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  • CHP OFFICER IN PRESIDENT OBAMA'S MOTORCADE CRASHES ON 405 FREEWAY IN WEST LA

    02/13/2016 1:09:47 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 18 replies
    ABC 7 NEWS ^ | 13 FEBRUARY 2016 | JOHN GREGORY
    LOS ANGELES -- A California Highway Patrol officer in President Barack Obama's motorcade was injured in a crash while escorting the president through West Los Angeles on Friday. The motorcycle officer went down around 10 a.m. on the southbound 405 Freeway at Olympic Boulevard. The officer was taken to a local hospital, but was said to be OK. Further details regarding the crash were not released. An Eyewitness News viewer captured part of the crash on cellphone video.
  • DC Devotes $29K per Student Each Year. What if Parents Controlled That Money?

    02/12/2016 12:45:02 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 2/12/16 | Mary Clare Reim
    Washington, D.C., public schools consistently underperform relative to the rest of the country, while having the highest per-pupil revenue in the nation. D.C. revenue exceeds $29,000 per pupil every year, while graduation rates hover at about 64 percent and only one-third of its fourth-graders read at a proficient level. Clearly the "spend more" model has not been working for the families of Washington, D.C.
  • Sen. Harry Reid calls on Grayson to drop out of Senate race

    02/12/2016 10:32:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 12, 2016 1:16 PM EST
    U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Friday called for U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson to drop out of the race for a Senate seat in Florida. Reid said in a statement that Grayson claims to be progressive but seems to have "no moral compass." He said Grayson used his office to unethically promote a hedge fund that until recently had been based in the Cayman Islands. Grayson is running in the Democratic primary to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. His campaign did not immediately respond to Reid's call to quit the race. ...
  • The Enemy Within­–and It's Not Donald Trump

    02/11/2016 4:07:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Despite calls from people who claim they will flee the county if Donald Trump is elected president, this new book is sort of a timeout from the partisan noise. As some already know, especially the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party, both sides are up to their necks concerning the expansion of government power. In short, Democrats federal expansion when it comes to social services and the welfare state; Republicans act in a similar manner when it comes to national security policy and the Pentagon. Both areas are fraught with danger concerning trampling American civil liberties and constitutional rights,...
  • N.M. official blasts EPA over Gold King spill

    02/11/2016 8:42:49 AM PST · by george76 · 1 replies
    The Durango Herald ^ | February 10, 2016 | SUSAN MONTOYA
    The head of the New Mexico Environment Department blasted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday during a legislative committee meeting in the New Mexico Legislature, saying federal officials are downplaying the long-term effects of the Gold King Mine spill. ... Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn told members of the House agriculture committee that the agency has been pressuring communities to get behind a proposal that calls for monitoring water quality for only a year. Flynn also argued that the proposal would look at whether the water is safe for recreation rather than digging deeper into recurring spikes in the readings...
  • You cannot let people take over federal property...at a certain point you have to do something

    02/10/2016 7:36:18 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 117 replies
    Jan 7, 2016 | Donald Trump
    "I think what I'd do, as president, is I would make a phone call to whoever, to the group," he said, adding later, "I'd talk to the leader. I would talk to him and I would say, 'You gotta get out -- come see me, but you gotta get out.'" "You cannot let people take over federal property," Mr. Trump said. "You can't, because once you do that, you don't have a government anymore. I think, frankly, they've been there too long." Mr. Trump said he wasn't necessarily suggesting a large-scale military action, but that "at a certain point you...
  • Dear Mexico: You Just Might Wind Up Paying For That Border Wall After All! (western union $$)

    02/10/2016 1:59:12 PM PST · by drewh · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2/10/160 | Jazz Shaw
    There’s an article this week over at The Last Refuge which might be worth a look if you’ve got an open mind on the subject. One of the less commented on aspects of international relations with Mexico is the volume of cash which Mexicans living in America (including illegal aliens) send home every year to their families. There’s nothing shocking about the idea at first glance. People send money home all the time. But just how much is it? This report straight out of Mexico may come as a bit of a shock. Remittances sent home by Mexicans working outside...
  • D.C. fire department medical director resigns, delivers scathing exit letter

    02/09/2016 8:02:01 PM PST · by FoxInSocks · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 9, 2016 | Peter Hermann
    The D.C. fire department's medical director, hired last year to help reform an agency beset by failures in response times and patient care, is resigning, saying her proposals have been blocked and that "people are dying needlessly because we are moving too slow." Jullette M. Saussy is ending her eight-month tenure by delivering a scathing indictment of the District's new fire chief and what she calls his refusal to end a culture of indifference that she contends endangers residents' lives.
  • Clinton, Top Dems Take Contributions From Lobbyists at Firms Hired by Koch Industries

    02/09/2016 7:42:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 9, 2016 3:00 pm | Joe Schoffstall
    Top Democratic politicians and committees have taken tens of thousands in contributions from individuals who work at firms that lobby on behalf of Koch Industries, despite railing against Koch's influence for years, according to campaign finance filings. Charles and David Koch, the billionaire libertarian philanthropists and heavyweight political donors, have been at the center of the Democrats' "dark money" campaign finance battle in recent years. Democrats have charged that Republican politicians who receive funds from the Koch network are "beholden" to their political agenda. However, individuals who work at firms that actually do represent Koch interests have also poured money...
  • What Passes for Anti-School Choice Rhetoric is Frightening

    02/09/2016 1:56:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2016 | Tim Benson
    The Washington Post's Valerie Strauss has inadvertently done the country an invaluable service by allowing the rest of us to travel through the looking-glass into a universe where things are the opposite of real life: the world of far-left thought on education. Strauss gave premium blogspace to a bitter article by a former education fellow for The Progressive magazine, Sarah Lahm. The piece, titled "What Passes for School Choice Rhetoric is Frightening," is rife with errors and half-truths. It is hard to imagine a more factually bankrupt anti-school choice "argument" could be written, and by shining a gigantic spotlight on...
  • Obama to release $4 trillion-plus budget for 2017

    02/09/2016 12:22:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 9, 2016 4:16 AM EST | Andrew Taylor and Martin Crutsinger
    President Barack Obama is releasing his eighth and final budget, a $4 trillion-plus document that's freighted with liberal policy initiatives and both new and familiar tax hikes -- all sent to a dismissive Republican-controlled Congress that simply wants to move on from his presidency. [...] It comes as the deficit, which had been falling over the duration of Obama's presidency, has begun to creep up. ...
  • FBI formally confirms its investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server

    02/08/2016 7:57:55 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 33 replies
    MSNBC ^ | February 8 | Pete Williams
    In a letter disclosed Monday in a federal court filing, the FBI confirms one of the world*s worst-kept secrets: It is looking into Hillary Clinton*s use of a private email server. Why say this at all, since it was widely known to be true? Because in August in response to a judge*s direction, the State Department asked the FBI for information about what it was up to. Sorry, the FBI said at the time, we can neither confirm nor deny the existence of any investigation.
  • Ted Cruz Requests Private Meeting With Ben Carson

    02/08/2016 11:54:09 AM PST · by Red Steel · 126 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Feb, 2016 | Michelle Fields
    "He said he's sorry that this happened and he wants to sit down and talk," Carson said in an interview with The Washington Post. "He wants to discuss the whole thing and clear the air." "To be determined," Carson said when asked where they may meet. "Doesn't matter." The Carson campaign has been critical of Cruz after his campaign spread false rumors during the Iowa caucus, and sent voicemails to Iowa precinct captains suggestings that Carson was dropping out of the race.
  • NPR apologizes for map that erased Israel

    01/26/2016 9:29:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/26/16 | Eric Cortellessa
    WASHINGTON — National Public Radio’s (NPR) ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen released an explanation and apology Monday for a map published on the news organization’s website that erased Israel from the Middle East. On January 24, NPR’s blog Goats and Soda, which covers health and culture issues around the world, ran a piece titled, “What Are You Afraid Of In 2016? Globetrotters Share Their Fears.” The post focused on travelers’ anxieties for the coming year, and included an illustration of the Middle East and North Africa, the region of the world that travelers most perceive as being at risk. “The map portion...
  • GOP Rips Obama's Oil Tax Plan: 'Dead on Arrival'

    02/04/2016 4:12:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 04 Feb 2016 06:36 PM | Todd Beamon
    Congressional Republicans vowed Thursday to kill President Barack Obama's plan to add a $10-per-barrel tax on oil production to pay for "green" transportation projects, with House Speaker Paul Ryan calling it "dead on arrival" and "an election-year distraction." "The president expects hard-working consumers to pay for his out-of-touch climate agenda," the Wisconsin Republican said. "A $10 tax for every barrel of oil produced would raise energy prices -- hurting poor Americans the most." [...] President Obama will include the plan in his budget proposal that he will present to Congress on Tuesday. The fee will be phased in over five...
  • Loretta Lynch Thanks Prosecutor in Michael Brown Case For Calling Police ‘Substandard…Lazy…’

    02/04/2016 1:27:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 4, 2016 | 12:10 PM EST | Jose R. Gonzalez
    After giving a speech focusing in part on the erosion of trust between citizens and the police, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch thanked the prosecutor in the Michael Brown case for saying police officers in Missouri are "substandard," "lazy" and "incompetent." “You talked earlier about the support of varied and various departments," said Robert McCulloch, prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County, Missouri. "What I'd like to suggest, though, is that in my jurisdiction we have a number of departments that are substandard... and they tend to get substandard officers and they're paying them minimum wage in some cases - or...
  • Former DC mayor Gray begins comeback after investigation

    02/04/2016 10:19:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2016 12:28 PM EST | Ben Nuckols
    Former District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray, whose sole term in office was dogged by a federal investigation that ended with no charges filed against him, began his political comeback on Thursday, announcing that he will run for the D.C. Council. Gray, a 73-year-old Democrat, lost his re-election bid in the 2014 Democratic primary to current Mayor Muriel Bowser. Three weeks before the primary, a federal prosecutor said in court that Gray knew about an illegal, $660,000 slush fund that helped him get elected in 2010. Last December, prosecutors said they decided not to charge him. Gray has maintained he...
  • Welfare moms unhappy with free lodging, prepared meals, WiFi, maid service

    02/04/2016 4:27:53 AM PST · by simpson96 · 89 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 4, 2016 | Ed Straker
    D.C. welfare moms are having to put up with lodging in hotels that give them prepared meals, cable TV, internet WiFi access, and maid service that don't meet their standards:"Tiera Williams and her four children dodge cars on a winter evening as they cross the parking lot of the Days Inn to the Washington motel room the children call "Mommy's house.""People at the Days Inn - one of at least 12 motels being used by the city to house 730 homeless families this winter – lean over the balcony that overlooks the courtyard lit by the December glow of yellow...
  • Tipton asks board to consider small banks ( Colorado Congressman )

    02/03/2016 2:36:03 PM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | February 2, 2016 | Gary Harmon
    A coming change in accounting standards could do irreversible damage to community banks, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said in a letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board. An accounting-standards update due to be issued by the board would change the way all lenders set aside reserve funds in anticipation of possible losses. The board, wrote Tipton and Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., should take "utmost caution" in proceeding because it has the potential to "irreversibly damage community banks' and credit unions' ability to continue to adequately serve their customers/members and communities and sustain the economic recovery." ... Tipton, a member...
  • Paul Ryan Asks Conservatives: Please Don't Revolt In 2016

    02/03/2016 1:18:15 PM PST · by drewh · 55 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/3/16 12:17 PM | By JOEL GEHRKE
    House Speaker Paul Ryan kicked off a policy summit at the Heritage Foundation with a clear message for the conservatives who have been his allies over the years but made life hard for former Speaker John Boehner: Please don't revolt, at least not this year. "The Left would love nothing more, they would love nothing more than for a fragmented conservative movement to stand in a circular firing squad and fire so that progressives can win by default," Ryan said at the 2016 Conservative Policy Summit, hosted by Heritage Action. Ryan was warmly received at Heritage, but his call for...
  • Ted Cruz Relaxes By Singing Show Tunes (not from the onion)

    02/03/2016 11:28:24 AM PST · by drewh · 82 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 2 at 8:44 PM | By Alexandra Petri
    For at least the second time in recent days, the Texas senator’s wife, Heidi, has described his method of relieving tension during anxious campaign moments: show tunes. “He’ll call me and just sing me a Broadway tune,” Mrs. Cruz told a crowd here on Tuesday. It can happen without warning, “right before one of these debates” or “in a stressful moment in a state,” she said. It is usually well received — “he never ceases to defuse a stressful moment with a moment of levity,” Mrs. Cruz said — but not always. “I’m thinking, ‘I’m on a finance call right...
  • Rand Paul suspends presidential campaign

    02/03/2016 7:36:11 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3 Feb 16 | Robert Costa
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced Wednesday that he is suspending his presidential campaign, bringing an end to a bid that began with aspirations of expanding the libertarian base that his father, Ron Paul, built into a powerful national coalition. "It's been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House," Paul said in a statement. "Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty."
  • Former lawyer for the ‘D.C. Madam’ says names in her records could be ‘relevant’ to election

    02/03/2016 6:56:15 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 2 | Emily Heil
    Attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley has sued senators and Supreme Court justices. He*s been a write-in presidential candidate. He represented the *D.C. Madam,* whose black book included a sitting senator. Now Sibley claims that some never-before-aired information found in the records of said madam *could be relevant* to the upcoming presidential election. How so? Well, he can*t say.
  • DC bill would pay people stipends not to commit crimes

    02/02/2016 12:01:35 PM PST · by SMGFan · 50 replies
    AP ^ | February 2, 2016
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- They say crime doesn't pay, but that might not be entirely true in the District of Columbia as lawmakers look for ways to discourage people from becoming repeat offenders. The D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill that includes a proposal to pay residents a stipend not to commit crimes. It's based on a program in Richmond, California, that advocates say has contributed to deep reductions in crime there.
  • US education official apologizes for poor judgment, behavior

    02/02/2016 12:17:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 2, 2016 3:14 AM EST | Tami Abdollah
    A senior Education Department official is apologizing for what he acknowledged was poor judgment and "unacceptable" behavior related to working on his side businesses with subordinates, failing to pay taxes on his profits and awarding a government contract to a friend's company. The department's chief information officer, Danny Harris, who's set to testify before a congressional hearing scheduled Tuesday, received counseling but was not expected to receive any further punishment. Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges related to his acknowledged failure to report income from his side business to the Internal Revenue Service. ...
  • House Votes Tuesday to Override Obama’s Veto of Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

    02/01/2016 6:36:22 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | February 1, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    The House of Representatives will vote Tuesday on the reconciliation bill President Barack Obama vetoed that would de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business, which was caught selling the body parts of aborted babies. Hearings have exposed how the abortion company likely violated federal laws to sell the body parts. The measure also repealed the abortion-funding Obamacare legislation and Obama cited that as the primary reason for vetoing the overall bill. The vote override vote comes just days after more than half a million Americans are expected to March for Life in the nation’s capital and solemnly mark the anniversary of...
  • Shock-Headline In Washington Post Attack On Trump's Faith Not Supported By Story

    02/01/2016 2:50:38 PM PST · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 1, 2016 | John Nolte
    Although Barack Obama spent 20 years in a radical, racialist church with a pastor who asks God to damn America; although Obama is a supporter of the infanticide known as partial-birth abortion, bashes Christianity, and uses ObamaCare as a means to persecute Christians through the power of the state, Obama’s longtime supporters at the Washington Post still write gushing articles about Obama’s Christianity and lash out harshly at those who don’t vouch for the president’s questionable faith.
  • The Flint water crisis: MI Sen. Stabenow says race factor in Flint response

    02/01/2016 1:02:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 22, 2016 | Bianna Golodryga, Summer Delaney
    Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan tells Yahoo News that she believes race was a factor in the state's slow response to the Flint water crisis. "The sad, outrageous reality is that people were not paying attention to what the residents were saying because they weren't a priority," Stabenow told Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga. "[The state] would react differently when their friends that lived in those areas called ... that's just a fact that [Flint was] treated differently than others would be treated." ...
  • Chris Cillizza: Will Donald J. Trump Win The Republican nomination?

    01/31/2016 12:13:18 PM PST · by drewh · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 31 at 9:00 AM
    What would it take for him to win the nomination? In truth, not all that much. Win Iowa on Monday and Trump will almost certainly cruise to victory in the New Hampshire primaries eight days later. If that comes to pass, he would start as a clear favorite to win South Carolina's primary on Feb. 20. If Trump loses to Cruz in Iowa -- a prospect that remains possible -- then it remains to be seen whether his New Hampshire lead would hold. If it did, Trump would likely find himself in a two-man race with Cruz in South Carolina,...
  • China strongly condemns US for sending warship near island

    01/30/2016 8:20:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/30/2016
    The missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur sailed within 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) of Triton Island in the Paracel chain "to challenge excessive maritime claims of parties that claim the Paracel Islands," without notifying the three claimants beforehand, Defense Department spokesman Mark Wright said Saturday in Washington.. China, Taiwan and Vietnam have overlapping claims in the Paracels and require prior notice from ships transiting what they consider their territorial waters. The latest operation was particularly aimed at China, which has increased tensions with the U.S. and its Southeast Asian neighbors by embarking on massive construction of man-made islands and airstrips...
  • Black people had the power to fix the problems in Ferguson before the Brown shooting. They failed.

    09/19/2014 12:31:39 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 18, 2014 | Charles Cobb
    Many images that came out of Ferguson, Mo., last month looked like scenes from Birmingham, Ala., in the 1960s: the gun-wielding police officers, the sign-carrying protesters and the chants demanding equal treatment and human dignity. But thats where the similarities ended. For all the righteous indignation it inspired, the Ferguson turmoil has become the latest in a series of flash-in-the-pan causes that peter out without inspiring lasting movements for racial justice. As an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Mississippi during the 60s, what I learned was the importance of organizing at the grass-roots and how even...
  • The rarely discussed support for gun rights among black voters

    01/30/2016 7:04:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 30, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    Gun rights is a topic which seems all too readily broken down among racial lines if you get all of your news from cable TV or the New York Times. Black Americans don’t like guns and white people are just crazy about them, right? (Or just crazy, I suppose.) But while there are some definite trends to support the stereotype, no group is ever as homogeneous as the press would have you believe. While I rarely turn to NPR for my news, I ran across an interesting interview this month conducted by Karen Grigsby Bates, speaking with one black gun...
  • For Some African-Americans, Gun Ownership Underscores Segregated Past

    01/12/2016 12:21:43 PM PST · by Theoria · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 11 Jan 2016 | NPR
    ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Black people are disproportionately victimized by gun violence, and prominent African-American leaders are among those calling for tighter gun control. Yet as Karen Grigsby Bates of NPR's Code Switch team found out, many other African-Americans believe that owning guns is crucial to protecting themselves and their rights. KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, BYLINE: Know how some people can't do without something? April Howard has three possessions that are non-negotiable. APRIL HOWARD: I have a .22, a .38 and a rifle. BATES: And she's keeping them all. Howard's had guns for several years now, the result of a close call...
  • Georgetown air gondolas one step closer to becoming reality

    01/30/2016 3:57:23 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 53 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | 30 January 2016 | WTOP Staff
    This rendering provided by the Georgetown Business Improvement District shows what the Potomac River would look like if an aerial cable car system were installed alongside the Key Bridge. (Courtesy Georgetown Business Improvement District) WASHINGTON - It sounds like a wild idea - a Gondola carrying area residents and tourists over the Potomac River from Rosslyn to Georgetown and back again - but it could soon become reality. The hope is that it would ease congestion on the Key Bridge, especially since, according to the Washington Post, some 50,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day. Today the project is one...
  • The US Mosque Obama Has Chosen For His First Presidential Visit Has Deep Extremist Ties

    01/30/2016 2:24:59 PM PST · by amorphous · 68 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 30 Jan 2016 | Chuck Ross
    The Baltimore mosque President Obama has chosen as the first U.S.-based mosque to visit during his presidency has deep ties to extremist elements, including to the Muslim Brotherhood. The White House announced on Saturday that Obama will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) on Wednesday. He has visited several mosques overseas as president but has resisted visiting one in the homeland. The purpose of the trip, according to the White House, is to "celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life." But ISB is a curious...
  • [Liz] Cheney runs for Wyoming's US House seat, to announce Monday

    01/30/2016 11:30:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 2:18 PM EST | Mead Gruver
    The elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is running for Congress, following up a failed U.S. Senate campaign two years ago with another attempt to woo voters in a state where she has been a full-time resident for only a few years. Liz Cheney filed federal election documents Friday showing she's running for Wyoming's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Campaign officials said she plans to formally announce Monday in Gillette, a northeastern Wyoming town hit hard by a downturn in the coal industry. Her plans suggest she will base her campaign on fears that the...
  • Supreme Court Sets Date for Little Sisters of the Poor’s Challenge to Obama HHS Mandate

    01/30/2016 10:50:43 AM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The Supreme Court has set the date for oral arguments for Little Sisters of the Poor’s challenge to the Obama HHS mandate. The nation’s highest court will hear debate from attorneys representing the Catholic religious order and the Obama administration on Wednesday, March 23 at 10 a.m. The Little Sisters of the Poor are asking the nation’s highest court to ensure they do not have to comply with Obamacare’s abortion mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions. Without relief, the Little Sisters would face millions of dollars in IRS fines...
  • Obama to make first visit of his presidency to a U.S. mosque next week

    01/30/2016 9:34:03 AM PST · by yoe · 39 replies
    The Wasington Post ^ | January 30, 2016 | Michelle Boorstein and Juliet Eilperin
    President Obama will make the first visit during his presidency to a U.S. mosque next week, the White House announced Saturday, as the administration tries to promote religious tolerance at a time when rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism is becoming more voluminous. On Wednesday the president will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore, a sprawling community center in the the city’s western suburbs, that serves thousands of people with a place of worship, a housing complex and schools, (according to its website). It is one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest Muslim centers and describes itself as aspiring “to be the...
  • Frank Luntz: Bloomberg could 'could turn this election upside down' (Trump 37 HRC 33 Bloomie 29)

    01/29/2016 9:36:34 PM PST · by drewh · 78 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jan. 28, 2016, 3:06 PM | Allan Smith
    Veteran GOP pollster Frank Luntz says there is much more than a political lane available for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) to join the presidential race as an independent candidate. Luntz's reasoning came from a nationwide poll of 900 likely voters conducted by his firm, Luntz Global Partners. The survey found that 29% of Americans would support Bloomberg in a theoretical three-way race between the former mayor, GOP front-runner Donald Trump, and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Trump would receive 37% of the vote, while Clinton would emerge with 33%. In a three-way race with Sen. Ted Cruz...
  • Obama, GOP leaders Ryan, McConnell to meet Tuesday

    01/29/2016 7:44:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 29, 2016 1:26 PM EST
    President Barack Obama plans to meet next week with the top two Republican leaders of Congress to hash out legislative priorities for this election year. It will be Obama's first formal face-to-face meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan since the Wisconsin Republican was elected to the leadership role late last year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will join Ryan at Tuesday's White House meeting. ...
  • [DC METRO] 6 arrests in 'wolf pack attack' that left man injured; 30 juveniles may be involved

    01/28/2016 10:04:48 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 39 replies
    Fox-5 News ^ | Jan 28 2016
    <p>WASHINGTON - Six people have been arrested after a man was assaulted on a Red Line train in an incident that may have involved up to 30 juveniles.</p> <p>The attack happened around 8:30 a.m. as the train stopped at the Gallery Place Metro station. Officers say 5 males and a female - all students at Woodrow Wilson High School in D.C. - punched the man in an assault described by Metro as a 'wolf pack attack.'</p>
  • Why Bernie Sanders doesn't participate in organized religion

    01/27/2016 1:46:04 PM PST · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/27/16 | Frances Stead Sellers
    Growing up, Bernie Sanders followed the path of many young American Jews. He went to Hebrew school, was bar mitzvahed and traveled to Israel to work on a kibbutz. But as an adult, Sanders drifted away from Jewish customs. And as his bid for the White House gains momentum, he has the chance to make history. Not just as the first Jewish president — but as one of the few modern presidents to present himself as not religious. "I am not actively involved with organized religion," Sanders said in a recent interview. Sanders said he believes in God, though not...
  • Make No Mistake: Obama Just Tried to Undercut Bernie Sanders

    01/25/2016 3:29:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 25 | Greg Sargent
    The Hillary Clinton campaign has been engaged in an aggressive effort to accomplish one crucial political goal: Knocking off Bernie Sanders’ halo. One common thread running through many Clinton attacks on Sanders — whether it’s questioning his record on guns or suggesting his single payer dream isn’t going to happen — has been to try to portray Sanders as a conventional politician (after all) who is not quite as pure as the scenes of his rapt, transported crowds suggest and is promising more than he can deliver. SNIP What this really represents, I think, is Obama essentially taking sides in...
  • The Wild World of Oppression Studies

    01/25/2016 8:13:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 24, 2016 | Robby Soave
    Does American University want to teach students about oppression, or does it want to subject them to it? Members of the Washington, D.C.-based private university’s faculty are engaged in the process of “reimagining” the university’s core curriculum: the courses that all students, regardless of major, must take in order to graduate. Core curriculums are a way for universities to make sure that everyone on campus absorbs a common set of skills and values deemed fundamental to a liberal arts education—they often include basic instruction in writing, history, and mathematical reasoning, for instance. American plans to modernize its curriculum by 2017,...
  • Shutdown: House Will Hold No Votes This Week Because of Storm That Has Passed

    01/24/2016 8:28:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 24, 2016 | 5:31 PM EST | (Staff)
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has announced that the U.S. House of Representatives is postponing votes it had expected to hold on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and will not hold votes until Monday, Feb. 1--as a result of the heavy snowstorm that hit Washington, D.C. on Friday and Saturday. ...
  • Donald Trump op-ed: My vision for a Culture of Life

    01/23/2016 8:47:03 AM PST · by ironman · 275 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2016 | Donald Trump
    Let me be clear - I am pro-life. I support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at risk. I did not always hold this position, but I had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me. My story is well documented, so I will not retell it here. However, what I will do with the remaining space is express my feelings about life, and the culture of life, as we just marked the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. I build things. There is...
  • Obama: Ill Be President For The Next 8 to 10 Years?

    07/20/2008 6:34:01 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 32 replies · 162+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 20 Jul 08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, the reputed Constitutional scholar, just today said on CBSs Face the Nation that he went to Iraq to talk to important leader that he expects to be dealing with over the next eight to 10 years. So, does this Constitutional scholar not realize that there is this little thing called the 22nd Amendment that holds a president to only two, four year terms? Um, that would be a grand total of only 8 years, Barack, not 8 to 10. Of course, the big question is, will we see this idiot gaffe race through the MSM...
  • Poll: Donald Trump gained 15 points on Ted Cruz in Iowa in two weeks

    01/24/2016 11:47:08 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 81 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 01/24/2016 | Philip Bump
    Earlier this month, Fox News released a poll showing Ted Cruz leading Donald Trump by four points. The two had a sizable lead over everyone else in the state, and the poll was confirming what others were showing: Cruz had an advantage. On Sunday, Fox released another Iowa poll, with substantially different results. Now, Trump is up by 11 points, a 15-point swing in the two weeks between surveys. This poll, too, mirrors the recent trend: Trump has regained the advantage.
  • March for Life groups stranded for hours in northeast blizzard

    01/24/2016 9:13:01 AM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 23, 2016 | Andrea Noble
    March for Life organizers had pledged that neither a blizzard forecast nor icy cold temperatures would keep them from descending on the nation’s capital Friday for the annual pro-life event - but returning home is proving to be a more difficult task. A massive winter storm that rolled through the mid-atlantic and Northeast Friday night has reportedly left busloads of march participants stuck on the side of major highways. Six buses carrying a group of 330 students and chaperons who traveled to the District of Columbia from Omaha, Nebraska have been stuck on the Pennsylvania turnpike for 11 hours due...
  • Donald Trump is the favorite to be the Republican nominee. Period.

    01/24/2016 4:32:39 AM PST · by GonzoII · 125 replies
    WP ^ | January 22, 2016 | Chris Cillizza
    The Iowa caucuses are 10 days from Friday. And Donald Trump, the larger-than-life real estate reality star, is -- still -- the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. Not only has Trump not disappeared or imploded -- as everyone everywhere predicted he would -- he appears to be getting stronger in both early-state and national polling as actual votes draw closer. At this point, Trump's path to putting the nomination away quickly is far easier than the one Hillary Clinton must travel to capture the Democratic nomination. That doesn't mean Trump is a sure thing just yet, but he has,...