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  • Al-Qaida in Syria Seizes Large Parts of Northern City

    03/28/2015 4:32:34 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 1 replies
    Syrian opposition activists say al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, has seized large parts of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces. ...
  • White House Clears Obama's Schedule For Iranian Nuclear Deal Next Week

    03/27/2015 5:25:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    resident Obama has nothing scheduled after Monday next week, a blank space that just happens to coincide with the deadline Obama set for his nuclear weapons deal with Iran."The president's schedule for the rest of the week actually remains pretty fluid," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said at the daily press briefing Friday. Asked why he wasn't able to provide any information on Obama's activities next week, Earenst replied, "We've got some more details on the schedule that need to be hammered out."Earnest did say that Obama will be traveling to Florida on Saturday, but he assured reporters that...
  • San Francisco mayor bans publicly-funded travel to Indiana

    03/27/2015 4:27:15 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 53 replies
    Politico ^ | 3-27-2015 | Adam Lerner
    San Francisco prides itself as a tolerant place, but it is closed off to one thing: Indiana. On Thursday, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, a Democrat, directed all City Departments under his authority to bar publicly funded travel to the Hoosier State. The decision followed Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to sign a “religious freedom” bill that critics say effectively sanctions discrimination of LGBT citizens by private businesses. “We stand united as San Franciscans to condemn Indiana’s new discriminatory law,” Lee said in a statement. “San Francisco taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender...
  • Israeli official brands emerging Iran deal as ‘incomprehensibly’ bad

    03/27/2015 12:41:26 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 27, 2015, 6:13 pm | Avi Issacharoff
    As Tehran hails ‘massive progress’ in talks, Jerusalem protests that regime ‘is working against American-Arab-Israeli interests without paying a price’ As Iran hailed “massive progress” toward a deal on its nuclear program, an Israeli official described the terms of the looming agreement as “incomprehensibly” bad and rejected the Obama administration’s contention that it would keep the regime a year away from accumulating enough fissile material for a bomb. Estimating that a framework deal would indeed be signed soon, and that a full agreement would follow in June, the official lamented the US-led negotiators’ apparent readiness to remove sanctions without Iran...
  • FORMER US ATTORNEY: DOJ SHOULD OPEN A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO HARRY REID PUSHING EB-5 VISA EXP

    03/27/2015 12:08:07 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 27, 2015 | by MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    EXCLUSIVE–FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY: DOJ SHOULD OPEN A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO HARRY REID PUSHING EB-5 VISA EXPANSION Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) says he intends to retire at the end of his term in 2017. But he may still face legal pressure before he leaves. Former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova, a leading legal expert on the prosecution and defense of white collar criminals, tells Breitbart News there is enough public evidence to launch a criminal investigation of Reid. “Here’s the issue,” diGenova tells Breitbart News in an exclusive interview. “Because his son was involved representing the SLS Casino and Hotel...
  • Bergdahl's Defense Is He Was Planning to Come Back

    03/27/2015 9:00:10 AM PDT · by PROCON · 54 replies
    bloomberg.com | March 27, 2015 | Josh Rogin
    Linky only.
  • Republicans pass budgets in both House and Senate, trim $5.1 trillion in spending

    03/27/2015 7:17:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember when a disagreement between Republicans on the budget was “cataclysmic” for GOP claims to governance? Democrats last passed a normal budget resolution six years ago, but Republicans went all of seven days before both chambers finally passed budget resolutions. Our long national nightmare, at least as envisioned by Politico, is over: The Senate passed a Republican-authored budget plan early on Friday that seeks $5.1 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years while boosting military funding.The 52-46 vote on the non-binding budget resolution put Congress on a path to complete its first full budget in six years. It...
  • Indiana Governor Signs State Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    03/27/2015 6:40:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian News ^ | 03/27/2015 | Heather Clark
    INDIANAPOLIS – The governor of Indiana signed the state “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” into law on Thursday, resisting critics who asserted that the legislation would allow people of faith to “discriminate” against homosexuals. Gov. Mike Pence signed SB 101 into law in a closed ceremony, with an estimated 70 t0 80 invited guests attending the event. “Today I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, because I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith,” he said in a statement. “The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of...
  • GERMAN NEWS REPORT: Co-Pilot of Germanwings Airbus Was MUSLIM CONVERT …’Hero of Islamic State’?

    03/26/2015 8:09:40 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 296 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 26,2015 | Michael Mannheimer, a writer for German PI-News
    Speisa.com reported: According to Michael Mannheimer, a writer for German PI-News, Germany now has its own 9/11, thanks to the convert to Islam, Andreas Lubitz. Translation from German: All evidence indicates that the copilot of Airbus machine in his six-months break during his training as a pilot in Germanwings, converted to Islam and subsequently either by the order of “radical”, ie. devout Muslims , or received the order from the book of terror, the Quran, on his own accord decided to carry out this mass murder. As a radical mosque in Bremen is in the center of the investigation, in...
  • U.S. Caves to Key Iranian Demands as Nuke Deal Comes Together

    03/26/2015 4:24:13 PM PDT · by xzins · 94 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 26, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    LAUSSANE, Switzerland—The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations. U.S. negotiators are said to have given up ground on demands that Iran be forced to disclose the full range of its nuclear activities at the outset of a nuclear deal, a concession experts say would gut the verification the Obama administration has vowed would stand as the crux of a deal with Iran. Until recently, the Obama administration had...
  • Official: At least 3 of 'Taliban 5' swapped for Bergdahl tried to reconnect with terror networks

    03/26/2015 3:12:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/26/2015 | Catherine Herridge
    EXCLUSIVE: At least three of the five Taliban leaders traded last year for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have tried to plug back into their old terror networks, a government official familiar with the intelligence told Fox News, describing it as an attempt to "re-engage." The new allegations come as Bergdahl now faces desertion charges, and as the one-year deal governing the former Guantanamo detainees' supervised release in the Gulf nation of Qatar is set to expire -- at the end of May. The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency recently told Congress that, after that expiration, all his officers can do...
  • Yemen Ground Invasion By Saudi, Egyptian Troops Imminent

    03/26/2015 10:52:22 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 89 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3-26-2015 | Durden
    As reported first thing today, while the initial phase of the military campaign against Yemen has been taking place for the past 18 hours and been exclusively one of airborne assaults by forces of the "Decisive Storm" coalition, Saudi hinted at what is coming next following reports that it had built up a massive 150,000 troop deployment on the border with Yemen. And as expected, moments ago AP reported that Egyptian military and security officials told The Associated Press that the military intervention will go further, with a ground assault into Yemen by Egyptian, Saudi and other forces, planned once...
  • NYT: Pilot Locked Out of Cockpit Ahead of French Alps Crash

    03/25/2015 9:29:47 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 104 replies
    Fox News ^ | 25 March 2015 | On the Record with Greta Van Susteren
    The New York Times is reporting that a pilot was locked out of the cockpit of the Germanwings A320 plane which crashed Tuesday. Evidence from a cockpit voice recorder reportedly reveals that one of the pilots left the cockpit and was unable to return... More at Fox News http://insider.foxnews.com/2015/03/25/nyt-pilot-locked-out-cockpit-ahead-french-alps-crash
  • Study: Law Faculties Short on White Christians, Republicans

    03/25/2015 9:00:59 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 19 replies
    National Law Journal ^ | 03.24.15 | Karen Sloan
    The demographic groups most underrepresented on law faculties include white Christians and Republicans, according to research by Northwestern University School of Law professor James Lindgren. His working paper, “Measuring Diversity: Law Faculties in 1997 and 2013,” challenges the notion that women and minorities are underrepresented in teaching the law. Those groups actually have made significant gains.... But viewpoint diversity did not improve. For example, 59 percent of lawyers in 2013 identified as white Christians, and that group comprised nearly 57 percent of the working population. Yet white Christians made up just 34 percent of law professors. Republican men comprised 23...
  • Nine Obamacare takeover elements at stake in King v. Burwell

    03/25/2015 7:34:19 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3-9-15 | Twila Brase
    As the Supreme Court considers oral arguments in the King v. Burwell Obamacare subsidy case, the media is awash in claims that a King win will be a political disaster, forcing Republicans to save the illegal Obamacare subsidies issued in the 37 states without a state-based exchange. But the real disaster is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the dangers the federal takeover of healthcare poses for patients, doctors, pocketbooks and health freedom. These very real dangers include: Socializing Medicine – The ACA sets up Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to nationalize the delivery of medical care. ACOs, sometimes called “HMOs...
  • Saudi Arabia launches air attacks in Yemen

    03/25/2015 6:10:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/25/2015 | By Ali al-Mujahed and Karen DeYoung
    SANAA, Yemen — Saudi Arabia and its Persian Gulf allies launched air attacks early Thursday in neighboring Yemen, after Shiite rebels believed backed by Iran swept toward that country’s second-largest city and forced the president to flee. The Saudi ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, made the announcement Wednesday evening in Washington. He said the operation began at 7 p.m. Eastern time in order “to prevent Yemen from falling into the hands of the Houthis,” the rebels. The operation was an extraordinary development that could plunge Yemen into full-out war. The ambassador said that military forces from several countries...
  • BREAKING: Germanwings Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit Before Crash in France

    03/25/2015 4:49:11 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 339 replies
    http://www.nytimes.com ^ | March 25, 2015 | Fox News / NY Times
    On Fox News, Greta just reported that the NY Times is reporting that regarding the plane crash in the Alps, one pilot was unable to return to the cockpit during the flight.
  • Gulf States Decide ‘to Repel Houthi Aggression’ (in Yemen; ISIS, AQAP also targeted)

    03/25/2015 4:35:47 PM PDT · by kristinn · 9 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Last Update: Thursday, 26 March 2015 KSA 02:23 - GMT 23:23 | Staff Writer
    Arab Gulf states announced late Wednesday that they have decided to “repel Houthi aggression” in neighboring Yemen, following a request from the country’s President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. President Hadi, who was forced to flee his presidential complex in Aden earlier in the day, has urged the Gulf states to intervene military in Yemen. In their joint statement Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait said they "decided to repel Houthi militias, al-Qaeda and ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] in the country.” The Gulf states warned that the Houthi coup in Yemen represented a “major threat” to the region’s...
  • Iran-Backed Rebels in Yemen Loot Secret Files About U.S. Spy Operations

    03/25/2015 3:41:34 PM PDT · by kristinn · 32 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | Brian Bennett and Zaid Al-Alayaa
    Secret intelligence files held by Yemeni security forces and containing details of American intelligence operations in the country have been looted by Iran-backed militia leaders, exposing names of informants and plans for U.S.-backed counter-terrorism operations, U.S. officials say. U.S. intelligence officials believe additional files were handed directly to Iranian advisors by Yemeni officials who have sided with the Houthi militias that seized control of the capital of Sana last September and later toppled the U.S.-backed president. For American intelligence networks in Yemen, the damage has been severe. Until recently, U.S. forces deployed in Yemen had worked closely with President Abdu...
  • Yemen crisis: President Hadi flees as Houthi rebels advance

    03/25/2015 2:04:23 PM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/25/2015 | Unattributed
    Yemen's President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi has fled his palace in Aden as Houthi rebels advance towards the city. Gunfire could be heard around the city centre, and security forces allied to the Houthis have taken over the international airport. The rebels have made rapid gains since seizing a key airbase only 60km (37 miles) from Aden on Wednesday morning. Government officials deny reports that the president has fled the country, and say he remains in Aden. The US State Department says it was in touch with President Hadi earlier in the day. It said he is no longer at the...
  • TALK ABOUT LAUGH: HOW CHINA TURNED OBAMA INTO ITS USEFUL GREEN IDIOT

    03/25/2015 1:08:08 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 25, 2015 | by JAMES DELINGPOLE
    China’s approach to international energy and environmental policy can be summed up very simply: tell the idiot gwai lo whatever they want to hear – then carry on doing what China wants, regardless. Fortunately for the prospects of the US economy, it would appear that not every US politician has fallen for the risible line, heavily promoted by the Obama administration and its amen corner in the environmental movement, that China cares every bit as much as the West does about the allegedly urgent need to curb global CO2 emissions. Two who very much haven’t are Republican senators Roy Blunt...
  • News conference to begin shortly on Bergdahl charges

    03/25/2015 12:27:47 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 31 replies
    He will be charged with desertion among other charges.
  • US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel's Nuclear Program

    03/25/2015 11:02:58 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 61 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/25/2015, 8:00 PM | Ari Yashar, Matt Wanderman
    In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel's nuclear capabilities, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent. But in the declassified document from 1987, which can be viewed here, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel's nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth. The timing of the revelation is highly...
  • Pro-Lifers Arrested For Praying Outside Boehner’s Office

    03/25/2015 10:54:42 AM PDT · by xzins · 14 replies
    CNS ^ | March 25, 2015 | Brittany M. Hughes
    U.S. Capitol police on Wednesday arrested seven pro-life protestors while they were praying outside the office of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Those arrested, who included prominent pro-life activist and nurse Jill Stanek, were protesting the House Republican leaderships' failure to call a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit aborting an unborn child in or after the 20th week of gestation. The House Republican leadership shelved the bill less than 24 hours before it was set to come up for a vote on Jan. 22 after some Republican congresswomen, led by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.)...
  • Watch Ted Cruz’s interview on Hannity

    03/25/2015 10:41:03 AM PDT · by fifedom · 5 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Mar 23, 2015 | The Right Scoop
    Ted Cruz was on Hannity tonight for the full hour and while we don’t have all of it, I think we have most of it for you to enjoy. If there is any overlap my apologies, but I think each clip is unique. -- Watch the full interview unfiltered by the media
  • Germanwings Crash Investigation Hits Snag in Retrieving Data (from black boxes)

    03/25/2015 8:16:41 AM PDT · by maggief · 65 replies
    NYTimes ^ | March 25, 2015 | DAN BILEFSKY and NICOLA CLARK
    PARIS — Rescuers resumed the difficult task of searching for the 150 victims of a deadly plane crash in the French Alps, as the search for clues was dealt a setback Wednesday afternoon. Investigators said they had so far been unable to retrieve any data from the plane’s cockpit voice recorder, and the inquiry has been hampered further, an official said, by the discovery that the second black box, which was found on Wednesday, was severely damaged, and its memory card dislodged and missing.
  • Kerry Flies to Switzerland for Make-or-Break Iran Nuke Talks

    03/25/2015 8:30:33 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | Mar 25, 2015, 11:17 AM ET | MATTHEW LEE
    With an end-of-March deadline days away, Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back into negotiations with Iran, hoping to seal a framework deal to roll back its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Speaking Wednesday morning to U.S. ambassadors, Kerry assailed opponents of a deal. "What happens if, as our critics propose, we just walk away from a plan that the rest of the world were to deem to be reasonable?" Kerry asked. "Well, the talks would collapse. Iran would have the ability to go right back spinning its centrifuges and enriching to the degree they want... And...
  • Appeals Court To Hear Expedited Executive Amnesty Appeal on April 17

    03/25/2015 8:03:48 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/25/15 | Caroline May
    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear an expedited appeal on a district court’s ruling that blocks President Obama’s executive amnesty. The appeals court is to hear arguments on April 17. SNIP The Justice Department appealed the decision to the higher court this month, seeking to allow the executive amnesty go forward. The state of Texas is leading the 26 states in its court fight against the executive orders. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stressed, following the Fifth Circuit’s date announcement, that it would continue to “vigorously oppose the president’s illegal amnesty plan in court.”
  • The Texas Reagan announces for president

    03/24/2015 8:41:50 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 51 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 3.23.15 | Jeffrey Lord
    You could call him the Texas Reagan.Texas Senator Ted Cruz is announcing today that he is a candidate for president.The announcement will come in a speech at Liberty University, the famous Virginia school founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell. There will be no “exploratory committee,” with Cruz moving straight to an announcement of candidacy. This will make the Texas son of a Cuban immigrant and one-time star of Harvard Law School the first officially declared candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.In a conversation with The American Spectator, Cruz made it plain that he intends to pursue a 21st-century...
  • Iran talks deadline passes without a deal… again

    03/24/2015 6:53:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/24/2015 | Noah Rothman
    It’s déjà vu all over again. In November, the multilateral negotiations aimed at curbing Iran’s march toward a nuclear weapon stalled and failed to culminate in an agreement before the scheduled deadline. But Iran and the P5+1 were reportedly so close to an agreement that they just couldn’t let the talks collapse merely because an arbitrary dead had come and gone. All parties agreed to extend the talks until the end of March when all parties would have to agree on a framework for a final deal. They would have until the end of June to work out the...
  • Exclusive: Tonight at 10 ET: Ted Cruz on 'Hannity' for the Entire Hour!

    03/23/2015 6:24:32 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 218 replies
    Don't miss tonight's 'Hannity' when presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz sits down with Sean Hannity for an entire hour! Watch Cruz discuss his candidacy, why he has decided to run, the chaos in Yemen, ObamaCare and so much more. Tune in to 'Hannity' tonight at 10 for the must-see interview!
  • Top White House official calls for end to ’50-year occupation’ (attacks Congress too)

    03/23/2015 2:11:50 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 63 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 23, 2015, 9:27 pm | Rebecca Shimoni Stoil
    Chief of Staff Denis McDonough says that Israel’s government must match up ‘words with actions and policies,’ warns Netanyahu’s statements can’t be willed away WASHINGTON — White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough called for the end of Israel’s “50-year occupation” and doubled down on the Obama administration’s critique of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a warmly received speech to the lobbying group J Street in Washington Monday. Speaking to the dovish group’s national conference, McDonough became the latest in a series of Washington officials to highlight the administration’s displeasure with Netanyahu, while also talking up the permanence of US-Israel...
  • 367 Traitors: Majority of U.S. House signs letter to Obama warning of opposition to Iran deal

    03/23/2015 12:23:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/23/2015 | Noah Rothman
    For liberals, opposition to Republicans is as much about defending President Barack Obama’s honor as it is in opposing the GOP’s policies. The left’s antipathy toward the GOP is shared by many in the political press, which spent the better part of the last two months defending the president’s patriotism, his devotion to the Christian faith, and examining the basis for charging 47 Republican senators with violating the Logan Act. The president’s good name, not his policies, moves the left to rise to his defense. It was this impulse that inspired the Democratic base and their allies in the media...
  • Ted Cruz's presidential run is bad news for Rand Paul

    03/23/2015 7:21:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/23/2015 | Philip Klein
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., on Monday is expected to announce he's running for president. However well he ends up doing in the Republican primaries, one thing is for sure — the development is terrible news for Sen. Rand Paul's presidential ambitions. Whatever small chance Paul had in the 2016 presidential race was premised on his ability to reach beyond the core supporters of his father's, by articulating a message that appealed to a broader coalition of Republicans. The biggest opportunity Paul had for growth was with Tea Party voters who would be drawn to his limited government message. The biggest...
  • U.S. will not take floor at UN rights debate on Israel, Palestinians

    03/23/2015 4:07:50 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:47am EDT
    GENEVA - The United States will not take the floor at the main U.N. human rights forum on Monday during the annual debate on violations committed in the Palestinian territories, a U.S. spokesman told Reuters. The move at the 47-member state forum where Washington unfailingly defends Israel, follows signals that the Obama administration is undertaking a "reassessment" of relations with Israel. The last time that Washington spoke under that stand-alone agenda item was in March 2013, U.N. records show. (This story corrects to removes word "unprecedented" in paragraph 2, adds new 3rd paragraph to clarify)
  • Netanyahu pollster: Obama role in election larger than reported

    03/22/2015 7:28:49 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | Mar 22, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    Obama's role during the Israeli elections was larger than reported, according to a pollster for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party. "What was not well reported in the American media is that President Obama and his allies were playing in the election to defeat Prime Minister Netanyahu," John McLaughlin, a Republican strategist, said in an interview on John Catsimatidis's "The Cats Roundtable" radio show broadcast Sunday on AM 970 in New York. "There was money moving that included taxpayer U.S. dollars, through non-profit organizations. And there were various liberal groups in the United States that were raising millions to...
  • Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew dies aged 91

    03/22/2015 7:31:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 03/22/2015
    SINGAPORE: Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who was Singapore’s first Prime Minister when the country gained Independence in 1965, has died on Monday (Mar 23) at the age of 91. "The Prime Minister is deeply grieved to announce the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the founding Prime Minister of Singapore. Mr Lee passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital today at 3.18am. He was 91," said the PMO. Arrangements for the public to pay respects and for the funeral proceedings will be announced later, it added. Mr Lee, who was born in 1923, formed the People’s Action Party in...
  • ISIS Urges Sympathizers to Kill U.S. Service Members It Identifies on Website

    03/22/2015 4:31:40 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 21, 2015 | By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and HELENE COOPER
    WASHINGTON — In a new online threat to American military personnel, the Islamic State has called on its members and sympathizers in the United States to kill 100 service members whose names, photos and purported addresses it posted on a website. The group said that the personnel had participated in efforts to defeat it in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere. Defense Department and F.B.I. officials said that they were aware of the website and were investigating the posting. It does not appear that the information had been hacked from government servers. One Defense Department official, who was not authorized to...
  • Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s Founding Father, Dies at 91

    03/22/2015 4:15:36 PM PDT · by djsunzi · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Mar 22, 2015 | CHUN HAN WONG
    Lee Kuan Yew, who dominated Singapore politics for more than half a century and transformed the former British outpost into a global trade and finance powerhouse, setting a template for emerging markets around the world, died Monday. He was 91 years old.
  • Netanyhau Rejects Call to Replace Ambassador Dermer (tells Zero to pound sand)

    03/22/2015 3:32:08 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 71 replies
    JP Updates ^ | 03/21/2015 11:15 PM | Jacob Kornbluh
    Israel’s ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer received Saturday the full backing of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, amid chatter in Washington that replacing Dermer may be necessary to restore the working relationship with the Obama administration. In a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu reiterated what he had said at the AIPAC conference earlier this month that he “couldn’t be prouder to have Ron Dermer representing Israel in Washington.” “That is as true today as it was then,” the statement read. “The prime minister has full confidence in Ambassador Dermer, whose service to the people and State of Israel...
  • The Media’s Ferocious Reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu’s Election Victory

    03/22/2015 3:07:47 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 21, 2015 | 9:08 AM EDT | Rich Noyes
    This week, the media’s reaction to the Israeli election seemed indistinguishable from the reaction of the Obama White House. Not only were journalists surprised by Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory on Tuesday (they apparently believed pre-election surveys showing his party trailing by 2 to 4 seats; they ended up winning by 6 seats), but they seemed distressed by the result. On Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News, fill-in anchor Lester Holt predicted the results “could destroy any chance of a peace plan.” Over on CBS that night, correspondent Barry Petersen fretted that because of Netanyahu’s victory, “peace will be hard....Not a lot of optimism...
  • Israel: Beware of Obama

    03/22/2015 10:28:34 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 23 replies
    Ny Post ^ | 3/22/15 | MICHAEL GOODWIN
    Israel: Beware of Obama By Michael Goodwin First he comes for the banks and health care, uses the IRS to go after critics, politicizes the Justice Department, spies on journalists, tries to curb religious freedom, slashes the military, throws open the borders, doubles the debt and nationalizes the Internet. He lies to the public, ignores the Constitution, inflames race relations and urges Latinos to punish Republican “enemies.” He abandons our ­allies, appeases tyrants, coddles ­adversaries and uses the Crusades as an excuse for inaction as Islamist terrorists slaughter their way across the Mideast. Now he’s coming for Israel.
  • US removes remaining personnel from Yemen

    03/22/2015 7:53:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 22, 2015 | (With AP)
    The U.S. has removed all remaining personnel from Yemen as Shiite rebels controlling the country’s capital called for others to join its battle against government forces. The State Department said in a statement it is removing personnel due to the “deteriorating security situation” in the country. The State Department also said it will continue to engage the Yemeni people and international community to support the country’s political transition. […] The U.N. Security Council has called for an emergency meeting to discuss the situation in Yemen as well. The closed-door meeting is expected to take place Sunday. …
  • Khamenei calls ‘Death to America’ as Kerry hails progress on nuke deal

    03/21/2015 5:51:47 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 51 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 3/21/2015 | TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF, AP AND AFP
    Day after Obama urges Iran to seize ‘historic opportunity,’ supreme leader says US seeks to create insecurity. Iran’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei called for “Death to America” on Saturday, a day after President Barack Obama appealed to Iran to seize a “historic opportunity” for a nuclear deal and a better future, and as US Secretary of State John Kerry claimed substantial progress toward an accord. Khamenei told a crowd in Tehran that Iran would not capitulate to Western demands. When the crowd started shouting, “Death to America,” the ayatollah responded: “Of course yes, death to America, because America is the...
  • Cable lobby eyes opening to rewrite Web law

    03/21/2015 11:39:00 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/21/15 | Julian Hattem
    Cable and telecom industry lobbyists are launching an effort to convince lawmakers to support new legislation that replaces federal Internet regulations. 
After the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its new regulations to treat the Web like a public utility, major companies are now sensing an opening to escape what they consider crushing net neutrality regulations. “The 400-page order really is starting, to us, a process on the hill,” said one telecommunications industry lobbyist who was granted anonymity in order to speak freely about the plans. “Our focus and our priority [is] to makes sure everyone understands what the FCC did,...
  • British Girls Raped by Muslim Gangs on "Industrial Scale"

    03/21/2015 9:56:10 PM PDT · by jonatron · 108 replies
    gatestoneinstitute.org ^ | March 17, 2015 a | Soeren Kern
    Nearly 400 British girls as young as eleven are believed to have been sexually exploited by Muslim rape gangs in Oxfordshire over the past 15 years, according to a chilling new report. It charges local officials with repeatedly ignoring the abuse due to a "culture of denial." The scale of the abuse in Oxfordshire, a county in southeast England, mirrors similarly shocking accounts of the sexual exploitation of white British girls by Muslim gangs in Bristol, Derby, Rochdale, Rotherham and Telford, and implies that the problem is not isolated, but endemic. "Between acts of abuse sometimes stretching over a number...
  • ‘Like an idiot I believed that’: Judge blasts DOJ over immigration claims, threatens sanctions

    03/21/2015 6:25:52 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 59 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 20, 2015
    A federal judge sharply scolded a Justice Department attorney at a hearing on President Obama's immigration executive actions, suggesting that the administration misled him on a key part of the program -- and that he fell for it, "like an idiot." The testy court hearing was held Thursday in Texas by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen. The judge suggested he could order sanctions against the administration if he finds they indeed misrepresented the facts.
  • "Most Transparent Administration Ever" Is No More: White House To Delete Its FOIA Regulations

    03/17/2015 5:25:45 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3/17/15
    Lies, lies, and nothing but lies. The lies end now. As reported moments ago, the White House is voiding a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA (incidentally the same act that discovered none of Hillary Clinton's "personal" government-business emails since they were not even stored on government property!) which as USA Today explains, makes "official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office." And just like that the lie of Obama's transparency is over, and it couldn't come at a worse time for...
  • White House Move To Exempt Itself From FOIA Regs Raises Eyebrows

    03/17/2015 12:50:24 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 39 replies
    Value Walk ^ | 3-17-2015
    The White House’s new rules exempting an administrative office from being subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) have raised eyebrows among transparency advocates. The FOIA allows citizens to obtain government documents from federal agencies. In a Federal Register notice scheduled to publish on Tuesday morning, the action to exempt the Office of Administration is listed as a final rule, implying there will be no opportunity for public comment. The notice highlights that the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, is removing regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations related to the status of records created and...
  • White House Antagonism Toward Netanyahu Grows

    03/21/2015 12:41:23 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 80 replies
    NYT ^ | March 20, 2015 | By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    WASHINGTON — The White House is stepping up its antagonism toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu despite his victory in this week’s elections, signaling that it is in no rush to repair a historic rift between the United States and Israel. The sharpened tone indicates that the Obama administration may be re-evaluating its relationship with its closest ally in the Middle East, having lost patience with Mr. Netanyahu in the closing days of an election campaign in which he spotlighted deep disagreements with President Obama over a Palestinian state and a nuclear deal with Iran. “You reach a tipping point,” said...