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  • Most Migrant Children Entering U.S. Are Now With Relatives, Data Show

    07/26/2014 1:35:20 AM PDT · by Enchante · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 25, 2014 | JENNIFER MEDINA
    Officials have said that more than half of all children initially placed in shelters have gone on to be reunited with at least one parent already living in the United States, and 85 percent of all children have been placed with a close family member.
  • The Worrying Vacuity Of Hillary Clinton

    07/25/2014 9:14:36 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 15 replies
    The Dish ^ | 7/24/2014 | Andrew Sullivan
  • ObamaCare, The Halbig Lawsuit and Why ‘Gruber 2012 VS ‘Gruber 2014 Matters…

    07/25/2014 8:18:17 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 7/25/2014 | sundance
    When your own stick turns out to be a boomerang, or what happens when you step on your own rake ! The latest revelations in the ObamaCare debacle revolve around Obama architect Jonathan Gruber. You might remember back in 2010 during the fight over ObamaCare mandates ‘we the people’ were told the mandate was a penalty and not a tax. However, when ObamaCare challenges ultimately reached the courtroom the administration argument was exactly the opposite. The government argued the mandate was a tax not a penalty; only as a tax could the construct survive legal scrutiny. This latest Gruber development...
  • Another Stunning Admission in Gruber's Speech: The Public Option Was Single Payer

    07/25/2014 8:07:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | July 25, 2014 | John Sexton
    As I was watching the video clip of Jonathan Gruber talking about state-based exchanges and subsidies last night I came across another admission which deserves some attention. A few minutes later in the Q&A following his January 18, 2012 speech, Gruber admits that the public option was an attempt to slip single-payer into the Affordable Care Act.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)So I like the public option. The public option is actually the brainchild of another academic, a guy named Jacob Hacker who's at Yale. And the public option, basically it was a clever idea. He said look, the left wants single-payer, the right wants...
  • GOP Faces 2016 Quandary: Why No Women Candidates?

    07/25/2014 6:58:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    RCP ^ | 07/25/2014 | Scott Conroy
    The wide-open fight for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination appears certain to showcase a range of credible candidates, who differ from one another in both style and substance. What the next crop of top-tier GOP contenders may not feature, however, is a woman. The Republicans taking discernible steps to build the foundations required for White House runs are all men. And for a party trying to close the gender gap, the prospect of an all-male lineup may pose a significant public perception problem. After the 2012 race saw President Obama defeat Mitt Romney by a double-digit margin among women, one...
  • Noam Chomsky vs. Franken: Behind the Odd Progressive Divide Between Senators, Intellectuals on Gaza

    07/25/2014 6:52:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Salon ^ | WEDNESDAY, JUL 23, 2014 | DAVID PALUMBO-LIU
    Senate progressives join unanimous resolution backing Israel, but the reaction has been different elsewhere on leftVery recently, former U.S. national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski had this to say about Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s brutal attack on and now invasion of Gaza: “He is isolating Israel. He’s endangering its longer-range future. And I think we ought to make it very clear that this is a course of action which we thoroughly disapprove and which we do not support and which may compel us and the rest of the international community to take some steps of legitimizing Palestinian aspirations perhaps in...
  • Obama's approval numbers deep in the tank again

    07/25/2014 6:05:23 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 25 Jul 2014 | T. Becket Adams
    President Obama's approval rating declined this week by three points to 39 percent, down from its previous posting of 42 percent, according to the latest Gallup polling data. The new data, which Gallup collects daily and has a margin of error of plus of minus 3 percentage points, reflects how American voters feel about the job Obama is doing in the White House. The decline in approval comes at a time when the White House has fumbled its response to the growing crisis on the border, Russia's provocations in the east and the increasingly violent civil war in Iraq. Of...
  • Game Plan

    07/25/2014 5:59:34 PM PDT · by quicksilver123 · 6 replies
    These New Times ^ | 7/25/14 | These New Timea
    Hey. Check the headlines. The Prince who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania is about to try an interesting combo shot. What he will do is exceed his constitutional authority by a margin of a thousand or more...
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton says 'you don't have a right to know' what's going on in government

    07/25/2014 5:20:11 PM PDT · by BAW · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 25, 2014 | Sean Higgins
    Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional delegate for the District of Columbia, angrily sputtered during a congressional hearing Friday that the White House should not be held up to scrutiny, saying that there was no right to know what it was doing behind closed doors. "You don't have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government," Norton said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. It was, to put mildly, a significant departure from the more traditional liberal stance that openness and transparency...
  • Assemblywoman: NY City has other priorities before helping migrant children streaming into U.S.

    07/25/2014 5:14:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 25, 2014 | BY CORINNE LESTCH
    A state assemblywoman says New York City has other issues to deal with before taking in some of the migrant children from Central America streaming across the U.S. border. Nicole Malliotakis - the daughter of immigrants - fired off a tweet in response to City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s suggestion Thursday that the city should offer to shelter some of the new arrivals. "I think the priorities should be more focused on the citizens of this city as opposed to indidivudals who are entering the country illegally," she told the Daily News in an interview on Friday. Mark-Viverito "should put...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Demands Answers On FAA Flight Ban To Israel

    07/25/2014 5:13:16 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    CBS ^ | July 25, 2014 5:15 PM
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Questions remain about the Federal Aviation Administration’s ban on flights to Israel earlier this week and whether it was based on safety or politics. One U.S. senator is vowing to block Obama administration diplomatic appointments until he gets answers.Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is blocking confirmation of ambassadors and other diplomatic nominees until the FAA explains why it blocked flights to Israel after a rocket landed a mile from the Tel Aviv airport.“The timing was such that this ban on flights from America was announced at the same time that John Kerry arrived in the Middle East;...
  • NYC Struggles To Address Influx Of Migrant Children

    07/25/2014 5:10:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Gothamist ^ | July 25, 2014 | by Gabrielle Sierra
    A task force has been formed to address the flood of unaccompanied migrant minors streaming into New York. This new coordinated effort was announced on Wednesday during a meeting hosted by the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), where officials discussed a new strategy for handling the children, involving a partnership with local church charities, health care organizations, and legal groups. According to the NYIC, close to 3,300 migrant children have already arrived in New York State since January 2014, with another 7,000 minors expected to reach the state in the coming months. Many children are emigrating from Central America, and...
  • State-by-State Map: Where Migrant Children Are Placed

    07/25/2014 4:45:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 25, 2014 | By LAURA MECKLER and MATT STILES
    Here are data showing, state-by-state, where the children have been placed, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency responsible for caring for unaccompanied immigrant children. Data are for Jan. 1, 2014 through July 7, 2014.
  • The Biggest Election of 2014: Bruce Rauner may take the governorship of America’s worst run state.

    07/25/2014 3:33:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/25/2014 | Stephen Moore
    If you want to know which individual political race has the biggest stakes in 2014, look no further than the Land of Lincoln. The Illinois governor’s race pits incumbent Pat Quinn, a Democrat, against upstart non-politician Bruce Rauner. Why are the stakes so huge? Because Illinois is arguably the worst-run state in America. It’s a blue state that has been run for many years by corrupt and bungling politicians including Rod Blagojevich, who went to jail for trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat, and Mr. Quinn, who has run the state’s finances into the gutter. This year shows no...
  • Dan Pfeiffer: White House Expects John Boehner To Try For Impeachment

    07/25/2014 2:33:12 PM PDT · by woofie · 27 replies
    Huff and Puff ^ | Posted: 07/25/2014 10:01 am EDT
    WASHINGTON -- One of President Barack Obama's top advisers said on Friday that he expects House Republicans will ultimately file articles of impeachment against the president. Dan Pfeiffer, a senior aide who has been with the administration since Obama first took office, told reporters that he anticipated that a lawsuit filed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over executive actions taken by the president on health care would ultimately not be enough to satisfy some of the more vocal conservatives in Congress. Pfeiffer added that coming executive actions surrounding immigration reform would only stoke the impeachment flames. "I think a...
  • "No Need For A Rifle Or Shotgun In Boston"

    07/25/2014 1:57:31 PM PDT · by pabianice · 48 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | 7/25/14
    Massachusetts: This Wednesday, Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans went on Boston Public Radio to discuss how he wanted the anti-gun discretionary provision restored in Senate Bill 2265 so that he could strip law-abiding gun owners of their rights to possess rifles and shotguns in Boston. Completely out of touch with reality, Evans stated: “For the most part, nobody in the city needs a shotgun, nobody needs a rifle, and I don’t know a lot of people who are into hunting who, being lifelong residents, would actually want that who lives in the city, but, especially here in the city I...
  • It’s virtually impossible to be a successful modern president [legacy creation begins]

    07/25/2014 1:40:35 PM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2014 | Chris Cillizza
    Being president is the most powerful job in the world. At which you will almost certainly fail. Why? For lots of reasons up to and including: * The decline of the bully pulpit as a persuasion mechanism * The deep partisanship present not only in Congress but also in the electorate more broadly * The splintering of the mainstream media/the rise of social media. Consider the last three presidents -- two Democrats, one Republican -- who have had to deal with those three factors in varying degrees. (Can you imagine what Bill Clinton's presidency would have been like if Twitter...
  • Salon Attempts to Paint Avowed Communist Lee Harvey Oswald as a “Right-Winger”

    07/25/2014 11:00:30 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 27 replies
    redstate ^ | By: Leon H. Wolf (Diary) | July 24th, 2014 at 09:00 PM
    Via Salon today comes one of the most truly bizarre pieces of revisionist history I have ever seen, even within the context of articles appearing at Salon.
  • Little Sunlight as Obama Raises Super PAC Dollars

    07/25/2014 12:39:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 25, 2014 | By JOSH LEDERMAN, AP
    For years, President Barack Obama railed against the surge of unlimited spending flowing into American political campaigns, arguing that average voters were being shut out of a secretive system that lets special interests bankroll elections. Now, as Obama enthusiastically raises money for Democratic super PACs, he's embracing some of the same secretive elements of that system, drawing charges of hypocrisy from good-governance advocates who say the public deserves to know what Obama's saying and to whom he's saying it when donors pay for a few minutes with the president.
  • Unhinged Chris Matthews Fumes Over Ted Cruz's 'McCarthyism'

    07/25/2014 12:35:16 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 30 replies
    In his never-ending obsession with Ted Cruz, Hardball’s Chris Matthews devoted the start and close of his program to rants against the supposed "McCarthyism" of the Texas Senator. Matthews objected to Cruz’s belief that the FAA’s short lived ban on air travel to Israel was political in nature. On the July 24 edition of Matthews’ program, the host wondered if Cruz was “trying to mimic the headline grabbing of the bad old days, or is he just so ignorant of what those tactics have done to this country that he's not aware of what he’s committing: the horror of McCarthyism...
  • Joan Rivers Defends Israel in Epic Rant

    07/25/2014 12:14:05 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 39 replies
    Breitbart via TMZ ^ | 7/25/2014 | Breitbart TV
    (Language Warning) When TMZ caught up with comedian Joan Rivers Thursday outside of LAX she unleashed an emotional rant on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, screaming, "You are all insane, they [Palestinians] started it!" Rivers got animated at the paparazzi's question about the mounting civilian casualties, saying, “Let me just tell you, if New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe them out. If we heard they were digging tunnels from New Jersey to New York, we would get rid of Jersey."
  • Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz: Don't Let 'Scandalous' Obama Run 'Roughshod' with Immigration Exec. Actions

    07/25/2014 12:04:10 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jul 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Thursday, Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), who have arguably been the two most influential conservatives in stopping amnesty legislation, urged their colleagues to put more pressure on President Barack Obama, so he does not unilaterally grant temporary amnesty to millions more illegal immigrants.  In a colloquy with Cruz on the Senate floor, Sessions said Obama's potential executive actions represent an "exceedingly grave threat that go[es] beyond anything we've ever seen in this country" and "threatens the very constitutional framework of our republic and the very ability of this nation to even have borders."He vowed that the...
  • Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval [Just hit 39%-54%]

    07/25/2014 11:36:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    Gallup ^ | 7/25/14
    07/22-24/2014 Approve: 39% Disapprove: 54%
  • Hillary Team Calls for Media Blackout of Anti-Clinton Books

    07/25/2014 11:09:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7-25-14 | Alexander Marlowe
    Soon there will be three anti-Clinton books on the market, which is apparently enough to have gotten under the skin of Team Hillary. The First Family Detail by Ronald Kessler, set for release next month, will join Clinton, Inc. by the Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper and Blood Feud by Ed Klein on bookshelves. Yesterday we reported that Clinton, Inc. has shot up the charts and now both Halper and Klein’s books are outselling Hillary Clinton’s recent memoir Hard Choices. “With Klein, Halper and Kessler, we now have a Hat Trick of despicable actors concocting trashy nonsense,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill...
  • Report: Israel rejects Kerry cease-fire proposal in Gaza

    07/25/2014 11:03:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 25, 2014 | Staff
    Channel 10 reports that the diplomatic-security cabinet "flatly rejects" American proposals for a week-long humanitarian halt to fighting.
  • Report: 117% increase in children 12 and younger crossing border alone

    07/25/2014 10:50:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 25, 2014 | By MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE
    Not only have more unaccompanied children illegally crossed the southern border this year — more than twice last year's total — but they are crossing at much younger ages, according to a study released this week. There has been a 117% increase in apprehensions among unaccompanied children ages 12 and younger and a 12% increase among teenagers between the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years, according to government statistics obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Pew Research Center. There are still more 13- to 17-year-olds crossing, 84% of youths apprehended. Most are 16- and 17-year-olds, Lopez said....
  • IRS Beltway Clown Show on Kelly File (Video)

    07/25/2014 10:47:36 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 25, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    I visited the Kelly File last night on Fox News with Megyn Kelly. The segment provides an excellent summary of the IRS flip flopping and lies. Here is the video from Fox News Insider:
  • Hollywood Anoints Obama Supreme Leader

    07/25/2014 10:33:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | John Ransom
    I have to claim responsibility for the newest parody that’s now starring as president of the United States on TVs everywhere. If ever there were a Steven Colbert character assigned to play a faux president, Obama would get the nod. You see: he’s been nominated for an Emmy now. In a comedy, playing himself, in a tragedy. Seriously. His own incompetence has led to an Emmy nomination. And it’s my fault. When Obama visited Cooperstown’s Baseball Hall of Fame in May, ostensibly to promote tourism, I suggested with mock fawning that they should induct him into the HOF as the...
  • Is Detroit's New Light Rail Line America's Greatest Boondoggle?

    07/25/2014 10:28:15 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 73 replies
    reason.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Jim Epstein
    A $137 million three-mile train is coming to a nearly deserted avenue in a bankrupt city. Growing up in the 1940s, Robert Fogelson remembers banging on the typewriter and peering out the window at his father’s office in a Manhattan skyscraper. Then "[my dad] would take us for lunch to a nearby Schraft’s, a chain of restaurants that was popular with housewives like my mother, who regularly went downtown to shop…to socialize ...or to meet my father for a play or a movie." Fogelson hadn’t decided yet what he would do with his life, "[b]ut I took it for granted,"...
  • Come irregularity in removal proceedings (Google Translate)

    07/25/2014 8:52:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    PrensaLibre (Guatemala) ^ | July 25, 2014 | BY SERGIO MORALES / Guatemala
    Organizations and human rights lawyers in the USA denounce abuses in deportation proceedings the authorities of that country have adopted as soon as possible to repatriate the undocumented who just crossed the border with Mexico, and fear that they have forced to sign voluntary departure without being heard by an immigration judge. "We are saying to the undocumented--which is a process where they will be detained for a long time and it's easier to go are forcing a resolution, "he said by telephone from USA, Meredith Brown, an expert on immigration issues, the Chamber of Attorneys of Los Angeles. Brown...
  • Obama Administration Loves Restrictions on Law Abiding Gun Owners. Criminals? Not So Much

    07/25/2014 8:43:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | 7/25/2014 | Dan Zimmerman
    “We have this irony. The Obama administration, which is asking for more in the way of gun regulations — in terms of increased background checks for private sales and at gun shows — is actually prosecuting less of the gun laws already on the books. For a lot of people, there’s more ideological cache harassing Bubba at the gun show than getting a handle on gun crime.” That’s George Washington University’s Robert Cottrol commenting at washingtontimes.com on the fun fact that the Obama administration’s federal law enforcement operation is on pace this year to prosecute the fewest number of gun...
  • President Obama in L.A.: Fundraiser, fist bumps, trash talk in a deli

    07/25/2014 8:30:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 25, 2014 | By SEEMA MEHTA, CATHLEEN DECKER
    On his regularly scheduled visits to rake up campaign cash from the salons of Los Angeles’ upper-crust neighborhoods, President Obama just as regularly drops into locales meant to emphasize that he is more man-of-the-people than man-of-the-moneyed. On Thursday that locale was Canter’s Deli, the venerable Fairfax district eating spot, where Obama struck up conversations with diners about basketball, his failing jump shot and other regular-guy concerns. Fresh from a morning fundraiser at the Pacific Palisades home of Live Nation Chief Executive and President Michael Rapino — the bookend to a Wednesday night fundraiser at the Hancock Park home of television...
  • Obama: What's legal might not be right for US

    07/25/2014 8:16:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 25, 2014 | by Everett Rosenfeld
    President Barack Obama said Thursday that American companies performing tax "inversions" are not doing right by their country. Obama said that these companies, which buy foreign firms to technically change their tax domicile to a country with a lower tax rate, benefit from America's university system and infrastructure, but then turn around and "game the system." He told CNBC exclusively that, despite the legality of this corporate practice, inversions are not fair. "You are an American company. You continue to benefit in all kinds of ways from being an American company," the president said. "It is true that there are...
  • Meditation on President Obama’s Portrait [BARF]

    07/25/2014 8:08:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 25, 2014 | By MAURICE BERGER
    Dawoud Bey’s photograph of the man who would soon be president was taken on a Sunday afternoon in early 2007, at Barack and Michelle Obama’s Hyde Park home in Chicago. The portrait is at once stately and informal. Mr. Obama’s hands are folded gracefully in his lap. He wears an elegant suit and white shirt, but no tie. He stares intensely into the camera. The photographer and his subject were comfortable with each other. Mr. Bey recalls that he asked Mr. Obama, who intended to be photographed in shirt sleeves, to put on a jacket. The photograph depicts its famously...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz To Continue Blocking Appointees Until FAA Drops Flight Ban To Israel

    07/25/2014 8:05:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. The State Department criticized the Republican lawmaker. Cruz said he wouldn't release the holds until the Obama administration answers his questions about the FAA's prohibition, which went into effect Tuesday after a rocket landed about a mile from the Tel Aviv airport. The FAA ended the ban late Wednesday, after Cruz accused President Barack Obama of imposing an economic boycott of Israel while it is fighting the militant...
  • You’ve Got To See This Ted Cruz – Jeff Sessions Video

    07/25/2014 8:01:20 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    On Thursday, Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), whom our friend Tony Lee at Breitbart says “have arguably been the two most influential conservatives in stopping amnesty legislation,” engaged in a colloquy to urge their Senate colleagues to put more pressure on President Barack Obama, so he does not unilaterally grant temporary amnesty to millions more illegal immigrants. The colloquy is lengthier than most videos we share, but is well worth your time to watch and forward to your friends. Sessions said Obama's potential executive actions represent an "exceedingly grave threat that go[es] beyond anything we've ever seen...
  • Michelle Obama to donors: Write 'biggest, fattest check' you can

    07/25/2014 8:01:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7/24/14 | Natasha Korecki
    ...Michelle Obama was especially frank Thursday evening when addressing a crowd of about 150 Chicago donors about the best way to influence politics: “Write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write.”
  • Obama's immigration flip flop

    07/25/2014 8:01:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | July 25. 2014 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    President Barack Obama insisted for years that he had absolutely no legal authority — none whatsoever, zero, zilch — to slow deportations on a broad scale. Forget everything he’s said. Obama’s pledge to use his executive powers by the end of the summer marked both a dramatic reversal in rhetoric and a major strategic shift on immigration. The president is no longer emphasizing his own powerlessness but rather his determination “to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” [SNIP] The shift could be used by critics as an example of Obama saying...
  • Faithful John Boehner To Faithless Barack Obama: Checkmate? (interesting read)

    07/25/2014 7:45:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 36 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 7/25/14 | Ralph Benko
    House Speaker John Boehner’s proposed lawsuit against Barack Obama is causing a great deal of chatter in Washington. Political stunt, as Obama has called it? Or, maybe, checkmate, Obama? There is a quiet gap in the U.S. Constitution. There is no explicit mechanism to discipline a president who fails to carry out his Constitutional duties. This gap sat there, barely noticed, for centuries. Barack Obama, apparently, noticed it. He is exploiting it. That exploitation is a serious departure from Constitutional principle … whether or not one supports his policies, whether one is a progressive or conservative. John Boehner now is...
  • First Lady Michelle Obama raises money for Democrats in Chicago

    07/25/2014 7:43:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 25, 2014 | By Rick Pearson
    First Lady Michelle Obama returned to her hometown Thursday and decried the effects of gun violence on Chicago’s youth as she told a group of campaign donors to “write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write” to help Democrats make a better future for children. The First Lady noted that all children deserve a bright future of opportunity, but it was not happening in some Chicago neighborhoods. Donors paid from $500 per person to $20,000 per couple, and the First Lady asked them to give more.
  • Tenth Lesson of the Gaza War: Obama Doesn’t Want to Disarm Hamas

    07/25/2014 7:38:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | July 25, 2014 | Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn
    There is a growing consensus in the United States and around the world that the way to end the Israel-Gaza war is to disarm Hamas. President Obama seems to be the only hold-out. On July 24, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a resolution calling on the Obama Administration to make the disarming of Hamas a central part of any cease-fire proposal. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican, is spearheading this effort together with Democratic Senators Charles Schumer of New York and Ben Cardin of Maryland. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed on July 15 to...
  • Franken vs. McFadden starting to get interesting

    07/25/2014 7:31:09 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    startribune.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Michael Brodkorb
    I wrote two weeks ago that Minnesota's sleepy election cycle might finally start to wake up, as the race between U.S. Senator Al Franken and businessman Mike McFadden's had started to generate some buzz with the national media. Last week the Star Tribune's Senior Political Correspondent in Washington, Allison Sherry, wrote that political analyst Stu Rothenberg, "altered his projection of the state's November Senate race, making it slightly more competitive, from 'Safe Democrat' to 'Democrat Favored.'" Now today, Larry J. Sabato of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics called Minnesota's U.S. Senate race, "The sleeper" (sound familiar?), adding: One...
  • Who Is Most To Blame For Climate Change?

    07/25/2014 7:29:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    NPR ^ | July 24, 2014 | by BARBARA J. KING
    Here in southeastern Virginia, our biggest city, Norfolk, is saddled with an unwanted claim to fame. Norfolk is the place "where normal tides have risen 1.5 feet over the past century and the sea is rising faster than anywhere else on the East Coast." NPR notes that the Norfolk area "is particularly vulnerable because the land is sinking as sea levels are rising." As we frequently discuss here at 13.7, human-caused (anthropogenic) climate change is a global problem. Surprisingly, at least to me, the evidence points to a narrative of universal blame, instead of one in which the "big countries"...
  • World Leaders Lambast Obama’s ‘Failures’ in the Middle East

    07/25/2014 7:27:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 25, 2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    World Leaders Lambast Obama’s ‘Failures’ in the Middle EastPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On July 25, 2014 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment World leaders are increasingly pointing to U.S. President Obama’s failures in the Middle East.Some are direct and blunt. For example, during his recent visit to Brazil, Russian President Vladimir Putin was asked by journalists about U.S. sanctions against Russia due to the Ukrainian crisis. While naturally condemning such moves, part of his response was to accuse the Obama administration of “encouraging war between neighboring states.” In the same context, Putin added: American objectives have not...
  • Obama & Kerry’s First Foreign Policy Success

    07/25/2014 7:23:43 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 25, 2014 | Ronn Torossian
    Obama & Kerry’s First Foreign Policy SuccessPosted By Ronn Torossian On July 25, 2014 @ 12:16 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments Currently, we are witnessing the first time that President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have achieved precisely what they detailed, described and worked on in the realm of foreign policy.  With terrorists attacking Israel by the minute, the international world condemning Israel, and the Obama Administration’s (now-lifted) decision to ban flights to Israel, while simultaneously continuing to fund Hamas, a terrorist organization, the words described by America’s leaders have indeed come true.In February, John Kerry...
  • Obama Aide Says Impeachment Threat Taken Seriously

    07/25/2014 7:15:31 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 41 replies
    AP ^ | July 25, 2014 | AP
    One of President Barack Obama's top advisers says the White House takes seriously the possibility that House Republicans could pursue impeachment of the president. Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters Friday that the GOP has already "opened the door for impeachment" by contemplating suing the president over his use of executive authority. He says that any further executive action Obama may sign this year on immigration will "up the likelihood" of Republicans pursuing that path.
  • Instead of Immigration, Let’s Try Colonialism (The Party of Compassion needs to spread its wings.)

    07/25/2014 7:11:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    spectator.org ^ | 7/25/14 | William Tucker
    Democratic Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi visits shelters housing the thousands of children streaming across the border from Central America and says, “We’re all North Americans” and she’d like to take them all home with her. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont thunders that 9-year-old girls are being raped on the streets of Guatemala and that we must take them in to save them. And Democratic Congressman John Lewis of Georgia is even more generous. He says that there’s no sense in having borders anymore. America belongs to the whole world and we should open our doors to let everyone in. Democrats...
  • Pruden: The Democratic-wannabe mice under Hillary Clinton’s feet

    07/25/2014 7:11:22 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    THe Washington Times ^ | 7-24-14 | Wesley Pruden
    If Hillary Clinton is inevitable, why are so many mice scurrying about under her feet? Hillary is supposed to be the juggernaut of the ages, awash in money, feminist adulation and nostalgia for the security and serenity of the Clinton years, when nothing much happened beyond Bubba’s Oval Office pantry. Some Democrats, and not just the players on the fringe, are prowling the grass roots (or at least the roster of the party) now in search of an alternative to four more years with Bonnie and Clod. Some are willing to be that alternative themselves. If the Great Mentioner won’t...
  • Senate Democrats brace for John Walsh fallout (plagiarizing Montana senator/candidate)

    07/25/2014 6:53:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Manu Raju and Burgess Everett
    Senate Democrats went into full-fledged damage control Thursday to protect embattled Montana Sen. John Walsh, a day after plagiarism revelations that imperil his election hopes this fall. Despite a mountain of evidence suggesting that Walsh may have obtained a key academic credential improperly, the party leadership, Montana Democrats and members of the rank and file closed ranks behind the appointed senator — arguing that voters should overlook a relatively minor mistake when weighed against his military service in Iraq and career serving his country. Or, as Sen. Jon Tester put it, “He’s a soldier, not an academic.” ) “It’s a...
  • Ravenel: “I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight” (Lindsey Graham opponent)

    07/25/2014 6:41:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    fitsnews.com ^ | 7/25/14
    EDISTO, S.C. – Lowcountry businessman and independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel issued the following statement today regarding polling data released by The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier and several television stations. “Like John Paul Jones said, ‘I have not yet begun to fight,’” Ravenel said. “I’m at ten percent and haven’t spent a dime getting my message out. By contrast Lindsey Graham has spent $5 million getting his message out in the last few months and his approval rating is only 39 percent. Meanwhile 44 percent disapprove of his performance – a number that’s only going to climb as...