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  • 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 · 28 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 · 34 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 · 34 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...
  • Trey Gowdy Fights Back Against Obama’s Amnesty With New Immigration Plan

    02/28/2015 4:57:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/27/15 | Chuck Ross
    South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy has introduced an immigration bill to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty and expedite the removal of criminal aliens from U.S. soil. Named after Michael Davis, Jr., a sheriff’s deputy in California who was killed in the line of duty last year by an illegal immigrant, Gowdy’s bill would also provide a work-around for state and local governments to reinforce federal immigration laws while also implementing an annual review of the executive branch’s use of prosecutorial discretion in immigration cases. “If we are serious about finding a long term solution to our immigration system, we...
  • Middle-class taxpayers on Obamacare learn that it’s payback time (Pelosi knew)

    02/28/2015 4:18:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 61 replies
    Hays Post ^ | 2/28/15 | Anna Gorman
    Roberta and Curtis Campbell typically look forward to tax time. Most years, they receive a refund – a little extra cash to pay off credit card bills. But this year the California couple got a shock: According to their tax preparer, they owe the IRS more than $6,000. That’s the money the Campbells received from the federal government last year to make their Obamacare health coverage more affordable. Roberta, unemployed when she signed up for the plan, got a job halfway through the year and Curtis found full-time work. The couple’s total yearly income became too high to qualify for...
  • Harry Reid swaps shades for frosted lenses as Nancy Pelosi dons dark sunglasses... (CAPTION!)

    02/28/2015 4:02:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/26/15
    Harry Reid swaps shades for frosted lenses as Nancy Pelosi dons dark sunglasses in solidarity with her bruised colleague Comedy on Capitol Hill - the intentional kind, anyway - is pretty rare. But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi got chuckles Thursday when she started a news conference by donning dark glasses, a teasingly sympathetic gesture to the man standing next to her, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. 'I brought my glasses to be like Harry, but he switched on me,' Pelosi said, removing her shades.
  • Moody's downgrades Chicago's debt rating (Baa2)

    02/27/2015 5:09:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/27/15 | Heather Gillers, Hal Dardick
    The debt-plagued city of Chicago took another financial blow late Thursday when Moody's Investors Service downgraded the city's debt rating, citing its overwhelming pension burden. Even if recent state pension changes survive a court challenge, the ratings statement said, "we expect Chicago's unfunded pension liabilities — and the costs of servicing those liabilities — to continue to grow, placing significant strain on the city's financial operations." The drop, to a rating of Baa2, could drive up borrowing costs for the city and cause problems with some of Chicago's current interest-rate swap contracts.
  • Dem: Believe science or ‘senator with the snowball’

    02/27/2015 4:03:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/26/15 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Thursday panned Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) use of a snowball during a speech on climate change. Whitehouse used his iPad to argue that a polar vortex was bringing cold air down to Washington in part because of warmer ocean temperatures. He said that you could either believe “every major American scientific society,” the Navy, NASA, and Pope Francis that climate change is real or “you can believe the senator with the snowball.” “You can believe NASA and you can believe what their satellites measure on the planet or you can believe the senator with the...
  • IRS watchdog conducts criminal probe into Lerner emails

    02/27/2015 2:11:49 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/26/15 | Meghashyam Mali
    The IRS inspector general is conducting a criminal probe into how the agency handled former official Lois Lerner's emails. The IRS initially told lawmakers that emails from Lerner, the former official at the heart of the Tea Party targeting scandal, were lost. But many Lerner emails were found despite claims from officials that they were not backed up. "There is potential criminal activity," Timothy Camus, the deputy inspector general for investigations, told the House Oversight Committee at a late Thursday hearing, according to reports. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George and Camus, his deputy, told the Oversight...
  • State's ObamaCare overcharges 13K (auto bank account withdrawals - Pelosi knew)

    02/26/2015 3:31:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/25/15 | Peter Sullivan
    The Washington state ObamaCare exchange says that it withdrew the incorrect amount of money from the bank accounts of 13,000 people. Some of the people say that more than three times the correct amount was withdrawn for their monthly premium for health insurance. Richard Onizuka, the CEO of the exchange, told KIRO 7 TV in Seattle that it was working with its contractor, Deloitte, to fix the error affecting people who set up automatic payments and that they would be refunded within 48 hours. "We apologize to our impacted customers and are working to correct the problem to minimize any...
  • (*Crinton) Foundation got millions from foreign nations while Hillary was at State

    02/26/2015 3:16:01 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/25/15 | Meghashyam Mali
    The Clinton Foundation accepted millions from foreign governments when Hillary Clinton was secretary of State, according to a report in the Washington Post. Officials with the foundation disclosed the donations from seven countries, including Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Algeria, Australia, Norway and the Dominican Republic, to the Post on Wednesday. The report is the latest to shine a light on the Clinton Foundation's fundraising practices, which have attracted scrutiny as Hillary Clinton prepares for a 2016 presidential bid. The foundation during Clinton's tenure was under a self-imposed ban on accepting contributions from foreign governments, meant to address concerns from the Obama...
  • Jonathan Gruber fired from state ObamaCare board (Stupid people in Massachusetts)

    02/26/2015 3:01:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/25/15 | Peter Sullivan
    Jonathan Gruber, the consultant who said ObamaCare became law due to the "stupidity of the American voter," was fired from the board of the Massachusetts health exchange on Wednesday. Gov. Charlie Baker (R) asked Gruber, an MIT professor, to resign, along with three other members of the board, accoring to the governor's office. All three complied. WBZ-TV in Boston first reported the news. In the fall, Republicans jumped on a series of videos that surfaced of Gruber commenting on ObamaCare, using them to argue the law was passed through deception. Besides saying in 2013 that ObamaCare passed because of “the...
  • I’m overweight, and I hoard things: Hillary goes human in lead up to 2016 while showcasing herself

    02/25/2015 5:21:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 60 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/25/15 | Francesca Chambers
    I’m overweight, and I hoard things: Hillary goes human in lead up to 2016 while showcasing herself as a mom and grandma Hillary Clinton, who has in past had trouble talking about her wealth and life experiences, is intensifying an effort to humanize herself to likely voters. Clinton has increasingly made mention of her roles as both a mother and grandmother in remarks, framing her public policies in the context of the hardships she dealt with while raising only child Chelsea and the hopes and fears she has about the world her granddaughter Charlotte will inhabit. During a Tuesday speech...
  • Kerry names LGBT envoy (QIA kicked to the curb)

    02/24/2015 3:02:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/23/15 | Lydia Wheeler
    The State Department has appointed its first special envoy to promote LGBT rights globally. Randy Berry, a senior U.S. Foreign Service officer will oversee the government’s efforts to end violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world. Secretary of State John Kerry said that too often, in too many countries, LGBT people are threatened, jailed and prosecuted. “That’s why we’re working to overturn laws that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct in countries around the world,” he said in a statement. “It’s why we’re building our capacity to respond rapidly to violence against LGBT persons, and it’s...
  • Non-profit worker who provoked fury with disrespectful Arlington photo tells how she lost her job...

    02/23/2015 5:14:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 50 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/22/15 | Pete D'amato
    Non-profit worker who provoked fury with disrespectful Arlington photo tells how she lost her job, can't date and now lives in fear For almost a year after Lindsey Stone was fired, she refused to leave the house. Her former employer, Life (Living Independently Forever) dismissed her in 2012 over a picture that a coworker had taken of her giving the finger at Arlington National Cemetery. The firing of both women came after an ardent online campaign that had flooded Life, which works with 'pretty high-functioning people with learning difficulties,' according to Stone, with emails. In addition to the firing, it...
  • ...the FBI has been staging mock attacks in US malls for nearly two years to test readiness

    02/23/2015 4:36:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/23/15
    Amid Al-Shabaab terror threats officials reveal the FBI has been staging mock attacks in US malls for nearly two years to test readiness After a recent terror threat on an American mall, an official has revealed that the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation has been staging mock attacks in U.S. shopping centers for nearly two years to test their readiness. The secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson recently warned shoppers at Minnesota's Mall of America to remain vigilant after a new terrorist video from Al-Shabaab -- An Al-Qaeda-linked militant group out of Somalia -- threatened an attack on the...
  • White House may not send a cabinet-level official to largest gathering of pro-Israel Americans...

    02/23/2015 4:25:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/23/15 | Francesca Chambers
    White House may not send a cabinet-level official to largest annual gathering of pro-Israel Americans - and the president won't go either The White House confirmed on Monday that President Barack Obama doesn't plan to attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's conference next week, held annually in Washington, D.C., and that no cabinet-level U.S. official is currently scheduled to make an appearance. The 'largest gathering of America's pro-Israel community,' according to the confab's organizations, AIPAC draws a crowd of roughly 14,000 attendees, many of whom are of Jewish heritage. The last time Obama showed up at the conference was...
  • Daughter of former Obama pastor sent to jail in money laundering case (Jeri Wright)

    02/23/2015 2:52:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/23/15 | Ray Long
    The daughter of Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor to President Barack Obama, was sent to jail Monday by a federal judge who revoked her bond in a money laundering case. Jeri Wright, 49, of Hazel Crest, was convicted last March of money laundering and lying to a grand jury in a case tied to a state grant. Her father was not involved in the case. Federal prosecutors sought to revoke her bond, alleging that she had participated in a ghost payrolling scheme at a private company in Indiana following her conviction. She has not been charged based on those ghost...
  • FEC not letting Jesse Jackson Jr. off the hook just because he’s in jail

    02/22/2015 3:21:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/19/15 | Colby Itkowitz
    **SNIP** So Thursday, the FEC sent Jackson’s campaign committee its eighth consecutive failure-to-file notice. It must file its end-of-the year report for 2014 or face a penalty. (Perhaps that threat rings a bit hollow when you’re already in jail?) In August 2014, the FEC fined Jackson for nearly $18,000 for not filing reports in 2013, according to the Chicago Tribune. He must formally terminate his committee to get the FEC off his back, but his treasurer quit in September 2013, and so it seems there’s no person responsible for doing the necessary paperwork. Since his last report in November 2012,...
  • Chairman of climate change panel accused of sexual harassment

    02/22/2015 3:08:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    FT ^ | 2/21/15 | Amy Kazmin, Pilita Clark
    The chairman of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri, has pulled out of a four-day meeting of the body in Nairobi next week after being accused of sexually harassing a 29-year-old employee at the New Delhi research institute he heads. **SNIP** A 29-year-old researcher, who has worked at Teri since September 2013, filed a police complaint in Delhi last week, alleging Mr Pachauri had harassed her with inappropriate emails, text messages, and unwanted advances. The Delhi Police have opened a preliminary file regarding the matter according to Indian media. In a Delhi High Court petition seeking...
  • Philippine rebel group tied to Leland Yee (RAT-CA) returns guns of slain commandos

    02/22/2015 12:00:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Guns ^ | 2/19/14 | Chris Eger
    **SNIP** The 11,000 strong rebel group, which dates back to the 1960s, aims to carve out greater autonomy in the Philippines for the Muslim minority in the South of the archipelago. The group was cited extensively in a federal case made against Yee and dozens of other defendants last March following a four-year investigation. Yee, ironically known for his gun control legislation, was arrested then on a host of charges including plotting to smuggle guns into the country to be obtained through MILF contacts brokered by his associate, Dr. Wilson Lim . In an affidavit unsealed last year, Yee spoke...
  • ‘Incredibly childish’ Obama White House plotting ways to dis Netanyahu visit

    02/22/2015 6:02:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 2/22/15 | Michael Dorstewitz
    As if U.S.-Israeli relations weren’t strained enough, reports have surfaced that the Obama administration may be taking steps to subvert Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled visit next month to address Congress. **SNIP** The Associated Press reported that the administration is considering options short of the president delivering a speech to Congress rebutting the prime minister’s remarks. The AP story said: Among them: a presidential interview with a prominent journalist known for coverage of the rift between Obama and Netanyahu, multiple Sunday show television appearances by senior national security aides and a pointed snub of America’s leading pro-Israel lobby, which is...
  • 'What's a Democrat?' Dems struggling to explain core values

    02/22/2015 5:55:36 AM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Mass Live ^ | 2/21/15
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats are struggling to answer a simple question -- "What's a Democrat?" -- and must do a better job of explaining its core values to voters, according to a task force formed after the party's dismal showing in the 2014 election. **SNIP** It calls for more financial support and training for state parties in a return to the principles behind the "50-state strategy" promoted by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who led the DNC from 2005 to 2009. That approach aimed to compete in state and local elections throughout the country, even in states dominated by Republicans....
  • Dems: This is why we lost in 2014 (Pelosi knows)

    02/22/2015 4:04:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/21/15 | Mario Trujillo
    The Democratic Party lacks a “single narrative” and must tighten its pitch to voters in order to compete in future elections, an interim report from the Democratic National Committee found. The report released at the party’s winter meeting recommended forming a national project to bring together party leaders, activists and messaging experts to hone in on a theme. Currently, the party is “loosely understood as a long list of policy statements and not with a common set of core values,” according to the report. The review was launched last year shortly after Democrats lost control of the Senate in the...
  • (Exempt) DNC previews 2016 attack lines

    02/22/2015 3:53:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/21/15 | Mario Trujillo
    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) predicted the 2016 GOP debate stage would be an “incredible circus,” previewing Democratic talking points against a half dozen Republicans considering a run for the White House. Some of her timeliest criticism during a speech Saturday was aimed at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). She scorned him for not condemning former New York Major Rudy Giuliani’s comments this week questioning President Obama’s love for the United States. “Inexplicably he sat silent when he was feet from Rudy Giuliani the other night and refused to condemn when Rudy Giuliani suggested, and directly said,...
  • Former small town Democratic Party chairman 'plotted to hire hit man to kill girls aged 9 & 10...

    02/21/2015 5:33:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/21/15 | Myriah Towner
    Former small town Democratic Party chairman 'plotted to hire hit man to kill girls aged nine and ten who he molested' before they could testify against him A former chairman of the Falls Church Democratic Party charged with molesting two young girls is accused of plotting to have them killed before they testified against him during his trial. Michael Gardner, 50, from Falls Church, Virginia, is said to have approached an inmate in 2013 about finding a hit man to kill the young girls. The inmate he contacted notified police in January about their multiple conversations, according to court documents....
  • Tax Hacks: Beware the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams (Husseincare not mentioned)

    02/21/2015 2:50:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    msn ^ | 2/21/15
    Tax season is bad enough without getting caught in a tax scam.
  • NYT to Hillary: Ban foreign donors (please?)

    02/21/2015 3:37:03 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/20/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    The editorial board of The New York Times is urging the Clinton Foundation to ban foreign contributions ahead of Hillary Clinton's likely presidential bid. In its Friday editorial, the newspaper notes that the foundation has pulled in nearly $2 billion in cash and pledges since 2001, including millions in contributions from foreign governments. "All of which underlines the need for Hillary Rodham Clinton, in her all but certified role as a Democratic presidential candidate, to reinstate the foundation's ban against foreign contributors, who might have matters of concern to bring before a future Clinton administration," they wrote. Clinton came under...
  • Obama dares Rand Paul to show up on the South Side of Chicago now - as he mocks GOP contender's...

    02/20/2015 4:58:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/20/15 | Myriah Towner
    Obama dares Rand Paul to show up on the South Side of Chicago now - as he mocks GOP contender's claim that Republicans are 'the party of jobs and opportunity' As President Barack Obama hit out at Republicans who have criticized his economic policies, he singled out Republican Senator Rand Paul - who previously said income inequality has worsened under Obama's administration. During the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting today, Obama remarked on Paul's 2013 comment that the Republican party needs to show up on the South Side of Chicago and shout: 'We are the party of jobs and opportunity'....
  • Energy Department spent $21 MILLION sponsoring conferences over 16 months, including...

    02/20/2015 4:50:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/20/15 | David Martosko
    Energy Department spent $21 MILLION sponsoring conferences over 16 months, including some with golf tournaments, a Super Bowl party, and a NASCAR dinner The U.S. Department of Energy paid more than $21 million sponsoring 329 conferences over just 16 months during 2013 and 2014, including some that featured golf tournaments, 'casino night' promotions, lavish dinners and a Super Bowl party. The agency's Inspector General issued a report Feb. 11 describing the 'social events that in our view could lead to negative public perceptions.' Other social events associated with Energy Department conferences included dinners on a cruise boat, at an aquarium,...
  • Former CIA director says Obama is 'scared' to call ISIS terrorists 'Islamic' after...

    02/20/2015 4:23:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/20/15 | David Martosko
    Former CIA director says Obama is 'scared' to call ISIS terrorists 'Islamic' after FBI director wasn't invited to extremist summit – but Russia's secret police chief was! Former CIA director James Woolsey said Thursday that President Obama 'looks scared' to called members of Middle Eastern terrorist groups 'Islamic,' just hours after the conclusion of a White House 'Countering VIolent Extremism' summit that studiously avoided pinning terrorism on Islamists. Sitting FBI director James Comey was not invited to the event, but his counterpart from Russia – Aleksandr Bortnikov, the director of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) – attended. The FSB...
  • Top Iranian nuke negotiator ordered to stop screaming at Kerry

    02/20/2015 1:53:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon via Fox News | 2/19/14 | Adam Kredo
    **SNIP** Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told his country's state controlled media in a recent interview that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has instructed him to stop yelling at Kerry and other top U.S. officials during the talks. Reports about Zarif's temper first emerged in the Iranian press last November, when the United States and Iran agreed to extend talks through June of this year. Zarif is said to "frequently shout at Western diplomats" with such force that bodyguards have been forced to enter the negotiation room.
  • US-Israel ties worsen over alleged leak of details in Iran talks (Bibi stands firm)

    02/20/2015 1:12:02 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Tribune Washington Bureau via MSN ^ | 2/19/14 | Paul Richter, Batsheva Sobelman
    **SNIP** U.S. officials initially had denied reports that the administration was withholding details from Israel of the closed-door talks with Iran. That changed Wednesday into a blunt rebuke of one of America's closest allies. "Not everything you are hearing from the Israeli government is an accurate reflection of the talks," Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, told reporters. She said the administration has begun "a selective sharing of information" with Israel as a result. White House press secretary Josh Earnest complained of "a continued practice of cherry-picking specific pieces of information and using them out of context to distort the...
  • Record freeze on Lake Ontario as 4,700 square miles of ice forms on Great Lakes IN ONE NIGHT

    02/19/2015 6:09:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 95 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/19/14 | Mia De Graaf
    More than 4,700 square miles of ice formed over the Great Lakes in just one night on Tuesday. The Arctic blast that swept the Midwest and Northeast saw a near-record amount of Lake Ontario was iced over, with just 20 per cent of open water left. Overall 82 percent of the five water bodies sealed up. Temperatures are expected to drop again on Thursday night, leading forecasters to predict that figure to climb significantly by Friday morning.
  • Vitter to block nomination, citing ObamaCare rule ('Show Your Exemption Act')

    02/19/2015 4:18:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/11/15 | Sarah Ferris
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is blocking a high-ranking nomination at the Office of Personnel Management, an agency that he says is responsible for an “unfair, possibly illegal” exemption from ObamaCare. Vitter announced Wednesday that he will refuse to allow Earl Gay to become the agency’s deputy director because the agency has ignored his questions about what he calls the “Washington exemption for ObamaCare.” “Once they answer some specific questions about why they think Congress is entitled to a special exemption from Obamacare, I’ll release the hold,” Vitter wrote in a statement Wednesday. Vitter, who was recently named chairman of the...
  • Obamacare Tax Traps Are Ready to Grab Your Refund (RATS gloat over fake Husseincare numbers)

    02/19/2015 3:48:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Fiscal Times via MSN ^ | 2/19/14 | Edward Morrissey
    **SNIP** Consumers who get married, divorced, or have children between now and the next enrollment period will find making changes “a convoluted, multi-step process.” After hundreds of millions of dollars spent on the initial rollout and tens of millions spent to fix the system afterward, HHS and insurance companies will still rely on “clunky workarounds and manual spreadsheets,” Politico reported this week. And that 11.4 million enrollment figure? That’s largely overstated too, Avik Roy writes at Forbes. First, it’s cumulative; it represents the total number of those who completed applications and those previously enrolled. This year’s additions are also signups,...
  • David Axelrod claims 'there hasn't been a major scandal' in the Obama White House

    02/18/2015 3:13:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/17/15 | David Martosko
    Longtime presidential adviser David Axelrod claims 'there hasn't been a major scandal' in the Obama White House – and draws a mix of applause and laughter Longtime Obama administration political insider David Axelrod claimed on Monday that the Obama administration hasn't been tainted by a smidgen of scandal. The surprising boast came during a Q&A at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, an organization he founded and leads. 'I'm proud of the fact that basically you have had an administration in place for six years in which there hasn’t been a major scandal,' Axelrod said. 'And I think that...