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  • IRS official: Lois Lerner email trail may not be cold

    07/21/2014 5:18:23 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | RACHAEL BADE
    A top IRS official is now uncertain about whether backup tapes of the lost Lois Lerner emails may exist, according to testimony released by Republicans — a potentially significant plot twist in the controversy that has shaken the IRS in recent weeks. IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane, who oversees the tax-collecting agency’s document production to Congress, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in private testimony that he’s now unsure whether all the backup tapes with correspondence from the ex-IRS official were recycled. “I don’t know if there is a backup tape with information on it...
  • ‘I’m for It’: Obama Lends Support to DC Statehood Push

    07/21/2014 4:23:01 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 66 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | Eddie Scarry
    President Barack Obama said on Monday that he’s in favor of Washington, D.C., gaining statehood. “I’m in D.C., so I’m for it,” he said to a room of mostly young, minority boys who were at the White House for Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. “Folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else.” Obama said he’s supported the idea of statehood for D.C. “for quite sometime” but acknowledged that “the politics of it” would make it something difficult to move through Congress....
  • Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

    07/21/2014 11:00:43 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 11 replies
    Times Union.Com ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
    TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — The man-in-the-know nursed a late-morning beer at a bar near the Suchiate River that separates Guatemala from Mexico, and answered a question about his human smuggling business with a question: "Do you think a coyote is going to say he's a coyote?" Dressed as a migrant in shorts and sandals but speaking like an entrepreneur, he then described shipments of tens of thousands of dollars in human cargo from the slums of Honduras and highlands of Guatemala to cities across the United States. "It's business," he said, agreeing to speak to a reporter only if...
  • Sarah Palin on Border Crisis: 'What Did the President Know and When Did He Know It?'

    07/21/2014 8:22:01 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | Tony Lee
    The Washington Post's reporting brought down Richard Nixon. On Sunday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin wondered if it could do the same to President Barack Obama regarding his lawlessness on illegal immigration. Palin, who called for Obama to be impeached on the pages of Breitbart News, demanded in a Facebook post that Congress get answers to two questions: "What did the President know and when did he know it?" Palin mentioned that the Washington Post had a blockbuster piece on Saturday about how “top officials at the White House and the State Department had repeatedly been warned of the potential...
  • Dim views of Hillary Clinton’s time at State

    07/21/2014 8:15:05 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    A majority of voters are unimpressed with Hillary Clinton’s performance as secretary of state, according to a new POLITICO poll. Just 14 percent described her time at State — she served four years ending in February 2013 — as “excellent,” while 28 percent defined it as “good.” Twenty-one percent called it “fair,” and 32 percent rated her performance “poor.” Six percent weren’t sure or declined to answer. The survey of likely voters in states and districts with the most competitive House and Senate races was conducted this month as Clinton traveled around the country to promote her new memoir, “Hard...
  • Kerry Slams ‘Trigger Happy’ Critics: U.S. Should Be ‘Proud’ of Obama’s Diplomatic Successes

    07/20/2014 6:21:02 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 50 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 20 Jul 2014 | Evan McMurry
    Juggling foreign policy hotspots from Israel to Iran to Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry strongly defended the Obama administration’s foreign policy to Meet the Press host David Gregory, arguing that the administration had successfully used diplomacy to further peace whereas certain previous administration (a-HEM) were “trigger happy” to the point of starting wars. “What [Obama] faces is a problem with a bunch of critics who want to jump to conclusions without looking at the facts,” Kerry said. “The facts could not be more clear. The United States of America has never been more engaged, helping to lead in more...
  • Passionate Farmer Takes On Her Government Harassers

    07/20/2014 6:11:00 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 20 Jul 2014 | Ginni Thomas
    With her life’s dream of being a small family farmer in Virginia, Martha Boneta obtained 64 acres in Fauquier County, Va in 2006 to raise vegetables, herbs, raw honey, eggs, and host small animals. Little did she know that a birthday party with eight ten-year old girls would trigger zealous county regulators who saw the party as an event needing special exception permits and required a hearing that would impose fees. Thinking she had all the right commercial permits and licenses, Boneta was still threatened with $5,000 per day fines despite Virginia being a right to farm state, where local...
  • Hundreds of protests set this weekend against illegal immigration, Obama's policies

    07/19/2014 5:52:53 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 19 Jul 2014
    Hundreds of protests are taking place across the United States this weekend in opposition to the surge of immigrants illegally crossing the country’s southern border and proposed immigration reform that organizers say gives amnesty to those already living illegally in the country. Organizers say 321 protests will take place over the next two days -- from state capitals to highway overpasses to Mexican consulates. The protests have been sparked by the thousands of Central American immigrants who in the past few months have entered the U.S. illegally in hopes of staying. “We know that 12,000 people expected to attend roughly...
  • Obamas to spend rare weekend at Camp David retreat

    07/19/2014 10:51:35 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 48 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 19 Jul 2014 | JIM KUHNHENN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is foregoing his usual round of weekend golf at a Washington suburban military base. Instead, he and his family are choosing what is for them a rare woodland getaway: a weekend at the presidential mountaintop retreat of Camp David. The family was leaving Friday for the isolated and heavily guarded hideaway in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains. The White House said the family weekend had already been planned and that he would return to the White House on Sunday. The escape from the White House caps a fierce week of foreign policy eruptions, highlighted by a...
  • Obama hits reset button on wobbly public response to Malaysia Airlines shootdown

    07/19/2014 8:11:12 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 19 Jul 2014 | Olivier Knox
    President Obama on Friday called the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 an “outrage of unspeakable proportions,” declared it a “wake-up call” for timid European leaders, and all but laid blame for the tragedy directly at the doorstep of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obama’s blunt language, delivered in the White House briefing room from behind a lectern with the presidential seal, offered a stark contrast to his muddled public handling of the disaster a day earlier. As the news broke on Thursday, the White House signaled that the president had first learned about the world-shaking events from Putin at the...
  • Concha: Two Huge Int’l Crises Can’t Alter Busy Schedule of Fundraiser-in-Chief

    07/17/2014 5:00:36 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 23 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 17 Jul 2014 | Joe Concha
    Jon Stewart was exactly right during the open of his Monday show this week: The world really has gone mad. Actually, Monday now looks in retrospect downright tranquil compared to what we’re seeing on our television sets and on our phones this afternoon. A commercial airliner with 295 people on board — including reportedly 23 Americans — are killed after a plane is shot down in Ukraine. Who exactly is responsible (pro-Russian separatists are suspected) has not been confirmed. More importantly, the State Department hasn’t confirmed any Americans were on the flight. As if this wasn’t enough, a few hours...
  • White House: Migrants’ Privacy Trump Americans’ Right To Know [VIDEO]

    07/16/2014 3:36:37 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 16 Jul 2014 | Neil Munro
    The White House won’t reveal where it is housing thousands of Central American juvenile migrants because their privacy rights trump Americans’ right to know what‘s happening in their neighborhoods, press secretary Josh Earnest declared July 16. “The public does have a right to know what’s happening… [but] at the same time, there are privacy rights that are included in the law that this administration is committed to enforcing and following,” Earnest told Ed Henry, Fox News’ White House correspondent. “We are not surprised in the least to see the Obama administration imitate the smugglers,” William Gheen, founder of Americans for...
  • David Simas won’t appear before Issa’s panel

    07/16/2014 8:13:04 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 16 Jul 2014 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN and LAUREN FRENCH
    David Simas, director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, will not comply with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s subpoena for him to testify, White House Counsel Neil Eggleston said in a letter Tuesday to panel Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). “The committee’s effort to compel Mr. Simas’s testimony threatens longstanding interests of the executive branch in preserving the president’s independence and autonomy, as well as his ability to obtain candidate advice and counsel to aid him in the discharge of his constitutional duties,” Eggleston wrote.
  • Journalist, activist detained by US Border Patrol

    07/15/2014 11:13:44 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 15 Jul 2014 | CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, a Philippines-born immigration activist who has lived in the U.S. since childhood without legal documentation, was detained Tuesday by Border Patrol agents at a Texas airport Vargas had been visiting the border city for several days as part of a vigil to highlight the plight of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children coming into the U.S. illegally who in recent months have overwhelmed Border Patrol facilities. Vargas went public about his own immigration status in a 2011 piece for the New York Times Magazine, revealing that he had been living in...
  • Suspect in Benghazi attack killed under mysterious circumstances

    07/15/2014 8:02:51 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 15 Jul 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Faraj al-Shibli did not lack for enemies, it would appear. The Libyan government held him for a time after the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, at least long enough for the FBI to interrogate him. Two days ago, another militia grabbed him in the former Cyrenaica capital of Marj, a town just off the Mediterranean, 96 kilometers from Benghazi. Yesterday, locals found his body: Faraj al-Shibli, who was suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, has been found dead, a Libyan source and locals in the town of Marj said....
  • Planned Parenthood Schools Underage Girls In Violent Sex [VIDEO]

    07/15/2014 7:49:49 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 15 Jul 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    Planned Parenthood staffers are using taxpayer money to instruct underage girls in dangerous and violent sex practices — including whipping, bondage and choking, according to a new video released by the anti-abortion group Live Action Tuesday. The uncensored footage obtained by The Daily Caller shows staffers telling investigators posing as underage girls to experiment with violent sex play in response to generic questions about sex. Staffers at two clinics in Colorado explain to the investigators that a variety of painful sex acts — including biting, chaining, gagging, whipping, choking, using nipple clamps, and more — are completely safe and normal...
  • Dana Milbank: Another swing and a miss for Obama’s foreign policy

    07/14/2014 6:23:04 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 14 Jul 2014 | Dana Milbank
    President Obama has described his foreign-policy doctrine as an attempt to hit singles, doubles and the occasional home run. But at this stage of the game, it looks as though he has popped out, grounded into a double play and been hit by a pitch. His attorney general, Eric Holder, said Sunday that the threat of undetectable explosives from Syria is “more frightening than anything” he has experienced in office. And the Wall Street Journal ran a front-page article Monday reporting that “the breadth of global instability now unfolding hasn’t been seen since the late 1970s” and that “U.S. global...
  • Texas Democrat on CNN: White House Not Happy I Criticized Obama

    07/13/2014 7:58:50 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 26 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 13 Jul 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    On Wednesday of this past week, Rep. Henry Cuellar revealed to Fox & Friends that he has received some “angry” calls from the White House, pushing back against his criticism of the way President Barack Obama is handling the crisis on the U.S. border with Mexico. The following night, CNN’s Anderson Cooper pushed Cuellar to expand on how exactly the White House expresses its displeasure with him. “I understand someone from the White House actually called you up, angry that you were criticizing the president publicly. What did they say?” Cooper asked. “I thought we had a very constructive, positive...
  • Pentagon Successfully Tests First Small-Caliber, Self-Guided Bullets [VIDEO]

    07/11/2014 5:30:49 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11 Jul 2014
    The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced the first successful live-fire tests of the military’s first smart, self-guided bullets. In a video released by DARPA Thursday, Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance (EXACTO) .50-caliber bullets maneuvered independently mid-flight to accurately strike targets purposefully offset from where the firing sniper rifle was aimed. The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced the first successful live-fire tests of the military’s first smart, self-guided bullets. In a video released by DARPA Thursday, Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance (EXACTO) .50-caliber bullets maneuvered independently mid-flight to accurately strike targets purposefully offset from where the firing...
  • Obama official says immigrant kids draining funds

    07/11/2014 5:16:41 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11 Jul 2014 | ERICA WERNER and ALICIA A. CALDWEL
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security agency responsible for removing immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally will run out of money by mid-August unless Congress approves President Barack Obama's emergency request for $3.7 billion to help deal with a flood of child immigrants crossing the border illegally without their parents, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says. Additionally, Customs and Border Protection, whose 20,000-plus Border Patrol agents are responsible for arresting illegal border crossers, will be out of money by mid-September at the "current burn rate," Johnson told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday as he defended the president's emergency...
  • Judge gives IRS week to explain missing emails

    07/11/2014 4:06:07 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | 11 Jul 2014 | RACHAEL BADE
    A federal judge Friday gave the IRS one week to hand over details on Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive and how to track it, the second federal judge in as many days to seek more information about the elusive emails. Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia ordered the the tax agency to find out by July 18 what happened to the crashed hard drive responsible for erasing two years worth of the former IRS official’s emails, including whether it’s traceable through a serial number. If such information is gone, the judge wants an...
  • IRS must take oath on Lerner emails: judge

    07/10/2014 6:09:51 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 10 Jul 2014 | MACKENZIE WEINGER
    A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost emails connected to Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the tea party targeting scandal. The action is the latest in conservative group Judicial Watch’s bid to discover more on the missing emails after the group won a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the IRS. The revelation last month that Lerner’s and potentially other tax officials’ emails are lost after computer crashes has revived the year-plus long controversy over added scrutiny the agency gave to tea party groups seeking nonprofit status....
  • Obama lets rip on trip out of Washington

    07/10/2014 5:50:43 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 39 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10 Jul 2014 | Steve Holland
    AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - President Barack Obama may look back on this week as the time when he dropped all pretense of political decorum and let all his frustrations with Washington gridlock spill forth. Obama's public speeches on a three-day trip, like the one he delivered at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, covered many of the same talking points he delivers at Democratic fund-raising events. But the tone was significantly sharper. In fact, the slashing rhetoric he used before an adoring crowd in the Texas capital may well have surpassed the typically sober review of the status...
  • Before border crisis peaked, Texas governor warned Obama administration

    07/09/2014 3:56:37 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9 Jul 2014 | David Nakamura
    When President Obama arrives in Dallas Wednesday evening, his first order of business will be to huddle with local leaders to discuss a border crisis that a White House spokesman this week described as an “emergent situation.” But one of the leaders invited to that meeting, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), says the administration has no excuse for being surprised. In a letter to Obama more than two years ago, Perry raised a red alarm about an influx of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border, citing federal statistics showing that the number of minors had shot up 90 percent. “By...
  • GOP: Lerner warned IRS employees to hide information from Congress

    07/09/2014 3:42:17 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9 Jul 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    A newly released email from former IRS employee Lois G. Lerner, sent just as the tea party targeting scandal was erupting, warned colleagues to “be cautious” about what information they put in emails because it could be turned over to Congress. “I was cautioning folks about email and how we have had several occasions where Congress ask asked for emails and there has been an electronic search for responsive emails — so we need to be cautious about what we say in emails,” Ms. Lerner wrote in an April 9, 2013, message. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/9/gop-lerner-warned-irs-employees-hide-information/#ixzz370v3IPYJ Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter...
  • Cruz Sends Obama Map With Directions From Fundraisers To Border Towns

    07/09/2014 10:41:11 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 14 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | 9 Jul 2014
    Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has joined Texas Gov. Rick Perry in calling on President Barack Obama to visit the Mexican border personally, with Cruz sending Obama actual directions to the border from the president’s planned fundraiser stops in Austin and Dallas. Cruz took to Twitter to invite Obama to take a look at the border itself amid a growing immigration crisis along the southern border with Mexico. “If President Obama wants to have a real border meeting with @GovernorPerry, here are a couple suggested detours,” Cruz tweeted on Tuesday. The maps show driving routes from Austin...
  • Colorado Man Who Gives ‘No F****’ Asks Obama If He Wants Some Weed

    07/09/2014 7:44:44 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Chuck Ross
    President Obama did not say “yes,” but he also did not say “no” when asked by a man in a Colorado bar Tuesday night if he wanted to smoke marijuana. Obama merely laughed when, as he was greeting a crowd at a Denver bar, 24-year-old Matthew Anton held a joint up in the air and asked “You want to hit this?” “Asked him if he wanted a hit of pot…he laughed! #legalizeit #iinhaled #mrGQ” wrote Anton on Instagram. The offer capped an interesting night for Obama, who is in Colorado to attend two fundraisers. He and Gov. John Hickenlooper were...
  • Benghazi panel ramps up

    07/07/2014 4:52:14 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | 7 Jul 2014 | LAUREN FRENCH
    There are no Benghazi hearings on the House calendar, but the silence doesn’t mean the investigation is fading away. Rep. Trey Gowdy is launching a special committee to wrangle a probe that’s sprawled across the jurisdictions of multiple headline-hungry committee chairmen. And while the South Carolina Republican isn’t committing to specifics, like whether there will be public hearings with high-profile witnesses like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, his methodical approach could help the GOP savor a scandal that has at times looked more like a political sideshow. “No one [has] defended the five-minute questioning [process] as the most calculated...
  • Will Obama Back Warren For President In 2016 To Screw Over The Clintons One Last Time?

    07/07/2014 9:32:27 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7 Jul 2014 | Eric Owens
    President Barack Obama has vowed to throw his complete support behind Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren if she chooses to run for president in 2016, writes Ed Klein in the New York Post. Obama has ordered his political svengali, Valerie Jarrett, to convince Warren, who currently has two years of experience as an elected official, to run against the Clinton machine in 2016. There have been secret meetings, Klein says. The reasons that Obama can’t stand Clinton (either one of them) are both personal and political, the bombshell-loving reporter explains. Personally, the president doesn’t like Bill Clinton because of some of...
  • Former SecState with presidential ambitions can’t tell the players in UK?

    07/03/2014 4:14:52 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3 Jul 2014
    When I first saw this clip earlier today, I was inclined to dismiss it. After all, plenty of people make the mistake Hillary Clinton does in this interview with BBC Radio today. The interviewer asks the former Secretary of State to gauge the strength of the “special relationship” between the US and the UK, and offers a rather insipid answer that applies to nearly all of our allies in the West. But it’s the apparent ignorance of the UK’s political parties from a woman who served for four years as America’s chief diplomat that got the buzz (via TWS and...
  • Local Murrieta Official Warns Immigration Protests Likely ‘Every Time’ Buses Arrive

    07/02/2014 10:38:12 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 44 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 2 Jul 2014
    MURRIETA (CBSLA.com/AP) — A dramatic scene in Murrieta that saw American flag-waving protesters prevent Homeland Security buses carrying undocumented migrant children and families from reaching a suburban processing center is likely to be repeated in the coming days, a city official said Wednesday. Mayor Pro-Tem Harry Ramos told KNX 1070′s Dick Helton that the standoff Tuesday – which included several protesters holding U.S. flags and signs reading “stop illegal immigration,” and “illegals out!” – may occur every 72 hours as a new busload of immigrants are processed through Border Patrol. “I believe that there will be protests every time there...
  • What’s Going With This Photo In Valerie Jarrett’s Office?

    07/01/2014 5:24:01 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 47 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 1 Jul 2014 | Andrew Kaczynski
    On NBC on Sunday, Meet the Press had a segment on Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. “Our Cynthia McFadden was granted unique access and spent a day behind the scenes with Valerie Jarrett at the White House,” host David Gregory said introducing the segment. Strangely, inside her office is this photo with figures bowing before a picture of Jarrett.
  • Protesters block buses with migrants in California

    07/01/2014 4:54:38 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 109 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1 Jul 2014 | AP
    MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — Protesters have blocked buses carrying migrants from overcrowded facilities on the Texas border to a Southern California processing center. Several dozen protesters, some waving U.S. flags and signs denouncing illegal immigration, converged Tuesday outside the Border Patrol facility in Murrieta. The buses finally backed away from the facility. Their destination was not immediately known. The protesters are upset that 136 migrants — mainly families and children — were flown to San Diego from Texas on Tuesday. U.S. authorities are trying to deal with tens of thousands of immigrants, many of them unescorted children, who since October...
  • GOTCHA! Truck Driver Busts Cop On His Cellphone, Speeding [VIDEO]

    06/29/2014 6:22:12 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 29 Jun 2014 | Chuck Ross
    A truck driver showed what can happen when police officers find out they’re being videotaped. Brian Miner was pulled over in Illinois last week after he honked his truck horn at a state police officer he claims was using his cellphone while speeding on a wet highway. “I pulled you over – the horn, I don’t know what that was about,” the officer told Miner, who recorded the traffic stop. “Because you were speeding and had your cellphone in your hand,” said Miner, explaining why he was honking. “Police officers can actually use technology when they’re driving,” said the officer....
  • Harrier Pilot Proves Marines Can Stick a Crazy Landing in a Pinch

    06/28/2014 4:09:54 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 8 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 28 Jun 2014 | Elizabeth Kreft
    This pilot brings a whole new meaning to “stick the landing.” Just after taking off from the carrier in early June, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. William Mahoney, attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263, had to get creative with an emergency landing. “It was a normal flight day, we were going out to re-punch currency for landing on the ship in the evening,” Mahoney said in a video posted on YouTube. But as soon as he left the deck, the jet indicated a problem. “As I was climbing away from the deck and put the gear up and realized that...
  • 5 Things Obama Has Whined About in His Sad, Sad Life as President

    06/28/2014 10:35:50 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Jun 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Friday, President Obama spent a good chunk of his public speech in Minneapolis complaining about how tough it is to be President Obama. “They don’t do anything except block me!” he complained of the Republican House of Representatives, as though it were the job of Congress to rubber stamp the Great Monarch’s imperial dictates. “And, and, and call me names!” The most powerful man on earth is a petulant whiner. But this isn’t the first time he’s had a crying jag over his sad, sad life. Get out your tiny violins. Whining About The Press. Here’s Obama at the...
  • Maher to Hillary Clinton: ‘Go Away’ Before We Get ‘Sick of You’

    06/28/2014 10:19:52 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 56 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 28 Jun 2014 | Josh Feldman
    Bill Maher took on Hillary Clinton‘s big book tour/2016 pre-campaign and amid the mockery of Clinton downplaying how well-off her family is (he sarcastically sympathized with someone emerging “from the financial rut that is the U.S. presidency”), Maher had some advice for the soon-to-be-official presidential candidate: go away. Contrary to people saying that doing the book tour now will inoculate her from criticism in 2016, Maher said Clinton being constantly on TV and in the news will give way to a different result; namely, “we’re sick of you.” And people will grow tired of her by 2016 anyway.
  • Issa Calls for Special Prosecutor in IRS Case; Suggests Immunity for Lerner

    06/26/2014 11:13:04 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Jun 2014
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA) demanded a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS over its targeting of conservative groups and the disappearance of emails from key officials. Issa declared that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is “not the ideal person, not even an appropriate person” to oversee the investigation into the IRS’ conducts, and that this case calls for a true, special, independent prosecutor who has the ability to issue warrants, to seize materials, to safeguard documents and other information before it goes away and get to the truth.” He added that a special prosecutor will almost certainly...
  • Devastating Numbers for Obama In New York Times Poll

    06/24/2014 6:39:22 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jun 2014 | John Nolte
    A week after an NBC News poll showed that the American people had lost faith in Obama's competence and ability to lead, a new CBS News/New York Times poll has even worse news for a president embattled by his own incompetence, arrogance, and failed policies. In just one month, the president's job approval rating has shifted a full 9 points against him. Though Obama was still upside on approval by 5 points (43-48%) back in May, he now faces a 14 point deficit of 40-54%. In just one month, disapproval of Obama's foreign policy has skyrocketed a full 10 points...
  • What Did Hillary Clinton Say This Time?

    06/22/2014 5:56:14 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 22 Jun 2014 | Chuck Ross
    If book tours are supposed to be promotional, someone should tell Hillary Clinton she’s doing it wrong. The former First Lady stuck her foot in her mouth once again on the topic of her massive wealth in an interview with The Guardian, published Saturday. When asked how — if she decides to run for president in 2016 — she expects to have credibility among voters on the topic of inequality in the U.S. if she herself is part of the problem, Clinton drew a line between her own massive wealth and that of other wealthy people. “But they don’t see...
  • WaPo: CNN coached audience to cheer for Hillary during town hall event

    06/21/2014 5:31:54 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 66 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 21 Jun 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    When CNN rolled out the red carpet for Hillary Clinton’s town-hall interview with Christiane Amanpour, they did more than just build a set and invite an audience to participate. According to the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, who attended the event, CNN warmed up the crowd for Hillary and even coached them on how to cheer and make noise to demonstrate enthusiasm for the former Secretary of State. Note the whoops at the beginning of the broadcast, and near the end of this clip when Amanpour asks about her decision on running for President — cheers that were part of the...
  • Gay, white professor sues historically black university for discrimination

    06/19/2014 9:45:00 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 41 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 19 Jun 2014 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    A white professor is suing Alabama State University (ASU) over claims the historically black university discriminated against him and his partner based on their race and sexual orientation. According to the lawsuit filed in federal court on June 11, Dr. John Garland is suing the ASU and eight current and former employees for racially discriminating against applicants for university positions and subsequently targeting him when he retaliated against those practices. “[Garland’s supervisor] expressed his opinion, stated or implied, that Dr. Garland did not belong at the University and was not ‘suited to [the University’s] type of students’ because Dr. Garland...
  • Hillary Clinton's first week of book sales versus Sarah Palin's is not even close

    06/19/2014 9:32:05 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 45 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 19 Jun 2014 | T. Becket Adams
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to tour the nation, promoting her new book, Hard Choices, and a possible 2016 candidacy. Her book tour, filled with gaffes and missteps, has lagged and perhaps failed to live up to expectations. But that's not all. Her book, when compared to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's political memoir, Going Rogue, has woefully underperformed in sales. And it’s pretty cut and dried. Palin's book, which was released the same year President Obama moved into the White House, sold approximately 496,000 copies in its first week of release, according to figures cited by the...
  • Shock Claim: Police Officer Slit Dog’s Throat

    06/19/2014 6:52:35 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 64 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 19 Jun 2014 | Chuck Ross
    A Baltimore police officer is facing felony animal cruelty charges after he allegedly slit the throat of a 7 year-old dog that had already been placed under control. The incident happened Saturday, and Baltimore police officials announced charges against the unnamed officer on Wednesday. Sarah Gossard’s Shar Pei, Nala, was loose over the weekend when police were called to catch her. But after using a dog pole to round up Nala, one officer made a shocking move. “Unfortunately, at some point after the dog was contained, one of our officers used a knife and cut the dog’s throat,” said Baltimore...
  • Hillary Interview Ratings Underwhelm on CNN and Fox

    06/18/2014 4:03:21 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 34 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 18 Jun 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    Hillary Clinton sat down for two heavily-promoted interviews on cable news Tuesday evening, but they did not deliver the blockbuster ratings CNN and Fox News were likely expecting — or at least hoping for. Clinton’s town hall-style event with Christiane Amanpour was a distant second place at 5 p.m. and dropped to third when it re-aired in primetime at 9 p.m. And while her joint interview with Fox’s Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren did keep Fox News in first place at 6 and 7 p.m., the numbers paled in comparison to the rest of Fox’s evening lineup. Beginning with...
  • GOP: IRS lost more emails in tea party affair

    06/17/2014 2:31:21 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 17 Jun 2014 | RACHAEL BADE
    Republicans on Tuesday charged that the IRS has lost emails of a half dozen of its employees involved in the tea party targeting controversy, including a top aide to the now-fired acting IRS commissioner. In addition to losing two years’ worth of emails sent and received by Lois Lerner, the central figure in the scandal, the IRS “cannot produce records from six other IRS employees involved in the targeting of conservative groups,” Ways and Means Republicans said in a release. That includes Nikole Flax, who was the chief of staff for Steven Miller, the acting IRS commissioner who was fired...
  • White House Claims IRS Computer Crash Story Is Really True

    06/17/2014 8:18:26 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 17 Jun 2014 | Neil Munro
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest stonewalled reporters Monday, seeking an explanation for the administration’s Friday-night claim that a computer crash wiped out all the emails between IRS chief Lois Lerner and other agencies, including the White House. “You’ve never heard of a computer crashing before?” Earnest told a reporter during a brief press gaggle while flying back to D.C. from President Barack Obama’s fundraising trip to California. “A good faith effort has been made” to find the missing emails, he said. Skepticism about the administration’s claim is “indicative of the kinds of conspiracy that are propagated around this story,” Earnest...
  • IMF lowers estimate of US economic growth in 2014

    06/16/2014 10:49:42 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 16 Jun 2014
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is poised to accelerate after a dismal start to the year even though the job market won't return to full employment until 2017. That was the forecast offered Monday in a report by the International Monetary Fund. The IMF noted that steady job gains and other recent data suggest that the economy is rebounding. Employers have added 200,000-plus jobs for four straight months, and the unemployment rate has fallen to 6.3 percent. Auto sales and factory activity are increasing. Yet growth in 2014 won't likely top last year's lackluster performance, the IMF says. The...
  • Obama longs to break out of White House bubble

    06/15/2014 7:28:52 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 80 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 15 Jun 2014 | NEDRA PICKLER
    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — It's perhaps appropriate that President Barack Obama is vacationing this weekend in California, where the state flag features a roaming grizzly. The restless president, who has compared himself to a caged animal on recent wanderings by declaring the "bear is loose," took a long Father's Day weekend away with his wife and older daughter. The visit to the desert resort area of Palm Springs is one of the ways Obama has been trying to escape during his sixth year cloistered in the White House. "I think frankly we've all been through a cold and bitter...
  • Gallup Concludes Hillary's Era of High Favorability Ending as Poll Numbers Plummet

    06/14/2014 6:27:50 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Jun 2014 | Tony Lee
    As she launches her book tour to rebrand her image, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is becoming less liked by Americans. According to a Gallup survey, only 54 percent of Americans now view Clinton favorably, which is her lowest rating since 2008. She had a 59 percent favorability rating before her book tour. Clinton, a potential 2016 presidential contender, is less liked when she enters the political arena, and her book tour is being run like a campaign. Clinton has already made plenty of blunders during her book launch, like claiming that she was "dead broke" after she and...