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  • Climate change is HELPING Africa because greenhouse gases are bringing rain to areas that...

    06/02/2015 2:57:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/01/15 | Jennifer Newton
    Climate change is HELPING Africa because greenhouse gases are bringing rain to areas that have suffered drought for decades, says new study Climate change means rain is returning to previously drought-stricken areas of Africa exactly 30 years since Live Aid raised £150million to help starving people there, a new study has revealed. A severe lack of rainfall during the 1970s and 80s led to a persistent drought and famine, killing more than 100,00 people in countries such as Ethiopia. **SNIP** But now research by scientists at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading, has shown how...
  • Condescending Hillary Clinton tells autograph-seeker to 'go to the back of the line'

    06/02/2015 2:33:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/01/15
    Condescending Hillary Clinton tells autograph-seeker to 'go to the back of the line' on campaign trail in New Hampshire Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may be busy with retail politcs on the campaign trail but she expects that her supporters have time to wait in line to get her autograph. The former Secretary of State greeted fans outside an event at the Smuttynose Brewey in Hampton, New Hampshire, when she was approached by a woman asking for her signature on what appeared to be a photo of Clinton.. 'Go to the end of the line,' the candidate informs the woman, who...
  • Chicago schools chief resigns amid federal criminal investigation

    06/01/2015 3:26:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune via MSN ^ | 6/01/15 | Juan Perez Jr.
    CHICAGO — Barbara Byrd-Bennett has resigned as chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools amid a federal investigation into a $20.5 million no-bid contract. **SNIP** The investigation centers on a $20.5 million no-bid contract at CPS related to an elite nonprofit education group that has long been at the center of city school reform efforts. Federal corruption investigators have also sought records related to some of Byrd-Bennett's top deputies. Byrd-Bennett, who has not been accused of wrongdoing, acknowledged when she went on leave that her presence could divert attention from the pressing affairs of the district as it tackles labor...
  • Clift Defends Hillary Clinton's Wealth: FDR Was Rich & Did Great Things For "The Little People"

    05/31/2015 1:41:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 49 replies
    On this week's edition of the syndicated public affairs show The McLaughlin Group, panelist Eleanor Clift argued Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's wealth could be good for her. "This is nice work if you can get it and it’s the way our society works right now," Clift said. Acknowledging Hillary Clinton "would probably be the richest president ever," Clift likened the former Secretary of State to former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, saying he did great things for the "little people."
  • The cash donations Hillary simply has no answer for (weapons deals with WMD?)

    05/31/2015 1:05:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Salon ^ | 5/31/15 | David Sirota
    Among all the rivers of money that have flowed to the Clinton family, one seems to raise the biggest national security questions of all: the stream of cash that came from 20 foreign governments who relied on weapons export approvals from Hillary Clinton’s State Department. Federal law designates the secretary of state as “responsible for the continuous supervision and general direction of sales” of arms, military hardware and services to foreign countries. In practice, that meant that Clinton was charged with rejecting or approving weapons deals — and when it came to Clinton Foundation donors, Hillary Clinton’s State Department did...
  • San Francisco political consultant charged with child porn pleads not guilty

    05/31/2015 12:28:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    KRON4 ^ | 5/13/15
    SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — A prominent San Francisco political consultant is back in jail after pleading not guilty at his arraignment to six felonies related to the possession and distribution of child pornography Wednesday afternoon. Enrique Pearce, a 41-year-old San Francisco resident who has worked on numerous high profile election campaigns, entered the courtroom today in a light brown suit, a white shirt, a blue striped tie and black shoes. He left the courtroom in handcuffs and was placed back in jail, five days after he had initially bailed out. **SNIP** Max Szabo, a spokesman for the San Francisco District...
  • Charged With Domestic Violence And Assault, (Mich RAT) State Senator Virgil Smith Returns To Work

    05/31/2015 11:53:11 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 5/26/15
    **SNIP** The 35-year-old Smith is charged with felonious assault, felony firearm, domestic violence assault and battery, and malicious destruction of personal property on accusations he fired as many as ten shots at ex-wife’s parked Mercedes-Benz during a domestic dispute early in the morning of Sunday, May 10, outside his Detroit home. While Smith has not been asked to resign, the leader of the Michigan Senate has said he should give “serious consideration” to whether or not he can still serve his constituents. In a statement out May 12, the day charges were filed against Smith, Republican Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof’s...
  • Arizona State has doubled tuition, finds $500K to give to Clintons

    05/30/2015 12:18:01 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 5/28/15 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    While Arizona State University has almost doubled its tuition over the past 10 years amid claims that it needs more state money, the school somehow had the funds to give half a million dollars to the Clinton Foundation. According to The Arizona Republic, the public university paid $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation to host the former president-Bill Clinton; former-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and their daughter, Chelsea, during a Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) event in 2014. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Bill’s wife, is the current front-runner for the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential race. Mark...
  • Judge sets trial for RICO claims against Clintons

    05/29/2015 11:33:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    WND ^ | 5/29/15
    A federal judge in Florida has scheduled a trial for January for a case charging Bill and Hillary Clinton with RICO violations. **SNIP** According to Klayman, the Clintons, through mail and wire fraud and false statements, misappropriated documents which he was entitled to receive and possess under the Freedom of Information Act regarding Hillary Clinton’s involvement in releasing Israeli war and cyber-warfare plans and practices. Hillary Clinton orchestrated this release to harm and thwart Israeli plans to preemptively attack Iranian nuclear sites to stop the Islamic nation’s march to producing atomic weapons, according to Klayman. The claim also explains Klayman...
  • US Double Standard: Probing FIFA Instead of Clinton Foundation - Analyst

    05/29/2015 3:06:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 5/29/15
    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US authorities should probe the Clinton Foundation instead of going after FIFA officials abroad, Wall Street financial analyst Charles Ortel told Sputnik. “The FIFA prosecution is outrageous. It reflects a complete double standard,” Ortel said on Thursday. “The first thing that the United States should do is to get its own financial house in order.” **SNIP** Ortel, who is investigating the financial records of the Clinton Foundation, argued the US government should investigate institutions based within the country with suspect financial records rather officials in Zurich-based FIFA.
  • Boston STILL has snow piles - and they're filled with trash

    05/29/2015 2:53:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/28/15
    Lingering snow piles from the record-setting New England winter continue to plague the Boston area, even as the weather turns summer-like. A 75-foot-high snow mound in Boston's Seaport District has been reduced to a three-story pile of dirt and trash — including bicycles, traffic cones and even half a $5 bill — that remains encrusted in solid ice. In Boston, 108.6 inches of snow broke a two-decade-old record this past winter.
  • Clinton Foundation took at least $1,250,000 from Qatar and World Cup committee embroiled in bribery

    05/28/2015 2:28:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/27/15 | David Martosko
    Clinton Foundation took at least $1,250,000 from Qatar and World Cup committee embroiled in soccer bribery scandal - and up to $100,000 from FIFA itself The fast-moving FIFA bribery scandal now has a Clinton connection, after news that the nation of Qatar and its 2022 World Cup organizing committee - and even FIFA itself - donated between $1.3 million and $5.55 million to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The scandal-hit football world authority is listed by the foundation as having handed over at least $50,001 and as much as $100,000 to the Clinton's controversial organization in a direct...
  • House Dems push DHS to end 'jail-like' family detention

    05/27/2015 3:42:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/27/15 | Lydia Wheeler
    House Democrats, backed by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.), are pushing hard for the Department of Homeland Security to end its program of holding illegal immigrant families in “jail-like” detention centers. “We believe your department has not fully grasped the serious harm being inflicted upon mothers and their children in custody,” said a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson signed by 135 lawmakers on Wednesday. In 2014, the DHS ramped up its practice of holding immigrant families in detention facilities amid an influx of 60,000 families arriving at the Mexican border. But lawmakers are...
  • Bernie Sanders: The Clintons Are Money Hustlers

    05/26/2015 5:24:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Daily Surge ^ | 5/26/15 | Jerome Hudson
    **SNIP** In a CNBC interview released Tuesday, Sanders said Bill and Hillary Clinton’s money “hustle” makes the former secretary of state and her philandering former president husband out of touch with the average American voter. “Theoretically you could be a multibillionaire and, in fact, be very concerned about the issues of working people,” Sanders said. “Theoretically that’s true.” But “When you hustle money like that, you don’t sit in restaurants like this. You sit in restaurants where you spend—I don’t know what they spend—hundreds of dollars for dinner and so forth. That’s the world that you are accustomed to. And...
  • Hay fever misery to increase with global warming: Invasive ragweed to spread pollen further...

    05/26/2015 2:11:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/25/15 | Richard Gray
    Hay fever misery to increase with global warming: Invasive ragweed to spread pollen further due to climate change Climate change could help a notorious invasive weed known to trigger severe allergy attacks to spread and bring misery to hay fever sufferers, experts have warned. Ragweed, also known as Ambrosia artemisiifolia, is native to North America but since the 1960s has been spreading rapidly across warmer parts of Europe. It is still rare in the UK, but researchers predict by 2050 it could be scattering pollen throughout much of Britain and northern Europe.
  • Japanese man flushes his dead wife's ashes down the loo at a supermarket saying that 'life was..."

    05/25/2015 5:18:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/25/15
    Japanese man flushes his dead wife's ashes down the loo at a supermarket saying that 'life was such a pain before she died' A Japanese man who hated his dead wife tried to flush her ashes down a toilet in a supermarket, local police said yesterday. Officers were baffled after ashes and human bone fragments, including a chin, were discovered in the toilet bowl at the store in Tokyo. But the 68-year-old man turned himself in to police and revealed he dumped his spouse’s remains there immediately after she was cremated last month.
  • ‘Couldn’t agree more!’ Obama connects with five-year-old gay marriage advocate on Twitter (CREEPY!)

    05/25/2015 5:01:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/25/15 | Imogen Calderwood
    Barack Obama has been putting his new Twitter account to good use, using it to support a little girl’s ideas on gay marriage. Five-year-old Yasmeen Faruqui wrote a letter to the President with a list of insightful requests, and was amazed when she received a reply. ‘Please stop war for our world, instead have a meeting’, Yasmeen said in the handwritten note. ‘Please give a speech to tell everyone they can marry who they want.’
  • Fresh air raids launched against ISIS amid fears ISIS will slaughter rare bird

    05/25/2015 4:46:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/25/14 | Corey Charlton
    Fresh air raids launched against ISIS close to ancient ruins in Palmyra amid fears ISIS will slaughter rare bird - reward offered in attempt to find bird Fresh air strikes have been launched against ISIS-controlled buildings in the ancient city of Palmyra amid fears ISIS will slaughter an endangered bird that is crucial to its species' survival. Prior to the city being overrun by ISIS last week, four of the exceptionally rare northern bald ibis were kept in a breeding colony. But three of these were abandoned in the fighting and a fourth - a female which knows the species'...
  • Memory of Rahway World War II vets kept alive in park (map found)

    05/25/2015 1:49:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    5/12/15
    Link only - Memory of Rahway World War II vets kept alive in park
  • Capitalism threatens all life on the planet - Interview with Professor Guy McPherson

    05/25/2015 6:23:46 AM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    The Peoples Voice ^ | 5/25/14 | Dylan Murphy
    **SNIP** Professor Garrett makes the controversial point that carbon dioxide emissions, which are a major cause of runaway climate change, can only be stabilized by a complete collapse of the global industrial economy or society builds the equivalent of one nuclear reactor per day. "Stabilization of carbon dioxide emissions at current rates will require approximately 300 gigawatts of new non-carbon-dioxide-emitting power production capacity annually - approximately one new nuclear power plant (or equivalent) per day," Garrett says. "Physically, there are no other options without killing the economy." Every week new scientific reports are published that note how industrial civilization is...
  • Climate, extreme weather top concerns at global weather congress

    05/25/2015 5:46:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Swiss Info ^ | 5/25/14 | John Heilprin
    Weather experts from around the world began convening in Geneva on Monday for a congress where Swiss Interior Minister Alain Berset emphasized the need to reduce the impact of natural disasters and climate change. Organizers of the congress, held by the World Meteorological Organization once every four years, say it will focus on how to strengthen weather and climate services to meet the needs of a growing global population and to cope with climate variability and change, extreme weather and related shocks on all socio-economic sectors. "To ensure sustainable development, the global community needs reliable information on the state of...
  • Oxford graduates ‘give back’ degree to protest over fossil fuels investment

    05/25/2015 5:24:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Blue and Green Tomorrow ^ | 5/25/14 | Ilaria Bertini
    Almost 70 Oxford alumni have symbolically handed back their degrees to criticise the university’s weak policy on fossil fuels investment – which excludes only direct investment in oil sands and coal but fails to address other money invested in unsustainable sources of energy. Oxford University announced last week it would maintain its position of not having direct investment in high-risk oil sands and coal; it also pledged to follow environmental and social criteria for its investment. However, many have noted this policy does not go far enough, since it doesn’t rule out investment in all dirty energy sources. As a...
  • Pelosi: Congress should act now on ISIS war powers

    05/25/2015 5:18:45 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/21/15 | Mike Lillis
    Congress should act immediately on President Obama's request for new use of force powers in the fight against Islamic militants, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday. “The ball is definitely in our court to take up this issue,” Pelosi said during a press briefing in the Capitol. “There should be an authorization for the use of military force as we go forward. It's long overdue.” The remarks were a rebuke of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who earlier this week called Obama's war powers request “irresponsible” and urged the president to “start over” with a fresh proposal. “The president's...
  • Grayson's (RAT-FL) fiery comments put possible Senate campaign in spotlight

    05/25/2015 5:02:50 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 5/22/15 | Scott Powers
    In the past three weeks, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando has been on a verbal tear.. He has cussed out journalists for asking about his girlfriend's political ambitions and offshore investment funds, blasted the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as "out-of-touch party bosses sipping cognac in a smoke-filled room" and called his ex-wife a gold digger. Such firebrand comments have been typical of his career. Now they have opened the potential for a bloody U.S. Senate primary fight next year with moderate U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter, who has quickly wrapped up endorsements from almost all of the party's...
  • Young American liberals are losing the ability to argue

    05/24/2015 4:48:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 70 replies
    Spiked Online ^ | 5/23/15 | Alex Kasnetz
    **SNIP** Derision, rather than refutation, seems to be the norm of discourse in mainstream politics as well. Accordingly, opposing views are seen as a sign of some moral defect, not genuine disagreement. Earlier this year, for example, a prominent Democrat compared delaying the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general (she’s the first African-American woman to be given the role) to Jim Crow segregation. Elsewhere, questioning certain sexual-assault statistics makes one a ‘rape apologist’; proponents of traditional marriage are dismissed as ‘bigots’; and even President Obama is called sexist for arguing with Senator Elizabeth Warren about a trade bill (he...
  • What Hillary said in her lucrative speeches remains a mystery

    05/24/2015 9:15:58 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/23/15 | Adam B. Lerner
    **SNIP** Much like Clinton’s speech to Salesforce, the former secretary of state’s speech isn’t available online nor would ISRI give video upon request. The speech of ISRI’s 2015 convention speaker, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, appears on the company’s YouTube page, but Bill Clinton’s 2009 speech to the same group does not. But such is the case for almost all of Hillary Clinton’s paid speeches from 2014 — though most were given to massive audiences, almost none are available in their entirety online. What’s clear is that most, if not all, of the companies and organizations that hired Hillary...
  • ISIS rises, the economy falters, and Obama’s legacy falls apart

    05/24/2015 8:36:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/23/15 | John Podhoretz
    Deep into the seventh year of his tenure, Barack Obama is thinking about his post-presidential legacy. We know this because he’s telling us so. In an interview this week with The Atlantic about the potential deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program, the president sought to use the fact of his relative youth and his consciousness about how history might judge him to his advantage: “Look, 20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this. I think it’s fair to say that in addition to our...
  • NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program

    05/23/2015 4:40:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 88 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 5/23/15 | KEN DILANIAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Barring an 11th hour compromise when the Senate returns to session May 31, a much-debated provision of the Patriot Act — and some other lesser known surveillance tools — will sunset at midnight that day. The change also would have a major impact on the FBI, which uses the Patriot Act and the other...
  • Obama: I Have Been Called "The First Jewish President"

    05/23/2015 3:53:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 187 replies
    On Friday, President Obama spoke at a Jewish American Heritage Month celebration being held at the Adas Israel synagogue in Washington, D.C. Wearing a yarmulke, Obama addressed his Jewish gravitas, citing his two Jewish former chiefs of staff, saying he has been called America's "first Jewish president" by Jeffrey Goldberg, who recently interviewed him for The Atlantic. Goldberg was in attendance.
  • The Curious Myth of Hillary Clinton's Senate Effectiveness (Hussein was empty suit in 2008)

    05/23/2015 8:32:34 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 2/02/08 | Adam Hanft
    Frankly, I'm tired of listening to Senator Clinton portray herself as being in the solutions business -- as boasting a nice, fat resume of accomplishments -- while mocking Barack Obama for being a rhetorical empty suit. Is she truly a beacon of experience? Because I couldn't think of a single piece of legislation that has her name stuck proudly on the front of it, no equivalent of McCain-Feingold, for example, I headed straight for her campaign website to see what glorious aspects of her vaunted experience I was missing. Actually, I was missing nothing. There is not one single example...
  • Email calls Clinton 'public face of US effort in Libya'

    05/23/2015 5:21:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/22/15 | Ben Kamisar
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is referred to as the “public face of the U.S. effort in Libya” in a 2012 memo written by Jake Sullivan, a top Clinton aide at the State Department. The email was written months before the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi that killed four Americans. Sullivan’s April 2012 memo detailed Clinton’s role in Libya, framing her as “instrumental in securing the authorization, building the coalition, and tightening the noose around Qadhafi and his regime.” It notes Clinton’s role in those efforts, including her work lobbying for United Nations sanctions against the dictator and...
  • Dutch immigrant kids take to street demanding 'white' classmates

    05/23/2015 4:53:15 AM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    AFP via MSN ^ | 5/23/15 | Charlotte Van Ouwerkerk
    Faced with an increasingly segregated education system, Dutch immigrant children have taken to the streets of their ethnically mixed Amsterdam neighbourhood seeking "white" pupils to attend their schools and help their integration. Around 100 schoolchildren -- Arabs, Turks, Africans, Moroccans -- accompanied by their parents and teachers, wore provocative dazzling white T-shirts emblazoned with "Is this white enough for you?". Dutch native Annelies, 10, and immigrants' daughter Aminata, 11, have been friends since kindergarten and are also wearing the shirts, which have "All children have the right to integrate" written on the back. They "want more white children in the...
  • Obama: We're definitely not 'losing' in Iraq - ISIS storming into Ramadi was just a 'setback'

    05/22/2015 2:55:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/21/15 | Francesca Chambers
    Obama: We're definitely not 'losing' in Iraq - ISIS storming into Ramadi was just a 'setback' and it would be a mistake to send in U.S. ground troops President Barack Obama echoed the many claims of his administration officials in an interview released today and said that the fall of Ramadi is a mere 'setback.' 'No, I don’t think we’re losing,' the president told The Atlantic in the Tuesday interview. 'There’s no doubt there was a tactical setback,' he said, but 'Ramadi had been vulnerable for a very long time.' The president dug in his heels and said he would...
  • CIA Shuts Down Climate Research Program (hoax has nothing to do with national security)

    05/21/2015 4:44:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    National Journal ^ | 5/21/15 | Jason Plautz
    May 21, 2015 The Central Intelligence Agency is shutting down a research program that offered classified data to scientists to examine the link between climate change and global security threats. A CIA spokesman confirmed that the agency had ended its MEDEA program, a 1990s-era intelligence program restarted in 2010 under President Obama. The collaboration gave scientists access to intelligence assets like satellite data to study climate change and inform on how its impacts could inflame conflicts. CIA spokesman Ryan Whaylen said "these projects have been completed and CIA will employ these research results and engage external experts as it continues...
  • Fans told no national anthem at NCAA regionial; sing it anyway

    05/19/2015 4:51:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Sporting News ^ | 5/19/15 | Troy Machir
    Over the weekend, Louisiana-Lafayette won the Lafayette region of the NCAA Softball World Series Tournament after defeating Baylor 9-1 in the final game on Sunday. But prior to the team's first meeting on Saturday, the third game of the day, fans in attendance were told that because the game was the third of the day, there would be no national anthem prior to the start of the contest. Fans at Lamson Park was none too pleased, and after several failed attempts to get the public address announcer to play the song, fans took it upon themselves to sing "The Star-Spangled...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Hillary hides from reporters with SECOND secret party of the day (95 MPH escape)

    05/19/2015 2:27:10 AM PDT · by Libloather · 67 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/19/15 | David Martosko
    EXCLUSIVE: Hillary hides from reporters with SECOND secret party of the day as her security forces race across Iowa at 95 MPH to dodge pursuing journalists For reporters trying to cover the opening months of Hillary Rodham Clinton's second presidential campaign, Waterloo, Iowa might be her Waterloo. On Monday night the Clinton camp held a private campaign party at the home of a wealthy pharmacist in the central Iowa town – a longtime Democratic Party figure – and Daily Mail Online was the only media outlet to make it to the address. Other press outlets can't be faulted, however: Clinton's...
  • Hillary Clinton was paid millions by tech industry for speeches (pay-to-play gets expensive)

    05/19/2015 1:37:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Washington Post via MSN ^ | 5/18/15 | Matea Gold, Rosalind S. Helderman, Anu Narayanswamy
    **SNIP** Disclosure documents filed by Hillary Clinton last week revealed that the couple have earned about $25 million for delivering 104 paid speeches since January 2014. While Bill Clinton’s lucrative speaking career since leaving the White House in 2001 has been well documented, the new disclosures offer the first public accounting of Hillary Clinton’s paid addresses since she stepped down as secretary of state. And they illustrate how the Clintons have personally profited by drawing on the same network of supporters who have backed their political campaigns and philanthropic efforts — while those supporters have gained entree to a potential...
  • 'Does it count as a police chase?': MSNBC under fire for tweet mocking moment cop was DRAGGED...

    05/17/2015 7:42:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/17/15 | Belinda Robinson
    'Does it count as a police chase?': MSNBC under fire for insensitive tweet mocking moment cop was DRAGGED along The news organization MSNBC landed in hot water over a provocative tweet it posted which appeared to mock a police officer who was dragged along the street by a suspect. The tweet with a video embedded in it, created a firestorm from commenters on social media and news sites. It read: 'Does it count as a police chase if you drag the cop along for the ride?' But shortly after a backlash ensued online on Saturday, the network hastily removed it...
  • Now German spies say THEY were the ones who told the CIA where Osama Bin Laden was hiding

    05/17/2015 7:19:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/17/15 | Jenny Awford
    German spies have claimed they were the ones who told the CIA where Osama Bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan so US special forces could kill the al-Qaeda leader, according to reports. The BND, Germany's foreign intelligence agency, tipped off U.S. officials about where the architect of the September 11 attacks was taking refuge, newspaper Bild am Sonntag claimed. The tip-off from a BND source within Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency was said to be of 'fundamental importance' in the hunt for the terrorist, the German paper said. Bin Laden was found hiding in a walled compound in Abbottabad less than...
  • The Right Aims at Democrats on Social Media to Hit Clinton

    05/17/2015 6:14:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NY Times via MSN ^ | 5/16/15 | ASHLEY PARKER, NICK CORASANITI
    WASHINGTON — A Twitter post recently caught the eye of Bill McKibben, the environmental advocate and godfather of the Keystone XL pipeline protests. It included an image from “The Simpsons” showing Homer and his family basking in mountains of cash in their living room, followed by a report on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s appearing at a fund-raiser with a lobbyist from the Keystone fight. Mr. McKibben’s environmental organization, 350.org, has been trying to raise awareness about the ties it sees between lobbyists for the oil pipeline and former aides to Mrs. Clinton. He promptly shared the post with his 150,000 Twitter...
  • Hillary Clinton's brothers could cause major problems for her presidential campaign

    05/16/2015 8:44:39 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Business Insider via MSN ^ | 5/16/15 | Colin Campbell
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's two brothers, Tony and Hugh Rodham, could be a problem for her presidential campaign. Over the years, the pair have been at the center of multiple controversies for their business dealings and Republicans are already using them to attack Clinton. One aide for a rival 2016 campaign aide told Business Insider Clinton's brothers will definitely cause issues for her White House bid. "Will they be a problem? Yes. They underscore everything that people fear and hate about the Clintons," the aide said. "They're essentially the id of Bill and Hillary Clinton. A bunch of...
  • Pentagon Paid NFL $5.4 Million for Events Honoring Troops (NFL revenues near $10 billion)

    05/12/2015 6:47:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/12/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) is questioning why taxpayers had to subsidize NFL events honoring America’s troops. The Pentagon gave the NFL, which has revenues of nearly $10 billion, $5.4 million between 2011 and 2014 for pregame and halftime events that appeared to be put on by the football teams themselves. The Hill reports: “It is troubling to learn that taxpayer funds are being used to compensate these teams for honoring and recognizing U.S. military service members,” Flake said Monday to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Chief of the National Guard Bureau Gen. Frank Grass.
  • Push to End Prison Rapes Loses Earlier Momentum (transgenders have a problem)

    05/12/2015 5:10:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    NY Times via MSN ^ | 5/12/15 | DEBORAH SONTAG
    NEW BOSTON, Tex. — The inmate, dressed in prison whites with a shaved head and incongruously tender eyes behind wire-rimmed glasses, entered the visiting room with her wrists joined as if she were handcuffed. At 31, she had spent her whole adult life behind bars, and it looked like a posture of habit. She introduced herself: “My given name at birth was Joshua Zollicoffer, but my preferred name is Passion Star.” A transgender woman whose gender identity has been challenged by Texas authorities, Ms. Star herself is challenging Texas’ refusal to accept new national standards intended to eliminate rape in...
  • What Bill Clinton said when he saw Hillary in Chipotle: 'Are they robbing that place?'

    05/12/2015 2:31:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/12/15 | Francesca Chambers
    What Bill Clinton said when he saw Hillary in Chipotle: 'What are she and Huma doing? Are they robbing that place?' Ex-president's joke as tensions rise in campaign over what to do with him **SNIP** While Bill Clinton has largely outgrown his '90s era nickname 'Slick Willy,' the former president's slip-ups continue to cost his wife politically. It's no longer sex scandals his name is synonymous with in the headlines, however. Questions pertaining to the former president's personal life now revolve around his lucrative paid speaking gigs and foreign donations to his global charity. The former U.S. president has been...
  • Obama’s quiet nuclear deal with China raises proliferation concerns

    05/11/2015 2:00:58 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Washington Post via MSN | 5/10/15 | Steven Mufson
    It seemed like a typical day for President Obama. He taped a TV interview on trade, hosted the champion NASCAR team on the South Lawn and met with the defense secretary in the Oval Office. Not so typical was something that didn’t appear that day on the president’s public schedule: notification to Congress that he intends to renew a nuclear cooperation agreement with China. The deal would allow Beijing to buy more U.S.-designed reactors and pursue a facility or the technology to reprocess plutonium from spent fuel. China would also be able to buy reactor coolant technology that experts say...
  • Ties of Hillary Clinton’s Brother Invite Scrutiny (Tony Rodham)

    05/11/2015 1:48:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    NY Times via MSN ^ | 5/10/15 | STEVE EDER
    **SNIP** “I deal through the Clinton Foundation. That gets me in touch with the Haitian officials,” Mr. Rodham said, according to a transcript of his testimony. “I hound my brother-in-law, because it’s his fund that we’re going to get our money from. And he can’t do it until the Haitian government does it. “And he keeps telling me, ‘Oh, it’s going to happen tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow.’ Well, tomorrow hasn’t come yet.” Mr. Rodham’s Haiti project never did happen. The Clinton Foundation said in a statement that it was not aware of Mr. Rodham’s Haiti project and had no involvement...
  • Bernie Sanders to Obama on Nike trip: Just Don’t Do It!

    05/08/2015 2:15:43 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/07/15 | Dylan Stableford
    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is urging President Barack Obama to cancel a planned visit to Nike’s headquarters over the low wages it pays foreign workers. Obama is scheduled to travel to the sneaker giant’s Beaverton, Ore., headquarters Friday, part of the president’s effort to galvanize support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multinational trade deal between the United States and 11 other countries, including Vietnam — where Nike manufactures most of its shoes. “Given Nike’s legacy of offshoring American jobs and exploiting low-wage workers, I would strongly encourage you to cancel this meeting,” Sanders wrote in a letter to Obama Wednesday....
  • Justice Dept. to investigate Baltimore police on use of force

    05/08/2015 12:20:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Washington Post via MSN ^ | 5/07/15 | Sari Horwitz
    Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch has decided to launch a federal investigation into whether the Baltimore Police Department has engaged in a “pattern or practice” of excessive force. Lynch’s announcement about the Justice Department’s probe — the latest in a string of municipalities that are being investigated by the federal government for civil rights violations — could come as early as Friday, according to two law enforcement officials. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment Thursday night. Lynch hinted Thursday that a decision could come soon, when she testified during her first hearing on Capitol Hill as attorney general. She...
  • 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...