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  • Troubling Attacks On Public Higher Education [WI, AZ, NC]

    03/24/2015 1:56:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 24, 2015 | Thomas Ehrlich and Ernestine Fu
    ".....John Dewey,a great philosopher of the last century,stressed this key point. Democracy should be the goal of education,he wrote,and education for democracy requires a community of learning in which members learn from each other. Educational institutions should be shaped to nurture communal values,abilities,and understandings. This can happen only if students are constantly collaborating with others both within and outside their places of learning. In the process,a democratic community of learning is created that provides education for a lifetime of civic engagement.These are truths for all institutions of education,but particularly for colleges and universities. Those institutions have unique roles in our...
  • Boehner: Pass Clean DHS Bill Today

    03/03/2015 7:51:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/03/2015 | Joel Gehrke
    House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) announced that the House will vote on a clean Department of Homeland Security funding bill, which marks the conclusion of the Republican attempt to block funding for President Obama’s executive amnesty orders. Boehner told the Republican conference that the bill will get a vote on Tuesday. “He said Pelosi could [force a vote] but he hoped it would be done by a GOP appropriator,” a Republican congressman in the meeting tells National Review Online. The GOP lawmaker is referring to a little-known rule, known as Rule 22, that allows any House member to force...
  • Boehner to Allow Clean Homeland Security Vote (Updated)

    03/03/2015 7:01:04 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 38 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 03/03/2015 | Steven Dennis and Matt Fuller
    Updated 9:54 a.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner told his restive flock Tuesday that he will allow a vote on a clean Homeland Security spending bill later today, citing concerns about terrorism and pinning blame on the Senate for failing to pass limits on President Barack Obama’s immigration actions. The Ohio Republican told his members the Senate’s DHS bill would be brought up for a vote after it arrives back in the House later today, according to a source in the room. That effectively leaves it up to the courts to rein in Obama — or not. “I am as...
  • GOP: House to Vote Tuesday on Yearlong Bill to Fund Homeland Security Without Conditions

    03/03/2015 6:39:33 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 30 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | 03/03/2015
    GOP: House to vote Tuesday on yearlong bill to fund Homeland Security without conditions.
  • Again: Senate Democrats Filibuster DHS Funding to Protect Obama's Amnesty

    02/24/2015 8:52:38 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/24/2015 | Guy Benson
    For weeks, Harry Reid and his Senate Democratic minority -- with the explicit blessing of the White House -- have been blocking all debate on a House-passed bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. The House legislation provides full appropriations for DHS, with the small exception of stripping out funds targeted for the implementation President Obama's unpopular and illegal (according to both a federal judge and Obama himself) executive amnesty fiat. Democrats in the upper chamber had already filibustered three attempts to take up, discuss, or amend the House's bill. Last night witnessed round four. Kudos to CNN for...
  • Video: ISIS Leader Admits: We Are Being Funded By The Obama Administration

    02/20/2015 7:00:01 AM PST · by wtd · 41 replies
    Europe News ^ | February 20, 2015 | Theodore Shoebat
    Video: ISIS Leader Admits: We Are Being Funded By The Obama Administration An ISIS leader named Yousef al-Salafi in Pakistan has admitted that ISIS is being funded by the USA, and thus, the Obama administration. This came from a statement done by the Pakistani government which interrogated Yousef and received this information from him. There was a news report done on this: ISIS Leader: We are being funded by the United States
  • Hillary calls for extending CHIP funding (no sighting yet, perv *Bubba not mentioned)

    02/13/2015 2:23:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/12/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    Hillary Clinton is pushing for Congress to reauthorize the federal government's child healthcare program, lending her support to congressional Democrats looking to keep the program around. "[D]espite strong bipartisan support, we are concerned that gridlock in Washington and unrelated disputes over the Affordable Care Act could prevent an extension of the program," Clinton and former GOP Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (Tenn.) wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times on Thursday. "As parents, grandparents and former legislators, we believe that partisan politics should never stand between our kids and quality health care," the pair added. Clinton, the presumed...
  • U.S. considers declassifying report on Saudi funding of al Qaeda

    02/06/2015 2:21:11 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/5/15
    The Obama administration is considering whether to declassify still-secret sections of a congressional inquiry into the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks which examined Saudi Arabian support for Islamist militants, the White House said on Thursday. Interest in the 28-page section of the report was raised after an imprisoned former al Qaeda operative, Zacarias Moussaoui, said in deposition transcripts filed this week that more than a dozen prominent Saudi figures donated to his group in the late 1990s. Current and former U.S. officials familiar with the report's classified section, which documented the involvement of Saudi families and entities in financing terrorism, were...
  • Bill would fund IUDs (Colorado)

    02/02/2015 8:50:19 AM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    durangoherald.com ^ | February 01, 2015 | Peter Marcus
    DENVER – Republican Rep. Don Coram of Montrose is at odds with members of his own party after co-sponsoring a measure that would fund long-acting contraceptives for low-income women. Coram Enlarge photo The measure, House Bill 1194, was introduced on Friday, despite cries that the legislation funds devices that induce abortion. The issue has become a battle of science, with doctors arguing that there is little evidence to indicate that intrauterine devices, IUDs, cause abortion. Coram’s bipartisan legislation, which he is carrying with Rep. KC Becker, D-Boulder, would provide $5 million from the state general fund to continue a program...
  • Teacher Pensions Going To Kill Us All

    01/28/2015 5:49:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 27, 2015 | Blake Neff
    Teacher pensions are a huge and growing crisis waiting to explode without major reforms, warns a new report released Tuesday by an educational think tank.“Do the math on teacher pensions and it just doesn’t add up,” argues the National Council on Teacher Quality in its report, Doing the Math on Teacher Pensions. Total unfunded teacher pension liabilities in 2014 were a whopping $499 billion dollars, the group found. That amount is surging rapidly; in 2012, the total was just $394 billion, meaning that pension debt is growing by over $50 billion a year.Some states are in a particularly huge hole....
  • New Program: Crowdfunding Government

    01/27/2015 6:36:59 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/20/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In promoting a new variation on its expansive mission, a recent Michigan Economic Development Corporation press release referenced a "surge in new businesses, restaurants and shops." However, none of those enterprises will receive any of the $50,000 MEDC is kicking in to a “crowdfunding” project sponsored by the Michigan Municipal League, a lobbying and information resource organization funded by local governments. Instead, a total of $100,000 will be turned over to the City of Ypsilanti to convert a city-owned farmers market called the Freighthouse into a “community center.” Essentially, a state “economic development” agency is helping a government-funded lobbyist organization...
  • Conservatives start new push for 'balance[d]' [budget amendment] in the Constitution

    01/18/2015 4:42:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 18, 2015 | Rebecca Shabad
    Conservatives in Congress are reviving the push for a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution now that Republicans control both houses of Congress. GOP lawmakers in both chambers have filed several amendment proposals in the early days of the congressional session, breathing new life into an issue that had faded somewhat from the agenda. “I came here with a clear mission: work to get a balanced budget and do my best to reduce the size and scope of government, so that our small businesses and farm families can grow and create jobs,” said Freshman Rep. David Rouzer (R-N.C.) in a recent...
  • Does the media care that the Democratic message on DHS funding fight makes absolutely no sense?

    01/14/2015 3:16:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/14/2015 | Noah Rothman
    The short answer to that one is, “no.” The evidence for that being this perfectly credulous tweet via NBC News Capitol Hill reporter Luke Russert who apparently believes it is his role to repeat Democratic talking points nearly verbatim. Rs will vote D motion down but they're in essence voting against funding DHS + increased money to anti-terrorism centers across USA— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) January 14, 2015 Lucille Bluth couldn’t summon an eye roll exaggerated enough to communicate the imprudence of this assertion. The Democratic Party’s messaging against the GOP’s efforts to halt the implementation of President Barack Obama’s...
  • Why Mitt Romney Would Be a Strong Candidate in 2016

    01/13/2015 2:28:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Slate ^ | January 12, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie, staff writer covering politics, policy, and race.
    "....While he ended 2012 a scorned member of the Republican family, he has spent the past year a virtual kingmaker. His endorsement carried weight in the 2014-midterm primaries and he was a sought-after surrogate on the campaign stump. This “failed” nominee was so important to the GOP that his “ideas” summit,held last summer in Utah, drew the whole field of party luminaries and presidential contenders, from former running mate Rep. Paul Ryan to Sen. Rand Paul, Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Rob Portman, and former Gov. Mike Huckabee.[SNIP]With all of that said, however, I’m not sure if Romney is actually running...
  • Boehner Vows to Fight ‘Tooth and Nail’ Against Executive Amnesty He Funded

    01/08/2015 12:04:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 269 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 8, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    48 second Video at link. (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) vowed today to fight “tooth and nail” against President Obama’s unilateral amnesty of up to five million illegal aliens—an amnesty the administration has been able to move forward with because Boehner’s House permitted funding of it. The 1,603-page omnibus spending bill that Boehner pushed through a lame-duck Republican-controlled House last month put no prohibition on Obama using government funds to implement the amnesty. That omnibus funded almost all the government through the end of this fiscal year on Sept. 30 and the Department of Homeland Security through Feb....
  • Ten Reasons Why Per-Mile Tolling Is a Better Highway User Fee than Fuel Taxes

    12/29/2014 3:44:05 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 93 replies
    Reason ^ | 2-13-2014 | Robert Poole
    This policy brief focuses on the challenge of developing a viable, user-friendly, per-mile charging system to replace fuel taxes for the nation's major highways. In doing so, it outlines 10 reasons why per-mile tolling is a better highway user fee than fuel taxes. Reason 1: Per-mile tolling is a direct, rather than indirect, user fee. Motorists would pay for the amount of service they received; they would pay providers directly for providing that service; and they would know exactly how much they were paying and what they were getting for it. Reason 2: Per-mile tolling is a sustainable long-term funding...
  • 'Thinning the blood' of the national park system

    12/29/2014 9:10:28 AM PST · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 29, 2014 | Shawn Regan
    Would you pay more to visit your favorite national park? The National Park Service hopes so. The agency is proposing to increase entrance fees at many national parks across the country in an attempt to raise more revenue from visitors to help cover the cost of park operations and maintenance. The proposal comes at a time when Congress just authorized the largest expansion of the national park system in nearly three decades — but with no plan for how to fund it. The defense authorization bill, recently signed by President Obama, creates seven new national parks and expands nine existing...
  • Nuland: ‘Toxic Cocktail’ Hitting Russia as State Dept. Preparing More Support for Ukraine

    12/27/2014 7:19:20 AM PST · by opentalk · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 23, 2014 | NICHOLAS BALLASY
    Victoria Nuland, U.S. secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, said the U.S. has been internally preparing more financial support to Ukraine.“Senior IMF leadership was in Ukraine this week issuing a public validation of the reform program going forward but also confirming that the program agreed last year is going to need a significant adjustment – that there is a fiscal hole to the tune of $10-15 billion,” Nuland said at the American Enterprise Institute during a discussion examining the Ukrainian revolution one year later.“We expect that the IMF and the World Bank will have to increase their support...
  • 'Let's Make a Deal' Time on Road Funding?

    12/17/2014 11:12:28 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jack Spencer
    As the end of the legislative year draws near, motorists still wonder: What sort of changes will the Legislature and governor make in the way the state funds its roads and highways? Political observers in Michigan expect some sort of compromise among competing plans passed by the House and Senate, but the specifics are still lacking. According to projections from the state and University of Michigan economists, under the House-passed road plan – which devotes $1 billion more to roads with no tax hike – school funding will increase from $11.5 billion in 2014 to $14.0 billion in 2023. With...
  • You are Entering the Government Pension Zone ...

    12/11/2014 1:52:05 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/9/2014 | James Hohman
    Most people don’t understand how government defined-benefit pension systems operate, which is one of many obstacles to reforming the deeply underfunded systems. Part of the problem is that the methods used in pension funding and accounting are very different from anything a regular person ever faces in their own personal finances. For example, people rarely buy a product, including a financial product, without knowing its cost. But projecting the cost of pension systems requires making various assumptions about the future to decide how much must be contributed to meet defined-benefit pension promises. Making a wrong assumption can put taxpayers on...
  • Boehner Suggests He Won’t Cave to Conservatives on ‘Cromnibus’ (Video)

    12/05/2014 5:04:13 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 44 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 12/4/14 | Matt Fuller
    As conservatives push back against a bill to fund the government past Dec. 11, Speaker John A. Boehner signaled Thursday that he didn’t expect to make any sizable changes to the so-called “cromnibus” in order to placate voices to the right. “I expect that we’ll have bipartisan support to pass the omnibus,” Boehner told reporters Thursday, in response to a question on whether the Ohio Republican anticipated needing some Democratic votes to pass the bill, and whether that would give Democrats leverage on negotiating riders in the appropriations bill. Conservatives are bashing the cromnibus — which would fund all elements...
  • Obama presses Congress on Ebola funding

    12/03/2014 7:11:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 2, 2014 | Brian Hughes
    President Obama on Tuesday urged the lame-duck Congress to approve roughly $6 billion in emergency funding to fight the deadly Ebola virus, saying “we cannot beat” the disease without a greater financial investment from lawmakers. “The urgency remains. If we are actually going to solve this problem for ourselves, we have to solve it in West Africa as well,” he said after a tour of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. “Let's get it done,” Obama added. “This can't get caught up in normal politics.” Obama's visit to the National Institutes of Health was meant to promote the...
  • Bankruptcy Judge Calls for Better Pension Funding

    11/20/2014 12:19:41 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/19/2014 | James Hohman
    Detroit bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes called on the state to address the underfunding of local government pension benefits in his oral opinion. He stated that the state has a “constitutional, legal and moral obligation to assure that the municipalities in this state adequately fund their pension obligation.” A government’s own employees should not be its largest creditors, nor should retirement benefits they have earned be placed at risk, as happened in Detroit. There are a number of current bills that would help local governments avoid underfunding, and the Legislature should consider passing them. When an employee earns pension benefits, the...
  • Don’t Let Lame Ducks Spend Your Money

    11/19/2014 2:49:56 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 11-19-14 | Betsy McCaughey
    On November 4, voters fired the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, replacing it with a GOP majority that campaigned against Obamacare and big spending. But the Democrats who lost are still running the show. These lame ducks lack the moral authority to govern. They shouldn’t be allowed to do any more than the bare minimum to keep government operating until January, when the new Congress meets. Allowing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to ram through an omnibus spending bill for the coming year, or make other key decisions, would be like letting your ex-spouse keep using your checkbook. One...
  • Conservatives Float ‘CROMNIBUS’ Bill to Fight Obama’s Executive Actions

    11/14/2014 5:02:52 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 16 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | November 13, 2014 7:16 PM | Joel Gehrke
    Conservative lawmakers are pitching a number of legislative proposals to House speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and other House Republicans in order to avoid passing a long-term funding bill that would provide President Obama with the money he needs to implement his pending administrative amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants. “We could essentially be green-lighting it if we do a full omnibus in the lame-duck with everything,” says a House Republicans who signed Representative Matt Salmon’s letter calling for the House to pass a continuing resolution in the lame-duck session that would prohibit Obama from implementing his executive orders. The...
  • WH: New Ebola funding request would dwarf previous commitment ($6.2 billion)

    11/05/2014 10:41:19 AM PST · by maggief · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 5, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    The White House on Wednesday is expected to ask Congress for additional funding to fight Ebola, congressional aides told The Hill. The administration will ask lawmakers to approve $6.2 billion in emergency funding, according to Bloomberg News. Of the total amount requested, $3.1 billion would be allocated toward the Department Health and Human Services (HHS), $2.9 billion would be for the State Department and HHS, and $100 million would be for the Defense Department. House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing confirmed the panel has heard about the request, but members have not yet seen details.
  • Govt Stops New Funding and Calls for Voluntary Pause on Research of Pandemic Potential of Pathogens

    10/20/2014 12:08:06 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Oct 20, 2014 | Liz Klimas
    While federal and state agencies institute new policies and procedures in light of Ebola making an appearance in the U.S., the White House has called for a suspension on research involving other viruses with deadly potential for the time being. On Friday, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced its moratorium on funding new “gain-of-function” research, saying it plans to further assess its risks and benefits. It also called for a voluntary stop on current research in this field. “Because the deliberative process launching today will aim to address key questions about the risks and benefits of...
  • Ebola researchers frustrated by lack of support until outbreak hits

    10/22/2014 4:13:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 21, 2014 | Jim McElhatton
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Judith White, who runs a research lab at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, submitted a proposal to the National Institutes of Health to test potential countermeasures against Ebola in March — just as Liberia was confirming its first two cases of the deadly virus. The project, a collaboration of the university, the Army and a drug company, showed promising early results: Mice injected with two compounds — one used in a drug to treat female infertility, the other found in a breast cancer drug — showed immunity to Ebola. But a few months later, not...
  • Ebola vaccine abandoned in 2008 after showing promise in trials

    10/21/2014 5:04:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2014 | Tom Howell, Jr.
    The pitch was intriguing: U.S. health officials wanted to fast-track trials for an Ebola vaccine and sounded the call for volunteers. Charles Sullivan called up the hotline on a whim, figuring the National Institutes of Health already had filled its queue and wouldn’t need him. But he was accepted for three rounds of shots of a deactivated virus, a year’s worth of blood analysis and a $900 check for his trouble. The clinical trial went well, and the vaccine seemed promising. A decade later, the country is still waiting for a vaccine amid a worldwide Ebola outbreak, and Mr. Sullivan...
  • $39,643,352 Worth of NIH Funding That Could Have Gone to the Ebola Vaccine

    10/17/2014 2:49:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent more than $39 million on obese lesbians, origami condoms, texting drunks, and dozens of other projects that could have been scrapped in favor of developing an Ebola vaccine. “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready,” said NIH Director Francis Collins, blaming budget cuts for his agency’s failure to develop a vaccine for the deadly virus. However, the Washington Free Beacon has uncovered $39,643,352 worth...
  • President Obama Already Has An Ebola Czar. Where Is She?

    10/14/2014 10:47:50 AM PDT · by 11th Commandment · 48 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Mollie Hemingway
    ... What’s particularly interesting about this discussion, then, is that nobody has even discussed the fact that the federal government not ten years ago created and funded a brand new office in the Health and Human Services Department specifically to coordinate preparation for and response to public health threats like Ebola. The woman who heads that office, and reports directly to the HHS secretary, has been mysteriously invisible from the public handling of this threat. And she’s still on the job even though three years ago she was embroiled in a huge scandal of funneling a major stream of funding...
  • More Michigan Cities Meeting Financial Needs

    10/14/2014 6:04:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/11/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    A new survey of communities from the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan shows an uptick in the percent that say they are better able to meet their fiscal needs. This is good as it generally tracks with an improving state economy, but there are some warning signs ahead. The survey notes, “For the first time in six years, more Michigan communities report that they are better able to meet their fiscal needs this year than those who say they are less able to do so.” (See chart nearby.) Local government property tax revenue...
  • All Four Teachers in New Dem Ad Claiming School Cuts are in Districts Receiving More Money

    10/10/2014 6:24:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/8/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A new Mark Schauer for governor political advertisement features four teachers from four different school districts who claim that Gov. Rick Snyder has cut funding to their districts. But in fact, on a per-student basis, all four districts actually received more taxpayer money in 2013-14 than they did in 2010-2011, which was the last budget approved by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The ad features seven teachers but only four specifically cite lower funding. For months Schauer, who is the Democratic candidate for the state’s top office, has claimed that Gov. Snyder cut funding to public schools. This claim has been refuted...
  • U.S. Government Funding Anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic, Anti-American School Programs

    09/17/2014 10:59:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/17/14 | Adam Kredo
    Federal taxpayer funds continue to flow to a slew of U.S. universities that are spending the cash on programs that promote anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and anti-American viewpoints, according to a large group of Jewish and civil rights organizations that are now pushing Congress to rectify what they call a systemic problem. Taxpayer funds have been allocated to universities under Title VI of the Higher Education Act (HEA) since 1965. However, Congress and the Education Department have exerted little oversight, leading these funds to be spent on biased educational programs that promote radical views about Israel and even America, according to the...
  • New York Store Owner, Mufid Elfgeeh, Allegedly Funded ISIS, Plotted to Kill US Troops

    09/17/2014 8:36:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/17/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Mufid A. Elfgeeh, a 30-year-old man who owns a food store in upstate New York, has been arrested and charged with funding Islamic terrorist group ISIS, attempting to send jihadists to fight with them in Syria and even plotted to gun down U.S. troops, according to Federal authorities. The Democrat & Chronicle reports that Elfgeeh is the nephew of Abad Elfgeeh, an ice-cream shop owner who was arrested in Brooklyn in 2003, after being accused of being deeply involved in a terrorism network. Authorities alleged that Abad Elfgeeh funneled millions of dollars to his homeland of Yemen and had links...
  • Congressman Calls for 'Pandemic' Funding to Address Ebola Outbreak

    08/07/2014 1:26:41 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 22 replies
    Breibart TV ^ | 8-7-2014 | Breitbart TV
    Thursday at the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health hearing titled, “Combating the Ebola Threat,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) said he will be requesting funding for a "pandemic." Smith said, "This is unprecedented. Many people are not cooperating with efforts to contain the disease. There is an information gap. Despite the efforts through cell phone and radio to get the message out, there is a learning curve. as we consider what to do to meet this health challenge, I suggest we get funding levels for pandemic preparedness. This is for congress and the executive branch, in a restricted...
  • House votes to slash IRS tax enforcement budget Andrew Taylor

    07/15/2014 3:23:09 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-15-14 | Andrew Taylor
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House has voted to slash the budget for the Internal Revenue Service's tax enforcement division by $1.2 billion, a 25 percent cut that would mean fewer audits of taxpayers and make it more likely that people who cheat on their taxes will get away with it. The House approved the cuts by voice vote after little debate Monday night as it took up a $21 billion spending bill that sets the IRS budget. The cuts reflect GOP outrage over the agency's scrutiny of tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status and frustration over the agency's failure...
  • Congress Is Using Its Favorite Budget 'Gimmick' To Avoid A 'Highway Shutdown,' But Everyone

    07/15/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 15 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    FULL TITLE: Congress Is Using Its Favorite Budget 'Gimmick' To Avoid A 'Highway Shutdown,' But Everyone Else Hates It Right- and left-leaning groups are divided on the fate of federal highway spending. But one thing they can agree on is they don't like the way House Republicans' bill set to be voted on Tuesday is paid for. The House GOP's bill, which was drafted by House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp, would inject a cash infusion of more than $10 billion into the Highway Trust Fund. Camp said this money would pay for the infrastructure projects the fund...
  • GOP rejecting Obama's border funding request

    07/14/2014 7:08:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/14/2014 | Rick Moran
    Republicans in the House and Senate have voted thumbs down on President Obama's request for $3.8 billion to deal with the crisis on our southern border. Most lawmakers think it's too much money and not enough funds earmarked for border security. Washington Times: Even Texas Gov. Rick Perry, personally recruited by the president to persuade Republicans to support the measure, threw cold water on the idea. He said the president doesn’t need that much money and instead should send National Guard troops to secure the border. The apparent defeat caps a whirlwind several days for the White House, which responded...
  • Who Funds the Radical Left In America?

    07/04/2014 10:48:40 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 20 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 2014 | Steve Baldwin, Exclusive to Western Center for Journalism
    Very few Americans realize there exists a large network of far left philanthropists and foundations in America dedicated to destroying the American way of life, our Christian-based culture and our free enterprise system. They seek to remove America from its constitutional foundations and move it toward a European-style socialism. Much of this effort is coordinated by a little known group called the Tides Foundation and its related group, the Tides Center. Over the course of its 33 year history, the Tides network has given hundreds of millions of dollars to anti-free enterprise groups, gun control groups, anti-private property groups, abortion...
  • Dark Funding Fueling Climate Change Propaganda

    06/28/2014 3:52:44 PM PDT · by publius911 · 18 replies
    www.mainstreet.com/vanity ^ | June 20, 2014 | Laura Kiesel
    NEW YORK (MainStreet) — This spring, new research out of Canada's McGill University that reviewed historical temperature records and geological data (ice cores, tree rings and lake sediments) concluded with 99% certainty that our current climate change predicament cannot be ascribed to natural cycles. But many are still dubious that man-made climate change is real. What's more, some skeptics even claim climate change is a money-making scam. In reality, you can follow the "dark money" to see how targeted funding is perpetuating these misconceptions -- even as climate change awareness and research groups lose funding.The article attempts to attack "skeptic"...
  • Repeating Inaccurate Claim About School Funding Does Not Make It True

    05/08/2014 7:49:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/5/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer recently visited the West Bloomfield School District with a familiar message: Michigan schools, like West Bloomfield, are receiving less and less money. Except, according to state data, neither statement Schauer made April 23 was accurate. The Oakland Press reported Schauer's claims of a reduction in spending on K-12 education without challenging them. "Public education has been cut dramatically, it's been systematically privatized," said Schauer, walking alongside running mate Lisa Brown, Oakland County's clerk. "What I've seen here at (West Bloomfield High School) is amazing. They're doing more with less, they've felt the state budget cuts,...
  • White House Solicited Millions in Private Funding for Obamacare Outreach

    04/21/2014 3:22:34 PM PDT · by Siegfried X · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 04/21/2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) solicited millions in donations from private health care companies for a nonprofit organization to promote Obamacare, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO released a report on Monday following a request from Republican senators to investigate HHS’s coordination with Enroll America, a “nonprofit, nonpartisan” organization founded by former White House staffers. The report noted that former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius contacted the CEOs of five organizations last year to “solicit support” for Enroll America, which it would use to promote Obamacare. Additionally, the report links the...
  • Cities Increase Fees, Spend More While Complaining About State Shared Revenue

    04/15/2014 5:46:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/10/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Fire inspection fees in Ann Arbor have increased 590 percent since 2003, and inspections are happening more often now. The reason, said Ann Arbor Fire Marshal Reka Farrackand, is in "the interest of public safety as well as to comply with city ordinance." Commercial property inspections cost business owners $690 in 2013, up from $100 in 2003. The increase in cost made news when one business property owner refused to let the city inspect his buildings, according to MLive. Ann Arbor, like many cities in Michigan, has seen its state shared revenue decrease, and while that has been widely reported,...
  • District Disputes Union President's Claim About School Funding Cuts

    04/07/2014 8:43:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/5/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The Wayne County school district that the president of the Michigan Education Association highlighted as losing $40 million under Gov. Rick Snyder's watch has actually had its funding increase. In a column for The Detroit News, MEA President Steve Cook wrote: "Take the Wayne-Westland school district, which has lost $40,465,325 during Snyder's tenure." He went on to complain about what he claims are cuts to education and about corporations. But it is unclear where he got his numbers, said Jenny Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Wayne-Westland Community School District. "According to Deputy Superintendent/Administrative and Business Services Jim Larson-Shidler, the figure...
  • Study: Per-Pupil Funding, Class Size Not Predictor of Schools Families Choose

    03/12/2014 1:06:07 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/11/2014 | Jack Spencer
    When given the opportunity, Michigan families choose schools where teachers were paid a little more but per-pupil spending was lower, according to a new Schools of Choice study. On average, students tended to use Michigan's Schools of Choice program to attend districts that had slightly higher student-to-teacher ratios, spent less per pupil and paid teachers more, according to the study done by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. During the 2011-12 school year, students used schools of choice to attend districts that paid teachers about $1,000 more in salary. "The key to understanding this apparent paradox is that students are...
  • Kansas high court: School funding unconstitutional (i.e. funding cuts)

    03/07/2014 8:35:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 7, 2014 11:27 AM EST | John Milburn
    The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state’s current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. In the much-anticipated ruling, the court said Kansas’ poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession. The Supreme Court sent the case back to district court for more review to “promptly” determine what the adequate amount of funding should be, but didn’t set a deadline for a hearing. It did, however, set a July 1 deadline for legislators to restore money for two funds aimed at helping poorer districts with...
  • The U.S. has Installed a Neo-Nazi Government in Ukraine

    03/03/2014 12:28:18 PM PST · by xzins · 195 replies
    IsraPundit ^ | March 02, 2014 | Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research,
    According to the New York Times, “The United States and the European Union have embraced the revolution here as anotherflowering of democracy, a blow to authoritarianism and kleptocracy in the former Soviet space.” ( After Initial Triumph, Ukraine’s Leaders Face Battle for Credibility,  NYTimes.com, March 1, 2014, emphasis added)“Flowering Democracy, Revolution”?  The grim realities are otherwise. What is a stake is a US-EU-NATO sponsored coup d’Etat in blatant violation of international law.The forbidden truth is that the West has engineered –through a carefully staged covert operation– the formation of a proxy regime integrated by Neo-Nazis. Confirmed by Assistant Secretary of State...
  • Blue Campuses Get Bluer

    02/24/2014 11:59:28 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 22 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Obama Administration’s former Homeland Security Chief has taken over the University of California. “Janet Napolitano had zero experience leading a college before she became president of the University of California last year,” Eric Kelderman wrote in The Chonicle of Higher Education on February 21, 2014. “Yet after just four months on the job, Ms. Napolitano, 56, has outlined major goals for the system, including a reconsideration of tuition policies, improving cooperation with the other two higher-education systems in the state, ensuring the prominent role of research and graduate education, and making the campuses carbon-neutral by 2025.” “She even has...
  • Is CAIR a RICO case?

    02/16/2014 12:31:15 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 16, 2014 | Mathew Hurwitz
    The Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR, claims to be an anti-defamation organization. In fact, as we shall see, it is anything but. CAIR was founded in 1994 by Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmed, who had ties with the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), which was established by the terrorist organization Hamas. Therefore, it is an outgrowth of the IAP. It opened its first office in Washington, D.C. with a donation from the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, the largest Islamic charity in the U.S. CAIR should be, but is not, registered as a foreign agent. Only 1%...