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  • Floodgates Open: Top Democrat Professor says I've never seen any...better plan (Trump Immigration)

    08/19/2015 6:41:52 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 9 replies
    donaldjtrump.com ^ | August 18, 2005
    Demonstrating the broad appeal of his in-depth immigration plan released Sunday, Trump’s proposal has won the accolades of one of the nation’s leading experts on the H-1B visas program. The H-1B is a visa designed to provided corporations with cheaper and less experienced guest workers to fill technology jobs. Norm Matloff, a professor at UC Davis, has written extensively about H-1B visa abuses, and his work is widely cited in the H-1B reform community. Matloff, a self-described Democrat and “longtime admirer of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)16%,” gave Donald Trump’s H-1B policy “an A+” and was pleased that the Republican front...
  • Mexico: No, Donald Trump, we won't pay for a border wall

    08/13/2015 1:20:00 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 155 replies
    CBS News ^ | Aug. 13, 2015 | Jake Miller
    Turns out the Mexican government isn't so keen on Donald Trump's assertion that he will make Mexico pay for a wall along America's southern border. "Of course it's false," a spokesman for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said of Trump's claim in a Bloomberg interview published Wednesday. "It reflects an enormous ignorance for what Mexico represents, and also the After firestorm over his comments about illegal immigrants, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump travels to the U.S.-Mexico border. CBS News C... Trump, a billionaire businessman who's seeking the Republican presidential nomination, has said repeatedly that the U.S. must build a wall...
  • It's Official -- Bernie Sanders Has Overtaken Hillary Clinton In the Hearts and Minds of Democrats

    06/25/2015 2:38:09 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 47 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | June 25, 2015 | H. A. Goodman
    According to PBS, Bernie Sanders is "gaining against Clinton in early polls." Salon's Bill Curry believes "Hillary Clinton is going lose," primarily because millions of voters longing for a truly progressive candidate will nominate Sanders. POLITICO explained recently that Early-state polls hint at a Bernie Sanders surge, a headline that was unthinkable only several months earlier. Yahoo's Meredith Shiner calls Sanders a "progressive social media star and pragmatic legislator" and states that "Sanders also has a much more substantial legislative history" than any GOP challenger. In Iowa, 1,100 people packed a gym to hear Bernie Sanders speak in May. In...
  • Muslim world reacts to Obama's latest speech (global warming threat)

    05/25/2015 9:21:51 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 18 replies
    youtube ^ | May 20, 2015
    Short video at link - hilarious! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXodRLLkth4&feature=youtu.be
  • Police: Woman fatally shot self while adjusting bra holster

    02/20/2015 3:55:54 AM PST · by Rennes Templar · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | Feb. 19, 2015
    ST. JOSEPH, Mich. - Police say a 55-year-old woman who died after accidentally shooting herself in the head in January was adjusting a handgun in her bra holster when the gun fired. The St. Joseph Public Safety Department is awaiting a full autopsy report in the death of Christina Bond, but Director Mark Clapp released details about the circumstances surrounding the Jan. 1 shooting to the Kalamazoo Gazette on Wednesday. Clapp says Bond was "having trouble adjusting her bra holster, couldn't get it to fit the way she wanted it to. She was looking down at it and accidentally discharged...
  • Wisc. Governor Walker Hints He's Running For POTUS

    01/07/2015 9:48:51 AM PST · by Rennes Templar · 83 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | Jan. 7, 2015 | Jeff Dunetz
    As a guest on the Hugh Hewitt Show Tuesday evening, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker strongly suggested that he will be a candidate for president in 2016, "I feel that there’s a reason God put me in a spot to do the things that we’ve done and take on the kind of challenges we’ve done." Governor Walker is considered by some a strong candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. He is a Midwestern governor in a blue state who has taken on the unions and thanks to a recall election has won three elections in four years, so it was logical...
  • Arizona Shooting Range Instructor Killed by Girl With Uzi

    08/26/2014 6:50:05 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 92 replies
    NBC News ^ | Aug. 26, 2014
    A shooting range instructor in Arizona was accidentally shot and killed by a 9-year-old girl who was learning how to shoot an Uzi, authorities said on Tuesday. Charles Vacca, 39, was teaching the girl how to use the automatic weapon on Monday morning at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, when she pulled the trigger and the kickback caused the gun to lurch over her head, investigators said. Vacca was hit by a stray bullet and airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where he was pronounced dead late Monday. The girl was at the...
  • NFL Redskins show Ferguson support ("Hands up, don't shoot")

    08/20/2014 10:30:16 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 43 replies
    ESPN ^ | Aug. 20, 2014
    LANDOVER, Md. -- The "Hands up, don't shoot" protest has made its way to the NFL. The Washington Redskins secondary emerged from the stadium tunnel during pregame introductions Monday night with hands raised and palms forward. It was a show of solidarity with the people in Ferguson, Missouri, who are protesting the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Eleven players took part as the team was preparing to face the Cleveland Browns. Safety Ryan Clark said Brown "could have been any one of us. That could have been any one of our brothers, our cousins. ... When you get an opportunity...
  • Cochran foe challenges GOP Senate primary loss

    08/04/2014 2:00:31 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Aug. 4, 2014 | Jack Elliot
    The tea party-backed lawmaker defeated by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi's Republican primary said Monday that he has formally challenged the election's outcome with the state GOP. State Sen. Chris McDaniel filed the challenge with the Mississippi GOP state executive committee over Cochran's June 24 runoff victory, McDaniel attorney Mitch Tyner said during a news conference. McDaniel will have to prove there were enough illegally cast votes to change the outcome or that the election was so sloppily handled its result is in doubt. Mississippi voters don't register by party, but state law makes so-called crossover voting — casting...
  • Woman Can't Contain Herself Around "Handsome" Obama

    07/30/2014 2:29:47 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 69 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 30, 2014
    President Obama meets a woman at Bryant's BBQ in Kansas City Tuesday who can’t believe how “handsome” the president is in person. Vid at link
  • Laura Ingraham, Tea Party Giant Killer, Eyes Her Next Scalp

    07/28/2014 6:18:46 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 33 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 28, 2014 | Toby Harnden
    She has adopted a daughter from Guate­mala and was a speechwriter under President Reagan, who introduced an "amnesty" for three million illegal immigrants in the 1980s. With her striking good looks and her status as the most listened-to woman on American radio talk programmes, she might have seemed the ideal person to deliver a softer Republican message, as the party hopes to appeal to Hispanic voters. Laura Ingraham is having none of it, however. Instead, she is fast becoming the most powerful conser­vative voice denouncing any compromise on immigration and call­ing for the deportation of the Latin American children who...
  • Runaway Country: Why Is Washington (Obama) So Bad at Crisis Management?

    07/08/2014 7:26:12 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 8, 2014 | Chuck Todd
    Another week, another crisis for the Obama White House -- this time all the Central American children who have crossed into the country. Today, the White House is formally asking Congress for about $2 billion for immigration judges, attorneys, and asylum officials. But what we find striking is that this is yet another event controlling the White House rather than the other way around. Here is the formula, which we also saw recently with the crisis in Ukraine, the crisis at the VA, and the new crisis in Iraq: A conflict or public-policy problem gets a tremendous amount of media...
  • Children of Same-Sex Parents Are Healthier: Study

    07/07/2014 9:17:50 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 7, 2014 | Katie Holliday
    Children of same-sex parents have above average health and well-being, research by the University of Melbourne shows. The research was based on data from the Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families, which involved input from 315 same-sex parents and a total of 500 children. Of these participating families, 80 percent had female parents while 18 percent had male partners. "It appears that same-sex parent families get along well and this has a positive impact on health," said Dr Simon Crouch from the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program, Centre for Health Equity at the University of Melbourne....
  • Washington Redskins trademarks cancelled by Patent Office

    06/18/2014 7:25:04 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 54 replies
    Market Watch ^ | June 18, 2014 | Steve Goldstein
    WASHINGTON -- Six Washington Redskins trademarks were cancelled by the U.S. Patent Office in a ruling on Wednesday. The ruling was made because the terms were found disparaging at the time they were registered. Fifty U.S. senators have urged the team to change their name.
  • Obama Should Have Seen Iraq Unrest Coming, Experts Say

    06/17/2014 5:15:39 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 39 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 17, 2014 | Perry Bacon Jr.
    Lawmakers from both parties and even some non-partisan analysts say the Obama administration should have better anticipated the rise of Sunni militants, who captured Iraq’s second-largest city last week and could pose a terrorism threat both within and outside the country’s borders. With U.S. officials now scrambling to respond to the advances by The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the insurgent group that seized Mosul last week, some critics say there was either a failure by U.S. intelligence officials in assessing the strength of ISIS or Obama and his policy team didn’t react quickly enough. “It was very clear...
  • Is the violence in Iraq Obama's fault?

    06/13/2014 6:44:03 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 69 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 13, 2014 | Rebecca Kaplan
    The end of the Iraq war in 2011 was a high point of President Obama's first term, marking the completion of one of his most important campaign promises. But as Islamic militants capture cities and towns throughout Iraq and march toward the capital, Baghdad, the president once again faces the criticism that his foreign policy has failed. The violence has swept Iraq just two and a half years after the last U.S. troops departed following a nearly nine-year war. The gains made during the war have been wiped out with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria...
  • Rice declines Rutgers commencement invite; says it has become a distraction

    05/03/2014 8:08:47 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 3, 2014
    <p>Condoleezza Rice announced Saturday that she will not be delivering the commencement address at Rutgers University’s graduation ceremony this month, saying the invitation has become a "distraction."</p> <p>Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers' invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time,” the former secretary of state under President George W. Bush said in the statement.</p>
  • Why the new Benghazi emails aren't a smoking gun (The Rhodes brothers on deep spin cycle)

    05/01/2014 9:37:37 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 42 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 1, 2014 | John Dickerson
    Has the Benghazi "smoking gun" been found? Some White House critics believe that new documents wrestled from the White House by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, prove that the Obama administration concocted a cover-up: Political advisers pushed a false story that the murder of four Americans grew out of a protest against an anti-Islamic video in order to hide a policy failure that might hurt the president in an election year. The documents clearly show that the White House pushed the video story, but there's also proof that the White House believed the story they were pushing. ~snip~ It...
  • Why are some Democrats running from Obamacare?

    04/18/2014 9:30:06 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | April 18, 2014 | Halimah Abdullah
    Washington (CNN) -- The Obamacare enrollment is 8 million strong and growing. Polls have shown that voters love popular provisions calling for mandatory coverage for maternity care and extending coverage for young people up to age 26 to stay on their parents' health insurance policies. And recent figures from the Congressional Budget Office show that Obamacare will cost about $5 billion less to implement in 2014 than originally estimated. Still, some Democrats have run from the President's signature health care reform law so fast, they've practically left skid marks. The question is: Will they run back? ~snip~ Last November, the...
  • High security risks found after HealthCare.gov launch(CBS headline)

    12/20/2013 6:57:30 AM PST · by Rennes Templar · 10 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | Dec. 20, 2013
    A top HealthCare.gov security officer told Congress there have been two, serious high-risk findings since the website’s launch, including one on Monday of this week, CBS News has learned. Teresa Fryer, the chief information security officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), revealed the findings when she was interviewed Tuesday behind closed doors by House Oversight Committee officials. The security risks were not previously disclosed to members of Congress or the public. Obama administration officials have firmly insisted there’s no reason for any concern regarding the website’s security. White House makes last-minute Obamacare rules changes Poll: Many...
  • Huckabee Singers Video: "The Twelve days of Obamacare"

    12/08/2013 6:03:30 AM PST · by Rennes Templar · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 6, 2013 | National Nonsense Musical Satire Revue
    Vid at link: http://video.foxnews.com/v/2906831175001/huckabees-12-days-of-obamacare/?playlist_id=2114913880001
  • Germany: Prepared to speak with Snowden

    11/01/2013 6:01:07 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 6 replies
    MyWay News via Drudge ^ | Nov. 1, 2013 | Gier Moulson
    BERLIN (AP) - Germany's top security official said Friday he will try and find a way for Edward Snowden to speak to German officials if the former National Security Agency contractor is willing to provide details about the NSA's activities including the alleged surveillance of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone. The comments by Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich came after a German opposition lawmaker traveled to Moscow and met Snowden. The lawmaker, Hans-Christian Stroebele, said he received a letter from Snowden to German authorities that he planned to present later Friday. Stroebele, a Green party lawmaker, is a prominent critic of the...
  • Obamacare: Truth and Myths

    10/23/2013 8:48:34 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 28 replies
    ABC via Yahoo News ^ | Oct. 23, 2013 | Abby D. Phillip
    These days, it can be hard to separate truth from myth when it comes to the Affordable Care Act. Opponents of the law have sought to discredit it by repeating statements that aren't backed by facts, while its proponents do their own stretching of the truth. Here, we demystify some of the most vexing questions surrounding the new health care law: Myth: People are having difficulty signing up for health care everywhere. It's been all over the news since the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces opened for business on Oct 1: delays, broken web pages and glitches galore. While there have...
  • Man openly carrying gun cuts short high school soccer game as coach questions player, fan safety

    09/27/2013 3:25:29 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 30 replies
    MUSKEGON, MI -- A man who openly carried a holstered gun at a high school soccer game Thursday led Muskegon Western Michigan Christian leaders to halt the contest against Hudsonville Freedom Christian with 30 minutes remaining. The man, whose identity was not immediately available, was spotted with the weapon by a Warriors assistant coach, who alerted head coach David Hulings and assistant athletics director Fred VandenBrand. VandenBrand asked the man to leave, but he refused. Instead, he apparently took the firearm to his car and left it there before returning to the stands. His presence, and the uncertainty if the...
  • Ted Cruz Impersonates Darth Vader in 'Obamacare' Remarks ("The Rebel Alliance will prevail")

    09/27/2013 4:23:47 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 26, 2013
    Short 5 sec ad before vid at link.
  • Bill Clinton: Chelsea would make a great president

    09/26/2013 9:16:34 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 60 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Sept. 26, 2013 | Dylan Stableford
    In an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan that aired on Wednesday night, the former president was asked whether his wife or daughter would be better in the White House. "Day after tomorrow, my wife because she's had more experience," Clinton said. "Over the long run, Chelsea. She knows more than we do about everything. "There was a time in her childhood when I thought maybe she thought she did when she didn't, now it's highly embarrassing because she in fact does," he continued. "So, I feel like I'm going to school every day when we have a conversation." The 33-year-old...
  • [Update: September 20] Censored! IRS Scandal Being Buried by Big Three Networks

    09/20/2013 8:05:59 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 20 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | Sept. 20, 2013 | Geoffrey Dickens
    The Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks have colluded with the Obama administration to censor the latest IRS scandal news. The latest: On September 17 Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner reported the following: “An ongoing House Ways and Means Committee probe of the IRS scandal has uncovered proof that the agency demanded donor lists almost exclusively from conservative groups and could make them public despite promises to destroy the sensitive tallies of contributors.” Committee officials told Secrets that of the 27 groups forced to cough up donor lists, 24 were conservative, nearly double the number suggested previously by IRS...
  • Syrian state media: Obama's Congress request is a "retreat"

    09/01/2013 7:26:02 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 26 replies
    AP via CBS ^ | Sept. 1, 2013
    A Syrian state-run newspaper on Sunday called President Barack Obama's decision to seek congressional approval before taking military action against Syria "the start of the historic American retreat." The gloating tone in the front-page article in the Al-Thawra daily followed Obama's unexpected announcement on Saturday that he would ask Congress to support a strike punishing the President Bashar Assad's regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons. The decision marked a stark turnabout for the White House, which had appeared on the verge of ordering U.S. forces to launch a missile attack against Syria. As the Obama administration waits for...
  • Snowden deals blow to ‘global electronic prison camp’ – Russian Orthodox Church

    08/01/2013 11:01:59 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 29 replies
    Russia Today ^ | July 30, 2013
    Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin has praised Russian authorities for not caving in to pressure from abroad, saying granting asylum to US whistleblower Edward Snowden would help prevent the establishment of a ‘global electronic prison camp’. “It is encouraging news that Russia is demonstrating its independence in this case as it has in many others, despite the pressure” said the head of the Holy Synod’s Department for Relations between the Church and Society. Vsevolod Chaplin added that the Snowden saga has been broadly discussed both on the domestic and international level, with Russia’s position potentially bolstering its image as a country upholding...
  • Outrage in Italy over banana attack on black minister

    07/27/2013 9:10:05 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 41 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | July 27, 2013
    ROME: The latest racist attack against Italy's first black minister, in which a banana was hurled at her during a rally, sparked outrage across the political spectrum Saturday. Immigration Minister Cecile Kyenge was speaking a Democratic Party (PD) rally on Friday when an unidentified spectator threw a banana at her, missing the stage but sparking reactions of disgust from across the country. Shocking cases of abuse have multiplied against Kyenge, an Italian citizen born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, climaxing earlier this month with a member of the anti-immigration Northern League party who likened her to an orangutan. Kyenge,...
  • Pioneering journalist Helen Thomas dies at 92

    07/20/2013 8:26:48 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 20, 2013
    WASHINGTON – Helen Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism, has died, Fox News confirms. She was 92. The irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row to grill ten presidents -- often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions, died at her apartment in Washington. According to friend Muriel Dobbin, Thomas had been ill for al ong time, and in and out of the hospital before coming home Thursday. Thomas made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old, and as a pioneer...
  • Booz Allen Hamilton: What You Don't Know About Snowden's Former Employer

    06/25/2013 7:36:05 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 44 replies
    Daily Paul Liberty Forum ^ | June 24, 2013 | Tommy Paine
    Let's take another trip down the rabbit hole, shall we? Lost in the Edward Snowden debate is a critical look at his former employer, the company doing the spying on Americans in the first place: Booz Allen Hamilton. Booz Allen Hamilton is a government contractor, with 99% of its revenue coming from the US government. Not only does it receive money from the NSA, but also the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Marine Corps, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and ... the IRS. In addition, Booz Allen is heavily connected to the CIA....
  • Monument to Michelle Obama ancestor toppled in Ga.

    06/11/2013 6:44:42 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 11, 2013
    <p>Short AP articles must be excerpted to 50% at all times.</p>
  • Report: Patriots Sign Tim Tebow

    06/10/2013 2:27:01 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 145 replies
    Boston CBS local ^ | June 10, 2013
    BOSTON (CBS) — Tim Tebow is a New England Patriot. ESPN’s Ed Werder broke the shocking news via Twitter late Monday afternoon.
  • Obama To Grads: Reject Voices That Warn About Government Tyranny

    06/06/2013 7:55:24 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 60 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 5, 2013
    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They'll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can't be trusted.
  • Second thoughts? Reporter says Eric Holder is "soul searching" after signing off on snooping

    05/28/2013 10:23:04 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 70 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 28, 2013
    Attorney General Eric Holder has been under intense fire lately, having to answer for his involvement in several scandals, including two separate media cases with the Associated Press and a Fox News reporter. But now a new report paints him as deeply convicted — even sorry — over at least one of them. Although Holder had recused himself of the case where phone records of several Associates Press editors and reporters were obtained, he personally signed off on the search warrant that allowed emails from Fox News’ James Rosen to be released. Rosen was not made aware of the warrant...
  • Sheriff's plan to urge people to report suspicious behavior unleashes storm of criticism

    05/18/2013 7:06:20 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 78 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | May 17, 2013 | Ben Wolford
    A program in Palm Beach County intended to encourage residents to report suspicious behavior is attracting resistance from around the state. Under the proposed "Violence Prevention Program," anyone who sees a potentially dangerous situation — a schizophrenic person with weapons, a war veteran making threats to passersby — could call a 24-hour hotline. Legitimate-sounding calls would trigger a visit by specially trained deputies in plain clothes or by mental health professionals. The Palm Beach County Sheriff says violence prevention unit could thwart would-be killers like the recent mass shooters in Connecticut and Colorado. The program will cost $3.2 million in...
  • The scandals are falling apart (seriously)

    05/17/2013 12:53:47 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 74 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 16, 2013 | Ezra Klein
    Things go wrong in government. Sometimes it’s just bad luck. Sometimes it’s rank incompetence. Sometimes it’s criminal wrongdoing. Most of the time you never hear about it. Or, if you do hear about it, the media eventually gets bored talking about it (see warming, global). But every so often an instance of government wrongdoing sprouts wings and becomes something quite exciting: A political scandal. The crucial ingredient for a scandal is the prospect of high-level White House involvement and wide political repercussions. Government wrongdoing is boring. Scandals can bring down presidents, decide elections and revive down-and-out political parties. Scandals can...
  • How Obama can solve his scandal problem (not so tingly now)

    05/14/2013 10:28:28 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 54 replies
    MSNBC ^ | May 14, 2013 | Chris Matthews
    <p>I said up front that the president’s problems – the Benghazi “talking points,” the IRS digging into the Tea Party, the FBI digging for reporters’ phone records – are containable if the President takes two clear steps.</p> <p>Step one – Clear himself and those closest to him of any mischief.</p>
  • McCain calls for select committee to investigate Benghazi ‘cover-up’

    05/12/2013 8:23:12 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 63 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 12, 2013 | Dylan Stableford
    Sen. John McCain continued his criticism of the White House's handling of the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, calling for a select committee to investigate what he called the Obama administration's "cover-up." "Now, what you’ve got to look at this in the context of the times there," McCain told Martha Raddatz in an interview that aired on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "We are in the midst of a presidential campaign. The narrative by the Obama campaign is that bin Laden is dead, that al Qaeda is on the run, not to worry about anything, and her comes this...
  • Wow: CBS News President and WH Official Tied to Benghazi Scandal Are Brothers

    05/11/2013 2:20:19 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 11, 2013 | Guy Benson
    One of the mainstream media journalists whose pursuit of the truth has been truly tenacious and nonpartisan is CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson. Her tough reporting has made life difficult for everyone from Hillary Clinton to the Bush administration and Congressional Republicans. She's also been relentless on the Obama administration's Fast & Furious gun-running scandal -- and, of course, Benghazi. As we mentioned this week, Attkisson's tough investigative journalism is starting to bother unnamed CBS News executives. Here's Politico's scoop, in case you missed it: But from where Attkisson is sitting, there are actually two Goliaths, one of which is almost...
  • Obama has explaining to do on Benghazi

    05/11/2013 7:46:23 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | May 11, 2013 | Rep.Jason Chaffetz
    Editor's note: U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz represents Utah's 3rd Congressional District. Washington (CNN) -- In testimony that sharply contradicted the Obama administration's initial narrative of the September 11, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, three witnesses shared firsthand accounts this week of what happened before, during and after the attack. The three testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, recounting the horrific events that took the lives of four heroic Americans that day at the U.S. Consulate. Much of what we have known about Benghazi to this point has come from Obama administration sources. The accounts of these...
  • Inhofe: Clinton showed “forceful attitude” you usually “don’t hear from women”

    05/10/2013 10:42:51 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 48 replies
    Salon.com ^ | May 10, 2013 | Jillian Rayfield
    Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., said that Hillary Clinton showed a “forceful attitude” not usually heard from women when she blew up in January’s Senate hearings on Benghazi, in response to repeated questions about the State Department’s initial claims that the attacks were the result of protests. “I think that she has gotten by with that type of a forceful attitude, something that’s not normally accustomed — that you don’t hear from women as much as you do men. And she came out so forcefully, and you could tell that it was orchestrated at the time that she said it,” Inhofe...
  • Sunday Shows: Democrats back away from Obama on Benghazi, Syria

    05/05/2013 2:53:59 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 5, 2012
    Democrats on Sunday morning's news shows appeared to back away from President Barack Obama on his administration's response to the Benghazi terror attack and his blurry "red line" on Syria's chemical weapons. On Fox News Sunday, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) admitted that the Obama administration's talking points on Benghazi, edited to remove references to extremism and blaming protests against an anti-Islamic YouTube video for the violence, were "false. They were wrong. There were no protests outside the Benghazi compound." On CBS News' Face the Nation, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), the Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, also admitted that...
  • Famed death penalty foe named to Tsarnaev defense team

    04/30/2013 5:01:44 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 28 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 30, 2013
    The defense team representing the Boston Marathon bombing suspect got a major boost Monday with the addition of Judy Clarke, a San Diego lawyer who has won life sentences instead of the death penalty for several high-profile clients, including the Unabomber and the gunman in the rampage that injured former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Clarke's appointment was approved Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler. The judge denied, at least for now, a request from Miriam Conrad, the public defender of 19-year-old suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, to appoint a second death penalty lawyer, David Bruck, a professor at Washington and Lee...
  • TIME criticized for article linking Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s boxing history to Boston bombings

    04/26/2013 8:04:59 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 25, 2013 | Hollie McKay
    An article in TIME magazine published on the front page of sister network CNN’s website titled “Did boxing damage play a role in Boston bombings?” is being widely criticized by media critics, brain specialists, and boxing professionals. The article, written by senior editor and science/technology reporter Jeffrey Kluger, notes that while the suspect is dead, the “brain that was home to his angry mind remains, and in this case that may mean something.” The article posits that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a champion amateur box in the New England region, “speaks to a young man with a healthy sense of discipline and...
  • Spain unemployment hits record high (27.2%)

    04/25/2013 8:01:54 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 25, 2013
    Spain's unemployment rate soared to a new record of 27.2% of the workforce in the first quarter of 2013, according to official figures. The total number of unemployed people in Spain has now passed the six million figure, although the rate of the increase has slowed. The figures underline Spain's struggle to emerge from an economic crisis which began five years ago. On Friday, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will unveil fiscal and policy measures aimed at halting recession in the eurozone's fourth-largest economy. "These figures are worse than expected and highlight the serious situation of the Spanish economy as well...
  • Teamsters to form human shield for bombing victim's burial as Westboro Baptists plans a protest

    04/22/2013 9:08:59 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 25 replies
    Teamsternation ^ | April 21, 2013
    Local 25 was contacted by some concerned citizens of Medford asking for help to keep members of the Westboro Baptist Church from protesting the funeral of Krystle Campbell, scheduled for tomorrow morning at 10 AM in Medford. Local 25 President Sean O’Brien asked all off-duty Teamsters to participate: "Teamsters Local 25 will be out in full force tomorrow morning at St. Joseph’s Church in Medford to form a human shield and block the Westboro Baptist Church from protesting the funeral of Krystle Campbell. The Campbell family and friends have already endured immeasurable amounts of heartache and tragedy this week, and...
  • Governor: No idea of terrorists’ motivation

    04/21/2013 8:36:45 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 89 replies
    AP via Salon.com ^ | April 21, 2013
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — The governor of Massachusetts says he has no idea what motivated the terrorists who exploded two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.</p> <p>Speaking Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Deval (deh-VAL’) Patrick said it’s hard to imagine why someone would deliberately harm, quote “innocent men, women and children in the way that these two fellows did.”</p>
  • Mother of Boston bombing suspects arrested last year for 'stealing... clothes from Lord & Taylor'

    04/19/2013 11:14:37 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 45 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 19, 2013
    The mother of the two Chechnyan brothers suspected of setting off two bombs at the Boston Marathon was arrested last year for allegedly stealing $1,600 worth of clothes from an upscale department store. Zubeidat K. Tsarnaeva, 45, was charged with two counts of malicious/wanton damage and defacement to property after allegedly swiping the merchandise from a Lord & Taylor in Natick, Mass. in June 2012. She also spoke today to proclaim that her son's didn't plant the bombs and that they are ''100 per cent innocent.' 'This is a set up, my son would never ever carry out such terror...