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  • WSJ Reporter To Hillary: ‘Hill, Can I Ride On Your Lap To The White House?’

    05/22/2015 4:53:27 PM PDT · by lbryce
    Daily Caller ^ | May 22, 2015 | Kerry Picket
    *Updated with more e-mail reaction An e-mail FOIA batch released by the State Department Friday included a bizarre transcript of an October 2012 interview that Wall Street Journal reporter Monica Langley had with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The source of the email and transcript, State Department Communications Director Caroline Alder, commented, “This will be exciting when it’s FOIA’d…but will give you a sense of the interaction.”
  • Senate locked in evening NSA showdown

    05/22/2015 4:19:45 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/22/2015 | Juliam Hatem
    The Senate is headed for a pair of late Friday evening votes on competing bills to reauthorize portions of the Patriot Act, with little certainty about the path forward. Neither a National Security Agency (NSA) reform bill called the USA Freedom Act nor Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) two-month “clean” extension of the expiring Patriot Act provisions appears to have the necessary 60 votes to move forward. Failure of both measures would increase the odds of an even shorter-term reauthorization of the current law — or the chance that the legal measures expire entirely. “We’re just trying to figure out...
  • State Department Email Reveals Bizarre Touchy Feely WSJ Reporter Interview With Hillary

    05/22/2015 3:56:49 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 22, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Oh Hillary! Can I ride on your lap to the White House? I know President Obama sends tingles up Chris Mathews' leg so can I go knee to knee with you and draw upon your energy? Oh Hillary...what do you eat? Drink? Dream about when you sleep? Am I describing an awestruck liberal who goes dreamy eyed in the presence of Hillary Clinton? What if I were tell you that the scenario I just described actually happened and the dreamy eyed one was Wall Street Journal reporter, Monica Langley? Still don't believe me? Well, that is the scenario that Clinton aides described...
  • OREGON - BLM Hosts Open House in Klamath Falls on Western Oregon Draft RMP-EIS

    05/22/2015 3:13:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    BlueRibbon Coalition ^ | May 20, 2015
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Klamath Falls Field office of the Lakeview District will be hosting an open house to learn about the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Western Oregon. The open house meeting will be held the evening of May 26, 2015, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel located at 2500 Almond Street, Klamath Falls, Oregon. BLM employees will be on hand to answer questions, provide information and listen to concerns. There will also be a demonstration on how to use the interactive maps and other online resources...
  • U.S. Gives $7 Bil in Food Benefits to “Ineligible Recipients”

    05/22/2015 2:00:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 22, 2015
    The bloated federal agency charged with feeding the poor—and eradiating “food insecurity” in the U.S.—blew nearly $7 billion to provide “ineligible recipients” with the welfare benefit and there appears to be no end in sight to the fleecing. In fact, the agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has for years violated a measure known as the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (IPERA) that requires agencies to conduct annual risk assessments to identify programs that make “significant improper payments” of $10 million or more. Not only has the USDA violated IPERA in the last four years, it also refuses...
  • E-mails: Hillary knew that State Department asked YouTube to block anti-Muslim movie overseas

    05/22/2015 1:34:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/22/2015 | AllahPundit
    Not that there was ever much doubt. Three days after the Benghazi attack, the White House admitted it had pressured Google and YouTube to yank “Innocence of Muslims” as some sort of terms-of-use violation. Google refused. A week after that, having failed to twist a major corporation’s arm into censoring a politically unhelpful bit of free speech on its behalf, the State Department started running ads in Pakistan denouncing the movie, in hopes that jihadi savages would be appeased by the show of national contrition and not target any more embassies. Also around this time, YouTube did agree to...
  • NIH funded gay smoking study with taxpayers’ money

    05/22/2015 12:45:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 21, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    The National Institutes of Health is using hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on grants to study the best ways to get gay people to quit smoking and abusing drugs and alcohol. The University of Illinois at Chicago has spent over $435,000 since 2010 to carry out a “culturally targeted and individually tailored smoking cessation study” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) smokers, according to the grant information published by the NIH. Additionally, NIH gave the University of Pittsburgh $43,120 to study tobacco and alcohol use trajectories in “sexual-minority emerging adults” and has awarded over $178,000 to Columbia University...
  • Got Obamacare? Your premiums are (probably) about to go way up

    05/22/2015 12:25:53 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 26 replies
    TIME ^ | May 22, 2015 | Chris Matthews
    Health insurers on many state exchanges are requesting the right to increase premiums by upwards of 50%. President Obama’s signature legislative achievement–the healthcare law popularly known as Obamacare–is facing a potentially existential fight in the Supreme Court in 2015. But it’s not just the courts that supporters of the program need to worry about. According to a report published Friday in the The Wall Street Journal, health insurers are requesting the right in many states to increase premiums by upwards of 50%. Health Care Service Corp.–the leading health insurer in New Mexico, has asked state regulators to allow it to...
  • The danger of climate denial - It's no laughing matter

    05/22/2015 12:22:59 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 63 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | May 22, 2015 | staff
    It's Memorial Day, and the forecast is for renewed mocking and derision regarding man-made climate change from the know-nothing, science-averse wing of the Republican Party. President Barack Obama's warning—issued during his commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremonies Wednesday—that climate change represents a national security threat seems certain to provoke that kind of stormy reaction.[SNIP]Among the Republicans running for president, climate change denial is the current mode of thinking for most....it's hard to see anyone in the crowd calling for military preparedness. Mostly, the candidates appear interested in sidestepping the topic (albeit in a disapproving manner)..The result...
  • Flying as Close to the Flame as Hillary Dares(Everything About the Clintons Is a Lie)

    05/22/2015 12:18:31 PM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 22, 2015 | Wesley Pruden
    Everything about the Clintons, both Hillary and Bubba, is a lie, including (to steal a memorable line from the author Mary McCarthy) the “a,” the “and,” and the “the.” Neither Bubba nor Hillary know how to tell the truth, but both of them are masters at spinning the lie. The dump of some of Hillary’s official emails this week reveals just how she operated as the secretary of State, employing an old courtier to help her deceive and distort the facts about her role in hanging an American ambassador out to die in Benghazi. Mrs. Clinton not only set up...
  • Mr. President, Giving Spiritual Counsel To Ministers Is Above Your Pay Grade

    05/22/2015 12:10:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/22/2015 | Michael Brown
    Mr. President, With due respect for your office and the tremendous responsibilities you face, I must take strong exception to comments you made at a recent Evangelical-Catholic leadership summit. Those comments were unhelpful, inaccurate, unbiblical, and, sad to say, hypocritical. During a panel discussion, you urged these leaders to spend less time on “divisive” issues like abortion and redefining marriage, putting more emphasis instead on dealing with poverty. Speaking as a professing Christian, you said, “When it comes to what are you really going to the mat for, what’s the defining issue, when you’re talking in your congregations, what’s the...
  • State Department Releases 1stBatch of Clinton Emails (Available Online)

    05/22/2015 11:56:58 AM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 22, 2015 | Staff
    The State Department has released 296 emails from Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, in the first batch of emails to be made public. The emails, just a fraction of what the department has in its custody, show internal communications before and after the Benghazi terror attack in 2012. One email to Clinton, regarding one of then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's TV appearances the Sunday after the attack, appeared to praise her for reflecting their "view" that the attack started "spontaneously." Despite this email,other guidance has emerged showing Clinton and others were warned shortly after the attack that it may...
  • Delusional Obama links Climate Change And Terrorism

    05/22/2015 10:14:08 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    American THinker ^ | May 22, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    President Obama’s assertion in his commencement address to cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy that the rise of ISIS in Syria and Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the brutality of both, is somehow linked to climate change shows just how dangerously detached from reality U.S. foreign policy has become. For those who wondered why upwards of two hundred thousand have died in Syria, Boko Haram abducts Christian schoolgirls, and ISIS beheads and burns people alive in its reign of terror, the president placed a major part of the blame on fossil fuels and your SUV. I understand climate change...
  • Obama to issue flurry of energy regulations this summer

    05/22/2015 10:09:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 22, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    This summer will be busy for the Obama administration’s energy and environmental regulators, with numerous high-profile rule releases planned. Between June and August, regulators hope to fill out the Obama administration’s agenda with major rules on greenhouse gases, the oil and natural gas sectors, coal production, and other policy priorities, according to a rule-making schedule released by the White House late Thursday. The administration’s main climate change rule from the Environmental Protection Agency, which would slash greenhouse gases in the power sector by 30 percent, is due out in August. That aligns with the timeline EPA officials, including Administrator Gina...
  • ISIS controls 50 percent of Syria after takeover of Palmyra [Isaiah 17]

    05/22/2015 9:59:45 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/21/2015 | Staff
    The Islamic State terror group now controls over half of Syrian territory after seizing the village and archaeological site of Palmyra Thursday, activists monitoring Syria's civil war said. Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told the Associated Press the extremists overran the archaeological site, just to the southwest of the modern settlement on Palmyra, shortly after midnight local time. In Damascus, state TV acknowledged that pro-government forces had withdrawn from the town. A Facebook page close to ISIS published a statement Thursday, purportedly from the group, saying "the soldiers of the Islamic State" completed their control...
  • State Dep’t: We Never Called ISIS ‘Ragtag’

    05/22/2015 9:44:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 5/22/2015 | Patrick Goodenough
    The Obama administration has never described the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) as a “ragtag” group, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Thursday, after describing the fall of Ramadi to the jihadist group as a “serious setback” but also saying that any conflict will have “ebbs and flows.” During a press briefing days after ISIS seized Ramadi in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria, Harf sparred with an Arab reporter over ISIS’ advances, differing with him over how much territory it now controls, how the administration views the group, and the relative strategies of ISIS and the U.S.
  • Inside the Ring: Memo outlines Obama’s plan to use the military against citizens

    05/22/2015 9:37:52 AM PDT · by kimtom · 30 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com ^ | May 28, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    A 2010 Pentagon directive on military support to civilian authorities details what critics say is a troubling policy that envisions the Obama administration’s potential use of military force against Americans. The directive contains noncontroversial provisions on support to civilian fire and emergency services, special events and the domestic use of the Army Corps of Engineers. The troubling aspect of the directive outlines presidential authority ........
  • Loretta Lynch: US Will Be ‘Less Safe’ If Congress Doesn’t Reauthorize Patriot Act

    05/22/2015 9:29:15 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    CBS DC ^ | 05/22/15
    Attorney General Loretta Lynch believes the United States will be “less safe” if Congress doesn’t reauthorize the Patriot Act. Speaking to “CBS This Morning,” Lynch expressed concerns about not allowing the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records. “My biggest fear … is that we will lose important eyes on people who have made it clear … that their mission is to harm American people here and abroad,” Lynch said She continued, “I think that we run the risk … of essentially being less safe. I think that we lose important tools. I think that we...
  • New Mexico ranchers, farmers sue over jaguar border habitat

    05/22/2015 9:17:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 21, 2015 | RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    The setting aside of critical habitat for the endangered jaguar in New Mexico was an “unlawful, arbitrary and capricious” action by federal authorities and needs to be overturned, a new lawsuit says. ... In March 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service set aside nearly 1,200 square miles along the U.S.-Mexico border as habitat essential for the conservation of the jaguar. Federal officials acknowledged last year when they made the designation that no female jaguars or breeding had been documented in the U.S. in more than 50 years. ... Reed Hopper, another attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation, said the federal...
  • A Smorgasbord of Head-shakers

    05/22/2015 9:03:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    Other than about a billion things, I'm feeling pretty upbeat about the current state of our nation under the leadership of those whose worldview and priorities I simply cannot fathom. I would prefer not to be negative -- even less so to be pessimistic and, still less, cynical -- but current trends warrant serious concern. In the end, it's not negative, pessimistic or cynical to point out egregious conditions, especially if your aim is to alert your fellow citizens to the gravity of the problems and help ignite conditions that would put in place a plan to reverse this insanity....
  • Biden To The Navy: ‘Our Forces Will Have To Be Ready’ For Climate Change

    05/22/2015 8:59:57 AM PDT · by kimtom · 43 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/ ^ | 22 May 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Speaking at a Commencement Ceremony for the Naval Academy today, Vice President Joe Biden warned graduates that they would have to be prepared for the devastating effects of climate change. “We’ll rely on you, the United States Navy, to lead in solving these emerging problems,” he said,.......
  • Appeals courts shoot down Catholic groups in contraception mandate cases

    05/22/2015 8:59:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/22/2015 | Gabriel Malor
    It was a rough week for Catholic groups arguing that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects them from being forced to facilitate the provision of contraception to their employees in violation of the groups’ religious beliefs. As you might recall, religious liberty won big at the Supreme Court last year, when the court held that forcing religious businesses to provide contraception in their healthcare plans violated RFRA. But there was a second line of cases that I’ve been referring to as the “accommodation cases,” in which religious groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor, Catholic universities like...
  • Archives show Hillary Clinton OK'd tax breaks for nonprofits

    05/22/2015 8:57:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/22/15 | Stephen Braun and Jack Gillam - AP
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As first lady in the final year of the Clinton administration, Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed a White House plan to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors at the same time the William J. Clinton Foundation was soliciting donations for her husband's presidential library, recently released Clinton-era documents show. ... White House documents in the Clinton Library reviewed by The Associated Press show Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton were kept apprised about a tax reduction package that would have benefited donors, including those to his presidential library, by reducing their tax burden....
  • The Living Wage Diaspora

    05/22/2015 8:46:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 22, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Believe it or not there is actual evidence that illegal immigration does depress wages for the native-born but you are not likely to hear about it in the multitude of classes that touch on various “diasporas.” “In studies at meat-packing plants, when illegal immigrants are taken out, wages went up,” Professor Philip Cafaro pointed out in a panel discussion at the National Press Club last Thursday sponsored by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). Cafaro teaches philosophy at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He has amassed a multitude of research on the subject, much of it on display in...
  • Why Warren Buffett thinks a $15 minimum wage will 'reduce employment in a major way

    05/22/2015 8:27:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/22/2015 | JAMES PETHOKOUKIS, AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE
    Wise words from Warren Buffett. The Oracle of Omaha predicts how the rush to sharply raise the minimum wage will end. (Spoiler: badly for the people the policy purports to help.) And Buffett also offers a smart alternative to help low-income workers: In my mind, the country's economic policies should have two main objectives. First, we should wish, in our rich society, for every person who is willing to work to receive income that will provide him or her a decent lifestyle. Second, any plan to do that should not distort our market system, the key element required for growth...
  • Kerrie Orozco's Killing: Police Radio Captures Omaha Officer's Fatal Shooting

    05/22/2015 8:24:56 AM PDT · by areukiddingme1 · 2 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 21st 2015, 10:36 pm | M. Alex Johnson
    Orozco, 29, a seven-year Omaha police veteran who was working as a detective with the department's fugitive task force, died Wednesday from a gunshot wound that struck her in the chest just above the her bulletproof vest, police said Thursday.
  • Letter presses feds to keep mine open ( Colorado)

    05/22/2015 8:24:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | May 21, 2015 | Gary Harmon
    The U.S. Department of the Interior should do all it can to keep open the Colowyo coal mine in northwest Colorado, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and Sen. Cory Gardner, both Colorado Republicans, said in a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. ... Colowyo Mine employs 220 people in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties and has a payroll of about $20 million, Tipton wrote to Jewell, asking that Interior react quickly to a federal court ruling that could force closure of the mine. “The adverse effects of shutting down this mine go beyond the jobs at the mine that would be...
  • Dear GOP: Don’t Work with Obama — STOP HIM!

    05/22/2015 8:21:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/22/2015 | Michael Walsh
    GOP hacks like the loathsome Mitch McConnell and Weepy John Boehner seem to think the GOP needs to show it can “govern” — by which they mean push various pieces of crappy legislation through their respective chambers — before voters will trust them with the keys to the White House. Meanwhile, the public keep screaming: STOP OBAMA! The new Republican-led Congress is drawing harsh reviews from the public – including most Republicans. Just 23% of Americans say congressional Republicans are keeping the promises they made during last fall’s campaign, while 65% say they are not. Nearly four-in-ten (37%) say the...
  • Senate Narrowly Advances President Obama's Trade Bill: Here???s Why It Was So Close

    05/22/2015 8:12:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 5/22/2015 | ARLETTE SAENZ
    The Senate narrowly advanced a bill that would give President Obama the ???fast-track??? authority to negotiate trade deals with foreign partners. Sixty votes were needed to move forward with the measure, and the Senate voted 62 to 38 in favor of invoking cloture -- setting up a vote on final passage for this week before the Senate leaves for Memorial Day recess.
  • Health Insurers Seek Hefty Rate Boosts

    05/22/2015 7:58:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 21, 2015 | Louise Radnofsky
    Proposals set the stage for debate over federal health law’s impact. Major insurers in some states are proposing hefty rate boosts for plans sold under the federal health law, setting the stage for an intense debate this summer over the law’s impact. In New Mexico, market leader Health Care Service Corp. is asking for an average jump of 51.6% in premiums for 2016. The biggest insurer in Tennessee, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, has requested an average 36.3% increase. In Maryland, market leader CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield wants to raise rates 30.4% across its products. Moda Health, the largest insurer on the...
  • Cruz: Democrats' Devotion to ‘Gay Marriage … Trumps Any Allegiance to Religious Liberty’

    05/22/2015 7:46:39 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 27 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 21, 2015 | Penny Starr
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke at the Family Research Council's annual Watchmen on the Wall pastors' retreat on May 21, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Thursday that Democrats are putting the homosexual rights agenda ahead of religious liberty. “The modern Democratic Party has become so radical, so extreme that they have determined that their devotion to mandatory gay marriage in all 50 states trumps any allegiance to religious liberty under the First Amendment,” Cruz said at the Family Research Council’s annual pastor retreat in Washington, D.C. Cruz, who has already launched his campaign for...
  • Skeptical Academics & Questionable Research

    05/22/2015 7:25:50 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 21, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    In the final decade of the Cold War, President Reagan urged Americans to “trust by verify” when engaged in arms control negotiations with the Soviet Union. When digesting academic research, it might be a good idea to reverse this formula and verify first, and then, if possible, trust, the information offered. Case in point: Harvard historian Naomi Oreskes. In a chapter in the book How Well Do Facts Travel? Oreskes attempts to unearth a connection between global warming skeptics and the energy industry, specifically a company called Western Fuels. Oreskes asserts that she has in her possession “leaked Western Fuels...
  • Wait, you’re telling me the government can just come in and take my stuff?

    05/22/2015 7:14:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/22/2015 | Matt Vespa
    On Monday, FreedomWorks and the Center for American Progress (CAP) joined forces to invite bloggers, writers, and some think-tank analysts for a daylong conference on justice reform. One of the aspects I liked about the conference is that it shows on some issues the left and right can agree. It’s disconcerting that we’ve gradually lost the ability to have a conversation with one another–the Indiana RFRA fiasco is a result of this decay in public discourse. So, it didn’t end like the Red Wedding­; it didn’t even turn out like the end of Gangs of New York. In fact,...
  • Chris Mathews On Hillary: FDR Was "Very Secretive And Manipulative"

    05/22/2015 7:10:43 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 34 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews wondered if since Franklin Roosevelt “was very secretive and manipulative” knowing that Hillary “is secretive” is “going to help us get any further here” on Thursday.
  • Scott Walker Redefines What Constitutes A ‘Flip-Flop’

    05/22/2015 7:06:57 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    Asked by Fox News’ Bret Baier about his “flip-flop” on immigration reform, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker responded by unilaterally redefining the term: “A flip would be someone who voted on something — and did something different,” he averred.This is really a remarkable example of political spin. According to Walker’s definition, you can change your mind as many times as you want — on as many hot-button issues as possible — so long as your past public support didn’t involve casting a vote. It’s a pretty convenient argument for a Midwestern county executive, turned governor, to make (although, even this deserves an asterisk).This new rule would...
  • ‘Cruzed’! Cruz crushes Hagel; Chuck Todd, other lapdogs slam Cruz

    05/22/2015 7:01:30 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 23 replies
    MaxInfoToGo.com ^ | May 22, 2015
    Ted Cruz is using Chuck Hagel to destroy Chuck Hagel. This is brilliant. #Hagel— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) January 31, 2013 Ted Cruz just pummeled Chuck Hagel…— NoSoup4u (@gstokes13) January 31, 2013 Indeed. Senator Cruz continued his streak of awesome during his questioning of Chuck Hagel at his Secretary of Defense hearing.Ted Cruz notes that Hagel hasn’t been transparent and cooperative with the committee.— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) January 31, 2013 Cruz hits Hagel for lack of disclosure on speeches — transcripts, who paid him, where the money come from.— Andrew Stiles (@AndrewStilesNRO) January 31, 2013 Senator Ted Cruz is smacking...
  • How Scott Walker and His Allies Hijacked the Wisconsin Supreme Court

    05/22/2015 6:33:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | May 22, 2015 | Pema Levy
    For three years, Wisconsin prosecutors have been investigating whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker broke campaign finance laws as he battled a 2012 recall effort sparked by his push for a law that undercut the power of public sector unions. Prosecutors allege that Walker and his aides illegally coordinated with conservative groups that were raising money and running ads to support Walker and his Republican allies. At least one group at the center of the probe, the Wisconsin Club for Growth, has gone to court to stop the investigation. Its fate now rests with the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which will rule...
  • FBI admits no major cases cracked with Patriot Act snooping powers

    05/22/2015 6:19:27 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    FBI agents can’t point to any major terrorism cases they’ve cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Thursday that could complicate efforts to keep key parts of the law operating. Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said that between 2004 and 2009, the FBI tripled its use of bulk collection under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows government agents to compel businesses to turn over records and documents, and increasingly scooped up records of Americans who had no ties to official terrorism investigations. The FBI did...
  • Obama: We Are Not Losing War Against ISIS – Loss of Ramadi Just a “Setback”

    05/22/2015 6:09:39 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 05/21/15 | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama says,“We’re not losing,” the war against ISIS in Iraq. Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, May 21, 2015, 10:54 PM Barack Obama says,“We’re not losing,” the war against ISIS in Iraq. Baghdad Barack Tell that to the Ramadi refugees. After ISIS takes Ramadi, Iraq and Palmyra, Syria, Barack Obama insists we are not losing. Yahoo reported: US President Barack Obama has described the loss of key Iraqi territory to Islamic State as a tactical setback, while insisting the war against the jihadist group is not being lost. “I don’t think we’re losing,” Obama said in an interview with...
  • Waco police 'can't wait' for video to combat conspiracies

    05/22/2015 6:00:53 AM PDT · by McGruff · 118 replies
    WFAA ^ | May 21, 2015 | Josh Davis
    Waco police took issue with online conspiracy theories regarding Sunday's shooting at a Twin Peaks restaurant, with a spokesman saying Thursday the department "can't wait" to show the public "what truly happened." Police have said after a disturbance in the parking lot Sunday, a fight began in the restaurant's bathroom that quickly escalated into an armed brawl and shootout that left nine motorcycle gang members dead and another 18 injured. According to Waco police, the deadly altercation began after one gang of bikers showed up uninvited to a planned meeting of other motorcycle groups at the restaurant. "You will eventually...
  • The Fate of the Fed's Exit Strategy Is In Foreign Hands

    05/22/2015 5:46:26 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 8 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | May 22, 2015 | Jeffrey Snider
    In all this talk about whether the economy will be strong enough to support the first policy change of this cycle, and how utterly sad it is to even have to argue about it, the larger issues about the exact operational framework remain largely unexamined. The intent of the FOMC is to undergo an orderly transition from extraordinary policy positions toward a setting more like normal. To go from A to B is not as simple as plugging in a new number, a fact that Federal Reserve officials are very quietly dealing with. The Fed has a repo problem, one...
  • On H1B Visas: Scott Walker Will Fight For American Workers, Senators Cruz and Rubio Not So Much.

    05/22/2015 5:42:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    Red State ^ | May 22, 2015 | Repair Man Jack
    Why Scott Walker FLip-Flopped. One of the few intelligent and worthwhile things that John Maynard Keynes contributed to society is the following quote “When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?” Governor Scott Walker’s information has recently changed. Remember that Governor Walker had the guts to back down the Progressive Establishment in The Democratic Party of Wisconsin. It thus comes as no surprise that he also has the guts to take on the increasingly progressive and less pro-American pro-immigration caucus in the GOP. Walker explains his qualms concerning this headlong rush to replace domestic American...
  • Big Dig into our wallets fuels Boston 2024 fears

    05/22/2015 5:42:45 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 4 replies
    lowell sun ^ | may 21 | Peter Lucas
    You can hardly blame the public for its lack of enthusiasm in bringing the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston. People have memories, short and long. Still fresh in their minds is the breakdown of mass transportation in Greater Boston when the MBTA and its commuter rail network shut down during the series of snowstorms that paralyzed the city. Yes, there was a failure of equipment that had not been properly maintained, but there was also a failure of management leadership
  • Hillary Clinton Omits Failed Presidential Campaign on LinkedIn Resume

    05/22/2015 5:25:04 AM PDT · by lbryce · 2 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | May 21, 2015 | Andrew Stiles
    Hillary Clinton has posted her resume on LinkedIn. After all, she is “looking for a new job.” But Hillary’s resume is incomplete, a Free Beacon analysis found. She appears to have omitted a crucial element of her recent work experience: her failed presidential candidacy (2007—2008).
  • ANOTHER REASON WHY HILLARY CLINTON DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE PRESIDENT

    05/22/2015 5:15:29 AM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Powerliine ^ | May 21, 2015 | Paul Mirenngoff
    ANOTHER REASON WHY HILLARY CLINTON DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE PRESIDENT Anti-Hillary Clinton political ads are writing themselves on a weekly basis. The latest source is this New York Times report that Hillary’s private email account contained sensitive information. The official name for the information is “sensitive but unclassified” (SBU). What sensitive but unclassified information did Hillary have in her private account. According to the Times, “that information included the whereabouts and travel plans of American officials in Libya as security there deteriorated during the uprising against the leadership of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in 2011.” Considering the fate of Christopher...
  • Exclusive: States quietly consider ObamaCare exchange mergers

    05/22/2015 4:47:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 22, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    A number of states are quietly considering merging their healthcare exchanges under ObamaCare amid big questions about their cost and viability. Many of the 13 state-run ObamaCare exchanges are worried about how they’ll survive once federal dollars supporting them run dry next year. Others are contemplating creating multi-state exchanges as a contingency plan for a looming Supreme Court ruling expected next month that could prevent people from getting subsidies to buy ObamaCare on the federal exchange. The idea is still only in the infancy stage. It’s unclear whether a California-Oregon or New York-Connecticut health exchange is on the horizon. But...
  • New twist on $ scam sends armed officers to victim [SWAT-ting]

    Police are warning about an old scam with a new a very dangerous twist and Wednesday night, a Church Hill woman became a victim. Nicole Smith got a call that said she owed almost $1,000 to the IRS. When she refused to pay the scammers, they called the police on her. (snip) Smith then called her ex-husband to tell him what happened, but the ordeal wasn't over. The same person called back telling her to look out her window. "There were four police cars outside my window! I was panicked because I couldn't believe, how did he get four police...
  • One Step Away from a Dictatorship: “The Groundwork and Foundation Have Been Put Into Place”

    05/22/2015 4:17:22 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 48 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 5/19/2015 | Jeremiah Johnson
    “A dictatorship was impossible in our Republic because power was widely diffused. Today, as we approach Democratic Socialism, all power is being centralized at the apex of the executive branch of the federal government. This concentration of power makes a dictatorship inevitable.” (Gary Allen, “None Dare Call it Conspiracy,” page 34) The aforementioned quote and book were written in 1971. Good Day to you, SHTF readers. This article is going to mention some of the “finer points” utilized by the executive branch (Obama) toward the totalitarian end-state he desires. The end state of slavery he erroneously (and intentionally) labels a...
  • Tea Party Vs. Republican Party: Who Will Win In 2016?

    05/22/2015 3:24:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Investopedia ^ | May 21, 2015 | David Floyd
    A few broad distinctions have defined the United States' two main parties for decades. Republicans advocate smaller government, less taxation, and less regulation. According to the Pew Research Center, their supporters tend to be whiter, older, and more likely to identify as Christian than the average American. Democrats see the potential to alleviate certain perceived social ills through regulation and legislation, funded by taxation. They rely more on young people and ethnic and religious minorities for support. This familiar conservative-liberal political axis has been augmented in recent years by a second axis, which contrasts establishment and anti-establishment agendas. Anti-establishment groups...
  • Obama: We're definitely not 'losing' in Iraq - ISIS storming into Ramadi was just a 'setback'

    05/22/2015 2:55:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/21/15 | Francesca Chambers
    Obama: We're definitely not 'losing' in Iraq - ISIS storming into Ramadi was just a 'setback' and it would be a mistake to send in U.S. ground troops President Barack Obama echoed the many claims of his administration officials in an interview released today and said that the fall of Ramadi is a mere 'setback.' 'No, I don’t think we’re losing,' the president told The Atlantic in the Tuesday interview. 'There’s no doubt there was a tactical setback,' he said, but 'Ramadi had been vulnerable for a very long time.' The president dug in his heels and said he would...