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  • The 5 people most likely to be Donald Trump’s vice president

    04/29/2016 12:55:57 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 190 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/29 | Chris Cilliza
    Which begs the question: Who is he going to pick as his vice presidential nominee? The short answer: No one knows. Trump relishes being unpredictable so trying to game out how this most unconventional of politicians will make his mind up is a bit of a guessing game. Add to that the fact that Trump's inner circle remains, largely, devoid of establishment types and you quickly get into a situation where the people talking don't know much and the people who do know aren't talking.
  • Only One of Six Air Force F-35s Could Actually Take Off During Testing

    04/29/2016 10:35:37 AM PDT · by JhawkAtty · 37 replies
    Fortune ^ | APRIL 28, 2016 | Clay Dillow
    Software glitches continue to dog the nation’s newest fighter jet. Five of six Air Force F-35 fighter jets were unable to take off during a recent exercise due to software bugs that continue to hamstring the world’s most sophisticated—and most expensive—warplane. During a mock deployment at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, just one of the $100 million Lockheed Martin F-35s was able to boot its software successfully and get itself airborne during an exercise designed to test the readiness of the F-35, FlightGlobal reports. Nonetheless, the Air Force plans to declare its F-35s combat-ready later this year. Details...
  • WaPo: Ted Cruz Was John Boehner's Lawyer

    04/29/2016 7:11:28 AM PDT · by Rational Thought · 58 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 04/28/2016 | Bill Hoffmann
    Ted Cruz's claim on Thursday that he never knew or worked with John Boehner has been called into question following the revelation that the Texas senator once served as the former House speaker's lawyer.
  • Cruz’s latest fight with fellow Republicans is a reminder: Many don’t like the guy

    04/28/2016 6:46:32 PM PDT · by Innovative · 84 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Apr. 28, 2016 | Sean Sullivan and Ed O'Keefe
    In the space of just 7 minutes here on Thursday, Ted Cruz reminded fellow Republicans that he has few friends in the party. First he tangled with former House speaker John A. Boehner, a longtime foe who so dislikes Cruz that he labeled him “Lucifer in the flesh.” Then Cruz undercut another Republican, fellow presidential candidate John Kasich, who had entered into an alliance with him to stop GOP front-runner Donald Trump. “There is no alliance,” Cruz told reporters on Thursday, acting as if a pact announced by his own campaign days before had never happened. Minutes later, Kasich strategist...
  • GOP elites are now resigned to Donald Trump as their nominee

    04/29/2016 5:55:17 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    WaPo ^ | Philip Rucker
    Throughout the Republican Party, from New Hampshire to Florida to California, many leaders, operatives, donors and activists arrived this week at the conclusion they had been hoping to thwart or at least delay: Donald Trump will be their presidential nominee. An aura of inevitability is now forming around the controversial mogul. Trump smothered his opponents in six straight primaries in the Northeast and vacuumed up more delegates than even the most generous predictions foresaw. He is gaining high-profile ­endorsements by the day — a legendary Indiana basketball coach Wednesday, two House committee chairmen Thursday. And his ­rivals, Sen. Ted Cruz...
  • Rape of a basketball player, accusations of abuse and bullying tear apart a Tenn. high school

    01/22/2016 8:24:52 AM PST · by NRx · 101 replies
    WaPo ^ | 01-22-2016 | Sarah Kaplan
    First they heard the screams. Karl Williams, the assistant coach for the Ooltewah High School basketball team, hurried downstairs to the rooms where the 14 teenage players were staying for the duration of their four day tournament in Gatlinburg, Tenn. There he found a 15-year-old freshman player covered in blood, urine and feces, Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston told ESPN. Two sophomore players were holding the boy down, while a third teammate, a senior, shoved a pool cue up his rectum. The freshman was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery to repair his bladder and colon, which...
  • EPA slammed after refusing to cover Colorado county’s costs from toxic spill

    04/28/2016 3:23:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 28, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — The Environmental Protection Agency came under fire Thursday after an official said the agency would not fully cover a Colorado county’s expenses stemming from the EPA-caused toxic wastewater spill at the Gold King Mine. Colorado Republicans blasted the agency after the Durango Herald reported that an EPA official nixed some of La Plata County’s proposed cooperative agreement for $2.4 million in spill-related costs over 10 years at a Wednesday board of county commissioners meeting. Sen. Cory Gardner, Colorado Republican, described the report as “outrageous” and “yet another example of the Washington double standard,” adding that he would work...
  • Tucker Carlson Warns GOP Elite at RedState: You Give “The Finger” To Your Base “At Your Peril”

    04/27/2016 5:13:21 PM PDT · by drewh · 57 replies
    Salon.com ^ | WEDNESDAY, APR 27, 2016 11:13 CDT | WEDNESDAY, APR 27, 2016 11:13 AM CDT
    Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson appeared on America’s Newsroom on Wednesday to speak to host Martha MacCallum about what would happen if — as even House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to rule out — the Republican Party does not accept Donald Trump as its nominee this summer in Cleveland. Carlson singled out RedState for attacking Trump’s voters as “diseased” and “probably on Oxycontin” or “secretly liberal,” but insisted that such talk is inherently counterproductive. “He is on track to receive more votes than any Republican nominee ever,” Carlson began. “He’s already surpassed Mitt Romney’s number in 2012.” He was...
  • D.C., Chicago & Baltimore Account for Over Half of U.S.’s Murder Rate Increase

    04/27/2016 4:52:26 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | April 22, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    Three major cities accounted for more than half of the rise in the national murder rate between 2014 and 2015, a new report shows. Though overall crime rates were stagnant in America’s 30 largest cities the murder rate rose 13.3 percent, according to a report from the Brennan Center for Justice. The violent crime rate also rose by 3.1% in those major cities, lead by increases in Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Charlotte.
  • Twitter Goes Nuts Over Carly Fiorina’s Spontaneous Singing (best reactions)

    04/27/2016 2:47:29 PM PDT · by drewh · 59 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 5:39 pm, April 27th, 2016 | Josh Feldman
    Carly Fiorina‘s spontaneous singing at Ted Cruz‘s rally earlier this afternoon was a little odd and a little charming. So naturally, Twitter went nuts. Fiorina sang a little bit and came up with lyrics dedicated to Cruz’s two little girls. The reaction was remarkably overwhelming:
  • The Sad Demise of a Once-Catholic University

    04/27/2016 8:11:58 AM PDT · by detective · 26 replies
    AIM ^ | April 26, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    At Georgetown, the oldest Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher learning in the U.S., the official teachings of the church against homosexuality have been set aside. Wednesday is the occasion for a “Lavender Graduation” event, described as “a special ceremony for LGBTQ and Ally undergraduate and graduate students,” in order to “acknowledge their achievements, contributions, and unique experiences at Georgetown University.” Before this eyebrow-raising event was set to occur, Georgetown University hosted Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, which is responsible for 40 percent of all reported abortions committed in the United States. The student newspaper reported that Richards spoke...
  • This time it really is the end of Trump. Really.

    04/03/2016 11:26:55 PM PDT · by detective · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 3, 2016 | By E.J. Dionne Jr.
    It’s time to go back to where we began: not only that Donald Trump will lose the Republican presidential nomination, but also that he could be so weakened by the end of the primaries that his party will not even have to worry about choosing someone else. I feel your skepticism. Hasn’t Trump so far defied all predictions of his demise? Absolutely. Hasn’t every claim that “now he’s gone too far” been wrong? Of course.
  • How the GOP Is On the Road Towards Certain Defeat

    04/21/2016 9:06:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04/21/2016 | Ron Radosh
    Our convoluted primary system evolved to allow voters a more direct voice in choosing a candidate who can win a general election. Voters don’t always choose wisely -- after all, one party always loses. It’s a shame then -- in what should be a Republican year -- that GOP primary voters appear to want to lose the presidency once again.If the candidate at the top of the ticket is roundly defeated, the toll could also take down many Republicans running for the House and the Senate.The latest polls show that only one Republican candidate has a sure chance of...
  • Don’t count Donald Trump out just yet

    04/04/2016 7:27:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Apr. 4, 2016 | Eugene Robinson
    Not so fast, everybody. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, Wisconsin will not be the end of Donald Trump. It will not even be the beginning of the end. But it might be the end of the beginning. To be sure, Trump had a terrible, horrible, atrocious week. But imagine the worst-case scenario for him: He wins none of Wisconsin’s 42 convention delegates in Tuesday’s primary, while his nearest rival, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), wins them all. Even with that improbable result, Trump would have a huge lead over Cruz in the delegate race, 736 to 505. A Wisconsin shutout would make...
  • David Brooks: At Least Trump Crushed 'Dying Husk' of Reaganism in GOP

    03/30/2016 12:39:06 PM PDT · by C19fan · 49 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 30, 2016 | Tim Graham
    David Brooks, the fake conservative half of public broadcasting on Friday – the one day they pretend to let conservatives on the taxpayer-funded airwaves – forecast on Friday's All Things Considered on NPR that Donald Trump has done one positive thing – destroyed the “dying husk” of obsolete Reaganism in the Republican Party. Naturally, his liberal radio counterpart E.J. Dionne agreed, hoping for a more liberal, domesticated GOP.
  • Trump debate withdrawal is backfiring big-time on Fox News

    01/27/2016 6:11:21 PM PST · by Mariner · 128 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 27th, 2016 | By Erik Wemple
    Donald Trump’s criticisms of Megyn Kelly have been weak, sexist, thin-skinned. His decision to back out of Thursday night’s debate is childish and reflects a fear of having to debate his competitors on issues facing the country. All that said, this dispute is turning into a spectacle with two losers. Fox News unwisely sent out a statement yesterday designed to mock the Republican front-runner for his decision to launch a Twitter poll on whether he should participate in the debate. Here’s what that statement said: We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to...
  • WaPo Editor Says Repeat After Me: 'A Gun-Free Society'

    10/05/2015 6:45:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | October 5, 2015 | Trey Sanchez
    "Doesn't it sound logical? Doesn't it sound safe?" Based on his latest column, it seems like Washington Post editor Fred Hiatt could get behind a rewrite of John Lennon's Imagine and release an updated version to reflect today's call for gun control. [Imagine] Prohibition… [Imagine] Mass buyback… [Imagine] A gun-free society... He liked that last line so much, he asked his readers to repeat it with him: "Let's say that once again: A gun-free society." Bliss, he thinks. Those words -- prohibition, mass buyback, gun-free society -- are what Hiatt says the NRA has rendered "unmentionable." And so he believes...
  • E.J. Dionne Jr.: Why GOP should listen to Kasich

    07/23/2015 9:27:07 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 31 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | July 23, 2015 | E.J. Dionne
    WASHINGTON — Republicans won't win the presidency in 2016 without making inroads in the Midwest. Happily for the GOP, two Midwestern governors are running for their party's nomination. Both won re-election in 2014. The one from the state with more electoral votes won with 64 percent of the vote with wide appeal to Democrats and independents. The one from the smaller state got just 52 percent of the vote after a divisive campaign. The former fought to have his state accept the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. He made his case on moral grounds, arguing that at heaven's door, St....
  • E.J. Dionne Jr.: Differing visions for Kasich, Walker

    07/23/2015 12:15:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | July 23, 2015 | E. J. Dionne, Jr
    "........[Kasich] fought to have his state accept the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. He made his case on moral grounds, arguing that at heaven’s door,St. Peter is “probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small. But he is going to ask you what you did for the poor.”[Walker] adamantly opposed expanding Medicaid under the health care law,and his speeches are compendiums of every right-wing bromide that party activists demand.“We need a president who—on the first day in office—will call on Congress to pass a full repeal of Obamacare,”...declared when he announced his candidacy....
  • E.J. Dionne: Jeb Bush’s optimism is something the GOP needs

    04/21/2014 7:34:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 44 replies
    lenconnect.com ^ | 4/21/14 | E. J. Dionne
    There is a rule in American politics: Hope and optimism nearly always defeat fear and pessimism. The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going. The party’s hope deficit helps explain why there’s a boomlet for Jeb Bush, a man who dares to use the word “love” in a paragraph about illegal immigrants. The flurry doesn’t mean that the former Florida governor is even running for president, let alone that he can win. But...
  • E.J. Dionne: The miracle on guns (Wishing Dionne)

    02/26/2013 10:17:30 AM PST · by Red Steel · 10 replies
    Daily Ledger ^ | Feb. 25, 2013 11:24 am | E.J. Dionne
    GHNS -- A not-so-small miracle is unfolding before our eyes. After nearly two decades in which established opinion insisted that it would never again be possible to pass sensible regulations of firearms, the unthinkable is on the verge of happening. This week, Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is expected to announce plans to start marking up gun bills to send to the Senate floor, proposals that will include ideas put before the country by President Obama and Vice President Biden. The president’s agenda, in turn, was inspired by advocates and legislators, mayors and police chiefs,...
  • NBC Worried About Romney Hanging Around With NBC Star Donald Trump

    05/29/2012 2:55:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    News Buster.com ^ | May 29, 2012 | Kyle Drennan
    In an astonishing display of hypocrisy, NBC News repeatedly decried Mitt Romney using celebrity businessman Donald Trump to fundraise for his campaign. This is the same Donald Trump who hosts NBC reality shows The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice and who routinely appears on the Today show to promote those programs, including just last week. On Tuesday's Today, correspondent Peter Alexander declared that Trump "causes heartburn for some in the Republican Party because of his insistence on renewing questions about where the President was born." He later wrapped up his report by parroting Obama campaign talking points: "The Obama campaign...
  • E.J. Dionne: In American politics, stupidity is the name of the game (Need to Tax the rich more)

    07/29/2010 7:42:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Washington (Com)Post ^ | 07/29/2010 | E.J. Dionne Jr.
    Can a nation remain a superpower if its internal politics are incorrigibly stupid? Start with taxes. In every other serious democracy, conservative political parties feel at least some obligation to match their tax policies with their spending plans. David Cameron, the new Conservative prime minister in Britain, is a leading example. He recently offered a rather brutal budget that includes severe cutbacks. I have doubts about some of them, but at least Cameron cared enough about reducing his country's deficit that alongside the cuts he also proposed an increase in the value-added tax, from 17.5 percent to 20 percent. Imagine:...
  • E.J. Dionne, April 3: This time it really is the end of Trump. Really.

    04/27/2016 7:26:32 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 36 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 27, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    This time it really is the end of Trump. Really. That was the title of the E.J. Dionne's column in the April 3 Washington Post. It was so spectacularly wrong in its prognostications that it really does deserve an award. Really. If only Dionne's column had been published two days earlier he could at least save some face by claiming it was just an April Fools joke. Unfortunately for Dionne, he doesn't have that out and will forever be known for perhaps the most hilariously wrong political predictions now and forever unto the end of time. It wouldn't be so bad for...
  • How Donald Trump Dominated Tuesday’s Primaries (Acela Primary Alert)

    04/26/2016 11:05:28 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/26/2016 | Philip Bump
    rump has won every state touching any of the states that voted on Tuesday, save Ohio. Rhode Island and Connecticut are hemmed in by New York and Massachusetts, which Trump won by 35 and 31 points, respectively. Maryland and Delaware are closer to Virginia, which Trump won by a narrower margin -- but that was back on (the original) Super Tuesday, when Marco Rubio was around to chew up 32 percent of the vote. Geographically, this is Trump territory. If you wanted to drive from Trump Tower to any point in the five states, the most it would take you...
  • CNN's Dana Bash: Carly Fiorina Is Submitting Tax Returns to Cruz For VP Vetting (BWAAAAHA!)

    04/26/2016 5:35:24 PM PDT · by drewh · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 7:21 PM ET, Tue April 26, 2016
    Carly Fiorina and a handful of other possible vice presidents for Ted Cruz are submitting tax returns, said a source familiar with the process Tuesday, another step in the Texas senator's vetting process. Cruz's campaign has not ruled out naming a vice presidential candidate before he wins the GOP nomination. And Fiorina, a popular Cruz surrogate and a former presidential candidate, quickly emerged this week as someone the Cruz campaign confirmed it was vetting. Fiorina's team said Monday that she was being vetted and going through the "standard stuff," but a Fiorina spokesman on Tuesday did not immediately respond to...
  • Kristin Tate: Donald Trump Should Pick A Woman For Vice President,Not "Another Old White Man"

    04/26/2016 9:44:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 82 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 26, 2016 | Breitbart News
    Kristin Tate, author of Government Gone Wild: How D.C. Politicians Are Taking You For a Ride, tells Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM that GOP frontrunner Donald Trump should pick a female vice presidential running mate.
  • How crybully Trump and his supporters excel at playing the victim

    04/26/2016 8:29:51 AM PDT · by AndyJackson · 105 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/25/2016 | Catherine Rampell
    But in recent years, conservatives have found playing the victimhood card to be equally profitable for their own causes. ... Donald Trump is a successful businessman. His residences and modes of transit are plated with gold. He has married three gorgeous women. He claims to have a multibillion-dollar net worth. He has mocked the disabled, women, Asians, Hispanics, Muslims, even prisoners of war.... Yet he constantly rationalizes his bad behavior and political setbacks as the inevitable consequence of unfair systems and anti-Trump persecution. Disapprove of his pro-violence rally rhetoric? He’s just protecting his beleaguered voters against those “big, strong, powerful”...
  • Georgetown and the Sin of Slavery (Hurl)

    04/24/2016 8:39:50 AM PDT · by NRx · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | 04-23-2016 | THE EDITORIAL BOARD
    The reparations movement, which calls for compensating the descendants of generations of enslaved Americans going back 250 years, has failed to gain traction in this country for a variety of reasons. Most Americans see slavery as an artifact of the distant past that has no bearing on the nation’s present. And even people who are sympathetic to the reparations idea — and who acknowledge the continued imprint of slavery on society — have often argued that there is no way to distinguish descendants who have provable claims to compensation from those who do not, partly because enslaved people usually went...
  • Oregon High School Student will be Deported

    04/24/2016 8:02:06 AM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 41 replies
    The World (Coos Bay, Oregon) ^ | 23 April 2016 | JILLIAN WARD
    NORTH BEND — For one North Bend High School student, the “American Dream” is over. At least, that's the fear Schalk Badenhorst has for his grandson, who is being deported back to South Africa in July. But 18-year-old Jaun Erasmus seems to have accepted his fate, even though he'll be leaving so much behind.
  • How the out-of-touch media missed Donald Trump's rise

    04/23/2016 9:02:08 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 23, 2016 | EDDIE SCARRY
    In an appearance on CNN in March, Philadelphia Daily News columnist Will Bunch said that "too much of our, at least, mainstream elite media news coverage is driven by columnists and pundits who aren't out in the field. They're talking to the consultant class at places like the Capital Grill and [with] consultants who are fighting the last war, who expected Trump to collapse. Bunch chided the media for having a blindspot to the places where Trump was receiving support. "The truth is if they'd gone out to places like Kentucky … these people are happy to talk, and what...
  • WaPo: Trump Analogizes Trump Deportation Plan to 'Pol Pot Genocide'

    04/23/2016 8:51:22 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 40 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    We're all familiar with Godwin's Law: in an argument, the first person to mention the Nazis automatically loses. We're going to have to come up with a companion concept for the Washington Post: call it the Cambodian Corollary. Wapo's editorial of yesterday, Softening on Trump? Remember this reflects the paper's apparent worry that people will take a second look at Trump in light of his moderated tone in recent days. We can't have any of that! With Hillary as unpopular as she is, the high negatives of her likely opponent must be preserved! So WaPo runs through a list of...
  • Obama: ‘Simply Locking People Up Doesn’t Make Communities Safer’

    04/23/2016 12:36:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 87 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 23 Apr 2016 | Ian Hanchett
    resident Obama argued that the US does not have more people in prison than any other developed country “because we have more criminals. It’s because we have criminal justice policies, including unfair sentencing laws, that need to be reformed.” He added “simply locking people up doesn’t make communities safer” because “It doesn’t deal with the conditions that lead people to criminal activity in the first place, or to return to prison later.”
  • MARCH 30, 2016 : Putin’s Attack Helicopters and Mercenaries Are Winning the War for Assad

    04/22/2016 10:42:41 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 37 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | MARCH 30, 2016 | JAMES MILLER
    Putin’s Attack Helicopters and Mercenaries Are Winning the War for Assad Taking advantage of a ceasefire, the Russian strongman is doubling down in Syria — not withdrawing. BY JAMES MILLER MARCH 30, 2016 “The notion that somehow Russia is in a stronger position now, in Syria or in Ukraine, than they were before they invaded Ukraine or before he had to deploy military forces to Syria is to fundamentally misunderstand the nature of power in foreign affairs or in the world generally. Real power means you can get what you want without having to exert violence,” the U.S. president said....
  • Don’t be fooled by the ‘new’ Donald Trump [The LSM is worried about his strategy]

    04/22/2016 3:14:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    DO YOU remember when Donald Trump crudely mocked the disability of a New York Times reporter, and then lied about having done so? No? That’s just as the Republican candidate might hope. Now that he is nearing the Republican nomination, he says he will become more “presidential.” After winning the New York primary, he referred to “Senator Cruz” instead of “Lyin’ Ted.” You can expect multitudes of office-seekers and sycophants to follow Chris Christie’s craven path to believing, or pretending to believe, in a presidential Trump. So it is important to remember. Remember that Mr. Trump said that Mexicans crossing...
  • White House Defends ‘Private’ Prince Concert With 500 People: ‘They Did It On Their Own Dime’

    06/15/2015 3:52:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/15/15 | Charlie Spiering
    At the White House today, Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended Saturday night’s “private” concert with Prince. Although rumors had surfaced about the concert, the White House was silent about the event that brought up to 500 people to the event and did not inform the press about it. News of the event quickly leaked on social media – including posts from Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Rev. Al Sharpton. Earnest indicated that the Obama family paid for the event at the White House, telling reporters that the first couple “did it on their own dime.” When repeatedly questioned about
  • The Obamas had a secret party at the White House with Prince, Stevie Wonder

    06/15/2015 2:42:06 PM PDT · by McGruff · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | June 15, 2015 | Kristen Holmes
    Administration officials are remaining tight-lipped on a private party featuring Prince and Stevie Wonder at the White House over the weekend. During Monday's daily briefing, reporters drilled White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest for details on the star-studded event, which was not included in the President's public schedule, but was documented by guests on social media. "The President and First Lady did hold a private party at the White House over the weekend, but given the private nature of that event I don't have a lot of details to discuss from here," Earnest said.
  • The Obamas appear to have hosted a Prince concert, but the White House isn’t talking

    06/15/2015 12:47:27 PM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/15/15 | Juliet Eilperin
    In subsequent questioning, Earnest said that "the president and first lady paid for the event," although he did not detail the exact cost. The concert audience included prominent business leaders, celebrities, senior administration officials and fashion heavyweights close to the Obamas, according to The New York Post's Page Six. Among them were American Express chairman Ken Chenault, D.C. philanthropist David Rubenstein, fashion designer Naeem Khan and ABC stars Connie Britton and Tracee Ellis Ross. The Wall Street Journal's Carol Lee, who will assume the presidency of the White House Correspondents Association next month, questioned why the administration decided to treat...
  • Baltimore prosecutor appears onstage with singer, Prince during tribute concert to Freddie Gray

    05/11/2015 1:17:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/11/2015 | AllahPundit
    A weird thing to do during a pending case for an officer of the court who’s already been accused, and not just by police, of ramping up the charges against the Baltimore cops who arrested Gray for political reasons. Maybe save the pop-star grandstanding until after we figure out whether Mosby was right or wrong when she told the universe Gray was arrested unlawfully, no?On the other hand, how could a young aspiring mayor/governor/senator resist a photo op like this? The audience spanned a wide range of ages and backgrounds, much like Prince’s fanbase. Many were surprised to see...
  • Prince releases Freddie Gray protest song ‘Baltimore’

    05/09/2015 3:11:52 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 64 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 9. 2015 | Jim Farber
    Prince released his much-anticipated protest song about “Baltimore” on Saturday — one day before his scheduled “Rally 4 Peace” concert in the troubled city.
  • Prince Records Tribute to the People of Baltimore, Shares Artwork

    05/01/2015 8:03:45 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 39 replies
    Billboard ^ | May 01, 2015 | Lars Brandle
    Prince will share his feelings on the unrest in Baltimore in the way he knows best -- in song. The legendary artist has recorded a “tribute to all of the people of the city of Baltimore,” a spokesperson tells Billboard. Though release plans haven’t been announced, it's understood the track will address Freddie Gray's death in Baltimore police custody, and the socio/political issues around the nation following a spate of killings of young black men.
  • Paul Ryan: ‘We Won’t Have a Government Shutdown’(taking everything off the table)

    04/21/2016 10:09:30 AM PDT · by doldrumsforgop · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/21/16 | J poor
    In a portion of an interview with Manu Raju that aired on CNN’s “New Day” on Thursday, Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)56% discussed his tenure as House Speaker and what he’s doing, including how he is handling the job differently from his predecessor John Boehner. But also, he vowed there would be no government shutdown. “I think I would do it better,” Ryan said. “Not to knock John, but I spend more time with all of our members on a continual basis. And so, because I was a person that wasn’t looking for this job, what I’m...
  • Author: U.S. Official Who Issued Visas to 9/11 Hijackers Still Works for State Department

    04/21/2016 6:19:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | APRIL 20, 2016 | NICHOLAS BALLASY
    The State Department official who issued visas to many of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists is still employed by the federal government, according to J. Michael Springmann, the author of Visas for al-Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked the World. Springmann, former head of the visa section at the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, told PJM that Shayna Steinger approved 11 of the visas granted to the 19 9/11 hijackers. Fifteen received their visas at the Jeddah consulate. Page 7 of the 9/11 Commission report states that “one consular officer issued visas to 11 of the 19 hijackers.” Those visas...
  • Women Beat Two DC Kids Senseless In Retaliation For Shooting Arrest

    04/20/2016 7:41:29 PM PDT · by Strac6 · 50 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Steven Birr
    Two women allegedly broke into an apartment in Southeast Washington, D.C. recently and brutally beat two young children and their mother in what police described as retaliation for the arrest of a man who shot a little girl. The two women allegedly invaded the home of an unidentified women and assaulted her. One of the attackers then pulled the woman’s 11-YEAR-OLD SON from his bedroom, senselessly beating him in front of his mother, reports Fox5. Police say the unhinged woman screamed at the boy, calling him a snitch and claiming he ratted out her brother, who police arrested in connection...
  • Backlash grows over Obama’s Iran concession

    04/20/2016 2:49:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM | Jennifer Rubin
    The Obama administration’s hint that it was considering allowing Iran to access directly or indirectly U.S. dollars drew furious, negative reaction from both sides of the aisle. On Monday, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) denounced the effort and called for the administration to reaffirm definitively its explicit promise that barriers to Iran’s accessing dollars would remain in place. “Our concern is that there are at least four workarounds to provide Iran with access to the dollar, including dollar-denominated transactions, dollar-clearing, dollar-based conversions, and dollar-related foreign currency transactions,” he said. “Here’s the bottom line: The administration should definitively rule out any potential...
  • Donald Trump Just Made It Impossible For Ted Cruz To Clinch The GOP Nomination

    04/19/2016 11:12:11 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 311 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/21/2016 | Philip Bump
    How bad was Cruz’s night? He’s losing to Ben Carson in some places — a guy who hasn’t been in the race in weeks. Cruz can still win the nomination on the first convention ballot, mind you, but he needs to win about 88.5 percent of the outstanding delegates, bound or unbound, per Daniel Nichanian’s excellent calculations. That's not likely to happen either. Trump isn’t the only big winner tonight! Congratulations to John Kasich, who will almost certainly end up with his first delegate in more than a month. Can Kasich pull off a come-from-behind victory? No. The end.
  • Rep. Kristi Noem: IRS Is Rehiring Employees Fired for Misconduct

    04/20/2016 8:38:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 19, 2016 | 11:00 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    House Republicans are aiming at the Internal Revenue Service this week, taking up four bills to ensure integrity in hiring and better customer service. “We have recently learned…that IRS employees that have been fired for misconduct have been rehired” in the last several years, Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) told a news conference on Tuesday. “Now some of this may involve falsifying documents — they failed to pay their own taxes. They may have been fired for accessing sensitive taxpayer information without permission. In fact, one employee had missed up to eight weeks of work without permission, had actually stamped on...
  • As oil output falls, Libya is on the verge of economic collapse

    04/18/2016 2:48:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 16 April 2016 | Sudarsan Raghavan
    The rapid deterioration of Libya’s oil-dependent economy is threatening the objectives of the country’s new Western-backed government and budding efforts to confront the Islamic State in North Africa, political and security analysts say. Within hours of arriving in Tripoli two weeks ago, the government made controlling the nation’s oil a priority. It persuaded a powerful militia to hand over three oil terminals, and the national oil company gave its support. But the road to securing Africa’s largest reserves is riddled with even greater obstacles, and bringing the battered industry back to its full potential promises to be a colossal mission....
  • 45% of Americans pay no federal income tax

    04/18/2016 1:50:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Apr 18, 2016 | Catey Hill
    An estimated 45.3% of American households — roughly 77.5 million — will pay no federal individual income tax ... The top 1% of taxpayers pay a higher effective income-tax rate than any other group (around 23%, according to a report released by the Tax Policy Center in 2014) — nearly seven times higher than those in the bottom 50%. On average, those in the bottom 40% of the income spectrum end up getting money from the government. Meanwhile, the richest 20% of Americans, by far, pay the most in income taxes, forking over nearly 87% of all the income tax...
  • Why Tax Reform Is Forever Doomed

    04/18/2016 9:06:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    RCM via Washington Post ^ | 04/18/2016 | Robert Samuelson
    WASHINGTON - Almost everyone agrees that America's income tax is too complex. Considering this, you might expect that simplifying the income tax would be a slam dunk. Sure enough, the various presidential candidates have proposed sweeping overhauls. But any agreement is mostly rhetorical. The odds that the next president, whoever it be, will engineer genuine tax simplification are negligible. On this Tax Day, it's worth pondering why. Make no mistake: I think we'd be better off with a simpler system. By this, I mean a system with a broader tax base and lower rates. I'd eliminate most tax preferences and...