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  • 'Hero Rats' sniffing out land mines in Cambodia

    07/18/2015 5:18:48 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 10 replies
    upi ^ | July 16, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, - A Belgian nonprofit said land mines in Cambodia are being cleared with help from some unusual experts -- "Hero Rats" trained to sniff out TNT. The nonprofit, APOPO, said the 15 African giant pouched rats in Cambodia to assist the Cambodian Mine Action Center were trained in Tanzania to sniff out TNT and signal their handlers by scratching the ground. "We believe the rats will increase the efficiency of our operations," Heng Rattana, director of the Cambodian Mine Action Center, told the Global Post. "We are currently verifying the quality of their work." James Pursey, a...
  • Hillary is outdone in first major Iowa test as Bernie Sanders calls for a 'revolution'

    07/18/2015 3:00:46 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 July 2015 | David Martosko
    Hillary is outdone in first major Iowa test as Bernie Sanders calls for a 'revolution' and Martin O'Malley has some Clinton partisans on their feet – and she talks mostly about HERSELF Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, two emotionally potent politicians determined to run far to the left of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, outshined her Friday night during the Democratic presidential field's first big 'cattle-call' event. Following Clinton, who spoke in sharp cadence about herself and her family's story, the two men wowed a crowd of more than 1,300 with powerful appeals to...
  • Dems come to defense of Planned Parenthood (selling baby body parts)

    07/18/2015 2:10:19 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/15/15 | Sarah Ferris
    Congressional Democrats are coming to the defense of Planned Parenthood as Republicans launch investigations into the group’s use of fetal tissue from abortions. Multiple Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday dismissed a secretly recorded viral video that shows a Planned Parenthood executive detailing how the livers, lungs and hearts of fetuses are preserved during abortions for medical research. “It’s got a Benghazi feel to it, for me,” centrist Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) said. “They’ve been attacking Planned Parenthood for years,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), another prominent abortion rights supporter. “They’ve been calling for investigations for years.” Still, the footage, which was...
  • Hillary Has LGBT Fundraiser Tonight in Washington

    06/08/2015 2:10:34 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 18 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 8 Jun 15 | Daniel Halper
    Hillary Clinton is coming to Washington, D.C. for an LGBT fundraiser tonight. "Clinton will be in Washington, D.C., on Monday night for a fundraiser hosted by and attended by predominantly lesbian supporters," reports the Huffington Post. "About 120 people are expected to attend the event, which is being billed as 'an intimate fundraiser' at the Woman's National Democratic Club.
  • 'Target: Bums' poster pops up in Bucktown (Yuppie Area of Chicago)

    04/23/2015 12:17:20 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/23/2015 | Geoff Ziezulewicz
    Chicago's rats are a brazen, shameless group, as likely to stare back at you as they are to scurry away underneath that alley mattress. Every Chicagoan breathes a little easier when they see the Streets and Sanitation Department's yellow, ever-present "Target: Rats" signs advertising that their neighborhood vermin are about to get poisoned. Bill Healy was walking home from dinner Tuesday night near North Wolcott and West North avenues in Bucktown when he thought he saw one of those signs heralding the end for area rodents. But a closer inspection revealed that the sign actually read "Target: Bums."
  • What’s in a name? ‘Hillary’ by any other name would still be controversial

    04/08/2015 12:21:15 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 30 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 7 Apr 15 | Anita Kumar
    There’s Beyoncé and Madonna, Cher and Prince. And now Hillary. It may not be exactly the same as the long list of celebrities known by their first names. But Hillary Clinton has become known simply as Hillary in bumper stickers and headlines, on Twitter and Facebook, around water coolers and in coffee shops. Yet some Americans, mostly women, don’t think the former secretary of state, U.S. senator from New York and first lady should be called by just her first name.
  • Top Dems voice 'great skepticism' over Iran nuclear deal (trust Hussein?)

    04/03/2015 8:31:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/02/15 | Mike Lillis
    Several top Democrats are voicing grave reservations over the Obama administration's emerging deal governing the future of Iran's nuclear program. Reps. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) said they welcome a discussion on the framework agreement unveiled Thursday, but harbor deep doubts that the Iranians can be trusted to make good on their commitments. "I greet any deal with Iran with great skepticism given its deceptive history and ongoing destabilizing and dangerous activities," Deutch, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs subpanel on the Middle East, said in a statement. "I remain deeply concerned as to how a...
  • Wesley Pruden column: "A deal with Iran built on lies"

    04/03/2015 12:18:48 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2 Apr 15 | Wesley Pruden
    "Everything about the so-called deal with Iran, including the reputations of the men who negotiated it, is a lie. It’s likely to be a deadly lie for millions of people who will die on account of it. The world should mark well everyone responsible for it."
  • Martin O'Malley challenges Hillary Clinton

    03/29/2015 9:21:51 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 24 replies
    cnn aka Clinton News Network ^ | 3-29-15 | Bradner
    Washington (CNN)Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley took a major shot at Hillary Clinton on Sunday, saying the country needs a "new perspective" and "new leadership" in the 2016 election. "Let's be honest here," O'Malley said. "The presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families." The Democrat's comments, in an appearance on ABC's "This Week," are another signal that he's likely to challenge Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. He's focusing in recent weeks on issues like income inequality and wage stagnation -- which liberal darling Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has made her...
  • Senator Presses for Info on Huma's Special Gov't Status--and Her Emails

    03/19/2015 11:11:29 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 19 Mar 15 | Daniel Halper
    Senator Chuck Grassley has sent two letters to the State Department to ask about Huma Abedin's special government status when she was a government employee--and for information on Abedin's email use while working for the government. Abedin is a close aide to Hillary Clinton, and worked for the consulting firm Teneo (under a special government employee status) while working for Clinton. "I am writing to follow up on inquiries I have been making since June 13, 2013 and August 15, 2013 regarding the State Department’s use of Special Government Employee (SGE) designations, and in particular, what steps the Department took...
  • A Tale of Three Traitors, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and Nancy Pelosi

    03/14/2015 7:52:33 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 17 replies
    Red Statements ^ | 3/12/2015 | Steven Ahle
    Democrats are calling republican senators traitors. If they truly believe that then Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and Nancy Pelosi are traitors, too. With the exception of Pelosi, the democrats would be worse traitors because they operated in secrecy, not having the intestinal fortitude to act out in the open. Let’s see how these three stack up against a letter written by 47 senators. First, to establish context, let’s examine exactly what the republican senators did. They wrote a letter to the Iranian government explaining US law. No only were they direct and open, but they are also correct. Any agreement...
  • Watch Hillary Clinton age 50 years in 60 seconds [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES AT LINK]

    03/11/2015 12:11:32 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 41 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 11 Mar 15 | David Martosko
    An unusual time-lapse video made by a Washington, D.C. nonprofit fundraiser and his friends shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton aging from her teen years to the present. Clinton, 67, is the presumptive Democratic White House front-runner and would be 69 years and 86 days old if she were to become president after the 2016 elections. That would make her the second-oldest chief executive to move into the White House behind only Ronald Reagan, who took office 17 days before he turned 70.
  • MAYBE THEY SHOULD DO THAT ZOT THING OR WHATEVER

    03/04/2015 1:06:02 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 27 replies
    03/04/15 | ME
    I almost shed a tear but it was the garlic.They haven't heard about the RACIST Nobel Prize Committee yet.
  • Rats reprieved as giant gerbils are blamed for the Black Death

    02/24/2015 3:05:16 PM PST · by SteveH · 53 replies
    The Times of London ^ | February 24, 2015 | Valentine Low
    Gerbils are cute and furry creatures. They may also, according to scientists, have been responsible for killing millions of people across Europe by spreading the plague. Researchers now believe that gerbils from Asia, rather than native black rats, were behind the repeated outbreaks of the bubonic plague in Europe.
  • Obamacare Tax Traps Are Ready to Grab Your Refund (RATS gloat over fake Husseincare numbers)

    02/19/2015 3:48:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Fiscal Times via MSN ^ | 2/19/14 | Edward Morrissey
    **SNIP** Consumers who get married, divorced, or have children between now and the next enrollment period will find making changes “a convoluted, multi-step process.” After hundreds of millions of dollars spent on the initial rollout and tens of millions spent to fix the system afterward, HHS and insurance companies will still rely on “clunky workarounds and manual spreadsheets,” Politico reported this week. And that 11.4 million enrollment figure? That’s largely overstated too, Avik Roy writes at Forbes. First, it’s cumulative; it represents the total number of those who completed applications and those previously enrolled. This year’s additions are also signups,...
  • Senate Democrats are $15M in debt

    01/31/2015 4:18:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/30/15 | Cameron Joseph
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee begins their quest to retake the Senate in 2016 with $15 million in operational debt and $1 million in the bank, according to new numbers through the end of December. That's down from the $16.3 million in debt the DSCC carried shortly after the 2014 elections, and is slightly lower than the $15.8 million it started out with after the 2012 elections, though it's still one of the largest burdens the party has carried in decades. That operational debt doesn't include a $5 million loan the organization took out to buy a house adjacent to...
  • Pelosi gropes for a game plan

    01/26/2015 5:25:26 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 1-26-2015 | Lauren French & Anna Palmer
    Pelosi gropes for a game plan Heading into a retreat in Philadelphia, House members say Democrats have no message and no clear strategy to retake the majority. By LAUREN FRENCH and ANNA PALMER 1/26/15 5:36 AM EST Nancy Pelosi has big problems in her ranks. The California lawmaker is facing some of the most serious unrest she’s ever seen in her dozen years as the leader of the House Democrats: Members complain that the party has no message and no clear plan to retake the majority, despite good news on the economy that should have brought rewards at the polls....
  • Do Democrats hate the U.S. Navy?

    10/16/2012 2:28:57 PM PDT · by DFG · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/16/12 | Starr
    A second Democratic campaign has been caught mistaking a foreign ship for a U.S. Navy vessel in images meant to brag on the candidate's devotion to the military. A month after the Democratic National Convention featured Cold War-era Soviet ships on a giant screen as a former Navy admiral representing the Obama campaign praised American veterans, the Democrat running for Senate in Connecticut featured a foreign sub in a television ad promoting his efforts to create jobs at the state's sub-maker, General Dynamics' Electric Boat of Groton. Instead of Groton-made subs, the ad for Rep. Chris Murphy featured a Norwegian...
  • Obama plans to increase taxes on couples making more than $500,000 to 28% to 'help middle class'

    01/18/2015 3:26:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/18/15
    **SNIP** Obama will ask lawmakers to close a loophole allowing capital gains on inherited funds to go untaxed -- a so-called "trust fund" loophole the White House says allows billions of dollars in capital gains to go untapped by the government every year. The administration’s proposal would exempt the first $200,000 in capital gains per couple plus $500,000 for a home, along with all personal property except for valuable art and collectibles. The rest would be treated for income-tax purposes as if it had been sold. The total amount of money raised for the government by these actions would be...
  • Dems’ next big issue (paid leave - "a pillar of their economic platform”)

    01/13/2015 4:01:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/13/15 | Lydia Wheeler
    Democrats are seizing on the fight for mandatory paid leave in the United States as their next big pocketbook issue. The Obama administration has for months called upon Congress to require employers to offer paid leave, with Labor Secretary Tom Perez relentlessly pressing the case to anyone who will listen. And while potential Democratic presidential candidates, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), have voiced support for the proposal, the party has yet to elevate paid leave to the top tier of its policy agenda. That will soon change, according to Democratic operatives, administration officials...
  • Why did billionaire pay Clinton $15 million?

    glaringly missing from the summary was mention of $15 million in fees paid by Burkle's Yucaipa Global Opportunities Fund since 2002
  • (Still exempt) Pelosi sets out Dem agenda

    01/05/2015 6:09:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/05/14 | Mike Lillis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday laid out an early legislative agenda that Democrats are hoping will distinguish the party's priorities from those of the Republicans heading into the new Congress. In a letter to her troops, the California Democrat outlined the party's focus at the launch of the 2016 presidential cycle, including efforts to increase working class wages, hike infrastructure spending and eliminate tax breaks for companies that move their headquarters overseas. “In sharp contrast to Republicans whose first vote in the new Congress will be to advance additional tax cuts for the wealthy and special interests,...
  • Former KKK Leader Threatens To Expose Other Politicians With White Supremacist Ties (RATS?)

    01/02/2015 5:13:47 PM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Huffington Post via MSN ^ | 1/02/15 | Paige Lavender
    Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke issued a warning to Republicans who have criticized House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) for speaking to a white nationalist group in 2002, saying they "better be looking over their shoulders." In an interview with Fusion, Duke said he has ties to politicians on both sides of the aisle, and he is ready to release names if criticism of Scalise continues: Overall, Duke was rather flabbergasted by the new focus on Scalise. He said he has hosted both Democratic and Republican legislators at everything from conferences to his children’s birthday parties. He said...
  • Pizza shop closed after customer films RATS tucking into cheesy treats (Russia)

    12/24/2014 12:18:12 PM PST · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    www.mirror.co.uk ^ | december 22, 2014 | sophia rahman
    A takeaway has been closed by police after a would-be customer filmed a three hungry, huge rats chowing down on pizzas at the shop. Disgusted Evgeny Ivanov, 26, had gone to the fast-food outlet at a bus station in Nizhny Novogorad, Russia, when he spotted the helping themselves to the pizzas. Police confirmed they had ordered the outlet to be closed and the food destroyed.
  • Democrats prepare to release contentious CIA Torture Report

    12/09/2014 5:35:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    CBS ^ | 12/9/14 | Rebecca Kaplan.
    On Tuesday, Senate Democrats will use some of their last hours in the Senate majority to release the much-anticipated report about the CIA's methods of extracting information from terror suspects, called "enhanced interrogation" by some and "torture" by others. The report is 6,000 pages long, but only the 480-page executive summary will be released. It is contentious, opposed by both Republicans and former CIA officials who argue that it not only is false, but that it will bring harm to American personnel abroad.
  • HuffPo: The Democratic Route to Senate Control in 2016 (uh huh)

    11/06/2014 6:16:14 AM PST · by tellw · 34 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 11/6/2014 | Ryan Grim
    Only 10 Senate Democrats are up for re-election in 2016, the residual benefit of the shellacking they took in 2010 when tea party Republicans swept into office. The only two challenges Democrats likely will face will be defending Michael Bennet's seat in Colorado and Reid's in Nevada. In a presidential year, Bennet, who managed to survive in 2010, will be the favorite. Reid may be the most vulnerable, but he is a tenacious campaigner and in the past pulled off re-election in the face of stiff odds.
  • Of Right and Capacity to Judge Government.

    11/06/2014 2:16:53 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Cato's Letters ^ | July 22nd, 1721 | Thomas Gordon
    In most parts of the earth there is neither light nor liberty; and even in the best parts of it they are but little encouraged, and coldly maintained; there being, in all places, many engaged, through interest, in a perpetual conspiracy against them. They are the two greatest civil blessings, inseparable in their interests, and the mutual support of each other; and whoever would destroy one of them, must destroy both. Hence it is, that we every where find tyranny and imposture, ignorance and slavery, joined together; and oppressors and deceivers mutually aiding and paying constant court to each other....
  • Hey DemocRat Party!

    11/04/2014 7:34:20 AM PST · by seanmerc · 12 replies
    May today be the day of defeat that you so richly deserve. That is all!
  • ‘Calibration error’ changes GOP votes to Dem in Illinois county

    10/22/2014 6:55:23 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 54 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 10/22/2014
    Dem in Illinois county Published October 22, 2014 watchdog.org Facebook0 Twitter0 Email Print CHICAGO — Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats
  • House Dems call for US troops in Africa to give direct Ebola care

    10/15/2014 12:08:12 PM PDT · by PROCON · 79 replies
    thehill ^ | Oct. 15, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    A trio of House Democrats is calling on President Obama to allow U.S. troops in West Africa to provide direct care to Ebola patients. The Obama administration has already committed around 4,000 U.S. troops to help fight Ebola in the affected West African countries, but they are performing tasks such as building treatment centers and training local providers, not directly providing care. Reps. Keith Ellison (Minn.), Karen Bass (Calif.), and Barbara Lee (Calif.) want to change that.
  • Orkin Names Chicago ‘Rattiest City In America’

    10/13/2014 12:35:13 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 29 replies
    cbs chicago ^ | 10-13-2014
    Chicago is the rattiest city in America, according to pest control company Orkin. The company released a top 20 list with Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and New York City trailing Chicago. “Each city on this list is a major urban area that provides ideal conditions for rats and mice to thrive,” said entomologist and Orkin Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. in the release. The list was based soley on the number of treatments performed by Orkin in the past year. Orkin estimates rats and mice invade 21 million American homes each year and one-third of Americans saw a rodent...
  • Hillary Clinton gets heckled

    10/13/2014 8:50:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    CBS ^ | 10/13/14 | Rebecca Kaplan
    ....During an address to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics Sunday in San Diego, someone in the 3,000 person crowd began to goad her using a bullhorn.
  • Rats! Report shows pest complaints jumped in NYC

    10/12/2014 10:27:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 12, 2014 1:04 PM EDT
    An audit by the New York City comptroller’s office shows the number of pest complaints including rat problems jumped by more than 2,000. The report says citizen calls about pests to the city’s 311 hotline plus online reports went from 22,300 in fiscal year 2012 to 24,586 the next year. …
  • Do Biden's gaffes matter anymore? (LAUGH ALERT)

    09/21/2014 9:15:27 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 20, 2014 | Clarence the Crosseyed Page cpage@tribune.com
    Our famously gaffe-prone vice president, Joe Biden, has outdone himself. He stumbled through not one, not two, but three gaffes in less than 24 hours. For him, that's a personal best or, more accurately, a personal worst.. Yet if it is better to be criticized than ignored in politics, he can take little comfort from the way that hardly anyone outside of the Republican National Committee, whose website called it "Gaffetastic," seemed to care.
  • Toronto: Dan Rather Scandal Movie 'Truth' Gets Greenlight (Exclusive)

    09/04/2014 3:42:50 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 97 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 09/04/2014 | Pamela McClintock
    James Vanderbilt's Truth, the high-profile movie chronicling the scandal that derailed Dan Rather's career, has gotten the greenlight to begin shooting this fall. Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment and Echo Lake Entertainment will finance the movie, starring Robert Redford as the iconic news anchor and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes, Rather's producer. At the same time, FilmNation has come aboard to represent international rights and will pre-sell the project to foreign buyers at the Toronto Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday night (based on the cast, it's sure to whet appetites). Mythology Entertainment is the driving force behind Truth, which was...
  • Obama Is Seen as Frustrating His Own Party

    08/19/2014 2:56:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8/18/14 | CARL HULSE, JEREMY W. PETERS, MICHAEL D. SHEARAUG
    **SNIP** But the impression the president left with Mr. Reid was clear: Capitol Hill is not my problem. To Democrats in Congress who have worked with Mr. Obama, the indifference conveyed to Mr. Reid, one of the president’s most indispensable supporters, was frustratingly familiar. In one sense, Mr. Obama’s response was a reminder of what made him such an appealing figure in the first place: his almost innate aversion to the partisan squabbles that have left Americans so jaded and disgruntled with their political system. But nearly six years into his term, with his popularity at the lowest of his...
  • Central Valley Dems run from climate change

    08/18/2014 4:50:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 18, 2014 | By Carolyn Lochhead
    Democrats running for re-election in California’s parched San Joaquin Valley are refusing to link the state’s historic drought to climate change, despite the direct connection drawn by President Obama and his chief scientist, Stanford University physicist John Holdren. Politically, most Democrats have come to see climate change as the new same-sex marriage – an issue moving irreversibly in their favor. But not in the Central Valley, where Republican climate-change denial apparently still holds sway. Amanda Renteria, a Democrat challenging freshman Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, told the Hill, “Climate change doesn’t really belong in the question, or answer.”
  • Rats on a Plane Force Air India to Ground Aircraft: Report

    08/06/2014 1:19:41 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 38 replies
    NDTV ^ | August 06, 2014
    New Delhi: Air India has been forced to ground one of its planes after crew spotted rats scurrying around the cabin, The Times of India reported on Tuesday. The plane was on its way from New Delhi to Calcutta when staff became aware of the infestation, the newspaper said. "Rats on board an aircraft can lead to a catastrophe if they start chewing up electric wires," the paper quoted an unnamed airline official as saying. "If that happens, pilots will have no control on any system on board leading to a disaster." No one at the airline was immediately available...
  • Rats Can Feel Regret Like Humans, Study Reveals

    06/10/2014 5:57:55 AM PDT · by Malone LaVeigh · 26 replies
    Sci-News.com ^ | June 08, 2014 | Adam P Steiner & A David Redish
    According to a new study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, rats can feel regret – a cognitive behavior once thought to be uniquely human. “Regret is the recognition that you made a mistake, that if you had done something else, you would have been better off,” said Prof David Redish from the University of Minnesota, who is the senior author on the study.
  • Officials concerned over San Francisco woman breeding and releasing rats

    06/01/2014 8:01:27 AM PDT · by shove_it · 37 replies
    KTVU ^ | 29 May 2014 | David Stevenson
    SAN FRANCISCO — While authorities are trying to keep track of a San Francisco woman who was breeding rats in her room at a residential hotel and releasing them in public parks, they say their hands are tied as far as trying to stop her. She's been nicknamed "Rat Girl" by the people who've followed her behavior over the years. But officials told KTVU the situation is no laughing matter because her affection for rats could endanger her health and the health of the San Francisco public...
  • SEVEN VULNERABLE SENATE DEMOCRATS CALL FOR VA SECRETARY ERIC SHINSEKI'S RESIGNATION

    05/29/2014 10:23:53 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 29, 2014 | by CHARLIE SPIERING
    Seven vulnerable Democrats are now calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation after a preliminary Inspector General’s report confirmed allegations of a scandal in the agency.
  • Nancy Pelosi blames George W. Bush for Veterans Affairs scandal

    05/23/2014 8:45:34 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 49 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 22, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., repeatedly put the blame for the Veterans Affairs scandal on former President George W. Bush, while arguing that her party has worked hard for veterans in recent years. Pelosi took a shot at Bush while saying that the scandal is a high priority for Obama. "He sees the ramifications of some seeds that were sown a long time ago, when you have two wars over a long period of time and many, many more, millions more veterans," she told reporters during her Thursday press briefing. "And so, I know that he is upset about...
  • Luis Gutierrez: Without Amnesty George W. Bush Last Republican President

    05/20/2014 2:31:39 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 May 2014 | Tony Lee
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who suggested on Monday that "every institution" in America should ignore the nation's immigration laws until Congress passes amnesty legislation, said President George W. Bush will go down as the last Republican president in history if Congress does not act on immigration. "I give you George W. Bush--the man who will go down in history as the last Republican president in American history," Gutierrez said Tuesday on the House Floor. He added: If you do nothing on immigration, I guess you can take comfort in knowing that from Abraham Lincoln to George W. Bush, you had...
  • French Foreign Minister: '500 Days to Avoid Climate Chaos'

    05/14/2014 9:50:22 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 30 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 14 May 14 | Jeryl Bier
    Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed French foreign minister Laurent Fabius to the State Department in Washington on Tuesday to discuss a range of issues, from Iran to Syria to climate change. Or, in the words of the foreign minister, "climate chaos." Kerry and Fabius made a joint appearance before their meeting, and the foreign minister warned that only 500 days remained to avoid "climate chaos"[emphasis added]...
  • Pelosi: Can’t We Talk About Something Other Than Benghazi?

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday dismissed newly unveiled communications suggesting the White House helped shape the public message that blamed a video for the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. “What I will say is, again, diversion, subterfuge: Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. Why aren’t we talking about something else?” she said at her weekly press briefing. “Whatever was in that — what I know of what I’ve read in the press about those emails was very consistent with what was put out there before. I don’t think there’s anything new there.”
  • Better Than Fiction: The Rise, Fall, And Return of Webb Hubbell [endorses Hildebeast for President]

    05/01/2014 11:02:24 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 13 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 1 May 14 | Lloyd Grove
    Hillary Clinton’s former law partner was slated for a gilded position within the first Clinton administration. But a cluster of felonies landed Webb Hubbell in jail, and frozen out of the inner circle. Now he’s a novelist, and—after a near-death experience—friends with Bill again. “I think Hillary would make a great president,” Webb Hubbell says. “I’d like to see her run. She’ll get elected. But that’s not my call. It’s not my business.” Nor is it clear that Hillary Clinton will welcome Hubbell’s endorsement. After all, he’s an ex-con—and she has kept a prudent distance for the past two decades....
  • Chelsea Clinton Leaves Door Open for Political Decision

    04/14/2014 10:59:59 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 55 replies
    Newsmax | 14 Apr 14 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Chelsea Clinton has left the door open to one day to running for office herself. "I live in a city and a state where I support my elected representatives," Clinton said in an interview with the business magazine Fast Company. "If at some point that weren’t the case, and I didn’t support my mayor or my city councilwoman or my congresswoman or either of my senators — and I’m lucky to live in a state where I have lots of women representing me, you know — maybe then I’d have to ask and answer the question for myself, and come...
  • Al Sharpton: "I Was Not and Am Not a Rat, Because I Wasn’t With the Rats. I’m a Cat"

    04/08/2014 10:40:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 65 replies
    New York Observer ^ | April 8, 2014 | Jill Colvin
    A defiant Rev. Al Sharpton today responded to media reports that he served as an FBI informant against mob bosses in the 1980s, confirming that he recorded conversations, but insisting the reports missed the mark. Speaking at a hastily-called press conference at the National Action Network’s headquarters in Harlem, Mr. Sharpton took special issue with the “informant” characterization. The front pages of the New York Post and Daily News today labeled the reverend a “rat” and a “mob snitch.”
  • For Dems, a problem with seniors

    04/06/2014 3:44:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/06/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Democrats are facing a senior problem that could get even worse this year. The party has traditionally had trouble with older voters, losing the group aged 65 and over by 21 points in 2010 — when Republicans picked up 63 seats — and by 12 points in the 2012 presidential race. Seniors are the GOP’s most reliable voting bloc in midterm years, turning out in higher numbers than Democratic base voters. A recent Gallup poll showed seniors have become even more Republican over the last two decades; in 2013, 48 percent considered themselves Republican. That spells trouble for Democrats, who...
  • Shumlin: 'Don't Quit' On Single Payer Before Work Begins (Vermont RATS are nervous)

    03/30/2014 6:54:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    VPR ^ | 3/27/14 | Bob Kinzel
    **SNIP** A number of Democrats are reluctant to commit to a single payer plan before there’s a comprehensive review of the $2 billion financing system that will be needed to pay for it. Some Democratic lawmakers worry that moving to a single payer health care system in several years could be a political liability. They also want to know the details of the benefit package that will be part of a single payer program. When Senate President John Campbell raised concerns about the financing plan earlier this week, he said out loud what a number of Democrats are saying privately...