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  • Comparing Andy Biggs to Harry Reid: Palin blasts AZ Senate president on constitutional convention

    04/23/2014 4:10:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Arizona Capitol Times ^ | April 22, 2013 | Ben Giles
    Arizona’s Senate president is under fire from an unlikely source within his own political party: Sarah Palin. The former vice presidential candidate took to Facebook on Tuesday to chastise Senate President Andy Biggs as the “only man standing in the way” of a vote on a measure to call an Article V Convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Palin notes that similar measures have already been approved in several states. But she said thanks to Biggs, a Gilbert Republican and leader of the GOP in the Senate, Arizona’s opportunities to approve SCR 1016 are rapidly dwindling. Legislatures in...
  • McCain says illegal immigrants are 'not going home'

    04/23/2014 4:05:26 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies
    April 23, 2014, 06:22 pm McCain says illegal immigrants are 'not going home' By Rebecca Shabad Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday that immigrants living in the United States illegally are not going home, and that the U.S. has no practical way of forcing them to leave. "They're not going home. And so why don't we give them a path to citizenship," McCain asked at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy Jr. forum. "There are not enough buses to deport them," he added. "It's de facto amnesty." The senator, who has pushed for immigration reform, said once Congress passes legislation he...
  • Taxpayers Paying Planned Parenthood to Enroll People in Pro-Abortion ObamaCare

    04/23/2014 4:03:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Life News ^ | April 23, 2013 | Matthew Clark
    Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, is being paid (by your tax dollars) to enroll people in ObamaCare.California’s ObamaCare exchange is paying Certified Enrolment Counselors, including 38 Planned Parenthood affiliates, $58 per person for enrolling people on the state exchange. A “successful application” brings $58 per individual enrolled with a bonus of another $58 for enrolling a dependant. A “successful annual renewal” for these individuals will bring in another $25 per person.That’s no small sum. The abortion industry has a knack for finding ways to squeeze taxpayer dollars out of the American public. Planned Parenthood receives nearly half of its...
  • Ted Cruz endorses Pete Ricketts

    04/23/2014 3:52:49 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 4 replies
    Journal Star ^ | Tuesday, 04.22.14 | Don Walton
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has endorsed Pete Ricketts in Nebraska's Republican gubernatorial primary race.Cruz, the hard-right Texan who has been embraced by the tea party movement and the Republican Liberty Caucus, said Ricketts is "a businessman and a constitutional conservative who will help Nebraska thrive."Pete's priorities for tax reform, job growth and education reform will expand opportunity for Nebraskans," Cruz said in a statement issued by the Ricketts campaign early Tuesday morning."I especially admire Pete's strong, principled leadership in support of school choice," Cruz said, which will "empower parents and expand the educational options for every child in Nebraska."Cruz...
  • Canadian aborted babies incinerated in Oregon waste-to-energy facility to provide electricity

    04/23/2014 3:02:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 23, 2013 | PETER BAKLINSKI
    The Covanta Marion waste-to-energy facility in Oregon that incinerates British Columbia "medical waste," including aborted babies. VICTORIA, British Columbia, April 23, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The British Columbia Health Ministry has admitted that the remains of babies destroyed by abortion in B.C. facilities are ending up in a waste-to-power facility in the United States, providing electricity for residents of Oregon. The province’s Health Ministry said in an email to the B.C. Catholic that “biomedical waste” shipped to the U.S. to be incinerated includes “human tissue, such as surgically removed cancerous tissue, amputated limbs, and fetal tissue.” “The ministry understands that some...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM,April 23,2014

    04/23/2014 2:28:41 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | April 23, 2014 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Ted Cruz's Worst Nightmare Is Coming True [Because Obamacare is working according to Politico]

    04/23/2014 2:08:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | 04/23/2014 | RICHARD KIRSCH
    Last August, as conservatives barnstormed the country seeking to build support for a cockamamie plan to shut down the U.S. federal government unless Congress voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican senator, said something surprisingly prescient about the president’s signature health-care law. “President Obama wants to get as many Americans addicted to the subsidies because he knows that in modern times, no major entitlement has ever been implemented and then unwound,” he said. The worry, according to Cruz, was that once the ACA went into effect, we’d all be “addicted to the sugar.” Then, it...
  • Rand Paul: I think Republicans may have over-emphasized voter fraud

    04/23/2014 2:04:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via WaPo and RCP, another nugget mined from yesterday’s chat with Axelrod in Chicago. As with abortion, Paul’s “different kind of Republican” brand requires a compromise here. He knows that most voters, including those in his own party, support voter-ID laws; he also knows that those laws are easily demagogued as racist by lefties, which means that toeing the GOP line too closely could jeopardize Paul’s effort to connect with black voters. What’s a different kind of Republican to do? He insists that ID is a good idea — “I don’t think dead people should vote” — but concedes to...
  • Learn More. Go Further. [Pro-Common Core Propaganda Web Site. Know Thy Enemy!]

    04/23/2014 1:49:16 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    Learnmoregofurther.org ^ | A bunch of central planners
    ...The National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), among other organizations were instrumental in bringing together teachers to provide specific, constructive feedback on the standards.
  • Master Cut: Rand Paul Suggests Jimmy Carter Better Than Ronald REAGAN On Budget

    04/23/2014 1:06:25 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 73 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 2014/04/23 | Breitbart Staff
    David Corn of Mother Jones has assembled a number of clips from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) over the years criticizing former President Ronald Reagan for the budgets he signed into law. In some cases, Paul declared Reagan worse on budgetary issue than his predecessor, former President Jimmy Carter.
  • Susan B. Anthony List defends free speech at Supreme Court over Obamacare election ads

    04/23/2014 1:02:25 PM PDT · by topher · 1 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:22 EST | Dustin Siggins
    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 23, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- One of the nation's largest pro-life groups has defended free speech before America's highest court, arguing that their liberty was inhibited in the 2010 race by an Ohio law restricting speech in election ads. In 2010, the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List put together an ad it intended to run against then-Rep. Steve Driehaus, D-OH. The ad said Driehaus, who ran as a pro-life Democrat, had voted to fund abortions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by supporting the law. Driehaus defended his vote, saying that President Obama's Executive Order limiting federal funding...
  • America's PrepareAthon! (calling all sheep)

    04/23/2014 12:59:37 PM PDT · by GILTN1stborn · 29 replies
    Fema email ^ | 04/23/2014 | fema.gov
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  • The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment

    04/23/2014 12:44:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 21, 2014 | David Kopel
    Back in 1995, the Tennessee Law Review published a symposium issue on the Second Amendment and firearms policy. That symposium was probably the most influential law review symposium ever published on the topic. (More on that issue, below.) This year, the Tennessee Law Review is doing another Second Amendment symposium. My contribution to the forthcoming issue is The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment. As the article explains, post-Heller courts have frequently looked to the First Amendment for guidance on Second Amendment questions. This is sensible, because since the Supreme Court began taking the First Amendment seriously about 75...
  • Poll from pro-Shannon group shows him surging ahead of Lankford in Oklahoma

    04/23/2014 12:31:37 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Sean Sullivan
    A poll conducted for a group supporting former Oklahoma House speaker T.W. Shannon's bid for U.S. Senate shows him surging ahead of Rep. James Lankford (Okla.) in the Republican primary, whom he once trailed by a wide margin.Shannon leads Lankford 42 percent to 32 percent among Republicans likeliest to vote, according to the Public Opinion Strategies survey. A third candidate, Randy Brogdon, lags behind. Pollster Glen Bolger notes in a memo that Shannon was down nine in March and 35 in February. The poll was conducted Monday and Tuesday for Oklahomans for a Conservative Future, a nonprofit supporting Shannon.Shannon has received a...
  • Cruz to join Sasse campaign rally in North Platte

    04/23/2014 12:20:28 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who filibustered the U.S. Senate over Obamacare, has endorsed Ben Sasse for the Senate and will join Sarah Palin and others Friday in North Platte for a Sasse rally.“I have gotten to know Ben Sasse, and while Nebraskans have good choices, Ben is the strongest conservative voice running for United States Senate,” Cruz said . “Ben will not be just another vote in the Senate – he will be a leader in the fight to stop the Obama agenda and repeal ObamaCare from day one.  We need strong reinforcements like him in the United States Senate.”Cruz was elected in 2012,...
  • [Fifth Amendment] White v. Woodall [SCOTUS overturns 6th Court of Appeals]

    04/23/2014 12:18:53 PM PDT · by topher · 25 replies
    Issues: Does a trial court’s rejection of a non-testifying defendant’s request for a no-adverse-influence instruction during the sentencing phase of a capital punishment trial violate that defendant’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when the defendant has pled guilty to all of the alleged crimes and aggravating circumstances? Oral argument: December 11, 2013 Court below: United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Are reports of the death of a viable challenge to Lindsey Graham grossly exaggerated?

    04/23/2014 10:58:46 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | 4/23/14 | William Jacobson
    There hasn’t been a lot of polling in the South Carolina Republican Senate primary, but what polling there is shows Lindsay Graham ahead by 30%+ against potential challengers. But it may still be a challenge for Graham to get the 50% he needs in the primary to avoid a runoff, and generating a runoff in which all the anti-Graham vote could coalesce, has been the strategy all along. Politico has essentially called challenges to Graham dead on arrival, How Lindsey Graham outmaneuvered the tea party: Sen. Lindsey Graham recognized the threat years before it had a chance to form —...
  • Rand Paul on abortion: “We’re not changing any of the laws until the country is persuaded otherwise”

    04/23/2014 10:35:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via MFP, an eyebrow-raiser from yesterday’s chat with David Axelrod(!) at the University of Chicago. David Corn and Mother Jones are out with another gotcha piece on Paul this morning citing his (mild) criticism of Reagan in the past for not cutting spending more as president, but this clip is more interesting, I think. Knocking the Gipper for not doing enough to shrink government is Libertarianism 101; even mainstream conservatives who venerate him will grudgingly concede that they wish he’d done better before quickly adding that he did what he could with a liberal Congress. And needless to say, no...
  • Supreme Court limits damages to victims of child porn, throws out $3.4 million award

    04/23/2014 10:27:17 AM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 23, 2014 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday limited the amount of damages that those who possess child pornography must pay victims, throwing out a $3.4 million award that went to a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. The court voted 5 to 4 that those convicted of possessing child pornography must pay restitution to victims. But it said the amount of damages paid must be proximate to the harm that a specific offender has caused.[...] Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion, noted that his approach “is not without difficulties.”[...] Kennedy said there were three...
  • Unborn child has ‘inalienable’ right to life ‘at all stages of development’: Alabama Supreme Court

    04/23/2014 9:19:53 AM PDT · by lilyramone · 17 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 22, 2014 | Colin Kerr
    MONTGOMERY, AL, April 22, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) –– Children in the womb should have the same legal standing as other children, the Supreme Court of Alabama ruled Friday. The decision upheld the prior conviction of Sarah Janie Hicks for “the chemical endangerment of her child,” when she exposed her unborn baby to cocaine. The boy, referred to as “JD,” was born testing positive for cocaine. The 8-1 decision reaffirmed the Alabama Supreme Court’s ruling in a similar case last year that the word “child” includes “unborn child.” Friday’s decision was a review of the lower Court of Criminal Appeals’ conviction of...
  • Texas AG to Feds: 'Come And Take' Disputed Land

    04/23/2014 8:44:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 4/23/2014 | Jason Devaney
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has a message for the Bureau of Land Management about disputed land along the Oklahoma-Texas border: "Come and take it." Abbott was referring to a potential land grab of 90,000 acres that belong to Texas residents. According to Breitbart Texas, the federal government is considering taking the land, which stretches 116 miles along the Red River. "I am about ready to go to the Red River and raise a 'Come and Take It' flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas," Abbott said.
  • Poll shows Pryor leading Cotton; McConnell and Hagan in tight races

    04/23/2014 8:43:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 4/23/14 | Sean Sullivan
    A new round of polling in four states central to the battle for the Senate majority shows Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) with a clear lead over Rep. Tom Cotton (R) and a trio of other incumbents in competitive contests. Pryor leads Cotton 46 percent to 36 percent among registered Arkansas voters in the New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation poll. It's a somewhat surprising finding considering that most other recent polling has shown a neck-and-neck race. The new data come at a time when Democrats are expressing increased optimism about Pryor, who earlier this cycle appeared to be the most...
  • Col. Allen West Endorses Convention of States Project

    04/23/2014 8:27:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 33 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 4/21/14
    Allen West Joins Sarah Palin, George Will, Tom Coburn, David Barton and Many Others in Call for a Convention of States Former Congressman Col. Allen B. West is the latest conservative thought leader to endorse the Convention of States Project. Article V of Constitution gives the citizens—through their state legislatures—the opportunity to call a Convention of States to propose Constitutional amendments to limit the scope, power, and jurisdiction of the federal government. “The US Constitution was written placing restraints upon the federal government. Today, the federal government is growing beyond all bounds ever imagined by the founders. This is something...
  • Nebraska Senate: Cruz Endorses Sasse

    04/23/2014 8:21:57 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    Texas senator Ted Cruz has endorsed Ben Sasse in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Nebraska. From the Sasse campaign announcement: “I have gotten to know Ben Sasse, and while Nebraskans have good choices, Ben is the strongest conservative voice running for United States Senate,” said Sen. Cruz.  “Ben will not be just another vote in the Senate – he will be a leader in the fight to stop the Obama agenda and repeal ObamaCare from day one.  We need strong reinforcements like him in the United States Senate.”Sen. Cruz was elected in 2012, going from a virtual unknown to winning one of...
  • Cantor Angers Conservatives Seeking Boehner's Replacement

    04/23/2014 8:20:54 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 4/23/14 | Drew MacKenzie
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is getting a failing grade from the conservative caucus in Congress while positioning himself to pick up the speaker's gavel from John Boehner, Breitbart reported. Cantor, a Virginia Republican, is first in line to replace Boehner should the Ohio congressman be forced out of office or decide to quit his leadership role in the House next year. But Breibart has reported that Cantor keeps shooting himself in the foot, as far as conservatives are concerned, while conducting an unofficial job interview for Boehner's coveted position. "Cantor replacing Boehner doesn't move the ball at all," said...
  • Virginia Gun Owner Being Unfairly Prosecuted In NJ For Accidentally Bringing A Gun Into The State

    04/23/2014 8:17:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 73 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 21 April, 2014 | VCDL
    Virginia Gun Owner Being Unfairly Prosecuted In NJ For Accidentally Bringing A Gun Into The StateVirginia Citizens Defense League Covington VA --(Ammoland.com)- A Virginia CHP holder, Guy Ackerman, inadvertently brought a handgun with him into NJ.He discovered the gun in his car and rather than leave it in there with valet parking, he took the unloaded revolver to his room and locked it in the room safe. The valet had noticed the gun when it was in the car and told the police, who arrested Guy and charged him with unlawful weapon possession – a felony in NJ.The prosecutor is refusing...
  • GOP Leaders Are Successfully Fighting Off the Tea Party Rebellion (For Now)

    04/23/2014 8:17:12 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 4/23/14 | Phillip Bump
    The long-expected Tea Party-versus-Republican-establishment primary brawl seems to have largely evaporated. The real battles may emerge in January 2015, when the party needs to pick the House speaker — and maybe also a new leader in the Senate. Not that we're trying to get ahead of ourselves. It's seemed pretty clear since at least February that the threat that had been brewing in the wake of the government shutdown was quickly fading. Politico has a great look at how South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham effectively built a fortress to ward off any conservative challengers: working to neuter possible opponents, building...
  • Democrats begin to embrace Obamacare on the campaign trail

    04/23/2014 8:15:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    The Capital Times (WI) ^ | April 23, 2014 | By Jack Craver
    Has the tide turned on Obamacare? The Republican plan for the 2014 election season is to talk about nothing but the president’s landmark health care overhaul, highlighting the bungled website and other headaches the law has caused for some people, including those whose insurance plans have been cancelled because they do not comply with the new law’s regulations. Until recently, it looked like a pretty good plan. Agree or disagree, millions of Americans now receive an Obamacare benefit. Roughly 8 million have signed up for health insurance through the state exchanges, while millions of others have become eligible for Medicaid...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,WOR AM,April 23,2014

    04/23/2014 8:14:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 108 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | April 23, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Lindsey Graham Uses Savvy, Experience to Deter Challenges

    04/23/2014 8:12:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 4/23/14 | Sharon Churcher
    When Sen. Lindsey Graham learned that the Tea Party planned to challenge his re-election bid this year, the South Carolina Republican set about outmaneuvering them, reports Politico. The political veteran, who seldom has faced Republican opposition during two decades in Congress, prepped for what an aide called “Armageddon.” Graham enlisted an army of staff and volunteers — including some 5,200 precinct captains, amassed an $11.6 million war chest and blanketed the state with more than $1 million worth of ads promoting his work. Graham also deterred the Tea Party’s favorite, conservative Rep. Mick Mulvaney, from running against him by demonstrating...
  • Landrieu: I’ll put GOP foe on defensive on health care

    04/23/2014 7:51:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 22, 2014 | BY GREG SARGENT
    Senator Mary Landrieu is one of the most vulnerable of red state Democratic incumbents, and her reelection challenges — like those of other red state Dems — are said to be all about Obamacare. But in an interview today, Landrieu vowed to campaign aggressively against GOP foe Bill Cassidy’s opposition to the Medicaid expansion in the state, offered a spirited defense of the law — while acknowledging it has some problems — and even insisted he’d be at a “disadvantage” over the issue. “It’s a solid law that needs improvement,” Landrieu said. “My opponent offers nothing but repeal, repeal, and...
  • Republicans break up with Hispanics

    04/23/2014 7:51:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/23/2014 | Fernando Espuelas
    Breakups are rough — regrets, pain and bitter memories. As Republicans in the House block immigration reform time after time, American Latinos get the message: It's over, don't call me. Have a good life.Incapable of producing even one GOP vote in favor of the Democrats' last-ditch gamble at forcing an open vote of the House, the message to Latinos is crystalline. Whatever goodwill the clutch of pro-immigration reform House Republicans won in the last year since the Senate passed its bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill has now evaporated. ADVERTISEMENT What remains are the weekly flip-flops by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio),...
  • The IRS bonus scandal demonstrates that it's time for the GOP to wake up and run against the IRS

    04/23/2014 7:28:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/23/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The partisan bureaucrats at the IRS who were ready and willing to harass conservative groups are just the tip of the iceberg at a corrupt and irresponsible agency that just happens to be the most unpopular and feared arm of the federal government. So self-serving is the agency that it actually paid bonuses – many bonuses – to employees who were delinquent in their own taxes. Gail Sullivan of the Washington Post reports: A report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration shows that between Oct. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2012, the IRS paid $2.8 million in bonuses to employees...
  • How the ACA Could Collapse

    04/23/2014 7:24:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/23/2014 | By Amity Shlaes
    Some time in the coming months, the Supreme Court will hand down its opinion in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, the case of the retailer that claims that its religious freedom or that of its employees is violated by contraceptive coverage required as part of the Affordable Care Act. The attitude of the health-care act’s supporters toward such cases is irritation. How dare a little religious case trip up the mighty Affordable Care Act and jeopardize the ACA’s establishment as permanent law of the land? Cases involving religious details, however, do have a way of stopping big social legislation, and not...
  • Half a Win on Racial Discrimination [Wide Latina Legally Illiterate]

    04/23/2014 7:19:51 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/22/2014 | The Editors
    There’s a reason they call it “progressivism” — for years, the main legal question contested in affirmative-action cases, from Bakke to Grutter, was whether the state should be allowed to engage in racial discrimination. In the Michigan affirmative-action case decided today, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the question was whether the state should be required to engage in racial discrimination. The progress, then, has followed the Left’s familiar ratchet-effect model, inching its way from “not forbidden” to “compulsory.” Indeed, as the Wall Street Journal put it, the question here was not whether the use of racial discrimination for...
  • Sierra Club top officials promote fuel efficiency, but drive gas-guzzling Jaguars

    04/23/2014 6:39:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/22/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Members of the Sierra Club’s board of directors are driving around in gas-guzzling vehicles, despite the group’s support for the Obama administration’s increased fuel efficiency standards. The Sierra Club strongly supported the Obama administration’s increase in minimum fuel economy standards to 54.4 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025, but it seems the Club’s top officials don’t practice what they preach. The Sierra Club’s 15-member board of directors own a combined 32 vehicles, less than one-fifth of which are hybrids or electric vehicles. Seven of the 32 vehicles are sports utility vehicles while only six are hybrids and electric cars, according...
  • Ted Cruz endorses Ben Sasse in Nebraska Senate race

    04/23/2014 6:23:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 4/23/14 | Sean Sullivan
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) waded into the contested Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Nebraska Wednesday, endorsing Midland University President Ben Sasse. "I have gotten to know Ben Sasse, and while Nebraskans have good choices, Ben is the strongest conservative voice running for United States Senate," Cruz said in a statement distributed by Sasse's campaign. "Ben will not be just another vote in the Senate – he will be a leader in the fight to stop the Obama agenda and repeal ObamaCare from day one." Cruz will join Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) at...
  • Boehner and House Republicans Aim to Pass Immigration Bill by Summer

    04/23/2014 5:55:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    thenewamerican.com ^ | 4/22/14 | Warren Mass
    Speaker of the House John Boehner, speaking to a group of donors at a Republican Party fundraiser last month, pledged that the House would pass several immigration bills this summer. Several attendees at the fundraiser told the Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler that Boehner said he was “hellbent on getting this done this year.” One of Boehner’s House colleagues, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said during a recent trip to Silicon Valley that legislative action this year was “entirely possible,” with the House likely voting this summer on five to seven immigration bills....
  • Cantor launches hit against primary opponent Brat

    04/23/2014 5:51:20 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    Cantor last night launched an attack ad against Brat, mocking his profession and accusing his challenger of helping former Governor Tim Kaine (D) propose a significant tax increase on the Virginia citizens. First, here is a look at the ad: In addition to the ad, the Cantor campaign unveiled a website designed to paint Brat as a liberal college professor not the conservative crusader he claims to be. The attack line is not a new one from Cantor. His team sent out a fundraising e-mail shortly after Brat announced describing him as a liberal and tying him to Kaine. However...
  • Reid, Boehner, Cantor and the Lame Duck

    04/23/2014 5:48:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    dailyprogress.com ^ | 4/23/14 | Ken Adams
    Polls indicate that Republicans may win a majority in the U. S. Senate on November 4. While that would be a very positive event, the de-throning of Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid may trigger an attempt to pass amnesty for illegal aliens. Here’s the story. The number one goal of the Democrats in Congress is to grant amnesty to those who have entered the country illegally. It is fair to say that the Democrats lust after amnesty. And they lust after amnesty because if it is passed, it will create twenty million new Democratic voters and insure liberal Democratic rule...
  • Brat vs. Cantor: A Looming Political Earthquake

    04/23/2014 5:46:37 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    Fairfax County residents should take note of the serious challenge being mounted by David Brat, an Economics professor at Randolph-Macon College, against incumbent and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for the Republican nomination in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, which stretches northwest from Richmond across multiple counties to Page and Rappahannock Counties. Fairfax County residents should rightly focus on party primaries in the 8th, 10th, and 11th Congressional Districts this spring. But the outcome of the Brat vs. Cantor primary will influence the direction of national policies directly affecting county residents. These national policies include: •Comprehensive immigration reform involving amnesty for...
  • Palace Intrigue: Right Searches For Cantor Alternative

    04/23/2014 5:44:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/22/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Eric Cantor has never been closer to wielding the speaker's gavel, but he may want to keep an eye over his right shoulder. As speculation heats up about whether Speaker John Boehner will return in 2015, Cantor is in the midst of a kind of shadow job interview with House conservatives, and it isn't going all that well. Cantor recently enraged many Republicans by sneaking a Medicare bill through the House by voice vote. Days later, a provision in the bill that expanded Obamacare coverage became public, prompting high-profile scrutiny from the Drudge Report. Making matters worse, Boehner had been...
  • CARSON: When government looks more like foe than friend [The Continuing Education of Ben Carson, MD]

    04/23/2014 5:43:11 AM PDT · by sitetest · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 22, 2014 | Ben S. Carson
    <p>The Bundy case in Nevada provides many insights into the state of our nation with respect to the relationship between the people and the government.</p> <p>The Bundys appear to be honorable American citizens without adequate legal counsel to help resolve a federal land issue about which they disagree with the Bureau of Land Management. Without question, they violated some of the innumerable laws and regulations that continue to entangle every aspect of American life.</p>
  • Lindsey Graham Stares Down the Tea Party

    04/23/2014 5:25:03 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    free-times.com ^ | 4/23/14 | Corey Hutchins
    In July 2010, at the height of the Tea Party’s power — when Don’t Tread on Me flags bloomed across South Carolina and fresh-faced insurgents vanquished establishment GOP stalwarts — Lindsey Graham wasn’t worried. His next election was four years away, and as he rode in a sedan through his native Upstate with a New York Times magazine reporter profiling him, the state’s senior U.S. senator explained that he didn’t think the Tea Party was sustainable. “It will die out,” he said. That was a bold statement in 2010 — especially from an establishment Republican figure like Graham in a...
  • How Lindsey Graham outmaneuvered the tea party (Politico love piece but this is how they do it!)

    04/23/2014 5:23:34 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    politico.com ^ | 4/23/14 | Manu Raju
    SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — Sen. Lindsey Graham recognized the threat years before it had a chance to form — and knew immediately what he had to do. After the tea party wave in the 2010 election, right-wing groups were itching to get one of South Carolina’s newly elected conservative congressmen to challenge Graham, the blunt-spoken, deal-making congressional veteran of two decades. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a favorite of the grass roots, was high on their list. So when Graham got wind in 2012 that Mulvaney wanted a seat on the House Financial Services Committee, he quietly lobbied his longtime friend, Speaker John...
  • The mentality of J Edgar Hoover’s FBI undergirds today’s surveillance state

    04/23/2014 4:40:38 AM PDT · by SvenMagnussen · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 19, 2014 | Trevor Timm
    Everyone seems to forget that the FBI is the NSA's primary partner in the latter's domestic spying operations and that, in fact, the NSA's job would be impossible without them. Whenever you see a company deny giving any data to the NSA remember: It's because it's not the NSA asking (or demanding) the information of them, it's the FBI.
  • Pawnshop that sold gun used to kill cop agrees to report more on sales

    04/23/2014 3:50:23 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 23 apr 2014 | Annie Sweeney
    Four years after a Smith & Wesson .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun was used to kill an off-duty Chicago police officer, the Mississippi pawnshop owner who sold the gun in a straw purchase has agreed to concessions that authorities hope will curb similar illegal gun deals. The concession to alert authorities about customers who buy multiple handguns, beyond what is required by law, was reached in a federal lawsuit in Mississippi over the slaying of Officer Thomas Wortham IV, attorneys for the Wortham family said. He was an Army National Guard member who had served in Iraq and who — just days...
  • Georgia governor to sign 'unprecedented' bill expanding gun rights

    04/23/2014 3:45:28 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 24 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4-23-2014 | FoxNews.com
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign legislation Wednesday expanding gun rights in the state. The bill, described by the National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm as "the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history," expands the scope of public places where licensed owners are allowed to carry firearms. The bill makes several changes to state law. It allows those with a license to carry to bring a gun into a bar without restriction and into some government buildings that don't have certain security measures. It also allows religious leaders to decide whether it's OK for a...
  • 50 Years Into the War on Poverty, Hardship Hits Back (Massive Democrat Failure)

    04/23/2014 3:09:32 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 20, 2014 | TRIP GABRIEL
    McDowell County, the poorest in West Virginia, has been emblematic of entrenched American poverty for more than a half-century. John F. Kennedy campaigned here in 1960 and was so appalled that he promised to send help if elected president. His first executive order created the modern food stamp program, whose first recipients were McDowell County residents. When President Lyndon B. Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty” in 1964, it was the squalor of Appalachia he had in mind. The federal programs that followed — Medicare, Medicaid, free school lunches and others — lifted tens of thousands above a subsistence standard...
  • Nevada rancher and former Shoshone chief's range war with BLM predates Bundy standoff

    04/22/2014 11:46:46 PM PDT · by blueplum · 6 replies
    Fox ^ | April 22, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Long before Cliven Bundy faced down federal agents in his dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights, fellow Nevada rancher Raymond Yowell, an 84-year-old former Shoshone chief, watched as the BLM seized his herd. Adding to that, since 2008 they've taken his money as well -- in the form of a piece of his Social Security checks. Yowell's 132 head of cattle had grazed for decades on the South Fork Western Shoshone Indian Reservation in northeastern Nevada until 2002, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- the same agency at odds with Bundy -- seized them....