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  • This man just claimed a new European nation. 160,000 people already want to live there.

    04/21/2015 6:35:24 AM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 2 replies
    LittleRock ^ | 4/21/15 | Melanie Drury
    On your next holiday in Eastern Europe, make sure to include Liberland in your itinerary. In fact, if you wish, you are just in time to apply for citizenship of this newly founded country; you may just become one of the lucky 3-5000 people to be selected to form part of this new nation.
  • California transgender bill spurs initiative for ‘bathroom privacy’

    04/21/2015 6:16:25 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 04/20/2015 | Christopher Cadelago
    Opponents have opened up a new front in the fight against a California law allowing transgender students to use public school facilities such as bathrooms, showers and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identities. Privacy For All, the group targeting Assembly Bill 1266, on Friday submitted a proposed 2016 initiative that would mandate people in government buildings use facilities in accordance with their biological sex. It would allow people who feel their privacy was violated – or who chose not to use a facility because of a violation of the measure – to sue the government or the individual...
  • ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi 'Seriously Wounded in Air Strike'

    04/21/2015 6:00:50 AM PDT · by lbryce · 9 replies
    Guardian ^ | April 21, 2015 | Martin Chulov
    The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been seriously wounded in an air strike in western Iraq, sources have told the Guardian. A source in Iraq with connections to the terror group revealed that Baghdadi suffered serious injuries during an attack by the US-led coalition in March. The source said Baghdadi’s wounds were at first life-threatening, but he has since made a slow recovery. He has not, however, resumed day-to-day control of the organisation.
  • Scott Walker stands for American workers on immigration

    04/21/2015 5:50:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Hot Air: Headlines ^ | April 21, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    "....This development, perhaps one of if not the biggest of the 2016 presidential campaign so far, comes as Walker has taken a commanding lead in polls in all three of the first GOP primary states: Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. The reason why this development is so significant is that the two establishment-backed candidates, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, both have an in-depth understanding of the immigration issue and come down on the side that supports special interests’ desire for a massive increase in legal immigration that hurts American workers. Meanwhile, Sens. Ted Cruz...
  • Negotiated at The Hague, a Child Support Treaty Falters in Boise

    04/21/2015 5:38:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | KIRK JOHNSON
    POST FALLS, Idaho — It took five years for negotiators to work out the details of a multinational treaty on child support that would make it easier to track delinquent parents around the world. It took only a couple of minutes for a committee of the Idaho Legislature to endanger America’s participation. In a 9-to-8 vote in the closing hours of the legislative session, the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee killed a bill that state and federal officials had said was crucial to the finely crafted choreography of the child support treaty reached at The Hague. All 50 states...
  • 6 Baltimore police officers suspended amid investigation of suspect's fatal spine injury

    04/21/2015 5:14:12 AM PDT · by Theoria · 28 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 21 April 2015 | FoxNews
    Baltimore's mayor, police officials, and prosecutor sought to calm their city Monday, while six officers were suspended as authorities investigated how a suspect suffered a fatal spine injury in police custody last week. A week after Freddie Gray, 25, was pulled off the street and into a police van, authorities don't have any videos or other evidence explaining what happened to cause the "medical emergency" an arresting officer said Gray suffered while being taken to the local police station, Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said. The Gray family's lawyer, Billy Murphy, had said that Gray's "spine was 80 percent severed at...
  • Storm gathers around Clinton finances

    04/21/2015 5:08:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 21, 2015 | Niall Stanage with Jordan Fabian
    The financial portfolio of Hillary Clinton, her family and the Clinton Foundation is under new scrutiny, worrying some Democrats, as the former secretary of State begins her 2016 campaign. The New York Times fired the starting pistol on another round of stories about the Clinton finances with a story on Monday morning describing a forthcoming book, Clinton Cash, by Peter Schweizer, a fellow at Stanford University’s conservative Hoover Institution. The Times called the tome “the most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle still in its infancy.” The book’s allegations were summed up in the author’s own words: “We...
  • Pressure grows on Marines to consider lowering combat standards for women

    04/21/2015 5:07:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    Two years ago, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the nation’s top military officer, laid down an edict on the Obama administration’s plan to open direct land combat jobs to women: If women cannot meet a standard, senior commanders better have a good reason why it should not be lowered. Today, the “Dempsey rule” appears to have its first test case. The Marine Corps just finished research to see if female officers could successfully complete its rigorous Infantry Officer Course.
  • Vote to scrap wait period for handgun purchases comes after surge in Wisconsin gun violence

    04/21/2015 4:49:16 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 21 apr 2015 | Jesse Opoien
    State senators will take up on Tuesday a proposal to eliminate Wisconsin's 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases. But in the wake of a recent surge of gun violence in Milwaukee, Rep. Mandela Barnes, D-Milwaukee, says the timing "couldn't be worse." A Senate vote is the last step between the bill and Gov. Scott Walker's desk. The governor has signaled his intentions to sign it into law. Under current law, adopted in 1976, anyone attempting to purchase a handgun cannot acquire it until 48 hours after a background check has been started. If the Department of Justice needs more time...
  • Michigan Lawmakers Want Homeschooled Children Registered Like Dogs and Inspected by Social Workers

    04/21/2015 4:47:07 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-20-2015 | Paula Bolyard
    In the wake of the tragic murders of two Michigan children whose mother tortured them before stuffing them into the family’s freezer, lawmakers are calling for more stringent regulation of homeschooling in the state. The proposed legislation from state Rep. Stephanie Chang, a Detroit Democrat, would require homeschooled children to be inspected twice per year by a licensed social worker or law enforcement officer. The bill would also require homeschooling parents to register their children — like dogs or sex offenders — with the superintendent of the school district in which they reside. Michigan is one of eleven states that...
  • Scott Walker: Hillary is Out of Touch [Rand could learn from Walker on how to handle the MSM]

    04/21/2015 4:25:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | April 21, 2015
    Megyn Kelly interviewed governor Scott Walker on her show last night and covered a wide variety of topics. The first subject was Hillary Clinton, who Walker suggested is out of touch with the American people. Other topics included Walker’s strategy for winning independent voters in Wisconsin, the GOP’s prospects for 2016 and immigration. Here’s the video:
  • Moral Schizophrenics

    04/21/2015 4:13:06 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/21/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    On campus, on the campaign trail. Hillary Clinton in recent months has done the following: She charged UCLA somewhere around $300,000 for reciting some platitudes. That works out to over $165 a second for her 30 minutes on stage — meaning that she made more in one minute than a student barista does in a year. Ms. Clinton acknowledges that, while secretary of state, she solicited donations from wealthy foreign nationals for her family foundation, whose funds she and her husband have frequently tapped for exclusive travel and other expenses. Everything Ms. Clinton has said recently seems to be demonstrably...
  • She’s in: The Hillary 2016: Prison or President? campaign

    04/21/2015 4:02:59 AM PDT · by Opinionatedtoday · 8 replies
    She’s back! It’s official. Last week Hillary Clinton threw her hat into the ring as the inevitable Democratic nominee for president again and hit the campaign trail in a “Scooby Van.” Despite Hillary’s contrived, disastrous rollout, according to Steve Kornacki’s MSNBC’s panel, as one woman to another, I say, “You go girl!” And as that aforementioned woman, I’m pleased to say that here at the Hillary 2016: Prison or POTUS? (President of the United States) campaign headquarters –that’s HILLPoP2016 for short, we’ve been ready for Hillary for a really long time.
  • Egypt's Mohammed Morsi sentenced to 20 years in jail

    04/21/2015 3:47:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/21/15 | Louisa Loveluck
    Egypt's first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi was jailed for two decades on Tuesday, charged in connection with deadly violence outside his palace in 2012. It was the first of five verdicts against the former Egyptian president. He could yet face the death penalty over accusations of espionage. Mr Morsi and 12 other defendants, among them senior officials in the Muslim Brotherhood, were sentenced to 20 years in jail for involvement in the arrests and torture of protesters during his rule. But the court acquitted Mr Morsi of murder charges that could have seen him sentenced to death over the...
  • Egypt's ousted President Morsi jailed for 20 years (Hussein's pick)

    04/21/2015 2:56:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/21/15
    An Egyptian court has sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in jail for ordering the arrest and torture of protesters during his rule. It is the first verdict he has received since his ousting and is one of several trials he faces. Morsi was deposed by the army in July 2013 following mass street protests against his rule.
  • Levin: "Clinton Cash" "Very Serious Book" On "Serious Issues"

    04/21/2015 2:54:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 21, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Talk radio host and author of “The Liberty Amendments,” Mark Levin dubbed Peter Schweizer’s “Clinton Cash” “a very, very serious book” on Monday. Levin touted Schweizer, saying he is “sharp” and “knows his stuff.”
  • Rush: Hillary Candidacy Could "Seriously Damage" Democrats

    04/21/2015 2:48:02 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 21, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, in reaction to the early reporting the forthcoming book “Clinton Cash,” argued ” as more of this stuff becomes known, her candidacy could seriously damage the Democrat Party” on Monday.
  • Senators Need Not Apply

    04/21/2015 1:26:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Slate ^ | April 20, 2015 | John Dickerson
    ......Each candidate [Walker, Perry, Bush, Christie], sometimes in nearly identical language, told the audience of activists gathered in Nashua this weekend that they should be considered for the presidency because they didn’t just talk about conservative ideas, they had put them into practice as governors. Perry made the case most powerfully: >>>The next president of the United States really needs to be someone who has deep experience as an executive. And I’m talking about things you just can't learn with a book, things you can’t just learn sitting down. Because I’ll give you some examples. They didn’t hand me a...
  • The woman who made Hillary Clinton cry [cue the violins]

    04/21/2015 12:58:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | April 21, 2015 | Michael Kruse
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Seven years ago, the last time Hillary Clinton came to this state trying to be president, a woman asked her a question here in a coffee shop. “How do you do it?” Marianne Pernold Young said. It felt at first like a friendly throwaway. It wasn’t. It cut to the core for Clinton. Her eyes got teary. Her voice got shaky. Her answer, uncharacteristically emotional, made news, but the trigger was the question. It was the key question back then. It is the key question still now. “I wanted to know her,” Young said Monday afternoon at...
  • Politicized Prosecution Run Amok in Wisconsin

    04/21/2015 12:07:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Natonal Review Online ^ | April 21, 2015 | Rich Lowry
    The knock on the door in the dead of night is the stuff of Darkness at Noon, and of the state of Wisconsin. To the question of whether armed police can storm your house and take away your personal effects and tell you to shut up about it, based simply on your political advocacy, Wisconsin answered for years, “Why, yes, they can — now please, shut up about it.” The so-called John Doe investigations into Governor Scott Walker and conservative groups in Wisconsin have been an ongoing travesty that — now that Walker is entering the presidential stage — should...
  • Scott Walker Wins Pennsylvania Conservatives' Straw Poll

    04/20/2015 11:35:15 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 98 replies
    News Max ^ | April 20, 2015 | John Gizzi
    In results that were stunning for several reasons, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was the runaway winner in a "straw poll" of Republican presidential favorites at Pennsylvania’s largest-ever gathering of conservatives, the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, on Friday and Saturday.With the "straw ballots" counted and released on Saturday, Walker was an easy winner with 91 votes, followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 58 votes. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was third with 56 votes.Since the first PLC back in 1989, the group has become the most-attended and most-watched conclave of conservatives in the Keystone State. Fueled by the recent campaigns of...
  • David Koch picks a favorite?

    04/20/2015 11:17:58 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | April 20, 2015 | MJ Lee and Dana Bash
    <p>CNN)Billionaire businessman and powerful Republican donor David Koch wants Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to be the next president but doesn't plan to financially back anyone during the primaries.</p> <p>Koch made the comments Monday at a private gathering hosted by the New York State Republican Party at the Union League Club in Manhattan. They were described to CNN by two attendees who were in the room.</p>
  • The truth about ‘America’s project’

    04/20/2015 10:40:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | April 16, 2015 | Eyad Abu Shakra
    With every day that passes, Operation Decisive Storm proves just how necessary, and hence, justifiable it is. The conspirators inside Yemen have made huge investments over the past few years in funding sectarian infrastructures, organizations, logistics, as well as tribal and interest-based relations woven with ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s “family-run militia.” The militia that has fought under his banner defends his interests and the interests of those he chooses to befriend today, only to turn on them tomorrow. These investments have been huge and long term. The investors are now well known and for a time this looked like nothing...
  • Incompetence, Mismanagement Plague California’s Obamacare Insurance Exchange

    04/20/2015 10:10:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 4/20/15 | Sharyl Attkisson
    California’s health insurance exchange, established under the Affordable Care Act, has been held out as a national model for Obamacare. In some ways—not all of them good—it is. Whether it’s falling far short of 2015 enrollment goals or sending out 100,000 inaccurate tax forms, Covered California is struggling with its share of challenges. Now, several senior-level officials integral to the launch of Covered California—who enthusiastically support the Affordable Care Act—are speaking about what they view as gross incompetence and mismanagement involving some of the $1 billion federal tax dollars poured into the state effort. ‘Somebody Must Have Been Smoking Something’...
  • Nevada Common Core test crashes again on first full day back

    04/20/2015 8:49:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 20, 2015 8:49 PM EDT | Sally Ho
    Nevada schools will have to document at least two attempts if they can’t or won’t finish the troubled Common Core testing, as two other states seemed to bounce back from technical problems that halted the federally mandated assessment process. Last week, testing was stopped in Nevada, Montana and North Dakota after a widespread system crash caused by capacity issues with New Hampshire-based Measured Progress. The company is contracted to administer the tests linked to hotly disputed, federally backed education standards. All three states have since announced plans for school districts that say they can’t or won’t finish the test. …
  • Scott Walker Lays Out Pro American Worker Stance on Immigration

    04/20/2015 8:44:29 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 79 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-20-15 | Matthew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate, pledged to protect American workers from the economic effects, not only of illegal immigration but also of a massive increase in legal immigration. During an interview with Glenn Beck, Walker became the first declared or potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate to stake out a position on immigration fully in line with that of Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest chairman Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). He also noted that he has been working with Chairman Sessions on the issue to learn more about it. Walker is now...
  • DA says Apple, Google software helps terrorists

    04/20/2015 8:33:09 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 36 replies
    Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. sounded a battle cry Sunday, calling on law-enforcement agencies to battle Apple and Google over software that makes it impossible for authorities to “decrypt” cellphones seized in criminal investigations. The recently rolled-out “upgrades” haven’t attracted much general attention, which means police must start pressing elected officials to roll back the terrorist-friendly software, he said. “Apple has created a phone that is dark, that cannot be accessed by law enforcement even when a court has authorized us to look at its contents,” Vance warned on “The Cats Roundtable” show on WNYM/970 AM. “That’s going to be...
  • REPORT: One of the Koch brothers just revealed which Republican 2016 candidate they support

    04/20/2015 8:32:28 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 63 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 4-20-15 | Colin Campbell
    Two of the most prominent and influential megadonors in the Republican Party reportedly have picked their man in the 2016 presidential race: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). According to The New York Times, David Koch told a Monday gathering of GOP donors that he and his fellow billionaire brother, Charles Koch, want Walker in the White House. "We will support whoever the candidate is," Koch said at the Manhattan event, according to Times reporter Nick Confessore's sources. "But it should be Scott Walker." The Koch brothers are two of the most free-spending donors in American politics, and they have a...
  • Sec. of State For Hire: Hillary Clinton Made Millions From Foreign Donors In Exchange For "Favors"

    04/20/2015 7:31:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/20/2015 | Tyler Durden
    That the Clintons have made millions of dollars from speaking fees is no secret: just last summer it was revealed that the former president was paid $104.9 million for delivering 542 speeches around the world between January 2001 and January 2013, when Hillary left her job as secretary of state. What is not known, and what will be revealed in a new book "Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” by Peter Schweizer, is something far more sinister: foreign entities made payments to the Clinton Foundation and to...
  • NEWS ALERT. DICK MORRIS: Obama Sneaking in 'Unrestricted Immigration' in Trade Deal

    04/20/2015 7:22:27 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 18 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | April 20, 2015 | Pam Key
    Monday on Newmax TV’s “America’s Forum,” political commentator Dick Morris said the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPA) fast track being supported by many Republicans has a provision that allows for the “free flow of workers” between countries, essentially creating a backdoor to “unrestricted immigration.” Morris said, “This is huge. I hope everybody listening takes action call your senator about it. If he is a Republican he is voting wrong. “I dont think that people understand that in this deal which is a trade agreement among Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Chile, there’s a provision for free...
  • McCain mocks Cruz over guns on bases claim

    04/20/2015 6:39:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 78 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/20/15 06:55 PM EDT | Martin Matishak
    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) is mocking Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for claiming he is “pressing” for hearings on allowing U.S. troops to carry private firearms on military installations.“You know, I was fascinated to hear that because I haven’t heard a thing about it from him. Nor has my staff heard from his staff. Where did that come from? I have not a clue,” McCain told reporters on Monday. “I’d be glad to discuss the issue and see if we need a hearing, but it came as a complete surprise to me that he had been pressing...
  • US Attorney: Minnesota Has Terror Recruiting Problem

    04/20/2015 6:39:02 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    KSTP ^ | 4-20-15 | Dave Aeikens
    "They never stopped plotting another way to get to Syria. These men are focused men who were intent on joining a terrorist organization by any means possible," Luger said. Luger said the six men are not part of an organized recruiting group but were friends who worked to recruit and help each other get to Syria to support ISIL. There is not one master ISIL recruiting organizer in Minnesota, Luger said; that makes it more difficult to stop. "I will work and help anyone who in good faith wants to break the cycle of terror recruiting in Minnesota," Luger said....
  • Who are the Republican candidates’ Jewish donors?

    04/20/2015 6:15:11 PM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 10 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | April 21, 2015, 2:14 am | Ron Kampeas
    Aside from Democrat Hillary Clinton, three Republican candidates with reasonable chances at the nomination have declared and several others are on the cusp. The Republican Party says it’s been making inroads with Jewish voters, who traditionally have favored Democrats by 2-to-1 margins. Here’s a rundown of the views of three declared Republican candidates — and two likely candidates — on issues of Jewish interest, and their connections to the community.
  • żQuien es más Hispano? Rubio, Cruz, Castro or Bush

    04/20/2015 6:13:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jonathan Tilove
    Good morning Austin: I had a story in Saturday’s paper on the startling fact that, with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, two of the first three announced candidates for the Republican presidential nomination for president are Hispanic. In other words, if America elects its first Latino president in 2016, that president would almost certainly be a Republican. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, at best there could be a Hispanic candidate for vice president, with most of the speculation concentrated on Julián Castro, the former San Antonio mayor who is now serving as President Obama’s secretary of housing and urban development....
  • Jeb Bush Tells Congress to Approve Obama Amnesty Supporter Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

    04/20/2015 6:06:02 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 17APR2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush is calling on Congress to confirm attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, whose confirmation hearings took place in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in January. In February, Lynch was voted out of the committee and approved 12-8. Due to the legislative schedule and fighting over bills already in motion, a full Senate vote on her confirmation has not yet taken place. More from POLITICO: “I think presidents have the right to pick their team,” Bush said, according to reports of his stop at the “Politics and Pie” forum in Concord, New Hampshire, on Thursday...
  • The Footwear Cadets Were Allegedly Forced to Wear During Political Event March Has Sparked an Uproar

    04/20/2015 5:35:33 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 137 replies
    IJReview ^ | April 20, 2015 | Juan Leon
    Making the general public aware about tough issues that need addressing is obviously a good thing. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about doing it. A Reddit post supposedly containing a message from the cellphone of a cadet has raised questions concerning an allegedly mandatory ROTC event. In the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, cadets were required to wear high heels and march to “raise awareness of sexual assault against women.”
  • In the Left’s Orwellian World, Taxpayers Who Get to Keep their Income Are Getting “Handouts”

    04/20/2015 5:08:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    ’ve sometimes asserted, only half-jokingly, that statists believe all of our income belongs to the government and that we should be grateful if we’re allowed to keep any slice of what we earn. This is, at least in part, the mentality behind the “tax expenditure” concept, which creates a false equivalence between spending programs and provisions of the tax code that allow people to keep greater amounts of their own income. Here’s how I characterized this moral blindness when criticizing a Washington Post columnist back in 2013. Hiatt presumably thinks that the government’s decision not to impose double taxation is somehow...
  • ABANDONED BY WHITE HOUSE, AMERICANS DESCRIBE TENSE ESCAPES FROM YEMEN

    04/20/2015 4:21:42 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April20,2015 | JOHN HAYWARD
    Since the American embassy in Yemen had been shut down, Mansour wound up calling the U.S. embassy in Saudi Arabia. “I told them there were about 75 families here waiting at the port,” she recalled. “My family has been waiting there for two weeks. We ran out of money, we ran out of food.” It was not the U.S. government that finally put Mansour and a handful of other refugees on that slow boat to Dijibouti – it was CNN. The news network chartered a ship and rescued 15 Americans, who counted themselves very lucky to make it on board....
  • Military ops on U.S. soil raise martial-law fears ( Jade Helm )

    04/20/2015 3:51:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    WND ^ | 4/20/2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Wal-Mart closures have citizens concerned. Jade Helm 15 is set to kick off in seven states this summer, sending Special Operations forces from all four main branches of the military onto civilian soil to conduct hostile take-over training – and civil-rights advocates are sounding the alarms. ... The looming Jade Helm exercise, set for July 15 through Sept. 15, labels Texas and Utah as hostile areas. Global Research also reported the military says New Mexico “isn’t much friendlier.” Other states participating: California, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada. Some of the social media commentary so far: “The Pentagon’s ‘Operations Jade Helm 15′:...
  • Can Gays Turn Straight? What the Evidence Says About “Ex-Gay” Therapy.

    04/20/2015 3:12:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 91 replies
    Slate ^ | April 20, 2015 | Nathaniel Frank
    Last week Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., introduced a bill in Congress asking states to ban sexual orientation conversion therapy, often abbreviated as CT, for minors. California is one of two states that have prohibited licensed professionals from offering the practice, which includes efforts to change not only sexual orientation but also gender identity. While the congressional bill is only a resolution—it encourages states to bar the practice rather than proposing the heavier lift of a federal ban—the idea that CT is dangerous and should be banned is gaining momentum ... What do we actually know about the practice of CT...
  • Exclusive: Edmonston police have special, untraceable license plates

    04/20/2015 1:28:18 PM PDT · by fruser1 · 32 replies
    WTOP News ^ | April 20, 2015 | Ari Ashe
    Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) issues these plates to police departments for officers in unmarked cars involved in sensitive investigations such as narcotics, organized crime or terrorism. Confidential tags cannot be traced back to any specific person or organization if a criminal has a source run the plates through conventional databases. But all three police sources also expressed bewilderment about why the Edmonston Police Department would need any confidential tags. Each pointed out that Edmonston is a very small town, and that any major narcotics, terrorism or organized crime investigation would be outsourced... The Town denies any allegation that this...
  • 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...
  • Federal Spending in the States

    04/20/2015 12:41:38 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 5 replies
    The PEW Charitable Trusts ^ | 12/2/2014 | Staff
    Overview The federal government spent $3.1 trillion in the states during its 2013 fiscal year. ... For nearly three decades, the U.S. Census Bureau produced the Consolidated Federal Funds Report, an annual look at the geographic distribution of federal spending. But following the publication of the fiscal 2010 data, the Census Bureau discontinued the report. To fill this data gap, the Pew Charitable Trusts’ fiscal federalism initiative prepared this analysis and companion methodology. ... Retirement benefits payments to individuals include Social Security retirement, survivor, and disability payments; veterans benefits; and other federal retirement and disability payments. Social Security accounts for...
  • Killing Cardillo: What Did The FBI Know And When Did They Know It?

    04/20/2015 12:28:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Judicial Watch -- Investigative Bulletin ^ | April 20, 2015 | Micah Morrison
    Yesterday, the New York Post ran my investigative report on a very cold case: the mortal wounding of NYPD Patrolman Phillip Cardillo inside Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam Mosque #7 in Harlem in April, 1972. The “Harlem Mosque Incident” would become one of the most controversial cases in NYPD history—a tale of betrayal and cover-up, race and politics, played out across a disintegrating city. I’m grateful to the Post for getting behind a story that raises the disturbing possibility that the FBI was deeply involved in the events surrounding Cardillo’s death. Due to space limitations at the newspaper, some of...
  • 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...
  • Australia brokers intelligence-sharing deal with Iran

    04/20/2015 12:21:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    AFP ^ | 4-20-15
    Australia and Iran will share intelligence to track foreign fighters working with the Islamic State group in Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Monday, as lawmakers urged caution. In the first trip to Iran by an Australian minister in more than a decade, Bishop said it would be an informal arrangement. Her comments came after a meeting with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, President Hassan Rouhani and Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign affairs adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. "We have a common purpose with Iran in defeating Daesh and helping the Iraqi government," she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation,...
  • Wife's weeping over anti-union law drove Dem DA to target Republican gov's staff and.....

    04/20/2015 12:07:30 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 67 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 20, 2015 | David Martosko, US Political Editor
    A Democratic district attorney who has pursued Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker over alleged campaign finance violations told a fellow prosecutor that his crying wife, a union official, drove him to hunt the governor and his conservative allies because of his anti-union laws feared by organized labor. The explosive revelation came Tuesday as lawyers for Milwaukee DA John Chisholm began two days of oral arguments in a Chicago courtroom over earlier rulings that effectively ended his wide-ranging investigation. The investigation aimed to show that conservative groups were illegally working hand-in-hand with Walker's office when they ran 'issue ads' pressing the...
  • US warship heads to Yemeni waters; could block Iran weapons

    04/20/2015 12:06:19 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    AP ^ | 4/20/15
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen to beef up security and join other American ships that are prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen. Navy officials said Monday that the Roosevelt was moving through the Arabian Sea. The U.S. Navy has been beefing up its presence in the Gulf of Aden and the southern Arabian Sea amid reports that a convoy of about eight Iranian ships is heading toward Yemen and possibly carrying arms for the Houthis. Navy officials said...
  • Surgeon general tells Elmo: Get vaccinated [Prov 22:3]

    04/20/2015 12:02:10 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/20/2015 | PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM
    Getting vaccinated will feel only like a pinch, the U.S. surgeon general assured Sesame Street's "Elmo" character last week. The California measles outbreak is officially over, but Surgeon General Vivek Murthy urged Elmo to get vaccinated in a video released by the Obama administration Friday. "It's my job to make sure everyone stays healthy," Murthy tells Elmo in the video."Get all your vaccinations in time" to stay healthy, he continued. "Don't worry, Elmo, it's just a little pinch and it's safe. And tell all your friends on Sesame Street to get vaccinated too..."
  • Baltimore Officials Promise Investigation Into Death of Man After His Arrest

    04/20/2015 11:58:03 AM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 April 2015 | Sheryl Gay Stolberg
    Amid national protests over police treatment of black men, Baltimore officials have promised to investigate the death of Freddie Gray, an apparently healthy 25-year-old who was rushed to a hospital with spinal cord injuries after being chased and tackled by police officers. Mr. Gray, who is black, died Sunday, a week after his arrest. His family’s lawyer said that 80 percent of his spinal cord was severed at the neck while he was in police custody, and that he later lapsed into a coma. Witnesses captured parts of Mr Gray’s encounter with the police on a cellphone video, in which...