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  • U.S. to disclose estimate of number of Americans under surveillance

    12/16/2016 8:22:25 PM PST · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    reuters ^ | 12-16-16 | Dustin Volz
    The U.S. intelligence community will soon disclose an estimate of the number of Americans whose electronic communications have been caught in the crosshairs of online surveillance programs intended for foreigners, U.S. lawmakers said in a letter seen by Reuters on Friday. The estimate, requested by members of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, is expected to be made public as early as next month, the letter said. Its disclosure would come as Congress is expected to begin debate in the coming months over whether to reauthorize or reform the so-called surveillance authority, known as Section 702, a provision that...
  • First lady: White House needs 'grown-up' in times of crisis [barf]

    12/16/2016 4:21:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 16, 2016 5:05 PM EST | Darlene Stuporville
    Michelle Obama says the White House needs a “grown-up” and the nation will come to appreciate President Barack Obama. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey set to air Monday night on CBS, the first lady says the election has reinforced her view that her husband’s administration was able to inspire hope “because we feel the difference now.” “Now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like,” she says. “You know? Hope is necessary. It’s a necessary concept. And Barack didn’t just talk about hope because he thought it was just a nice slogan to get votes. I mean, he and...
  • Once the hope candidate, Obama in his final days faces a hopeless electorate

    10/30/2016 5:40:20 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 30 Oct 16 | Greg Jaffe
    LAS VEGAS — President Obama’s motorcade was still hurtling through Las Vegas traffic when the Rev. Anthony Harris took the microphone to deliver the opening prayer at a rally here for Hillary Clinton. He looked out on the crowd of 3,000 in the high school gymnasium, waiting for the president to arrive. The feeling was different now than it had been eight years earlier, when Obama had just been elected and Harris led his congregation in prayer for the president. Then, there had been crying and cheering in his tiny storefront chapel and a sense that anything was possible....
  • 52 shot: Pace of gun violence in Chicago remains high over another weekend

    08/15/2016 9:27:20 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 15, 2016 | Chicago Tribune Staff
    More than 50 people were shot over another violent weekend in Chicago, a level of violence that has marked many of the summer weekends this year and has pushed the total number of people shot in the city to more than 2,600. The number of people shot during all of last year was 2,988. Between Friday evening and early Monday morning, at least 52 were shot and nine of them were killed, according to police. The weekend before, 49 people were shot, nine of them fatally. And the weekend before that, 52 people were shot, seven of them fatally. The...
  • Interior Secretary: More Diversity Needed In National Monuments – ‘Bronze White Guy’ Too Prevalent

    06/29/2016 10:53:54 AM PDT · by PROCON · 72 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | June 28, 2016 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said on Tuesday at an event focused on Hispanic-American Entrepreneurship that the national monuments in the nation’s capital need to be more diverse. “If you drive around Washington, D.C., in every circle and every square you generally see a bronze white guy – sometimes on a horse, sometimes not - you have to work really hard – like in front of the Indian embassy you’ll find Mahatma Gandhi,” Jewell said.“A handful of women – maybe – if you look really hard – sprinkled around the city, but there are very few places and memorials...
  • Obama arrives in Cuba; hopes visit will usher in change

    03/20/2016 5:18:38 PM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | March 20, 2016 | Kevin Liptak,
    Havana (CNN) — President Barack Obama touched down in Cuba on Sunday, definitively ending a half-century of estrangement in a dramatic personal demonstration of his core foreign policy principle of engaging America's enemies. It's a shift that the change-minded president hopes will nudge the Communist government here to grant more freedoms to its people and open new economic channels for American businesses. The President and his allies also hope a successful détente will offer something bigger: a lasting example of diplomacy's power in dealing with longtime foes.
  • The Threat of Change

    03/10/2016 5:08:17 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 32 replies
    armstrong economics ^ | Mar 10, 2016 | Martin Armstrong
    Why Trump Haters Really Hate Trump It’s not the hair. Or the bad manners. Or the “beautiful” wall he says he’ll build. There’s a different, more subtle reason why the Republican establishment, donor class, political operatives, and the news media in general hate Donald Trump. The reason can be found in a New York Times best selling business book, Stacking The Deck, by Wharton professor David Pottruck. Pottruck, the Charles Schwab CEO who took the genial brokerage house online and into the big time, says that organizations hate change. Hate it with a PASSION! That’s because when there’s a new...
  • Trump’s Softened Stance on Visas Alarms Some Immigration Critics

    03/04/2016 9:32:27 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 96 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 4 2016 | Julia Preston
    Amid the sparring and free-flying insults of Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate, Donald J. Trump said he wanted to expand the number of visas available for highly skilled immigrants. His remarks caused shock among some supporters who have seen Mr. Trump as a bulwark against an influx of foreigners taking American jobs. In an immigration blueprint he released in August, in the early days of his surprising charge toward the Republican nomination, Mr. Trump said the visas for highly skilled workers were part of what he called “disastrous” immigration policies that had “destroyed our middle class.” He gave detailed proposals...
  • TRUMP POSITION PAPER: HEALTHCARE REFORM TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

    03/03/2016 7:07:48 AM PST · by Jim 0216 · 152 replies
    Donald J. Trump for President ^ | 3/2/16 | Donald Trump
    On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare. We will work with Congress to make sure we have a series of reforms ready for implementation that follow free market principles and that will restore economic freedom and certainty to everyone in this country. Congress must act. Our elected representatives in the House and Senate must: 1. Completely repeal Obamacare. 2. Modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines. 3. Allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns under the...
  • States reduce jobless checks, adding pressure to unemployed

    02/28/2016 10:27:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 28, 2016 11:46 AM EST | David A. Lieb
    When Demetrius White recently lost his job as a $10-an-hour forklift driver loading pallets of shampoo, he applied for unemployment benefits to help support his family. That aid will not last as long as it once did, because White is among the first group of people affected by a new Missouri law reducing the duration of jobless benefits. His $200-a-week checks will last no more than three months - just half as long as what has typically been available. [...] States traditionally have offered up to half a year of aid for the unemployed as they search for new jobs....
  • Column - Norma White: You want change? Try these ideas

    02/02/2016 11:27:50 AM PST · by pilgrim · 41 replies
    Amarillo Globe ^ | October 21, 2008 | Norma White
    Here are a few that I believe all Americans want. Limit Congress from serving more than two terms. That is all that presidents are allowed. Stop Congress from voting for their own raises. How did that ever get started? Stop paying for lawmakers' high-priced insurance premiums. After all, they are only part-time employees. They might pass some law changes on the insurance companies, if they had to find one. Stop paying lawmakers their full salary after serving just one term, or at retirement. We need to get rid of that pension plan; they've let other companies get rid of theirs....
  • Trump: Unlike Cruz, ‘I Have a Heart,’ I’ll Enact Universal Health Coverage

    01/31/2016 10:18:08 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 503 replies
    National Review ^ | January 31, 2016 12:20 PM | Tom S. Elliott
    In an interview this morning on This Week, Donald Trump cited his desire to "help people" as the reason he favors government-funded universal health coverage. Unlike Ted Cruz, Trump said, "I have a heart." "If somebody has no money and they're lying in the middle of the street and they're dying, I'm going to take care of that person," Trump said.
  • Will America survive?

    01/25/2016 8:22:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | Monday, January 25, 2016 10:29 PM | Joe David
    For nearly eight years, the Obama Administration shamelessly exploited popular issues, turning them into major news stories whenever they suited a political purpose. It didn't really matter what the issue was (race, religion, or border), or where it occurred (Benghazi, Libya, or Ferguson, Missouri). The intention was always the same: to weaken America by damaging its image and resolve. [...] ... During a private conversation with former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Obama carelessly exposed his administration's intent by making a historic blunder on tape before his second election. Simply put, he said, "I'll have more flexibility after election." What exactly...
  • Police violence protesters 'crash' brunch at North Side restaurants (Chicago-BlackLivesMatter-video)

    01/02/2016 4:30:53 PM PST · by simpson96 · 46 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1/1/2016 | Jordan Owen
    Several protesters took to popular North Side brunch restaurants on New Year's Day to chant and raise awareness of police violence in Chicago.The protesters, including members of Black Lives Matter Chicago, the Black Youth Project, and Assata's Daughters, went into restaurants Kanela Breakfast Club and Dove's Luncheonette in Wicker Park and chanted "While you are here celebrating over brunch, black families are struggling to keep themselves safe from CPD."The protest, which began trending as #BlackBrunchChi on Twitter, was meant to "intervene on the 'celebration' of consumerism, corrupt property zoning/displacement practices, and the retail and service industries' route collusion with police...
  • Young people living with parents is a global phenomenon.

  • Autopilot Nation

    01/06/2015 5:23:18 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/6/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Conservatives lament, and liberals brag, that Obama has fundamentally transformed America. Six years of slumber later, a surging America finally is transcending even the effects of hope and change. For the last few years, most Americans have tuned out their president’s no-time-to-profit rhetoric. They just kept slogging away at what they always did as the most productive people in the world, and waited for the natural up-bound of a moribund economy. Obama himself understands that America is prevailing despite his efforts, and the evidence comes from his own admissions. In a recent National Public Radio interview, Obama took credit for...
  • Conservative Coalition Urges State Officials to ‘Fiercely Resist’ EPA Rule

    12/08/2014 7:50:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 5, 2014 - 4:38 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    A coalition of 35 conservative and free market groups is urging state officials to “fiercely resist” the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to force them to implement “ruinous” new greenhouse gas emission rules that could double the current price of electricity or face harsh regulatory repercussions if they refuse. “You should send a clear message to the federal government that if it insists on pursuing the regulatory equivalent of punitive energy taxes, it must promulgate and implement that policy itself—and be held solely accountable for the disastrous consequences that will follow,” the coalition said a letter sent to governors, state...
  • Savings Blacks from Liberal Leaders

    11/30/2014 6:06:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    I get why Blacks turned out in force to elect Barack Obama president. He was their guy – the first Black man (half Black to be accurate) to have a shot at the position of most powerful person in the world. Someone who could really speak for them and understood their lives. Bill Clinton may have been called the “First Black President,” but he was not really a “brother.” I can see Blacks turning out for Obama the second time because their guy losing reelection would have been a horrible ending. Unfortunately, Obama has not helped the Blacks just like...
  • Let's Give Thanks; The Nation Is on the Rebound

    11/27/2014 12:33:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Matt Towery
    Yes, there were the predictable riots in the streets of Ferguson, as thugs took advantage of the situation to loot stores and destroy property. And yes, our nation has suffered both from ill-conceived domestic policies and no real foreign policy over the past six years. Most of us haven't felt any personal "economic recovery" in our own pockets. But contrary to my often doom-and-gloom outlook, I have reason to suggest that we give much thanks this holiday season, because things are looking up for America. First, we have only two more years of Barack Obama. The American people have booted...
  • ISIL to U.S.: ‘We will raise the flag of Allah in the White House’

    08/09/2014 4:45:41 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    The Washington times ^ | 8-8-14 | Douglas Ernst
    The first installment of a five-part documentary by Vice News on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was released online Thursday, offering Westerners a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the terror group that now controls large swathes of Iraq and Syria. For three weeks, VICE News reporter Medyan Dairieh interviewed and recorded members of ISIL in the Syrian city of Raqqa, even capturing gruesome footage of an ISIL victory over the Syrian army’s 17th division. The terrorist group overran a position held by 50 soldiers belonging to the regime of Bashar al-Assad, decapitated them and...