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  • Kevin McCarthy’s implosion signals a full-blown Republican revolution

    10/08/2015 12:48:09 PM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 149 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/8/15 | Chris Cillizza
    <p>McCarthy's demise comes hard on the heels of Boehner bowing out of the speakership as a sort of human sacrifice to the tea party right. And it happens as Donald Trump is in the midst of his fourth consecutive month as the Republican front-runner for the party's presidential nomination -- and with Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, two other people who have never held elected office before, running in second and third place, respectively.</p>
  • Josh Earnest: Next Speaker Needs To "Tame The Forces" Of "Extreme Ideologues"

    10/08/2015 1:53:24 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 53 replies ^ | October 8, 2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday, commenting on the news that House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has dropped out of the race to become speaker, press secretary Josh Earnest said the next speaker will have to, “tame the forces” of the “extreme ideologues” in the Republican Party.
  • House conservatives spurn McCarthy, flex muscle ahead of speaker vote

    10/08/2015 3:47:49 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 7, 2015 | Mike DeBonis
    A group of hard-line conservatives threatened to upend the Republican race to succeed outgoing House Speaker John A. Boehner, announcing on Wednesday it will throw its support behind a little-known Florida lawmaker to become the next speaker. The House Freedom Caucus’s backing of Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) ahead of a crucial internal party vote Thursday deeply complicates Majority Leader Kevin O. McCarthy’s bid to succeed Boehner. The group counts enough members — about 40 — to deny McCarthy the majority of the whole House he would need to claim the speaker’s chair. But in an opening for the California Republican,...
  • Obama Squeezes Republicans’ Throats on Defense Spending

    10/07/2015 5:35:17 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Oct 2015 | by Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, the Obama administration announced that President Obama would veto a defense authorization bill if it did not close down Guantanamo Bay. White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained that the House funding bill would be vetoed “principally because…of the irresponsible way that it funds our national defense priorities, but also because of the efforts to prevent the closure [of] the prison at Guantanamo Bay.” He added that Democrats would sustain Obama’s veto, and defense authorization would die.
  • Unbeknownst to Clinton, IT firm had emails stored on cloud; now in FBI’s hands

    10/07/2015 2:55:58 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 114 replies
    McClatchy ^ | October 6, 2015 | By Greg Gordon and Anita Kumar
    WASHINGTON A Connecticut company, which backed up Hillary Clinton‘s emails at the request of a Colorado firm, apparently surprised her aides by storing the emails on a “cloud” storage system designed to optimize data recovery. The firm, Datto Inc., said Wednesday that it turned over the contents of its storage to the FBI on Tuesday. A Republican Senate committee chairman, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, also has asked the firm to provide the committee copies of any data from Clinton’s account still in its possession. There were conflicting accounts as to whether the developments could lead to retrieval of any of...
  • Donald Trump has spent only $2 million on his entire campaign. That’s brilliant.

    10/07/2015 6:58:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | By Chris Cillizza October 6, 2015 at 3:58 PM | Chris Cillizza
    MSNBC reported Tuesday morning that aides to Donald Trump estimate that the real estate mogul has spent roughly $2 million on his 2016 presidential campaign to date. That's consistent with a Wall Street Journal report from over the summer that Trump had loaned his campaign $1.8 million and raised another $100,000 for the effort. That's stunning. And brilliant. Trump has been the dominant force in the Republican presidential race for, at least, the past four months. (He officially became a candidate June 16.) On any given Sunday, he is appearing on or phoning into some -- if not all --...
  • Washington Post: Trump supporters have the worst Facebook grammar

    10/07/2015 8:57:48 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 116 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10-7-2015 | Justin Wm. Moyer
    Searching comments on presidential candidates’ Facebook pages in search of grammatical errors, typos, misplaced or missing apostrophes, unnecessary capital letters and redundant exclamation points bears fruit in seconds: Amid this flawed, headache-inducing verbiage, there is a pattern. So says Grammarly, a private, San Francisco-based company behind what’s billed as “the world’s leading automated proofreader.” The company analyzed comments on 19 presidential candidates’ Facebook pages and found that: 1) supporters of Republican candidates make more mistakes than supporters of Democrats; 2) supporters of Republican candidates use fewer unique words than supporters of Democrats; and 3) Donald Trump supporters made the most...
  • McCarthy’s pledge to conservatives: ‘I’m not John Boehner’

    10/07/2015 9:43:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 7, 2015 12:19 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is making a promise to conservative Republican lawmakers—“I’m not John Boehner”—as he seeks their support to replace Boehner as speaker. […] “I think McCarthy’s pitch was ‘I’m not John Boehner, I’m going to run things differently, I’m my own man,’” said Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas. “And I think that’s a case that he does have to make. One of the things I hear all the time from my constituents back in Texas is we don’t want John Boehner 2.0.” …
  • The GOPe Plan If You Remove Donald Trump….

    10/07/2015 3:58:32 AM PDT · by dontreadthis · 42 replies
    the conservative treehouse ^ | October 7, 2015 | sundance
    As the weeks go by it is becoming increasingly apparent that a profound disconnect exists amid a very large portion of the current year electorate regarding the goals and objectives of the apparatus we call the GOPe. The group within the Republican party apparatus affectionately known as the “establishment”, or GOPe, does not now – nor do they ever – consider the progressive side of the political continuum, Democrats, as their enemy. The enemy of the GOPe is the conservative base within the republican party. f the GOPe lose a presidential election to a progressive democrat nothing amid their sphere...
  • Donald Trump defends his vocal support for eminent domain: ‘I think it’s a wonderful thing’

    10/06/2015 5:48:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 303 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/06/2015 | By Jenna Johnson
    Even though it's a stance not especially popular with some Republicans, Donald Trump continued to support eminent domain in an interview on Tuesday, calling it "a wonderful thing" that has unfairly received a bad rap.Trump, a billionaire known for his major real estate development projects, described eminent domain as a useful tool that local governments can use to prevent greedy homeowners from derailing major projects that could create thousands of jobs or provide a public good. Trump said that some conservatives don't fully understand how eminent domain works and don't realize that homeowners are usually paid "four, five, six, ten...
  • NYT Has Hillary Fundraiser, Fined CEO Steven Rattner Writing About Fiorina

    10/06/2015 9:19:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 27 Sep 2015 | Greg Richter
    Steven Rattner, a fundraiser for Democrat Hillary Clinton and someone who was fined by the SEC, has a column criticizing Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina in The New York Times titled "Carly Fiorina Really Was That Bad." ... "Not mentioned by the Times is the fact Rattner was once President Obama‘s 'Car Czar' back during the Cash-for-Clunkers days. He’s also a major fundraiser for (drumroll…) Hillary Clinton." Rattner also paid $10 million in fines to the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2010 for alleged involvement in a New York State pension fund scandal. ... What’s next, Grey Lady? Can we...
  • A Textbook Case on Organized Internet Lynching ( by Senator Elizabeth Warren )

    10/05/2015 4:15:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Points and Figures ^ | October 5th, 2015 | Jeff Carter
    One of the dangers of the the social internet is the potential to destroy someone. We have seen it with liberals attacking conservatives over issues. But, rarely have we seen it when one group attacks itself. The Wall Street Journal has an editorial today about how a person at the Brookings Institution think tank was deliberately attacked by Senator Elizabeth Warren. What’s pretty clear is that it was organized behind the scenes and launched. It wasn’t random. You might have read about thought police in science fiction. They aren’t science fiction anymore. What was his crime? Using cost-benefit analysis, Robert...
  • Arne Duncan’s Dismal Record ( Common Core

    10/05/2015 3:16:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | October 5, 2015 | Frederick M. Hess
    On Friday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced he would be stepping down after nearly seven years on the job. This makes it a good moment to assess Duncan’s legacy, especially since his tenure has been shrouded by more than its fair share of puffery and overheated PR. This was predictable when it came to the usual Obama cheerleaders (Tom Friedman wanted Duncan to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state). But it also showed up at times as generous, even fawning, laurels tossed by the likes of David Brooks, Jeb Bush, Newt Gingrich, and Lamar Alexander. ... Duncan —...
  • Washington Post gives Planned Parenthood Three Pinocchios for Lying about Giving Mammograms

    10/05/2015 10:30:37 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/5/2015 | Michelle Ye Hee Lee
    --regarding the repeated, misleading claim that Planned Parenthood ‘provides’ mammograms We uphold the rating we gave to the president in 2012, and award Three Pinocchios to Planned Parenthood supporters’ continued use of misleading language to suggest that it directly administers mammograms. ......................................................... “All of the signatories [of a letter in support of defunding Planned Parenthood] are men. None of whom will get pregnant, or need a cervical screening for cancer, or a mammogram, or a pap smear, or other life-saving services that are provided by Planned Parenthood.” –---Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on...
  • My “USA Today” op ed on Donald Trump and political ignorance

    10/04/2015 9:06:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    The Washington Post's Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 4, 2015 | Professor Ilya Somin, George Mason University
    In this recent USA Today op ed, I explain how the unexpected success of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is in large part the result of widespread political ignorance: Despite some recent stumbles in his campaign, the most dramatic development of the 2016 presidential race has been the meteoric ascent of Donald Trump to the status of front-runner for the Republican nomination. Trump’s rise is a particularly blatant example of a much deeper problem at the heart of modern democracy: widespread voter ignorance. Trump’s success so far is in large part the result of an almost perfect storm of political ignorance....
  • Milbank: Trump will lose, or I will eat this column

    10/04/2015 9:42:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | October 4, 2015 | Dana Milbank, The Washington Post
    I never expected to write these words, but I miss Mitt Romney. Last Wednesday, the day the front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination was in New Hampshire alleging that Syrian refugees fleeing for their lives may actually be clandestine terrorists, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee was in Washington, talking sense. "Donald Trump will not be the nominee," Romney told a group of business-school students at Georgetown University. And why won't Trump, who when he isn't besmirching Syrian refugees as terrorists is maligning Mexican immigrants as rapists, get the nod? Because, Romney said, "when all is said and done, the...
  • The smartest economist you've never heard of

    10/04/2015 2:13:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, October 3, 2015 | Steven Pearlstein
    When David Lipton, a promising economist, was finishing his graduate work at Harvard in the early 1980s, he faced one of those potentially life-changing choices. He had one job offer from the International Monetary Fund in Washington, the multinational institution that for 70 years has served as a lender of last resort and dispenser of orthodox economic advice to countries that get into financial trouble. There was also an offer of a teaching job from the University of Virginia. Unsure of which path to take, he turned for advice to an intellectually restless and charismatic assistant professor, a Frenchman named...
  • The Moscow-Washington-Tehran Axis of Evil

    10/04/2015 6:59:56 AM PDT · by w4women · 28 replies
    Accuracy in the Media ^ | October 2, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    The conventional wisdom is that Vladimir Putin has blindsided Barack Obama in the Middle East, catching the U.S. off-guard. It’s another Obama “failure,” we’re told. “Obama administration scrambles as Russia attempts to seize initiative in Syria,” is how a Washington Post headline described it. A popular cartoon shows Putin kicking sand in the faces of Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry on a beach. - snip - Here’s how her story began: “Moscow’s rapid military buildup in Syria is a result of the ‘reset’ in relations forged with the Russian and Iranian governments by the Barack Obama administration. The...
  • Actor James Woods: 'Hate Crime Massacre of Christians Finally Silences Obama'

    10/02/2015 6:58:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 87 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 2, 2015 | Mark Judge
    26 year-old gunman Chris Harper Mercer opened fire on the campus on Thursday, killing nine people and wounding seven. Mercer reportedly singled out Christians for death by asking the religion of potential victims before firing on them. Mercer was then shot and killed by law enforcement. In a series of tweets on October 2, Woods argued that because the victims were Christian, both resident Obama and the media would lose interest in the story. "NY Times writes a front page story about a hate massacre targeting Christians without using the word 'Christians,'" Woods tweeted, linking to story in the New...
  • Reporter asks Pelosi uncomfortable abortion questions, press assumes he's just some activist

    10/02/2015 6:33:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/2/15 | T. Becket Adams
    CNS News' Sam Dorman peppered House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Thursday afternoon with several questions about abortion, and a few unimpressed reporters responded quickly by assuming that he was either a conservative activist or just some protester. "A conservative journo asked Pelosi [about] what constitutes a baby being alive," MSNBC's Luke Russert tweeted, making an assumption about Dorman's political affiliations. The Washington Post's Kelsey Snell took it a step further, and initially identified Dorman in an article as a pro-life "protester." The Post has since updated its story to reflect that Dorman is, in fact, a reporter. CNS News...
  • Washington Post Owner Makes $16.5B While Paper Whines 558 Times About ‘Income Inequality’

    09/30/2015 12:58:47 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 6 replies
    newsbusters ^ | September 30, 2015 | Dan Gainor
    How do you spell hypocrisy? W-a-s-h-i-n-g-t-o-n P-o-s-t. The Washington, D.C., paper of record has spent the past year filling bird cages and landfills with stories about income inequality – 156 in print alone and another 404 in blogs or 560 total. Subtract one of those (listed twice in LexisNexis) that included the name of billionaire Post owner Jeffrey Bezos. The remaining 155 print and 403 blog mentions didn’t have any discussion of the newspaper’s fat cat owner. Yet, Bezos is now the fourth-richest American with a fortune of $47 billion, according to Forbes. He purchased the Post for $250 million,...
  • Muslim Civil Rights Group May Have Violated Federal Law By Criticizing Ben Carson. ( CAIR )

    09/30/2015 11:43:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/30/2015 | Chuck Ross
    The largest Muslim civil rights group in the U.S. may have violated the federal tax code when its executive director last week called on retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson to drop out of the presidential race because of his comments about Muslims. ... In calling for Carson to end his White House bid, Awad argued that Carson’s comments were in violation of the Constitution which states that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust of the United States.” But Fox News’ Megyn Kelly reported on Tuesday that Awad’s statement may put...
  • Huma Abedin’s Lawyer Was Benghazi ‘Point Person,’ Exchanged Redacted Email with Hillary

    09/29/2015 1:08:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Sep 2015 | Patrick Howley
    Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s lawyer for the email investigation has a glaring conflict-of-interest in the case: he was an Obama administration “point person” on Benghazi who dealt with classified information and exchanged redacted emails with Hillary Clinton. Miguel Rodriguez of the Washington law firm Bryan Cave is part of Abedin’s big-money legal team and is already handling communications with the government on her behalf during the scandal. But Rodriguez brings some personal baggage to his role as Abedin’s counsel ... Before joining Bryan Cave, Rodriguez served as deputy assistant secretary at Hillary Clinton’s State Department; then he was...
  • McCarthy on How He Would Differ From Boehner: ‘I Won’t Be As Tanned’

    09/29/2015 1:11:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 29, 2015 | 10:40 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    A reporter on Tuesday asked House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) how he would differ from John Boehner if McCarthy succeeds Boehner as House Speaker: “I won’t be as tanned,” McCarthy joked. “There’s a generational difference between us as well,” he added later. “I’m a little younger.” Speaking at a Republican leadership news conference on Capitol Hill, McCarthy praised Boehner as a “very good and decent man.” “We want to make sure that we’re closer to the people—that they feel this is their government, they’re in charge, and we serve them. Now, that’s not easy and it won’t change overnight....
  • Live Thread of the U.S. Senate debate on Government Funding CSPAN

    The U.S. Senate, along with the U.S. House will discuss government funding. The bill before the U.S. Senate would fund amnesty, the Iran Nuke Deal, & even Planned Parenthood. GOP leadership has joined the democrat party & most of the media in the lie that government funding must be passed. /us-senate-debate-government-funding
  • South Dakota proposes plan to expand Medicaid

    09/29/2015 1:23:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 28, 2015 7:50 PM EDT | James Nord
    South Dakota may join 30 other states in expanding its Medicaid program if federal officials approve a plan Gov. Dennis Daugaard is set to outline to the nation’s top health and human services administrator in Washington on Tuesday. The Republican governor is meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to explain the plan, and the federal government has so far been more open to discussions than in the past, said Tony Venhuizen, chief of staff to Daugaard. The proposal, which is in its early stages, would make about 48,500 South Dakota residents newly eligible for the program. It’s...
  • 'Beyond Belief': Obama Moves to Close Last US Uranium Plant

    09/28/2015 10:11:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 76 replies
    Newsmax. ^ | 28 Sep 2015 | David A. Patten
    The Obama administration plans to close the last remaining American-owned uranium enrichment facility in the United States, even as it moves forward on a controversial nuclear deal with Iran that permits the Islamic Republic to conduct ongoing and significant uranium enrichment. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has informed Centrus Energy it will end the American Centrifuge project in Piketon, Ohio, on Sept. 30. Notices have been issued to some 235 workers that their jobs are in jeopardy. ... This is beyond belief," Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, responded in a statement. "While this administration is greenlighting uranium enrichment in Iran...
  • Judge largely denies Menendez, most charges stand

    09/28/2015 5:47:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Inquirer ^ | September 28, 2015 | Jonathan Tamari
    A federal judge has dealt Sen. Bob Menendez a setback in his defense against corruption charges, denying nearly all of the New Jersey Democrat’s motions to dismiss the charges or throw out evidence. Judge William Walls dismissed four of the bribery counts against Menendez and his friend and political donor, Salomon Melgen. All of those charges were related to donations Melgen made to Menendez’s legal defense fund, the Fund to Uphold the Constitution. But Menendez's most ambitious motions – attempting to have the entire case thrown out for prosecutorial misconduct or violations of Constitutional protections for legislative activity -- were...
  • WaPo:Jeb Bush Nearing 'Make or Break' Point(Poor Jebbie is wasting COC money in a thwarted effort)

    09/28/2015 11:04:02 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 20 replies
    newsmax ^ | 9/28/15 | s fitzgerald
    GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who was at one time considered a shoe-in for the party nomination, is now facing a do-or-die warning from senior fundraisers who say he needs to correct his sinking poll numbers in October or face losing key supporters. The former Florida governor over the weekend downplayed his dwindling poll numbers, telling Fox News Sunday the "polls don't really matter," reports The Washington Post, and he and his super PAC are readying an aggressive ad campaign, but a recent national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll put him in fifth place with just 7 percent of the...
  • GOP Chairman: Mitch McConnell ‘Needs to Resign’

    09/28/2015 10:38:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 162 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 27 Sep 2015 | Neil Munro
    A senior Republican official is urging Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to resign from his job as the Republican leader of the Senate. “Mitch is a good and honorable guy, but the base is leaving our party,” Roger Villere, the chairman of the Louisiana GOP... “I’ve worked for 12 years as chairman to build this party, and I just don’t want to see it all go down the drain because the [leaders] aren’t willing to fight for what we believe… Our base is demanding we do something or they’re going to leave us,” said Villare, who also holds a position...
  • WaPo Avoids Numbers as DC Climate Change Rally Fizzles

    09/28/2015 9:32:55 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 28, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Up to 200,000 people will be attending a climate change rally on the National Mall on the same day that the Pope will be speaking to Congress. Wow! Such was the bold prediction reported by Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Michelle Boorstein on August 25. So what happened when Pope Francis did arrive at the Capitol last Thursday? Before we get to that sad reality, let us join Eilperin and Boorstein joyously prognosticating yuuuuuge numbers back in August: Several environmental groups are planning a major climate rally that will draw hundreds of thousands to the National Mall on Sept....
  • It’s make or break time for Jeb Bush

    09/27/2015 6:48:52 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 48 replies ^ | September 27 2015 | Ed O'Keefe and Matea Gold
    “What I hear everywhere when you say Jeb’s name is, ‘If you want to lose the general election, nominate Jeb,’ ” the fundraiser added.
  • Bombshell: ‘Washington Post’ Confirms Hillary Clinton Started the Birther Movement

    09/26/2015 12:21:20 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 26, 2015 | By John Nolte
    New analysis from the Washington Post removes any doubt that the anti-Obama Birther movement was started in 2007 and 2008 by Hillary Clinton, her campaign, and her Democrat supporters. As Breitbart News reported earlier this month, other left-wing media outlets, like Politico and the Guardian, had already traced the Birther movement back to Democrats and Ms. Clinton. Using his wayback machine on Wednesday, the Post’s David Weigel took an in-depth look at the origins of the false rumors that President Obama is a practicing Muslim who was not born in a America. Weigel’s reporting contains the final pieces of a...
  • All-star group sings ‘Love Song to the Earth’ at DC climate rally, draws 199,800 fewer than expected

    09/26/2015 3:24:56 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies ^ | September 24, 2015 | Twitchy Staff
    As Twitchy reported, among those greeting Pope Francis in Washington, D.C., this morning were a group of PETA protesters dressed as nuns, some with beards and some walking on stilts — classy as always. The group was part of the Pope Francis Moral Action on Climate Justice Rally on the National Mall, which also attracted other “green” groups such as Greenpeace, the Earth Day Network, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Sierra Club. Marc Morano of Climate Depot reports that organizers of the rally obtained a permit in August for 200,000 people, while liberal website ThinkProgress today reported that the...
  • Clinton fundraiser was hosted by convicted drug dealer

    09/26/2015 11:23:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 25, 2015 | Anita Kumar
    Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president, attended a fundraiser in New York hosted by John Zaccaro, convicted on felony drug charges after he sold cocaine to an undercover cop. The 1988 conviction of the son of unsuccessful Democratic vice presidential candidate Gerraldine Ferraro was reported in numerous publications at the time.
  • About 260 Chicago Public Schools lose money due to enrollment losses

    09/26/2015 10:36:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9-25-2015 | Juan Perez
    Chicago Public Schools ... The district said it would freeze funds for schools where students appear to be enrolled, but have not attended any days of classes or received class schedules. ... The district said 10th day enrollment totaled 367,499. In 2002, the district's enrollment was 438,589.
  • Education Secretary Duncan’s children to go to Chicago private school he attended

    09/26/2015 10:49:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 9, 2015 | Valerie Strauss
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan grew up in Chicago and attended the private, prestigious University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. The pre-K-12 Lab Schools are progressive institutions ... resident Obama’s two daughters attended the school before moving to Washington in 2009, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s children are enrolled there now. And in the fall, Duncan’s children will be attending Lab, too, while his wife works there. .... his children will attend a progressive private school in Chicago, a school that does not follow key school reform policies that his Education Department has set for public schools. It does not, for example,...
  • Philly's Preparations for Pope Francis are Like a Dry Run for the Apocalypse (Photos)

    09/26/2015 10:22:52 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 28 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 9/25/15 2:15pm | Maddie Stone
    This weekend, Pope Francis’s historic trip to Philadelphia is expected to draw 1.5 million visitors into the city — literally doubling our population overnight. While most Philadelphians (myself included) are excited to be part of the hullabaloo, one can’t help but notice how His Holiness’s imminent arrival is turning Philly into a deleted flashback scene from 28 Days Later. You know, that scene where city officials scramble to quarantine the populace and quell the spread of zombie contagion before it’s too late. Here are a just few ways Pope Francis’s visit to Philly looks like practice for the real Pandemic....
  • Fiorina fact-checks the Washington Post

    09/25/2015 9:42:38 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 20 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 9/25/2015 | T. BECKET ADAMS
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is hitting back at the Washington Post for claiming in a fact-check that her oft repeated secretary-to-CEO story is a gross oversimplification of the true facts of her career. "Really outrageous display of liberal media bias today," Fiorina spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told the Washington Examiner's media desk. Asked how the 2016 GOP candidate responded to the Post article, Flores added, "When I told [Fiorina] about it, she laughed for about five seconds." The Post's fact-checker, Michelle Ye Hee Lee, maintained that Fiorina's supposed "rags-to-riches" narrative downplays the reality of the businesswoman's allegedly privileged life,...
  • DC Launches Anti-Smoking Campaign A Week Before Taxing Vape Shops Out Of Existence

    09/25/2015 8:08:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 24, 2015 | Josh Fatzick
    D.C. Council Member Yvette Alexander announced Tuesday that the week of Sept. 20, 2015, would forever be known as “DC Calls It Quits Week.” The announcement comes just one week before the city plans to implement a 67 percent tax on e-cigarettes, effectively taxing vape shops out of existence. Alexander brought a gaggle of people to the front of the council chambers to make the announcement and to encourage “everyone in the District of Columbia to put down those cigarettes.” "Put down those tobacco product today, and hopefully this can be the beginning of a new beginning for anyone who...
  • The Democrats are winning the war of planting questioners at town halls

    09/25/2015 4:12:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Hot ^ | September 25, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Jeb Bush had yet another uncomfortable moment at a town hall in South Carolina yesterday. While he was trying to fend off questions about The Donald and get out his message on economic growth and jobs, a questioner (who was a white guy, by the way) stood up and tagged him with something completely out of left field. (Washington Post) Jeb Bush said here Thursday night that Republicans can win more African American voters by emphasizing a positive message that does not involve promising “free stuff,” a remark that bore echoes of comments by Mitt Romney that drew criticism in...
  • John Boehner just sacrificed his career for the good of the Republican Party

    09/25/2015 3:07:29 PM PDT · by detective · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 25, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    The stunning decision by House Speaker John Boehner to resign from office in October is a sign of not only his inability to lead a congressional party riven between its establishment and tea party wings, but also the toll fighting that fight has taken on him -- and the GOP more broadly. Almost since the day he became speaker -- following the tea party-led takeover of Congress in the 2010 midterm elections -- Boehner had been caught betwixt and between. His roots were firmly in the establishment end of the party, having spent decades in Congress and moving up the...
  • GOP Representative: Mitch McConnell ‘Next Guy in the Crosshairs’

    09/25/2015 1:06:12 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | September 25, 2015 | JOEL GEHRKE
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) will be the next target of conservatives frustrated with party leadership, according to one of the conservative representatives who pressured House speaker John Boehner in the weeks leading up to his resignation. “Next guy in the crosshairs will probably be McConnell,” Representative Matt Salmon (R., Ariz.) said in a text message to Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah), ... That fits a theory of Boehner’s struggles that is common among the outgoing speaker’s friends and foes alike — that his unpopularity among the grassroots stems more from McConnell’s failure to take advantage of the...

    09/25/2015 7:35:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies ^ | September 25, 2015 | Mathew Vadum
    Pope Francis chided Americans yesterday for their supposed intolerance and xenophobia, the same thing President Obama does every day, in his historic address to the U.S. Congress. Although Francis toned down his sometimes in-your-face rhetoric for his congressional speech, it was still a politically tone-deaf lecture on America's failings, past and present.

    09/24/2015 9:17:00 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 92 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/25/15 | JOHN NOLTE
    Politico reports that First Lady Michelle Obama, looking lovely and classy, greeted Pope Francis Tuesday while wearing a $2,290 dress. While the Obamas are not Catholics, this is still a finger-in-the-eye to a White House guest who frequently speaks out — to wild Democrat applause — about the evils of excessive capitalism. Both President and Mrs. Obama are disciples of Jeremiah Wright, a racist Jew-hating Chicago-based preacher. Not long after Obama ascended to the presidency, Wright, Obama’s religious mentor for 20 years, retired to a $1 million, 10,400 square foot mansion located next to a country club and golf course....
  • Francis takes Congress to task on immigration, abortion, gay marriage and (Shortened)

    09/24/2015 9:11:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 117 replies ^ | September 24, 2015 | David Martosko,J.Taylor Rushing
    Pope Francis delivered a stinging blow to nativist conservatives bent on keeping illegal immigrants and Middle Eastern refugees out of the United States, saying Thursday in a landmark address to Congress that Americans should show compassion to immigrants of all stripes.
  • Donald Trump Questions Pope Francis On Climate Change: "It's Weather"

    09/24/2015 8:48:36 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 39 replies ^ | September 24, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    GOP frontrunner Donald Trump disagrees with Pope Francis’ statements on climate change. Trump tells CNN he simply doesn’t believe in it. The Pope, in his speech at the White House, said climate change is “a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation.” Trump was asked during his interview if he agreed with the Pope on climate change.
  • Five Things Pope Francis Needs To Know Before He Addresses Congress

    09/24/2015 1:43:31 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 31 replies ^ | September 24, 2015 | James Delingpole
    1. There are bigger, more pressing problems than climate change No, really, there are. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), the congressman who is boycotting the papal address because he thinks the Pope is behaving “like a leftist politician” gives some excellent examples here. Foremost, surely, is the persecution and murder of Christians (and other minorities) in Africa and the Middle East by Islamist groups such as Boko Haram and ISIS. If the Pope isn’t going to stick up for his flock in times of crisis what exactly is the point of the Papacy?
  • John Boehner Caught Conspiring With Nancy Pelosi

    09/23/2015 3:36:11 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    Fellow Conservative, John Boehner’s days are numbered. The bronze and quick-to-cry Speaker of the House has been put on notice. American conservatives aren’t going to take it anymore. This isn’t really news. We’ve known for weeks that a few dozen brave Conservatives were going to try to over throw Boehner. But here’s what we didn’t know last week: Democrats have agreed to save Boehner. That’s right, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have agreed to vote with Boehner not only to save Planned Parenthood’s funding, but also to save John Boehner’s job. You know Boehner’s a RINO when even the Democrats...
  • Boehner On Dealing With Conservatives: ‘Garbage Men Get Used to the Smell of Bad Garbage’

    09/21/2015 9:34:38 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 73 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9/21/15 | breitbart news
    House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)is under fire from Conservatives. While on a fund raising trip, he told a Politico reporter that dealing with them is part of his job. “Garbage men get used to the smell of bad garbage. Prisoners learn how to become prisoners, all right?” Boehner said in a phone interview this weekend from Seattle during a fundraising trip to the Pacific Northwest, referring especially to the grind of constant travel. “You can teach yourself to do anything, especially if you’re committed to a cause. I came to Washington to fight for a smaller, less costly and...