7:28:32 AM PDT · by maggief · 27 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 18, 2015 | Brent Scher
    ABC News actually responds to Free Beacon inquiry ABC News policy required that George Stephanopolous disclose his contributions to the Clinton Foundation to management before covering stories related to it, according to an ABC spokesman who responded to a Washington Free Beacon inquiry. (snip) “Staff need to disclose personal donations to a charitable organization to us before covering a story related to that organization,” said Julie Townsend, who heads ABC’s news communications. “He had not disclosed the Foundation donations to us before he interviewed Peter Schweizer,” the author of Clinton Cash.
  • Obama's last hope on Gitmo: John McCain?

    05/17/2015 8:15:48 AM PDT · by maggief · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 17, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    President Obama is running out of time to fulfill his 2008 campaign pledge to close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility. In an ironic twist, one of his last, best hopes for meeting the promise could rest with the man he defeated in his quest for the White House: Sen. John McCain. While the Arizona Republican and 2008 GOP nominee is one of Obama’s harshest critics on foreign policy, he supports closing the controversial prison camp, and has proposed what could be Obama’s last shot at closing the prison. McCain’s Armed Services committee on Thursday passed a defense policy bill that...
  • Former Obama CIA chief: Foreign governments have Hillary’s emails

    05/16/2015 5:50:42 AM PDT · by maggief · 37 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | May 16, 2015 | Michael Dorstewitz
    EXCERPT Michael Morell, who served as the CIA’s deputy director and acting director from 2010 to 2013, told talk radio host Hugh Hewitt that there’s little chance that other governments didn’t intercept the emails in some way. “I think that foreign intelligence services, the good ones, have everything on any unclassified network that the government uses, whether that’s a private server or a public one,” Morell said. “They’re that good.”
  • McConnell praises Obama on trade

    05/14/2015 8:03:51 AM PDT · by maggief · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 14, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) praised President Obama on the "fast track" trade bill, saying the Democrat commander in chief has "done his country a service." "I’d like to thank the President too. No, you’re not hearing things. President Obama has done his country a service by taking on his base and pushing back on some of the more ridiculous rhetoric we’ve heard," the Republican leader said. "He was right to remind everyone that ‘you don’t make change through slogans’ or ‘ignoring realities.’" McConnell added that Obama "should be recognized" for his role in the trade fight.
  • Wisconsin's Russ Feingold to run again for US Senate

    05/14/2015 7:52:27 AM PDT · by maggief · 28 replies
    AP ^ | May 14, 2015 | Scott Bauer
    MADISON, Wis. — Russ Feingold announced Thursday he will run to reclaim the U.S. Senate seat he lost five years ago to Republican Ron Johnson, fulfilling the hopes of Democrats who have been pushing for the liberal to return to the political arena. Feingold said in a 90-second video to supporters that he will run for the seat in 2016.
  • ISIS Hackers Plan "Message to America" Attack Today (Cyber attack 2PM EST)

    05/11/2015 6:57:53 AM PDT · by maggief · 158 replies
    Vocativ ^ | May 11, 2015 | Gilad Shiloach
    A group of hackers affiliated with ISIS are threatening to carry out a cyber attack—dubbed “Message to America”—against a number of targets 2 p.m. EST today. The targets were not identified on ISIS forums and social channels but the hackers are promising something “surprising” that “will frighten America”.
  • Senate rejects linking Iran's support for terrorism to nuke deal (Senators voted 45-54)

    04/29/2015 4:38:28 PM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 29, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senators on Wednesday blocked a Republican push to tie Iran's support of terrorism to a final deal on the country's nuclear program. Senators voted 45-54 on the amendment from Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), which would have required President Obama to certify as part of a diplomatic deal that Iran hasn't carried out or directly supported an act of terror against the United States or a U.S. citizen. Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah) and John McCain (Ariz.) voted with Democrats against the amendment....
  • Horrific video shows Baltimore store owner hauled from his premises, sucker punched and kicked...

    04/28/2015 7:33:07 AM PDT · by maggief · 86 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 28, 2015 | SARA MALM
    A shocking video has emerged from the riots in Baltimore showing a mob of 'protesters' dragging a shopkeeper into the street and assaulting him. The video, shot by a witness, sees the man being forcibly removed from his store, believed to be located in downtown Baltimore, as dozens of protesters gather outside. One of the rioters knocks him flat out with a sucker-punch, and as the man lies in the street, the mob gathers around him. A male protester wearing a hoodie appears to be stomping on the man's head as others kick him while he is out.
  • 'Clinton Cash' author to take on Jeb Bush next

    04/23/2015 5:28:00 AM PDT · by maggief · 19 replies
    POLITICO ^ | April 23, 2015 | NICK GASS
    EXCERPT “What we’re doing is a drill-down investigation of Jeb’s finances similar to what we did with the Clintons in terms of looking at financial dealings, cronyism, who he’s been involved with,” Schweizer told Bloomberg Politics. “We’ve found some interesting things.” (snip) Schweizer told Bloomberg that his team of researchers has been poring over financial details from the former Florida governor for about four months.
  • DC attorney general 'looking into' Republican photo with assault rifle (Gowdy & Buck, AR-15)

    04/21/2015 8:42:23 AM PDT · by maggief · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 21, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    Two Republican congressmen who posed for a picture with an assault rifle are coming under scrutiny from the District of Columbia’s Attorney General Office. Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) last week tweeted a picture of himself and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the leader of the House GOP’s Benghazi investigation, holding an AR-15. Buck said in the tweet that the assault rifle is his, and that the picture was taken after Gowdy “stopped by” his office. Having the AR-15 in the Cannon House Office Building could be a violation of the District’s strict gun laws, and the Washington, D.C., Attorney General’s Office...
  • Bill Clinton wipes tears from his eyes and hails Oklahoma as 'an example for the world' on 20th...

    04/19/2015 4:06:59 PM PDT · by maggief · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 19, 2015 | MIA DE GRAAF
    Bill Clinton has paid tribute to the resilience of the Oklahoman people on the 20th anniversary of the worst homegrown terrorist attack America has ever seen. (snip) Twenty years later, former president Clinton addressed hundreds of people gathered at the site of the federal building to commemorate the dead, hailing the city as an example to the world of a strong and compassionate community. (snip) 'I prepared for this day yesterday in New York by taking Hillary to see our daughter and son-in-law and my about to be seven-month-old grandchild. 'Hillary and I bathed her and fed her and put...
  • Anthony Weiner discusses Clinton launch: Doing the unexpected

    04/19/2015 11:48:08 AM PDT · by maggief · 19 replies
    POLITICO ^ | April 17, 2015 | DAVID COHEN
    EXCERPT “She’s been around a long time answering questions,” Weiner said, “but I think to some degree this is just the way it appears: She wanted to have a campaign that began a way that was most comfortable to her.” Weiner also made it clear he was speaking for himself — not for his wife. “We talk about just about everything except the campaign,” Weiner said, “I don’t think she even knows I’m here today, except that she’s alone with Jordan.”
  • Michelle Obama treats mom to swanky NYC outing; where are the ‘black brunch’ protests?

    04/19/2015 10:57:26 AM PDT · by maggief · 13 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | April 17, 2015 | Carmine Sabia
    Michelle Obama decided to start celebrating Mother’s Day early with a trip Saturday to a swanky New York City eatery. Secret Service flanked the first lady and her mother, Marian Robinson, as they hit celebrity chef Mario Batali’s Lupa restaurant and enjoyed a five-course meal. The food looked nothing like the slop Obama wants to serve America’s school children. The meals the pair indulged in start at $65 per person with an additional $49 to add wine.
  • Clinton used iPad at State Dept., released emails show

    03/31/2015 6:35:24 AM PDT · by maggief · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | March 31, 2015 | NICK GASS
    EXCERPT According to the emails reviewed by AP, in a September 2011 message, adviser Huma Abedin shared an AP story about a drone strike in Pakistan. Clinton answered with questions that seem to be related to decorations. “I like the idea of these,” she wrote. “How high are they? What would the bench be made of? And I’d prefer two shelves or attractive boxes/baskets/ conmtainers [sic] on one. What do you think?” Abedin answered: “Did u mean to send to me?” Clinton replied, according to the AP report citing the emails: “No-sorry! Also, pls let me know if you got...
  • Expected Iranian nuclear deal worse than Israel feared: Netanyahu

    03/29/2015 6:42:32 AM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 29, 2015 | DAN WILLIAMS
    (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Sunday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators, saying it was even worse than his country had feared. Israel has mounted what it terms an "uphill battle" against an agreement that might ease sanctions on the Iranians while leaving them with a nuclear infrastructure with bomb-making potential. Tehran says its nuclear program is peaceful. "This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that," Netanyahu told his cabinet in Jerusalem as the United States, five other world powers and...
  • Germanwings co-pilot hid sick leave note for day of crash: prosecutors

    03/27/2015 5:41:19 AM PDT · by maggief · 50 replies
    AFP ^ | March 27, 2015
    EXCERPT Searches of his homes had netted "medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment", including "torn-up and current sick leave notices, among them one covering the day of the crash", they said.
  • Germanwings Crash Investigation Hits Snag in Retrieving Data (from black boxes)

    03/25/2015 8:16:41 AM PDT · by maggief · 65 replies
    NYTimes ^ | March 25, 2015 | DAN BILEFSKY and NICOLA CLARK
    PARIS — Rescuers resumed the difficult task of searching for the 150 victims of a deadly plane crash in the French Alps, as the search for clues was dealt a setback Wednesday afternoon. Investigators said they had so far been unable to retrieve any data from the plane’s cockpit voice recorder, and the inquiry has been hampered further, an official said, by the discovery that the second black box, which was found on Wednesday, was severely damaged, and its memory card dislodged and missing.
  • Germanwings A320 crash: Plane fell for 18 minutes (not 8)

    03/25/2015 5:24:23 AM PDT · by maggief · 172 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | March 25, 2015
    NEW evidence has emerged that the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in southern France yesterday dived for 18 minutes, and not eight as previously thought. France’s Transport Minister Segolene Royal said this morning that the crew had stopped responding to radio messages at 10.30am, with the plane flying over the Mediterranean sea. The aircraft crashed into the side of a mountain in the French Alps at 10.48am, suggesting that the plane had descended from 28,000ft to 2,000ft without signalling an emergency. Ms Royal added that events in the cockpit in the 60 seconds between 10.30am and 10.31am were ‘crucial’ and...
  • Hillary makes nice with the press (No more secrecy. No more 'zone of privacy,')

    03/23/2015 5:55:49 PM PDT · by maggief · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 23, 2015 | Cameron Joseph
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took time to hang out with the press Monday night, joking with a room packed with national political reporters about their sometimes-testy relationship. "I'm well aware that some of you may be a little surprised to see me here tonight. My relationship with the press has been at times, shall we say, complicated,'" Clinton said to laughs at a dinner for the Robin Toner Program in Political Reporting in downtown Washington, D.C. "But I am all about new beginnings: A new grandchild, another new hairstyle, a new email account, a new relationship with the...
  • (Hillary) Clinton, Obama huddle at White House

    03/23/2015 3:55:56 PM PDT · by maggief · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 23, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama met with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for about an hour at the White House on Monday as Clinton moves closer to launching her long-awaited presidential campaign. “President Obama and Secretary Clinton enjoy catching-up in person when their schedules permit," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. "This afternoon they met privately for about an hour at the White House and discussed a range of topics."
  • Susan Rice falls for social media hoax

    03/23/2015 12:15:17 PM PDT · by maggief · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | March 23, 2015 | David McCabe
    National Security Adviser Susan Rice fell for a social media hoax on Monday when she posted that renowned Nigerian author Chinua Achebe had died — two years after his actual death.
  • NYT: In Clinton Emails on Benghazi, a Rare Glimpse at Her Concerns

    03/23/2015 10:42:24 AM PDT · by maggief · 27 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 23, 2015 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    EXCERPT The roughly 300 emails from Mrs. Clinton’s private account that were turned over last month to a House committee investigating the attack showed the secretary and her aides closely monitoring the fallout from the tragedy, which threatened to damage her image and reflect poorly on the State Department. They provided no evidence that Mrs. Clinton, as the most incendiary Republican attacks have suggested, issued a “stand down” order to halt American forces responding to the violence in Benghazi, or took part in a broad cover-up of the administration’s response, according to senior American officials. But they did show that...
  • ATF chief steps down after bullet ban controversy

    03/20/2015 9:31:37 AM PDT · by maggief · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 20, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is stepping down following controversy surrounding the agency’s proposal to ban certain types of ammunition. The ATF announced Friday that Director B. Todd Jones is resigning at the end of the month “to pursue other opportunities in the private sector." “ATF employees are hard-working, dedicated individuals who serve the public to make our nation safer every day,” Jones said in a statement. “I have seen firsthand their extraordinary commitment to combating violent crime, ridding the streets of criminals, and leveraging all available resources to keep our communities safe.”...
  • Charlie Sheen’s Racist Obama Rant: 'Barry Satera Kenya'

    03/19/2015 5:41:41 AM PDT · by maggief · 63 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 19, 2015 | Marlow Stern
    The man formerly known as Carlos Irwin Estévez has put his foot firmly in his mouth again. Early Thursday morning, the star of Platoon, Wall Street, and Two and a Half Men took to Twitter to vent his frustration with President Obama’s appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter. You see, Obama was engaging in his annual tradition of filling out the NCAA tourney bracket on live television—a practice that seems to irk millions of myopic Americans far more than, say, George W. Bush’s pre-9/11 staycation. Sheen, as is his wont, tweeted the following racist gibberish directed at the commander-in-chief:
  • Cruz channels inner John Hancock on Iran letter

    03/17/2015 6:56:45 AM PDT · by maggief · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 17, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said early Tuesday that he has no regrets about signing the controversial letter to Iranian leaders warning that Congress would overrule a deal on which it wasn't consulted. "I would sign it and, as John Hancock said, I would sign it in large print so the ayatollah wouldn’t need his reading glasses," Cruz said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" when asked if he would still sign the letter if given a second chance. "I think this deal that is being negotiated by the Obama administration is both profoundly dangerous both to the security of our ally, Israel,...
  • Former White House Advisor: Hillary Clinton Email Scandal A 'Pimple on the Ass of Progress'

    03/16/2015 9:32:56 AM PDT · by maggief · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 16, 2015 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    Former White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer describes the Hillary Clinton email scandal as another “pimple on the ass of progress,” quoting his former colleague at the White House David Axelrod. “I think this is what David Axelrod referred to as a pimple on the ass of progress,” Pfeiffer explained in an interview with broadcaster Charlie Rose. “Eighteen months from now or 20 months from now, when people go to the polls to vote in the presidential election, I can’t imagine anyone’s going to change their vote because of this.”
  • Fact checking Hillary Clinton’s news conference (WaPo punts on Pinocchio rating)

    03/16/2015 9:13:31 AM PDT · by maggief · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 16, 2015 | Glenn Kessler
    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s news conference March 10 left many questions unanswered, and so we were reluctant to fact check it immediately. But enough information has emerged in recent days to at least take a preliminary step at annotating some of her key points. We aim to update this as additional information emerges. At this point, given the fluid situation, we are holding off on issuing a Pinocchio rating but we may do so in the future. Certainly, her claim that her e-mails were immediately preserved has now been called into question — as has her statement that she complied with...
  • Carville: I 'Suspect' Hillary Used Private Email to Avoid Congressional Oversight

    03/15/2015 7:53:38 AM PDT · by maggief · 50 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 15, 2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    EXCERPT "It was something she did. It was legal. I suspect she didn't want [Republican congressman] Louie Gohmert rifling through her emails, which seems to me to be a kind of reasonable position for someone to take. It amounts to -- just like everything else before it, it amounts to nothing but a bunch of people flapping their jaws about nothing."
  • Obama: College ‘surest ticket’ to middle class

    03/14/2015 5:18:15 AM PDT · by maggief · 111 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 14, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    President Obama on Saturday urged Americans to sign his new “Student Aid Bill of Rights” and collectively work towards reducing the cost of higher education. “In an economy increasingly built on innovation, the most important skill you can sell is your knowledge,” Obama said in his weekly address Saturday. “That’s why higher education is, more than ever, the surest ticket to the middle class.” “But just when it’s never been more important, it’s also never been more expensive,” he added. “The average undergrad who borrows to pay for college ends up graduating with about $28,000 in student loan debt.” The...
  • Top State Dept. officials’ work emails not automatically archived before February (HRC lied)

    03/13/2015 12:14:44 PM PDT · by maggief · 48 replies
    POLITICO ^ | March 13, 2015 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    Hillary Clinton’s explanation for her use of a personal email account while she served as secretary of state suffered another blow Friday as the State Department disclosed that the email accounts of senior department officials were not automatically archived until last month. Clinton said at a news conference Tuesday that she believed the vast majority of work-related emails she sent or received from her private account were “preserved” because she was in correspondence with other officials using “.gov” accounts. However, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters archiving of the work email boxes of senior State Department officials besides the...
  • Lindsey Graham: I've never sent an email

    03/09/2015 9:26:26 AM PDT · by maggief · 78 replies
    CNN ^ | March 9, 2015 | Eric Bradner
    The South Carolina Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender offered to share everything he's ever sent with NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd -- but said there's not really much to turn over. "You can have every email I've ever sent -- I've never sent one," he said. "I don't know what that makes me."
  • Katie Couric in talks to return to NBC in wake of Brian Williams scandal: sources

    03/06/2015 1:08:41 PM PST · by maggief · 38 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 6, 2015
    Katie Couric is in talks to return to embattled NBC. Sources at the network confirmed that Couric has already been talking to her longtime fan Andrew Lack, the former NBC exec who was named head of NBC News this morning.
  • ‘Trying to be funny’? John Kerry’s reaction to Hillary’s email scandal sounds just a tad snarky

    03/05/2015 11:28:26 AM PST · by maggief · 19 replies
    Twitchy ^ | March 5, 2015
    Jake Tapper ‏@jaketapper 3h3 hours ago Kerry: "I believe we have all the (HRC) emails...let me check on that when I actually have time to pay attention to such an important issue" 0 replies 63 retweets 44 favorites
  • Source: Obama counsel not aware of Clinton's email practice

    03/05/2015 5:00:05 AM PST · by maggief · 32 replies
    AP ^ | March 5, 2015 | NEDRA PICKLER and JOSH LEDERMAN
    WASHINGTON — The White House counsel's office was not aware at the time that Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of state that she relied solely on personal email and only found out as part of the congressional investigation into the Benghazi attack, according to a person familiar with the matter. The person said Clinton's exclusive reliance on personal email as the nation's top diplomat was inconsistent with the guidance given to agencies that official business should be conducted on official email accounts. Once the State Department turned over some of her messages in the Benghazi investigation, making it apparent she...
  • White House reveals DHS shutdown plan

    02/27/2015 4:42:15 PM PST · by maggief · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    The Obama administration released a plan on Friday for how the Department of Homeland Security will deal with a shutdown, as Congressional leaders remain at an impasse over how to fund the agency. The Associated Press reports that airport security checkpoints, Secret Service, and border patrols are among the operations exempted from a shutdown. But those deemed “non-essential” workers would be furloughed. “Essential” workers must continue to work, but they won’t be paid until Congress finds an agreement to fund the agency. The House failed to approve a stop-gap measure on Friday night that would have extended the agency’s funding...
  • Senate Dems blast Boehner over vote

    02/27/2015 3:39:26 PM PST · by maggief · 77 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) slammed House Republicans Friday after lawmakers failed to pass a short-term bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which runs out of money at midnight. "The Republican Congress has shown that it simply cannot govern. Two months into the Republican Congress, we are already staring a Homeland Security shutdown square in the face, even as terrorists around the world threaten to strike America," the Nevada Democrat said in a statement after the House vote. The bill failed 203-224. More than 50 Republicans voted against the legislation, which would have funded the department...
  • Chaos in House as lawmakers reject DHS bill; shutdown nears

    02/27/2015 3:30:43 PM PST · by maggief · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2015 | Rebecca Shabad
    A short-term funding measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security open (DHS) was defeated in the House on Friday in a stunning vote that could result in a partial government shutdown at midnight. The bill failed 203-224, with 51 Republicans voting against legislation that was set to fund the DHS and its associated agencies through March 19. Twelve Democrats voted for it. The vote is a humiliating defeat for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his leadership team, who had scrambled to bring the three-week funding bill to the floor ahead of the looming deadline. The next steps on the...
  • FCC head agrees to testify to Oversight on White House influence

    02/27/2015 6:50:51 AM PST · by maggief · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2015 | Julian Hattem
    Amid heated allegations that he has allowed his agency to be a puppet for the White House, the head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has agreed to testify before the House Oversight Committee next month. Tom Wheeler, who initially declined to appear before the panel this week, will testify on the morning of March 17, committee spokeswoman MJ Henshaw said. Wheeler is also scheduled to testify along with his four fellow commissioners the following day in the Senate Commerce Committee. Unlike that session, however, which will focus on general oversight and the FCC’s new net neutrality rules, the House...
  • Feds sent bad tax info to 800,000 people on ObamaCare

    02/20/2015 7:43:55 AM PST · by maggief · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 20, 2015 | Peter Sullivan
    The administration sent incorrect tax information to 800,000 people who have enrolled in ObamaCare, the administration announced Friday. Because of the mistake, tax credits were calculated either too high or too low, and officials are asking people to delay filing their taxes until the problem is corrected. Affected people are now being contacted by phone and email. The administration said that 50,000 of the people affected had already filed their taxes, and the government would now work with them to correct the problem. The error involves the "benchmark" health plan that is used as part of the formula for calculating...
  • Grover Norquist's Alleged Islamist Ties Threaten Reelection to NRA Board of Directors

    02/19/2015 7:44:25 AM PST · by maggief · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 19, 2015 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) president Grover Norquist has written a letter to several members of the NRA’s board of directors fervently denying allegations of his ties to Muslim Brotherhood leaders as “conspiracies.” Norquist is currently facing re-election for his position on the NRA’s board of directors, all while these accusations against him have come under renewed attention—and could dominate discussion of his NRA role in the coming weeks. In the letter obtained by Breitbart News, Norquist accuses Center for Security Policy (CSP) president Frank Gaffney, a former official in Ronald Reagan’s Pentagon, of being a “stalker” he has had...
  • Revealed: Brutal leader of ISIS was once a bespectacled SECRETARY working in an office...

    02/19/2015 6:48:18 AM PST · by maggief · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 19, 2015 | LAURIE HANNA
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was captured by American soldiers in 2004 in Iraq Official documents reveal his job was 'Administrative Work (Secretary)' Held for 10 months...but then released as he was not considered a threat He has now gone on to become one of world's most wanted men The bloodthirsty leader of the Islamic State was once a secretary working in office admin, newly released documents have revealed. Brutal Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was captured by American soldiers in 2004 in Iraq, and records from the time have revealed his life before he turned to terror. The declassified documents show that al-Baghdadi...
  • Biden: Muslim Immigration Not Going to Stop

    02/18/2015 10:21:27 AM PST · by maggief · 24 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | February 18, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama tried to counter the Paris Unity March, which his administration boycotted, with a seminar on “Countering Violent Extremism”. CVE continues to mean pandering to the Muslim Brotherhood and refusing to deal with Islamic terrorism. Obama is claiming that the solution is to teach the true peaceful nature of Islam while continuing to push the lie that the Chapel Hill killings targeted Muslims. Biden is cheerleading all that Muslim immigration. “I’m proud of the American record on culture and economic integration of not only our Muslim communities but African communities, Asian communities, Hispanic communities,” Biden said. “And the wave still...
  • CNN shares insight into ISIS's recruiting techniques ... (kittens, Nutella and emojis)

    02/18/2015 8:33:59 AM PST · by maggief · 11 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 18, 2015 | JULIA LA ROCHE
    In addition to murdering innocent civilians and producing appalling propaganda videos, the jihadist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL) has reportedly developed some creative and effective recruiting techniques.
  • Marie Harf to Critics: Maybe My Comments Were ‘Too Nuanced’ for You

    02/18/2015 5:36:26 AM PST · by maggief · 76 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 17, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    (snip) Tonight, she joined Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s The Situation Room and attempted to clarify her point. “I’m not the first person to say something like this,” Harf said. “Military commanders that we’ve had throughout many years here fighting this war on terrorism have said the exact same thing, that in the short term when there’s a threat like ISIL. We’ll take direct military action against these terrorists. We have done that. We are doing that in Iraq and Syria. But longer term, we have to look at how we combat the conditions that can lead people to turn to...
  • President Obama: Our fight against violent extremism ("battle for hearts and minds")

    02/18/2015 5:20:17 AM PST · by maggief · 31 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 17, 2015 | Barack Obama
    The United States has made significant gains against terrorism. We've decimated the core al Qaeda leadership, strengthened homeland security and worked to prevent another large-scale attack like 9/11. At the same time, the threat has evolved. The al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen actively plots against us. Since 9/11, terrorists have murdered U.S. citizens overseas, including in the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Here in the United States, Americans have been killed at Ft. Hood and during the Boston Marathon. (snip) We do not yet know why three young people, who were Muslim Americans, were brutally killed in Chapel Hill, N.C. But...
  • Fox & Friends Beyond Outraged at Holder: He’s ‘Tougher on Fox’ Than on ISIS

    02/18/2015 5:09:45 AM PST · by maggief · 20 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 18, 2015 | Evan McMurry
    Attorney General Eric Holder called out Fox News yesterday for fixating on the Obama’s administraton’s terminology for ISIS. “If Fox didn’t talk about this, they would have nothing else to talk about, it seems to me,” said at the National Press Club. (snip) “They want to kill us and yet the Attorney General, chief law enforcement officer for the United States of America, is bugged by the fact that Fox brings up the accurate point they are Islamic extremists, let’s call it Islamic extremism,” Steve Doocy said. “Obviously this administration talks tougher about Fox News than they do about ISIS,...
  • ISIS Might Be Harvesting Organs To Finance Operations, Iraqi Envoy Tells UN

    02/18/2015 12:54:45 AM PST · by maggief · 19 replies
    IBTimes ^ | February 18, 2015 | Kukil Bora
    In a bid to finance its operations, the Islamic State group might be harvesting human organs, Iraq’s ambassador to the U.N. told the intergovernmental organization on Tuesday, and asked the Security Council to investigate the allegations. In the past few weeks, authorities have discovered bodies with surgical incisions and missing kidneys or other organs in several shallow mass graves, leading many to believe that the extremist group might be harvesting these organs to fund its caliphate, Mohamed Alhakim, the Iraqi envoy to the U.N., reportedly said. “We have bodies. Come and examine them,” The Associated Press (AP) quoted Alhakim as...