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  • Step Up on Immigration

    08/29/2015 4:56:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | August 27, 2015 | Mark Hemingway
    More than a few Republican graybeards are panicking about how the rise of Donald Trump is pulling at the seams of the GOP’s big tent. However, the Republican establishment itself has played a big role in creating this particular Frankenstein’s monster. In September 2014, I found myself in Lexington, Nebraska, population 10,230. I was at a campaign stop with the soon-to-be-elected junior senator from Nebraska, and it seemed as if voters in this small town wanted to talk about one issue in particular. Just a few weeks earlier—right before school was to start—the federal government had showed up in Lexington...
  • Environmental Waste

    08/28/2015 10:03:06 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 3 replies
    City Journal ^ | August 21, 2015 | By John Seiler
    California’s initiative process has sometimes been a boon to taxpayers—think Proposition 13, which checked the uncontrolled growth of property taxes. On other occasions, however, it has yielded some mighty boondoggles. Chief among these are the “boutique initiatives” advanced by celebrities and Silicon Valley billionaires to make themselves feel good or to advance pet political causes—think Proposition 10, Hollywood director Rob Reiner’s early-childhood-development measure that created a host of busybody commissions funded by cigarette taxes. Boutique initiatives usually come with boutique prices. Among the costliest is Proposition 39, a 2012 measure that hiked corporate taxes on out-of-state businesses to “create energy...
  • Carly Fiorina Responds to Hillary's Comparison of Republicans to Terrorists

    08/28/2015 9:57:33 AM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    townhall.com ^ | Aug 28, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    In case you missed it yesterday, Hillary Clinton essentially said Republicans and terrorists treat women the same way. "Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don't want to live in the modern world, but it's a little hard to take from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States. Yet they espouse out of date, out of touch policies. They are dead wrong for 21st century America. We are going forward, we are not going back," she said.
  • CNN Is Screwing Over Carly Fiorina: She's No. 7 in Polls, But CNN Pretends She's Not Even in Top 10

    08/28/2015 9:27:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/28/2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Businesswoman turned politician Carly Fiorina is angry with CNN. The reason? The network is likely to leave her out of its prime time debate because she’s supposedly not polling in the top 10. The only problem with that? She clearly is. As Howie Kurtz explained on Fox News, CNN, however, is using older polls — from before the first Fox News debate — to assemble its “top 10″ of candidates. It’s clear that this is extremely bad for Fiorina, since she barely had name recognition before that debate. After it, however, she quickly surged in the polls and suddenly become...
  • Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Bizarre Op-Ed on RFRAs: He argues that RFRAs are unconstitutional

    04/06/2015 9:47:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/06/2015 | Ed Whelan
    In a challenging field of competitors, Fox News Channel’s Andrew Napolitano has a strong entry for the most laughable legal analysis of the Indiana religious-freedom law. In an April Fool’s Day op-ed that he evidently means to be taken seriously, Napolitano argues that state Religious Freedom Restoration Act laws are unconstitutional. Napolitano’s core claim is that the Supreme Court, in its 1997 ruling in Boerne v. Flores, ruled that the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act is unconstitutional. In Boerne the Court ruled that Congress lacked the constitutional power to apply the federal RFRA against the states. Napolitano accurately summarizes...
  • That Time Donald Trump Had A Meeting With DREAMers And Said "You Convinced Me" On Immigration

    08/28/2015 8:06:21 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 112 replies
    BuzzFeedNews ^ | 8/26/2015 | Adrian Carrasquillo
    Two years ago, Trump met with immigration activists who told them their stories and asked for his support on immigration. "You convinced me" Trump said as the meeting ended. Donald Trump with Antonia Tijerino, Estuardo Rodriguez, and DREAMer activists at his office in 2013. Courtesy Estuardo Rodriguez On an August day two years ago, Donald Trump was in a much different place: He was just a billionaire with the simple goal of connecting his beauty pageant business with the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Awards. So at his New York penthouse office atop Trump Tower, he convened a meeting. Trump ushered in...
  • Jeb Bush: Dreamers Deserve A Path To Citizenship

    08/24/2015 3:49:49 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 73 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/24/15 | ILDEFONSO ORTIZ
    Given the opportunity to get to the White House, presidential candidate Jeb Bush would fight to grant Dreamers a path to citizenship while working to fix the broken immigration system in America. “I, as President, I would go to congress and change the law to give them not a residency but citizenship,” Bush said in Spanish during a meeting attended by this writer.
  • Mark Morford: How to defeat Trump, King of the Trolls

    08/27/2015 9:54:24 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 59 replies
    sfgate ^ | August 11, 2015 4:44 PM | Mark Morford, Author, Columnist, ERYT500 yoga teacher, Admirer of trees
    He speaks his mind, such as it is. Says whatever he wants. Jumps the rails of the standard narrative, blasphemes right inside the GOP’s own church (Fox News), demeans women and immigrants... This is what his frothing minions love most, yes?... If this were a parallel (and much better) universe, Trump could almost be seen as sort of a dream candidate, the kind of passionate... Alas, we’re nowhere near there. We’re stuck right here. This dream is, of course, more of a nightmare, a loud, vapid, sexist anti-vaxxer/birther egomaniac with about as much personal integrity and humanity as a feral...
  • Donald Trump is a piñata — he’s just made for whacking

    08/27/2015 8:42:12 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 27, 2015 | Steve Rubenstein
    Whacking Donald Trump with a stick is big business in San Francisco. You can do it for $14 to the small Trump, or $20 if you splurge for the large Trump. The stick costs $3 extra, and you really need a proper stick, customers say, to bust Trump to smithereens. Those are the economics — a field said to be Trump’s specialty — in the red-hot business of selling Donald Trump piñatas.
  • Donald Trump trounces GOP field, Biden leads general election match-ups (Quinnipiac)

    08/27/2015 11:51:03 AM PDT · by xzins · 61 replies
    CNN ^ | August 27, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    The Quinnipiac University poll, released Thursday, also shows Donald Trump smashing the GOP presidential competition garnering 28% support from registered Republican voters in the 17-member field. The real estate mogul's closest competitor is retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who tallies 12%. Just 7% said they would vote for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a record low since November 2013. Those results show just how far both Trump -- now the Republican front-runner -- and Bush -- the old one -- have come. Bush led national polls for much of the first half of 2015, but was quickly dislodged by Trump, after...
  • Janitor at Planned Parenthood Clinic Caught Selling Aborted Babies Makes Six Figure Salary

    08/28/2015 2:08:15 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt Aug 27, 2015
    The janitor working at a California-based Planned Parenthood clinic caught selling aborted babies to StemExpress does very well financially. As LifeNews reported, some of the expose’ videos have featured Holly O’Donnell, a licensed phlebotomist who unsuspectingly took a job as a “procurement technician” at the fetal tissue company and biotech start-up StemExpress in late 2012. That’s the company that acts as a middleman and purchases the body parts of aborted babies from Planned Parenthood to sell to research universities and other places. StemExpress was partnered with Planned Parenthood up until last week, when it quietly announced it ended its relationship...
  • Most California state agencies wide open to hackers, audit finds

    08/27/2015 1:41:07 PM PDT · by MeganC · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 27 AUG 2015 | Rudy Takala
    The overwhelming majority of California's state agencies are ill-prepared to defend against cyberattacks, according to the state auditor, putting Social Security numbers, health records, and income tax information at risk for millions of Californians.
  • Obama targets lawyer helping persecuted Christians [Matthew 24]

    08/24/2015 5:50:17 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 14 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 8/23/2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Living as a Christian in many parts of Iraq or Syria has become impossible – a one-way ticket to martyrdom at the hands of ISIS – yet it remains a near-impossible feat for these persecuted religious minorities to find refuge in America. But if you can get to America and get your case in the hands of Robert DeKelaita, your chances are greatly improved. As it turns out, this high-powered Chicago attorney may have been a little too successful. He’s gained asylum for thousands of persecuted Christian from Iraq, Syria and Egypt, and that caught the attention of the Obama...
  • Trump Leads in NH

    08/26/2015 6:28:43 PM PDT · by LS · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8/26/2015
    PPP New Hampshire: Trump 35%, Kasich 11, Fiorina 10, Bush and Walker 7, Carson 6, Cruz 4
  • CNN Editorial: The real 'anchor babies' are conservatives, not Asians

    08/26/2015 6:08:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    CNN Editorial ^ | 08/26/2015 | Jeff Yang
    There are few uglier phrases in the modern conservative lexicon than "anchor baby," not least because of the literal imagery the term brings to mind of a human infant, wrapped in chains and flung overboard to secure a vessel in place. But even as a figure of speech, it's a despicable concept. It refers to the notion that undocumented immigrants exploit the quintessentially American policy of birthright citizenship, which confers the status of citizen to anyone born on U.S. territory, by sneaking across the border to give birth to their children. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently stumbled into the...
  • How to solve San Francisco's homeless pooping problem

    08/26/2015 6:37:45 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 63 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 08/26/2015 | Brandon M. Mercer
    San Francisco is known for its Golden Gate Bridge, world class cuisine, panoply of cultures, striking skyline, frigid fog, and homeless. More specifically, aggressive panhandling and homeless defecating and urinating in public. And sometimes doing even worse things. With the holiday shopping season coming, and Super Bowl 50 right behind, the city by the bay will be in the national spotlight once again, and so will images. While Mayor Ed Lee announced this week that "the homeless must leave the street" for Super Bowl 50, it's more what they leave behind on the street that is a concern for the...
  • Wine train apologizes to black women’s book club after allegations of racism

    08/26/2015 6:17:11 PM PDT · by matt04 · 21 replies
    Members of the book group, sporting matching gray T-shirts and broad grins, boarded the Napa Valley Wine Train in high spirits Saturday. “The train is leaving the station! Choo choo!” member Lisa Johnson posted on her Facebook page, captioning a picture of five glasses of burgundy liquid clinking together. But not long into the trip train staff began asking them to quiet down. Before the journey was half over, they were escorted off the train, where police officers were waiting for them, according to the Associated Press. “We didn’t do anything wrong and we still feel this is about race....
  • Is Turkey Going Rogue?

    08/26/2015 5:43:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Atlantic Community ^ | 8/26/15 | Jon Abbink
    Turkey's geo-political maneuvers may urge reconsideration of its NATO membership. While the threat from Daesh grows, Ankara is more focused on the continuing fight with the Kurds. The Erdoğan government is undermining the core values of what NATO stands for, and its anti-Kurdish policy spells problems for its role in the region. NATO has to make a statement and also work behind the scenes to engage Erdoğan to prioritize the war against Daesh. Under the pretext of an anti-Daesh (ISIS) campaign, Turkey's government since late July 2015 is harshly repressing the Kurds, playing the ‘anti-terrorism' card towards NATO. But the...
  • Meet the Americans Flocking to Iraq and Syria to Fight the Islamic State

    08/26/2015 5:36:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 8/26/15 | Adam Rawnsley
    When a U.S. citizen going by the name “Abu Abdullah al-Amriki” blew himself up in a suicide attack in Baiji, Iraq, this month, he was the most recent example of a troubling trend: the roughly 200 Americans who have traveled or attempted to travel to Iraq and Syria to fight for the Islamic State.Not all of the foreigners have left for the region looking to fight for the Islamic State, however. Instead, growing numbers of Americans are heading there to fight against the extremists. The American fighters — mostly military veterans, with a strangely disproportionate share of Texans — are...
  • POLL: MIKE HUCKABEE TAKES SECOND TO DONALD TRUMP

    08/26/2015 10:28:41 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 26,2015 | ALEX SWOYER
    GOP presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee is doing quite well according to two national polls conducted after the first GOP presidential primary debate. One poll has Huckabee in second place behind GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and another poll has Huckabee listed with the highest favorability rating among 15 GOP presidential candidates; however, former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson takes the highest net favorability rating when comparing the results in totality. A Reuters-Ipsos poll conducted August 21-25 has Huckabee in second behind Trump – the only two candidates with double digits in that poll: Donald Trump – 30.1 percent Mike Huckabee –...
  • NEW NATIONAL POLL: DONALD TRUMP HAS BIGGEST LEAD EVER WITH CARSON A DISTANT 2ND…(40% to Bush 10%)

    08/26/2015 10:19:51 AM PDT · by xzins · 332 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | The Right Scoop
    A new national poll out today by OANN and Gravis Marketing has Trump up to 40%, his YUGEST lead ever over his Republican contenders. Here’s how each candidate rated: oann_trump_forty While Carson’s lead more than doubled, he’s still a distant second place with the rest of the GOP field behind him. Not that Jeb lost a bit as both Cruz and Fiorina gained. Here’s the info on the poll: Gravis Marketing, a nonpartisan research firm, conducted a random survey of 3,567 registered voters across the U.S. regarding the presidential election. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2%....
  • Gunman in Shooting of Virginia TV Reporter, Photographer Grew Up in Oakland, Graduated from SF State

    08/26/2015 12:15:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/26 | Lisa Fernandez, Bob Redell and Torey Van Oot
    Gunman in Shooting of Virginia TV Reporter, Photographer Grew Up in Oakland, Graduated from San Francisco StateAn Oakland Hills neighbor said that Vester Flanagan was "demure" as a child.The man accused of killing a television reporter and photographer during a live broadcast in Virginia on Wednesday had worked in the news industry on and off for two decades, including at jobs in the Bay Area and Florida. Vester Flanagan II, who used the name Bryce Williams professionally, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following the attack. Within hours of the shooting, a portrait had emerged of an anchor, reporter and...
  • Fiorina: Trump Is Acting Like Other Politicians He Criticizes [VIDEO]

    08/26/2015 8:21:02 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 61 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/26/2015 | Steve Guest
    Carly Fiorina criticized Donald Trump’s plan to eliminate birth right citizenship, saying, “I do not support amending the Constitution and frankly in this regard honestly, I think Donald Trump is acting like the politicians he excoriates.” “Let’s hold a bright, shiny object out here, let’s amend the Constitution and end birth right citizenship. It is not going to happen,” Fiorina, appearing on “Morning Joe” Wednesday, continued. Mike Barnicle: Do you believe in birth right citizenship? Carly Fiorina: I think it is in our Constitution. I do not support amending the Constitution and frankly in this regard honestly, I think Donald...
  • Gangsta Rap’s Grim Legacy for Comptons Everywhere

    08/26/2015 7:17:57 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | Jason L. Riley
    Gangsta Rap’s Grim Legacy for Comptons Everywhere A hit movie about the rap group N.W.A. is a reminder: Glorified thuggery poisoned poor black communities. By Jason L. Riley Aug. 25, 2015 6:39 p.m. ET 242 COMMENTS For two weeks the top box-office draw has been “Straight Outta Compton,” a meandering biopic about the rise and disintegration of the Los Angeles-area rap group N.W.A., or Niggaz With Attitude. N.W.A. helped popularize “gangsta rap” in the late 1980s, and even this hagiography can’t hide the fact that its legacy has endured to the detriment of poor black communities. The most prominent members...
  • Amazon launching one-hour booze delivery in Seattle

    08/25/2015 6:33:34 PM PDT · by Mariner · 19 replies
    Fortune ^ | August 25th, 2015 | by Phil Wahba
    The e-commerce giant launches Prime Now in its hometown of Seattle, adding booze for the first time to the selection of eligible products. Running out of beer or wine for that barbecue you are hosting? If you are in Seattle, and are a member of Amazon.com’s AMZN 0.65% Prime program, you are in luck. Starting Tuesday, Prime members in Amazon’s hometown of Seattle can get one- and two-hour delivery of beer, wine and hard liquor like whiskey, rum, and vodka with the launch of Prime Now there, making Seattle the first U.S. city to include alcohol in the assortment of...
  • Professor who compared Scott Walker to Hitler is teaching a course on ‘scholar activism’

    08/25/2015 11:51:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The College Fix ^ | August 25, 2015 | Greg Piper
    Sara Goldrick-Rab, a sociology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, caused a firestorm last month when she publicly compared her governor, Republican Scott Walker, to Adolf Hitler in a tweet. She poured fuel on the flames by tweeting at incoming freshmen who were Walker supporters, encouraging them not to attend the school because of Walker’s education funding policies. Then, she apologized. Now she’s promoting a class she’s teaching this fall on “scholar activism.” The graduate seminar will “explore the biographies and narratives of a diverse array of scholar activists, examine the sociopolitical and economic forces shaping their work, and consider...
  • Trump breaks new Ceiling in National GOP Poll (Leading with 40%)

    08/25/2015 11:52:09 AM PDT · by MichelleWSC3 · 86 replies
    One America News Network, “OAN”, a credible source for 24/7 national and international news, released today its most recent 2016 Republican Presidential National Poll results conducted by Gravis Marketing. One America News Network’s latest national poll shows some amazing results for political outsider Donald Trump. The New York real estate mogul has surged 30% above his pre-debate first place poll finish of 30.8% (as reported by OAN on July 31st) soaring to a new high of 40.1%. Dr. Ben Carson, who won the GOP first debate as reported by OAN per its post-debate national poll results, has moved into second...
  • Barack Obama calls opponents of Iran deal 'the crazies'

    08/25/2015 11:15:54 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 53 replies
    Soros' Politico ^ | 8/24/15 | Edward-Isaac Dovere
    LAS VEGAS — There are the people on his side on the Iran deal, President Barack Obama said Monday evening. Then there are “the crazies.” Back from a notably uneventful and restful two-week vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Obama was immediately on the road for a short trip here, first to speak at a green energy conference hosted by retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, then to raise money for his preferred successor, former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. Ruddy from the sun, Obama described himself as “refreshed, renewed, recharged — a little feisty.” And he delivered, recounting the ride...
  • Gov. Sarah Palin • Stand With Rand Rally

    08/24/2015 6:55:48 PM PDT · by Bratch · 35 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | August 24 2015 | Sarah Palin via iizthatiiz
    Glad to see conservatives bringing the message to Alaska! Republicans are lucky to have a great group of candidates to pick from – and one of them is bringing his bold message and plan to "Defeat the Washington Machine" right to Anchorage! So many of us in Alaska share a libertarian streak, and Rand is sure to talk about that! I was proud to support Dr. Rand Paul in his first election to the U.S. Senate and would be there to welcome him to Alaska, but I’m in San Diego guest hosting "On Point" for One America News this week....
  • Donald Trump up 24 points in New Hampshire: Poll

    08/25/2015 10:58:12 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 20 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | 24 August 2015 | By David Sherfinski
    Donald Trump has raced out to a huge lead against the rest of the 2016 Republican presidential field in the early-voting state of New Hampshire, according to a poll released Tuesday that showed him more than tripling the support of his closest competitor. Mr. Trump was the first choice of 35 percent of GOP primary voters in the Granite State, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 11 percent and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina at 10 percent, according to the survey from the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling.
  • Trump: I wanted Bush impeached (2008)

    08/25/2015 10:21:05 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 171 replies
    CNN ^ | October 15th, 2008 | Alexander Mooney
    Business mogul Donald Trump told CNN Wednesday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should have sought to impeach President Bush when she had the chance. In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Trump said the president and his administration deliberately lied about the Iraq war, and congressional Democrats missed an opportunity to impeach him when the party took control of Congress in 2006. "I was surprised that she didn't do more in terms of Bush and going after Bush," Trump said. "It was almost - it just seemed like she was going to really look to impeach Bush and get him out...
  • Man crushed to death by armored tank on Jelly Belly CEO's property

    08/25/2015 9:36:58 AM PDT · by rey · 113 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 25 Aug 2015
    <p>FAIRFIELD — Authorities say a man was accidentally crushed to death with a World War II-era tank on a Jelly Bean's chairman Herman Rowland's property in Fairfield.</p> <p>The Reporter of Vacaville (http://bit.ly/1MPNBZH ) say the California Highway Patrol said the victim was 54-year-old Kevin Wright of Suisun City.</p>
  • Hollywood actor [Joe Mantegna] to auction his rifles to fund Israeli army

    08/24/2015 8:45:57 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 50 replies
    Sach Times ^ | 8/23/15
    Joe Mantegna, star of the CBS television show Criminal Minds, plans to auction off two of his Tavor rifles to fundraise for "Friends of the IDF", a New York City-based organization that lends material support to the Israeli military. According to a press release from IWI-US, Mantegna will conduct an auction for two Tavor rifles produced by IWI. Gains from the auction will go to "Friends of the IDF". Interestingly, "Israel Weapon Industries-US" (IWI-US) is co-sponsoring the Sunday event, along-with "Bullets & Bagels", a Jewish gun club in Orange County, California. Event attendees “will get to shoot the TAVOR at...
  • Trump Way Ahead in New Hampshire; Sanders Leads Clinton

    08/25/2015 8:19:32 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 17 replies
    PPP ^ | 8/25/15 | Tom Jensen
    PPP's new New Hampshire poll finds Donald Trump in the strongest position of any poll we've done anywhere since he entered the race. Trump laps the Republican field with 35% to 11% for John Kasich, 10% for Carly Fiorina, 7% each for Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, 6% for Ben Carson, 4% each for Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio, and 3% for Rand Paul. Candidates falling outside the top ten in the state are Rick Perry at 2%, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Rick Santorum at 1%, and Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal all at less...
  • Trump Taunts Lindsey Graham: 'Congrats... You Just Got 4 Points!'

    08/25/2015 8:36:05 AM PDT · by VinL · 79 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 8/25/15 | Caitlain Cruz
    Former reality television star and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump taunted his rival Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday over a recent poll that showed the senator way behind in Graham's home state. The taunt was spurred by a poll released Tuesday which found Trump led South Carolina among likely GOP voters. Trump eagerly shared his poll results on Twitter: Congrats @LindseyGrahamSC. You just got 4 points in your home state of SC—far better than zero nationally. You’re only 26 pts behind me. 9:49 AM - 25 Aug 2015 The Monmouth University poll found Trump receiving 30 percent support from likely...
  • How Tom Steyer, the White House, and a Scandal-Plagued Operative Paved the Way for EPA Regulations

    08/24/2015 8:08:52 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 24, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    The White House, statehouses, and nonprofits backed by the billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer worked behind the scenes to create a state-level advocacy network to support controversial new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, newly released emails reveal. Involved in the strategy was a top aide to John Kitzhaber, the former Democratic governor of Oregon, according to emails obtained by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute. Kitzhaber resigned this year in the midst of a scandal involving his fiancée. E&E released its findings in a Monday report that shows extensive behind-the-scenes coordination between White House staff, aides to as many as 12 governors,...
  • California sinking faster than thought, aquifers could permanently shrink

    08/25/2015 6:48:46 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/25/2015 | Tia Ghose
    California is sinking even faster than scientists had thought, new NASA satellite imagery shows. Some areas of the Golden State are sinking more than 2 inches per month, the imagery reveals. Though the sinking, called subsidence, has long been a problem in California, the rate is accelerating because the state's extreme drought is fueling voracious groundwater pumping. "Because of increased pumping, groundwater levels are reaching record lows — up to 100 feet (30 meters) lower than previous records," Mark Cowin, director of California's Department of Water Resources, said in a statement. "As extensive groundwater pumping continues, the land is sinking...
  • Napa wine tour accused of racism after kicking out a group of black women for 'laughing too

    08/25/2015 6:25:49 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 81 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | August 24, 2015 | Chris Spargo
    A group of black women from a book club were kicked off a wine tour in Napa at the weekend - sparking accusations of racism on the company's part. One of the women, Lisa Johnson, said it was 'humiliating' when she and her friends were escorted off the Napa Valley Wine Train by a police officer. The company said the women had been spoken to several times by the train manager after complaints from other customers that they were laughing and talking too loudly. But one passenger who witnessed the incident later claimed that it was clearly racially motivated. The...
  • San Diego Resident Running 'Underground Railroad' to Help Iraqi Refugees Fleeing ISIS

    08/24/2015 1:53:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 8/24 | Samantha Tatro
    More than 60,000 Chaldeans live in El Cajon, the largest concentration in the U.S. outside of Detroit. A San Diego-area nonprofit running an "underground railroad" is trying to save "as many people as possible" from turmoil in Iraq by finding them refuge in Southern California, and it has tens of thousands of Christian Iraqis on its waiting list. Mark Arabo, a first generation Iraqi-American born and raised east of San Diego, founded the Minority Humanitarian Foundation (MHF) in 2014 after he grew tired of waiting for a response from Washington officials to the crisis created by Islamic State militants,...
  • Book Club: Racism Got Us Kicked Off Wine Train

    08/24/2015 2:27:50 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 40 replies
    Newser ^ | 8/24/15 | Jenn Gidman
    Members of a book club out for a ride through California wine country say they endured a "humiliating" experience Saturday when they were kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The women from the Sistahs on the Reading Edge club—10 of them black, one white, per the Napa Valley Register—say they were racially targeted for laughing and talking too loud. "It was humiliating," Lisa Johnson tells the Chronicle. "I'm really offended. ... I felt like it was a racist attack on us." Johnson, who posted photos on Facebook, says members of her group, all seated...
  • Team Obama’s Fight to Keep the Homeless Living on the Streets

    08/24/2015 10:27:08 AM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    AIM ^ | August 24, 2015 | Betsy McCaughey
    America’s homeless are lawyering up to fight for a “right” to live on the street – your neighborhood and personal safety be damned. From Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles, cities are struggling with a surge in people living in cardboard boxes and doorways. Local lawmakers are trying to ban “camping out” in public, and ordering police to clear the fetid encampments. But lawyers for the homeless are pushing back. They’re demanding that “sleeping rough” be legally protected. In Denver, where living on the street is outlawed, lawyers for the homeless want to guarantee vagrants “the right to use and move...
  • Blame for Oregon Forest Fires Falls on Feds, Says Logging Industry

    08/23/2015 4:56:04 PM PDT · by Twotone · 31 replies
    GoLocalPDX ^ | Aug. 21, 2015 | Brendan Murray
    Oregon is in the midst of its third consecutive summer of severe forest fires, and industry professionals say logging limits on federal land are largely to blame. The fires have already made their costs felt, as the Oregon Department of Forestry has already spent an estimated $25 million to date on this year’s blazes. This comes on the heels of two consecutive severe seasons in 2013 and 2014, the former of which was the most destructive wildfire season in the state’s history.
  • Fiorina supporters slam 'ludicrous' CNN debate methodology

    08/23/2015 5:32:15 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/23/2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Carly Fiorina supporters are criticizing CNN's debate criteria that could prevent the former Hewlett-Packard CEO from grabbing a spot on the main stage at the second debate despite her surging poll numbers.  They say that CNN's decision to include polls from before the first presidential debate will work against Fiorina, who didn't make the main stage at the Aug. 6 Fox News debate in Cleveland but surged after a strong performance during the undercard debate. "Ludicrous," was how Katie Hughes, communications director for CARLY for America super-PAC supporting Fiorina's campaign, termed it. "The political class is *still* trying to...
  • S.F. billionaire quietly funds Ron Paul super PAC (Peter Thiel, homosexual, GOProud fundraiser)

    02/27/2012 6:27:43 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 2/26/12 | Richard S. Dunham,Carla Marinucci
    Ron Paul revels in the fact that he is the presidential candidate of America's small donors, receiving more contributions under $200 than any other Republican seeking the White House in 2012. But, like every other GOP presidential contender, he also has a mega-millionaire "sugar daddy" helping to fund a super PAC that is promoting Paul's candidacy. Yet while Newt Gingrich underwriter Sheldon Adelson and Rick Santorum super-supporter Foster Friess have shared the campaign stage - and the national political spotlight - with their candidates, Paul's benefactor, San Francisco entrepreneur Peter Thiel, has never met the Texas congressman he's aiding.
  • Barry Matsumori Leaves SpaceX, Joins Virgin Galactic

    08/23/2015 2:30:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Satellite TODAY ^ | August 20, 2015 | Caleb Henry
    Barry Matsumori, formerly the senior vice president of sales and business development at SpaceX, has joined Virgin Galactic's satellite launch team. With Virgin Galactic, Matsumori holds the title of senior vice president of business development and advanced concepts for LauncherOne, the company's small satellite launch vehicle. Prior to SpaceX, Matsumori held a leadership role at Qualcomm as vice president of wireless connectivity where he was responsible for the development of mobile telecom module products as well as satellite communication infrastructure and terminals. He has held positions at Space Systems Loral (SSL) and General Dynamics, and has experience with early-stage technology...
  • George Will: Trump’s immigration plan could spell doom for the GOP

    08/22/2015 7:13:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 145 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/22/2015 | George Will
    It has come to this: The GOP, formerly the party of Lincoln and ostensibly the party of liberty and limited government, is being defined by clamors for a mass roundup and deportation of millions of human beings. To will an end is to will the means for the end, so the Republican clamors are also for the requisite expansion of government’s size and coercive powers. Most of Donald Trump’s normally loquacious rivals are swaggeringly eager to confront Vladimir Putin but are too invertebrate — Lindsey Graham is an honorable exception — to voice robust disgust with Trump and the spirit...
  • Digging into Northeast neglect

    08/22/2015 8:05:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | August 21, 2015 | The Baltimore Sun
    It may have escaped the attention of Baltimoreans but things have gotten a little testy in the New York-New Jersey area in recent weeks over the state of century-old rail tunnels running under the Hudson River. The deteriorating condition of the tunnels is threatening Amtrak and other rail service, but how to pay for a $14 billion-plus replacement has proven a challenge. Unfortunately, that's not just a problem for New York City but for Baltimore and other stops along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, the nation's most heavily traveled railway handling more than 750,000 passengers a day. The stations in Baltimore and...
  • A Party Maverick Like Cruz Or Paul Will Trump An Outsider Like Trump

    08/22/2015 4:36:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 22, 2015 | Ralph Benko
    The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky, one of the shrewdest political observers on the center left, recently laid out the key clue by which to solve the biggest riddle of the 2016 race: “The Republican Party has unleashed furies it can no longer remotely control. … The Tasmanian Devil candidate [Donald Trump] who’s obviously tapping into deep right-wing anti-establishment anger and the two other most extreme candidates [Ted Cruz and Ben Carson] combine for 47 percent. The two who in my view you can reasonably call quasi- or comparatively moderate, Kasich and Bush, combine to hit 9 percent. Add Rand Paul’s...
  • BIG CHANGES FOR 9 CANDIDATES IN 'BIRTHRIGHT' RATING

    08/22/2015 3:25:13 PM PDT · by Nep Nep · 30 replies
    NumbersUSA ^ | Fri, Aug 21st 2015 @ 11:08 am EDT | Roy Beck
    BUSH: changed Rating from No Action to VERY HARMFULCARSON: from No Action to VERY GOODCHRISTIE: from No Action to GOODCRUZ: from No Action to VERY GOODFIORINA: from Unhelpful to VERY HARMFULJINDAL: from No Action to VERY GOODPERRY: from No Action to UNHELPFULRUBIO: from No Action to VERY HARMFULTRUMP: from No Action to EXCELLENTIn addition, the following candidates stuck with the positions (and Ratings) that they had previously staked out. (Santorum and Paul deserve special recognition for taking strong stands long before Trump stirred the media's interest this past week.)EXCELLENT: SantorumVERY GOOD: Paul1st STEPS: GrahamNO POSITION: Chaffee, WalkerUNHELPFUL: Biden, Clinton, Sanders,...
  • The week that was: George Soros and Tom Steyer take their lumps

    08/22/2015 3:30:10 PM PDT · by Twotone · 6 replies
    California Watchdog ^ | Aug. 21, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    It’s been a bad week for billionaires and climate change activists Tom Steyer and George Soros. Soros is being labeled a hypocrite for making a $2 million investment in coal while Steyer is catching flak after an investigation by Associated Press revealed that a California proposition Steyer backed in 2012 has not translated into the green energy generation and jobs that were promised.