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  • Ashley Judd Goes 'Cuckoo' for Hillary, the 'Most Overqualified Candidate (LOL Alert!)

    01/31/2015 8:28:29 AM PST · by rktman · 3 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 1/30/2015 | Matthew Balan
    Left-wing actress Ashley Judd likened Hillary Clinton to two Founding Fathers during a Friday interview with Larry King for online channel Ora. Judd gushed, "Obviously, I love Hillary Rodham Clinton," and hyped that Mrs. Clinton "might be the most overqualified candidate we've had since – you know, Thomas Jefferson or George Washington."
  • So, That Happened: The Podcast Barack Obama Does Not Want You To Hear

    01/31/2015 8:02:40 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 1/31/15 | Linkins, Delaney, Carter
    So, that happened: This week, we learned that President Barack Obama is really upset with our coverage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. So he's not gonna like what we're about to do, which is talk about the fact that the one part of his agenda Congress might sign on to is the trade deal every liberal hates.
  • Netanyahu's Likud moves ahead in polling as party seeks ban on Obama-affiliated organizations

    01/31/2015 6:58:40 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/31/15 | Thomas Lifson
    Despite claims by Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson that Speaker Boehner’s invitation to PM Netanyahu has “backfire[d] on them both,” in the real world Netanyahu’s Likud Party has just moved ahead in the latest poll of the Israeliu electorate. The Jerusalem Post: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party reached the top spot in a Panels Research poll taken for The Jerusalem Post and its Hebrew sister newspaper, Ma’ariv Sof Hashavua, on Thursday for the first time since Labor and Hatnua joined forces on December 10 to create the Zionist Union. The Likud Party is firing back against the efforts of...
  • White House: If trade passes, no problem with all-GOP support

    01/31/2015 6:53:23 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/30/15 | Justin Sink
    The Obama administration said Friday it is not concerned with securing the votes of House Democrats on a bill giving the president greater authority to negotiate trade deals, as long as the bill passes Congress. “What we seek is a majority in the House,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. “And whether that’s all Republicans, or a bunch of Republicans and a small number of Democrats, is frankly not something we’re particularly concerned about. We just want to see this piece of legislation pass.” ADVERTISEMENT In actuality, the president will likely need dozens of Democrats in the House to...
  • Ted Cruz Now Leader of Republican Party

    01/31/2015 6:47:30 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    ricochet.com ^ | 1/30/15 | Ball Diamond Ball
    In the land of the blind, the one-eyed is king. You may not like Sen. Cruz, may not trust him, may not support him, but he has consistently provided leadership from his new-guy chair where the GOP thrones have been — at best — incompetent. Cruz and Rep. Lee Zeldin sent a letter to Secretary of State Kerry asking for details on the administration’s apparent intrusion into Israel’s internal politics: “Has President Obama launched a political campaign against Prime Minister Netanyahu and his representatives?” Sen. Cruz asked. “This administration’s relentless harassment of Israel is utterly incomprehensible. The Islamic Republic of...
  • In GOP Presidential Contest, Peter King’s Race for Second Place

    01/31/2015 6:44:20 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | 1/31/15 | David Freedlander
    The gruff Republican from Long Island has a simple plan for running for president: Be the last man standing. Most presidential candidates have reasons and rationales about why they are running. They have a vision, hear a calling, tell stories of making the country stronger and safer for their children and their grandchildren. Peter King, the gruff congressman from Long Island, has an anti-vision. He doesn’t so much want to be president as he wants to keep some of his Republican colleagues from being president. “I am not kidding anyone,” King told The Daily Beast in an interview earlier this...
  • GOP and tea party heading for divorce?

    01/31/2015 6:40:04 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    mobile.wnd.com ^ | 1/30/15 | Tom Tancredo
    Everyone has heard of the law in physics that goes something like this: An object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion. Probably Sir Isaac Newton was inspired by British politicians when first describing “objects at rest.” If Newton were alive today and looking at the Republican Party, that law of physics might come out looking like this: A political party on a suicide mission will tend to stay on that delusional course, and any force which seeking to alter that mission will be scorned, ridiculed and invited to the...
  • The Surprising Power of Blue-State Republicans

    01/31/2015 6:37:30 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 1/30/15 | Nate Cohn
    There is a basic mystery at the heart of modern Republican presidential politics. The party’s voters, despite electing conservatives to the House and Senate, have repeatedly chosen relatively moderate nominees, like Mitt Romney and John McCain, in the primaries. With the 2016 campaign underway, and candidates positioning themselves for money, endorsements and staff, the establishment of the party is again at the center of the conversation. Even though Mr. Romney said on Friday that he had decided not to pursue the nomination, a third Bush seems poised to run, and has suggested he will not bow down to conservative activists....
  • Let Alaska decide (Saturbray)

    01/31/2015 6:36:16 AM PST · by bray · 5 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 1/31/15 | bray
    Genesis 14:21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself.” Just as the price of gas is reaching levels Americans can both go to the grocery store and fill their cars in the same week, our Glorious Premier Obozo decides to close the remainder of the ANWAR desert to oil exploration. This oil reserve holds more than thirty years of energy for America and would further stabilize the price of gas, but Marxists like him hate cheap oil so he is closing this production by edict. Alaskans want to develop and...
  • What if Hillary DOESN’T run?

    01/31/2015 5:31:54 AM PST · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2015 | Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
    [I]f Hillary stayed out, the result would be a crowded field with a nominal front-runner in Vice President Biden. And that Republicans' chances to win back the White House would immediately improve. There's a different dynamic at work now — particularly if Clinton waits another few months to make clear exactly what she is going to do in 2016. We are rapidly approaching the point of no return for Clinton. That is, if she were to suddenly take herself out of the race in, say, two months' time, there would be a massive sense of doom within the party. The...
  • When FDR made gold illegal to own for everyday people – At the point of a gun

    01/31/2015 5:10:04 AM PST · by george76 · 61 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 31, 2015 | Nick Sorrentino
    FDR, the man who studied Mussolini, who birthed the current intrusive state, who started the drug war in earnest, who put Japanese Americans into concentration camps, who extended the Depression years longer than it needed to be and thereby contributed to the genesis of the Second World War, who tried to pack the Supreme Court, who gave away half of Europe to the Soviets at Yalta, and who confiscated the gold – the real wealth – of the American people. What a guy. And he still has his face on the dime. There is a reason why my grandmother, a...
  • U.S. troops battle both Taliban and their own rules [Did the Left worry and obsess over this?]

    01/31/2015 4:17:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November16, 2009
    *****November 16, 2009*****".....The [Washington] Times compiled an informal list of the new rules from interviews with U.S. forces. Among them: • No night or surprise searches. • Villagers have to be warned prior to searches. • ANA or ANP must accompany U.S. units on searches. • U.S. soldiers may not fire at the enemy unless the enemy is preparing to fire first. • U.S. forces cannot engage the enemy if civilians are present. • Only women can search women. • Troops can fire at an insurgent if they catch him placing an IED but not if insurgents are walking away...
  • No charges for George Zimmerman in new domestic violence case

    01/30/2015 10:11:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    United Press International ^ | January 30, 2015 | Frances Burnes
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- George Zimmerman, the Florida man acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin, won't be prosecuted in a domestic violence case, prosecutors said Friday. Zimmerman's former roommate, Brittany Brumelle, has recanted the story she gave police Jan. 5, the State Attorney's Office said. At the time, she told officers who responded that Zimmerman was a "psychopath" and had thrown a wine bottle at her and broken her phone. The officers came to their home after they heard breaking glass and saw a woman driving away without headlights on. Zimmerman was arrested four days later even though Brumelle...
  • Syria 'adultress' survives jihadist stoning: monitor

    Beirut (AFP) - A Syrian woman stoned by the jihadist Islamic State group for alledged adultery and left for dead has miraculously walked away from the brutal punishment, a monitor said Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the jihadist group sentenced the woman to be "stoned for adultery" in the town of Raqa, the IS stronghold in northern Syria. Militants carried out the punishment and "stoned her until they thought she had died," said the Britain-based monitor. But just as they had stopped pelting her with stones, the woman stood up and tried to flee. "An IS militant...
  • Entire talk from Unite IE (Political Comedy and commentary at Unite IE's gathering in Riverside.)

    01/30/2015 9:52:32 PM PST · by cob201 · 2 replies
    Evansayet.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Evan Sayet
    http://evansayet.com/entire-talk-unite-ie/
  • McCain: Palin would ‘do great’ as presidential candidate

    01/30/2015 9:40:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics Blog ^ | January 28, 2015 | Sean Sullivan
    How would Sarah Palin do if she decides to run for president? According to her former top-of-the-ticket running mate, quite well. "She's very interesting. And I'm sure she'd do great," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told The Washington Post Wednesday in a brief interview. After the 2008 presidential election, McCain has consistently praised Palin, despite her clash with his campaign team. Palin has also defended McCain. The former Alaska governor campaigned for the senator in his 2010 reelection bid....
  • Rand Paul slams Bush 'hypocrisy' on pot

    01/30/2015 9:50:27 PM PST · by Plummz · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/30/15 07:09 PM EST | Alexander Bolton
    DALLAS — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused Jeb Bush of hypocrisy after The Boston Globe reported the former Florida governor was a heavy marijuana smoker while at an elite prep school. Bush opposed a Florida medical marijuana ballot initiative last year even though he partook liberally of the herb while in high school. “You would think he’d have a little more understanding then,” Paul told The Hill while en route to a political event in Texas. “He was even opposed to medical marijuana,” Paul said of Bush, a potential rival in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. “This is a guy...
  • Ramirez Editorial Cartoons

    01/30/2015 9:11:48 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 11 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 1/30/15 | Michael Ramirez
    01/30/2015 Michael Ramirez Cartoon
  • Front National’s Le Pen Consolidates Lead in First Presidential Poll Since Charlie Hebdo

    01/30/2015 8:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | January 30, 2015 | Oliver Lane
    A new poll commissioned by French magazine Marianne reveals that if presidential elections happened today, Le Pen would gather the most votes and France’s unpopular incumbent President Hollande would be knocked out in the first round. It’s the first opinion poll on voting intentions this year, and the solid advantage enjoyed by Le Pen and her traditional-conservative Front National (FN) party appears to have been confirmed in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris earlier this month. Front National is the only mainstream French political movement that shows willing to tackle the problem of rising Islamism, and this...
  • Support Waning, Romney Decides Against 2016 Bid (Big donors rule the GOP)

    01/30/2015 8:43:09 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 17 replies
    The campaign to deny Mr. Romney another chance began almost immediately after he mused to donors at a Friday get-together in New York City on Jan. 9 that he was open to the possibility of another run. By that Sunday afternoon, William Oberndorf, a prominent California investor who supported Mr. Romney in both of his previous presidential campaigns, had emailed a group of 52 powerful Republicans, including former Secretary of State George Shultz, the investor Charles Schwab and the Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos with a blunt message: we need to support someone else.
  • Democrats Just Got A Big Fat Hug From The Head Of A Radical Group Whose Backing They May Regret

    01/30/2015 7:17:49 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 19 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 1/30/15 | NORVELL ROSE
    He declares that Democrats offer the “most realistic electoral vehicle” in the fight against greedy Wall Street capitalists, the Tea Party, white supremacists and right-wing evangelicals. “He” is the chairman of the Communist Party USA, John Bachtell, who says that American Communists are ready to align with the Democrat Party to achieve their goals. As writer Eric Owens points out in a piece for The Daily Caller, Bachtell wrote a 2,000-word essay detailing his reasons for embracing the Democrats. It was a manifesto of sorts published at People’s World — a “daily news website of, for and by the 99%...
  • Richard Richards, Republican Party icon, dies at age 82

    01/30/2015 6:30:34 PM PST · by seacapn · 11 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Friday, January 30, 2015 | PAUL ROLLY
    Richard Richards, a key player in Utah Republican politics for three decades, was the first GOP chairman to endorse Ronald Reagan for president and was instrumental in Reagan's successful presidential campaign in 1980. An Ogden native who rose to become chairman of the National Republican Committee in Reagan's first term, Richards died at his home Friday. He was 82... Richards' work on Reagan's campaign earned him the chairmanship of the National Republican Committee in 1981-82.
  • Biden Laments What The Obama Administration Has Done To America

    01/30/2015 6:23:57 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1-30-2015 | Jim Treacher
    January 30, 2015 Biden Laments What The Obama Administration Has Done To America Jim Treacher If you don’t like what you’ve seen since Election ’08, you’ve got company. Tell ‘em, Joe! BIDEN VIDEO“To state the obvious, the past six years have been really, really hard for this country.” Yep. I called it even before these idiots got elected: Biden Clarifies Earlier Remarks on His Dread of an Obama Administration.
  • Safety in Numbers: Can Obama entrench his executive actions before he leaves office?

    01/30/2015 6:09:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 24, 2015 | Ronald Brownstein
    One inescapable conclusion from President Obama's confrontational State of the Union address this week is that he expects to reach few legislative agreements with the Republican Congress. There's probably a better chance of Republicans designating an "Affordable Care Act Appreciation Month" than of passing legislation to raise capital-gains taxes or to provide tuition-free community college, as the president proposed. This suggests that while Obama is hoping to frame a broader debate with his new proposals, he anticipates that he will make his greatest "fourth quarter" impact through executive actions that bypass Congress. He's already signaled that intention in recent months...
  • Sen. Cruz Asks if Obama Behind V-15 ‘Political Campaign against Netanyahu’

    01/30/2015 5:58:47 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | January 30th, 2015 | Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    “Has President Obama launched a political campaign against Prime Minister Netanyahu and his representatives?” Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz and New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, also a Republican, asked Sec. of State John Kerry in a letter Thursday.They asked “for information regarding media reports that U.S. taxpayer dollars are being used to fund efforts to influence upcoming elections in Israel.”The Jewish Press reported here this week that non-profit and tax-exempt leftist groups  are campaigning to dump Netanyahu.Sen. Cruz asked: This administration’s relentless harassment of Israel is utterly incomprehensible. The Islamic Republic of Iran is pursuing the deadliest weapons on the...
  • In Praise of Ted Cruz

    01/30/2015 5:54:34 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 29 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 01.30.2015 - 9:10 AM | Peter Wehner
    In the past I’ve been critical of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, but in his questioning of President Obama’s choice for attorney general, Loretta Lynch–which occurred during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee–was not just skillful but superb.Senator Cruz’s tone was respectful but firm. He stayed away from theatrics and polemics. He didn’t personalize the line of inquiry. In doing so, he kept the focus right where it needed to be.But more than that, Senator Cruz exposed the lawlessness that is at the core of President Obama’s executive amnesty, and he did so in a logical, step-by-step manner. Senator...
  • Bill O'Reilly Poll - Who do you want to run for president on the Republican side?

    01/30/2015 5:47:27 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 64 replies
    BillOReilly.com ^ | January 30, 2015
    Who do you want to run for president on the Republican side? Poll is on middle of page right-hand side.
  • Obama Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Started Sorority With Holder’s Wife

    01/30/2015 5:46:07 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/27/2015 | Patrick Howley
    resident Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was a charter member of an all-black Harvard sorority — and so was Eric Holder’s wife. ... can Lynch as an investigator really be objective when it comes to her predecessor, who is currently in contempt of Congress over Fast and Furious scandal document obstruction and would probably warrant investigation from an unbiased successor? After all, Lynch goes way back with Holder’s wife. “The Xi Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
  • SHOULD WOMEN BE NAVY SEALS?

    01/30/2015 5:43:27 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 77 replies
    http://warrior.scout.com ^ | January 11, 2015 | Ray "Cash" Care
    As the Department of Defense considers the question, former Navy SEAL Ray “Cash” Care says he has an answer: Hell no. A few weeks ago, it was reported in Navy Times that the Department of Defense will make a decision on opening the SEAL and SWCC ranks to women in January of 2016. If the DoD decides in favor of allowing women, the Navy would then notify Congress by July 1, and Congress would then have 30 working days to respond with any concerns. I'd like to jump ahead of Congress, save them some trouble and tell them right here,...
  • Gov. Scott Walker: Time for ‘new’ approach to governing

    01/30/2015 5:24:10 PM PST · by T Ruth · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, January 30, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that ordinary Americans are tired of the heavy hand of Washington and are yearning for elected leaders to take a “fresh” bottom-up approach to governance that empowers states and localities. Mr. Walker’s message coincided with the news that Mitt Romney was taking a pass on a third White House bid — setting the stage for a royal rumble over the fundraisers and high-dollar donors who had been waiting to see what the former Massachusetts governor would do. *** “To transform America, we really need to transfer power from our nation’s capital here in Washington...
  • Lindsey Graham: 'I Would Be Good Commander-in-Chief — God Knows We Need One' [Just Not You!]

    01/30/2015 5:06:03 PM PST · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    Newsmax ^ | January 30, 2014 | Courtney Coren
    Lindsey Graham: 'I Would Be Good Commander-in-Chief — God Knows We Need One' Friday, 30 Jan 2015 By Courtney Coren Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was promoting his own presidential candidacy on CNN Friday after former presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced that he will not run in 2016. Graham told CNN that while he was "surprised" by Romney's announcement, it won't change his decision to explore the possibility of running and that it means "one less good person to choose from."
  • The Tea Party's 5 biggest 2016 problems

    01/30/2015 3:46:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Vox ^ | January 30, 2015 | Andrew Prokop
    As the 2016 GOP presidential primaries get closer, many conservatives have been growing increasingly hopeful that this will be finally the year they determine their party's nominee. It's a tall order. The Tea Party has shown it can push GOP politicians to the right and win one-off Senate primaries. But taking on the establishment in an expensive, months-long slog of primaries and caucuses across the country is a more difficult proposition. Even when Mitt Romney looked weak in 2012, the Tea Party didn't manage to coalesce around a viable alternative. This time, things feel different — candidates like Scott Walker...
  • Perry Weitz is living the lavish life (for Silver's pal, "altruism" is profitable)

    01/30/2015 3:43:51 PM PST · by Liz · 3 replies
    NYPOST.COM ^ | 1/30/15 | RICHARD JOHNSON
    Perry Weitz and his $30 million Challenger 605. / Photo: Facebook / PatrickMcMullan.com The high profile Weitz & Luxenberg firm paid disgraced Democrat Sheldon Silver nearly $4 million, but there's plenty more where that came from. Weitz brags about $8 billion in asbestos and defective drug settlements. The Brooklyn-born Weitz describes himself as “a clenched-jaw champion of justice for the little guy” — proudly lives lavishly, with a private jet, two huge yachts and a 44-acre ranch outside Aspen, Colo, flying-in at some $40,000 per trip. In a gushing profile in New York magazine, Weitz downplayed greed as his...
  • Senate rejects pay raise for lawmakers, statewide officials and judges (MO)

    01/30/2015 3:35:40 PM PST · by Optimist · 5 replies
    Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | January 30, 2015 | RUDI KELLER
    JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate voted 31-3 Thursday to reject an 11.1 percent pay raise for lawmakers and a 16.6 percent raise for statewide elected officials after an opponent of the raises threatened to invoke a rarely used rule to force the vote. On Wednesday, lawmakers supporting the raises blocked the resolution sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, which would reject the raise recommended by the Missouri Citizens’ Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials. That seemed to put the matter to rest until Schaaf announced he was looking for four other members to sign a...
  • As the Iranian Nuclear Talks Drag On, Congress Must Act (Senator Cotton lays down the law)

    01/30/2015 3:24:35 PM PST · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 29, 2015 7:24 p.m. ET | Tom Cotton
    A nuclear-capable Iran is the gravest threat facing America today. The Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, the so-called P5+1 talks, were supposed to stop Iran’s rush to a nuclear bomb. Regrettably, what began as an unwise gamble has descended into a dangerous series of unending concessions, which is why the time has come for Congress to act. Our negotiating “partner,” Iran, is not a rational or peaceful actor; it is a radical, Islamist tyranny whose constitution explicitly calls for jihad. Iran’s ayatollahs have honored the call: Iran has been killing Americans for more than three decades. In 1983 Iran...
  • Head of Communist Party USA announces plan to work with Democratic Party

    01/30/2015 12:29:38 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 43 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | January 30, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    John Bachtell, chairman of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA, has penned a 2,000-plus-word essay explaining to his True Believers why the party has chosen to use the Democrats as its vehicle. Eric Owens of the Daily Caller noticed and excerpted some of the gems from the cant-laden prose, but let me offer my own summary.
  • PPP Poll: Hillary falls within MOE of top GOP candidates

    01/30/2015 12:28:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Mitt Romney’s not running for President again, telling supporters that it’s time for the Republican Party to look to other leaders for its future. Democrats may wonder whether they have to tell Hillary Clinton the same thing. In a PPP poll taken this week, Hillary Clinton can’t get to 50% against any Republican challenger paired against her, even Romney: The automated poll of nearly 900 registered voters, conducted last week by Public Policy Polling, found that 48 percent of respondents had an unfavorable opinion of Clinton, compared to 43 percent who viewed the former secretary of State favorably.While Clinton...
  • Republican Congressman in Hospice Care

    01/30/2015 12:16:31 PM PST · by Kevin C · 17 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 1/30/2015 | Emily Cahn
    Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who has been absent from Capitol Hill for the majority of the past year after being diagnosed with a brain tumor in the spring, was moved to home hospice care in Tupelo, Miss., on Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the Republican’s condition. A local consultant issued a statement from the family Friday confirming the grim news.
  • Obama’s Israel Problem (excellent article!)

    01/30/2015 12:13:23 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 1/30/15 | William Kristol
    The Obama administration is angry with Israel. Here's the administration's house organ, the New York Times, this morning: WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, after days of mounting tension, signaled on Wednesday how angry it is with Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Republican leaders’ invitation to address Congress on Iran without consulting the White House. The outrage the episode has incited within President Obama’s inner circle became clear in unusually sharp criticism by a senior administration official who said that the Israeli ambassador, Ron Dermer, who helped orchestrate the invitation, had repeatedly placed Mr. Netanyahu’s political fortunes above the...
  • State Legislators Renew Battle Against Same-sex Marriage Decrees

    01/30/2015 12:08:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jack Kenny
    In what has been described as a new front in the battle over same-sex marriage, legislators in several states under judicial orders to confer marital status on same-sex couples have introduced bills to forbid state or local officials from issuing marriage licenses to couples of the same gender. The bills would also strip the salaries of employees who issued the licenses, the New York Times reported Thursday.The bills have been introduced in the legislatures of Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, with South Carolina also considering a bill that would allow officials to opt out of issuing such licenses if it...
  • Greece says will not cooperate with troika or seek aid extension

    01/30/2015 11:48:58 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    cnbc ^ | 1-30-2015 | Reuters
    Greece's government will not cooperate with the EU and IMF mission bankrolling the country and will not seek an extension to the bailout program, its finance minister said on Friday. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, head of the euro zone finance ministers' group who is in Athens for talks with the new government, said the two sides would decide what would happen next before the program ends on Feb. 28.
  • New Greek nationalist defense minister prompts Turkey to scramble jets

    01/30/2015 11:38:21 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | 1-29-2015 | Reuters
    Greece's new nationalist defense minister prompted Greece's perennial rival Turkey to scramble jets on Friday, just days after he took office, by flying over uninhabited islets off the Turkish coast that nearly triggered a war in 1996. Turkish fighter jets entered Greek airspace and were intercepted by Greek jets as Defence Minister Panos Kammenos and military chiefs flew by helicopter to the islet of Imia to drop wreaths in memory of three Greek officers killed nearby in a helicopter crash 19 years ago, the Greek Defence Ministry said. Kammenos heads the small, right-wing, Eurosceptical Independent Greeks party, and the episode...
  • Senate Democrats Leave Door Open To Skip Netanyahu Speech

    01/30/2015 10:36:33 AM PST · by Dave346 · 55 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | Jan. 29, 2015, at 6:38 p.m. | Jacob Fischler
    WASHINGTON — When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress in March, it is unclear whether everybody invited will actually show up. Democrats have criticized House Speaker John Boehner for circumventing the administration when he invited Netanyahu to speak, and the White House has already said Obama will not meet with him when he’s here. BuzzFeed News asked several Senate Democrats whether they planned on skipping the speech or not. Most said they either hadn’t thought about it or they hadn’t decided. But there were no hard answers in the negative. Only one senator definitively said...
  • Sarah Palin stirs up another media feeding frenzy

    01/30/2015 10:19:59 AM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 130 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 27 January 2015 | M Catharine Evans
    Sarah Palin is being smeared in headlines from the Huffington Post to the Washington Examiner for her 35-minute speech at Saturday’s Iowa Freedom Summit. In 2015, Palinophobia is as palpable as it was in 2008. After six years, the media still tears into the superstar from Wasilla like rabid dogs. The Washington Examiner's Byron York called the speech "long, rambling and at times barely coherent ... By the time Palin finished speaking, it was hard for anyone to believe she truly is 'seriously interested' in running for president." From Huffington Post: "Sarah Palin's Bizarre Iowa Speech Gets Thanks – From...
  • HuffPo Correspondent Invokes Cornhusker Kickback Senator to Save Obamacare

    01/30/2015 10:02:40 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 30, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Did you know that the future of Obamacare relies on the credibilty of former Senator Ben "Cornhusker Kickback" Nelson? Yes, the Huffington Post and other liberal media outlets seem to think that what Nelson tells us was going on in his mind at the time that Obamacare passed is crucial to the outcome of the King vs Burwell case at the Supreme Court. Such is the desperate premise of Jonathan Cohn, Senior National Correspondent of the Huffington Post and other liberals looking for that lifeline out of the dilemma that the Obmacare law specifically says that only state based exchanges...
  • Mitt Romney to update supporters on his plans for 2016 Campaign (11:00 a.m. EST today)

    01/30/2015 7:56:57 AM PST · by Din Maker · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 30, 2015
    Mitt Romney plans to update supporters Friday about his plans for the 2016 campaign. The Republican Party's 2012 nominee will host a conference call with supporters at 11 a.m. EST, according to an email from Romney obtained by The Associated Press. Romney will tell staff members about his plans a few minutes earlier. The former governor of Massachusetts jumped back into the presidential discussion on Jan. 10, when he surprised a small group of former donors at a meeting in New York by telling them he was eyeing a third run for the White House. In the days since, Romney...
  • The Romney Statement: Not Running. "I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party...."

    01/30/2015 7:56:14 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 250 replies
    hughhewitt.com ^ | 01/30/2015 | Hugh Hewitt
    I’ve been emailed this text of remarks Mitt Romney will be making to his supporters shortly: Let me begin by letting you know who else is on this call, besides Ann and me. There are a large number of people who signed on to be leaders of our 2016 finance effort. In addition, state political leadership from several of the early primary states are on the line. And here in New York City, and on the phone, are people who have been helping me think through how to build a new team, as well as supporters from the past who...
  • Mitt Romney Is Running for President

    01/30/2015 7:37:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 30, 2015 | Staff
    Mitt Romney will call senior donors at 11 a.m. ET Friday to give them “an update” on his campaign plans. Sources have told The Daily Beast that the former Massachusetts governor will announce his intention to explore a third run for the White House. Romney and his senior aides believe he is the best placed candidate to defeat Hillary Clinton. In a memo sent by Romney to his inner circle Thursday, he highlighted three reasons he should run: He thinks he’s the only qualified Republican in the field, polling is favorable to a win, and he thinks he can do...
  • Bibi Surges in Israeli Polls

    01/30/2015 7:30:30 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1-30-2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is enjoying a surge in the latest opinion polls of Israeli voters. The Jerusalem Post reports that its latest poll shows Bibi’s party, the Likud, is leading the race for the first time in weeks. Other polls agree, and show the Likud leading its rival, the Zionist Union, which is a combination of the Labor and Hatnua parties. The Post attributes Netanyahu’s improved showing to the cross-border conflict with Hezbollah, which attacked Israeli soldiers earlier this week, killing two. The attack was a retaliation, likely orchestrated by Iran, for Israel’s strike on a Hezbollah convoy...
  • De Blasio picks disgraced Speaker's rich pal for 2016 DNC bid (ruthless Democrat pumps ambitions)

    01/30/2015 6:38:12 AM PST · by Liz · 5 replies
    NYPOST.COM ^ | 1/30/15 | Yoav Gonen, Carl Campanile and Danika Fears
    Mayor de Blasio tapped disgraced Speaker Silver's wealthy pal, Leonard Litwin, to aid NYC's bid to land the DNC's 2016 Convention. Silver was arrested and led away in cuffs, but DeBlasio defended Silver as a "man of integrity". Big-time political donor Leonard Litwin was listed on Hizzoner’s 119-member convention host committee, even though Litwin’s luxury apartment-rental company, Glenwood Management, is tied to Silver’s alleged dirty deals. According to the feds, Silver steered two developers, including 100-year-old Litwin, toward the law firm Goldberg & Iryami, so Silver could rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars in referral fees. Litwin agreed to...