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  • Is Jeb Bush Turning Into Michael Dukakis?

    08/04/2015 5:27:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/3/15 | DANIEL J. MCGRAW
    Wonkish and mealy-mouthed, Jeb needs to start riling up his supporters—before Donald Trump wins them all over. To hear Jeb Bush tell it, he’s right where he wants to be, the “joyful tortoise” in the race who doesn’t want to say “outrageous things that turns people off to the conservative message.” At the Koch Brothers’ GOP donor convocation in Dana Point, Calif., over the weekend, Bush waxed confident about the campaign strategy he’s following, including the $120 million war chest he’s spent six months amassing. “I mean, this is a long haul,” Bush said. But many GOP voters don’t seem...
  • Jim Koch says he will be ‘the last American owner of Boston Beer’

    08/01/2015 7:28:38 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 16 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 31, 2015 | Brooke Sutherland
    Even a company that named its top beer after a hero of the American Revolution may eventually forsake its home country. Boston Beer Co., the maker of Samuel Adams beer and Angry Orchard hard cider, would be worth more to a foreign owner unburdened by the US tax structure, founder Jim Koch told a Senate committee on Thursday. Because of that, Koch says he regularly gets pitches from investment bankers looking to strike a sale. He’s been turning them down — for now. “We don’t mind paying our taxes here in the US in gratitude for the opportunities that exist...
  • MSNBC Guest: Hillary ‘Will Die A Death Of A Thousand Cuts’ [VIDEO]

    08/02/2015 10:57:31 AM PDT · by Crystal Palace East · 65 replies
    Former SC Democratic party chair Dick Harpootlian told MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki Sunday Vice President Joe Biden’s consideration of a presidential run actually gives Democrats the best chance of retaining the White House in 2016. Harpootlian said Hillary Clinton’s track record will cause her and the Democrats to “die a death of a thousand cuts,” yet Biden is “an inspirational figure” that voters can rally around. HARPOOTLIAN: I think Hillary comes into the race, as she did in ’08 with all kinds of baggage… There’s going to be distractions, we saw just this week with the Wall Street Journal about payments...
  • Ted Cruz Ridicules Mitt Romney in Private and Now in Public, Too

    08/01/2015 5:15:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 38 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | 7/21/15 | Tim Alberta
    In conversations with his campaign staffers and allies, Cruz often points to Romney as the embodiment of a timid, weak Republican Party. And in a private speech in May to the Council for National Policy, a secretive group of top conservative donors and activists, Cruz colorfully described Romney as the worst possible candidate Republicans could have nominated in 2012. "We have had three elections since President Obama was elected. Two of them—2010 and 2014—were national referenda on Obamacare. It was the No. 1 issue, twice. Both elections were tsunami, tidal-waves for Republicans—historic victories," Cruz said, according to an audio recording...
  • Ted Cruz drops the hammer on Mitt Romney

    08/01/2015 5:18:50 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 7/31/15 | Mark Wittington
    When Mitt Romney, the failed presidential candidate in the 2012 presidential election, pointed a scolding finger at Ted Cruz, the journal senator from Texas and current presidential candidate thought he must have died and gone to heaven. Romney is respected as a good man who might have made a pretty decent president had he not be such a bad politician. The main rap against Romney from the conservative base was that he was too gentlemanly and too timid, especially in the third debate, to have prevailed in an election that was very winnable. The National Journal reported on Friday that...
  • MA Town Determines That an Educational WWII History Museum Isn’t Educational (WWII Aircraft)

    08/01/2015 4:42:23 AM PDT · by taildragger · 68 replies
    Best Ride Blog ^ | 7/31/2015 | Craig Fitzgerald
    Over the last four decades, if you’ve seen a World War II aircraft actually in flight, chances are pretty good that the Collings Foundation in Stow, Massachusetts had something to do with it. Wednesday, the town Planning board voted 3-to-2 that the Foundation’s living history events, tours, exhibitions and veteran roundtable discussions are not educational, and thereby denied it a permit to expand. The Building Department also issued a cease and desist order against the Foundation on March 26, 2015 prohibiting take-offs and landings from the airstrip it has maintained and flown from for 37 years.
  • Teamsters endorses Obama over 'vulture capitalist' Romney

    05/07/2012 12:17:02 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/7/12 | BYRON TAU
    The International Brotherhood of Teamsters endorsed President Obama Monday, calling his likely Republican opponent Mitt Romney a "vulture capitalist" whose election would amount to a "fox guarding the henhouse." "He represents everything that is wrong with our financial system. He made his money as CEO of Bain Capital by destroying U.S. businesses, sending good-paying American jobs overseas and filling his pockets with millions while putting workers out on the street," Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa said in a release. The organization's endorsement comes with a promise to put "boots on the ground" in all fifty states. "Working families know who is...
  • Iran: Obama Admin Lying About Nuclear Deal for ‘Domestic Consumption’

    07/30/2015 7:35:26 AM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 30, 2015 | dam Kredo
    Senior Iranian officials are accusing the Obama administration of lying about the details of the recent nuclear accord in order to soothe fears among U.S. lawmakers and Americans about the implications of the deal, which will release billions of dollars to the Islamic Republic while temporarily freezing its nuclear program, according to reports from Iran’s state-controlled media.
  • Kerry: We Don't Have 'Access' to the 'Actual Agreement' on Iran Side Deals

    07/30/2015 6:45:06 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 28 2015 | Pam Key
    Tuesday at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran nuclear agreement, Secretary of State John Kerry admitted he does not have “access” to the secret deal between the IAEA and Iran on the enforcement of inspections and has only been briefed on the agreements when pressed by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX). Partial transcript: KERRY: “No I haven’t seen it. I’ve been briefed on it. And –” POE: “–But you haven’t read it, you haven’t seen it.” KERRY: “No because it’s in the possession of the IAEA.” POE: “Are you going to read it?” KERRY: “We don’t have access...
  • Kerry: ‘I Have No Specific Knowledge of a Plan by Iran to Actually Destroy Us’

    07/30/2015 9:29:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 29, 2015 | 8:40 PM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Secretary of State John Kerry says he does not know whether the Iranian regime truly wants to destroy America, but views its policy as one “of opposition to us and of great enmity.” When Kerry appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday to defend the Iran nuclear agreement, Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) asked him about Tehran’s policy in the light of the “death to America” chants common at events presided over by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hasan Rouhani. […] “Do you think it’s their policy to destroy us?” (Poe said.) “I think they have a...
  • Mitt Romney Attacks Ted Cruz for Calling Obama ‘Leading Financier of Terrorism’ over Iran Deal

    07/30/2015 6:20:18 AM PDT · by Amntn · 102 replies
    The GatewayPundit ^ | 7/30/15 | Kristinn Taylor
    Failed Republican 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney took to Twitter early Thursday to attack Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is running for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, for his comments accusing President Barack Obama of becoming the leading financier of terrorism with his nuclear deal with Iran.
  • Audit finds 22 of 23 taxpayer-backed ObamaCare co-ops lost money in 2014

    07/30/2015 8:54:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 30, 2015
    Under resident Barack Obama's overhaul, taxpayers provided $2.4 billion in loans to get the co-ops going, but only one out of 23 -- the one in Maine -- made money last year ... Another one, the Iowa/Nebraska co-op, was shut down by regulators over financial concerns. The audit by the Health and Human Services inspector general's office also found that 13 of the 23 lagged far behind their 2014 enrollment projections. The probe raised concerns about whether federal loans will be repaid, and ... Just last week, the Louisiana Health Cooperative announced it would cease offering coverage next year
  • I believe Iran and Saudi Arabia, not John Kerry

    07/29/2015 7:46:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/29/2015 | Ethel C. Fenig
    While Secretary of State John Kerry was busy blaming Israel for questioning the Iran deal thus potentially destroying his chances of winning the Nobel Peace Prize he feels he so richly deserves, Iran was busy confirming why Kerry deserves the Nobel Sucker Prize or the Nobel Prize for Endangering the World By Nuclear Iran. Speaking publicly at a think tank, Kerry cleverly shifted the failure of his deadly crowning achievement to the tried and true usual victims -- the Israelis, the Jews. [SNIP] Saudi Arabia's King Salman backs Israel over Iran nuclear deal concerns King Salman of Saudi Arabia voiced...
  • Daily Kickoff: Rising Star Israeli diplomat George Deek | Ted Cruz to host Iran strategy meeting

    07/28/2015 11:19:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    SCENE LAST NIGHT: Less than a mile or so from Chabad Lubavitch's HQ at 770 Eastern Parkway, around 80 Hillary for America supporters gathered at the home of former White House Jewish Liaison Jarrod Bernstein and Hildy Kuryk, currently communications director at Vogue, to hear from the Clinton campaign's senior advisors including manager Robby Mook, vice chairwoman Huma Abedin and finance director Dennis Chang. SPOTTED: Recent Chairman of the Conference of Presidents Bob Sugarman, Obama mega-bundler Sarah Kovner, Tusk Ventures' Seth London, Anya Hoerburger of Intermedia Partners, Samantha Maltzman, Jill Strauss, Samantha Vinograd of Goldman Sachs and formerly at office...
  • WATCH: Kerry Won’t Commit to Following Law If Congress Tosses Iran Deal

    07/28/2015 5:21:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7/28/15 | Bridget Johnson
    Pressed by a senior House Democrat at today’s Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran deal, Secretary of State John Kerry would not commit the Obama administration to following the law if Congress shoots down the deal by a veto-proof majority. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) noted that the deal “might be, at most, morally binding on this administration.” “The IRGC may publicly oppose this deal because that’s the best thing the Iranian government can do to pursue us to support — here in Congress to support the deal or maybe they genuinely oppose it,” he noted. Sherman asked Kerry point-blank...
  • You will NOT BELIEVE who was best man at John Kerry’s daughter’s wedding

    07/28/2015 5:08:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 86 replies
    Allen B. West ^ | 7/28/15 | Michele Hickford
    **SNIP** Zarif is the current minister of foreign affairs in the Rouhani administration and has held various significant diplomatic and cabinet posts since the 1990s. He was Kerry’s chief counterpart in the nuclear deal negotiations. Secretary Kerry and Zarif first met over a decade ago at a dinner party hosted by George Soros at his Manhattan penthouse. What a surprise. I have to say, connecting the dots gets more and more frightening. But it gets even worse. Guess who was the best man at the 2009 wedding between Kerry’s daughter Vanessa and Behrouz Vala Nahed? Javad Zarif’s son.
  • Dr. Church’s appeal to take place this Wednesday and Thursday. Physician fired from hospital for ...

    07/28/2015 5:02:29 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    MassResistance ^ | 7/27/15 | MassResistance
    Dr. Church’s appeal to take place this Wednesday and Thursday. Physician fired from hospital for discussing medical dangers of homosexual behavior This Wednesday and Thursday, July 29-30, the appeal hearing for Dr. Paul Church will take place. It will include lawyers, “evidence”, and witnesses, as his hospital attempts to seal his firing. On March 30, Dr. Church, a well-respected urologist, was expelled from the medical staff of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a major Harvard-affiliated hospital in Boston. Dr. Church’s crime? He voiced concerns to his colleagues and hospital staff about the unhealthy nature of homosexual behavior and objected...
  • Carr: Boston 2024 boondoggle united opponents (Olympic bid)

    07/28/2015 3:38:39 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | July 28, 2015 | By Howie Carr
    Finally, at long last, someone has gone broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch — Boston 2024. There is a God. The lesson here is from Abraham Lincoln: You can’t fool all of the people all of the time — even in Massachusetts. It’s a great victory for the people, but it could easily have gone the other way. What if Marsha Coakley had been elected governor? The state would already be on the hook for $5 billion in cost overruns. Like most flim-flams, the Boston Olympics collapsed abruptly. Perplexing,...
  • Ruling out high deflation scenarios

    07/28/2015 12:39:06 PM PDT · by detective · 5 replies
    Climate Audit ^ | Jul 3, 2015 | Steve McIntyre
    Further to my series of posts on Deflategate, reader chrimony observed that my statistical analysis had shown that it was possible that there had been no tampering, but had not excluded the possibility of tampering. This is a sensible observation, but raises the question of whether and how one could use the available statistical information to exclude tampering. This is analysis that ought to have been done in the Wells Report. I’ve done the analysis in this post and the results are sharper than I’d anticipated. For Logo initialization, any manual deflation exceeding de minimis of say 0.1 psi can...
  • House GOP to Senate: We’re not taking up your highway bill

    07/27/2015 12:35:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 27, 2015 | Scott Wong
    The House will not vote on a multi-year Senate highway bill that revives the now-expired Export-Import Bank, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Monday. “We’re not taking up the Senate bill,” McCarthy declared to a roomful of reporters in his office. Instead, McCarthy urged the Senate to take up a short-term House-passed bill which extends federal highway funding for five months, without renewing the Ex-Im Bank charter. He called the House bill the “best option” for Congress before money for highways, bridges and mass transit runs out on Friday. McCarthy’s declaration is a blow not only to the Senate,...
  • Senate advances Export-Import Bank lifeline

    07/26/2015 10:15:33 PM PDT · by Rabin · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/26/15 | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., kept a promise made to Democratics earlier this year that in exchange for their support on an important trade deal, he would allow a vote on a measure to extend the bank.... Obama administration is closer than ever on a breakthrough on the biggest trade deal in world history. http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/trans-pacific-partnership-trade-pact-challenges-120600.html All the Good ol Boys are convinced we the people, maintain generic, or self-inflicted stupid. We the people keep proving it is so, up to the tipping p0int. Raben
  • De Blasio raves about presidential hopeful, but it’s not Hillary

    07/25/2015 4:23:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 25, 2015 | Rich Calder
    Mayor de Blasio is a big fan of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders — because the Vermont senator is a proud “Democratic socialist.” [Snip] De Blasio was quick to correct CNN’s Carol Costello after she called Sanders a “socialist,” telling her the senator is a “Democratic socialist.” “I think there’s a lot to like in that title,” he gushed.
  • Kerry has ‘intense exchange’ with Jewish leaders over Iran deal

    07/26/2015 10:31:34 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | 07/26/2015 | Geoff Earle and Kevin Fasick
    Secretary of State John Kerry had an “intense exchange” when he tried to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical Jewish leaders in New York on Friday.A day after GOP senators blasted him for getting “fleeced” by Iran, Kerry faced another tough crowd in a closed-door meeting with about 120 Jewish leaders at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.“It was very intense exchange, serious exchange,” the group’s vice chairman, Malcolm Hoenlein, told The Post.Kerry spoke from a podium and fielded pointed questions from a crowd of Israel supporters concerned that the deal could allow Iran to get...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Unfavorable Rating Higher Than Those of All Her 2016 Democratic Rivals

    07/25/2015 2:02:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | July 24, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    Hillary Clinton’s favorable rating has sunk to a new low as that of her 2016 rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has doubled since March. A Gallup poll released Friday demonstrates that the share of Americans with a favorable view of Clinton has declined from 48 percent in April when she first announced her presidential campaign to 43 percent today. Meanwhile, Sanders is enjoying an incredible surge; the Vermont senator’s favorable rating has doubled since Gallup tested it in March, jumping from 12 to 24 percent. Unfortunately for Clinton, her unfavorable rating has been rising. The share of Americans holding...
  • Cruz accuses McConnell of lying (Why Cruz voted for TPA)

    07/24/2015 10:24:01 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 129 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a blistering floor speech Friday accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) of lying to him over a deal to vote on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.
  • AG's office vows review amid Planned Parenthood video flap (Massachusetts)

    07/23/2015 1:48:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | Chris Villani
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said she will look into Planned Parenthood in Massachusetts to determine whether any local offices may have been involved in the tissue donation controversy that has hit the women’s health group over the past week. “My office spoke with Planned Parenthood and they assured us this type of alleged activity does not happen here,” Healey told Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting.” “That said, we are going to review it, we are going to ask questions, as always is the case. We will always make sure to look at any evidence of illegal activity here in...
  • Brockton Man Is First Ashley Madison User Exposed By Hackers

    07/22/2015 4:42:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 117 replies
    WBZ ^ | 7/21/15 | Jim Armstrong
    For a website like AshleyMadison.com that prides itself on secrecy and anonymity, a breach like this can be catastrophic. The site’s subscribers pay to have access to other married people looking to have affairs. They all, presumably, felt that their private information was safe. “The quick answer is: not that safe,” says Dr. Michael Sulmeyer, the director of the Cyber Security Initiative at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center.He says Ashley Madison’s clients know now the truth of the web: everything is hackable.“Largely, you should not have an expectation of ultimate security and privacy,” Sulmeyer explains. “And...
  • Kerry Might Be Disturbed by Iran, But Obama Sure Isn’t

    So Secretary of State John Kerry finds Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s plans to defy U.S. Middle East policy “very disturbing.” (H/T Allahpundit at Hot Air). So now Kerry is disturbed by Iran? Apparently, Kerry wasn’t all that disturbed negotiating with a regime that is currently holding four Americans in captivity. Of course, when Major Garrett of CBS News dared to question President Obama about it, he admonished Garrett and told him he “should know better.” If Kerry genuinely finds Khamenei’s statements disturbing, President Obama surely doesn’t. After all, when Khamenei uttered “Of course, yes, Death to America,” back...
  • Ted Cruz’s Iran doomsday: ‘Murder’ of millions of Israelis, Americans

    07/21/2015 12:02:48 PM PDT · by VinL · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/21/15
    Ted Cruz’s worst fear about the nuclear deal with Iran? That “millions of Americans will be murdered by radical theocratic zealots.” President Obama [argues] that under the deal Iran’s ability to quickly make a bomb will be hamstrung, and that doing nothing would actually accelerate Iran’s nuclear capabilities. But Cruz said if Iran were to acquire a bomb, he fears the detonation of a nuclear weapon over Tel Aviv,... that would “murder vast numbers of Palestinians” and Israeli Jews. “The odds are unacceptably high that they would view the murder of those Palestinians is perfectly acceptable collateral damage to annihilating...
  • John Kerry: It’s ‘Very Disturbing’ How Ayatollah Keeps Saying He Wants to Destroy Us

    07/21/2015 8:52:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/21/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Secretary of State John Kerry admitted to Al-Arabiya that it’s “very disturbing” how Ayatollah Ali Khamenei continues talking about destroying the U.S. and Israel after signing the P5+1 nuclear agreement.Kerry said he would be pitching Gulf partners on “all of the ways in which this agreement, in fact, makes the Gulf states and the region safer.” “I will also discuss with them at great length the things that the United States of America is going to do, working with them, in order to push back against the terror and counterterrorism efforts and other activities in the region that are very...
  • U.S. 'disturbed' by Iranian leader's criticism after deal

    07/21/2015 7:44:04 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 21 Jul 2015 | Bozorgmehr Sharafedin Nour
    DUBAI, (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was very disturbed by anti-U.S. hostility voiced by Iran's top leader after a nuclear deal, as both countries' top diplomats sought to calm opposition to the accord from political hardliners at home. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear programme was "very troubling". "I don't know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that...
  • Defiant Ayatollah: Deal Changes Nothing

    07/21/2015 6:22:19 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 11 replies
    Patriot News Daily ^ | 7/20/2015 | Staff
    If President Barack Obama and other world leaders hoped the nuclear agreement with Iran would lead to normalized relations down the road, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has nipped that prospect in the bud. Speaking Saturday about the deal, the Islamic holy leader denied a wider shift in foreign policy. “We have repeatedly said we don’t negotiate with the U.S. on regional or international affairs; not even on bilateral issues. There are some exceptions like the nuclear program that we negotiated with the Americans to serve our interests,” Khamenei said. Iranians are excited about the ramifications of the deal,...
  • Syriac-Assyrians welcome US statement on self-government and self-defence [Christians]

    07/21/2015 4:57:52 AM PDT · by huldah1776
    Middle East Monitor ^ | July 21, 2015 | N/A
    Christians in Syria have welcomed the statement by US General John Allen, the special coordinator of the International Coalition against ISIS, in which he recognised the need for all peoples in Syria to have some degree of autonomy when they are freed from tyranny. The Syriac-Assyrians made their comments in a press release in which they also welcomed the continuing efforts of the coalition against ISIS. "This demonstrates," they said, "that the war against the militant group is a war to defend the whole of humanity." against the militant group is a war to defend the whole of humanity." There...
  • Media Matters Smears Ann Romney About Her MS, Says She’s ‘Got It Great’

    07/20/2015 10:52:48 PM PDT · by Ripliancum · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/20/2015 | Derek Hunter
    Media Matters, the allegedly non-partisan progressive “watchdog” group that has been caught coordinating with the Obama administration and whose founder has pledged his group’s loyalty to Hillary Clinton, sure doesn’t like Ann Romney. And why? Because she’s written too many books. Oliver Willis, a “research fellow” at the activist group, was disturbed that the former first lady of Massachusetts had written another book. He was so bothered that he felt the need to tell the world of his disgust...
  • Gay vets OK’d for St. Pat’s parade [Boston]

    12/16/2014 5:53:43 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 15 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/16/2014 | Peter Gelzinis, O’Ryan Johnson
    The Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston voted last night to allow a gay veterans group to march in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, according to Brian Mahoney, the group’s commander. “It’s awesome. It’s outstanding,” said Bryan Bishop, founder of OUTVETS, the first openly gay group to be allowed to march in the parade after a two-decade-long controversy. Bishop was credited by Mahoney as having swayed the board. Bishop told the Herald that when he spoke to the nine-member council last night and gave his pitch, he didn’t think it could have gone worse and was shocked when...
  • It’s not Dixie’s fault

    07/20/2015 8:02:32 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 17,2015 | Thomas J. Sugrue
    Education remains separate and unequal nearly everywhere in the United States, but Confederate-flag-waving Southerners aren’t responsible for the most racially divided schools. That title goes to New York, where 64 percent of black students attend schools with few, if any, white students, according to a recent report by the Civil Rights Project. In fact, the Northeast is the only region where the percentage of black students in extremely segregated schools — those where at least 90 percent of students are minorities — is higher than it was in the 1960s. Schools in the South, on the other hand, saw the...
  • The Daily 202: Bernie’s base problems

    07/20/2015 5:50:05 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/20/15 | James Hohmann and Elise Viebeck
    PHOENIX—Bernie Sanders is unaccustomed to being heckled by protesters. The self-identified democratic socialist was caught off guard here Saturday when African-American and Latino activists jeered him at Netroots Nation. Sanders’ inability to control the audience – he tried to shut them up and then he tried to yell over them – underscores his broader struggle to expand his appeal and highlights why his summer surge is unlikely to last. The huge crowds Sanders draws are overwhelmingly white, and polling consistently shows that virtually all of his support comes from whites. After Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two contests on...
  • Pamela Geller, Breitbart News: The Mosques Behind Jihad Attacks in America

    07/19/2015 4:28:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 7/19/15 | Pamela Geller
    By Pamela Geller, Breitbart, July 19, 2015 The New York Times reported Thursday that “in the last two or three months,” the Chattanooga gunman Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez “had begun showing up rather regularly at Friday Prayer at the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga, a large mosque and cultural center, said Dr. Azhar S. Sheikh, a founding member of the center’s board.” “Dr. Sheikh said that he showed no signs of extremism. He said the family regularly worshiped at the mosque,” the NYT reported. What is being taught at that mosque? Are investigators simply going to assume that the mosque is...
  • John Kerry, who knows something about having his war record attacked, savages Donald Trump

    07/19/2015 3:14:04 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 87 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7-20-2015 | Brett Logiurato
    July 20, 2015John Kerry, who knows something about having his war record attacked, savages Donald Trumpby Brett Logiurato Secretary of State John Kerry came to the defense late Saturday night of Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), whose combat record had come under fire earlier in the day by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Kerry served in the US Senate with McCain for nearly 30 years before replacing Hillary Clinton as secretary of state near the start of President Barack Obama's second term. "I have known John McCain for more than 30 years. We've had our share of disagreements and still do...
  • Kerry: It Would Be 'Presumptuous' to Go to Congress Before Going to UN

    07/19/2015 11:32:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 07/19/2015 | Daniel Halper
    Secretary of State John Kerry defended the Obama administration's decision to take the Iran deal to the United Nations before the U.S. Congress votes on it. Kerry made the remarks in an interview this morning on ABC News: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The ABC reporter, Jon Karl, asked, "But the bottom line, the UN is going to vote on this before Congress gets to vote on this?" "Well, they have a right to do that, honestly. It is presumptuous of some people to say that France, Russia, China, Germany, Britain ought to do what the Congress tells them...
  • Mitt Romney Piles On Trump For Savaging McCain, Trump Fires Back

    07/18/2015 2:37:19 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 213 replies
    TPM ^ | 7/18/15 | DAVID KURTZ
    As a wave of Republican scorn washed over Donald Trump Saturday for questioning John McCain's status as a war hero, Mitt Romney joined in with praise for McCain and derision for Trump. -snip- Both men lost to Barack Obama, a fact Trump was quick to tout in returning fire toward Romney: Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 49 minutes ago Why would anybody listen to @MittRomney? He lost an election that should have easily been won against Obama. By the way,so did John McCain!
  • Sgt. Sullivan, killed in Chattanooga attack, went to aid fellow Marines when he was fatally shot

    07/18/2015 2:22:31 PM PDT · by libertarian27 · 18 replies
    MassLive ^ | 7-17-2015 | Conor Berry
    SPRINGFIELD — He was a hero right to the end, according to those who served with Marine Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, one of four Marines killed in a deadly attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday, in what some officials are calling an ISIS-inspired attack. Sullivan, a Springfield native raised in East Forest Park, was running to save his wounded colleagues when he, too, was shot. He didn't survive. Known as "Gunny" to his fellow Marines, Sullivan "died a hero yesterday," Marine Sgt. Amanda Vincent told Sullivan's family, who gathered Friday at the Hampden home of his parents, Gerry and Betty...
  • It’s time to draft Al Gore: If Democrats want to win, it’s clear neither Hillary nor Sanders..

    07/18/2015 1:10:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 72 replies
    Salon ^ | July 17, 2015 | Sean Illing
    It’s time to draft Al Gore: If Democrats want to win, it’s clear neither Hillary nor Sanders is the way The presidential election is still sixteen months away, but this much is clear: Hillary Clinton is a vulnerable candidate. Since announcing her candidacy in April, Clinton’s stature has steadily slipped. Things got even worse this week. We learned, first, that Bernie Sanders eclipsed Clinton in small, individual donations, which is an indicator of popular support among likely voters. Second, and more problematic, the newest AP poll revealed significant weaknesses among Democrats on a host of issues, including trust, character, and...
  • Chattanooga shooting: Springfield native Thomas Sullivan among Marines killed

    07/17/2015 9:32:36 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    masslive.com ^ | 7/17/15 | Conor Berry
    He grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, survived two tours of duty in Iraq, and earned a Purple Heart. But, according to his family, he died in a domestic terrorist attack on Thursday, July 16, 2015, at the hands of a madman in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who shot up a military base, killing four Marines and wounding three others. His name is Thomas J. Sullivan, 40, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, one of three kids of Jerry and Betty Sullivan. He grew up in the East Forest Park section of Springfield, graduated Cathedral High School and went on to serve...
  • As Kerry Recalled His War Experience at End of Iran Talks, ‘Everyone Had Tears in Their Eyes’

    07/16/2015 7:42:28 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 53 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 7/15/16 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – In the closing minutes of the Iran nuclear negotiations in Vienna this week, Secretary of State John Kerry made a comment about having gone to war as a young man and not wanting to do so again, leaving everyone in the room, including the Iranians, with “tears in their eyes.” Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. negotiator in the talks, recounted the moment while addressing the annual Generation Prague Conference at the State Department on Wednesday. Sherman said that in the final plenary session, with the media out of the room, each of...
  • Clinton proposes tax breaks for corporate profit-sharing

    07/16/2015 11:02:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 16, 2015 2:00 PM EDT | Jill Colvin
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is proposing new incentives to encourage corporations to share profits with workers. Her plan is to give businesses that offer employees a share of profits a two-year tax credit equal to at least 15 percent of their profit-sharing payments. The plan would exclude high-income workers and firms where only a small percentage of employees benefit. …
  • Subprime Revisionism In Clinton’s War On Wall St.

    07/16/2015 5:10:14 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 16 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 7/15/2015 | IBD Editorial
    2016: If only Wall Street bankers had listened to St. Hillary during the subprime mortgage frenzy. She now claims she warned about the risky loans. Yep, a Clinton actually went there. Her campaign may regret it. While bashing Wall Street for risky acts and "criminal behavior," Clinton in her first economic stump speech portrayed herself as the voice of financial sanity in a casino of wild greed. "As we all know, in the years before the crash, financial firms piled risk upon risk," she intoned, "and regulators in Washington either wouldn't or couldn't keep up. "I was alarmed by this...
  • AP-GfK Poll: Clinton’s standing falls among Democrats

    07/16/2015 1:11:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 16, 2015 3:47 AM EDT | Lisa Lerer and Emily Swanson
    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s standing is falling among Democrats, and voters view her as less decisive and inspiring than when she launched her presidential campaign just three months ago, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The survey offers a series of warning signs for the leading Democratic candidate. Most troubling, perhaps, for her prospects are questions about her compassion for average Americans, a quality that fueled President Barack Obama’s two White House victories. Just 39 percent of all Americans have a favorable view of Clinton, compared to nearly half who say they have a negative opinion of her. That’s an...
  • Voters see Hillary as more extreme than all GOP presidential candidates

    07/15/2015 4:49:18 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/14/2015 | John Merline
    Ask any journalist or pundit to name the most out-of-the-mainstream candidates in the presidential race, and you're almost certain to hear names on the Republican side of the aisle — people like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. But it turns the real extremists are the ones leading the pack for the Democratic nomination — at least in the public's mind.
  • Residents Shocked to Hear Neighbor Was Alleged Terrorist

    07/15/2015 9:37:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    kplc-tv ^ | Jul 14, 2015 | Tim Callery
    Residents of a quiet Adams neighborhood in disbelief Monday night after learning one of their own was plotting terror attacks on U.S. soil. "Too close for comfort for me, my friends and my family," said resident Lila Zustra. According to court documents obtained by Western Mass News, Alexander Ciccolo, also known as Ali Al Amriki, was arrested back on July 4 after obtaining two glock pistols and two rifles from a source working with the FBI. "My son catches the bus right up the road and to have someone like that right here, it's overwhelming," said resident Jessica Pierce. Federal...