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  • Why Democrats love all the ‘impeach Obama’ talk (+video)

    07/26/2014 6:31:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 07/26/2014 | Linda Feldmann
    When Dan Pfeiffer sat down for a Monitor breakfast Friday with reporters, the senior Obama adviser didn’t need to be asked about impeachment. He brought it up himself. GOP House Speaker John Boehner’s move to sue President Obama has “opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment at some point in the future,” Mr. Pfeiffer said. A few hours later, White House spokesman Josh Earnest also didn’t seem to mind talking impeachment, after a reporter brought up Pfeiffer’s comment. “There are some prominent members of the Republican Party who have articulated their support for articles of impeachment,” Mr. Earnest said...
  • Our Nation Of Immigrants Forgets Its Past

    07/26/2014 6:22:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | July 16, 2014 | Professor Frank Harris III
    Lady Liberty's lamp has been lowered. Its light flickering. The huddled masses are no longer wanted — be they tired or poor, be they homeless or hungry, be they adults or children threatened and yearning to breathe free. The welcome light has dimmed. The spirit embodied in the words inscribed on the plaque on the Statue of Liberty rarely lived up to the reality of America's view and treatment of immigrants, whether they were from Europe, the Far East, Haiti and, now, Mexico and Central America. In the late 1700s, the fear of immigrants, also known as aliens, partly led...
  • McConnell Submits Bill to Keep Harry Reid from Exploiting Israel's Iron Dome

    07/26/2014 6:21:45 AM PDT · by shuck and yall · 3 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 7/26/14 | Matthew Boyle, Breitbart News
    With the immigration issue raging on Capitol Hill, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a little-noticed move that could help Republicans stop Democratic Leader Harry Reid from jamming the GOP on immigration with the politics of the Israel-Hamas conflict.
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-07-27 : Bigger than President Obama

    07/26/2014 6:11:15 AM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 3 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-07-27 | Newt Gingrich
    . July 27, 2014 Newt Gingrich : Bigger than President Obama ===================================================== A Fox News poll this week reported that 58% of the American people felt the Obama Administration was incompetent. That sense of incompetence included 32% of Democrats, 67% of independents and 84% of Republicans. As president, having your political opponents believe you are incompetent is not a shock. Having two out of three independents find you are incompetent is a shock. Having one out of three of your partisan supporters consider you incompetent may mean it is time for the Obama team to panic. This survey on incompetence...
  • you don't have a right to know' what's going on in government

    07/26/2014 6:02:37 AM PDT · by rjsimmon · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/25/2014 | Sean Higgins
    Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional delegate for the District of Columbia, angrily sputtered during a congressional hearing Friday that the White House should not be held up to scrutiny, saying that there was no right to know what it was doing behind closed doors.
  • Afghan who killed three U.S. Marines in 2012 to serve over 7-year prison sentence

    07/26/2014 5:49:18 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 25, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    Afghan who killed three U.S. Marines in 2012 to serve over 7-year prison sentence By Rowan Scarborough An Afghanistan man has been given a 7-1/2 year prison sentence for murdering three U.S. Marines in a forward operating base in Helmand Province in August 2012.
  • Just Who is Waging the ‘War on Science’?

    07/26/2014 5:40:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Left-leaning environmentalists, media and academics have long railed against the alleged conservative “war on science.” They augment this vitriol with substantial money, books, documentaries and conference sessions devoted to “protecting” global warming alarmists from supposed “harassment” by climate chaos skeptics, whom they accuse of wanting to conduct “fishing expeditions” of alarmist emails and “rifle” their file cabinets in search of juicy material (which might expose collusion or manipulated science). A primary target of this “unjustified harassment” has been Penn State University professor Dr. Michael Mann, creator of the infamous “hockey stick” temperature graph that purported to show a sudden spike...
  • The IRS: A Public Monument to Sandra Fluke's Privates

    07/26/2014 4:54:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | John Ransom
    At 74,000 pages, the IRS code is a mind-boggling ode to lobbying, pork-barrel spending and graft. These are the only good things that I can say about the IRS. Ode may be too friendly a word, however. Let’s instead call it an incantation for our country. Because the code holds a country in thrall like the winged monkeys in Dorothy’s Oz were held. And until the witch is dead, we monkeys must do her bidding. Politicians, economists and ordinary citizens can’t follow the tax code, which has tripped up cabinet nominees, majority leaders and others who ought to know...
  • Will Obamacare Cost You Your Job?

    07/26/2014 4:46:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Why is our recovery from the Great Recession so sluggish and so slow? Economists are increasingly focusing on Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment: the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as ObamaCare. Although generally thought of as a measure to insure the uninsured, health reform is affecting the entire labor market in negative ways. As I wrote previously, the employer mandate to provide health insurance will cost almost $6 an hour for family coverage. This health minimum wage (on top of the money minimum wage) raises the cost of labor and will almost certainly discourage hiring. There are two ways that...
  • As nations seek more MH17 access, rebels reportedly getting impatient

    07/26/2014 4:25:22 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | July 2014 | Jason Hanna and Jethro Mullen
    Even as investigators say they need more access to bodies and wreckage from last week's Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash in eastern Ukraine, the pro-Russian rebels that control the territory say they're tiring of having any probe there, a spokesman for a monitoring group said Friday. With the site still not secure eight days after the crash, and victims' remains still lying with debris, nations such as Netherlands are pressing to send their own police and investigators to the scene. Various negotiations are under way. But rebels controlling the area -- the same rebels that Ukraine and the United States...
  • Russia Is Sick

    07/26/2014 2:36:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 26. 2014 | George Weigel
    Thirty-three years ago, on September 6, 1981, Father Józef Tischner preached one of the great sermons of the 20th century at a Mass opening the second day of the inaugural Solidarity Congress in Gdań​sk. Tischner, an old friend of John Paul II and the pope’s fellow philosopher, combined the rugged good humor and patriotism of a Polish highlander with a first-class intellect. So he began his sermon with some essential truth-telling to the men and women about to deliberate the future of the Communist world’s first independent, self-governing trade union. Father Tischner didn’t tell the thousands assembled in Gdansk that...
  • Inhofe says undocumented minors here at Obama's 'invitation'

    07/26/2014 1:13:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | July 26. 2014 | RANDY KREHBIEL
    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe turned up the rhetoric on immigration late this week, telling a national television audience that young immigrants at Fort Sill and elsewhere are in the U.S. “at the invitation of the president” and comparing the situation to the administration’s exchange of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for U.S. serviceman Bowe Bergdahl. Inhofe also signed on to a bill by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz that would effectively end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama administration’s policy of giving low priority to deportation of undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children and have been in the...
  • Gutierrez: I think Obama’s executive amnesty could include three, four, maybe five million people

    07/25/2014 11:41:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 25, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Overpromising? Not really. Obama himself allegedly threw around numbers in the millions when he spoke to immigration activists about this a few weeks ago. Politico has a fine reminder today that everything he says, including what he says about his own presidential powers, can be trusted only up until the moment when the politics of the situation change and not a second longer. President Barack Obama insisted for years that he had absolutely no legal authority — none whatsoever, zero, zilch — to slow deportations on a broad scale… Obama’s pledge to use his executive powers by the end of...
  • Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas

    07/25/2014 10:53:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Michael Oren
    U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of Great Britain and France all are rushing to achieve a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Their motive — to end civilian suffering and restore stability to the area — is noble. The images of the wounded and dead resulting from the conflict are indeed agonizing. However, these senior statesmen can be most helpful now by doing nothing. To preserve the values they cherish and to send an unequivocal message to terrorist organizations and their state sponsors everywhere, Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas in...
  • 5 Reasons Reparations For Slavery Are A Bad Idea

    07/25/2014 10:12:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 26, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Terrible ideas never really die on the Left; they just come back over and over again, like a gas station sandwich after a night of heavy drinking. So it is with reparations for slavery, which liberals would happily embrace en masse if they ever thought they could ram it through Congress. Here's why reparations for slavery are a bad idea. 1) How do you prove that slavery is responsible for problems black Americans are having today? If it were 1866, it would be easy to prove that black Americans who had been enslaved were hurt by the practice. They were...
  • Feds: Yee shook down NFL team, 'Shrimpboy' headed organized crime group (shoulder fired missiles)

    07/25/2014 9:53:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 7/25/14 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    **SNIP** At one meeting with an undercover FBI agent, Jackson allegedly told Yee that the agent knew the owner of an NFL team. Yee then told the agent about a pending law that would limit NFL players from filing workers' compensation claims in the state if they played for out of state teams. Yee told the agent that he should "convey this information to the owner of the NFL team" with an offer of help from Yee. Asked about the cost of such a vote, Yee reportedly said, "Oh no...we gotta drag it out, man. We gotta juice this thing."...
  • Feds cap Obamacare fines at $2,448 per person (new rules)

    07/25/2014 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
    IBA Mag ^ | 7/25/14 | Caitlin Bronson
    **SNIP** The figures, released late Thursday, cap the fine for not buying insurance at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. The standard rule of thumb is 2% of household income, with a minimum of $325 per person. The caps are equal to the national average premium for a bronze-level health plan. Those who choose to go uninsured will owe one-twelfth of the annual payment for each month they or their dependents don’t have either coverage or an exemption, the IRS said. All fines will be due during tax return season, which can be deducted from tax...
  • The Worrying Vacuity Of Hillary Clinton

    07/25/2014 9:14:36 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 16 replies
    The Dish ^ | 7/24/2014 | Andrew Sullivan
  • President Obama: Border crisis is a ‘shared responsibility’

    07/25/2014 8:21:33 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    PMS NBC ^ | 07/25/14 | Rachel Kleinman
    <p>The ongoing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is a “shared responsibility,” President Obama said Friday after meeting with the presidents of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala at the White House on Friday.</p>
  • California state senator facing additional charge (Leland Yee)

    07/25/2014 8:18:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 25, 2014 11:15 PM EDT
    A federal grand jury on Friday charged a California state senator with more felonies in addition to the eight counts he already faced in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown. […] Yee pleaded not guilty to the original eight charges. He will have to enter a plea Wednesday to the charges in the new indictment. The new accusations allege that San Francisco Democrat offered to help pass legislation making it harder for professional football players to obtain workers compensation in California, in exchange for campaign contributions from an unidentified NFL owner. The new...
  • Another Stunning Admission in Gruber's Speech: The Public Option Was Single Payer

    07/25/2014 8:07:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | July 25, 2014 | John Sexton
    As I was watching the video clip of Jonathan Gruber talking about state-based exchanges and subsidies last night I came across another admission which deserves some attention. A few minutes later in the Q&A following his January 18, 2012 speech, Gruber admits that the public option was an attempt to slip single-payer into the Affordable Care Act.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)So I like the public option. The public option is actually the brainchild of another academic, a guy named Jacob Hacker who's at Yale. And the public option, basically it was a clever idea. He said look, the left wants single-payer, the right wants...
  • 80% Off: Price of Lobbying Obama Cut to $5K

    07/25/2014 7:56:49 PM PDT · by mgist · 11 replies
    front Page ^ | 7-24-14 | Daniel Greenfield
    80% Off: Price of Lobbying Obama Cut to $5K July 24, 2014 by Daniel Greenfield 3 Comments Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st Hey bargain hunters. Do you happen to own a wind or solar company? Maybe you help design environmentally friendly doorknobs. Or run a health care company? The economy is tough on everyone and you wish you could lobby Obama, but you just can’t afford to drop $25K to listen to...
  • Oops! Gruber Did It Again

    07/25/2014 6:54:25 PM PDT · by SteveH · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 25, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    ... Gruber scarcely had time to plead temporary insanity with regard to his 2012 comments when someone on the interwebs uncovered another example of Gruber explaining in January 2012 that the PPACA withholds tax credits from states that do not establish Exchanges. I transcribe: "A number of states have even turned down millions of dollars in federal government grants as a statement of some sort. They don’t support health care reform. I guess I’m enough of a believe in democracy to think that when the voters in states see that by not setting up an Exchange, the politicians in their...
  • Gruber vs. Gruber

    07/25/2014 6:34:36 PM PDT · by SteveH · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 25, 2014 | James Taranto
    ... It seems to us Gruber has an awfully broad definition of "typo." A typo is when you write "established by the Stake" when you mean to write "established by the State," not when you write "established by the State" when you mean "." Nonetheless, many ObamaCare supporters agree with Gruber that the passage in question was, as others have put it, a mere "drafting error"--that Congress could not possibly have meant to exclude the federal exchange from the subsidy program. Many, but not all. One who disagrees is Jonathan Gruber, who not only is a supporter of ObamaCare but...
  • Obama's approval numbers deep in the tank again

    07/25/2014 6:05:23 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 25 Jul 2014 | T. Becket Adams
    President Obama's approval rating declined this week by three points to 39 percent, down from its previous posting of 42 percent, according to the latest Gallup polling data. The new data, which Gallup collects daily and has a margin of error of plus of minus 3 percentage points, reflects how American voters feel about the job Obama is doing in the White House. The decline in approval comes at a time when the White House has fumbled its response to the growing crisis on the border, Russia's provocations in the east and the increasingly violent civil war in Iraq. Of...
  • Dems Wrong: 2008 Law Does Not Allow Alien Child Invasion

    07/25/2014 5:59:00 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 25, 2014 | IIBD EDITORIALS
    Border Crisis: A new report shows the vast majority of unaccompanied minors aren't unaccompanied at all, have family members inside the U.S., are not victims of human trafficking and thus can be deported immediately. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois and other Democrats have repeatedly made the argument that Republicans shouldn't complain about the current border invasion since it was a 2008 law that automatically entitles minors from noncontiguous countries to asylum hearings before they face deportation. Gutierrez and his liberal colleagues in Congress and the media should read the law to find out what's in it. As the Center for...
  • GOP Senator: Obama To 'Effectively End Immigration Enforcement'

    07/25/2014 5:56:04 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 49 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 25 Jul 2014 | MICHAEL WARREN
    The Obama administration is preparing to effectively "nullify" the immigration laws of the United States through an executive action, says one Republican senator. As Time reported Thursday, President Obama appears prepared to provide millions of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. work authorization via executive orders: When President Obama issues executive orders on immigration in coming weeks, pro-reform activists are expecting something dramatic: temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for perhaps several million undocumented immigrants. If the activists are right, the sweeping move would upend a contentious policy fight and carry broad political consequences. The activists met privately with...
  • Simas Ignores Subpoena Again as White House Defies Issa (Updated)

    07/25/2014 5:47:40 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 36 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 25 Jul 2014 | Steven Dennis
    Top White House political adviser David Simas refused again Friday to honor a congressional subpoena, prompting Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to vote to rebuke the administration. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 19-14 to reject the White House’s claim that Simas has absolute immunity from a subpoena from Congress. Republicans said they were standing up for the principle that no one is above the law, and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa quoted a long list of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of...
  • 3,000 “Refugees” Being Relocated to Dover NH

    07/25/2014 5:18:35 PM PDT · by CapnJack · 42 replies
    New Hampshire Tea Party Coalition ^ | July 23 2014 | Unknown
    A proposal is being presented to the Dover City Council about the imminent relocation of up to 3,000 refugees from the Congo to the City of Dover NH. This would propose a 10% population growth in 6 years. The proposal is believed to have a plan to move 100 families (each containing between 3-5 members) each year to Dover from now until the community “surrenders” and requests the flow to stop (similar to Manchester, NH and Lewiston, ME) but the government decides when enough is enough NOT the local community. The federal government would support these families for only 8...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Demands Answers On FAA Flight Ban To Israel

    07/25/2014 5:13:16 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    CBS ^ | July 25, 2014 5:15 PM
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Questions remain about the Federal Aviation Administration’s ban on flights to Israel earlier this week and whether it was based on safety or politics. One U.S. senator is vowing to block Obama administration diplomatic appointments until he gets answers.Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is blocking confirmation of ambassadors and other diplomatic nominees until the FAA explains why it blocked flights to Israel after a rocket landed a mile from the Tel Aviv airport.“The timing was such that this ban on flights from America was announced at the same time that John Kerry arrived in the Middle East;...
  • Kenosha soldier dies after contracting illness in Afghanistan

    07/25/2014 4:33:16 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 14 replies
    WISN.COM ^ | 25 JULY 2015 | WISN.COM
    FORT HOOD, Tex. —A Kenosha man has died while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense said Donnell Hamilton Jr., 20, died Thursday at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas. Hamilton was serving in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan when the DOD said he contracted an illness
  • Grand Prairie residents get robocalls about plan to shelter migrant children

    07/25/2014 4:21:20 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 9 replies
    KHOU.COM ^ | 25 JULY 2014 | TERESA WOODARD
    GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -- The call came in Thursday. A handful of Grand Prairie residents called the school district and city hall, wondering who left this message on their home answering machines: "As you may know, the Grand Prairie Independent School District is actively working on a proposal from the Obama administration to convert Grand Prairie ISD's Lamar Alternative Education facility into a relocation center for undocumented immigrants being relocated from the Texas/Mexico border." The message went on to tell those who received it to share feedback or ask questions by calling the GPISD School Board President Terry Brooks. Then...
  • Gutiérrez: ‘I Think We Can Get 3 or 4, Maybe Even 5 Million People’ Amnesty via Executive Action

    07/25/2014 3:51:28 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/25/14 | Andrew Johnson
    Days after telling La Raza convention attendees that he is confident President Obama will use executive action to give legal status to millions of immigrants in the United States illegally, Representative Luis Gutiérrez (D., Ill.) predicted that the administration could legalize as many as 5 million people.
  • CNN/ORC Poll: Americans don’t want House Republicans to sue Obama over executive actions

    07/25/2014 3:36:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    A note of caution. Republicans in Congress and in the commentariat are fed up with this White House failing to faithfully execute the law, as is its constitutional charge. Regarding this administration’s selective enforcement of the laws passed by Congress – ranging from DOMA to DACA, from recess appointments made while Congress was in session to the delayed and selective implementation of the Affordable Care Act – the GOP is foursquare behind a proposal to sue the president over his flagrant abuse of authority. The public at large, however, is less than enthralled with the idea of suing President...
  • Dan Pfeiffer: White House Expects John Boehner To Try For Impeachment

    07/25/2014 2:33:12 PM PDT · by woofie · 27 replies
    Huff and Puff ^ | Posted: 07/25/2014 10:01 am EDT
    WASHINGTON -- One of President Barack Obama's top advisers said on Friday that he expects House Republicans will ultimately file articles of impeachment against the president. Dan Pfeiffer, a senior aide who has been with the administration since Obama first took office, told reporters that he anticipated that a lawsuit filed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over executive actions taken by the president on health care would ultimately not be enough to satisfy some of the more vocal conservatives in Congress. Pfeiffer added that coming executive actions surrounding immigration reform would only stoke the impeachment flames. "I think a...
  • Armed BLM ‘Gestapo’ Threatening Rural Citizens

    07/25/2014 2:23:47 PM PDT · by drypowder · 30 replies
    independent sentinel ^ | July 25, 2014 | Sara Noble
    The Bureau of Land Management is a ‘gestapo’ according to officials who testified at a House hearing yesterday. We have the beginnings of gestapos in every government agency and they are growing in power under the perceived authority of the President of the United States who rules this country via executive orders and “guidance” memos without any congressional oversight. He is militarizing his executive branch agencies and letting them run roughshod over citizens largely without restraint and supervision. They can’t be fired as we know. One of the agencies that has become militarized and which has gone rogue is the...
  • No Rest For The Wicked [Excellent read w/ links]

    07/25/2014 1:58:32 PM PDT · by upchuck · 12 replies
    NRO ^ | July 23, 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    Tuesday, President Obama visited the Dutch Embassy in Washington, D.C., and wrote in a condolence book for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, “We will not rest until we are certain that justice is done.”He then departed for a three-day fundraising trip to the West Coast. Obama’s pledge that “we will not rest until . . . ” may sound familiar to you. In fact, the pledge is so chronically overused, and issued so casually, that it no longer carries much meaning. Here’s a brief history:April 9, 2009: “We will not rest until we reach a day when not...
  • "No Need For A Rifle Or Shotgun In Boston"

    07/25/2014 1:57:31 PM PDT · by pabianice · 48 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | 7/25/14
    Massachusetts: This Wednesday, Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans went on Boston Public Radio to discuss how he wanted the anti-gun discretionary provision restored in Senate Bill 2265 so that he could strip law-abiding gun owners of their rights to possess rifles and shotguns in Boston. Completely out of touch with reality, Evans stated: “For the most part, nobody in the city needs a shotgun, nobody needs a rifle, and I don’t know a lot of people who are into hunting who, being lifelong residents, would actually want that who lives in the city, but, especially here in the city I...
  • New federal racketeering charges filed against Yee and Chow (CA Democrat)

    07/25/2014 1:53:44 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 4 replies
    KTVU.com ^ | 07/25/2014 | KTVU
    Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee, Chinatown association leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and 27 others were charged in federal court Froday in a revised grand jury indictment that includes new counts of racketeering. Yee, a Democrat who represented parts of San Francisco and San Mateo County, is charged together with former San Francisco school board president Keith Jackson with racketeering by soliciting bribes and campaign contributions in exchange for political favors by Yee.
  • Gerlach calls for U.S. military aid to Ukraine

    07/25/2014 1:53:01 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    riponadvance.com ^ | July 25, 2014
    Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) recently called on President Obama to support Ukrainian efforts to deter pro-Russian separatists with military aid, equipment and weaponry. Gerlach, a co-chairman of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus, called for additional U.S. support after the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet claimed 300 civilian lives in eastern Ukraine, according to a press release. “The president’s response (on Friday) to this reckless act of violence was tepid, and it is clear to anyone paying attention that the White House’s attempt to hit the reset button with Russia has failed miserably,” Gerlach said. “(July 17) was a wake-up...
  • Homeless Shelter’s Opening in Queens Stirs Ugly Exchanges

    07/25/2014 12:51:40 PM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 July 2014 | KATE TAYLOR and JEFFREY E. SINGER
    The crowd of 500 included grandmothers and small children, Chinese immigrants and the president of a local Republican club, all shouting that the mayor had trampled their rights. The source of their anger? The 180 homeless families the city had moved into the defunct Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst, Queens. The residents felt nervous around the new arrivals, they said. There were reports of shoplifting from the Good Fortune Supermarket, public urination and panhandling – all things, they said, that had been unheard-of in their neighborhood until now. During the protest on Tuesday night, one of the organizers spoke through...
  • Little Sunlight as Obama Raises Super PAC Dollars

    07/25/2014 12:39:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 25, 2014 | By JOSH LEDERMAN, AP
    For years, President Barack Obama railed against the surge of unlimited spending flowing into American political campaigns, arguing that average voters were being shut out of a secretive system that lets special interests bankroll elections. Now, as Obama enthusiastically raises money for Democratic super PACs, he's embracing some of the same secretive elements of that system, drawing charges of hypocrisy from good-governance advocates who say the public deserves to know what Obama's saying and to whom he's saying it when donors pay for a few minutes with the president.
  • Unhinged Chris Matthews Fumes Over Ted Cruz's 'McCarthyism'

    07/25/2014 12:35:16 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 30 replies
    In his never-ending obsession with Ted Cruz, Hardball’s Chris Matthews devoted the start and close of his program to rants against the supposed "McCarthyism" of the Texas Senator. Matthews objected to Cruz’s belief that the FAA’s short lived ban on air travel to Israel was political in nature. On the July 24 edition of Matthews’ program, the host wondered if Cruz was “trying to mimic the headline grabbing of the bad old days, or is he just so ignorant of what those tactics have done to this country that he's not aware of what he’s committing: the horror of McCarthyism...
  • American Generosity Spurred by Entrepreneurs

    07/25/2014 12:29:16 PM PDT · by Edmunds mom · 1 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | Scott Walter
    America isn’t just a bit more generous than your typical country. We’re an order of magnitude (and counting) more generous than most countries, including Germany and Japan. ... “American capitalism differs from all other forms of industrial capitalism” because it focuses "on both the creation of wealth (entrepreneurship) and the reconstitution of wealth (philanthropy). Philanthropy is part of the implicit social contract that continuously nurtures and revitalizes economic prosperity." ... nonprofits must learn that they are not in an “independent sector.” They are dependent not just on that abstraction known as the economy but also, horrors, on its heroic leaders,...
  • Congressman Urges Obama To End Deals Between Ex-Im Bank, Russia

    07/25/2014 12:25:46 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe
    dailycaller.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Chuck Ross
    The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Chairman is calling on President Obama to cut off all business pending between the Export-Import Bank and Russia because of the nation’s recent actions in Ukraine. “The situation in Ukraine grows worse every day,” wrote Texas U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling in a letter to Obama, Sec. of State John Kerry, Sec. of Treasury Jack Lew, and others. “Russia bears responsibility for this conflict, including the atrocity of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, because Russia is supplying the separatists with advanced weapons and encouraging their attacks on aircraft and on the...
  • Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz: Don't Let 'Scandalous' Obama Run 'Roughshod' with Immigration Exec. Actions

    07/25/2014 12:04:10 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jul 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Thursday, Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), who have arguably been the two most influential conservatives in stopping amnesty legislation, urged their colleagues to put more pressure on President Barack Obama, so he does not unilaterally grant temporary amnesty to millions more illegal immigrants.  In a colloquy with Cruz on the Senate floor, Sessions said Obama's potential executive actions represent an "exceedingly grave threat that go[es] beyond anything we've ever seen in this country" and "threatens the very constitutional framework of our republic and the very ability of this nation to even have borders."He vowed that the...
  • APNewsBreak: Gun law based on flawed estimate

    07/25/2014 11:54:04 AM PDT · by dware · 19 replies
    Associated Press via Yahoo! ^ | 07.25.2014 | IVAN MORENO
    DENVER (AP) — A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report.
  • Our veterans deserve better than VA’s ‘corrosive culture'

    07/25/2014 11:53:20 AM PDT · by April29 · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 25, 2014 | Boustany
    Lewis-Payton admitted VISN 16 must work on “trust issues” with veterans and providers. Some of these individuals accuse VISN 16 of systematically gaming medical-record filing deadlines and leaving veterans with massive debts. When providers sent required medical records by certified mail, VA employees shredded them without explanation, insisting they were incomplete after the 90 day filing deadline had expired. As a result of this practice, one Louisiana veteran owes more than $22,000 and is being pursued by a collection agency. Lewis-Payton has not replied to questions about this case. In other cases, VISN 16 reportedly cited absurd reasons for leaving...
  • Jenkins describes 'combat zone' conditions at U.S.-Mexico border

    07/25/2014 11:38:32 AM PDT · by yoe · 9 replies
    The Fredrick News-Post ^ | July 25, 2014 | Graham Cullen
    n a Thursday briefing to county leaders, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said a "full deployment of military resources" to the U.S.-Mexico border is needed to address the illegal-immigration issues he witnessed during his recent trip to Texas.[snip] "It's really, really hard to believe you're in America," Jenkins told Frederick County commissioners during Thursday's meeting. "You feel like you're in a combat zone." Jenkins spent about 20 minutes detailing his experience visiting McAllen, Texas, with several other sheriffs from around the nation. In the trip's aftermath, Jenkins said he and the other law enforcement leaders will formulate recommendations, which they hope the...
  • Hillary Team Calls for Media Blackout of Anti-Clinton Books

    07/25/2014 11:09:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7-25-14 | Alexander Marlowe
    Soon there will be three anti-Clinton books on the market, which is apparently enough to have gotten under the skin of Team Hillary. The First Family Detail by Ronald Kessler, set for release next month, will join Clinton, Inc. by the Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper and Blood Feud by Ed Klein on bookshelves. Yesterday we reported that Clinton, Inc. has shot up the charts and now both Halper and Klein’s books are outselling Hillary Clinton’s recent memoir Hard Choices. “With Klein, Halper and Kessler, we now have a Hat Trick of despicable actors concocting trashy nonsense,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill...