HOME/ABOUT  Prayer  SCOTUS  ProLife  BangList  Aliens  StatesRights  ConventionOfStates  WOT  HomosexualAgenda  GlobalWarming  Corruption  Taxes  Congress  Fraud  MediaBias  GovtAbuse  Tyranny  Obama  ObamaCare  Elections  Layoffs  NaturalBornCitizen  FastandFurious  OPSEC  Benghazi  Libya  IRS  Scandals  TalkRadio  TeaParty  FreeperBookClub  HTMLSandbox  FReeperEd  FReepathon  CopyrightList  Copyright/DMCA Notice  Donate

Dear Friends, Your loyal support makes Free Republic possible and your continuing participation makes FR the number one grassroots pro-life conservative forum on the planet! If you have not yet made your donation, please click here and do so now.
Thank you very much, Jim Robinson

Or by mail to: Free Republic, LLC - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794
Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $22,366
25%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 25% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Articles Posted by maggief

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • 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...
  • CNN: Here's what really happened when Joe Biden whispered to the new Defense Secretary's wife

    02/17/2015 12:29:45 PM PST · by maggief · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | February 17, 2015 | Brenna Williams
    EXCERPT In this case, Biden said at the ceremony today he has known Ash Carter for years and, when you watch the full video (click above), it doesn't appear entirely obvious that he makes Stephanie Carter uncomfortable. In fact, she nods her head in agreement after Biden talks to her. If you watch for more than a Vine's-length, the ceremony goes on normally after the whisper seen 'round the web.
  • ‘Psssst. I’m not wearing any underwear’: These captions of the ‘creeptouching’ Joe Biden...

    02/17/2015 11:32:45 AM PST · by maggief · 72 replies
    Twitchy ^ | February 17, 2015
    It didn’t take long for Tweeters to react to that photo of Vice President Joe Biden canoodling with the wife on Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at Carter’s swearing in a little earlier today. Check out some of the funnier fake captions and reactions to what is the latest in an ongoing series of photographers catching Mr. Biden getting just a little too “handsy” with a member of the opposite sex:
  • U.S. Intensifies Effort to Blunt ISIS’ Message (Rashad Hussain new CSCC Director)

    02/17/2015 6:12:10 AM PST · by maggief · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 16, 2015 | ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is revamping its effort to counter the Islamic State’s propaganda machine, acknowledging that the terrorist group has been far more effective in attracting new recruits, financing and global notoriety than the United States and its allies have been in thwarting it. At the heart of the plan is expanding a tiny State Department agency, the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, to harness all the existing attempts at countermessaging by much larger federal departments, including the Pentagon, Homeland Security and intelligence agencies. (snip) The new director will be Rashad Hussain, a Muslim American who has close...
  • Bill Clinton gets roaring round of applause at 2015 NBA All-Star game (Cozies w/Couric)

    02/16/2015 6:03:41 AM PST · by maggief · 39 replies
    nj.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Eliot Shorr-Parks
    EXCERPT With the anthem not even halfway through, fans at Madison Square Garden erupted on Sunday night when Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, was shown on the jumbotron.
  • NYT: David Carr, Times Critic and Champion of Media, Dies at 58

    02/13/2015 5:13:57 AM PST · by maggief · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 13, 2015 | BRUCE WEBER and ASHLEY SOUTHALL
    David Carr, a writer who wriggled away from the demon of drug addiction to become an unlikely name-brand media columnist at The New York Times, and the star of a documentary about the newspaper, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 58. Mr. Carr collapsed in the Times newsroom, where he was found shortly before 9 p.m. He was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Earlier in the evening, he moderated a panel discussion about the film “Citizenfour” with its principal subject, Edward J. Snowden; the film’s director, Laura Poitras; and Glenn Greenwald, a journalist.
  • New Jeb Bush Chief Technology Officer Deleting Old Tweets About “Sluts” (Czahor resigned Tuesday)

    02/10/2015 7:10:24 PM PST · by maggief · 14 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | February 10, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski
    Ethan Czahor’s tweets began disappearing today after news broke Monday that he had been hired by Jeb Bush. Czahor resigned Tuesday. Time magazine reported on Monday that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has hired Ethan Czahor, a Santa Monica-based techie who co-founded Hipster.com, to be chief technology officer for his political action committee, Right to Rise.
  • Jeb Bush dumps emails, home addresses, and social security numbers of Florida residents online

    02/10/2015 2:29:32 PM PST · by maggief · 198 replies
    The Verge ^ | February 10, 2015 | T.C. Sottek
    Jeb Bush, a rumored 2016 Republican presidential candidate, just decided to publish hundreds of thousands of emails sent to him during his time as governor of Florida. On its face it seems like a great idea in the name of transparency, but there's one huge problem: neither Bush nor those who facilitated the publication of the records, including the state government, decided to redact potentially sensitive personal information from them. "In the spirit of transparency, I am posting the emails of my governorship here," a note on Bush's website says. "Some are funny; some are serious; some I wrote in...
  • Drudge Claims Savannah Guthrie Might Replace Brian Williams

    02/10/2015 12:05:58 PM PST · by maggief · 47 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 10, 2015 | Tina Nguyen
    Today Show co-anchor and journalist Savannah Guthrie has emerged as the frontrunner to replace Brian Williams as anchor of NBC Nightly News, according to Drudge Report.
  • More NBC incoming: Brass demand apology over claim sniper Kyle was 'racist' on 'killing sprees'

    02/10/2015 11:39:45 AM PST · by maggief · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 10, 2015 | PAUL BEDARD
    Already under fire from Iraq War veterans for making up events, NBC is taking new flak today from former military brass over a correspondent’s claim that sniper hero Chris Kyle was a “racist” on “killing sprees” while protecting troops in Iraq. Some 22 retired generals and admirals, including a former deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, joined with dozens of other officers and the press watchdog Media Research Center in a letter to demand an apology from NBC parent Comcast after the network refused to acknowledge the comments. Kyle, the subject of the hit movie “American Sniper,” said a letter...
  • Feds won’t release IRS targeting documents

    02/10/2015 5:38:26 AM PST · by maggief · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2015 | Bob Cusack
    The Obama administration is refusing to publicly release more than 500 documents on the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party groups. Twenty months after the IRS scandal broke, there are still many unanswered questions about who was spearheading the agency’s scrutiny of conservative-leaning organizations. The Hill sought access to government documents that might provide a glimpse of the decision-making through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The Hill asked for 2013 emails and other correspondence between the IRS and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The request specifically sought emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner and Treasury...
  • NBC: Brian Williams Offers Clarification About 2003 Iraq Incident (Fake but Accurate)

    02/05/2015 5:47:47 AM PST · by maggief · 28 replies
    NBCNews ^ | February 4, 2015
    NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams on Wednesday's program offered a clarification of the events that led to his news team being protected in Iraq by the Third Infantry in 2003 — and his recent honoring of one of the Army vets who was there. (snip) Williams and his team were actually in one of the aircraft following a Chinook helicopter that was hit. In fact, in the original Dateline special on the incident, Williams even says, "On the ground we learn the Chinook ahead of us was almost blown out of the sky," acknowledging he was not in the...
  • Jill Kelley e-mails depict a striving Tampa socialite and a smitten military brass

    02/04/2015 5:58:19 AM PST · by maggief · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 3, 2015 | Craig Whitlock
    Judging from her e-mails, Jill Kelley was star-struck by the big-name military commanders rotating between the war zones in the Middle East and her home town of Tampa. And they were equally smitten with her. (snip) Although Kelley was never accused of wrongdoing, her name and her unusual niche in the national-security establishment were quickly publicized by the news media. In 2013, she sued the FBI and the Defense Department, asserting that her privacy rights had been violated by officials who leaked her name and personal information to reporters. The federal government has sought to dismiss the case, but a...
  • 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...