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  • Trump leads Republican presidential race with 25 percent: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    07/29/2015 5:18:38 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 29 Jul 2015 | James Oliphant
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billionaire Donald Trump has taken a commanding lead in the race for the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential nomination with the support of 25 percent in a Reuters/Ipsos poll, giving him a double-digit advantage over nearest rival Jeb Bush. The poll shows Bush, the former Florida governor, trailing at 12 percent. It is a huge jump for Trump, who announced his candidacy for the November 2016 election six weeks ago - and this despite the criticism political rivals leveled at him for remarks this month belittling the military service of Senator John McCain, the party's candidate in 2008....
  • Donald Trump: I Pay My Own Way, Unlike Bush, Walker or Clinton

    07/26/2015 8:24:02 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 49 replies
    WSJ ^ | 26 Jul 2015 | Heather Haddon
    OSKALOOSA, Iowa—Donald Trump said there was no cap in the amount of money he would be willing to put into his campaign for the Republican nomination for president if his message continues to resonate with voters. Speaking at a free-wheeling press conference following a rally in this city east of Des Moines, Mr. Trump also attacked Republican rivals Jeb Bush and Scott Walker and Democrat Hillary Clinton with accusations that they were beholden to wealthy donors. Mr. Trump, a real-estate developer and television personality, has almost entirely self-financed his campaign so far. “Bush is controlled by those people. Walker is...
  • NBC/Marist Polls Show Donald Trump Running Strong in Iowa, NH

    07/26/2015 7:43:44 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 34 replies
    NBC ^ | 26 Jul 2015 | Mark Murray
    Donald Trump is running strong in the early nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire, according to two new NBC News-Marist polls. Trump leads the Republican presidential field in New Hampshire, getting support from 21 percent of potential GOP primary voters. He's followed by Jeb Bush at 14 percent, Scott Walker at 12 percent and John Kasich at 7 percent. Chris Christie and Ben Carson are tied at 6 percent in the Granite State, and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are at 5 percent each. In Iowa, Walker and Trump are in the Top 2 - with Walker at 19...
  • Morning Plum: As Donald Trump prepares to hijack GOP debate, Republicans are already cringing

    07/22/2015 5:09:35 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 99 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 22 Jul 2015 | Greg Sargent
    It appears to be sinking in with top Republicans that the upcoming GOP debate, featuring star performer Donald Trump, could prove to be a full-blown disaster. Politico has this amusing report: Trump’s presence at center stage — his reward if he maintains his lead in the polls — is likely to transform the first Republican debate into a major media event, bringing big ratings to Fox News, the debate sponsor. By the same token, however, it will likely turn the traditionally policy-focused event into a pageant of personality, which is a potential nightmare for other candidates. “I think you have...
  • Clinton depositions blocked by judge

    07/22/2015 8:22:17 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 22 Jul 2015 | S.A. Miller
    A federal judge Tuesday blocked a scheduled deposition of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, in a civil lawsuit that claims the Clinton Foundation operated as a criminal organization​.​ The conservative watchdog group​ Freedom ​Watch, which brought the lawsuit against the Clintons, had scheduled separate video-taped depositions for them next week. U.S. District Court Judge Donald Middlebrooks granted a protective order requested by the Clintons’ lawyers that blocked the depositions until the court resolves their pending motion to dismiss the case and halt discovery. The judge’s order did not include the reasoning for...
  • 162 Talking Heads Have Weighed In On Trump vs. McCain

    07/21/2015 5:59:27 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 35 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 21 Jul 2015 | Michael Calderone,Sam Stein
    Ever since Donald Trump claimed Saturday that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) isn’t a war hero -- or, maybe, is one only because he was captured in Vietnam -- cable networks have covered those remarks without pause. The national media are obsessed with Trump, who has ridden the feedback loop of press attention to the top of the Republican presidential primary polls. Trump’s comments last month about Mexican immigrants being “rapists” drew extensive coverage as well. But the McCain swipe seemed to send TV bookers into a unique frenzy. Over four days, The Huffington Post found 162 people -- rival presidential...
  • U.S. 'disturbed' by Iranian leader's criticism after deal

    07/21/2015 7:44:04 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 21 Jul 2015 | Bozorgmehr Sharafedin Nour
    DUBAI, (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was very disturbed by anti-U.S. hostility voiced by Iran's top leader after a nuclear deal, as both countries' top diplomats sought to calm opposition to the accord from political hardliners at home. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear programme was "very troubling". "I don't know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that...
  • Poll: Most Hispanic Voters Don’t Think A Path To Citizenship Is Solution

    07/18/2015 8:22:42 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 18 Jul 2015 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    More than 60 percent of registered Hispanic voters do not think a pathway to citizenship for illegals would benefit the country, and most do not see it as the best way to solve the country’s immigration problems, a new poll shows. Of the 62 percent who felt a pathway to citizenship for illegals would not benefit the country, 33 percent felt it would hurt the economy, 7 percent felt it would overly burden public schools and 10 percent felt it would create public safety issues, the McKeon & Associates Wednesday poll found. “The economy is still the issue,” Michael McKeon...
  • New York Times Finally Adds Ted Cruz Book to Bestsellers List

    07/16/2015 8:41:00 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 10 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 16 Jul 2015 | Alex Griswold
    After a lengthy battle with the Ted Cruz campaign over whether or not his book sales were boosted by bulk purchases, The New York Times will include his newest book on their bestsellers list. Times’ editor Kate Phillips took to Twitter to announce the inclusion and to snark, “So much for our left-wing conspiracy.” The Times had been lambasted in recent weeks for excluding Cruz’s book “A Time for Truth,” even as outlets like Amazon and Barnes & Noble said they could find no evidence of bulk sales, and as other bestsellers lists that exclude bulk sales, like The Wall...
  • Obama Scolds Major Garrett For 'Nonsense' Question

    07/15/2015 11:45:43 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 41 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 15 Jul 2015 | Paige Lavender
    President Barack Obama publicly scolded CBS News' Major Garrett during a gathering of the press corps at the White House on Wednesday, chastising the reporter for asking if the president is "content" to celebrate the Iran nuclear deal while four American hostages remain in Iran. "That's nonsense. And you should know better," Obama replied. Obama answered questions about the Iran nuclear deal during the gathering, saying it's "our best means of assuring that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon."
  • Poll: Trump's popularity soars with Republicans

    07/15/2015 11:35:13 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 15 Jul 2015 | Mark Hensch
    More than half of GOP voters now view the outspoken billionaire in a good light, a Washington Post-ABC News survey released Wednesday found. Fifty seven percent of Republicans see Trump favorably, versus 40 percent who do not. The sampling also discovered that most voters still view the New York business mogul negatively. Approximately 61 percent view Trump negatively, pollsters found, compared with 33 percent who do not. Those results still show that Trump’s stock is rising, the Post said on Wednesday. He initially earned a 16 percent favorable rating, the newspaper noted, with 71 percent viewing him unfavorably, upon launching...
  • ‘Enough!’ Hillary Rips ‘Appalling’ Trump in Speech to Hispanic Group

    07/13/2015 4:54:14 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 90 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 13 Jul 2015 | Josh Feldman
    As she addressed the National Council of La Raza––the largest Hispanic advocacy organization in the country––today, Hillary Clinton called out Donald Trump for his “appalling” comments on illegal immigrants. Clinton previously connected Trump’s immigration views to his GOP rivals’ and today, she told her audience that Trump is demonizing “people who love this country, work hard, and want nothing more than a chance to build a better life for themselves and their children.” She expressed outrage that Trump “doubled down” instead of apologizing and said, “Basta! Enough!” And her campaign really wanted to hammer all of this home today:
  • Clinton’s stumbles fray Democratic nerves

    07/10/2015 5:12:41 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 35 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 10 Jul 2015 | Megan Murphy
    Tactical blunders. A strained relationship with the media. An insurgent rival drawing enormous crowds. For Hillary Clinton, the past few weeks of her 2016 presidential campaign have brought back uncomfortable memories of her failed bid in 2008. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. Three months in to what should be one of the best funded, best organised campaigns in history, Mrs Clinton has been unable to draw a line under a series of controversies, or to generate the kind of grassroots enthusiasm that...
  • More Than 347,000 Convicted Criminal Immigrants At Large In U.S.

    07/07/2015 4:44:50 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Jul 2015 | Caroline May
    Hundreds of thousands of convicted criminal immigrants remain at large in the U.S. and a number have gone on to commit additional crimes. According to a March 2, 2015 “ICE Weekly Departures and Detention Report” obtained by Center for Immigration Studies expert Jessica Vaughan and shared with Breitbart News, there were 168,680 convicted criminal immigrants who had final orders of removal but who remained at large in the U.S. Another 179,018 convicted criminal immigrants with deportation cases pending also remained at large. While the vast majority were not in custody some were detained — namely 6,220 criminal immigrants facing final...
  • GOP Rep. Slated To Introduce Legislation Targeting Sanctuary Cities

    07/07/2015 4:38:47 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Jul 2015 | Caroline May
    Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) will again introduce legislation targeting sanctuary cities, Breitbart News has learned. Hunter’s bill would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to restrict funding to any state or locality that has in place a law, policy or procedure in contravention of federal immigration law, preventing “state or local law enforcement officials from gathering information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.” The legislation would make those cities with sanctuary policies or laws in place ineligible for State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) funding. SCAAP reimburses states and localities for the cost of...
  • Bernie-mania running wild as Hillary Clinton sputters

    07/07/2015 9:06:55 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 41 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 7 Jul 2015 | Chris Cassidy, Matt Stout
    PORTLAND, Maine — Bernie-mania swept through here last night, as more than 7,500 screaming, sign-waving supporters packed a downtown arena many lining up hours early — for surging Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. The outpouring came as a Bay State Democratic congressman warned one-time sure-shot Hillary Clinton has an “excitement problem” in the Democratic race for the White House. “In case you didn’t notice, this is a big turnout,” Sanders told the cheering crowd at Cross Insurance Arena. “From Maine to California — we have friends from Alaska and Hawaii as well — the American people understand that establishment politics...
  • Secret White House Gay Wedding Revealed

    07/05/2015 10:54:59 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 Jul 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Before the White House was bathed in rainbow light to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide, a secret gay wedding was conducted in the building by former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett. Lovett, who worked for Obama during his first term, reveals that he used his White House privileges to sneak in a pair of gay men under the guise of giving them a tour, then performed a wedding ceremony in the Rose Garden without the knowledge of the president. “We were very nervous. They were nervous because they were getting married. I was nervous because I...
  • S.E. Cupp: Clinton’s ‘Humiliating’ Rope Line Was Media’s Fault

    07/05/2015 8:44:16 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 65 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 5 Jul 2015 | Evan McMurry
    A CNN panel roundly criticized the Hillary Clinton campaign for keeping press members behind a moving rope line during Clinton’s Independence Day march Saturday, which created some unfortunate visuals for both the campaign and the journalists who complied with its request. On that note, commentarian S.E. Cupp said the political press needed to grow some backbone. “This is humiliating for reporters who have to abide by Hillary Clinton’s rules of journalism,” she said on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning. “And it’s not just this. It’s the entire campaign. She has kept them at a distance, she barely answers...
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton fight new demand for email server

    07/03/2015 11:23:30 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 53 replies
    Politico ^ | 3 Jul 2015 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    Lawyers for former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have moved to block a conservative lawyer's effort to pry into emails stored on the Clintons' private server. In a motion filed Thursday evening in federal court in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Clintons' attorneys ask that conservative gadfly Larry Klayman be temporarily barred from demanding information in connection with a racketeering lawsuit he filed in March against the couple and the Clinton Foundation. The suit alleges that the Clintons used the private email server to frustrate Freedom of Information Act requests Klayman filed for records about...
  • In 2016 operation, Dr. Carson is outpacing many U.S. presidential rivals

    06/29/2015 8:08:48 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 29 Jun 2015 | Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon with no experience in the cutthroat world of Washington politics, is riding a surprising wave of support among conservatives that has placed him near the top of contenders for the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. The soft-spoken 63-year-old Carson, an African-American who only officially became a Republican last year, has found an opening in the wide-open race in which 13 candidates are running for the White House. His resume of having performed 15,000 surgical operations is the most unusual of anyone in the field. In polls, Carson outperforms most of his fellow...
  • This 21-Year-Old Conservative Is Challenging The Left On Its Home Turf

    06/28/2015 8:18:25 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 28 Jun 2015 | Ginni Thomas
    Charlie Kirk is a 21-year-old energetic entrepreneur from Lemont, Illinois, who is committed to piercing the left’s stranglehold of the minds of American youth. Three years ago, he launched Turning Point USA to be a new “clipboard and tennis shoes” grassroots organizing force on college campuses. Today, he is the Executive Director and has 40 staffers, 220 chapters, membership across the nation and affiliates that take their influence to over 1000 campuses. On campuses, he runs into MoveOn.org, the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood and, most recently, a flood of Hillary for America paid field agents, but he knows and feels...
  • Authorities Brace for Potential Fourth of July Terror Attacks

    06/28/2015 8:00:27 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 28 Jun 2015
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says his department is encouraging law enforcement "to be vigilant and prepared" ahead of the July 4th holiday in the U.S. following attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait. Johnson says people should attend Independence Day events as planned but "remain vigilant" and report any suspicious activity. He says U.S. authorities will adjust security measures, including those unseen by the public, as necessary. On Sunday, House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul said Americans should heed the government's warning. "It is concerning," McCaul told "Fox News Sunday." There is a great deal of chatter, a high volume,"...
  • Univision President Compares Donald Trump to Charleston Shooter

    06/25/2015 2:42:43 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 27 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 25 Jun 2015
    In the midst of a heated dispute between *sigh* presidential candidate Donald Trump and Univision, the Spanish-language network’s president of programming and content seemingly compared Trump to Charleston shooter Dylann Storm Roof. ADVERTISEMENT Alberto Ciurana posted a split image of Roof and Trump on his Instagram with the caption “No comments [sic],” adding in Spanish “no comment.” He deleted the image after a backlash, but the Washington Free Beacon managed to grab a screenshot of the posting. The Free Beacon reports that some of Ciurana’s followers told him the posting was inappropriate in the comments. Patty Rodriguez, senior producer of...
  • Exclusive–Donald Trump: Univision Targeting Me on Behalf of Mexican Gov’t, Trying to ‘Silence’ Me

    06/25/2015 11:33:27 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 142 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Jun 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Republican presidential candidate and real estate magnate Donald Trump tells Breitbart News exclusively that he has no plans whatsoever to back down in the face of Univision—on behalf of the Mexican government—targeting him after he’s exposed trade deals and immigration problems that benefit Mexico and harm the United States. “The Mexican government is putting tremendous pressure on Univision and there are plenty of others—lobbyists and special interests—putting tremendous pressure on Univision to break their fully signed and fully effective contract with the Miss Universe Organization because I’ve exposed the tremendously bad trade deals that the United States is so incompetently...
  • New Black Panther Party Charleston Rally: ‘This is War’

    06/25/2015 7:16:06 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Jun 2015 | y Lee Stranahan
    At a speech during a rally Tuesday night a block from the scene of the Charleston massacre of nine black churchgoers, New Black Panther ally Shaka Shakur treated the criminal attack as war, calling for “freestanding militias” to surround churches and claiming that alleged shooter Dylann Roof was a “solider” who “carried out his mission” after being trained and sent by others. Shakur was introduced by New Black Panther Party leader Malik Zulu Shabazz, who started by contrasting his group with the forgiving, Christian attitude of many Charleston residents by saying that the Black Panther affiliated speakers are the “No...
  • Watchdog: IRS erased backups after loss of tea party emails

    06/24/2015 5:18:18 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 48 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 Jun 2015 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS employees erased computer backup tapes a month after officials discovered that thousands of emails related to the tax agency's tea party scandal had been lost, according to government investigators. The investigators, however, concluded that employees erased the tapes by mistake, not as part of an attempt to destroy evidence. As many as 24,000 emails were lost because 422 backup tapes were erased, according to J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The revelation is likely to fuel conspiracy theories among conservatives who say the IRS has obstructed congressional investigations into the scandal. George...
  • US says truck hijacked in Mexico, visas stolen

    06/24/2015 8:38:23 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 24 Jun 2015
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Mexico says a truck carrying visas was hijacked in northern Mexico and the visas stolen. The embassy says in a statement Wednesday that the theft occurred on June 7 "in northern Mexico," without specifying where. The truck was making a trip from the United States to U.S. Consulates in the cities of Monterrey and Guadalajara. Some approved border crossing cards also were stolen. An electronic alert has been issued so that the stolen cards cannot be used to cross the border.
  • Guess the Political Party: AP Photo Lines Pistol Up with Senator, 2016 Candidate Ted Cruz’s Brain

    06/21/2015 4:27:52 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Jun 2015
    Of course, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 93% is a Republican. That puts him in proximity with guns and gun posters, as seen in this picture from Associated Press photog Charlie Neibergall, more often than Democrats. Still, imagine a similar situation–a U.S. Senator campaigning for President–and instead of a pro-2nd Amendment event, it’s a pro-gun control event. Imagine this Senator is standing in front of a giant poster of a pistol–one meant to demonize the weapon rather than promote it. Imagine that this same AP photographer, instead of shifting a foot to the left or the right, framed a picture with...
  • Days After Relaunch, Hillary Campaign’s Press Relations Already Hits New Low

    06/15/2015 5:32:20 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 19 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 15 Jun 2015 | Alex Griswold
    Just two days into Hillary Clinton‘s re-relaunched presidential run, the campaign has already dealt a self-inflicted wound to its precarious relationship with the press. Rather than send fifty reporters from fifty news outlets to a given event, press organizations typically set up “pools” of reporters who take turns attending events and filing pool reports of what happened. But on Monday, the designated print pool reporter, The Daily Mail’s David Martosko, was denied access to all pooled campaign events. ADVERTISING The campaign’s denial comes after weeks of negative, tabloidish coverage from the conservative UK-based outlet. Most recently, Martosko critiqued many of...
  • Clinton Campaign Won’t Commit to Releasing Hillary Medical Records

    06/15/2015 11:04:29 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Jun 2015
    On Sunday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager would not commit to releasing her health records during the 2016 campaign. Face the Nation host John Dickerson pointed out that “Hillary Clinton had a big health scare when she was secretary of state” and asked campaign manager Robby Mook, “will she release her medial records as part of this campaign?” “I will let Hillary decide that,” Mook answered. “But I can tell you she has been hitting the campaign trail hard.” In 2012, Clinton had to delay her Benghazi testimony to Congress after she fell and suffered a concussion. She later was treated...
  • Islamic State expands its 'state'

    05/22/2015 8:01:10 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 22 May 2015 | Samia Nakhoul
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Almost a year after Islamic State's shock capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of IraqÂ’s increasingly theoretical central government. Nobody talks of Mosul or recapturing it from Islamic State. It is a forgotten city. Now it is all about the fall of Ramadi, the neighbouring ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in central Syria and beyond - the Libyan city of Sirte, hometown of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. To the eyes of many in the region,...
  • Obama: We're not losing against ISIS

    05/22/2015 7:38:09 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 22 May 2015 | Kevin Liptak
    Washington (CNN)Assessing his war on ISIS after the group overtook the key Iraqi city of Ramadi, President Barack Obama said in an interview this week his strategy against the terrorists isn't failing. "I don't think we're losing," Obama said in the Tuesday interview with The Atlantic magazine, which posted online Thursday. Calling the fall of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, a "tactical setback," Obama pinned the blame on poorly trained and organized Iraqi Defense Forces. "The training of Iraqi security forces, the fortifications, the command-and-control systems are not happening fast enough in Anbar, in the Sunni parts of the...
  • Here’s How Hillary Clinton Responded to Fox Reporter’s Request for Her to Take Questions

    05/19/2015 9:54:42 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 43 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 19 May 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    »» Columnists Here’s How Hillary Clinton Responded to Fox Reporter’s Request for Her to Take Questions by Andrew Kirell | 12:31 pm, May 19th, 2015 video 20 Since announcing her presidential run a month ago, Hillary Clinton has rarely taken questions from the media. It’s gotten so bad that the New York Times has taken to asking hypothetical questions for when she does start answering; and the Washington Post has begun counting the minutes since her last media conversation. Her reluctance to answer questions has been underscored by ongoing controversies surrounding foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and her use...
  • Court Rules That YouTube Cannot Be Forced to Remove Innocence of Muslims

    05/18/2015 5:52:30 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 19 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 18 May 2015 | Tina Nguyen
    An appeals court today reversed a lower court’s decision compelling YouTube to remove the controversial film Innocence of Muslims, saying that such an act was a violation of the First Amendment. The film, a 13-minute “trailer” created by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula in 2012, sparked outrage among the Muslim community for its depiction of the prophet Muhammad as a pedophile and a murderer, and for a time was thought to be the cause of the attacks against the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya. The initial lawsuit had been filed by Cindy Lee Garcia, one of the actresses in the film, who...
  • Can Iraq be saved?

    05/18/2015 5:34:40 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 18 May 2015 | Sarah B. Boxer
    After capturing the capital city of a major Iraqi region, ISIS is claiming one of its biggest victories. According to local officials, Islamic State militants likely killed as many as 500 people in the city of Ramadi, and forced 8,000 to flee their homes. Ramadi, a city of 192,000 people, is the capital of Anbar Province, a large desert region that the Iraqi government announced just last month it was hoping to save in a major military offensive. “It’s a pretty significant setback,” Steve Bucci of the Heritage Foundation told Yahoo’s Bianna Golodryga on Monday. Bucci says American aid to...
  • Islamic State claims full control of Iraq's Ramadi

    05/17/2015 4:28:39 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 57 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 17 May 2015
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants claimed full control of the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday in the biggest defeat for the Baghdad government since last summer. Related Stories Islamic state militants say in full control of Iraq's Ramadi: statement Reuters Islamic State raises flag over local government HQ in Iraq's Ramadi Reuters U.S. hits Islamic State in Syria as jihadists press attacks Reuters U.S., allies conduct 18 air strikes in Iraq, eight in Syria Reuters U.S.-led coalition launches 24 air strikes against Islamic State -task force Reuters In a statement, the group said it had seized tanks...
  • Army weighs if ex-Green Beret hero should be dismissed

    05/17/2015 4:12:41 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 17 May 2015 | EMERY P. DALESIO
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An Army officer stripped of a medal for heroism under fire and his right to call himself a Green Beret is fighting for his military career after accusations he tracked down and killed a suspected bomb-maker in Afghanistan. Though a criminal investigation failed to find remains of his alleged victim and didn't result in charges against Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, he's been targeted for possible dismissal from the Army and the consequent loss of veteran's benefits with a less-than-honorable discharge. A Fort Bragg hearing before three, higher-ranked Special Forces officers could meet later this month to weigh...
  • Speed, apathy mute protests for Wisconsin right-to-work bill

    02/25/2015 4:01:21 PM PST · by mandaladon · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 25 Feb 2015 | TODD RICHMOND
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For two straight days this week, 2,000 union members converged on Wisconsin's Capitol to rally against a new right-to-work bill, chanting, marching and hurling profanities at GOP lawmakers and Gov. Scott Walker. The tone of the rallies has been bitter and angry but hasn't come close to matching the energy that coursed through the building four years ago during massive protests against Walker's proposal to strip public workers of most of their union rights. This time around, union members said Republicans are moving too fast to organize large crowds. Some have even conceded it's a lost...
  • French fracture laid bare as 8-year-old praises terrorists

    01/31/2015 10:04:29 AM PST · by mandaladon · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 31 Jan 2015 | ELAINE GANLEY
    PARIS (AP) — It was bad enough when France learned that the minute of silence for victims of the nation's deadliest terror attacks in decades was not respected by all students. Some children contested it, others walked out. But when an 8-year old Muslim boy proclaimed, "I am with the terrorists," the alarm bells sounded at full strength. The chilling call from a child so young brought into stark relief the divide between mainstream France and a portion of the Muslim population, often from neglected neighborhoods. But the official reaction — hauling the boy into the police station for questioning...
  • White House Spox Stumbles to Answer Whether Taliban a ‘Terrorist’ Group

    01/28/2015 2:40:38 PM PST · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    During Wednesday afternoon’s White House press conference, ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl cornered Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz over why the administration does not consider the Taliban to be a “terrorist” organization. In light of a possible Jordanian prisoner swap with ISIS forces, Karl asked Schultz how that government’s actions differ from the United States’ 2014 release of Gitmo prisoners to the Taliban in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. When the spokesman suggested the Taliban is just an “armed insurgency,” and not a “terrorist organization” like ISIS, Karl pounced: “You don’t think the Taliban’s a terrorist group?” In the clip...
  • Scott Walker Goes Big and Bold at Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/24/2015 3:23:59 PM PST · by mandaladon · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jan 2015 | Dan Riehl
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker eschewed the podium at Saturday’s Iowa Freedom Summit, opting to use the full stage to work the room with an incredibly high-energy speech that repeatedly stressed the themes of “common sense conservative reform” and the GOP’s need to “go big and go bold” if they want to win in American politics today. Walker ended by telling Iowans, “I’m going to come back many more times in the future” and pointed to a broader American revival similar to the one he said he’s led in Wisconsin. This seemed to be a clear sign that Walker intends to...
  • US says it should have sent high official to Paris march

    01/12/2015 4:24:04 PM PST · by mandaladon · 54 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12 Jan 2015 | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare admission of error, the White House said Monday that President Barack Obama or another high-level representative should have joined dozens of world leaders at an anti-terror rally in Paris. While leaders from Europe, the Middle East and Africa linked arms for Sunday's march through the boulevards of Paris, the United States was represented by its ambassador to France. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris for security meetings but did not attend the march. "It's fair to say we should have sent someone with a higher profile," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. The...
  • 'At Least Six Hostages' In Paris Supermarket

    01/09/2015 7:17:06 AM PST · by mandaladon · 99 replies
    Sky News ^ | 9 Jan 2015
    Police tell French media the hostage takers are demanding freedom for the Charlie Hebdo killers, holed up in a separate siege. At least six people, including children, have been taken hostage at a kosher supermarket in Paris after a shootout, reports say. SWAT teams, dozens of police vans and emergency services rushed to the scene in the eastern part of the French capital, as helicopters hovered above. It is thought that two hostage takers might be inside the shop, and Israeli TV said a six-month old baby and the baby's mother are among those held captive. A police officer told...
  • U.S. Speaker Boehner says doesn't like being called 'spineless'

    01/08/2015 3:27:56 PM PST · by mandaladon · 61 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8 Jan 2015
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday he doesn't like being called "spineless" or a "squish" by critics, and he vowed to prove his mettle to lawmakers who bopposed his re-election earlier this week. Boehner was re-elected Speaker of the House on Tuesday even as 25 members of his own Republican party declined to support him, the biggest such intra-party rebellion against a speaker candidate since 1859. His detractors, many of them on the right wing of his party, say Boehner is too prone to compromise with Democrats. Boehner said that portrayal is false....
  • Venezuela's bizarre response to McDonald's running out of french fries

    01/08/2015 3:02:22 PM PST · by mandaladon · 27 replies
    Tico Times ^ | 8 Jan 2015 | Roberto A. Ferdman
    Venezuela’s leaders aren’t taking the ongoing McDonald’s french fry shortage in their country too well. Publicly sponsored news outlets, government officials, and even the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, have all responded to McDonald’s unthinkable french fry shortage, which spans all 100 outlets in the country, by publicly criticizing the chain, and its french fries. One of the loudest responses came from Telesur, a state-sponsored news outlet, which wasted no time in getting to what it views as the heart of the issue. The outlet published a story headlined, “McDonald’s joins economic war against Venezuela,” not-so-subtly suggesting that the lack of...
  • Paris Attack Suspect Dead, Two in Custody

    01/07/2015 3:43:52 PM PST · by mandaladon · 166 replies
    NBC News ^ | 7 Jan 2015
    One of the suspects in the Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has been killed and the two others are in custody, a two senior U.S. counterterrorism officials told NBC News. Authorities identified the three men as Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, both French and in their early 30s, and 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, whose nationality wasn't immediately clear. One of the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the investigation, told The Associated Press that the men were linked to a Yemeni terrorist network. And Cherif Kouachi was convicted in 2008 of terrorism...
  • NBC News and MSNBC Join CNN in Not Showing Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

    01/07/2015 3:17:04 PM PST · by mandaladon · 62 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 7 Jan 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    Following CNN’s decision to refrain from showing Charlie Hebdo cartoons that could be deemed “offensive” to Muslims on air, NBC News has made a similar statement, confirming that the images will not appear on NBC News or the company’s cable channel, MSNBC. An NBC News spokesperson said: “Our NBC News Group Standards team has sent guidance to NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC not to show headlines or cartoons that could be viewed as insensitive or offensive.”
  • WH Unsure Whether Murderous Rampage in France Is 'Terrorism'

    01/07/2015 6:59:11 AM PST · by mandaladon · 75 replies
    The CNN host asked, "Josh, when you talk about countering the message, you keep using the word violence. I mean, this is an act of terrorism, that's what the president of France called it -- an act of terrorism. You're referring to ISIS and other bad actors, it doesn't really matter who it is at the end of the day. You know you're fighting a very large group of people of somewhat similar concern. Do you see this as an act of terrorism, and is this something that has to be condemned on that level?" "Based on what we know...
  • Autopsy of slain Missouri teen shows close-range gunshot: report

    10/22/2014 8:05:54 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 37 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 22 Oct 2014 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - A newly disclosed autopsy of the unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer set off months of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, suggests he suffered a gunshot to the hand from close range, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported. The St. Louis County medical examiner's autopsy of 18-year-old Michael Brown, obtained by the newspaper and published online late on Tuesday, said a microscopic examination of his hand tissue showed particles "consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm." Forensic experts interviewed by the newspaper said the material indicated Brown's hand was close...
  • ABC Medical Expert: ‘Very Real Possibility’ U.S. Soldier Contracts Ebola

    10/12/2014 8:21:44 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 46 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12 Oct 2014 | Evan McMurry
    ABC News medical expert Richard Besser told This Week Sunday morning that there was a “very real” possibility one of the 3,000 U.S. troops being sent to west Africa to help fight the ebola outbreak could contract the virus. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases had discounted the possibility, pointing out that U.S. troops would be tasked with “logistics, engineering, command and control, and setting up field hospitals.” “Certainly going over there, they could indirectly get contact, but their primary mission is not to take care of patients,” Fauci said. That wasn’t the clickworthy...