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  • South Korea’s prime minister offers to resign amid scandal

    04/20/2015 8:57:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 20, 2015 11:32 PM EDT | Hyung-jin Kim
    South Korea’s prime minister has offered to resign amid a bribery scandal just two months after he took up the country’s No. 2 post, officials said Tuesday, in the latest political crisis to hit President Park Geun-hye. Lee Wan Koo has been at the center of a corruption scandal that flared after a businessman killed himself earlier this month, leaving a memo listing the names of eight high-profile figures he claimed to have bribed. Most of the eight men, including Lee, are considered as close associates of Park. Businessman Sung Wan-jong told a local daily before his death he gave...
  • Nevada Common Core test crashes again on first full day back

    04/20/2015 8:49:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 20, 2015 8:49 PM EDT | Sally Ho
    Nevada schools will have to document at least two attempts if they can’t or won’t finish the troubled Common Core testing, as two other states seemed to bounce back from technical problems that halted the federally mandated assessment process. Last week, testing was stopped in Nevada, Montana and North Dakota after a widespread system crash caused by capacity issues with New Hampshire-based Measured Progress. The company is contracted to administer the tests linked to hotly disputed, federally backed education standards. All three states have since announced plans for school districts that say they can’t or won’t finish the test. …
  • What Muslims Just Did at the US Capitol Is Being Called “Historic”… We’re Under Attack

    04/20/2015 6:09:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | April 15, 2015
    Something happened on Capitol Hill Monday that some people are calling “historic,” which others view as cunning political subterfuge. The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations held their first ever National Muslim Advocacy Day in our nation’s capitol, where they lobbied a number of members of Congress on behalf of Muslims around the country. With nearly 300 delegates from 20 different states, the advocates represented a number of different Muslim organizations here in America. After receiving tips on effective lobbying from political experts, the Muslim advocates fanned out and visited some 200 different Congressional offices to make their case. But counterterrorism...
  • Iran To Get $30-50 Billion Just For Signing Nuke Deal?

    04/20/2015 3:33:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    MRC TV ^ | April 19, 2015 2:40pm ET | Jeff Dunetz
    Just a week ago, Iran’s Supreme Leader, the despotic Ayatollah Khamenei, announced there would be no way he would allow nuclear inspections on military sites, that there would be no surprise inspections of nuclear facilities and the day Iran agrees to the final deal all the sanctions must get lifted or there is no deal. Ever since the Iranian leader revealed his opposition to the President’s interpretation of the framework deal the Obama administration has indicated they may be ready to fold to the Iranian demands—perhaps the most significant of which is the report that Iran will get $30-$50 billion...
  • Lord urges Ireland to consider rejoining the British Commonwealth

    04/20/2015 12:02:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Irish Central ^ | April 18,2015 05:11 AM | (Irish Central Staff Writers)
    A member of the House of Lords has said the Republic of Ireland should consider rejoining the Commonwealth. Lord Diljit Rana said Ireland needs to have a “rational and serious debate” that must not be “governed by historical distortion, but rather recognize the truth of today and recognize that the Republic of Ireland has much to offer and lots to receive.” […] Ireland left the British Commonwealth in 1949 under the terms of the Republic of Ireland Act. Lord Rana said there would be no disadvantage to the Republic joining the Commonwealth and that the economics benefits of being a...
  • Californian arrested for trying to scale White House fence

    04/20/2015 11:33:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2015 10:48 AM EDT
    A California man has been arrested after trying to scale a White House fence, according to the Secret Service. The agency said the incident happened at 10:25 p.m. Sunday. Fifty-four-year-old Jerome R. Hunt of Hayward, California is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court in Washington on a charge of unlawful entry. …
  • “Complicit”: FDR’s Refusal to Save the Jews on the MS St. Louis

    04/20/2015 8:05:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 78 replies
    INN ^ | Sunday, April 19, 2015 7:04 PM | Prof. Phyllis Chesler
    The more we learn about the Holocaust, even as it recedes into the “mists of time,” the more my blood boils, the closer I come to tears. Last night, I traveled far out into Syrian-Jewish Brooklyn, where there are not only Syrian shuls but Egyptian, Lebanese, and Iraqi shuls as well—sometimes two or three on a single block. […] Retired lawyer and filmmaker Robert Krakow was screening his film Complicit, which is about America’s and FDR’s refusal, in 1939, to allow the Jewish passengers on the German ship, the MS St. Louis, to enter the country. More than 900 Jews...
  • Two Republicans Advocate Entitlement Reform: ‘Because We Have To,’ Christie Says

    04/20/2015 7:27:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 76 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 20, 2015 - 6:58 AM | Susan Jones
    Both Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are speaking bluntly about entitlement reform, advocating means-testing for Social Security retirement benefits as a way to save the system for those who need it. “These are real ideas,“ Christie said in New Hampshire on Friday. “And, you know, I’ve had a lot of people say, ‘Well, why would you possibly want to suggest those things?’ Because we have to. We have to. And if you want to start a national conversation, let’s start one that matters.” “We’re $18 trillion in debt,” Graham told Fox News Sunday. “Eighty million...
  • Both opposition candidates concede defeat in Cuban vote

    04/19/2015 7:32:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 19, 2015 9:54 PM EDT | Michael Weißenstein and Anne-Marie Garcia
    Two dissident candidates conceded defeat Sunday in Cuban local elections that offered them a chance to become the first officials elected from outside the Communist Party in 40 years. Hildebrando Chaviano and Yuniel Lopez had been chosen as candidates by a show of hands in Havana neighborhood nominating meetings and hoped to win two of the 12,589 seats at stake in 168 municipal councils. Both acknowledged they had no chance of winning after preliminary results showed Chaviano in last place of four candidates and one of Lopez’s pro-government opponent with twice his vote. Chaviano, 65, is a government attorney-turned-independent journalist...
  • Explosive Device Targets UNRWA Offices in Gaza

    04/19/2015 12:06:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 4/19/2015, 4:44 AM | Ben Ariel
    An explosive device went off near the offices of the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza City Saturday night, AFP reported. A second struck near police headquarters, the report said. UNRWA and Gaza security officials said there were no dead or injured. […] UNRWA facilities in Gaza were at the forefront during last year’s Operation Protective Edge. During the operation, no fewer than three UNRWA schools were found to be serving for storage of rockets for the terrorist organizations Hamas and Islamic Jihad. …
  • Obama’s Earth Day trek to Fla. to highlight climate change

    04/18/2015 5:48:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2015 11:23 AM EDT | Nedra Pickler
    President Barack Obama plans to celebrate Earth Day by visiting the Florida Everglades. In his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Obama says “there’s no greater threat to our planet than climate change.” He says he’ll visit the Everglades on Wednesday to talk about how global warming threatens the U.S. economy. He says rising sea levels are putting the “economic engine for the South Florida tourism industry” at risk. …
  • EU-US trade talks prompt German ire

    04/18/2015 12:30:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Apr 2015 13:35 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Say four simple letters, TTIP, to many Europeans and you’re likely to be met with a blank stare. But in Germany, where resistance to the proposed US-EU free trade pact or Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is fiercest, the response is likely to be a volley of angry words. In fact, in the whole of Europe, perhaps only in Austria and Luxembourg is the interest and opposition likely to be of a similar magnitude, as a new round of talks—the ninth since last year—kicks off in New York on Monday. According to a YouGov poll published at the end of...
  • 2 Arrested in Attack That Knocked Long Island Teacher Unconscious (Hempstead NY)

    04/18/2015 9:39:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 89 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 8:33 PM EDT, Thursday, Apr 16, 2015
    A parent and a juvenile have been arrested after an attack on a Long Island teacher that a group said left the educator unconscious for several minutes. Authorities say the duo allegedly attacked the female math teacher Wednesday at Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School in Hempstead. […] The parent, Annika McKenzie, pleaded not guilty to assault charges and is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. McKenzie’s attorney, Don Rollock, told NBC 4 New York that the parent came to the school because the teacher put her hands on her 12-year-old daughter. “Teachers shouldn’t lay their hands on kids,”...
  • Conservative Anglicans Discuss Breaking Apart From Church of England Over Gay Marriage, Women…

    04/17/2015 7:52:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | April 16, 2015 | 8:48 am | Stoyan Zaimov
    A group of conservative Anglican leaders are reportedly meeting in London to discuss forming a “parallel” church that they feel would be more true to Anglican principles on positions like women bishops and gay marriage. The Independent reported that The Church of England is “at risk of an unprecedented schism” in light of the proposal by the Global Anglican Futures Conference, which seeks to counter what conservatives find is a liberal approach to social issues by the Church of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury. […] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said back in December 2014 that he fears the...
  • Fund for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder hints at presidential run

    04/17/2015 6:23:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 17, 2015 7:58 PM EDT | David Eggert
    People close to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder have formed a fund allowing him to travel the country to more aggressively tell of the state’s rebound under his watch, raising the prospect of a potential Republican presidential bid. A spokesman for the governor told The Associated Press on Friday that a 501(c)(4) group, Making Government Accountable, was established within the past month. “Once we get into May, the governor will travel more out of the state and promote Michigan, particularly the remarkable economic comeback,” Jarrod Agen said. An aide close to the governor said Snyder is considering a presidential run and...
  • Undocumented immigrant toolkit includes ‘do not deport me’ card

    04/16/2015 11:19:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Zorro Noticias Latino ^ | April 16, 2015 | Aalia Shaheed
    One congressman is spearheading an effort to help undocumented immigrants avoid deportation with what some are calling a “get out of deportation” free card. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) and other House Democrats have created the Family Defender Toolkit, an informational pamphlet that includes an “emergency card” that lists the reasons why a person should not be deported. “By using this card after you’ve been arrested or detained, you can explain that under the policy in place today, you should be released because you are not a priority for deportation,” said Rep. Gutiérrez in an introductory video. …
  • EU Label on Israeli ‘Settlement’ Goods: A Yellow ‘Jude’ Badge

    04/16/2015 10:25:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 4/16/2015, 8:36 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Sixteen out of the 28 EU countries want the bloc to label products from Judea and Samaria in an economic attack on the Jewish state, diplomatic sources told AFP Thursday, confirming a Haaretz report. The plan was first mooted in 2012, but the 16 member states told EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini it was now time to press ahead as part of efforts to force Israel to divide in a “two state solution.” The 16 include Britain, France, Spain and Italy but not Germany. […] … (A) senior Israeli diplomat told the EU “labeling products from Judea and Samaria...
  • Clinton Foundation to Drop Saudi Donations After Firestorm

    04/16/2015 9:55:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 4/16/2015, 7:49 AM | Yaakov Levi
    The Clinton Foundation will continue to accept donations from foreign countries—but not from Saudi Arabia, donations from which have set off an embarrassing protest movement against newly-declared Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton resigned from the Foundation’s Board of Directors last week as protests mounted in the media and on the campaign trail over the family foundation’s acceptance of donations from Saudi Arabia, which denies women many of the rights Clinton and the foundation claim to stand for. …
  • Austin Gives Early Approval To Regulate BBQ Smoke (TX)

    04/16/2015 9:45:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 16, 2015 - 10:41 AM | Eric Scheiner
    WXAN reports Austin City Council members debated a plan earlier this month to put restrictions on smoke from barbecue restaurants. Council member Pio Renteria asked council to regulate the amount of smoke that comes from food trucks and restaurants within 100 feet of residential areas. Renteria said residents complained to him that smoke coming from BBQ joints caused them to not be able to open their windows or enjoy their backyards. …
  • DHS Ranked ‘Worst Place To Work’ In Federal Government

    04/16/2015 5:55:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 16, 2015 - 3:57 PM | Brittany M. Hughes
    According to a 2014 survey by the Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was ranked by its employees as the worst place to work among the government’s 37 large departments or agencies, Congress was told Thursday. The department, which includes agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), received an index score of 48 on global satisfaction in 2014, compared to a score of 62 in 2010. Last year’s score marks the lowest ranking of any government department that year. …
  • Congressman admits relationship with airline lobbyist

    04/16/2015 3:16:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 2015 6:01 PM EDT | Joan Lowy
    The chairman of the House committee that handles aviation legislation has acknowledged he has a private, personal relationship with an airline industry lobbyist. Rep. Bill Shuster is chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The Pennsylvania Republican acknowledged his relationship with Shelley Rubino in a statement Thursday but said she doesn’t lobby him. Rubino works for Airlines for America, a trade association for major U.S. airlines. …
  • Vatican unexpectedly ends crackdown of US nun group

    04/16/2015 12:21:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 2015 3:01 PM EDT | Nicole Winfield and Rachel Zoll
    The Vatican on Thursday unexpectedly ended its controversial reform of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns, cementing a shift in tone and treatment of the U.S. sisters under the social justice-minded Pope Francis. The Vatican said it had accepted a final report on its overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and declared that the “implementation of the mandate has been accomplished” nearly two years ahead of schedule. It was an abrupt about-face given that just last year, the head of the Vatican’s doctrine office, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, sharply rebuked the LCWR for its “regrettable” attitude and behavior...
  • Alabama man meets online girlfriend in Oregon for first time, she bashes his head in with a bat…

    04/16/2015 8:55:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 85 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 9:20 AM | Lee Moran
    An Alabama man who’d been dating an Oregon woman online for two years was left with a fractured skull after she beat him with a baseball bat in their first face-to-face meet, police said. Samuel Campbell, 26, traveled across the country to live with who he thought was the love of his life, Haley Fox, at her Turner home on Wednesday, April 8, reports The Oregonian. But when he arrived, she allegedly led him to an outside table and told him to close his eyes. …
  • Students shred Social Security cards to receive in-state tuition offered to illegal immigrants

    04/16/2015 8:50:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Apr 14, 2015 at 8:15 AM EDT | Gabriella Morrongiello
    As recently as 2014, illegal immigrants in 22 states are eligible for lower-cost, in-state tuition at public colleges and universities. […] Campus Reform asked out-of-state students attending UVA and UMD–both of which offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants—whether they would consider renouncing their U.S. citizenship to become “undocumented students” eligible for in-state tuition. …
  • Spain’s Socialist leader mistakenly votes for contentious anti-abortion law

    04/16/2015 12:52:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Wednesday 15 April 2015 11.10 EDT | Ashifa Kassam
    Spain’s Socialist leader, Pedro Sánchez, has apologized after he accidentally voted for a law requiring girls under 18 to obtain parental consent for abortions. The law, introduced by the governing People’s Party and long opposed by the Socialists, was promised by the conservative PP last autumn after it abandoned its controversial attempt to reverse the country’s abortion laws. The legislation being proposed then would have turned Spain into one of the toughest places in Europe to obtain an abortion. […] On Wednesday, as social media poked fun at the opposition leader’s blunder, likening him to Homer Simpson at the control...
  • Ed Miliband’s US adviser David Axelrod pays no tax in Britain (UK election)

    04/15/2015 11:28:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:30PM BST 15 Apr 2015 | Raf Sanchez and Steven Swinford
    Ed Miliband’s most senior adviser pays no tax on his reported £300,000 earnings in Britain, The Telegraph has learned. David Axelrod, a former adviser to Barack Obama, admitted that he is not resident for tax purposes in the UK. Labour confirmed it pays Mr. Axelrod in dollars through his consultancy and that he “lives in the US, works in the US and pays taxes in the US”. While it is unclear how much tax Mr. Axelrod will pay in the US, the rates of tax for companies are often significantly lower than for individuals. The admission comes after Ed Miliband...
  • IRS Commissioner: Obamacare Contributes to Longer Wait Times for Tax Help

    04/15/2015 6:10:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 15, 2015 - 1:16 PM | Brittany M. Hughes
    Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen told members of Congress Wednesday that taxpayers who call the IRS seeking help on their taxes this year face an average wait time of half an hour, and only about 40 percent of calls are actually answered. The situation, which Koskinen admitted is “abysmal,” is partly due to the agency’s forced role in implementing President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act (ACA), or Obamacare, he explained. “At this point, when you get through—if you get through—it on average would have taken you about 28 to 30 minutes,” Koskinen told members of the...
  • Election manifesto: UKIP will increase defense, NHS spending

    04/15/2015 1:28:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 15/04/2015 - 21:33 | (With Reuters)
    The UK Independence Party launched its election manifesto on Wednesday, appealing to Conservative voters with pledges to raise defense spending and bring forward a vote on Britain’s EU membership. […] (Nigel) Farage vowed to spend “substantially” more than the NATO minimum of two percent of GDP on defense in a move that he said would “rattle the dwindling number of Conservative voters who still see (Prime Minister David) Cameron’s party as the party of security”. […] The anti-mass immigration party, which had two MPs at the end of the last parliament, also promised to cut small business taxes and boost...
  • Obama Hid North Korea Rocket Component Transfer to Iran

    04/15/2015 12:44:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    INN ^ | 4/15/2015, 3:17 PM | Ari Yashar
    US intelligence officials revealed that during the ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations, North Korea has provided several shipments of advanced missile components to the Islamic regime in violation of UN sanctions—and the US hid the violations from the UN. The officials, who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon on Wednesday on condition of anonymity, said more than two shipments of missile parts since last September have been monitored by the US going from North Korea to Iran. One official detailed that the components included large diameter engines, which could be used to build a long-range missile system, potentially capable of bearing...
  • Liberal Jews Push Obama to Drop Support for Israel at UN During White House Parley (J Street)

    04/15/2015 11:33:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | April 15, 2015 11:22 AM | Dovid Efune
    Members of a group of Jewish supporters of the Democratic Party who met with President Barack Obama this week urged him to remove the long-standing American veto protection of Israel at the United Nations. The group, affiliated with the left-wing lobby group J Street, pledged to support the president within the Jewish community in the event of a Security Council resolution calling for the creation of a Palestinian State. The exchange took place in the second of two meetings Obama held with American Jewish leaders to discuss the current negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, as well as other...
  • Stanford’s Students of Color Coalition Accused of Antisemitism in Student Elections

    04/15/2015 11:25:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | April 13, 2015 10:23 pm | David Daoud
    A student leader at Stanford University, was asked by a campus group about how her Jewish faith would impact her actions regarding Israel in the Student Senate, prompting allegations of antisemitism and an Anti-Defamation League inquiry, a campus publication reported. As part of her campaign for student senate, Molly Horwitz applied for as many student group endorsements as possible, since an endorsement from each group would effectively secure their members’ votes for her candidacy. The Students of Color Coalition (SOCC) endorsement is the most-sought after, due to its large size and vast influence, as well as the fact that it...
  • Cubans hail removal from US list of state terrorism sponsors

    04/15/2015 9:11:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2015 12:05 PM EDT | Michael Weißenstein and Anne-Marie Garcia
    Cuban officials and ordinary citizens alike hailed the island’s removal from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying the move by President Barack Obama heals a decades-old insult to national pride and clears the way to swiftly restore diplomatic relations. “The Cuban government recognizes the president of the United States’ just decision to take Cuba off a list in which it should never have been included,” Josefina Vidal, Cuba’s top diplomat for U.S. affairs, said Tuesday night. […] In a message to Congress, Obama said Tuesday that Cuba’s government “has not provided any support for international terrorism” over...
  • DEA chief tells House committee she can't fire agents involved in sex parties

    04/14/2015 5:29:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 14, 2015 | Doug McKelway
    With the Secret Service still smarting from its 2012 prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, another federal law agency is in hot water over an even more salacious sex scandal—in the same country. The Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Michelle Leonhart, Tuesday faced a grueling three-hour inquisition from the House Oversight Committee over an Inspector General’s report that found DEA agents in Bogota, Colombia engaged in “sex parties” with prostitutes and that the parties were paid for by the very drug cartels the DEA was sent to fight. “This behavior is not acceptable,” Leonhart said in her opening statement. “It...
  • White House agrees to give Congress a say on an Iran deal

    04/14/2015 3:21:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 14, 2015 6:05 PM EDT | Deb Riechmann and Laurie Kellman
    Bowing to pressure from Republicans and his own party, President Barack Obama on Tuesday relented to a compromise empowering Congress to reject the emerging nuclear pact with Iran. The rare and reluctant agreement between the president and the Republican-led Congress came after the White House maintained for weeks that congressional interference could jeopardize sensitive negotiations with Tehran. But lawmakers refused to back down from their insistence that Congress have a formal role in what could be a historic nuclear weapons deal. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved the compromise bill shortly after White House spokesman Josh Earnest conveyed the...
  • Obama’s Approval Rating Falling Among American Jews

    04/14/2015 10:17:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    INN ^ | 4/13/2015, 4:23 PM | Tova Dvorin
    While American Jews have supported US President Barack Obama significantly more than the general population in survey polls, that gap is narrowing, Gallup reported Friday—and disparagement is highest among the most religious. Survey polls conducted over the past 6 years of Obama’s presidency usually indicate a gap of at least 12-13 percentage points between American Jews’ approval and the general population, but that has since dwindled to barely 8 percentage points. 54% of American Jews and 46% of the general population approved of Obama's work during the first quarter of 2015, according to the most recent survey. The results are...
  • UK Report: Muslim Women Being Abused By Sharia Law Courts

    04/14/2015 10:06:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | Mon, April 13, 2015 | Soeren Kern
    Muslim women across Britain are being systematically oppressed, abused and discriminated against by sharia law courts that treat women as second-class citizens, according to a new report, which warns against the spiraling proliferation of Islamic tribunals in the United Kingdom. The 40-page report, “A Parallel World: Confronting the Abuse of Many Muslim Women in Britain Today,” was authored by Baroness Caroline Cox, a cross-bench member of the British House of Lords and one of the leading defenders of women's rights in the UK. The report shows how the increasing influence of sharia law in Britain today is undermining the fundamental...
  • Punishing Putin: EU Leaders Snub Moscow World War II Commemorations

    04/14/2015 9:45:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 10, 2015 – 06:35 PM | Christian Neef
    On May 9, Russia is holding an enormous military parade to commemorate the end of World War II 70 years ago. With tensions between Russia and the West high, most European Union leaders are staying away from the event. […] Russia would have liked to showcase the Armata and a host of other military technology to the foreigners who were supposed to be sitting in the VIP stand on May 9. The Kremlin had invited 68 leaders of foreign countries to the victory celebration, including the most important politicians in the Western world. So far, only 25 have accepted Moscow’s...
  • Bring Back Our Girls: One Year Later, Still Sex Slaves to Boko Haram

    04/14/2015 9:24:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | Tue, April 14, 2015
    Today marks one year since the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 Christian girls from a school in the town of Chibok, Nigeria. In the days before the kidnapping, Boko Haram had massacred some 200 schoolboys at a nearby school who had been on their way to take exams. Despite initially being sent home, the girls had been called back to their school to take their final exams when the middle-of-the-night attack occurred. The regional government had closed all of 85 of its secondary schools and sent 120,000 students home because of previous attacks. […] The girls were...
  • CBO: Feds Taxing More, Spending More, Running Bigger Deficit in 2015

    04/14/2015 12:04:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 13, 2015 - 1:21 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The federal government taxed away more money, spent more money and ran a bigger deficit in the first half of fiscal 2015 than it did in the first half of fiscal 2014, according to the Congressional Budget Office. “The federal government ran a budget deficit of $430 billion for the first half of fiscal year 2015, CBO estimates—$17 billion more than the shortfall recorded in the same span last year,” the CBO said in its Monthly Budget Review for March 2015, which was published April 8. “Both revenues and outlays were about 7 percent higher than the amounts recorded in...
  • UN Gives Iran Leadership Post in Agency for ‘Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women’

    04/13/2015 11:51:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 13, 2015 - 4:16 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    With little fanfare, a U.N. body has given Iran seats on several entities, including one dealing with women’s empowerment, another with children, a third with narcotics and a fourth with crime prevention and criminal justice. From January 1 next year, Iran will be a member of the executive board of the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (U.N. Women), the executive board of the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, and Commission on Narcotic Drugs. […] Iran each time was on a “closed slate” of candidates put forward by its...
  • Oregon panel considers noise regulations for hand dryers

    04/13/2015 11:41:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 13, 2015 9:27 PM EDT | Sheila V. Kumar
    An Oregon lawmaker proposed legislation Monday creating uniform standards for hand dryers in public restrooms, citing the proliferation of powerful dryers that, while efficient, can sometimes trigger tinnitus or cause discomfort for people with development or sensory disabilities. The measure would require all new or replacement dryers to operate at a noise level no louder than 84 decibels. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that is about as loud as a school cafeteria. It also wouldn’t allow hand dryers blowing air downwards to blow air faster than 115 mph, in case the hand-dryer manufacturer doesn’t label...
  • APNewsBreak: AG says Bible can’t be official Tennessee book

    04/13/2015 11:34:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 13, 2015 8:33 PM EDT | Erik Schelzig
    Tennessee's attorney general says a bill seeking to make the Bible the state's official book would violate separation of church and state provisions in the federal and state constitutions. (Attorney General Herbert) Slatery in the opinion cites the provision in the Tennessee Constitution that states that “no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religion establishment or mode of worship.” …
  • Once Again: Waqf Illegally Digging Up Temple Mount

    04/13/2015 11:34:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 4/13/2015, 6:49 PM | Hillel Fendel
    Using the excuse of “replacing carpets,” the Waqf (Islamic Trust) on the Temple Mount began digging up the stone floor today inside the Mosque of Omar—the site of some of the most sacred areas of the two Holy Temples of Kings Solomon and Herod. A small tractor was brought into the famous gold-domed structure and dug and removed earth there, with no permit to do so. Such work requires permission from and supervision by the Antiquities Authority, as well as approval from the Ministerial Committee on Archaeological Digs in Holy Sites. Neither body was consulted beforehand, and certainly did not...
  • Israel: Russian missile sale ‘direct result’ of nuclear deal

    04/13/2015 11:15:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 13, 2015 12:12 PM EDT
    Israel says Russia’s decision to sell advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Iran is the “direct result” of the international community’s framework nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic. […] Cabinet minister Yuval Steinitz said the framework agreement helped legitimize Iran and cleared the way for Monday’s announcement by Russia. …
  • Chile’s Bachelet signs same-sex civil union law

    04/13/2015 10:07:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 13, 2015 12:52 PM EDT
    Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has signed a law that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples. The law signed Monday takes effect in six months, giving same-sex and unmarried couples many of the rights granted to married couples. Among the changes, it will allow civil union partners to inherit each other’s property, join a partner’s health plan and receive pension benefits. …
  • Senators seek probe of claims US workers fired, forced to train foreign replacements

    04/12/2015 8:29:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 10, 2015 | (Judson Berger/AP)
    A popular visa program allegedly is being misused by U.S. companies to lay off thousands of American workers and replace them with foreign labor. And, adding insult to injury, many of the laid-off workers allegedly have been forced to train their replacements, in what one anonymous whistleblower called a “humiliating” experience. The allegations have caught the attention of a bipartisan group of senators -- including immigration hawk Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and the No. 2 Senate Democrat, Illinois’ Dick Durbin -- who are calling for a federal probe. A letter sent by 10 senators urging an investigation specifically cited reports...
  • Steve Kroft gets testy when asked about mistress

    04/12/2015 7:35:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    New York Post: Page Six ^ | April 11, 2015 | 12:46am | Kevin Fasick
    TV journalist Steve Kroft got a taste of his own medicine when he was hit with an ambush interview about his leggy mistress Friday night on the Upper West Side. The married “60 Minutes” newsman […] spat back a sarcastic retort when a Post reporter stuck a camera in his face to ask for his side of the story. “The Post would be the first one I would give it to,” sniffed Kroft. …
  • Hometown Residents Want Tribute to Brian Williams Torn Down (Elmira NY)

    04/12/2015 7:06:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Apr 2015 | John Nolte
    The indignities heaped upon suspended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams just keep piling up, and by extension, almost certainly ensure he will not return to the anchor chair after his six months in purgatory are complete. The latest was reported Friday by the New York Post: Dozens of residents from Williams’ home town are demanding a tribute sign to their former favorite son be torn down. Thus far, Mayor Sue Skidmore is balking. The town’s welcome sign, which also honors a half-dozen other hometown notables (including Mark Twain), would be too expensive to replace, she says. …
  • Shop: Ban of those who nixed gay rights bill served purpose (Red Raven Espresso Parlor, Fargo ND)

    04/12/2015 10:06:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 12, 2015 10:45 AM EDT | Dave Kolpack
    A worker-owner of a Fargo coffee shop who instituted a tongue-in-cheek ban on North Dakota lawmakers for opposing an anti-discrimination bill says the response has been “99.9 percent positive” and that he made his point, even if a few people didn’t like it. Joe Curry, one of the worker-owners of the Red Raven Espresso Parlor, posted a newspaper page in the shop earlier this month that showed the 55 Republican state House members who rejected a bill that would have prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, government, public services and the workplace. It was accompanied by a sign...
  • Sudan’s al-Bashir set to extend 25-year reign despite war crimes charges, insurgencies

    04/12/2015 9:04:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015 10:44 AM EDT | (Maggie Michael)
    Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, the world’s only sitting leader wanted on genocide charges, is expected to win a landslide victory in elections this week, extending a 25-year reign in which the country has endured multiple insurgencies and the secession of the oil-rich south. Despite Sudan’s seemingly perpetual unrest, al-Bashir survived the 2011 Arab Spring. His ruling party dominates the parliament and local councils, and the massive security apparatus has left the once-vibrant opposition a husk of its former self. Al-Bashir has ruled the country since taking power in a 1989 coup, but billboards across Khartoum showing him in traditional robes...