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  • FBI: Person in custody in Maryland shootings; 1 damaged NSA building

    03/05/2015 12:37:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 4, 2015 | Associated Press
    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A person believed responsible for shootings along highways over the last two weeks in the Baltimore-Washington area, including shots that damaged a National Security Agency building, is in custody, the FBI said early Wednesday. The FBI believes the person in custody is responsible for shootings along Maryland highways, including one near the Fort Meade Army installation, which is home to the NSA, FBI spokeswoman Amy Thoreson said in a statement. She said no other information was available early Wednesday.
  • Kathleen Matthews likely to run for Van Hollen's seat ( Maryland )

    03/05/2015 8:35:45 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 3/5/15 | MIKE ALLEN
    Kathleen Matthews, Marriott International’s executive vice president and chief global communications and public affairs officer, and wife of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, is planning to run for the seat of Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). Van Hollen announced Wednesday that he’ll seek the seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Mikulski. ... Matthews, who has long talked about running for office, advocated Marriott’s move toward more progressive policies, including sustainability and LGBT friendliness. ... She’s on the boards of Catholic Charities Foundation, Ford’s Theatre and
  • NEW EMAILS Could Send Democrat Elijah Cummings to Prison for Targeting Voter Rights Group

    03/05/2015 7:43:23 AM PST · by george76 · 87 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | March 5, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Last April House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released a report implicating Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in colluding with the IRS and Lois Lerner against the nonpartisan voters rights group “True the Vote.” Catherine Engelbrecht, the founder of “True the Vote,” testified before Congress in February. She was targeted by FBI, IRS, ATF, and OSHA after she filed for tax exempt status for her voters rights group. Engelbrecht said this during her testimony before Congress and Cummings, “Frankly, to sit before my accuser and be silent in the face of what he did was unconscionable.” ... This week the...
  • Poll: Walker and Bush lead crowded GOP field

    03/05/2015 3:59:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Politico | March 5, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Scott Walker and Jeb Bush head a crowded field of prospective Republican presidential candidates in the latest national poll released Thursday. Walker, the Wisconsin governor, polls at 18 percent, and Bush, the former Florida governor, is at 16 percent. The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 8 percent each; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 7 percent; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 6 percent each; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 5 percent; former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 2 percent; and South Carolina Sen....
  • (Maryland) Lawmaker Proposes Lower Military Drinking Age

    03/04/2015 4:40:50 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 17 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...
  • Shots Fired Near NSA Headquarters, Building Damaged by Gunfire

    03/03/2015 2:51:49 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 70 replies
    N.B.C ^ | March 3, 2015 | No Attribution
    Park Police officials told News4 they're investigating a report of shots fired along BW Parkway and Route 32 in Fort Meade, Maryland. The National Security Agency is located nearby, and has reported that one of their buildings has been damaged by what appears to be gunfire. NSA and Park Police officials are investigating whether the incidents are related. No word of any injuries.
  • Pelosi: That Netanyahu speech was so insulting, it nearly left me in tears

    03/03/2015 11:04:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/03/2015 | AllahPundit
    Whatever. Here’s how seriously you should take her alleged outrage over Netanyahu’s “Bibi knows best” attitude. Back in 2007, while George W. Bush was warning people that Bashar Assad might not be the cuddly would-be “reformer” that Democrats like Hillary Clinton were convinced he was, one prominent liberal flew all the way to Damascus to sit down with Assad and pose for photos. Bush wanted to isolate him; the Democrat in question, convinced that she and her party knew best, had other ideas. Guess who.I also like the idea here that when U.S. intelligence tells you something, you can...
  • Pelosi Exits Chamber Before Netanyahu

    03/03/2015 9:23:02 AM PST · by Biggirl · 52 replies
    National Review.com ^ | March 3, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) made her lack of enthusiasm for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech apparent throughout the remarks, applauding half-heartedly and then quickly exiting the chamber after the speech, before Netanyahu did.
  • Pelosi 'near tears' at Bibi 'insult'

    03/03/2015 9:51:50 AM PST · by ColdOne · 95 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 3/3/15 | Mike Lillis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hammered Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday, saying the Israeli prime minister's speech to Congress was an "insult" to the country. “The unbreakable bonds between the United States and Israel are rooted in our shared values, our common ideals and mutual interests," Pelosi said in a statement just after the speech. “That is why, as one who values the U.S. — Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears
  • NANCY PELOSI: BIBI COMING TO CONGRESS MIGHT UPSET IRAN

    03/03/2015 10:58:56 AM PST · by barmag25 · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/3/15 | Jordan schachtel
    The House of Representatives’ senior ranking Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, said on Wednesday she was concerned that if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the U.S. Congress in March, it may result in negative ramifications for the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran. The fact that Israel is America’s only ideological ally in the Middle East and that Iran is sworn to the United States’ destruction did not make an appearance in the remarks of the House Minority Leader. “Such a presentation could send the wrong message in terms of giving diplomacy a chance,” Pelosi told reporters outside of a conference...
  • Breaking: Shots fired near NSA Bldg

    03/03/2015 3:29:34 PM PST · by NRx · 34 replies
    Sputnik ^ | Sputnik
    According to local media, police are investigating reports of shots fired near an NSA building in Maryland. A National Security Agency building at the Ft. Meade, Maryland campus was damaged by multiple gunshots Tuesday after gunfire was reported in the area, according to a Park Police spokeswoman. No injuries resulting from the incident were reported.
  • Parents Who Let Kids Walk Alone to Appeal in Neglect Case

    03/03/2015 12:18:07 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 40 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | 03/03/2015
    A Maryland couple who were investigated by state officials after letting their children walk home from a park without an adult say they will appeal a finding of "unsubstantiated child neglect" and will continue to let the children walk by themselves.
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 51 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • Barbara Mikulski won’t seek reelection in 2016

    03/02/2015 6:56:25 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/02/2015 | Kyle Cheney and Burgess Everett
    Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski will announce later Monday that she won’t seek reelection in 2016, two sources familiar with her plans confirmed to POLITICO, opening up a seat long coveted by Free State Democrats looking to move up. The 78-year-old Mikulski is the longest-serving woman in congressional history. She was first elected to the Senate in 1986, after serving five terms in the House. Mikulski’s campaign called an 11 a.m. press conference in Baltimore on only a few hours’ notice, saying only that she’d make an “important announcement about her future plans.” Her retirement will create an open seat...
  • Sen. Mikulski said to be retiring from Senate [MD]

    03/02/2015 6:38:54 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/02/2015 | Jenna Johnson
    Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who has served in Congress longer than any woman in history, will announce at a news conference Monday that she is retiring from the Senate after five terms in office, three people familiar with her plans said. Mikulski, 78, was the first woman to chair the powerful Appropriations Committe, a post she had to give up this year when the Democrats lost control of the Senate. A social worker turned politician, she has been a forceful presence on many pieces of legislation, passionately liberal on certain issues but also committed to working closely with Republicans.
  • Private police carry guns and make arrests, and their ranks are swelling

    03/01/2015 12:46:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Michael Youlen stopped a driver in a Manassas apartment complex on a recent night and wrote the man a ticket for driving on a suspended license. With a badge on his chest and a gun on his hip, Youlen gave the driver a stern warning to stay off the road. The stop was routine police work, except for one fact: Youlen is not a Manassas officer. The citation came courtesy of the private force he created that, until recently, he called the “Manassas Junction Police Department.” He is its chief and sole officer. He is a force of one. And...
  • Onward Christian soldiers: US filmmaker, self-styled revolutionary trains faithful to fight ISIS

    02/27/2015 11:53:34 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 4 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 27 Feb 15 | Hollie McKay
    Just 12 miles north of the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul, an American filmmaker and self-styled revolutionary is running a boot camp for Christians willing and able to fight for their lives and faith against the murderous Islamic terror organization. Matthew VanDyke, an award-winning documentary filmmaker who escaped a Libyan prison after going there to help overthrow Col. Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, is helping to train hundreds of long-persecuted Assyrian Christians in everything from firearms to close quarters combat. VanDyke, who founded the security contracting firm company Sons of Liberty (SOLI), is working with an unnamed U.S. military veteran to get...
  • Army of Assyrian Christians Aims to Fight Islamic State

    02/28/2015 6:11:37 AM PST · by xzins · 21 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | February 25, 2015 | Therese Apel
    Assyrian Christians in the Nineveh Plain, with the help of a group of Americans, are building a fighting machine to stand toe-to-toe with the Islamic State group to preserve their homeland, their history and their heritage. The Nineveh Plain Protection Unit, or NPU, is a battalion of 350 to 500 men trained by Sons of Liberty International, an American-led nonprofit group aimed at “stepping in where governments in the international community have failed.” SOLI founder Matthew VanDyke of New York, a filmmaker who became a freedom fighter in the Libyan civil war and spent six months as a prisoner of...
  • Onward Christian Soldiers: Self-Styled Revolutionary Trains Faithful To Fight ISIS (Crusaders?)

    02/27/2015 5:04:51 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-27-2015 | Hollie McKay
    Hollie McKay February 27, 2015 Just 12 miles north of the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul, an American filmmaker and self-styled revolutionary is running a boot camp for Christians willing and able to fight for their lives and faith against the murderous Islamic terror organization. Matthew VanDyke, an award-winning documentary filmmaker who escaped a Libyan prison after going there to help overthrow Col. Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, is helping to train hundreds of long-persecuted Assyrian Christians in everything from firearms to close quarters combat. VanDyke, who founded the security contracting firm company Sons of Liberty (SOLI), is working with an unnamed...
  • Journalist from Baltimore is missing in Libya

    04/04/2011 5:44:21 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 14 replies
    The Balitmore Sun ^ | April 3, 2011 | Peter Hermann
    Matthew VanDyke didn't go into Libya to be in the middle of a war. The 31-year-old freelance journalist from Baltimore thought Moammar Gadhafi would be ousted from power by the time he arrived in early March. He would report on the changes sweeping the country and help friends he had met on previous visits build a new country. But VanDyke hasn't been heard from since mid-March, when he called his mother and girlfriend on a cellphone with a scratchy connection while on a truck headed from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi to the town of Brega. (snip) The journalist decided...
  • Free Syrian Army Filmmaker Says Rebels ‘Laughing’ at U.S. Plan, ‘Don’t Take This Seriously’

    09/24/2014 5:26:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | September 23, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A documentary filmmaker who spent time with the Free Syrian Army said that moderate rebels are “laughing” at President Obama’s plan to arm them against the Islamic State, claiming they simply “don’t take this seriously.” Matthew VanDyke, an American filmmaker and a friend of executed journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, spoke with Fox News’s Shepard Smith about the White House’s plan to arm and train thousands of rebels affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, a more moderate rebel group that’s friendly with the West, in order to encourage them to fight the Islamic State. VanDyke warned that removing the...
  • Reversible toll lanes on 270? Maybe

    02/27/2015 7:12:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    WTOP ^ | February 26, 2015 | Ari Ashe
    ROCKVILLE, Md. — With a new governor viewed as road-friendly in Annapolis, one Montgomery County lawmaker hopes toll lanes on Interstate 270 are a possibility. County Councilmember Roger Berliner supports converting the two High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on I-270 into reversible toll lanes. “We backed a plan six years ago with two reversible lanes. People in carpools or transit vehicles ride free; everyone else would have to pay a toll,” says Berliner. The concept would be similar to the new 95 Express Lanes in Virginia between Stafford County and Alexandria. Similar to Virginia, any project in Maryland would likely require...
  • The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas Supporters

    02/27/2015 4:49:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas SupportersPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 26, 2015 @ 6:02 pm In The Point | 12 Comments There are a lot of stories about the Dem members of Congress boycotting Netanyahu’s speech. But most of the names on the list are longtime opponents of the Jewish State.The boycott lists consists of two groups. Congressional Black Caucus members who are offended on Obama’s behalf and can smell racism anywhere.The other consists of opponents of Israel.It’s instructive to compare the list of boycotters to the 54 members of Congress who signed...
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz at CPAC 2015: Stand With the People, Not Washington

    02/27/2015 1:06:33 AM PST · by iowamark · 6 replies
    Ted Cruz Youtube ^ | 2/26/2015 | Ted Cruz
    Includes both his speech and questions from Sean Hannity. 24 minutes.
  • Hoyer: During DHS 'Shut Down,' 200,000 of 230,000 DHS Workers Would Still Work

    02/25/2015 2:37:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    cns news ^ | 2/25/15 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com)- House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said on the House floor on Tuesday that if Congress did not pass a Department of Homeland Security funding bill by the end of the week, it would shut down the department—but that 200,000 of the department’s 230,000 employees would still go to work. The other 30,000 employees are not deemed “essential” workers. “The Department of Homeland Security will not be funded,” said Hoyer. “There are 230,000 people who work at that Department, and 30,000 of them, mostly administrative personnel, will be laid off. The others, known as critically important important—essential employees who are...
  • 7 GOP governors elect not to fight Obama's amnesty

    02/26/2015 12:34:08 AM PST · by Ray76 · 34 replies
    WND ^ | Feb 25, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    More than two dozen states have joined the Texas lawsuit opposing President Obama’s executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, but more eye-opening is the list of Republican governors whose names still do not appear on the suit. The seven Republicans who have thus far elected not to join the suit aimed at reining in Obama are Chris Christie of New Jersey, Terry Branstad of Iowa, Larry Hogan of Maryland, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Matthew Mead of Wyoming, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Bruce Rauner of Illinois. Five of those seven states – Maryland, Iowa, New Mexico, Massachusetts and...
  • Maryland Senate votes to raise maximum speed limit to 70 mph

    02/20/2015 9:47:18 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2015 | Timothy B. Wheeler
    The top speed on some Maryland highways could go to 70 miles per hour under a bill passed by the Senate Thursday. The measure carried by a vote of 39 to 7, with dissenters warning increasing speed limits could cause more crashes and traffic fatalities. Sen. George C. Edwards, a Garrett County Republican and the bill's sponsor, said the bill authorizes but does not require the State Highway Administration to raise speed limits on some interstates and expressways. Most interstate highways are built to handle vehicles going 70 miles per hour, he said, noting that neighboring Pennsylvania and West Virginia...
  • Please Practice Safe Fracking ("expert" says fracking causes increase in STDs)

    02/16/2015 4:04:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 12, 2015 | Maryland House Republican Caucus
  • Authorities investigating triple homicide in Kentucky (Parents took away teens computer privileges)

    02/15/2015 7:51:10 PM PST · by PROCON · 95 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | Feb. 15, 2015 | ADAM BEAM and BRUCE SCHREINER
    CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy killed in a shootout Saturday with police in Maryland, prompted the search of his home over 500 miles away in Kentucky, where authorities found the bodies of his parents and younger sister. Friends and relatives of Jason Hendrix were struggling to understand how the boy, a faithful churchgoer who was baptized just two months ago, could end up as the suspect in the slayings. Hendrix, a Kentucky high school ROTC student and active church member, was angry at his parents for taking away his computer privileges when he's suspected of killing his family...
  • Analysts warn that Hogan's suggested toll cuts may be unwise

    02/13/2015 8:46:06 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | February 13, 2015 | Michael Dresser
    The General Assembly's policy analysts warned lawmakers Friday that Gov. Larry Hogan's suggested decreases in tolls could have a harmful effect on the maintenance and operations of the Maryland Transportation Authority's highways, bridges and tunnels. The Department of Legislative Services told a Senate budget subcommittee that too large a toll reduction could throw off the debt service ratios that allow the authority to maintain a stellar bond rating. The analysts also noted that the authority's revenue forecasts don't take into account the acknowledged need to replace a Southern Maryland bridge at a cost of $1 billion or more. In addition,...
  • TIA talks highway funding, tire registration at event

    02/12/2015 10:10:29 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    RubberNews.com ^ | February 11, 2015 | Miles Moore
    WASHINGTON—Highway funding, tax reform and tire registration were the big issues tire dealers, repair shop owners and association officials discussed with Capitol Hill staffers during the Tire Industry Association’s Federal Lobby Day on Feb. 5. Approximately 55 representatives of the tire retailing and auto repair industries participated in the event, which began with speeches from current and former members of Congress and progressed to one-on-one meetings with key staff persons in the offices of several top Washington lawmakers. With the Highway Trust Fund set to run out of money in May, passage of a multi-year transportation funding bill was the...
  • Transgender former SEAL plans primary challenge to Md. rep [Steny Hoyer]

    02/12/2015 9:54:56 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 101 replies
    WTOP News ^ | 02/12/2015 | AP
    Kristin Beck, a transgender former Navy SEAL, is planning a primary challenge to Maryland’s longest-serving U.S. representative, Democrat Steny Hoyer. The state Board of Elections website shows Beck filed the paperwork Monday. Beck didn’t immediately respond to an emailed interview request Thursday. The telephone number on her campaign website wasn’t set up. Beck’s website highlights her military service and criticizes the government’s handling of the home-loan crisis. It says Hoyer “has been too busy helping Wall Street since 2008 to even notice Main Street.”
  • Foreclosures skyrocket, jump 100 percent in Phoenix, Arizona

    02/12/2015 9:12:47 AM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Phoenix Business Journal ^ | Feb 11, 2015 | Mike Sunnucks
    There were more than 2,300 homes and condos in the foreclosure process last month. That is up 104 percent from December. Statewide that increase is 109 percent from January 2014. The jump in foreclosures comes as the Phoenix housing market tries to shake off a slow 2014 where low demand for homes and tough mortgage qualifications stymied sales. Foreclosure activity was also up in states such as Ohio, New Jersey, Maryland and California and metropolitan areas such as St. Louis, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The worst cities for foreclosures include Atlantic City, Las Vegas and eight Florida markets including...
  • Chunks of Concrete Fall From Bridge, Hit Passing Car in Maryland

    02/12/2015 9:11:56 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    4 NBC Washington ^ | February 11, 2015 | Tracee Wilkins (Associated Press)
    A driver narrowly missed being injured when a chunk of concrete fell from a Beltway bridge onto a passing car Tuesday afternoon. The driver, Katherine Dean, said she was driving on Suitland Road in Morningside, Maryland, when pieces of the overpass fell onto her car. The concrete smashed in Dean's windshield and hood, but she wasn't seriously hurt.
  • Twists, turns, eventually lead to promising Ebola vaccine

    02/09/2015 6:57:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 9, 2015 | Lauran Neergaard (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It took 16 years of twists and turns. Over and over, Dr. Nancy Sullivan thought she was close to an Ebola vaccine, only to see the next experiment fail. “A case of resuscitation more than once,” is how the National Institutes of Health researcher describes the journey.
  • Bobby Jindal on Common Core: Trust Moms, Not Bureaucrats

    02/07/2015 7:54:55 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    CP ^ | February 6, 2015 | Samuel Smith
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Louisiana Governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is continuing to voice his growing outrage over the Common Core state education standards, which the federal government played an influential role in encouraging most states to adopt. Speaking at a Thursday luncheon at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. hosted by the American Principles Project, a conservative organization rallying opposition to Common Core, Jindal argued that the Common Core standards stand against American values and causes local communities to lose...
  • Two students shot outside Frederick High School

    02/04/2015 8:03:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Frederick News-Post ^ | February 4, 2015 | Terence Walsh
    Two students were shot this evening outside Frederick High School near the gymnasium, police said. Officers were called shortly after 8 p.m. The assailants, described as four black males dressed in black, are at large, said Officer First Class M. Cox. A SWAT team was searching the area. Two students were wounded, and all other students and staff in the building are safe, according to an email alert from Frederick County Public Schools. Lt. Bruce DeGrange said the students’ injuries were not considered life-threatening. Police did not release the victims’ names because they are under 18. A junior varsity boys...
  • Will the Teachers Unions Ever Learn? ( Maryland )

    02/03/2015 8:30:25 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    Townhall ^ | Feb 03, 2015 | Armstrong Williams
    In November the frustrations of Maryland’s voters with their state’s failed Democrat leadership finally boiled over and provided Larry Hogan an upset victory over the Democrat’s chosen candidate Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. It would be easy to dismiss this victory as the revenge of Maryland’s far rural parts if places like Howard County, a bedroom community of both Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD, hadn’t also elected new Republican leadership. It’s obvious this election had deeper meaning: voters clearly repudiated the Democrats and their cronies’ failed leadership and commitment to business as usual. Yet, some in Maryland think they can continue...
  • In Puerto Rico, Undocumented Immigrants To Get The Right To Vote

    02/01/2015 6:31:29 AM PST · by OddLane · 20 replies
    Latino USA ^ | January 30, 2015 | Marlon Bishop
    A few weeks ago, Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla made a surprise announcement that soon he would submit legislation that would give undocumented immigrants and other non-citizens the right to vote in island-wide elections. The move has been commended by immigrants’ rights groups, but is viewed by many on the island as a cheap move by an unpopular governor to try and fix the next election. It’s also left many people on the island asking: can the governor legally do it? The answer, it turns out, seems to be “yes.” Federal law doesn’t stop states or cities from allowing...
  • Swamped by an underwater home

    01/31/2015 6:50:08 AM PST · by dynachrome · 120 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1-26-15 | Kimbriell Kelly
    When they moved into the house in November 2005, Kofi was earning $82,740 as an IT consultant for a government contractor, and Comfort, then 43, was making $30,000 as an administrative assistant. But in the overheated mortgage market of the time, they said everyone told them that they could buy a $600,000 house. They made a $60,000 down payment and all their mortgage payments for more than 2˝ years — through September 2008. But the house was financed with subprime loans, which reset to higher rates after short time periods, creating what are known as “shock payments.” The Boatengs said...
  • Senate Democrats Leave Door Open To Skip Netanyahu Speech

    01/30/2015 10:36:33 AM PST · by Dave346 · 60 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | Jan. 29, 2015, at 6:38 p.m. | Jacob Fischler
    WASHINGTON — When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress in March, it is unclear whether everybody invited will actually show up. Democrats have criticized House Speaker John Boehner for circumventing the administration when he invited Netanyahu to speak, and the White House has already said Obama will not meet with him when he’s here. BuzzFeed News asked several Senate Democrats whether they planned on skipping the speech or not. Most said they either hadn’t thought about it or they hadn’t decided. But there were no hard answers in the negative. Only one senator definitively said...
  • Menendez: Obama Admin Statements on Iran 'Sound like Talking Points Straight out of Tehran'VIDEO

    01/21/2015 10:45:38 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | JAN 21,2015 | Washington Free Beacon
    Menendez: Obama Admin Statements on Iran 'Sound like Talking Points Straight out of Tehran'
  • Obama-Menendez dispute shows Dem Iran rift

    01/18/2015 5:32:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    KETK NBC ^ | 1/17/15
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A heated exchanged between President Barack Obama and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) broke out Thursday over whether the U.S. should reimpose sanctions on Iran amid ongoing negotiations over the country's nuclear program, according to two senators who were in the room. Menendez, the leading Democrat pushing for additional sanctions against Iran, forcefully pressed Obama on the need for additional sanctions during a meeting in which Obama urged Menendez and other senators to drop their efforts to pass sanctions legislation. Additional sanctions, Obama argued, could torpedo ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. The unusually sharp exchange, between...
  • OBAMA, BOB MENENDEZ FIGHT OVER IRAN SANCTIONS GETS PERSONAL

    01/24/2015 7:25:57 AM PST · by LSUfan · 61 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 16 Jan 15 | Dan Reihl
    Everyone involved seems to be trying to put the best face on it, but Barack Obama went so far as to suggest senior Democrats like Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who take a hard line on Iran, are doing so purely to appease their donors. Obama said that as a former senator himself, he understood how outside forces — like special interests and donors — can influence senators to act, one of the senators recounted.
  • Senate Democrats bow to Obama, pull support for immediate new Iran sanctions

    01/27/2015 6:05:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | Guy Taylor
    U.N. gives mixed signals on Tehran cooperation as nuclear talks intensifySenate Democrats on Tuesday backed away from a bipartisan push for immediate new sanctions on Iran, bowing to President Obama’s call not to undercut international talks to get Tehran to curb its nuclear programs in the coming weeks. The shift, announced Tuesday by Sen. Robert Menendez, the New Jersey Democrat and one of the party’s outspoken hawks on Iran, came amid a series of mixed signals from the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency over the question of whether Tehran was honoring promises to put its suspect nuclear programs on hold as...
  • Senate Democrats give Obama an Iran deadline (Menendez still ticked)

    01/27/2015 3:12:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Kristina Wong
    Ten Senate Democrats warned the White House in a letter Tuesday that they will support legislation imposing new sanctions on Iran if a framework to roll back the country’s nuclear program isn’t reached within two months. "In acknowledgement of your concern regarding congressional action on legislation at this moment, we will not vote for this legislation on the Senate floor before March 24," said the letter, led by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who is the co-author of Iran sanctions legislation. "After March 24, we will only vote for this legislation on the Senate floor if Iran fails to reach agreement...
  • O'Malley PAC hires ex-Braley staffer in Iowa

    01/27/2015 9:20:48 PM PST · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Waterloo Courier ^ | 1/27/2015 | Ed Tibbets
    Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has hired a Democratic staffer in Iowa, as he considers a potential 2016 presidential bid. O'Malley's political action committee hired Jake Oeth as a consultant, beginning in mid-December, the PAC confirmed Tuesday. Oeth was the political director for Bruce Braley's Senate campaign last year. Politico first reported his hiring. O'Malley's PAC also said it has brought on Brad Elkins, who will be based in Washington, D.C. Both have Iowa experience. Elkins was sent by the O'Malley camp to Iowa last year to work for Jack Hatch's unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign. O'Malley, who left office after last...
  • Democrats fold, of course, on Iran sanctions

    01/27/2015 12:01:39 PM PST · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 27 at 1:22 PM | Jennifer Rubin
    Unless there is any doubt, the vast majority of Democrats value partisan support for a failed president over support for our own national security and for that of Israel. Hence, they want to delay once again a vote on the Menendez-Kirk bill imposing sanctions on Iran unless it agrees to an acceptable final deal. The bill was introduced more than a year ago. The timing just isn’t right, you see. Will it ever be? A letter by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) signed onto by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.),...
  • MLA Ignores Victims of Communism

    01/26/2015 10:03:32 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 23, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    The fall of communism and socialism have “robbed” the “post-Sovietized world,” Noemi Marin of Florida Atlantic University suggested at this year’s Modern Language Association (MLA) conference in Vancouver, Canada. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the world has ignored the “traumatic coloniality” and the resulting “trauma had been going on for forty-five years before now,” Marin alleges. The new focus of the debate should be “between communist studies and postcolonial studies” and create “subjective constructivist ideas about identity,” she avers. Herta Mueller, who won the 2009 Nobel Prize for literature and grew up in Romania under communist rule, offers...