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  • Pentagon orders commanders to prioritize climate change in all military actions

    02/07/2016 8:21:17 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 14 replies
    The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies. A new directive’s theme: The U.S. Armed Forces must show “resilience” and beat back the threat based on “actionable science.”
  • Driver caught speeding to the Super Bowl on Pa. Turnpike Sunday afternoon

    02/07/2016 8:04:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Penn Live ^ | February 07, 2016 | Wesley Robinson
    A 50-year-old Philadelphia man was arrested on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Sunday evening, preventing him from making the 2,800-mile trip to the Super Bowl in California. Charles E. Robinson was pulled over for speeding at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday near mile marker 230 heading east on the Turnpike, state police said in a news release. Trooper Mark Gray said Robinson was going about 100 mph in a rental car. Robinson told Gray that he was traveling to the Super Bowl, according to the release. Gray wrote in his report that he "immediately detected a strong odor of marijuana," which led...
  • Bernie Sanders Only Passed 3 Bills, 2 Renamed Post Offices

    02/07/2016 6:57:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 2/06/16 | Daniel Greenfield
    **SNIP** But Bernie Sanders also kept busy by co-sponsoring a bill to "designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1 Marble Street in Fair Haven, Vermont, as the "Matthew Lyon Post Office Building". If you guessed that Matthew Lyon was an otherwise obscure progressive hero who was mainly known for making an ass out of himself, also being sent to prison under the Alien and Sedition Act, you would be correct. The Lyon post office renaming bill happened in 2005-2006. Then Bernie Sanders rested on his laurels for 7 years, before buckling down and renaming the...
  • Fundraising calls: Obama heads west

    02/07/2016 6:29:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 7, 2016 | Jennifer Harper
    Rev up Air Force One, it's fundraising time again, along with symbolic moments and scenic views. In 48 hours President Obama departs the nation's capital for points west and an extended stay. Here's what's on the big travel agenda, beginning Wednesday: "Nine years after he announced his candidacy for president, the President will return to the place where his political career began by traveling to Springfield, Illinois. Now in the final year of his second term, the President looks forward to addressing the Illinois General Assembly about what we can do, together, to build better politics," the White House advises....
  • Rubio defends repeated Obama criticism in debate, vows to 'keep saying it' (Says he won)

    02/07/2016 6:20:25 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 33 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | Fox News
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday touted his debate performance, amid criticism about "scripted" responses and him needing to repeat his opposition to President Obama to defend a sustained attack by GOP presidential rival Chris Christie. Christie, the governor of New Jersey, argued during the Saturday night debate that Rubio would be like Obama if elected -- a freshman senator leading the country with essentially no experience running a government. Rubio said several times during the attack that Obama indeed "knows exactly what he's doing," which is trying to make the country "like the rest of the world." On Sunday,...
  • Bill Aimed at Ending Operation Choke Point Passes House

    02/07/2016 6:03:30 PM PST · by Cheerio · 7 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | February 5, 2016 | NRA-ILA
    On Thursday, a bi-partisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 766, the ‘‘Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2015,” sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO). As we reported last year, this bill targets the abuses of Operation Choke Point (OCP), an Obama administration “enforcement” program that lumped together legal and illegal businesses into a “high risk” category and threatened the banks with intense regulatory scrutiny. The goal of OCP was to deter the banks from forming or continuing relationships with the targeted industries, thereby driving them out of business. Included on this list were firearm and ammunition...
  • Pentagon orders commanders to prioritize climate change in all military actions

    02/07/2016 5:35:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 146 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/7/16 | Rowan Scarboroug
    The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies. A new directive’s theme: The U.S. Armed Forces must show “resilience” and beat back the threat based on “actionable science.” It says the military will not be able to maintain effectiveness unless the directive is followed. It orders the establishment of a new layer of bureaucracy — a wide array of “climate change boards, councils and working groups” to infuse climate change into “programs, plans and policies.” The Pentagon defines
  • Hillary, The Obamoid Agenda, And The USA’s Middle Class

    02/07/2016 3:30:09 PM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 2 replies
    The New Terrapin Gazette ^ | Feb 7, 2016 | LBB
    Unfortunately few observers have remarked on the obvious religious nature of the Warmers' critique; after all, the screed of their cult begins with human hubris and misdeeds, claims those sins produce utterly fantastic results, predicts catastrophe for generations yet unborn, and demands immediate reform and pietistic obedience to inerrant authority. The cult is Biblical in its self-assurance. Any belief system so constructed should bear a heavy burden of proof before it hijacks governmental power. Of course the dispute continues, but note, please, that it is now fueled by the (simple, but irrelevant) fact that industry produces many tons of carbon...
  • ..‘Abortion Exceptions:’ Donald Trump, Chris Christie Get Ronald Reagan’s Stance Wrong

    02/07/2016 2:05:20 PM PST · by Sun · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Feb 2016 | Dr. Susan Berry
    ..While sparring on the issue, some are even misquoting the stance of President Ronald Reagan. Are they using the “exceptions” to appear less pro-life? (snip) “I am pro-life, but I believe that rape, incest and life of the mother, as Ronald Reagan did, should be exceptions to that rule,” Christie added. Similarly, Donald Trump commented last August on CNN’s New Day on Rubio’s pro-life position: I disagree with that. (snip) I absolutely am for the exceptions, and so was Ronald Reagan for the exceptions, by the way. There’s nothing wrong with that. You have to do it, in my opinion....
  • Local medical school under fire for allegedly purchasing aborted fetal tissue

    02/07/2016 1:52:53 PM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 5 replies
    KFOX14 ^ | Jan 29 2016 | Genevieve K Curtis
    EL PASO, Texas-- KFOX14 Investigates uncovers new documents alleging the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso is buying aborted fetal tissue for research, fetal tissue that may be linked to Planned Parenthood abortions. A Houston-based attorney, Briscoe Cain, said he obtained the information from a Freedom of Information request. He said he found evidence of four Texas medical schools purchasing fetal tissue from a California bioscience company. TTUHSC El Paso is among those listed as purchasing fetal tissue from Advanced Bioscience Resource Center. Cain claims the tissue could be coming from abortions at Planned Parenthood because Planned Parenthood...
  • How Ted Cruz Could Deliver the Coup de Grace to Donald Trump

    02/07/2016 1:49:19 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 119 replies
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | February 7, 2015 | Ralph Benko
    Presidential elections are about, above all, just two things: our security and our prosperity. Promises of prosperity have all but faded into the background... except by Donald Trump. In the last debate in which he participated Donald Trump hit the voters' target bull's eye in stating "I want to use that same up here, whatever it may be, to make America rich again." None of the other candidates came close to featuring The Message we voters wish to hear. Prosperity. If the other candidates - most notably #2 Ted Cruz - wished to gain the voters' hearts, or at least...
  • Cruz Says Drafting Women 'Doesn't Make Any Sense'

    02/07/2016 12:59:24 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 7, 2015 | Michael Warren
    Full Title: Cruz Says Drafting Women 'Doesn't Make Any Sense' and Cruz called America's enemies, not its soldiers, "psychopaths." Peterborough, N.H.- Ted Cruz came out against requiring 18-year-old women to register for the Selective Service and the possibility of being drafted into the military. At a campaign event here Sunday afternoon, Cruz responded to some of his rivals, like Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, who said in Saturday's debate that women should have to register. "It was striking that three different people on that stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military," Cruz said. "I...
  • The TRUE Super Sunday! The Lord's Day!

    02/07/2016 12:33:18 PM PST · by kindred · 23 replies
    http://www.theignorantfishermen.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | DJP I.F.
    This Super Sunday in America millions will be missing out on the TRUE Super Sunday that transcends time and ETERNITY! The original "Super Sunday", the day that the Savior of the world defeated Death and Hades (Sheol) and rose again from the grave ( Acts 2:22-36; 3:13-18; 4:10-12, 33; 5:29-32; 10:37-43; 13:27-37; 17:23, 30-32; 23:6; 24:14-16; 25:19; 26:68, 22-23, Rev. 1:18) is now the day of the week that His redeemed gather together to hear Almighty God's RIGHTEOUS Word. It is a day set apart by the Father for His saints to enter into His HOLY presence in a very...
  • Hillary Clinton Says She Has 'Never, Ever' Let a Donor Influence Her Vote

    02/07/2016 12:31:37 PM PST · by PROCON · 53 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Feb. 7, 2016 | JENNIFER HANSLER
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton defended her voting record Sunday in an interview on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," saying she has never been influenced to vote one way or another by a donor. "I have never, ever been influenced in a view or a vote by anyone who has given me any kind of funding," she said. The defense came in the wake of criticism over Clinton's alleged ties to Wall Street from her rival for the nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. "I'm happy to set this record straight and I really want to, once again, call out...
  • Iowans claim instances when Sanders was shorted delegates

    02/07/2016 12:08:04 PM PST · by kindred · 23 replies
    http://www.wfaa.com/news ^ | February 6, 2016 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Keane Schwarz is certain he knows the outcome of the vote in his precinct: He was the lone caucusgoer in Woodbury County No. 43. But the Iowa Democratic Party's final results state that Hillary Clinton won one county delegate and Bernie Sanders received zero. "I voted for Bernie," Schwarz, 36, of Oto, told The Des Moines Register. “It was really suspicious … I’m actually pretty irate about it.” Some complaints that Iowa Democrats have shared with the Register about discrepancies in caucus results appear to be valid. Others stem from confusion over how the math-heavy delegate-awarding system works in the...
  • Surprise: Hillary Campaign Balks At Releasing Wall Street Speech Transcripts

    02/07/2016 11:52:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | Guy Benson
    Vintage Hillary. As she fashions herself as a hardcore anti-Wall Street progressive in the midst of a surprisingly competitive Democratic primary, she's trying to explain away her six-figure speeches to major financial institutions, who also happen to be her generous campaign benefactors. At Thursday's (very low-rated) debate against Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton claimed that when she delivered these lucrative addresses, she spoke truth to power -- bravely warning about the subprime mortgage collapse prior to the 2008 financial crisis: Hillary Clinton discusses her speeches on Wall Street Given this alleged, evidence-free prescience, one might think that Mrs. Clinton would be eager to release...
  • Obama bullied bank to pay racial settlement without proof: report

    02/07/2016 10:55:49 AM PST · by DCdude · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/7/2016 | Paul Sperry
    Newly uncovered internal memos reveal the Obama administration knowingly exaggerated charges of racial discrimination in probes of Ally Bank and other defendants in the $900 billion car-lending business as part of a “racial justice” campaign that’s looking more like a massive government extortion and shakedown operation Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has reached more than $220 million in settlements with several auto lenders since the agency launched its anti-discrimination crusade against the industry in 2013. Several other banks are under active investigation. That’s despite the fact that the CFPB had no actual complaints of racial discrimination — it was all...
  • Kasich to Newsmax: Bush Shows 'Desperation' By Denying My Conservative Record

    02/07/2016 10:28:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 07 Feb 2016 11:56 AM | Greg Richter
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich told Newsmax TV in an interview recorded Sunday morning that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is getting desperate trying to say he isn't conservative. [...] Bush has said he is the only governor running for the GOP presidential nomination who has a conservative record. Asked by "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth if that was a fair criticism, Kasich laughed. "We balanced more budgets than anybody around, cut more taxes than anybody in America," Kasich said, referring to his time in the U.S. House of Representatives where he served alongside Hayworth, who represented Arizona. "We're for school...
  • The Natural Born Citizen Clause as Originally Understood

    02/07/2016 10:07:51 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 118 replies
    Catholic University Law Review ^ | 2015 | Mary Brigid McManamon
    The concluding statement in the article: "The introduction to this Article posed a question: “in the eyes of early Americans, would someone born in a foreign country of American parents be a ‘natural born citizen’ and therefore eligible to be President of the United States?” The pertinent historical materials lead to only one conclusion: aside from children born to U.S. ambassadors or soldiers in hostile armies, the answer is “no.”"
  • Marco Rubio: Poor Little Rich Boy Runs Into Real Estate Trouble

    02/07/2016 9:47:00 AM PST · by WTFOVR · 44 replies
    OBSERVER - News and Politics ^ | 01/18/2016 | Ken Silverstein
    The Senator's three houses, various lady friends, assorted con artist pals and piles of unexplained income.
  • Exclusive: Iran wants euro payment for new and outstanding oil sales - source

    02/07/2016 9:36:26 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    rueters ^ | 02/05/2016 | Nidhi Verma
    Iran wants to recover tens of billions of dollars it is owed by India and other buyers of its oil in euros and is billing new crude sales in euros, too, looking to reduce its dependence on the U.S. dollar following last month's sanctions relief. A source at state-owned National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC) told Reuters that Iran will charge in euros for its recently signed oil contracts with firms including French oil and gas major Total, Spanish refiner Cepsa and Litasco, the trading arm of Russia's Lukoil. "In our invoices we mention a clause that buyers of our oil...
  • Obama: “Islam prohibits terrorism, for the Qur’an says whoever kills an innocent,

    full title :Obama: “Islam prohibits terrorism, for the Qur’an says whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind” Obama said: "The Qur'an says whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind." This is what the Qur'an really says: Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption in the land -- it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one -- it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers...
  • Jeb Bush: Media 'Coronated' Marco Rubio After Iowa

    02/07/2016 9:32:47 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2/7/16 | Newsmax
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, appearing weary of spending his interview time discussing rival Marco Rubio, told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace he isn't privy to the meetings of the press that have declared the Florida senator a big winner in the GOP presidential race. "Chris, there is some secret squirrel meeting that you guys get to where you decide who wins and who loses," Bush said on the program Sunday morning, a day after the latest GOP debate. "Marco Rubio came in third place in Iowa, and he was coronated. I can't control that. I'm just going to...
  • Trump: Bush family used eminent domain to build a baseball park

    02/07/2016 9:24:25 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 76 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/7/16 | Bradford Richardson
    Following attacks from primary rival Jeb Bush about his past use of eminent domain, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Sunday accused the Bush family of using the practice to build a baseball stadium in Texas. "Eminent domain is a very important thing," Trump said on ABC's "This Week." "Jeb Bush doesn't understand what it means, and if you look into the Bush family - I found this five minutes ago - they used eminent domain for the stadium in Texas, where they own, I guess, a piece of the Texas Rangers." When host George Stephanopoulos said that was Jeb's...
  • The U.S. Could Switch to Mostly Renewable Energy, No Batteries Needed

    02/07/2016 8:37:18 AM PST · by Lorianne · 63 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 25 January 2016 | Sarah Zielinski
    The United States could lower carbon emissions from electricity generation by as much as 78 percent without having to develop any new technologies or use costly batteries, a new study suggests. There’s a catch, though. The country would have to build a new national transmission network so that states could share energy.“Our idea was if we had a national ‘interstate highway for electrons’ we could move the power around as it was needed, and we could put the wind and solar plants in the very best places,” says study co-author Alexander MacDonald. Several years ago, MacDonald was curious about claims...
  • Federal court deals blow to gun reformers saying people have 'fundamental right' to own assault

    02/07/2016 8:10:45 AM PST · by Cheerio · 20 replies
    Daily News ^ | February 6, 2016 | Laura Bult
    FULL TITLE - Federal court deals blow to gun reformers saying people have 'fundamental right' to own assault weapons in rejection of Maryland law A federal court said that assault weapons are in such "common use" that owning them is a "fundamental right" in a decision that could force the Supreme Court to rule on whether the firearms are legal. On Thursday, a three-judge federal panel dealt a blow to anti-gun violence advocates when they rejected portions of a Maryland gun reform law. The legislation was passed following the Sandy Hook massacre which claimed the lives of 20 children and...
  • North Dakota governor orders cuts amid $1B budget shortfall

    02/07/2016 7:56:44 AM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Philly.com /AP ^ | 02 February 2016 | James MacPherson
    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday ordered deep cuts to government agencies and a massive raid on state savings to make up for a more than $1 billion budget shortfall due to depressed crude prices and a drop in oil drilling. North Dakota had more than $2 billion in various reserve accounts just one year ago, but oil prices - a key contributor to the state's wealth - have taken a nosedive in the last year. The legislature's record-high $14.4 billion budget for the two years that began July 1 was built on oil prices and economic assumptions...
  • I Agree with What Rubio Said about Obama

    02/07/2016 7:35:41 AM PST · by poconopundit · 34 replies
    A Pictorial Satire, Free Republic ^ | 2/7/2016 | PoconoPundit
    Marco Rubio took a lot of heat for taking it to Obama last night. And I commend him for the courage to call Obama out for his sinister plot to destroy of America and turn it into Ann Coulter's "third world hellhole". However, there's also a high degree of incompetence in Obama's handling of foreign affairs. Below is an image and a satirical letter from Obama to his co-conspirators. A Satire: Obama's Secret Letter to his Co-Conspirators Now my co-conspirators, we are close to total victory now. The 19th century Barbary pirates of Tripoli had it all wrong....
  • Swiss real estate 'bubble risk' continues to rise

    02/07/2016 7:30:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 04 Feb 2016 20:02 GMT+01:00
    The risk of a real estate bubble occurring in several regions of Switzerland reached its highest level at the end of 2015 since the late 1980s, according to a report from UBS. The bank on Thursday said its Swiss Real Estate Bubble Index reached 1.41 points in the fourth quarter of last year, up from 1.34 in the third quarter and the highest rate in around 15 years. The Lake Geneva and Greater Zurich areas remain the most exposed regions in the country with the highest risk potential for a residential real estate bubble. Other exposed cities include Zug, Lucerne,...
  • On the Meaning of “Natural Born Citizen”

    02/07/2016 6:49:10 AM PST · by Robert DeLong · 83 replies
    Harvard Law Review ^ | Mar 11, 2015 | Neal Katyal & Paul Clement
    We have both had the privilege of heading the Office of the Solicitor General during different administrations. We may have different ideas about the ideal candidate in the next presidential election, but we agree on one important principle: voters should be able to choose from all constitutionally eligible candidates, free from spurious arguments that a U.S. citizen at birth is somehow not constitutionally eligible to serve as President simply because he was delivered at a hospital abroad. The Constitution directly addresses the minimum qualifications necessary to serve as President. In addition to requiring thirty-five years of age and fourteen years...
  • Clinton email scandal: Why it might be time for Democrats to draft Joe Biden

    02/07/2016 6:11:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/07/2016 | Colbert King
    The Hillary Clinton email issue is developing into a real whodunit, complete with Clintonesque legal semantics. "I never sent or received any material marked classified," she said with respect to the discovery of classified information on her private, unclassified email server. That surface denial nearly rivals Bill Clinton's classic: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." But this is no laughing matter. There is nothing trivial about a secretary of state having top-secret information on an unsecured computer in her home. That appears to have been the case, based on the State Department's announcement last week that 22...
  • Relief of Poverty: Four Centuries of Futility

    02/07/2016 5:32:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | John C. Goodman
    More than 400 years ago, the British adopted the Poor Law system, under which local communities were made responsible for the relief of poverty. For the next four centuries the Poor Laws were amended again and again, as the following argument went to and fro: Was the system providing necessary relief or was it in various ways interfering with the natural workings of the labor market by subsidizing idleness and encouraging indolence.At one point a royal commission recommended the following two tests: The less eligibility test: a pauper should have to enter a workhouse with conditions worse than that of...
  • Agencies Battle Over What Is ‘Top Secret’ in Hillary Clinton’s Emails(WTH?)

    02/07/2016 5:15:15 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 2/5/2016 | STEVEN LEE MYERS and MARK MAZZETTI
    Some of the skirmishes over Mrs. Clinton's emails reflect the disagreements in a post-9/11 era over what should be a government secret and what should not. Nonetheless, 22 emails on Mrs. Clinton's server were held back from a tranche made public last week. Those 22 emails were deemed so highly secret that State Department officials in this case agreed with the intelligence agencies not to release them even in redacted form.
  • Shattuck: On Radio Row, where anyone and anything can happen

    02/07/2016 5:09:38 AM PST · by calvincaspian · 3 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 02/07/16 | Tom Shattuck
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — I rode the elevator yesterday with a little white pig named Tazzy. The doors opened and in walked MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. He looked at the pig — who was looking right back at him — and quickly turned away. He couldn’t get off the elevator fast enough. This is radio row in New Hampshire, where seasoned politicians and reporters know anything can happen — including getting trapped in an exchange with a farm animal who, in this case, was supporting Bernie Sanders.
  • Hillary: Women Cannot be 'Establishment'

    02/07/2016 3:34:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Lifezette ^ | 2/05/16 | Brendan Kirby
    Hillary Clinton on Thursday said a woman cannot be considered part of the Establishment. Clinton offered the claim during a Democratic presidential debate with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Durham, New Hampshire. Sanders said Clinton "has the entire Establishment or almost the entire Establishment behind her. That's a fact." But Hillary said her sex makes that impossible. "Well, look, I've got to just jump in here because, honestly, Senator Sanders is the only person who I think would characterize me, a woman running to be the first woman president, as exemplifying the Establishment. And I've got to tell you that...
  • WI: Governor Walker Signs Constitutional Carry for Knives

    02/07/2016 3:27:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Knife Rights and Wisconsin Force worked together to pass a significant reform of antiquated knife laws in Wisconsin. Wisconsin knife laws date back to the muckraker days, when the media was able to pass nonsensical laws based on "trendy", "progressive", emotional notions rather than on common sense, or any consideration for the the Constitution. Wisconsin’s silly and dangerous switchblade ban dates to 1956. It has been used to fine, convict and incarcerate hundreds, if not thousands of people who were only exercising their Second Amendment rights.In 1998, Wisconsin finally finished the arduous process to pass a right to keep and...
  • Trump: I Would Support Women in Combat Roles

    02/07/2016 3:04:37 AM PST · by JediJones · 74 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 8/23/2015 | Todd Beamon
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Friday that he would support women in military combat roles, but would follow that advice from his military advisers "because I would want to hear that without a political bent." "The answer is yes because they're really into it," the billionaire businessman told Chris Cuomo on CNN. "And some of them are really, really good at it. "I would really speak to the generals, because I would want to hear that without a political bent," Trump cautioned. "To the public, they say, 'yes, yes, yes,' but I would want to hear it without the...
  • Cruz would consider restoring combat ban for women as president

    02/07/2016 2:56:04 AM PST · by JediJones · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/31/2016 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Cruz promised to take another look at the administration's decision late last year to open all positions to women. The administration's move ignored a request from the Marine Corps to keep some frontline combat positions male-only after some studies showed women were more likely to be injured and perform worse. "The Marine Corps request [for exceptions] must be reconsidered," Cruz wrote in response to a Center for Military Readiness survey released Sunday. "As long as the requirements are fair and universally applied, the military must always place the best person for the job at hand, whether male or female, but...
  • Paul Krugman Begs Liberals To Stop Bashing ObamaCare

    02/07/2016 2:33:44 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Investors ^ | 2/05/16 | JOHN MERLINE
    New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is a bit apoplectic that the left, which has always wanted single-payer health care, is still pushing for single-payer health care. "Why," he frets, "do we hear not just conservatives but also many progressives trashing President Obama's biggest policy achievement?" He goes on to say, "A lot of what I hear from the left is not so much a complaint about how the reform falls short as outrage that private insurers get to play any role. The idea seems to be that any role for the profit motive taints the whole effort." Krugman says...
  • Iowa Democratic Party rejects audit of caucus vote (cheating ticks off socialists)

    02/07/2016 1:57:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    World Socialist Web Site ^ | 2/06/16 | Barry Grey
    **SNIP** McGuire, whose state organization, like the national party apparatus, is solidly behind Clinton, rejected the request, telling the Register in an interview Tuesday, "These are the final results." Democrats have never released actual head counts in Iowa caucuses, and McGuire flatly said they would not be released this time either. On Thursday, the Register published an editorial headlined, "Something smells in the Democratic Party," denouncing state party officials for refusing to agree to an audit or release details of the voting. "What happened Monday night at the Democratic caucuses was a debacle, period," the Register wrote. "Democracy, particularly at...
  • Who Has the Best Tax Plan? - What gives Ted Cruz the edge

    02/07/2016 1:57:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 4, 2015 | Stephen Moore, economic consultant at Freedom Works and a Fox News contributor
    [snip]First, the Cruz plan would give America the lowest tax rates since the income tax was devised 100 years ago. For this reason, these plan are estimated by the Tax Foundation to grow the economy by a gigantic $2 trillion extra GDP per year after 10 years. That's exactly the opposite effect of the Hillary and Bernie show plans.Second, Cruz's plan eliminates almost all deductions and credits-which is how they get the rate so low. The IRS could be dramatically shrunk in size. Don't forget, when there are fewer deductions,there are fewer ways to cheat on your taxes. The lower...
  • North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbours, U.S.

    02/07/2016 1:24:48 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Reuters via MSN ^ | 2/07/16 | Ju-min Park, Shinichi Saoshiro
    SEOUL/TOKYO, Feb 7 (Reuters) - North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it has called a satellite, but its neighbours and Washington denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test. The U.S. Strategic Command said it had detected a missile entering space, and South Korea's military said the rocket had put an object into orbit. North Korea said the launch of its satellite Kwangmyongsong-4, named after late leader Kim Jong Il, was a "complete success" and that it was making a polar orbit of...
  • Ted Cruz is feeling the Bern! On the NH trail with the GOP's cute but sinister rebel firebrand

    02/07/2016 1:06:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Salon ^ | February 6, 2015 | Andrew O'Hehir
    SALEM, N.H. - Ted Cruz in person, on the campaign trail, is a study in contrasts. What I principally mean by that cliche is that Cruz makes a more plausible human being when seen up close than in his animatronic television appearances, but he does not resemble a human being who came into the world by the usual method. He's both cute and sinister, a highly discordant combination. He's like a marzipan man brought to life by the kiss of a magic fairy, stuffed into overly tight blue jeans and sent toddling into middle-school cafeterias in the middle of nowhere...
  • Hillary Clinton Says Banning Fossil Fuel Extraction on Public Lands a 'Done Deal'

    02/06/2016 10:18:17 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 6, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    Hillary Clinton said that banning fossil fuel extraction on public lands is a 'done deal,' the Hill reported. After Thursday night's Democratic debate in New Hampshire, an activist with the green group 350 Action asked Clinton whether she would support banning hydraulic fracturing if she were elected. While Clinton said the president doesn't have the authority to do that, she did say that supporting a ban on fossil fuel extraction on public lands was a done deal. "President Obama's Interior Department in January said it would halt new leases for coal mining on federal land while it figures out how...
  • 405 toll lanes may have been trigger for firing of WSDOT secretary Lynn Peterson

    02/06/2016 8:04:23 PM PST · by djwright · 9 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 2/6/2016 | Mike Lindblom
    In the end, state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson wasn’t derailed by nearly $400 million in Highway 520 bridge overruns, or even the two-year delay in the Highway 99 tunnel, a pair of projects that she inherited. Instead, the cardinal sin that Peterson and her department committed was to infuriate suburban motorists. Senate Republicans on Friday ousted Peterson without warning, by voting not to confirm her, three years after Gov. Jay Inslee appointed her. Blame a bumpy rollout of Interstate 405 express-toll lanes, which were meant to improve traffic flows in south Snohomish and northeast King counties. Instead, they moved some...
  • Tea Party Revolts Against Obama’s Budget as Debt Exceeds $19 Trillion

    02/06/2016 7:08:26 PM PST · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 04 February 2016 | Eric Pianin
    n what appears to be an extraordinary snub of White House budget director Shaun Donovan, the Republican chairs of the House and Senate Budget Committees announced on Thursday they would not host Donovan’s testimony on President Obama’s final budget submission next week. Obama will unveil his fiscal 2017 budget request next Tuesday, just barely meeting the statutory deadline for submitting a new budget to Congress. But Senate Budget Committee Chair Mike Enzi (R-WY) and House Budget Committee chief Tom Price (R-GA) issued a joint statement tonight saying Donovan wasn’t welcome to testify because the administration wasn’t serious about addressing the...
  • The Costs Of Medicaid Expansion Are Real And Often Much Larger Than Expected

    02/06/2016 6:34:44 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 19 January 2016 | Brian Blase
    The decision states face of whether to expand Medicaid to non-disabled, working-age, childless adults—the Affordable Care Act (ACA) primary expansion population— involves tradeoffs. These tradeoffs include higher taxes, reduced spending on items like education, transportation, or infrastructure, or reduced spending on other Medicaid populations such as the disabled, children, or the elderly. The ACA funding formula allows states to pass a much greater share of the costs of covering non-disabled childless adults to federal taxpayers, but the tradeoffs still exist. In a previous piece, I argued that states could have expanded Medicaid to this population before the ACA and received...
  • Right wing hardliner Ted Cruz in driving seat to be Republican candidate for White House

    02/06/2016 6:09:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Melbourne Herald Sun ^ | February 6, 2016 | Anna Caldwell in New York, News Corp Australia Network
    TED Cruz does things differently. That's precisely how the current contender for the White House first rose to national attention in the US. He got to his feet in the Senate and embarked on a 21 hour marathon speech, punctuated by bathroom breaks and reading aloud from a Dr Seuss book. This was his moment. It was 2013, and the dramatic stunt would precipitate the infamous US government shut down. The speech was intended by Cruz to delay key government business in a bid to make his opposition to Obamacare clear. Cruz, filling time, read Green Eggs and Ham aloud...
  • Fun with numbers: The real story behind the 4.9% unemployment report

    02/06/2016 5:24:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/06/2016 | Rick Moran
    On the surface, the January jobs numbers appear to be "not bad."  There were 151,000 jobs created, and the official unemployment rate dropped below 5%. But the story inside the numbers is really, really awful.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates job creation and loss using two different measurements: the Current Population Survey and "Establishment" data from the Current Employment Statistics.  Usually, the two measurements are roughly the same.  But how do you explain this, BLS? Consider these BLS numbers based on household data. In January, there were 25,328,000 "foreign born" workers employed, a one-month drop of 98,000. In January, there...
  • Why Did Obama Tell Brazen Lies at the Baltimore Mosque?

    02/06/2016 4:11:38 PM PST · by vekzen · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/6/16 | tom tandredo
    That President Obama told a series of brazen lies about Islam in his December 3 Baltimore speech is being well documented by experts on Islam. Obama bizarrely invented a new translation of the word “Islam” itself, saying incorrectly that the word comes from the same root as the Muslim word for peace — salam, as in, peace be with you. In fact, in Arabic, the word Islam means submission, not peace, meaning submission to Allah and the teachings of his prophet, Mohammad. Obama also misquoted Islamic scripture in parts of his speech, even going so far as to suggest that...