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  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 49 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas Supporters

    02/27/2015 4:49:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas SupportersPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 26, 2015 @ 6:02 pm In The Point | 12 Comments There are a lot of stories about the Dem members of Congress boycotting Netanyahu’s speech. But most of the names on the list are longtime opponents of the Jewish State.The boycott lists consists of two groups. Congressional Black Caucus members who are offended on Obama’s behalf and can smell racism anywhere.The other consists of opponents of Israel.It’s instructive to compare the list of boycotters to the 54 members of Congress who signed...
  • Mike Pence to GOP: Don't question Obama's patriotism

    02/22/2015 9:40:23 AM PST · by gwgn02 · 56 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/22/2015 | Brian Hughes
    Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a possible dark horse 2016 presidential candidate, said Sunday that it’s counterproductive for conservatives to question President Obama’s patriotism. “I don’t think it helps to question the president’s patriotism or motives,” Pence said on “Fox News Sunday.”
  • Lindsey Graham: I Love Rudy but I Have No Doubt Obama Loves America

    02/22/2015 9:59:15 AM PST · by Steelfish · 63 replies
    Mediate ^ | February 22, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    Lindsey Graham: I Love Rudy but I Have No Doubt Obama Loves America by Andrew Kirell | February 22nd, 2015 On ABC’s This Week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) became the latest Republican to get asked to creatively distance themselves from Rudy Giuliani‘s comments that President Barack Obama “doesn’t love” America. Earlier Sunday, Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) was asked by Fox to comment on the comments, because why not. His response: “I don’t think it helps to question the president’s patriotism or motives,” but, at the same time, Rudy’s a good guy. If you guess that Graham’s comments wouldn’t be much...
  • GOP Strategist: Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush Carry Same Odds in 2016

    02/16/2015 9:53:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 16, 2015 | Drew MacKenzie
    A leading Republican consultant has ranked the top 10 presidential candidates for 2016 while claiming that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has about the same odds of winning the party’s nomination as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, The Washington Post reported. The unnamed strategist divided the GOP race for 2016 into "four lanes" — establishment, tea party, social conservative and libertarian, according to the newspaper. Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are the leading candidates in establishment, the largest lane, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is battling it out with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum...
  • Ted Cruz: Principled Opposition To Rubio Amnesty Bill - [4/25/13]

    02/14/2015 3:50:50 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 20 replies
    Senator Ted Cruz, the boat-rocking limited government constitutional conservative Senator from Texas, provided another one of his patented cross examinations of a smoke-blowing government official at a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Cruz, the son of legal immigrants from Cuba, asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about border security measures – the so-called “triggers” – contained in the “Gang of Eight's” immigration bill. Specifically, Senator Cruz asked, “If there are no objective metrics, if it is simply the subjective assessment of a host of factors, how can we have any confidence that the border will be secured and that any...
  • SC House again approves banning abortion beyond 19 weeks

    02/11/2015 8:19:36 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    independentmail.com ^ | Feb 11, 2015 | Associated Press
    <p>COLUMBIA - The House has again approved a bill banning abortion in South Carolina beyond 19 weeks of pregnancy.</p> <p>The 80-27 vote Wednesday occurred 11 months after the chamber last approved the proposal. It died in the Senate as the session ended last June.</p>
  • Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham lead in new S.C. presidential poll

    02/11/2015 4:44:18 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    postandcourier.com ^ | 2/10/15 | Schuylyer Kropf
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the front-runner in a new 2016 Republican presidential preference poll in South Carolina, while U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is close enough to make it a statistical tie here. But the news is less favorable for Graham in three other early voting states - Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada - where his level of support registers at negligible among GOP voters, totalling at 1 percent and below. The poll, by the conservative Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, put Walker is out front in South Carolina but statistically tied with Graham, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and...
  • Cruz hires former Gingrich aide as political operation builds

    02/10/2015 2:05:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | February 9, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    HOUSTON — The political operation of potential 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz continued to beef up Monday as a top aide to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich signed onto the senator’s team. Rick Tyler, Gingrich’s longtime spokesman who served as a top strategist to a super PAC that supported Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign, will join Cruz’s campaign-in-waiting to serve as a senior communications adviser. “I am honored to come on board with Sen. Cruz and join the effort to make D.C. listen to the American people,” Tyler said in a statement. “I believe he will emerge as the...
  • Ron DeSantis, Jeff Duncan quit House whip team

    02/08/2015 6:18:50 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    politico.com ^ | 2/5/15 | Anna Palmer and Lauren French
    Two members of the House Republicans’ elite vote-counting operation have quit. Reps. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Jeff Duncan of South Carolina both gave notice that they no longer wanted to be part of the leadership operation, according to more than a half-dozen GOP sources. Their departures come as Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the No. 3 House Republican, told members of the whip team that they would be kicked off if they voted against procedural motions. The move was designed to solidify control of the Republican conference. DeSantis and Duncan told Scalise that they were leaving the team...
  • Professor was killed by ex-wife in University of South Carolina murder-suicide, coroner says

    02/07/2015 3:17:29 AM PST · by servo1969 · 33 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2-7-2015 | Associated Press
    COLUMBIA, S.C. – A professor who taught anatomy and physiology and was highly regarded by both his students and fellow faculty members was shot and killed by his ex-wife in an apparent murder-suicide at the University of South Carolina, a coroner said Friday. Sunghee Kwon shot Raja Fayad several times in the upper body Thursday afternoon in a fourth-floor office at the university's Public Health building, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said in a news release. Kwan then committed suicide with a gunshot to her stomach, the coroner said. A 9 mm pistol with an empty magazine was found near...
  • Vermont just replaced its only only nuclear reactor with fossil fuels obtained from fracking

    02/02/2015 3:04:53 PM PST · by grundle · 26 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 1, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Vermont just replaced its only only nuclear reactor (which had accounted for 71.8% of the state’s electricity production) with fossil fuels obtained from fracking For the past 42 years, Vermont’s only nuclear power plant was responsible for 71.8% of the state’s electricity production. This huge amount of electricity was generated by a single nuclear reactor.Vermont has just shut down this reactor.The replacement energy source for this shut down reactor is shale gas, a fossil fuel whose combustion causes global warming, and which is obtained from fracking.And all this time, I had thought that liberals in Vermont...
  • Gowdy Opening Statement at Benghazi Select Committee Hearing

    01/27/2015 9:42:00 PM PST · by upchuck · 38 replies
    US House web site ^ | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
    January 27, 2015 Press Release As prepared for delivery This committee exists because the House of Representatives voted for it to exist and in the process made it very clear what is expected. If you have not read the House resolution authorizing this committee, I would encourage you to do so. For those asking for a roadmap, or the scope of the investigation, or asking what the committee intends to look into, the resolution passed by the House of Representatives, including seven Democrats, answers all of those questions. The Resolution asks this committee to investigate: “all policies, decisions and activities”...
  • Boston Terrier nurses orphan kittens

    01/27/2015 12:29:30 PM PST · by aomagrat · 20 replies
    WIS TV ^ | 26 January 2015 | Brooke Holden
    MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WMBF) - A Lowcountry woman got quite the surprise when her Boston Terrier began nursing orphan kittens. Shannon Williams said her daughter found the litter of kittens in the woods behind their home in Mount Pleasant. After bringing the litter inside, Memory, her 5-year-old Boston Terrier, began nurturing and cuddling with the days-old kittens. “We laid the kittens on a dog bed, and [Memory] cuddled with them,” Williams recalled. Meanwhile, Williams went to the pet supply store for milk replacement. She said she didn't need the supplement long, “One week later, [Memory's] milk came in.” Memory had...
  • Common Core Draws Tom Rooney's Fire

    01/27/2015 7:14:59 AM PST · by Ray76 · 4 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | Jan 27, 2015 | Kevin Derby
    U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., announced on Monday he was a co-sponsor of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson’s, R-SC, “Local Control of Education Act” which would stop the Obama administration from making states “adopt a specific curriculum, and would void any previous federal requirements established for states that have already adopted Common Core.” Rooney explained why he was backing the bill on Monday. “The federal government has no constitutional business setting the curriculum for a teacher in a Florida classroom,” Rooney said. “If states, of their own volition, want to adopt a certain set of standards, then that’s their prerogative. I...
  • ‘Pain-capable’ SC abortion ban gains early ground

    01/23/2015 1:16:20 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    state.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | JAMIE SELF
    S.C. lawmakers gave an early push to a bill Thursday that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy – an effort the General Assembly came close to passing last year. A five-member state House panel unanimously OK’d the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” That act would ban abortion at 20 weeks – based on pro-lifers’ claims, disputed by some in the medical community, that a fetus can feel pain at that point. If the House Judiciary Committee also approves, the bill will go to the House floor for a vote. A similar bill passed the House 81-22 last...
  • Could Ted Cruz Win South Carolina’s Presidential Primary?

    01/20/2015 7:51:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    FITS News ^ | January 20, 2015 | Staff
    IN A WORD, “YES” Let’s face it … we live in a world of labels. And in no arena are labels more impactful than in the world of politics – assuming of course the recipient of the label can show they’ve actually earned it. That’s rare … but occasionally it happens. And when it happens, it has the potential to move the masses (even those increasingly resistant to voting). Amid a sea of self-anointed “Republicans,” “conservatives,” and “Tea Party” candidates, voters are looking far and wide for aspiring leaders whose records actually match the all-too familiar rhetoric emanating from their...
  • Crazy for Ted Cruz: South Carolina tea party activists love him, but is that enough in 2016?

    01/20/2015 4:43:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 20, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.— A crowd of tea party activists huddled outside a closed conference door here on Sunday. Many hadn’t caught a glimpse of the man they were waiting for, but they knew he was in there. “Here he comes!” someone suddenly shouted, as Ted Cruz emerged. All day long, the Republican senator from Texas was mobbed by people who thanked him for taking on Washington, jostled for pictures and sought out hugs. Even after Cruz had departed the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention, his booth was consistently crowded. Ben Carson and Rick Santorum made their pitches and both...
  • Egyptians on US Policy: Obama, Clinton and Patterson supported terrorism in Egypt. Benghazi

    01/20/2015 5:15:26 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 14 replies
    The second House Benghazi Select Committee hearing took place last month. In one notable exchange between Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr, Gowdy asked for the name of the person the Committee needed to speak with to find out what the policy objectives were in Libya. “How can we judge whether or not a policy has failed or succeeded if nobody tells us what the policy objectives were? Who should we bring in to explain why were we in Libya?” Gowdy asked. As previously reported, documents confirm “we” were in Benghazi...
  • Palmetto State no lock for any 2016 GOP hopeful

    01/19/2015 10:48:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | January 17, 2015 | Salena Zito
    South Carolina has been where underdog Republican presidential candidacies die and front-runners begin to look toward November. The only asterisk to its 32-year streak of picking the eventual GOP nominee came in the whack-a-mole 2012 contest that placed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over eventual nominee Mitt Romney. “Romney never closed the deal with the voters,” said legendary South Carolina Republican strategist Chip Felkel about Romney's inability to win the first-in-the-South primary. “Voters cast with their hearts, not their heads, in that cycle.” Everyone understandably focuses on who is coming and going in Iowa, the first contest of 2016's presidential...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: American Dream and U.S. Leadership in the World Are Slipping Away

    01/18/2015 6:46:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 18, 2015 | Edwin Mora
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) warns that the American dream is slipping away. “The central challenge facing this country right now is that for millions of Americans, the American dream seems to be slipping away,” he told the crowd during a speech at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention on Sunday. “You know, today for the first time in our country’s history, a majority of Americans believe our kids will have a worse life than we did. That has never been true in over 200 hundred years of our nation’s history until right now.” In August 2014,...
  • In South Carolina, Cruz blisters Obama, GOP establishment

    01/18/2015 3:46:26 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2015 2:22 PM PST | BILL BARROW
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Sen. Ted Cruz urged archconservatives on Sunday to help nominate a Republican from their own ranks in 2016 or risk losing a third consecutive national election. The unspoken message: someone like him.Cruz called GOP nominees like Mitt Romney in 2012, John McCain in 2008 and Bob Dole in 1996 "good, honorable and decent men" but not conservative enough. All lost their bids for the presidency."If we nominate a candidate in that mold, the same people who stayed home in 2008 and 2012 will stay home in 2016 and the Democrats will win again," Cruz told...
  • Lindsey Graham and Mike Huckabee say they are serious about thinking about running in 2016

    01/18/2015 12:01:14 PM PST · by upchuck · 44 replies
    Wa Compost ^ | Sun, Jan 18, 2015 | Jaime Fuller
    On NBC's "Meet the Press," Graham announced that he has set up a committee to see "whether a guy like Lindsey Graham has a viable path." "We're not polling, but we set up a testing-the-waters committee under the IRS code," he said earlier.
  • Cruz needles Romney in front of South Carolina activists

    01/18/2015 2:17:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Houston Chronicle's Texas Politics ^ | January 18, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Ted Cruz delivered on Sunday what looked like a dry run of his 2016 presidential stump speech to the South Carolina activists who will help decide that election. In his first visit to the state, which will host the third presidential primary in February 2016, since October, Cruz told the state’s Tea Party activists that nominating a moderate in 2016 would lead Republicans to lose just like they have when those moderates led the ticket in the past. “If we nominate another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole or a John McCain or a Mitt Romney, all of...
  • (Lindsey) Graham sets up committee to consider 2016 bid

    01/18/2015 10:59:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2015 1:34 PM EST | Ken Thomas
    Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has set up a committee he says will help him look beyond his home state to determine if he might have a “viable path” to the Republican presidential nomination. […] Graham said in December he was thinking about seeking the GOP nomination. He has been a close ally of Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Republicans’ presidential nominee in 2008. …
  • Stacking the Deck (2016 GOP Nominee Hopefuls)

    01/18/2015 9:40:45 AM PST · by parksstp · 15 replies
    Green Papers ^ | 01-18-2015 | parksstp
    If you're not familiar with the following website, you need to. These guys have systematically all of the data concerning the delegates and nomination process for the parties and how delegates are selected, what counts, and what doesn't count. I've reviewed the list and am currently working on an IA projection map of the caucus and potential vote but waiting until the straw poll when I can start filling in candidates. Yet, when I review the total states, I find it difficult to see how the Establishment loses if they are unopposed by other Establishment candidates. Red States for the...
  • Lindsey Graham: It May Be Time to Work with Iran Against ISIS

    06/15/2014 10:18:58 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 65 replies
    News Max ^ | June 15 2014 | News Max
    A Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee says Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki cannot keep his country together, and a U.S. alliance with Iran might be needed to do so. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday a U.S. partnership with longtime foe Iran makes him uncomfortable but likened it to the United States working with Josef Stalin in World War II against Adolf Hitler. He says the United States has to do what it can to keep Baghdad from falling to insurgents. "We should have discussions with Iran to make sure they don't use this as an opportunity...
  • N.C. may have early presidential primary

    01/07/2015 3:49:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Wilkes Journal-Patriot ^ | January 7, 2015 | John Hood, chairman of the John Locke Foundation
    RALEIGH — Is North Carolina ready to be an early stop on the road to the White House? Thanks to recent legislation, the Tar Heel State has abandoned its traditionally late presidential primary, held in May. State lawmakers couldn’t let Iowa, New Hampshire, and especially South Carolina have all the fun. So they separated North Carolina’s presidential contest from the state’s other primaries and moved it to the Tuesday after South Carolina’s Saturday primary. Although some of the dates remain tentative, here’s how the nomination battles may unfold according to Josh Putnam, an Appalachian State University political scientist who maintains...
  • Woman says police officer forces her to have abortion, then beats her

    01/06/2015 2:14:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 28 replies
    national right to life ^ | January 6, 2015 | Dave Andrusko
    It seems as if there are no depths to which some men will sink when a woman refuses to abort their baby—and even if they do. ABC News 4 reported Monday that Officer Sierra Shivers, a member of the North Charleston, South Carolina police Department, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave while authorities investigate allegations of “criminal domestic violence” against a woman who was ten weeks pregnant. More specifically The victim told deputies she had been 10 weeks pregnant with Shivers’ baby and he’s been pushing her to have an abortion, threatening to have her loved ones arrested with...
  • The Boehner for speaker whip count [14 against so far]

    01/05/2015 11:10:43 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 486 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 5, 2015 | By Aaron Blake
    ~~snip~~ Voting against Boehner (10) Gohmert* Yoho* Rep. Steve King (Iowa) Rep. Jim Bridenstine (Okla.)* Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) (freshman) Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.)* Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.) (freshman) Rep. Thomas Massie (Ky.)* Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Ind.) Said prior to 2014 election that they would vote against Boehner (2) Rep. Jody Hice (Ga.) (freshman) Rep. John Ratfliffe (Tex.) (freshman) Voted against Boehner in 2013/haven't weighed in (2) Rep. Steve Pearce (N.M.) (spokesman says he's "undecided") Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) Voted against Boehner in 2013/will support him (3) Rep. Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) Rep. Raul Labrador (Idaho) Rep....
  • Cruz’s dilemma

    01/04/2015 9:34:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | January 4, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    The Hill reports: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will headline the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention this month, joining a pair of other potential presidential candidate[s] also weighing bids to enter the 2016 field. . . . The roster of speakers also includes former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who ran for president in 2012, and Ben Carson, the Tea Party favorite and former neurosurgeon who’s debating entering the fray. It’s not uncommon for Cruz to play to this sort of crowd. He is a favorite among the most conservative members of the GOP, where he doles out one-liners (Abolish the...
  • Sexual assault suspect severely beaten by acquaintance of victim

    01/02/2015 12:34:54 PM PST · by aomagrat · 75 replies
    WIS TV ^ | Jan 02, 2015 | Jeremy Turnage
    CONWAY, SC (WIS TV) - A man accused of sexually assaulting a victim Thursday was beaten by an acquaintance of the victim before the police even arrived. William Mattson's mugshot clearly shows the result of what happened to him early Thursday morning before officers with the Conway Police Department came to the scene around 12:57 a.m. Police found the mangled Mattson, 52, at the Highway 905 residence with the victim claiming the sexual assault. Investigators stopped short of saying who exactly beat Mattson, but said the person was "acting in defense for the victim." Mattson was then arrested and taken...
  • No Bail for S.C. Sex-Assault Suspect Beaten Up by Nephew

    01/03/2015 5:17:07 PM PST · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 3rd 2015 | Phil Helsel
    A judge on Saturday denied bail for a South Carolina man badly beaten after allegedly trying to sexually assault his nephew's girlfriend during a New Year's party. William Mattson, 52, is charged with criminal sexual conduct in the first degree in the alleged assault at a home in Conway, northwest of Myrtle Beach, early New Year's Day, NBC station WMBF reported. Conway police said they were called to the home just before 1 a.m. on a report of an attempted sexual assault, but by the time they arrived, they found Mattson bruised and injured. The 27-year-old man who beat Mattson...
  • Ted Cruz To Attend SC Tea Party Convention

    12/31/2014 5:39:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    FITS News ^ | December 31, 2014
    TEXAN LOOKING TO SHORE UP “CONSERVATIVE” SUPPORT IN PALMETTO STATE. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will attend the 2015 South Carolina Tea Party convention next month, sources close to the event tell FITS. The Texan – who along with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is seeking to emerge as a leading alternative to the GOP “establishment” – is the third presumptive “Republican” presidential prospect to commit to the event, which is being held in mid-January in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Also attending? Social conservative Rick Santorum – who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination in 2012 – and neurosurgeon/ author Ben Carson, who...
  • SEAN HANNITY: EVERY REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN MUST RECONSIDER BOEHNER’S CRED AFTER SCALISE SCANDAL

    12/30/2014 10:04:19 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 109 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 30, 2014 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, also a nationally syndicated radio host, is tripling down on his calls to demand new blood in House GOP leadership. In the wake of Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) rebuffing his call to run against Speaker John Boehner after the white supremacy scandal that has rocked Boehner’s ally, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Hannity is calling on every Republican member of the House of Representatives to reconsider whether Boehner is in fact an effective leader. “Every Republican member needs to ask themselves if John Boehner is really the best person to lead the conservative movement at...
  • Attorney General Will Appeal Ruling Saying Women Can’t See Ultrasound of Baby Before Abortion

    12/26/2014 6:36:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 27 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 12/26/14 | Steven Ertelt
    The North Carolina Attorney General will appeal a federal appeals court’s ruling striking down a North Carolina law allowing women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn child before an abortion is done. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit struck down a North Carolina law requiring a 24-hour waiting period and informed consent of a woman before an abortion is performed. In January 2013, a district court imposed a temporary injunction on the law, claiming that its mandated disclosures about abortion are an unconstitutional imposition of “the state’s philosophic and social position discouraging abortion,” rather...
  • Shock poll: Jeb Bush is choice of conservatives, Romney is establishment pick

    12/26/2014 11:20:36 AM PST · by entropy12 · 196 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 12/25/2014 | Paul Bedard
    In a new poll of likely Republican primary voters nationwide by Zogby Analytics, 2012 GOP nominee Romney leads the pack with 14%, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (12%), Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (10%), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (8%), former Arkansas Governor and now Fox News Host Mike Huckabee (7%), Florida Senator Marco Rubio (7%), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (5%), Rep. and former Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan (4%), Texas Governor Rick Perry (4%), Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (3%), Texas Senator Ted Cruz (3%), South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (2%), former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (1%), and both...
  • SC's Healing Springs still draw people who believe

    12/24/2014 1:14:51 PM PST · by windcliff · 14 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 12-24-14 | Jeffery Collins
    BLACKVILLE, S.C. (AP) — For longer than anyone has recorded history, water has bubbled from out of the ground at a natural spring in what used to be deep woods about an hour's drive down a two-lane road south of Columbia. American Indians let four gravely wounded British soldiers in on the secret in 1781, leaving the men to astonish the garrison in Charleston that left them behind to die. Since then, people have flocked to the Healing Springs of Barnwell County for some restorative and perhaps supernatural help. That's why Annabelle Galik of Goose Creek drinks the clear, cool...
  • Graham and Schumer: U.S. must veto any U.N. resolution imposing terms on Israel

    12/19/2014 5:17:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12-18-14 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Jerusalem Post reports: Secretary of State John Kerry would not guarantee the US will veto unilateral Palestinian actions at the United Nations, speaking to reporters on Tuesday. “We’ve made no determinations about language, approaches, specific resolutions, any of that,” the secretary told the press in London. “This isn’t the time to detail private conversations. or speculate on a UN Security Council resolution that hasn’t even been tabled.” Tabled yet or not, Jordan and France have publicly declared their intentions to move forward with resolutions that would set a UN-mandated timeline for Israel’s withdrawal from the West Bank, without approval...
  • Court awards pro-life demonstrator $197,000 in fees after 9-year-long court battle

    12/17/2014 3:42:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Dec 17, 2014 | Lisa Bourne
    A South Carolina federal judge has awarded more than $197,000 in attorney’s fees and costs to the head of Columbia Christians for Life after a free speech court battle that involved years of legal wrangling at all judicial levels. “It’s certain to send a message to law enforcement, that they shouldn’t trample the rights of pro-life protesters,” Stephen Fitschen, president of National Legal Foundation (NLF), which represented the pro-life group, told LifeSiteNews. “It’s going to impact pro-lifers across the country.” Fitschen said the final victory of legal costs should provide pro-life supporters leverage when standing up for free speech while...
  • How Big Is the Ted Cruz Caucus? (very interesting analysis)

    12/14/2014 5:28:21 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 12/14/14 | Steven Dennis
    It’s a question that will prove crucial next year when Mitch McConnell takes the reins of a new Senate: Just how big is the Ted Cruz caucus? Three votes on the “cromnibus” late Saturday night suggest it could be as large as 22 senators — a dangerously high number for McConnell — or as few as a handful. Let’s break down the three votes — on filibustering the $1.1 trillion package, on Cruz’s point of order aimed at targeting the president’s immigration action, and final passage. The high-water mark for the Texas Republican came on his point of order vote,...
  • BREAKING: Massive Spike In Whites Setting Blacks On Fire

    12/14/2014 4:39:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2014 | Doug Giles
    Did you know that there’s been a massive uptick in white thugs setting black folks on fire, yet the media has been virtually silent on this horrendous subject? Sure, we all have heard of Darren Wilson's shooting Michael Brown, but there has been no coverage of the aforementioned. Like in zero… nada… nothing… zilch. What kind of racist “news outlets” would be so heinous to cover up such gross and unspeakable evil? Why haven’t the most powerful people in our government and the entertainment industry spoken out and condemned this obvious xenophobic act of viciousness? How come there has been...
  • Atheists Push to Remove Language From Constitutions in States Banning Them From Public Office

    12/11/2014 8:34:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/11/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Although these bans aren't enforceable under federal law, a coalition of atheists are now lobbying to remove language from constitutions in Maryland and six other states that prevent people who do not believe in God from holding public office. Along with Maryland, the constitutions of Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas all bear language prohibiting people who do not believe in God from holding office according to The New York Times. And the Openly Secular coalition wants the language removed. "If it was on the books that Jews couldn't hold public office, or that African-Americans or women...
  • GOP Members Release New Anti-Amnesty Amendment

    12/10/2014 6:13:04 PM PST · by Red Steel · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:08 PM 12/09/2014 | Neil Munro
    GOP members have released their draft amendment to defund President Barack Obama’s national amnesty. “None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available, including any funds or fees collected or otherwise made available for expenditure, by this division or any other Act, or otherwise available to the Secretary of Homeland Security, for any fiscal year may be used to implement, administer, carry out, or enforce the [amnesty] policies,” says the short amendment. The new anti-amnesty language is being pushed by Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon, South Carolina’s Rep. Mick Mulvaney and Virginia Rep. Dave Brat, who unseated the GOP’s pro-amnesty majority...
  • Ted Cruz's Brain Trust: The Advisers Who Want To Make Him President

    11/20/2014 4:16:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    There's no official Sen. Ted Cruz presidential team — yet. But the Texas Republican is already surrounding himself with key strategists and advisers that could make his transparent White House ambitions a reality. The tea party firebrand relies on a small circle of advisers to inform his views and amplify his ultraconservative message. The inner circle breaks down into two groups: his chief advisers in the Senate office, and the chiefs of his nationally-focused political operation, which he beefed up in the summer of 2014 by hiring a crop of seasoned Republican campaign operatives. These are the key players that...
  • 10 Major Takeaways from the House Benghazi Report That the Media is Completely Ignoring

    12/01/2014 10:40:19 AM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 18 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 2014-12-01 | Benjamin Weingarten
    For those left unsatisfied with the media’s uncritical and shallow coverage of the recently released Benghazi report from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I wanted to pass along this just-published article, 10 major takeaways from the House Benghazi report that the media is completely ignoring, based on a careful read of the actual text of the report and appended documents. The media’s unwillingness to actually study the report given the political value of the “headline” takeaways, not to mention its uncharacteristic lack of skepticism at an investigation conducted by a committee led by Republicans almost completely absolving the...
  • Surrender:Why does anyone ever vote for Republican Party…at least one run by Boehner & McConnell?

    12/09/2014 11:20:50 AM PST · by Starman417 · 127 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-09-14 | Vince
    Do you ever wonder sometimes why Americans vote? How many times have you heard people say “I don’t vote because my vote doesn’t really matter, those politicians are going to do what they want regardless of how I vote.” In some cases that’s true. Obamacare was a perfect example. In January 2010 Scott Brown won his campaign for the Senate in deep blue Massachusetts by promising to be the 41st vote against Obamacare. The Democrats didn’t care, and despite the fact that 60% of the American people were opposed to Obamacare, they sidestepped Brown and used “reconciliation” to shove the...
  • GOP Spending Bill Gives Nearly $1 Billion To Aid Border Migrants

    12/09/2014 8:53:08 AM PST · by navysealdad · 206 replies
    The GOP’s draft 2015 “omnibus” spending bill reportedly includes $948 million to help poor and unskilled Central American migrants establish themselves in the United States, but includes no effective restrictions on President Barack Obama’s plan to provide work permits and tax payments to millions of resident illegal immigrants. That new spending works out to $16,928 for each of the 56,000 youths, young adults and children who crossed the border during the 12 months up to October 2014.
  • Boehner reappoints Gowdy as head of House Select Committee on Benghazi

    11/24/2014 6:07:16 PM PST · by PROCON · 23 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Nov. 24, 2014
    House Speaker John Boehner announced Monday that he is reappointing Rep. Trey Gowdy as chairman of the House Select Committee probing the Benghazi attack. Boehner said in a statement that there are still many unanswered questions about the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Libya. U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in the attack. “I look forward to the definitive report Chairman Gowdy and the Select Committee will present to the American people,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said. Boehner said that he is also re-appointing all the Republican members of the committee.