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  • A Recovery Waiting to Be Liberated

    03/05/2015 1:22:29 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 3, 2015 | John B. Taylor
    Hope flickered last year when the economy grew at more than a 4% clip in the second and third quarters. But then came last week’s news that fourth-quarter growth slowed to 2.2%, a gloomy revelation that the rebound was temporary. Economic growth for 2014 clocked in at about 2.3%—the same disappointing pace since the recession officially ended in 2009. What is the problem? For years I and many others have argued that a return to the principles of economic freedom would convert this not-so-great recovery into a great one. But Washington has not seriously considered pro-growth policy—no tax reform to...
  • Judicial Watch Sues for Hillary and Huma’s Egypt Emails

    03/05/2015 1:03:27 AM PST · by MilesVeritatis · 6 replies
    JudicialWatch.org ^ | 03/04/2015 | (none listed)
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department seeking any and all communications – including emails – from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Chief of Staff Huma Abedin with Nagla Mahmoud, wife of ousted Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi, from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2013 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00321)). This latest lawsuit will require the State Department to answer questions about and conduct thorough searches of Hillary Clinton’s newly discovered hidden email accounts. Judicial Watch also has nearly...
  • Firing back: Shootout over ammo ban gets serious

    03/04/2015 9:59:56 PM PST · by Perseverando · 20 replies
    WND ^ | March 04, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Major effort to 'stop the administration's executive overreach again' The AR-15 rifle is one of the most popular firearms in the U.S. for target shooting and hunting. President Obama’s drive to ban a popular form of ammunition used in the AR-15 and other rifles is drawing new fire from conservative groups representing gun owners as well as members of Congress. A lawsuit has been threatened by the Second Amendment Foundation, which says the ploy is a backdoor attempt to do what the administration has failed to do through legislation — ban the AR-15. But the battle is heating up on...
  • Sharyl Attkisson: Hillary's Personal Email Use Part of Pattern

    03/04/2015 9:51:18 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 04 Mar 2015 | Sean Piccoli
    We know that under this administration, high-ranking officials in various federal agencies have claimed that they didn't understand — or had reasons not to follow — federal law that requires certain sorts of record retention," including for official email correspondence, said Attkisson, "This has happened, I believe, at the IRS, with HHS," she said, citing the agencies accused, respectively, of targeting politically conservative PACs ... Attkisson, an independent journalist formerly with CBS News, said that while working on a story about the ACA's online insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov, she has learned that one official "was specifically told, 'Don't email things; we...
  • Former Clinton Spokesman Denies Using Private Email Account

    03/04/2015 9:28:12 PM PST · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 4, 2015 | CJ Ciaramella
    A former State Department spokesman for Hillary Clinton denied using a private email address to conduct official government business in a lengthy email barrage that began Tuesday night and continued Wednesday. *SNIP* Clinton has been embroiled in a public records controversy since Monday, when the New York Times reported that she exclusively used a private email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department, a possible violation of federal records law and clearly at odds President Obama’s much-touted transparency directives.
  • New Group Wants To Put Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger on the $20 Bill

    03/04/2015 9:14:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Big Government (Breitbart) ^ | March 3, 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    A new advocacy group wants to see President Andrew Jackson ride off into the sunset. It aims to replace his face on the $20 bill with the portrait of a woman. Among the 15 choices offered by the group: Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. The campaign was started by Barbara Ortiz Howard, who, according to the website, wants to “literally raise the profile of a woman in a male-dominated field.” Below is the full list of proposed candidates.
  • Hillary Clinton Posts Statement on Emails

    03/04/2015 8:55:03 PM PST · by kristinn · 64 replies
    Twitter ^ | 11:35 p.m. EST Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | Hillary Clinton
    I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.
  • Top Obama Adviser's Link To Communism [David Axelrod]

    03/04/2015 7:49:03 PM PST · by justiceseeker93 · 24 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Feb. 24, 2015 | Aaron Klein
    David Axelrod, President Obama’s former longtime senior strategist, has been caught minimizing his father’s participation with the Communist Party USA. Further, there is evidence Axelrod himself was mentored early on by communist activists. In his book “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics,” released two weeks ago, Axelrod makes light of the communist affiliation of his father, Ukrainian immigrant Joseph Axelrod.
  • Norway Just Deported 824 Muslims, Every American Needs To See What Happened Next

    03/04/2015 7:41:38 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    Q Political ^ | February 27, 2015
    Norway recently made the controversial decision to deport a large amount of Muslims with ties to radical groups.
  • White House to Netanyahu: You created the crisis, you fix it (Zero wants Israeli Ambassador fired)

    03/04/2015 6:09:56 PM PST · by Dave346 · 41 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Mar. 5, 2015 | 1:20 AM | By Barak Ravid
    Though the administration won't say so directly, U.S. officials hint replacing Ambassador Ron Dermer is key to mending ties. Senior U.S. officials made clear after the speech that the White House sees Netanyahu as the one who created the current crisis, and so if he is reelected, the responsibility for repairing the breach will be his. “We are not the ones who created this crisis,” said a senior administration official. “President Obama has another two years in office and we wish to go back to a reality where you can work together despite the differences. The prime minister of Israel...
  • Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer Discusses Netanyahu's Speech [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW] (15 minutes)

    03/04/2015 6:00:23 PM PST · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | Mar 4, 2015 | K2 radio
    Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer called K2 Radio to discuss Netanyahu's recent speech with Brian Scott
  • Mormon church backs Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill

    03/04/2015 5:45:46 PM PST · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | March 4, 2015 | Michelle L. Price
    Utah lawmakers introduced a landmark bill Wednesday that bars discrimination against gay and transgender individuals while protecting the rights of religious groups and individuals. The measure has a rare stamp of approval from the Mormon church and stands a high chance of passing in Utah, where the church is based and many state lawmakers and the Republican governor are members of the faith.
  • Walker says he'll sign 20-week abortion ban

    03/04/2015 5:38:33 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/4/2015 | By Cameron Joseph
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) plans to sign a Wisconsin bill banning abortions after 20 weeks and supports similar legislation at the federal level, he says in an open letter, a shift from his refusal to discuss the matter before his 2014 reelection. "As the Wisconsin legislature moves forward in the coming session, further protections for mother and child are likely to come to my desk in the form of a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks. I will sign that bill when it gets to my desk and support similar legislation on the federal level," Walker writes to...
  • Boehner escapes jam on DHS vote, but more GOP battles loom

    03/04/2015 5:13:02 PM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    ap ^ | Mar 4, 2015 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    GOP Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma .. said he doesn't think relying heavily on Democratic votes is a "new normal." But he conceded the Republican-led Congress faces even tougher choices ahead, including another debt limit showdown this year, in which scores of conservatives are unlikely to help. ... Tuesday's vote was perhaps the final coffin nail in the "Hastert Rule," promulgated by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. He said a speaker should not allow votes on major bills opposed by most of his caucus. More than two-thirds of House Republicans voted against the DHS bill Boehner offered Tuesday.
  • (Maryland) Lawmaker Proposes Lower Military Drinking Age

    03/04/2015 4:40:50 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    The Spirits Business ^ | March 3, 2015 | Melita Kiely
    Lawmaker proposes lower military drinking age • A Maryland senator has proposed a new bill to allow 18-year-old members of the US military to drink alcohol, despite the legal drinking age in the country being 21. Senator Ron Young, D-Frederick proposed a reduction in the legal drinking age for military members to the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee on Friday. The bill would permit service members under the age of 21 to drink beer and wine at a bar or restaurant by showing valid military identification, however spirits and off-premise purchases would still be prohibited. “Is someone can...
  • Neo-Nazis plan return to Toledo for demonstration: Black leaders urge avoiding April 18 rally

    03/04/2015 4:41:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Toledo Blade ^ | March 4, 2015 | Ryan Dunn and Lauren Lindstrom
    The National Socialist Movement has scheduled an April 18 return to Toledo, nearly a decade after a planned rally ignited rioting in the city. The neo-Nazi group’s Oct. 15, 2005, demonstration preceded a riot and the arrest of more than 100 people. Angry crowds attacked emergency workers, burned down a bar, and looted two convenience stores. Next month’s rally is planned for 3:30 p.m. outside One Government Center, said Dan Donaldson, 36, of the Toledo area. Mr. Donaldson is the movement’s regional director representing Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and West Virginia. “There is somebody out there for white people’s interests and...
  • Associated Press Threatens Legal Action Over Request for Hillary Clinton Information

    03/04/2015 3:58:16 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 112 replies
    NY Times ^ | MARCH 4, 2015 | RAVI SOMAIYA
    The Associated Press said Wednesday that it was considering legal action over unfulfilled Freedom of Information Act requests for government documents covering Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. In its requests, the AP asked for her full schedules and calendars and for details on the State Department’s decision to grant a special position to a longtime Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, among other documents. The oldest request, the news organization said, was made in March 2010. “We believe it’s critically important that government officials and agencies be held accountable to the voters,” said AP’s general counsel, Karen Kaiser. “In...
  • Fox News Poll: 65 percent say use force to stop Iran, 84 percent call possible deal 'bad idea'

    03/04/2015 3:55:04 PM PST · by upchuck · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 4, 2015 | Dana Blanton
    Americans fear disaster if Iran gets nuclear weapons -- and support military force to stop it. According to a new Fox News poll, voters feel: - It would be “a disaster” if Iran obtains the capability to use nuclear weapons. - The U.S. has not been aggressive enough in stopping Iran from getting nukes. - U.S. military action is the right thing to do to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. - A deal that just delays Iran’s nuclear time-table is a bad idea. - Barack Obama is a weak negotiator with foreign leaders. - It was a good...
  • Full Interview With Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (NBC interviews Zarif)

    03/04/2015 3:10:52 PM PST · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2 hours ago
    ZARIF: Well-- Mr. Netanyahu has been-- proclaiming, predicting that Iran will have a nuclear weapon with-- within two, three, four years, since 1992. He has been on the record time and again that Iran will build a nuclear weapon within two years-- since, as I said, 1992. In 2012, he went before the General Assembly and said, "Iran will have a nuclear weapon within one year." It seems that he wants to stick to his one year-- forever. Iran is not about building nuclear weapon. We don't wanna build nuclear weapons. We don't believe that nuclear weapons bring security to...
  • Iran reacts harshly to Netanyahu speech (threatens to put Israel in 'wheelchair')

    03/04/2015 3:04:04 PM PST · by Dave346 · 34 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/04/2015 20:43 | By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    Parliament speaker Ali Larijani warns that if Israel dares attack Iran with US congressional support, the Americans should expect to see “Israel in a wheelchair.” An Iranian reaction to the speech of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the US Congress was not long in coming, with numerous harsh criticism leveled at the speech and Israel. “The only one who is angry and upset about the course of negotiations is an occupying regime that sees its survival in war and invasion,” said President Hassan Rouhani in reference to Netanyahu’s speech in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Iran’s Mehr News reported. “People...
  • The Mark Levin Show, M-F, 6pm-9pm EDT, WABC-AM, Wednesday, March 4th, 2015.

    03/04/2015 2:54:37 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 47 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 | Mark R. Levin
    The Mark Levin Show is on-the-air: “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” -- Mark Levin in "Liberty and Tyranny". Welcome to “The Levin Lounge"... Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811.
  • Senate fails to override Keystone XL veto [Five Votes Short]

    03/04/2015 2:07:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/04/2015 | BY JOHN SICILIANO
    The U.S. Senate voted down a key vote to override a White House veto on a bill to approve the contentious Keystone XL pipeline, which the GOP sees a key to job creation and maintaining a strong U.S. infrastructure. The vote on override a presidential veto failed 62-37. The Senate had passed the bill 62-36 in January.But last month President Obama vetoed the measure. Republicans have said that if they couldn't override Obama's veto, they plan to wrap legislation green-lighting the 1,700-mile pipeline into a spending measure or broader bill, such as the federal highway bill. But Democrats who oppose...
  • US State Department Slams Netanyahu's 'Magic Formula' (Marie Harf says Bibi in 'fantasy world')

    03/04/2015 1:48:06 PM PST · by Dave346 · 50 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/4/2015, 4:18 PM | Ari Yashar
    Harf condemns Congress address 'fantasy world,' dismisses 'scary hypotheticals' - like an Iranian nuclear arsenal in weeks. Calling Netanyahu's talk of a better deal "hypothetical" and "rhetoric," she added "anyone who tells you there’s a magic formula that they have in their head that we don’t have is just not looking at the situation realistically." "We need to be very clear about what we’re trying to achieve and what the alternatives look like, not in a fantasy world, not in a world without specifics, but in the real world. And that’s what we’re doing," she claimed Harf was asked about...
  • State Dept. Nitpicks Netanyahu speech (Jen Psaki defends Iran having 190,000 centrifuges)

    03/04/2015 1:37:27 PM PST · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    WND ^ | 7 hours ago | Cheryl Chumley
    The U.S. State Department hunkered into defense mode after Benjamin Netanyahu’s congressional speech, saying in an early Wednesday statement that the Israeli prime minister misrepresented one of his claims that painted Secretary John Kerry in a poor light. Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for the State Department, referred to the website FactCheck.org to make her point that Netanyahu’s remarks about Iran going nuclear actually “misrepresented what Kerry had said’ during the secretary’s House Foreign Affairs Committee testimony on Feb. 25, Fox News reported. In his speech, Netanyahu said Kerry told Congress Iran could “legitimately possess” up to 190,000 centrifuges used to enrich...
  • EEOC Keeps Its Losing Streak Intact, Reinforces The Case Against Administrative Law

    03/04/2015 1:19:35 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 4, 2015 | George Leef
    ... Last March I discussed the trip to the woodshed the agency endured in the Kaplan case when the Sixth Circuit slammed its “expert,” whose purported proof of statistical discrimination was seen to be laughable. The agency has just received similar treatment from the Fourth Circuit in EEOC v. Freeman – exactly the same sort of disparate impact case where a company used background checks to help screen out workers who might not be trustworthy, particularly in jobs involving the handling of money. The EEOC’s view is that employers are not allowed to have a preference for workers who haven’t...
  • Vegas couple tell lawmakers they want to carry, be foster parents too

    03/04/2015 1:16:38 PM PST · by redreno · 8 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 03/04/15 | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — Brian and Valerie Wilson asked the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to approve a bill that would allow them to carry their loaded weapons and still serve as foster parents. In testimony to the committee in support of Assembly Bill 167, Wilson said the couple’s attempts to get a variance from a state regulation prohibiting the carrying of loaded weapons with foster children was denied. “I am really heartbroken that the Department of Child and Family Services gave us this denial letter,” Valerie Wilson said. “I really want a family.” Wilson said the Las Vegas couple always...
  • Clinton’s E-Mail System Built For Privacy Though Not Security

    03/04/2015 1:11:23 PM PST · by kristinn · 14 replies
    Bloomberg Business | Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | Michael A. Riley, Jordan Robertson and Chris Strohm
    Bloomberg articles can;t be posted to FR. Click here to read.
  • Scott Walker Comes Out Against Boehner’s And McConnell’s Deal With Dems To Fund Obama’s Amnesty

    03/04/2015 1:04:04 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | March 4, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a frontrunner in many 2016 GOP presidential polls in recent weeks, has come out swinging against the deal House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just cut with congressional Democrats to fund President Obama’s executive amnesty. The basis of his opposition to the deal is twofold. First, he doesn’t agree with the way it surrenders Congress’ power of the purse to Obama through at least the end of September, the current fiscal year. Second, Walker is furious that Democrats who publicly stated many times they opposed the president’s actions didn’t follow through and...
  • Is the Mysterious ‘Eric Hoteham’ Actually Longtime Clinton Aide Eric Hothem?

    03/04/2015 12:59:15 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 49 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | March 4, 2015 | Brent Scher
    The name of the mysterious individual who registered the servers for Hillary Clinton’s private email address used at the State Department bears a striking resemblance to a longtime Clinton aide. Clinton and her top aides in the State Department were using email addresses on a private server registered to the Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, New York, according to Internet records reviewed by the Associated Press. The customer listed in records registering the Internet address to the Chappaqua home was “Eric Hoteham.” The AP, however, was unable to identify an “Eric Hoteham,” stating that the “name does not appear in public...
  • DHS approved 100,000 expanded amnesty applications before judge halted program

    03/04/2015 12:49:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 03/04/2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The administration processed about 100,000 applications for amnesty for so-called Dreamers under some of the expanded rules President Obama announced last year, lawyers told a Texas judge late Tuesday, in a move that could complicate their claim that they have halted all action under the amnesty. Mr. Obama’s Nov. 20 announcement offered a number of different benefits to illegal immigrants, including expanding eligibility for his 2012 amnesty for Dreamers and boosting the amount of time he was granting an amnesty form deportation and permits for legal work from two years to three years. While the administration hadn’t begun collecting applications...
  • Obama wins Keystone vote as Senate fails to overcome veto

    03/04/2015 12:22:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 78 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 4, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The Senate upheld President Obama’s first veto of the new Congress on Wednesday, dooming for the foreseeable future any chance of constructing the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Canada to the U.S. The vote was seen as a key early test of Democrats’ willingness to defend their lame-duck party leader, and Mr. Obama passed that test easily, with the Senate falling four shy of the two-thirds supermajority needed to overturn the veto. “This is going to come back,” said Sen. Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat who did break with Mr. Obama and said eventually the...
  • Senator Cruz Rolls Out ObamaCare Alternative

    03/04/2015 12:17:51 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    Rightwing News ^ | 04 Mar, 2015 | William Teach
    (The Hill) Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Tuesday offered the latest in a series of Republican ObamaCare alternatives ahead of a Supreme Court ruling that could gut the law.Cruz’s bill, called the Health Care Choices Act, would allow people to buy health insurance across state lines, long a Republican health policy goal. It would also repeal Title I of ObamaCare, which would undo much of the law, including the mandate to buy insurance, the insurance marketplaces and subsidies to help people afford coverage.Republicans are looking to show that they have a plan ready if the Court strikes down subsidies for...
  • What Hath Michelle Rhee Wrought?

    03/04/2015 12:13:02 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 2, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When she served as chancellor of Washington, D. C.’s public schools, Michelle Rhee’s policies provoked scorn from Capital City teachers, to put it mildly. Long gone from the D. C. scene, Rhee’s approach is still benefiting D. C. students. “Ninety-one percent of the students on opportunity scholarships graduate from high school compared to 77 percent of the students in D. C. public schools,” Patrick Wolf of the University of Arkansas said at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last Thursday. Currently, there are 22 states with private school funding programs, according to Dr. Wolf. Additionally, some states have Educational Savings...
  • Did the Administration Lie about Obama's Immigration Action? (to court)

    03/04/2015 11:47:07 AM PST · by kristinn · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | Byron York
    When President Obama announced his sweeping unilateral executive action on immigration last November, administration officials stressed that the new edict would not take effect immediately. One part of the president's action — changes to DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, to extend the period in which illegal immigrants are protected from deportation to three years from its present two years, and also to extend work permits for the same time — was scheduled to go into effect Feb. 18, 2015, three months after the president's announcement. The other part of the president's action — the newly-created DAPA, or Deferred...
  • Supreme Court ‘Bitterly Divided’ Over Obamacare

    03/04/2015 10:30:33 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/04/2015 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    The Supreme Court appeared sharply divided Wednesday as it began hearing arguments on the fate of Obamacare.Justices seemed “bitterly divided” during “heated” arguments over the law, reported The New York Times. If they rule that the federal subsidies the Internal Revenue Service has doled out for Obamacare plans are illegal, millions of people would no longer be able to afford their plans, and the entire law would be crippled. The four liberal justices indicated strong support for the Obama administration’s position, in opposition to the most conservative members of the court. Those four will likely have to win over either...
  • If it’s ambiguous, does government win? Roberts finally speaks.

    03/04/2015 11:15:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 4, 2015 | Sandhya Somashekhar and Robert Barnes
    11:26: When a law is ambiguous, the court often defers to the agency in charge of administering it. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said just that, and that the IRS’ interpretation that subsidies were available to all was a reasonable one. Verrilli resisted questions about ambiguity, saying it was clear. But if not, he said, the agency does deserve deference. But Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said he was concerned about giving the power to allocate billions of dollars in subsidies to an agency. It was then that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. asked his only...
  • Stop the Insanity: BBQ pitmasters told to take down American flags

    03/03/2015 5:56:52 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/03/2015 | Todd Starnes
    Nothing says America quite like smoking a pork butt and flying Old Glory. “The sport of professional barbecue is extremely American and family oriented,” said pitmaster Jeff Petkevicius. So you can imagine Jeff’s extreme displeasure when organizers of an Alabama barbecue competition ordered him – along with other competitors to take down the American flags hanging from their barbecue trailers.
  • Argument analysis: Setting up the private debate on the ACA [SCOTUS]

    03/04/2015 10:55:22 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 19 replies
    SCOTUSblog ^ | 03/04/2015 | Lyle Denniston
    Analysis One of the most important functions of oral argument in the Supreme Court is that it can strongly shape the next round: the private deliberations among the nine Justices as they start work on a decision.  The much-awaited hearing Wednesday on the stiff new challenge to the Affordable Care Act strongly suggested that Topic A in private could well be: how bad will we make things if we rule against the government? Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who seemed decidedly more sympathetic to the government than might have been expected, worried over a constitutional blow against the states.  But even the two Justices...
  • Report: ISIS Plans to Seize Libya, Flood Europe With Jihadists

    03/04/2015 10:54:13 AM PST · by EBH · 36 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 2/19/2015 | Joel Himelfarb
    The ISIS terror group is planning to take over Libya and use it as a gateway to wage war across almost all of southern Europe, the London Telegraph reported. A document written by an Islamic State (ISIS) operative in Libya says that the group plans to flood Libya with fighters from Iraq and Syria, and have them sail across the Mediterranean Sea pretending to be refugees on human trafficking vessels. They would then target European cities and try to stage attacks on maritime shipping, according to the Quilliam Foundation, a British anti-radicalization group which said it had seen the document....
  • Sources: More than a dozen ISIS operatives in Libya, but no US authority to strike

    03/04/2015 10:48:58 AM PST · by EBH · 12 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/3/2015 | Catherine Herridge
    More than a dozen Islamic State fighters from Iraq and Syria -- some with direct ties to the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi -- are now in Libya working on behalf of the terror group, according to U.S. and European sources. And the U.S. has no authority to take them out. The fighters are in addition to dozens of ISIS sympathizers in the country. The situation is raising fresh security concerns, as the U.S. and its allies struggle to keep tabs on the many arms of the ever-expanding ISIS network. One source, who is not authorized to speak on the...
  • Is Ferguson set to explode again following DOJ’s finding of systemic racism?

    03/04/2015 10:36:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 4, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    In August of 2014, Ferguson, Missouri, and the surrounding towns erupted in violence as outraged protesters clashed with police following the shooting death of local teen Michael Brown. In November, that city was again rocked by riots and protests after a local grand jury determined that the officer responsible for that shooting did not violate the law when he used lethal force to subdue Brown. At the heart of these clashes was the contention that racial bias – in the actions of Officer Darren Wilson, in the efforts of riot police to suppress peaceful demonstrators as well as rioters, and...
  • Justice report finds Ferguson discrimination

    03/04/2015 10:03:35 AM PST · by NorthMountain · 36 replies
    KCCI News 8; CNN ^ | Mar 04, 2015 | By Evan Perez CNN Justice Reporter
    WASHINGTON (CNN) —A Justice Department civil rights investigation has concluded that the Ferguson Police Department and the city's municipal court engaged in a "pattern and practice" of discrimination against African-Americans, targeting them disproportionately for traffic stops, use of force, and jail sentences, according to a U.S. law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. ... Among the findings, reviewed by CNN: from 2012 to 2014, 85% of people subject to vehicle stops by Ferguson police were African-American; 90% of those who received citations were black; and 93% of people arrested were black. This while 67% of the Ferguson population is black....
  • Congress demands Obama-approved IRS emails disclosing taxpayers’ info

    03/04/2015 9:30:06 AM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 4, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Two top congressional chairmen demanded Wednesday that the IRS turn over all its emails that might have given private taxpayer information to the White House, after President Obama’s lawyer last week passed the buck to the tax agency, insisting they would be able to search for the emails. The IRS last year had claimed it didn’t have the technological ability to search for those emails, so Senate Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan went to the White House for them. In letters last month White House lawyer W. Neil Eggleston declined, saying he...
  • WH Task Force Wants Obama to Change “Thanksgiving” to “Celebrate Immigrants Day” via E. O.

    03/04/2015 9:28:14 AM PST · by SandRat · 43 replies
    Restoring Liberty ^ | Joe Miller
    Susan Payne, a Maryland political activist who was interviewed on the Mark Levin Show last week, called into The Joe Miller Show yesterday and provided even more details on what a White House task force is planning with respect to illegals in this country. She explained that not only did members of the task force make it clear that their efforts are designed to provide as much money and benefits to illegals as possible, they were also trying to expand ways to induce illegals to come to the United States. With respect to those who receive executive amnesty, Ms. Payne...
  • The Rubio – Lee tax overhaul plan is… better than nothing

    03/04/2015 9:13:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/04/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I know that a lot of tax reform hawks were hoping for more of a complete overhaul, perhaps taking the form of an entirely new system which replaces the progressive tax code with a completely alternate structure. (Something along the lines of a flat tax, consumption tax, etc.) It doesn’t look like that will be happening any time soon, but Marco Rubio and Mike Lee are at least looking at some simplifications. GOP Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Mike Lee of Utah are rolling out an overhaul of the tax code on Wednesday that, among other things, consolidates...
  • Will the 2016 campaign theme be … populist control? ("Hold off giving me over a million dollars")

    03/04/2015 9:02:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 4, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Everyone loves populism, as long as they can control it. If that sounds like a contradiction in terms to readers, welcome to the 2016 presidential cycle. Both parties have stoked grassroots populist fervor over the last few years in order to generate passionate turnout among the base. For Republicans, it’s the Tea Party, and for Democrats, it’s the progressive Occupy Wall Street activists and supporters. Both take aim at their vision of the “establishment,” and even have some overlap on how they define it. One thing is for certain, though, and that is that the establishment in both parties want...
  • Betrayal Papers Part 3: Obama’s Scandals and Assaults on Freedoms Explained

    03/04/2015 9:01:26 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 11 replies
    Right Side News ^ | March 4, 1015 | Betrayal Papers
    Last week was part 2, this weekThe Betrayal Papers Part I – Under Obama: U.S. Captured by the Muslim Brotherhood, presented a picture of a conspiracy that is manipulating the American government. Part II – In Plain Sight: A National Security “Smoking Gun” named several people in the Obama administration who have documented associations to Muslim Brotherhood front groups and the State of Qatar. This article will explore the deliberate strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Obama administration to cripple the middle class and to steer the American economy, as well as identify, to the extent possible, their role...
  • Did Netanyahu change some minds? Democrats slammed the Israeli leader's address

    03/04/2015 8:45:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    KIFI-TV / CNN ^ | March 4, 2015 | Jeremy Diamond, CNN
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left a partisan Congress roiling in the wake of his controversial speech on Tuesday, with Republicans and Democrats largely split on how the dramatic address was received. Progressive Democrats slammed the Israeli leader's address and Republicans felt vindicated and emboldened by a speech that brought nearly every member of Congress to their feet and drew whoops of approval from a packed gallery. Netanyahu sought to rally members of Congress and public opinion against the pending Iran nuclear deal under negotiation, but his hawkish rhetoric and break from diplomatic protocol rankled some Democrats. Others, though, suggested...
  • The Betrayal Papers (Part III): Obama and Muslim Brotherhood Conspire to Destroy America from Within

    03/04/2015 8:43:36 AM PST · by Randall_S · 2 replies
    Joe Miller ^ | March 4, 2015 | Coalition of Concerned Citizens
    The Betrayal Papers Part I – Under Obama: U.S. Captured by the Muslim Brotherhood, presented a picture of a conspiracy that is manipulating the American government. Part II – In Plain Sight: A National Security “Smoking Gun” named several people in the Obama administration who have documented associations to Muslim Brotherhood front groups and the State of Qatar. This article will explore the deliberate strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Obama administration to cripple the middle class and to steer the American economy, as well as identify, to the extent possible, their role in many Obama scandals. Introduction What...
  • AUDIO: Obama Admin Is ‘Going After’ Gun Dealers [VIDEO]

    03/04/2015 8:17:23 AM PST · by rktman · 21 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/3/2015 | Patrick Howley
    The Obama administration’s Operation Choke Point program targets gun and ammunition dealers and tries to make life “miserable” for businesses that it doesn’t like, a payment processor told a Choke Point victim in jarring new audio. Operation Choke Point is a program by which the Department of Justice works with other administration agencies, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to force banks to shut down accounts of businesses that it objects to. The program purports to fight fraudulent businesses, but has instead targeted many gun and ammunition dealers and other lawful businesses.