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  • Journalist Rick Shaftan on Focal Point: GOP Establishment Panicked, Broke the Law in Mississippi

    07/31/2014 1:40:36 PM PDT · by topher · 1 replies
    Mississippi Conservative Daily ^ | July 23, 2014 | Mississippi Conservative Daily
    RNC Rules: No. 11(B) – Candidate Support According to the public letter from leading conservatives to RNC Chair Reince Priebus, the nefarious tactics of the Barbour/Cochran machine against Chris McDaniel is likely in violation of the RNC’s own rules, adopted in 2012, specifically rule 11(B). In their letter they wrote that the rule “makes clear the Committee’s belief that Republican nomination contests should be decided by the votes of Republicans – and which goes so far as to declare that the Republican National Committee shall not recognize as the nominee of the Republican Party any nominee whose nomination results from...
  • Ted Cruz Proves Why He’s Still the Most Hated Man in Congress

    07/31/2014 1:25:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 07/31/2014 | Danny Vinik
    You may not have heard much from Senator Ted Cruz lately, but on Thursday, he came back with a force in blowing up House Republicans’ bill to address the border crisis. Make no mistake, House Speaker John Boehner—and the rest of the Republican establishment—still have a big Ted Cruz problem. And it’s only going to get bigger as the 2016 presidential election approaches. As it stands now, Cruz has successfully persuaded a block of House Republicans to vote against the House GOP’s border bill, forcing Boehner to pull the legislation from the docket. The situation is still fluid. The House...
  • US DOE approves Oregon project to export LNG

    07/31/2014 1:23:54 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Timothy Gardner
    WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) - The U.S. Energy Department on Thursday approved Oregon LNG to export liquefied natural gas, as the Obama administration works through applications to export fuel from the domestic drilling boom to markets in Asia and Europe. Oregon LNG, which is controlled by Leucadia National Corp , has been authorized by the department to export up to 1.25 billion cubic feet per day of the fuel for 20 years. It hopes to begin exporting LNG in 2017. The Astoria, Oregon-based project still needs approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which will review the project's environmental...
  • Ted Cruz doesn’t care if John Boehner hates him. He likes it.

    07/31/2014 1:22:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/31/2014 | By Chris Cillizza
    Ted Cruz is running for president.No, he hasn't announced it yet. But if you can tell a man by his actions, then expect to see Cruz in Iowa a LOT more over the next year or two. (Cruz will be in the Hawkeye State on Saturday to headline a dinner thrown by Bruce Rastetter, a major GOP fundraiser. And he's going back next week, too!)The latest example — outside of the constant Iowa trips — came Wednesday, when WaPo's Bob Costa reported that Cruz was actively encouraging conservative House Republicans to oppose the spending bill pushed by Boehner aimed at...
  • A doctor is quarantined in East TN, waiting to see if he shows signs of #Ebola.

    07/31/2014 1:21:44 PM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 9 replies
    6abc WATE TV ^ | 07/31/14 | staff tweet
    A doctor is quarantined in East TN, waiting to see if he shows signs of #Ebola. @jmcneal talks to him via #Skype at 5 pic.twitter.com/L8uggRAbh0 Reply Retweet Favorite
  • ‘Dead’ Border Bill Not Fully Dead Yet

    07/31/2014 1:18:32 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 31, 2014 | Neil Munro
    The supposedly dead GOP border bill isn’t fully dead. GOP leaders are deciding whether “to twist arms or to let it die,” a Hill aide told The Daily Caller. According to congressional staffers, GOP leaders are trying to rewrite the complex, immigration-boosting text so that enough GOP conservatives agree to back the bill. Earlier Thursday, it was defeated when numerous conservative legislators declined to back the leadership’s bill, which would have widened a controversial 2008 loophole and allowed many Mexican youths to apply for green cards. The bill also would not have stopped the inflow of Central Americans adults, youths...
  • ObamaCare caused some premiums to nearly double in California

    07/31/2014 1:16:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/31/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The bad news in California: If you liked your plan and/or your doctor, many of you couldn’t keep either if you had an individual-market plan. The worse news in California: If you liked your premiums, you definitely couldn’t keep those. In the first year of ObamaCare, premiums rose in the Golden State anywhere from 22% to 88% from the previous year — even as insurer networks narrowed so much that consumers had a tough time finding a provider at all: The cost of health insurance for individuals skyrocketed this year in California, with some paying almost twice what they...
  • Boehner may Blow up Recess (Force vote on Border Bill)

    07/31/2014 1:11:42 PM PDT · by Windy City Conservative · 26 replies
    House Republicans may force the House to stay in session until they get enough votes to pass the border package. “We’ll stay until we vote,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) told reporters staking out a special GOP conference meeting. A house GOP leadership aide said the decision hadn’t been made yet. Another House Republican told NRO, 45 min into the meeting, that there was “no sign anyone has changed so far.”
  • Doc Filmmaker: 'Illegals Told if They Don’t Vote Democrat They Would be Arrested & Deported'

    07/31/2014 1:08:16 PM PDT · by Baynative · 13 replies
    Vision to America ^ | July 31, 2014 | staff-post
    “Just arriving home from two solid days of interviewing experts on this immigration crisis. Numbers USA executive director, Center for Immigration Studies, director, Rep Steve King, Rep Louis Gohmert ( Texas) who has spent several of the last weekends on the border TALKING TO THE IMMIGRANTS THEMSELVES!
  • Polling Data Shows GOP Voters Think Republicans Standing Tough On Immigration Most Important Issue

    07/31/2014 12:52:58 PM PDT · by Mariner · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 31st, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Polling data compiled by Tea Party Patriots and provided exclusively to Breitbart News shows that a majority of Republican voters think Republicans standing strong on immigration is more important than repealing Obamacare, getting to the bottom of the Benghazi or IRS scandals—or anything else for that matter. When asked by TPP’s pollster which issue they think is the important for Republicans in Congress to deal with, 34.6 percent of GOP voters said stopping the flow of illegal immigrants across our southern border. Stopping Obama’s “illegal overreach” with executive power came in a distant second with 24 percent of GOP voters...
  • UKRAINE: "May receive additional military aid to NATO members" Minister of defense of Poland

    07/31/2014 12:47:55 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    nvua.net ^ | 31/07/2014 Today, 20:29
    Ukraine The Minister also expressed the view that assistance to the NATO Member States should be designed to address the longer term Photo NATO.int The Minister also expressed the view that assistance to the NATO Member States should be designed to address the longer term Ukraine may receive additional military aid to NATO members after the September Summit in Wales This was announced by Minister of Defense of Poland Tomasz Semonyak on air of Polish radio PIN, reports EvroPravda. "I see an increasing openness, in particular the United States. In April, President Barack Obama's decision about what can be delivered...
  • NRA Backs Lamar Alexander Against Pro-2A Tea Partier Joe Carr

    07/31/2014 12:40:08 PM PDT · by CharlesThe Hammer · 27 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | 7/30/14 | Staff Written, no by line
    Once again we have to ask, what the hell is the NRA up to?
  • UKRAINE: Russia is attempting transfer of weapons from Crimea to mainland of Ukraine

    Russia deploys in Crimea powerful military formations - NSDC Russia is attempting to transfer weapons from the Crimea to the mainland of Ukraine In the occupied Crimea there are new military units, armed with tanks and Grad installations As reported by the National Security Council, there is the additional deployment of Task Force, which has 31 tanks, 152 mm howitzer battery unit installations Castle. Furthermore, in the Crimea from the Russian Federation relocated units 7th Airborne Brigade, the 18th Motorised Brigade, 61st marine brigade and the 75th Regiment of special purpose. According to the National Security Council, the Russian side...
  • Boehner Tries To Resuscitate Dying Border Bill

    07/31/2014 12:18:11 PM PDT · by Mariner · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 31st, 2014 | Jonathan Strong
    In the Speaker's lobby just off the House floor, members of Congress were full of recriminations over how the border bill had just died -- until it sprang back to life. House leadership has announced a 3pm special conference meeting to discuss the issue and raised the possibility of additional votes before the House departs for summer recess. The change is an abrupt shift from a decision to pull the bill and leave without a vote on it at all. According to Republicans familiar with the matter, the decision prompted a sudden and fierce backlash against Speaker John Boehner from...
  • Geraldo Rivera: Matt Drudge ‘doing his best to stir up a civil war’

    07/31/2014 12:13:29 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/31/14 | Jessica Chasmar
    Fox News host Geraldo Rivera has accused conservative blogger Matt Drudge of trying to inflame conservatives and “stir up a civil war,” due to his website’s aggressive coverage of the border crisis. “Shame on Drudge,” Mr. Rivera tweeted Wednesday morning. “His authoritative website has gone hysterical on issue of immigrant children. 14 stories like ‘Could Ebola sneak across?’” Mr. Rivera argued during his radio show that Mr. Drudge, founder of “the most powerful website,” is “doing his best to stir up a civil war” with his headlines, Mediaite reported. “This is exactly what they did to the Irish in the...
  • Hilarious Parody Skewers Mike Bloomberg Ad Trying to Scare Women About Guns

    07/31/2014 12:06:26 PM PDT · by montag813 · 10 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-31-2014 | Gina Cassini
    by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsIn response to the ridiculous ad from Everytown For Gun Safety that tries -- and fails -- to scare women out of defending themselves, a grassroots group has come out with a hilarious parody to show how women should really handle it.Grassroots network Liberty Pennsylvania's ad effectively skewers the Mike Bloomberg-funded group's lame attempt, which I profiled this morning. These battling ads show the utter futility of the gun-grabbers' attempts to convince Americans to give up their weapons of self-defense. And thankfully, women simply are not listening.  According to a survey conducted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, 77%...
  • UKRAINE Donetsk: Andwered prayer for liberation of Konstantin Piskun-volunteer

    07/31/2014 11:54:17 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    Dear friends! Thank you to all who have prayed and took part in the liberation of Konstantin Piskun-volunteer that helped people when loading into buses in Gorlovka. Today, DND armed fighters during the evacuation took him from the loading platform. Because his phone had received constant calls that irked the militants, he was forced to dismantle and throw out his cell phone in the garbage bin. Then, he was taken away in an unknown direction. Last night Constantine came home, emotionally broken and despondent, after grilling with addiction (force?) unfortunately he will not be able to accompany people when loading....
  • Police: Loop executive kills self after wounding firm's CEO (Chicago)

    07/31/2014 11:45:22 AM PDT · by Petruchio · 20 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/31/2014 | Jeremy Gorner, Marwa Eltagouri and Meredith Rodriguez
    An executive of a Loop company, upset that he was being demoted, walked into the CEO's office on LaSalle Street this morning and shot him twice before turning the gun on himself, police said. The executive, 59, was dead on the scene from a gunshot wound to the head. The CEO of ArrowStream, Steven LaVoie, 54, was wounded in the head and stomach and was in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
  • House pulls border vote

    07/31/2014 11:41:20 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 38 replies
    TheHill.com ^ | 7-31-2014 | Cristina Marcos
    House GOP leaders canceled a Thursday vote on their $659 million border bill after failing to win over conservative members who opposed giving any more money to President Obama. A significant number of Republicans had balked at sending any money to the White House for the border, and Democrats were generally united in opposing the measure. The decision is another defeat for House GOP leaders, who have repeatedly failed to bring their members in line on tough votes. Signs of trouble emerged late Wednesday night when the House Rules Committee delayed reporting a rule for the border bill. Even a...
  • Dear FReepers: We need your continuing support to keep FR on the air!! [FReepathon XXI]

    07/31/2014 11:39:36 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies
    Dear FReepers, We need to keep our FReepathon rolling and we need your continuing support to keep FR on the air. With Obama pulling out all the stops in fundamentally transforming America from a free country to a communist state (and the GOP-e stepping aside for him), we're going to need FR NOW more than ever!! FR is funded solely by the donations made by the patriots who love and use it. We sell no advertising or merchandise. We have no corporate sponsors or sugar daddies and accept no government subsidies. This means no annoying commercial ads, no ad tracking,...
  • Declaration of Independence

    07/31/2014 11:32:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    National Archives ^ | 1776 | Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, Livingston & Sherman
    The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men...
  • WHOA! Obama Halts Visa Applications From Israel

    07/31/2014 11:23:35 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 71 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-31-2014 | Andrew Marcus
    No Jews Allowed Democrats have a Jewish problem: US Embassy in Tel Aviv Severely Restricts Visas for Israelis Tourist visa process cancelled until further notice, embassy announces. From the Obama State Dept: “Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv remains open but is operating at reduced staffing until further notice, and has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services,” the statement says. “Emergencies involving an American citizen and visa applications will be considered on a case by case basis.”
  • Short of votes, House abandons border bill at last minute

    07/31/2014 11:19:34 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/31/2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    The House abandoned efforts to pass a bill to deal with the surge in migrants on the southern U.S. border Thursday. House Republicans, who had authored a plan to spend $659 million on humanitarian aid as well as additional border security and judges, failed to garner enough support among their rank and file to come up with the 218 votes needed for passage. They plan to adjourn today until Sept. 8, which virtually guarantees no action on legislation until after the August recess. Republicans had to pass the bill entirely on their own because no Democrats were likely to support...
  • Snowden's temporary asylum status expires in Russia

    07/31/2014 11:16:58 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 31 July 2014
    Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden's year-long leave to stay in Russia has expired without confirmation that it will be extended. His lawyer said he could stay in the country while his application for an extension was being processed. [...]
  • Ebola - 30,000 In Nigeria Believed Exposed, No One Knows Who

    07/31/2014 11:07:53 AM PDT · by Veto! · 105 replies
    The catastrophic Ebola outbreak in West Africa may be spreading faster than health experts previously believed. Yesterday, officials in Nigeria said that they were looking for up to 59 people who may have been exposed to the lethal virus by flying on a plane with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who died soon after getting off a flight in Lagos. On Wednesday, the health authorities there said that they have expanded their search from 59 people — to 30,000.
  • Wisconsin Court Upholds Law Curbing Unions' Collective-Bargaining Rights

    07/31/2014 11:07:45 AM PDT · by adingdangdoo · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal online ^ | 7/31/2014 | Mark Peters and Caroline Porter
    MADISON, Wis.—Wisconsin's highest court upheld a law ending most collective-bargaining rights for government employees in the state, a blow for public-sector unions that have been stymied in their efforts to reverse the controversial measure championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
  • Ebola Outbreak Won’t Stop Obama’s Plans For Summit Of African Leaders

    07/31/2014 11:06:04 AM PDT · by NCjim · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 30, 2014
    President Obama still plans to convene a three-day summit in Washington for leaders of African countries even though the continent is experiencing an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, a White House spokesman said Wednesday. “We have no plans to change any elements of the U.S.-Africa summit as we believe all air travel continues to be safe here,” principal deputy press secretary Eric Schultz told reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday.
  • Harry Reid Plans to Convert House ‘Border Spending’ Legislation Into an Amnesty Bill

    07/31/2014 10:58:24 AM PDT · by montag813 · 24 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-31-2014 | Brian Hayes
    by Brian Hayes | Top Right NewsAs House Republican lawmakers scramble  to pass an "emergency border spending bill" to address the so-called "immigration crisis"  the border, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated he would likely try to convert any House-passed legislation into an amnesty bill, The Hill reported.Reid said that if the House passes the $659 million bill -- which is up for a vote Thursday afternoon -- which will include changes to the law to speed up deportation of illegal minors, he may tie it to the "Gang of Eight" package passed in the Senate last year that would grant amnesty to tens of millions...
  • Americans Melt Phone Lines Against Boehner's Immigration Bills in Hours Before Vote

    07/31/2014 10:50:04 AM PDT · by Mariner · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 31st, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    The American people have overloaded the Congressional phone lines yet again on Thursday, pressuring their members of Congress to vote against the House and Senate immigration bills. The Capitol Hill switchboard line was busy when Breitbart News called at 11:30 a.m., in response to Speaker John Boehner’s effort to pass a supplemental funding bill that has minor policy changes—and includes a separate vote on language dealing with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that is substantially different from the original language from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). A number of aides and other sources on...
  • McDonald’s Japan just released Tofu Nuggets, and they taste…

    07/31/2014 10:43:27 AM PDT · by chajin · 34 replies
    RocketNews24 ^ | 07/31/2014 | Philip Kendall
    Just days after the taking Chicken McNuggets off its menu in the light of the China food scandal, McDonald’s Japan has unveiled a brand new, rather unusual product: Tofu Shinjo Nuggets and Ginger Sauce, a combination of bean curd, fish and vegetables shaped into bite-size pieces and deep-fried. Turning to tofu–a food that has long been a favourite in Japan and known for its health benefits–is certainly a wise move, and McDonald’s is undoubtedly in need of something new to entice customers back with, but while we’ve no doubt all craved deep-fried chicken at some point in our lives, we’d...
  • ISIS Occupied or Destroyed All Christian Institutions in Mosul

    07/31/2014 10:36:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7-31-14 | Mary Chastain
    For over 2,000 years, Christians and Muslims lived in peace in Mosul, Iraq, the country's second largest city. That all changed on June 10, 2014 when the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, invaded the city and evicted its Christian population. With the Christians gone, ISIS has begun to destroy or occupy every Christian landmark in the city. The Assyrian International News Agency released a full list of the 45 institutions the Islamic State destroyed or occupied. Here are a few examples: Syrian Catholic Diocese Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation Archbishop’s Palace Chapel Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese Church of...
  • WaPo Blogger Undercuts His Own Case against Halbig

    07/31/2014 10:32:09 AM PDT · by SteveH · 3 replies
    The National Review ^ | Joly 30, 2014 | Charles C..W. Cooke
    ... In an attempt to establish intent, Sargent quotes Yvette Fontenot, “a lead Finance staffer who was directly involved in the merger of the bills”: During the merger of the two bills, we layered the HELP Committee language that established a federal fallback on top of the Finance Committee language that included “exchange established by the state.” The result was the tax credits were to apply to all exchanges, both state and federal. Frankly, this smacks of post-rationalization and oversimplification. It is easy to forget this in the heat of political passion, but when the HELP and Finance bills were...
  • Boehner: Obama will cement ‘legacy of lawlessness’

    07/31/2014 10:21:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/31/14 | Peter Schroeder
    President Obama would cement his “legacy of lawlessness” if he takes further executive action on immigration, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday. One day after the House voted to authorize a lawsuit against the president, Boehner threatened that Obama would only bolster their case for executive overreach if he took more unilateral steps to reduce deportations. “He’ll be sacrificing the integrity of our laws on the altar of political opportunity, and I can guarantee you the American people would hold him to account,” he told reporters. “The actions he’s threatening to take are not about policy. They’re about politics.”
  • Budgets raided to address border crisis amid Congress' inaction

    07/31/2014 10:20:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 31, 2014 | By LISA MASCARO AND BRIAN BENNETT
    Surveillance drones that hunt drug smugglers along the Mexican border could soon be grounded. Installation of pole-top cameras and ground sensors to intercept illegal crossings might be delayed. About $44 million has already been diverted from the government's health-related accounts, including the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to pay for food, beds, clothing and medical care for the crush of unaccompanied minors who have crossed the Southwestern border. And that's just the beginning. With the expected failure of Congress to agree Thursday on emergency funds to cope with the border crisis, the Obama...
  • Team of investigators reach Ukraine jet crash site

    07/31/2014 10:18:10 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 12 replies
    FOX ^ | July 31, 2014 | AP
    ROZSYPNE, Ukraine – As fighting continued to rage in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday managed to reach the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time since it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago. Clashes along routes to the wreckage site between government troops and pro-Russian separatist rebels had kept the delegation from reaching the area to retrieve bodies that have been lying in open fields. But the investigators were allowed through a checkpoint leading to the crash site at the village of Rozsypne early Thursday afternoon by a...
  • Belgium: Doctor refuses to help 90-year-old woman because she is Jewish — “Go to Gaza”

    07/31/2014 10:18:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/31/14 | Robert Spencer
    When and how will this pandemic of anti-Semitism end? The last time it was this bad in Europe, it ended in mass murder. Today the “Palestinians,” the darlings of the international media and “human rights community,” call openly for a new genocide of the Jews, and nonetheless never lose favor with the intelligentsia and elites. The moral myopia is as pandemic as the Jew-hatred, and growing. Whether this doctor is a Leftist or a Muslim (or both), he should be stripped of his license to practice medicine. But probably he will get away with a perfunctory reprimand. “Doctor refuses to...
  • Booby-Trapped Explosives Built into Walls of UNRWA Clinic

    07/31/2014 10:11:52 AM PDT · by Piranha · 40 replies
    Arutz Sheva (Israel National News) ^ | July 31, 2014 | Uzi Baruch and Elad Benari
    New details have emerged about the booby-trapped clinic explosion that killed three IDF Maglan unit soldiers in Gaza earlier this week - Sergeant First Class Matan Gottlieb, 21, from Rishon LeZion; Sergeant First Class Omar Chai, 21, from Savion; and Sergeant First Class Guy Algranati, 20, of Tel Aviv, hy"d. Over eighty kilograms of explosives were built into the UN-funded hospital's walls themselves, it was cleared for publication Thursday - revealing that the clinic itself was built to mask, and perform, potential acts of terror on the IDF. Moreover, the clinic was built over tens of terror tunnels, according to...
  • The White House’s Woman in the Immigration Crosshairs

    07/31/2014 10:10:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 31, 2014 | by Eleanor Clift
    Long before Barack Obama ran for president, Cecilia Munoz was on the front lines of the immigration debate. In 2000, she was named a MacArthur genius fellow for her work on civil rights and immigration. When Obama won the election in 2008, one of his first orders of business was persuading Munoz to join his White House staff. Those were the heady days when legislative change seemed possible, and an activist like Munoz could dream of achieving her goal from an office on the second floor of the West Wing. It hasn’t turned out the way many Obama supporters hoped,...
  • DATING ETIQUETTE

    07/31/2014 10:09:24 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 40 replies
    Campus Report ^ | August 2014 | Deborah Lambert
    Kerry Cronin, who teaches a philosophy class at Boston College, was shocked some years ago during a class on student hookup culture, when a student inquired, “How would you ask someone on a date?” “It’s easy to hook up with someone you’ve just met in a dark room after having a few drinks,” said freshman Frank DiMartino, who took the class. “But asking someone out on a date in broad daylight, when you actually have to know their name, can be really scary.” Other schools are apparently taking notice of the need to explain the socialization/dating procedure, according to The...
  • CNN Anchor Bill Weir to Fox Nation: ‘You Willfully Ignorant ********’ [profanity in body]

    07/31/2014 10:05:34 AM PDT · by McGruff · 42 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 31st, 2014 | Eddie Scarry
    It’s safe to say CNN anchor Bill Weir is not a fan of climate change deniers. On Thursday, the Twitter account for Fox Nation, a blog run by Fox News, tweeted a link to a post headlined, “Climate Doesn’t Cooperate With Al Gore’s Group’s Visit to Denver EPA Hearings.” The story, aggregated from the Washington Times, relates to a Denver visit by former Vice President Al Gore‘s “Climate Reality Project” for EPA hearings on power plant emissions. The group showed up to hand out ice cream even though it was 58 degrees. Weir retweeted the link, with his own comment:...
  • Michele Bachmann: What I Saw at the U.S.-Mexico Border

    07/31/2014 10:03:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/31/2014 | Michele Bachmann
    This past weekend I did what President Obama refused to do during his recent trip to Texas—I visited the U.S-Mexico border. I knew that the border crisis was serious, but nothing could have prepared me for just how bad this situation truly is. The results of the Obama administration’s lawlessness when it comes to enforcing existing immigration laws were magnified in the Rio Grande Valley, where Congressman Steve King and I visited a number of facilities and met with local, state, and federal officials. What we saw was people processing, not border security. Americans would be shocked to learn that...
  • A Response to the "Open Letter for the People in Gaza"

    07/31/2014 9:57:46 AM PDT · by Piranha · 6 replies
    Israeli Medical Association ^ | July 27, 2014 | Eidelman, Leonid, MD and Afek, Arnon, MD
    .... The assertion that Israel has no regard for the lives of Gazan citizens is utterly false. Israel continues to supply electricity and water to Gaza even during this unfortunate conflict. Since the beginning of the current conflict, 1248 trucks entered Gaza from Israel, 4.44 million liters of diesel were delivered for the power station, and 48 infrastructural repairs were carried out. On July 27, 170 trucks were scheduled to enter but the crossing was forced to close at 14:00 because of Hamas activity in the area. The 94 trucks that entered delivered, among other thing, 1165 tons of food,...
  • AP Poll: Immigration Becomes Hot Potato for Democrats

    07/31/2014 9:56:22 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 10 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Jul 31, 2014 | Guy Benson
    A new national survey conducted by the Associated Press suggests that illegal immigration and the border crisis could be morphing into major political liabilities for Democrats ahead of the midterm elections. Key take-aways:
  • Study: Hundreds of rules passed by Obama administration are technically illegal

    07/31/2014 9:56:13 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7-29-14 | Juliet Eilperin
    Over the past two years, the Obama administration has published hundreds and hundreds of rules — on how wheelchairs should be stowed aboard U.S. aircraft, how foreign trade zones should be regulated, how voting assistance should be provided for U.S. citizens overseas, and so on. There’s a problem, however: Technically speaking, these and some 1,800 other regulations shouldn’t be in effect because they weren’t reported to Congress as required. Yet there is little that lawmakers or the courts can do about it. The situation illustrates the obscure, Byzantine process used to create federal regulations — and how easily it can...
  • Jamie Foxx Will Reportedly Play Mike Tyson in Upcoming Biopic

    07/31/2014 9:53:06 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    Time ^ | 7/31/14 | Laura Stampler
    Jamie Foxx has been cast to play Mike Tyson, one of the most polarizing modern sports figures, in an untitled biopic, Variety reports. Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter is set to write the film.....
  • UKRAINE: DNR representatives after many denials admitted Ukraine army controls Avdiyivka

    07/31/2014 9:36:00 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    amurburg.ru/ ^ | 31 Июля 2014
    Representatives of the DNI after many denials finally acknowledged that the Ukrainian army has taken control of Avdeevku, which became one of the main tactical points during the battle of Gorlovka. "During the night the enemy fully occupied with Avdeevku 8-MI tanks and battalion." The enemy tries to cover Gorlovka forces with armored vehicles, "the report said of the illegal armed groups, posted on the page "vkontakte" Commander Igor Strelkova. It is noteworthy that even less than a day ago the DNR have assured that the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine had engaged in disinformation, reporting on occupation Avdeyevka. Those...
  • Failures in management led to ObamaCare website woes, investigation finds

    07/31/2014 9:31:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 31, 2014
    A failure of management by the Obama administration led to the disastrous rollout of the ObamaCare website and caused the government to incur tens of millions in additional costs, according to a congressional watchdog report released Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded after a months-long investigation into the rocky rollout of Healthcare.gov that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ failure to establish “effective planning or oversight practices” was to blame for website’s myriad problems after it was launched. Among the issues, investigators found that the administration kept changing the contractors' marching orders for the HealthCare.gov website, creating widespread...
  • Rushed HHS Let Contractors Fumble Obamacare Website, GAO Says

    07/31/2014 9:31:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 31, 2014 | BY MAGGIE FOX AND JOEL SEIDMAN
    A rushed team at the Department of Health and Human Services failed to plan properly or watch over contractors hired to set up and run the online health insurance exchange, setting it up for its spectacular blowout when it rolled out last October, according to a report to be released Thursday. And unless HHS acts, more problems could happen this year, the report warns. Federal officials had just three and a half years to design, build and launch the online marketplace from the time the Affordable Care Act was signed in March 2010 to the time it had to be...
  • House Authorizes Boehner to Sue Obama for Taking Actions Boehner Plans to Fund

    07/31/2014 9:22:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 31, 2014 12:04 AM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 225-201 on Wednesday evening to authorize Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) to sue President Barack Obama and other administration officials for taking actions implementing the Affordable Care Act that do not follow the language of the law but that the Republican-led House nonetheless has not previously voted to defund and now intends to continue funding. Rather than take action under its own constitutional authority to curb what it believes are unconstitutional acts by the president, the Republican majority will now ask federal judges to curb the president. Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the...
  • U.N. concerned by U.S. plans for child migrants

    07/31/2014 9:14:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 31, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE NEBEHAY
    The United Nations' human rights chief expressed concern on Thursday at what she said were plans by the U.S. government to deport tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who entered the United States in recent months. Navi Pillay-Wanker, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, urged Washington to protect the child migrants and investigate dozens of reports of abuse against them by U.S. officials. "I am particularly concerned because the United States appears to be taking steps to deport most of these children back," Pillay-Wanker told a final news briefing in Geneva before completing six years in office on Aug. 31....