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  • Rep. Blackburn Should Run for House Speaker, Says ACU’s Daniel Schneider

    10/09/2015 3:25:48 PM PDT · by AAABEST · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 8, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) should put her name in the race to become the next Speaker of the House, says the American Conservative Union’s executive director, Daniel Schneider. “Blackburn is the most conservative woman in all of Congress. She has a lifetime ACU rating of 96 – that puts her in a solid ‘A’ camp. Year-in and year-out she is consistently been a solid performer,” Schneider said. “I would hope she would run,” Schneider told Breitbart News Thursday afternoon. Schneider’s statements came Thursday, shortly after Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
  • Why is the world ignoring a wave of terror in Israel? (150 terror attacks in 48 hours)

    10/09/2015 2:07:35 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 37 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1:25PM BST 09 Oct 2015 | By Arsen Ostrovsky
    Attacks like these do not occur in a vacuum. Such acts of pitiless slaughter are the direct result of a pervasive Palestinian infrastructure In the last week, my country, Israel, including our capital, the Holy City of Jerusalem, have come under an unprecedented wave of Palestinian terror. A week ago, Eitam and Na’ama Henkin were brutally executed by Palestinian terrorists point-blank in their car. Their four children, Matan, 9, Nitzan, 7, Neta, 4, and Itamar, 9 months old, who are now orphaned, were still in the back seat and miraculously unharmed. Their lives are now irreparably altered. Days later, two...
  • Sixth Circuit Court Court blocks Obama’s EPA water rule nationwide

    10/09/2015 2:03:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/09/2015 | By Timothy Cama
    A federal court ruled Friday that President Obama’s regulation to protect small waterways from pollution cannot be enforced nationwide. In a 2-1 ruling, the Cincinnati-based Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit delivered a stinging defeat to Obama’s most ambitious effort to keep streams and wetlands clean, saying it looks likely that the rule, dubbed Waters of the United States, is illegal. “We conclude that petitioners have demonstrated a substantial possibility of success on the merits of their claims,” the judges wrote in their decision, explaining that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new guidelines for determining whether water is subject...
  • Violent clashes break out throughout Arab towns in Israel

    10/09/2015 1:03:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    ynet ^ | 10/9/15 | Hasan Shaalan, Ilana Curiel, Roi Yanovsky
    Friday night was marked by widespread rioting in solidarity with Palestinians, and due to anger at the shooting a female terrorist across Arab towns in the north, Galilee, and the triangle area. Dozens of youths, some masked, set fires to tires and threw rocks at security forces in Nazareth on Friday night. Police forces were deployed at the scene. Multiple arrests were reported in Sakhnin, while youths were reportedly throwing stones and clashing with police forces in Kfara Kana.
  • Obama in Roseburg: live updates on visits with Oregon school shooting victims

    10/09/2015 11:15:41 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 123 replies
    OregonLive ^ | October 09, 2015 at 11:11 AM | Molly Harbarger |
    It's little more than an hour until wheels down in Eugene for President Barack Obama. He is meeting with the families of victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting, then flying to Seattle for Democratic National Committee roundtable. Gov. Kate Brown will accompany Obama on his visits. Neither are expected to speak publicly. Yet, many see Obama's meeting the grieving families as a maneuver to push gun control laws in Congress. Especially after Obama's impassioned speech, saying mass shootings could be prevented with stricter gun laws.Already, protestors are in position to greet Obama when his plane lands in Eugene. Conservative...
  • ‘Go golf': Over 8,000 Oregon protesters tell Obama to go home

    10/09/2015 12:35:57 PM PDT · by · 164 replies
    theamericanmirror ^ | October 9, 2015 | Olaf Ekberg
    President Obama is hoping to use the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon as the backdrop for his call for more gun control today, but the locals aren’t standing idly by. Many are already our in force — over 8,000 by one estimate — telling the president to go home. Larry Brown ‏@LarryB_in_OK Over 8,000 protesters are lining the streets in #Roseburg to oppose #Obama showing up there today. #ObamaGoHome Several people on hand are posting photos of the protesters’ signs and messages to Obama. “My family, my friends, everybody down here is not happy about him coming,”...
  • Obama reportedly considering executive action on gun control

    10/09/2015 12:26:49 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies ^ | 10-9-2015 |
    As President Obama heads Friday to the community rocked by last week's Oregon college shooting, the president reportedly is considering executive action on gun background checks -- after he called for Americans to turn gun control into a political issue in the wake of the shooting. Obama will meet Friday with survivors and families of those killed in the attack at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. The gunman killed nine before killing himself. The Washington Post reported that the White House is considering executive action that would compel background checks for "individuals who buy from dealers who sell a...
  • Chaffetz, Issa: We’ll step aside for Paul Ryan

    10/09/2015 11:58:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/09/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans have urged Paul Ryan to step up for House Speaker in an attempt to bring unity to the GOP caucus. He may already be having that effect. After a mid-morning caucus conference, two potential rivals publicly endorsed the Ways and Means chair for the post, including formally declared candidate Jason Chaffetz: Chaffetz, who launched his Speaker bid last weekend, said he’d end his bid if Ryan heeds the call to enter the race.“I’m a huge fan of Paul Ryan. I would support Paul Ryan,” Chaffetz told reporters.“Part of the reason I got into the race was because people...
  • YOU MUST SEE THIS=> Hispanic Supporter GOES LOCO On Stage Meeting Donald Trump! (Video)

    10/08/2015 6:50:39 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 56 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/8/15 | Jim Hoft
    THIS IS IS A PHENOMENON FOLKS! THIS IS AN ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT REVOLUTION! WATCH THIS AMAZING VIDEO — WOW! SCREW THE MEDIA- SCREW THE GOP ELITES! TRUMP IS TAKING THE COUNTRY BY STORM! ....The crowd was pretty fired up. At the rally in Las Vegas Donald Trump discussed being on magazine covers. ‘I think I’m on 14 covers this week. I’m on more covers than any supermodel in history!” He brought a female supporter from Colombia on stage and signed her magazine. “I’m Hispanic and I vote for Mr. Trump! We vote for Mr. Trump! Yes! Mr. Trump. We LOVE YOU! We...
  • Ted Cruz: How U.S. must push back Putin in Syria (Cruz-Op Ed- CNN)

    10/09/2015 9:49:11 AM PDT · by VinL · 96 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/9/15 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    Over the last week, the world has once again looked on aghast as President Vladimir Putin has taken violent advantage of regional instability to re-establish Russia's influence, this time in the Middle East. Despite promises to join the United States in a counterterrorism effort against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Putin is on a mission to protect Russian assets in the Mediterranean by propping up his client, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Ted Cruz Ted Cruz Meanwhile, the Obama administration has been caught flat-footed as Putin's actions threaten to inflame and destabilize an already acute crisis. Enough already. We don't need...
  • Ted Cruz: Trump won’t be the nominee and I’ll pick up most of his voters [Truce over?]

    10/09/2015 8:28:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/09/2015 | AllahPundit
    Via Politico, skip to 12:00 of the clip below for the key bit. Oh, it’s on. Or is it? Normally, a candidate for president claiming that he’s going to peel away his opponents’ supporters and win the nomination would be so banal that it wouldn’t qualify as news. It’s the ultimate “dog bites man” story. Of course Cruz believes this. If he didn’t, why would he be running? But these aren’t normal circumstances. Cruz is the only Republican in the field who has yet to utter a critical or discouraging syllable about Trump, part of his talk-radio-ish strategy not...
  • McCarthy accused of affair with House member after withdrawing bid for speaker

    10/09/2015 8:16:47 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 37 replies
    WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy abruptly withdrew his promising bid to become speaker Thursday as the married congressman was accused of having an affair with another married House member in an anonymous posting on Wikipedia. Minutes before Republicans were to cast votes to make him speaker-elect, McCarthy stood and told his colleagues that a fresh face was needed to unite the party.
  • House Speaker’s Race Heating Up as Donor-Class Tries to Draft Paul Ryan

    10/09/2015 8:03:43 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 35 replies ^ | 9 Oct 2015 | Breitbart News
    10:47 UPDATE: During a live interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) of Pennsylvania pointed the finger at House conservatives for the chaos in the House. “If we don’t change the political dynamic, the next speaker will suffer the same fate as Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH),” Dent said. He says he hopes to “marginalize” conservative members. Leadership has bent over backward to appease conservative members, only to have these members vote against leadership, Dent said. He described the Republican meeting as “group therapy.” He also told Bash “The issue is how do we change the political dynamic?”...
  • Obama ‘Seriously Considering’ Using Executive Authority to Tighten Gun Laws

    10/09/2015 7:34:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/09/2015 | Liz Sheld
    The Washington Post is reporting that President Obama is considering an end run around Congress to make some changes to existing gun laws. In particular, he is considering “imposing new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers.”Under Obama’s proposed executive fiat, dealers who sell more than an arbitrary number of guns will need to obtain a license from the ATF and perform background checks on consumers.This latest overreach comes on the heels of a tragic shooting at the gun-free Umpqua Community College. Obama has asked his team “to scrub what kinds of authorities do we...
  • Conservatives: Don’t Get Suckered Into Backing A “Compromise” Speaker Who Is Boehner-Lite

    10/09/2015 7:32:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 16 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 10/9/2015 | CHQ Staff
    The sudden implosion of the supposedly inevitable ascension of establishment Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to the office of Speaker of the House, now occupied by his mentor John Boehner, has shown the Capitol Hill Republican establishment to be a fragile edifice ready to collapse. Paul Ryan. Conservatives should not be suckered into propping it up any longer by abandoning their battle to elect principled conservatives to run the House of Representatives. But that is exactly what is going on in Washington right now as those establishment politicians who stand to lose out if new leadership is elected and...
  • Obama Administration Ends Pentagon Program to Train Syrian Rebels

    10/09/2015 6:07:56 AM PDT · by amorphous · 23 replies
    NYSlimes ^ | 9 Oct 2015 | By HELENE COOPER and ERIC SCHMITTOCT
    LONDON — The Obama administration has ended the Pentagon’s $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels, administration officials said on Friday, in an acknowledgment that the beleaguered program had failed to produce any kind of ground combat forces capable of taking on the Islamic State in Syria. Pentagon officials were expected to officially announce the end of the program on Friday, as Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter leaves London after meetings with his British counterpart, Michael Fallon, about the continuing wars in Syria and Iraq. “I wasn’t happy with the early efforts” of the program, Mr. Carter said...
  • Video: Czech doctor reveals horrific reality of Muslim migrants in Germany

    A Czech doctor working in Germany has threatened to leave the country over what is happening with the flood of Muslim migrants. The story she relates is horrific, and it’s one that needs to be heard — or read. Since the press is forbidden from reporting on the true situation and social media giants like Facebook are working to stifle stories like this, she relayed the story in an email letter read by an independent Czech television host. An English translation of that letter follows the video below.
  • Jobless claims fall to near a 42-year low

    10/09/2015 4:22:26 AM PDT · by John W · 64 replies
    Reusters via Yahoo news ^ | october 9, 2015 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new applications for jobless benefits fell more than expected to near a 42-year low last week, pointing to ongoing tightening in the labor market despite the recent slowdown in hiring. The data released on Thursday provides an upbeat check on the health of the labor market after last week's monthly employment report increased doubts the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates by the end of this year. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 263,000 for the week ended Oct. 3, the Labor Department said. That was...
  • Gingrich open to return to Speakership

    10/08/2015 6:21:36 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 159 replies ^ | 10/8/15 | Bradford Richardson
    Newt Gingrich said he would consider taking up the Speaker’s gavel again if called upon to by House Republicans. The former Speaker initially denied any interest in a return to Congress, but when pressed in an interview with radio show host Sean Hannity on Thursday, admitted he would consider it if he had the votes.
  • Next man up? House GOP pushes reluctant Ryan to seek Speaker's chair

    10/09/2015 2:41:32 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 09, 2015 | Fox News
    Since House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., shocked his congressional colleagues early Thursday by withdrawing his name from consideration to replace John Boehner, R-Ohio, as Speaker of the House, Republicans have launched a relentless press aimed at convincing House Ways and Means Committee chair Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to put himself forward for the job. Fox News has learned that Boehner himself is imploring Ryan, Mitt Romney's running mate on the 2012 Republican presidential ticket, to put himself forward for the top job in the House, largely because Ryan is one of the few unifying figures in the House Republican Conference.
  • Ten Commandments monument removed from outside Oklahoma state Capitol after controversy

    10/08/2015 9:46:46 PM PDT · by jonatron · 9 replies
    A.P. ^ | October 6, 2015 | The AP Staff
    OKLAHOMA CITY — A granite monument of the Ten Commandments that has sparked controversy since its installation on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was being removed and will be transported to a private conservative think tank for storage. A contractor the state hired began removing the monument shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday. The work comes after the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s June decision that the display violates a state constitutional prohibition on the use of public property to support “any sect, church, denomination or system of religion.” The state is paying the contractor about $4,700 to remove the monument and take it...
  • BP wins two Iranian oilfield development projects: source

    10/08/2015 8:31:40 PM PDT · by jonatron · 16 replies
    The Tehran Times ^ | 10/8/2015 | Tehran Times Economic Desk
    TEHRAN - Iran has left the development of two oilfields to the energy giant British Petroleum (BP), an informed source told the Tasnim News Agency on the condition of anonymity. The announcement is a follow-up to the September meeting between Iranian Oil Ministry officials and BP top managers, where the Iranian side headed by Amir Hossein Zamani Nia, the deputy oil minister for international affairs and trade, agreed to transfer the development of two oilfields to BP based on the new model of Iranian oil contracts, known as Integrated Petroleum Contract (IPC), which is due to be unveiled soon. ---snip---...
  • Obama weighs expanding background checks through executive authority

    10/08/2015 7:08:53 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 65 replies
    Washington post ^ | Oct 8, 2015 | By Juliet Eilperin
    In response to the latest mass shooting during his presidency, President Obama is seriously considering circumventing Congress with his executive authority and imposing new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers. Snip The proposed executive action aims to impose background checks on individuals who buy from dealers who sell a significant number of guns each year. The current federal statute dictates that those who are “engaged in the business” of dealing firearms need to obtain a federal license — and, therefore, conduct background checks — but exempts anyone “who makes occasional sales, exchanges, or purchases of...
  • Ted Cruz's Republican presidential campaign raises $12 million over past 3 months

    10/08/2015 6:33:21 PM PDT · by VinL · 24 replies
    Newser ^ | 10/8/15 | Steve Peoples
    Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is reporting a $12.2 million fundraising boost over the past three months. The Republican Texas senator's new fundraising, added to what he raised through the end of June, gives him a total of $26.5 million since he entered the race in late March. Cruz's fundraising compares favorably with two other Republican candidates who have made their totals public. It's double what Florida Sen. Marco Rubio raised during the same period. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul brought in $2.5 million between July and the end of last month. However, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson's campaign amassed $20 million in...
  • Trampling the natural right to self-defense (Hillary)

    10/08/2015 4:46:56 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10-07-2015 | Andrew Napolitano
    While the FBI continued to analyze the emails Hillary Rodham Clinton thought she deleted and her advisers pressed her to hire a Republican criminal defense attorney in Washington, a madman used a lawfully purchased handgun to kill a professor and eight students at a community college in Roseburg, Ore. Looking to change the subject away from her emails, Mrs. Clinton was quick to pounce. She who has ripped into Republicans for seeking political gain from the four American deaths in Benghazi now seeks her own political gain from the dozens of murdered children and young adults in Newtown, Conn., and...
  • Report: Boehner phones Paul Ryan, asks him to run for Speaker

    10/08/2015 1:53:35 PM PDT · by Windy City Conservative · 69 replies
    Hopefully that’s just a bluff Boehner is using to twist the arms of House conservatives who’d otherwise object to another center-right Speaker. Line up behind Ryan, Boehner is saying, or else I’ll stick around and make your lives even more miserable. What his leverage is in doing that isn’t immediately clear to me; wasn’t the whole reason he quit in the first place because he wasn’t sure he had the votes to survive the challenge being led by Rep. Mark Meadows to oust him? But maybe this little nudge will be enough to convince the Freedom Caucus to give Ryan...
  • John Boehner says he will stay as House speaker until successor elected

    10/08/2015 1:30:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday he will stay in the top post in the House of Representatives until his successor is elected, adding that he would announce the date of that vote later. "We will announce the date for this election at a later date, and I’m confident we will elect a new speaker in the coming weeks," the Ohio Republican said in a statement released after the surprise withdrawal of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy from the race.
  • First on CNN: U.S. officials say Russian missiles heading for Syria landed in Iran

    10/08/2015 12:03:54 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 121 replies
    CNN ^ | October 8, 2015 | Barbara Starr and Jeremy Diamond
    Washington (CNN)A number of cruise missiles launched from a Russian ship and aimed at targets in Syria have crashed in Iran, two U.S. officials told CNN Thursday. Monitoring by U.S. military and intelligence assets has concluded that at least four missiles crashed as they flew over Iran. One official said there may be casualties, but another official said this is not yet known.
  • Paul Ryan says 'I will not be a candidate' after Kevin McCarthy pulls out of Speaker race

    10/08/2015 11:36:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies ^ | 10/08/2015 | Bill Novak
    Powerful Republican Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) stood firm on Thursday in his desire not to become the next Speaker of the House. Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued a statement after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy shocked the GOP when he abruptly ended his candidacy to replace Speaker John Boehner. "While I am grateful for the encouragement I've received, I will not be a candidate," Ryan said. "I continue to believe I can best serve the country and this (Republican) conference as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee." CNN reported McCarthy was with his wife...
  • Trey Gowdy: Democrats thwarting Benghazi investigation

    10/08/2015 10:10:28 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 8, 2015
    Rather than cooperate, Democrats from the start have tried to thwart the Benghazi probe from within, Chairman Trey Gowdy said in a letter released Thursday that accused Democrats of bad faith and also announced the release of emails that call into question the relationship between former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her associate Sidney Blumenthal. Mr. Gowdy said it was Democrats, not Republicans, who “selectively leaked information” to try to set the political narrative about the probe. Mr. Gowdy said Democrats have been more interested in that than in actually participating in the investigation, and he accused the...
  • John Boehner exit: Anyone can run for House speaker, even you

    10/08/2015 9:52:47 AM PDT · by Chgogal · 29 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | Septmeber 25, 2015 | Peter Grier
    Who can replace Speaker of the House John Boehner, who announced Friday he’s quitting? Almost anyone. Maybe even you. This isn’t a comment on the job Representative Boehner has or has not done in his role as leader of his legislative chamber. It’s meant to illustrate a little-known fact: Under the Constitution, the speaker does not have to be a member of the House. He or she doesn’t have to be an elected lawmaker or government official. The speaker can be an ordinary, private citizen. In fact, there really are not any legal restrictions on qualifications for that office. The...
  • Ted Cruz Destroys Sierra Club President’s Global Warming Claims in Senate Hearing

    10/08/2015 6:32:22 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 58 replies ^ | 7 Oct 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is showing Sierra Club President Aaron Mair to be an ideological hack and global warming alarmist. At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Cruz subjected him to a withering cross examination. Mair was reduced to stammering and frequent awkward pauses which he used to receive whispered advice from staff. He repeatedly referred to the discredited “97 percent of scientists concur” claim, and was unwilling to acknowledge valid scientific data that disproves the claim. Mark Steyn, sitting in for Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday, called Cruz’s relentless questioning of Mair “a thing of...
  • NATO chief says prepared to send troops to defend Turkey [New title/text at URL]

    10/08/2015 2:49:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 8, 2015 | Robin Emmott
    <p>NATO said it was prepared to send troops to Turkey to defend its ally after violations of Turkish airspace by Russian jets bombing Syria and Britain scolded Moscow for escalating a civil war that has already killed 250,000 people.</p> <p>Officials at the U.S.-led alliance are still smarting from Russia's weekend incursions into Turkey's airspace near northern Syria and NATO defense ministers are meeting in Brussels with the agenda likely to be dominated by the Syria crisis.</p>
  • VIDEO: Donald Trump Speech In Waterloo, IA (10-7-15)

    10/07/2015 12:04:55 PM PDT · by JoeSeales · 35 replies
    Donald Trump ^ | 10-7-15 | Donald Trump
    Fired up crowd! October 7, 2015: GOP Presidential candidate and front-runner Donald J. Trump was back in Iowa today and gave a speech to thousands of supporters at the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo.
  • Dick Cheney to Endorse Kevin McCarthy

    10/07/2015 9:23:29 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 72 replies ^ | October 07, 2015
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney is stepping into the suddenly feverish House speaker's race to endorse the leading candidate, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), as "a good man and a strong leader." McCarthy has a challenge from the right, and Cheney's statement should help McCarthy with some of the hardliners, in part by giving them conservative cover to support him.
  • Driven by profit, hatred of U.S., ex-Soviet nuclear smugglers seek Islamist clients

    10/08/2015 2:30:09 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    AP ^ | Oct 7, 2015 | Desmond Butler and Vadim Ghirda
    CHISINAU – Over the pulsating beat at an exclusive nightclub, the arms smuggler made his pitch to a client: €2.5 million for enough radioactive cesium to contaminate several city blocks. It was earlier this year, and the two men were plotting their deal at an unlikely spot: the terrace of Cocos Prive, a dance club and sushi bar in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. “You can make a dirty bomb, which would be perfect for the Islamic State,” the smuggler said. “If you have a connection with them, the business will go smoothly.” But the smuggler, Valentin Grossu, was not...
  • Whistleblower: Terror Intel 'Grossly Thrown to the Side' by CENTCOM

    10/07/2015 10:44:31 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 14 replies
    Hannity ^ | October 7, 2015 | Hannity
    Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class William Kotel said this was done in an attempt to paint a rosy picture of the coalition's efforts in the Middle East. "They left key information out of intelligence, such as attacks," Kotel said. "The idea was that Al Qaeda was decimated, so therefore it wasn’t part of the threat analysis that should be submitted higher." Kotel said that is very critical information that is important to the nation's safety and security. "The chain of command and higher don't see a clear picture if we leave intelligence out, especially about attacks and any kind of...
  • El Faro Search Ended At Sunset

    10/07/2015 8:55:00 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | Wednesday October 7, 2015 | Mariano Castillo, Holly Yan, Eliott C. McLaughlin and Steve Almasy
    "The U.S. Coast Guard said it called off its nearly weeklong search for the missing mariners of the El Faro at sunset Wednesday."
  • Potentially game-changing oil reserves discovered in Israel

    10/07/2015 7:33:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Fox ^ | October 7, 2015 | Paul Alster
    Haifa, Israel – After Israel complained for years that it was surrounded by oil-rich states but didn’t have a drop within its own borders, it appears there’s a big-time turnaround with the announcement Wednesday that massive oil reserves have been located in the Golan Heights,close to the country’s border with Syria. Afek Oil and Gas, an Israeli subsidiary of the U.S. company Genie Energy, confirmed the find in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 TVbut conceded that until the oil is actually extracted, they won’t be sure of the actual amounts and quality of the oil that has been discovered....
  • Syria, backed by Russian jets, launches ground assault against rebels

    10/07/2015 7:10:13 PM PDT · by Mariner · 25 replies
    DPA International ^ | October 7th, 2015 | By Weedah Hamzah and Peter Spinella, dpa
    Beirut (dpa) - Syrian government forces, backed by Russian warplanes, launched a multi-pronged assault Wednesday on rebel positions north and north-west of the central city of Hama, a monitoring group said. The Syrian troops pushed north toward rebel-held towns and villages, including Khan Sheikhoun and Latamina - both of which have been hit in Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The fighting was the fiercest seen in the area for months and was accompanied by intense Russian air raids, the Britain-based Observatory said. "All Russian airstrikes and firepower have not helped the [Syrian] regime to advance on...
  • Unbeknownst to Clinton, IT firm had emails stored on cloud; now in FBI’s hands

    10/07/2015 2:55:58 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 115 replies
    McClatchy ^ | October 6, 2015 | By Greg Gordon and Anita Kumar
    WASHINGTON A Connecticut company, which backed up Hillary Clinton‘s emails at the request of a Colorado firm, apparently surprised her aides by storing the emails on a “cloud” storage system designed to optimize data recovery. The firm, Datto Inc., said Wednesday that it turned over the contents of its storage to the FBI on Tuesday. A Republican Senate committee chairman, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, also has asked the firm to provide the committee copies of any data from Clinton’s account still in its possession. There were conflicting accounts as to whether the developments could lead to retrieval of any of...
  • House defeats attempt to dismantle Benghazi committee

    10/07/2015 12:24:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 7, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    U.S. representatives beat back an attempt Wednesday to disband the House Select Committee on Benghazi, as Republicans quashed the latest push from Democrats to try to discredit the panel ahead of a hearing later this month featuring former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Rep. Louise Slaughter, New York Democrat and ranking member of the House Rules Committee, had introduced the privileged resolution, which cited recent comments Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made about the work of the committee and Mrs. Clinton’s sagging poll numbers. The resolution was ruled out of order, and members voted to table an appeal of the...
  • Nuclear smugglers sought extremist buyers

    10/07/2015 8:23:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 7 , 2015
    Gangs with suspected Russian ties sought to sell radioactive material through Moldova to buyers from the Middle East, including the Islamic State group. CHISINAU, Moldova — In the backwaters of Eastern Europe, authorities working with the FBI have interrupted four attempts in the past five years by gangs with suspected Russian connections that sought to sell radioactive material to Middle Eastern extremists, The Associated Press has learned. The latest known case came in February this year, when a smuggler offered a huge cache of deadly cesium — enough to contaminate several city blocks — and specifically sought a buyer from...
  • Russia Builds 'Arc Of Steel'

    10/07/2015 6:03:47 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    Marine Link ^ | October 07, 2015 | Aiswarya Lakshmi
    Russia is building an “arc of steel” from the Arctic to the Mediterranean Sea said a NATO commander, in the same vein as Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain metaphor. Navy Adm. Mark Ferguson, who commands NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy, and U.S. Navy forces in Europe and Africa, spoke at the Atlantic Council here. The alliance also faces threats from the south, and both threats argue for more attention from the United States, NATO members and allied states, Ferguson said.
  • Kremlin sets out to extend control over the Russian Internet

    10/07/2015 6:05:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 7, 2015 6:55 AM EDT | Albina Kovalyova
    Galina Timchenko recalls how proud she felt when the Russian news website she edited reached 3 million users per day. When she reported the figures to the website’s owner, he was horrified. “At that moment something snapped inside and I understood that this is the end, because there cannot be such an influential resource that is not controlled by the Kremlin,” Timchenko said. A month later, she was fired and a more Kremlin-friendly editor was brought in to run the website, The shakeup at last year came as the government was pushing through a slew of new laws...
  • Gitmo Extended Stay America Suites in Colorado? Hell No!

    10/07/2015 4:14:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | October 7, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Liberal readers have scoffed at my repeated warnings about the dangerous prospect of an enemy combatant dump on American soil. Over the years, I've flagged the Obama administration's scouting forays in Illinois, Kansas and South Carolina. Now, the White House is considering my adopted home, Colorado, as the new digs for the dregs of Gitmo. If there was ever a time for Coloradans of all political stripes to unite under the "Not in My Backyard" banner, this is it. The feds have already polluted our waters in the name of protecting us. Nobody at the EPA has paid any price...
  • Ted Cruz Amasses Ground Game That Covers Every County in Four States

    10/07/2015 6:10:41 AM PDT · by Isara · 56 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 7, 2015 | Nick Corasaniti
    Senator Ted Cruz of Texas got an early start to the 2016 presidential campaign in March by being the first of what would become a vast field to announce his candidacy. Now, he has turned that starting advantage into a sprawling ground game. For every county in the first four voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, the Cruz campaign has locked down county chairs in charge of not just lending their names to the campaign, but of spearheading outreach and organizing efforts. “The only way we will turn our country around is through a grass-roots uprising...
  • Oops! Hillary Clinton calls Indianapolis “Indianoplace” in newly released private emails

    10/06/2015 9:20:41 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 51 replies
    fox 59 ^ | October 2, 2015 | Amanda Rakes
    More private emails sent by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were released this week, and one of the emails contains a spelling of Indianapolis that Hoosiers may not appreciate. In an email from April 2010, Clinton writes, “Are you still in basketball-crazed Indianoplace?
  • Same-sex common-law marriage a Texas first (more judicial activism)

    10/07/2015 5:08:05 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 31 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | Posted: 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 | Chuck Lindell
    For the first time in Texas history, a same-sex relationship has been recognized as a common-law marriage. Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman signed a judgment acknowledging that Stella Powell and Sonemaly Phrasavath met the legal requirements to be considered married even though their eight-year relationship did not include a marriage license. Herman’s order, signed Monday but distributed Tuesday, ended Phrasavath’s quest to have her relationship with Powell, who died last year, recognized as a marriage after Powell’s siblings filed a probate suit stating that she had died single because she could not marry another woman under Texas law. The...
  • Second IT firm agrees to give Clinton’s server data to FBI

    10/06/2015 11:00:35 PM PDT · by Mariner · 26 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | October 6th, 2015 | By Greg Gordon and Anita Kumar
    WASHINGTON Hillary Clinton hired a Connecticut company to back up her emails on a “cloud” storage system, and her lawyers have agreed to turn whatever it contains over to the FBI, a personal familiar with the situation said Tuesday. The disclosure came as a Republican Senate committee chairman, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, also asked the firm to turn over to the committee copies of any Clinton emails still in its possession. There were conflicting accounts as to whether the development could lead to recovery of any of Clinton’s more than 31,000 personal emails, which she said she deleted from her...