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  • Romanian Hacker Guccifer: "I Breached Clinton Server, It Was Easy"

    The infamous Romanian hacker known as “Guccifer,” speaking exclusively with Fox News, claimed he easily – and repeatedly – breached former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server in early 2013. "For me, it was easy ... easy for me, for everybody," Marcel Lehel Lazar, who goes by the moniker "Guccifer," told Fox News from a Virginia jail where he is being held.
  • U.S Cuts Aid, Pakistan To Pay For Own F-16 Fighter Jets

    05/04/2016 7:59:38 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 6 replies
    TOLO News ^ | May 4, 2016 | TOLOnews
    The United States has informed Pakistan it will have to pay for eight American F-16 fighter jets itself after members of Congress raised objections to the proposed deal that would have seen the U.S sponsoring part of the purchase. The deal, estimated to be worth about $699 million USD, was approved by the U.S in February whereby the U.S would assist Pakistan with $430 million USD in aid to help finance the purchase. The deal involved up to eight F-16 fighter jets, along with radar and other equipment. However, this week, members of Congress voiced their unhappiness over the deal...
  • Congress Can Remove Ginsberg and Kagan from the Supreme Court!

    05/04/2016 7:53:28 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 57 replies
    Constitution ^ | March 5, 2016 | Dave Jolly
    A few years back I asked a number of people how long does a Supreme Court Justice serve. Almost unanimously the response was until death or resignation. No one’s response was constitutional. There is nothing in the Constitution that says a Supreme Court Justice or any other federal judge serves for life or until they resign. Here is what the Constitution says about the term of office of a Supreme Court Justice or federal judge: “Article III. Section. 1. The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the...
  • Social Security: Why Congress is messing with your benefits

    05/03/2016 7:55:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    CNBC ^ | 05/03/2016 | Lawrence Kotlikoff
    Politicians describe Social Security as "the third rail," meaning that enacting any benefit cuts will kill them politically. But this is precisely what they voted to do under the Bipartisan Budget Bill of 2015. The bill reduced the benefits of married couples and divorcees who were younger than 62 as of Jan. 2 by up to $60,000. Even $25,000 is a lot of money for most workers, given that the median household income is about $50,000. The new law prevents most people who reach age 66 from providing spousal benefits to their spouse or children while letting their own retirement...
  • Greenpeace: Leaked TTIP papers show 'threat' to EU

    05/03/2016 3:31:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 02 May 2016 13:27 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Greenpeace charged on Monday that a massive US-EU trade deal would place corporate interests above the environment and consumer safety, as it released classified documents from the negotiations. […] Greenpeace said the papers show, for example, that the US wants to be able to scrap existing EU rules in areas such as food labeling or approval of dangerous chemicals if it they spell barriers to free trade. “TTIP is about a huge transfer of power from people to big business,” the group argued, having also projected an image of a classified text passage onto the façade of Berlin’s parliament building....
  • Commentary: Congress can solve Illinois' pension crisis

    05/03/2016 3:51:19 AM PDT · by Fhios · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5/3/2016 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    "... One new idea that has not yet been proposed is for Congress to empower states to have the ability to reform their insolvent pension plans. Such legislation would pre-empt state laws that prohibit states from making necessary reforms. It would allow pension reform laws passed by state assemblies to take effect. ..."
  • Long before John Boehner called Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer in the flesh,’ he called him his lawyer

    04/28/2016 12:43:33 PM PDT · by blueyon · 44 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/28/16 | Sean Sullivan
    We are re-upping this post from early 2014 in light of Boehner labeling Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh" and saying, "I've never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life." Here's where their work together began, two decades ago. For what it's worth, Cruz downplayed their relationship Thursday in his comments responding to Boehner. "I've met John Boehner two or three times in my life," he assured. As we show below, that's not entirely accurate.
  • Congress to Air Force: You Can't Retire the A-10 Until the F-35 Proves It's Better

    04/28/2016 12:03:53 PM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 59 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Apr 27, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    Congress to Air Force: You Can't Retire the A-10 Until the F-35 Proves It's Better Legislators want proof the F-35 can take over the aging tank-killer's job Congress threw down the gauntlet at the Air Force on Monday, introducing legislation to mandate keeping the A-10 Thunderbolt II—affectionately known as the Warthog—in service until the service can prove the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter can take over its job. As reported by DefenseNews, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mack Thornberry has introduced legislation to forbid the Air Force from retiring the plane. Thornberry's proposed law would prohibit the Air...
  • Jeffersonville High School Democrat candidates debate (IN09)

    04/27/2016 8:22:02 PM PDT · by James R. McClure Jr.
    McClure for Indiana ^ | 27 APR 2016 | James R. McClure Jr.
    Peace be with you all, I am one of four Democrats seeking the nomination to replace Todd Young in Indiana's 9th congressional district. To assist in educating and informing the voters of IN09, I am providing the full video of the debate hosted by Jeffersonville High School's Debate Team on 20 APR 16. Enjoy! I look forward to your comments. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gYWbgmx72U James R. McClure Jr. Jeffersonian Anti-Federalist Democrat candidate for IN09
  • Congress, Not Obama’s Cronies, Can Save Puerto Rico

    04/27/2016 8:11:32 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/27/16 | Megan Barth
    Speaker Ryan has made it crystal clear that House Republicans' number one priority is to shield American taxpayers from a bailout of Puerto Rico My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.—Errol Flynn Due to Puerto Rico’s gross habits, the commonwealth has amassed a total debt of over $72 billion and has already defaulted on $221 million of its’ debt. When unfunded liabilities (pensions) are included, these additional costs bring the total value of their debt closer to $165 billion, approximately $150% of its’ GDP.
  • State Department Hid Key Clinton Benghazi Email from Judicial Watch

    04/26/2016 1:17:27 PM PDT · by blueyon · 50 replies
    Judical Watch ^ | 4/26/2016 | Judical Watch
    (Washington, DC) – The Obama State Department last week admitted it withheld a key Benghazi email of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from Judicial Watch since at least September 2014. If the State Department disclosed the email when first supposedly found, Clinton’s email server and her hidden emails would have been disclosed nearly two years ago, before Clinton authorized the alleged deletion of tens of thousands of emails. The developments come in a July 2014 Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records related to the drafting and use of the Benghazi talking points (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of...
  • Terror ties of BDS backers revealed

    04/26/2016 3:44:53 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/4/16 | David Rosenberg
    While the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has done little to hide its malicious anti-Israel hatred, the movement hitherto has succeeded in maintaining the appearance of legitimacy, presenting itself as the peaceful alternative to terrorism. Despite rhetoric which pro-Israel activists have noted signals a rejection of Jewish statehood per se and draws upon the kind of terrorist propaganda disseminated by Hamas and the PLO, no clear link tying BDS to supporters of terror organizations could be found. Last week, however, a former terrorism finance analyst for the US Treasury Department offered testimony to congress suggesting connections between the BDS movement...
  • Paul Ryan Kills Another Innocent American

    04/21/2016 6:03:24 AM PDT · by xzins · 24 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 4/21/2016 | George Rasley
    Last November, the day before the Muslim terrorist attack in Mali that killed 27 innocent civilians, including one American, former Peace Corps volunteer Anita Datar, Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan shot down the idea of a religious test for refugees coming to America at taxpayer expense. Ryan said, "We will not have a religious test, only a security test," before touting his bill, the SAFE ACT of 2015, that allegedly gave extra scrutiny to those “refugees” coming to the U.S. from Syria and Iraq. Paul RyanAs we pointed out at the time, the bill was nothing more than...
  • Rise of the Superpresident

    04/20/2016 4:50:28 PM PDT · by Aquamarine · 16 replies
    Thetrumpet.com ^ | May-June 2016 | Andrew Miller
    Bypassing the checks and balances imposed by America’s founders, the executive branch has come to new heights of power. Historians may look back on Jan. 14, 2014, as a tipping point in American history. On that day, President Barack Obama urged his cabinet to help him identify ways to advance economic recovery by circumventing the legislature. “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need,” the president told reporters before his cabinet meeting. “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone. And I can use...
  • Congress asking Air Force to look at restarting F-22 production line

    04/20/2016 8:00:08 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 52 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 19, 2016 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Increasing threats from China and Russia are causing some lawmakers to look at restarting the F-22 fighter production line, a House Armed Services Committee staffer said Tuesday. The draft defense authorization bill from the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces requires the Air Force to deliver a report to Congress by Jan. 1, 2017, detailing future aircraft shortfalls and what it would cost to buy more F-22s. ****snip***** The committee is asking the Air Force to provide cost estimates for another 194 F-22s. The committee staffer said the report was included in the bill at the request of a...
  • Poll: Getting facts right key to Americans' trust in media

    04/17/2016 7:01:55 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/17/2016 | CAROLE FELDMAN and EMILY SWANSON
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by Americans' skepticism about what they read on social media. Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public's view of other institutions. In this presidential campaign year, Democrats were more likely to trust the news media than Republicans or independents. But trust today also goes beyond the traditional journalistic principles of accuracy, balance and fairness. Faced with ever-increasing sources of...
  • Judge rules Newtown families' lawsuit against gun maker can go forward

    04/15/2016 5:52:01 AM PDT · by blueyon · 33 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 4/15/16 | AP???
    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – A lawsuit can go forward against the maker of the rifle used in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, a judge ruled Thursday. Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis said that a 2005 federal law protecting gun-makers from lawsuits does not prevent lawyers for the victims' families from arguing that the semi-automatic rifle is a military weapon and should not have been sold to civilians.
  • Minimum-Wage Activists Should Look to Puerto Rico for Clues to the Future

    04/14/2016 5:21:15 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/13/2016 | PAUL KUPIEC & RYAN NABIL
    When signing the bill raising California’s minimum wage, Governor Jerry Brown called the new $15 minimum wage “good politics” but “questionable policy.” He may be more prescient than many realize. There was a time in recent American history when a minimum wage of nearly equal magnitude to California’s was imposed, and “good politics” turned out to be disastrous policy. It is worth remembering this previous minimum-wage experiment as voters assess whether the progressive push for substantially higher minimum wages will deliver prosperity for the working class. President Obama has long supported the so-called Raise the Wage Act, which, if passed,...
  • Go, Brian Mast, Go!

    04/14/2016 8:47:35 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/14/16 | Judi McLeod
    Florida's 18th Congressional District There will be thousands of candidates vying for congressional, and senate seats in the 2016 general election, but only one the Army Times says “first started thinking about running for Congress from his hospital bed at Walter Reed”. Explosive ordnance disposal expert Brian Mast was bedridden for two months after losing both his legs to a land mine in Afghanistan, during which time a double amputee wanted to be the candidate, who could more than double the chances of a strong voice for vets if elected to Congress.
  • Congress Still Wasting Taxpayers' Money

    04/14/2016 6:40:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    As the tax deadline approaches it's once again time to consider how the federal government wastes our money. Remember the spending caps that were supposed to keep Congress from overspending? Gone with the wind. How about the promise Republicans made about no more earmarks on spending bills? It disappeared almost as fast as a gold coin in a magician's hands. Of course, they are not calling these new and improved earmarks earmarks. They call them something else, so they can claim they are keeping their promise. Is it any wonder this political season is characterized by voter anger? Just in...
  • Behind the Scenes, This GOP Group Pushes Congress to the Right

    04/11/2016 10:02:29 AM PDT · by milton23 · 6 replies
    http://dailysign.al/1Vc6wlr ^ | 4/11/16 | Philiip Wegmann
    The Republican Study Committee isn’t the newest conservative caucus on the congressional block. But they’re the oldest, they’re still the biggest, and on occasion, they will throw their weight around on Capitol Hill.
  • Feinstein’s response to Apple-FBI dispute bad for privacy, security

    04/08/2016 3:11:33 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    SiliconBeat ^ | April 8, 2016 at 1:16 PM | By Troy Wolverton
    We knew that Sen. Dianne Feinstein was cooking up a bill with North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr in response to Apple’s dispute with the FBI over the San Bernarndino iPhone.We knew that the bill was going to target companies like Apple that refused to help the government unscramble encrypted data. And we suspected, given Feinstein’s past history of being unconcerned about anyone’s privacy other than her own, that the bill was going to be pretty bad for the privacy of everyday citizens and the security of tech products.How bad? Well we now know.The bill would require companies, in response...
  • H-1B visas quickly snatched up as critics decry lost American jobs, wages

    04/08/2016 3:13:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/8/16 | Stephen Dinan
    All the country’s visas for high-skilled workers were snatched up in the first week yet again this year, the government reported Thursday, signaling that companies’ voracious appetites for cheap foreign workers remains unabated despite intense criticism on the presidential campaign trail. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it received more than enough applications to claim the 85,000 visas available under the H-1B program this year and will once again hold a lottery to award the coveted permits. Technology companies, desperate for the workers, said reaching the cap just days after the April 1 application period began should spur Congress to...
  • The “Congressional” Natural Born Citizen Part II: Shocked, Outraged or Ambivalent?

    04/07/2016 2:44:55 PM PDT · by patlin · 88 replies
    Constitutionally Speaking ^ | Oct. 26, 2009 | Linda Melin
    What would your reaction be if you heard that Congress was set in 2007 to bestow ‘natural born’ citizenship on ALL anchor babies through their Immigration Reform legislation. (110th Congress) S. 1348Shocked? Outraged? Ambivalent?What if you heard that Congress was moving to change Immigration & Naturalization laws so the every child born overseas to 1 citizen parent & 1 foreign parent would forever be deemed a ‘natural born’ citizen. (101st Congress) H.R. 1380, (99th Congress) H.R. 2535, Shocked? Outraged? Ambivalent?What if Congress had a bill waiting to come out of committee in February of 2008 that would change the citizenship...
  • Senate Dem: National debt is not 'a threat to our country'

    04/07/2016 3:49:49 AM PDT · by kevcol · 35 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 6, 2016 | Joel Gehrke
    Senate Democrats on Wednesday couldn't agree that federal debt is a national security problem, in a hearing aimed at assessing the long-term strategic implications of the government's $19 trillion debt. "A realistic discussion about it, and accepting expert opinion that this debt that we have is not actually right now a threat to our country, is I think a more realistic and honorable way of talking to the American people about it," Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Wednesday. That surprised committee chairman Bob Corker, who concluded the hearing by describing such views...
  • Obama Claims Power to Make Illegal Immigrants Eligible for Social Security, Disability

    04/06/2016 8:50:29 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 26 replies
    cnsnews ^ | April 6, 2016 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Does the president of the United States have the power to unilaterally tell millions of individuals who are violating federal law that he will not enforce that law against them now, that they may continue to violate that law in the future and that he will take action that makes them eligible for federal benefit programs for which they are not currently eligible due to their unlawful status? Through Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, President Barack Obama is telling the Supreme Court exactly this right now. The solicitor general calls what Obama is doing "prosecutorial discretion."
  • First Syrian Refugees Arrive on U.S. Soil: Where is Congress?

    04/06/2016 6:40:08 PM PDT · by writer33 · 24 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 04/06/2016 | Daniel Horowitz
    Imagine a Republican leadership that actually harnessed public attention against some of Obama’s most unpopular policies, especially as it relates to national security? The Associated Press is reporting today that under a new expedited program to speed up resettlement, families will begin coming to the U.S. this week from Jordan. The first Syrian family to be resettled to the U.S. under its speeded-up "surge operation" departed to the United States Wednesday from the Jordanian capital, Amman: A resettlement surge center opened in Amman in February to meet President Barack Obama's target of resettling 10,000 Syrians to the United States by...
  • The Real Welfare Queens Are Our Legislators, Not Food-Stamp Recipients

    04/06/2016 7:01:38 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/4/2016 | Catherine Rampell
    Let's not be coy. There's a certain population in this country that expects unlimited government handouts despite its piggish unwillingness to work. Don't tell me this is about their child-care responsibilities, or lack of access to transportation or education. Nonsense. These people simply don't want to work. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new welfare queens: your democratically elected U.S. legislators, the laziest, most do-nothing generation of federal politicians in decades. Sure, they talk a big game about work ethic and personal responsibility. With the stated goal of promoting personal responsibility, the House Republicans' 2017 budget proposes newly attaching work requirements...
  • Leftists Organize to Silence Border Patrol Agents Over Trump Endorsement

    04/03/2016 7:36:29 PM PDT · by blueyon · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/01/16 | Brandon Darby
    Radical leftists pushing for an open borders agenda are attempting to destroy the ability of over 80 percent of our nation’s Border Patrol agents to speak out and sound the alarm to the public and to Congress. The Huffington Post reported that the open-borders extremist group, Not1More, is a “prominent immigrants rights group” and that they were behind an effort to have the AFL-CIO kick out the National Border Patrol Council from its ranks. Not1More derives its name from the idea that “not one more” illegal alien should be deported from the U.S. The attacks on Border Patrol agents ramped...
  • America Needs Congressional Term-Limits And A President From Outside-the-Beltway

    04/02/2016 6:38:24 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/02/16 | Gail Jarvis
    Cutthroat Republican interference with this presidential election might cause a lot of Americans to finally acknowledge that a congress composed of well-fed career politicians is not beneficial to the public In the 1960s, when flower children replaced American traditions with a “feel-good” counter-culture, their rallying cry was: “Don’t trust anyone over 30.” Now in their declining years, these elderly flower children must surely experience deja vu when they witness the antics of today’s post-pubertal do-gooders. Like the flower children, today’s young people are driven to correct what they perceive as society’s flaws. This is their “Rite of Passage”, the sociological...
  • Congressional panel issues subpoenas to fetal research organizations

    04/01/2016 3:54:14 PM PDT · by Morgana
    liveactionnews.org ^ | April 1, 2016 | Susan Michelle
    The subpoenas are being moved almost as quickly as the baby parts after an abortion. The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives has announced the issuance of 12 new subpoenas in its ongoing investigation on the harvesting of fetal body parts, following the release of multiple undercover videos last year from the Center for Medical Progress. The House Energy and Commerce Committee had previously requested the information, but says these subpoenas were sent “to organizations who have failed to fully cooperate with both requests for information and previous subpoenas.” A press release notes that groups have been uncooperative with...
  • Rolling Plunder – How Scott Walker and Paul Ryan Plan To Sell Out Wisconsin, and the Voters...

    03/31/2016 4:52:36 AM PDT · by blueyon · 40 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 3/30/16 | sundance
    "Rolling Plunder – How Scott Walker and Paul Ryan Plan To Sell Out Wisconsin, and the Voters are Oblivious…" Wise Up and Rise Up Wisconsin Well, given Paul Ryan’s full-throated endorsement and promotion for the Trans-Pacific Trade Deal (TPP), perhaps the Wisconsin working voter would like to see exactly what they have in mind for you. Remember, each of the aforementioned has also endorsed Senator Ted Cruz – who, not coincidentally, was the co-author of the Trade Promotion Authority bill (TPA) which was the vehicle to insure TPP’s passage. Rather than go through all of the tentacles, and difficult to...
  • Contract with America, the Sequel

    03/30/2016 1:05:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2016 | D.W. Wilber
    Back in 1994 the then-Minority Whip in Congress, Georgia Republican Congressman Newt Gingrich, along with his colleague, Texas Republican Richard Armey, crafted what was later called the “Contract with America.” What some at the time, especially Democrats, viewed initially as a political gimmick, but ultimately turned out to be a brilliant political tactic.The document detailed what Republicans promised to do if they were given control of Congress by the voters. In large part as a result of this written contract, for the first time in 40 years Republicans would indeed be given the majority in the lower house of government,...
  • How can we start a national referendum on TERM LIMITS?

    03/28/2016 6:34:00 PM PDT · by simka · 58 replies
    Can we force Congress to accept Term Limits? And what is the appropriate method?
  • Larry Dawson Identified as DC Gunman; Shouted "I am a Prophet of God" in October

    03/28/2016 1:54:21 PM PDT · by rightistight · 41 replies
    IOTW Report ^ | 3/ | Aurelius
    Larry Dawson, the gunman identified as the shooter in Washington, DC today, shouted that he was "a prophet of God" at the House of Representatives in October in a separate incident.
  • An Impossible Choice Between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

    03/25/2016 4:47:08 PM PDT · by Innovative · 48 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 25, 2016 | Clare Foran |
    Moderate Republicans up for re-election will face pressure to pick a side as the general election draws near. Donald Trump looks increasingly likely to be the Republican nominee for the White House. As he gains momentum, Trump has won a series of endorsements from high-profile Republicans. Former presidential rivals Chris Christie and Ben Carson made the calculation that it’s better to be with Trump than against him, and so have a growing number of Republican members of Congress. For many Republican lawmakers facing re-election in competitive moderate or swing districts, however, the prospect of Trump at the top of the...
  • Members of Congress speak up for Little Sisters before big day in court

    03/25/2016 10:03:46 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    angelusnews.com ^ | March 22, 2016 | Matt Hadro
    Members of the United States Congress have voiced their support for the Little Sisters of the Poor before their case is argued before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. “We talk a lot about public service up here. Well, these are the people who live it,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said of the sisters on the House Floor on Tuesday, noting that they serve the poor in 31 countries. “They are the definition of public service.” On Wednesday, oral arguments for Zubik v. Burwell will take place at the Supreme Court. The case is a bundle of seven cases against...
  • We asked every member of Congress with a computer science degree about Apple/FBI war

    03/23/2016 5:58:14 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    BGR ^ | March 23, 2016 | By Andy Meek
    Just because Apple and the FBI avoided an historic showdown in court this week over a previously issued court order for Apple to create a so-called “government OS” that bypasses normal iPhone security measures, that doesn’t mean the whole thing was tidily wrapped up.For one thing, no legislative precedent was set here – at the eleventh hour, the FBI said it thinks a mysterious outside party (which may have now been identified) will be able to help it get inside an iPhone used by one of the San Bernadino shooters – leaving the law enforcement agency free to pursue a...
  • Federal cash sustains dream of freeway through Ala. woods

    03/23/2016 10:15:33 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    E & E Publishing ^ | December 23, 2015 | Sean Reilly
    PINSON, Ala. -- At 8 a.m. on a Saturday, the rumble of bulldozers and other earth-moving equipment was already audible in Ardell Turner's modest home in this rural hamlet north of Birmingham. Not far away, they once mined coal. Now state and local leaders are seeking prosperity through one of the nation's largest and priciest road projects. On planners' maps, the Northern Beltline will be a 52-mile, six-lane interstate that will effectively complete a loop around Birmingham, Alabama's largest city. More than a half-century after the Beltline's conception, work on a small segment began last year within a mile of...
  • Trump’s Pre-AIPAC Effort to Woo Congressional GOP Wins No Converts

    03/22/2016 1:31:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 21, 2016 | Elaina Plott
    Washington, D.C. — It was billed as an attempt to win new supporters from the ranks of congressional Republicans. But after Donald Trump convened a handful of lawmakers and a number of party luminaries for lunch on Monday, the sole attendee not already backing Trump’s candidacy emerged as uncommitted as he’d gone in. Held in D.C.’s high-powered Jones Day law firm, the confab was supposed to be a congressional outreach effort, but only one attendee — Senator Tom Cotton — was neutral on Trump’s candidacy. The others — including Senator Jeff Sessions and Representatives Chris Collins, Scott DesJarlais, Renee Ellmers,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: ICE Whistleblower May Depose Harry Reid

    03/20/2016 10:59:45 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3-22-2016 | Evan Gahr
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid could be deposed for ICE whistleblower Taylor Johnson’s new lawsuit because complaints from his office precipitated her ouster. Johnson’s attorney, Morris Fischer, told the Washington Gadfly that, “We will attempt to depose whoever is involved in this corruption up to and including Harry Reid. His fingerprints are all over the place.” The veteran law enforcement agent, who DHS fired in February after she rejected $100,000 in hush money, filed a Merit System Protection Board claim against the agency earlier this month. Johnson, a single mother of four, had a storied career until she ran afoul...
  • (Back in D.C.) The GOP Sellout Continues

    03/16/2016 7:01:03 AM PDT · by 11th Commandment · 12 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 15, 2016 | Genevieve Wood
    To watch the recent happenings on Capitol Hill, you would think this was just another typical presidential election year—a few bumps here and there, but no sign of a major shake-up, no indication voters were in revolt, nothing to suggest business as usual in Washington was perhaps falling out of fashion among the American public. What else explains the lackluster, uninspiring, and I would suggest, “sell-out your base” agenda of GOP congressional leadership? For example, the Senate GOP sold out its base on the issue of Common Core this week...... That’s right, despite the fact Congress passed a Budget Control...
  • Trump to huddle with influential Republicans in D.C.

    03/19/2016 7:35:21 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 241 replies
    WND ^ | 3/19/2016
    Confab ahead of AIPAC speech meant to improve relationship with congressional GOP. Donald Trump will host a group of nearly two dozen influential Republicans on Monday afternoon for an off-the-record gathering that his allies hope will improve his relationship with the congressional GOP and the party’s Washington establishment, according to two attendees. The meeting is Trump’s first major meeting with lawmakers and key Republican figures since last fall, when he met with a smaller group at the Capitol after his speech at a protest against the Iranian nuclear agreement. Several members of the House and Senate are expected to participate,...
  • BREAKING: Obama Just Gave Himself A MASSIVE Pay Raise… FOREVER! $$$

    03/18/2016 10:50:13 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 98 replies
    The Political Insider ^ | 3-18-16 | Charles Kosar
    While Americans are suffering in the Obama economy, President Barack Obama is seeking to increase the money available to him after he leaves the White House. The Congressional Research Service reports that for requests for both 2016 and 2017 fiscal years, Obama's proposed federal budget would expand funding through the Former Presidents Act. In 2017 alone, Obama wants nearly an 18% hike in expenditures… $588,000. That means $3.865,000 in appropriations will be available to spend on former Presidents! The 2016 proposed budget includes an additional $25,000 increase. The Former Presidents Act, enacted in 1958, provides living former presidents with a...
  • Senate Dem leader accuses GOP of ‘moral cowardice’ on Trump

    03/17/2016 5:51:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 17, 2016 | Mary Clare Jalonick/AP
    Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on Thursday accused the House and Senate Republican leadership of “moral cowardice” for failing to stand up to GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump. a speech on GOP policies and Trump’s success, the Nevada Democrat said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have tried to have it both ways. They intend to support the eventual nominee, Reid said, but assail Trump for his call to bar Muslims from the United States and his slow disavowal of support from white supremacist groups. “Giving Trump a slap on the wrist each time...
  • WaPo: Three Pinocchios for declaring Senate’s “constitutional duty” to vote on Garland

    03/16/2016 3:50:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    How often does someone get pre-emptive Pinocchios? Barack Obama got three of them today in his speech regarding the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Obama offered a pre-emptive argument of his own, accusing Republicans of “an abdication of their constitutional duty” if they refused to give Garland’s nomination a hearing and a floor vote: resident Obama: The Senate must fulfill constitutional duty At a time when our politics are so polarized, at a time when norms and customs of political rhetoric and courtesy and comity are so often treated like they’re disposable — this is precisely the...
  • Reports: Trump Left Off Some Florida Ballots; “Dozens of Complaints”

    03/15/2016 10:50:14 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 107 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/15/2016 | Kristinn Taylor
    Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s name was left off Florida primary ballots according to reports relayed by Fox News’ Jennifer Eckhart on Twitter who said the local Fox affiliate has received “dozens of complaints.” Eckhart wrote the irregularities are in “Jupiter County” which does not exist. She probably meant the town of Jupiter or Palm Beach County where Jupiter is located. Palm Beach County is where Trump’s Florida base Mar-a-Lago is located.
  • International Women’s Day 2016

    03/15/2016 8:15:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2016 | Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen
    When I was a young girl, my father, who served as the first Governor of American Samoa and in other leadership positions across the Pacific, would take me along with him whenever he would travel for work. I learned a lot watching my father over the years and am grateful for the leadership skills and desire to serve that he instilled in me. I also learned just how few women there were in leadership positions in Pacific cultures. As women, our struggle for equal rights and participation in government and community leadership positions is never ending. The women who came...
  • Another Ex-State Dept. Official Refuses To Talk To Congress About Hillary’s Server

    03/14/2016 6:46:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/13/16 | Chuck Ross
    A second former State Department official is refusing to talk to Congress about what he might know about Hillary Clinton’s private email system. Politico reports that John Bentel, who retired from the State Department in Dec. 2012, has told the House Select Committee on Benghazi and the Senate Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees that he will not meet to discuss the server and what, if anything, he knows about it. In response to a Dec. 5 letter from Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley and Homeland Security chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, Bentel said he had “no memory of knowledge” about...
  • Republicans Deal a Blow to the IRS

    03/12/2016 7:28:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 10, 2016 | Speaker Paul Ryan
    Millions of Americans are filing their taxes this month—and getting a good reminder of why they despise the IRS. But thanks to the Republican majority in Congress, the IRS is being forced to start cleaning up its act. When the IRS scandal broke, Congress demanded answers from the agency’s top officials. Were they targeting groups for their religious and political beliefs? No, they said, it was just a few rogue employees in Ohio—if anything at all. Well, what happened to Lois Lerner’s emails? Oh, they were lost in a tragic hard drive crash. Shouldn’t we update our laws to prevent...