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  • South Florida Man Charged With Growing Marijuana, Found Not Guilty (Jury Nullification)

    03/03/2015 10:55:54 PM PST · by Ken H · 3 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | March 03, 2015 | Keith Jones
    A South Florida man charged with growing marijuana he claims he needs for a medical condition was found not guilty Monday. Jesse Teplicki, 50, had been charged with manufacturing cannabis and was facing up to five years behind bars. "This case is about medical marijuana and for the hundreds of thousands of patients who can use this medicine as an alternative," Teplicki said. It took jurors just 30 minutes to return the verdict.
  • Obama pressing for federal control of local police

    03/03/2015 10:55:43 PM PST · by Perseverando · 2 replies
    WND ^ | March 03, 2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Call it Common Core for police. But the White House, in cahoots with the Department of Justice, has set in motion a plan that will expand federal control of community police forces, via standards handed from above called the “Task Force on 21st Century Policing.” The plan was released Monday, Infowars reported. And its gist? Like Common Core, the education plan criticized by opponents as little more than a federal mandate that’s tied to funding, the just-released police plan would force local law enforcement agencies to follow federally set standards in return for receiving federal tax dollars. “The U.S. Department...
  • Saudi Arabian award goes to an Islamist who harshly criticizes the U.S.

    03/03/2015 10:43:03 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 1 replies
    Honolulu Star Advertiser ^ | Mar 02, 2015 | By New York Times
    He has publicly declared that "the Jews" control America, that apostates can be killed, that the United States is the world's "biggest terrorist" and that the Sept. 11 attacks were an "inside job" by President George W. Bush. But last weekend, Dr. Zakir Naik, a prominent Muslim televangelist from India, appeared at an elaborate ceremony at a luxury hotel in Saudi Arabia, where the new monarch, King Salman, gave him one of the country's highest honors. [snip] Naik, 49, was trained as a medical doctor but now heads the Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation,
  • Mark Levin reacts to Benjamin Netanyahu's Address - Hannity 3/3/2015

    03/03/2015 10:13:12 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 3 , 2015 | Mark Levin
    Published on Mar 3, 2015 Mark Levin reacts to Benjamin Netanyahu's Address - Hannity 3/3/2015
  • Man Killed by LA Cops Was Bank Robber Using Fake Name: Authorities

    03/03/2015 10:06:33 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 8 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 3, 2015 | Andrew Blankstein and M. Alex Johnson
    The homeless man who was shot to death by Los Angeles police in a confrontation that was captured on dramatic cellphone video was a convicted bank robber living in the U.S. under a stolen French identity, authorities told NBC News on Tuesday night.
  • Sen. Cruz Introduces the Health Care Choice Act

    03/03/2015 9:47:47 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 3 replies
    www.cruz.senate.gov ^ | March 3, 2015 | Senator Ted Cruz
    Bill would eliminate destructive and costly insurance mandates while giving consumers more choice and freedom WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today introduced the Health Care Choice Act, which would remove Obamacare's costly insurance mandates and allow residents in one state the option to purchase a health insurance plan of their choice in any other state. The bill is cosponsored by Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and David Vitter (R-LA). Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 543. "Every last word of Obamacare must be...
  • Ted Cruz leads latest GOP alternative to Obamacare

    03/03/2015 9:40:40 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 3, 2015 | 8:19 pm | Robert King
    Conservative firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz is spearheading an alternative to Obamacare in the GOP's latest bid to show the Supreme Court it has a Plan B if the court eliminates subsidies for millions of Obamacare customers.The bill filed by the Texas senator Tuesday would remove the healthcare law's insurance mandate and allow residents in one state the option to purchase a health plan of their choice in any other state. It is co-sponsored by Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming, Mike Crapo of Idaho and Marco Rubio of Florida, all Republicans.Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., introduced companion legislation in the House, according...
  • Boston Bombing Suspect’s Widow Under Investigation, Could Face Charges

    03/03/2015 9:03:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    ABCNews ^ | March 03, 2015 | BRIAN ROSS and MICHELE McPHEE
    Boston Bombing Suspect’s Widow Under Investigation, Could Face Charges BOSTON — Mar 3, 2015, By BRIAN ROSS and MICHELE McPHEE PHOTO: Katherine Russell, widow of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, stands during a hearing in district court Thursday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Wrentham, Mass. The widow of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects (Pic in URL) A spokesperson for the U.S. attorney’s office and the FBI declined to comment and authorities said no decision has been made on whether to eventually bring charges while prosecutors concentrate on the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Russell’s brother-in-law. Russell, who was married...
  • Email Issue Revives Old Questions About Clintons

    03/03/2015 9:00:42 PM PST · by kristinn · 12 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | Julie Pace
    Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a new set of questions about ethics and transparency - the sort that have dogged her and husband Bill for decades. The latest disclosure, that Clinton used a personal email account while serving as secretary of state, comes on the cusp of her likely second bid for president. Combined with recent news about her family foundation raising money from foreign governments while she was at the State Department, it added fresh fuel Tuesday to the longstanding charge the Clintons play by their own rules. "Does she believe that leadership means acting outside the law?" said...
  • Harrisburg residents freed from school property taxes in Wolf's budget plan

    03/03/2015 8:55:57 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 7 replies
    PennLive ^ | March 3, 2015 | Christine Vendel
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal unveiled Tuesday drastically changes education funding and represents a windfall for Harrisburg residents, said Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse. The new governor's proposal completely wipes out school property taxes for Harrisburg homeowners. School taxes currently represent the bulk of homeowners' property taxes. "This is news everyone in Harrisburg needs to hear," said Papenfuse, who could hardly contain his enthusiasm. Harrisburg was among several distressed cities whose residents would get to zero out their school property taxes. Specifically, Harrisburg is in line for a 155-percent property tax reduction. That means the state would provide relief representing...
  • Using Private Email, Hillary Clinton Thwarted Record Requests

    03/03/2015 8:35:33 PM PST · by kristinn · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | Michael S. Schmidt and Amy Chozick
    In 2012, congressional investigators asked the State Department for a wide range of documents related to the attack on the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The department eventually responded, furnishing House committees with thousands of boxes of records and emails. But it turns out that that was not everything. The State Department had not searched the email account of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton because she had maintained a private account, which shielded it from such searches, department officials acknowledged on Tuesday. It was only last month that the House committee appointed to investigate Benghazi was...
  • Emails Draw Hillary Clinton into Legal Morass

    03/03/2015 8:17:31 PM PST · by kristinn · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | Josh Gerstein
    The first public sign of the email imbroglio now enveloping former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have come more than a month ago in an obscure court filing in a lawsuit demanding details of Clinton’s response to the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Last year, government lawyers handling the case brought by the conservative group Judicial Watch told a federal judge that the agency had searched its files and had no more records to produce. They changed their tune on Feb. 2. ”In the course of preparing additional information to provide to Plaintiff for purposes of settlement...
  • FR EXCLUSIVE: The gmail identity that Hillary was unable to procure

    03/03/2015 8:15:20 PM PST · by doug from upland · 30 replies
    google and tiny pic ^ | 3-3-2015 | dfu
    Hillary was probably fuming when she discovered that someone took a gmail identity before she could get it. That someone was me. If government official around the world received emails from her that were not on a State Department server, they could be assured that it was really her. If she really would like to have it, I am willing to sell it for a price. Let's see, how much did she make on those cattle futures?
  • Thousands Flee Huge Volcano Eruption In Southern Chile (pix of lava)

    03/03/2015 8:09:25 PM PST · by Loud Mime · 18 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | March 3, 2015 | Francis Whittaker
    A volcanic eruption in Villarrica, central Chile, prompted evacuations of nearby towns and cities and emergency meetings of officials, local media reported.
  • Benghazi committee says Hillary used multiple personal email accounts

    The House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi will issue new requests to Hillary Clinton for emails from multiple personal accounts she used during her tenure as secretary of state. It was not as if she had both an official and a private email account. She did not use personal email in addition to government email. She used personal email in lieu of government email,” Gowdy said. “And she had more than one private email account.”
  • Obama ATF Now Planning to Ban Popular Rifle Ammo

    03/03/2015 7:23:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/3/15 | Jim Hoft
    Now the Obama Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are planning to ban ammo to one of the most popular types of rifle ammunition. The AP reported: The Obama administration is considering banning a type of ammunition used in one of the most popular types of rifles because it says the bullets can pierce a police officer’s protective vest when fired from a handgun. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is proposing the ban of some types of 5.56 mm rounds – or .223-caliber – used in widely available and popular AR-15-style rifles because the bullets can...
  • Hamas-linked CAIR to sue FBI over death of friend of Boston Marathon jihadi

    03/03/2015 6:50:06 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 11 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | March 3, 2015 | ROBERT SPENCER
    The Associated Press reported in March 2014 that according to an official report on the incident, the FBI agent who shot Todashev was “justified” in doing so, as “Todashev, a mixed martial arts fighter, flipped a coffee table in the air, knocking down the FBI agent and causing a bloody gash on the agent’s head. Todashev then ran past the two officers, into the kitchen and returned with a pole — a long metal handle of a broom or mop — that he pointed at the Massachusetts officer, the report said.” This is just yet another attempt by the Hamas-linked...
  • New Mexico: House Approves Two Right-To-Carry Reform Bills

    03/03/2015 6:39:27 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 2 replies
    NRA-ILA.org ^ | March 3, 2015 | NRA-ILA
    https://www.nraila.org/articles/20150303/new-mexico-house-approves-two-right-to-carry-reform-bills | New Mexico: House Approves Two Right-To-Carry Reform Bills On Monday, the New Mexico House of Representatives approved House Bill 106 by a 48 to 19 vote, with the measure receiving unanimous support from the House Republican Caucus and roughly a dozen members of the minority party. HB 106, sponsored by state Representative Paul Bandy (R-Aztec), extends the renewal period for a concealed handgun license from 60 to 90 days before and after it expires, removes the fingerprint requirement for license renewals and eliminates the mid-term two-year refresher course. Additionally, the House approved House Bill 189 by a 39...
  • Avoiding Payment of the Obamacare Tax With Your 2014 Form 1040

    03/03/2015 6:27:25 PM PST · by T Ruth · 15 replies
    3/3/2014 | Self
    [What follows is not legal, accounting, or tax advice, but merely the ruminations of a concerned citizen.] Until Obamacare is repealed, you should, as many have noted, adjust your withholding and estimated tax payments so that you owe a small amount of tax when you file your return, rather than overpay so that you are in a refund position. Assuming that you have done this, then you will have to make a payment when you file your income tax return. It may be that if you are not careful in how you pay your balance due, you may end up...
  • IRAN REJECTS OBAMA’S NUCLEAR DEAL

    03/03/2015 6:23:17 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 30 replies
    Allen West Republic ^ | 3-3-15 | Allen West Republic
    Iran is still getting the final say. Not the United States, not Israel…… but Iran. When did the greatest super power in the world let a terrorist regime dictate a nuclear deal? When? 2009 When Barack Hussein Obama took office. Bowing down to diplomats worldwide. Apologizing to countries for no reason at all and making us the laughing stock of the world. This president and his administration are doing exactly what they said they would do “fundamentally transforming” the greatest and freest nation on the globe.
  • Robert Gibbs: Hillary Clinton's use of private emails 'highly unusual'

    03/03/2015 6:20:45 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 32 replies
    Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says he can’t think of a good reason why Hillary Clinton would have used a personal email address for all correspondence when she was secretary of state. “I think it is, obviously, highly unusual,” he said on NBC’s “Today” on Tuesday morning, following a report by The New York Times that Clinton used a non-government email to conduct official business, possibly in violation of federal record requirements. The State Department acknowledged to POLITICO on Monday that thousands of her emails were not preserved as a result.
  • Ted Cruz: GOP leadership planned to cave on Obama’s illegal amnesty all along

    03/03/2015 6:20:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 64 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 3/3/15 | The Right Scoop
    Ted Cruz says the Republican leadership in both the House and Senate had planned all along on losing this illegal immigration fight to Obama and the Democrats, suggesting this ‘fight’ was nothing more than kabuki theater and that Republicans were never serious about it: HUFFINGTON POST – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) charged Tuesday that Republican leaders in Congress had planned all along to capitulate in their battle to defund President Barack Obama’s immigration actions. Cruz’s remarks came soon after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) decided to bring up a “clean” bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, backing down...
  • UKRAINE: President Obama discussed with European leaders the situation in Ukraine [more of nothing]

    03/03/2015 6:13:45 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    "Voice of America" ^ | 03/04/2015 00:55
    March 3 videoconference with US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and European Council President Donald Tusk. They discussed the situation in Ukraine. According to the results videoconference White House released the following statement: "Today, President Obama discussed the situation in Ukraine with the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the European Council President Donald Tusk. The meeting reiterated its intention to seek a peaceful settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as provided in the plan of peaceful settlement of the...
  • Group (CAIR) to sue FBI over man killed during questioning about Boston bombing

    03/03/2015 6:09:24 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 20 replies
    ORLANDO, Fla. – A civil rights group plans to sue the FBI for $30 million on behalf of the family of a Chechen man who was fatally shot while being questioned about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect. The Council of American-Islamic Relations Florida on Monday filed a notice of claim stating its intention to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the FBI over the death of Ibragim Todashev.
  • My Son is ‘a Dog, An Animal, a Terrorist’: Father of ‘Jihadi John’

    03/03/2015 6:02:40 PM PST · by lbryce · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 3, 2015 | Chris Perez
    The father of Jihadi John is “ashamed” of his maniacal son — describing him as a “dog, an animal and a terrorist” who he hoped “would be killed” after fleeing to Syria, a co-worker said. Abu Meshaal, who works with Jassem Emwazi as a storekeeper in Kuwait, told the Telegraph that he received a phone call Monday from his colleague in which he condemned the ISIS savagery committed by his son, Mohammed.
  • ICE Raids 20 ‘Maternity Hotel’ Californias Full of Pregnant Foreign Women

    03/03/2015 5:57:06 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 3 Mar 2015 | Robert Wilde
    Tuesday Federal Agents forced entry into twenty Southern California locations believed to be orchestrating “maternity tourism” scams for pregnant alien women aiming to gain U.S. citizenship for their soon to be born child. According to U.S. immigration officials, the “maternity hotels,” which housed predominantly women from China, cost anywhere from $15,000 to 50,000 depending on negotiated services. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, or ICE, reported that locations for the “maternity hotels” included Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. No one was arrested in connection with the scheme, reported Reuters. It is not illegal for women coming from foreign...
  • McCain: ‘Every Country In The Region Is Going To Go Nuclear’ If US Signs Iran Deal

    03/03/2015 5:59:57 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 52 replies
    CBS DC ^ | 03/03/2015
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says “every country” in the Middle East will go nuclear if the U.S. makes a nuclear deal with Iran.Speaking Monday on Fox News, McCain predicted that “every country in the region is going to go nuclear if we sign this deal” amid Iranian nuclear negotiations and a U.S. visit by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu making a case against such an agreement.“Every country in the region is going to go nuclear if we sign this deal. I have heard from Middle Eastern leaders direct that they will go nuclear, and you will...
  • Source: Top Clinton Aides Used Secret Email Accounts at State Dept. (Reines & Mrs. Weiner)

    03/03/2015 5:58:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    3/03/15
    Link only - Source: Top Clinton Aides Used Secret Email Accounts at State Dept.
  • Stop the Insanity: BBQ pitmasters told to take down American flags

    03/03/2015 5:56:52 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/03/2015 | Todd Starnes
    Nothing says America quite like smoking a pork butt and flying Old Glory. “The sport of professional barbecue is extremely American and family oriented,” said pitmaster Jeff Petkevicius. So you can imagine Jeff’s extreme displeasure when organizers of an Alabama barbecue competition ordered him – along with other competitors to take down the American flags hanging from their barbecue trailers.
  • Ex-Iranian hostages agree with Bibi: Tehran can't be truste

    03/03/2015 5:56:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    fox ^ | 3/3/15 | Cristina Corbin and Perry Chiaramonte
    They dealt with the Iranian regime first-hand more than three decades ago, when it was founded in an act of war against the U.S., and several survivors of the hostage crisis say the idea of the U.S. negotiating with an unrepentant Tehran makes their blood boil. For 444 days, the 52 Americans were held prisoner in the U.S. Embassy by the student revolutionaries that would help usher in the hard-line Islamic theocracy that remains in place today. Many of the hostage takers and guards held key roles in the Iranian government then and continue in important positions today. “I think...
  • Alabama Supreme Court orders halt to same sex marriage

    03/03/2015 5:47:51 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 46 replies
    al.com ^ | 03/03/2015 | Kyle Whitmire
    Weeks after a United States District Court Judge in Mobile ordered a probate judge there to issue same-sex marriage licenses, the Alabama Supreme Court has ordered a halt to same-sex marriages in the state. The order, called a writ of mandamus, had been requested by the Alabama Policy Institute and the Alabama Citizens Action Program last month. "As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for 'marriage' between only one man and one woman," the order said. "Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law. Nothing in the...
  • Court Allows Jewish Prayer on Temple Mount

    03/03/2015 5:39:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    INN ^ | 3/3/2015, 10:36 AM | Gil Ronen
    Temple activists were euphoric Monday after a precedent-setting ruling by Magistrates’ Court Judge Malka Aviv in the case of Yehuda Glick vs. the Israeli Police, a day earlier. The judge ruled that the police “must make sure that Jews are able to pray on the Temple Mount”—in a ruling replete with harsh criticism of the police’s policies on the Temple Mount. Activists were quoted on a Temple activists blog as saying: “This day will be remembered for generations in the annals of the struggle for the return of Jews to the Temple Mount.” The police are legally bound “to ensure...
  • You can't make fun of terrorists at the U. of Minnesota

    03/03/2015 5:24:47 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 25 replies
    campusreform.org ^ | March 3, 2015 | Allison Maass
    "In the future, close attention may be paid to the content published by Students for a Conservative Voice to ensure that any material that is produced with student fee funds does not compromise the cultural harmony of the campus."
  • Jeremiah Wright Speaks at Fresno State

    03/03/2015 5:18:25 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 3 Mar 2015 | William Bigelow
    Rev. Jeremiah Wright spoke at Fresno State on Monday night, and in the mold of his protégé, Barack Obama, bent the truth for his audience. Wright, who infamously called the United States the “U.S. of K.K.K.A.” while he was the pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago; and who snapped that the nation’s “chickens are coming home to roost” after the 9/11 terrorist attacks
  • Mathews: Republicans Helping Israel "Take Over" Foreign Policy

    03/03/2015 5:04:07 PM PST · by Biggirl · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 3, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews accused Republicans of letting Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu try “to take over US foreign policy” on Tuesday’s “MSNBC Live.”
  • WH Won't Say if Clinton Broke Law by Using Personal Email

    03/03/2015 4:51:28 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 33 replies
    ABC7 Eyeball News ^ | 03/03/2015 | Mary Bruce
    The White House today repeatedly declined to say whether it was appropriate for Hillary Clinton to use solely her personal email account while serving as secretary of state. "Very specific guidance has been given to agencies all across the government, which is specifically that employees in the Obama administration should use their official e-mail accounts when they're conducting official government business," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at a livelier-than-usual press briefing. In an exchange with ABC News, Earnest would not say whether or not Clinton violated that policy or broke the law by using only her...
  • Murders up 20% in 2015 in year-to-year comparison, NYPD says

    03/03/2015 4:29:15 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 24 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 03/03/2015 | BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA , TINA MOORE , BILL HUTCHINSON
    The murder rate in New York City has spiked an alarming 20% in the first two months of the year, prompting NYPD brass to rethink strategy to curb the deadly trend. Since Jan. 1, 54 murders have been recorded in the city, up nine from the same period a year ago, according to the grim stats released Monday. Shootings have also climbed 20% — with 149 so far in 2015 compared with 126 in the first two months of 2014. But overall, crime has dropped 11% in most major crime categories, including burglary, robbery, rape, grand larceny and auto theft.
  • Maybe Hillary Clinton Should Retire Her White House Dreams

    03/03/2015 4:27:08 PM PST · by Biggirl · 38 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 3, 2015 | Ron Fournier
    Maybe she should stay at the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, where the former secretary of State could continue her life's work of building stronger economies, health care systems, and families. Give paid speeches. Write best-selling books. Spend time with Charlotte, her beloved granddaughter.
  • AFGE Union President Responds to DHS Funding Agreement

    03/03/2015 4:17:26 PM PST · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    American Federation of Government Employees(AFGE) ^ | March 3,2015 | American Federation of Government Employees(AFGE)
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:March 3, 2015 AFGE Union President Responds to DHS Funding Agreement Vital national security programs, services to continue for rest of fiscal year WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement:“After taking us to the brink of a shutdown, lawmakers finally have seen the light of day and approved a funding bill that will ensure operations at the Department of Homeland Security will continue uninterrupted through the rest of the fiscal year. DHS employees safeguard our borders, skies, waterways, public buildings, and communities. It’s unfortunate that the 230,000...
  • Dempsey Says Iranian Hand in Iraq Could Turn out Well

    03/03/2015 4:04:04 PM PST · by keat · 31 replies
    AP News ^ | Mar 3, 2015, 6:54 PM ET | ROBERT BURNS
    Iran's direct support for an Iraqi push to dislodge the Islamic State group from the northern city of Tikrit could turn out to be "a positive thing" if it does not inflame sectarian tensions, the top U.S. general said Tuesday. The statement by Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reflected the delicate balance Washington is trying to strike between limiting Iranian influence and allowing Iraqi leaders to determine their own path to defeating the Islamic State. U.S. officials have said Iraq did not ask the U.S. to provide air support for the Tikrit offensive, even though...
  • Obama Responds to Netanyahu's Speech to Congress | The New York Times [video]

    03/03/2015 4:01:37 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 29 replies
    Youtube ^ | March , 2015 | Obama
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-Is0PL7jZg
  • Growing Concern in Washington Over Iranian Military’s Growing Power And Influence in Iraq

    03/03/2015 4:00:39 PM PST · by keat · 9 replies
    USA Today ^ | March 2, 2015 | Jim Michaels
    <p>WASHINGTON — Iran’s military is playing a significant role in helping Iraq drive the Islamic State from Saddam Hussein’s hometown, raising U.S. concerns about growing Iranian influence and increased sectarian tensions in Iraq.</p> <p>Iran provides artillery and other support for a military offensive in Tikrit, according to a senior U.S. military official. He did not want to be named because he is not authorized to speak publicly about Iran’s role.</p>
  • Tikrit attack; SUICIDE BOMBER IS US CITIZEN: IS

    03/03/2015 3:58:26 PM PST · by keat · 15 replies
    DT News ^ | Mar 4 2015
    Baghdad The Islamic State group said Tuesday a US citizen carried out a suicide attack against Iraqi forces involved in an operation to retake the jihadist-held city of Tikrit. “The brother Abu Dawud al-Amriki (may Allah accept him) launched himself with his explosives-laden truck against a gathering” of Iraqi forces and militiamen, an IS radio bulletin said. The report gave no details on the man’s identity. It claimed that dozens of Iraqi forces were killed and wounded in the blast, but did not provide further details, such as pictures or footage. There was no immediate confirmation of the attack from...
  • ‘We were never going to win’: House GOP caves on immigration

    03/03/2015 3:57:32 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 85 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3-3-2015 | Pete Kasperowicz
    ‘We were never going to win’: House GOP caves on immigration Mar. 3, 2015 9:00am Pete Kasperowicz House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has told Republicans that he would call up and pass a “clean” Department of Homeland Security spending bill this week, and give up the fight to use that bill to defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. The decision marks the end of a standoff that has lasted for several weeks — a standoff Republicans will lose to Democrats when the clean DHS bill passes.
  • Boehner Outfoxes His Critics. Again.

    03/03/2015 3:52:48 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 37 replies
    BLOOMBERG VIEW | 03 MARCH 2015 | BLOOMBERG VIEW
    http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-03-03/boehner-outfoxes-his-critics-again-?cmpid=yhoo
  • 'Godzilla With Mothra On His Back': Heilemann on How 'Dumb' of Hillary To Use Personal Email

    03/03/2015 3:52:22 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On the Bloomberg TV show he co-hosts, John Heilemann—asked today to quantify on a scale of "1-to-Godzilla" how "dumb" politically it was of Hillary Clinton to use personal email—answered "Godzilla with Mothra riding on his back dumb." Heilemann also revealed having reached out to former Hillary aides and that "to a person" they responded that the situation is a political "disaster." Mark Halperin claimed that, substantively, Hillary might have "a leg to stand on" but that politically her decision to use personal email was "moronic." View the video here.
  • Iran's Khamenei: 'Increasing global hatred of Israel is a sign of divine help' [Zechariah 12]

    03/03/2015 3:47:26 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 19 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/3/2015 | Staff
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has claimed that heightened anti-Israel sentiments across the globe serve as a sign of "divine help" in the Islamic Republic's fight against its arch enemy. "Increasing global hatred of #Israel is a sign of divine help," he wrote late Monday on Twitter.Iran's leading cleric came out against the pro-Israel lobby, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the group's annual confab on Monday. The premier warned of the existential threat a nuclear Iran would pose to Israel during his speech at the AIPAC conference, which came ahead of his...
  • Here Are the 75 House Republicans Who Conceded the Immigration Fight

    03/03/2015 3:46:36 PM PST · by Perdogg · 72 replies
    the blaze ^ | 03.03.2015
    The House on Tuesday admitted defeat after a month-long effort to defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, and passed a Department of Homeland Security funding bill that leaves Obama’s plan intact.
  • Mystery $55 billion Air Force Program Sparks Debate on Cost

    03/03/2015 3:43:50 PM PST · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 3, 2015 | Staff
    The U.S. Air Force's secret program to develop as many as 100 next-generation bombers that can stealthily strike any target in the world has some experts calling the $550 million per plane price tag laughable. *SNIP* Another critic compared the initiative to the costly B-2 program, which was eventually slashed, and said the cost estimate is "as close to meaningless numbers can be." *SNIP* The Post reported that the Air Force intends on the plane taking its first stealth flight in the mid-2020s. . "I think the long-range strike bomber is absolutely essential to keep our deterrent edge as we...
  • Teenager Abu Bakar Alam slams The Age for ‘devastating’ mistake... wrongly branded a terrorist

    03/03/2015 3:14:00 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 4th March 2015 | Tom Minear
    THE teenager wrongly branded a terrorist by The Age has slammed the paper for the “devastating” mistake which put his family in “potential danger”. Abu Bakar Alam, 19, even feared he would not be able to pursue his dream of becoming a police officer after his picture was printed on the front of Fairfax newspapers last September. He was incorrectly identified as Numan Haider, the man who stabbed two police officers before he was shot and killed in Endeavour Hills. Mr Alam reached an out-of-court settlement with Fairfax Media as he prepared to launch a defamation lawsuit. The exact figure...