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  • Rick Santorum is not happy about Fox News' GOP debate rules

    05/22/2015 3:56:32 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 104 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 22, 2015 | Jake Miller
    Rick Santorum is not happy about the rules for the first 2016 Republican primary debate, hosted by Fox News, which will limit the number of candidates onstage based on their standing in the polls. (snip) Santorum is expected to announce his plans for 2016 on May 27 during a speech in his hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania.
  • Mark Levin Scolds Fox Newsers Who Were ‘Mocking’ Santorum: ‘Kind of Harmful’

    05/28/2015 6:56:07 PM PDT · by God'sgrrl · 19 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 27, 2015 | Josh Feldman
    Conservative radio host Mark Levin scolded some Fox News talking heads today for “mocking” Rick Santorum right after he made his presidential announcement. And while he didn’t name any names, it was the hosts of Fox News’ The Five that reacted immediately to Santorum’s announcement during their hour. more...
  • Herman Cain mocks Santorum's 'doomed presidential bid'

    05/28/2015 11:54:11 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/28/2015 | Adam Lerner
    Failed Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain decried former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) for entering a presidential race he is unlikely to win. The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO tweeted about Santorum’s “doomed presidential bid” and lobbed another bomb at ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, mocking Santorum for making his announcement in an interview with the “pretend journalist.” (Stephanopolous’ standing among Republicans has fallen considerably since POLITICO reported that he had given $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.) The tweet linked to a blog post published by columnist Robert Laurie on the Cain TV website on Thursday, questioning “why every GOP throwback candidate feels they...
  • RICK SANTORUM DUMPS THE DUGGARS

    05/28/2015 1:44:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 5.28.15 | Emily Zanotti
    Rick Santorum has decided to inflict himself, yet again, on our fair nation, running for President a third (I think) time. Now, while I'm not entirely certain what America did to deserve such an honor, clearly God is trying to punish us for some string of transgressions, because otherwise, His chosen candidate, Santorum, would have long ago retired to head up a DC-based family-focused think tank or sell panini presses on late night television. Not that I begrudge Rick his chance. Although he's not very attractive as a candidate, he did do well last time around, and he has, at...
  • Rick Santorum announces second presidential bid

    05/27/2015 2:36:38 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 59 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Robert Costa
    CABOT, Pa. — Rick Santorum, the brusque and deeply conservative former senator who won nearly a dozen contests in the 2012 race for the Republican nomination, announced here Wednesday that he would seek to recapture that fleeting magic by entering a crowded primary likely to be far more difficult than the last.
  • Gallup Signals the GOP: Abandon the Bitter Clingers in Your Backwards Base

    05/27/2015 1:40:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: A new Gallup poll out. Headline: "Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues." Now, before you go off getting depressed about this, let me tell you what the reason for this is, after we give you the details. "Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level." It's a subtle message to the Republican Party, and...
  • Rick Santorum to announce presidential bid in interview with … George Stephanopoulos

    05/27/2015 12:14:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/27/2015 | AllahPundit
    So that proposed GOP boycott of Steph lasted not quite two weeks. Good job, everyone. Are we sure we don’t give him another shot at moderating a crucial Republican debate?When you’re at two percent in the polls, I guess you can’t afford to be choosy when a broadcast network offers you free airtime. Well played, Mr. Stephanopoulos. Very well played. Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania, will announce today that he will seek the GOP nomination for president in 2016, ABC News has learned. ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos will sit down for an exclusive interview...
  • How Republicans saved Stephanopoulos

    05/27/2015 9:30:08 AM PDT · by maggief · 14 replies
    POLITICO ^ | May 27, 2015 | DYLAN BYERS
    Two weeks ago, conservatives were calling for George Stephanopoulos to recuse himself from all coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign, on the grounds that the ABC News anchor had failed to inform viewers of his financial donations to the Clinton Foundation. Three days after that controversy broke, Stephanopoulos hosted an exclusive interview with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Then, on Wednesday, he landed an even bigger exclusive: Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania, would be announcing his bid for the presidency. Stephanopoulos also landed the first interview with Santorum, which will take place this afternoon. The McConnell...
  • Rick Santorum Announcing Run for President [today in PA]

    05/27/2015 8:29:13 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 102 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05/27/2015 | Ben Gittleson
    Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania, will announce today that he will seek the GOP nomination for president in 2016, ABC News has learned. ABC News' Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos will sit down for an exclusive interview with Santorum this afternoon. Santorum, 57, is set to reveal his presidential intentions at an event today in Cabot, Pa., near his childhood home. It will be his second run for the White House, almost four years after he won primaries and caucuses in 11 states and finished second to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican...
  • Santorum Hopes To Catch Lightning In A Bottle A Second Time

    05/27/2015 7:10:13 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 20 replies
    NPR ^ | May 27, 2015 | Jessica Taylor
    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is praying for political lightning to strike twice. Even after pulling an upset win in the Iowa caucuses four years ago and going on to survive the longest against eventual nominee Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential hopeful is again the underdog in a much more crowded 2016 field. Expected to announce his second bid for president in his hometown of Butler, Pa., Wednesday, Santorum is nowhere near the silver-medal finish he pulled off in 2012. But that's not stopping him from still preaching his brand of "blue-collar conservatism" with an emphasis on workers and manufacturing...
  • 'Draw Muhammad' winner submitted for DC ads

    05/26/2015 1:27:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/26/15 | Ben Kamisar
    The winning cartoon from the “Draw Muhammad” event that led to a shooting in Texas earlier this month has been submitted to run as an advertisement on Washington, D.C., public transportation. Pamela Geller, the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) wrote on Breitbart.com that she has submitted the cartoon as an ad to run on Metro buses, as well as at the Foggy Bottom, Capitol South, Bethesda, L’Enfant Plaza and Shady Grove Metro stations. “Drawing Muhammad is not illegal under American law, but only under Islamic law. Violence that arises over the cartoons is solely the responsibility of...
  • Two Words Can Show You Whose Side Obama Is On

    05/26/2015 1:21:32 PM PDT · by scouter · 18 replies
    Short Vanity | 5/26/15 | Scouter
    Do you remember back in the 2008 election when Barack Obama derisively said: "... and you go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, like a lot of small towns in the midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they’ve gone through the Clinton admininistration and the Bush administration and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are going to regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter and they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them...
  • Prominent Democratic Donor Called Scott Walker a ‘Dumb (bleep)' for Something 60% of Americans Share

    05/26/2015 6:50:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 87 replies
    IJReview ^ | May 26, 2015 | Joe Perticone
    Hillary Clinton is heading to the Sunshine State this week to spend time with one of Florida’s most influential Democratic donors, trial lawyer John Morgan. Morgan is not just praising Clinton’s candidacy, but actively bashing her potential Republican rivals. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Morgan took shots at Wisconsin Governor and prospective 2016 candidate, Scott Walker: “Walker would be the first president with a GED.”The Democratic donor attempted to insult Walker for not obtaining a college degree, which he opted out of in order to get started with his career. Morgan continued, calling Walker cruel names in an...
  • Andrew McCutchen's (Pittsburgh Pirates) pay stub includes lots and lots of taxes

    05/25/2015 12:07:40 PM PDT · by WeatherGuy · 17 replies
    SB Nation ^ | May 22, 2015 | Brandon Lee Gowton
    Being a professional athlete is cool for a number of reasons, and one of them is getting paid a lot of money. One not so cool reason, however, is having to pay a lot of taxes. There are quite a few interesting things to see here. The fact that there are so many taxes that it doesn't fit on one page is a big one. Nearly $20,000 for Medicare seems like a lot! And then there are the deductions. McCutchen has already paid $27,000 this year just to have the right to be a professional athlete in Pittsburgh. Seems crazy.
  • The Democrats heat up some leftovers for the 2016 Senate races.

    05/24/2015 8:05:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 5/23/15 | Moe Lane
    Before we get into the meat of this story from the National Journal, let me just note that this – “One of the most underappreciated stories in recent years is the deterioration of the Democratic bench under President Obama’s tenure in office” – has always been properly appreciated by me. I noticed this issue a while back. Sorry, but I felt the need to establish that. Moving on… …less attention has been paid to how the shrinking number of Democratic officeholders in the House and in statewide offices is affecting the party’s Senate races. It’s awfully unusual to see how...
  • Temple Physics Dept. chair accused of selling sensitive information to China

    05/22/2015 3:25:04 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 21 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 05/22/2015 | Jeremy Roebuck and Susan Snyder,
    --SNIP-- The chairman of Temple University's physics department was charged Thursday in an alleged scheme to provide sensitive U.S. defense technology to entities in China, including its government. Federal prosecutors allege Xiaoxing Xi, a world-renowned expert in the field of superconductivity, sought prestigious appointments in China in exchange for sharing information on a device invented by a private company in the United States
  • 'Father' To Marry 'Son' In Bucks County (PA) -- With Court's Blessing

    05/20/2015 7:30:45 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 55 replies
    Patch.com ^ | 20MAY2015 | Kara Seymour
    This week, Bill Novak and Norman MacArthur will go from being father and son to a married couple. Before you jump to conclusions, consider this: Novak and MacArthur are not father and son biologically. Rather, their relationship through adoption was solely a technicality to enable the rights they desperately wanted but were not legally able to attain as a married couple. The same-sex couple, who have been together for more than 50 years, registered as domestic partners in New York City in 1994. After moving to Bucks County, they learned that Pennsylvania law does not recognize domestic partners and prohibits...
  • A Shameless Train Of Thought - Dems Exploit Amtreak Crash

    05/20/2015 3:24:47 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 20, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Former White House Chief of Staff and currently mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, whose city is rushing to be the next Detroit after decades of big government excesses, once said that a crisis was a terrible thing to waste since it allows you to get things done you couldn’t get done in a saner atmosphere. The Amtrak derailment outside Philadelphia is the latest case in point. Never mind that the Antrak train that crashed outside Philadelphia, killing seven, was being driven at 106 miles per hour around a curve that was designed for 50 or that the “positive train control”...
  • Feds Trying to Determine If Amtrak Engineer Was Using Phone

    05/20/2015 1:27:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 20, 2015 | By MICHAEL R. SISAK
    Investigators are combing through phone records, locomotive data, radio transmissions and surveillance video to determine if the engineer in last week's deadly Amtrak derailment was using his cellphone while at the controls, federal authorities said Wednesday. Brandon Bostian's phone records show calls were made, text messages were sent and data was used the day of the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board said, but it remains unclear if the phone was used while the train was in motion. Investigators won't be able make that determination until after a time-consuming analysis comparing time stamps from Bostian's subpoenaed phone records with those...
  • 'Clinton Cash’ Author: ‘We’re Finding Some Interesting, Compelling Things’ on Jeb

    05/18/2015 8:00:50 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/12/15 | Ian Hanchett
    “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer said that he is ” finding some interesting, compelling things” in his investigation of Jeb Bush on Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.” Schweizer reported, “We’re about four months into the research project, obviously not as global in scope as the Clintons, but you know, as governor of the state of Florida, you have a lot of things that you can do. So we’re following the money. We’re looking at land deals. We’re looking at an airport deal. We are looking at some of the educational reforms that were instituted, and some of the big corporate winners...
  • UGI to build second LNG plant

    05/20/2015 6:32:26 AM PDT · by thackney · 33 replies
    LNG World News ^ | May 15, 2015 | LNG WN
    UGI Energy Services, a UGI Corporation unit, said it plans to build a liquefied natural gas production facility in northern Pennsylvania that will utilize Marcellus Shale gas. The proposed facility will be adjacent to UGI Energy Services’ Manning natural gas compression station located in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. Natural gas will be supplied by its Auburn gathering system, which transports Marcellus Shale gas produced from local wells to major interstate pipelines serving markets in the Mid-Atlantic region, the company said in a statement. The LNG plant, which will include both liquefaction and local storage, is expected to be in full commercial...
  • Philly Election Officials Charged With Voter Fraud

    05/19/2015 5:37:43 PM PDT · by kvanbrunt2 · 34 replies
    NBC10.com Philly NBC channel 10 website ^ | Updated at 11:52 PM EDT on Monday, May 18, 2015 Read more: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/loca | David Chang
    On the night before Philly’s primary, four local election officials are accused of casting extra votes in order to balance their numbers. Sandra Lee, 60, Alexia Harding, 22, James Collins, 69, and Gregory Thomas, 60, are all charged with voter fraud. Warrants for their arrests were issued Monday. All four suspects were election officials from Philly’s 18th Ward, 1st Division. Read more: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Philadelphia-Election-Officials-Voter-Fraud-Election-Fraud-304185341.html#ixzz3adO34T8g Follow us: @nbcphiladelphia on Twitter | nbcphiladelphia on Facebook
  • Woman Held Hostage By Naked Madman For 20 Hours Saved By Armed Neighbor [VIDEO]

    05/18/2015 3:55:45 PM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/18/2015 | Chuck Ross
    A Pennsylvania man is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a neighbor who had been beaten by her ex-boyfriend and held hostage for 20 hours. Henry Oppenheim told WTAJ that he grabbed his gun after seeing the woman being beaten on the street in Altoona Friday morning. Police say that the attacker, Henry Yancey, had held the woman, his ex-girlfriend, hostage for 20 hours and that he had beaten her throughout the night, threatened to kill her and stabbed her in the leg.
  • Officials reveal TWO Philadelphia-area trains were 'shot at' within minutes of crash

    05/17/2015 7:39:22 PM PDT · by jonatron · 112 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12:51 EST, 17 May 2015 | Daily Mail Staff
    Federal officials this weekend revealed the train that crashed Tuesday, killing 8, was one of two struck by objects that day. Investigators are now looking into the possibility the doomed train's windshield was struck in the moments before the crash. Amtrak, meanwhile, has been ordered to expand speed-restriction system in area of derailment in Philadelphia. NTSB investigators, however, said Sunday that no communication from the train indicated it had been hit by an object. ...snip EPTA, Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, said there's no indication the object that hit the commuter rail train is related to the Amtrak derailment. Philadelphia Mayor...
  • BREAKING & NSFW: Here Are #Amtrak Engineer #BrandonBostian’s Disturbing **** Pics

    05/17/2015 1:10:00 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 197 replies
    gotnews.com ^ | May 14, 2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    Could Bostian’s disturbed sex life have masked a deeper disturbance?
  • Dem rep: Amtrak needs $117 'billion with a B'

    05/16/2015 3:19:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 16, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) estimated Saturday that Amtrak would require $117 billion for improvements to its Northeast Corridor following a fatal crash on that line earlier this week. “If we’re going to have passenger rail, we’re going to need to make it safe and make it efficient,” he told The Billy Penn. “It’s going to require investment,” he added, predicting Amtrak would need $117 “billion with a B” for reaching optimal safety and speed along its Northwest Corridor. Fattah, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, criticized Republicans for opposing additional funding measures for Amtrak. “One party thinks...
  • Scott Walker Wins Pennsylvania Conservatives' Straw Poll

    04/20/2015 11:35:15 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 122 replies
    News Max ^ | April 20, 2015 | John Gizzi
    In results that were stunning for several reasons, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was the runaway winner in a "straw poll" of Republican presidential favorites at Pennsylvania’s largest-ever gathering of conservatives, the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, on Friday and Saturday.With the "straw ballots" counted and released on Saturday, Walker was an easy winner with 91 votes, followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 58 votes. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was third with 56 votes.Since the first PLC back in 1989, the group has become the most-attended and most-watched conclave of conservatives in the Keystone State. Fueled by the recent campaigns of...
  • Is Harvard racist? Asian-Americans claim unfair Harvard admission quotas

    05/16/2015 10:19:25 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 29 replies
    CSM ^ | May 16, 2015 | Jesse J. Holland
    Washington — An alliance of Asian American groups on Friday filed a federal complaint against HarvardUniversity, saying that school and other Ivy League institutions are using racial quotas to admit students other than high-scoring Asians. More than 60 Chinese, Indian, Korean and Pakistani groups came together for the complaint, which was filed with the civil rights offices at the Justice and Education departments. They are calling for an investigation and say these schools should stop using racial quotas or racial balancing in admission. "We are seeking equal treatment regardless of race," said Chunyan Li, a professor and civil rights activist,...
  • Accused in sting case cites race bias (PA's Hillary)

    05/16/2015 11:20:44 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 7 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 05/16/2015 | Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis
    It was probably inevitable. The defense lawyer for State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop, a Philadelphia legislator arrested in the sting corruption case, is seeking to have the charges against her dismissed, saying she was targeted for prosecution because she is African American. To make his case, the lawyer cites Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's repeated statements that the case may have been tainted by racial prejudice.
  • Amtrak Ordered to Modify Signal System Following Deadly Crash

    05/16/2015 8:53:05 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 16, 2015 | Fox News
    The Federal Railroad Administration has reportedly ordered Amtrak to modify its signal system to protect against speeding around sharp curves along the Northeast Corridor, including the one where a train derailed Tuesday night killing eight people. The Wall Street Journal , citing a person familiar with the matter, reports Amtrak will change its current automatic braking system to protect against speeding trains at the curve where Northeast Regional Train 188 in Philadelphia derailed. National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said Thursday that such a circuit would have prevented the Amtrak derailment Tuesday.
  • Amtrak Train May Have Been Struck Before It Derailed, Officials Say

    05/15/2015 4:20:44 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 374 replies
    New Yoirk Times ^ | May 15, 2015 | DAVE PHILIPPS and EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS
    PHILADELPHIA — An assistant conductor on the Amtrak train that derailed on Tuesday believes she heard the engineer tell another regional train operator in a radio transmission that the train had been struck by something just before the accident, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. At a news conference on Friday, Robert L. Sumwalt, the safety board official who is leading the investigation, said the F.B.I. had been asked to examine what he described as a fist-size impact area found on the lower left side of the train’s windshield. Officials said that the F.B.I. had been called in because...
  • Amtrak Train May Have Been Struck Before It Derailed, Officials Say

    05/15/2015 4:26:37 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 15, 2015 | DAVE PHILIPPS and EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS
    An assistant conductor on the Amtrak train that derailed on Tuesday believes she heard the engineer tell another regional train operator in a radio transmission that the train had been struck by something just before the accident, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. At a news conference on Friday, Robert L. Sumwalt, the safety board official who is leading the investigation, said the F.B.I. had been asked to examine what he described as a fist-size impact area found on the lower left side of the train’s windshield. Officials said that the F.B.I. had been called in because it has...
  • Oh no! What does Anthony Weiner and the Amtrak Engineer Brandon Bostian have in Common?

    05/15/2015 10:41:12 AM PDT · by WL-law · 126 replies
    gotnews.com ^ | 5-15-15 | Shannon Knutsen - Charles Johnson
    Gotnews.com has obtained the disturbing d**k pics of #BrandonBostian, the engineer who killed at least 8 people in a horrific crash earlier this week. Bostian has lawyered up and implausibly claimed that he has no memory of the events leading up to the crash. ....
  • Investigators reportedly obtain search warrant for Amtrak engineer's phone records

    05/15/2015 5:01:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 15, 2015
    Investigators of Tuesday's deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia reportedly have obtained a search warrant for the cell phone records of the train engineer in an effort to determine if he was distracted in the moments leading up to the fatal crash. The Inquirer reported that police officials had discussed the possibility of pressing charges against Bostian as early in the investigation as Wednesday morning. However, the Philadelphia District Attorney's office decided there had not been enough evidence collected to do so.
  • Local Amtrak conductor weighs in on derailment

    05/14/2015 6:56:31 PM PDT · by Conscience of a Conservative · 86 replies
    Bay News 9 ^ | May 14, 2015 | Holly Gregory
    CLEARWATER -- An Amtrak conductor on medical leave in the Bay area has watched news of the derailment in Philadelphia in disbelief. Mike Callanan worked that very northeast route for Amtrak as a conductor for five years. He even trained the conductor who was onboard when the train flew off the track, killing eight people. “It was very emotional for me," said Callanan. "These are my brothers and sisters out there. I worked with them every day on the Northeast Corridor.” Callanan is very familiar with the curve leaving Philadelphia where the derailment occurred. The speed limit is 50 miles...
  • Six narcotics officers acquitted in federal corruption trial (Philly Cops)

    05/14/2015 4:31:41 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 4 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 05/14/2015 | Jeremy Roebuck
    --SNIP-- Defense lawyers said the decision represented a significant rebuke to allegations that have prompted dozens of civil rights lawsuits, the reversal of nearly 450 drug convictions tied to the squad's investigations and a quick condemnation from Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who described the case at its outset last year as "one of the worst cases of corruption I have ever heard."
  • Philadelphia train crash engineer lays low as scrutiny heats up

    05/14/2015 3:45:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 60 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 14, 2015 | BY JARRETT RENSHAW AND LAILA KEARNEY
    A portrait of the engineer at the helm of a speeding Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia began to emerge on Thursday as the man's lawyer said his client could not remember the crash and rescuers pulled an eighth body from the wreckage. With the engineer facing intense scrutiny over his role in the accident, Philadelphia police said they launched a criminal investigation into Tuesday's crash of the New York-bound train. Bostian was described as quiet and unassuming by people who crossed his path in Forest Hills, a middle-class section of Queens where he resides. Three workers at the nearby...
  • Amtrak crash probe focuses on engineer, who says he can't remember what happened

    05/14/2015 9:35:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 96 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 14,2015 | FoxNews.Com
    The Amtrak engineer involved in a crash Tuesday evening that killed at least seven near Philadelphia has no recollection of the crash and can offer investigators few details of the incident, his lawyer said.
  • Watch: Boehner Lashes Out At Reporter For "Stupid Question" On Amtrak

    05/14/2015 9:17:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 14,2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday at his weekly press briefing, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) lashed out when a reporter asked if funding was an issue on the heels of this week’s tragic crash of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia, killing 7 and injuring hundreds.
  • The Latest on Amtrak Crash: 2 Wrecked Cars Remain at Site

    05/14/2015 9:22:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 14, 2015
    ... The Facebook page of the engineer of the derailed Amtrak train was changed within hours of the crash to substitute his profile picture with a black rectangle. Friends of Brandon Bostian seemed to know about his role in it before his name publicly surfaced and rallied to his side. One Facebook friend whose profile identifies him as an Amtrak engineer in California posted "it could have been any one of us and you are not alone."
  • Why Was Amtrak Train In Deadly Wreck Speeding?

    05/14/2015 6:34:19 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 14,2015 | Breitbart News
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal investigators have determined that an Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, was careening through the city at 106 mph before it ran off the rails along a sharp curve where the speed limit drops to just 50 mph, yet they still don’t know why it was going so fast.
  • 'Reckless' Amtrak engineer, 32, who was driving doomed train at 106mph claims...(tr)

    05/14/2015 5:52:23 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 93 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Wills Robinson and Lydia Warren
    The engineer in control of the Amtrak train that derailed on Tuesday, killing at least seven people, has no recollection of the moment the train crashed, his attorney has said. Brandon Bostian, of Queens, New York, has been as the driver of the commuter service that came off the tracks near Philadelphia, leaving 200 people hospitalized. On Wednesday, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators confirmed that the train had been traveling at 106 mph before it derailed at a curve on the tracks, where the speed limit is 50 mph. Bostian, who has been an engineer with Amtrak since 2009,...
  • Amtrak Train Disaster: 106 MPH Speed Clocked, Emergency Brakes Applied In Full

    05/14/2015 5:38:13 AM PDT · by robowombat · 49 replies
    IBT ^ | May 13 2015 5:57 PM EDT | Dennis Lynch
    Investigators did not speculate why an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night, but they did say that the train was traveling at over twice the speed limit going into the curve where it derailed. The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia late Tuesday night was traveling at 106 miles per hour into a sharp curve, more than twice the designated speed limit, causing it to derail, killing at least seven people and injuring 200 more. Full “engineer induced braking” occurred at that speed, and within seconds the train had derailed, according...
  • Lawyer says engineer has no recollection of railroad crash

    05/14/2015 5:09:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 14, 2015
    The attorney for the engineer who was at the controls when an Amtrak train crashed in Philadelphia says his client has no recollection of a crash that killed at least seven people. Attorney Robert Goggin says Brandon Bostian remembers attempting to reduce speed as the train entered a curve before he was knocked out and sustained a concussion. Goggin says Bostian told him the last thing he recalls is coming to, looking for his bag, retrieving his cellphone and calling 911 for help. The lawyer says his client's memory could likely return as the head injury subsides.
  • After Amtrak crash, hearts of stone

    05/13/2015 10:26:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Bucks County Courier Times ^ | May 14, 2015 | J.D. Mullane
    A consequence of America growing more secularist, by which I mean more materialistic, is clear in public reactions by secular sophisticates after the crash of Amtrak 188 in Philadelphia. The dead had yet to be confirmed, the injured were still trapped in smashed train cars, but partisans steering the news narrative griped about “infrastructure” and lectured about “funding.” They blamed Tuesday night's calamity on Republicans, though investigators said speeding into a curve at 106 m.p.h. likely caused the crash. (Maybe the engineer is a Republican.) Two hours after the crash, as aerial shots of the tangled disaster scrolled on social...
  • Brandon Bostian is engineer in control of doomed Amtrak train refusing to speak with investigators

    05/13/2015 8:36:13 PM PDT · by grundle · 54 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 13, 2015 | Keldy Ortiz , Nina Golgowski, and Dareh Gregorian
    Full title: Brandon Bostian, 32 of Queens, is engineer in control of doomed Amtrak train refusing to speak with investigators Brandon Bostian, 32 of Queens, is the engineer who was in the control of the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia. The engineer in control of the speeding Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia is a Queens man who's refusing to talk to investigators about the deadly Tuesday night crash. Investigators said the engineer - who CBS and NBC News identified as Brandon Bostian, 32 - had a lawyer at his side when he met with police on Wednesday, and...
  • BREAKING: GotNews IDs Gay Activist Train Engineer Who Caused Amtrak Crash

    05/13/2015 4:28:50 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 498 replies
    GotNews ^ | 5-13-2015 | Chuck C. Johnson
    Gotnews.com has independently identified the engineer at the center of the Amtrak crash that has killed at least seven. Brandon Bostian is the 32-year-old gay man who lawyered up after a deadly derailment in Philadelphia. The train was reportedly going twice the speed limit. ABC 6 previously reported that “Brandon Boshan,” not Brandon Bostian, was to blame for the deadly crash. (They have since taken down the link.) Bostian is a gay activist who previously worked at Target as a cashier before joining Amtrak, according to his LinkedIn.
  • Would Seat Belts Have Saved Lives in Amtrak Derailment?

    05/13/2015 4:59:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 13, 2015
    PHILADELPHIA - A former top U.S. transportation official says federal investigators looking into the fatal train crash in Philadelphia should consider seat belts when they formulate their recommendations. Ray LaHood was transportation secretary from 2009 to 2013. He told NBC News on Wednesday that he's ridden Amtrak's Northeast Corridor line frequently and has often thought about seat belts. His comments have rekindled the debate over whether passengers would be safer if they were required to wear seat belts.
  • Four Reasons More Taxpayer Cash Won't Solve Amtrak's Problem

    05/13/2015 12:46:49 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 13,2015 | Ben Shapiro
    After Tuesday night’s catastrophic Amtrak derailment, resulting in the deaths of at least six people and injuries to more than 140 others, the political class has weighed in: we must spend more money on infrastructure.
  • "Amtrak Joe"Biden Reacts To Fatal Crash: "Amtrak Is Like A Second Family To Me"

    05/13/2015 11:19:26 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 13,2015 | Charles Spiering
    Among political figures that have spent time commuting with Amtrak, few talk about passenger trains more than Vice President Joe Biden – who earned the nickname “Amtrak Joe” because of his love for the rail system.