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  • IRS won't penalize people for failing to say they have health insurance on tax form

    03/30/2015 5:54:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/30/15 | Robert King
    For the first time, a majority of taxpayers will have to check a box on their tax return attesting they have health insurance either through their job or Medicare or Medicaid. But what happens if they miss it, which can easily happen on the complex form? The Internal Revenue Service told the Washington Examiner it will not penalize anyone who has insurance but neglected to check the box. However, a taxpayer may be asked by the agency if they have health insurance if their return is flagged during a routine check. "The IRS routinely follows-up on the accuracy and completeness...
  • U.S. signed agreement with Mexico to teach immigrants to unionize

    03/30/2015 5:43:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/30/15 | Sean Higgins
    The federal government has signed agreements with three foreign countries — Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines — to establish outreach programs to teach immigrants their rights to engage in labor organizing in the U.S. The agreements do not distinguish between those who entered legally or illegally. They are part of a broader effort by the National Labor Relations Board to get immigrants involved in union activism. The five-member board is the agency that enforces the National Labor Relations Act, the main federal law covering unions. In 2013, Lafe Solomon, the board's then-acting general counsel, signed a "memorandum of understanding" with...
  • Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin (& Assad): Reuters/Ipsos poll

    03/30/2015 2:29:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Reuters via MSN ^ | 3/30/15 | Roberta Rampton
    A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in the...
  • Kerry cancels trip in honour of Ted Kennedy as Iran talks intensify

    03/29/2015 8:29:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 3/29/15 | Louis Charbonneau, John Irish, Parisa Hafezi
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled plans to fly to Boston for a ceremony in honour of his late friend Edward Kennedy as talks on Iran's nuclear programme intensified in Switzerland, with two days left to a deadline. Kerry's spokeswoman said on Sunday he regretted missing the dedication ceremony for an institute named after the U.S. senator, who was a mentor to him. Officials close to the talks said the French and German foreign ministers, Laurent Fabius and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, were considering delaying a planned joint trip to Kazakhstan in order to focus on clearing...
  • U.S. to submit plans to fight global warming; most others delay

    03/29/2015 8:22:13 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 3/29/15 | Alister Doyle, Valerie Volcovici
    OSLO/WASHINGTON - The United States will submit plans for slowing global warming to the United Nations early this week but most governments will miss an informal March 31 deadline, complicating work on a global climate deal due in December. The U.S. submission, on Monday or Tuesday according to a White House official, adds to national strategies beyond 2020 already presented by the 28-nation European Union, Mexico, Switzerland and Norway. Together, they account for about a third of world greenhouse emissions. But other emitters such as China, India, Russia, Brazil, Canada and Australia say they are waiting until closer to a...
  • Did Hillary Clinton destroy evidence in 'wiping clean' her email server?

    03/29/2015 8:10:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 61 replies
    Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo ^ | 3/28/15 | Brad Knickerbocker
    Behind the saga of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal email account and the messages said to no longer exist is the implication that she has something to hide. None of her critics – at least those among congressional Republicans pushing her to reveal more – have come right out and said she purposely destroyed politically-damaging evidence that could hamper any plans to run for president next year. **SNIP** “The Benghazi panel has already said it will bring Clinton in to testify at least twice – once privately about her email use while at State and at another public hearing on the...
  • Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'

    03/29/2015 4:34:16 AM PDT · by Libloather · 77 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 3/29/15 | NEKESA MUMBI MOODY
    NEWARK, N.J. — Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black woman while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life. "No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful," Obama told the crowd, which included many young black girls. "I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you," she added. "We have so much hope and dreams for you."
  • House Committee Issues Subpoena For EPA Chief’s ‘Deleted’ Text Messages

    03/26/2015 4:44:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/25/15 | Michael Bastasch
    The top Republican lawmaker on the House Science Committee issued a subpoena Wednesday to compel the Environmental Protection Agency to produce text messages and phone records for administrator Gina McCarthy. “Because EPA has refused to provide a complete production of records in response to the Committee’s repeated requests, I am left with no alternative but to issue a subpoena to compel you to produce, among other things, unredacted cellular phone billing records and e-mails relevant to the Committee’s oversight,” Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas wrote to McCarthy in a letter sent out Wednesday. Republican lawmakers have been trying to obtain...
  • New York Assembly Passes Bill Allowing Shooting Babies Through the Heart With Poison to Kill Them

    03/26/2015 4:17:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Life News ^ | 3/25/15 | Steven Ertelt
    **SNIP** For years, the state legislature has been embroiled in a mulch-year battle over a package of bills designed to push the interests of women. The bills have been held up in part because it includes a measure that would promote late-term abortions in the Empire State. Despite strenuous support from pro-abortion Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the legislature has refused to pass the package of bills because of the abortion measure. The abortion bill would allow an abortion procedure that has abortionists shooting poison through the hearts of unborn children to kill them. Now, the state Assembly has approved part of...
  • House Dem Warns Climate Change Will Force Millions Of Poor Women To Engage In ‘Transactional Sex’

    03/26/2015 4:12:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 3/26/15
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., proposed a resolution Wednesday that warns climate change and ensuing natural disasters will force millions of vulnerable and poverty-stricken women to engage in “transactional sex” in order to provide their families with adequate food and water. Lee’s House Concurrent Resolution 29 says that food and water scarcity will be exacerbated by the effects of climate change, forcing increased “conflict and instability” that will particularly affect the strain on women farmers “who are estimated to produce 60 to 80 percent of the food in most developing countries.” “[F]ood insecure women with limited socioeconomic...
  • Barney Frank: Joe Biden ‘can’t keep his mouth shut or his hands to himself’

    03/24/2015 4:40:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/24/15 | Nick Gass
    Vice President Joe Biden is his own worst enemy, former Rep. Barney Frank said in a recent interview with Larry King, calling the veep “talented” but also “someone who lacks discipline.” “Joe is his own worst enemy,” Frank said on “PoliticKING with Larry King” on Ora.tv. “He’s a very bright guy, very good values,” Frank said, noting the vice president’s years-old plan to divide Iraq into Sunni, Shia and Kurdish sections. “But he just — he can’t keep his mouth shut or his hands to himself.” “It’s out of good intentions, but I think he has unfortunately diminished people’s perception...
  • Feds reportedly plan to charge US senator with corruption THIS WEEK as grand jury reaches...

    03/24/2015 12:42:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/23/15 | David Martosko
    Feds reportedly plan to charge US senator with corruption THIS WEEK as grand jury reaches decision on government favors going to top Democratic donor**SNIP** On a new website called ByeBob.com, the group claims he 'unethically, and likely criminally, compromised his ability to represent the people of New Jersey.' CNN reported that the investigation into Menendez is reaching a crescendo, with prosecutors under pressure to complete their work before the statute of limitations runs out on some charges. Attorney General Eric Holder, according to the network, has already given his approval. But he insisted 'I can't comment on that' when a...
  • Adrian Peterson arrives at his Arabic-themed 30th birthday party riding a camel

    03/24/2015 12:25:05 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/23/15 | David Mccormack
    It's hump day for shamed NFL star Adrian Peterson as he arrives at his Arabic-themed 30th birthday party riding a camel After an NFL season to forget, Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson celebrated his 30th birthday in style on Saturday with an extravagant Arabic-themed party in his home state of Texas. Peterson is currently at the center of much speculation about who he’ll be playing for next season, but he put all that behind him at the weekend and took his own life into his hands as he entered his birthday bash on the back of camel. The...
  • Hillary Clinton cracks a joke about her illicit email account - promises 'no more secrecy'

    03/24/2015 12:11:16 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/23/15 | Kieran Corcoran, Francesca Chambers
    Hillary Clinton cracks a joke about her illicit email account in wake of scandal as she promises 'no more secrecy' **SNIP** She said: 'I am well aware that some of you may be a little surprised to see me here tonight. You know my relationship with the press has been at times, shall we say, complicated.' '... But I am all about new beginnings. A new grandchild, another new hairstyle, a new email account – why not a new relationship with the press? 'So here goes. No more secrecy. No more zone of privacy - after all, what good does...
  • Domestic Terrorism, Hate Crime Exhibit Comes to D.C. Museum (leftists highlighted)

    03/22/2015 4:45:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Newsweek via MSN ^ | 3/22/15 | Victoria Bekiempis
    For those interested in examining “terrorist attacks committed on American soil” and hate crimes, the Crime Museum in Washington, D.C., is the place to be starting on Wednesday. In addition to offering information on recent attacks, the museum's "Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes" exhibit will display objects from the wrenching incidents. From the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, for example, there will be a runner’s medal and a bib from one of the victims. Letters from the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, will also be on display, as will a Virginia Jihad Network rifle that was confiscated in 2003. The exhibit will also...
  • Under Health Care Act, Many Tax Filers Are Discovering Costly Complications (Pelosi knew)

    03/21/2015 3:36:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    NY Times via MSN ^ | 3/21/15 | ABBY GOODNOUGH
    **SNIP** Under the Affordable Care Act, people who remained uninsured last year must either pay a penalty with their taxes, one of the most contentious elements of the law, or claim an exemption. The Obama administration has said up to six million people would owe a penalty of $95 or 1 percent of their household income, whichever is greater. But as many as 30 million people are getting exemptions, mainly because they are too poor to afford health insurance or because they live in a state that refused to expand Medicaid last year under the health law. And people who...
  • Now Joe Biden - makes off-colour joke about Ireland's religious divisions

    03/17/2015 6:10:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/17/15 | Senan Molony
    Now Joe Biden manages a St Patrick's Day gaffe: Veep makes off-colour joke about Ireland's religious divisions then gets prime minister's wife's name wrong Also got name of Irish prime minister's wife wrong and mis-named the title of a Yeats poem he selected for the occasion Joe Biden made yet another of his trademark gaffes today as he met Ireland's prime minister to mark St Patrick's Day - then suggested one side of its sectarian divide was unwelcome in Washington. Sporting a green tie and noticing that everyone else was also wearing one, or clad in green, he suddenly blurted:...
  • Democrats won’t back Iran nuclear deal in blow to White House - veto-proof legislation in the works

    03/17/2015 2:21:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/16/15 | Francesca Chambers
    Democrats won’t back Iran nuclear deal in blow to White House as enough break with Obama to to put veto-proof legislation in the works to stop an agreement Democratic senators remain irritated with their GOP colleagues who last week sent a letter to Iranian leaders undercutting President Barack Obama, but they will still back bipartisan legislation that would give Congress final say over a nuclear deal. Enough members of the president's party have signaled support for that bill and another that would impose new sanctions on Iran if it doesn't make an agreement with negotiators that the White House would...
  • Carville: Clinton challengers wasting their time (Hussein 'has damaged the Democratic Party')

    03/15/2015 12:22:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/15/15 | Kyle Balluck
    James Carville said in an interview broadcast Sunday that it would be a waste of time for any Democrat to challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016. “I’ve had maybe three people come up to me and say, ‘Well, I’m for somebody else other than Hillary,’ “ the Democratic strategist told host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on AM 970 in New York. “And I know I run into more Democrats in more places than maybe anybody else in the United States,” he added. “Of course, Senator [Jim] Webb and Governor [Martin] O’Malley can say anything they want. But, in terms...
  • On Benghazi, a timeline of State Department obstruction

    03/15/2015 12:08:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/14/15 | Byron York
    **SNIP** September 20, 2012 — Nine days after the attack, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Calif., chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations, which is part of the larger Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sends a document request to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The request is for all information the Department has about the attack, and it specifically includes "any written, recorded, or graphic matter of any nature whatsoever, regardless of how recorded, and whether original or copy, including, but not limited to, the following: memoranda, reports, expense reports, books, manuals, instructions, financial reporters,...
  • Top U.S. Republican lawmaker to launch new investigation of Clinton emails: ABC

    03/15/2015 11:58:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 3/15/15 | Amanda Becker
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Representative John Boehner, the top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, plans to announce a new investigation this week into Hillary Clinton’s use of email when she led the State Department, ABC News reported on Sunday. ABC's "This Week" program said top Republicans had briefed it about Boehner's plans, but did not give details. Clinton, expected to launch her campaign soon for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, has faced a storm of criticism over her email habits. She used a personal email address instead of a government one, as well as a personal server, during...
  • Suspect Arrested in Shooting of 2 Officers in Ferguson, Police Say

    03/15/2015 11:31:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/15/15 | MANNY FERNANDEZ
    CLAYTON, Mo. — The St. Louis County police have arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting of two police officers outside the Ferguson Police Department early Thursday morning, a police spokesman said Sunday. The police and prosecutors have scheduled a news conference later Sunday to announce the arrest. The two officers — one from the county police and the other from the nearby Webster Groves department — were standing shoulder to shoulder as part of a protective line facing demonstrators across the street from the police station. At least three gunshots came from a distance behind the demonstrators, as...
  • Protest organizers say more work lies ahead in Ferguson (dissolve entire police force)

    03/15/2015 5:14:36 AM PDT · by Libloather · 51 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 3/14/15 | JIM SUHR
    FERGUSON, Mo. — The protesters who spent eight months pressing for changes in Ferguson's police practices after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown take credit for this week's resignations of the city manager and the police chief. And they insist they still have unfinished business, with many planning to stay in the streets until the mayor of the St. Louis suburb is forced out and the entire police force dissolved. "We will protest until we see everything in our favor. This movement has legs," Derrick Robinson, a protest organizer, declared Friday. "We're out here fighting for justice and equality, and...
  • Science is 'in decay' because there are too many studies, finds, er, new study

    03/14/2015 7:20:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/13/15 | Mark Prigg
    Science could be in decay as there are simply too many new studies, a new study has found The research, dubbed 'Attention decay in science,' was recently published online by professors from universities in Finland and California. They concluded scholars can't keep pace with scientific literature.
  • IRS paid out $5.8 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year - 6.5m people in the US are 112

    03/14/2015 7:04:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/14/15
    IRS paid out $5.8 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year as Social Security records show that 6.5m people in the US are 112 Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old age of 112. In reality, only few could possibly be alive. As of last fall, there were only 42 people known to be that old in the entire world. But Social Security does not have death records for millions of these people, with the oldest born in 1869, according to a report...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dems' marketing consultant busted in purse theft

    03/14/2015 2:59:15 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    NY Daily News via MSN ^ | 3/14/15 | SHAYNA JACOBS
    A top marketing consultant for the Democratic party who worked for both the Bill and Hillary Clinton presidential campaigns and for Barack Obama was busted in a bizarre purse snatching at a Flatiron District restaurant, the Daily News has learned. Michael Coscia, 52, was dining with celebrity jewelry designer Shahla Karimi, 33, at Almond on E. 22nd St. Wednesday night when they were accused of stealing a $3,100 Celine shoulder bag from another patron, according to court records. Both were arraigned on fourth-degree grand larceny charges and criminal possession of stolen property in Manhattan Criminal Court late Thursday night and...
  • You May Be Forced to Wear a Fitness Tracker at Work

    03/13/2015 2:26:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 3/12/15 | Nick Tate
    Millions of Americans are embracing health and fitness tracking devices — such as Fitbit and the new Apple Watch — to boost their health and wellness. But a new study suggests a potential downside of the new med-tech devices: Employers may begin to require them for some workers to hold down rising healthcare costs. MarketWatch reports that millions of the devices are expected to be introduced into the workplace by 2018 as employers adopt incentivized wellness programs to tackle rising health care costs, according to a study by Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Tracker information will become part of your health record,”...
  • Report: Clinton State Dept Pulled Strings for Menendez in Pay-to-Play Deal with Dem Donor

    03/13/2015 12:11:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 12/17/14
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) supported a visa waiver for the daughter of a fugitive Ecuadorian banker in exchange for significant campaign contributions to the Democratic Party. On Tuesday, NBC 4 New York reported that Menendez, with express written support from Clinton, intervened on behalf of Estefania Isaías, who was banned from traveling to the U.S. due to accusations of visa fraud. Isaías is the daughter of Roberto Isaias, who lives in Miami and is currently fighting extradition to Ecuador for banking crimes and under investigation for...
  • 7.7M ObamaCare customers qualify for subsidies in 2015 ($2 billion per month)

    03/10/2015 5:11:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/10/15 | Sarah Ferris
    Nearly nine in 10 people who signed up for healthcare from the federal government this year qualify for subsidies, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. A total of 7.7 million people would receive subsidies this year in the roughly three-dozen states using HealthCare.gov – a figure that has held steady since ObamaCare's first year. The Obama administration touted the figure Tuesday to show that the vast majority of people in states using the federal exchange rely on subsidies as the Supreme Court weighs a case that could eliminate them. A total of 34 states using HealthCare.gov could lose subsidies if the...
  • Hillary Clinton takes no questions - 'informal' chat guests read from teleprompters!

    03/09/2015 4:43:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/09/15
    Hillary Clinton takes no questions about email controversy at women's event – and even 'informal' chat guests read from teleprompters! **SNIP** Clinton spoke at a carefully choreographed two-hour event involving her No Ceilings project at the Clinton Foundation, highlighting economic and educational opportunities for women and girls. She took no questions. When she sat down to lead more informal conversations with invited speakers, participants appeared to be reading from teleprompters.
  • Welfare rolls increasing, even as economy improves (De Blasio ‘Worst mayor ever!')

    03/08/2015 12:09:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/08/15 | Gary Buiso
    **SNIP** “If government dependence on welfare is rising in a good economy, what’s going to happen in a bad economy?” wondered study author Stephen Eide, who said the trend was antithetical to data dating back to around 1960. The surprising uptick, reformers say, is partly by design. De Blasio’s pick to head the $10 billion Human Resources Administration, Steven Banks, is a proponent of loosening welfare restrictions. With Banks at the helm, the HRA launched a series of sweeping changes in its state-approved Biennial Employment Plan, including changing requirements for welfare recipients with kids younger than 4 years old. Recipients...
  • Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant attends Democratic Party fundraiser (not good)

    03/07/2015 5:21:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    World Socialist Web Site ^ | 3/07/15 | Eric London
    Kshama Sawant, Seattle’s Socialist Alternative City Councilmember, was captured on video entering a February 21 fundraiser and birthday celebration for a local leader of the Democratic Party, King County Councilmember Larry Gossett. The video was posted online, but has subsequently been removed. Sawant and the organization to which she belongs have not yet sought to explain why a self-proclaimed socialist would spend an evening rubbing elbows and clinking glasses with the political elite in a major American city. Nor did Socialist Alternative announce beforehand that Sawant would be appearing at an event sponsored by the Democratic Party establishment. That’s because...
  • Bill Clinton defends foreign donations to foundation

    03/07/2015 4:30:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/07/15
    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton defended his foundation's acceptance of donations from foreign governments on Saturday, pointing to the track record of his global philanthropy as Hillary Rodham Clinton nears an announcement on 2016 presidential campaign. In an interview at the Clinton Global Initiative University, the ex-president sought to address critics who have questioned the receipt of donations from foreign governments while the former first lady served in the State Department and after she departed in early 2013. "My theory about all of this is disclose everything and then let people make their judgments," Clinton told...
  • Source: Top Clinton Aides Used Secret Email Accounts at State Dept. (Reines & Mrs. Weiner)

    03/03/2015 5:58:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    3/03/15
    Link only - Source: Top Clinton Aides Used Secret Email Accounts at State Dept.
  • Obama White House In Full Panic Mode Over Netanyahu Speech (Tuesday March 3, 10:45am)

    03/01/2015 5:25:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 108 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2/28/15 | Kevin Glass
    The Obama White House has spent weeks in panic over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's appearance before Congress this coming week. Yesterday the New York Times reported that White House officials are attempting to "rebut" Netanyahu's speech four days before it is actually going to happen. Netayahu is expected to criticize any deal-making with the Iranian regime. Just four days before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress, the Obama administration sought on Friday to refute the Israeli leader’s expected critique, arguing that he has failed to present a feasible alternative to American proposals for constraining...
  • Terrorists are leaving secret messages in porn and on websites like eBay and Reddit to communicate

    03/01/2015 4:38:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/01/15 | Belinda Robinson
    Terrorists are leaving secret messages in porn and on websites like eBay and Reddit to communicate with each other and plan future attacks, new book claims Terrorists have developed several new techniques to communicate with each online by leaving coded messages on websites like eBay and Reddit, claims a new book. The shocking discovery made by intelligence officers and code breakers in Israel, Britain and the United States revealed that seemingly innocuous chats are often much more, according to new sections in the book Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad. Code breakers found that al-Qaeda is now using...
  • Private police carry guns and make arrests, and their ranks are swelling

    03/01/2015 12:46:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Michael Youlen stopped a driver in a Manassas apartment complex on a recent night and wrote the man a ticket for driving on a suspended license. With a badge on his chest and a gun on his hip, Youlen gave the driver a stern warning to stay off the road. The stop was routine police work, except for one fact: Youlen is not a Manassas officer. The citation came courtesy of the private force he created that, until recently, he called the “Manassas Junction Police Department.” He is its chief and sole officer. He is a force of one. And...
  • Europe's Solar Power Industry Braces For Solar Eclipse

    03/01/2015 12:12:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    On the morning of March 20, 2015, a solar eclipse will pass over all of Europe, visible from Turkey to Greenland. A decade ago, that probably wouldn't have mattered to anyone except people who love astronomy (and all the schoolchildren building pinhole cameras to observe the sun.) But now, three percent of Europe's electricity grid comes from solar power, making the March event a proving ground for this renewable energy technology. In the span of two hours, 35,000 megawatts of electricity will fade from the grid, and then return. To put that in perspective, a typical coal plant in the...
  • How Vietnam Haunts the Democrats

    03/01/2015 7:24:29 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/17/15 | MICHAEL A. COHEN
    On February 7, 1965, a company of 300 Vietcong guerrillas armed with AK-47s, mortars and rifle grenades attacked an American helicopter base named Camp Holloway in the town of Pleiku, located in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam. The raid, which came just a few hours after the end of a weeklong cease fire for the Tet holiday, lasted only five minutes; but it produced the highest single number of U.S. casualties in the war: Eight Americans were killed and more than 120 wounded. President Lyndon Johnson ordered an immediate military reprisal. Within 14 hours, U.S. jets were flying bombing...
  • ('Profound f****** socialist') Emma Thompson to evade paying tax until other evaders are jailed

    03/01/2015 6:55:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    3 News ^ | 2/26/15
    **SNIP** The British couple is hoping to launch a protest movement in the aftermath of a recent tax scandal in the UK, during which it was alleged staff at the Swiss arm of the bank HSBC helped clients avoid hefty bills in Britain. Thompson and Wise hope a mass tax boycott will convince bosses at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the government department responsible for collecting the money, to penalise wealthy citizens and companies who avoid paying their fair share. Wise tells London's Evening Standard newspaper, "I want to stop paying tax, until everyone pays tax... I have actively...
  • Bill Clinton portrait in National Portrait Gallery has shadowy reference to Monica Lewinsky

    03/01/2015 6:39:09 AM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 2/28/15 | Nicole Hensley
    **SNIP** The country’s 42nd president was “terrified” to be painted by Shanks, who has done portraits of Princess Diana and Pope John Paul II. But he hid all fears with a relaxed smirk and bold stance. The work now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. When Clinton was not in the room, Shanks says he set up a mannequin sporting a blue dress he likened to Lewinsky.
  • Did professor radicalize missing Canadian teens who are feared to have joined ISIS?

    03/01/2015 5:20:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/27/15
    Did professor radicalize missing Canadian teens who are feared to have joined ISIS? Arabic teacher once jailed as a security threat is suspended after six students flee to Syria A Muslim teacher once jailed by Canada as a security threat has been accused of radicalizing four teenage students who have allegedly fled to Syria to fight with the Islamic State. Four men and two women, aged 18 and 19, left Montreal in January and February for Turkey and then on to Syria, according to media reports. Adil Charkaoui teaches Arabic and the Quran at two Montreal community colleges, where the...
  • Healthcare.gov Still Unfinished Year After Feds Issued Dire Warning (Pelosi knew)

    02/28/2015 11:55:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/27/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    **SNIP** The website remains unfinished. Politico reported last week that the back end of Healthcare.gov “still isn’t properly wired to the health insurance companies.” Problems persist with subsidy payments, and information verification, resulting in roughly 800,000 enrollees receiving inaccurate subsidy information. “Even though consumers had a largely smooth enrollment experience this year, the fact that these gaps persist behind the scenes 18 months after HealthCare.gov launched shows that the system is still not working as intended,” Politico said. “Instead of a swift process, health plans use clunky workarounds and manual spreadsheets. It takes time and it costs money.” Kevin Counihan,...
  • Yeah, Democrats Don’t Want Wasserman Schultz To Run For Senate Either

    02/28/2015 11:32:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2/22/15 | Matt Vespa
    By now, you’ve probably heard about cannabis-gate. DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz allegedly put a deal forward where she would switch positions on medicinal marijuana if a Democratic donor withdrew criticism of her for not backing a related statewide initiative last year; it was defeated by a narrow margin. John Morgan, the donor who slammed Schultz for not backing the measure, contributed heavily to the pro-medical marijuana campaign. Of course, Schultz has denied the consideration of any deal regarding this debacle. Yet, there’s more; Democrats don’t want Debbie to run either. She’s turned off many within Democratic circles, with...
  • (Socialist) Councilmember Sawant tells judge she’ll represent herself at trial

    02/28/2015 4:54:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    KIRO TV ^ | 2/19/15 | Natasha Chen
    SEATAC, Wash. — Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant told a SeaTac municipal court judge Thursday that she will represent herself in an upcoming trial for disorderly conduct prompted by her arrest in November during a protest. On Nov. 19, Sawant and three others were arrested for not leaving a roadway during a protest against big airlines for not paying their workers a living wage. Of those arrested, Sawant, Socrates Bravo and John Helmiere appeared together before a judge for a pretrial hearing. A judge exonerated their bail amounts.
  • Home is where the POTUS is: Al Sharpton returns to White House 'for his 73RD visit' with Obama...

    02/28/2015 1:31:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/27/15 | Snejana Farberov
    Home is where the POTUS is: Al Sharpton returns to White House 'for his 73RD visit' with Obama to discuss problems facing minorities Reverend Al Sharpton apparently cannot get enough of the White House. The prominent civil rights leader and MSNBC talk show host was invited Thursday to a meeting with President Obama and other African-American activists, making it his 73rd visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since 2009, according to some estimates. In a press release sent out ahead of the summit, White House officials described the occasion as an 'opportunity to have a dialogue with the leaders about the...
  • When Sex Means Survival for LGBTQ Teens

    02/28/2015 12:53:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Citylab via MSN ^ | 2/28/15 | Shauna Miller
    **SNIP** Homelessness is a primary driver for LGBTQ teens turning to survival sex, according to the report. It cites national statistics showing that as many as 50 percent of homeless or runaway youth trade sex for shelter or for money to provide shelter for themselves, and that 48 percent of transgender people involved in sex work overall also report experiencing homelessness. A 2007 study of LGBTQ teens in New York revealed that LGBTQ youth were seven times more likely to have traded sex for shelter than heterosexual teens, and that transgender teens were eight times more likely. Researchers also found...
  • (Exempt) Dems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunder

    02/28/2015 11:01:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 2/28/15 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    WASHINGTON — Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond. Democrats lacked the votes Friday to force Republicans to fund the department for a year with no strings. Still, even some Republicans say party leaders are on a perilous path with a very public ideological struggle only highlighting the GOP's inability to pass contested legislation and possibly worsening its weak relationship with Hispanic voters. Worst of all, numerous lawmakers said, Republican leaders have offered no plausible scenario for a successful...
  • Upcoming Chicago literary events (Hussein's best friend - Bill Ayers)

    02/28/2015 6:02:36 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/26/15 | Jeremy Mikula
    **SNIP** March 22: Jeanne Bishop will discuss her new book, "Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace With My Sister's Killer," with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. 4 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., semcoop.com, 773-752-4381
  • GUEST COLUMN: Obama the radical

    02/28/2015 5:16:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Northwest Georgia News ^ | 2/27/15 | James Cook
    **SNIP** He wants to transform America and create a new society fundamentally different from the old one. Obama has little regard for the Founding Fathers because they allowed slavery to exist, making America the most racist nation, and he views the Constitution as an outdated document that limits his freedom of action. He rejects capitalism as an exploitive, oppressive system that produces inequalities in wealth. To Obama, America is not a force for good in the world, but rather a militaristic, imperialistic menace that has exploited weaker nations and done irreparable damage. Thus, his goals are to reduce America’s military...