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  • New York Assembly facing historic change in leadership

    01/31/2015 10:11:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2015 5:59 PM EST | David Klepper and Michael Virtanen
    The contest to succeed longtime New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was supposed to be an open process, giving lawmakers two weeks to mull their options. Instead, it's looking increasingly likely that the decision will be made before Silver’s resignation from the post takes effect Monday night, an outcome that would dash the hopes of some lawmakers and reformers who pushed for a departure from Albany’s usual backroom politics.Assemblyman Carl Heastie of the Bronx has emerged as the clear favorite from a field that just a few days ago featured five contenders. Three of them quickly backed out and threw...
  • Treasurer McCord to Plead Guilty in Campaign Finance Case

    01/31/2015 9:29:10 PM PST · by Intolerant in NJ · 3 replies
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | 1 February, 2015
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Rob McCord, who resigned abruptly Friday after serving six years as Pennsylvania's elected treasurer, plans to plead guilty to federal charges accusing him of using his office to threaten potential campaign donors during his failed gubernatorial primary race last year... Rest at link here
  • Walker praises Ryan for budget deal (2013)

    01/31/2015 8:44:29 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 43 replies
    weau.com ^ | Dec 15, 2013
    Gov. Scott Walker is praising fellow Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan for the congressman's role in broking a bipartisan budget bill that's been blasted a by number of conservatives. Walker said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Ryan provided strong leadership on the bill that passed the House Thursday and awaits Senate action.
  • John Kasich, Sam Brownback and big government conservatism

    01/31/2015 7:03:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/31/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    John Kasich has been making all sorts of news lately, but probably not the type he wants to be showing up in conservative chat rooms. Kasich has a pretty solid conservative portfolio from years past, and he’s still pushing for lower tax rates at home (in most cases) but even some of his more ardent supporters were shocked when he went on tour promoting Medicaid expansion for Obamacare. He also didn’t do himself any favors when he began dancing on the head of a pin for Common Core. (Wait.. this guy wants to run for President as a Republican?)But...
  • Sarah Palin's scorched-earth plan for the GOP: Governor challenges party to move sharply right

    01/31/2015 5:38:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News ^ | January 31, 2015 | Neil Macdonald
    Sarah Palin, who now says she's definitely interested in "serving" as president next year, made a speech last weekend at a gathering of Republican White House aspirants in Iowa. It was somewhat coarser, and certainly more bitter, than her usual bundle of platitudes and jingoism. At one point she shouted "Screw the left in Hollywood!" And she complained about how even some Republicans are buying into "this unhealthy new obsession … about this subjective income gap that we're supposed to be so obsessed about right now." She came close to suggesting conservative Republicans rip up their cards and register as...
  • US plan to train ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels raises troubling questions

    01/31/2015 5:15:53 PM PST · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    The Conversation ^ | 29 January 2015 | Rodger Shanahan
    The United States' reluctance to become decisively committed to the complex quagmire in Syria is understandable. However, its plan to insert a US-trained-and-equipped “moderate rebel” force into the mix is deeply concerning – on several levels. According to reports, the US plans to deploy up to 1000 military trainers and support personnel to the region to train moderate Syrian rebel forces. While US efforts to support rebel groups to date have been less than successful, there is so much that could go wrong with this course of action, and so little that could go right. Naturally, we only have access...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown Hit With Massive $1 Billion Common Core Bill

    01/31/2015 4:09:29 PM PST · by PROCON · 38 replies
    breitbart ^ | Jan. 31, 2015 | Robert Wilde
    A rather expensive development has surfaced on the way to installing Common Core in California’s hundreds of school districts statewide. Officials have figured out that the big government initiative could collectively cost districts $1 billion every year to set up a new statewide testing system supporting the new curriculum. The question is, who’s going to pay for it? According to the Santa Ana School District, the state, not the district, should foot the bill. Santa Ana along with three other school districts submitted a class action complaint, demanding that California pay for the “next generation” Smarter Balanced Assessments based on...
  • Rick Perry again asks state judge to toss indictment citing vague charges

    01/31/2015 3:14:50 PM PST · by SSS Two · 13 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 1/30/2015 | Peggy Fikac
    <p>AUSTIN – Former Gov. Rick Perry again Friday asked a state judge to toss out the indictment accusing him of abusing his authority.</p> <p>Perry’s lawyers said the charges against the former governor were too vague and failed to allege a violation of the law.</p>
  • Obama budget sets up battle with GOP-controlled Congress

    01/31/2015 2:06:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    AP News via Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2015
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a year of relative peace in Washington's budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care. The plan, expected to be dismissed by GOP lawmakers now running Capitol Hill, rolls out as the deficit is dropping and Obama's poll numbers inch higher. Though Republicans will march ahead on their own, they ultimately must come to terms with Obama, whose signature is needed on anything that is going to...
  • The Party of the Living Dead

    01/31/2015 2:05:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Ricochet ^ | January 31, 2015 | Paul A. Rahe
    A few days ago, in India, Barack Obama gave a three-minute speech in which he referred to himself 118 times. That speech is emblematic of his entire administration. Nearly all of his speeches have been exceedingly self-referential. All Presidents are to some degree full of themselves. Had they not been so, they never would have made it that far. But when it comes to vanity, Barack Obama takes the cake. The whole enterprise has always been about him — and no one else — which helps explain the astonishing damage he has done to the Democratic Party. The way things...
  • Blue Dot for Obama Prompts Red Nebraska to Revisit Electoral College Rules

    01/31/2015 1:13:45 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 43 replies
    NYT ^ | JAN. 31, 2015 | MITCH SMITH
    LINCOLN, Neb. - If this state had an official color, it would most certainly be red. Football fans don scarlet sweatshirts each game day, red meat is a dietary staple and, for decades, Republican presidential candidates filled Nebraska's borders on the electoral map with their party's name. Use a link from this google search to bypass NYT's pay-wall.https://www.google.com/search?q=blue+dot+for+obama+prompts+red+nebrask+to+revisit+electoral+college+rules&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=Palemoon:en-US&client=palemoon
  • ‘Controversial’ Anti-Abortion Bill Doesn’t Need Washington

    01/31/2015 1:51:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act may have been temporarily halted in Congress, but it’s full speed ahead in areas of the country where there’s less political red tape to slow it down. The new GOP-led Congress lost the chance to move forward lifesaving legislation last week that would ban abortions after five months. A third of the country has some form of this legislation, The Washington Examiner reports. The 5-month mark is a significant one, for that is the period at which unborn babies can feel pain. It’s a scientific fact. Thankfully, ten states acknowledged this and already have legislation in place...
  • Just whose Internet is it? New federal rules may answer that

    01/31/2015 1:30:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2015 9:11 AM EST | Ann Flaherty
    Whose Internet is it anyway? Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he’s keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the “information superhighway” as a fun way to buy books or check the weather. Wheeler has not publicly released his plan yet, and might not for a few weeks. But he has suggested that Internet service has become as critical to people in the United States as water, electricity or phone service and should be regulated like any...
  • Joe Biden: A Plan for Central America

    01/31/2015 11:31:18 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | JAN. 29, 2015 | JOSEPH R. BIDEN Jr.
    AS we were reminded last summer when thousands of unaccompanied children showed up on our southwestern border, the security and prosperity of Central America are inextricably linked with our own. The economies of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras remain bogged down as the rest of the Americas surge forward. Inadequate education, institutional corruption, rampant crime and a lack of investment are holding these countries back. Six million young Central Americans are to enter the labor force in the next decade. If opportunity isn’t there for them, the entire Western Hemisphere will feel the consequences.
  • Feds To Regulate Fake Fireplaces To Stop Global Warming

    01/31/2015 11:14:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 80 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Better go out and buy a gas fireplace and stove soon before federal regulations make them more expensive. Federal officials are looking to regulate the energy usage of fake fireplaces as part of the Obama administration’s effort to fight global warming.The Energy Department has proposed new regulations that would mandate that “gas-fired hearth products” like decorative fireplaces and stoves be more energy efficient and produce fewer carbon dioxide emissions. DOE says its rule would save $165 over the lifespan of the average hearth and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 11.1 million metric tons through 2030.The major change DOE demands is...
  • Obama IRS Should Face Justice (Weekly Update)

    01/31/2015 11:09:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 30, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    IRS Cover-Up Expands to Justice Department Exchanging Terrorists for an Army Deserter? Will Senate Endorse Obama’s Lawlessness?IRS Cover-Up Expands to Justice Department In an interview with Bill O’Reilly of Fox News about a year ago, President Obama said that President Richard Nixon was actually more liberal in his policies than Obama is. But, while comparing their policies, Obama conveniently left out one chilling similarity: Both presidents used the virtually unbridled power and authority of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to target their political opponents. In fact, in many respects Obama’s IRS abuses actually have been much worse than Nixon’s. As...
  • Communist Party USA Chairman Vows Cooperation With Democratic Party

    01/31/2015 10:57:05 AM PST · by maddog55 · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 29, 2015 9:10 AM | Comrade?
    The chairman of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA has penned a 2,023-word manifesto making the critical point that American Communists are eager to work with the Democratic Party to advance the modern communist agenda and achieve communist goals. Communist Party chairman John Bachtell published his essay last week at People’s World, a “daily news website of, for and by the 99% and the direct descendant of the Daily Worker.” “[L]abor and other key social forces are not about to leave the Democratic Party anytime soon,” Bachtell promised. “They still see Democrats as the most realistic electoral vehicle”...
  • Scott Walker Takes Next Step: How Might He Govern as President?

    01/31/2015 10:20:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/31/2015 | Avner Zarmi
    On January 27, Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) announced the formation of a 527 committee called Our American Revival, unveiled a new website, and issued a statement which included the following: To move this country forward we need new, fresh leadership from outside of Washington. We need leaders who are bold. That’s how we build a better future for our children and grandchildren. We’ve done it in Wisconsin and it can be done across this country with the right leadership. Walker’s statement refers to his actions in balancing Wisconsin’s state budget, closing an unconstitutional deficit hole of $3.6B while actually...
  • Chuck Hagel: White House pressured me to approve more Gitmo releases

    01/31/2015 10:14:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/31/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Chuck Hagel has only about a week to go on his tenure as Secretary of Defense, and CNN’s Barbara Starr finds out that a man on the verge of retirement doesn’t have a lot of reason to keep his mouth shut. Hagel makes it clear, although still with some caution, that the Obama administration put pressure on him to increase the frequency of releases from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. In doing so, Hagel has handed the new Republican majority on the Senate Armed Services Committee a perfect opening to demand answers on Barack Obama’s efforts to empty...
  • Burial Ceremony of the Unknown Soldier of the Vietnam War | 1984 | Ronald Reagan Memorial Day Speech

    01/31/2015 9:43:10 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | Memorial Day 1984 | President Ronald Reagan
    Remembering when we had a real president. Remembering our brothers who gave all. Freedom is not free. Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. God bless America.
  • Islamic Terror Attacks on American Soil

    01/31/2015 9:31:27 AM PST · by kindred · 7 replies
    TheReligionofPeace.com ^ | unknown | unknown
    TheReligionofPeace.com You might not know it from the grand pity party that vocal Muslims seem to have thrown for themselves in the years since 9/11, but only one Muslim in America was killed in a vigilante "revenge" attack following the horrific slaughter of thousands in the name of Allah. That would be Waqar Hasan, a Muslim convenience storeowner who was gunned down by Mark Anthony Stroman in Texas. Hardly an average American, Stroman was a white supremacist with a felony criminal record who went on to shoot two more people in the following weeks. However, he did claim to be...
  • Hillary Clinton keeps proving she is not qualified to be president

    01/31/2015 9:21:25 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 22 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 01/31/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    Now that Barack Obama is beginning the fourth quarter of his presidency, Democrats are increasingly dropping what they have insisted has been a facade all along – their lockstep devotion to him as the end-all, be-all of their party. As this Politico piece noted yesterday, they don’t really think he’s all that and a bag of cookies, but they have been going along with him all these years not because they belong to a party that has evolved into something resembling Europe’s socialist entities, but because he happened to be the current Democrat in the Executive Branch. Whether that’s true...
  • House Conservatives Band Together to Form New Group to Push Conservative Agenda

    01/31/2015 9:14:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 26, 2015 | Melissa Quinn
    Conservative lawmakers are officially rolling out a new group aimed at advancing a conservative agenda in the House of Representatives after they expressed discontent with the direction of the Republican Study Committee.“Our main hope is that we can represent the voids and valleys for our constituents back home,” Rep. Raúl Labrador of Idaho told The Daily Signal today. “With a small group that is nimble and able to work on issues that are of importance to our constituents, we can make a difference in Congress.”Called the House Freedom Caucus, the group serves as a conservative alternative to the Republican Study...
  • Muslims Using Food Stamps Demand Food Meets Islamic Requirements

    01/31/2015 8:46:29 AM PST · by Baynative · 50 replies
    Viral Buzz ^ | 1/30/15 | Clark Holmes
    Muslim imports in Minneapolis are now demanding a tax-funded “halal” non-pork food shelf at a free food pantry for the poor. As if it’s not bad enough that nearly all the “American” Muslims who have joined ISIS have been Somalis from Minneapolis, their relatives here are demanding that Americans adhere to the same Sharia Laws the Islamic State fighters are trying to impose throughout the Middle East.
  • “WILL PAY A PRICE”: Valerie Jarrett Promises To Hurt Israel, Netanyahu

    01/31/2015 8:12:01 AM PST · by kindred · 74 replies
    http://www.teapartycrusaders.com ^ | 01/27/15 | Chuck Biscuits
    “WILL PAY A PRICE”: Valerie Jarrett Promises To Hurt Israel, Netanyahu For “Spitting In Obama’s Face” Over Iran Nukes Nobody on Obama’s staff has the power to speak this viciously and forcefully, to make crystal clear threats like this against a world leader, to the press, other than Valerie Jarrett. Plus, the sense of being so very PERSONALLY offended, so PERSONALLY invested in the President, is only going to come from Valerie Jarrett, we all know that. And lastly, the threatening language, the raging, vindictive arrogance are all Valerie’s emotional and rhetorical signatures. Take it to the bank that it...
  • Egypt court rules Hamas armed wing 'terror group'

    01/31/2015 7:35:48 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, declaring it a "terrorist" group, a judiciary official said. Since Egypt's military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, the authorities have accused Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, of aiding jihadists who have increased their attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula. Saturday's court verdict followed a complaint from a lawyer accusing the Hamas armed wing of direct involvement in "terrorist operations" in the Sinai, a court official said. The lawyer also accused the movement of using tunnels under the...
  • Here’s why Trey Gowdy’s had it with Benghazi committee Dems

    01/31/2015 7:17:53 AM PST · by upchuck · 70 replies
    Bizpac review ^ | Jan 29, 2015 | Michael Dorstewitz
    A bitter partisan battle is developing among members of the House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy and Democrats bent on limiting access to witnesses. And a potential clash between Gowdy and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is waiting in the wings.The Democratic members, headed by Maryland’s Elijah Cummings, seek veto power over the committee’s subpoenas and object to Gowdy’s examination of witnesses by only the GOP members.The Democrats would rather debate the matter than hear what the witnesses have to say.Gowdy, a former South Carolina prosecutor, knows that giving Democrats veto power over...
  • Gülenists in Turkey cooperating with Israel’s Mossad, Erdo&#287;an says

    01/31/2015 7:13:22 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | January/31/2015
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodogan said Jan. 31 that the Gulenists in the country, which he dubs “the parallel structure,” have joined forces with the Israeli intelligence service. “The sincere people backing this parallel structure should see with whom this structure is cooperating with,” Erdogan said, while addressing a meeting of the All Industrialist and Businessmen’s Association (TUMSİAD) in Istanbul. “Shame on them if they still cannot see that this structure is cooperating with the Mossad,” he said. Erdoğan accuses the followers of the U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen for illegal wiretappings and a “coup attempt,” starting from the revelation...
  • What Sheriff Joe Just Said Will Have Obama And His Liberal Attack Dogs Howling Mad

    01/31/2015 6:28:24 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 16 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | January 30, 2015 | Norvell Rose
    What Sheriff Joe Just Said Will Have Obama And His Liberal Attack Dogs Howling Mad "America's Toughest Sheriff" makes his move... Norvell Rose — January 30, 2015 He says it will be “the toughest campaign I have ever run.” But that would seem to be the right kind of fight for Joe Arpaio, “America’s Toughest Sheriff.” In an email sent to friends and supporters, the 82-year-old Sheriff Joe says he has decided to run for a seventh term as the top lawman in Arizona’s Maricopa County. The email blast that went out today asks recipients to sign a “personalized ‘I...
  • Demonstrations in Madrid, Spain Are About What?

    01/31/2015 6:26:07 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 2 replies
    1/31/2015 | Me
    Skynews is reporting on demonstrations in Madrid, Spain saying they are in response to austerity measures. The State Department has a travel warning to American's suggesting the demonstrations are regarding economic issues. BUT, a search shows that the demonstrations are in response to a 'security law' that limits demonstrations in Spain and an 'Anti-Islam' demonstration law. So I ask, which is it or is it both?
  • Shooting victim's family calls for GBI investigation

    01/31/2015 6:21:17 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 11 replies
    Fox Atlanta ^ | Jan 23, 2015 | Portia Bruner
    A DeKalb County family says their loved one called for police, only to be shot himself by officers. Now, that family has called for a GBI investigation into the shooting.
  • Ohio to delay 7 executions (for one year) while searching for new drugs

    01/31/2015 5:41:16 AM PST · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | January 30, 2015 | Ralph Ellis
    Ohio will delay the executions of seven death row inmates while searching for an adequate supply of drugs that complies with its new execution protocol, the state's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Friday. That means the state will not carry out any executions in 2015, the agency said in a press release.
  • When FDR made gold illegal to own for everyday people – At the point of a gun

    01/31/2015 5:10:04 AM PST · by george76 · 71 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 31, 2015 | Nick Sorrentino
    FDR, the man who studied Mussolini, who birthed the current intrusive state, who started the drug war in earnest, who put Japanese Americans into concentration camps, who extended the Depression years longer than it needed to be and thereby contributed to the genesis of the Second World War, who tried to pack the Supreme Court, who gave away half of Europe to the Soviets at Yalta, and who confiscated the gold – the real wealth – of the American people. What a guy. And he still has his face on the dime. There is a reason why my grandmother, a...
  • CIA and Mossad killed senior Hezbollah figure in car bombing

    01/31/2015 5:04:16 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2015 | Adam Goldman and Ellen Nakashima
    On Feb. 12, 2008, Imad Mughniyah, Hezbollah’s international operations chief, walked on a quiet nighttime street in Damascus after dinner at a nearby restaurant. Not far away, a team of CIA spotters in the Syrian capital was tracking his movements. As Mughniyah approached a parked SUV, a bomb planted in a spare tire on the back of the vehicle exploded, sending a burst of shrapnel across a tight radius. He was killed instantly. The device was triggered remotely from Tel Aviv by agents with Mossad, the Israeli foreign intelligence service, who were in communication with the operatives on the ground...
  • Labor pushes 'union beers' at Super Bowl (Budweiser, Miller, Coors, Blue Moon, PBR, Shock Top)

    01/31/2015 4:43:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/30/15 | Tim Devaney
    Football fans will be discouraged from drinking “non-union” beers like Guinness and Heineken while they’re at Super Bowl parties. During Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, labor groups are hoping to raise awareness about beer companies that are unionized and pay their employees good wages. Labor 411’s list of approved beers for the Super Bowl includes companies like Stella Artois, which boasts strong union membership. But Guinness, Heineken, Corona, Flying Dog, and many other beermakers did not make the list, said Robert Fulton, the editorial director of Labor 411. "If you’re out making your choice...
  • Obama to Dems: 'Get informed, not by reading the Huffington Post'

    01/31/2015 4:27:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/29/15 | Mike Lillis
    PHILADELPHIA – President Obama on Thursday asked wary House Democrats to hold their fire, while the administration negotiates several trade deals opposed by scores of liberal lawmakers. “Keep your powder a little dry,” he told the Democrats assembled here for an annual retreat, according to a source in the closed-door session. "Get informed," Obama also advised, "not by reading The Huffington Post." The president has long sought pacts expanding trade with both Asian and European nations, as well as trade promotion authority, known as "fast-track," from Congress. The issue has sharply divided the Democrats, as centrists tend to support the...
  • Senate Democrats are $15M in debt

    01/31/2015 4:18:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/30/15 | Cameron Joseph
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee begins their quest to retake the Senate in 2016 with $15 million in operational debt and $1 million in the bank, according to new numbers through the end of December. That's down from the $16.3 million in debt the DSCC carried shortly after the 2014 elections, and is slightly lower than the $15.8 million it started out with after the 2012 elections, though it's still one of the largest burdens the party has carried in decades. That operational debt doesn't include a $5 million loan the organization took out to buy a house adjacent to...
  • If You Received a Higher Obamacare Subsidy Than You Were Eligible For, You Don’t Have to Pay...

    01/31/2015 3:59:48 AM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 1/30/15 | Andrew Kloster
    If You Received a Higher Obamacare Subsidy Than You Were Eligible For, You Don’t Have to Pay It Back This Year **SNIP** However, the IRS will waive the 2014 late payment penalty for those who received an excessive premium tax credit. The IRS has now granted these recipients of excessive federal benefits a one-year holiday. Even though they clearly owe the overpayment for 2014, they will effectively not have to, and no doubt won’t, pay the money back because they will not face any penalty if they do not pay it immediately. If the Obama administration delays the payment again,...
  • FCC Redefines Broadband Internet To At Least 25 Mbps, Faster Than National Average

    01/31/2015 3:22:34 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 31 replies
    CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area ^ | January 30, 2015 12:05 PM | CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area
    WASHINGTON (CBS SF) – The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to change the definition of what constitutes high-speed internet, adopting a standard 2.5 times the current national average.
  • Jeffrey Epstein: The Sex Offender Who Mixes With Princes and Premiers (& Bill Clinton)

    01/31/2015 3:22:06 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 1/29/15 | Catherine Ostler
    **SNIP** An American woman called Virginia Roberts – now a married, 31-year-old mother of three – has filed an affidavit in a Florida federal court in which she swears in gruesome detail that the late press baron and pension fiddler Robert Maxwell’s daughter Ghislaine recruited her to satisfy the sexual needs of billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein and his friends. Those friends, according to Roberts, included the Duke of York, now fifth in line to the throne, and celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz (best known for getting Claus von Bulow’s conviction for murdering his wife overturned). Buckingham Palace have denied everything more...
  • PG&E Releases Thousands Of Emails With CPUC Amid State Investigation

    01/31/2015 3:13:20 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area ^ | January 30, 2015 6:15 PM | CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The California Public Utilities Commission Friday released roughly 65,000 email messages exchanged between PG&E Co. and agency officials between 2010 and 2014 as ordered because of a “judge shopping” scandal with PG&E, CPUC officials said.
  • 7 Percent Of LGBT Community Opposes Same-Sex Marriage, Survey Finds

    01/31/2015 3:07:42 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area ^ | January 29, 2015 12:29 PM | CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender aren’t universal in their support of their own right to marry, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center. The survey found that, while support is overwhelming in all segments of the community, seven percent of a nationally-representative sample said they oppose same-sex marriage.
  • Birth certificates ask parents if ‘woman giving birth’ is female [NY City's TransWorldAirHeads]

    01/30/2015 10:11:27 PM PST · by Colofornian · 26 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | Jan. 30, 2015 | Leonard Greene
    No, that’s not a typo. A city Health Department form for new parents requesting birth certificates asks the “woman giving birth” if she’s male or female. Along with routine questions — mother’s maiden name, mother’s legal name, mother’s Social Security number — is a gender question that has raised a few eyebrows. And just in case the inquiry is not clear, the birth-certificate request provides a convenient check box and asks the question in capital letters. “What is your DATE OF BIRTH, current AGE and SEX?” the form asks in the section clearly marked “Mother/Parent (Woman Giving Birth).” “To be...
  • Rand Paul slams Bush 'hypocrisy' on pot

    01/30/2015 9:50:27 PM PST · by Plummz · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/30/15 07:09 PM EST | Alexander Bolton
    DALLAS — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused Jeb Bush of hypocrisy after The Boston Globe reported the former Florida governor was a heavy marijuana smoker while at an elite prep school. Bush opposed a Florida medical marijuana ballot initiative last year even though he partook liberally of the herb while in high school. “You would think he’d have a little more understanding then,” Paul told The Hill while en route to a political event in Texas. “He was even opposed to medical marijuana,” Paul said of Bush, a potential rival in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. “This is a guy...
  • Front National’s Le Pen Consolidates Lead in First Presidential Poll Since Charlie Hebdo

    01/30/2015 8:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | January 30, 2015 | Oliver Lane
    A new poll commissioned by French magazine Marianne reveals that if presidential elections happened today, Le Pen would gather the most votes and France’s unpopular incumbent President Hollande would be knocked out in the first round. It’s the first opinion poll on voting intentions this year, and the solid advantage enjoyed by Le Pen and her traditional-conservative Front National (FN) party appears to have been confirmed in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris earlier this month. Front National is the only mainstream French political movement that shows willing to tackle the problem of rising Islamism, and this...
  • Help stop Planned Parenthood from writing its own regulations in North Carolina

    01/30/2015 8:37:22 PM PST · by Morgana
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jan 30, 2015 | John Jansen
    Legislators in North Carolina did the right thing in July 2013 when they voted to raise the quality standards for abortion clinics in the state. The hand-wringing response from the abortion industry was entirely predictable, with Planned Parenthood’s vice president for public affairs, Melissa Reed, calling it “the most restrictive access to safe and legal abortions this state has ever seen.” That was then. Inviting the Fox to Guard the Henhouse But now, more than a year an a half later, the North Carolina abortion industry is perfectly fine with the proposed regulations, which were submitted by the state’s Department...
  • Israeli Officials: Obama has Already Given Iran 80% of What they Want in Nuke Negotiations

    01/30/2015 8:31:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | January 30, 2015 | Rick Moran
    Considering that he has given our enemy Iran 80% of what they want in negotiations that were supposed to curtail their nuclear enrichment program, you bet I would. The guy is a pushover and if I played my cards right, I might end up walking off the lot with a free car. According to Channel 10 in Israel, Israeli officials believe that the American president is so desperate for a deal, he will give away the store — and American and Israeli security — in his quest to “make history” with the Iranians. Jerusalem Post: Israeli officials told Channel 10...
  • Meet Loretta Lynch – Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Who Might Be Even Worse than Eric Holder

    01/30/2015 8:15:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/30/2015 | Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog
    On matters of policy, Ms. Lynch called capital punishment “an effective penalty” and said she disagreed with Mr. Obama’s statements that marijuana was no more harmful than alcohol. She called the National Security Agency’s collection of American phone records “certainly constitutional, and effective.” – From the New York Times article: Criticism of Holder Dominates Hearing on Loretta Lynch, Attorney General’s Possible Successor Eric Holder made a career out of protecting and coddling financial oligarchs (his 1999 memo essentially invented “Too Big to Jail”). This was such a lucrative decision for Mr. Holder, that it allowed him to climb all the way to...
  • Five reasons Netanyahu should not address Congress

    01/30/2015 7:42:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/30/2015 | Robert Kagan
    Here are five reasons Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should politely decline House Speaker John BoehnerÂ’s invitation to address a joint session of Congress: â—Ź ItÂ’s inappropriate. It doesnÂ’t matter what good allies the United States and Israel are, and it doesnÂ’t matter how bad relations may be between Netanyahu and President Obama. Allies donÂ’t go big-footing around in each otherÂ’s politics. It also doesnÂ’t matter how worthy the cause. In 1793, when Citizen GenĂŞt traveled through the United States, drumming up support for revolutionary France (and overtly violating President George WashingtonÂ’s policy of U.S. neutrality), he no doubt thought...
  • Why Mike Huckabee’s Cornpone Politics Drives Me Crazy — And Will Never Work

    01/30/2015 7:31:19 PM PST · by Vendome · 50 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/28/2015 | Charles W. Cooke
    Huckabee is essentially attempting to become to the Right what the likes of Neil deGrasse Tyson have become to the Left: namely, a proxy figure who can be used as shorthand by the lazy and the lost to signify their allegiance to a set of cherished cultural values