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  • Gold futures settle higher despite dollar rally

    03/13/2015 12:21:57 PM PDT · by Mariner · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 13th, 2015 | Unattributed
    Gold pared early gains on Friday, on track to break a nine-day streak lower despite the dollar's extended rally as the precious metal market appeared reluctant to extend losses ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve meeting next week. Spot gold traded above $1,154 an ounce in technically oversold territory on the 14-day relative strength index at 25.6.
  • Pelosi shows Democrats how to wield power despite House GOP majority

    03/06/2015 12:03:03 PM PST · by Mariner · 29 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 6th, 2015 | By Sean Sullivan
    Nancy Pelosi had a plan. Democrats were outnumbered, obviously, and she no longer had the power to impose her will the way she did when she was speaker of the House. But neither did the current speaker, John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). With a partial Department of Homeland Security shutdown looming, Pelosi saw a way to torpedo Boehner, and get exactly what she and other Democrats wanted for President Obama. The plan was simple: when Boehner needed her the most, she would not be there for him. She explained her plan to Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) in a...
  • House GOP leader: Senate should change its rules to pass DHS funding

    03/01/2015 1:07:07 PM PST · by Mariner · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/1/2015 | By Jesse Byrnes
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said on Sunday that the Senate should change its rules in order to pass a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). "I think they should change the rule," McCarthy said on NBC's "Meet the Press," suggesting the Senate invoke the so-called "nuclear option" to allow spending bills to only require a simple majority to advance instead of 60 votes.
  • Justice Department ramps up scrutiny of candidates and independent groups

    02/27/2015 9:41:10 PM PST · by Mariner · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 27 at 5:58 PM | By Matea Gold and Colby Itkowitz
    The Justice Department is stepping up scrutiny of the increasingly cozy ties between candidates and their outside allies, a move that could jolt the freewheeling campaign-finance atmosphere ahead of the 2016 elections. A rare conviction of a Virginia campaign operative this month is part of a broader focus on cases in which candidates may be violating a federal ban on sharing strategic information with well-funded independent allies, Justice officials said. “The opportunity to commit the crime has increased dramatically,” said Justice spokesman Peter Carr. “Illegal coordination is difficult to detect, which is why we strongly encourage party or campaign insiders...
  • Scott Walker Is Trying to Woo CPAC. And It's Working.

    02/26/2015 6:34:49 PM PST · by Mariner · 89 replies
    National Journal ^ | Feb 26th, 2015 | By Lauren Fox
    February 26, 2015 Scott Walker found his stride in a rowdy Conservative Polical Action Conference crowd Thursday during a speech aggressively touting his record as Wisconsin governor to offer evidence for why he's ready to take on the White House in 2016. "If we can do it in Wisconsin, we can do it across America," Walker said. After refusing to answer questions about whether President Obama was Christian and declining to clearly outline his position on evolution in recent weeks, Walker did not shy away from some contentious social issues, such as abortion, that have become stumbling blocks for him....
  • Tom Wheeler tweaks net neutrality plan after Google push

    02/25/2015 7:50:19 PM PST · by Mariner · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/25/15 5:38 PM EST | By Brooks Boliek
    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has made some last-minute revisions to his net neutrality plan after Google and public interest groups pressed for the changes, according to sources at the commission. Google, Free Press and New America’s Open Technology Institute last week asked the commission to revise language they said could unintentionally allow Internet service providers to charge websites for sending content to consumers. Such a scenario could open the door to an avalanche of new fees for Web companies and threaten their business models. Google executives on Feb. 19 called aides to Wheeler and staffers for the FCC’s two other...
  • California was warned of computer system’s troubles

    02/25/2015 7:04:18 PM PST · by Mariner · 14 replies
    Before the panicked phone calls and the embarrassing state audit, Ganesh Kumar knew the BrEZe computer program would flop. For seven years, Kumar has worked at the Board of Registered Nursing’s call center where he uses computer data to answer questions when nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing school graduates want to know the status of their license applications or renewals. So Kumar was all for it when Department of Consumer Affairs officials six years ago announced a new $28 million, off-the-shelf computer program, BrEZe, would replace obsolete, narrow systems used by the board and most of the other 39 regulatory...
  • Germany sells five-year debt at negative yield

    02/25/2015 4:05:28 PM PST · by Mariner · 35 replies
    Financial Times - Capital Markets ^ | February 25th, 2015 | Elaine Moore in London
    Germany has sold five-year debt at a negative yield for the first time, as investors paid for the privilege of lending to one of the world’s biggest economies. The sale shows how central bank policy is pushing markets ever deeper into uncharted territory, more than six years after the financial crisis. Policy makers previously worried that negative interest rates might cause markets to malfunction —but that has not happened so far. Negative yielding bonds mean investors pay more than the face value of a bond plus interest payments, accepting a guaranteed loss if they hold it to maturity.
  • Phased US-Iran nuclear deal taking shape

    02/23/2015 11:03:44 AM PST · by Mariner · 72 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 23rd, 2015 | By BRADLEY KLAPPER and GEORGE JAHN
    GENEVA (AP) — The United States and Iran are working on a two-phase deal that clamps down on Tehran's nuclear program for at least a decade before providing it leeway over the remainder of the agreement to slowly ramp up activities that could be used to make weapons.
  • Rudy Giuliani clarifies Obama comments by claiming the President has been influenced by...

    02/20/2015 8:32:29 PM PST · by Mariner · 78 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | February 20, 2015q | BY Celeste Katz
    Trying to explain his controversial comments that President Obama doesn’t love America, Rudy Giuliani said Friday that he believes the President has been influenced by communism and socialism. “Look, this man was brought up basically in a white family, so whatever he learned or didn’t learn, I attribute this more to the influence of communism and socialism” than to his race, Giuliani told the Daily News. “I don’t (see) this President as being particularly a product of African-American society or something like that. He isn’t,” the former mayor added. “Logically, think about his background. . . The ideas that are...
  • Troubled Ukraine marks year since protest bloodbath in Kiev

    02/20/2015 6:47:09 PM PST · by Mariner · 5 replies
    Associted Press ^ | February 20th, 2015 | By SVETLANA KOZLENKO and JIM HEINTZ
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — One year ago, Ihor Zastavnyi was shot three times and lost a leg while taking part in demonstrations that he hoped would lead to a better Ukraine. Today he faces a country that is racked by war, struggling with corruption and pleading to the world for financial help while still stinging from Russia's annexation of Crimea. Yet, reflecting on the situation he still expresses a level of faith. "All this was not in vain. It's impossible even to think like this," he said. "When a person wants to give everything and devote himself to something, as...
  • Why Republicans Might Want to Rethink Their Victory Lap on Immigration

    02/18/2015 12:03:16 PM PST · by Mariner · 56 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/18/2015 | By SERENA MARSHALL
    Republicans, especially some of the potential 2016 presidential candidates, were quick to claim a victory this week after a judge in Texas ordered a temporary halt to some of President Obama’s controversial immigration actions. "The Texas court decision reached last night is a major turning point in the fight to stop Obama's lawless amnesty," Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Tuesday. "This is a major victory for the rule of law; the District Court's ruling states that President Obama must now stop implementing these policies in 'any and all aspects.'” ....snip.... But it could be a short-term victory because immigration is...
  • U.S. arms might fan Ukraine war: OSCE chief

    02/08/2015 4:09:36 PM PST · by Mariner · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 8th, 2015 | By Adrian Croft
    MUNICH (Reuters) - The United States risks provoking a more direct intervention by Russia in the separatist conflict in Ukraine if it sends weapons to Kiev, the head of the OSCE security watchdog said on Sunday. The United States has said it is considering helping Ukraine defend itself in the face of increasingly confident pro-Russian separatists, whom the West believes have been armed by Moscow. Russia has denied dispatching weapons and men to the rebels and European leaders have cautioned against supplying military aid to Kiev for fear of worsening the situation. Lamberto Zannier, secretary-general of the Organisation for Security...
  • Iran: The ‘Americans Are Begging Us for a Deal’

    02/05/2015 6:06:48 PM PST · by Mariner · 40 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Feb 5th, 2015 | BY: Adam Kredo
    A top Iranian military leader claims that U.S. officials have been “begging us” to sign a nuclear deal during closed door negotiations with Tehran over its contested nuclear program, according to recent comments made to the Iranian state-controlled media. Mohammad Reza Naghdi, the commander of the Basij, a paramilitary group operating under the wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC), recently claimed that the “Americans are begging us for a deal on the negotiation table,” according to comments published in Persian and independently translated for the Washington Free Beacon. Naghdi added that American officials routinely “plea” with Iran in...
  • US Navy's 6th Generation Fighter Jets Will Be Slow and Unstealthy

    02/05/2015 3:59:46 PM PST · by Mariner · 37 replies
    The National Interest ^ | Feb 5th, 2015 | Zachary Keck
    The U.S. Navy’s next generation air superiority fighter will not be “super-duper fast” or employ much in the way of stealth, a senior navy official announced on Wednesday. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the Navy’s top officer, divulged some details about the Navy’s so-called Next Generation Air Dominance F/A-XX fighter jet during a speech at an industry conference. “I don’t see that it’s going to be super-duper fast, because you can’t outrun missiles.” Greenert said, the Washington Examiner reported. “And you can’t become so stealthy that you become invisible — you are going to generate a signature of...
  • Top NATO general warns of Russian reaction to arming Ukraine

    02/05/2015 10:13:53 AM PST · by Mariner · 84 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 5th, 2015 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The top NATO commander warned Thursday that any move to provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons must take into account any possible angry reaction from Russia. U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove said that any action the U.S. or other Western nations take "could trigger a more strident reaction from Russia." His remarks come amid signals that the U.S. is considering giving Ukraine defensive weapons to help protect forces along the border from escalating assault by Russian-backed separatists. He and other U.S. leaders insist there is no military solution to the conflict, but say that Ukraine has...
  • The GOP's plan to fund DHS just failed. Now what?

    02/03/2015 12:51:31 PM PST · by Mariner · 51 replies
    Vox ^ | Fed 3rd, 2015 | Dara Lind
    The Senate just failed to pass a bill to fund Department of Homeland Security by forcing President Obama to undo his executive actions to protect unauthorized immigrants from deportation. One Republican, Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), voted with Democrats against the bill. Congress and the president need to agree on a plan to fund DHS sometime before February 27th, when its current funding runs out. If they can't agree on a funding bill, DHS will be in a technical shutdown — but around 85 percent of the department will keep coming to work as "essential" government workers or employees of fee-funded...
  • Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk

    01/30/2015 7:39:46 PM PST · by Mariner · 10 replies
    AP ^ | Jan 30th, 2015 | By BALINT SZLANKO and PETER LEONARD
    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed....(excerpt)
  • Need help filing out your tax return? Don't call the IRS

    01/14/2015 6:53:55 PM PST · by Mariner · 18 replies
    AP ^ | 1/14/2015 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Filing a federal tax return is about to get more complicated for millions of families because of President Barack Obama's health law. But they shouldn't expect much help from the Internal Revenue Service. Got a question for the IRS? Good luck reaching someone by phone. The tax agency says only half of the 100 million people expected to call this year will be able to reach a person. Callers who do get through may have to wait on hold for 30 minutes or more to talk to someone who will answer only the simplest questions. "Taxpayers who...
  • John Thune: We’re not going to shut down Homeland Security in February over executive amnesty

    01/05/2015 5:59:59 PM PST · by Mariner · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | Allahpundit
    In that case, I have no idea what the point of the “cromnibus” was. Remember that? That was Boehner’s compromise with Obama and Reid on spending that passed last month. It had two parts, one of which would fund the federal government except for Homeland Security through most of next year and the other of which would fund Homeland Security itself only through part of February. That was a concession to conservative anger over O’s executive amnesty. If Obama doesn’t suspend his amnesty before then, the theory went, the new GOP Congress will refuse to pass new funding for DHS...
  • The massive prisoner’s dilemma the GOP faces on immigration

    01/05/2015 12:16:56 PM PST · by Mariner · 39 replies
    Vox ^ | by Dara Lind
    Here's the fundamental problem that President Obama's executive actions on immigration pose for Republican presidential candidates in 2015, during the long run-up to the first primaries. Many conservative activists will be working hard to get candidates to take a hard line against any form of "amnesty" for unauthorized immigrants. But if the eventual GOP nominee is on the record promising to get rid of President Obama's relief programs for the unauthorized, he's going to be at a massive disadvantage with Latino voters. "collectively, they're better off not saying anything too specific. individually, there's a huge benefit to doing just that"...
  • Rudy Giuliani Accuses Obama, Black Leaders Of Stoking 'Anti-Police Hatred'

    12/21/2014 11:38:04 AM PST · by Mariner · 95 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | December 21, 2014 | Kate Sheppard
    WASHINGTON -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) blamed this weekend's killing of two NYPD officers on anti-police "propaganda," for which he said President Barack Obama bears some responsibility. "We've had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police," said Giuliani during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday." "I don't care how you want to describe it -- that's what those protests are all about." Giuliani cited the nationwide protests against institutional racism and police brutality that followed the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York,...
  • President Obama’s unilateral action on immigration has no precedent

    12/03/2014 6:19:17 PM PST · by Mariner · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 3, 2014 | Post Editorial Board
    By Editorial Board December 3 at 7:32 PM THE WHITE House has defended President Obama’s unilateral decision to legalize the presence of nearly 4 million undocumented immigrants as consistent, even in scope, with the executive actions of previous presidents. In fact, it is increasingly clear that the sweeping magnitude of Mr. Obama’s order is unprecedented. Central to the administration’s argument is its contention that the 4 million covered by the president’s order — some 36 percent of the estimated undocumented population of 11 million — is in line with the percentage covered by a comparable action by President George H.W....
  • Trolling the GOP

    11/19/2014 10:23:46 AM PST · by Mariner · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | Nov 18, 2014 | By BILL SCHER
    Troll: One who posts a deliberately provocative message … with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument. — Urban Dictionary *** When the Obama administration last week began the process of preparing the media and the public about the president’s plan to unilaterally suspend deportation for as many as 6 million illegal immigrants, it did not go to a Latino outlet like Univision. It did not communicate to the liberal base via the Huffington Post or even old standbys like the New York Times and the Washington Post. The “exclusive” went to Fox News. The reaction on Fox was...
  • My Turn: Is Mitch McConnell evil or just plain stupid?

    11/15/2014 2:07:30 PM PST · by Mariner · 34 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | Nov 15th, 2014 | Davy Jones
    Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.” ~ Margaret Atwood, Award-winning author Well, well, so much for bipartisanship. Ten days after Republican Senator Mitch McConnell promised to work with Democrats to improve the quality of life of all Americans, the honorable senator from Kentucky disavowed that promise by declaring war on America’s first black president. In an interview with Louisville, Kentucky’s The Courier-Journal today, McConnell, who presumably will become Majority Leader in the United States Senate in January, accused President Obama of waging a “war on coal” and declared, “I’m going to war with him.”
  • The Big Money Behind the Push for an Immigration Overhaul

    11/14/2014 2:23:13 PM PST · by Mariner · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Nov 14th, 2014 | By JULIA PRESTON
    The calls started shortly after President Obama’s news conference on the day after the midterm elections. He had said he would go ahead with action on immigration before year’s end, in spite of warnings from Republicans that he could wreck relations with the new Congress they will control. White House officials were calling immigrant advocates to talk strategy and shore up their support. The officials wanted to reassure them, several activists said, that the president, after delaying twice this year, was ready to take the kind of broad measures they had demanded to shield immigrants here illegally from deportation. The...
  • Appeal threatens Stockton bankruptcy ruling on pensions

    11/14/2014 1:43:53 PM PST · by Mariner · 26 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | Nov 14th, 2014 | By Dale Kasler
    Taking aim again at government pensions, an angry creditor in Stockton’s bankruptcy case is appealing a pivotal court ruling that preserved the city’s retirement plans. Franklin Templeton Investments filed a notice of appeal this week, challenging the Oct. 30 decision that approved Stockton’s reorganization plan. The plan keeps the pensions fully funded but pays Franklin, which loaned the city $36 million during better economic times, just 12 cents on the dollar. The case in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Sacramento has been a major legal test of the sanctity of public pensions in California. City officials and CalPERS, which runs the...
  • Mitt Romney: GOP Senate Will Put Immigration Reform On President's Desk

    11/02/2014 7:54:58 AM PST · by Mariner · 104 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | Nov 2nd, 2014 | Arthur Delaney
    WASHINGTON -- Former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Sunday that if Republicans win the U.S. Senate after Tuesday's election, they will send immigration reform legislation to the president's desk. "You'll see a provision first of all to secure the border, second of all to deal with those who have come here illegally and third [to] make sure our immigration policies are open and transparent," Romney said on "Fox News Sunday." "That's going to happen," Romney continued. "You're going to see a bill actually reach the desk of the president if we finally have someone besides Harry Reid sitting in...
  • Such protections would be Temporary

    10/30/2014 1:12:43 PM PDT · by Mariner · 15 replies
    ""Such protections would be temporary since the president lacks authority to give people permanent legal status." This title from a quote in the WSJ article on "Executive Amnesty".I contend the first potential GOP candidate for POTUS that announces they will immediate, upon taking office, rescind this illegal act, and use all information gathered to enforce existing immigration law, will be elected in a LANDSLIDE. It's an opportunity as big as Alaska.
  • Marriage Group Backs Liberal Dem over Gay Republican

    10/29/2014 9:22:12 PM PDT · by Mariner · 77 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/29/2014 | Michelle Moons
    In a Tuesday email to supporters entitled, "Carl DeMaio Wants You to Vote For Him, But He Totally Disrespects Your Vote," the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has followed through on a promise to "actively oppose" the candidate the GOP establishment has branded a "New Generation Republican." The email endorses voting for the incumbent Democrat, Scott Peters, even though he is "wrong on the issues."
  • Ebola threat: Our military must be on front line of US fight, not on the sidelines

    10/17/2014 3:53:20 PM PDT · by Mariner · 137 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct 17th, 2014 | By Van Hipp
    As Americans grow increasingly concerned about Ebola both here and around the world, I’ve been speaking with respected doctors who have spent most of their lives working for our government. The concern they have about the Ebola threat to the American people is very real. They have spent their lives making sure America has the right systems and technologies in place to prevent potentially catastrophic medical events, such as hemorrhagic fevers. These doctors are not alarmists; they are patriots who have dedicated most of their lives to making sure that our nation was adequately prepared for an event such as...
  • Why a travel ban wouldn’t work

    10/16/2014 7:56:07 PM PDT · by Mariner · 110 replies
    Politico ^ | Oct 16th, 2014 | By HEATHER CAYGLE and KATHRYN A. WOLFE
    he political momentum for a travel ban on West African nations continued to swell Thursday, but health and transportation experts were uniform in saying it wouldn’t stem the spread of Ebola — and could do more harm than good. That hasn’t stopped politicians and pundits — ranging from House Speaker John Boehner to former Obama press secretary Jay Carney — from calling for a travel ban. The appeal is obvious: It sounds like a no-brainer to build an infectious-disease moat around the U.S., blocking some flights and barring people who come from the countries suffering the worst Ebola outbreaks. But...
  • Jon Stewart rips 'sanity-resistant' Ebola coverage

    10/15/2014 7:57:17 PM PDT · by Mariner · 127 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Oct, 15th, 2014 | By Dylan Stableford
    Americans' fear of an Ebola outbreak is being fueled by "sanity-resistant" cable TV news coverage and some members of Congress, Jon Stewart said on Tuesday's "Daily Show." News that a Dallas nurse became infected with Ebola after treating a Liberian man stricken with the disease has sparked fears that the virus — which has killed thousands of people in West Africa — could spread to other parts of the United States. "Clearly the news anchors are having trouble drawing the distinction between a person contracting the disease after working in close contact with an Ebola patient," Stewart said, "and the...
  • Colorado Governor Says Voters Were 'Reckless' to Legalize Marijuana

    10/06/2014 2:56:53 PM PDT · by Mariner · 156 replies
    International Business Times ^ | Oct 6th, 2014 | David Sirota
    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says his state's voters were "reckless" for voting to become the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The Democrat's statement came during a debate Monday with his Republican opponent, Bob Beauprez, just four weeks before voters head to the polls for the state's hotly contested gubernatorial election. In 2012, more than 55 percent of voters in Colorado supported Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for recreational use. The amendment aimed to regulate marijuana in roughly the same way alcohol is regulated.
  • Top doc: 'Several people were exposed,' more will be infected by Dallas Ebola case

    10/01/2014 12:53:29 PM PDT · by Mariner · 107 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct 1st, 2014 | By Paul Bedard
    A former Food and Drug Administration chief scientist and top infectious disease specialist said that several people were exposed to the Ebola virus by the unidentified patient in Dallas, America’s first case, and it’s likely that many more will be infected. Dr. Jesse L. Goodman, now a professor of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center, said while the nation shouldn’t panic, it’s best to prepare for the worst. “It is quite appropriate to be concerned on many fronts,” he said in a statement provided to Secrets. “First, it is a tragedy for the patient and family and, as well, a...
  • GOP Congressman Warns Of The Real Social Ill Destroying American Values: Marijuana

    09/26/2014 6:15:59 PM PDT · by Mariner · 163 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | Sep 26th, 2014 | Elise Foley
    WASHINGTON -- Conservatives are losing ground on the fight to keep marijuana illegal, a Republican congressman warned in dire terms at the Values Voter Summit. During a conference mostly focused on religious liberty, abolishing the IRS and promoting small government, Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) delivered a full speech on the ills of decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana. Fleming, a medical doctor, warned of a "growing acceptance" of marijuana -- a fact hard to deny, considering public opinion and state laws. Colorado and Washington state have legalized recreational marijuana, and 23 states and the District of Columbia have allowed the substance for...
  • Rick Santorum Criticizes Ted Cruz's Comments At Christian Event

    09/25/2014 3:35:21 PM PDT · by Mariner · 82 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 25th, 2014 | By Brett LoGiurato
    Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday criticized comments in US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made earlier this month i n a speech that critics have said was unnecessarily confrontational toward a Middle Eastern Christian group. "We have a responsibility to stand by people who are being persecuted," Santorum told Business Insider in a wide-ranging interview in New York. "This shouldn't be an ideological test — well, you have to agree with us on all of these things, or else we won't be with you. No, we're going to be with you if you are a religious minority that's...
  • Moscow troops could be in five NATO capitals in two days, boasts Putin

    09/18/2014 2:05:29 PM PDT · by Mariner · 120 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | September 18th, 2014 | By Will Stewart for MailOnline
    Shockwaves reverberated through Eastern Europe tonight after Vladimir Putin boasted he could invade five NATO capitals inside two days. This came amid new reports that almost 4,000 Russia troops are massing in Crimea close to Ukraine's mainland. 'If I wanted, Russian troops could not only be in Kiev in two days, but in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw or Bucharest, too,' Putin was quoted as threatening, according to Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. All are former USSR or Soviet-bloc cities and apart from Ukraine their countries are now NATO and EU members.
  • U.S., allies to stage exercises in West Ukraine as battles rage in East

    09/03/2014 8:51:11 AM PDT · by Mariner · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | Spe 3rd, 2014 | Peter Apps
    (Reuters) - As fighting between the army and Russian-backed rebels rages in eastern Ukraine, preparations are under way near its western border for a joint military exercise this month with more than 1,000 troops from the United States and its allies. The decision to go ahead with the Rapid Trident exercise Sept. 16-26 is seen as a sign of the commitment of NATO states to support non-NATO member Ukraine while stopping well short of military intervention in the conflict. The annual exercise, to take place in the Yavoriv training center near Ukraine's border with Poland, was initially scheduled for July,...
  • President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges

    08/30/2014 8:33:26 AM PDT · by Mariner · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Aug 30, 2014 | Editorial Board
    RESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent he had one, seemed to be to tamp down all the assessments of gathering dangers that his own team had been issuing over the previous days. This argument with his own administration is alarming on three levels. The first has to do with simple competence. One can only imagine the whiplash that foreign leaders must...
  • Michael Brown Shooting Witness Releases Video: ‘I Knew This Was Not Right’ (Video)

    08/18/2014 2:41:25 PM PDT · by Mariner · 171 replies
    The WRAP ^ | August 18th, 2014 | Tim Molloy
    A woman who says she witnessed the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown has released video to CNN that shows Brown lying in the street as officers stand by. The shooting has spawned a week of protests in which demonstrators have demanded an explanation for Brown's killing. Police in Ferguson, Mo., say officer Darren Wilson opened fire because Brown tried to take his gun during an altercation. Piaget Crenshaw said she has waited until now to release the video because she feared for her safety and was waiting for police to release Wilson's name, which they did Friday. She...
  • How Congress Helped Create Ferguson’s Militarized Police

    08/14/2014 7:39:39 PM PDT · by Mariner · 73 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 14th, 2014 | By Emma Roller
    August 14, 2014 Since 2006, the Pentagon has distributed 432 mine-resistant armored vehicles to local police departments. It has also doled out more than 400 other armored vehicles, 500 aircraft, and 93,000 machine guns.
  • #Anonymous Releases Names, Address of Wife, Children of St. Louis County Police Chief

    08/13/2014 8:30:31 AM PDT · by Mariner · 245 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Aug 13th, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    On Tuesday #Anonymous released the private information of St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar and his wife and children. The group posted a link to the information in a tweet.
  • The Pax Americana is Dead

    08/12/2014 9:11:17 AM PDT · by Mariner · 30 replies
    The Hoover Institution ^ | Aug 11th, 2014 | Richard A. Epstein
    Thomas Friedman, the respected New York Times columnist, tried to do a beleaguered President Barack Obama a favor by publishing a summary of an extended interview between the two men, which was grandly entitled “Obama on the World.” Friedman tried to present the President in a positive light, by calling his weak responses “feisty.” Yet there is no denying that Obama’s rudderless foreign policy has been a disaster. The international order has rapidly deteriorated since Obama entered the Oval Office. The current situation is so perilous that so long as Obama remains President, the phrase “presidential leadership” will continue to...
  • Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows

    08/08/2014 1:36:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 153 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 8th, 2014 | Radley Balko
    Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state’s roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. They also point to studies showing that in other states that have legalized pot for medical purposes, we’ve seen an increase in the number of drivers testing positive for the drug who were involved in fatal car accidents. The anti-pot group SAM recently pointed out that even before the first...
  • This Baptist Charity Is Being Paid Hundreds of Millions to Shelter Child Migrants

    08/05/2014 11:08:44 AM PDT · by Mariner · 142 replies
    Time ^ | August 4th, 2014 | Alex Altman @aaltman82 and Elizabeth Dias @elizabethjdias
    Contractors have taken on the huge task of sheltering thousands of unaccompanied child migrants In the late afternoon of July 9, Air Force One touched down at Love Field in Dallas. President Barack Obama ducked into a private room at the airport for a discussion about the crisis of undocumented children crossing the southwest border. Assembled around a wooden table were top Texas officials, including Governor Rick Perry and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, as well as the leaders of several faith-based charities. One of them was a man so anonymous, the White House pool report misspelled his name. Kevin Dinnin...
  • Obama says after 9-11, US 'tortured some folks'

    08/01/2014 1:11:43 PM PDT · by Mariner · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 1st, 2014 | Unattributed
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the United States did things that were wrong and crossed the line. He says, quote, "we tortured some folks." Obama is commenting on a Senate investigation into the CIA's interrogation techniques. A report on that investigation's results is expected to be released in the coming weeks.
  • CIA director apologizes to Senate leaders

    07/31/2014 7:14:07 PM PDT · by Mariner · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 31st, 2014 | KEN DILANIAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal CIA investigation has found that agency officers improperly accessed Senate computers earlier this year in a dispute over interrogation documents, prompting CIA Director John Brennan to abandon his defiant posture in the matter and apologize to Senate intelligence committee leaders. Brennan has convened an internal accountability board chaired by former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, that will examine whether the CIA officers should be disciplined, said his spokesman, Dean Boyd. The agency officers searched the computers without permission for information gathered in the course of a Senate investigation into the CIA's interrogation techniques. The summary of...
  • GOP Tells Obama to Ignore Congress One Day After Suing Him for Ignoring Congress

    07/31/2014 6:42:43 PM PDT · by Mariner · 19 replies
    The Wire ^ | July 31st, 2014 | Russell Berman
    On Wednesday, House Republicans sued President Obama for acting on his own without approval from Congress. On Thursday, House Republicans told President Obama he should act on his own to fix the border crisis. The messaging whiplash resulted from Speaker John Boehner's failure – so far – to pass a Republican spending bill that would provide $659 million to help stem the child migrant crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. In a statement following the decision to abruptly scrap a vote on the measure, Boehner and his fellow GOP leaders tried to put the onus back on Obama, saying the president...
  • Polling Data Shows GOP Voters Think Republicans Standing Tough On Immigration Most Important Issue

    07/31/2014 12:52:58 PM PDT · by Mariner · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 31st, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Polling data compiled by Tea Party Patriots and provided exclusively to Breitbart News shows that a majority of Republican voters think Republicans standing strong on immigration is more important than repealing Obamacare, getting to the bottom of the Benghazi or IRS scandals—or anything else for that matter. When asked by TPP’s pollster which issue they think is the important for Republicans in Congress to deal with, 34.6 percent of GOP voters said stopping the flow of illegal immigrants across our southern border. Stopping Obama’s “illegal overreach” with executive power came in a distant second with 24 percent of GOP voters...