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  • Obama Inches Into Competitive Colorado Senate Race (Obama @ 38%)

    07/11/2014 5:38:42 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 13 replies
    kcnc ^ | July 8, 2014 3:31 PM | Julie Pace
    DENVER (AP) – For the first time, President Barack Obama is inching into one of the highly competitive races that could determine whether Democrats maintain control of the Senate this fall. Obama’s trip to Colorado to raise money for Sen. Mark Udall underscores the political risks for vulnerable Democrats of being linked with the increasingly unpopular president. Obama will headline a high-dollar fundraiser for Udall in Denver on Wednesday but the event is off-limits to news cameras. Udall’s office also says the senator will not attend an economic speech the president plans to deliver in Denver, ensuring that there will...
  • Big Majority Favors Sending Alien Minors Home

    07/11/2014 12:05:28 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 47 replies
    IBD ^ | 07/10/2014 06:45 PM ET
    Immigration: Three in five Americans say the tens of thousands of minors who have crossed the border "should be ordered to leave the U.S." What about that do the Congress and president not understand? The latest IBD/TIPP Poll, conducted June 24 to 29, asked those Americans who are following the story what to do about the influx of unaccompanied minors. Those saying that the government should order them to leave totaled 60%. Breaking that sizeable majority down, 64% of independents wanted the minors sent home, as did 40% of Democrats and 80% of Republicans. There were 879 Americans surveyed in...
  • Voting Totals Show How Blacks Helped Cochran to Victory

    07/11/2014 9:58:15 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 07:18 AM | Elliot Jager
    Sen. Thad Cochran's victory over state Sen. Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi GOP runoff can most likely be attributed to the African American and Democratic turnout, The New York Times reported. Cochran defeated McDaniel by 7,667 votes in a June 24 GOP runoff. About half of those votes came from heavily Democratic precincts. An analysis of 25 Mississippi precincts where President Barack Obama won at least 99 percent of the vote in 2012 showed that Cochran's vote total increased from 148 to 1,619. Obama voters who took part in the runoff backed Cochran 20 to 1. "The data strongly suggests...
  • Mississippi Needs Election Investigation, Real Reform

    07/11/2014 9:33:49 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 10 replies
    Jackson Free Press ^ | Wednesday, July 9, 2014 3:43 p.m. CDT 0 | Editorial Board
    No doubt, Haley Barbour and his political machine do not want to lose their foothold in the state of Mississippi. And, no doubt, state Sen. Chris McDaniel and many of his Tea Party supporters can do, say and believe distasteful, disturbing things. Not to mention, if Sen. Thad Cochran were to lose his seat, Mississippi could lose a lot of federal money. #None of that makes the disturbing ways elections are often run in Mississippi above scrutiny. It's almost as if tradition—that's the way it's always been done—is an excuse for turning our heads away from shadowy PACs and the...
  • Could Chris McDaniel Get A Do-Over In The Mississippi Senate Race?

    07/11/2014 9:12:28 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 8 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 07.10.14 | Ben Jacobs
    Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel is pushing for another election in Mississippi and his attorney is citing a controversial mayoral race from 2013 in doing so. Could there be yet another election in the Republican Senate primary in Mississippi? More than two weeks after six-term incumbent Thad Cochran won the GOP runoff against Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel, campaign workers are still swarming county courthouses in the Magnolia State trying to find evidence to overturn the election. Although Cochran won by 7,667 votes on election night, McDaniel’s campaign alleges that enough votes were improperly cast to call the result into...
  • Rasmussen poll has Hickenlooper, Beauprez tied at 44 percent (Colorado Governor's Election)

    DENVER — After his worst two weeks of press this year, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is polling at just 44 percent and running neck and neck with his newly-minted Republican challenger Bob Beauprez, who won last week’s four-way GOP gubernatorial primary. The survey of 750 likely voters from Rasmussen Reports out Tuesday was conducted by phone last Wednesday and Thursday, immediately following the Tuesday night primary in which Beauprez finished ahead of Tom Tancredo and two other challengers. Eight percent of respondents in the poll are undecided, while four percent prefer another candidate. Rasmussen is regarded as a conservative polling...
  • Sources: US letting Benghazi suspects off hook, recent arrest ‘small potatoes’

    06/27/2014 6:27:25 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 7 replies
    Fox ^ | June 27, 2014 | Adam Housely
    Despite President Obama's promise to stay focused on hunting down those responsible for the 2012 Benghazi attack -- and despite a recent arrest touted as a major takedown -- sources say little has been done to nab the other suspects. According to multiple sources on the ground, including some with direct knowledge of the operations to identify and hunt the Benghazi suspects, intelligence that could have been acted upon at times has been ignored or put on hold. Further, they say, the recent capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala -- now on a ship bound for the U.S., expected to arrive...
  • Federal judge dismisses suit that aimed to overturn Colorado gun control laws

    06/27/2014 11:17:15 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 13 replies
    Denver Channel ^ | 10:17 PM, Jun 26, 2014 | Phil Tenser
    DENVER - A Federal judge has ruled in favor of Colorado's controversial new gun laws and against a lawsuit filed by many of the state's sheriffs, several organizations and businesses. Federal Chief Judge Marcia Krieger ruled in favor of the defendant, the state of Colorado, in a ruling issued Thursday. "In determining whether a law is constitutional, this decision does not determine whether either law is “good,” only whether it is constitutionally permissible," Kreiger wrote. The sheriffs filed suit last year in an attempt to block laws passed in response to mass shootings at an Aurora movie theater and at...
  • Texas border: Congressional panel to probe illegal alien tsunami

    06/24/2014 4:33:21 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 8 replies
    Examiner ^ | June 24, 2014 | Jim kouri
    The U.S. House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee is expected to conduct a formal hearing on Wednesday as part of its probe into the human tsunami of illegal alien children, teenagers and young adults who are illegally entering the state of Texas illegally, according to the committee's chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. -snip- The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) claims that the number of illegal alien minors crossing the border without parents will grow from about 6,000 in 2013 to an estimated 142,000 in 2015 -snip- "This surge shows no signs of stopping and could potentially get worse if President Obama...
  • Accused Of Trading Favors In Favre Ad, Barbour Denies

    06/19/2014 12:42:16 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2:49 PM 06/19/2014 | Chuck Ross
    Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says an endorsement by NFL legend Brett Favre for Barbour-backed incumbent senator Thad Cochran has nothing to do with a 2012 pardon given to Favre’s brother for vehicular manslaughter. Supporters of Cochran’s challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, are accusing Barbour of calling in a favor to Favre, a native of Mississippi with tremendous pull there. “I think any reasonable person would ponder the question as to whether governor Barbour’s pardon of Brett Favre’s brother on a drunk driving manslaughter conviction might have some bearing on Brett Favre’s eleventh hour endorsement of Thad Cochran,” Miss. state...
  • ‘Scooby Doo’ Leads Black GOTV Operation in Mississippi Senate Race

    06/18/2014 11:09:53 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 8 replies
    IVN ^ | Jun 17, 2014 | Shawn M. Griffiths
    A Democratic operative is working with the Mississippi Conservative PAC to rally support for incumbent U.S Senator Thad Cochran (R), who is in a heated primary runoff race against Mississippi state Senator Chris McDaniel. According to The Clarion-Ledger, James “Scooby Doo” Warren says he has put together a statewide get-out-the-vote (GOTV) plan with the help of the PAC and New Horizon Church pastor Bishop Ronnie Crudup, Sr. When asked if he was receiving blow back from members of his own party for supporting a Republican campaign like this, Warren said he “got all that taken care of on the front...
  • Chris McDaniel: Thad Cochran camp resorting to fear tactics as runoff nears

    06/18/2014 10:59:12 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 3 replies
    Gulf Live ^ | updated June 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM | April M. Havens
    WADE, Mississippi -- U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's campaigners have "pushed the panic button" and resorted to preying on Jackson Countians' fears to win votes, Republican primary runoff challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel said today during a campaign stop in Wade. "The only chance Cochran's got now are fear tactics and fear mongering and Democrats," McDaniel said to supporters at the Catfish Point restaurant. "They're trying to paint me down here as someone who would somehow be against Ingalls," he said. "My grandfather worked for Ingalls." With only eight days left before the June 24 runoff, both McDaniel and the longtime...
  • Convenient: IRS Has 'Lost' Two Years of Lois Lerner's Emails

    06/13/2014 4:15:59 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 79 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Jun 13, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    According to the House Ways and Means Committee, the IRS has "lost" two years of emails belonging to former head of tax exempt organizations Lois Lerner. The IRS doesn't have a record of her emails to outside groups or government agencies from January 2009 through April 2011, conveniently encompassing some of the same time when tea party groups were being targeted for extra scrutiny and possible criminal prosecution. The IRS says the loss of emails is due to a "computer crash" and claims emails from or to Lerner from the White House, Democratic members of Congress, the Treasury Department, FEC...
  • Bombshell: Benghazi Filmmaker CONFIRMED To Be An Agent Of Eric Holder Justice Department

    06/12/2014 10:47:19 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 46 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | June 12, 2014
    Editor's Note: Earlier this week, we brought you news about the producer of the film that was at the heart of the Obama administration talking points on Benghazi admitting to being a Muslim, not a Coptic Christian as he had been portrayed to America. Now Walid Shoebat, Ben Barrack and Keith Davies confirm he is an agent of Eric Holder's Justice Department. The producer of the anti-Muhammad video the Obama administration blamed for the Benghazi attacks is actually a confirmed agent of Eric Holder's Justice Department. The damning trail of evidence begins when a fictitious narrative was concocted by the...
  • Bergdahl wrote of being 'ashamed' to be an American in emails

    06/03/2014 5:47:59 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 19 replies
    FoxNews ^ | June 03, 2014
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left a letter the night he disappeared from his base in Afghanistan saying he wanted to renounce his citizenship, according to sources, and previously expressed his disillusionment with the Army, telling his father in an e-mail he was "ashamed" to be an American. That account, though, is being called into question amid conflicting claims over whether Bergdahl left a note behind. U.S Army officials who have read the investigation document said there was no reference in that report to a letter. While Bergdahl remained at a U.S. military hospital in Germany following a swap for five...
  • ‘Getting worse by the hour’: FNC reports Bergdahl renounced US citizenship

    06/03/2014 10:02:03 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 214 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 12:17 pm on June 3, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
    " John Ekdahl @JohnEkdahl Follow If confirmed, this would be a bit of a game-changer. 9:52 AM - 3 Jun 2014" ThatÂ’s putting it mildly. If this report from Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin is true, the Bergdahl affair just got a whole lot stickier: "Jenna Lee âś” @Jennafnc Follow Great reporting from @JenGriffinFNC - new report: Berghdal left behind a note renouncing American citizenship...developing... 9:43 AM - 3 Jun 2014" "David Shor @IshYimini Follow OMG. Â… he left us behind. This is a game changer. He should be happy we didn't drone him. 9:53 AM -...
  • Some states move to blunt impact of Obama's expected emission standards for power plants

    06/02/2014 9:25:21 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 12 replies
    US News ^ | June 1, 2014 | DAVID A. LIEB
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — As President Barack Obama prepares to announce tougher new air quality standards, lawmakers in several states already are trying to blunt the impact on aging coal-fired power plants that feed electricity to millions of consumers. The Obama administration on Monday will roll out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, further diminishing coal's role in U.S. electricity production in the process. The Environmental Protection Agency refused to confirm the details of the proposal Sunday. People familiar with the proposal shared the details on condition of anonymity, since they...
  • Arizona sheriff says Alberta teen is threatening him (Sheriff Arpaio )

    05/19/2014 5:45:18 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 12 replies
    cnews ^ | May 16, 2014 , Last Updated: 7:45 PM ET | Allison Salz, QMI Agency
    EDMONTON A man who calls himself "America's toughest sheriff" is calling out an Alberta teen after receiving a series of profanity littered death threats. Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the 16-year-old Morinville, Alta., boy has been sending e-mail death threats since last year. Most of the threats are too vulgar to print, but one of the emails talks about killing the sheriff and burning the body.
  • Assault rifles stolen from Chicago rail yard (Oh ooh)

    05/10/2014 12:04:03 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 65 replies
    wgntv ^ | May 9, 2014 | Tom Negovan
    Armed and extremely dangerous. Some heavy weapons have fallen into the wrong hands in Chicago– and police desperately want to get them back. Perhaps ironically, these semi-automatic rifles are very similar to what police themselves use. Thirteen of them were stolen from a train parked in Englewood– complete with their high-capacity 30-round magazines. Special Agent Tom Ahern, ATF:“They’re high-capacity rifles. They’re very dangerous when they’re in the wrong hands.” The Smith and Wesson M and P 15 Sport Rifle– virtually identical to the M-4 assault rifle U.S. troops use at war, police use to keep the peace; or citizens use...
  • IRS Agrees To Give House Committee All Lois Lerner Emails

    05/08/2014 10:28:19 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3:33 PM 05/08/2014 | Patrick Howley
    The IRS has finally agreed to hand over all of ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails to the House Committee on Ways and Means, The Daily Caller has learned. New IRS commissioner John Koskninen previously said that it could take years to provide all of Lerner’s emails to congressional investigators. But Ways and Means’ referral of criminal charges against Lerner to the Department of Justice, coupled with the House of Representatives’ holding Lerner in contempt of Congress Wednesday, has changed the tenor of the investigation into the IRS conservative targeting scandal. “While it is good that we are finally getting these...
  • Roll Call says Rahall’s seat is ‘vulnerable’(Dem Cong West Virginia)

    05/07/2014 9:45:49 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 19 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | May 06, 2014 at 12:23PM | Shauna Johnson
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The U.S. House seat Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) has held since 1977 is now considered one of the most “vulnerable” in the country during the November general election. “In the past, Rahall boasted one of the best local brands in politics, effectively keeping enough distance between himself and a national party that’s increasingly unpopular in West Virginia,” according to a Tuesday article in Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper. But Shira Center, who contributed to that Roll Call report, said times are changing and so is the political climate in West Virginia, especially in Rahall’s 3rd District....
  • FEC chair warns that conservative media- Drudge...and Sean Hannity face regulation- like PACs

    05/07/2014 3:58:31 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MAY 7, 2014 AT 8:49 AM | Paul Bedard
    Government officials, reacting to the growing voice of conservative news outlets, especially on the internet, are angling to curtail the media's exemption from federal election laws governing political organizations, a potentially chilling intervention that the chairman of the Federal Election Commission is vowing to fight. “I think that there are impulses in the government every day to second guess and look into the editorial decisions of conservative publishers,” warned Federal Election Commission Chairman Lee E. Goodman in an interview. “The right has begun to break the left’s media monopoly, particularly through new media outlets like the internet, and I sense...
  • 'Rogue law enforcement agency' inside EPA the subject of testimony today

    05/07/2014 1:43:27 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 7, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The House Oversight Committee under Darrell Issa is slated to hear testimony today on another Obama administration cover-up. ... A unit run by President Barack Obama's political staff inside the Environmental Protection Agency operates illegally as a "rogue law enforcement agency" that has blocked independent investigations by the EPA's inspector general for years, a top investigator told Congress. The assistant EPA inspector general for investigations, Patrick Sullivan, was expected to testify Wednesday before a House oversight committee ... The office of about 10 employees is overseen by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy's office, and the inspector general's office is accusing it...
  • IRS, Benghazi, EPA, Affordable Care Act, Economy & Pork All Under Spotlight on Capitol Hill Today

    05/07/2014 1:24:08 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 7 replies
    fox ^ | May 07, 2014 | Clint Henderson
    Several hearings we're keeping a close eye on today on Capitol HIll. There are two hearings on health care and the Affordable Care Act. One in the Senate, one in the House. We're expecting new data on enrollments today including who has paid after signing up. Insurance companies will reportedly testify that 80-85% of those who signed up have made their initial insurance payments. We're also awaiting a contempt vote for Lois Lerner. She is the IRS official accused of helping politically target certain political groups. There's a hearing on the IRS today where it could come up. Mike Emanuel...
  • Rep. Gowdy:CIA director Morell wasn't telling the truth about no political pressure in Benghazi

    05/07/2014 12:25:04 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 9 replies
    cnn ^ | May 7th, 2014 02:36 PM ET | Jack Tapper
    Former acting Deputy Director of the CIA Michael Morell testified before the House Intelligence Committee last month, saying the Benghazi CIA station chief e-mailed three possibilities for what had motivated the 2012 attack:... Morell also denied any kind of cover-up or political influence ... "...why you took out the word terrorist and put in the word extremist, why you sanitized and washed out all the criticism of the State Department, why you changed the word attack to demonstration," said Gowdy. "Every single change that Mike Morell made was calculated to cast the administration in a more favorable light."
  • Jon Stewart demonizes conservatives over Benghazi, water remains wet

    05/07/2014 12:14:43 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 19 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | May 7, 2014 | Eric Golub
    NEW YORK, May 7, 2014 — The announcement of a select committee to investigate Benghazi has liberals panicked. The walls are closing in as the truth slowly comes out. Top Obama assistant Ben Rhodes was recently caught advising Democrats on how to blame Benghazi on an internet video rather than a policy failure. Covering President Obama’s hindquarters weeks before his reelection took precedence over the truth. With dogged prosecutor Congressman Trey Gowdy leading the select committee, Democrats are expected to get meaner, nastier and more defiant in an attempt to discredit the committee and save Obama and Hillary Clinton. The...
  • Trey Gowdy threatened with harm; Capitol Police kick off ‘active, open investigation’

    05/07/2014 11:24:48 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Capitol Hill police are investigating emailed threats to Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina congressman tabbed to head a special panel to probe the White House’s response to the Benghazi terrorist attacks. Politico reporters and journalists at other news outlets say they’ve received at least two emails that threaten harm to Mr. Gowdy due directly to his leading role on the panel. Capitol Police refused to comment on the actual threats, except to say that “an active, open investigation” has been launched, Politico reported.
  • Ten IRS scandal Excuses That Are Now Completely Discredited

    05/06/2014 6:54:44 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11:59 PM 05/04/2014 | Patrick Howley
    With Lois Lerner facing a contempt of Congress vote Wednesday, and coming up on the one-year anniversary of the IRS conservative-targeting scandal (this Saturday all cocktails consumed in America will be a tax write-off, The Daily Caller has decided), it’s time to take a look at the pro-IRS case. What have we found? There isn’t one. Every defense put forth by the Obama administration and its allies in the Democratic Party and the media has now been disproved and discredited. No, we’re not talking about Jay Carney’s “fake scandal” line or Obama’s “not even a smidgen of corruption” talking points....
  • New Dem Benghazi strategy floated: boycott Select Committee

    05/05/2014 11:08:00 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 4, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has unveiled the latest desperation tactic of the Democrats as the Benghazi scandal cover-up comes into clearer focus. Interviewed on Fox News Sunday, he suggested that Democrats should boycott the Select Committee hearings under Rep. Trey Gowdy’s chairmanship. Fox News: The call for a boycott was made earlier by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., during an interview on "Fox News Sunday." He was responding to House Speaker John Boehner's announcement Friday that the House would vote on a select committee to investigate Benghazi. The congressman said Democrats should not give the select committee more "credibility" by joining,...
  • Eleven terrorists with links to Al Qaeda have been arrested on suspicion in disappearance of MH370

    05/03/2014 7:42:44 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Updated 17:50 EST, 3 May 2014 | Richard Shears and Mail reporter Wills Robinson
    [Full title] Eleven terrorists with links to Al Qaeda have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the disappearance of MH370 - Suspects were arrested in the capital Kuala Lumpur and the state of Kedah - Said to members of violent new terror group said to be planning attacks - Interrogations came after demands from agencies including FBI and MI6 - Manifest revealed presence of consignment but did not reveal its contents - Airline has admitted 200kg of lithium batteries was among the items - It refused to say what else, citing 'legal reason' related to 'ongoing' probe The...
  • Donald Sterling Reportedly Will Sue NBA If Forced to Sell Clippers

    04/30/2014 10:25:09 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 27 replies
    BleacherReport ^ | April 30, 2014 | R. Cory Smith
    Like with any other situation that has arisen over the past several decades, Donald Sterling plans to do everything he can to keep his team. After having the hammer slammed on him Tuesday, the current Los Angeles Clippers owner is set to fight the judgement from Adam Silver. The penalties handed down included Sterling receiving a lifetime ban from the NBA and being fined $2.5 million, and Silver said he will try to force the controversial owner to sell his franchise. Sterling plans to sue the NBA if the owners do ultimately vote to force him to sell the Clippers,...
  • Sterling, NBA set for epic legal fight over Clippers

    04/30/2014 5:12:50 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 78 replies
    SI ^ | April 30, 2014 | Michael McCann
    While Silver said he had not polled the owners, he expressed confidence there will be sufficient support to oust Sterlin. Silver's bold prediction suggests he has the necessary votes. That said, expect there to be some debate among owners. No owner will defend Sterling's racism... 1. Neither the Clippers nor Sterling is in financial trouble. Article 13 was designed as an extraordinary remedy for such a problem -- not other problems. While sponsors have dropped their deals with the Clippers and players have contemplated boycotts, the team appears to be in strong financial shape with a deep-pocketed, if reviled, owner....
  • Poll: Even as Obama’s Approval Recovers, Democrats Are Doomed

    04/30/2014 12:43:45 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 21 replies
    slate ^ | April 30, 2014 | David Weigel
    The NBC/WSJ poll is the first in a little while that's found any glimmer of optimism for the Obama administration. Unlike this week's Washington Post poll, it finds a marginal improvement in the president's approval rating (to 44 percent) and slightly less anger at the ACA (down to 46 percent disapproval). But like every poll, it finds the largely white, somewhat older Republican vote far more likely to turn out this year. Among all voters, there's a 45/45 split on which party is preferred to win the election. Among likely voters, there's a 53–38 advantage for the Republicans. It gets...
  • Michelle Obama announces million-dollar philanthropic effort to help military families

    04/30/2014 12:27:46 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 31 replies
    WaPo ^ | April 30 at 1:53 pm | Katie Zezima
    First lady Michelle Obama announced Wednesday the launch of a nationwide philanthropic effort to raise millions of dollars to help military families receive the support they need. Under the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge, more than 30 organizations are promising to raise $102 million for military families to help with things such as improving schools on military bases and helping families transition when a service member returns home. This is in addition to $62 million in commitments that exist. "Right now we are in a pivotal moment for our military families and our country," Obama said at an event at the...
  • Illinois lawmakers gear up for a fight over Obama presidential library

    04/30/2014 9:51:44 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 18 replies
    cbs ^ | April 30, 2014, 8:54 AM
    President Obama may have represented Illinois in the Senate and he may consider Chicago his hometown, but some Illinois lawmakers still worry that the Obama Foundation, led by a Chicago friend of the president, might choose another state for Obama's presidential library. Perhaps Hawaii, where he grew up, or New York, where he went to college. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the president's former chief of staff, said the best way to secure the library is to make a big down payment. "We're going to remind him oh-so-subtly this is where his wife and family are from, this is where his...
  • Obama scores rare environmental victory at Supreme Court

    04/30/2014 9:35:39 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 12 replies
    cnn ^ | 10:42 AM EDT, Wed April 30, 2014 | Bill Mears
    (CNN) -- A key part of the Obama administration's green policies received surprisingly strong Supreme Court support on Tuesday over efforts to curb air pollution. A 6-2 majority of justices issued a decision upholding federal agency rules to control coal-fired power plant emissions from 28 states. Obama takes on coal industry It was a rare environmental victory in a conservative majority court that has in recent years generally sided against the federal government's nationwide clean air policies. The issue was complex -- whether an "upwind" state that is polluting a "downwind" state is free of any obligations under the so-called...
  • E.J. Dionne: The gun supremacists’ folly (Dionne wets his pants)

    04/29/2014 11:03:26 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 29 replies
    WaPo ^ | April 27, 2014 | E.J. Dionne Jr.
    Have we gone stark raving mad? The question is brought to mind by the gun law signed last week in Georgia by Gov. Nathan Deal. You might have thought that since the United States couldn’t possibly have more permissive firearms laws than it does now, nothing more could be done to coddle the gun lobby and tip the balance of our statutes away from law enforcement. Alas, you would be wrong. -snip- Oh yes, and while conservatives claim to hate the centralization of power, this law wipes out a series of local gun regulations. The gun supremacists just don’t trust...
  • Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers defends trip to Cliven Bundy ranch

    04/29/2014 10:37:54 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 29 replies
    The Elkhart Truth ^ | Tuesday April 29, 2014 | Tim Vandenack
    Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers is standing firm in his decision to travel last week to the Nevada ranch of Cliven Bundy, site of a showdown between the federal government and critics of federal overreach. He dubbed the effort a "peacekeeping mission," responding in a Facebook post Sunday to a critical Goshen News editorial. "The knowledge and experience I gained from this trip is going to serve Elkhart County in the near future when something occurs here," he wrote in the post. "I was also there on a peacekeeping mission to keep people from getting killed, on my own time!"...
  • Boehner Walks Back Immigration Comments (No "Conspiracy")

    04/29/2014 9:29:52 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 42 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 11:01 a.m. April 29 | Daniel Newhauser
    John A. Boehner apologized in a closed-door meeting with Republicans Tuesday morning for comments over the recess that some in the GOP Conference perceived as mocking opponents of comprehensive immigration overhaul — and the speaker reassured lawmakers there is no conspiracy to bring up such a bill over their objections. Boehner said he meant to make a joke, but not at his members’ expense, when he flippantly noted at a Rotary Club meeting in his district last week that some Republicans are reluctant to consider an immigration rewrite. At a press conference after the meeting, Boehner told reporters the same...
  • Wayne LaPierre: You Know The National Media Is Lying When They Call Themselves Journalists

    04/25/2014 7:06:02 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 9 replies
    NRO ^ | April 25, 2014 1:27 PM | Geraghty
    National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, now speaking to the NRA Annual Meeting’s Leadership Forum, held at the Lucas Oil Stadium: “One hundred million gun owners will not back down, not now, not ever. Freedom has never needed our defense more than now.” “The core values that we believe in the things we care about most are changing and eroding: our right to speak, our right to gather, our right to work, our right to practice our religion and raise our family and protect them they see fit. Those aren’t old values or new values. They are core...
  • Why Did Obama Hire a Top Criminal Attorney for WH Counsel?(With Former Clinton Scandal Lawyer)

    04/22/2014 6:04:29 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 44 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | April 22, 2014, 5:31 pm | Keith Koffler
    If I suddenly told you I was hiring Johnny Cochran to be my attorney, you’d think – well, first of all, you’d think it was peculiar, since Johnny Cochran is dead. Maybe I’m looking to save some money. But, assuming I mean the metaphorical Johnny Cochran, you’d be pretty sure I’m in some kind of really serious trouble. Or if your wife mentioned she had hired a lawyer, and you found out the attorney specializes in . . . divorce. You’d probably start checking some apartment listings. Which brings us to the strange case of President Obama’s decision to hire...
  • Heller calls for BLM hearings during appearance with Reid (Sen. Heller calls them 'Patriots')

    04/22/2014 4:39:06 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 17 replies
    KSNV ^ | Updated: 4/18 6:26 pm
    LAS VEGAS (KSNV — Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., called for Congressional hearings into the BLM’s stand-off with cattle rancher Cliven Bundy. Heller requested the hearings during a joint appearance today with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on the KSNV-TV News 3 program “What’s Your Point?” Nevada’s junior senator noted that he wants to determine “who drove” BLM policy into the tense standoff that ended Saturday. Heller said that he took issue with the BLM “coming in with a paramilitary army. It made a lot of people very uncomfortable.” “It’s obvious,” Reid noted, “the federal government can’t just walk...
  • U.S. intelligence chief bars unauthorized contacts with reporters on all intel-related matters

    04/21/2014 3:17:36 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 11 replies
    McClatchy ^ | April 21, 2014 | Jonathan S. Landay
    Employees of U.S. intelligence agencies have been barred from discussing without authorization any intelligence-related matter - even if it isn’t classified - with journalists, under a new directive issued by Director of National Security James Clapper. Intelligence agency employees who violate the policy could suffer career-ending losses of their security clearances or out-right termination, and those who disclose classified information could face criminal prosecution, according to the directive signed by Clapper on March 20. Under the order, only the director or deputy head of an intelligence agency, public affairs officials and those authorized by a public affairs official may have...
  • Donna Brazile Likens Cliven Bundy to Timothy McVeigh (Video at Link)

    04/21/2014 1:47:47 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 25 replies
    Grabien ^ | 04/20/2014
    'Remember, this is the 19th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing' CUPP: "I'd be reluctant to compare Bundy to Timothy McVeigh. I think what Harry Reid said was despicable. But I agree with Bill. There's a role for civil disobedience. I'm not sure this is the best quality example of it. This is a guy who didn't start out to start a revolution, he just wanted to pay his grazing fees, and there are better ways to go about it." ANCHOR: "'Just didn't want to pay his grazing fees' -- about a million dollars in grazing fees." CUPP: "No, that's...
  • PeakFeed: Well-Known DC Prognosticator Says Udall Loses Come Fall (Buh Bye Udall)

    04/21/2014 10:33:16 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 19 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | April 21, 2014 | ColoradoPeakPolitics
    "PeakNation™ time to put the chocolate bunny down and get back to work. On a day when many across the country were celebrating a resurrection, well-known and well-respected prognosticator Stu Rothenberg stated one thing that won’t be resurrected come November is liberal Senator Mark Udall’s political career." Rothenberg on CNN. 12 second video:
  • Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins 'Range War' With Feds

    04/12/2014 10:50:43 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 154 replies
    abc ^ | April 12, 2014 | Liz Field
    A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters. Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally. Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a "range war" against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after...
  • Holder: We Want to Explore Gun Tracking Bracelets

    04/07/2014 1:49:40 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 88 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | April 7, 2014 1:21 pm | Elizabeth Harrington
    DOJ requesting $2 million for ‘Gun Safety Technology’ grants Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that gun tracking bracelets are something the Justice Department (DOJ) wants to “explore” as part of its gun control efforts. When discussing gun violence prevention programs within the DOJ, Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that his agency is looking into technological innovations. “I think that one of the things that we learned when we were trying to get passed those common sense reforms last year, Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of technology people and we talked about...
  • Obama to Cut Tomahawk Missiles 10 Years Before Replacement Ready(Including Hellfire Missiles)

    03/25/2014 12:21:16 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 39 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 12:22 PM | Melissa Clyne
    President Barack Obama is proposing drastically cutting, and then eliminating, two missile programs pivotal to U.S. security, The Washington Free Beacon reported. The Tomahawk and Hellfire missiles are on the chopping block, according to Obama's budget proposal, which will cut by $128 million the Tactical Tomahawk in 2015 and eliminate it completely after that. ... It's a major turnabout from last year, when the Navy planned to buy 980 Tactical Tomahawks, the primary cruise missile in use throughout the fleet, according to Defense News. In 2015, the Navy would buy just 100 Tomahawks, the last the branch would purchase. The...
  • Democrats’ Growing Problems With Independent Voters on the Senate Map

    03/24/2014 6:54:12 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 21 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 2:44 p.m. on March 24, 2014 | Stuart Rothenberg
    While the nation’s (and news media’s) focus on Malaysian Airlines flight 370 gave Democrats a couple of weeks to catch their collective breath, the 2014 election cycle continues to look increasingly dangerous for President Barack Obama and his party. The most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal (March 5-9) and CBS News/New York Times (Feb. 19-23) surveys contained little in the way of good news for Democrats — and recent GOP Senate recruiting successes in Colorado and New Hampshire put two more Senate contests into play. Strategists in both parties agree that Democratic enthusiasm isn’t where it needs to be, especially...
  • Dems unveil legislation surrounding recall elections (After Colorado Dems lost 3 St. Senators)

    03/24/2014 5:31:55 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 13 replies
    Colorado Statesman ^ | 3/21/2014 | Peter Marcus
    Democrats this week unveiled legislation that aims to correct some of the legal conflicts revealed last summer during recall elections of two Senate Democrats that nullified mail balloting and contributed to the Democrats’ loss. During an impromptu media availability hosted by Senate Democrats on Monday, lawmakers proposed a measure that would modify a provision in state statute that allows a person to petition onto a recall election ballot 15 days before the election date. The provision was highlighted during a Denver District Court case this summer challenging the recall elections of then-Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and then-Sen....