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  • Jeff Roe: Cruz Ending GOP Presidential Campaign

    05/03/2016 5:31:13 PM PDT · by kristinn · 242 replies
    The Texas Tribune via Twitter ^ | Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | Patrick Svitek
    Just in: @TedCruz is ending his presidential campaign, campaign manager Jeff Roe tells me.
  • U.S. Service Member Killed by ISIS in Iraq

    05/03/2016 5:28:31 AM PDT · by kristinn · 32 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | Nancy A. Youssef
    The self-proclaimed Islamic State broke through a line of Kurdish forces in Iraq and killed a U.S. service member Tuesday who were there to advise them, a U.S. defense official told the Daily Beast. U.S. advisers had arrived on Monday morning to assist the Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, in the northern city of Mosul, checking on “their morale and defenses,” the official said. The U.S. forces were as many as 3 miles from the frontlines when the ISIS fighters attacked, the official said. ISIS fighters “appeared to penetrate the forward line” and began attacking the peshmerga. A U.S. service...
  • Donald Trump Adding Additional Security to Events

    03/20/2016 7:13:01 PM PDT · by kristinn · 49 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sunday, March 20, 2016 | Candace Smith
    Donald Trump's campaign said today it is beefing up security, after a string of protests and violence at the Republican presidential candidate’s events. "We will be dedicating additional security resources to larger events in the future to prevent staff from having to intervene,” campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement to ABC News. The statement comes the day after an incident involving Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski at a campaign event in Tucson, Arizona, that was captured on video. During the incident Lewandowski appears to grab the collar of a protester at the same time as a member of...
  • Entrepreneurship, Wealth Gap Among Issues Leading to Black Voters to Trump

    03/03/2016 6:29:02 AM PST · by kristinn · 21 replies
    NBC News ^ | Wednesday, March 2, 2016 | Lauren Victoria Burke
    As the race for the White House moves past Super Tuesday, we've heard a lot about what Black voters may be thinking on the Democratic side, but what issues are Black Republicans most concerned about in an election that is down to five GOP candidates, but led by Donald Trump? A closer look at Black conservative voters at this stage in the primary shows that the economy, support for small businesses, and closing the wealth gap are major issues that are driving support for Donald Trump and even leading some to cross party lines to vote for him. "Nothing is...
  • Justice Dept. Grants Immunity to Staffer Who Set Up Clinton Email Server

    03/02/2016 6:04:06 PM PST · by kristinn · 176 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, March 2, 2016 | Adam Goldman
    The Justice Department has granted immunity to the former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email server, a sign the FBI investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing is progressing. A senior U.S. law enforcement official said the FBI had secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009. As the FBI looks to wrap up its investigation in the coming months, agents will likely want to interview Clinton and her senior aides about the decision to use a private server, how...
  • Trump Disavows David Duke Endorsement

    02/28/2016 10:34:00 AM PST · by kristinn · 193 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sunday, February 28, 2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump disavowed white nationalist and former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke in a tweet Sunday. "As I stated at the press conference on Friday regarding David Duke- I disavow." Earlier Sunday morning, Trump avoided a question about whether he'd condemn Duke's racism. The GOP front-runner said on CNN's "State of the Union" he didn't know anything about Duke and would need to research his connections before deciding whether he would condemn them. "I have to look at the group. I don't know what group you're talking about," he said. "You wouldn't want me to...
  • Live Thread: CNN Republican Town Hall Night Two 8PM EST [Trump, Bush, Kasich]

    02/18/2016 4:36:43 PM PST · by kristinn · 634 replies
    CNN ^ | Thursday, February 18, 2016 | Kristinn
    Night two. Candidates tonight are Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and John Kasich.
  • Live Thread: Competing GOP Town Halls on CNN and MSNBC 8 p.m. EST

    02/17/2016 4:53:20 PM PST · by kristinn · 699 replies
    Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | Kristinn
    CNN is hosting a town hall at 8 p.m. EST with Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. At the same time MSNBC is holding a competing town hall with Donald Trump.
  • Caption contest...(Hillary Clinton)

    02/06/2016 11:54:36 AM PST · by kristinn · 87 replies
    Twitter ^ | Saturday, February 6, 2016 | Amy Chozick
    Caption contest...
  • Byron York: At Veterans' Event, Trump's Biggest Gamble

    01/29/2016 4:46:21 AM PST · by kristinn · 34 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Friday, January 29, 2016 | Byron York
    The Donald Trump who appeared onstage at Drake University Thursday night -- just two miles from the Republican presidential debate he was boycotting -- was a different Donald Trump from the man who stars in rowdy rallies on the campaign trail. The Trump at Drake's Sheslow Auditorium said not a word about the polls that are his ongoing obsession. (Actually, that's not entirely true -- he mentioned the polls, but without the sheer numerical intensity he usually displays.) Trump also shared the stage with others -- not just with Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, who came to the event after...
  • Poll: Sanders Edges Clinton in Iowa

    01/27/2016 8:10:08 AM PST · by kristinn · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Jonathan Easley
    Bernie Sanders maintains a small lead over Hillary Clinton in Iowa just five days before the caucuses there, a new poll finds. According to a Quinnipiac University survey released on Wednesday, Sanders takes 49 percent support over Clinton at 45. That's essentially unchanged from the same poll released two weeks ago, in which Sanders led 49 to 44. SNIP (O'Malley at 4 %) SNIP Meanwhile, Sanders has a massive 78 to 21 advantage over Clinton among voters between the ages of 18 and 44. Clinton dominates 53 to 39 among voters between the ages of 45 to 64, and does...
  • As First Voting Nears, Trump Seems Stronger (New WaPo-ABC News poll)

    01/26/2016 6:15:57 AM PST · by kristinn · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | Dan Balz and Scott Clement
    One week before the first votes of the 2016 campaign are cast, Donald Trump has solidified his standing nationally, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Republicans see Trump as strongest candidate on major issues and by far the most electable in the large field of GOP hopefuls. The Republican electorate is in a sour mood as its members prepare to begin the process of picking a presidential nominee. Almost 9 in 10 say the country is seriously off on the wrong track, and more than 8 in 10 are dissatisfied with the way the federal government works, including...
  • Poll: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in a Virtual Tie in Iowa (T 31, C 29)

    01/26/2016 4:13:22 AM PST · by kristinn · 28 replies
    CBS News ^ | Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | Rebecca Shabad
    Businessman Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are in a virtual tie in Iowa where the primary season kicks off next Monday at the caucuses. A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday found 31 percent of likely GOP caucus goers in Iowa back Trump, a few points ahead of Cruz, who received 29 percent support. The poll found 13 percent back Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and no other GOP presidential candidate received more than 7 percent support. These results are unchanged from the last poll conducted in mid-January. SNIP The Quinnipiac survey polled 651 likely Republican caucus goers between...
  • Trump Faces Last-Minute Ad Assault (Super PAC '7 figure' ad buy in Iowa)

    01/26/2016 3:56:51 AM PST · by kristinn · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | Alex Isenstadt
    With less than a week until the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump is facing an 11th-hour barrage of negative advertising - with a new anti-Trump group spending more than $1 million in a last-ditch effort to defeat him. Our Principles PAC, a newly formed super PAC set up by a former top aide to Mitt Romney, is set to begin airing a TV ad in Iowa that calls into question his devotion to conservative positions - and asks Iowa voters bluntly, "How much do we really know about Donald Trump?" The ad, which invokes Trump's past statements on hot-button issues like...
  • Zogby National Poll- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are Tied at 45%

    01/26/2016 3:40:48 AM PST · by kristinn · 53 replies ^ | Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | Keeler in the Morning
    If the Presidential election were held today and it was against the two leaders, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, it could very well be a virtual tie. The latest Zogby Poll has the two party leaders stuck in a mathematical tie at 45% each. "This headline is actually correct to the tenth of a percent," said John Zogby about the headline reporting on the poll that was conducted January 19th and 20th online. "The new poll shows a 16 point gender gap with Mr. Trump leading among men 50%-42% and Mrs. Clinton ahead among women 48%-40%." The poll also shows...
  • Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Maintain National Leads: Poll

    01/26/2016 3:29:03 AM PST · by kristinn · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | Hannah Hartig, John Lapinski and Stephanie Payllos
    With the Iowa caucus less than a week away, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump remain the strong front-runners of their respective parties nationally. Trump maintains his lead with 39% support among Republican and Republican-leaning voters - a full 20 points higher than any other Republican candidate. On the Democratic side, Clinton is holding steady among Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters at 51% - she maintains a 14-point lead over Sanders, who has 37% support nationally. These results are according to the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking poll conducted online from January 18, 2016 through January 24, 2016 among a national sample...
  • Sanders Uses Simon & Garfunkel in Non-Traditional Closing Ad

    01/21/2016 10:17:20 AM PST · by kristinn · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | Thursday, January 21, 2016 | Dan Merica
    Bernie Sanders has turned to folk icons Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel for an ad set to run the week before the Iowa caucuses. The non-traditional, soft TV spot focuses almost exclusively on idyllic shots of Americans in different everyday scenes and supporters at Sanders' rallies. Simon & Garfunkel's "America," a song about a young couple hitchhiking across the county, carries the 60-second ad. It isn't until the end that Sanders' voice says he approves the message. "They've all come to look for America," the folk duo sing in the ad over shots of people working in fields and organizers...
  • Clinton Emails So Secret Some Lawmakers Can't Read Them

    01/21/2016 10:06:01 AM PST · by kristinn · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, January 21, 2016 | Catherine Herridge
    Some of Hillary Clinton's emails on her private server contained information so secret that senior lawmakers who oversee the State Department cannot read them without fulfilling additional security requirements, Fox News has learned. The emails in question, as Fox News first reported earlier this week, contained intelligence classified at a level beyond "top secret." Because of this designation, not all the lawmakers on key committees reviewing the case have high enough clearances. A source with knowledge of the intelligence review told Fox News that senior members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, despite having high-level clearances, are among those not...
  • Live Thread: Democratic Party Presidential Debate 9 p.m. EDT 1/17/16

    01/17/2016 5:41:04 PM PST · by kristinn · 655 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Sunday, January 17, 2016 | NBC News
    The NBC News-YouTube Democratic presidential candidates' debate, hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley are gathered in Charleston, South Carolina for the live event at the Gaillard Center Theater. Coverage from South Carolina will be streamed online beginning at 8 p.m. ET on and The debate will air live on your local NBC station starting at 9 p.m. ET. Check here for more ways to watch the debate live.
  • Poll: Trump Still Leading in SC, Bush Rising (Post-Debate: Trump 32; Cruz 18, Bush 13)

    01/17/2016 9:18:11 AM PST · by kristinn · 41 replies
    The State ^ | Sunday, January 17, 2016 | Andrew Shain
    SNIP Results of a new poll of likely S.C. Republican presidential primary voters conducted after the debate on Thursday for Morris News Service and InsiderAdvantage, a Georgia political site. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.7 percent: Trump: 32% Cruz: 18% Bush: 13% Rubio: 11% Carson: 9% Christie: 4% Fiorina: 3% Huckabee: 2% Kasich: 2% Paul: 2% Santorum: 1% Undecided: 3%
  • Reuters Exclusive: In Negotiating to Free Americans in Iran, U.S. Blinked on New Sanctions

    01/16/2016 11:41:44 AM PST · by kristinn · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Saturday, January 16, 2016 | Lesley Wroughton, Patricia Zengerle and Matt Spetalnick
    The day before the Obama administration was due to slap new sanctions on Iran late last month, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warned U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry the move could derail a prisoner deal the two sides had been negotiating in secret for months. Kerry and other top aides to President Barack Obama, who was vacationing in Hawaii, convened a series of conference calls and concluded they could not risk losing the chance to free Americans held by Tehran. At the last minute, the Obama administration officials decided to delay a package of limited and targeted sanctions intended...
  • Iran Reportedly Frees 4 U.S. Prisoners, Including Jason Rezaian, in Swap

    01/16/2016 6:54:16 AM PST · by kristinn · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | Saturday, January 16, 2016 | Michael Pearson
    Iran has freed four prisoners from the United States, including Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, Iran's semi-official FARS news agency reported Saturday, quoting Tehran's prosecutor. According to FARS, it has freed Rezaian, Marine veteran Amir Hekmati and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, who had been held on various charges. The news agency did not name the fourth person released. The release is part of a prisoner swap deal in which the United States reportedly freed six Iranian-Americans held on charges related to sanctions against Iran, FARS said.
  • Wal-Mart to Close 269 Stores as It Retools Fleet (In US: 154 stores, 10,000 jobs lost)

    01/15/2016 6:25:32 AM PST · by kristinn · 88 replies
    CNBC ^ | Friday, January 15, 2016 | Krystina Gustafson and Courtney Reagan
    Wal-Mart said Friday it will close 269 stores across the globe, including 154 in the U.S. The world's largest retailer also will open as many as 405 stores globally in the coming fiscal year, as it shifts its focus toward Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets in profitable locations. In all, 16,000 employees will be impacted by the store closings, about 10,000 of whom are in the U.S. Also domestically, Wal-Mart will also close 23 Neighborhood Market stores, 12 Supercenters, seven stores in Puerto Rico, six discount centers and four Sam's Clubs.
  • Live Thread: 2016 State of the Union Address (9 p.m. EST 1/12/16) Followed by GOP at 10 p.m.

    01/12/2016 5:08:45 PM PST · by kristinn · 1,479 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | Tuesday, January 12, 2016
    President Obama delivers his final State of the Union Address to a Joint Session of the U.S. Congress. Republican Response to the State of the Union Address Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) delivers the Republican response to President Obama's annual State of the Union address.
  • More Than a Dozen US Troops Trapped Amid Afghanistan Firefight (Update: Some rescued)

    01/05/2016 3:33:37 PM PST · by kristinn · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Jennifer Griffin and Lucas Tomlinson
    More than a dozen U.S. Army special operations soldiers and a rescue helicopter flight crew are trapped in Marjah, Afghanistan, taking cover in a compound surrounded by enemy fire and hostile Taliban fighters after a U.S. special operations solider was killed earlier in the day, senior U.S. defense officials told Fox News late Tuesday. A U.S. official described the "harrowing" scene to Fox News, saying there were enemy forces surrounding the compound in which the special operations team sought refuge. "On the map there is one green dot representing friendly forces stuck in the compound, and around it is a...
  • Let Us Not Be Consumed By the Mob (Author decries voter revolt against GOP-E)

    01/02/2016 7:23:02 PM PST · by kristinn · 87 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Saturday, January 2, 2016 | Salena Zito
    Every political movement has a tipping point. It goes too far, or it loses its original purpose -- or it becomes so self-enamored, under the influence of anger and mob rule, that ugliness shades all the good of its original intent. Such is true of the populism that peaked this summer in America. Years of incompetency and a tin ear at the White House, along with a Republican-controlled Congress accused of not accomplishing much, drove people to figuratively or literally shout, "Enough is enough!" Never mind that many of the loudest shouters likely did not vote in 2008 or 2012...
  • Trump Plans Visit to Majority-Muslim Kingdom of Jordan (Update: Trump Denies AP report)

    12/08/2015 4:01:48 PM PST · by kristinn · 42 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 6:39 p.m. EST Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | Ted Bridis
    The Associated Press has learned that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump plans to visit the majority-Muslim kingdom of Jordan at the end of December. The disclosure comes one day after Trump's controversial proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the United States to protect the nation from Islamic terrorism.
  • Live Thread: President Obama Address on San Bernardino Mass Shooting and Terrorism (8 p.m. EST)

    12/06/2015 4:38:52 PM PST · by kristinn · 854 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | Sunday, December 6, 2015
    President Obama addresses the nation on the San Bernardino mass shooting, in which 14 people were killed and 21 others injured, and the threat of terrorism now that the FBI considers the gun attack "an act of terrorism."
  • President Obama to Address Nation Over Terror Threats (8 p.m. EST Sunday from Oval Office)

    12/05/2015 4:23:03 PM PST · by kristinn · 209 replies
    CNN ^ | Saturday, December 5, 2015 | David Mark
    President Barack Obama on Sunday night will deliver a rare Oval Office address about terror threats in the aftermath of the San Bernardino, California, shootings that claimed 14 lives. CNN and other networks will broadcast it live at 8 p.m. ET. The White House says the president will provide an update on the investigation. Federal authorities have said the attacks are being investigated as an act of terrorism. "The President will also discuss the broader threat of terrorism, including the nature of the threat, how it has evolved, and how we will defeat it," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest...
  • FBI Raids Home of San Bernardino Shooter's Friend Over Gun Purchases

    12/05/2015 3:59:08 PM PST · by kristinn · 87 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Saturday, December 5, 2015 (2:58 p.m. PST) | Aoun Sahi, Richard Winton and Paloma Esquivel
    I agents on Saturday raided a Riverside home belonging to a friend of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook as they try to determine whether the man purchased two of the semiautomatic rifles used in the massacre, according to a law enforcement source. The source, who asked to remain anonymous because the case is ongoing, said officials have been trying to talk to man to see what he knows about the attack. It's far from clear whether the man had anything to do with the violence or even knew what Farook did with the guns, the source added. A second...
  • Donald Trump Live Book Signing

    12/03/2015 5:12:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 62 replies
    Livestream ^ | Thursday, December 3, 2015 | Donald Trump Campaign
    Thu, Dec 3 2015 7:30 PM EST -- Thu, Dec 3 2015 9:00 PM EST About JOIN MR. TRUMP FOR AN EXCLUSIVE LIVE DISCUSSION AND BOOK SIGNING SURROUNDING HIS LATEST BEST SELLING BOOK, CRIPPLED AMERICA. Look at the state of the world right now. It's a terrible mess, and that's putting it mildly. There has never been a more dangerous time. The politicians and special interests in Washington, DC, are directly responsible for the mess we are in. So why should we continue listening to them? During the 90 minute exclusive live stream, Mr. Trump will be discussing his blueprint...
  • Sandy Berger, Former National Cecurity Adviser, Dies (Clinton Crony, aka Sandy Burglar)

    12/02/2015 6:53:30 AM PST · by kristinn · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | Wednesday, December 2, 015 | Nick Gass
    Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, who served under President Bill Clinton, has died at the age of 70. SNIP Berger's legacy was marred, however, when he pleaded guilty in 2005 to removing highly classified documents from the National Archives in Washington the previous year. The inspector general of the National Archives said that a staff member had witnessed the former NSA adviser wrapping the classified documents around his socks and under his pants. He was fined $50,000, sentenced to two years' probation and stripped of his security clearance for three years. Following a Justice Department investigation and subsequent congressional...
  • University of Chicago Closes Campus After Online Threat

    11/29/2015 7:44:10 PM PST · by kristinn · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sunday, November 29, 2015 | Dean Schabner
    The University of Chicago has canceled all classes and activities at its Hyde Park campus after being warned by the FBI of an online threat of gun violence there. In an alert sent out to the campus community, university president Robert Zimmer said FBI counterterrorism officials said the threat, posted by an unknown individual, specifically mentioned "'the campus quad' on Monday morning at 10 a.m." "Based on the FBI's assessment of this threat and recent tragic events at other campuses across the country, we have decided in consultation with federal and local law enforcement officials, to exercise caution by canceling...
  • Jersey Sure (Mark Steyn 'Pinocchios' the Fact Checkers on Muslim 9/11 Celebrations)

    11/24/2015 4:08:12 AM PST · by kristinn · 53 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | Mark Steyn
    I have a strong dislike of the current fashion among American's decrepit and unreadable newspapers for "fact-checker" columns, because the practice attempts to cloak run-of-the-mill hacks in an aura of dispassionate authority that they do not, in fact, possess. Case in point: The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler, who has awarded "four Pinocchios" to Donald Trump, for claiming to recall seeing "thousands" of Jersey City Muslims celebrating on September 11th 2001. Mr Kessler wrote: Trump says that he saw this with his own eyes on television and that it was well covered. But an extensive examination of news clips from that...
  • Black Activist Punched at Donald Trump Rally in Birmingham

    11/22/2015 5:08:34 AM PST · by kristinn · 111 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, November 22, 2015 | Jenna Johnson and Mary Jordan
    A white man punched and attempted to choke a black protester who was thrown on the ground at a Donald Trump rally in Birmingham on Saturday morning, as an onlooker yelled, "Don't choke him! Don't choke him!" The protester, identified by local media as well-known activist Mercutio Southall Jr., started shouting during Trump's speech and could be heard yelling, "Black lives matter!" A fight broke out around him, prompting Trump to briefly halt the rally and demand removal of Southall. "Get him the hell out of here, will you please?" Trump said. The crowd alternated between cheering and booing as...
  • Black Protester Attacked at Donald Trump Rally Called 'Monkey' and Other Racial Slurs, He Says

    11/22/2015 4:58:36 AM PST · by kristinn · 112 replies ^ | Saturday, November 21, 2015 | Carol Robinson
    The Black Lives Matter protester attacked during Donald's Trump's Birmingham rally said he was punched, kicked and called "n****r" while a group of eight or nine people were on top of him. Mercutio Southall Jr., a well-known activist who said he has been tased at least 30 times and just recently marched heavily –armed through a Birmingham neighborhood to teach people about gun rights, said he is sore after today's pummeling but doesn't think he was seriously injured. "I'm alive,'' Southall told in his first interview since he was escorted out of the Birmingham- Jefferson Convention Complex. Southall said...
  • Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Brussels (Belgium), Threat Level in Brussels Elevated to Highest

    11/21/2015 5:14:12 AM PST · by kristinn · 6 replies
    State Department ^ | Saturday, November 21, 2015
    Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Brussels (Belgium), Threat Level in Brussels Elevated to Highest Level The U.S. Embassy in Brussels informs U.S. citizens that Belgium has raised its threat level for Brussels from level 3 (high) to level 4 (imminent attack). For the rest of Belgium, the threat level remains at level 3. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to shelter in place and remain at home. If you must go out, avoid large crowds. The Embassy will provide further information as received and is available. All Metro Stations are closed Saturday. Other public transportation options, like trams, are operating...
  • Brussels Raises Terror Alert to Highest Level (Terror Attack Imminent)

    11/20/2015 4:28:19 PM PST · by kristinn · 44 replies
    DG Centre De Crise ^ | (Saturday) November 21, 2015
    Rough translation below Suites des attentats à Paris - Menace imminente en Région bruxelloise Suite à une nouvelle évaluation de l'OCAM effectuée ce vendredi 20/11 au soir, le niveau d’alerte terroriste est passé à un niveau 4, très grave, pour la Région bruxelloise. Le niveau 3 reste d’application pour le reste du pays. L'analyse démontre en effet une menace sérieuse et imminente nécessitant la prise de mesures de sécurité spécifiques ainsi que des recommandations particulières à la population. Conseils à la population : Evitez les lieux à forte concentration de personnes au sein de la Région bruxelloise (les concerts, les...
  • In Quiet Ceremony, Delta Force Soldier Killed in Iraq Buried at Arlington

    11/19/2015 5:03:28 AM PST · by kristinn · 2 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    The elite Delta Force soldier who became the first American service member killed in action in the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State militant group was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday in a quiet ceremony. The burial of Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, 39, was disclosed by the office of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R.-Okla.) as it began, but was kept off the online daily funeral schedule that the cemetery maintains. That is in keeping with Delta's reputation for being quiet professionals, and follows intense scrutiny of the Oct. 22 operation in which Wheeler was killed. "Today...
  • Despite Obama's Claims, We Are Not Able to Properly Screen Syrian Refugees (Gohmert op-ed)

    11/18/2015 7:32:08 AM PST · by kristinn · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | Rep. Louie Gohmert
    There is truly a war taking place throughout the world. Radical Islam is at war with Western civilization that is not currently part of its caliphate. Though the Obama administration is out to convince you that there's no war, or that climate change is our country's biggest threat, the bloodbath in Paris proves the contrary without doubt. Though we are not engaged in defending ourselves fully, the one-sided war goes on, allowing our enemy to get stronger and more radical. America is now faced with a stinging reality, one that threatens the very heart of our national security. President Obama...
  • How We're Welcoming Syrian Refugees While Ensuring Our Safety (Obama admin statement)

    11/17/2015 5:36:26 PM PST · by kristinn · 25 replies
    The White House ^ | Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | Amy Pope
    The President's number one priority -- and my focus every day -- is the safety and security of the American people. At the President's direction, bolstered by a global coalition of 65 partners, we are taking the fight to ISIL -- working together to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group. The tragic event in Paris last week was a horrific attack on humanity, but we have always said that defeating an enemy as dangerous and determined as ISIL will be a long fight. Now, even as we intensify our efforts in coordination with our partners to take ISIL out,...
  • Even Amid Paris Carnage, U.S. Ties Own Hands in ISIS Fight

    11/17/2015 5:53:41 AM PST · by kristinn · 11 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Monday, November 16, 2015 | Byron York
    At about the same time President Obama began a long, defensive appearance before reporters questioning his handling of the war against the Islamic State, the Pentagon announced Monday that American warplanes had struck a group of Islamic State trucks involved in the oil-smuggling business that brings the terrorist organization hundreds of millions of dollars a year. The strike, near Abu Kamal, in Syria, destroyed 116 fuel trucks out of nearly 300 massed in the area, according to the Pentagon. While U.S. forces engaged in the anti-Islamic State fight, Operation Inherent Resolve, have sometimes hit the Islamic State oil trucks before,...
  • How Obama is Bankrolling a Non-Stop Protest Against Invented Outrage

    11/15/2015 7:14:25 PM PST · by kristinn · 51 replies
    The New York Post ^ | Saturday, November 14, 2015 | Paul Sperry
    Barack Obama's presidency has been pockmarked by rioting, looting and protests. That's no coincidence. It's what the former community organizer sought from Day One. And it's just going to get worse before he leaves office. The senseless protests we're seeing break out on the campuses of the University of Missouri, Yale and other colleges, as well as on bridges and highway overpasses and outside police stations, are precisely the kind of thing Obama was trained to organize while attending leftist agitation schools founded by Chicago communist Saul Alinsky. He learned to a fare-thee-well how to "rub raw the sores of...
  • American Accent on ISIS Recording Presents Alarming Prospect (Paris attacks)

    11/15/2015 6:52:03 AM PST · by kristinn · 43 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Saturday, November 14, 2015 | Betsy Hiel and Salena Zito
    One of three ISIS audio messages claiming credit for the Paris terrorist attacks appears to have been read by an English-speaking American. The potential of an American acting as a spokesman for the terrorist group raises anew concerns about ISIS's support in and internal threat to the United States. "While I am not prepared to say whether or not it was an American, should we be surprised? No. Greatly disappointed? Absolutely," said former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, who became the first Homeland Security director following al-Qaida's 2001 terror attacks. ISIS claimed responsibility Saturday, describing the six attacks as "just the...
  • Live Thread: Democratic Party Presidential Debate on CBS 9 p.m. EST 11/14/2015

    11/14/2015 1:40:56 PM PST · by kristinn · 620 replies
    Saturday, November 14, 2015 | Kristinn
    The Democratic Party presidential candidates will hold a two hour long debate Saturday starting at 9 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. PST at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. The debate will be broadcast by CBS News and can be viewed on over-the-air CBS television and radio affiliates as well as various online streaming sources. The candidates: Former Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of New York. Co-hosting the debate are CBS News, the Des Moines Register and CBS affiliate KCCI-TV. Debate moderator: CBS News Face the Nation host John...
  • Live Thread: Republican Presidential Debates on FBN 7 P.M. and 9 P.M. EST 11/10/2015

    11/10/2015 3:14:08 PM PST · by kristinn · 3,157 replies
    Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | Kristinn
    LIVE STREAM via FBN here. The two Republican presidential debates on the Fox Business Network are scheduled for 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST tonight. They are being held at the Milwaukee Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The 'kiddie table'at 7 p.m.: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. The main event at 9 p.m.: Donald Trump of New York, Dr. Ben Carson of Florida, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina of California, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Kentucky...
  • Pressure Builds to Probe Exxon Climate Claims

    11/09/2015 4:49:44 AM PST · by kristinn · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | Monday, November 9, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    The Obama administration is under increasing pressure to investigate allegations that Exxon Mobil Corp. misled the public about its knowledge of climate change. All of the Democratic candidates for president have called on the Justice Department to launch an investigation, joining a number of Dem lawmakers and major environmental groups. Some are also pushing for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to probe whether the company broke federal law. The pressure on the feds to act only intensified on Nov. 5 when it was revealed that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had launched his own probe. The allegations are...
  • 2 Americans Killed in Jordan by Military Member: Witness (and three Americans wounded)

    11/09/2015 4:09:59 AM PST · by kristinn · 52 replies
    CBS News ^ | Monday, November 9, 2015
    Two Americans were killed Monday on the outskirts of the Jordanian capital of Amman by a man wearing a Jordanian military uniform, according to one eyewitness. Three other Americans were reported wounded.
  • A Decade Into a Project to Digitize U.S. immigration Forms, Just 1 Is Online

    11/09/2015 3:53:14 AM PST · by kristinn · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, November 9, 2015 | Jerry Markon
    Heaving under mountains of paperwork, the government has spent more than $1 billion trying to replace its antiquated approach to managing immigration with a system of digitized records, online applications and a full suite of nearly 100 electronic forms. A decade in, all that officials have to show for the effort is a single form that's now available for online applications and a single type of fee that immigrants pay electronically. The 94 other forms can be filed only with paper. This project, run by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was originally supposed to cost a half-billion dollars and be...
  • Live Thread: Republican Presidential Debates on CNBC 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. EDT 10/28/15

    10/28/2015 3:18:00 PM PDT · by kristinn · 2,630 replies
    Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | Kristinn
    <p>Two debates tonight on CNBC live from the Coors Event Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder.</p>