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  • Dems warn changes to border law would sink emergency funding bill

    07/23/2014 9:33:14 AM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 23, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    House Democratic leaders warned Wednesday that softening a 2008 immigration law to expedite deportations of children would sink any effort to provide emergency funding at the southern border. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), joining GOP leaders in the Senate, has insisted that new funding to address the border crisis be accompanied by changes to the six-year-old human trafficking law to make it easier to send migrant children back home. But Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), head of the House Democratic Caucus, suggested Wednesday that his troops aren't ready to get on board. He accused Boehner and the Republicans of "making ultimatums"...
  • ‘Is This How The Benghazi Talking Points Were Developed?’...Kerry Aide’s Use Of Gmail Account

    07/23/2014 7:56:00 AM PDT · by maggief · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 23, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Two top government watchdogs in Washington D.C. slammed a key aide to Secretary of State John Kerry for using a private Gmail account to conduct official government business, calling it “the worst possible practice in trying to maintain transparency” and speculating whether this was “how the Benghazi talking points were developed.” The Daily Caller reported on Monday that Glen Johnson, a strategic communications advisor to Kerry, fabricated a claim about the number of times Kerry appeared on “Fox News Sunday” while attempting to force TheDC to change a report which said that the secretary had “shut out” Fox News reporter...
  • Second court disagrees, upholds subsidies

    07/22/2014 10:32:52 AM PDT · by maggief · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 22, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that ObamaCare subsidies issued through the federal exchanges are legal, contradicting a separate ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court on the same day. Fourth Circuit Judge Roger Gregory argued that because the statutory language of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is ambiguous, courts should defer to the interpretation of the Internal Revenue Service and allow the subsides to stand. "Applying deference to the IRS's determination … we uphold the rule as a permissible exercise of the agency's discretion," Gregory wrote. The decision came just hours after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals...
  • GOP sees court ruling as major step toward unraveling of Obamacare

    07/22/2014 9:41:11 AM PDT · by maggief · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 22, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    EXCERPT Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas were quick to pounce on the decision as one that reveals the Obama administration’s ongoing attempts to implement the law in a way that exceeds the parameters set in the law that Democrats themselves devised and passed. Cruz called the ruling a “repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it.” “The Obama administration, through the Internal Revenue Service, has attempted to dispense revenues to the states without proper congressional authorization, robbing Congress of its constitutionally-provided power of the purse,” Cruz said. “This decision restores power to Congress and...
  • Obama to make statement on Ukraine at 11:30 a.m. EDT: White House

    07/18/2014 6:53:29 AM PDT · by maggief · 243 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 18, 2014
    Obama to make statement on Ukraine at 11:30 a.m. EDT: White House by Amy Tennery (Reuters) 8:50 AM
  • Obama's bizarre and frightening response to the shoot down of MH17

    07/18/2014 5:28:42 AM PDT · by maggief · 50 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 18, 2014 | Rick Moran
    President Obama was in Delaware on Thursday when a Malaysian airliner went down near Ukraine's border with Russia. The president was scheduled to give a speech on transportation issues, but began his remarks talking about what, at that time, was thought to be a shoot down of a passenger jet. Daily Mail: President Barack Obama provoked fury in the U.S. on Thursday by casually devoting less than a minute to the deaths of 295 people aboard a Malaysian airliner, as he began an often jokey 16-minute speech about the need to expand America’s transportation infrastructure. There are no confirmed American...
  • Ted Cruz: Border Crisis a ‘Disaster of the President’s Own Making’

    07/09/2014 12:44:46 PM PDT · by maggief · 19 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 9, 2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) called the crisis of unaccompanied minors flooding the border a “disaster of the president’s own making.” Speaking on the Senate floor, Cruz denounced the president for his refusal to visit the border during his trip to Texas, despite his own administration designating it a humanitarian crisis: “President Obama today is down in the state of Texas but sadly he’s not visiting the border. He’s not visiting the children who are suffering as a result of the failures of the Obama policies. Instead, he’s doing fund-raisers . He’s visiting Democratic fat cats to collect checks and...
  • Senate Democrats unveil legislation to reverse Hobby Lobby ruling

    07/09/2014 9:10:41 AM PDT · by maggief · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 9, 2014 | Alexander Bolton 
and Mike Lillis
    Senate Democrats introduced legislation on Wednesday to effectively reverse the Supreme Court’s decision last week exempting employers from having to provide insurance coverage for contraception. The law would not allow for-profit corporations to seek exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that their health plans cover contraception costs. Religious institutions would still be able to opt out. “Our bill simply says that your boss cannot get between you and your own healthcare,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the bill’s chief sponsor told reporters. “Last week, we saw the Supreme Court give CEOs and corporations across America the green light to design...
  • CNN: Choomer in chief passes on puff in Denver

    07/09/2014 8:09:44 AM PDT · by maggief · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | July 9, 2014 | Ed Payne and Gabe LaMonica
    CNN) -- "Do you want to hit this?" a man asked President Barack Obama in a bar in Denver Tuesday night. The president laughed but didn't indulge. It wasn't the only time Obama was offered weed on his night out. That's apparently what happens in Colorado, which recently legalized recreational marijuana. The man posted the exchange on Instagram for the world to see. Obama has admitted to smoking pot as a young man. He was an active member of the "Choom Gang" in high school, which perfected all sorts of techniques for getting high.
  • Border Patrol Official: DHS Ordered Illegal Immigrant Holding Facility ‘Cleared Out’(b4 Cong. visit)

    07/09/2014 7:57:48 AM PDT · by maggief · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 9, 2014 | Sara Carter
    Department of Homeland Security officials are stonewalling lawmakers who try to make unannounced visits to immigrant detention facilities throughout the country and are closing off public roads along the U.S.-Mexico border in an effort to keep journalists from reporting on the growing illegal immigration crisis, federal law enforcement officials told TheBlaze. The officials said senior supervisors have made scheduling visits ahead of time mandatory at detention facilities, turned back officials from unannounced visits, and that Border Patrol agents have been forced to clean up facilities and transfer illegal aliens from unauthorized holding cells before they are inspected by lawmakers. Reporters...
  • WaPo's Wemple: ‘Morning Joe’ gives boost to Sarah Palin’s Obama-impeachment play

    07/09/2014 6:59:00 AM PDT · by maggief · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 9, 2014 | Erik Wemple
    Not only did “Morning Joe” mention Sarah Palin’s call for impeachment of President Obama on today’s show, it also ran a snippet of the video in which Palin says “enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president” and “it’s time to impeach.”
  • 'I was a virgin to humiliation of that level': Monica Lewinsky speaks out ...

    07/01/2014 5:07:59 PM PDT · by maggief · 68 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 1, 2014 | LYDIA WARREN and ALEX GREIG
    Monica Lewinsky has spoken out about becoming 'the most humiliated woman in the world' when salacious details of her affair with then-President Bill Clinton emerged. As part of her return to the spotlight, Lewinsky shared details in a new National Geographic documentary, 'The 90s: The Last Great Decade?', which will air starting next Sunday. On Tuesday, the Today show gave a first glimpse at the three-part special, in which Lewinsky, now 40, opens up about the day a 445-page report by special prosecutor Kenneth Starr was published. 'That was one of the worst days of my life,' she said. 'I...
  • Obama watches World Cup match

    06/26/2014 11:38:33 AM PDT · by maggief · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 26, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama watched some of Thursday’s World Cup match in which Germany defeated the U.S. 1-0 while flying to Minnesota aboard Air Force One. Photographers traveling with the president were ushered back into the conference room to catch a glimpse of Obama and other senior staff members watching the game. Presidential advisers Valerie Jarrett and Dan Pfeiffer were at the table, as were press secretary Josh Earnest and staffers Anita Decker Breckenridge, David Simas, and Dag Vega. The presidential watch party didn't prove good luck for the men's team, but the U.S. still advanced to the next round of the...
  • Meet The Seven IRS Employees Whose Computers ‘Crashed’

    06/26/2014 9:28:11 AM PDT · by maggief · 50 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 26, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is currently claiming that seven different IRS officials experienced computer crashes that erased their emails and made it impossible for the IRS to cooperate with congressional investigations into the IRS targeting matter. The wave of computer crashes apparently struck both Washington, D.C. — where Lois Lerner oversaw the agency’s Exempt Organizations division — and also Cincinnati, Ohio — where agents processed tax-exempt applications. The Federal Records Act requires IRS employees to save all of their emails pertaining to agency business and to also print those emails out in case they have a computer crash.
  • Email Shows IRS Official Was Pretty Happy About Obama Publicly Singling Out Conservative...

    06/23/2014 1:21:46 PM PDT · by maggief · 48 replies
    Townhall ^ | june 23, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    An email recently released by the House Oversight Committee shows IRS official Sarah Ingram was pretty excited about President Obama publicly speaking out against conservative groups with "secret donors." The email was sent from Ingram to Lois Lerner and others inside the tax agency after a glowing piece was published in the New York Times about the IRS and the trouble it was having with new tax exempt applicants and groups in light of the 2010 Citizen's United ruling. "The 'secret donor' theme will continue -- see Obama salvo and today's Diane Reeham (sp). At least SS started the idea...
  • Biden: “I Don’t Own a Single Stock or Bond”, has 11 Investment Funds

    06/23/2014 12:07:36 PM PDT · by maggief · 35 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | June 23, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Can Democrats running in 2016 give the fake class warfare a rest? First Hillary claimed that she left the White House broke (and bought two mansions) and that after making $100 million she’s not truly well off. Now, never one to let his foot leave his mouth for too long, Joe Biden had to jump in and cry poverty. Hoping to establish credibility with the audience, which was gathered to discuss ways to improve working conditions for working families, Biden reminded people that he used to be the poorest member in Congress (in reality, the poorest member of the Senate)...
  • White House: New GOP leadership boosts immigration’s chances (Jarrett)

    06/20/2014 7:20:58 AM PDT · by maggief · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The White House believes that the election of a new House leadership team has opened up an opportunity to pass immigration reform this summer, presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett said Friday. Jarrett said the change necessitated by Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) surprising primary loss gives new life to immigration reform. “There’s a change in leadership obviously with Cantor’s loss and so we have an opportunity with a new team in place in the House to act,” Jarrett told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Friday. President Obama believes “this summer is a pivotal opportunity for us to get comprehensive...
  • Katie Couric - Kerry: US open to working with Iran against extremists in Iraq

    06/16/2014 6:01:47 AM PDT · by maggief · 43 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 16, 2014 | Olivier Knox
    Secretary of State John Kerry cautiously signalled on Monday that the United States would be open to cooperating with Iran militarily in Iraq to beat back al Qaida-inspired fighters who pose an "existential" danger to that war-torn country and may look to target Europe and the United States. “This is a challenge to the stability of the region. It is obviously an existential challenge to Iraq itself. This is a terrorist group,” Kerry told Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric in an exclusive interview. Prodded on whether the United States would consider cooperating militarily with Iran, Kerry replied: "Let’s see...
  • U.S. preparing for dialogue with Iran on Iraq security -report

    06/15/2014 4:56:29 PM PDT · by maggief · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 15, 2014
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is preparing to open a direct dialogue with longtime adversary Iran on security in Iraq and ways to push back Sunni militants who have taken over large areas of the country, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.Citing senior U.S. officials, the newspaper said the dialogue was expected to begin this week. It comes as the United States and other world powers strive for an agreement with Tehran to curb its nuclear program.
  • Clinton: Don’t provide military aid to Iraq

    06/13/2014 12:18:19 PM PDT · by maggief · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 13, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Hillary Clinton on Thursday said the U.S. shouldn’t provide military assistance to Iraq despite the threat from an Islamist militant group that has captured major cities. [READ MORE] “I agree with the White House’s rejection and reluctance to do the kind of military activities that the Maliki government is requesting, mainly the fighter aircraft to provide close support for the army and also to go after targets,” the former secretary of State said on BBC’s “Newsnight.” Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki reportedly asked the Obama administration to launch airstrikes against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)....
  • Video: The Evolution of Dad Dancing (w/ Jimmy Fallon & Gov. Chris Christie)

    06/13/2014 10:17:19 AM PDT · by maggief · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 12, 2014
    Video: The Evolution of Dad Dancing (w/ Jimmy Fallon & Gov. Chris Christie) The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Clinton Was Leading Champion of Iraq Withdrawal - Saw no need for status of forces agreement

    06/13/2014 8:15:51 AM PDT · by maggief · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 13, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a leading and outspoken supporter of the Obama administration’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq and even defended the White House’s controversial failure to reach a status of forces agreement with the Iraqi government. Team Obama’s decisions in Iraq are coming under intense criticism from experts and lawmakers across the political spectrum in light of the seizure of key Iraqi cities by a violent Muslim extremist group that is seeking to transform the nation into a strict Islamic state. Clinton emerged as one of the top supporters of the withdrawal and defended...
  • Chelsea Clinton paid $600K by NBC

    06/13/2014 7:13:53 AM PDT · by maggief · 68 replies
    Politico ^ | June 13, 2014 | DYLAN BYERS and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Chelsea Clinton earned an annual salary of $600,000 at NBC News before switching to a month-to-month contract earlier this year, sources with knowledge of the agreement told POLITICO. Clinton, who joined NBC News as a “special correspondent” in November 2011, was up for renewal or non-renewal this year. Instead, the sources said, the network decided to keep her on the payroll on a month-to-month basis so that the two parties could sever ties if Clinton’s mother, Hillary, runs for president.
  • 'We had to scrape to get by': President Obama recalls his own struggles...

    06/12/2014 7:20:26 AM PDT · by maggief · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 12, 2014
    President Obama reflected on his own struggles as he delivered the commencement address to the graduating class at Worcester Technical High School in Worcester, Mass., on Wednesday. Saluting graduates as they left the safety of high school behind, the President talked about the obstacles he had had to overcome as a youngster growing up in Hawaii, adding that his family at times ‘had to scrape to get by.’ He held up the revitalized technical school as a model for the United States in an increasingly competitive global workforce. (snip) Reflecting on his own youth, Obama said the support of his...
  • Boehner offers sympathy after Cantor's loss

    06/10/2014 8:47:24 PM PDT · by maggief · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 10, 2014 | Russell Berman
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) offered his sympathies to Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in a brief statement late Tuesday after his top lieutenant was defeated in a stunning primary loss. “Eric Cantor and I have been through a lot together,” Boehner said in a statement that read like a condolence note. “He’s a good friend and a great leader, and someone I’ve come to rely upon on a daily basis as we make the tough choices that come with governing. My thoughts are with him and Diana and their kids tonight.” Boehner and Cantor have worked closely together in the...
  • Dem Lawmaker: Taliban ‘Part Of The Fabric Of Afghanistan’ — Not ‘Terrorists’ [VIDEO] (Speier-CA)

    06/10/2014 11:30:24 AM PDT · by maggief · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 10, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier hastened to explain away the controversy surrounding the Obama administration’s release of five dangerous Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, claiming that the Taliban aren’t “terrorists,” but rather “part of the fabric of Afghanistan.” Speier made the remarks on MSNBC Tuesday morning, attempting to rebut Speaker of the House John Boehner’s claim that the release violated the U.S. policy of not negotiating with terrorists and that “we’re gonna pay for this.” “Let me underscore the term ‘terrorist,’” Speier tried to explain. “The Taliban is part of the fabric of Afghanistan — they were part of the...
  • Dem rep compares Taliban to soldiers in American Revolution (Nadler)

    06/10/2014 10:50:54 AM PDT · by maggief · 28 replies
    FOXNews ^ | June 10, 2014
    A Democratic congressman offered a curious analogy on Monday to explain why the U.S. is dealing with the Taliban -- apparently comparing them to soldiers in the American Revolution. According to sources, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., made the comparison during a House briefing late Monday with administration officials on the trade of Taliban members for American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Nadler apparently made the point that the Taliban, as non-state actors, have a status similar to that of American soldiers who fought the British during the Revolutionary War. This comparison, Fox News is told, was met with a lot of groaning...
  • New excuse for not notifying Congress of Taliban 5 swap: Decision made day before

    06/10/2014 10:22:39 AM PDT · by maggief · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 10, 2014 | ED MORRISSEY
    How many excuses has the White House produced for not complying with the statutory requirement to notify and consult with Congress before releasing detainees from Gitmo? We’ve had enough to get to the point where they’re recycling the older ones. First we heard that there wasn’t enough time to notify Congress, followed by a claim that Bowe Bergdahl’s health was so bad he could have been dead within days. When that didn’t work, the White House then claimed that the Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl if the deal leaked, which no one bought, and so we’re back to the we-had-no-time...
  • Hillary Clinton: I Helped Restore U.S. Leadership In The World

    06/10/2014 6:16:05 AM PDT · by maggief · 39 replies
    NPR ^ | June 10, 2014 | James Frank
    To hear Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and once and maybe future Democratic presidential candidate tell it, her new book "Hard Choices" isn't the kickoff to a 2016 campaign. She still hasn't made up her mind about another run for the presidency, she told Renee Montagne, co-host of NPR's Morning Edition. It's more a review of the decisions she made as the nation's top diplomat. That the book looks backwards is proof, she said, that it's not a campaign document because, echoing a often used line of her husband, former President Bill Clinton, "I'm experienced enough to know...
  • Kerry: Detainees could return to fight

    06/08/2014 7:15:32 AM PDT · by maggief · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 8, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged on Sunday the possibility that the five Guantanamo Bay detainees released in a prisoner swap for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could return to terrorism. "I'm not telling you that they don't have some ability at some time to get back involved, but they also have an ability to get killed if they do that," he said in an interview that aired on CNN's "State of the Union." "And I don't think anybody should doubt the capacity of Americans to protect Americans," Kerry added. The swap for five Taliban detainees for Bergdahl has sparked fierce...
  • White House says it knew Bergdahl move would be controversial

    06/05/2014 12:49:18 PM PDT · by maggief · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 5, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The White House knew the decision to swap Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five imprisoned Taliban members would be controversial and never expected it “to be a good news story,” communications director Jen Palmieri said Thursday. Palmieri framed Obama’s decision to exchange the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl as an obligation, and said the White House wasn’t surprised it created a firestorm. “We knew that this was going to be a controversial decision,” Palmieri said during an interview with MSNBC. “That was why we wanted the president to speak to it.” Palmieri’s comments follow stories in The Hill and...
  • Obama: ‘Absolutely no apologies’ (Bergdahl)

    06/05/2014 8:52:28 AM PDT · by maggief · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 5, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama said Thursday he would make “absolutely no apologies” for ordering the controversial prisoner swap to rescue Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last American prisoner of war in Afghanistan. Obama said he was never surprised by “controversies that are whipped up in Washington,” but deflected criticism from members of Congress and the military over the trade of five Guantanamo prisoners for Bergdahl, who has been accused of abandoning his post in Afghanistan before his capture. “I make absolutely no apologies for making sure we get back a young man to his parents,” Obama said at a joint press conference...
  • Taliban Commander: More Kidnappings to Come After Bergdahl Deal

    06/05/2014 5:52:53 AM PDT · by maggief · 15 replies
    Time ^ | June 5, 2014 | Aryn Baker
    A Taliban commander close to the negotiations over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told TIME Thursday that the deal made to secure Bergdahl’s release has made it more appealing for fighters to capture American soldiers and other high-value targets. “It’s better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people,” the commander said, speaking by telephone on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media. “It has encouraged our people. Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird.”
  • Democratic Congressman Removes Statements On Bergdahl (Rep. Stephen F. Lynch D-MA)

    06/04/2014 9:37:07 AM PDT · by maggief · 53 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | June 4, 2014 | Andrew Kaczynski
    Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts appears to have deleted several statements on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from his various social media accounts. His deleted tweets were caught by the website Politiwoops, a product of the Sunlight Foundation that tracks deleted tweets from members of Congress.
  • (Obamacare) Premium hike drumbeat before November Election Day

    05/22/2014 5:39:08 AM PDT · by maggief · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 22, 2014 | Elise Viebeck 
and Pierre de Dreuzy
    States are nailing down dates to release 2015 premium costs under ObamaCare, and their decisions will guarantee a drumbeat of news about rate hikes all the way to the November midterm elections. Democrats are bracing for grim headlines that could put the unpopular law back at the forefront of voters’ minds. Premiums are expected to go up in a majority of states, as they do every year, but the size of the increases could go a long way toward determining how much political damage Obama-Care inflicts on vulnerable Democratic lawmakers. A survey by The Hill of state insurance commissioners found...
  • House Republicans propose letting schools opt out of healthy lunch programs

    05/19/2014 11:37:12 AM PDT · by maggief · 10 replies
    AP ^ | May 19, 2014 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    WASHINGTON — House Republicans are proposing to let some schools opt out of healthier school lunch and breakfast programs if they are losing money. A GOP spending bill for agriculture and food programs released Monday would allow schools to apply for waivers if they have a net loss on school food programs for six months in a row. Championed by first lady Michelle Obama, the new standards have been phased in over the last two school years, with more changes coming in 2014. The rules set fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits on foods in the lunch line and beyond....
  • Boko Haram release chilling videos of missing Nigerian schoolgirls...(forced to convert to Islam)

    05/12/2014 5:51:12 AM PDT · by maggief · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 12, 2014 | TED THORNHILL and JACK DOYLE and JASON GROVES
    The schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic militant group Boko Haram have been paraded on video. The terror group said all of them had been converted to Islam while being held and all were shown wearing headscarfs. The group's leader said that it will release them in exchange for militant prisoners being freed Some girls on the 17-minute-long video, which was obtained by news agency AFP, spoke to camera, and looked extremely nervous. The girls recite Islamic prayers during the clip as they sit in a group in a wooded area. The video, which appeared to show around 130 girls, was aired...
  • Senate GOP: We want in on probe (Benghazi)

    05/07/2014 4:47:09 AM PDT · by maggief · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 7, 2014 | Alexander Bolton 
and Mike Lillis
    Senate Republicans want to broaden the new Benghazi special committee to include members of the upper chamber. Their call for a bipartisan, bicameral panel similar to the 9/11 Commission puts pressure on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who is resisting the idea. Republican lawmakers on Tuesday spoke out after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) outlined her conditions for establishing a select committee in the lower chamber to probe Benghazi. She said Democrats would participate only if the panel were “equally divided” between Democrats and Republicans. A spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) immediately rejected Pelosi’s demand, but Senate...
  • Jeb Bush to aid key early voting state governor (to hold Florida fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Branstad)

    05/06/2014 2:58:46 PM PDT · by maggief · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | May 6, 2014 | CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn and CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser
    Washington (CNN) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will make allies in the key early presidential voting state of Iowa without even going there. Bush will host a re-election fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad in Coral Gables, Florida on May 22, Branstad's campaign confirmed to CNN. "With Gov. Bush's popularity and unmatched record as governor of Florida, we believe this will be a very successful fundraiser, and Gov. Branstad is excited to attend. Branstad admires the work Bush has done to manage Florida's finances while focusing on growing the state's economy," Branstad's campaign communications director Tommy Schultz told CNN.
  • Police investigate threats against Trey Gowdy

    05/06/2014 1:52:37 PM PDT · by maggief · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | May 6, 2014 | LAUREN FRENCH
    The U.S. Capitol Police are investigating threatening emails against Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican recently tapped to lead a special panel probing the Benghazi terrorist attacks. The investigation comes after POLITICO reporters and journalists at other outlets received two emails on Tuesday warning that Gowdy would be harmed because of his role in investigating the 2012 attacks.
  • Former NBC news chief Steve Capus will become top executive at CBS evening newscast

    05/06/2014 8:47:18 AM PDT · by maggief · 10 replies
    AP ^ | May 6, 2014 | DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBC News chief Steve Capus will join CBS in July as the top executive at Scott Pelley's evening newscast, the network said Tuesday. Capus left NBC in 2013 after eight years as president of the news division, part of a turnover triggered by troubles at the "Today" show. He was Tom Brokaw's last executive producer at NBC's "Nightly News" and is close to Brian Williams, whom he will now compete with each night. Capus will also have broader responsibilities as executive editor of CBS News, behind chairman Jeff Fager and President David Rhodes.
  • Pelosi: New Benghazi inquiry should be split evenly among Dems, GOP

    05/06/2014 7:43:54 AM PDT · by maggief · 71 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 6, 2014 | WESLEY LOWERY
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday morning that the new committee to investigate the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi being commissioned by the House GOP leadership must include an even split of Democrats and Republicans in order to be fair. “If this review is to be fair, it must be truly bipartisan. The panel should be equally divided between Democrats and Republicans as is done on the House Ethics Committee," Pelosi said in a statement. "It should require that witnesses are called and interviewed, subpoenas are issued, and information is shared on a bipartisan basis. Only then could it...
  • Attkisson: There’s a ‘Well-Orchestrated Strategy to Controversialize’ Benghazi

    05/05/2014 6:59:31 AM PDT · by maggief · 13 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 5, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson joined the hosts of Fox & Friends on Monday and was asked for her thoughts on apparent efforts by former Obama administration officials Tommy Vietor and David Plouffe to dismiss the latest revelations about the response to the Benghazi attack. The former CBS reporter said that she believes there is a concerted effort to delegitimize investigations into that deadly 2012 attack orchestrated by people close to the White House. Attkisson was asked for her thoughts on how the White House has reacted to the latest release of emails pertaining to the response to Benghazi,...
  • Senate Democrats plan vote to reverse Citizens United decision

    04/30/2014 8:09:37 AM PDT · by maggief · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 30, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats will schedule a vote this year on a constitutional amendment to reform campaign finance as they face tens of millions of dollars worth of attack ads from conservative groups. The Senate will vote on an amendment sponsored by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) that would overturn two recent court cases that have given corporations, labor unions and wealthy individuals free rein to spend freely on federal races. “The Supreme Court is trying to take this country back to the days of the robber barons, allowing dark money to flood our elections. That needs to stop, and it needs to...
  • ‘Ooooh, This Is Too Hard…’ Boehner Lays It on Thick Mocking GOP Colleagues

    04/24/2014 6:01:52 PM PDT · by maggief · 20 replies
    Mediate ^ | April 24, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    John Boehner is most likely not well-known for his impressions. His name? Yes. Well, he showed a different side of himself altogether at the Middletown Rotary Club Thursday when he adapted a very whiny impression of his Republican colleagues in Congress. Boehner was talking about how he wants to get immigration reform done in Congress soon, but it’s not happening because of some Republican obstinance. This is how Boehner described the situation: “But here’s the attitude. ‘Ooooh, don’t make me do this! Ooooh, this is too hard!”"
  • Rand Paul: Bundy’s racist remarks are ‘offensive’

    04/24/2014 8:44:26 AM PDT · by maggief · 102 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 24, 2014 | Seth McLaughlin
    Sen. Rand Paul distanced himself Thursday from Cliven Bundy’s recent remarks on race, roughly a week after the likely 2016 presidential contender knocked the way the federal government has handled the land dispute with the defiant rancher. “Cliven Bundy’s remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him,” Mr. Paul, Kentucky Republican, said via Twitter.
  • Obama plays soccer with 'scary' robot in Japan

    04/24/2014 6:05:47 AM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama got to play soccer with a Japanese robot on Thursday, an experience he described as both “amazing” and “a little scary.” The president visited the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo for an event designed to highlight technological collaboration between the U.S. and Japan. Obama met with students who showed off their scientific experiments, viewed a recorded message from Japanese and American astronauts aboard the International Space Station, and announced a new initiative to increase student exchanges between the two countries. But the highlight of the trip appeared to be the president’s interaction with a...
  • WaPo's Rubin: Wanted: Jeb Bush or another grown-up

    04/23/2014 2:18:12 PM PDT · by maggief · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 23, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    Jeb Bush once again told a group he is thinking of running for president. The reason interest is high in an undeclared candidate with loud (if not numerous) opponents within the GOP is not hard to figure out. With each passing week it becomes more apparent that there is a gap in the GOP field, which Jeb or some other candidate needs to fill in order for the GOP to win the White House. That candidate may be among the group of governors who are considering a run, but we haven’t seen anyone step forward in commanding style to fill...
  • Holder says Sotomayor's affirmative action dissent was 'courageous'

    04/23/2014 9:42:15 AM PDT · by maggief · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 23, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday called Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent in the Supreme Court’s latest affirmative action ruling “courageous.” At an event on diversity within the Justice Department, Holder said it’s tempting to think the struggle to overcome discrimination has ended when people like him or President Obama have reached the nation’s highest ranks. But he said the fight for equal rights is not over. "[This] great country still has a ways to go before our founding promise of equal justice and equal opportunity is fully realized,” he said. Holder quoted Sotomayor in the dissent she filed a day...
  • Here comes the bride. And another one. And another one! Meet world's first married lesbian threesome

    04/23/2014 6:33:35 AM PDT · by maggief · 144 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 23, 2014 | DENI KIRKOVA
    The world's only 'married' lesbian threesome are expecting their first child. Doll, Kitten and Brynn, from Massachusetts, were joined together in a marriage-style ceremony last August and are expecting a daughter in July. Kitten, 27, is pregnant after undergoing IVF treatment using an anonymous sperm donor, and the trio eventually plan to have three children - one for each of them. The plan at the moment is that Kitten will bear all the children - possibly using her wives' eggs and donated sperm - but they are open to other options, such as adoption. Brynn, 34, says: 'The hope is...