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  • EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

    08/30/2014 1:34:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 7:32 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent. In its final recommendation in a 597-page report, the agency staff agrees with EPA’s outside scientific advisers that the 6-year-old standard for how much smog is allowed needs to be stricter, saying it will save a significant number of lives and cut hospital visits. An earlier version of the report came to a similar conclusion. Industry representatives criticized the recommendation as way too costly, while environmental activists hailed it as a public health measure. …
  • Pro-Amnesty Groups Sue U.S. Gov’t for Pushing Illegals through ‘Deportation Mill’

    08/29/2014 7:46:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 25, 2014 - 4:50 PM | Katherine Rodriguez
    The ACLU, the American Immigration Council and other pro-amnesty groups filed a lawsuit Friday against the federal government because they claim the Obama administration’s policies are unconstitutional. The groups filed on behalf of mothers and children deported from a detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico for policies that would ensure “rapid deportations” and create “countless hurdles” according to the ACLU for people who illegally crossed the border. …
  • James Carville: Romney Will Run Again in 2016

    08/29/2014 1:50:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 09:20 PM | Greg Richter
    Democratic strategist James Carville believes two-time presidential candidate Mitt Romney will go for a third try in 2016, even though the 2012 GOP nominee has said he won’t seek the nation’s top office again. “He’s run for president twice. I once noted that running for president was like having sex: No one did it once and forgot about it,” Carville said Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor.” …
  • FEMA denies Hawaii’s post-storm disaster request

    08/28/2014 11:33:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 12:02 AM EDT | Jennifer Sinco Kelleher
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday denied Hawaii’s request for a major disaster declaration after Tropical Storm Iselle. Iselle made landfall over the Big Island’s isolated and rural Puna region nearly three weeks ago, knocking down trees and power lines. FEMA denied the request because “it has been determined that the damage from this event was not of such severity and magnitude to go beyond the capabilities of the state, affected local governments and voluntary agencies,” the agency wrote to the state Thursday. …
  • ‘1984’ in 2014? Fed Gov’t Funds ‘Truthy’ Database to Monitor Hate Speech, Suspicious Memes

    08/28/2014 7:04:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 9:46 AM
    The federal government is spending close to $1 million of your money on an online tracking program that will supposedly search for so-called “hate speech” or “misinformation” on Twitter. On Fox and Friends, Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. brought us more details on the “Truthy” database, which intends to monitor suspicious Internet memes as well as false or misleading ideas spreading around social media. […] The Indiana professor who is leading the project, Filippo Menczer, had previously identified a list of hashtags that he believed fell under the categories of “far right” and “polarizing.” Among those that he...
  • Sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect charged with making bomb threat

    08/28/2014 1:27:30 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu August 28, 2014 | Rande Laboni
    The sister of the Boston marathon bombing suspect was arrested in New York City Wednesday for allegedly making a bomb threat, police said. Ailina Tsarnaev, 24, sister of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was charged with aggravated harassment after a bomb threat was made by phone to another woman on Monday. The recipient -- whose name was not released -- notified police of the threat, according to NYPD Lt. John Grimpel. Ailina Tsarnaev, a resident of North Bergen, New Jersey, turned herself in to authorities on Wednesday.
  • Chinese-made U.S. military coins should be outlawed, Stilp says

    08/27/2014 3:18:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    PennLive ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jan Murphy
    Learning that U.S. Navy commissioning coins were made in China is more than Middle Paxton Twp. resident Gene Stilp can tolerate. The citizen activist doesn't like seeing the "Made in China" label on any product, knowing it signals the continued erosion of America's manufacturing base. But having the United States military buying Chinese-made commemorative coins is an insult to those who wear its uniforms, he said. On Monday, Stilp asked U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., to push for a federal law barring any branch of the military from buying collectible coins minted outside the nation's borders. The Democratic state House...
  • Bill Gates, wife donate $1 million to gun control group

    08/26/2014 6:37:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies
    ap ^ | August 25, 2014
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales, bringing the total amount the campaign has brought in up to nearly $6 million. ... The large donation comes on the heels of fellow Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s $500,000 donation earlier this month. Also last week, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer donated an additional $1 million, bring his total donation to the campaign to nearly $1.4 million.
  • Driverless vehicles? Even in D.C. streets? An autonomous car takes a capital test run.

    08/26/2014 9:20:27 AM PDT · by shove_it · 19 replies
    WaPo ^ | 25 Aug 2014 | Ashley Halsey III
    Driverless cars are coming. And those of us who drive in Washington know that the city offers its own particular version of driver hell. What we don’t know is what will happen when the autocar finds itself in that hell. So we set out on a summer afternoon to see how a driverless car could do on the streets of the nation’s capital. The little car is tootling around Washington — pretty much on its own — when a police officer bolts into the road ahead of it, almost within spitting distance of the Capitol dome. What is the cop...
  • British Embassy holds a party to commemorate anniversary of the burning of the White House

    08/25/2014 4:03:59 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 August 2014 | Tom Mctague, Mailonline Deputy Political Editor
    British diplomats in the US have been forced to apologise after revealing they were hosting a party to celebrate the anniversary of the burning of the White House. The British Embassy in Washington held a ‘White House barbeque’ yesterday to mark the two hundredth anniversary of Britain capturing the US capital and setting fire to the President’s iconic address. The Embassy even sent a message on Twitter from its official account with a photograph of a White House cake, flanked by British and American flags and surrounded by sparkler fireworks.
  • Robert Ross: The NI man who started the White House fire 200 years ago

    08/25/2014 2:05:27 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24th August 2014 | Claire Graham
    'Sunday marks the 200th anniversary of the Burning of Washington, and the instrumental role played by a County Down man. British Army Maj Gen Robert Ross, from Rostrevor, will forever be remembered as the man who burned down the White House. The Burning of Washington took place in 1814, during the War of 1812 between British forces and the United States of America. The major general led the troops who set alight public buildings including the Capitol, Washington Navy Yard and, most infamously, the President's Mansion. One eyewitness testified to Ross personally being involved in the piling up of furniture...
  • D.C.’s darkest day, a war that no one remembers

    08/24/2014 8:55:41 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-24-14 | Joel Achenbach
    On Aug. 24, 1814, the British started a fire — and ultimately kindled a capital’s future. The day began like so many days in Washington, with a painfully long meeting marked by confusion, misinformation and indecision. The British were coming. They were on the march in the general direction of Washington. The precise target of the invaders remained unclear, but their intentions were surely malign. James Madison, the fourth president of these young United States, had raced to a private home near the Navy Yard for an emergency war council with top generals and members of his Cabinet. The secretary...
  • President Jimmy Carter to be keynote speaker at Muslim convention in Detroit

    08/23/2014 7:07:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 75 replies
    Toledo Blade ^ | 8/23/2014 | TK BARGER
    The Islamic Society of North America or ISNA, the nation's largest Muslim group, will hold its 51st annual convention in Detroit's Cobo Center Friday through Sept. 1, and will feature former President Jimmy Carter as the keynote speaker. ... A “secret special guest” is also on the bill. The convention‘‍s opening session Friday will include words from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, the national leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim member of Congress,
  • Soros, Steyer Spend Big in Bid to Rescue Democrats' Majority

    08/22/2014 5:27:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 22, 2014 | Scott Bland and Adam Wollner
    George Soros gave $500,000 apiece to House Majority PAC and the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund. Climate-change activist Tom Steyer gave the biggest super PAC donation in July with $7.5 million. Super PACs spent July beefing up for the fall campaign. Many groups filed new disclosure reports this week, leaving a paper trail littered with big checks from big names. Democrats dominate the list of notable July donors ... Michael Bloomberg is staying plenty active in his post-mayoral days. Aside from funding his gun-control-focused super PAC, Bloomberg has written checks to Senate Majority PAC and super PACs that backed...
  • Washington Post editorials will no longer use ‘Redskins’ for the local NFL team

    08/22/2014 1:22:31 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 73 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 22, 2014 | Editorial Board
    THIS PAGE has for many years urged the local football team to change its name. The term “Redskins,” we wrote in 1992, “is really pretty offensive.” The team owner then, Jack Kent Cooke, disagreed, and the owner now, Daniel M. Snyder, disagrees, too. But the matter seems clearer to us now than ever, and while we wait for the National Football League to catch up with thoughtful opinion and common decency, we have decided that, except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves. That’s the standard we apply to all offensive...
  • 'Washington Post' editorial board stops using Redskins name

    08/22/2014 12:26:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | August 22, 2014 | Will Brinson
    More and more we're hearing about various members of the media ceasing to use the name "Redskins." In perhaps the biggest deal yet, the Washington Post announced Friday the editorial board would cease using the team's nickname. "While we wait for the NFL to catch up with public opinion and common decency we have decided not to use the slur ourselves except when it is essential for clarity or effect," said a statement on the paper's own site. Worth noting: this doesn't affect the actual paper. The news-gathering side of the business can -- and will as we understand it...
  • Rev Wright’s daughter Jeri Wright’s indictment was a quiet affair

    08/21/2014 5:09:20 PM PDT · by GilGil · 7 replies
    Syndictated News ^ | 7/7/2014 | syndictated news
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Former Country Club Hills, Ill., police chief Regina R. Evans, 50, pled guilty to charges of fraud related to a $1.25 million state grant awarded in 2009 to We Are Our Brother’s Keeper, a not-for-profit program that Evans owned with her husband, Ronald W. Evans, Jr. Regina Evans appeared before U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough and entered an open plea of guilty to the following charges: conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering (one count); wire fraud (three counts); and money laundering (seven counts.) There is no plea agreement between the government and Evans.
  • ‘K-I-L-L-I-N-G’ [Georgetown professor and son of terror conspirator compares Israel to ISIL]

    08/21/2014 1:39:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/21/2014 | Adam Kredo
    A Georgetown University professor whose father pled guilty to terrorism charges is facing criticism for comparing Israel to the terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) on Twitter.Georgetown University History Professor Abdullah Al-Arian, the son of Sami Al-Arian, a controversial Israel critic who pled guilty to conspiring with a terror group, tweeted out his take on a common nursery rhyme by comparing Israel to the terror group ISIL, which recently beheaded an American journalist on film.Al-Arian quickly deleted the tweet, but not before a screenshot was taken and retweeted by the Washington Free Beacon. Critics immediately...
  • Pelosi’s home city exempted from water restrictions imposed on rural farmers

    08/21/2014 11:34:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    The Endangered Species Act has wreaked havoc for decades on rural communities, but a newly filed lawsuit could force San Francisco urbanites like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to share their pain. A federal complaint filed this week contends that the Hetch Hetchy Project, which supplies water to San Francisco and the Bay Area, has unfairly enjoyed an exemption from the “severe cutbacks” required in rural California in order to save endangered fish species. Craig Manson, who heads the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy and Reliability (CESAR) in Fresno, said the lawsuit is aimed at addressing the “double standard” that...
  • Judge: Justice Dept must provide list of documents (Fast and Furious)

    08/21/2014 3:36:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 20, 2014 8:19 PM EDT | Pete Yost
    A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious. In a court proceeding Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set an Oct. 1 deadline for producing the list to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Justice Department says the documents should remain confidential and President Barack Obama has invoked executive privilege in an effort to protect them from public disclosure. …
  • Two influential TV announcers say they won't use 'Redskins' name on NFL telecasts

    08/19/2014 4:03:14 PM PDT · by mykroar · 80 replies
    WJLA ^ | 8/19/2014 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Two influential NFL voices - including CBS lead analyst Phil Simms, who will handle Washington's Week 4 game - said Monday they likely won't use the term "Redskins" when discussing the franchise. "My very first thought is it will be Washington the whole game," Simms told The Associated Press on Monday. Simms will work the Thursday night package the network acquired this season and will have Giants-Redskins on Sept. 25. He isn't taking sides in the debate over whether Washington's nickname is offensive or racist. But he says he is sensitive to the complaints about the name,...
  • Shrinking Government and Seeing a Shrink

    08/19/2014 10:40:45 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8/18/14 | Richard Fernandez
    The National Treasury Employees Union has a PDF document on its website which shows why any attempt to shrink the government is foredoomed. ”The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) is an independent labor union representing approximately 150,000 employees of 30 agencies of the United States government. The union specializes in representation of non-supervisory federal employees in every classification and pay level in civilian agencies.” The document urges NTEU members to oppose a list of “bad bills” now before congress. Here is the list of “bad bills” verbatim. LEGISLATION PROPOSING REDUCTIONS IN PAY, BENEFITS AND THE SIZE OF THE WORKFORCE H.R....
  • Redskins Run Onto Field Before Game with Hands Up for Michael Brown

    08/19/2014 7:06:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 149 replies
    washington.cbslocal.com ^ | 8/19/2014 | unknown
    From nearly 1,000 miles away, several Redskins players used the Monday Night Football stage to draw attention to the situation that has been unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri by running onto FedExField with their hands up in the air.
  • Fans unapologetically sing ‘Hail to the Redskins’ during pre-season game

    08/19/2014 2:32:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    twitchy ^ | 8/19/14
    Phil Simms may have self censored himself from saying the name “Redskins” but fans show no signs of abandoning the name.Link to song:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPVfFzbRuc4&feature=youtu.be
  • Trampling on Coal Country Families

    08/16/2014 11:50:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash America’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and “fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. He’s proud that...
  • Christie ‘thinking about’ 2016 bid

    08/15/2014 11:11:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 15, 2014, 01:26 pm | Jesse Byrnes
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told an Ocean City, Md., town hall Thursday that he was considering running for president in 2016. “I’m thinking about it,” Christie said in response to a question from a local supporter, according to The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J. “It is an enormous decision to make not only for me, but my family,” Christie said, according to the newspaper, saying he would make his decision “probably by the end of this year or the beginning of next.” …
  • Obama: ‘Police Should Not Be Bullying or Arresting Journalists’

    08/15/2014 3:17:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 14, 2014 - 1:52 PM | Melanie Hunter
    In a press conference Thursday, President Barack Obama commented on the fallout of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson, Mo., police, saying there was “no excuse for violence against police,” the use of “excessive force against peaceful protests” or for police to bully or arrest journalists “just trying to do their jobs.” “There is never an excuse for violence against police or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting. There’s also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests or to throw protesters in jail...
  • Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

    08/15/2014 2:41:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 14, 2014 9:44 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    A Democratic congressman plans to introduce a bill to restrict a Defense Department program that provides machine guns and other surplus military equipment for free to local law enforcement agencies across the country. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said Thursday that the death of an unarmed teenager who was shot by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb highlights the need for the legislation, which has been in the works for months. The bill comes as members of Congress have called for the Justice Department to investigate the shooting of a black teen by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo....
  • Poll: Most Americans Disapprove of Obama’s Israel Policy

    08/15/2014 1:43:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 8/15/2014, 8:37 AM | Tova Dvorin
    The great majority of Americans reject US President Barack Obama’s policies on Israel, according to a recent poll. The poll, which studied the telephoned responses of over 1,000 random US voters, was conducted by Fox News. Fifty-four percent (54%) of respondents noted their disapproval of Obama’s policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, whereas just 30% approved. The responses showed deep divides between Republicans and Democrats, White and Black Americans, as well as different age brackets. Among Republicans, 74% disapproved of Obama’s policies toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, compared to just 34% of Democrats; 59% of White Americans gave Obama a low approval...
  • Why is Obama returning to Washington?

    08/13/2014 9:24:12 PM PDT · by upchuck · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama won't make any major announcements on immigration reform during his secretive mid-vacation trip back to Washington next week, the White House said Wednesday. The president is expected to return to the White House on Sunday, but officials won't say why Obama is taking the unusual, and costly, trip back to Washington. He's expected to return to Martha's Vineyard, where he's been vacationing, on Tuesday. Speculation has circled around whether Obama might make an announcement of executive actions he's taking on immigration reform, or a surprise visit from a foreign leader. But the White House is "not anticipating a...
  • DC police officer shot wounded; search for gunman

    08/13/2014 3:21:50 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 8/13/14
    Police are searching for a gunman who shot and wounded a District of Columbia police officer.
  • D.C. news crew robbed while reporting on "sketchy" neighborhoods

    08/11/2014 8:01:16 PM PDT · by dennisw · 25 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 10, 2014, 10:39 AM | CBS News
    Sometimes - but not always - news reporters get exactly what they are looking for when covering a story. For one news crew from CBS News affiliate WUSA in Washington, D.C., they got a little more. The news crew's vehicle was burglarized while they were working on a story about a controversial app that alerts people to "sketchy" neighborhoods, WUSA reports. The crew had locked their news van on a street in Petworth in Northwest, D.C. while they were out in the neighborhood conducting interviews. When they returned they found the lock had been popped out of the door of...
  • What Taxpayers Pay When Eric Holder Uses Government Jets For Personal Trips

    08/11/2014 8:37:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    the daily caller ^ | 8/11/14 | Alex Pappas
    On a pleasant Saturday this summer, Eric Holder, his daughters, their boyfriends and two security officers boarded a government-owned Gulfstream and jetted off to New York for the Belmont Stakes Thoroughbred horse race. Even for personal trips like this, the attorney general doesn’t fly commercial. For security reasons, Holder — like other top government officials — flies a government plane, though is required to reimburse taxpayers for airfare. According to records obtained by The Daily Caller through a Freedom of Information Act request, Holder is getting pretty good deal here — especially when he flies a government-owned Gulfstream V jet....
  • They Went Looking For D.C.’s ‘Sketchy’ Neighborhoods. Guess What Happened Next.

    08/11/2014 6:48:07 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 39 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/11/2014 | Zach Noble
    A WUSA-TV news van was burglarized in Washington, D.C., Friday while the news crew was interviewing locals nearby, the station reported. The robbery happened as they were reporting about a “sketchy neighborhood” app. The crew said they had locked their van in D.C.’s Petworth neighborhood, but someone popped the lock and absconded with “the gear of photojournalist James Hash, the backpack of reporter Mola Lenghi, and the purse of intern Taylor Bisciotti.”[snip]
  • ISIS Supporters Flash Islamic Flag in Front of White House – Threaten America

    08/11/2014 12:49:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 9, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    A photo posted to Twitter on Saturday by a supporter of the terrorist group the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) shows a cellphone screen with a large image of the black flag of jihad being held up so the White House is seen in the background. The Twitter account @mhajr93 posted the image.The undated photo was taken at night from the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the White House. The brightly lit North Portico is clearly seen in the background of the photo. Alongside the photo was the propaganda message, “we are here #America near our #target :) sooooooooooooon”. The...
  • State Department hires company to prep officials for congressional grillings

    08/09/2014 7:31:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 09, 2014 | (With AP)
    The State Department has reportedly approved a contract worth up to $545,000 to help train department officials to effectively testify at congressional hearings after a series of poor performances. The Washington Times reports that the department has hired a company called AMTIS, Inc. to train staffers to effectively speak with lawmakers and testify at congressional hearings. […] The reported contract followed a series of embarrassments for the department at congressional hearings. …
  • Hawaii Dems face tough battles for gov, Senate

    08/09/2014 5:24:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 9, 2014 3:32 AM EDT | Cathy Bussewitz
    As the final days of campaigning drew to a close in Hawaii’s dramatic primary races, a pair of hurricanes thrashed toward the islands. The storms posed considerable risk, but for Gov. Neil Abercrombie, they also represented an opportunity to cast himself as a steady leader with a strong emotional connection to people in the state. […] … The incumbent governor faces a surprisingly strong challenge from a fellow Democrat and early voting was heavily encouraged. It’s not the only race splitting the Democratic Party establishment. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is challenging U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz to determine who will fill the...
  • Hawaii Dems face tough battles for gov, Senate

    08/09/2014 5:24:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 9, 2014 3:32 AM EDT | Cathy Bussewitz
    As the final days of campaigning drew to a close in Hawaii’s dramatic primary races, a pair of hurricanes thrashed toward the islands. The storms posed considerable risk, but for Gov. Neil Abercrombie, they also represented an opportunity to cast himself as a steady leader with a strong emotional connection to people in the state. […] … The incumbent governor faces a surprisingly strong challenge from a fellow Democrat and early voting was heavily encouraged. It’s not the only race splitting the Democratic Party establishment. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is challenging U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz to determine who will fill the...
  • Death of James Brady, Reagan press secretary, ruled a homicide

    08/08/2014 5:09:09 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 57 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 8/8/14 | ap
    A medical examiner has ruled the recent death of former White House press secretary James Brady, who was wounded in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, a homicide, raising the possibility John Hinckley Jr. could be charged with murder. Members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the United States Attorney’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are reviewing the case, according to a police press release issued Friday.
  • James Brady's Death Was a Homicide, Medical Examiner Rules

    08/08/2014 3:28:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    WRC-TV ^ | August 8, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The death of James Brady -- President Ronald Reagan's press secretary who was wounded in the attempt on Reagan's life in March 1981 -- was a homicide, the medical examiner for the Northern District of Virginia ruled Friday. The medical examiner said Brady died as a result of the grievous injuries he suffered 33 years ago, which means that gunman John Hinckley Jr. could be charged with Brady's murder. Brady was 73 when he died earlier this week. He had been partially paralyzed and in a wheelchair since the assassination attempt, and his speech was slurred. He used his own...
  • Jenkins: 352 bills are sitting on Harry Reid's desk, awaiting action

    08/07/2014 1:15:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins ^ | July 29th, 2014 | Lynn Jenkins
    At the weekly press conference with Republican leaders Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (KS-02) discussed the 352 bills – 98% which passed with bipartisan support in the House – that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refuses to bring up for a vote ... “The President is fond of referring to the House as the “Do-Nothing Congress.” But we have 352 reasons why it’s a “Do-Nothing Senate.” 352 bills are sitting on Harry Reid’s desk, awaiting action. 98% of them passed with bipartisan support. Republicans and Democrats working together to pass legislation. 50% of the bills passed unanimously, with no opposition. 70% of...
  • Washington DC from murder capital to boomtown

    08/06/2014 9:24:00 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6 August 2014 | Aidan Lewis and Bill McKenna
    A quarter of a century ago, Washington DC had a fearsome reputation for crack abuse and rampant gun violence - it was the "murder capital" of the US. But now, once-blighted neighbourhoods close to the centre of the capital are thriving. When Ruben Castaneda moved to the US capital in 1989 to take up a job with the Washington Post, he was struck by how easy it was to score crack. Days after arriving in the city, he was taken to S Street Northwest by a "strawberry" - a streetwalker who offered sex in return for drugs. "The moment she...
  • Obama Administration Advances Gay Agenda at African Leaders Summit

    08/06/2014 6:07:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 6, 2014 - 4:16 PM | Penny Starr
    The president, vice president and a former State Department official with the Obama administration took advantage of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit this week in Washington, D.C., as an opportunity to advance the homosexual rights agenda. “Despite the focus and emphasis on these issues, the United States has remained committed to its principles of strengthening and promoting democratic institutions, encouraging good governance and accountability and also promoting good human rights, including respect for the LBG [lesbian, bisexual, gay] communities across Africa,” Johnnie Carson, former assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under Hillary Clinton and senior adviser at the U.S. Institute...
  • Gun Control in Action: Amtrak Safety Video Suggests Throwing Duffel Bag at Gunman for Protection

    08/06/2014 8:45:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    TownHall ^ | August 6, 2014 | Cortney O’Brien
    I was waiting in line for my train to New York at Washington, DC’s Union Station. […] On the TVs was this safety initiative released last year, which describes what to do if confronted by a gunman in the train station. The video’s three suggestions were as follows: Take FlightTake CoverTake ActionIt was the third option that caught my attention. As opposed to fleeing the scene or hiding, “Take Action” suggested you take matters into your own hands to try and “disrupt” or “incapacitate” the intruder. In the video clip associated with “Take Action,” a woman and a gentleman are...
  • Rather: Americans Need To Accept Not Obama's Fault For US Influence Decline

    08/06/2014 4:12:23 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 30 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 6, 2014 | Breitbart TV
    On CNN on Tuesday, former CBS "Evening News" anchor Dan Rather was asked about President Barack Obama's critics complaining he is not using his influence around the world to quell ongoing international crises.
  • Michigan GOP US House incumbent loses primary

    08/05/2014 10:57:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 6, 2014 12:58 AM EDT
    Republican U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, considered by some to be an “accidental” congressman, was easily defeated Tuesday in a Michigan district and became the third U.S. House incumbent to lose his seat this year. Lawyer and businessman David Trott, 53, who contributed nearly $2.5 million of his own money to his campaign, will face Democrat Bobby McKenzie, a counterterrorism expert, in the November general election to represent the 11th congressional district covering a swath of Detroit’s western and northern suburbs. …
  • Amid border crisis debate, many new immigrants land in D.C. area

    08/04/2014 11:50:00 PM PDT · by blueplum · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 4, 2014 07:00am | Richard Simon
    :snip: The Washington, D.C., region is drawing a number of the children caught illegally crossing the border because it is home to an estimated 165,000 Salvadoran immigrants, the nation's second-largest population after the Los Angeles area's 275,000, according to the Migration Policy Institute. The capital region had 42,000 immigrants from Guatemala and 30,000 from Honduras. The Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families reports that 2,234 unaccompanied minors were released to sponsors in Virginia between Jan. 1 and July 7, ranking the state fifth after Texas, New York, Florida and California. :snip: Arminda, like a number...
  • Americans Got $2 Trillion in Benefits from Federal Government in 2013

    08/04/2014 8:07:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 4, 2014 - 4:53 PM | Ali Meyer
    The federal government paid $2,007,358,200,000 in benefits and entitlements in fiscal year 2013 from government programs, according to data from the Bureau of the Fiscal Service’s Monthly Treasury Statement. The treasury statement summarizes the financial activities of the federal government, including data on government receipts, outlays, and surplus and deficit totals. The September 2013 monthly treasury statement calculates these metrics for the entire fiscal year of 2013, which began on October 1, 2012 and ended on September 30, 2013. According to the statement, the federal government’s total outlays, otherwise known as spending, for means-tested and non-means tested government programs—not including...
  • Africa summit begins in Washington despite Ebola fears, visitors face screening

    08/04/2014 11:19:16 AM PDT · by mojito · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/4/2014 | Unattributed
    The White House was forging ahead Monday with a three-day Washington summit inviting delegations from nearly 50 African countries, despite growing fears about the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Administration officials say they are taking additional precautions to screen visitors for the disease in both Africa and the United States. Despite some leaders canceling plans to attend due to the outbreak, President Obama made clear last week that the summit would go on. "It is going to be an unprecedented gathering of African leaders," Obama said Friday. The high-profile summit in the nation's capital is meant to tackle issues...
  • Democratic activists were behind controversial Klan ads in Mississippi

    08/04/2014 9:41:04 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 16 replies
    A Democratic activist has claimed responsibility for controversial radio ads that attempted to tie Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel to the Ku Klux Klan. Harris’ claim counters charges leveled by the McDaniel campaign that the Republican Establishment and GOP operative Henry Barbour were responsible for the ads.