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  • Obama in Winter

    11/18/2014 5:59:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2014 | by David Brooks
    They say failure can be a good teacher, but, so far, the Obama administration is opting out of the course. The post-midterm period has been one of the most bizarre of the Obama presidency. I’m not sure why the Obama administration has been behaving so strangely since the midterms. Maybe various people in the White House are angry in defeat and want to show that they can be as obstructionist as anyone. Maybe, in moments of stress, they are only really sensitive to criticism from the left flank. Maybe it’s Gruberism: the belief that everybody else is slightly dumber and...
  • How Mitt Romney's Health-Care Experts Helped Design Obamacare [Gruber Flashback]

    11/12/2014 10:59:39 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 76 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 11, 2011 | by Avik Roy
    It’s actually old news that Mitt Romney’s health-care experts helped design Obamacare. Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist who was the architect of both laws, received nearly $400,000 as a consultant to the Obama administration for “technical assistance in evaluating options for national healthcare reform.” And, as Isikoff notes, while President Obama may not have called Romney, he did call Gruber. Indeed, White House visitor logs show that “senior White House officials had a dozen meetings in 2009 with three [Romney] health-care advisers and experts.” These included Gruber (five); Jon Kingsdale (three), executive director of Massachusetts’ new subsidized insurance exchange; and...
  • Time for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to go

    11/11/2014 5:00:11 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 12, 2014 | By Scot Lehigh
    IN POLITICS, there’s nothing harder than realizing that it’s time to go. For Democrats Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, that moment has arrived. With the Democrats’ midterm losses, the two 74-year-olds should announce that when this session of Congress ends, they will relinquish their roles as leaders of their respective Democratic caucuses. And if Reid and Pelosi don’t soon come to the conclusion on their own that it’s time to bow out? Well, then, their fellow Democrats, recognizing that you can’t begin a new era with old leaders, should let both know that the time has come to go.
  • IRS Has Not Looked for Lois Lerner’s Missing Emails

    11/11/2014 4:14:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 11, 2014 | Staff
    Judicial Watch announced today that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted to the court that it failed to search any of the IRS standard computer systems for the “missing” emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials. The admission appears in an IRS legal brief opposing the Judicial Watch request that a federal court judge allow discovery into how “lost and/or destroyed” IRS records relating to the targeting of conservative groups may be retrieved.
  • Attkisson: CBS Intentionally Held Obama Soundbite to Help Him Win Reelection

    11/09/2014 9:37:24 PM PST · by george76 · 96 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 9 Nov 2014, | Pam Key
    Sunday on Fox News Channel's "MediaBuzz," investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson told the story of CBS executives intentionally hiding a clip from the day after the Benghazi attacks with President Barack Obama refusing to admit Benghazi was a terrorist attack. ... after the second 2012 debate, it became a big issue whether or not the president had or had not referred to Benghazi attacks as terrorist attacks.
  • The Obama minority

    11/08/2014 6:24:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 8, 2014 | By Michael Barone
    Some observations on the election: 1) This was a wave, folks. It will be a benchmark for judging waves, for either party, for years. 2) In seriously contested races, GOP candidates were generally younger, more vigorous, more sunny and optimistic than Democrats. 3) The combination of Obama’s low job approval and Harry Reid’s virtual shutdown of the Senate insured a Republican Senate majority. 4) Democratic territory has been reduced to the bastions of two core groups — black voters and gentry liberals. 5) In many states — including many carried twice by Obama — Republicans have been governing successfully, at...
  • Around the world, harsh words for ‘lame duck’ Obama

    11/05/2014 4:07:19 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 5, 2014 | By Adam Taylor
    Before voting was even finished, China's state-run Global Times newspaper was already pretty sure that President Obama would be the source of Democratic failure in the midterm elections. "Obama always utters 'Yes, we can,' which led to the high expectations people had for him. But he has done an insipid job, offering nearly nothing to his supporters," the paper said in an op-ed published Tuesday. "U.S. society has grown tired of his banality." Meanwhile, the Times of London called the results a "vote of no confidence" in the U.S. president, while Channel 4's Kylie Morris said it "feels like an...
  • Uh-oh: The ‘Obama effect’ is especially chilling in six pivotal states

    11/04/2014 11:49:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 4, 2014 | By Jennifer Harper
    Voter dissatisfaction with the White House will have a stronger effect in a half-dozen states when the midterm elections get rolling on Tuesday, this according to a massive Gallup tracking data analysis of some 15,000 people over four months. “In an election in which President Obama’s mediocre approval ratings have cast a shadow on Democrats’ efforts to maintain their slim Senate majority, his image has remained generally weak in six states featuring competitive races,” reports analyst Andrew Dugan. “This includes sub-40 percent approval ratings over the last several months in Iowa (38 percent), Kansas (33 percent) and Arkansas (29 percent)....
  • How Obama Lost America

    11/02/2014 4:42:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 1, 2014 | by Ross Douthat
    THE 2014 midterms have featured many variables and one constant. Whether they’re running as incumbents or challengers, campaigning in blue or red or purple states, Democratic candidates have all been dragging an anchor: a president from their party. So when and how was it lost? When President Bush’s second-term job approval numbers tanked, despite decent-at-the-time economic numbers, the explanation was easy: It was Iraq, Iraq, Iraq. But nothing quite so pat presents itself in Obama’s case, so here are four partial theories instead. He gets blamed for Republican intransigence. This is the explanation that many Obama partisans favor, because it...
  • Mounting Crises Raise Questions on Obama Team’s Ability to Cope

    10/29/2014 2:26:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 29, 2014 | By MARK LANDLER
    ... At a time when the Obama administration is lurching from crisis to crisis — a new Cold War in Europe, a brutal Islamic caliphate in the Middle East and a deadly epidemic in West Africa, to name just the most obvious ones — it is not surprising that long-term strategy would take a back seat. But it raises inevitable questions about the ability of the president and his hard-pressed national security team to manage and somehow get ahead of the daily onslaught of events. Early stumbles in the government’s handling of the Ebola crisis as well as its belated...
  • Jeanne Shaheen: President Obama New Hampshire visit doesn’t make sense

    10/24/2014 4:25:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | October 23, 2014 | By JAMES HOHMANN
    Pushed Thursday night on whether she would want President Barack Obama to campaign with her as she seeks a second term, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said it doesn’t make sense and Obama is “exactly where he needs to be” — in Washington. “We have a lot going on,” Shaheen said during an hourlong debate with Republican Scott Brown at NH1’s studio in Concord, which was broadcast live on WBIN-TV and was co-sponsored by CNN. “I don’t think it makes sense for the president to come to New Hampshire right now.” Shaheen doesn’t have a shortage of star power coming to...
  • Vigilant? Obama is not even awake

    10/23/2014 6:29:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 23, 2014 | BY JENNIFER RUBIN
    In the wake of the shootings in Canada, the president said that “it emphasizes the degree to which we have to remain vigilant when it comes to dealing with these kinds of acts of senseless violence or terrorism.” The president has said we must be vigilant many times, but does he follow his own advice? He is among the least vigilant presidents in memory, always learning about scandals in the newspaper and surprised when aggressors act like aggressors. If he is being vigilant, he’s looking out for the wrong things. He should have been paying attention to the geographic spread...
  • From patron saint to pariah: how Barack Obama became toxic for Democrats

    10/21/2014 7:33:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | October 21, 2014 | By Peter Foster
    It has been a stunning reversal of fortunes for Mr Obama, whose celebrity status helped get Democrats elected in several Republican states in 2008 – states which the party is now desperately struggling to defend. With less than two weeks to go until the November 4 polling day, we track the travails of the man who once walked on political water. Indeed, so toxic has Mr Obama’s name apparently become that when Ms Lundergan Grimes was asked if she had ever actually voted for Mr Obama, the 35-year-old lawyer declined to answer. The president’s sheen may have faded for the...
  • Losing faith in Obama

    10/21/2014 7:21:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 21, 2014 | By Charles Lipson
    When presidents become unpopular, they are no longer welcome on the campaign trail. They're trapped in Washington, watching their party abandon them. Now, the same oppressive walls are closing in on President Barack Obama. He is welcome only in the palatial homes of Hollywood stars and hedge-fund billionaires or the well-kept fairways of Martha's Vineyard. The contrast with 2008 is striking and painful. Six years ago, his acolytes fainted as he read from the teleprompter. What went wrong? Ideology, say the true believers and their staunchest opponents. The left says he compromised too much, desperate to pass his agenda. The...
  • POLITICO POLL: 64% BELIEVE AMERICA IS 'OUT OF CONTROL'

    10/20/2014 2:31:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | October 20, 2014 | by WYNTON HALL
    A devastating new Politico poll reveals voters believe America has spun off its axis and is "out of control." "An overwhelming majority of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections say it feels as if events in the United States are 'out of control' and expressed mounting alarm about terrorism, anxiety about Ebola and harsh skepticism of both political parties only three weeks before the Nov. 4 midterms," reports Politico. The poll, which surveyed states and districts in the most competitive congressional races, found that 64% of Americans believe "things in the U.S. feel like they are out of control...
  • Obamacare, discontinued plans and ‘sticker shock,’ round 2

    10/20/2014 11:45:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The CT Mirror ^ | October 20, 2014 | By: ARIELLE LEVIN BECKER
    Pete Spain knew he and his wife would have to find a new health plan for 2015 since their current policy is being discontinued at the end of the year. But the letter explaining it still contained a surprise: Buying a comparable plan next year would cost the Bridgeport couple nearly 58 percent more. “That’s just a bigger hit than we expected,” he said. The Spains are among more than 60,000 Connecticut residents with health plans that don’t meet the requirements of the federal health law. Many of them are receiving notices that their plans are being discontinued and that...
  • Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, some leave early

    10/19/2014 8:01:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 19, 2014 | by Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, though the event was marred somewhat by early departures of crowd members and a yelling heckler. Some 8,000 people turned out for the event, held in a noisy school gymnasium. But a steady stream of people walked out while he spoke, and a heckler interrupted his remarks.
  • Obama voters: The thrill is gone

    10/18/2014 6:07:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 17, 2014 | by Clarence Page
    As President Barack Obama heads into the final half of his final term, many of us Americans wonder: Whatever happened to the fresh promise of that cheerfully charismatic optimist who dominated the political stage back in 2008? Some of those who voted for him now say they're sorry they did. Why is the thrill gone? I can think of three big reasons: 1. Public impatience. After six years in office, any president has been seen and heard too many times to satisfy the public's relentless appetite for something fresh and new. 2. An anti-incumbent reflex in news media. The most...
  • President Obama Stuck as Bystander With Senate in Balance

    10/15/2014 1:41:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 15, 2014 | By Rick Klein
    President Obama’s agenda is on the ballot next month. This we know from the president himself. Now we also know where that same president will actually be during the three weeks before Election Day. Barring last-minute additions, he will be nowhere near where the election is actually playing out in the most important manner: the races that will determine control of the Senate. Based on polls, it’s hard to question the decision to relegate Obama to bystander status. The new ABC News-Washington Post poll out today puts the president’s approval rating at a career-low 40 percent; he’s almost certainly nowhere...
  • Obama weighs Ruemmler, Verrilli for attorney general job

    10/15/2014 7:11:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 14, 2014 | BY STEVE HOLLAND
    President Barack Obama is unlikely to name a new attorney general until after the Nov. 4 elections, and White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler and Solicitor General Don Verrilli are two of the leading candidates for the job, sources close to the White House said.
  • The disappearance of Obama the campaigner

    10/08/2014 6:09:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 8, 2014 | ByMAJOR GARRETT, MARK KNOLLER
    It was a cloudless Sunday in Arlington, Virginia, and little did the crowd of 1,600 standing inside Washington-Lee High School realize they were witnessing something of a political vanishing act. "Are you fired up?" President Obama asked with characteristic gusto. The date was Nov. 3, 2013. Mr. Obama hasn't been seen in public at a campaign rally since.
  • How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground

    10/07/2014 9:32:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 7, 2014 | By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    The lunch ladies loved Marshall Matz. For more than 30 years, he worked the halls and back rooms of Washington for the 55,000 dues-paying members of the School Nutrition Association, the men and still mostly women who run America’s school-lunch programs. So when Michelle Obama started Let’s Move!, her campaign against child obesity, in 2010, the members of the School Nutrition Association were her natural allies. Today the School Nutrition Association is Washington’s loudest and most public critic of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Even as they claim to support the act, the lunch ladies have become the shock troops...
  • HealthCare.gov Still Suffers From Lack of Transparency

    10/07/2014 9:06:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 7, 2014 | by Margot Sanger-Katz
    The new chief executive of HealthCare.gov, Kevin Counihan, is setting expectations really high for the website’s performance during its second year of open enrollment, set to begin in mid-November. But here’s one big hurdle: The site still won’t have any tools to allow consumers to see which doctors and hospitals are covered by individual insurance plans. Plans that limit patients’ choices of doctors and hospitals have turned out to be the signature product of the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. That may be a welcome development for cost-conscious consumers, but only if they know what they’re buying. The proliferation of these...
  • NJ Poll Puts Obama’s Performance Rating At All-Time Personal Low

    10/05/2014 8:58:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    CBS Local ^ | October 5, 2014 | by David Madden
    A new poll suggests many New Jersey residents don’t have a lot of confidence in President Obama’s performance in office. That’s the assessment of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. Director Patrick Murray breaks down the numbers: “He’s got a 41-percent approve to 54-percent disapprove rating among the state’s voters. These are the worst numbers that we have ever recorded in our poll for President Obama since he took office in 2009.” Murray suggests one major reason is women: “His rating among women is 45-percent approve to 50-percent disapprove. That’s the first time we’ve ever had more women disapprove than approve...
  • Last Two Election Cycles, Unemployment Dropped Drastically Right Before Election, Rose Soon After

    10/03/2014 1:35:03 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 16 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/3/14 | Aurelius
    In an odd coincidence, the last two election cycles have seen a drastic, unexpected drop in the unemployment rate immediately before the election. And in 2012 and 2010, the unemployment rate increased the month or the next after the election. Just as big a coincidence, both 2014 and 2012 saw the drop come in September, but reported in October, the best time to report supposed good news on the economy. This comes on the heels of this election cycle's surprise news that the unemployment rate decreased .2% to 5.9%., a mere two months after the unemployment rose to 6.2%. For...
  • Last Two Election Cycles, Unemployment Dropped Drastically Right Before Election, Rose Soon After

    10/04/2014 8:24:34 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 26 replies
    In an odd coincidence, the last two election cycles have seen a drastic, unexpected drop in the unemployment rate immediately before the election. And in 2012 and 2010, the unemployment rate increased the month or the next after the election. Just as big a coincidence, both 2014 and 2012 saw the drop come in September, but reported in October, the best time to report supposed good news on the economy.
  • A campaign about nothing is still about Obama

    10/04/2014 6:26:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 4, 2014 | By Dan Balz
    It has become commonplace to describe the midterm political contests as the Seinfeld election — a campaign about nothing. In fact, that’s not correct. This is an election that is still very much about how people view President Obama. Obama is on the defensive. His approval ratings have remained low for a sitting president in a midterm election. His economic approval ratings have not improved. Democrats may try to run from him, but it may do little good. So far this fall, Obama hasn’t done any public campaigning with Democratic candidates. He continues to raise money for his party and...
  • As Michelle Obama Campaigns, Some Democrats Fear Her Last Name Is a Liability

    10/03/2014 3:08:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 3, 2014 | By JACKIE CALMES
    MILWAUKEE — She can rouse a crowd as she did here this week, connect with women and drive turnout among African-American voters. Yet despite the nail-biting closeness of state contests to decide which party will control the Senate, Michelle Obama has been largely absent from the campaign trail so far. Unlike Hillary Rodham Clinton, who as first lady crisscrossed the country for Democrats in 1998, Mrs. Obama will keep to a fairly limited path. In a measure of how deeply unpopular her husband is in Republican-leaning battleground states, Democratic Senate candidates there worry that Mrs. Obama’s presence would tie them...
  • 28 words that Democrats really wish President Obama didn’t say today

    10/02/2014 3:23:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 2, 2014 | By Chris Cillizza
    President Obama was at Northwestern University on Thursday to deliver an economic speech that, he and his team hoped, would lay out the case for why the public is better off today than they were six years ago -- even if they didn't feel it in their everday lives. Instead, Obama just gave every Republican ad-maker in the country more fodder for negative ads linking Democratic candidates to him. You can imagine Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas or Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina or Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky grimacing when they heard those 28 words. That trio has...
  • Poll finds Israelis don't trust Obama, Abbas

    10/02/2014 9:39:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | October 2, 2014
    Following a week in which Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of genocide and US president Barack Obama's administration condemned Israel for building in its capital, a poll broadcast Thursday found both unpopular among Israelis. A Panels poll broadcast on the Knesset Channel found that only 27 percent of Israelis consider Abbas a worthy partner for peace talks. Sixty-three percent said he was not a worthy partner. Asked whether they trusted Obama to manage US policy in the Middle East, 74% said not and 21% said yes. Only 25% said they would characterize the president as a "true friend...
  • Wrong Turn on Syria: No Convincing Plan

    09/24/2014 2:44:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 23, 2014 | By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
    President Obama has put America at the center of a widening war by expanding into Syria airstrikes against the Islamic State, the Sunni extremist group known as ISIS and ISIL. He has done this without allowing the public debate that needs to take place before this nation enters another costly and potentially lengthy conflict in the Middle East. He says he has justification for taking military action against the Islamic State and Khorasan, another militant group. There isn’t a full picture — because Mr. Obama has not provided one — of how this bombing campaign will degrade the extremist groups...
  • Presidential Memorandum -- Civil Society

    09/23/2014 3:57:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The White House ^ | September 23, 2014 | Barack Obama
    MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES SUBJECT: Deepening U.S. Government Efforts to Collaborate with and Strengthen Civil Society The participation of civil society is fundamental to democratic governance. Through civil society, citizens come together to hold their leaders accountable and address challenges that governments cannot tackle alone. Civil society organizations -- such as community groups, non-governmental organizations, labor unions, indigenous groups, charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, professional associations, and foundations -- often drive innovations and develop new ideas and approaches to solve social, economic, and political problems that governments can apply on a larger scale. Moreover, by giving...
  • Breaking: Tomahawks and Airstrikes Against Syria Commence

    09/22/2014 6:27:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 334 replies
    Fox News | 9/22/2014
    No link now, they are just announcing it now.
  • Building Legacy, Obama Reshapes Appellate Bench

    09/14/2014 5:07:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 13, 2014 | By JEREMY W. PETERS
    Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama’s legacy. For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents. The Democrats’ advantage has only grown since late last year when they stripped Republicans of their ability to filibuster the president’s nominees. Democratic appointees who hear cases full time now hold a majority of seats on nine of the 13 United States Courts of Appeals. When Mr. Obama took office, only...
  • DOJ Working With Elijah Cummings To Protect The IRS

    09/11/2014 4:48:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    IRS: An aide to the attorney general accidentally calls the office of the House Oversight Committee chairman, asking for help in spinning the defense of the agency whose head just said they obey the law when they can. We have commented many times of the all-too-cozy relationship between the IRS and Democratic members of the House and Senate, with members writing to the agency demanding that specific conservative groups and political action committees they find particularly irritating be subject to the "special scrutiny" that the Tea Party and other conservative and religious groups were subjected to in the ongoing scandal....
  • Assault on U.S. consulate in Benghazi leaves 4 dead, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens

    09/11/2014 7:50:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 12, 2012
    U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens was among four Americans killed in an attack by Muslim protesters on the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi the previous evening. President Obama said he had ordered heightened security at all U.S. diplomatic offices around the world in the wake of the attack in Benghazi and a similar but less violent incident in Cairo on Tuesday. Both incidents were sparked by hardline Muslims protesting a film made in the U.S. which insults the Muslim prophet Muhammad. "Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the...
  • Obama Recruits 9 Allies to Help in the Battle Against ISIS

    09/05/2014 7:16:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    New York Times ^ | SEPT. 5, 2014 | HELENE COOPER
    President Obama escalated the American response to the marauding Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Friday, recruiting at least nine allies to help crush the organization and offering the outlines of a coordinated military strategy that echoes the war on terror developed by his predecessor, George W. Bush, more than a decade ago. In his most expansive comments to date about how the United States and its friends could defeat ISIS, a once-obscure group of Sunni militants that has now upended the Middle East and overshadowed Al Qaeda, Mr. Obama said the effort would rely on American airstrikes against...
  • IRS says it has lost emails from 5 more employees

    09/05/2014 3:05:21 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 109 replies
    AP ^ | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The IRS says it has lost emails from five more workers who are part of congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status.
  • Democratic senator condemns investigation into IRS targeting

    09/05/2014 3:29:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 5, 2014 | By JAKE MILLER
    A Senate report released Friday criticized the IRS Inspector General's investigation into whether the tax agency targeted conservative tea party groups for excessive and burdensome scrutiny during the 2012 election cycle. The report, written by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, acknowledged that the IRS did mismanage applications from groups applying for tax exemption, but it argued that mismanagement affected both liberal and conservative groups. "The subcommittee found no evidence that political bias influences the decisions made by IRS personnel," the report stated. "A review of nearly 800,000 pages of documents and nearly two dozen interviews produced no evidence of political bias...
  • New IRS Documents Show Lerner Did Not Need Conservative Group Donor Lists

    09/04/2014 2:52:41 PM PDT · by adingdangdoo · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 4, 2014 | Judicial Watch
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released a new batch of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) email documents revealing that under former IRS official Lois Lerner, the agency seems to acknowledge having needlessly solicited donor lists from non-profit political groups. According to a May 21, 2012, memo from the IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel: “such information was not needed across-the-board and not used in making the agency’s determination on exempt status.” Later, in her May 10, 2013, remarks in which Lerner first revealed in response to question she planted about the IRS targeting of conservative groups, she conceded that the requests...
  • Obama: Everything Just Seems Bad Because of Social Media

    08/29/2014 8:25:42 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 50 replies
    Breibart - Big Government ^ | 8-29-2014 | Jonathan Strong
    At a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York Friday, President Obama attributed people's pervasive sense the world is falling apart to “social media.” “The world’s always been messy… we’re just noticing now in part because of social media,” Obama said. ..... “If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart,” Obama said. He said this is a time of extraordinary changes around the world.
  • President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges

    08/29/2014 7:15:03 PM PDT · by NCjim · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2014
    PRESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent he had one, seemed to be to tamp down all the assessments of gathering dangers that his own team had been issuing over the previous days. This argument with his own administration is alarming on three levels. The first has to do with simple competence.
  • Online posts show ISIS eyeing Mexican border, says law enforcement bulletin

    08/29/2014 1:45:33 PM PDT · by traumer · 32 replies
    <p>EXCLUSIVE: Social media chatter shows Islamic State militants are keenly aware of the porous U.S.-Mexico border, and are “expressing an increased interest” in crossing over to carry out a terrorist attack, according to a Texas law enforcement bulletin sent out this week.</p>
  • Joint Chiefs chairman says ISIS not a direct threat to US, won't recommend Syria strikes yet

    08/25/2014 5:43:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/25/14
    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has said that he would not recommend U.S. military airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria until he determines that they have become a direct threat to the U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, speaking to reporters on board a military plane traveling to Afghanistan, said Sunday that he believes the Sunni insurgent group formerly known as ISIS is more of a regional threat and is not currently plotting or planning attacks against the U.S. or Europe.
  • Destroy the ‘Islamic State’ [John Bolton]

    08/25/2014 6:01:20 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/25/2014 | John Bolton
    The recent military successes of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, and the ongoing disintegration of Iraq’s “central” government have created a strategic crisis for the United States. Barack Obama’s belated, narrow authorization to use military force against the Islamic State does not constitute a coherent response, let alone a comprehensive one. The president seems curiously inactive, even as American influence in the region collapses and, not coincidentally, his political-approval ratings suffer. From the outset of the Islamic State’s campaign, his policies have been haphazard and confused, especially the halting, timid decision to intervene militarily. And, based...
  • Another survey finds manufacturers less willing to hire due to Obamacare

    08/25/2014 8:24:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 25, 2014
    Fresh off a Philadelphia Fed survey of manufacturers finding that the Affordable Care Act is acting as a drag on hiring and increasing part-time employment, a Dallas Fed survey finds the much same thing. Like the Philly Fed survey, it was tacked on to an existing monthly survey of conditions. In this case, a net 23.5% of respondents say the number of workers employed is lower due to the effects of what’s commonly called Obamacare. Part-time work is up, the amount of work outsourced is up, wages and salary compensation per worker is down, other benefits are down, and prices...
  • US Gives Intelligence To Assad For Targetting Isis Commanders

    08/23/2014 9:10:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 114 replies
    IBTimes Co., Ltd. ^ | August 23, 2014 15:58 BST | Tom Porter
    Western intelligence agencies have been assisting the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad fight militants of Isis (now called the 'Islamic State'), by providing details on the location of militant leaders for targeted air strikes. The information was passed to Assad's government by German intelligence service Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), which acted as an intermediary, a source told the Independent... In recent weeks, Syrian forces have launched a series of airstrikes against Islamic State commanders and headquarters, as they battle to halt the advance of jihadist forces from their stronghold in the east of the country. The Assad regime has been accused...
  • 'Massacre' Fears In Iraqi Town Spark UN Call

    08/23/2014 9:46:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Sky News ^ | 5:32pm UK, Saturday 23 August 2014
    There are fears of a "possible massacre" in Iraq amid a UN warning about the situation in a town besieged by militants. The UN's Special Envoy to the country said immediate action was needed to protect the people of Amerli, which has been overwhelmed by Islamic State (IS) fighters. Nickolay Mladenov said reports "confirm that people are surviving in desperate conditions" and there is "unspeakable suffering". Shia Turkmen residents of the town, in the Salaheddin province north of Baghdad, has been cut off from government-held territory for months. Iraq's prime minister designate Haidar al Abadi has promised aid for them....
  • Islamic State posts execution of US journalist to deter Obama from further involvement in Iraq war

    08/23/2014 9:57:14 AM PDT · by kindred · 24 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | 8-14-14 | anonoymis
    Iraqi Islamic State terrorists released a video online Tuesday night, Aug. 19, purportedly showing the beheading of American photo-journalist James Wright Foley, 40, abducted in Syria 22 months ago, after threatening to punish the US and Britain for air strikes in Iraq. Also visible was another kidnapped US journalist, Stevent Sotloff, who had been missing from northern Syria since July 2013. Under the caption “A Message to America,” it was indicated that Sotlof was being held hostage to the next United States actions in Iraq. It is not clear where the videotaped atrocity had been filmed whether in Syria or...
  • Massacre derails talks on new Iraq government

    08/23/2014 12:50:42 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 8/23/2014 | Unattributed
    Sunni politicians in Iraq have suspended talks to form a new government, in protest of a mass killing inside a mosque in the northeastern province of Diyala. In a statement on Saturday, Salim al-Jabouri, speaker of the Iraqi parliament, denounced as "terrorists" the Shia armed group suspected of killing at least 73 people inside a Sunni mosque.... Jabouri and Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlak are demanding that outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the main Shia parliamentary bloc hand over the perpetrators within 48 hours and compensate the families of victims, the AP news agency reported. [....] The attack on...