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  • Ira Hansen, ousted Assembly speaker, not guilty in trapping case

    11/27/2014 8:28:06 AM PST · by redreno · 2 replies
    Embattled Nevada Assemblyman Ira Hansen was found innocent after facing a misdemeanor charge of illegally setting animal traps. A New River Township Justice Court judge ruled that Hansen was not guilty of a misdemeanor when he set four animal traps known as snares within 200 feet of public roadways in Churchill County. The decision caps what’s been a yearlong battle and difficult month for Hansen, a Sparks lawmaker who recently stepped down as the Assembly speaker-elect. In November 2013, the Nevada Department of Wildlife spotted Hansen removing traps that were within the 200-foot limit. The department assembled a case and...
  • How immigration killed the tax deal [Tax Filing in March?]

    11/27/2014 5:46:45 AM PST · by SES1066 · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/26/14 | BRIAN FALER and RACHAEL BADE
    How could a major tax deal brokered by the top Senate Democrat die so quickly at the hands of a Democratic president?SnipUntil late last week, Senate Finance, Ways and Means and leadership met regularly and were making progress on the package of tax breaks known as tax extenders. The group of some 55-plus tax breaks have expired, and many lawmakers in both parties want to renew by the end of the year, amid warnings from the IRS that failing to act would disrupt the upcoming tax filing season. They include everything from a major business research credit to one for...
  • 2-Minute Thanksgiving NFL Ad Warns of Rogue President

    11/27/2014 5:29:13 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 49 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 11/26/14 | Greg Hengler
    This brilliant ad is coming to your televisions this Thanksgiving from Conservative War Chest.
  • Unorthodox police procedures emerge in grand jury documents [WashPost Shills for Sharpton]

    11/27/2014 3:12:55 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/25/14 | Jerry Markon and Tom Hamburger
    When Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson left the scene of the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the officer returned to the police station unescorted, washed blood off his hands and placed his recently fired pistol into an evidence bag himself. Those actions, described in grand jury testimony, violated protocols for handling a crime scene and securing evidence, according to experts in policing procedures and Justice Department documents. Wilson’s movements after the shooting were among a number of police actions in the aftermath of Brown’s death that experts said were unusual.
  • Congress CAN pull financial rug from under Obama's immigration amnesty: Republicans given boost

    11/26/2014 10:59:27 PM PST · by jackal7163 · 23 replies
    Daily Mail MailOnline ^ | David Martosco
    Republican civil war broke out after Obama's Nov. 20 'amnesty' speech over whether the GOP can stop the White House from issuing green cards and work permits Congress's official fact-checkers now say the new Republican majority on Capitol Hill can legally pull the plug At issue is whether immigration authorities can do whatever they want with fees they collect from immigrants, both legal and illegal One congressional aide proposed a hypothetical situation where the Department of the Interior diverted National Parks entrance fees to give 'tap-dance lessons to grizzly bears' 'If we could stop that, we can stop this,' the...
  • Tensions flare between Senate Democrats, White House

    11/27/2014 12:28:27 AM PST · by shove_it · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | 26 Nov 2014 | ROBERTA RAMPTON
    (Reuters) - Criticism of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensions that could pose challenges for the party in upcoming fights with Republicans over taxes, energy and immigration. In a high-profile speech on Tuesday dissecting Democrats' losses in this month's midterm elections, Charles Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, listed "a cascade of issues" botched by the White House, starting with Obama's push for healthcare reforms soon after he took office in 2009. Later on Tuesday, the White House took the unusual step of publicly pledging to veto a deal...
  • EXCLUSIVE: The one woman who Bill Cosby admits he cheated with says 'he drugged and raped me

    11/26/2014 7:16:09 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 23 replies
    The only woman that disgraced comic Bill Cosby admits cheating with has come forward to accuse him of drugging and raping her too. And she claims that her daughter, Autumn Jackson, who was jailed in 1998 for trying to extort Cosby for $40 million, was a child of that rape. Shawn Brown says the rape happened despite her being willing to have sex with him. 'Looking back, I think it was probably because I wasn't as freaky in bed as he liked without being drugged,' three-times-married Brown told MailOnline in an exclusive interview at her home in San Antonio,Texas. Read...
  • In Darren Wilson's Testimony, Familiar Themes About Black Men

    11/26/2014 7:09:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    National Public Radio's Code Switch ^ | November 26, 2014 | Frederica Boswell and Amruta Trivedi
    After Michael Brown was shot dead in August, his mother, Leslie McSpadden, said, "My son was sweet. He didn't mean any harm to anybody." He was, she said, "a gentle giant." But when police officer Darren Wilson fired the shot that ended Brown's life, he saw things differently. "I felt like a five-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan," he said in his testimony to the grand jury. "That's just how big he felt and how small I felt." Wilson said "the only way" he could describe Brown's "intense aggressive face" was that it looked like "a demon." He feared for his...
  • Plans for UCLA visit give rare glimpse into Hillary Clinton’s paid speaking career

    11/26/2014 6:54:19 PM PST · by Baynative · 25 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/26/14 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Philip Rucker
    <p>When officials at the University of California at Los Angeles began negotiating a $300,000 speech appearance by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the school had one request: Could we get a reduced rate for public universities?</p> <p>The answer from Clinton’s representatives: $300,000 is the “special university rate.”</p>
  • Rand Paul: Partisan Primaries Are ‘Biggest Obstacle’ to Attracting Nonpartisan Voters

    Much has been said this month, both by and about the junior Republican senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul. During last week’s appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher, the late-night talk show host broached the possibility of supporting Paul in a 2016 presidential run. Maher said: “I know you’re thinking of running for President and in some states I know you can get Independents like me. I’ve said that. I am available to the Rand Paul campaign…” As part of a strategy to reach outside of typical Republican circles, Paul did another interview with Salon.com’s Joel Keller, which was published...
  • Unorthodox police procedures emerge in grand jury documents

    11/26/2014 6:24:43 PM PST · by servo1969 · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11-26-2014 | Jerry Markon and Tom Hamburger
    When Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson left the scene of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the officer returned to the police station unescorted, washed blood off his hands and placed his recently fired pistol into an evidence bag himself. Those actions, described in grand jury testimony, violated protocols for handling a crime scene and securing evidence, according to experts in policing procedures and Justice Department documents. Wilson’s movements after the shooting were among a number of police actions in the aftermath of Brown’s death that experts said were unusual. The grand jury transcripts revealed, for example, that...
  • Are Democrats Losing Latino Enthusiasm? Troubling Signs From 2014

    11/26/2014 5:37:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/26/2014 | BY JACK FITZPATRICK
    Rep. Jim Costa was thought to be headed for a safe race. The California Democrat represents a district that supported President Obama by a 19-point margin in 2012—and while Costa had had scares in previous midterms, 2014 appeared to be in the bag. And indeed, Costa did keep his seat, but only after squeaking through one of the tightest races of the entire cycle, a vote count so close that it took 15 days for him to be officially declared the victor over Republican candidate and dairy farmer Johnny Tacherra. So what happened? Costa nearly fell victim to a radically...
  • Top Democrat (Schumer) sets off intraparty fury after saying Obamacare passage was a ‘mistake’

    11/26/2014 4:14:13 PM PST · by shove_it · 45 replies
    Fusion ^ | 26 Nov 2014 | BRETT LOGIURATO
    Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-New York) comments on Wednesday about Democrats’ misguided focus on health care in President Barack Obama’s first term prompted backlash from top Democrats and left-leaning groups, who accused him of being politically craven. At a speech before the National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday, Schumer said Democrats made a mistake by entering into a fight over health care after they passed the 2009 economic stimulus. His reasoning: Democrats were targeting the uninsured, a population that he said makes up only about 5 percent of registered voters. Only about one-third of the uninsured, he said, are registered...
  • Mary Landrieu is the clear choice for Senate: Editorial

    11/26/2014 3:38:19 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 99 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | November 26, 2014 | By The Editorial Board
    Mary Landrieu is dedicated to the well being of Louisiana residents. Even her vote for the Affordable Care Act, which is being used to attack her, reflects concern for the hundreds of thousands of her constituents who lack health insurance. Seniority matters in the Senate. Although Democrats lost control of the chamber in the midterm elections, Sen. Landrieu would be one of the highest-ranking members of the minority party in the next Congress. Her track record demonstrates her ability to work successfully with Republicans on a variety of matters. Louisiana needs Sen. Landrieu's knowledge, energy and influence in Washington as...
  • White House Visitor Logs Show Dozens of Visits by Top Abortion Activists

    11/26/2014 2:20:07 PM PST · by wagglebee · 16 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/26/14 | Carole Novielli
    Last month the White House released their latest visitor log which reveals that the abortion industry has an open door to the Obama administration.The October 2014 update reveals that Planned Parenthood president, Cecile Richards visited the White House, officially , most recently June 26,2014. Among the visitees listed were POTUS an acronym for President of the United States, Valerie Jarrett and David Plouffe. A tweet posted by Cecile Richards in May 2011 indicates that she met with Michele Obama, Valerie Jarrett and Nancy Keenan another abortion leader at a Women’s Leadership Forum. In addition, Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL, the...
  • DCCC: The Official 2014 Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet

    11/26/2014 1:05:35 PM PST · by iowamark · 58 replies
    DCCC ^ | 11/26/2014
    Here’s the one thing you need when your Tea Party relative starts an argument this Thanksgiving: The Official 2014 Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet!President Obama has achieved incredible progress for the United States. This Thanksgiving, show President Obama you have his back. Share this Cheat Sheet with your family and friends!
  • Romney, Bush Are Top GOP Contenders For 2016 Race, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds

    11/26/2014 12:48:54 PM PST · by C19fan · 79 replies
    Quinnipiac University ^ | November 26, 2014 | Staff
    Republican voters nationwide want 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney back in the game, giving him the top position at 19 percent in an early look at the 2016 presidential race in a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is next with 11 percent, followed by New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie and Dr. Ben Carson at 8 percent each. No other Republican tops 6 percent, with 16 percent undecided. With Romney out of the race, Jeb Bush leads with 14 percent, followed by Christie at 11 percent, Carson at 9 percent and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul...
  • Will Obama be impeached now that Republicans control both houses of Congress?

    11/26/2014 12:42:17 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 82 replies
    Renew America ^ | Updated November 20, 2014 | By Stephen Stone, RenewAmerica President
    Shortly after communist-mentored Barack Obama was elected to the White House in 2008, I asked a brother at a family gathering, "Who's going to be president of the United States in 20 years?" Without hesitating, he said, "Barack Obama." More informed than most people I'd asked, he instantly got the drift of my question. As I was thinking through the implications of the de facto communist coup that precipitated the question, however, I was struck with a realization that gave me some degree of hope in the face of our nation's heightened peril. Although no major communist strongman in the...
  • Defense Secretary pick will be a challenge for Obama

    11/26/2014 10:04:50 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published November 26, 2014 | Fox News
    The Defense Secretary job opening is emerging as a thanks-but-no-thanks opportunity, as some of the top potential prospects have already said they’re not interested in the job. Within minutes of reports Monday that Secretary Chuck Hagel would resign, the names of Michele Flournoy and Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed emerged as top prospects. But each made clear by the end of the day that they didn’t want the coveted but high-wire, Cabinet-level post. The new secretary would indeed step into a difficult and complicated world, with the emergence of the deadly and unpredictable militant group Islamic State, amid Defense Department...
  • The Ferguson Fraud

    11/26/2014 9:36:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | November 25, 2014 | Rich Lowry
    The bitter irony of the Michael Brown case is that if he had actually put his hands up and said don't shoot, he would almost certainly be alive today. His family would have been spared an unspeakable loss, and Ferguson, Missouri wouldn't have experienced multiple bouts of rioting, including the torching of at least a dozen businesses the night it was announced that Officer Darren Wilson wouldn't be charged with a crime. Instead, the credible evidence (i.e., the testimony that doesn't contradict itself or the physical evidence) suggests that Michael Brown had no interest in surrendering. After committing an act...
  • Obama: ‘I Just Took An Action To Change The Law’

    11/26/2014 9:22:18 AM PST · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 11-26-2014 | JIM TREACHER
    The great thing about Obama’s teleprompter is that when he stops reading from it, he slips up and tells the truth.Daniel Halper: The White House has argued that President Obama’s executive amnesty order last week was made well within the existing law. But in remarks in Chicago tonight, President Obama went off script and admitted that in fact he unilaterally made changes to the law. President Obama made the admission after getting heckled for several minutes by immigration protesters. “Now, you’re absolutely right that there have been significant numbers of deportations. That’s true. But what you are not paying attention...
  • Time to Stop the Moderator Masochism

    11/26/2014 7:30:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    On an interview tour for his new book on President Obama, NBC's Chuck Todd told Larry King that his conversations with Obama are "very nourishing." Even after six or seven years of adoration, reporters still sound like then-NBC reporter Lee Cowan admitting in 2008 that being assigned to the Obama campaign made his "knees quake." He wondered if "he could do the campaign justice," since it was "truly historic." With conservatism on the ascent again and Obama's legacy in tatters, it doesn't take psychic powers to guess the 2016 presidential cycle is going to be another brutal campaign for GOP...
  • The activist Attorney General Eric Holder

    11/26/2014 8:29:24 AM PST · by RedMDer · 24 replies
    Nov. 28, 2014 | RedMDer
    Attorney General Eric Holder plans to to continue a federal investigation into the shooting of robbery suspect Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson after a grand jury found that there was not enough evidence to even indict him. The grand jury after many months, days and hours of seeing and hearing evidence, studying the evidence and hearing testimony found no fault with Officer Wilson regarding the incident. He was doing what police officers are supposed to do, protect the community from crime. Mr. Holder needs to answer to the American People why he thinks it is imperative to pursue this...
  • Al Sharpton Has Time To Incite Racial Violence In Ferguson But No Time To Pay His Taxes

    11/26/2014 7:44:53 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 25 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 11/25/2014 | Jon E Dougherty
    Race hustler and “Reverend” Al Sharton, better known as “CI-7″ (Confidential Informant 7) to the FBI once upon a time, is in trouble again, though you wouldn’t know it by the dearth of mainstream media reportage. Seems the perennial race-baiter has plenty of time to gin up problems and incite violence in Ferguson, Missouri, following a decision by a St. Louis County grand jury that there was not enough evidence to indict police officer Darren Wilson over the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, but no time to pay his “fair share” of federal taxes.
  • Obama to Introduce Sweeping New Controls on Ozone Emissions

    11/26/2014 6:55:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 25, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    The Obama administration is expected to release on Wednesday a contentious and long-delayed environmental regulation to curb emissions of ozone, a smog-causing pollutant linked to asthma, heart disease and premature death. The sweeping regulation, which would aim at smog from power plants and factories across the country, particularly in the Midwest, would be the latest in a series of Environmental Protection Agency controls on air pollution that wafts from smokestacks and tailpipes. Such regulations, released under the authority of the Clean Air Act, have become a hallmark of President Obama’s administration. Environmentalists and public health advocates have praised the E.P.A....
  • House Republicans Seek Answers from Eric Holder About Bank Settlement Money for Liberal Groups

    11/26/2014 6:52:33 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 35 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Nov 26, 2014 | Fred Lucas
    The Justice Department’s massive mortgage settlements against two bank giants requires them to give millions to liberal advocacy groups, and House Republicans are trying to find out why. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling asked Attorney General Eric Holder seeking details about who was involved in steering the funds from the Bank of America and Citigroup settlements this way, which they said was an unprecedented departure from other settlements. “It seems that the alleged victims are not the primary beneficiaries of these multi-billion dollar settlements,” the House chairmen said in the letter....
  • Obama touts immigration action in speech frequently interrupted by hecklers

    11/26/2014 6:29:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 25, 2014
    President Obama traveled to Chicago on Tuesday to sell his executive action on immigration in a speech at a community center in a predominantly Polish-American neighborhood, although his remarks were frequently interrupted by hecklers. Obama listened and asked them to stop yelling. Then when it appeared he'd had enough, the former lawyer and constitutional law professor set about deconstructing their arguments. "What you're not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law, so that's point No. 1," Obama said. "Point No. 2, the way the change in the law works is that...
  • How Big of a Problem Is Susan Rice?

    11/26/2014 5:39:00 AM PST · by SJackson · 53 replies
    Commentary ^ | 11.25.2014 | Seth Mandel
    Chuck Hagel’s unceremonious dismissal as secretary of defense has refocused attention, once again, on the insularity of President Obama’s inner circle, its suspicion of outside voices, and its distaste for dissent. But it has changed in one way: this time, the concerns about secrecy, enforced groupthink, and high school clique behavior don’t center on Valerie Jarrett. Instead, the name that keeps surfacing is that of National Security Advisor Susan Rice. It’s true that this isn’t the first time we’re hearing of the toxic atmosphere and mismanagement at Rice’s National Security Council. But it’s striking how clearly the battle lines appear...
  • Obama and the Roots of the Ferguson Rage

    11/26/2014 5:19:31 AM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 26, 2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    Obama and the Roots of the Ferguson RagePosted By Arnold Ahlert On November 26, 2014 @ 12:56 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 11 Comments And so the whirlwind, cultivated by Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, the mainstream media and the army of thugs they enabled, is now being reaped. As the result of a St. Louis County grand jury refusing to indict officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, Ferguson, MO has become Ground Zero, in what irresponsible Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadali referred to on MSNBC as “St. Louis’s race war.”One of the race war’s architects pleaded for calm shortly after...
  • Dem fundraiser charged with child sex abuse met Obama often, flew on Air Force One

    11/26/2014 5:13:47 AM PST · by Arcy · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11-25-14 | Dave Boyer
    A prominent gay rights activist charged last week with sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy is a strong supporter of President Obama who has visited the White House more than a half-dozen times in the past two years, visitor logs show. Terrence P. Bean, 66, who raised more than a half-million dollars for Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012, last visited the White House on May 30 when he met with the president, first lady Michelle Obama and political adviser David Simas. White House visitor logs show that Mr. Bean, co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign, a leading gay rights group,...
  • Carly Fiorina actively explores 2016 presidential run but faces GOP critics

    11/26/2014 5:13:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 25, 2014 | Philip Rucker and Matea Gold
    On a Republican presidential debate stage expected to be filled with more than a dozen current and former politicians, Carly Fiorina envisions herself standing out — as the only woman and the only CEO. Sensing an opportunity in a crowded field that lacks a front-runner, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive is actively exploring a 2016 presidential run. Fiorina has been talking privately with potential donors, recruiting campaign staffers, courting grass-roots activists in early caucus and primary states and planning trips to Iowa and New Hampshire starting next week.
  • What Obama's Ferguson Sermon Left Out

    11/26/2014 3:36:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2 | Michelle Malkin
    In his 967-word statement to the nation about the Ferguson grand jury decision on Tuesday night, President Obama devoted precisely one sentence to the risks and sacrifices police officers make to keep the peace. One. Obama delivered a tepid, obligatory acknowledgement that "our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day." But he sandwiched it between a finger-wagging admonition that cops need to "show care and restraint" and a pandering discourse justifying the "deep distrust" that "communities of color" have toward law enforcement because of the "legacy of racial discrimination in this country." Note: Multiple...
  • Geo-engineering: Climate fixes 'could harm billions'

    11/26/2014 3:07:17 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 25, 2014 | By David Shukman, Science editor
    Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say. That is the conclusion of a new set of studies into what's become known as geo-engineering. This is the so far unproven science of intervening in the climate to bring down temperatures. These projects work by, for example, shading the Earth from the Sun or soaking up carbon dioxide. Ideas include aircraft spraying out sulphur particles at high altitude to mimic the cooling effect of volcanoes or using artificial "trees" to absorb CO2. Despite the risk...
  • Graham to Obama: If you use reconciliation on health care, it’ll kill amnesty

    11/26/2014 2:25:00 AM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 11, 2010 | Allahpundit
    Er … yeah. I hadn’t thought of it that way. The time for talk is over. The time for amnesty has begun. It’s so crazy it just. might. work. Graham, along with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), met with Obama to update him on their efforts to advance immigration reform legislation. During the meeting, Graham said he made it clear to the president that the already difficult task of passing immigration reform becomes even harder when reconciliation is in play. “I expressed, in no uncertain terms, my belief that immigration reform could come to a halt for the year if health...
  • A Black Politician with Gumption

    11/26/2014 2:04:04 AM PST · by NickFlooding · 1 replies
    FreeAtLast PAC ^ | 11/24/2014
    www.FreeAtLastPAC.com President Obama has chosen to take bold executive action - but not to help the Black community! He has decided to grant de-facto Amnesty to 5 Million immigrants. Our communities already have so little as it is...and now we're being asked to share!?!?
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, ’16 Presidential Hopeful, Woos New York Jewish Donors – UPDATED

    11/26/2014 12:32:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    New York Observer ^ | November 25, 2014 | Ken Kurson
    UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect the correct location of the meeting between Mr. Cruz and Mr. Adelson, as well as a different characterization of the results of that meeting. Jewish life in New York is dominated by ritual. Holidays. A pastrami reuben on a hero at Katz’s. The reading of holy books in cycles that take a year (the Torah) or seven and a half years (the Talmud). And just as reliably, there’s the ritual of presidential candidates sniffing around for dough right after the midterm elections. That last one got going in earnest yesterday and today,...
  • After Obama’s Immigration Action, a Blast of Energy for the Tea Party

    11/25/2014 11:57:50 PM PST · by iowamark · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | NOV. 25, 2014 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    In all its fury and unanimity, the response from the right to President Obama’s decision to change immigration policy without the consent of Congress was the manifestation of a major transformation within the Tea Party. What started five years ago as a groundswell of conservatives committed to curtailing the reach of the federal government, cutting the deficit and countering the Wall Street wing of the Republican Party has become a movement largely against immigration overhaul. The politicians, intellectual leaders and activists who consider themselves part of the Tea Party have redirected their energy from advocating fiscal austerity and small government...
  • Obamacare offers U.S. firms $3,000 incentive to hire illegals over native-born workers

    11/25/2014 6:35:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    washington times ^ | 11/25/14 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>Under the president's new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare.</p> <p>President Obama's temporary amnesty, which lasts three years, declares up to 5 million illegal immigrants to be lawfully in the country and eligible for work permits, but it still deems them ineligible for public benefits such as buying insurance on Obamacare's health exchanges.</p>
  • Elian Gonzalez: 15 years after his rescue, a quiet life

    11/25/2014 8:41:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 25, 2014 | Portia Siegelbaum
    Havana -- Fifteen years ago today two fishermen plucked an exhausted, frightened five-year-old tied to an inner tube out of the waters off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale. Elian Gonzalez, less than two weeks short of his 6th birthday, was the young Cuban boy whose rescue set off an international custody battle and reverberated in the 2000 U.S. presidential campaign. Now nearly 21 and out of the public eye, Gonzalez is studying industrial engineering at the university in his home province of Matanzas in Cuba.
  • Sharpton: Grand Jury Decision Proves Federal Government 'Needs to Step In'

    11/25/2014 8:25:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | November 25, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Speaking at a press conference in St. Louis along with attorneys for Michael Brown’s family, Rev. Al Sharpton said the decision handed down by the grand jury not to indict officer Darren Wilson proves that the federal government should have handled the case “from day one.” “Three days after Michael Brown Jr. was killed, we had a major rally in this very church,” Sharpton began his remarks. “We said that night, with his parents present, that we had little to no faith in the grand jury by the local district attorney. We said that night that we wanted the federal...
  • Legal scholars praise Ferguson grand jury for fairness beyond the norm

    11/25/2014 7:21:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 25, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Legal experts across the country agree that while the process that led to a grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, was unusual, it was not unfair. Rather if it was anything unusual, it was in its fairness and openness. Lawyers and academics told The Washington Times that, despite their personal opinions on the case, which has sparked riots over police brutality, St. Louis county prosecutor Robert McCulloch sought unbiased justice in presenting the jury with every piece of evidence and then making that evidence public. “It was the most thorough...
  • Understanding the Nihilist in the White House

    11/25/2014 5:51:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 24, 2014 | Jean Kaufman
    Obama is bent on destruction rather than creation, because destruction for its own sake is also part of the arsenal of nihilism.Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan is an example of a type of person with a good mind who has huge pockets of — I’m not sure exactly what to call it. Naivete? Trust? Idealism? Lack of comprehension? Almost willful blindness? She often gets to a certain point in understanding someone or something and then stops, refusing to open the door of the room she stands before, afraid to look inside. Or she opens it...
  • Livni Welcomes Rivlin's Criticism of Jewish State Law

    11/25/2014 5:01:49 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/11/14 | Elad Benari
    ustice Minister Tzipi Livni, head of the Hatnua party, welcomed on Tuesday evening President Reuven Rivlin’s criticism of the controversial Jewish State Law. Rivlin, who spoke at a conference earlier Tuesday, said, "The State of Israel is the national state of the Jewish people. A small, abhorred minority, undermine this fact, both from within our own and from outside, and so, we must ask ourselves seriously, what is the point of the proposed law - Israel: The National State of the Jewish People." "Does the promotion of this law, not in fact, question the success of the Zionist enterprise in...
  • Hillary Clinton hosting New York fundraiser for Mary Landrieu

    11/25/2014 4:53:11 PM PST · by abb · 33 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times Picayune ^ | November 25, 2014 | Bruce Alpert
    WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is hosting a New York City fundraiser for Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., on Monday. snip Clinton, who campaigned at a New Orleans rally for Landrieu before just before the Nov. 4 primary, is hosting the Landrieu fundraiser at the home of long-time Clinton supporters Sarah and Victory Kovner. Tickets range from $1,000 to $12,600, with proceeds going to Landrieu's Senate campaign, the Louisiana Democratic Party and Landrieu's political action committee. Clinton, the former First Lady and New York senator, is the current frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. snip
  • Remarks by the President on the Resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

    11/25/2014 3:41:53 PM PST · by robowombat · 3 replies
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release November 24, 2014 Remarks by the President on the Resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel State Dining Room 11:10 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: About a year ago, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was visiting our troops in the Republic of Korea thanking them for their service and answering their questions, and they asked about the usual topics, about our national security, the future of our military. And then one soldier, a sergeant from Ohio asked him, what was the most pertinent question of the day, which was what...
  • Car plows through protesters during Ferguson rally in south Minneapolis

    11/25/2014 3:35:31 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 94 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 11-25-2014 | Staff
    A vehicle reportedly plowed through a group of demonstrators in Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon during a march and rally in the wake of a Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer for fatally shooting a black teenager. A solidarity rally and march for Michael Brown, who was killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, was planned Tuesday near the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct building at E. Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue. A Star Tribune reporter who is at the rally says that witnesses say the vehicle started honking at protesters blocking the intersection before running down...
  • How many K-12 students are illegal immigrants?

    11/25/2014 3:05:22 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2014 | By Valerie Strauss
    According to the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project, 6.9 percent of K-12 students had parents of illegal immigrants in 2012, while far less — 1.4 percent — of all students were illegal immigrants themselves. Nevada had the biggest percentage of students with parents who were illegal immigrants, followed by California, at 13.2 percent; Texas, at 13.1 percent; and Arizona, at 11 percent. The figures come from a new report that says there were an estimated 11.2 million illegal immigrants in the United States in 2012 (the latest year for which there is data), the same as in 2009. (The...
  • Don Lemon Blames ‘Bloggers’ for Causing Commotion in Ferguson (He means you and me, of course)

    11/25/2014 2:55:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 25, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    Last night, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch laid blame on the “24-hour news cycle” for impeding justice in the grand jury case surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown. Now, a member of the 24-hour news cycle has turned around and blamed “bloggers” for causing an outsized amount of “commotion” in Ferguson. Following a press conference from Michael Brown’s family lawyers that was briefly disrupted by some disturbance in the crowd of reporters and supporters, Lemon attempted to explain what happened and the effect that similar instances have had on the situation in Ferguson. “OK, here’s the thing that people...
  • New House GOP plan: Nearly one year of funding for the entire government — except on immigration

    11/25/2014 2:07:13 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 19 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | Nov 25, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Looks like they're about to do this: LET'S LIGHT UP THEIR PHONES FOLKS: (202)-224-3121 Because you know in conference committee ": Nearly one year of funding for the entire government — except on immigration" Immigration funding WILL be added back in. WE WILL NOT BE FOOLED, and WE must demand ONLY a short term funding Bill through January, WHY this congress would want the next one to be hampered (by Republicans) is beyond me (well not completely..).
  • Exclusive: George Stephanopoulos Interviews Police Officer Darren Wilson

    11/25/2014 1:44:17 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 25, 2014 | By MEGHAN KENEALLY
    In an exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, police officer Darren Wilson breaks his silence about the shooting of Michael Brown. Wilson told ABC News that he did not execute Brown on August 9 but was in fear for his life and was just doing his job. Wilson told ABC News that Brown reached into his car and grabbed his gun. He described how Brown charged toward him and he felt that he had to shoot Michael Brown. Tune into World News Tonight at 6:30 p.m. EST to see Wilson's first public remarks about the fatal shooting.