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  • Dick Morris: Democrats Conspiring to Rig Electoral College, Law Passed in 9 States So Far

    04/15/2014 11:40:27 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 78 replies
    A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote. The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this law, sufficient to cast 270 votes which is the majority of the Electoral College, it will take effect. So far, nine states and the District of Columbia, casting 136 electoral votes, have joined. This is halfway to...
  • Republicans try to address ‘war on women’ with an army of young volunteers

    04/15/2014 2:56:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 14, 2014 | Nia-Malika Henderson
    In the Obama era, Democrats usually have had two big advantages over Republicans: women and volunteers. This year, Republicans are trying to change that, seeking to amass an army of young female volunteers who can carry the GOP message and counter the “war on women” rhetoric that has been so effective for Democrats. Fresh off a week in which Democrats made it clear that a key part of their midterm message will be equal pay, Republicans are set to begin their own efforts to woo women to the polls, focusing on counties that went blue in 2012 and could tip...
  • Census Survey Revisions Mask Health Law Effects

    04/15/2014 10:54:29 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 15, 2014 | By Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said. The changes are intended to improve the accuracy of the survey, being conducted this month in interviews with tens of thousands of households around the country. But the new questions are so different that the findings will not be comparable, the officials said. An internal Census Bureau document said that the...
  • Yellen signals more aggressive stance toward banks

    04/15/2014 1:03:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 15, 2014 2:53 PM EDT | Martin Crutsinger
    The Federal Reserve may be about to turn more aggressive in its regulation of the financial system. Fed Chair Janet Yellen suggested Tuesday that current regulatory rules might not be enough to prevent the kind of risk-taking that triggered the 2008 financial crisis and nearly toppled the entire banking system. She said the largest U.S. banks may need to hold additional capital to withstand periods of financial stress. Non-banks with deep reaches into the financial system might also need to meet tougher rules, she said. Such firms range from money market mutual funds to private equity and hedge funds. …
  • Trey Gowdy Believes Barack Obama Is Systematically Dismantling Our Nation’s Laws

    04/15/2014 12:22:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | April 14, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Earlier this week, Sen. Jeff Sessions said that the president was deliberately dismantling our law enforcement system. Megyn Kelly of Fox News asked Rep. Gowdy about that. Rep. Trey Gowdy, a former prosecutor, agrees with Sen. Sessions that the president is systematically dismantling the nation’s laws, but he believes it is to win elections not to pursue an agenda. They [the administration] do however fundamentally view their role differently, he added. Attorney General Eric Holder recently claimed that illegal immigration is a civil right, if that is so, Gowdy says, that is like saying you and I have the right...
  • Healthy Texas Economy Causes Surge in Housing Market

    04/15/2014 12:07:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Breitbart's Texas ^ | April 15, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    Housing markets have remained relatively weak in many areas of the U.S., with two notable exceptions: Washington, D.C. and Texas. Overwhelming evidence suggests that while the federal government, one of the nation's largest employers, is responsible for the ever-increasing housing demand in D.C.--the private marketplace is behind Texas' boom. The Lone Star State's pro-business environment, low taxes and reliable regulation have caused businesses to flock to the state. The result has been a bountiful job market, which draws individuals and families to Texas from around the world--many are eager to purchase homes upon arrival. Fresh statistics released by the federal...
  • Obama has Proposed 442 Tax Hikes Since Taking Office

    04/15/2014 5:37:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Atr.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | Max Velthoven,John Kartch,Ryan Ellis
    Since taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama has formally proposed a total of 442 tax increases, according to an Americans for Tax Reform analysis of Obama administration budgets for fiscal years 2010 through 2015.
  • Man Convicted in Illegal Ammo Case Says Gov’t Investigating His Taxes

    04/14/2014 8:34:34 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 13 replies
    FOX News Insider ^ | 4-14-14 | The Kelley File
    A man convicted of possessing illegal ammunition now says he is being investigated for his taxes. Last month, Mark Witaschek was convicted of possessing illegal ammunition over an inoperable shell, a legal gun holster and a box of antique bullets for a muzzle-loading rifle. The next day, Witaschek said authorities went to his office, asking for payroll documents and other information concerning his taxes. He said that nobody has officially talked to him or his representative yet.
  • Sharyl Attkisson: Team Obama is having "chilling effect" on media

    04/14/2014 8:19:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 14, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The Obama White House, for all its talk about openness and transparency, is hardly in the business of promoting openness and transparency in government — and is way worse when it comes to clamping down on the media than previous administrations, Sharyl Attkisson said.
  • If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?

    04/14/2014 6:13:21 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 209 replies
    The Week ^ | April 14, 2014
    Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists' improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of...
  • Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years

    04/14/2014 1:52:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 14, 2014 3:33 AM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday’s tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years. Budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the Internal Revenue Service’s ability to police tax returns. This year, the IRS will have fewer agents auditing returns than at any time since at least the 1980s. Taxpayer services are suffering, too, with millions of phone calls to the IRS going unanswered. “We keep going after the people who look like the worst of the bad guys,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in an interview. “But there are going...
  • [Flashback] No Intention To Question First Lady [Burwell went through Vince Foster's Trash]

    04/12/2014 3:36:36 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 26, 1995 | STEPHEN LABATON
    The chairman of the Senate committee investigating the Whitewater affair today ruled out calling Hillary Rodham Clinton as a witness unless strong evidence emerged of her involvement in the mishandling of papers from the office of a White House aide who committed suicide two years ago.(snip) The committee today began what will be weeks of intensive questioning of White House aides about whether Mrs. Clinton, in advance of investigators, had told officials to remove papers from the office of Vincent W. Foster Jr., her close friend and former law partner who was the deputy White House counsel at the time...
  • Obama's press secretary decorates home with Soviet propaganda

    04/11/2014 3:10:09 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 62 replies
    theweek.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and his family are featured in a worshipful profile in this month's Washingtonian magazine. It's the sort of adoring journalistic exercise reserved for only the most handsome of the power elite. In it you can find out details about the Carney dog (a cousin to presidential pooch Sonny!), and how much the press secretary's tie costs ($135). But keen observers may notice the kitchen decor in the photo: Soviet propaganda posters. They really are the perfect pop of color whether you are the dour and sincere Nikita Khrushchev or the cheeky press-wrangler for a...
  • BLM Rangers Brought in From Out of State for Nevada Ranch ‘Emergency’

    04/11/2014 11:23:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies
    http://freebeacon.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    They’re almost like a hired gun’. Armed Rangers were brought in from out of state by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to assist in security surrounding the Bundy Ranch, according to the family. A heated confrontation on Wednesday resulted in Cliven Bundy’s son Ammon being tasered by BLM officials and a 57-year-old protester being shoved to the ground. Stetsy Bundy Cox, Cliven’s daughter, told the Washington Free Beacon that some of the rangers had Oregon and California license plates. “You know, some of these guys don’t even know why they’re here,” she said. “A few people have talked to...
  • Divorce Beltway Style.. The Democratic breakup that exposes Washington’s rotten core

    04/11/2014 11:36:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 11, 2014 | Matthew Continetti
    how obscene wealth can be amassed through rent-seeking and influence-peddling in Washington D.C., and of the hoary means by which the princelings of the capital and their consorts maintain and grow that wealth. They tell stories not only of an ugly divorce, but of the power of lobbying, of how one family maneuvered to the center of the nation’s dominant political party, of the transactional relationships, gargantuan self-regard, and empty posturing that insulates, asbestos-like, the D.C. bubble. That the broken couple now uses the tools of their trade—the phone-call to a friend, the selective leaking of documents, the hiring of...
  • Nurses union plans to picket at Howard University Hospital after negotiations turn sour

    04/10/2014 4:13:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | 4/9/2014 | Tina Reed
    The D.C. Nurses Association plans to picket outside the entrance of Howard University Hospital on Thursday.The union claims Howard University and hospital officials are violating federal law in their negotiations to reduce the workforce, union leaders said in a statement Wednesday evening. The union, which represents more than 500 registered nurses, pharmacists, dieticians and social workers, is calling the job action an "informational picket."“DCNA is concerned that management’s failure to follow negotiated procedures after it made the decision to lay off registered nurses will result in unnecessary chaos within the hospital and will compromise the quality of care to patients,” the...
  • Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move!' takes over annual Easter Egg Roll --- again

    04/09/2014 7:50:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 8, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Exercise, and not colorful marshmallow Peeps, will be the focus of the 136th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll on April 21, the sixth year in a row that first lady Michelle Obama's fitness-first goal for kids has taken over the once sugar-filled event on the South Lawn.“The day's activities will encourage children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the first lady's Let's Move! initiative,” said the White House of their sixth roll, titled “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape.”In the past, administrations have given differing themes for the annual Easter Egg Roll. Former President George W. Bush,...
  • OY VEY: Obamacare Causes Spike in Small Group Premiums, Colorado’s Increase 29%

    04/09/2014 9:05:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | April 8, 2014
    News about the disastrous implementation of Obamacare has become so widespread that, to be honest, we’re having a hard time keeping up with all of it. We’ve written extensively about the canceled plans that failed to meet Obamacare coverage requirements, and we’ve written about how Sen. Mark Udall tried to cover it all up. Now, we’re seeing reports that if you weren’t one of the unlucky souls whose small group plan was cancelled because of Obamacare, your premiums have likely increased by 29 percent instead. Colorado is among the top ten states seeing the biggest increases in health insurance premiums...
  • Committee to DOJ: IRS Official Denied Conservative Groups ‘Due Process and Equal Protection’

    04/09/2014 12:14:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 9, 2014 - 2:43 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Lois Lerner, who was director of the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations Division, used her position in the IRS to deny conservative groups their constitutionally protected rights to due process and equal protection of the law, the House Ways and Means committee alleged today in what the committee called a “criminal referral letter” sent to Attorney General Eric Holder. The letter presents information the committee says “tends to show intentional wrongdoing, including targeting specific taxpayer groups for adverse treatment, making misleading statements to law enforcement, and the possible disclosure of confidential taxpayer information.” …
  • Rep. Petri (R-WI) Voted Twice in Favor of “Obama’s War on Coal”

    04/09/2014 9:16:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    media trackers ^ | April 07, 2014 | Brian Sikma
    The Wisconsin congressional district represented by Rep. Tom Petri (R) stands to lose nearly 2,000 jobs because of the Obama Administration’s “War on Coal,” but Petri has twice voted to let some of those more controversial – and burdensome – regulations stand. A nationwide analysis by the Heritage Foundation concludes that Wisconsin will lose an estimated 11,702 jobs thanks to Obama environmental regulations. The sixth district alone will lose more jobs than any other congressional district in the country the study concludes. ... Petri was the only Republican from Wisconsin to vote against suspending the rule. Voting with Petri was...
  • Inside the White House's New Combat-Era Transport

    04/09/2014 6:40:43 AM PDT · by hattend · 21 replies
    US News and World Reports ^ | April 8 2014 | Paul D. Shinkman
    SOMEWHERE OVER THE POTOMAC RIVER – A sharply painted hunter green MV-22 Osprey taxies up near a hangar at the sprawling Marine Corps Base Quantico in central coastal Virginia. It has been pouring down rain and the sky is a gray soup of fog. Yet in the time it takes to walk 100 yards to the awaiting hybrid aircraft, the slick, saturated tarmac beneath the massive idling propellers has become bone dry. It’s the first indication of the massive amounts of power employed by the Osprey – part helicopter, part airplane – that the passengers on this particular flight are...
  • How TV Censorship Works for Democrats

    04/09/2014 4:15:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    On April 1, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray was denied a second term, defeated in the primary by upstart city councilwoman Muriel Bowser. The beginning of the end came on March 10, when U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen struck a plea bargain with a wealthy businessman who confessed he'd spent $668,000 on an illegal "shadow campaign" to fund get-out-the-vote efforts that helped Gray win the mayoral office in 2010. So the corrupt mayor of America's most important city is thrown out. A political scandal? The same networks that were utterly breathless over the local story of Gov. Chris Christie's aides slowing traffic...
  • D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Proposes More Speed Cameras to Balance Budget [Commuter Tax Hike]

    04/08/2014 3:43:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | 4/7/2014 | tom sherwood
    More roadside speed cameras could be Washington D.C.'s future as Mayor Vincent Gray's new budget calls for the city to collect an additional $50 million in speeding fines over the coming year. One council member called it "gotcha" government. Gray said his budget is balanced in part by that steep rise in speed camera fines from more speed cameras on different streets at different times. The mayor's budget director said Motorists too often avoid permanent cameras, said the mayor’s budget director, Eric Goulet. “What you've found as residents, when the mayor goes out and when I’ve been at budget town...
  • Here’s the contempt resolution against Lois Lerner, plus an explainer

    04/08/2014 3:37:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/8/2014 | JOSH HICKS
    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday plans to vote on the resolution below to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before the panel.4-10-14 CONTEMPT REPORT.pdfLerner, who headed an IRS division that reviews tax-exemption applications, has twice invoked her Fifth Amendment right when asked to testify about the agencyÂ’s targeting of certain nonprofit advocacy groups for extra scrutiny based on their names and policy positions.The outcome of the upcoming contempt vote is all but assured for the Republican-controlled committee, which already determined in a party-line vote last year...
  • Ted Kennedy Jr. to run for Connecticut Senate

    04/07/2014 8:13:55 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 27 replies
    Bos Herald ^ | 4/7/14 | AP/Bos Herald
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Ted Kennedy Jr. is planning to run for the state Senate in Connecticut. Two people briefed on the decision say the son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts will announce Tuesday that he intends to seek the Democratic nomination for the state's 12th District. They spoke on condition of anonymity because Kennedy wants to make the announcement. Kennedy is a 52-year-old health care lawyer who lives in Branford, a coastal town outside New Haven, and has been mentioned as a possible political candidate for years. He had said last month he was considering...
  • You're Invited: D.C. Chapter's Annual Freep of White House Correspondents Dinner 5/03/14

    04/07/2014 6:22:43 PM PDT · by kristinn · 23 replies
    Monday, April 7, 2014 | Kristinn
    Jimmy Valentine's brother pays tribute to Doctor Raoul, WHCA Dinner 2013 It's that time of year again when the elite of Washington gather to party at the coolest high school prom for grown ups in the country: the White House Correspondents Dinner.As we have been doing since 1999, FReepers will gather outside to let the media know our opinion of their work.Yours truly, 2013, photo by Stratman1969This FReep is your chance to tell reporters, editors and media executives face to face how their reporting hurts or helps the country. You will also have the chance to tell politicians and politicos...
  • ‘Poison Spring’ details dirty EPA history (from treehugger POV)

    04/07/2014 11:21:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2014 1:56 PM EDT | Jennifer Kay
    E.G. Vallianatos’ complaints about the heavy influence that large corporations wield over the U.S. government and environmental policy won’t be news to anyone who follows the debates over genetically modified crops or the ingredients in popular cosmetics. What is surprising and depressing in “Poison Spring,” however, is when that influence began, especially over the regulation of pesticides. According to Vallianatos, even at the dawn of the Environmental Protection Agency, when Republicans and Democrats alike claimed to be green champions, corporations were working within the agency to undermine public health and safety and protect themselves, not the planet. …
  • Study: No connection between spending, student outcomes

    04/07/2014 6:59:57 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 24 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | April 7, 2014 | Rob Nikolewski
    SANTA FE, N.M. – For decades, it’s probably the most troublesome question facing education: Why are results for U.S. public school students so mediocre, despite the billions of taxpayer dollars spent? Andrew Coulson thinks he’s got the answer: Because there is no discernible correlation between spending and outcomes. “The takeaway from this study is that what we’ve done over the past 40 years hasn’t worked,” said Coulson, director of the Center For Educational Freedom at the CATO Institute. “The average performance change nationwide has declined 3 percent in mathematical and verbal skills. Moreover, there’s been no relationship, effectively, between spending...
  • Jeb Bush to Decide on 2016 by End of Year

    04/06/2014 2:41:45 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 106 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 04/06/14 | Erin Delmore
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will make a decision on whether he’ll enter the 2016 presidential race by the end of this year, he said during an interview on Fox News Channel Sunday during the 25th anniversary celebration of his father’s presidency in College Station, Texas. ... He said in the Fox News interview that illegal immigration is, for many people, an effort to provide for their families, and “not a felony.” “It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family,” Bush said. “I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime. There should...
  • WaPo's Kathleen Parker Suggests People with Southern Accents Not 'Smart' or 'Sophisticated'

    04/06/2014 3:23:19 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 83 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Apr 2014, 9:11 AM PDT | Pamela Key
    After NBC's "Meet The Press" host David Gregory ran an anti-ObamaCare ad targeting Sen. Mark Pryor from Arkansas featuring a couple with a southern accents questioning the confusing nature of the Affordable Care Act, Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker objected to Americans for Prosperity using people with southern accents in political ads running in Arkansas: "I think you could find someone who doesn't have a southern accent who is confused by this act," Parker said. "We always seem to find the character who seems a little countrified, who can't just fathom this. You know there there are plenty of smart...
  • Moran on Pay Hike: Lawmakers Would Get 114.6% More Than Average Fed Worker

    04/05/2014 9:00:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 4, 2014 - 1:01 PM | Penny Starr
    Representative Jim Moran (D-Va.) said on Monday that the $174,000 salary a member of Congress makes is not sufficient to live in the District of Columbia, even as he introduced legislation last month to raise the pay for federal workers by 3.3%—an increase that would provide a salary 114% less than the average made by lawmakers. “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran told CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity...
  • DC Water adopts Norway’s Cambi system for making power and fine fertilizer from sewage

    04/05/2014 6:59:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/5/2014 | Ashley Halsey III
    This is a topic that one must approach delicately so as not to offend the reader’s sensibilities, but since it is a matter of importance for which you may receive a bill for some portion of $470 million, we start out with an analogy. You need energy, so you eat. Through the miracle of digestion, your body sorts what you have eaten, say, a pastrami on rye with a glob of coleslaw and a dill pickle, and plucks out the nutrients — proteins, carbohydrates and sugars it needs to generate power. Then it jettisons the rest. What your body jettisons...
  • Why did the National Republican Congressional Committee Young Gun Program just endorse a RINO in...?

    04/05/2014 4:31:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    RedState ^ | April 1st, 2014 | NA
    Why did the National Republican Congressional Committee Young Gun Program just endorse a RINO in New Jersey?TEA Party conservative Steve Lonegan is fighting RINO unknown Tom MacArthur for the soul of the GOP in New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district.Liberal Republican Mayor Tom MacArthur of Randolph has a lot of money but not a lot of support. And so, like any former insurance company CEO with ties to AIG, he’s trying to buy it by bribing the local GOP county clubs in New Jersey’s third congressional district. MacArthur gave over $25,000 to the Ocean GOP County to buy the powerful organization’s...
  • Reid Chief of Staff Was a Comcast VP

    04/05/2014 7:37:23 AM PDT · by cutty · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 4, 2014
    Democratic members of Congress and the Obama administration have extensive ties to Comcast and Time-Warner, the two cable giants currently awaiting approval from the Federal Communications Commission on a $45 billion merger. One that has gone mostly overlooked: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D., Nev.) chief of staff, David Krone, is Comcast’s former senior vice president for corporate affairs. Krone moved from Comcast to Reid’s office in 2011 under ethically questionable circumstances,
  • Ready to Smirk: How Comcast bought the Democratic Party

    04/05/2014 7:27:41 AM PDT · by cutty · 44 replies
    Washington Free Beacon. ^ | April 4, 2014 | Matthew Continetti
    Comcast, which employs more than 100 lobbyists, spent almost $19 million last year on lobbying activities. Its president and CEO, Brian L. Roberts, is a golf buddy of President Obama’s, and a Democratic donor who has contributed thousands of dollars not only to the president’s campaigns, but also to the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the DNC Services Corporation, and to Steny Hoyer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Bob Casey. Roberts’ executive vice president, David Cohen, is a former aide to Democratic bigwig Ed Rendell. Cohen skirts lobbying regulations through loopholes, has raised more than $2 million for...
  • GOP push for immigration reform thwarted

    04/04/2014 1:14:23 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 4/4/14 | Ed O'Keefe and David Nakamura
    The head of the House Armed Services Committee dealt another blow to immigration reform efforts in the Republican-controlled House on Friday by deciding not to include in this year's defense policy bill GOP-written proposals that would permit undocumented immigrants to become legal U.S. residents if they serve in the military. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) speaks during a recent subcommittee hearing. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) speaks during a recent subcommittee hearing. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) The decision could cause considerable political trouble for Reps. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) and Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and other Republicans who represent districts with growing...
  • Moran: Members Can’t Afford to Live Decently in D.C. (Audio) (exempt RAT wants a raise)

    04/04/2014 2:52:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 4/03/14 | Hannah Hess
    Despite what constituents outside of Washington might think, members of Congress are underpaid, a House Legislative Branch appropriator suggested Thursday. Virginia Democrat James P. Moran said he plans to highlight the injustice by introducing an amendment to the Legislative Branch bill during its full committee markup, and at floor consideration of the bill. Moran made the comments while the bill that funds member’s $174,000 salaries was being marked up in the Legislative Branch subcommittee. “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran told CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that...
  • Top Senate Dems still short on gun control votes

    04/03/2014 1:08:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2014 3:55 PM EDT | Alan Fram
    Nearly a year after the Senate rejected an effort to expand background checks for gun buyers, top Senate Democrats said Thursday that they still lack the votes to successfully revisit the issue. A day after the latest shootings in Fort Hood in Texas, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters, “I would like to be able to bring it back up, but I need some more votes.” …
  • Obama Wants to Pay 33% More to U.N. and Other Int’l Groups

    04/02/2014 5:02:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 2, 2014 - 4:48 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    When U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday, the panel will consider a budget request for international organizations that is 33 percent bigger than last year’s, including a 43 percent hike in U.S. contributions to peacekeeping missions. […] As it has done for the past two years, the administration is asking Congress to waive legislative provisions making it unlawful for the U.S. to fund U.N. agencies that admit “Palestine.” …
  • Muriel Bowser defeats Gray in DC mayoral primary

    04/01/2014 10:19:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 2, 2014 12:54 AM EDT | Ben Nuckols
    Muriel Bowser won the District of Columbia’s Democratic mayoral primary Tuesday, defeating incumbent Vincent Gray in a race defined by a scandal involving Gray’s campaign four years ago. Bowser tapped into an electorate that tired of the allegations surrounding Gray. Five people who worked on the mayor’s 2010 campaign have pleaded guilty to felonies, and Bowser said the city needed a fresh start as the mayor faced potential criminal charges. Bowser, 41, is a D.C. councilmember and a protégé of former Mayor Adrian Fenty, whom Gray defeated in 2010. …
  • Maybe Bailing on Immigration Reform Actually Worked Out Well for Republicans

    04/01/2014 7:59:53 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 25 replies
    The Wire ^ | MAR 31, 2014 10:38AM ET / POLITICS | Allie Jones
    In June 2013, a bipartisan group of senators (including presidential hopeful Marco Rubio) passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that President Obama promised to sign. Since then, Republicans have worked hard to distance themselves from that bill — Rubio stopped talking about it altogether, and Speaker of the House John Boehner says he won't bring it to the House floor. Now many Latinos are so disillusioned that they don't want to vote at all, making Boehner and the gang's gamble all too worth it. The New York Times noted Sunday that "immigrant-rights advocates report mounting disillusionment with both parties among...
  • Gray, Bowser believed to be in close race (DC Mayor)

    04/01/2014 7:36:18 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1 April 2014 | By Paul Schwartzman and Aaron C. Davis
    After months of bitter campaigning, the race for the Democratic nomination for D.C. mayor ended at 8 p.m. Tuesday, with polls closing and voters deciding whether to grant scandal-tarred incumbent Vincent C. Gray the chance for another term. Early returns showed Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) with a 48 percent to 28 percent lead over Gray, with just 9,300 votes counted...
  • USDA to Grandparents: Read Government Bedtime Stories to Encourage Healthy Eating

    03/31/2014 2:37:08 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 31, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is giving advice to grandparents on how they can get their grandkids to eat healthier, including instructions to give them “hugs” instead of treats, and read government bedtime stories.
  • MILLER: Witaschek surrenders to D.C. police ‘Gun Offenders Registry’

    03/30/2014 5:48:01 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 35 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Mar 28, 2014 | Emily Miller
    MILLER: Witaschek surrenders to D.C. police ‘Gun Offenders Registry’ Businessman convicted of having unregistered muzzleloader bullets By Emily Miller The Washington Times Friday, March 28, 2014 Mark Witaschek never had a firearm in the District of Columbia, but he is now on the city’s Gun Offenders Registry. This bizarre case has drawn national attention because an upstanding citizen was tried and convicted of possessing unregistered ammunition for muzzleloader bullets, which are simply pieces of lead and copper. On Friday afternoon, I accompanied Mr. Witaschek and his wife, Bonnie, to Metropolitan Police Department headquarters to abide by the terms of his...
  • The Washington Times Announces Magazine for Black Conservatives

    03/28/2014 3:39:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    The Root ^ | March 28 2014 | BREANNA EDWARDS
    Conservative-leaning newspaper the Washington Times announced on Thursday that it will be launching a magazine specifically targeting black conservatives, FishbowlDC reports. The new magazine, called the American CurrentSee, will bring together big names in the black conservative world, including former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who will be publisher;
  • Al-Qaeda Magazine: Strike NY, DC with Car Bombs

    03/27/2014 11:10:23 PM PDT · by KittyKares · 14 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | March 19, 2014 | Lazar Berman
    America is al-Qaeda’s primary target for car bombs, specifically Washington, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, according to the latest issue of Inspire, a slick online English-language magazine published by the global terrorist organization.
  • Hobby Lobby provided emergency contraceptives before they opposed them

    03/27/2014 12:02:35 PM PDT · by shepardspie33 · 56 replies
    Red Dirt Report ^ | March 27, 2014 | Brian Woodward
    It is quite hard to take the claims by Hobby Lobby seriously. The main drugs in question in the case brought before the Supreme Court are the emergency contraceptives Plan-B and Ella. One huge problem with this situation is that up until 2012, Hobby Lobby provided them as part of their insurance plan. Only when they realized that Obamacare was going to mandate this coverage did they suddenly become interested in not providing these drugs. In their initial complaint to the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Hobby Lobby stated, “After learning about the current HHS...
  • How Matt Drudge (and Other Obamacare Victims) Can Escape the “Liberty Tax”

    03/27/2014 6:09:23 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    OpenMarket ^ | March 27, 2014 | John Berlau
    Matt Drudge’s widely discussed tweet that he has already paid Obamacare’s “liberty tax” highlights the uncertainties the self-employed face both from the health care law and the tax code in general. As pointed out by an editorial in Investor’s Business Daily, “self-employed entrepreneurs ranging from Drudge to small-shop proprietors and independent contractors have long been aware of the requirement to estimate their tax liability and send a quarter of it in every three months, and that this amount includes ‘other taxes’ such as the ObamaCare opt-out penalty.”
  • 63% of Federal Workers Earning $100K+ Are Men

    03/27/2014 1:05:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 26, 2014 - 4:58 PM | Ali Meyer
    Sixty-three percent of the federal civilian workers who earned an annual salary of $100,000 or more in 2013 were men, according to data from the Office of Personnel Management. An OPM database—FedScope—contains historical data on the federal civilian workforce going back to 1998. The database contains information about civilian federal workers employed by most Executive Branch agencies (excluding intelligence agencies, the White House, and the Office of the Vice President) and some Legislative Branch agencies. It does not include employees of the Judiciary Branch or congressional staff. …
  • Bombshell In WaPo/Keystone Scandal: Did the Post Coordinate With Congressional Democrats?

    03/26/2014 9:56:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Power Line ^ | March 26, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    A major development occurred today in the scandal surrounding the Washington Post’s attempt to advance Democratic Party talking points by falsely linking Koch Industries to the Keystone Pipeline. In the unlikely event that you are not already familiar with the story, you should begin by reading this post and this one, as well as the one from last October where I dismantled the International Forum on Globalization report that was the basis for the Washington Post’s story of March 20. The facts, very briefly, are these: Koch Industries has no interest in the Keystone Pipeline; it has not lobbied in...