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  • Gabby Giffords: Everyone Should Have to Pass Background Check My Attacker Passed

    03/04/2015 1:59:57 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 30 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/04/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On Wednesday, gun control advocate Gabby Giffords stood with Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill to demand that everyone buying a gun be required to undergo the same background check Jared Loughner underwent to acquire the Glock he used to shoot her in 2011.
  • NPR: A Ruling Against Obamacare Would Have Broad Implications

    03/04/2015 1:57:17 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    NPR.org ^ | 03/04/2015 | John Ydstie
    Supporters of the Affordable Care Act gather in front of the U.S Supreme Court during a rally Wednesday. The court heard arguments in the case and is expected to announce its decision in June. The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could end Obamacare subsidies for policyholders in a majority of states, including Texas, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio. If the court sides with the plaintiffs, it would mean millions of people could no longer afford health insurance.The challenge to the Obamacare subsidies comes in the case King vs. Burwell. The plaintiffs point to a passage in...
  • (YouTube) DFU PRESENTS: Clinton, Marc Rich - $250 Million Bribe?

    03/04/2015 1:53:33 PM PST · by doug from upland · 16 replies
    dfu via youtube ^ | orig 2008 | dfu
    Clink on the link for another blast from the past. The Marc Rich pardon was done by Clinton for a reason. The reason was 250 million dollars. Denise Rich plead the 5th in testimony because she was not given immunity. Pssst, mainstream media, now that you are paying a little more attention to Hillary, how about finally investigating this.
  • Congressional committee to subpoena personal Clinton's emails on Benghazi: Wash Post

    03/04/2015 1:50:15 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 03/04/2015
    An investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives will subpoena former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's personal emails regarding the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, later on Wednesday, the Washington Post reported. The House Select Committee on Benghazi, which first discovered that Clinton used her personal email account to conduct official business during her tenure as secretary, sent the subpoenas to the State Department, according to the Post, which cited people familiar with the probe.
  • System maintenance tonight

    03/04/2015 1:45:11 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 46 replies
    email | March 4, 2015 | Jim Robinson
    Just received a message from our bandwidth provider. They're going to do some urgent maintenance on their routers tonight from 6:00pm to 10:00pm PST. We may experience intermittent outages of 10-20 minutes each during this period.
  • 400 more victims of Muslim rape gangs; authorities feared “racism” charges

    03/04/2015 1:41:03 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 17 replies
    jihad watch citing sky news ^ | March 3, 2015 | Lisa Dowd
    “We are ashamed of the shortcomings identified in this report and we are determined to do all we can to ensure nothing like this ever happens again,” said Chief Constable Sara Thornton. No, you aren’t. You did nothing because you were afraid of charges of “racism” and “Islamophobia” from the far-Left propagandists who wag the British government dog, such as Nick Lowles and Fiyaz Mughal. You let these girls’ lives be destroyed because you were afraid those vicious smear merchants would destroy your career. And they would have. “Sex Gangs May Have Abused Hundreds Of Girls,” by Lisa Dowd, Sky...
  • The mystery man behind Hillary Clinton’s email controversy

    03/04/2015 1:32:14 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/04/2015 | Josh Gerstein
    The mystery man linked to Hillary Clinton’s personal e-mail account appears to be a Washington, D.C. stockbroker and former aide to the Clintons who played a walk-on role in controversies that dogged the former first family soon after it left the White House in 2001.The initial Associated Press report Wednesday about Hillary Clinton’s use as secretary of state of a personal e-mail server installed in her home in Chappaqua, N.Y. traced the creation of the system to a man named “Eric Hoteham.” There’s virtually no trace of an individual by that name in public records or other online databases. Story...
  • Martin O'Malley sticks with Plan A: try to upend Hillary Clinton

    03/04/2015 1:28:23 PM PST · by McGruff · 22 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 3, 2015 | Linda Feldmann, Staff writer
    Former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) of Maryland isn’t running for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D), who is retiring at the end of her term. Mr. O’Malley, it appears, is keeping his eyes on the prize: the presidency. O’Malley has been quietly preparing for months to run for president, despite the appearance that Hillary Rodham Clinton has the Democratic nomination all but locked up, without even having announced.
  • Jon Stewart Uses Netanyahu Speech to Mock Jewish Women as Frigid

    03/04/2015 1:26:51 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/04/2015 | John Nolte
  • Kinder Morgan proposal to bore through Burnaby Mountain prompts protests

    03/04/2015 1:24:00 PM PST · by shove_it · 11 replies
    SeekingAlpha ^ | 4 Mar 2015 | Carl Surran
    Kinder Morgan (KMI -0.6%) wants to drill through Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia to reach an oil-loading ship terminal, but WSJ reports that it is facing more challenges than the mountain itself, as it also is battling resistance from Vancouver officials and protestors opposed to fossil fuel development. Burnaby Mountain has become a symbolic battlefield in a much larger debate about energy resources in North America, opponents and supporters of the pipeline plan say. Canadian oil producers are counting on KMI’s $4.3B proposal to triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which connects Alberta’s oil sands to a...
  • Hate campaign has made PM stronger (Australia's conservative Prime Minister, Tony Abbott)

    03/04/2015 1:23:51 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 5th March 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    HOW I’ve laughed. The howling pack of journalists trying to destroy Tony Abbott may have left him stronger. There are many reasons why the Prime Minister is making a stunning recovery in some polls. ..... And it’s working. First came a Newspoll showing Abbott more than halving Labor’s lead. Then came Monday’s IPSOS poll that (exaggeratedly) claimed the Liberals were now only a whisker behind, 49 per cent to 51. But there is one factor in Abbott’s recovery that media hasn’t yet admitted: Abbott’s media haters finally went too far and made him an underdog. They made it too obvious...
  • Ireland one of least Muslim-friendly countries – report

    03/04/2015 1:20:41 PM PST · by Murtyo · 36 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 3.4.2015 | Conor Pope
    Ireland is considered to be one of the least friendly places for Muslims to visit, according to the Global Muslim Travel Index, which has just been published.
  • House committee to subpoena e-mails from Clinton’s personal account

    03/04/2015 1:18:02 PM PST · by bryan999 · 16 replies
    A House investigative committee is preparing to send out subpoenas later Wednesday to gather a deeper look into former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton’s nearly exclusive use of personal e-mails to do her official business as the government’s top diplomat, according to people familiar with the probe. The House Select Committee on Benghazi, which first discovered Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail based on a home server in its inquiry into a fatal 2012 terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, is asking for all e-mails related to the attack from all Clintonemail.com accounts and any...
  • Clinton’s E-Mail System Built For Privacy Though Not Security

    03/04/2015 1:11:23 PM PST · by kristinn · 12 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.
  • Is the Mysterious ‘Eric Hoteham’ Actually Longtime Clinton Aide Eric Hothem?

    03/04/2015 12:59:15 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 44 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...
  • With Hillary imploding, could Al Gore ride to the rescue?

    03/04/2015 12:46:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/04/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Few Democratic influencers with an interest in preserving their futures within the party will go on the record questioning Hillary Clinton’s viability as a presidential candidate, but plenty are providing background quotes in which they express reservations about the party’s presumed 2016 nominee. In the press, some on the left are wondering whether it has been smart for the president’s party to put all their 2016 eggs in Hillary’s basket, and who may succeed her if her nascent candidacy collapses in on itself. “How dumb is it for Democrats to count so completely on this one person?” asked US...
  • Feds: Tsarnaev ‘decided to place his bomb right behind a row of children’

    03/04/2015 12:44:47 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 19 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 3/4/15 | Laurel Sweet, Bob McGovern and Owen Boss
    Federal prosecutors today kicked off the long-awaited trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with a devastating chronology of his alleged actions on the day of the bombings that killed three and wounded 260 — as defense attorneys freely admitted “it was him.” “He decided to place his bomb right behind a row of children... one of them was Martin Richard,” federal prosecutor William Weinreb said during opening statements at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston. “When he was a safe distance away, he detonated his bomb ... Some bled to death on the sidewalk as...
  • Monica Lewinsky to give TED Talk

    03/04/2015 12:44:37 PM PST · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | March 3, 2015 | Dan Merica
    Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern at the center of President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, will continue her reentry into public life with a TED talk in late March. Lewinsky's remarks will focus on making "a safer and more compassionate social media environment, drawing from her unique experiences at the epicenter of a media maelstrom in 1998," the TED website said.
  • Chief Justice John Roberts, who saved Obamacare in 2012, stays quiet this time

    03/04/2015 12:37:04 PM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 42 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/4 | Lizzy Goodwin
    Chief Justice John Roberts, who saved President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul three years ago by unexpectedly joining the liberal wing of the court, stayed largely silent in oral arguments on a new challenge that could deal a mortal blow to the law. The argument centers on whether four words in the more than 1,000-page act should be interpreted literally, which would render millions of people who live in the dozens of states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges ineligible for federal subsidies to help them purchase insurance.
  • Imam Who Said Ayaan Hirsi Deserved Death Was Hired By DOJ To Teach Muslim Classes To Fed Prisoners

    03/04/2015 12:19:24 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 16 replies
    daily caller ^ | 03/03/2015 | Chuck Ross
    An Egyptian-born imam who in 2007 said that Somali-born activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali should receive the death penalty for her criticism of Islam is now a Department of Justice contractor hired to teach classes to Muslims who are in federal prison. According to federal spending records, Fouad ElBayly, the imam at Islamic Center of Johnstown in Pennsylvania, was contracted by the DOJ’s Bureau of Prisons beginning last year to teach the classes to Muslim inmates at Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md. The records show that ElBayly has two contracts worth $12,900 to teach the classes and to provide...
  • Senator Cruz Rolls Out ObamaCare Alternative

    03/04/2015 12:17:51 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 6 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...
  • (Waldo) Florida speed trap town disbands police department

    03/04/2015 12:15:01 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 28 replies
    Assoc. Press ^ | 03/04/2015 | Assoc. Press
    WALDO, Fla. (AP) - The tiny town of Waldo in north Florida has such a notorious reputation as a speed trap that AAA erected billboards to warn drivers about it, but all that may be about to change. On Tuesday, weeks after the police chief and interim chief resigned due to state investigations into ticket quotas, mishandling of evidence and other issues, Waldo's City Council disbanded its police force. While the Alachua County Sheriff's Office is now in charge of policing the town of 1,000, and AAA says it will consider removing its billboards, some citizens worry that the speeding...
  • Top Biden Backer: Hillary Clinton Will ‘Die by 1,000 Cuts’ on E-Mail Story

    03/04/2015 12:11:20 PM PST · by kristinn · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | Philip Rucker
    One of Vice President Biden's most prominent supporters said Wednesday that twin controversies swirling around Hillary Rodham Clinton should give Democrats serious pause about anointing her as the party's presidential nominee. Dick Harpootlian, a former Democratic Party chairman in South Carolina, home to an early and important presidential primary, said recent reports about Clinton's use of private e-mail to conduct government business and her family's charitable foundation accepting donations from foreign governments while she was secretary of state could be damaging to her likely 2016 presidential campaign. "There’s always another shoe to drop with Hillary," Harpootlian said in an interview...
  • Hillary Clinton in 2000: ‘I don’t do email’ (background from film producer)

    03/04/2015 12:09:45 PM PST · by doug from upland · 23 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/4/hillary-clinton-2000-i-dont-do-email/print/
  • MSNBC Host Challenges Media Matters Founder’s Flimsy Defense Of Hillary [VIDEO]

    03/04/2015 11:56:05 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/04/2015
    MSNBC host Thomas Roberts challenged Media Matters for America founder David Brock and his hair for his insistence that the scrutiny surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of private emails was a “manufactured controversy,” asking why the American people didn’t have a right to know what their officials were up to. (RELATED: Media Matters Attacked ‘Obamacare Enrollment Truthers’: Turns Out ‘Truthers’ Were Right)“So you don’t think it’s of any alarm that a cabinet-level official runs their own e-mail operation out of their private home, through their personal account with no oversight from the president?” asked a skeptical...
  • Iran Is Beating America to the Punch in Iraq

    03/04/2015 11:54:47 AM PST · by keat · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | March 4, 2015, 2:17 PM | Joshua Keating
    For the past few days, Iraqi military forces and Shiite militias have been fighting to encircle the Iraqi city of Tikrit in a bid to drive out ISIS forces. But in contrast to other recent offensives, they are supported not by U.S. airstrikes but by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. According to some reports, Qassem Soleimani, the mysterious commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ international operations, is on the ground coordinating the attack. Meanwhile, the Pentagon is backtracking on its recent surprise announcement of a U.S.-supported Iraqi and Kurdish offensive to retake Mosul this spring. After Iraqi officials expressed irritation at...
  • 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...
  • Cruz Highlights Unfairness of Obama’s Amnesty Towards Legal Immigrants

    03/04/2015 11:46:28 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/04/2015 | Sarah Rumpf
    In Monday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) questioned U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials about whether the agency was taking funds from fees paid by legal immigrants and diverting them to pay for President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty program. Cruz also asked about how USCIS officials were complying with the recent temporary injunction issued by a federal district court judge in Texas, which was supposed to block the Obama administration from implementing the program.
  • David Brock: ‘No Issue,’ No Oversight Problem With Hillary Emails

    03/04/2015 11:39:22 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 32 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/04/2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Media Matters founder and chairman David Brock maintained there was “no issue” and no oversight problems with Hillary Clinton’s emails on Wednesday’s “MSNBC Live.” “I don’t think she was operating without oversight. What we know here is that the relevant statutes were complied with. The state department said yesterday that 55,000 pages of e-mails were turned over late last year in compliance with that law. And the vast majority of those e-mails the state department had access to for years. So, there’s really not a question of proper oversight here. Everything was done properly. the problem we have is a...
  • Benghazi committee to subpoena Hillary Clinton's emails

    03/04/2015 11:36:47 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 44 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/4 | By Caitlin Dickson
    The House Select Committee on Benghazi is planning to subpoena Clintonmail.com for all correspondence related to the 2012 Benghazi embassy attack. According to The Washington Post, the State Department can expect to receive subpoenas sometime Wednesday afternoon. It was the same House investigative committee that discovered, through its investigation of the Benghazi attack, Hillary Clinton had used a personal email account for diplomatic business while serving as Secretary of State. "Without access to the relevant electronic information and stored data on the server—which was reportedly registered to her home—there is no way the Committee, or anyone else, can fully explain...
  • Horrific video claims to show a nine-year-old 'ISIS supporter' being executed by Shia militia

    03/04/2015 11:33:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 4, 2015 | John Hall
    A horrific video has emerged claiming to show a nine-year-old child being brutally murdered by members of a Shia militia who accused him of being a supporter of the Islamic State terror group. The footage was purportedly filmed near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, where a coalition of 30,000 Iraqi Army soldiers and private Shia armies launched a campaign to oust ISIS militants earlier this week. The horrific film has not been independently verified and could easily be just the latest piece of propaganda to be released by the terrorist organisation. Nevertheless the sheer brutality of the clip calls into...
  • Bremen Islamic Center sues police over raid (Germany)

    03/04/2015 11:26:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Mar 2015 15:50 GMT+01:00
    After Bremen Muslims said that raids and heightened police presence over a terror alert had made them feel excluded from society, a mosque raided by the authorities announced plans to sue over the search. A spokesman for Schura Bremen, a federation of the city-state’s Muslims, told The Local that Muslims had been disheartened by the raid on the mosque. Rather than jumping straight into raids, he said, police should try “speaking eye-to-eye with social organizations, including the Islamic Federation” as a longer-term way to fight extremism. […] (IKZ chairman Mohammad Omar Habibzada) also complained that politicians and the media had...
  • New leader of Free World: Netanyahu gives the speech an American president should have made

    03/04/2015 11:23:21 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 3/3/15 | Grace Vuoto
    Israel will fight Iran alone, if it must. That is the striking message Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered to a joint session of Congress, garnering thunderous applause and numerous standing ovations. The historic speech rebukes the appeasement foreign policy of President Obama. It recalls the battle of Chamberlain versus Churchill in the 1930s, with the appeaser quickly being overtaken by world events. In a similar vein, in the blink of an eye, leadership of the Free World passed out of Obama’s hands and into the capable and commanding grip of Netanyahu. The speech was delivered following a weekend banner...
  • If it’s ambiguous, does government win? Roberts finally speaks.

    03/04/2015 11:15:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 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...
  • Breaking: Justice Department: No Darren Wilson charges

    03/04/2015 11:08:34 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/4 | Evan Perez and Wes Bruer
    The Justice Department formally closed its investigation of Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson, declining to bring criminal charges for the killing of Michael Brown. In a report released Wednesday, prosecutors said that "Wilson's actions do not constitute prosecutable violations" of federal civil rights law. "There is no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson's stated subjective belief that he feared for his safety," the Justice Department report said. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to address the findings at 3 p.m. EST
  • Argument analysis: Setting up the private debate on the ACA [SCOTUS]

    03/04/2015 10:55:22 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 18 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...
  • ISIS Fighters Take Over Major Libyan Oilfields

    03/04/2015 10:46:06 AM PST · by EBH · 38 replies
    Time.com ^ | 3/4/2015 | Jared Malsin
    Fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) took over at least two oilfields in Libya and attacked another on Tuesday, according to oil and government sources. Mashallah al-Zewi, the oil minister in the Tripoli-based government said ISIS attacked the Dhahra oilfield, before retreating. He told AP on Wednesday that the militants swept down from the central city of Sirte and attacked Dhahra oil field to the south, trading fire with guards and blowing up residential and administrative buildings before eventually retreating. Colonel Ali al-Hassi, a spokesman for Libyan oil industry security told the BBC said the...
  • Prosecutors Mull Charges In Brown Family Attack

    03/04/2015 10:35:02 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 24 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | March 4, 2015 | No
    MARCH 4--Prosecutors are now considering criminal charges against members of Michael Brown’s family in connection with a violent confrontation over the sale of merchandise commemorating the late teenager, who was shot to death last year by a police officer.
  • Supreme Court ‘Bitterly Divided’ Over Obamacare

    03/04/2015 10:30:33 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 58 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...
  • Woo hoo!! We're within striking range!! Let's wrap this baby up today!! [FReepathon LXIII]

    03/04/2015 10:28:33 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 136 replies
    Woo hoo!! Working on the last $1.5k!! Please keep those donations coming in, folks. Let's git 'er done today!! FR is funded solely by contributions made by the liberty loving patriots who enjoy and use it. We are beholden to no political party. No advertisers, no outsiders, no sugar daddies, no corporate string pullers. No commercial ads. No annoying pop-ups. No ad tracking. No mail campaigns. No spam. Definitely no government subsidies or tax breaks. We are self-funded, fiercely independent and enjoy our freedom to speak plainly in the support of God, family, country, liberty!! But we cannot exist without...
  • ISIS LOSES CONTROL OF OVER 20 SYRIAN VILLAGES TO KURDS–AND ASSAD

    03/04/2015 10:27:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/04/2015 | John Hayward
    File this report from The Daily Star of Lebanon under the category of “Yay … I Guess,” or perhaps “Two and a Half Cheers.” It’s good news that Islamic State (ISIS) forces have been pushed out of over 20 Syrian villages. The bad news is that Bashar al-Assad’s regime did most of the pushing, with an assist from Kurdish militia units. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which does not approve of most of what it observes the Assad regime doing, said that “after three days of clashes, regime forces bolstered by fighters from Arab tribes had...
  • In "Unprecedented Move" Nobel Peace Prize Chairman Demoted For Decision To Give Obama 2009 Award

    03/04/2015 10:26:38 AM PST · by Mozilla · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/03/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Back in 2009, just months after his swearing in, president Barack Obama was crowned with an unexpected glory: he won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 due to "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." Back then there was little indication that just a few years after his crowning achievement of "ending the war" in and returning US troops from Iraq, he would send US troops right back in Iraq for the 3rd US invasion of the country in three decades, but also send out US troops across the globe, and launch the second cold...
  • LIberal heads EXPLODE over Ben Carson saying being gay is a CHOICE

    03/04/2015 10:19:54 AM PST · by Mozilla · 54 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Mar 4, 2015 | Right Scoop
    This morning on CNN Ben Carson was asked if homosexuality is a choice and he didn’t shy away from answering it, saying he absolutely believes it is a choice. When asked why, he suggested that one example of this being a choice is that some people who go into prison straight and come out gay. If it’s not a choice then how could that happen? Watch: Video Link As I said, heads are exploding over his comments. If you just search Google News you’ll find dozens of articles already written on it. And most of them are negative, as you...
  • Chicago's Only Possible Salvation: Bankruptcy

    03/04/2015 10:19:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/04/2015 | Mike Shedlock
    Is the Chicago pension system so messed up and union work rules so entrenched the only way to change either of them is bankruptcy? I think so. So does Dennis Byrne who wrote on his blog today Chicago's Only Salvation: A Detroit-Like Bankruptcy. This is a guest post from Byrne. Chicago's Only Salvation: A Detroit-Like Bankruptcy Wait, I thought only the Republican Party was being torn asunder by a rift between the establishment middle and the fringe. That impression was nailed down, again, last week by the embarrassing fracture among House Republicans over funding for the Department of Homeland Security....
  • Top Senate Republican tells states: ignore EPA carbon rules

    03/04/2015 10:16:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 4, 2015 11:55 AM EST | Dina Cappiello
    The Senate’s top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Barack Obama’s plans to curb the pollution blamed for global warming. In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should reject Obama’s proposed requirements for power plants to reduce carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas. The rule, expected to be final this summer, would require states to submit plans as soon as 2016, or risk being forced to comply with a federal substitute. …
  • Justice report finds Ferguson discrimination

    03/04/2015 10:03:35 AM PST · by NorthMountain · 35 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....
  • Report: David Koch to sign amicus brief supporting gay marriage

    03/04/2015 10:02:35 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 46 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/04/2015 | ADAM B. LERNER
    David Koch, the big money political donor and liberal boogeyman, has agreed to sign onto to an amicus brief supporting same-sex marriage at the Supreme Court, the Washington Free Beacon reported. The brief he will reportedly sign in DeBoer v. Snyder, a case that could afford same-sex couples a constitutional right to marry, will host a number of other prominent conservative signatories, including retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former Reagan White House chief of staff Ken Duberstein and former Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman. News of the brief was first reported Tuesday by The Washington Post.