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  • ‘Un-Islamic’ to Criminalise Homosexuality, Muslim Group With Malaysian Links Says

    07/01/2015 1:31:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    A US-based Muslim group has hit out at those seeking to criminalise homosexuality, arguing that it is “un-Islamic” to punish those of different sexual orientations. Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), which has a Malaysian chapter, said however that it would be up to Malaysia’s people to decide if they want to legalise same-sex marriages as has been done by the US Supreme Court earlier this week. “Yes, I do believe all forms of penalisation and outright criminalisation of homosexuality needs to be done away with as it has no basis in universal values, compassion for our fellow humankind. Homosexuality is...
  • McConnell:Gay Marriage Is 'Law of the Land' for Congress, Too'says there's not much Congress can do'

    07/01/2015 10:09:32 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 119 replies
    newsmax ^ | 7/1/15 | c coren
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there's not much Congress can do in the wake of the ruling by the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage. In an interview Tuesday night on Kentucky television station WDRB, McConnell restated that he still holds to the traditional view of marriage. "I’ve always felt that marriage is between one man and one woman and the Supreme Court has held otherwise. That’s the law of the land," the Kentucky Republican said. When he was asked if there is anything Congress can do, he answered: "I don’t think so. I think the courts have pretty well...
  • Do your neighbors believe in global warming? New map has answer

    06/26/2015 6:00:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | June 25, 2015 | By Kelly House
    Multnomah County has the state's highest percentage of global warming believers, according to new figures from Yale University. According to the university's national climate change opinions map, 74 percent of residents believe global warming is happening, while 13 percent don't buy it. The newly released figures are based on a complex statistical analysis of public perceptions about climate change in every state, congressional district and county across the country. Washington, D.C. residents led the nation in climate change affirmation, with 81 percent of residents. Floridians' title as the nation's biggest climate change deniers. Curious what your neighbors think about global...
  • Idaho refugee center targeted by closure campaign over extremism fears

    07/01/2015 8:15:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    al Reuters ^ | July 1, 2015 | Laura Zuckerman
    A long-standing refugee welcoming center in conservative Idaho has found itself at the center of a campaign by adversaries seeking to force it closed, citing fears that the immigrants it hosts could include Islamist extremists. The backlash comes amid an uptick in anti-Islamic protests and advertising campaigns in the United States, including a high profile May rally outside an Arizona mosque that saw more than 200 protesters, some armed, berate Islam and its Prophet Mohammad. The newly formed Idaho group, whose 100 members plan a door-to-door information drive in July to win support for closing the refugee center in Twin...
  • 4th of July Fireworks Spectaculars Causing Huge Spikes In Dangerous Air Pollution (US under attack!)

    06/30/2015 1:32:13 PM PDT · by drewh · 46 replies
    Salon.com ^ | Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 11:14 AM CST | Lindsay Abrams
    The most important lesson you learn on the environment beat is that nearly everything we humans do has consequences, oftentimes dangerous ones. And according to a new study from scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, that includes celebrating our nation’s independence with fireworks displays, which cause levels of harmful particle pollution to spike significantly each July 4th. The researchers are pretty confident about this one: they used observations taken from 315 air quality monitoring sites around the U.S. between 1999 and 2013. Without fail, they found that from around 9 to 10 p.m. each Independence Day, concentrations of...
  • Obama signs trade legislation; Boehner, McConnell miss White House event

    06/29/2015 5:36:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 29, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    resident Obama signed hard-fought trade legislation Monday, thanking Republican leaders who helped get it done and saying the package will “reinforce America’s leadership role in the world.” “I think it’s fair to say that getting these bills through Congress has not been easy,” Mr. Obama said as he signed the trade bills into law in the East Room. “They’ve been declared dead more than once.” The two major pieces of legislation grant Mr. Obama “fast track” trade-promotion authority
  • Supreme Court Aftermath: Millions flood NYC and San Francisco streets to celebrate gay pride

    06/29/2015 1:21:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/29/2015 | By Peter Holley
    Two days after the Supreme Court affirmed gay marriage as a fundamental right, New York City’s pride parade began, appropriately enough, with a wedding. Presiding over the same-sex ceremony, which took place in front of the historic Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on Sunday afternoon, was New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, according to Newsday. Cuomo, who noted he was officiating his first wedding ceremony, wed Human Rights Campaign staffer David Contreras Turley, 36, and UBS financial analyst Peter Thiede, 35, while a crowd of onlookers cheered and The Beatles’ “Love Is All You Need” played, Newsday reported. The Stonewall...
  • Cruz Says McConnell Misled on Funding Incumbents

    06/29/2015 10:38:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 6/29/15 | Niels Lesniewski
    Sen. Ted Cruz is suggesting current Majority Leader Mitch McConnell misled him about the objectives of the National Republican Senatorial Committee last cycle. The Texas Republican’s vice chairmanship of the party campaign committee was always a bit mysterious, and in his new book to be released Tuesday, Cruz contends that McConnell, the longtime Kentucky senator who faced perhaps the most vociferous tea party primary challenger of the year, said the NRSC would not be defending its own incumbents. “When I mentioned to Mitch that if the NRSC had its way, every one of those four conservatives would have lost, he...
  • Washington Post: Forget The Confederate Flag, Focus on Gun Control

    06/28/2015 2:01:18 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 28, 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On Friday, The Washington Post ran a column asking readers to “look away from the Confederate flag” and look instead at the gun alleged Charleston attacker Dylann Roof held in his hand. WaPo published a picture of Roof holding a Confederate flag in his left hand and a Glock in his right. The paper then noted that the nation reacted to the Charleston attack by “[debating]…what the old battle flag symbolizes and whether it should be displayed anywhere outside a museum.” They argue that this is misplaced–that the nation should be discussing what new gun controls will be passed.This same sentiment was expressed by...
  • SCOTUS ruling on same sex marriage mandates nationwide concealed carry reciprocity

    06/28/2015 11:10:19 AM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 15 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | 6-26-15 | Bob Owens
    If you’re following any of the various media outlets this morning, you’re probably aware that the U.S. Supreme Court has just extended gay marriage to all 50 states. The Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry nationwide, in a historic decision that invalidates gay marriage bans in more than a dozen states. Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. The outcome is...
  • White House lights up rainbow colors to celebrate SCOTUS ruling

    06/26/2015 5:47:38 PM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 144 replies
    The White House on Friday night is splashed with rainbow-colored lights to celebrate a Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage around the country. The light display capped a day of jubilation over the decision at the executive mansion.
  • Ted Cruz: Constitutional Remedies to a Lawless Supreme Court

    06/26/2015 4:00:53 PM PDT · by Isara · 316 replies
    National Review ^ | June 26, 2015 | Ted Cruz
    This week, we have twice seen Supreme Court justices violating their judicial oaths. Yesterday, the justices rewrote Obamacare, yet again, in order to force this failed law on the American people. Today, the Court doubled down with a 5–4 opinion that undermines not just the definition of marriage, but the very foundations of our representative form of government. Both decisions were judicial activism, plain and simple. Both were lawless.As Justice Scalia put it regarding Obamacare, “Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is ‘established by the State.’ . . . We should...
  • Mitch McConnell commits to abortion ban vote

    06/26/2015 10:53:46 AM PDT · by Morgana · 39 replies
    politico.com ^ | 6/19/15 | By Burgess Everett
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell guaranteed a vote on a bill imposing a federal ban on abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, telling a conservative crowd in Washington that a vote on the divisive legislation would be “good news for our entire country.” Though the bill passed the House earlier this year after a row over rape-reporting requirements in the legislation, the Senate’s version from Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is a long-shot to pass the Senate’s 60-vote threshold. Several moderate Republicans like Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois and Susan Collins of Maine are likely to oppose the legislation, and only a...
  • When Obama Says Jump, John Roberts Asks, “How High?”

    06/26/2015 9:39:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 6.25.15 | Aaron Goldstein
    I am not surprised The Supreme Court once again ruled in favor of Obamacare. After all, it just about 2 1/2 weeks ago that President Obama declared that the Supreme Court shouldn't have even taken up King v. Burwell but that if they dared to rule against him it would be "a twisted interpretation" of the law. SC Chief Justice John Roberts got the message loud and clear. When Obama says jump, Roberts asks, "How high?" So state exchanges are federal exchanges and 2+2=5.
  • Al Gore Won’t Back Hillary Clinton

    06/26/2015 8:54:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 26, 201 | Emily Smith
    Al Gore declined to back Hillary Clinton for president when asked who he thinks would be next in The White House. When questioned by WPP founder Sir Martin Sorrell at the Cannes Lions festival of creativity who he would back for 2016, Gore — Bill Clinton’s vice president from 1993 to 2001 —notably didn’t take the chance to praise Hillary. In a packed Cannes Lions session Friday, Sorrell asked Gore, “Would you refuse to answer the question [who will be the next president of the United States]?”
  • [Episcopal] Washington Cathedral dean on Confederate flags: ‘It is time to take those windows out’

    06/26/2015 1:26:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 6/25/15 | Adelle M. Banks
    The dean of Washington National Cathedral has called for two stained-glass windows featuring Confederate flags to be taken down from the Gothic edifice, in yet another instance of institutions reconsidering countless tributes to the Southern cause. “It is time to take those windows out,” said the Very Rev. Gary Hall in a Thursday (June 25) announcement. The prominent building on the skyline of the nation’s capital includes windows honoring Confederate generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, and each contains an image of the controversial flag. “The Cathedral installed these windows, in part, because its leadership at the time hoped...
  • BREAKING: Healthcare subsidies upheld by SCOTUS

    06/25/2015 7:09:40 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 612 replies
    SCOTUS Blog ^ | 06/25/2015 | SCOUTSBLOG
    Six are the Chief, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan.
  • CNN's Don Lemon: Maybe We Will 'Rethink' Thomas Jefferson Memorial

    06/24/2015 7:41:56 PM PDT · by drewh · 52 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | June 24, 2015 | 12:53 PM EDT | By Scott Whitlock
    CNN's Don Lemon on Tuesday hinted that there will come a day when the United States will have to "rethink" tributes such as the Jefferson Memorial. After a contentious segment with Ben Jones, in which the former Congressman defended the Confederate flag, Legal View host Ashley Banfield brought up the author of the Declaration of Independence. She reminded, "There is a monument of him in the capital city of the United States. No one ever asked for that to come down." At first, Lemon asserted that the comparison was not "equal" and that Jefferson "was a part of the entire...
  • Senator Slams Obamatrade: "They Won The Vote, But Lost The Trust Of The American People"

    06/24/2015 1:10:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 06/24/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Senator Jeff Sessions will release this statement in response to Senate's vote to advance the fast-track trade bill: Americans increasingly believe that their country isn’t serving its own citizens. They need look no further than a bipartisan vote of Congress that will transfer congressional power to the Executive Branch and, in turn, to a transnational Pacific Union and the global interests who will help write its rules. The same routine plays out over and again. We are told a massive bill must be passed, all the business lobbyists and leaders tell how grand it will be, but that it must...
  • Black Chamber of Commerce: EPA Clean Air Plan Will Increase Black Poverty 23%, Strip .. Black Jobs

    06/24/2015 9:55:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    A study commissioned by the National Black Chamber of Commerce, which represents 2.1 million black-owned businesses in the United States, found that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan would increase black poverty by 23 percent and cause the loss of 7 million jobs for black Americans by 2035. The study also found that the EPA' plan would increase Hispanic poverty by 26 percent and cause the loss of 12 million jobs for Hispanic Americans by 2035. The EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan on June 2, 2014 to cut carbon emissions from power plants. ... There was a...
  • Washington Post: ‘We Are All Dylann Roof’ and 'Southern Whites Are Monsters'

    06/23/2015 8:02:20 PM PDT · by drewh · 64 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | June 23, 2015 | 9:36 PM EDT | Bryan Ballas
    Following tragedies such as this mass murder in South Carolina, most people resort to prayer for the families of the victims. On The Washington Post website on Friday, Baltimore City Paper writer Baynard Woods was preoccupied with transforming the murderous rampage of a single person into a discourse on the collective guilt of white racism in the most over-the-top manner as possible. Woods, a self-described white South Carolinian, contended that there is only one way to fix this racial violence fostered by white supremacy, “it is up to white people to rescue white people from our own worst selves, from...
  • John Boehner Is Not a Man to Be Crossed (vindictive oligarch!!)

    06/23/2015 1:44:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 43 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 6/21/15 | Joel Gehrke
    Voting against the speaker’s reelection may have cost one Iowa Republican his seat. John Boehner has found ways to punish the fractious conservatives who have formed into a thorn in his side since attempting a coup at the beginning of the year. Through means both petty and significant, Boehner has made his displeasure felt while trying to lead the broader conference in a series of high-profile legislative fights. A number of rebel backbenchers have had their overseas travel curtailed and their committee posts threatened or even taken away. But the treatment of one lawmaker in particular stands out: Colleagues worry...
  • GWU cancels suspension of student who displayed Hindu swastika

    06/23/2015 10:35:27 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 28 replies
    The Times of India ^ | May 27, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    WASHINGTON: Following outcry from several groups, a prestigious American university has decided to rescind its suspension order against a student who displayed a Hindu swastika on his residence hall's bulletin board. The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) welcomed the move to rescind the interim suspension order by the George Washington University (GWU). HAF associate director of public policy, Harsh Voruganti, said that the decision reflects the facts of this case and the efforts by Hindu organisations to educate campus officials about the sacredness of the Indian swastika. The small, bronze, swastika was displayed by the student on March 16 on a...
  • WikiLeaks: Saudis tried to shield students from US scandal ( Butte, Montana )

    06/23/2015 6:20:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    ap ^ | Jun 22, 2015 | MAGGIE MICHAEL and RAPHAEL SATTER
    A group of Saudi students caught in a cheating scandal at a Montana college were offered flights home by their kingdom's diplomats to avoid the possibility of deportation or arrest, according to a cache of Saudi Embassy memos recently published by WikiLeaks and a senior official at the school involved. The students were in a ring of roughly 30 alleged cheaters at Montana Tech accused of having systematically forged grades by giving presents to a college employee. The cheating was discovered — and the staffer was fired — following an investigation made public in early 2012, but the memos reveal...
  • Proposed Budget Cuts Title X Funding to Abortion Providers

    06/23/2015 7:39:11 AM PDT · by Morgana
    cnsnews.com ^ | June 19, 2015 | Kathleen Brown |
    (CNSNews.com) -- House Republicans are pushing a budget proposal that cuts funding from Title X, the national family planning program enacted by former President Richard Nixon in 1970, because it allocates federal funds to abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is the largest recipient of Title X funding, and also the nation’s largest abortion provider. The organization has been vocal about its opposition to the 2016 Fiscal Year budget proposal released by the House Appropriations Labor-Health and Human Services Subcommittee on Tuesday. Section 229 of the budget bill states that: “None of the funds appropriated in this Act...
  • Obama in first presidential podcast: US not cured of racism

    06/22/2015 1:13:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 22, 2015 4:03 AM EDT | Nedra Pickler
    President Barack Obama said the United States has not overcome its history of racism and is using the N-word to make his case. In an interview, Obama weighed in on the debate over race and guns that has erupted after the arrest of a white man for the racially motivated shooting deaths of nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina. “Racism, we are not cured of it,’ Obama said. “And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say ‘nigger’ in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just...
  • Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in D.C. interrupted by threat

    06/20/2015 7:51:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 19, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    The organizers of the Faith and Freedom Coalition have cleared a ballroom in Washington, D.C., Friday after receiving a threat. FFC Chairman Ralph Reed made the announcement and a D.C. police officer said there have been various threats made on the event, which is being held at a local hotel.
  • FBI director: This is a “difficult time” in law enforcement

    06/20/2015 8:23:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 19, 2015 4:19 PM EDT | Juliet Linderman
    FBI Director James Comey says officers must work to bridge a gap with the communities they protect. Comey spoke Friday in Baltimore, where anger turned to rioting this spring following the death of a man injured in police custody. Six officers are charged in Freddie Gray’s arrest and death. Meanwhile, homicides are up, arrests are down and the police commissioner says residents are surrounding officers as they do their jobs. …
  • Obama Calls For Action Against Guns: "I Need You To Mobilize"

    06/19/2015 7:38:56 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 89 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 19,2015 | Charlie Spiering
    After delivering a frustrated speech about gun violence in Washington D.C., President Obama traveled to Santa Monica for a fundraiser with Hollywood star Tyler Perry. During the speech, he called for his supporters to mobilize against gun violence in order to change the current political environment that refused to act.
  • Rachel Dolezal is not only a liar and a poseur but a fine art plagiarist

    06/16/2015 9:08:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    Liberty Unyielding ^ | June 16, 2015 | Howard Portnoy
    Among the works by her exhibited at ArtPal is a painting with the title “The Shape of Our Kind,” ... A better title would have been ‘The Slave Ship.” That’s the title that Romantic landscape painter J.M.W. Turner gave to his 1840 masterpiece, which hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. ... While Dolezal’s painting is not identical pixel for pixel, the style and content are unmistakably lifted from the Turner work. Unlike the Turner painting, which is priceless, Dolezal’s near-knockoff comes with a price: $5,100. Maybe a psychiatric evaluation wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all.
  • He's Back! Biden Says Climate Change Critics "Deny Gravity"

    06/17/2015 4:24:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 35 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 17,2015 | Charles Spiering
    Vice President Joe Biden returned to the public stage today for a speech at the White House Clean Energy Summit, blasting Republicans for denying climate change.
  • Rep. Darrell Issa Escorted Out of Congressional Panel on Benghazi

    06/16/2015 9:56:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/16 | FRANK THORP V and LUKE RUSSERT
    Outspoken Republican Congressman Darrell Issa tried to crash a deposition Tuesday on Benghazi, but was promptly escorted out from the closed-door panel on Capitol Hill. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, had no qualms about personally kicking out Issa, the former House Oversight Committee chairman. "I'm a prosecutor, we always follow the rules," Gowdy later told NBC News. "[Issa] is not a [Benghazi] committee member and non-committee members are not allowed in the room during the deposition. Those are the rules and we have to follow them, no exceptions made." The moment just...
  • INSIDE OBAMA'S STEALTH STARTUP

    06/15/2015 8:31:52 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 17 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 6/15/2015 | JON GERTNER
    President Obama has quietly recruited top tech talent from the likes of Google and Facebook. Their mission: to reboot how government works. BY JON GERTNER For Eric Maland, the whole thing goes back to that San Francisco wedding. Mikey wasn’t there—well, wait, actually, Mikey was there. But Eric didn’t meet him at that point. Eric met some other folks at the wedding who told him they were doing some fix-it stuff in Washington, and it sounded kind of interesting. ADVERTISEMENT And now we’re chatting about it in front of the White House security gate, where we’re waiting to talk with...
  • German media praise ‘clever, curious’ Bush (i.e. Jeb)

    06/16/2015 2:29:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Jun 2015 16:13 GMT+02:00 | Emma Anderson
    German media had some enthusiastic words for Jeb Bush after a visit to Berlin last week and his presidential candidacy announcement on Monday, but the press still had trouble distancing him from his less popular brother. […] Jeb Bush has certainly caught the German media’s attention, perhaps more than other Republican candidates due to his family’s history with Germany. “He seems to be getting a lot of press here. Germans tend to prefer him more than some of the others, I believe,” Thomas Leiser, chairman of Republicans Overseas Germany, told The Local. […] The press in Germany also were abuzz...
  • After Hacking U.S. Personnel Files: Chinese Will Dine With Kerry at Mt. Vernon

    06/16/2015 12:20:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 16, 2015 | Brittany M. Hughes
    Secretary of State John Kerry said he will meet with Chinese leaders next week for the annual U.S.-China Economic and Security Dialogue and then hold “a dinner at Mount Vernon” for them. Kerry will be hosting the Chinese at Mount Vernon, the Virginia estate of George Washington, less than three weeks after the Office of Personnel Management announced that the personnel files of some four million current and former federal employees had been hacked, reportedly by the Chinese. The secretary of State mentioned his upcoming meetings and dinner with the Chinese at Mount Vernon specifically in response to a question...
  • Women, Especially, Are Failing Financial Literacy

    06/16/2015 7:48:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    wsj ^ | June 14, 2015 | Simon Constable
    The bad news: Women are falling far behind men in financial literacy. The even worse news: Men apparently don’t know much about the topic in the first place. ... The authors surveyed people in the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands, asking three multiple-choice questions. In the U.S., only 38% of men got all three questions right. The American women did even worse, with only 22% scoring three out of three. The other countries showed a similar pattern. Here’s one of the questions: “Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2% per year. After five...
  • White House says Prince concert for 500 was ‘private’

    06/16/2015 6:55:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    politico.com ^ | 6/15/2015 | Sarah Wheaton
    When is a White House event for 500 people considered “private?” They won’t say. Nor would they say, in advance, that hundreds of guests were expected on Saturday night for a soiree and serenade from Prince, as guests of the President and First Lady. All White House spokesman Josh Earnest would say about the Saturday event was that the First Family paid for it (though he wouldn’t elaborate on how much it cost, or whether things like security were also covered).
  • Civil rights activist who posed as black 'sued university for anti-white discrimination'

    06/15/2015 1:56:08 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 70 replies
    THE TELEGRAPH ^ | 15 Jun 14 | David Lawler
    Rachel Dolezal sued historically black Howard University for discriminating against her because she was white, according to a report The woman who resigned today as head of a civil rights group after being "outed" as white by her parents sued a university for discriminating against her for being white, according to a report by The Smoking Gun website. Rachel Dolezal, 37, has stepped down today as president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Spokane, Washington after it was revealed that she had pretended to be black for several years:
  • Revealed: Rachel Dolezal sued Howard University for … discriminating against her because she’s white

    06/15/2015 2:20:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/15/2015 | AllahPundit
    This was in 2002, before the “transition.” According to a Court of Appeals opinion, Dolezal’s lawsuit “claimed discrimination based on race, pregnancy, family responsibilities and gender.” She alleged that Smith and other school officials improperly blocked her appointment to a teaching assistant post, rejected her application for a post-graduate instructorship, and denied her scholarship aid while she was a student.The court opinion also noted that Dolezal claimed that the university’s decision to remove some of her artworks from a February 2001 student exhibition was “motivated by a discriminatory purpose to favor African-American students over” her.As detailed in the court...
  • Dem Operative Rallies Conservatives Against ‘ObamaTrade’

    06/14/2015 5:42:16 PM PDT · by God'sgrrl · 52 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 11 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    A leading voice against a pending Asian free trade agreement is tailoring his message to the country’s grassroots conservatives, but until recently he described himself as a progressive and worked for union-backed Democrats. more...
  • Is It Just Me Or Does Hillary Clinton Talk Like A Robot?

    06/14/2015 3:16:08 PM PDT · by drewh · 76 replies
    National Review ^ | June 13, 2015 11:00 PM | by FRED SCHWARZ
    Seriously, she does. Not only does she pronounce the word “a” slowly and distinctly, like it’s the answer to a multiple-choice question, without linking it to the words before or after, and not only does she sometimes put little pauses between each word (“it’s . . . America’s . . . basic . . . bargain”) or in inappropriate spots (“it’s the same old . . . song”), but she often puts odd stresses on words, seemingly at random: “too many of our kids never learn as they should”; “we see far more opportunities than threats”; “fight back against those...
  • GOP: Jeb can beat Hillary — but he might not make it past primary

    06/13/2015 6:27:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Politico ^ | June 12, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    On the eve of Bush’s official campaign launch, Republicans are confident he can defeat the Democratic front-runner. But New Hampshire is dicey for him and Iowa is looking like a lost cause.Despite a spell of rough headlines and a recent campaign shake-up, 70 percent of early-state Republicans think Jeb Bush could win their state in a general election contest against Hillary Clinton. But they’re not confident he‘ll make it out of the primary. That’s the assessment of this week’s POLITICO Caucus, our bipartisan survey of top operatives, activists and elected officials in Iowa and New Hampshire. On the eve of...
  • Rachel Maddow Begs Billary Clinton To Come On MSNBC Show, Promises Not To Interrupt

    06/13/2015 12:53:25 PM PDT · by drewh · 27 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | June 13, 2015 | 12:43 PM EDT | Tim Graham
    Maddow Begs Clinton To Come On Show, Promises Not To Interrupt.” That was the Huffington Post headline. If Hillary Clinton won’t appear on MSNBC shows, she’s really not going to appear anywhere. MADDOW: I`m hoping for the chance to interview was many of the 2016 hopefuls as I can this year. On the Democratic side, that means Bernie Sanders, check. Linc Chafee, that`s tomorrow. Martin O`Malley, I have high hopes for getting him on the show sometime soon. As for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, I once saw her in Washington and said hello, literally that`s all I said....
  • US Poised To Put Heavy Weaponry In East Europe

    06/13/2015 12:46:05 PM PDT · by drewh · 45 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/13/15 | By ERIC SCHMITT and STEVEN LEE MYERS
    In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries, allied officials say. The proposal, if approved, would represent the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United States has stationed heavy military equipment in the newer NATO member nations in Eastern Europe that had once been part of the Soviet sphere of influence. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine have caused...
  • $2.1T: Tax Revenue for FY15 Hit Record Through May; Gov’t Runs $365B Deficit

    06/12/2015 8:36:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 12, 2015 | 11:34 AM EDT | Ali Meyer
    Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $2,103,987,000,000 for the first eight months of the fiscal year this May, but the federal government still ran a $365,156,000,000 deficit during that time, according to the latest Monthly Treasury Statement. Each month, the Treasury publishes the government’s “total receipts,” including all revenue from individual income taxes, corporate income taxes, social insurance and retirement taxes (including Social Security and Medicare taxes), unemployment insurance taxes, excise taxes, estate and gift taxes, customs duties, and “miscellaneous receipts.” …
  • WaPost Reporter Hints Jeb Bush Hiding Big Family Scandal

    06/12/2015 5:52:58 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 73 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/12/15 | DANIEL HALPER
    But bizarrely offers no proof or explanation On MSNBC today, Washington Post reporter Janell Ross hinted that Jeb Bush was covering up a major family scandal -- but she offered no proof or explanation for her comments. Even the MSNBC host made an effort to distance herself and her network from the Post reporter's comments. "I guess I was rather stunned, I guess, to hear that these things had been written in a book at a time when the governor probably had his own issues that he was struggling with in his personal life," Ross said. "It seems like a...
  • GOP Congressman Expresses Surprise That State Dept. Says Vietnam is ‘Communist’ (Mike Kelly, PA)

    06/11/2015 10:56:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 11, 2015 | 4:31 PM EDT | Abigail Wilkinson
    Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Penn.) expressed surprise that the U.S. State Department describes Vietnam as an “authoritarian state” ruled by the Communist Party when asked by CNSNews.com on Thursday whether the United States should form a free-trade zone with a Communist regime under the umbrella of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that the Obama administration is now negotiating with Vietnam and 10 other countries. […] Rep. Kelly responded: “Are you saying the State Department’s saying this?” CNSNews.com answered: “The State Department says that Vietnam is an authoritarian state under Communist rule.” Kelly then said: “So this is part of an executive agency,...
  • Assurant Health to close; 1,200 Milwaukee jobs lost

    06/11/2015 3:07:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Milwaukee Business Journal ^ | Jun 10, 2015 | Rich Kirchen
    On Wednesday morning, the parent company said it will sell some small-group business lines to National General Holdings Corp. but exit the individual-health lines that are based in Milwaukee at 501 W. Michigan St. The first phase of job reductions at Assurant Health will occur this summer and impact an estimated 300 employees of approximately 1,700 positions in Milwaukee and other locations, Assurant Inc. said. Assurant Inc. said it will exit the health-insurance market over the next 18 months. ... Assurant Health has been losing money the past two years, and Assurant Inc. executives cited the challenges of running Assurant’s...
  • I have ONE Question for the Next(Hopefully Conservative) President...

    06/11/2015 6:13:58 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 52 replies
    11 June 2015 | US Navy Vet
    ...Will He/She know how and will he/she be WILLING to go deep with US Gov Firings? We need to REMOVE the SCUM that is our "Government"!
  • Congress moving to block EPA regulation of streams, wetlands

    06/10/2015 7:59:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 10, 2015 5:00 PM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Congressional Republicans are pushing to block an Obama administration rule designed to protect water quality in small streams, tributaries and wetlands before it goes into effect later this year. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would force the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw and rewrite rules issued in May that clarify which of those smaller bodies of water are regulated under the Clean Water Act. The EPA says the rule will protect the waters from pollution and development and safeguard drinking water for 117 million Americans. Republicans in...