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  • The Real Danger from the GOP’s Latest Mutiny Against John Boehner

    07/30/2015 2:24:56 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    finance.yahoo.com ^ | 7/29/15 | Martin Matishak
    If you thought the days of bad blood between House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and rank-and-file House lawmakers were on hold, at least for the summer, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) apparently didn’t get the memo. Tuesday night, the congressman marked his 56th birthday by filing a resolution in the House to force Boehner from the top leadership post. The “motion to vacate the chair” is the first time that a Boehner opponent has taken such a step and is a bit of payback from Meadows, a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and one of 25 conservative rebels...
  • Salt Lake protesters take their message to Planned Parenthood (Utah)

    07/29/2015 12:08:39 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    deseretnews.com ^ | July 28 2015 6 | Daphne Chen
    SALT LAKE CITY — Protesters carrying signs against abortion gathered outside a Planned Parenthood Association of Utah office Tuesday afternoon to call on government officials to strip funding from the reproductive health organization. The rally drew about 100 people and was one of 65 "Women Betrayed" protests that took place across the nation Tuesday, ignited by the release of three videos over the past few weeks showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the price of procuring fetal tissue. "The videos were horrific," said rally organizer Callie Oppedisano, a mother of three and active anti-abortion activist. "We want our Congress to know...
  • Cruz: 'McConnell led effort to keep Planned Parenthood funding'

    07/28/2015 2:28:28 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 60 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 7/27/2015 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON – Just days after publicly calling the majority leader a liar on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has upped the stakes in his war on GOP brass by accusing Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of spearheading the effort to keep taxpayer funds going to Planned Parenthood. In a statement that mentioned “gruesome videos of senior officials of Planned Parenthood discussing the selling of body parts of unborn children,” Cruz blasted McConnell for blocking an amendment by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to defund the abortion provider.
  • House GOP to Senate: We’re not taking up your highway bill

    07/27/2015 12:35:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 27, 2015 | Scott Wong
    The House will not vote on a multi-year Senate highway bill that revives the now-expired Export-Import Bank, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Monday. “We’re not taking up the Senate bill,” McCarthy declared to a roomful of reporters in his office. Instead, McCarthy urged the Senate to take up a short-term House-passed bill which extends federal highway funding for five months, without renewing the Ex-Im Bank charter. He called the House bill the “best option” for Congress before money for highways, bridges and mass transit runs out on Friday. McCarthy’s declaration is a blow not only to the Senate,...
  • Senate Republicans take revenge against Ted Cruz by refusing to back amendments

    07/27/2015 10:06:51 AM PDT · by Marcus · 74 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | July 28, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    Think of it as the Empire strikes back. Two days after Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas took to the floor of the Senate and called Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar, Republican senators, apparently on the behest of the Republican leader, refused to second a motion to back a Cruz amendment to the highway bill to make the lifting of sanctions against Iran contingent on that country recognizing Israel’s right to exist and freeing four American hostages. As the Washington Examiner reported on Sunday, the lesson was struck home by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah when he delivered a soliloquy about...
  • Starnes: Emasculated Republicans Block Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood

    07/27/2015 10:48:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    <p>Senate Republicans had a chance to stop Planned Parenthood from butchering unborn children and selling their body parts to the highest bidder. Instead, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to put up a vote -- thumbing his nose at Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, along with every pro-lifer in the nation.</p>
  • Senate blocks Lee's vote to defund Planned Parenthood

    07/26/2015 3:45:22 PM PDT · by PROCON · 69 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 26, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) was rebuked by his Senate colleagues on Sunday as he tried to force a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood. Lee had tried to attach an amendment eliminating all federal funds for Planned Parenthood to the vote on Congress’s must-pass highway legislation. The amendment was rejected by the chair of the Senate, who called it out of order because it was not germane to the highway bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) decided last week that he would only allow two amendments to the bill – a repeal of ObamaCare and a reauthorization of the Export-Import...
  • McConnell and Reid may have just set a 51-vote threshold for passing Obamacare repeal

    07/24/2015 11:17:28 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 143 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 24, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney
    Next week, Senate Republicans could pass Obamacare repeal with a simple 51-vote majority as part of the long-term highway bill, according to Sen. Mike Lee. The Utah Republican laid out the argument in a press release after party leaders set the sequencing of votes: "The first Obamacare vote on Sunday will have a 60 vote threshold, and Democrats will likely block it," Lee continued. "But thanks to the sequencing of the votes we just locked in, Republicans will have the opportunity resurrect that Obamacare amendment later on in the process, and put it back before the Senate in a manner...
  • Been gone now I'm back. (VANITY)

    07/22/2015 7:33:18 AM PDT · by Ruy Dias de Bivar · 23 replies
    Ruy
    Been gone for three weeks. No phone. No newspaper. No Wi-Fi. No TV. At peace with the world. Now I'm back and decided to see what was going on in the world. Wish I hadn't. First thing I see is the world has gone mad! MAD! Tornado hit where I live! Murder in Tennessee! Iran! Obama! Queers! Confederate Flag! Madness, MADNESS! Plus the area back home has 98 degree temps with 75% humidity.
  • Freedom-loving Americans find Cuban flag an offensive symbol, demand it be taken down

    07/20/2015 4:19:05 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 07/20/2015 | Twitchy Staff
    utliberal@utliberal The Cuban flag goes up, the confederate flag came down. Who says Obama is not transformational? 9:37 AM - 20 Jul 2015 · Salt Lake City, UT, United States
  • Cache County Republicans respond to Scott Walker presidential announcement (Utah)

    07/15/2015 1:14:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Cache Valley Daily ^ | July 14, 2015 | Jennie Christensen
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has become the 15th Republican presidential contender. Walker is reminding people about his fights and his subsequent triumphs, including his surviving a union-backed recall election. It is a record he argues that sets him apart from the crowded Republican field and he plans to exploit that in early-voting states. Gina Worthen, vice chairwoman of the Cache County Republican Party, says she sees Walker as a good candidate. "I think he's done some amazing things," Worthen says. "Being from a more blue state and being able to turn his state around and do some good things for...
  • Look who is defining sin. Say what?

    07/13/2015 12:13:06 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 10 replies
    Christian Action Network ^ | July 13, 2015 | Martin Mawyer
    For those unfamiliar with the NEA, it is the nation’s largest labor union – not just the largest teacher’s union, mind you. But the largest labor union in the country. Period. It has over three million members. Its mission is “to advocate for education professionals” blah, blah, blah. In other words, they are an organization of teachers who unite to demand more money, benefits, better work environments and whatever else they can get their hands on. They also advocate for just about any left-wing liberal cause that enrages conservatives, even if it has nothing to do with teaching. One of...
  • Shocker: So-Called ‘Anti-Gay’ Incident in Utah Was Staged

    07/05/2015 1:18:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Jammie Wearing Fools ^ | July 2, 2015 | Jammie
    Imagine that, another phony hate crime. A Utah man who alleged assailants carved homophobic slurs into his arms, robbed his pizza restaurant and firebombed his house has admitted faking the attacks, authorities said. Now the question is whether Rick Jones, 22, of Delta will be prosecuted for reporting false crimes, Millard County Sheriff Robert Dekker told CNN affiliate KSL. “The investigation has come to an end today with the admission of Richard (Rick) L. Jones Jr. to having staged all of the incidents,” the Sheriff’s Office and County Attorney’s office said in a Tuesday statement. Dekker said he didn’t know...
  • Authorities: Gay slur carved into Utah man's arm was staged

    06/30/2015 10:52:59 PM PDT · by InMemoriam · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 30, 2015 | LINDSAY WHITEHURST
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man who reported someone beat him and carved a homophobic slur into his arm staged the attacks, authorities in rural Utah said Tuesday. Millard County Sheriff Robert Dekker said Rick Jones, 21, could face charges after officers investigating the series of reported attacks found inconsistencies in the evidence. The Delta man eventually acknowledged faking the harassment, Dekker said. Brett Tolman, an attorney for Jones, said the reports were a cry for help initially directed toward people close to him, and Jones didn't realize how much attention they would get. "I think it's such good...
  • Utah man who claimed ‘Die fag’ was carved into his arm during hate crime, staged attacks

    06/30/2015 6:17:46 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 39 replies
    LGBTQNation ^ | June 30, 2015 | Lindsay Whitehurst/Associated Press
    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man who reported someone beat him and carved a homophobic slur into his arm staged the attacks, authorities said Tuesday. Millard County Sheriff Robert Dekker said Rick Jones, 21, could face charges after officers investigating the series of reported attacks found inconsistencies in the evidence. The Delta man eventually acknowledged faking the harassment, Dekker said.An attorney for Jones said the reports were a cry for help initially directed toward people close to him, and Jones didn’t realize how much attention they would get.
  • The dozen rebels targeted by GOP leaders

    06/28/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27th, 2015 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    To keep conservative rebels in check, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies have been doling out punishments at an aggressive clip in the 114th Congress. From kicking unruly members off the Rules Committee and GOP whip team to stripping a lawmaker of his subcommittee gavel, leadership has been growing more comfortable with taking retaliatory measures to try to enforce party discipline. But several Tea Party targets haven’t gone quietly. They’ve been fighting back with help from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully pressured leaders this week to return a subcommittee gavel to one of their...
  • GOP leaders poised to reverse punishment for dissenter

    06/25/2015 8:56:35 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/25/2015 | JAKE SHERMAN and ANNA PALMER
    House Republicans look like they are about to cave. Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is on the brink of restoring North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows’ subcommittee chairmanship just days after it was taken away as punishment for crossing party leaders, according to multiple sources familiar with the decision. It would be a stunning reversal for Chaffetz — and, by extension, the GOP leadership — and could embolden the several dozen conservative Republicans who defy Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). Those close to — and part of — House Republican leadership say...
  • CAVUTO CONFRONTS JASON CHAFFETZ FOR OUSTING MARK MEADOWS

    06/25/2015 5:54:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | June 24, 2015 | Neil Cavuto
    Cavuto took the opportunity to confront Jason Chaffetz over ousting Mark Meadows for his TPA vote. Chaffetz admitted that the TPA vote was part of it, but claimed there were a ‘variety of factors’ and also said Boehner had nothing to do with it.
  • Chaffetz backtracks, reinstates punished GOP lawmaker to chairmanship

    06/25/2015 10:04:16 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6-25-15 | Scott Wong
    Facing enormous blowback, Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Thursday reversed course and said he was reinstating Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) as a subcommittee chairman. Chaffetz stripped Meadows of his subcommittee gavel last week after the congressman joined nearly three dozen other conservatives in voting against leadership on a procedural motion that nearly scuttled a major trade package.
  • First black female GOP representative Mia Love returning Holt donations

    06/22/2015 1:39:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | June 22, 2015 | Tom LoBianco and Sara Murray
    Washington (CNN)—The first black Republican woman elected to Congress is returning $1,000 in donations from Earl Holt, the alleged white supremacist whose writings have reportedly inspired Charleston shooter Dylann Roof. A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Mia Love said Monday that she would be returning the three donations Holt made to her campaign immediately, after being contacted by CNN. Love made history last November when Utah residents selected her as the first black Republican woman to serve in Congress. Holt, who is president Council of Conservative Citizens, donated thousands of dollars to Republican candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum...
  • Report: Gruber had larger role in ObamaCare

    06/21/2015 2:36:41 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 21, 2015 | By Mark Hensch
    The ObamaCare consultant who once mocked the “stupidity of the American voter” had a bigger impact on the healthcare law than previously known, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. Jonathan Gruber frequently contacted Obama administration officials via email while crafting ObamaCare, according to the newspaper. The Journal said that previously unreleased messages show that Gruber repeatedly messaged the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) between January, 2009 and March, 2010. He offered advice on healthcare policy and informed officials about media and lawmaker interviews concerning ObamaCare, it added. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told the newspaper...
  • Orem Owlz 'Caucasian Heritage Night' promotion canceled after causing online stir

    06/20/2015 9:28:13 AM PDT · by bgill · 13 replies
    Desert News ^ | June 19, 2015 | Carter Williams
    According to the team's site, the event was planned as a celebration of "Irish, Italian, German … or even Utahn! Whatever your background, celebrate it at the home of the Owlz!" The promotion details have since been removed from the team's website. The promotion was set for Aug. 10, but was canceled after social media outrage that began Friday afternoon. "We understand, in light of recent tragic events, that our intentions have been misconstrued,"... Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox tweeted that he had spoken to one of the co-owners of the team, and the owner said "he had no idea this...
  • Cruz, Paul push for ban on indefinite detention of US citizens

    06/15/2015 1:07:00 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 12, 2015, 02:38 pm | Jordain Carney
    Two 2016 presidential competitors have joined forces to get a ban on the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens included in an annual defense policy bill. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), both of whom are running for president, have joined up with other senators to introduce an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), currently before the Senate, that would ban indefinite detention of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, without being charged or given a trial, unless authorized by Congress.Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) also put their names on the...
  • Elbows flying, rhetorically, at Romney's 2016 retreat

    06/13/2015 12:54:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | June 12, 2015 | Steve Peoples and Julie Bykowicz.
    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Govs. Scott Walker and Chris Christie said presidential rivals in the Senate don't do anything. Sen. Marco Rubio denounced "old ways" in an indirect slap at older contenders. Sen. Lindsey Graham said his party may be going down a "death spiral" if it doesn't embrace minority and younger voters. In fighting for attention Friday at a luxury mountainside donor retreat convened by 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, several 2016 contenders let loose some elbows at each other. Most did not name names, but Christie did. "If you want to know how little they know," he...
  • (2013) Republican Immigration Critic Gets Slapped Down(By Cruz)

    06/12/2015 2:36:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 84 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 14, 2013 | Fawn Johnson
    The most potent illustration that Republicans have shifted their attitudes on immigration came Tuesday morning when all GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected an amendment from Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to severely limit the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country. The committee’s overwhelming ‘No’ vote shows that the battle for Republicans’ souls on immigration has shifted away from groups that want to reduce the influx of foreigners, like the Heritage Foundation, NumbersUSA, and Fairness for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), toward free-market groups that applaud increased immigration, such as Americans for Tax Reform and the CATO Institute....
  • north carolina house overrides magistrate same-sex marriage veto

    06/12/2015 7:23:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 28 replies
    11 Eyewitness News ^ | June 12, 2015 | WTVD-AP
    A measure allowing some court officials to refuse to perform gay marriage responsibilities because of their religious beliefs became law in North Carolina on Thursday, with the state House voting to override the governor's veto of the bill. The Senate had voted to do the same with Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's veto a week ago. Thursday's House vote of 69-41 was just over the three-fifths majority needed. Ten House members were absent and didn't vote. The law, taking effect immediately, means some register of deeds workers who assemble licenses and magistrates to solemnize civil marriages can decide to stop performing...
  • Mike Lee: Liberals won't stop at same-sex marriage victory

    06/12/2015 2:44:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/12/15 | Paul Bedard
    Republican Sen. Mike Lee, strongly suggesting that the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to approve same-sex marriage this month, warned Thursday that liberals will use the victory to impose other restrictions on those opposed to gay weddings including churches, colleges and military chaplains."They seem tempted by the intolerant impulse to punish Americans," Lee said in a thoughtful speech at Hillsdale College's Kirby Center in Washington.Sen. Mike Lee. (AP Photo) Lee, of Utah, used the speech to preview legislation he is drafting to protect religious-affiliated schools and institutions that don't support same-sex marriage from federal attack if the court approves the...
  • Mitt Romney to Host GOP White House Hopefuls at Utah Conclave (Guess who?)

    06/10/2015 4:36:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 5, 2015 | Heather Haddon
    Former two-time Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is set to host six declared and potential GOP contenders at a Utah retreat next week. Mr. Romney, who considered a third run for president earlier this year but declined to run, will gather big GOP donors and other party bigwigs in Park City, Utah for his annual “E2 Summit.” The private event at a mountain resort kicks off with a dinner June 11 and wraps up with a luncheon on June 13, according to a copy of the invitation. Declared and potential Republican presidential contenders scheduled to speak include Sens. Marco Rubio...
  • John Kasich taps noted conservative-basher as senior campaign strategist for some reason

    06/10/2015 1:42:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 10, 2015 | Allahpundit
    And I do mean “noted.” With the possible exception of Steve Schmidt, no Republican advisor is better known to the right for sneering at the right than John Weaver. Re-read this old post, written when Weaver was helping to steer Huntsman 2012 to a third-place flameout in New Hampshire, for some of his greatest hits. He advised McCain in 2000, when Maverick was at his media-friendly right-baiting zenith, then caught on with Huntsman during the last cycle to try the ol’ what-our-party-really-needs-is-a-better-base approach again. He’s known for being a difficult boss, losing lots of races (with some notable successes, like...
  • Jon Huntsman's Original Sin

    01/06/2012 6:05:01 AM PST · by Wolf13 · 20 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1-6-12 | Daniel Allott
    Would conservatives support a presidential bid by David Petraeus? The Iraq surge architect isn't a candidate. But for years prominent conservatives from Rep. Peter King to Andrew Breitbart have touted the soldier-scholar as a dream conservative candidate to take on Barack Obama. The question is, if Petraeus had run, would his service in the Obama administration -- first as head of U.S. Central Command, then as Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan and now as CIA Director -- have counted against him? It's safe to say conservatives wouldn't have re-purposed the old "General Betray-Us" moniker for the man who has...
  • Chechnya Threatens to Arm Mexico if U.S. Sends Weapons to Ukraine

    05/31/2015 12:00:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Newsweek ^ | March 26, 2015 | Hayley Richardson
    The Chechen parliament have threatened to send weapons to Mexico in retaliation to the U.S. Congress calling for defensive lethal aid to be sent to Ukraine. On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favour of sending arms - the resolution was passed 348 to 48. U.S. senator for Wisconsin Ron Johnson branded it "absolutely necessary" that president Obama provide lethal and nonlethal military assistance to Ukraine, in light of the attacks by Russian-backed rebels on civilians in Mariupol in January. In response, Chechnya's parliamentary speaker Dukuvakha Abdurakhmanov said that the U.S. has "no right" to advise Russia...
  • USA Freedom Act Supporters Say They Have the Votes

    05/31/2015 10:00:56 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 05/31/2015 | Niels Lesniewski
    Senate advocates for an overhaul of National Security Agency surveillance programs sound confident they have the votes to advance the USA Freedom Act. It’s just a matter of time. “I think we’ll get it passed on Sunday night,” Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., told CNN Saturday, making a bullish prediction on the timing. “Now, by the rules of the Senate, with objections and so forth … the Patriot Act may very well expire Sunday night, but we’ve got to start moving forward here. We could have done this a week ago. And this is the nature of Washington, D.C., is always...
  • and Paul: 'I will force the expiration' of the PATRIOT Act

    05/30/2015 8:34:50 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/30/2015 | Manu Raju
    Rand Paul plans to force the expiration of the PATRIOT Act Sunday by refusing to allow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to expedite debate on a key surveillance bill. In a statement to POLITICO Saturday, Paul warned that he would not consent to any efforts to pass either an extension of current law or the USA Freedom Act, a reform bill passed overwhelmingly by the House earlier this month.
  • Sen. Mike Lee: Quickly approve the USA Freedom Act

    05/30/2015 5:54:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 42 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-29-2015 | Sen. Mike Lee
    More than four years ago, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the Patriot Sunsets Extension Act of 2011. Since that day, May 26, 2011, it’s been known that key provisions of our nation’s counterterrorism surveillance programs are set to expire this June 1. That is why Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and I worked diligently on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to produce the USA Freedom Act. As with any legislation, the USA Freedom Act is not perfect. It does end the bulk collection of phone records and other data by...
  • Pentagon says "live anthrax" inadvertently shipped across US

    05/27/2015 12:35:13 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | FoxNews.Com
    The Pentagon confirmed Wednesday that live anthrax was shipped from a lab in Utah to other states.
  • ‘Clas of 2015’: High School Seniors Given Graduation Medals With Typo (Ogden UT)

    05/23/2015 7:35:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | May 23, 2015 12:47 PM
    Seniors at a Utah high school received one final spelling lesson at their graduation ceremony. 600 graduates of Fremont High School in Ogden, Utah, were given graduation medals inscribed with the words “Clas of 2015.” Yes, that's “class” with only one “s.” …
  • North Briton #45

    05/23/2015 2:25:14 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 4 replies
    Medium ^ | May 20, 2015 | Mike Lee
    The forgotten history of the Fourth Amendment, and its relevance for reforming the Patriot Act The authorization for the Patriot Act will soon expire, and elected officials in Washington have been debating whether it should be renewed. There are those who believe this law, which was passed in the wake of the September 11 attacks, should be renewed with no changes. Since the last time it was authorized, Americans have learned that certain provisions of this Act were being interpreted by the National Security Agency to give this agency authority to collect bulk metadata on the phone calls of every...
  • Sen. Cruz receives bipartisan support for NDAA amendments

    05/15/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Pearland Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) applauds the passage of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday after a week of debate and consideration by both parties. Sen. Cruz introduced or cosponsored more than a dozen amendments that were successfully adopted by the committee. “Congress’ first priority is to provide for the national defense and ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have everything they need to defend our freedom,” said Sen. Cruz. “I am grateful for the committee’s support for my amendments, including measures that will ensure...
  • Flashback: To Protect Clintons, ABC Censored and Buried ‘Path to 9/11&#8242; Miniseries

    05/14/2015 4:27:19 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The length to which ABC, its news division, and its parent company (Disney) have gone to protect and curry favor with the Clintons is almost impossible to grasp. To begin with, in 1996, ABC News hired George Stephanopoulos, a former Clinton campaign and White House official. Within a few years he would become the ABC new division’s chief anchor and political reporter. Then, just today, we learn that ABC News and Stephanopoulos are involved in a massive conflict of interest — a $50,000 donation Stephanopoulos made to the Clinton Foundation. That’s right, the symbol of ABC News has an ongoing...
  • SCOOP: Ted Cruz Says Stephanopoulos Shouldn’t Moderate Any 2016 Debates

    05/14/2015 6:13:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 14, 2015 | Sean Davis
    GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz said today that ABC News anchor and former Clinton White House staffer George Stephanopoulos has no business moderating any 2016 presidential debates. Cruz was asked in the Senate hallway this afternoon whether Stephanopoulos should host any debates following today’s revelation that he gave $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation without it disclosing it while officially covering the organization for ABC News. “Of course not,” Cruz responded, according to a transcript provided to The Federalist by one of his campaign communications staffers. “Debates should not be moderated by partisan Democrats who are actively supporting one of...
  • The RNC Should Ban George Stephanopoulos From Participating In 2016 Debates

    05/14/2015 10:09:55 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 53 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 14, 2015 | Sean Davis
    After being questioned by the Washington Free Beacon about large donations he made to the Clinton Foundation, George Stephanopoulos of ABC News disclosed to Politico that he had funneled $50,000 to the tax-exempt organization in 2013 and 2014. Stephanopoulos’s secret donations to the Clintons’ non-profit came while he was professionally covering the family for ABC News. And then, after he was busted by the Free Beacon, he decided to leak the news of his secret Clinton cash contributions to Politico in order to deny Free Beacon its scoop. Classy, huh? It gets even worse, though. It wasn’t just that...
  • Mike Lee’s office: He won’t appear on ABC until Stephanopoulos recuses himself from 2016 coverage

    05/14/2015 11:56:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/14/2015 | AllahPundit
    That comes from Conn Carroll, formally White House correspondent for our sister site Townhall and currently communications director for the junior senator from Utah. ABC News’s Election 2016 coverage can tolerate a boycott by a single senator, even one as influential on the right as Lee. Can it tolerate a domino effect among the rest of the GOP field, where Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and the rest of the gang all feel compelled by pressure from conservatives to follow Lee’s lead?Actually, why would there need to be pressure from conservatives to make them boycott ABC? It’s in...
  • Senate Democrats block action on Obama's trade agenda

    05/12/2015 2:50:09 PM PDT · by kingattax · 37 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 5-12-15 | By CHARLES BABINGTON
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats dealt President Barack Obama a stinging setback on trade Tuesday, blocking efforts to begin a full-blown debate on a top priority of his second term The president's supporters said they will try again, possibly starting in the House. But they couldn't sugar-coat a solid rebuke from the president's own party, led by some who served with him in the Senate.
  • The Controversy Over Immigration And New Trade Authority

    05/12/2015 1:51:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 12, 2015 | by Stuart Anderson
    A controversy has emerged about whether granting the president Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) would result in expanded immigration. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), chair of the Senate’s immigration subcommittee, has written, “There are numerous ways TPA could facilitate immigration increases above current law – and precious few ways anyone in Congress could stop its happening.” To negotiate international trade agreements, a U.S. president needs Trade Promotion Authority. TPA allows a president to finalize an agreement and put it before the U.S. Congress for an up-or-down vote. Without such authority, other countries would not conclude trade agreements with the United States, since...
  • Republicans: Dems reneged on trade deal

    05/12/2015 1:28:02 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5-12-2015 | Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Republicans Tuesday accused Democrats of reneging on deal that would give President Obama "fast track" authority to approve trade pacts. Senate Finance panel Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Democrats broke an agreement struck in committee that Trade Promotion Authority legislation would move separately from two provisions dealing with trade enforcement and preferences. "This demand materialized last week and came from the Senate Democratic leadership, virtually all of whom oppose TPA and their president outright," Hatch said, moments after Democrats voted to block the trade bill. Democrats said Tuesday they opposed the bill because they wanted the legislation to include...
  • Men in black claiming to be police raid Holladay home, suspects on the loose

    05/12/2015 9:17:30 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 10 replies
    Fox 13 Now ^ | 7:40 am, May 12, 2015 | by Ashton Edward
    [Embeded Video] HOLLADAY, Utah – Unified Police are looking for four suspects in a home invasion robbery overnight. Police said four Polynesian men dressed in all black kicked the door in at a basement apartment in Holladay. According to the two victims who were home at the time, the men said they were police officers and began searching the home and taking electronics. One of the victims was able to run down the street and call 911. The suspects chased him a few blocks and then ran before police arrived. Police set up roadblocks and began searching for the men...
  • In Western states, idea of reclaiming federal land still has a strong allure

    05/10/2015 2:52:46 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 10, 2015 | Nigel Duara
    Spread over 6,500 miles of sparse scrub and alkaline soil, Millard County is one of Utah's poorest. But for five years, the cash-strapped county so remote it was the site of a Japanese American internment camp in World War II still found $1,000 to send to the American Lands Council. The Lands Council's goal is grand but simple: to wrest control of vast swaths of land from the federal government and turn them over to the states. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars, even billions, that could be made off land administered by the federal government. The big-dollar...
  • Miller Motorsports Park closing

    05/08/2015 2:23:18 PM PDT · by Spktyr · 19 replies
    KUTV.com ^ | Mary Blanchard | Mary Blanchard
    The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies will not renew its lease with Tooele County and Miller Motorsports Park will close. The summer schedule will continue as planned then the park will close at the end of the season on October 31, 2015. “On behalf of my family, I would like to thank all of those who have supported the track over the years, both locally and worldwide, for their enthusiasm and use of the facility,” said Gail Miller, owner of the Larry H. Miller Group. The 511-acre facility opened in April 2006. It hosted seasonal automobile, motorcycle, kart, off-road,...
  • A polygamous community’s cop is spilling its secrets

    05/08/2015 9:37:30 AM PDT · by NRx · 45 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 05-04-2015 | NATE CARLISLE
    Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. • What's the worst thing Helaman Barlow did as a marshal of the polygamous towns here on the Utah-Arizona border? He knew men who took 16-year-old girls as plural wives. The marriages were sanctioned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, so Barlow didn't report them. He looked up license plates for church security so they could track dissenters and their families. He obstructed the FBI when it came to town. When a church leader said he wanted another marshal demoted, Barlow watched for and reported a minor transgression made by...
  • UT: Armed Man Stops Crime Spree, Media notices!

    05/04/2015 6:03:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A small number of violent criminals commit a large number of violent crimes.   These criminals only recognize naked force;  sometimes the person with a gun who stops them is a victim who is armed; sometimes it is a concerned citizen; sometimes it is the police.  In this case in Utah, the criminal committed multiple crimes in one morning, with multiple warrants for his arrest pending prior to that.  From fox13now.com: FOX 13 News’ Robert Boyd reports a resident of an apartment was nearly hit at some point as the suspects drove through a grassy area during their escape. “I...