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  • Why Hillary Can't Be in the Moment

    04/18/2015 12:24:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife
    The American Thinker ^ | Doris O'Brien
    Watching Hillary Clinton reach out and touch ordinary Americans is excruciating. In working a crowd of regular folks, Hillary is fingernails on the blackboard in a pantsuit. It is difficult to imagine anyone more out of touch with their own affect, movement, and connection to the people around them. She is unable to talk, touch, listen or smile in a natural manner. She doesn't seem to know what to do with her hands, where to direct her eyes, her scope of awareness is restricted. A blind person with a stick would be better than Hillary Clinton at reading people around...
  • Protesters' Chants Filter Into Court's Immigration Action Hearing [Illegals Intimidating Judges]

    04/17/2015 11:35:24 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 2 replies
    NBCNews ^ | April 17, 2015 | SUZANNE GAMBOA
    Protesters' Chants Filter Into Court's Immigration Action Hearing BY SUZANNE GAMBOA A panel of federal appeals court justices peppered lawyers with questions Friday in a closely watched case that is holding up President Barack Obama's move to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. Throughout the hearing, chants and drumming by supporters of Obama's action who were protesting outside the courtroom filtered into the packed courtroom. A coalition of 26 states, led by Texas, sued to block Obama's action which also provides work permits to many of the immigrants who would get the deportation deferrals. The hearing was on an appeal...
  • Undocumented Immigrant Not A Criminal,’ California Attorney General Says [Next CA Senator?]

    04/17/2015 11:22:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    CBS(Local) ^ | April 17, 2015
    Undocumented Immigrant Not A Criminal,’ California Attorney General Says April 17, 2015 LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — California Attorney General Kamala Harris made waves this week after telling the San Francisco Chronicle that “an undocumented immigrant is not a criminal.” On Friday, in an exclusive interview with CBSLA, Harris echoed that comment. “An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal,” she reiterated. “I’m a career prosecutor. I’ve personally prosecuted everything from low-level offenses to homicides. Unfortunately, I know what crime looks like. I know what a criminal looks like who’s committing a crime. An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal.” Those comments,...
  • Obama demands 'welcoming' for illegals 'Centralized' plan needed to 'take care of their needs'

    04/17/2015 10:52:45 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    WND ^ | April 17, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Illegals being processed at the McAllen Border Patrol Station in Texas last year. President Obama’s White House Task Force on Creating Welcoming Communities unveiled its recommendations Friday for a national strategy to “integrate” millions of immigrants and refugees into cities and towns across the U.S. The chair of the task force, Obama’s domestic policy adviser Cecilia Muńoz, said her focus is on making sure Obama’s historic immigration policies get “institutionalized” so they will live on long after she and her boss are gone from the White House. Obama created the task force Nov. 21 when he announced his plan...
  • Blinded by laser-armed cops – scared yet? (Demilitarizing? Not so fast! Police on buying binge...)

    04/17/2015 9:44:39 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 27 replies
    WND ^ | April 17, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    The Z-Ro Retinal Obfuscation weapon mounted to a handgun. Last summer’s riots in Ferguson, Missouri, prompted much talk by President Obama and certain members of Congress about the need to demilitarize local police forces. Nearly a year later, the opposite is happening. New and more powerful weapons are flowing into local police departments daily, and still others are new to the marketplace. One weapon about to make its debut is the “Z-Ro Retinal Obfuscation” gun. When fired, the gun allows an officer to temporarily blind his targeted subject for up to 15 minutes. The new “compliance weapon” made a...
  • Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger in doubt, report claims (DOJ)

    04/17/2015 9:05:49 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 13 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 4/17/2015 | CNN Money
    A Bloomberg report on Friday cast new doubts on Comcast's long-gestating bid to buy Time Warner Cable. The news wire, citing anonymous sources, reported that "staff attorneys at the Justice Department's antitrust division are nearing a recommendation to block" the bid. The attorneys "could submit their review as soon as next week," Bloomberg said. Then the department's leadership will decide whether to act on the recommendation. The Justice Department declined to comment, and so did the other government agency that is reviewing the proposed merger, the Federal Communications Commission.
  • FBN’s Charles Payne: Obama Will Make a Push for Slave Reparations

    04/17/2015 7:41:57 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 85 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Jeff Poor
    On Thursday’s broadcast of Fox Business Network’s “Making Money,” host Charles Payne made a bold prediction when he suggested that President Barack Obama would make a push for slavery reparations. “The news is a glimpse of much bigger news that is going to come from the White House, next year, I’m leaning towards,” Payne said during his “Payne’s Passion” segment. “I think that there’s going to be an official apology from the White House to slavery in America and then a major push to get cash, and I’m talking lots of cash.” “Many including those closest to President Obama will...
  • Grassley to Holder: Why Is The VA Putting So Many Veterans on Your Federal Gun Ban List?

    04/17/2015 5:43:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 17, 2015 | Katie Pavlich, editor
    Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing deep concerns over Veterans Affairs evaluations classifying veterans as "mentally defective" and banning them in the federal background check system from purchasing or owning a firearm. According to Grassley's office, the VA "reports individuals to the gun ban list if an individual merely needs financial assistance managing VA benefits," keeping them from exercising their Second Amendment rights. (Bolding is mine) "The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is effectively a national gun ban list and placement on the list precludes...
  • William Shatner’s $30 Billion Kickstarter Campaign to Save California [Water Pipeline Seattle to LA]

    04/17/2015 5:19:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 79 replies
    YahooNews ^ | April 17, 2015 | David Pogue
    William Shatner’s $30 Billion Kickstarter Campaign to Save California David Pogue April 17, 2015 William Shatner. Wow. He’s 84 years old, looks 65, and juggles a schedule that would exhaust a team of 10. Book projects, TV projects, tech projects, horse-riding projects, charity projects. And his willingness to embrace the tech world is impressive; he’s got YouTube channels, he’s conducted Kickstarter projects, and he has a huge Twitter presence: more than 2 million followers. (He’s tweeted 30,000 times so far — and yes, it’s really him.) The hour he spent with me in a Yahoo Tech Mix interview wasn’t even...
  • The New York Times's Dumb Second Amendment Argument

    04/17/2015 4:49:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 17, 2015 | Mark Hemingway
    I understand that to many people who work at the New York Times, guns are frightening animistic objects. But Andrew Rosenthal, the editorial page editor of the Times, just took the following swipe at Ted Cruz, under the headline "Ted Cruz’s Strange Gun Argument," and it is his argument, not Ted Cruz's, that is strange to say the least: Americans who believe the Second Amendment gives them an individual right to own guns (as opposed to a more general right to bear arms, as our editorial board argues) often make cogent arguments for their position. I believe that allowing people...
  • State Rep. advocates arming domestic abuse victims (IN)

    04/17/2015 4:32:45 PM PDT · by digger48 · 8 replies
    wishtv ^ | April 17, 2015 | Jim Shella
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — State Rep. Jim Lucas is known for his defense of gun ownership and gun rights. Nevertheless, the Seymour Republican raised some eyebrows with comments made on the House floor Thursday. Every week this session, someone in the House presents a domestic violence fact in the effort to increase awareness regarding domestic abuse. Thursday, Lucas felt the need to react. Watch his statement in the video player above by clicking the play button. “There are options out there for women,” he said. “Applications for a license to carry a handgun are up significantly in the state of Indiana...
  • Supreme Summoning: Chief Justice John Roberts Called For Jury Duty [OJ Jury, It Is Not!]

    04/17/2015 4:18:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | April 17, 2015 | John Verhovek and Ariane de Vogue
    Supreme Summoning: Chief Justice John Roberts Called For Jury Duty By John Verhovek and Ariane de Vogue, CNN April 16, 2015 Washington (CNN)Most Americans often seek ways to avoid jury duty. But one potential juror in Maryland on Wednesday morning had quite the excuse. Chief Justice John Roberts was seen at a Montgomery County courthouse performing his civic duty as a prospective juror for a car crash case, according to a report first published by The Washington Post. Although Roberts ultimately was not chosen to serve on a jury, that's probably just as well, because oral arguments before the Supreme...
  • AFGE Activists in Texas Join the Nationwide Fight for 15 Movement

    04/17/2015 4:17:25 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 9 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | April 17, 2015 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    Activists from AFGE Local 1920, AFGE Local 2109, and AFGE District 10 rallied in solidarity at Fort Hood Army Base Wednesday in support of a $15/hour minimum wage and a union for all workers. They joined labor activists all across the country who protested on April 15 to demand higher wages for low-wage workers, including those employed by the federal government.“We’re standing up for our colleagues,” said Cheryl Eliano, AFGE District 10 National Vice President. “These dedicated workers support our troops every day, but can’t afford to support their own families.”AFGE stands in solidarity with the Fight for 15 campaign....
  • Five Points on the Iran Deal

    04/17/2015 3:21:25 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4-17-15 | William Kristol
    I've received several inquiries asking me to spell out some implications of this week's editorial. Here goes: 1) No deal is better than a bad Iran deal. And a bad Iran deal is not just a foreign policy setback. It's a foreign policy disaster. 2) The administration is heading toward a bad deal (see Kissinger-Schultz, and now even James Baker). 3) The Corker bill only helps, if it does, after a deal has been signed—and then 67 votes in the Senate and 290 in the House are needed to overturn a deal. That's unlikely. And a lot of damage in...
  • 10th Annual Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth: Words Matter [Luke 17]

    04/17/2015 3:19:25 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 2 replies
    IowaSafeSchools.org ^ | 4/2015 | Nate Monson, Executive Director, Iowa Safe Schools
    On April 3rd, Iowa Safe Schools held our 10th Annual Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth. The event hosted over 1,000 attendees including students, college-aged youth, educators, parents, faith leaders, mental health providers, and more who care about the well-being of LGBTQ students in our state. This year’s speakers included the former Prime Minister of Iceland and first out head of government in the modern era - Jóhanna Sigurđardóttir; the first out WWE Superstar Darren Young; and Abbe Land the CEO of The Trevor Project which is a national LGBTQ youth suicide prevention hotline. Our conference provides the only opportunity...
  • U.S. appeals court judges skeptical over lifting hold on Obama immigration order

    04/17/2015 2:57:56 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 17, 2015 4:07pm EDT | By Jonathan Kaminsky
    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Two conservative U.S. appeals court judges expressed skepticism on Friday over arguments to lift an injunction blocking President Barack Obama's efforts to overhaul immigration law without congressional action. Administration lawyers were in court to ask a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel to lift the injunction, issued in February by a federal judge in Texas, halting the president's executive action intended to shield 4.7 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.
  • Citi Economist Says It Might Be Time to Abolish Cash [Zech 5]

    04/17/2015 2:48:36 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 26 replies
    YaLibnan ^ | 4/17/2015 | Staff
    The world's central banks have a problem. When economic conditions worsen, they react by reducing interest rates in order to stimulate the economy. But, as has happened across the world in recent years, there comes a point where those central banks run out of room to cut — they can bring interest rates to zero, but reducing them further below that is fraught with problems, the biggest of which is cash in the economy. In a new piece, Citi's Willem Buiter looks at this problem, which is known as the effective lower bound (ELB) on nominal interest rates. Fundamentally, the...
  • U.S. appeals court judges skeptical over lifting hold on Obama immigration order

    04/17/2015 2:40:12 PM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 17 April 2015 | Jonathan Kaminsky
    Two conservative U.S. appeals court judges expressed skepticism on Friday over arguments to lift an injunction blocking President Barack Obama's efforts to overhaul immigration law without congressional action. Administration lawyers were in court to ask a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel to lift the injunction, issued in February by a federal judge in Texas, halting the president's executive action intended to shield 4.7 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The programs angered many Republicans who accused the president of executive overreach and granting amnesty to lawbreakers, but drew praise from immigrant rights advocates, more than 100 of whom rallied...
  • The King of Clubs is dead: Former Saddam henchman, ISIS commander, on US most-wanted list, killed

    04/17/2015 2:36:54 PM PDT · by dead · 33 replies
    A fugitive Iraqi militant leader and the former right-hand man of Saddam Hussein has reportedly been killed in a skirmish. Iraqi officials said Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri had died in fighting with government troops in Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad. Al-Douri, 72, headed the Naqshbandi Order insurgent group, an important faction behind the recent rise of ISIS. He was one of Saddam's most trusted henchmen, helping to lead his 1968 bloodless coup. Both Al-Douri and Saddam came from the same Tikriti tribal background. He was then deputy to Saddam when he was deposed following the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Following...
  • Ukrainian Parliament Bans Communist, Nazi Propaganda

    04/17/2015 2:05:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Ukraine's parliament has voted to ban "propaganda of the totalitarian communist and Nazi regimes," a major rebuke to the country's Soviet-era masters in Moscow and to Russia. A total of 254 members of the 450-seat Vekhovna Rada voted on April 9 in favor of the legislation in the former Soviet republic, which is deeply at odds with Russia over its annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in a conflict that has killed more than 6,000 people. Under the legislation, the communist government that ruled between 1917 and 1991 -- the Soviet era -- is condemned as a criminal regime...
  • 'Isis' among names removed from UN list of hurricane names

    04/17/2015 1:41:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/17/15
    'Isis' has been removed from the official list of names of future hurricanes as it was now deemed inappropriate because of the eponymous militant group, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday. As the name of an ancient goddess of Egypt, Isis had been on the WMO list of names for hurricanes in the eastern North Pacific in 2016, WMO spokeswoman Clare Nullis said. But ISIS is also used to describe the Islamic State militant group, whose forces have captured large swathes of Iraq and Syria and which stands accused by U.N. war crimes investigators of committing brutal...
  • Cities Push Back on Governor's Water Cutbacks

    04/17/2015 1:08:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    One water district manager says the plan fails to account for water-saving measures already in effect in some California communitiesCalifornia cities are pushing back against Gov. Jerry Brown's order for mandatory water use reductions, but it's not likely that regulators will retreat with the state in its fourth year of drought. The State Water Resources Control Board's proposal to meet Brown's order has some cities slashing water use by more than a third, and it will be updated in the coming days. Dozens of affected agencies say the expected reduction targets are overreaching, unrealistic and unfair. Calif. Sets Water Use...
  • Teens shocked by graphic content at anti-bullying conference (WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT)

    04/17/2015 12:04:10 PM PDT · by kingattax · 46 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Editor's note: WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT They thought the Iowa Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth was about anti-bullying. Instead, about 1,000 teenagers from more than 100 Iowa communities were treated to a profanity-laced performance by a drag queen along with graphic conversations on oral sex and a transgender tutorial on how to make fake testicles. The April 3rd conference was sponsored by Iowa Safe Schools, a non-profit group that creates “safe and supportive schools” for LGBTQ young people. Some parents were furious about some of the sexually explicit comments from paid speakers – including a comedian who told the high school...
  • Key Pro-Lynch Republicans Reject Reid's Maneuver

    04/17/2015 12:57:07 PM PDT · by don-o · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 17, 2015 | Sarah Mimms
    After weeks of waiting for Loretta Lynch's confirmation vote, Harry Reid is tired of waiting. With five Republicans already supporting her, the Democratic leader is planning to bypass Mitch McConnell next week and use a series of procedural measures to force their hands. But already two of the Republicans supporting Lynch say they're not having it. Although Sens. Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham plan to vote for Lynch to be the next attorney general, they say they have no interested in delivering a slap-in-the-face to their majority leader, McConnell, who has said he plans to bring up the nomination later...
  • State seizes 11-year-old, arrests his mother after he defends medical marijuana

    04/17/2015 12:39:20 PM PDT · by bigdaddy45 · 63 replies
    On March 24, cannabis oil activist Shona Banda‘s life was flipped upside-down after her son was taken from her by the State of Kansas. The ordeal started when police and counselors at her 11-year-old son’s school conducted a drug education class. Her son, who had previously lived in Colorado for a period of time, disagreed with some of the anti-pot points that were being made by school officials. “My son says different things like my ‘Mom calls it cannabis and not marijuana.’ He let them know how educated he was on the facts,” said Banda in an exclusive interview with...
  • Finally: Congress is Trying to Abolish The Death Tax

    04/17/2015 12:28:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    They say there are two things that are certain in life: death and taxes. If you're a Democrat, you can add death taxes to that list. The death tax, which was being phased out by President Bush from 2001-2008 but revived by the Obama administration in 2009, currently sits at 40 percent. More background from Heritage: Estate tax (death tax) repeal. The Bush tax cuts phased out the death tax. It was supposed to be completely eliminated after 2009. However, after being dormant for one year in 2009, the 2010 deal between President Obama and Congress brought it back to life at...
  • IBM Warns Louisiana Over 'Religious Freedom' Bill [LGBT Mafia Hijacks American Corporations]

    04/17/2015 12:19:00 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 63 replies
    CNN ^ | April 17, 2015 | Charles Riley
    IBM Warns Louisiana Over 'Religious Freedom' Bill By Charles Riley IBM has sent a letter to the governor of Louisiana warning that a pending religious freedom bill would create a hostile environment for the tech company's employees. "A bill that legally protects discrimination based on same-sex marriage status will create a hostile environment for our current and prospective employees, and is antithetical to our company's values," IBM vice president James Driesse wrote in a letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal. "IBM will find it much harder to attract talent to Louisiana if this bill is passed and enacted into law," Driesse...
  • Doctors are Becoming Government Agents

    04/17/2015 11:11:05 AM PDT · by Rona_Badger · 31 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | April 16, 2015 | James R. Goldberg
    Physicians are now required to care more about billing codes than your personal care. That’s right; over the last few years doctors have been forced into ignoring their sacred Hippocratic Oath. The US government and the insurance mafia have put their whips into the backs of physicians. Electronic medical records (EMRs) regulations, a key component of Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act), require doctors to quiz patients about matters which often have nothing to do with the care of their patients. The data which the government demands (but does not pay the doctors to collect) all merges into various government databases,...
  • Democrats’ civil war over free trade

    04/17/2015 10:41:30 AM PDT · by Theoria · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 16 April 2015 | Adam Behsudi
    The open in-fighting ramped up after a breakthrough on the historic bill was announced. The most important trade bill in a decade has pitted Harry Reid against President Barack Obama. Liberal Democrat Rosa DeLauro against moderate Democrat Ron Kind. Labor unions against pro-business Democrats. And Elizabeth Warren against virtually everyone who supports a landmark piece of legislation that would allow the president to close what could be the biggest free-trade deal in history. The open warring among Democrats over fast-track trade legislation, and the party’s broader existential crisis on free trade, grew more pronounced Thursday as senior lawmakers announced a...
  • Shocking images from cameras on Texas-Mexico border (Shortened)

    04/17/2015 10:34:41 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/17/15 | Wills Robinson
    Cameras placed along Texas' 1,200-mile border with Mexico have captured the stream of illegal immigrants sneaking into the country on a daily basis. The network of more than 1,000 motion detectors, similar to those used to film wildlife, have been placed strategically in areas that have not been secured - where Mexican citizens can cross and evade capture with ease. They helped border guards apprehend nearly 30,000 suspects and led to 88,400 pounds of drugs being seized in 2014 as part of Operation Drawbridge. The system has also had a significant impact on Mexican cartels and their ability to smuggle...
  • Oregon gold miners in BLM dispute call on armed supporters to stand down

    04/17/2015 10:23:14 AM PDT · by redreno · 13 replies
    http://www.oregonlive.com ^ | April 16, 2015 at 8:01 PM | AP
    GRANTS PASS -- A man who owns a gold-mining claim on federal land in southwestern Oregon asked for help defending it after U.S. authorities ordered him to stop work, but he is now telling his armed supporters to back off. Rick Barclay said Thursday that he hoped to prevent his fight with federal regulators from turning into the kind of high-profile standoff at a Nevada ranch last year. He initially called in a local chapter of constitutional activists known as the Oath Keepers because he thought the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would seize the equipment on his mining claim...
  • The Jujitsu of Same-Sex Marriage: One Last Surge of Reflection for the Court

    04/17/2015 10:23:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    First Things ^ | April 14, 2015 | Professor Hadley Arkes
    There has been no want of “writing on the wall” about the upcoming cases on marriage. Justice Clarence Thomas could not help but remark on the point that a majority of his colleagues had already, and gracelessly, signaled their “intended resolution of that question.” And yet, writers and lawyers on both sides continue to expend their genius in writing briefs for the Court, clinging to the possibility that the words they set down may yet tip the balance. But as the arguments pour forth, the curious asymmetry is that only one side is offering substantive arguments. Justice Kennedy has maintained...
  • House quietly passes tax exemption for megadonors

    04/17/2015 10:12:21 AM PDT · by Theoria · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 16 April 2015 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Hillary Flynn
    Major contributors like the Koch brothers and Tom Steyer would get a break on gift taxes to secretive non-profit groups. The House on Wednesday with little fanfare passed legislation that would protect major donors like the Koch brothers and Tom Steyer from having to pay gift taxes on huge donations to secret money political groups. The legislation, which now heads to the Senate, is seen by fundraising operatives as removing one of the few remaining potential obstacles to unfettered big-money spending by nonprofit groups registered under a section of the Tax Code — 501(c) — that allows them to shield...
  • NY Fed's "Plunge Protection Team" Starts Chicago Trading Floor "In Case Of Disaster..."

    04/17/2015 10:00:37 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4/15/15 | Tyler Durden
    What kind of natural disaster would be bad enough to completely shut down the operations of the New York Federal Reserve Bank? It would have to be something very unusual, and apparently the New York Fed is very concerned that such an event could happen. According to Reuters, the New York Fed has been transferring personnel to Chicago and building up its satellite office there just in case a “natural disaster” makes it impossible for normal operations to continue in New York…
  • Jeff Sessions: Help Low-Wage Workers By Controlling Immigration

    04/17/2015 9:51:53 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Caroline May
    Low-wage workers are rising up to protest their wages and call for a drastic increase in the minimum wage. The disgruntled, largely fast food, workers — spurred by labor organizations such as the Service Employees International Union — staged a rally this week calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. They insist the current economy is unfair to low-wage workers.
  • Eye in the sky: Local constables using drones to fight crime

    04/17/2015 9:30:08 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    KHOU ^ | 4/16/15
    The Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office is doing something that no other agency in Harris County is believed to have done yet: Use drones to help fight crime. It's an eye in the sky for law enforcement, without giving up the element of surprise. "It could absolutely save lives," says Constable Alan Rosen. Rosen says the agency's two new $1,200 drones, which have been in use for three weeks, are game changers in getting intel before serving search warrants, on SWAT situations and even looking for escaped inmates. "You're not gonna detect that the drone is there because it's...
  • Jeb Bush calls on Republicans to confirm Loretta Lynch

    04/17/2015 9:26:42 AM PDT · by PROCON · 52 replies
    politico.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Jeb Bush says that the Senate should confirm the nomination of Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s choice for attorney general. A number of Senate Republicans oppose her nomination. “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 night. The former Florida governor made sure to get in a few digs at current Attorney General Eric Holder, saying that Republicans should consider that the longer it takes to confirm Lynch, the longer Holder stays.
  • Deesha Dyer named the new White House social secretary

    04/17/2015 9:26:12 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 17 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Helena Andrews
    Today the White House announced that Deesha Dyer, a 37-year-old Philadelphia native who began her career at 1600 Penn. as a 31-year-old intern in 2009, will be the Obama administration’s third social secretary. Very little is known about Dyer, who previously held the title of deputy social secretary, functioning as the outgoing social secretary Jeremy Bernard’s right-hand woman. Dyer, who will be the second African American woman to hold the top social post, has maintained a low profile in Washington since arriving six years ago — an unwritten rule for a job that’s conducted 99 percent behind-the-scenes. “Deesha was selected...
  • PHOTO: School blames ‘poor lighting’ for paltry Michelle O lunch

    04/17/2015 9:25:31 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    EAG News ^ | 04/17/15 | Kyle Olson
    He says it’s in compliance with the federal lunch rules championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. “The meal in this photo and other meals served by Portsmouth Public Schools meet nutritional and USDA requirements,” according to the food service coordinator. An unscientific poll by WAVY found 92.3 percent of respondents (10,138 people) did not believe the lunch was “acceptable.”
  • Obama administration “declined to organize a rescue mission” for Americans in Yemen?

    04/17/2015 9:22:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/17/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The collapse of Yemen into a failed state has trapped between 3,000 and 4,000 American citizens in the country, caught between al-Qaeda and Houthi Islamists and the military action against both from Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Almost until the moment that the Hadi government was put to flight, the White House has insisted that its counterterrorism efforts in Yemen had been a model of success. The final collapse appears to have caught the Obama administration so off-guard that it didn’t have time to organize an evacuation for Americans still left, and McClatchy’s John Zarocostas reports that no rescue plans...
  • Marco Rubio supports Corker's dangerous Obama nuclear weapons treaty with Iran

    04/17/2015 8:58:45 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 15 replies
    ConservativeHQ ^ | 4/16/15 | George Rasley
    Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s just-announced presidential campaign was in large measure base on three pillars; his compelling immigrant family story, his claim on conservative support as one of the 2010 Tea Party wave election’s brightest stars and his commitment of righting the foreign policy failures and world chaos wrought by President Obama and his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Yet, in his first post announcement test – the vote on the dangerous Iran nuclear weapons treaty bill put forward by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker – Rubio voted for that dangerous bill and failed to take...
  • "Probably Yes": Alan Grayson Likely To Run For Rubio's Seat

    04/17/2015 8:56:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 4/17/2015 | Daniel Doherty
    Rep. Alan Grayson – the fiery leftist from the great state of Florida – is likely to run for Senate in 2016, he said in a recent interview: Outspoken U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson will “probably yes” run for U.S. Senate in 2016, leading to an ideological primary battle against the announced candidate Patrick Murphy, a more centrist Democrat. Grayson, an Orlando Democrat popular in liberal circles, made the comment during an online Democracy Now! video. A number of factors have ostensibly come together for the progressive firebrand. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz isn’t running for the seat (an apparent precondition for...
  • Walker Support Solid, Establishment Favorite Bush Struggles in N.H.

    04/17/2015 8:56:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | April 17, 2015 | Mike Flynn
    As the Republican presidential candidates gather this weekend in New Hampshire, they’re all chasing a midwestern governor. The latest survey of New Hampshire Republicans, by liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling, finds Wisconsin’s Scott Walker with a strong lead at 24 percent, followed by a rising Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Establishment favorite Jeb Bush is currently mired in fourth place, with 10 percent support, a drop from the last PPP poll of the first-in-the-nation primary state. Other polls show the race remains tight. The RealClearPolitics average has Walker at 19 percent, followed by Bush at 15 percent and Sen. Rand Paul at...
  • Jeb Bush Tells Congress to Approve Obama Amnesty Supporter Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

    04/17/2015 8:51:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 4/17/2015 | 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:
  • Senate GOP joins Dems in backing marriage benefits for same-sex ‘spouses’

    04/17/2015 8:18:46 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 40 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/16/15 | Dustin Siggins
    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- The Republican Party's platform formally supports natural marriage. But in what may be a sign of the times, the GOP-controlled Senate has approved a non-binding resolution in support of granting marriage benefits to couples who have contracted same-sex “marriages.” The resolution asked the Senate's budget negotiators to make sure that "all legally married same-sex spouses have equal access to the Social Security and veterans' benefits they have earned and receive equal treatment under the law pursuant to the Constitution." Approved by a voice vote, the resolution received no opposition by any senators, nor...
  • PERS reform bill author touts alternative to pensions (Nevada)

    04/17/2015 8:18:25 AM PDT · by redreno · 1 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | April 15, 2015 - 1:41pm | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — A state lawmaker pushing for major changes to the state public employee retirement plan told a committee Wednesday that long-term workers would do better under his proposal than with the current defined-benefit pension plan. Assemblyman Randy Kirner, R-Reno, testified in support of his Assembly Bill 190 in front of the Ways and Means Committee. The bill would establish a new hybrid retirement plan for public employees hired as of July 1, 2016. The bill is fiercely opposed by public employee groups who argue the existing Public Employees Retirement System plan is well-managed and does not need to...
  • VIDEO: Young workers not convinced by $15/hour minimum wage campaign

    04/17/2015 8:13:57 AM PDT · by Kyle Olson · 8 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 4/17/15 | Olaf Ekberg
    Not all younger workers are swayed by the sweet temptation of a $15 an hour minimum wage being pushed by several unions across the country. Media Trackers hit the streets of Milwaukee this week to gauge reaction from college-aged residents on a protest demanding a dramatic hike in the minimum wage. “I get minimum wage kind of sucks and everything, but at the same time, I saw a sign trying to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. You try doing something like that, and gas is going to be $10 a gallon, so it doesn’t really fix a...
  • Follow Sweden: Kill the Inheritance Tax Now

    04/17/2015 7:43:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/17/2015 | The Editors
    Class warriors on the left argue that the United States should be more like Sweden, and we agree: Senate Republicans should move forward with a plan to repeal the inheritance tax, which the House passed Thursday. Sweden had an inheritance tax for 110 years, and though the rate was sometimes quite high, the tax never became an important source of revenue. In the United States, the hated death tax produces only a fraction of a percentage point of federal revenue, though it imposes very heavy costs on a small number of families and businesses. In Sweden, the tax provoked various...
  • Planned fallen soldier monument in Mich. veterans memorial causes controversy over prominence of gun

    04/17/2015 7:37:12 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 15, 2015 | Fox News
    A veterans group wants to complete the Veterans Memorial in Milford's Central Park with a fallen soldier monument, but the Village Council isn't sure the piece — which features a pair of boots and a helmet atop an M-16 rife — is an appropriate focal point for the park. Bear Hall, founder and chairman of the local Friends of American Veterans (FAV), approached the council earlier this month hoping for approval of the plan. The group wants to place a fallen solder memorial – also known as a battle field cross – at the end of the brick paver walkway...
  • Bill Clinton Housing Policy Wrecked Economy, Not the 1%

    04/17/2015 7:29:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    IBD ^ | 04/17/2015
    With typical gall, Hillary Clinton in her campaign launch lit into "those at the top" for "stacking" the deck against middle-class families when in fact they are buried under the house of cards built by her husband. Earth to Hillary: It wasn't the richest 1% or Wall Street bankers who crashed the economy and created financial wreckage from which working Americans "have fought" to dig themselves out of. No, that path to destruction was set by Bill Clinton and his social housing policies. The evidence is overwhelming that Clinton was the architect of the financial disaster that wiped out trillions...