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  • Iran rejects US call for ‘anywhere, anytime access’ to military sites

    04/20/2015 7:23:24 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Press TV ^ | Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:37AM
    Iran has rejected a call by US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz for unlimited access of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to the Islamic Republic’s military sites. In a Monday interview with ISNA news agency, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) described Moniz’s demand as “not practical and acceptable.” Behrouz Kamalvandi noted that negotiations aimed at reaching an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program “are still underway,” urging the other side to put forward its views during the talks. Kamalvandi stressed that Tehran will not undertake any commitments beyond “common laws and regulations.” Earlier on Monday,...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu just made the single best argument EVER for the Second Amendment

    04/20/2015 6:38:34 PM PDT · by onyx · 12 replies
    allenwest.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | Ashley Edwardson
    He’s just so awesome. During a recent address to the IDF General Staff Forum leading up to Israel’s independence Day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated, “the meaning of independence in my eyes is the ability to defend yourself.” I get it, you get it, and Prime Minister Netanyahu gets it. Our founding fathers got it. And now, the American public not only gets it but is standing up to preserve our individual rights to defend ourselves. The Washington Times reports, “exactly two years after President Obama’s bid for gun control following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting died...
  • No, Senator Rubio, Homosexuals Aren't Born that Way

    04/20/2015 5:01:58 PM PDT · by xzins · 96 replies
    AFA ^ | Monday, April 20, 2015 | Bryan Fischer
    “I don’t believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for a vast and enormous majority of the people. The bottom line is I believe that sexual preference is something people are born with.” ~ Sen. Marco Rubio, April 19, 2015 Marco Rubio has become the latest GOP presidential candidate to stumble badly over the issue of homosexuality. Sen. Rand Paul hurt himself by saying that gay “marriage” is okay, as long as it’s a matter of private contract, a view which will satisfy no one. Dr. Ben Carson hurt himself by asserting that people do change their sexual orientation...
  • Bob Schieffer to Rubio: As president, would you sign immigration bill you helped pass in the Senate?

    04/20/2015 1:24:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2015 | AllahPundit
    Rubio’s right that this is a hypothetical and that nothing like the Gang of Eight bill could pass the House right now. But Mickey Kaus is right that it’s a darned fine gotcha, a way to gauge how far Rubio’s willing to go in renouncing his signature “achievement” as a senator. What if Rubio defeated Hillary next year and the party’s leadership decided to capitalize by doing something splashy to show Latino voters that the new, Rubio-led GOP was ready to engage them like never before? A bill like the Gang of Eight bill getting past the House isn’t...
  • Evangelicals investigating GOP candidates on gay marriage, abortion

    04/20/2015 12:22:18 PM PDT · by balch3 · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 20, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    Tired of being duped by conservative-sounding Republican presidential candidates who secretly harbored support for gay marriage, abortion and other socially liberal issues, evangelical pastors plan to investigate the backgrounds of White House hopefuls and their top aides. "Personnel is policy," said David Lane, whose American Renewal Project is working with 100,000 pastors to push 80 million evangelicals and 40 million Catholics who typically don't vote to the polls in 2016 to elect a conservative Republican. "We need to bring these things up on the table," he told Secrets. "Evangelical pastors aren't as much interested in budget issues as they are...
  • State Department Won’t Rule Out $50 Billion ‘Signing Bonus’ For Iran

    04/20/2015 12:12:51 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 52 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 20, 2015 2:20 pm | Adam Kredo
    Largest cash infusion to terror regime in recent memory, experts say The State Department on Monday would not rule out giving Iran up to $50 billion as a so-called “signing bonus” for agreeing to a nuclear deal later this year, according to comments made to journalists following reports that the Obama administration had formulated a plan to release tens of billions of frozen Iranian funds. Experts have said this multi-billion dollar “signing bonus” option, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, could be the largest cash infusion to a terror-backing regime in recent memory. A cash release of...
  • Rubio, Norquist Push Back Against Anti-Immigration Groups

    04/20/2015 2:33:13 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 49 replies
    ABC Univision ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Ted Hesson
    Several prominent Republicans are trying to push immigration restrictionist groups to the fringe of the debate by challenging their conservative credentials and attacking their stance on population control, The Washington Post reports. GOP heavyweights like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and power broker Grover Norquist are backing an effort to inform conservatives about the history of groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), NumbersUSA and the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). (SNIP) Those organizations are now the leading conservative voices against immigration, both legal and illegal, and have received the endorsement of Republicans like Senators Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and...
  • Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘Every Aspect of My Life Is in Their Hands — and They Hate Me’

    04/20/2015 2:01:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 251 replies
    National Review ^ | May 4, 2015 | David French
    ‘They came with a battering ram.” Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking. The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking. She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram. She wasn’t dressed, but she started to run toward the door, her body in full...
  • 9/11 COVER-UP?

    04/19/2015 5:23:00 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 158 replies
    Shep Smith ^ | 150413 | Shep Smith
    9/11 COVER-UP? The latest claim isn’t from conspiracy theorists--it’s from a former top US Senator. He says documents prove Saudi Arabia helped pull off the attacks, and that the FBI hid the truth. Shep has details:
  • National Mall Trashed After Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Concert

    04/19/2015 2:30:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    Oh, the delicious, delicious irony.Yesterday was Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day, which was celebrated with a concert and other festivities on the National Mall. While the concert itself was powered by solar energy, the attendees could have learned a lesson or two about taking care of planet Earth.For instance, check out these trash and recycling cans I spotted near the National Mall, close to the Washington Monument: scenes from the Earth Day concert on the Mall pic.twitter.com/3kKQOe2qax— Christine Rousselle (@crousselle) April 18, 2015 Disgusting. Granted, there should have been more attention to detail/park workers actually emptying the trash cans, but...
  • Homegrown extremist threat remains 20 years after Oklahoma City bombing

    04/19/2015 7:48:00 AM PDT · by PROCON · 61 replies
    CNN ^ | April 19, 2015 | Deborah M. Lauter and Mark Pitcavage
    (CNN)—Twenty years ago, on April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh detonated a massive truck bomb in front of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The attack killed 168 men, women and children, injured hundreds more, and remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history. The attack's aftermath saw a storm of media coverage with themes such as "attack on the heartland" and America's "lost innocence." In fact, the bombing took the country by surprise. It wasn't simply the scale of the tragedy that drew attention, but the fact that the bombing exposed something new: American citizens targeting their...
  • Iran marks Army Day with cries of ‘Death to Israel, US’ (Video of annual military parade)

    04/19/2015 5:38:18 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | April 18, 2015, 6:54 pm
    Iran on Saturday marked Army Day with a military parade featuring new weapons systems, as well as a truck carrying a massive banner reading “Death to Israel.” A televised broadcast of the parade was punctuated by repeated cries of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” “If Israel makes a mistake,” the announcer on Iran television said during the broadcast, as heavy trucks carrying armored personnel carriers rolled past, “those in Tel Aviv and Haifa will not sleep at night, not one person.” Broadcast on national television, military brass and political leaders, foremost President Hassan Rouhani, attended the procession south...
  • Gun Rights on the Chopping-Block as Early as Next Week

    04/18/2015 11:12:01 AM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 30 replies
    Gun Owners of America/gunowners.org ^ | Thursday, 16 April 2015 | Gun Owners of America
    Gun Owners of America spearheaded a coalition of almost 30 groups this week and sent a letter to U.S. Senators opposing the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General of the United States. The vote on her nomination could occur as early as next week. And right now, the Republican Senate holds “all the cards” in the fight to stop her nomination. If they hold together, her nomination will be defeated. While Lynch doesn’t have 60 votes in the Senate, she probably has 51 votes because there are some Republicans who support her -- like Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Mark...
  • Marco Rubio in Spanish: Obama’s First Executive Amnesty ‘Important,’ People ‘Benefiting from It’

    04/18/2015 4:31:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 147 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/17/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said he believes that President Barack Obama’s first executive amnesty for so-called DREAMers—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—is “important” and he won’t reverse it himself if elected president. He delivered these remarks in a Spanish-language interview he gave to Univision’s Jorge Ramos. “I believe DACA is important. It can’t be terminated from one moment to the next, because there are already people benefiting from it,” Rubio said in Spanish on Ramos’s television program, according to an English translation provided by the media service Grabien. “But yes, it is going to...
  • Act of Love: Jeb Bush Pushes Republicans to Cave to Obama Executive Amnesty, Approve Loretta Lynch

    04/17/2015 6:12:25 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 56 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 16 Apr 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has joined Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to abandon his pre-election promise to fight President Obama’s executive amnesty by holding a vote to confirm U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. “I think that presidents have the right to pick their team,” Bush said in New Hampshire at an event with about 95 voters and “a horde of media,” according to Time Magazine’s Zeke Miller. “The longer it takes to confirm her, the longer Eric Holder stays as Attorney General,” Bush said, echoing a talking point that...
  • Jeb Bush: Loretta Lynch deserves a vote

    04/16/2015 7:31:53 PM PDT · by VinL · 86 replies
    NASH96.3 ^ | 4/16/2015 | Nash96.3 (fromCNN)
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush suggested in New Hampshire on Thursday that Senate Republicans should allow a vote on Loretta Lynch, the White House attorney general nominee.</p> <p>“I think presidents have the right to pick their team,” Bush said at a “Politics and Pies” event in Concord, where he is testing the message he will deliver if he runs for president. “The longer it takes to confirm her, the longer Eric Holder stays as attorney general.”</p>
  • 27.49% of Everyone's Tax Bill Is Spent on Health Care

    04/16/2015 10:47:20 AM PDT · by free_life · 43 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 16, 2015 | Jeryl Bier
    Every year since 2011, the White House has used tax time to post a "Federal Taxpayer Receipt" showing taxpayers how their federal tax dollars are being spent. President Obama introduced the concept in his 2011 State of the Union address, and Wednesday the White House posted the fifth installment so taxpayers can see how "tax dollars are being spent on priorities like education, veterans benefits, and health care." While users can punch in their own tax liability and see dollar amounts assigned to each category, the figures are based on percentages from the prior fiscal year budget. Comparing those percentages...
  • Iran Calls For Trilateral Military Operations Inside Afghanistan, Pakistan

    04/16/2015 10:09:10 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    TOLO News ^ | 14 April 2015 | ariq Majidi
    Iranian Interior Minister Abdul Reza Rahimi Fazli on Tuesday proposed launching a trilateral counter-insurgency operation inside Afghanistan and Pakistan territories in order to halt the expansion of Daesh, which has increasingly collaborated with other insurgent groups in the region to wage a campaign of indiscriminate violence that threatens stability in all three nations. The Iranian official's proposal comes just a few days after a terrorist group known as Jaishuladl killed eight Iranian border police in the region between Iran and Pakistan. "Tehran doesn't face a critical security threat right now, and the recent events inside Iranian territory happened because of...
  • FBI Holds “Special” Meeting in Juárez to Address ISIS, DHS Not Invited

    04/16/2015 9:54:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 65 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 16, 2015
    Responding to Judicial Watch’s report earlier this week of ISIS activity along the Mexican border, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) supervisors called a “special” meeting at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez. A high-level intelligence source, who must remain anonymous for safety reasons, confirmed that the meeting was convened specifically to address a press strategy to deny Judicial Watch’s accurate reporting and identify who is providing information to JW. FBI supervisory personnel met with Mexican Army officers and Mexican Federal Police officials, according to JW’s intelligence source. The FBI liaison officers regularly assigned to Mexico were not present at the...
  • Audit casts deep shadow over Vermont Health Connect (Shumlincare on verge of collapse)

    04/16/2015 6:53:47 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 20 replies
    WCAX TV ^ | Apr 16, 2015
    An audit released today casts a deep shadow of doubt over Vermont's ability to create a fully functioning health exchange. The report details the Green Mountain State's ongoing struggles with billing and website development for Vermont Health Connect. Vermont has spent millions creating and patching the system. According to Auditor Doug Hoffer, long-term sustainability hinges on two upgrade releases scheduled for the end of May and fall respectively. The audit indicates both are at high risk of failure. The governor has pledged to scrap the exchange and begin planning to transition to the federal exchange if either deadline is missed.
  • Marco Rubio: I’d attend a gay wedding

    04/16/2015 3:35:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 259 replies
    Fusion ^ | 4/15/15 | Brett LoGiurato
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), the newest and youngest official Republican candidate for president, has said he believes marriage should be “traditional”—between a man and a woman.So Fusion’s Jorge Ramos asked him: If someone in his family or on his staff were gay and getting married, would he attend the wedding?“If it’s somebody in my life that I care for, of course I would,” Rubio told Ramos in an interview on Wednesday.“I’m not going to hurt them simply because I disagree with a choice they’ve made or because I disagree with a decision they’ve made, or whatever it may be,” he...
  • Inside The Army’s Spectacular Hidden Treasure Room

    04/16/2015 1:36:23 AM PDT · by shove_it · 33 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 20 Feb 2014 | Benny Johnson
    Remember that ending scene out of Indiana Jones where the Ark of the Covenant is boxed up and wheeled through an endless government warehouse? Did you know that that place actually exists? It is called the Center of Military History. It is located 30 minutes outside Washington, D.C., at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. The building itself is very nondescript… The room consists of dozens of collapsable “hallways” filled with the richest American firearm collection on the planet...
  • Ramadi could fall as ISIS militants lay siege, Iraqi official warns

    04/15/2015 10:19:44 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | 3.15.2015 | Arwa Damon and Jethro Mullen,
    )—Falih Essawi shouted on the phone as he described his situation. From his point of view, ISIS militants might be just hours away from taking the key Iraqi city of Ramadi. Fierce fighting has engulfed Ramadi, which lies only about 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Baghdad and is the capital of Anbar province, Iraq's Sunni heartland. Essawi, the deputy head of the Anbar Provincial Council, told CNN from inside the city Wednesday that it's unclear how much longer government troops can hold their front lines against the ISIS offensive. The politician said he was on a front line himself,...
  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Iran Bill

    04/15/2015 3:48:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/4/15 | Elad Benari
    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved, 19 to 0, legislation granting Congress a voice in negotiations on the Iran nuclear accord, The New York Times reported. The legislation will now go to the full Senate, after President Barack Obama earlier withdrew his opposition rather than face a bipartisan rebuke. Republican opponents of the nuclear agreement on the committee sided with Obama’s strongest Democratic supporters in demanding a congressional role as international negotiators work to turn this month’s nuclear framework into a final deal by June 30. The bill would mandate that the administration send the text of...
  • Obama amnesty granted 500K+ Social Security numbers to illegal immigrants

    04/15/2015 12:11:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 15, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The administration has granted about 541,000 Social Security numbers to illegal immigrants under President Obama’s original 2012 deportation amnesty for Dreamers, officials told Congress in a letter made public Wednesday. That means almost all of the illegal immigrants approved for the amnesty are being granted work permits and Social Security numbers, opening the door to government benefits ranging from tax credits to driver’s licenses. Social Security officials, in the April 10 letter to Sens. Jeff Sessions and Ben Sasse, said they don’t keep track of how many illegal immigrants have been denied numbers, and defended their process for granting the...
  • GOP judges in the majority on Obama immigration stay

    04/15/2015 1:30:29 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 13 April 2015 | Josh Gerstein
    A federal appeals court panel assigned to consider whether to temporarily lift a block on President Barack Obama's latest round of immigration-related executive actions leans Republican, 2-1, and contains a sharply conservative judge who drew national attention for clashing with the administration over Obama's health care reform law.(Snip)The panel is set to hear two hours of oral argument Friday morning in New Orleans on the issue of whether to stay a district court judge's injunction from February blocking Obama's efforts to offer deferred deportation and work permits to millions more undocumented immigrants. The same three judges are unlikely to make...
  • UN nuclear inspectors in Iran to try to probe suspect site

    04/15/2015 10:59:52 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    TEHRAN, Iran - U.N. nuclear inspectors are in Iran on a long stalled visit meant to investigate suspicions that Tehran worked on nuclear weapons, a charge the Islamic Republic denies. The official IRNA news agency is quoting Iranian nuclear spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi as saying that inspectors from the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency arrived in Tehran on Wednesday to discuss “unresolved issues” surrounding a military site in Marivan, in western Iran. A 2011 IAEA report indicated that large-scale high-explosive experiments were conducted in Marivan, near the Iraqi border. Talks with the IAEA are parallel to Iran’s nuclear negotiations with world...
  • BREAKING: Cuba To Be Taken Off State Sponsor of Terror List By President Obama

    04/14/2015 1:59:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Just four short months after "normalizing" relations with Cuba and just days after meeting with Dictator Raul Castro in Panama, President Barack Obama will reportedly strip the country of its terrorism sponsor status. It was just last year when the Center for Security Policy publishing the detailed connection Cuba has to Venezuela and Iran in its support for terrorism around the globe. It should be noted that Iran is the world's most prolific state-sponsor of terrorism through Hezbollah, the world's largest terror organization responsible for more American murders than any other group before 9/11/2001. Iran, Cuba and Venezuela have developed a close...
  • Obama would sign current version of Senate compromise on Iran bill: White House

    04/14/2015 1:06:11 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 4/14/15 | reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama would be willing to sign the current version of a compromise on an Iran nuclear bill being discussed in the U.S. Senate, the White House said on Tuesday.
  • Breaking -EU to File Antitrust Charges Against Google

    04/14/2015 1:00:38 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3-14-2015 | Valentina Pop and Tom Fairless
    Europe’s antitrust regulator has decided to file formal charges against Google Inc. for violating the bloc’s antitrust laws, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, stepping up a five-year investigation that is set to become the biggest competition battle in Brussels since the European Union’s pursuit of Microsoft Corp. a decade ago. EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager made the decision on Tuesday in consultation with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and will inform her fellow EU commissioners at a meeting on Wednesday, the person said
  • Watch SpaceX Launch The Falcon 9 Rocket For CRS-6 Mission, Take Two

    04/14/2015 12:51:20 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 33 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 4/14/2015 | Darrell Etherington
    SpaceX is going to try to launch its CRS-6 International Space Station resupply mission again today at 4:10 PM ET, after having to scrub the launch yesterday due to adverse weather conditions. Weather today looks mostly favorable, with NASA reporting a “60 percent chance of acceptable conditions” for the target window at the Cape Canaveral launch site in Florida. The launch today, if it goes off, will feature the Falcon 9 rocket transporting the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to orbit, where it will rendezvous with the ISS to delivery a cargo of supplies (including an Arkyd 3 satellite). For SpaceX, it...
  • 'Free Range' Kids Picked Up Again By Police In Maryland; 'Beyond Ridiculous,' Mother Declares

    04/14/2015 11:22:57 AM PDT · by drewh · 192 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/13/2015 12:27:33 PM
    Two suburban Washington, D.C., parents are under scrutiny again for letting their 6- and 10-year-old children play in a park and walk home alone in a case that has stirred debate about "free-range" parenting and government powers. For the second time in four months, police picked up the children of Danielle and Alexander Meitiv on Sunday as they were walking home alone from a park that's nearly a mile from their house. This time, instead of bringing the children home, police took them directly to Child Protective Services. "It's beyond ridiculous," Danielle Meitiv said Monday. "The world is safer today,...
  • Christie to propose overhaul of Social Security benefits (means-testing)

    04/14/2015 10:23:49 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 118 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 14, 2015 | Jill Colvin
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Framing himself as a politician who's unafraid to share "hard truths" with the American people, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is proposing an income cap on Social Security benefits as part of major restructuring plan announced ahead of a likely presidential bid. The Republican is set to deliver a speech Tuesday in New Hampshire outlining his ideas on reforming Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — so-called entitlement programs. As part of the plan, he'll propose phasing out Social Security payments for those making more than $80,000 in other income and eliminating them for those making $200,000...
  • ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm

    04/14/2015 8:42:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 116 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 14, 2015
    ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector. The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same...
  • Tom Cotton: Obama's Iran Deal May Lead to Nuclear War (long interview)

    04/13/2015 7:54:16 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Apr 13 2015, 7:32 AM ET | Jeffrey Goldberg
    Goldberg: What is Obama seeking here, in your mind? Cotton: Well, I think he clearly wants to have a kind of grand rapprochement with Iran. This goes back to his actions in his earliest days, when he was silent in the face of [Iran's] Green Revolution, and even some of his statements in the campaign. Goldberg: What's wrong with wanting a grand rapprochement with Iran? Cotton: I would love to see that happen. As Secretary Schultz and Secretary Kissinger wrote, they've been in government when Iran was an ally, not just of the United States but of Israel. The Iranian...
  • Sen. Cruz Joins Amicus Brief Supporting the Right of States to Define Marriage

    04/13/2015 3:03:40 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 49 replies
    www.cruz.senate.gov ^ | April 9, 2015 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    In our federal system, states should be able to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Friday joined an amicus brief on behalf of 57 members of Congress in support of the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The brief was filed in four cases that the Supreme Court will jointly hear on April 28, 2015, in which same-sex couples challenge the marriage laws of Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky, all of which were upheld by the U.S....
  • Obama’s DOJ Loses Another Round in Immigration Battle in Texas

    04/13/2015 2:13:00 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 48 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | April 13,2015 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Federal district court judge Andrew Hanen slammed the Obama administration with a solid one-two punch late last night. In one order, he refused to lift the preliminary injunction barring implementation of the president’s immigration amnesty plan. In a second order, Hanen said that the “attorneys for the Government misrepresented the facts” about the implementation to the court. On February 23, the Justice Department filed a “Motion to Stay” the injunction pending an appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Hanen denied that motion, saying not only that his original ruling was correct, but that subsequent events had “reinforced”...
  • SpaceX countdown to launch! [Live Thread]

    04/13/2015 1:05:27 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 45 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 13, 2015 | CivilWarBrewing
    The countdown is on! This could be a very historic mission with the return of the booster to a landing pad in the ocean.
  • Excerpt from PM Netanyahu's Remarks at the National Police Academy Dedication Ceremony

    04/13/2015 12:45:45 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    PMO ^ | 13/04/2015 | Benjamin Netanyahu
    Following is an excerpt from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks at the dedication ceremony for the national police academy in Beit Shemesh: "There is no convincing explanation to the effect that the nuclear deal being offered to Iran is a good deal for one simple reason: It is a bad deal, a very bad deal. It is a deal that leaves Iran in possession of the capability to arm itself with nuclear weapons, that fills its coffers with a lot of money and that not only enables it to continue its terrorism and aggression in the Middle East and around...
  • IS supporters post cartoon depicting Obama beheading [ISIS]

    04/13/2015 11:34:09 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 19 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Sunday, April 12, 2015 | Justin Jalil
    ‘Mom! Dad! Jihadi John is going to slaughter me!’ president says before he is killed in animated video. Affiliates of the Islamic State group have released an animated video depicting a jihadist beheading US President Barack Obama. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign up! The clip, which was uploaded and translated on Saturday by MEMRI, a US-based Middle Eastern media watchdog group, begins with the words “Message to America,” followed by a scene portraying the American president on his knees and crying profusely. The president’s head is seen held...
  • Wealthy donors on left launch new plan to wrest back control in the states

    04/13/2015 11:02:11 AM PDT · by McGruff · 22 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | April 12, 2015 | Matea Gold
    A cadre of wealthy liberal donors aims to pour tens of millions of dollars into rebuilding the left’s political might in the states, racing to catch up with a decades-old conservative effort that has reshaped statehouses across the country. The plan embraced by the Democracy Alliance, an organization that advises some of the Democrats’ top contributors, puts an urgent new focus on financing groups that can help the party regain influence in time for the next congressional redistricting process, after the 2020 elections. The blueprint approved by the alliance board calls on donors to help expand state-level organizing and lobbying...
  • Countdown to Israel Attack: Russia Lifts Ban on Missile Sales to Iran

    04/13/2015 7:35:05 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Apr 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    Russia announced Monday that it will sell Iran advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles. The sale, which ends an embargo dating back to 2010, shows that President Barack Obama is rapidly losing control of the international consensus on Iran. It also sets Israel a deadline to attack Iran–since Israel has treated the S-300 system as a “red line,” and has attacked Syria several times recently to prevent advanced Russian air defense and anti-ship missile systems from becoming operational. Some Israeli analysts have recently suggested that Israel will only attack Iran if the regime’s nuclear program poses a direct and imminent threat–if the...
  • UKRAINE: Russian Air Force and Air Defense Radio-engineering Units Arrived to Ukraine

    Recently our author Irakli Komaxidze published a note in Russian titled Abkhazia will help DNR to restore Donetsk airport and almost as a response to that Russian Air Force and Air Defense radio-engineering units arrived to Ukraine. According to the information from social networks (personal information, photos, contacts and geotags) of Mr. Yegorov, one of the Russian armed forces servicemen from the 338th Radio-Engineering Regiment, as of April 4th 2015 his military unit was located in Kuibyshev Rayon of Rostov Oblast less than 20 kilometers from Ukraine’s border in a small campground. As of April 7th, 2015 Mr. Egorov, was...
  • Ted Cruz reacts to Hillary Clinton’s announcement she is running for President

    04/12/2015 6:59:41 PM PDT · by kingattax · 112 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 04/12/15
    Is the world safer because Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State? No. HOUSTON, Texas — Today U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following statement in reaction to the announcement that Hillary Clinton is running for President: “Hillary Clinton just announced what we’ve known for a long time — she’s running for president, again. But the good news is that we’re ready for Hillary — we know exactly what to expect. “Hillary Clinton represents the failed policies of the past and there’s going to be a very clear choice to make in 2016. Does America want a third Obama term...
  • John Kerry: So far, Iran has lived up to its end of nuclear deal (lies continue)

    04/12/2015 9:57:26 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 12 at 12:20 PM | Wesley Lowery
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday morning defended the preliminary nuclear deal struck with Iran by the Obama administration earlier this month, saying during an interview with ABC’s "This Week" that, so far, “Iran has lived up to and lived by every requirement in that agreement.” The administration announced the framework of a historic nuclear deal with Iran on April 2, but in the days since, American and Iranian negotiators have provided different interpretations of what, exactly, was agreed upon. Kerry pushed back on criticism leveled by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who said last week that Kerry was “delusional”...
  • Statement by PM Netanyahu (new 2 minute video in English)

    04/12/2015 9:38:51 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3 hours ago | IsraeliPM
    Statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • In the Obama Economy, a Decline in Teen Workers (only 9% of kids working)

    04/11/2015 2:48:38 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 58 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | Salim Furth
    Teenagers who work enjoy numerous benefits. As Ron Lieber argues in his new book, “The Opposite of Spoiled,” they learn how to appropriately handle bosses, co-workers, and money, and they might learn something about what they’re good at. Lieber’s message is timely, because working teenagers are rapidly disappearing. Data from the Current Population Survey show that the share of 16- to 19-year-olds who were neither working nor looking for work each March has risen around 15 percent since the late 1990s. Part of that is due to lower demand for their labor, but the trend was strong even before the...
  • Netanyahu: Iran deal gives nuclear weapons to most dangerous terror state

    04/11/2015 2:00:20 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/11/2015 23:15 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    Iran would be able to possess nuclear weapons under the terms of the framework agreement reached with the six world powers, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Saturday night, adding that he hoped the deal would not come to fruition. "I truly believe that we are also talking about the security of the world.," he said, during a Mimouna celebration in Or Akiva, a coastal town in northern Israel. "The most dangerous terrorist in the world shouldn't receive the world's most dangerous weapons." "Therefore, we are committed to try to avoid a bad agreement and replace it in good agreement,"...
  • US CAPITOL ON PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN AFTER SUSPECTED SUICIDE

    04/11/2015 12:16:46 PM PDT · by bryan999 · 62 replies
    AP ^ | Apr 11, 3:01 PM EDT | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police say the U.S. Capitol is on lockdown as a precaution after shots were fired in what appears to be an attempted suicide.</p> <p>Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider says the suspected shooter was "neutralized" after a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It's unclear whether the man is dead. No one else is believed to be hurt.</p>
  • Russian Fighter Jet Nearly Collides with U.S. Spy Jet Over Europe

    04/11/2015 5:04:01 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 49 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 10, 2015
    A Russia Su-27 jet fighter flew dangerously close and nearly collided with a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft this week in the latest aerial provocation by Moscow, defense officials revealed to the Washington Free Beacon. The Su-27 conducted the close-in intercept of an RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, said officials. The incident prompted a diplomatic protest. “On the morning of April 7th, a U.S. RC-135U flying a routine route in international airspace was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 Flanker in an unsafe and unprofessional manner,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen M. Lainez. “The United States is...