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  • Iran warns Congress it can’t stop a nuclear deal

    04/30/2015 2:11:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Washington Post via MSN ^ | 4/30/15 | Carol Morello
    **SNIP** “I believe the United States will risk isolating itself in the world if there is an agreement and it decides to break it,” said Zarif, who earlier this month returned to a hero’s welcome in Tehran after reaching a temporary framework agreement in Switzerland with the United “Whether you have a Democratic or Republican president, the United States is bound by international law, whether some senators like it or not,” he added. “And international law requires the United States live up to the terms of an agreement it enters into.” Zarif noted that most international agreements are simple executive...
  • Bill Clinton collected $2.5 MILLION in speaking fees from companies that lobbied Hillary's...

    04/29/2015 2:59:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/28/15 | David Martosko
    Bill Clinton collected $2.5 MILLION in speaking fees from companies that lobbied Hillary's State Department Former president Bill Clinton reaped more than $2.5 million in speaking fees from 13 companies that lobbied the State Department while his wife was secretary of state. Ten of those companies paid him within the same 3-month reporting period covered by the government documents that disclosed the lobbying activity. Most of the influence-peddling accusations swirling around Hillary Clinton in the past ten days have focused on claims that she traded the power of her office in exchange for foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation, her...
  • Clinton Foundation Failed to Disclose 1,100 Foreign Donations

    04/29/2015 2:52:11 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    4/29/15
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  • Entire junior class, 280 high-schoolers, show Obama just what he can do with Common Core! (Seattle)

    04/27/2015 5:18:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 4/26/15 | Tom Tillison
    The entire junior class of a Seattle high school sent an unmistakable message to President Obama and other supporters of the Common Core curriculum last week: Thanks, but no thanks. Not a single junior at Nathan Hale High showed up Tuesday to take new state exams in reading and math, a Seattle Public Schools spokeswoman told The Seattle Times. That’s 280 students who skipped the tests in a show of force. **SNIP** “They didn’t skip school all day,” district spokeswoman Stacy Howard told the newspaper. “They just didn’t show up during the testing period.”
  • Report: Officials to recommend families be free to pay ransom to terrorists

    04/26/2015 12:30:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/26/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    An advisory group reviewing U.S. hostage policy for the White House is expected to recommend that families of Americans held overseas not face the fear of prosecution if they pay ransoms, according to a report Sunday. "There will be absolutely zero chance of any family member of an American held hostage overseas ever facing jail themselves, or even the threat of prosecution, for trying to free their loved ones," one of three senior officials familiar with the review said in a report on ABC's "This Week." The family of slain American journalist James Foley, who become the first American executed...
  • Maryland Dem (Elijah Cummings): Baltimore rioters 'mainly from out of town'

    04/26/2015 12:00:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/26/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) alleged Sunday that many rioters in Baltimore the previous night were from "out of town," noting that he was amid crowds in the area. A protest over the death of Freddie Gray, a black 25-year-old, in police custody turned violent as some went on a rampage as darkness fell, as they were seen smashing windows and throwing objects at police. "I've gotta give it to the citizens of Baltimore. I was there all day, and it was very peaceful all day," Cummings said on CBS's "Face the Nation." "At the end, there were a few people...
  • Warren to Obama: Stop making 'untrue' trade claims

    04/26/2015 11:30:50 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/25/15 | Peter Schroeder
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) told President Obama on Saturday he was making “untrue” claims about his opponents — including herself. The feud between Obama and the left continued Saturday, when Warren and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) called on the president to immediately declassify the negotiating terms of a pending trade deal with a host of nations known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In an effort to push through trade legislation that would help finalize the deal, Obama has blasted critics on the left, saying they are “wrong” and “don’t know what they’re talking about.” Liberal critics of the trade deal have...
  • One-Third Drop Obamacare in California

    04/26/2015 11:06:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4/26/15 | Michael Reagan
    **SNIP** Ninety–four percent is an impressive number, particularly considering Obamacare is mandatory, and most readers would assume everyone kept their insurance. Which makes 94 percent a real success story. Except they didn’t keep their insurance, and it’s not a success story. The truth is (there’s that word again), over one–third of Covered California policyholders dropped their insurance altogether. Attkisson contends this is one of the worst retention rates in the nation. And for those poor souls who are still at the mercy of Covered California, the situation doesn’t get any better, 84 percent of the policyholders will be paying increased...
  • NBC News finds Brian Williams embellished at least 11 times (MASSIVE internal investigation)

    04/25/2015 9:59:13 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Washington Post via MSN ^ | 4/25/15 | Paul Farhi
    A months-long internal investigation of Brian Williams by NBC News has turned up 11 instances in which the anchorman publicly embellished details of his reporting exploits, according to a person familiar with details of the probe. NBC undertook the examination of Williams’ statement after he apologized in early February for saying on “NBC Nightly News” that a military helicopter in which he was traveling at the start of the Iraq War had been damaged by rocket fire. His account was challenged by soldiers who were on the flight, leading to a furor that prompted NBC to suspend Williams for six...
  • Hillary's back in first class at end of New Hampshire campaign trip where she railed against the ric

    04/21/2015 6:32:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/21/15 | David Martosko
    Hillary's back in first class at end of New Hampshire campaign trip where she railed against the rich - after 80mph race to BOSTON to catch flight with elite seats Hillary Clinton ended her whirlwind New Hampshire campaign swing on Tuesday afternoon in another state entirely, taking taxpayers for an 80 miles-per-hour ride all the way to Boston - to catch a flight with first class seats. **SNIP** After a carefully managed morning event at a community college near the state capitol, Clinton held two private meetings, and then bolted to Boston at speeds 25 mph over the limit posted...
  • NFL Schedule - 2015

    04/21/2015 5:07:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    ESPN ^ | 4/21/15
    Everything @ the link.
  • Embattled DEA chief Leonhart to retire: Justice Department

    04/21/2015 4:55:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Reuters via MSN ^ | 4/21/15 | Mark Hosenball
    **SNIP** EARLIER: WASHINGTON - A U.S. congressional panel will examine whether federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents divulged secrets at sex parties that Colombian drug lords may have staged to elicit sensitive information. Following revelations of misconduct by DEA agents, a senior Obama administration official told Reuters on Tuesday that DEA chief Michele Leonhart, who was grilled in a congressional hearing last week about the sex parties, was expected to step down from her post in the near future. A DEA spokesman had no immediate comment. A spokeswoman for the Republican majority at the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform...
  • Egypt's ousted President Morsi jailed for 20 years (Hussein's pick)

    04/21/2015 2:56:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/21/15
    An Egyptian court has sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in jail for ordering the arrest and torture of protesters during his rule. It is the first verdict he has received since his ousting and is one of several trials he faces. Morsi was deposed by the army in July 2013 following mass street protests against his rule.
  • Homeless Millennials Are Transforming Hobo Culture

    04/19/2015 4:40:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Newsweek via MSN ^ | 4/19/15 | Betsy Isaacson
    On Reddit, he’s /u/huckstah, an administrator on /r/vagabond, a subreddit with nearly 10,000 members—many of them identify as “homeless”—who trade skills and stories. On “the road and the rails,” he’s Huck, and even after we speak twice by cellphone, he tells me he’d prefer I don’t print his real name. “People say, ‘Well, you chose to become homeless.’ But that’s wrong,” he says. Huck says he’s been a hobo for upward of 11 years and started hopping trains and hitching rides at 18. “I did not choose to become homeless. If you want to say I chose to become homeless...
  • How Menendez ‘conspired’ to import rich donor’s babes

    04/19/2015 8:07:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/18/15 | Isabel Vincent, Melissa Klein
    They are the models who could bring down a senator. Sen. Robert Menendez mobilized his staff to secure a visa for a Brazilian actress who posed nude on the cover of Sexy magazine; he stepped up for a sultry Ukrainian student who wanted a plastic-surgery consult; and he directd a staff member to “call Ambassador asap” in order to reverse a visa denial to a 22-year-old Dominican model. The young women were all paramours of Dr. Salomon Melgen, 60, a married eye doctor and one of Menendez’s biggest donors, prosecutors charge. The New Jersey Democrat’s efforts on behalf of Melgen’s...
  • Obama loses BIG as Corker-Menendez bill passes committee unanimously

    04/18/2015 2:28:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Jewish Star ^ | 4/17/15 | Jeff Dunetz
    The Senate Foreign Relations committee approved Tuesday afternoon the Corker-Menendez bill requiring that any deal the Obama Administration makes with Iran has to be approved by congress unanimously. Technically Congress won’t be voting on the deal, they will be voting on whether or not to remove the sanctions. However if the sanctions are not removed there will be no deal from Iran's point of view. But that's not the big story. After Sen. Corker announced a compromise everyone knew the bill would pass with bipartisan support, although no one could have foreseen unanimity. The big news is that Obama folded....
  • What Will Bill Clinton Do in the White House? (*Bubba's concubine gets a key?)

    04/14/2015 5:07:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    U.S. News & World Report via MSN ^ | 4/14/15 | Kenneth T. Walsh
    **SNIP** How long Bill's restraint lasts this time is anybody's guess. So far, he is being cautious and, in a burst of humility, is even raising doubts about his own political powers. "I've told Hillary that I don't think I'm good [at campaigning] anymore, because I'm not mad at anybody," he said to Town & Country Magazine recently. "I'm a grandfather, and I got to see my granddaughter last night, and I can't be mad." He said his role in his wife's campaign will be mostly as a "backstage adviser to her until we get much, much closer to the...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Long-Awaited Presidential Announcement Has a Typo

    04/13/2015 4:26:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies
    Boston ^ | 4/12/15 | Nik DeCosta-Klipa
    Due to an error in her years-in-the-making presidential announcement, Hillary Clinton’s campaign said Sunday that she has “fought children and families all her career.”
  • Man who shot himself dead on steps of Capitol was carrying 'Tax the 1%' sign

    04/12/2015 4:44:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/12/15
    A precautionary lockdown of the U.S. Capitol was lifted after about two hours Saturday following a suicide by a man carrying a sign demanding taxes for the '1%'. The man died after shooting himself on the west front of the Capitol building just after 1 p.m., Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said. No one else was hurt. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said the man had a backpack and a rolling suitcase, triggering an hours-long lockdown, and a sign that said something about 'social justice.'
  • 'Everyday Americans need a champion': Wealthy Hillary Clinton finally enters formal race to be

    04/12/2015 3:35:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/12/15 | David Martosko
    'Everyday Americans need a champion': Wealthy Hillary Clinton finally enters formal race to be president with video telling middle class voters 'the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top' of the economy Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for president, leaning on a message of middle-class rescue and claims that America's economy is 'still stacked in favor of those at the top,' according to a campaign video that went online Sunday afternoon. 'I'm getting ready to do something,' Clinton says in the brief ad, following a series of clips of ordinary-looking Americans describing what they're 'getting ready'...
  • AP sources: Middle-class economics a focus of (exempt) Clinton's bid

    04/12/2015 5:34:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    WSOCTV ^ | 4/12/15 | JULIE PACE
    CHICAGO — What will drive Hillary Rodham Clinton's second bid for the presidency? Boosting economic security for the middle class and expanding opportunities for working families, key issues that her campaign says will be heralded by a results-oriented "tenacious fighter." The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state is expected to make her 2016 effort official Sunday with an online video followed by small events with residents of early-voting states over the days ahead. The campaign's opening strategy was described ahead of the announcement by two senior advisers who requested anonymity to discuss her plans. If Clinton's strategy...
  • Secret US memo for Congress says Britain's 'special relationship' with America is over

    04/11/2015 5:53:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 77 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/11/15 | William Lowther, Glen Owen
    Secret US memo for Congress seen by Mail On Sunday says Britain's 'special relationship' with America is over Washington believes that the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the US is over, according to a secret briefing document seen by The Mail on Sunday. The memo for members of Congress states damningly that ‘the UK may not be viewed as centrally relevant to the United States in all of the issues and relations considered a priority on the US agenda’. Dated April 2015 and drawn up to brief the Senate and House of Representatives on the impact of Britain’s General Election,...
  • 10 Notorious Tax Cheats (Charlie Rangel & Al Sharpton not mentioned)

    04/11/2015 2:26:16 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/11/15
    Forbes' picks for 10 most infamous U.S. tax cheats are a diverse lot, ranging from Chicago mob boss Al Capone, who made his mark with violence and vice in the 1920s, to Ty Warner, who became a billionaire hawking Beanie Babies in the 1990s. There’s “Queen of Mean” Leona Helmsley, who (according to a former maid’s testimony) boasted that “only the little people pay taxes,’’ and self-styled “Queen of IRS Tax Fraud’’ Rashia Wilson, who filed for millions in phony refunds using stolen IDs, then boasted on Facebook that “if you think that indicting me will be easy, it won’t....
  • Paul hints at Clinton Foundation scandal (More on the way!)

    04/08/2015 3:00:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/07/15 | Jonathan Easley
    Just minutes after officially announcing he’d be seeking the Republican nomination for president, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) went hard after Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. In an interview with Sean Hannity that was taped midday Tuesday but didn’t air until late Tuesday night, Paul told the Fox News Channel host that “hypocrisy” is the first word that comes to his mind when describing the former secretary of State. “She wants to be a champion for women’s rights, and yet she takes money from countries that are some of the worst abusers,” Paul said. The Kentucky Republican...
  • The war over vaping's health risks is getting dirty

    04/06/2015 2:32:07 AM PDT · by Libloather · 57 replies
    Wired via MSN ^ | 4/05/15 | Danielle Venton
    For nicotine enthusiasts, 2015 will be remembered as part of a golden era. Less than 10 years after they were introduced in the United States, e-cigarettes have gone relatively unregulated by health agencies, with companies and users making their own rules in a nicotine-laced Wild West. E-cigarette companies have been advertising their products to adults and children alike, claiming to help smokers quit while simultaneously promoting lollipop-flavored liquids. But now health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and even city-based public health departments are starting to fight back—not in the form of regulations, but with their own...
  • Trade workers set to benefit from Gov. Jerry Brown's project list (high-speed drought?)

    04/05/2015 5:04:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/05/15 | Melanie Mason
    At his recent groundbreaking for the state's high-speed train, Gov. Jerry Brown paused while extolling the project to laud the union workers who will build it.. "You've got to put something in the ground," Brown said, riffing on what drives economic growth. "You've got to get these building trades men and women doing stuff. That's what makes America — what makes the world — go 'round." If Brown has his way, the construction workers will soon be doing a lot of "stuff." The governor's final-term agenda is stacked with legacy-cementing projects, including the rail network, a replumbing of California's waterworks...
  • A shift in gang tactics means drive-bys are giving way to walk-ups, observers say

    04/05/2015 3:01:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 47 replies
    LA Times ^ | 3/27/15
    Ricardo Nunez was trimming a tree outside his Echo Park home on a Sunday morning last month when a white truck pulled up and a person inside opened fire, killing the 35-year-old father. Ray Martinez, the LAPD detective investigating the case, is seeing fewer such fatal drive-by shootings. When Martinez goes behind the yellow tape, he's more commonly working on cases where a gunman has walked straight up to the victim — a walk-up shooting. As gang culture has become less overt, the killings have become more targeted — and at the same time more chilling. "They get to see...
  • 43 California judges were reprimanded for misconduct last year

    04/05/2015 2:52:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/04/15 | Maura Dolan
    Two judges had sex with women in their chambers, one with his former law students, the other with his court clerk.. A traffic court judge delegated his job to his clerk. While the judge was in chambers, the clerk heard pleas and imposed sentences. A family law court judge excoriated two parents who appeared before him as "rotten" and the mother a "train wreck" and a "liar." The judges, among 43 disciplined last year by California's Commission on Judicial Performance, received rebukes ranging from public censure or admonishment to a confidential "advisory" letter. The state watchdog agency documented the transgressions...
  • ('national hero') De Blasio Dips Toe Into Presidential Politics With Meeting of Liberals

    04/05/2015 11:02:52 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    DNA info ^ | 4/03/15 | Jeff Mays
    Pic - Mayor Bill de Blasio, at Gracie Mansion with First Lady Chirlane McCray, activist Van Jones, and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, plans to dip his toe into presidential politics with the launch of a push for income inequality to become a central issue of the 2016 national elections. "All of this is focused on the notion that we are not having a discussion on income inequality in this country and we are not having that discussion at our peril." GRACIE MANSION — Mayor Bill de Blasio, who supporters describe as a "national hero" among progressives, has dipped his his...
  • Secrets of the White House butlers revealed in new book: Staff saw Clinton and Lewinsky cavorting

    04/05/2015 8:41:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/05/15 | Sophie Jane Evans
    Secrets of the White House butlers revealed in new book: Staff saw Bill Clinton and Lewinsky cavorting for years, heard Hillary 'throw a lamp' at him - and even walked in on John F Kennedy swimming naked with his secretaries They have a unique - and fascinating - insight into the private lives of America's First Families. Now, former White House butlers and other staff members have revealed their secrets about daily life inside the six-floor mansion, which features a whopping 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and 28 fireplaces. The dedicated professionals, also including maids, cooks, florists, doormen and engineers, have...
  • Proposed Bill Aims To Eliminate Pistol Permits In NC

    04/05/2015 8:23:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    WFMY News 2 ^ | 4/04/15 | Benjamin F Powell,
    **SNIP** As the law states right now, before you can get a gun, you have to apply for a permit at your local sheriff's office, and wait for a background check. Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page says it's a lengthy, but worthy process. "I look for felony convictions, I look for domestic violence convictions, I look for mental health adjudications," said Page. "I also look for what's called moral character." The proposed bill would eliminate the sheriff's role altogether. Instead, potential buyers would be evaluated through the National Instant Criminal Background Check. The NICS System is already used by store...
  • Employees lose vacation time amid minimum wage increase (Seattle)

    04/05/2015 8:13:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    KREM ^ | 4/02/15 | Michael Konopasek
    SEATTLE -- Reaction continues to pour in over Seattle's new minimum wage law. Some business owners in Seattle say the increase to $11 an hour will force them to make drastic changes. Many in the local restaurant industry say the next few weeks and months will give them a better idea of the real impact under the new law. Some bosses have already been forced to make tough decisions to protect the bottom line. At Icon Grill in downtown Seattle, all employees will now only get one week of paid time off. Some employees who've worked at the restaurant for...
  • JENKINS: What do religious freedom and Obamacare have in common?

    04/05/2015 2:26:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Gwinnett Daily Post ^ | 4/04/15 | Rob Jenkins
    One aspect of the religious freedom controversy that’s not getting much attention is its similarity to the debate over Obamacare. The same issue lies at the heart of both — namely, whether the government can force people to enter into contracts against their will. In the case of Obamacare, the Supreme Court basically rejected the administration’s constitutional arguments, then bizarrely decided the law was OK because the penalty for not complying was a tax, not a fine. In other words, the government can’t make you buy health insurance, but it CAN “tax” you if you don’t. Now several states have...
  • Attrition: Saudi Arabia Destroys The Yemen Air Force

    04/05/2015 2:15:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 4/02/15
    April 2, 2015: In late March Saudi Arabia destroyed the Yemeni Air Force. How that came to be is a strange tale indeed. Saudi Arabia began airstrikes against Yemen on 25 March 2015 in response to requests for assistance from the internationally recognized Yemeni government. The call for help was triggered by a rebellion by northern Shia tribes, seeking more power for themselves and less corruption overall. Over the last year the Shia rebels have gradually taken control of over a third of the country. The elected government was preoccupied fighting Islamic terrorists and separatist Sunni tribes in the south...
  • The hidden hand behind the Islamic State militants? Saddam Hussein’s (Obama's retreat)

    04/05/2015 1:40:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/04/15 | Liz Sly
    SANLIURFA, Turkey — When Abu Hamza, a former Syrian rebel, agreed to join the Islamic State, he did so assuming he would become a part of the group’s promised Islamist utopia, which has lured foreign jihadists from around the globe. Instead, he found himself being supervised by an Iraqi emir and receiving orders from shadowy Iraqis who moved in and out of the battlefield in Syria. When Abu Hamza disagreed with fellow commanders at an Islamic State meeting last year, he said, he was placed under arrest on the orders of a masked Iraqi man who had sat silently through...
  • Ex-White House aide who transformed Michelle Obama into an all-American 'everywoman' hired...

    04/04/2015 1:06:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/04/15 | Sophie Jane Evans
    Ex-White House aide who transformed Michelle Obama into an all-American 'everywoman' hired to help Hillary Clinton become the next president (but can she overcome the email scandal?) She helped to transform U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama's public image into that of an all-American 'everywoman' who shops at retail outlets, does 'mom dancing' and even has a Twitter account. Now, former White House aide Kristina Schake, who left the East Wing in June 2013, is reportedly behind the drive to get another first lady - ex-secretary of state, Hillary Clinton - elected president. Ms Schake, 45, who has worked as chief...
  • Metro won’t run (Seattle's socialist) Sawant ‘political’ advertising

    04/04/2015 10:37:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 4/03/15 | Daniel Beekman
    Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant teamed up with some labor unions and her activist organization, 15 Now, to buy King County Metro Transit bus advertisements publicizing the city’s new minimum-wage law. She hoped the group’s nearly $10,000 payment would secure 32 ad spaces along the sides of buses for an entire month, starting Wednesday when the law went into effect. But Metro rejected the design, which included Sawant’s name and title, citing a ban on bus ads with political content. Sawant is currently running for re-election, and the transit agency’s ad policy prohibits “advertising that promotes or opposes a political...
  • Mutant, drug-resistant stomach bug is spreading in the U.S., CDC warns

    04/04/2015 9:51:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/03/15 | Abby Ohlheiser
    Recent outbreaks of an unpleasant intestinal illness in Massachusetts, California and Pennsylvania are due to a drug-resistant version of a bacteria that causes travelers' diarrhea, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned this week. Since May 2014, Shigella sonnei bacteria that have shown resistance to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin have sickened 243 people across 32 states and Puerto Rico, the federal agency said. "Research by the CDC found that the drug-resistant illness was being repeatedly introduced as ill travelers returned and was then infecting other people in a series of outbreaks around the country," the CDC explained. Shigellosis is often...
  • Kansas Bans Poor People From Spending Welfare On Cruise Ships

    04/04/2015 9:28:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    Huffington Post via MSN ^ | 4/04/15 | Arthur Delaney
    Kansas welfare recipients will be unable to get more than $25 per day in benefits under a new law sent this week to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's desk by the state legislature. The bill also prohibits welfare recipients from spending their benefits at certain types of businesses, including liquor stores, fortune tellers, swimming pools and cruise ships. "We're trying to make sure those benefits are used the way they were intended," state Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R) said, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. "This is about prosperity. This is about having a great life."
  • What ARE the Russians up to? NATO fears grow over why 'research vessels' - secret Arctic base

    04/04/2015 6:33:23 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/04/15 | Jay Akbar
    What ARE the Russians up to? NATO fears grow over why 'research vessels' sent by Moscow have taken over mothballed secret Arctic base in mountain hideaway Concerns are growing over Russian ships that have docked in a once-secret naval base in the Arctic. Military leaders in Norway are nervous about its powerful neighbour's presence on its 'strategically important' coastline following a spike in tensions between Russia and NATO nations. Some experts have criticised the shutting down of Olavsvern Naval Base - a huge complex buried in mountainous terrain near the town of Tromsoe - which has been closed since 2009....
  • 'I don't read Farsi': State Department spokeswoman brushes off claims - Iran is misrepresenting

    04/04/2015 5:32:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/03/15 | Francesca Chambers
    'I don't read Farsi': State Department spokeswoman brushes off claims that Iran is misrepresenting terms of nuclear deal Within hours of a formal announcement that the United States, Iran and a group of five other world powers had brokered a deal keep Iran obtaining an atomic bomb in exchange for the relief of certain sanctions, cracks began to appear in the tediously negotiated preliminary agreement. The United States insisted in public statements and a fact sheet on the deal that sanctions on the country would be 'suspended' or 'phased' out over time after a final deal is inked while leaving...
  • Top Dems voice 'great skepticism' over Iran nuclear deal (trust Hussein?)

    04/03/2015 8:31:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/02/15 | Mike Lillis
    Several top Democrats are voicing grave reservations over the Obama administration's emerging deal governing the future of Iran's nuclear program. Reps. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) said they welcome a discussion on the framework agreement unveiled Thursday, but harbor deep doubts that the Iranians can be trusted to make good on their commitments. "I greet any deal with Iran with great skepticism given its deceptive history and ongoing destabilizing and dangerous activities," Deutch, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs subpanel on the Middle East, said in a statement. "I remain deeply concerned as to how a...
  • Hillary Clinton Is the Perfect Age To Be President (biologically primed & post-menopausal)

    04/03/2015 3:48:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 93 replies
    Time ^ | 4/03/15 | Julie Holland
    At 67, Hillary Clinton is now a “woman of a certain age.” So much emphasis and worry are put on physical aging in women that the emotional maturity and freedom that can come at this time are given short shrift. That robs everyone of a great natural resource. As women of a certain age, it is our time to lead. The new standard for aging women should be about vitality, strength, and assertiveness. One of the largest demographics in America is women in their forties to sixties, and by 2020 there will be nearly 60 million peri- and post-menopausal women...
  • Teacher, 30, faces decades in prison after pleading guilty to 37 charges for...

    04/03/2015 3:24:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/02/15 | Snejana Farberov
    Teacher, 30, faces decades in prison after pleading guilty to 37 charges for having sex with three students and getting pregnant by one A former Florida teacher accused of repeatedly having sex with at least three students has pleaded guilty to three dozen criminal counts. Jennifer Fichter, 30, was set to attend a pre-trial hearing in Polk County Court Thursday morning, but instead she pleaded guilty to all 37 counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor. Each charge carries a maximum of 15 years in prison. Fichter's sentencing is scheduled for July 2. Fichter taught English at Central Aerospace...
  • Gay Group Demands Christian Churches Be SHUT DOWN for Opposing Same-Sex Marriage

    04/03/2015 2:30:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    4/02/15
    Link only - Gay Group Demands Christian Churches Be SHUT DOWN for Opposing Same-Sex Marriage
  • Bergdahl faces little-known, rarely used misbehavior charge

    04/02/2015 4:12:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 4/02/15 | Nancy Montgomery
    If Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl were convicted of “misbehavior before the enemy” a century ago, he might also have been subject to a humiliating send-off. His sword might be broken or his insignia ripped from his uniform in front of his unit. Along with desertion, Bergdahl was accused last month of violating the little-understood Article 99 of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice — misbehavior before the enemy — for abandoning his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and thereby endangering his unit. Although desertion cases are not uncommon, few military lawyers have ever prosecuted, or defended, a misbehavior before the enemy...
  • Colorado Lawmakers Scramble to Keep Millions in Marijuana Taxes (Refund Madness)

    04/02/2015 2:59:34 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    NY Times via MSN ^ | 4/01/15 | JACK HEALY
    DENVER — In the State Capitol, they are calling it Refund Madness. A year after Colorado became the first state to allow recreational marijuana sales, millions of tax dollars are rolling in, dedicated to funding school construction, marijuana education campaigns and armies of marijuana inspectors and regulators. But a legal snarl may force the state to hand that money back to marijuana consumers, growers and the public — and lawmakers do not want to. The problem is a strict anti-spending provision in the state Constitution that touches every corner of public life, like school funding, state health care, local libraries...
  • Defiant Democratic Senator Menendez is 'outraged' and 'angry' after 14-count corruption indictment

    04/02/2015 2:16:37 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/01/15 | David Martosko
    Defiant Democratic Senator Bob Menendez is 'outraged' and 'angry' after 14-count corruption indictment charges him with bribery, fraud and helping donor's THREE girlfriends get travel visas An angry Sen. Bob Menendez said Wednesday night that prosecutors who charged him with 14 federal corruption crimes 'are dead wrong.' Menendez, a powerful Democrat accused of using his office to improperly benefit a political donor. A Newark, New Jersey federal grand jury on Wednesday accused the New Jersey Democrat of bribery, honest services fraud, conspiracy, violating the federal Travel Act, and making false statements. 'I am confident,' Menendez said, straining to speak over...
  • Top State Department aide listed as Clinton Foundation director

    04/01/2015 6:23:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon via Fox News ^ | 4/01/15 | Alana Goodman
    Hillary Clinton's chief of staff at the State Department was listed as a director at the Clinton Foundation in its corporate records for more than three years after joining the administration, highlighting concerns that Clinton's aides were too close to the foundation during her tenure. The "William J. Clinton Foundation Corporation" named Cheryl Mills as one its three directors when it applied for nonprofit corporate status in Florida in June 2009-five months after Mills began serving as Clinton's chief of staff and counsel at the State Department. The organization continued to list Mills as a director in its annual state...
  • Obama-Backed Muslim Ex-Dictator “Wins” Nigerian Election (Boko Haram jazzed)

    04/01/2015 4:37:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 3/31/15 | Daniel Greenfield
    Boko Haram was a vehicle for Muslim political interests inside and outside Nigeria to destabilize the oil-rich country. By the end, even the Obama administration made it clear that Muhammadu Buhari, the Muslim ex-dictator who had seized power in a coup before being overthrown, was their choice. Simpson reports that Secretary of State John Kerry “made a mockery of the administration’s pretext by hinting in January meetings with both Jonathan and Buhari that the Obama administration might allow weapon sales after the election.” Now the election came out their way, but the weapons sales may be surplus to requirements. Boko...