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  • WaPo: Even the backstory on Kerry’s climate-change brag was a lie

    03/30/2015 8:22:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 3/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler uses a “Pinocchio” scale to assign a level of egregiousness to lies he uncovers, with four Pinocchios as the maximum … until now. Secretary of State John Kerry earned himself the full complement two weeks ago from Kessler for bragging about his management of the first global-warming hearing in the Senate, a hearing that he not only didn’t arrange but didn’t even attend. Kessler dug deeper on the tall tales emanating from the event, and found that one of the real organizers has been lying about what took place in the hearing in order to...
  • (Washington Post Wonkblog) Ted Cruz’s flat tax couldn’t even work in your imagination

    03/25/2015 8:02:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Washington Post Wonkblog ^ | 03/25/2015 | Matt O' Brien
    Imagine there's no IRS. It isn't hard to do. No Obamacare to pay for. And no budget deficits too. Imagine all the people, living with a flat tax. You may say Ted Cruz is a dreamer, but he's not the only one. He hopes some day—especially if you live in Iowa—you'll join him, and, well, he'll be president. That, at least, was the message during his announcement, oddly redolent of John Lennon, that he's officially seeking the highest office in the land. It was a conservative wish list to not only repeal the 21st century, but the 20th, too. About...
  • Frank Marshall Davis: Obama’s ‘Communist mentor’? (3 Pinocchios to Giuliani)

    03/23/2015 3:15:02 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2015 | Michelle Ye Hee Lee
    Giuliani: Well, his — his grandfather introduced him to Frank Marshall Davis, who was a Communist. Readers of The Fact Checker wanted to know if Giuliani’s comments were accurate. So we reached out to Cliff Kincaid, president of America’s Survival, a group that seeks to expose Communist and Marxist influences. The Pinocchio Test We carefully considered the facts underlying this assertion, and the evidence is slim. We may never definitively know one way or another, but it is time to put it to rest. Three Pinocchios
  • 'Fresh Off the Boat' - Racist 'Hate Whitey' Comedy?

    03/18/2015 11:42:53 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 89 replies
    18 March 2015 | 11Th_VA
    Just watched my first (and last) viewing of the new TV show, 'Fresh Off the Boat' last evening. After about 10 minutes, I couldn't believe what I was watching - had this show been about any other people group it never would have made it to the studio. The show is about a Taiwanese family that immigrates to America in the 1990's. It's main character retells his growing up in America. The father figure in the family works at a store for his brother in Washington D.C. but decides to open a restaurant in Orlando, FL. So he moves his...
  • Federal gov't closes down as Washington paralyzed by blizzard

    03/05/2015 11:11:21 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 80 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | 3-5-15 | EFE
    The U.S. government on Thursday suspended its operations due to a blizzard that forced schools and offices in the Washington metropolitan area to close and expectations are for up to 20 cm (8 in.) of snow to blanket the region. The U.S. government, which employs some 300,000 people in Washington and its vicinity, closed its doors although it is expected that some employees will be able to work from their homes. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will hold a private meeting but do not have any other activities on their agendas for today and the daily White...
  • The Redskins Have An Incredible New Ally In The Fight Over Their Trademark (ACLU)

    03/07/2015 4:10:34 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/07/2015 | Blake Neff
    The Washington Redskins’ have gained a new ally in their fight to defend their trademark against offended liberal activists: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).Last year, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) ruled that the Redskins name is disparaging towards Native Americans, and as a result weakened the team’s trademark protections that allow it to keep individuals from selling unlicensed team gear. The Redskins have appealed the ruling, and in January also filed a new lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of such bans on disparaging trademarks. (RELATED: 12 Trademarks Less Offensive Than Redskins According To The PTO) The ACLU filed a...
  • Obama needs real answers to Netanyahu’s arguments

    03/03/2015 3:18:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Washington Post Editorial Board
    Netanyahu’s arguments deserve a serious response from the Obama administration — one it has yet to provide. The White House has sought to dismiss the Israeli leader as a politician seeking reelection; has said that he was wrong in his support for the Iraq war and in his opposition to an interim agreement with Iran; and has claimed that he offers no alternative to President Obama’s policy. Such rhetoric will not satisfy those in and out of Congress who share Mr. Netanyahu’s legitimate questions. His speech singled out “two major concessions” he said would be part of any deal the...
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 51 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas Supporters

    02/27/2015 4:49:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas SupportersPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 26, 2015 @ 6:02 pm In The Point | 12 Comments There are a lot of stories about the Dem members of Congress boycotting Netanyahu’s speech. But most of the names on the list are longtime opponents of the Jewish State.The boycott lists consists of two groups. Congressional Black Caucus members who are offended on Obama’s behalf and can smell racism anywhere.The other consists of opponents of Israel.It’s instructive to compare the list of boycotters to the 54 members of Congress who signed...
  • Washington Post Shocker: Background Checks Don’t Work

    02/22/2015 1:29:08 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/22/2015 | NRA ILA
    Before anyone gets the wrong idea, the editors of the Washington Post still support background checks on private firearm transactions, along with bans on detachable-magazine-fed semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic shotguns, and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. And they’ll call you a “coward” if you disagree.However, at least two of the newspaper’s reporters who live in the real world have figured out that none of these restrictions stop criminals from committing crimes. From London, Griff Witte and Karla Adam report that “[g]etting a gun legally in Europe may be hard, but terrorists have little trouble.” While gun control advocates in the...
  • WaPo: Europe Proves Expanded Background Checks Useless

    02/22/2015 2:07:03 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 02/22/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    While Democrats, Gabby Giffords, and groups like Moms Demand Action claim that expanding background checks would end mass shootings, The Washington Post looks across the pond and demonstrates that Europe’s expanded background checks prove useless in the face of a booming black market for guns and radicalized Muslims looking to commit terrorist acts.
  • Rand Paul’s claim — twice in one day — that he has a biology degree

    02/14/2015 3:35:59 PM PST · by rickyrikardo · 62 replies
    Wasington Post ^ | February 13, 2015 | Glenn Kessler
    Paul studied biology (and English) at Baylor, but he didn’t earn a degree. There’s no excuse for resume-inflation, even when it’s jocular. We can’t quite say this is worthy of Four Pinocchios, but the senator should be more careful in the future.
  • ‘ISIS Is Here’: Islamic State Graffiti in America-Marking territory

    02/10/2015 5:27:30 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 10, 2015 | Dawn Perlmutter
    ‘ISIS Is Here’: Islamic State Graffiti in AmericaPosted By Dawn Perlmutter On February 10, 2015 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments On February 4, 2015 the head of the FBI’s counterterrorism division, Michael Steinbach said that the FBI has seen children as young as 15 recruited by the Islamic State aka ISIS, ISIL. Two days later FBI Director James Comey said there are open cases looking into individuals who may be connected to ISIS in every state in the Union except Alaska. Evidence of the Islamic State’s successful recruiting efforts in America is literally written on...
  • Gun control group wants Emily Miller fired

    02/04/2015 11:28:40 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 27, 2015 | Dan Workman
    The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) yesterday launched an effort on its website and via Facebook to have Emily Miller, chief investigative reporter for WTTG, the Washington, D.C. Fox News affiliate, fired from her job for appearing at a gun rights rally several days ago in Virginia. CSGV said today on its Facebook page that more than 3,000 people have signed an on-line petition demanding that WTTG general manager Patrick Paolini pull the plug on Miller, who authored “Emily Gets Her Gun…But Obama Wants to Take Yours.” The book was a blistering account of Miller’s efforts to get a...
  • Scott Walker Leads GOP Race In Latest Iowa Poll

    01/31/2015 7:22:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 149 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 01/31/2015 | Luke Villapaz
    A year out from the Iowa caucuses, potential presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has taken the lead among Republicans, an Iowa Poll published Saturday indicates. With 15 percent support, Walker leads a number of other potential candidates for the Republican ticket, including Rand Paul, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush, the Des Moines Register reported. Walker is the No. 2 candidate among potential caucus attendees who support an establishment candidate as well as those who prefer one who is anti-establishment, the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa poll indicated. Following close behind, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky...
  • Time for Scott Walker to get serious about foreign policy

    01/31/2015 7:08:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/31/2015 | Philip Klein
    It came as no surprise to me that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dazzled the audience at the recent Iowa Freedom Summit. I have long touted the potential strength of Walker as a presidential candidate. He has an impressive record of actual governing accomplishments and has advanced conservative ideas in the face of fierce opposition from unions and liberal activists nationwide. He’s also demonstrated clear political skill in winning three elections in four years in a blue state. At a time of division among Republicans, it’s hard to think of another candidate who can excite conservatives as much as Walker without...
  • Scott Walker Wants To Drug-Test Welfare Recipients (And the Left howls!)

    01/31/2015 2:18:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    Crooks and Liars ^ | January 31, 2015 | karoli
    Scott Walker has had a good week. The press is googly-eyed over him, waxing on about how he could just win this thing, and he's still rolling on his high from last weekend's Freedom Summit. Of course, that's not really something to write home about when you're besting the likes of Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee. He's got that populist message down pat just like his other friends on the campaign trail. Income inequality! Deteriorating middle class! And he's so concerned about those things he's going to govern on that basis, right? Walker has a real problem on...
  • Scott Walker Takes Lead [15%] In Iowa Poll - [Jeb 6th, at 8%]

    01/31/2015 11:47:50 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 98 replies
    HuffingtonPost.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Huffington Post
    In the poll, released on Saturday night, [Sott] Walker was the first choice of 15 percent of respondents in the poll, up from 4 percent when the poll was conducted in October. Walker bested Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who was at 14 percent. Mitt Romney was in third at 13 percent; the poll was taken from Monday to Thursday, before he announced his withdrawal from the race. Ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was in fourth with ten percent of voters' support. ...Jeb Bush, who is viewed as the GOP's establishment choice, was only preferred by eight percent of voters. The results...
  • Scott Walker Comes To Washington to Bash Washington

    02/01/2015 12:31:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Time ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jeke J. Miller
    "....Walker, who is deep into preparations for an all-but-certain bid for the Oval Office, called for a “transfer of power” from Washington, D.C. to the states. He called the city “68 square miles surrounded by reality,” with six of the 10 richest counties in America, according to the median income. “We need to transfer power, power from our nation’s capital here in Washington back to the cities and states in this country, where the people, where the hardworking people in this country can actually hold their government accountable,” he said...."
  • Scott Walker and the art of winning

    01/31/2015 10:17:36 PM PST · by entropy12 · 66 replies
    The Week ^ | Jan 30, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis
    What we really crave is a conservative winner who doesn't cave. And Scott Walker is very arguably that guy. He won in 2010. He picked a fight with Big Labor and won. He survived a recall. And he won again in 2014 — by almost the same margin as he did in 2010. That's three wins in four years for a man who governed as a conservative reformer in a state that the Republican presidential nominee hasn't carried since 1984.
  • Scott Walker Takes Next Step: How Might He Govern as President?

    01/31/2015 10:20:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/31/2015 | Avner Zarmi
    On January 27, Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) announced the formation of a 527 committee called Our American Revival, unveiled a new website, and issued a statement which included the following: To move this country forward we need new, fresh leadership from outside of Washington. We need leaders who are bold. That’s how we build a better future for our children and grandchildren. We’ve done it in Wisconsin and it can be done across this country with the right leadership. Walker’s statement refers to his actions in balancing Wisconsin’s state budget, closing an unconstitutional deficit hole of $3.6B while actually...
  • The Power and Reach of the EIB Network Shines Spotlight on Scott Walker

    01/29/2015 1:32:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, as you know, ladies and gentlemen, Scott Walker has been championed on this program for, well, years, actually. But in terms of his success, the things that he has encountered, the adversity that he's overcome in being elected governor of Wisconsin and then having to win three more times a couple of recall elections, which were nothing more than disguised efforts by the Democrat Party and their allies to destroy him, and then another standard reelection effort, the guy has overcome every effort the Democrat Party knows to destroy him. His family has stood tall. Scott Walker and...
  • Is Scott Walker the Republican’s Jimmy Carter?

    01/29/2015 5:09:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | January 29, 2015 | Lincoln Mitchell
    The 2016 Republican nominating season is beginning to move to the next level as events like last weekend’s Iowa Freedom Summit give candidates more opportunities to interact with primary voters in early states. Although Jeb Bush’s announcement late last year that he will explore a candidacy has shaken up the race, the Republicans can hardly be described as closing ranks around the former Florida governor. It remains likely that the Republican primary field will be large, and by most measures, strong, leading to a genuinely competitive primary. Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is the kind of candidate who can easily...
  • 2016: Scott Walker versus The Establishment

    01/29/2015 4:27:56 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/29/15 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    It has been a long time since we've seen any candidate that truly stood with the Constitution. What we need is another Calvin Coolidge. . . and his name is Scott Walker This writer has already established that Scott Walker is the best candidate to represent the Republican Party for President of the United States. He is fearless, stands on his principles, and in the State of Wisconsin, as governor, he endured attacks by the left and the labor unions that put him in a position to face three elections in four years. . . and Scott Walker prevailed, in...
  • What is Scott Walker views on immigration?

    01/29/2015 12:19:22 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 48 replies
    Scott Walker Blog
    I can't seem to find any concrete answer to that question. Looks like a lot of muddling it up to confuse people in my opinion but I could be wrong. I'm not trying to knock the man because I'm more neutral on him right now until I hear more and the issue of immigration but Amnesty, illegals and botder security is a very important issue if not the defining issue for a lot of folks in this country.
  • Is Scott Walker a True Contender?

    01/29/2015 9:45:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    NBC News ^ | 01/29/2015 | PERRY BACON JR.
    A Republican governor twice elected in a traditionally Democratic, Midwestern state. A record of achieving conservative goals and battling with his state's liberals. Openly devout and socially conservative enough for the evangelicals in the GOP, but not so religious to make non-churchgoing Republicans uncomfortable. A regular guy persona, in part because he didn't grow up rich like Mitt Romney or one of the Bushes Those are the characteristics that have some Republicans excited about the potential candidacy of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who Tuesday formed a political committee called "Our American Revival" in the latest step towards his likely presidential...
  • Buzz builds around Walker

    01/29/2015 7:33:52 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 95 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/29/2015 | Cameron Joseph
    The Beltway is abuzz over Scott Walker. The Wisconsin governor is the talk of Washington Republicans following his much-heralded speech in Iowa last weekend during the state’s first 2016 candidate cattle call. Walker’s strong showing in the Hawkeye State is reverberating back in D.C., where donors, kingmakers and lawmakers in both houses of Congress are talking about him as a top-tier candidate in the crowded GOP field. “He should feel pretty good about this past weekend,” said Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who organized the Iowa Freedom Summit. “So far, this week has been pretty good for Scott Walker.” The governor...
  • Divide and Conquer Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s divisive message for winning the White House.

    01/29/2015 2:55:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Slate ^ | January 28, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    By the somewhat tamer standards of the Midwest, Scott Walker’s speech to the Iowa Freedom Summit last Saturday was a smorgasbord of red meat. In just 20 minutes, the Wisconsin governor shed the persona that brought him to the stage—the stern but affable accountant—and re-emerged as a conservative warrior who defeated the unions, defunded the abortionists, and beat back the liberals to win three statewide elections for governor. His message, in short, was that he was effective, unwavering, and uncompromising. There was no need for outreach or a “big tent.” With the right conservative message, Republicans could win elections—and win...
  • Joan Walsh: The 2016 race is on: Scott Walker and Ted Cruz win the Steve King primary

    01/28/2015 4:57:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Salon ^ | January 28, 2015 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    The far-right immigrant-basher boasts of his new influence in his party, and sadly for moderates, he’s right. Self-promoting wingnut immigrant-basher Rep. Steve King invited most of the 2016 GOP hopefuls to his “Iowa Freedom Summit” last weekend, and now the results are in: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the Steve King primary, according to Steve King. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’s endorsing either of them right now, it’s just his humble view of how they did at his all-important conservative confab. “I think Ted Cruz had the highest bar to reach, and I think...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Steve King Says Scott Walker and Ted Cruz Won the Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/27/2015 10:21:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Bloomberg | January 27, 2015 | David Weigel
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-01-27/exclusive-steve-king-says-scott-walker-and-ted-cruz-won-the-iowa-freedom-summit
  • Wisconsin Gov. Walker forms group to boost possible 2016 bid

    01/27/2015 5:03:46 PM PST · by mdittmar · 40 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/27/2015 | SCOTT BAUER and PHILIP ELLIOTTap
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced Tuesday that he formed a political organization to help boost a potential 2016 presidential run, the first concrete step toward a possible campaign that comes as others are also ramping up efforts to seek the GOP nomination.
  • Scott Walker forms committee in preparation for 2016 presidential bid

    01/27/2015 10:09:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/27/2015 | By Dan Balz
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose speech to activists in Iowa last weekend drew strong reviews, has taken the first formal step toward a presidential candidacy in 2016, establishing a committee that will help spread his message and underwrite his activities as he seeks to build his political and fundraising networks in the months ahead. Walker filed papers to set up the committee, called "Our American Revival," and a new Web site for the organization was scheduled to go live later Tuesday. The steps come after a busy weekend of pre-presidential events that included his address at the Iowa Freedom Summit,...
  • O'Malley PAC hires ex-Braley staffer in Iowa

    01/27/2015 9:20:48 PM PST · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Waterloo Courier ^ | 1/27/2015 | Ed Tibbets
    Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has hired a Democratic staffer in Iowa, as he considers a potential 2016 presidential bid. O'Malley's political action committee hired Jake Oeth as a consultant, beginning in mid-December, the PAC confirmed Tuesday. Oeth was the political director for Bruce Braley's Senate campaign last year. Politico first reported his hiring. O'Malley's PAC also said it has brought on Brad Elkins, who will be based in Washington, D.C. Both have Iowa experience. Elkins was sent by the O'Malley camp to Iowa last year to work for Jack Hatch's unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign. O'Malley, who left office after last...
  • Netanyahu’s contempt for President Obama

    01/27/2015 11:38:13 AM PST · by KingofZion · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 27, 2015 | Richard Cohen
    It would not surprise me if, at the next Republican National Convention, Benjamin Netanyahu took a seat in the delegates-from-abroad section. The Israeli leader has both allied and associated himself with congressional Republicans who differ with President Obama over whether to impose additional sanctions on Iran and who also — let’s not beat around the bush — hate his guts. Their foreign policy is actually a domestic one: to destroy the president. Whether this is political or personal — or a combination of the two — is beside the point. Whatever the case, when Netanyahu accepted John Boehner’s invitation to...
  • Civil rights group closely allied with the NFL calls for the Redskins to change its name

    01/19/2015 4:16:56 AM PST · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 19, 2015 | John Woodrow Cox,Mark Maske
    After failing for months to persuade Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to meet with Native Americans opposed to the team’s name, a prominent civil rights organization that works closely with the National Football League is calling for the moniker to change.
  • Muriel Bowser: ‘You have a mayor who hates guns’

    01/13/2015 9:20:20 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 9, 2015 | Mike DeBonis
    Muriel E. Bowser’s first week as mayor has not gone quite as smoothly as planned. On Tuesday, she handled her first snowfall to mixed reviews, and on Thursday evening, she learned that one of the few concrete goals she laid out in her inaugural speech — winning the right to host the 2024 Olympics — would not come to pass. Less than an hour later, she walked into a packed St. Augustine Catholic Church where she might have been brought even further down to earth. (snip) Bowser heard from anonymous residents of the D.C. General shelter for homeless families. She...
  • DC Mayor Says City "Exploring" Suing Congress Over Marijuana Legalization

    01/05/2015 12:56:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    This morning on Meet the Press, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said that the city will "explore every option" in regards to getting Initiative 71 enforced in the city. Initiative 71, which would have permitted the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes, was passed with overwhelming support on Election Day, yet was blocked by Congress. Bowser had previously been against legalized marijuana, but has since changed her position to align with the will of the voters of the District of Columbia. Bowser also said that she intends on "forging a path" for increased autonomy in the District of Columbia. Mayor...
  • New D.C. Mayor: We 'Deserve Full Democracy and Statehood'

    01/04/2015 12:46:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 115 replies
    NBC New York ^ | January 04, 2015
    New D.C. Mayor: We 'Deserve Full Democracy and Statehood' The issue of statehood for the nation's capital re-entered the public debate Sunday morning, with the mayor of Washington, D.C. declaring the need for a "new path" for the district. "The residents of Washington, D.C. deserve full democracy and statehood," newly elected Mayor Muriel Bowser said in an appearance on Meet the Press. When pressed by host Chuck Todd on whether she would accept being part of Maryland, Bowser was firm, "We are Washington, D.C., Chuck, and the residents of the District of Columbia really want to forge a new path...
  • The WaPo is Suddenly Terrified of Executive Orders... And Ted Cruz

    01/02/2015 4:13:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Townhall Finance ^ | January 2, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    It was as if the editorial board over at the Washington Post suddenly stopped what they were doing, looked up from their work, and dropped their jaws as a (rare) coherent thought suddenly manifested inside their collective brains. “Wait a minute…” they muttered, as the thought of Obama using executive action played over and over again in their minds. “If he can change the law unilaterally,” a gradual expression of horror engulfed their faces, “then if Republicans end up winning in 2016, they could just -- ” I imagine the rest of that thought was almost unbearable for the liberal...
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter left impoverished [living on subsidized dime]

    01/01/2015 12:46:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | December 31, 2014 | Ashley Collman
    In 1977, William McPherson earned the top honor in the writing world when he was honored with a Pulitzer Prize.But nearly four decades later, the former Washington Post critic now hovers on the brink of poverty thanks to a failing pension and a bit of bad luck on the stock market.In a heartbreaking essay for The Hedgehog Review, McPherson describes what it's like to become poor in old age-as part of a overlooked group who are neither middle or lower class.Former teachers and even lawyers who can't pay their bills but aren't on the streets begging for change.Surprisingly, he says...
  • Cultural Winner and Losers, 2014

    12/26/2014 4:09:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Looking back at our popular culture in 2014, it appears that Hollywood's power is on the wane. Politically, the leftist celebrities and the "Rock the Vote" gang couldn't help dig the Democrats out of their rut. Even that paragon of permissiveness Sandra Fluke couldn't exploit her Limbaugh-victim aura to win a state Senate seat in libertine California. The year's biggest loser was Sony, which looked pathetically powerless in the wake of an alleged North Korea's hack attack. Worst yet were the people involved. A clearly frustrated George Clooney announced there was no one in that industry willing to sign a...
  • Obama: I’m Jewish ‘in my soul’

    12/18/2014 4:26:22 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 107 replies
    Jewish Journal ^ | 12/18/2014 | David Suissa
    "What will you tell the President when you see him?" was my daughter Eva's first reaction when I told her I'd been invited to the White House Channukah party (Actually, it was her second reaction. Her first was, "Take me!"). Kids are innocent that way. They don't realize that when you have over a hundred people crowding the leader of the free world, it's not so easy to get in a word edgewise. But I got lucky. It's not what I told the President that mattered, it's what I heard him say when few people were paying attention. After the...
  • A Documented American Stands Up Against Fences

    12/20/2014 4:37:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | John Ransom
    To make the White House more secure from undocumented visitors who are just seeking the same kind of freedom to be harassed by a government agency with guns that all Americans enjoy, a blue ribbon panel is suggesting that a better fence be built around the White House. “An executive summary of the review released Thursday by the Homeland Security Department,” reports the Associated Press, “also concluded that the Secret Service needs more uniformed officers and plain clothes agents, better fencing at the White House and more training for officers.” The report comes on the heels of several undocumented visits...
  • Gruber model errs in Colorado as Vermont prepares to rely on data

    12/13/2014 7:30:05 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Vermont Watchdog ^ | December 12, 2014 | Bruce Parker
    Jonathan Gruber’s health care forecasting is failing in Colorado as Vermont’s Gov. Peter Shumlin prepares to use the economist’s math for single-payer health care. As Vermonters anxiously await a Gruber-modeled financing plan for Green Mountain Care, modeling done for Colorado’s health exchange by Jonathan Gruber Associates has proven wildly erroneous. In 2011, following Colorado’s decision to set up a state health exchange for Obamacare, the state hired Gruber to forecast enrollment trends from which the state and federal government could estimate costs. According to a presentation delivered to the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Board on Sept. 16, 2011, and provided...
  • Real Life: Sharpton Rally Attendees Summon the “Black Jesus” It’s “Black Solidarity Sunday” today

    12/14/2014 12:28:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 14, 2014 | Amy Miller
    Yesterday, as they often do, thousands of protesters descended on Washington, DC to protest police brutality against black men. The rally, led by Al Sharpton and attended by high-profile activists in the black community, focused on promoting a “black agenda,” and railed against the typical enemies of the progressive community: the Koch brothers, establishment politicians, and the Republican party. To close the rally, Reverend Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple in Maryland offered one of the angriest, most divisive prayers ever uttered in public. Via the Daily Caller: Dispatch angels right now of protection around our sons from psychopathic, sociopathic police...
  • Thousands March in Washington to Protest Deaths by Police

    12/13/2014 3:54:06 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 47 replies
    ny times ^ | 12-13-2014 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER and ELENA SCHNEIDER
    They came to the nation’s capital on buses and planes and minivans and trains, from Florida, Detroit and Staten Island, led as much by the families, friends and supporters of African-American men and boys killed at the hands of the police as by civil rights leaders. Thousands of people marched along the National Mall on Saturday to protest the deaths, mirroring protests planned around the nation Saturday, ranging from hikes in canyons in the West to marches down the streets of the nation’s urban centers. The demonstrators here — many of them wearing T-shirts that read “Black Lives Matter” and...
  • White Leftwingers seek to hijack Al Sharpton's March for Justice

    12/13/2014 6:41:15 PM PST · by Trueblackman · 44 replies
    Vanity | Trueblackman
    I went down to Al Sharpton March at Freedom Plaza today, which featured the Mothers of Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner with a crowd of mostly out of towners that numbered between 8,000 to 10,000 at the height of it all. The march and rally pretty much ended with around 3pm with Sharpton making a very brief appearance and mostly White Leftwingers hijacking the march afterwards as the out of towners headed for their buses. The signage held up by these Leftists radical included environmental messages, the overthrow of the capitalist system. One sign proclaimed that, "Capitalism was the disease...
  • GOP Members Release New Anti-Amnesty Amendment

    12/10/2014 6:13:04 PM PST · by Red Steel · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:08 PM 12/09/2014 | Neil Munro
    GOP members have released their draft amendment to defund President Barack Obama’s national amnesty. “None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available, including any funds or fees collected or otherwise made available for expenditure, by this division or any other Act, or otherwise available to the Secretary of Homeland Security, for any fiscal year may be used to implement, administer, carry out, or enforce the [amnesty] policies,” says the short amendment. The new anti-amnesty language is being pushed by Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon, South Carolina’s Rep. Mick Mulvaney and Virginia Rep. Dave Brat, who unseated the GOP’s pro-amnesty majority...
  • D.C. Council: Religious Schools Must Adopt Its Views on Sexual Morality

    12/05/2014 5:47:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    National Review's The Corner ^ | December 5, 2014 | William C. Duncan & Michael T. Worley
    In a unanimous vote earlier this week, the D.C. Council passed legislation repealing “the exemption allowing religiously-affiliated educational institutions to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.” The repealed exemption (2-1402.41) read: (3) Notwithstanding any other provision of the laws of the District of Columbia, it shall not be an unlawful discriminatory practice in the District of Columbia for any educational institution that is affiliated with a religious organization or closely associated with the tenets of a religious organization to deny, restrict, abridge, or condition — (A) the use of any fund, service, facility, or benefit; or (B) the granting...