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  • Trump calls for higher ethanol mandate

    01/19/2016 12:47:48 PM PST · by Nervous Tick · 359 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/19/2016 | Timothy Kama
    Donald Trump said Tuesday that federal regulators should increase the amount of ethanol blended into the nation’s gasoline supply. Speaking at an event hosted by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Trump, a real estate mogul and the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ought to follow the ethanol volumes Congress set in 2007. “The EPA should ensure that biofuel ... blend levels match the statutory level set by Congress under the [renewable fuel standard],” Trump said. The mandate is popular in Iowa, which hosts the nation's first caucuses.
  • More Candidates Should Come Out against Cronyism on the Campaign Trail

    01/11/2016 12:07:32 PM PST · by Isara · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | January 11, 2016 | Veronique de Rugy
    Here is a recurring frustration during election season: Candidates who seem attractive before the race begins suddenly sound squishier or change their positions once they hit the campaign trail.On the issue of cronyism, there is one noticeable exception during this year's campaign. In spite of what could be perceived as a political risk, one candidate has remained true to his opposition to (and his commitment to end) the terrible renewable-fuel standard, which requires blending ethanol and other biofuels into the gasoline supply, thereby driving food prices up and creating all sorts of distortions in the energy market: That's Senator Ted...
  • Controlled by shadow government

    01/06/2016 6:31:03 PM PST · by American Faith Today · 4 replies
    Salon ^ | January 6,2016 | Elias Isquith
    One of the predominant themes of the 2016 presidential campaign thus far — and one that is unlikely to lose significance once the primaries give way to the general election — is the American people’s exasperation with a political system they see as corrupt, self-serving, disingenuous and out of touch. Advertisement Advertisement It is not an especially partisan or ideological sentiment; you can just as easily find it among supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders as among fans of Donald Trump. You can even find those who support paragons of the status quo, like Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush, making similar...
  • Renewable Cronyism

    12/29/2015 5:50:19 PM PST · by Isara · 11 replies
    PowerLine ^ | December 29, 2015 | Steven Hayward
    I take a more benign view than most conservatives of some of the dreadful budget compromises of the recent omnibus, because spending packages are always going to contain a lot of give and take. Better to look at the long game, to judge if any small victories or compromises may make possible better outcomes down the road. Such small details are as unsatisfying as cold peas, and often don't pan out, or get lost in the shuffle. But I think expecting Paul Ryan to turn around Congress in three months was more than a but unrealistic.Much worse in my mind...
  • Trump Threatens 35% Tax on Ford if Mexico Operations Expand

    12/26/2015 9:13:54 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 396 replies
    Mustang 360 ^ | 12/23/2015 | John Gilbert
    It was the Detroit News headline "Trump goes after Ford Motor Co." not how long Hillary went overtime in the restroom that got our attention. Donald Trump made a whistle stop outside Grand Rapids, Michigan to take aim at Ford’s plans to expand production in Mexico. Trump promised if elected he would threaten manufacturers with big tariffs on imports to discourage building manufacturing plants south of the border. Trump to Ford, "If you build that plant in Mexico, I’m going to charge you 35 percent on every car, truck part that you send into our country," he said. "Every single...
  • Sen. Cruz: This Highway Bill Is Irresponsible (with Ex-Im Bank)

    12/05/2015 11:57:25 AM PST · by Isara · 5 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | December 4, 2015
    Ex-Im Bank board still lacks a quorum to approve multimillion dollar, taxpayer-backed loan guarantees for big business WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) yesterday voted against the $281 billion, five-year highway bill that reauthorizes the Export-Import Bank, a quintessential example of cronyism and corporate welfare. Using various budget gimmicks and one-time revenue raisers, this bill guarantees an even larger shortfall in 2020 when the next highway bill comes up. Sen. Cruz issued the following statement upon the bill’s passage in the Senate:“Last night, sadly, the Washington Cartel reversed one of the few fiscal conservative victories achieved with this...
  • A Tax Lesson for Marco Rubio

    12/02/2015 11:57:25 AM PST · by 11th Commandment · 3 replies
    WSJ Olnine ^ | Nov. 30, 2015 7:26 p.m. ET | WSJ Editorial
    Britain's Tories fail to reform costly tax credits for the middle class.David Cameron's government last week abandoned its plan to reform Britain's expensive working-family tax credits. U.S. politicians who think this kind of "pro-family" tax policy is a good idea-hello, Marco Rubio might take note. The centerpiece of Mr. Rubio's tax plan is an increase in the child tax credit to $2,500 from $1,000, despite its cost and lack of growth incentive. Such ideas may have a short-term political appeal, but eventually they become entitlements that benefit the left.
  • A radical proposal for Jeb Bush to save the GOP from Donald Trump (Right To Rise dump Jeb?)

    12/02/2015 10:47:57 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/2/15 | Chris Cillizza
    Three things about Donald Trump have now become clear to the Republican establishment: 1) He might not implode before people start voting for president next year. 2) He could actually wind up as the Republican nominee for president. -snip- Right to Rise raised more than $103 million in the first six months of this year. It spent - as I mentioned above - $28 million on ads. Let's say the organization has spent another $15 million on fundraising, consulting fees and other miscellaneous costs. And let's assume, just for the sake of this argument, that Right to Rise hasn't raised...
  • Obama Lines Up Crony Capitalist Support for Climate Pact

    11/14/2015 8:10:56 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | 11/13/2015 | William F. Jasper
    With many analysts predicting that the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit in Paris will fail to produce an ambitious, binding global agreement, President Obama is hoping to come to the rescue. He does not want a repeat of the 2009 UN confab in Copenhagen, where he was roundly dissed by his green supporters for "failing to seal the deal." The president has loads of friends on Wall Street. As the grand sugar daddy handing out corporate welfare, Obama has taken the White House pay-to-play game to new stratospheric levels, as even many of his media allies and erstwhile supporters...
  • A Mysterious Electric Carmaker has its Sights on Tesla (Faraday Future)

    11/12/2015 4:36:28 AM PST · by dila813 · 7 replies
    Fortune ^ | NOVEMBER 5, 2015, 3:56 PM EST | Don Reisinger
    There’s a mysterious car company lurking in the shadows that has its sights set on Tesla. The trouble, however, is determining what it is and whether it’s really a threat. Faraday Future announced on Thursday that it plans to spend $1 billion on a U.S. manufacturing facility to build electric vehicles. Faraday has yet to announce the location of its facility, but the company’s senior vice president, Nick Sampson, said that the effort—if it comes to fruition—is “just phase one,” indicating that more, similarly major investments may be coming.
  • Why Millionaires Like Hillary Clinton: Here's why the Democrats are the Real Party of the Rich

    11/10/2015 8:40:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/10/2015 | Tyler O'Neil
    Photo courtesy AP Images Hillary Clinton has one key part of the electorate already in the tank for her candidacy — millionaires and CEOs. In Congress, Democrats represent the richest and most unequal districts in America. While liberal pundits attack the GOP as the party of the rich, the real plutocrats are on the other side of the aisle.How can this be? The Democrats rail against the abuses of the "one percent" and run on a platform of reducing income inequality, but the rich continue to support them. Liberals attack unregulated markets, call for unrealistic "green energy" proposals, and...
  • Houstonians Reject Corporate (TransgenderLGBT) Push to Undermine Values & Relig Liberty(Apple,GE,HP)

    11/05/2015 5:29:21 AM PST · by xzins · 38 replies
    2d Vote ^ | 4 Nov 15 | 2d Vote
    Yesterday, voters in the City of Houston overwhelming rejected Proposition 1, also known as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). As conservatives and values minded individuals organized to defeat the measure, liberal groups supporting HERO were bouyed by big business.   Utilizing 2nd Vote's research, The Daily Signal’s Kelsey Harkness identified 7 major coporations supporting the ballot initiative: 1. Apple 2. BASF 3. Dell 4. Dow Co. 5. General Electric 6. Hewlett Packard 7. United Airlines  HERO had been controversial since it was first implemented in 2014 and Houston area pastors leading the effort to recall the measure had their sermons subpoenaed by city attorneys. 2nd Vote stood...
  • Coulter: Save Us From Paul Ryan and the Kemp Boys

    10/23/2015 7:12:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 10/22/15 | Ann Coulter
    After Paul Ryan helped Mitt Romney lose the 2012 election by doing the impossible -- losing a debate to Joe Biden -- he went on an intimate tour of poverty. It was a journey so personal, Ryan brought reporters, writers and documentary producers with him. So far, he's gotten one book and one documentary out of The Paul Ryan Intimate Poverty Tour and is currently promoting a major poverty-fighting initiative that he brainstormed during private moments of reflection, somehow captured by the press: "The Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity." Appropriately for an event named after Ryan's mentor, Jack Kemp, the...
  • More CEOs donate to Clinton than to any GOP candidate [Democrats: Big Business party]

    10/21/2015 7:14:09 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    cnbc ^ | 10/21/15 | Mark Fahey
    The GOP is often considered the party of business but it looks like the nation's CEOs may not agree. Hillary Clinton has received more donations from CEOs than any Republican candidate so far this year, according to a Big Crunch analysis of the last complete batch of individual Federal Election Commission records. More than 760 people have given to Clinton's campaign and identified their occupations as "CEO" or a
  • Gov. Brown to Sign Landmark Renewable Energy Law Wednesday

    10/07/2015 9:02:41 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 19 replies
    Times of San Diego ^ | 10/7/2915 | City News Service
    Gov. Jerry Brown will visit Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles Wednesday to sign legislation mandating that half of the states electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. The ambitious mandates of SB 350, championed by Senate President pro tem Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles, were outlined by Brown in his inaugural address in January. But de Leons legislation was significantly watered down last month in the state Assembly, which stripped away a requirement that the state slash its gasoline use by 50 percent in the next 15 years. That provision sparked heated debate in Sacramento, thanks to opposition from...
  • Jeb Bushs Son Hiring Friends And Family As Head Of Texas Land Commission

    09/23/2015 6:20:58 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Mintpress News ^ | 9/22/15 | Star-Telegram
    Less than a year after being elected to lead the oldest state agency in Texas, Land Commissioner George P. Bush has dramatically remade the General Land Office by ousting most of its longtime leaders and replacing many with people with ties to his campaign and family. Eleven of the top 18 officials on the agencys organizational chart a year ago have been fired or forced out or have quit, and more could leave soon in an overhaul that Bush has described as a reboot. In their place, Bush, a former Fort Worth resident, has given top jobs to two of...
  • Connecticut Homeowners Fight to Prevent City From Taking Their Homes for Redevelopment

    09/16/2015 2:53:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 9/16/15 | Melissa Quinn
    Every day, Janet Rodriguez sits at her home in West Haven, Conn., and she waits. She waits for a knock at her front door, a knock she fears will bring news that Rodriguez and her family will be forced to leave the home theyve lived in for nearly a decade. A knock that means the city has exhausted its efforts to negotiate with Rodriguez and her family and is moving to condemn their house to make way for a $200-million high-end mall.Rodriguez, along with her neighbors on First Avenue, is fighting the city of West Haven to keep her home....
  • Trump's Appeal: A New Beginning, or the Last Gasp of America?

    09/07/2015 6:35:32 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 22 replies
    american thinker ^ | August 21, 2015 | Craig Schwartz
    Our economy is failing, and politics is in complete gridlock. Democrats can't articulate the difference between Democrats and Socialists. Republicans have no idea how to defend capitalism or even if they should. We have reached what Ayn Rand predicted 50 years ago in "The Obliteration of Capitalism": "It is true we are not a capitalist system any longer: we are a mixed economy, i.e., a mixture of capitalism and statism, of freedom and controls. A mixed economy is a country in the process of disintegration, a civil war of pressure-groups looting and devouring one another." We are reaching the end...
  • Rubio: Our National Security Depends on Sugar Subsidies

    08/31/2015 6:53:02 AM PDT · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 34 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 31 Aug 2015 | Windsor Mann
    You may not know this, but Brazilian sugar is a threat to U.S. national security. At least, that is the view of Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.). Asked this month about his support for sugar subsidies, Rubio said he would eliminate them if the countries that export sugar into the U.S. get rid of theirs as well, and heres why: Otherwise, Brazil will wipe out our agriculture and its not just sugar. If we eliminate our sugar subsidies first, Rubio warned, other countries will capture the market share, our agricultural capacity will be developed into real estate, you know, housing...
  • Report: General Electric wont move to Texas because Jeb Hensarling doesnt support Ex-Im

    08/30/2015 3:07:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | August 30, 2015 | TAYLOR MILLARD
    General Electric is apparently not going to move to Texas because Congressman Jeb Hensarling doesn’t support the Export-Import Bank. Bloomberg cited the ever nebulous “people familiar with the matter” in their report on Friday. GE told Dallas business leaders in recent days it would look elsewhere for alternatives to its Connecticut home, said the people, who asked not to be identified because details aren’t public. They said GE cited some Texas lawmakers’ opposition to the U.S. Export-Import Bank, an important source of financing for some overseas sales. You can probably include Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn (allegedly), plus Congressmen...
  • Lehman's Gift To Jeb Bush For Funneling Pension Money: A $1.3 Million Consulting "Job"

    08/19/2015 8:44:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8/19/15 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, At this point, it almost feels like kicking someone while hes down. Jeb Bush cant even stand up to Donald Trump, let alone his own growing series of scandals. In the latest revelation from David Sirota and team at International Business Daily, we learn that: For Florida taxpayers, the move by the administration of then-Gov. Jeb Bush to forge a relationship with Lehman Brothers would ultimately prove disastrous. Transactions in 2005 and 2006 put the Wall Street investment bank in charge of some $250 million worth of pension funds for Florida cops,...
  • De Blasio is padding City Hall with jobs for all of his friends

    08/16/2015 11:34:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 16, 2015 | Aaron Short, Melissa Klein and Isabel Vincent
    Mayor de Blasios patronage mill is churning out junk jobs funded with taxpayer money for longtime pals, campaign grunts and acolytes. In addition to creating a $150,000 post for Stephanie Yazgi the longtime girlfriend of his top strategist, Emma Wolfe de Blasio has created positions to amp up his progressive agenda and national profile and spread propaganda touting his transcendent accomplishments. The citys television station led by de Blasio buddy Janet Choi devotes much of its taxpayer-funded $5.7 million budget to broadcasting his ribbon-cuttings, announcements and features about his friends, including his wedding singer. His $105,000...
  • Scott Walker and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Stadium Deal

    08/15/2015 9:07:50 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 80 replies
    Ricochet ^ | 8/13/2015 | John Gabriel
    Two days ago, I praised Gov. Scott Walker’s quiet conservatism. Today, I’ll criticize his inconsistency. The Milwaukee Bucks decided they needed a new basketball arena and they told the government to pay for it. If politicos didn’t cough up $250 million, the NBA warned that the Bucks might leave Wisconsin. Nice team you have here, Milwaukee. It’d be a shame if something happened to it… Taxpayers would rightly be furious if a private business demanded they fund a supermarket, an office building, or a strip mall — why on earth should they send their hard-earned money to millionaire athletes and...
  • Unions, Planned Parenthood Exchange Donations, Political Cash

    08/10/2015 3:46:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/10/15 | Bill McMorris
    Unions received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Planned Parenthood over the past five years, while shelling out more than $1 million to the nations largest abortionist.Since 2011 politically powerful labor unions and Planned Parenthood have exchanged lucrative gifts for charitable endeavors and political advocacy.Planned Parenthood, which is in the midst of a scandal after a pro-life group released videos detailing potentially illegal organ harvesting techniques and sales, has contributed more than $350,000 to three labor unions. The largest donation went to Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the nations top political spenders, with nearly all of its money...
  • WH Totally Supports What Planned Parenthood Is Doing, Notes Its 'High Ethical Standard'

    08/01/2015 7:00:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 89 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    While the recent videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practice of selling and negotiating the price of aborted babies’ body parts—and the organs of those born alive—has convinced some Democrats that enough is enough when it comes to taxpayer funding for the abortion giant, others are remaining steadfast in their support for the group. Unfortunately, the White House is among the loyal, it seems. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, White House Press Secretary maintained that the undercover videos were highly edited and distorted. And when asked by a reporter where he is receiving his information, Earnest’s replied Planned Parenthood. “Based on the...
  • Obama Appointee And Bundler Blocks More Video Releases By Group Behind Planned Parenthood Sting

    07/31/2015 7:09:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 7/31/15 | Mollie Hemingway
    A federal judge late Friday granted a temporary restraining order against the release of recordings made at an annual meeting of abortion providers. The injunction is against the Center for Medical Progress, the group that has unveiled Planned Parenthoods participation in the sale of organs harvested from aborted children.Judge William H. Orrick, III, granted the injunction just hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.Orrick was nominated to his position by hardline abortion supporter President Barack Obama. He was also a major donor to and bundler for President Obamas presidential campaign. He raised at least $200,000 for...
  • [PA] The Timing Of Dem Governors Big Planned Parenthood Review Raises Questions

    07/28/2015 4:46:27 PM PDT · by markomalley
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/28/15 | Connor D. Wolf
    With Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf launching a review of Planned Parenthood, his own past and a recent cabinet appointment has put doubt on the integrity of the investigation.Wolf had begun taking steps to review the clinics as a result of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal organ harvesting and distribution, The Associated Press reported Friday. Just the day prior to Wolfs announcement, he appointed a former Planned Parenthood executive as his chief of staff. To Michael Greer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, the timing is troubling.It raises questions of the integrity of the investigation, Greer told...
  • Rand Paul defies McConnell to defund Planned Parenthood

    07/25/2015 11:11:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/25/15 | Barbara Boland
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced late Friday that he will "use every Senate rule" to force his Senate colleagues on the record after fellow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blocked his amendment to defund Planned Parenthood. If Paul gets enough senators to sign his petition, he can go around McConnell and force a vote. "I'm prepared to use every Senate rule at my disposal to force my colleagues on record whether they like it or not," Paul wrote Friday night. "Under Senate rules, if enough Senators are willing to stand with me and sign a petition demanding a vote,...
  • Tesla gets $295M in green subsidy credits for technology not offered to customers

    07/23/2015 2:23:17 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 10 replies
    watchdog.org ^ | July 23, 2015 | Tori Richards
    Tesla Motors has earned more than $295 million in green subsidy emission credits during the past three years for a battery-swapping technology customers werent getting, a Watchdog investigation reveals. In fact, the electric car company, owned in part by billionaire Elon Musk, may have earned credits up to nearly half a billion dollars in value from the 11 states that use the Zero Emission Vehicle barter as part of a green auto industry mandate. California created the program and leads the pack, doling out $173 million in credits to the Silicon Valley-based Tesla. Tesla claimed the credits between 2012 and...
  • Export-Import Bank could be revived via highway funding bill

    07/18/2015 5:06:59 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    LA TImes ^ | 7-17-15 | Jim Puzzanghera
    ouse Republican leaders succeeded last month in their quest to shut down a federal agency that helps U.S. companies sell their goods overseas, but a majority in Congress may soon have the last word.. A path to reviving the Export-Import Bank has emerged in Congress, and the agency, which has the strong backing of business groups, could be providing assistance again within weeks. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would allow bank advocates to include a five-year reauthorization of the agency on a highway funding bill that must pass by the end of the month. And there's enough...
  • The Crony Bank That Won't Die: Cruz Dives Into Ex-Im fight

    07/13/2015 7:44:51 PM PDT · by MN_Mike · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 13, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    McConnell is trying to bring back the crony bank, Ex-Im Bank. It sunset at end of June 2015. Now he plans to tie it to a highway bill. At Wednesdays press conference, Cruz will be joined by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas), chairman of the Republican Study Committee.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's last act as governor still follows the Terminator

    07/08/2015 7:20:36 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/8/15 | Kyung Lah and Jason Kravarik
    In Hollywood, there's no better magnet for stargazing than a movie premiere. So on a Sunday afternoon in late June, the summer sun couldn't keep thousands of fans from lining Hollywood Boulevard, hoping to spot a star. This was the "Terminator Genisys" premiere, and only one star mattered: Arnold Schwarzenegger. The former governor of California shook hands, signed autographs and posed for selfies. It's the kind of personal attention Fred and Kathy Santos wish they could get from Schwarzenegger, who they say stole justice from their dead son.
  • Ted Cruz just upped the populist ante for 2016 Republicans

    06/24/2015 7:57:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 24, 2015 | Tory Newmyer
    In a Wednesday talk at the Heritage Foundation, the Texas senator sharpened anti-corporatist critique. Ted Cruz just raised the bar for Republican presidential hopefuls angling for the fiery populist mantle. In a 40-minute stemwinder delivered to a friendly crowd at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday, the junior senator from Texas inveighed against a corrupt alignment of corporate and political power that he shorthanded as the Washington Cartel. Thats apparently new coinage, and you can expect to hear a lot more of it as Cruz tries to elbow his way out of the GOP presidential primarys second tier and into serious...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz on "The People vs. The Washington Cartel: Restoring Liberty in the Age of Cronyism"

    06/24/2015 2:58:35 PM PDT · by MN_Mike · 13 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ted Cruz
    Despite gaining massive majorities on a conservative anti-Washington wave in 2014, the new Congress has quickly returned to Washington's business-as-usual. The Washington Cartel of powerful politicians, well-connected lobbyists, and media elite continue to benefit from big government at the expense of Main Street and ordinary Americans. Now is the time to break the Cartel.
  • Ted Cruz is right on the trade deal

    06/13/2015 12:40:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 193 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 13, 2015 | J. Maropoulakis Denney
    TPA, or similar a law, has existed for decades. The recent vote in the U.S. Senate was a renewal of the TPA, and Senator Ted Cruz, perhaps the foremost constitutional conservative in the Senate, supported it because it created a process in which the president could be held accountable. TPP was never voted on in the Senate or the House, and its language has not even been finalized. My objection, at this point, to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is that it is secret, and only members of congress are permitted to read it. Ted Cruz has read it, and...
  • Bipartisan Agreement: Foreign Governments Pay Former Senate Leaders to Sell TPP (Daschle, Lott)

    06/11/2015 7:30:17 AM PDT · by xzins · 17 replies
    Observer ^ | 06/11/15 7:07am | Ari Rabin-Havt |
    In a scene all too typical in present day Washington, the culmination of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, along with the push for passage of related legislation such as Trade Promotion Authority (or Fast Track) have set off a lobbying frenzy. While liberal organizations and members of Congress deride the TPP as the biggest boondoggle since NAFTA and President Obama defends it as the most progressive trade treaty ever, the influence peddlers who populate K Street see opportunity. Policy makers arent simply facing a lobbying barrage from the typical slate of domestic interest groups. Foreign governments are running sophisticated operations to influence...
  • paul ryan cooks up elaborate ruse to save immigration components of obamatrade

    06/10/2015 9:01:26 PM PDT · by xzins · 86 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Jun 2015 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    In the wake of revelations that technically a vote for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) would be a vote to grant the executive branch massively-expanded immigration powers, the Washington establishment cooked up an elaborate ruse to try to save the flailing Obamatrade bill. This comes as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)96% re-emerges as a central figure pushing Obamatrade. His polling numbers in early states remain stagnant and Obamatrade opponents like Mike Huckabee, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)93%, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, Dr. Ben Carson, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are gaining traction...
  • Clinton Donated $100K to New York Times Group the Same Year Paper Endorsed Her

    06/08/2015 3:20:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6/8/15 | Alana Goodman
    A little-known private foundation controlled by Bill and Hillary Clinton donated $100,000 to the New York Times charitable fund in 2008, the same year the newspapers editorial page endorsed Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, according to tax documents reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.The Clinton Family Foundation, a separate entity from the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, has been the familys vehicle for personal charitable giving since 2001.It is funded directly by the Clintons and distributes more than $1 million a year to civic and educational causes.The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund is a charity affiliated with...
  • TPA: Republican and Democrat Elite Ravage Americas Working Families

    06/05/2015 7:02:34 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    ConservativeHQ ^ | 6/5/2015 | George Rasley
    Conservatives have long considered it a given that free trade was a benefit to the American economy and that opening trade and reducing trade barriers would be a net positive for the United States. Obamas Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to advance it have turned that calculus on its head and amount to a new looting of American workers by the Republican and Democratic elites who are pushing it through Congress without even reading it. The fact that the document is classified and may only be accessed by Members of Congress after theyve signed a...
  • NY rejects all applications for new charter schools

    05/21/2015 7:01:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 21, 2015 | Yoav Gonen and Aaron Short
    The state Education Department has rejected all 15 applications for new charter schools, including 12 in New York City, claiming they failed to meet academic standards. We always look for quality and these applications didnt measure up, Education Department spokesman Dennis Tompkins said Wednesday. We invited several of the applicants to reapply in June and we gave them suggestions on how to improve their applications. But charter-school advocates werent buying it, saying the rejection of all the applicants reeked of pro-teacher-union politics. The timing and nature of these blanket rejections should raise serious concerns for New Yorkers ... Mayor de...
  • Baltimore Prosecutor Deliberately Heightens Racial Tensions

    05/11/2015 8:07:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    On May 1, Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby charged six police officers, including two black male officers and one female black officer, with 28 various charges, including murder and manslaughter over the death of Freddie Gray. Officer Caesar Goodsoon, the black driver of the van Gray rode in, was charged by the 35-year-old state’s attorney for Baltimore City with the most serious offense, “second-degree depraved heart murder,” which means indifference to human life. Baltimore is 64 percent black, and almost half of the Baltimore Police department is black. The officers are accused of arresting and roughing up Gray, who is black,...
  • UPDATE: Uber no longer operating in Kansas following veto override

    05/05/2015 1:58:56 PM PDT · by xzins · 45 replies
    KAKE ^ | May 05, 2015 | AP
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Uber says it's ceasing operations in Kansas following the Kansas Legislature's veto of SB 117. The Republican-controlled Kansas Senate has overridden GOP Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a bill imposing new regulations on ride-hailing companies like Uber. The measure would require drivers for ride-hailing companies to undergo Kansas Bureau of Investigation background checks. They'd also need additional auto insurance coverage beyond the $1 million Uber offers when drivers are logged into its network or transporting passengers. Uber had said the measure would push it out of the state. Governor Brownback released the following statement following the...
  • FDA to Crack Down on Home-based soap makers

    05/04/2015 7:42:55 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 93 replies
    People who are trying to do good for their families and the planet by living a simple life based on traditional skills are facing yet another assault. Artisanal soap makers say new regulations, proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), will put them out of business. The view of Sen. Feinstein and her corporate backers (listed below) is that the Personal Care Products Safety Act (Senate Bill S.1014) will make the world a safer place by scrutinizing everything from shampoo and hair dye to deodorant and lotion. She says the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act...
  • Donna Shalala Honored in Celebration at UM

    05/01/2015 3:51:20 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    A special celebration was held Thursday honoring University of Miami president Donna Shalala. This past fall, Shalala announced that she is stepping down as president at the end of the 2014 - 2015 university year. ....Shalala says she plans to return to the faculty as a professor of political science and health policy.
  • Many Clinton charity donors also got State Department awards under Hillay

    04/24/2015 3:58:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 23, 2015 | Sarah Westwood
    Twenty-two of the 37 corporations nominated for a prestigious State Department award and six of the eight ultimate winners while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State were also donors to the Clinton family foundation. The published donor records of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation don't give exact dates or amounts of its contributors, but it is possible to create a general timeline for when many of the corporations donated and when they were either nominated or selected for the award. Silicon Valley giant Cisco was the biggest foundation contributor nominated in 2009, giving the Clinton charity...
  • Homeland Security Releases Emails Showing Political Influence for Sony, Time Warner Projects

    04/11/2015 8:16:12 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 4-10-15 | Eriq Gardner
    The newly released documents buttress a report issued late last month detailing how an immigration director was swayed with respect to hundreds of millions of dollars in film and TV investments under the EB-5 visa program. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general has released hundreds of pages of emails plus other documents in support of its investigation of improper influence on the EB-5 immigration program. Many of the documents discuss hundreds of millions of dollars in financing for film and television productions from Sony Pictures and Time Warner with prominent politicians including former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendall and...
  • Top DHS official shows favoritism to wealthy, Dem-connected immigrants: report

    03/24/2015 11:58:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department meddled in three high-profile immigration cases, giving special treatment to applications from wealthy and well-connected immigrants after calls from major Democrats despite the objections of career employees, the departments inspector general concluded in a report Tuesday. Alejandro Mayorkas, who was elevated from head of the departments legal immigration agency to be deputy secretary while the investigation was ongoing, also angered many of his colleagues by getting involved in the cases, and created an appearance of favoritism and special access for the wealthy immigrants, the inspector general concluded. Inspector General John Roth...
  • Scandals force Hillary Clinton to delay 2016 bid announcement

    03/25/2015 7:45:37 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/25/2015 | S.A. Miller
    Many of the key figures cited in a scathing inspector generals report this week are allies of Hillary Rodham Clinton, marking the latest in a series of stumbles for the former first lady and secretary of state that likely forced her to delay her planned presidential campaign announcement.A Democratic strategist familiar with her teams thinking said they are scrambling to limit the damage and readjust the campaign rollout schedule after the Homeland Security Departments inspector general revealed an apparent cronyism scandal that ensnared Mrs. Clintons brother, Anthony Rodham, and two of her political confidants, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and former...
  • On Met Council, we get cronyism, not reform

    04/16/2015 8:01:39 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 4-15-15 | DAVID OSMEK
    In January, the 89th Legislature convened to begin its work. With the elections behind us and the House under Republican leadership, we opened the session with a renewed sense of bipartisanship. Many suburban legislators, myself included, had high hopes for one particular bill that would inject some common-sense into a major concern of local city councils the Metropolitan Council. The Met Council is an unelected body that has the power to tax and spend over $1 billion every year and inject itself regularly into local government decisions. It has the authority to dictate (among other things) where new trains...
  • The Green-Card Racket for Beltway Cronies

    04/01/2015 5:00:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Can we stop putting America up for sale to the most politically connected bidders yet? Where is our self-respect? Since 2001, I've warned about the systemic and bipartisan corruption of America's EB-5 immigrant investor visa program. The latest report from the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general -- which outlines the meddling and pandering of No. 2 DHS official Alejandro Mayorkas, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, Democratic bagman Terry McAuliffe, Hillary Clinton's brother Tony Rodham, former Pennsylvania. Gov. Ed Rendell and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, to name a few -- provides yet more sordid evidence that the green cards-for-sale scheme...