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  • Democrat Adam Schiff Condemns FBI's 'Ambiguity Bomb'

    10/31/2016 2:32:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    cnsnews ^ | October 31, 2016 | By Susan Jones
    ( - "I think this was a terrible error in judgment by the director to release this kind of ambiguous letter," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, told ABC's "This Week." "That kind of an ambiguity bomb this close to election was a terrible lapse in judgment," Schiff said. "The DOJ policies against making a statement about a pending or closed case -- and certainly not doing it in the days leading up to an investigation -- is there for a reason. It's designed to ensure fairness. "It's also designed to ensure that the...
  • Typical network news report on the election (vanity)

    10/23/2016 1:14:34 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 27 replies
    10/23/16 | Self
    Typical network news report on the election I'm listening to the radio top of the hour news. ABC news. First story is about Trump. Frank Lutz says Trump should be polling better at this time and would be if he'd appealed to disaffected independents. That was the Trump report. Next up was the Hillary report. A new batch of Wikileaks is out about how in 2015 her campaign was discussing how to address the e-mail scandal. The main anchor says, "more from our reporter". They cut to her and I am thinking that the more detailed follow-up by the reporter...
  • Russia Plans To Make An Entire City Vanish For A Military Exercise

    08/11/2016 9:27:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies ^ | 8/10/2016 | Jacob Bojesson
    Russia will cover an entire city behind a smoke screen this week as part of a military exercise. The city of Severomorsk — home to about 50,000 people along Russia’s northern arctic coast — is the venue for the unprecedented experiment. The idea is to create a “blanket of smoke” that makes the city and the naval base disappear from radars.
  • Benghazi suspect in federal law enforcement hands

    06/28/2014 7:53:53 AM PDT · by don-o · 16 replies
    AP ^ | June 28, 2014 | PETE YOST and ERIC TUCKER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Libyan militant charged in the 2012 Benghazi attacks was in federal law enforcement custody, the U.S. attorney's office said Saturday. Security at the city's federal courthouse was heightened.
  • Obama is in AFGHANISTAN

    05/25/2014 9:01:50 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 72 replies
  • Obama Targets College Sexual Assault Epidemic

    01/22/2014 8:58:08 AM PST · by kristinn · 42 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, January 22, 2014 | Nedra Pickler
    President Barack Obama is launching an initiative to combat sexual assault, particularly on college campuses, turning the spotlight on a problem that has devastated millions of Americans yet rarely receives such White House attention. Obama planned to sign a presidential memorandum Wednesday creating a task force to protect students from sexual assault, with a new White House report declaring that no one in America is more at risk of being raped or assaulted than college women. The report, "Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action," says that 1 in 5 women have been sexually assaulted at college but...
  • Boehner: Obama Must Consult Congress Before Acting in Syria

    08/26/2013 3:41:21 PM PDT · by xzins · 76 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 26 Aug 2013 | Courtney Coren
    Speaker of the House John Boehner called on President Barack Obama Monday to make a decision on the Syrian conflict, but not without the approval of congress first. "The Syrian regime has blatantly crossed President Obama's red line, the White House has acknowledged, by using chemical weapons on its people," the Ohio Republican wrote in a statement. "The options facing the president are complicated, have far-reaching ramifications, and may require significant resources." "That's why, if he chooses to act, the president must explain his decision publicly, clearly, and resolutely," he added. "The president is commander-in-chief. With that power comes obligations,"...
  • Obama doesn't need Congress to intervene in Syria

    08/26/2013 5:01:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 95 replies
    AFP ^ | August 26, 2013
    US President Barack Obama has the authority to launch air strikes against Syria. But he has to notify lawmakers in Congress -- a process which has begun, according to both sides. "The administration is actively consulting with members of Congress, and we will continue to have these conversations in the days ahead," Kerry said Monday in a strongly-worded statement on Syria.
  • Rubio: We Can Stop the Obamacare Train(Demands that GOP shutdown the government till Obama caves)

    07/26/2013 10:28:51 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 103 replies
    newsmax ^ | 25 Jul 2013 | Paul Scicchitano
    Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio warned in an op-ed on Thursday that there is “mounting evidence” Obamacare creates more problems than it solves and he called on lawmakers to stop the “disastrous” law from taking effect. “It is time to admit that Obamacare isn't going to work, decide not to waste a single cent more on it, and replace it with market-based reforms that will give people more health insurance choices and options,” Rubio penned on the Fox News website. “It's still not too late. This September may be our last best chance to do anything about this disastrous law.”...
  • Texas woman arrested in ricin letters to Obama, Bloomberg: Officials

    06/07/2013 10:29:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 45 replies
    NBC ^ | 6/7/2013
    A Texas woman has been arrested in connection with the mailing of three letters containing a form of the poison ricin to President Obama, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, federal authorities said. Shannon Rogers Guess Richardson of New Boston, Texas, originally called the Federal Bureau of Investigation claiming that her husband had sent the letters, officials said. The investigators found that she had sent the letters herself, they said. The woman was arrested in Arkansas on charges that will be filed Friday afternoon, the authorities said.
  • White House hosts Hollywood actors, experts for mental health conference

    06/03/2013 7:40:57 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 36 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3 Jun 2013 | y Rachel Rose Hartman
    President Barack Obama and members of his administration are holding a day-long mental health conference Monday at the White House--and they have asked Hollywood to help lend some star power. Actors Bradley Cooper and Glenn Close are among those invited to participate in the meeting, which features a panel on negative attitudes toward mental illness moderated by Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius, a panel on mental health outreach moderated by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and opening remarks from the president and closing remarks from Vice President Joe Biden, Cooper and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. Close in 2009 co-founded...
  • Remarks of President Barack Obama - National Defense University

    05/23/2013 3:05:30 PM PDT · by haffast · 11 replies
    The White House ^ | May 23, 2013 | Office of the Press Secretary
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 23, 2013 Remarks of President Barack Obama It’s an honor to return to the National Defense University. Here, at Fort McNair, Americans have served in uniform since 1791– standing guard in the early days of the Republic, and contemplating the future of warfare here in the 21st century. For over two centuries, the United States has been bound together by founding documents that defined who we are as Americans, and served as our compass through every type of change. Matters of war and peace are no different. Americans...
  • Background Briefing by Senior Administration Officials on the President's Speech on Counterterrorism

    05/23/2013 2:44:47 PM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    The White House ^ | May 23, 2013 | Office of the Press Secretary
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 23, 2013 Background Briefing by Senior Administration Officials on the President's Speech on Counterterrorism Via Conference Call 12:03 P.M. EDT MS. HAYDEN: Hi, guys. Thanks for joining, and apologies for a slight delay. We're here talking today about the speech the President is about to give at 2:00 p.m. at National Defense University on counterterrorism. This call is on background, attributable to senior administration officials. This call is embargoed until 2:00 p.m. when the President speaks. We actually don't have a lot of time so we'll go ahead...
  • Liberal Panic Now That Benghazi Fiasco Finally Getting Real Coverage?

    05/11/2013 9:48:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies ^ | May 12, 2013 | Howard Portnoy
    here is no escaping the fact that, where Benghazi is concerned, there is blood in the water and the mainstream media has (at long last) picked up the scent. Yesterday, the sharks representing the three major TV networks circled Press Secretary Jay Carney, bombarding him with questions that were uncharacteristically tough. ABC’s Jonathan Karl, who broke the story that the talking points underwent twelve revisions, had the aspect and attitude of a man scorned and determined to set the record straight as much to clear his own name as to ascertain the truth. When Carney attempted to weasel out of his claim...
  • South Africa parliament passes controversial Secrecy Bill

    04/25/2013 9:39:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Nation (Kenya) ^ | Thursday, April 25 2013 at 17:54 | (AFP)
    South Africa’s parliament has voted in favor of a fiercely contested secrecy bill which critics say will muzzle the media and provide cover for government corruption. The Protection of State Information Bill, which would replace apartheid-era legislation on classified information and espionage, passed with 189 votes in favor to 74 against, with one abstention. … The Bill has met fierce opposition from the media, rights groups and the opposition, which fear it will be used to persecute whistleblowers and stifle press freedom in country where the media regularly uncover government corruption and wasteful spending. …
  • Quotes of the day (Hotair Ron Paul and Mitt Romney Alliance).

    02/23/2012 11:04:26 PM PST · by JSDude1 ^ | 10:35 pm on February 23, 2012 | Allahpundit
    “‘You have to ask Congressman Paul and Governor Romney what they’ve got going together,’ Santorum told reporters in the spin room in Mesa, Arizona. ‘Their commercials look a lot alike and so do their attacks.’ “Santorum’s top strategist John Brabender went even further, charging that the two men had ‘joined forces’ and were coordinating attacks against his man “‘Clearly there’s a tag team strategy between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. For all I know, Mitt Romney might be considering Ron Paul as his running mate. Clearly there is now an alliance between those two and you saw that certainly in...
  • Soros Getting His Fingers in Prosser-Bradley Kerfuffle (Wisconsin Supreme Court)

    06/29/2011 11:50:37 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 22 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 6-29-2011 | Ed Lasky
    June 29, 2011Soros Getting His Fingers in Prosser-Bradley Kerfuffle Ed Lasky Jonathan Tobin writes at Commentary Contentions that a Soros-supported group is behind the trumped-up charges that Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser "choked" a liberal colleague of his, Ann Walsh Bradley: The Associated Press is reporting a criminal inquiry has been opened into the accusation that conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser "choked" liberal colleague Ann Walsh BradleyChristian Schneider, a fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, writes in National Review today to tell the inside story about this judicial brawl. According to Schneider's sources, the set-to between the two judges...
  • ACORN CEO: 'We're on Life Support' (Who knew they couldn't budget appropriately?)

    04/21/2010 9:53:53 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 31 replies · 582+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 4/21/2010 | Staff
    NEW YORK - The head of activist group ACORN came to a federal court Tuesday to observe a legal fight over its funding and said the group was on "life support" after waves of bad publicity and an attempt by Congress to cut off its money. Bertha Lewis, the chief executive officer for the group, said ACORN was getting by on about $4 million annually rather than its one-time $25 million budget and had reduced its staff to four, down from between 350 and 600 employees. "We're still alive. We're limping along. We're on life support," Lewis said in an...
  • * Pence calls president's drilling announcement a 'smokescreen'

    03/31/2010 11:48:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 692+ views
    washington times ^ | 3/31/10 | Kerry Picket
    President Barack Obama announced today his administration would pursue to expand offshore drilling (Reuters): President Barack Obama will announce on Wednesday he will stick with a Bush-era plan to drill oil and natural gas off the coast of Virginia but will not pursue energy development in waters off the U.S. Northeast and the West Coast that were recently opened to drilling. Obama, who wants Congress to move a stalled climate change bill, has sought to reach out to Republicans by signaling he is open to allowing offshore drilling, providing coastlines are protected. Allowing offshore drilling also would create jobs and...
  • Retail Sales Fall "Unexpectedly;" Jobless Claims Up

    01/14/2010 1:23:52 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 28 replies · 1,306+ views
    WASHINGTON – Retail sales unexpectedly fell in December, leaving 2009 with the biggest yearly drop on record and highlighting the formidable hurdles facing the economy as it struggles to recover from the deepest recession in seven decades. In another disappointing economic report, the number of newly laid-off workers requesting unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week as jobs remain scarce. Still, many economists, puzzled by the retail sales decline that follows reports from retailers of brighter holidays, cautioned that the December figures don't necessarily signal a big consumer pullback and could be a blip. SNIP---- Meanwhile, the number of...
  • Obama seeks a new era of energy exploration in US

    04/22/2009 4:44:05 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 21 replies · 409+ views
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | 04/22/2009 | EagleUSA
    NEWTON, Iowa – Marking Earth Day with a pitch for his energy plan, President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for a "new era of energy exploration in America" and argued that his proposal would help the economy and the environment at once. "The choice we face is not between saving our environment and saving our economy — it's a choice between prosperity and decline," Obama said in his first post-election trip to Iowa, the state that launched him toward the White House. "The nation that leads the world in creating new sources of clean energy will be the nation that...

    04/01/2009 10:00:55 AM PDT · by SPACEMAN DERR · 88 replies · 2,171+ views
  • (Islamic terror) Hezbollah Inside America: FOX News Tells All in Documentary

    01/16/2007 7:59:42 PM PST · by PRePublic · 21 replies · 1,289+ views
    Fox News ^ | 01, 15, 07
    Hezbollah Inside America: FOX News Tells All in Documentary Tuesday, January 16, 2007 By David Asman E-MAIL STORY PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION Does any terrorist organization pose a greater threat to Americans than ? The shocking answer to that question unfolds this Saturday, January 20th, at 8 p.p. EST, as FOX News Channel presents a breakthrough documentary, “Smokescreen: Hezbollah Inside America.” While Americans are still largely focused on Al Qaeda and — who’s presumably rotting away in some cave — the terrorist group has been setting up shop right here in America’s heartland. And most Americans don’t know a thing about...
  • Flag burning — again (MoonBats UNHINGED-election year revival of that mother of all non-issues)

    06/22/2006 9:34:21 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 125 replies · 1,147+ views
    Register-Guard ^ | Thursday, June 22, 2006
    If anyone needs further proof - not that anyone does these days - that the Republican leadership in Congress is both desperate and clueless, it's the election-year revival of that mother of all non-issues: flag desecration. The U.S. House passed this tread-worn measure last year, and the Senate Judiciary Committee approved it last week. Even though Congress has no shortage of real issues, ranging from the war in Iraq to global warming, clamoring for its attention, the full Senate will begin debate next week on a proposed constitutional amendment to solve a problem that doesn't exist. As if that weren't...
  • Flag amendment closer to passage

    06/13/2006 11:44:31 AM PDT · by pissant · 237 replies · 1,909+ views
    Casper Star Tribune ^ | 6/13/06 | Margaret Talev
    WASHINGTON -- Sometime between now and the Fourth of July, the Senate plans to revisit what over the course of 17 years has become a seasonal rite of patriotism on Capitol Hill: a vote on whether to amend the Constitution to ban protesters from burning the American flag. Each time, the arguments on both sides are passionate. Each time, the support needed to move ahead with an amendment falls short. But this year could be different, as two important trends cross paths. For one, proponents of the amendment appear to have more support than ever in the Senate. They say...
  • Flag burning amendment would erode our freedoms [You won't be able to burn the flag!]

    06/12/2006 3:25:06 PM PDT · by SJackson · 47 replies · 1,567+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 6-12-06 | Diane Everson
    "Things aren't always as they seem" is an old saying with common sense. Wednesday is Flag Day. A week later the U.S. Senate will debate a proposed constitutional amendment that reads, "The Congress shall have the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States." The vote is expected to be close. The House of Representatives has already passed this amendment. The next step would be ratification by two-thirds of the states. All 50 state legislatures have indicated they would support the amendment. Our society has accepted 30-second sound bites for news. On the surface, the...
  • Most Oppose Gay Marriage; Fewer Back an Amendment

    06/05/2006 9:54:35 PM PDT · by Sunsong · 41 replies · 812+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 6, 2006 | GARY LANGER
    An ABC News poll finds that most Americans oppose gay marriage but markedly fewer — especially those outside George W. Bush's core supporters — would amend the U.S. Constitution to ban it. Opponents, however, are far more likely to call it a make-or-break issue in their vote for Congress — a finding that explains Bush's renewed push for a gay marriage ban. Among all Americans, 58 percent say gay marriage should be illegal, but fewer, 42 percent, say it rises to the level of amending the U.S. Constitution. Among conservative Republicans and evangelical white Protestants, though, opposition to gay marriage...
  • Bush backs federal marriage amendment in weekly radio address

    06/03/2006 8:14:25 AM PDT · by nwrep · 40 replies · 936+ views
    AP ^ | June 3, 2006 | DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer
    President Bush on Saturday backed a resolution to amend the Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman even though the idea has little chance of being passed in the Senate. "Ages of experience have taught us that the commitment of a husband and a wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society," Bush said in his Saturday radio address. "Marriage cannot be cut off from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening this good influence on society." Democrats say Senate floor time is...
  • Mohammed Cartoon Violence Is Just a Smoke Screen For Islam's Real Intentions

    02/07/2006 6:35:28 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 15 replies · 409+ views ^ | Kevin D. Korenthal
    By Kevin D. Korenthal Feb 7, 2006 Radical Islamic leaders are coming to realize that efforts to Islamatize Europe and the rest of the world are failing and that Europe is figuring out that no life, not even that which is sensitive to the Jihadists’ cause, is sacred. So it’s time for plan “B”. Plan “B” involves creating (what the media is incorrectly calling) a “row” with which to create the cover for more intimidation and violence which is the Islamic way. If Muslims were really interested in stopping the cartoons from appearing, they would be using shame, not...
  • Irving finds his books in Austrian jail library

    12/02/2005 12:57:32 PM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 11 replies · 640+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12-02=2005 | Kate Connolly
    Nazi historian Irving finds his books in Austrian jail library By Kate Connolly in Berlin (Filed: 02/12/2005) David Irving, the British historian, has embarrassed Austria's judicial authorities by finding his own books in a prison library while in custody on charges of Holocaust denial. Irving, 67, who will spend Christmas and the New Year behind bars pending trial, found two of his most contentious books in the Graz prison library after asking for something to read. He said in an interview he signed both, German translations of Hitler's War and The Destruction of Convoy PQ-17, before returning them to guards....
  • Amnesty International on the Warpath

    11/27/2005 9:49:40 PM PST · by Nasty McPhilthy · 3 replies · 316+ views
    The American Daily ^ | November 27, 2005 | Jim Kouri, CPP
    For those who believe Amnesty International is a non-partisan organization, perhaps a closer look at the organization's actions in Britain will provide some enlightenment. Amnesty International is accusing British Prime MinisterTony Blair of undermining decades of British campaigning for international human rights by using the war on terror to give, what they call, a "green light" to torture. Amnesty is planning to initiate a global campaign against the British government as a result of ministers saying they would use information gained by torture to prevent attacks on the United Kingdom. The ministers, however, never said they condoned torture. They said...
  • Terri Schiavo's Family Distressed by Biased Associated Press Report

    02/26/2005 6:01:12 PM PST · by ViLaLuz · 20 replies · 1,594+ views
    Life News ^ | February 26, 2005 | Steven Ertelt
    Clearwater, FL ( -- The family of Terri Schiavo is upset by an Associated Press news report that appeared in hundreds of newspapers on Thursday and Friday. Bob and Mary Schindler say the report makes it appear that eating orders caused Terri's collapse in 1990 when she did not have such problems. They say other evidence shows physical abuse could have been the cause. Written by reporter Vickie Chachere, the AP news story says the "lost lesson" in the Terri Schiavo controversy is combating eating disorders. "It is a twist lost on no one close to the case: A woman...