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  • Health Insurers Seek Hefty Rate Boosts

    05/22/2015 7:58:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 21, 2015 | Louise Radnofsky
    Proposals set the stage for debate over federal health law’s impact. Major insurers in some states are proposing hefty rate boosts for plans sold under the federal health law, setting the stage for an intense debate this summer over the law’s impact. In New Mexico, market leader Health Care Service Corp. is asking for an average jump of 51.6% in premiums for 2016. The biggest insurer in Tennessee, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, has requested an average 36.3% increase. In Maryland, market leader CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield wants to raise rates 30.4% across its products. Moda Health, the largest insurer on the...
  • New twist on $ scam sends armed officers to victim [SWAT-ting]

    Police are warning about an old scam with a new a very dangerous twist and Wednesday night, a Church Hill woman became a victim. Nicole Smith got a call that said she owed almost $1,000 to the IRS. When she refused to pay the scammers, they called the police on her. (snip) Smith then called her ex-husband to tell him what happened, but the ordeal wasn't over. The same person called back telling her to look out her window. "There were four police cars outside my window! I was panicked because I couldn't believe, how did he get four police...
  • Guards will no longer carry guns at Midtown Panera ("armed" guards not armed)

    05/21/2015 8:35:17 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 66 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Starting Thursday, the armed security guard at Panera Bread Co. across from Vanderbilt University will no longer be carrying a firearm. According to the manager at the 21st Avenue location, the decision comes after multiple patrons complained to corporate that the armed security agent was violating the company’s own gun policy and making them uncomfortable. One of those who complained was Lillian Hallstrand, a long-time customer of the Panera on 21st. The Director of Stewardship and Vocational Planning at Vanderbilt’s divinity school told news 2 coming to the restaurant in recent months has been unsettling since...
  • Tennessee man pleads guilty to plotting attack on Muslims

    05/19/2015 2:38:56 PM PDT · by don-o · 20 replies
    A man who ran for Congress last year in East Tennessee has pleaded guilty to plotting an attack on a small Muslim enclave in New York. Federal agents began investigating Robert Doggart of Signal Mountain following a Facebook posting in which he claimed a community outside of Hancock, New York, was planning a terrorist attack and "must be utterly destroyed," according to the plea agreement entered last month.
  • Anti-Semitism on Campus 2015

    05/15/2015 6:57:42 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 15, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It’s sad that we have to do an annual recap on this topic. It’s even sadder that we could do more frequent updates. The Amcha Intiative at the University of California, led by the estimable Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a lecturer in the UC system, has compiled a “Swastika Tracker” which gives “a partial list of incidents where swastikas were found on U. S. campuses.” Swastikas have been display on at least 14 campuses so far this year including: • Stanford • Northwestern • The University of Missouri • Framingham State University • Farleigh Dickinson • Northeastern • Tufts • SUNY Purchase...
  • Update: Man charged with homicide in pregnant girl's attack, baby's death

    05/14/2015 2:43:04 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 18 replies
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | May 14, 2015 | Shelly Bradbury
    A 23-year-old Chattanooga man has been charged with criminal homicide after police say he beat a 15-year-old pregnant girl and killed the baby she was carrying. Police say Justin Armour attacked the girl on Tuesday in a vacant house near 2201 East 3rd Street. She gave birth to the stillborn baby — who Armour fathered — early Wednesday morning. Medical staff believe the baby died because of trauma from the assault, according to police. The girl was five months pregnant. The girl and Armour had a history of domestic violence. The girl, who will not be identified by the Times...
  • Jonesborough church sign offers to remove Obama stickers [Tenn]

    05/13/2015 4:51:00 AM PDT · by don-o · 41 replies
    WJHL-TV ^ | May 12, 2015 | Lauren Haviland
    A sign put up at a Washington County, Tennessee church has people talking. A News Channel 11 viewer contacted us, complaining about the marquee outside. What you read on the sign depends in which direction you travel down Old Boones Creek Road in Jonesborough. On one side, Jonesborough Baptist Church advertises its Sunday school starting at 10:00 AM. The other side, something totally different, an offer more than an invitation making a point that's purely political. "Oh my goodness," Caryn Vest of Kingsport said when she saw a picture of the sign. Close to the sign are several flags, including...
  • 500 groups urge repeal of ObamaCare cost-cutting panel

    05/05/2015 7:11:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 5, 2015 | By Peter Sullivan
    Over 500 organizations are calling on Congress to repeal a Medicare cost-cutting board that is part of ObamaCare. The panel at issue is called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), and is charged with coming up with ways to cut Medicare spending. Legislation to repeal the board sponsored by Reps. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) has 222 co-sponsors, including 19 Democrats. While some opponents of ObamaCare have called the IPAB a “death panel,” the board is banned by law from recommending changes that would ration care or require seniors to pay a higher share of costs. Its reforms...
  • Elizabeth Warren Targets Clinton Foundation Donors

    05/09/2015 3:57:37 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/8/2015 | Brent Scher
    A new blog post written by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) may appear to be an attempt to align with Hillary Clinton, but it takes direct aim at multiple Clinton Foundation donors. Warren’s post, “I agree with Hillary Clinton,” details her concerns with a provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that she says “would let foreign companies challenge American laws outside of American courts.” “The Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision isn’t a one-time, hypothetical problem—we’ve seen it in past trade agreements,” Warren wrote. Three of the five companies Warren uses as examples of companies that have abused similar...
  • Rubio, Paul, Cruz vote to allow Obama to lift Iran sanctions

    05/08/2015 8:26:49 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 96 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 8, 2015 | Newsmachete
    As many of you know, I'm a big fan of Ted Cruz, but when he does something wrong, it's important to call him on it. In this case he, along with Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, voted for a bill that will effectively allow the President to lift sanctions on Iran. Normally, here's how treaties work: the President negotiates a treaty with another country, like the deal he is negotiating with Iran over its nuclear weapons development. Once the treaty is negotiated, it's submitted to the Senate. Two thirds of the Senate has to vote to approve, or ratify, the...
  • Ted Cruz: Why I voted YES for Corker Iran bill

    05/07/2015 3:55:30 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 226 replies
    TheRightscoop ^ | 5/7/2015 | RightScoop
    Cruz- “This bill was a missed opportunity. If Congress had acted to defend our constitutional authority – if Congress had adopted the Cruz-Toomey amendment – then we would be able to stop a bad Iran deal. Instead, the odds are now overwhelming that under these ground rules President Obama will negotiate, and Congress will acquiesce to, a terrible deal that allows Iran to acquire nuclear weapons and will endanger the lives of millions of Americans and our allies. “I voted no on cloture because we should have insisted on amendments to put real teeth in this bill. Ultimately, I voted...
  • Report: Only 16% of Baltimore Teens Raised With Married Parents

    05/07/2015 7:24:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 7, 2015 | Lauretta Brown
    A new report released by the Family Research Council’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) says that only 16 percent of 15- to 17-year-old teens in Baltimore have been raised in an intact, married family. The report, released Wednesday and compiled in light of the recent Baltimore riots, cites Census Bureau statistics showing that, in terms of family units, Baltimore is “one of the five least intact counties of America,” along with Cuyahoga, Ohio; the Bronx, N.Y.; the District of Columbia; and Shelby County, Tenn. The report cites studies indicating that children who grow up in intact, married families are...
  • McConnell Moves to Shut Down Debate on Iran Nuke-Deal Review Bill

    05/05/2015 10:36:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 5, 2015 | 8:56 PM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday evening moved to end debate on bipartisan legislation that will allow Congress to review an Iran nuclear deal, after amendments proposed by some Republicans threatened to cost it Democratic support. McConnell’s action sets up a vote on Thursday to end debate. That would clear the way for a vote on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, a bill crafted by Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in such a way as to ensure maximum bipartisan support and fend off an earlier White House veto...
  • TN Gov. Haslam signs measure for lifetime handgun-carry permit

    05/01/2015 7:04:15 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 13 replies
    AP via wrcbtv ^ | 5/1/15 | AP
    NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation that allows Tennesseans to get a lifetime handgun-carry permit. During the recent legislative session, the House passed the measure 90-3, and the Senate approved it 30-2. Haslam signed it this week. Before the new law, a permit was valid for four years. Now, Tennessee residents at least 21 years of age can pay $500 for a lifetime permit. A criminal record check will be done every five years.
  • School serves 6-year-old meat to TN students

    04/30/2015 1:15:14 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 57 replies
    EAG News ^ | 4/30/15 | Danette Clark
    ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. – Meat dating to the year of President Obama’s first inauguration was served to students in some Hawkins County, Tennessee schools last week. Hawkins County Commissioner Michael Herrell was alerted after a cafeteria worker sent him a photo of the pork roast they used for school meals was from 2009. The 6-year-old meat had been frozen and then was thawed for meal preparation, according to WCYB. Herrell said the photo was taken at Joseph Rogers Primary School where the staff decided not to serve the meat. However, it was served at other schools.
  • Senate rejects linking Iran's support for terrorism to nuke deal (Senators voted 45-54)

    04/29/2015 4:38:28 PM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 29, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senators on Wednesday blocked a Republican push to tie Iran's support of terrorism to a final deal on the country's nuclear program. Senators voted 45-54 on the amendment from Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), which would have required President Obama to certify as part of a diplomatic deal that Iran hasn't carried out or directly supported an act of terror against the United States or a U.S. citizen. Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah) and John McCain (Ariz.) voted with Democrats against the amendment....
  • Bob Corker puts brakes on budget deal

    04/28/2015 8:25:47 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 1 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/28/2015 | RACHAEL BADE
    Sen. Bob Corker is holding up a much-awaited GOP budget deal, barring Republican leadership and top budget negotiators Monday night from filing the agreement that was weeks in the making, his office confirmed to POLITICO. The Tennessee Republican said on Tuesday it was because of “policy issues on the budget” but would not elaborate. His refusal to sign on to the deal stops the agreement for the time being. Budget negotiators had wanted to announce the deal Monday night. Corker’s vote is needed to advance the fiscal blueprint, which GOP leadership hopes to pass this week before the House goes...
  • Supreme Court tosses ObamaCare contraception ruling

    04/27/2015 8:46:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 27, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The Supreme Court on Monday gave new life to a lawsuit challenging ObamaCare’s contraception mandate, striking down a previous ruling in favor of the federal government. An appeals court in Cincinnati will now reconsider the legal challenge from the Catholic groups in Michigan and Tennessee that had sought exemptions from an ObamaCare provision that requires employers to cover birth control for all workers. The justices asked the lower court to reconsider the case in light of last year's landmark ruling on the contraception mandate. That ruling, which was issued last June, decided that the arts-and-crafts retailer, Hobby Lobby, could...
  • BEN AFFLECK HAS ANOTHER NINE SLAVEHOLDER ANCESTORS FROM THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH (214 slaves total)

    04/27/2015 12:52:50 PM PDT · by drewh · 58 replies
    Big Government ^ | April 27, 2015
    Movie star Ben Affleck has another nine slaveholder ancestors from Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia, according to publicly available Census records and genealogy research conducted by Breitbart News. Last week, Affleck admitted that he successfully pressured Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates to edit his Georgia slaveholding ancestor, Benjamin Cole, out of an episode of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” that featured his family history. This brings the number of Affleck’s known slaveholder ancestors to 12, who owned a total of 214 slaves. The relative ease with which Breitbart News was able to find these nine additional slaveholding...
  • Tennessee: Park Carry Legislation Signed into Law

    04/25/2015 1:22:47 PM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 3 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | April 24, 2015
    After a hard fought and long awaited result, your NRA-ILA is pleased to report that House Bill 995’s conference committee majority report was signed into law this morning. ~snip~ The report removed the ability for municipalities to opt-out of park carry, thus removing a patchwork of laws throughout the state of Tennessee that could turn law-abiding Tennesseans with handgun carry permits into unintentional criminals.
  • Tenn. Woman Wakes Up From Coma, Finds Out She Gave Birth to Son

    04/24/2015 12:23:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Melissa Chan
    A Tennessee woman who was pregnant when a horrific car crash left her in a coma woke up Wednesday to find out she had already given birth to a baby boy. Sharista Giles’ family is celebrating two miracles after the 20-year-old mom opened her eyes to a photograph of her newborn child, they said. “Sharista has her eyes open n blinking n squeezing our fingers when we ask her to,” the family wrote on a Facebook page they launched to document her recovery. “Praise the Lord! She was following her daddy’s voice.” The blonde beauty was four months pregnant when...
  • In-state tuition bill falls one vote short (Tennessee)

    04/23/2015 10:13:52 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 21 replies
    WSMV TV (Nashville) ^ | Apr 22, 2015 | Hayley Mason
    NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A bill that would offer in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants in Tennessee failed to pass the legislature on Wednesday. View from the Hill State lawmakers argued for more than two hours on the bill that has been four years in the making. The issue had bipartisan support, but many teetered on if this was an education issue or about immigration reform. Ultimately, the bill failed by a single vote. Several students dressed in graduation caps and gowns came to the state House to support the bill. They carried signs to represent the jobs they hope to...
  • Backers of Tennessee in-state tuition for undocumented students say they'll try again next year

    04/23/2015 10:10:01 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 20 replies
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | April 23, 2015 | Andy Sher
    NASHVILLE -- As the Tennessee House debated a bill Wednesday that could determine whether he can eventually afford college, 15-year-old Carlos Reyes was in the balcony. In the end, the bill to allow some undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities failed by one vote, 49-47. Fifty votes were needed to approve the bill, which had passed in the Senate. The measure is dead until next year. "It does make me feel kind of upset," said Reyes, a high school student from Murfreesboro whose parents brought him illegally to the U.S. "I really hope they pass...
  • WATCH FERAL KIDS TAKE OVER MEMPHIS SCHOOL: Teachers, School Cops, Admin Lose Control Of School

    04/22/2015 10:20:12 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 85 replies
    clashdaily.com ^ | april 22, 2015
    In the videos you can see dozens of girls punching, kicking, and stomping one another. School resource officers even got into the fray in an attempt to break up the fights, which appeared to have also spilled into classrooms. The first video posted on social media shows the fight happening in the cafeteria. “First, I saw teachers and security scattering over each other,” said 11th grader John Rork. “A couple of girls all over each other. I saw scratches, hair falling out, a lot of hair pulling. This one girl jumped off a table and punched another student in the...
  • Meet the Southern Judge Judy

    04/22/2015 4:40:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    It took the Chattanooga gangbanger about two seconds to realize he had mouthed off to the wrong judge. General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom was presiding over a preliminary hearing on April 16 for attempted murder suspect O’Shae Smith. Smith made a reference to a public housing development known as East Lake Courts, calling it his “hood.” What happened next was captured on video by television station WRCB and has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people since. Judge Statom admonished the gang member with a heaping dose of Southern-flavored righteous indignation. “Sir, East Lake Courts is not your...
  • ISRAEL: IRAN BOOSTS WEAPON SHIPMENTS TO HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH IN EXPECTATION OF LIFTED SANCTIONS

    04/14/2015 1:51:10 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 13, 2015 | by WILLIAM BIGELOW
    On Monday, Israeli officials reported that Iran has upped its delivery of weapons to the Lebanese Shiite terror group Hezbollah in the past few weeks. Channel 2 stated that the shipments have been made to both Lebanon and the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. In addition, the report stated that Iran was sending weapons to Hamas chiefs in Gaza and arming Hamas members in Judea and Samaria. Channel 2 asserted that the ease in sanctions on Iran from the present nuclear negotiations would allow it to spend “billions of dollars” shipping weapons to Israel’s enemies. The increase in Iranian...
  • Live Thread: Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act Markup Hearing (2:15pm / CSPAN3)

    04/14/2015 6:52:25 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    CSPAN3 ^ | today at 2:15pm
    Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Corker (R-TN) leads a markup on a bill that would provide for Congress to review and approve any agreements relating to Iran’s nuclear program.
  • Obama and Congress reach deal over Iran nuclear talks

    04/14/2015 2:50:54 PM PDT · by keat · 93 replies
    BBC News ^ | 04/14/15 | staff
    The US Congress will have a say on a nuclear deal with Iran, under a new agreement reached with the White House. President Barack Obama withdrew his opposition to a bipartisan bill that was unanimously passed through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The bill means the administration must immediately send text of a final deal to Congress. An outline agreement on the future shape of Iran's nuclear programme was reached after marathon talks in April. The US, Iran, and four other nations have set a deadline of 30 June to finalise a deal which would ease western sanctions in exchange...
  • Conservative HQ: Republican Senator Bob Corker Is A Traitor

    04/15/2015 5:41:39 AM PDT · by xzins · 72 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 4/15/2015 | George Rasley
    Traitor is strong language, but in the aftermath of Tuesday’s vote on a bill that was supposed to reaffirm the Senate’s constitutional power to consent to President Obama’s as yet still undefined and undisclosed nuclear treaty with Iran there is no other way to describe the actions of Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations The bill Corker rammed through the Foreign Relations Committee is worse than no bill at all. What Corker’s bill does is, in its post-markup form, require the president to submit for congressional review the final nuclear agreement reached between Iran, the...
  • Cruz: World powers should publicly outline Iran deal

    04/17/2015 2:56:55 PM PDT · by kingattax · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/17/15 | By Martin Matishak
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is demanding six world powers and Iran to produce a single outline of the framework agreement reached over Tehran’s nuclear program. “While there appears to be consensus that some agreement was reached … there is no consensus on the actual parameters of that agreement — including such critical items as the scope of Iran's ongoing nuclear program, the extent of the [International Atomic Energy Agency] verification regime, and the schedule for nuclear-related sanctions relief by both the United States and the international community,” Cruz, a 2016 presidential contender, wrote Friday in a letter to Secretary of...
  • Rick Perry backed an already-climate-crusading Al Gore in '88

    08/16/2011 12:38:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 93 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/15/11 6:32 PM EDT | Bob King
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry may have forgotten a thing or two about the Al Gore presidential campaign he helped lead in 1988. In an interview with an Iowa radio station on Monday, the Republican presidential contender explained his role as the Gore campaign’s Texas chairman by saying that “this was Al Gore before he invented the Internet and got to be Mr. Global Warming.”
  • PERRY: WHY I SUPPORTED AL GORE...

    08/15/2011 8:09:32 PM PDT · by RED SOUTH · 288 replies
    In an interview with an Iowa radio station on Monday, the Republican presidential contender explained his role as the Gore campaign’s Texas chairman by saying that “this was Al Gore before he invented the Internet and got to be Mr. Global Warming.” But in fact, global warming was already a significant theme for Gore in 1987 and 1988 — long before his activism led to several books, a Nobel Prize and a part in an Academy Award-winning film. It was also well before the right gave him the "Mr. Ozone" nickname and talk radio heaped endless mockery on the future...
  • Marco Rubio supports Corker's dangerous Obama nuclear weapons treaty with Iran

    04/17/2015 8:58:45 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 15 replies
    ConservativeHQ ^ | 4/16/15 | George Rasley
    Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s just-announced presidential campaign was in large measure base on three pillars; his compelling immigrant family story, his claim on conservative support as one of the 2010 Tea Party wave election’s brightest stars and his commitment of righting the foreign policy failures and world chaos wrought by President Obama and his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Yet, in his first post announcement test – the vote on the dangerous Iran nuclear weapons treaty bill put forward by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker – Rubio voted for that dangerous bill and failed to take...
  • Tennessee Senate shelves bill that would name Bible as state book

    04/16/2015 6:06:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/16/15 | Tim Ghianni
    A proposal to make the Bible the official state book of Tennessee, a measure the state attorney general had said would be unconstitutional, was effectively dropped for the year on Thursday by the state Senate, officials said. The bill had been approved by the state House of Representatives on Wednesday over objections by Governor Bill Haslam, who called it disrespectful. Attorney General Herbert Slatery III, religious leaders and others said the measure violated the separation of church and state under both the U.S. and Tennessee Constitutions. Republicans, who hold strong majorities in the state House and Senate, were divided over...
  • Black man helps white woman, black mob 'retaliates'

    04/16/2015 7:04:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 4/15/2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Customer Mary Fuller was so scared by the unruly teens flashing gang signs and raising a “ruckus” in the parking lot of the BP gas station in Memphis, Tennessee, that she expressed her fears to a complete stranger, who offered to walk the elderly white woman outside to her car. “I said, ‘I don’t know if I ought to walk out of here or not, because they’re still fighting,’” Fuller told WMC-TV. “He said, ‘It’s not a problem. I’ll take care of this.’” The man she confided in was Orrden Williams, who had gone to the gas station to use...
  • Sen. Cruz Joins Amicus Brief Supporting the Right of States to Define Marriage

    04/13/2015 3:03:40 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 49 replies
    www.cruz.senate.gov ^ | April 9, 2015 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    In our federal system, states should be able to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Friday joined an amicus brief on behalf of 57 members of Congress in support of the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The brief was filed in four cases that the Supreme Court will jointly hear on April 28, 2015, in which same-sex couples challenge the marriage laws of Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky, all of which were upheld by the U.S....
  • Head Start Still Unfinished

    04/14/2015 8:38:58 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 13, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Try as they might, when proponents of early federally funded pre-school education ala Head Start try to make the case for their cause, they can’t quite seal the deal. “There is one study that shows that the benefits of pre-K education will wash out after four years,” Governor Terry McAuliffe, D-VA, claimed at the Center for American Progress (CAP) on Friday, April 10, 2015. He then said, “I’ve talked to kindergarten teachers who say it makes a difference.” But kindergarten would fall within that four-year window and he offered no examples of studies that show differing conclusions. Maybe this is...
  • Video shows brutal attack at Tenn. gas station

    04/14/2015 5:53:39 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 95 replies
    http://whnt.com ^ | april 13, 2015
    Surveillance video released on Monday shows a group of high school students beating a man at a Tennessee gas station. Police said a large group of Northwest Prep Academy students swarmed a BP gas station outside Memphis. “As we got to the car they are in the parking lot throwing up gang signs and putting up a ruckus,” Orrden Williams, Jr. said. Williams told WREG one of the kids “sucker punched” him. After he was attacked, dozens of teenagers swarmed the gas station. Workers held the door shut as the children rushed the entryway. Williams ran to his car where one teen...
  • Embattled Menendez 'not backing off' vote for congressional overview of Iran nuclear deal

    04/12/2015 11:15:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015
    New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez said Sunday that he’s pushing ahead with his legislation to give Congress a full overview of the Iran nuclear deal, amid purported pressure from the White House to stop his effort. “I’m not backing off,” Menendez, a Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told “Fox News Sunday.” “I honestly believe it’s a congressional duty to review any agreement that comes about.” Menendez, a frequent critic of President Obama’s foreign policy, declined to discuss whether fellow Democrats or White House officials have asked him to stop pressing for congressional review of the framework deal reached...
  • Unions fight to preserve Obama’s immigration actions, their members

    04/11/2015 10:50:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015
    Two of the country’s most powerful and politically influential labor unions are backing President Obama in the recent court challenge to his 2014 executive action on illegal immigration, saying they support the president’s effort because "undocumented workers" need more workplace protection and their participation helps the U.S. economy. The AFL-CIO and the National Education Association on Monday each filed so-called amicus briefs in a federal appeals court case in which Texas and 26 other states are challenges the president’s 2014 memorandum on illegal immigration. The memorandum essentially expands work authorization and delayed-deportation programs for illegal immigrants. And it provides similar...
  • [2013] Rand Paul says he supports Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander's re-election

    04/11/2015 5:20:53 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 43 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | Jul 29, 2013 | Richard Locker
    A week after about 150 tea party activists rallied in opposition to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's re-election next year, tea party favorite Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said here Monday that he hopes Alexander doesn't get an opponent and wins re-election. Alexander, R-Tenn., has aroused tea party ire for his votes for the immigration reform bill and other measures opposed by the hard right.
  • National Rifle Association bans working guns from annual convention (misleading title)

    04/08/2015 7:43:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 10:32 PM | Dan Friedman
    The National Rifle Association wants guns at schools, but not its own annual convention. The NRA has banned working guns from its annual convention this year in Nashville, Tenn., according to a report in The Tennessean. Instead the group will require the thousands of firearms displayed at the event to be nonoperational, with their firing pins removed to ensure safety. The group will use the event, with an expected attendance of 70,000, to boast of its opposition to gun regulation of all kinds, including background checks, as well as to host GOP presidential hopefuls who agree with their stance. However...
  • Corker Says He’s Just 2 to 3 Votes Shy of Overriding Obama Veto (of Iran bill)

    04/05/2015 4:14:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    INN ^ | 4/5/2015, 9:37 PM | Gil Ronen
    Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, said Sunday on Fox News that the legislation that would force Preisdent Barack Obama to bring a deal on Iran’s nuclear program before the Senate is close to achieving the support of a veto-proof majority. The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, sponsored by US Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), would mandate that the president submit to Congress the text of any pact with Iran, and bar the administration from suspending congressional sanctions on Iran for 60 days. …
  • Boy Got a Haircut Like His Military Step-Brother, School Suspended Him

    03/28/2015 7:46:30 AM PDT · by Salman · 137 replies
    Reason ^ | Mar. 27, 2015 | Robby Soave
    There is nothing quite like the petty despotism of the public school system. A boy from McMinnville, Tennessee, was suspended after coming to Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School with a haircut deemed inappropriate by the principal. It was a "high and tight" military-style haircut that the boy had requested so that he would look more like his step-brother, an active-duty soldier. The principal did not budge, leaving the boy's mother no choice but to shave his head so that he could come back to school.
  • School named after war hero forces child to shave off military-style haircut

    03/26/2015 12:34:14 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 97 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 26, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Adam Stinnett looks up to his older stepbrother – a soldier in the U.S. Army. So when it came time to get a haircut, the seven-year-old told his mother he wanted a basic military-style cut. And that’s exactly what he got – high and tight – just like his stepbrother. Adam got his haircut on March 8. On March 9, his mother got a letter from the principal of Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School in McMinnville, Tennessee. It seems they were not all that thrilled with the second grader’s new hairdo. The principal told Amy Stinnett that her son’s haircut...
  • Perry, Cruz to speak at NRA meeting

    03/20/2015 10:02:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    KHOU.com ^ | 7:09 a.m. CST March 3, 2015
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Several potential Republican candidates for president are scheduled to speak at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Nashville in April. The speakers include U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The NRA's annual meeting takes place April 10-12, and the GOP politicians are scheduled to appear as part of an event put on by the NRA's lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action.
  • Jeb Bush, Pearson, PARCC, and your kids’ privacy (Common Core)

    03/18/2015 8:33:28 AM PDT · by shortstop · 9 replies
    Michelle Malkin Web Site ^ | 03/17/15 | Michelle Malkin
    Last week, Jeb Bush was in New Hampshire, pressing on with his sordid campaign to delude conservatives into swallowing Common Core and massive, unfettered immigration policies. He has fashioned himself a champion of the American worker, even as he pompously pushes Gang of Eight amnesty as the “adult” plan in the room. And he has fashioned himself a champion of “school choice,” even as he zealously crusades for failed Fed Ed rackets and data-mining schemes masquerading as “higher standards.” The condescending Bush attitude is familiar to grass-roots activists and parents in Florida and across the country who have fought Club...
  • Sens. Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker Announce Opposition To Lynch

    03/17/2015 12:13:14 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 37 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/17/15 | Caroline May
    Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) say they will opposed President Obama’s attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch. “I will vote against President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch for attorney general of the United States,” Alexander said in a statement. He explained that he intends to use his vote against Lynch to protest Obama’s executive amnesty. “This is an opportunity, within the Senate rules, to express my disapproval of the president’s abuse of executive authority, and it’s an opportunity I intend to take,” he said. Corker voiced concern that Lynch would not be independent enough within the administration. “The...
  • Iran Deal Secrets Revealed – by Iran

    03/13/2015 4:59:33 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 13, 2015 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Iran Deal Secrets Revealed – by IranPosted By Kenneth R. Timmerman On March 13, 2015 @ 12:46 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment Much is being made of the letter signed by 45 U.S. Senators, all of them Republican, aimed at schooling Iranian leaders in the requirements of the U.S. Constitution.Secretary Kerry said his reaction was “utter disbelief” that the Senators would “go behind” the back of the administration during a delicate international negotiation. Some on the American Left called it “treason,” conveniently forgetting that some of their own (including Kerry, as a junior Senator) have met with enemy...
  • Dem: 'My fears have been realized' from Netanyahu speech (Steve Cohen)

    03/13/2015 8:30:23 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 12, 2015, 05:13 pm | Cristina Marcos
    Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) said his suspicions that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would use his address to Congress last week to bolster his own reelection campaign have come true. The Israeli Likud Party, which Netanyahu leads, released a campaign advertisement Thursday that includes footage from Netanyahu's speech to Congress last week. Members of Congress are shown applauding as Netanyahu speaks at the House dais. Cohen, who is Jewish, was among the more than 50 Democrats who skipped Netanyahu's speech. The Tennessee Democrat said he suspected Netanyahu would use the footage for campaign ads ahead of the Israeli elections next...